Sharp News Updates — February 2012

Sharp HealthCare values its relationship with local media and we look forward to working with you to educate our community about important health issues. Following is a compilation of current health care topics.

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  • Healthy Super Bowl Snacks — On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will consume a total of 156 billion calories, or more than 30 million pounds of junk food. Kelly Dutcher, a registered dietitian with Sharp Weight Management and Health Education, is available to share a defensive game plan against all those high-calorie snacks and how you can take control of your game with healthier options.
  • Leap Year Babies at Sharp Mary Birch — 2012 brings another group of "leapers," otherwise known as leap-year babies. Interviews are available with new parents at Sharp Mary Birch about what unique ways they are planning to celebrate their child's birthday, Feb. 29, which will only occur on the calendar every four years.
  • Surprising Things That Benefit Your Heart — In February, the heart is top of mind with Valentine's Day and American Heart Month. A healthy diet and lifestyle are commonly known to be the best weapons against heart disease, our nation's No. 1 killer. But what are those lesser-known factors that have been revealed through research to reduce the risk of heart disease? A Sharp Rees-Stealy cardiologist is available to discuss cardiovascular disease and the surprising things that may benefit your heart, from having more sex and eating dark chocolate, to getting additional sleep.

 National Trends Localized

  • A New Year, A New Parenting Style — With the New Year upon us, it's a great time to revamp your parenting style and resolve to take control of unruly kids. Renee Kelman, a certified redirecting children's behavior (RCB) parent educator who teaches the Redirecting Children's Behavior course at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, is available to speak about fast, effective tools parents can teach their children so they are more responsible and cooperative. She can share positive parenting techniques that allow parents to redirect their children's behavior through loving guidance rather than ineffective punishment.
  • The Dangers of Heartbreak — Broken heart syndrome is a very real condition that can literally kill you. Based on research from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, broken heart syndrome is triggered by the death of a loved one, causing you to be 21 times more likely of a heart attack within the first 24 hours of their passing, with an elevated risk lasting at least one month. A Sharp-affiliated cardiologist is available to discuss how the emotional stress experienced after the death of a loved one can lead to heart attack and possible demise.
  • Happy Hour Binge— According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans goes on a drinking binge four times a month, consuming an average of eight boozy beverages within only a few hours. Research also showed that binge drinking is not just a problem among our youth, but a problem that affects all ages, with the 65-and-over group the age that binge drinks most frequently. A Sharp-affiliated physician is available to discuss the dangers of binge drinking, as this behavior has become socially acceptable, especially in light of upcoming holidays like Mardi Gras.

Important Health Dates

  • February Fallout — Every New Year, it never fails: People get a spark of enthusiasm for embarking on a healthy course for the year. But by mid-January, the spark starts to fade and resolution makers' fail at keeping their goals for a healthier year. Just because four out of five New Year's resolution makers give up by the time February rolls around doesn't mean you have to, too. A Sharp Weight Management registered dietitian is available to discuss the importance of maintaining an exercise and nutrition plan throughout the year.
  • Lifestyle Tips for a Healthy Heart — February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of nearly half a million women each year, approximately one per minute. Reducing your risk of heart disease starts with knowing how to take charge of your overall health and take better care of your body. Dr. Sharon Sadeghinia is a Sharp-affiliated cardiologist who can provide tips on how to keep your heart healthy. 
Last Updated: February 3, 2012