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Kids and screen time: What do the experts say?

As adults, we know that sedentary lifestyles and the smartphones treated like an extra appendage aren’t doing our health any favors. But how are these habits affecting young children? 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children under 5 years of age must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in strollers and seats; get better quality sleep; and have more time for active play to grow up healthy. 

How to establish a healthy back-to-school sleep schedule for your kids

As we approach the end of summer, it’s time to start checking items off your child’s back to school checklist. But, along with new school supplies, your checklist should include important steps to help kids get back on track with a healthy sleep routine. 

Doctors at Ascension Via Christi offer the following tips to help manage your child’s sleep schedule:

Don’t let tainted food spoil your summer fun

Summer is here, which often means more picnics and grilling or cooking outdoors – and unfortunately, an increase in heat-related foodborne illnesses. 
“Children under the age of 3 are especially susceptible to severe infections and medical complications from food-borne bacteria,” says Ascension Via Christi pediatrician Amy Seery, MD.
Here are a some food safety tips to keep in mind whether you’re bringing food to a picnic or cooking dinner on your backyard grill: 

Health Care Heroes abound at Ascension Medical Group, Ascension Via Christi

The Wichita Business Journal’s 2019 list of Health Care Heroes includes 41 awards, including 9 that will be given to 13 Ascension Via Christi and Ascension Medical Group Via Christi caregivers and volunteers at an Aug. 1 banquet at the Hyatt Regency.
This year’s list includes:
  • Administrative Excellence: Dr. Philip Newlin, MD, and Claudio Ferraro, Ascension Medical Group Via Christi

Safety tips for children and hot cars from Safe Kids Worldwide

In 2018, 52 children died in hot cars, making it the deadliest year on record in the last 20 years. As warmer weather fast approaches, Safe Kids Worldwide and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) are joining together to raise awareness about the importance of child reminder technology and the need for increased public education around the dangers of leaving children in hot cars. 

To the graduate nurses who are our future

carla yost

A letter from Carla Yost, Chief Nursing and Quality Officer, Ascension Via Christi:

Thirty-three years ago, I received my nursing pin.  While I remember my freshly ironed white dress and nursing cap, family and nursing classmates who supported me through my final pathophysiology exam, I don't remember who the speaker was.

Days vs. months - CyberKnife treatment at Ascension Via Christi

When Virgil Miller was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he wasn’t eager to spend months getting treatment or recovering from surgery.
But because he was referred by his urologist to the Ascension Via Christi CyberKnife Center in Wichita for treatment, he didn't have to do either.

In just five sessions of an hour or less over a 10-day period, Virgil’s radiation therapy was complete.


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