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Understanding the long-term health effects of domestic violence

Domestic violence awareness

Julie O'Neill is community advocacy coordinator for Catholic Charities Harbor House in Wichita. She offers this guest blog post for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one relationship partner tries to control the other through violence, intimidation or threats. This experience is spirit crushing and has profound effects on the victim’s health.

Nine with connections to Via Christi named Health Care Heroes

Sister Marie Veronica Janousek

Nine clinicians and others with connections to Via Christi will be honored Thursday as Health Care Heroes by the Wichita Business Journal.

The annual awards recognize “companies, individuals, and organizations for their contributions to improving health care in Wichita and the surrounding area.

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber and significantly more beta-carotene than white or red potatoes, making them a great side dish for your summer grilling

This sweet potato recipe adds an extra level of flavor with a tangy vinaigrette. 

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Tangy Vinaigrette

Makes 5 cups
1 1/2 cups = 1 vegetable serving
200 calories per cup

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil

Recipe: Sweet Onion and Tomato Salad with Grilled Fish

Sweet onion and tomato salad with fish

Break out the grill and enjoy this tasty salad made with vitamin-rich seasonal vegetables and heart-healthy grilled fish.

You can make this with fresh tuna or salmon, both of which contain omega-3 fatty acids that, according to the American Heart Association, help decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), decrease blood triglyceride (fat) levels, slow the growth of artery-clogging plaque, and help lower blood pressure.

How to buy the perfect pair of sunglasses

Purchasing sunglasses

Now that the summer sun is blazing, so this is a good time to consider tips about wearing sunglasses, courtesy of Via Christi’s eye experts.

Most people may not realize the dangerous effects ultraviolet (UV) rays can have on our eyes. UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or artificial UV rays, can damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea, lens and retina. It can burn the front surface of the eye much like the sun can burn our skin.

Recipe: Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Ginger stir fry

Makes 6 cups

1 1/2 cups = 1 vegetable servings
135 calories per cup (without rice)
1 cup rice = 200 calories

Stir fry
8 ounces chicken breast, skinless, boneless
nonstick cooking spray
2 teaspoons peanut oil
2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, cut in strips
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
4 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cup snow peas
5 cups cooked rice

Warm-hearted Dairy Queen franchisees provide cool treat to Children’s Miracle Network at Via Christi

Dairy Queen logo

This week's visit by Troy Bader, chief operating officer for the United States and Canada for International Dairy Queen Inc., was truly the luck of the draw.

Becky Steiner, who with her husband, Leon, owns the DQ® store in Hoisington, Kansas, entered a drawing on behalf of CMN Hospitals at Ascension Via Christi at the bi-annual DQExpo held in Puerto Rico in January.

Via Christi earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Heart Failure and Chest Pain programs

Chest pain

Ascension Via Christi has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Wichita Heart Failure and Chest Pain programs’ certification — a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  


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