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Cheryl Busada on her weight-loss success: 'Focus on today and keep moving forward'

Cheryl Busada

Cheryl Busada has always struggled with her weight.

“I’ve always been heavy, even in high school,” Cheryl says. “I have really struggled with my weight and have tried lots of different programs with mild success.”

After hearing about Via Christi Weight Management from several of her co-workers at the City of Wichita, where Cheryl is the city’s debt coordinator, she decided to give the program a try.

It doesn't take a fire to burn a child

scald burns

Fires aren't the most common way a child is burned -- it's actually scald burns. Scald burns are caused by hot liquids and steam and can be just as severe and devastating.

To help reduce these preventable injuries, a new education campaign is being launched by the National Scald Prevention Campaign. “FlashSplash” focuses on ways to avoid liquid and steam burn accidents.

Kansas seeing widespread influenza cases

Influenza

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas is now experiencing widespread influenza activity, with increased influenza cases seen in most regions of the state.

Reports of outbreaks in long-term care facilities, schools and day care centers have been made to the KDHE. Five outbreaks have been identified during the 2016-2017 season.

10 tips for staying well this winter

Winter health tips

While winter is inevitably the time many adults and children come down with colds and flu, there are lots of things families can do to minimize their risk and to treat symptoms as they occur.

We asked two new primary care physicians with Via Christi Clinic in Wichita to share their best winter wellness tips.

For adults

Here are tips from Vu Nguyen, DO, a family medicine doctor at Via Christi Clinic on East 21st.

111 pounds lighter, Donna Bergeson is embracing a new lifestyle

Donna Bergeson

For Donna Bergeson, losing weight meant being there for her 12 grandchildren.

A retired special education and family and consumer sciences teacher and active volunteer, Donna found herself in a cath lab a few years ago after failing a treadmill stress test. She didn’t have any blockages, but was told that the only way she would be able to lengthen her life was to lose weight.

“I was up to 261 pounds and knew that if I wanted to be around for my grandkids I had to lose the weight,” Donna says.

Costumes turn therapy sessions into dress-up play time

Pediatric therapy costumes

To watch the group of preschoolers get dressed up in their princess dresses and super hero costumes, you might assume they're playing — and not in the middle of a therapy session.

That's the scene for an hour each Monday afternoon, during a pediatric group therapy session in the Rehabilitation department at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Via Christi to blanket veterans with support on Veterans Day

Veterans Day

Like in years past, Via Christi Health will join Americans nationwide in celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, with flag-raising ceremonies in Wichita, Manhattan and Pittsburg — all of which are open to veterans, their friends and family and anyone else who would like to show their support.

The Wichita ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance of Via Christi Hospital St. Francis, 929 N. St. Francis, in Wichita, and feature the Heart of America Men’s Chorus and the 184th Intelligence Wing Honor Guard.

CMN, McConnell team to make Tyson Gray 'Pilot for a Day'

Tyson Gray

The young pilot put on his flight suit around 8 a.m., ready to fly missions around North America.

But unlike many of the pilots at McConnell Air Force Base Tuesday morning, Tyson Gray could barely see over the cockpit console. He’s 10, and was honored by the 344th Air Refueling Squadron as Pilot for a Day.

“Tyson is a great kid who is deserving of such a wonderful thing and we’re glad we were able to make it happen,” said Lt. Col. Jerry Bennett, the squadron’s commander.

Via Christi navigators available to help with health insurance marketplace enrollment

Insurance navigator

The annual open enrollment period has begun for the health insurance marketplace, which is a resource for those who don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid or another source of qualifying coverage. Enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2017.

Via Christi has a team of five insurance navigators who can help people understand how to enroll in the marketplace through one-on-one appointments.

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