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7 tips to help maintain your weight this holiday season

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(The following is a blog post written by Ramona Stueve, RN, CBN, Ascension Via Christi Weight Management program nurse in Manhattan.)

1. Keep up Your Intake of Fruits and Vegetables. Governmental recommendations suggest that we should be eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. For parties, be sure to include fruit and vegetable trays with healthy dip
options. Eating all this disease-preventing, healthy roughage fills you up.

Vaping Epidemic: How Kansas & youth are impacted

vaping man

Vaping – the use of electronic cigarettes to inhale vapors that could contain substances such as nicotine, marijuana or flavoring – is a disconcerting habit gaining popularity across the country, especially among teenagers. From 2017 to 2018, over 3.6 million kids reported using e-cigarettes, which represents a 78 percent increase in adolescent vaping in only one year. Even more frightening is that e-cigarette use among middle school students jumped by 48 percent in the same period.

Pregnant women and the flu

sneezing pregnant woman

Many pregnant women are not getting the flu vaccine and it’s putting themselves and their babies at risk, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Because pregnant women are at high risk of complications from the flu, the CDC recommends that pregnant women get a flu shot. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-associated acute respiratory infection in pregnant women.

OpEd: Manhattan hospital president responds to partnership

bob copple hospital president ascenson via christi manhattan

I have been the president of Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan for 3 ½ years. During this time, I can honestly say that I have never been in any official conversations with Manhattan Surgical Hospital regarding possible partnerships or acquisitions. In addition, to my knowledge no other Ascension Via Christi leaders have been approached to discuss it either.

Back to School Anxiety: Spotting the Signs of a Deeper Problem

boy standing by school locker

The start of a new school year is exciting, but it can also be a little scary for some children. Children resisting to go to school is a common problem for many parents. Sometimes your child’s refusal to go to school can be a sign of a deeper problem.


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