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Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg plants pinwheels for child abuse awareness

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Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, allong with the Kansas Children's Service League's Healthy Families Southeast Kansas and other hospital departments to plant pinwheels to raise awareness of child abuse prevention. In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention®.

The health risks of crash dieting

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Crash diets are popular for many reasons. Losing weight quickly can seem very appealing.

It is often much easier to think about severely restricting our day-to-day habits for a short period of time than it is to think about long-term, sustainable life changes.

However, rapid weight-loss or crash-dieting can pose many health risks. Risks should always be considered and weighed against any rewards that you are seeking, especially if you want to manage your weight in a healthy manner.

Risks of Crash Dieting

What to expect during your annual Women’s Wellness exam – 3 things to know

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Proactively scheduling a well-woman visit each year is a great way for women to take charge of their health. Annual women’s wellness exams typically include discussion of health topics relevant to your age and risk factors, exams and screenings, and immunizations.

Ascension Via Christi’s Fort Scott Emergency Department will open Monday, Feb. 18

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FORT SCOTT, KS – Ascension Via Christi’s Emergency Department in Fort Scott will open its doors at 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. In addition to the ED, Ascension Via Christi will provide diagnostic imaging and laboratory services at the Fort Scott campus.

How Extreme Cold Weather Affects Your Heart

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This winter season has brought extreme cold temperatures, ice, and snow to many regions of the United States.  That extreme weather can also pose an increased risk of heart attack rates. In fact, a study by the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction found that 53 percent more heart attack cases were reported in winter as opposed to summer.

Ascension Via Christi will operate Fort Scott emergency room

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PITTSBURG, KS – Ascension Via Christi has an agreement to operate Fort Scott’s former emergency room, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, as soon as it can get regulatory approval to do so.

Under the agreement, Ascension Via Christi will lease approximately 16,000-square feet of clinical space from Mercy in Fort Scott.

Need to know: Are you at risk for diabetes or prediabetes?

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 out of 11 people in the U.S. have diabetes, and 1 out of 3 people have prediabetes. And of the adults living with diabetes, nearly 1 in 4 didn’t even know they had the condition.

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons Inducts Dr. Brett Dunbar as Fellow

The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) inducted Dr. Brett Dunbar, a board-certified general osteopathic surgeon at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, as a Fellow (FACOS). The designation of Fellow of the ACOS is conferred upon members in recognition of their board certification and voluntary activities and service to advance osteopathic medicine and surgery.

5 Ways to Protect Your Mental Well-Being During the Holidays

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If you’re one of the 16.1 million adults who suffer from depression, the holidays may bring on additional anxieties and stress that could trigger your depression.

According to experts at Via Christi when stress is at its peak, the best thing you can do is stop and regroup to prevent stress or a depressive cycle from taking away from your holiday.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression:

Holiday Unhappiness: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder and Depression

seasonal affective disorder holiday depression

The holiday season is a time for festive décor, food, family and fun. But wet, wintry weather and earlier sunsets during the holidays can cause some people to feel blue.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression, which is also treatable, affects an estimated one in 15 adults in a given year.


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