It seems like the holiday season comes earlier every year. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the farthest thing from our minds right now, but soon temptations of delicious sweets and fatty foods will appear, just as other signs of the holidays do. One solution to avoiding these temptations is to alter your eating habits with something called “mindful eating.”   Today our lives seem busier than ever and because so we often multitask while we eat. We try to eat while we drive, while we socialize with friends or family or worse yet, while we watch TV and scan our smart phones The problem... Read More »
Nothing is more important to us than our babies’ safety. Our babies are the lights of our lives, which is why we stop at nothing to keep our little ones as safe as can be. The Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA) feels the same way, which is why they dedicated the month of September to increasing awareness of the small dangers to infants and children that may be overlooked in our homes. Here we have a list of some of their suggestions to keeping an optimally safe environment for your special little child. Keep electrical cords tied up - With the quantity of powered electronic... Read More »

Dogs, they smile when we come home, wag their tails and roll over on their backs to have their belly stroked. We love dogs because they make us happy, and they turn our ordinary house into a home. Dogs just plain make us feel good, but did you know that there is a good reason for that? Having a dog can be very good for our health, particularly heart-health. Here are some reasons dogs are good for our hearts:

They Keep Us Active

Our dogs like to give us not so subtle reminders that they need to be walked and experience the outdoors. What dogs may be inadvertently telling us... Read More »

Baby’s first reactions to mom and dad are some of the most treasured memories for parents. The first time they gaze in your eyes, the first time they smile and the first time they utter words resembling “mommy” or “daddy” are milestones you never forget. However, when baby’s speech seems to be delayed, it is natural for parents to begin to worry and look for possible causes. The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development for all developing babies and children. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not... Read More »

Busy lives, tight budgets and rising prices at the grocery store may have many families choosing what they think are the cheaper and faster food choices, costing their family nutritional balance in the meantime. Before you pick up the phone to dial in dinner or head towards another drive-thru, consider these tips from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for better nutrition that won’t break the bank.   Know Your Budget - How much should you be spending for a family of three versus a family of five? Well, it depends on a few factors and this online calculator can help give you... Read More »

100,000 beats a day.2,000 gallons pumped throughout your body.The only organ not controlled by the brain.The number one killer of men and women in our country.

The heart is an amazing organ, one which cardiologists study like a machine to understand how each part and functionality works together - or better yet, how to fix it when something is not working. Weighing only 10 ounces for men and eight ounces for women, the heart is relatively small in comparison to the job of maintaining life each and every day. However, many of us don’t stop to think about our heart until something... Read More »

If there is one thing that is for certain, it is that Americans do not get enough sleep. From long work days, to stress, getting caught up in the cycle of fighting fatigue with caffeine, and sleep disorders, many of us can’t remember the last time we had a really good night’s rest, or even a decent one. In fact, 8 in 10 Americans say they would feel better and be better prepared for the day ahead if got an extra hour of sleep the night before, according to the Better Sleep Council. When the day off from work rolls around, getting some extra shut-eye is not the best solution, health experts... Read More »

Tina Petersen, RN, BSN, always knew she wanted to be a nurse. When she started her career at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, she began in Med Surg, then found her calling in Women's Services when a position opened up. She serves both the Women's Service Manager and Acute Care Services Manager today - passionate about patient care and developing her nursing staff. Tina shares her story as a nurse at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing.