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September 23, 2011

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Men, Take Charge of Your Health and Get Screened

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. Men age 50+ are encouraged to be screened annually for prostate cancer. The Cancer Program of Our Lady of the Lake and Mary Bird Perkins has provided FREE prostate screenings throughout September, and will hold another on Friday, September 30th from 9 am until 1 pm at the Wal-Mart in Denham Springs. Patients see doctors privately for screenings in the exam room. Registration is not required. For more information, please call (225) 215-1288 or visit the website.


4 Ways to Fight the Battle of the Bulge (And Boost Your Family's Health)

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. These stats make us shudder – so what can we do to make sure our families aren’t included in them?

  1. Offer healthy snacks. Some ideas are: fresh fruits and veggies; canned fruit packed in light syrup or water; parfait made with yogurt and pureed or chopped fruit; jello with canned or fresh fruit; bagels with soft cream spreads; orange creamsicles made from orange juice, yogurt and water.
  2. Encourage exercise. Moving as a family can make activity seem more fun and less strenuous. Frisbees, footballs, jump ropes, and bicycles are great ways to incorporate physical activity your family time. Also, look into school and community sports programs that your child might enjoy.
  3. Watch the screen scene. How active is your child’s TV time? What can you do to set a good example? Stretching, lifting weights, and challenging the family to see who can do the most push-ups, jumping jacks, or leg lifts during TV commercial breaks are great ways to knock out lethargy. Create a house rule that limits screen time to two hours every day. More importantly, enforce the rule. Studies show that kids with TVs in their rooms watch about 1.5 hours more TV a day than those who don’t. Plus, it keeps them in their room instead of spending time with the rest of the family.
  4. Make meal time family time. Research shows that families who eat together tend to eat more nutritious meals. Turn off the TV during meals and make meal time family time. Better yet, remove the TV from the eating area if you have one there. Family meals are a good time to talk to each other. Make eating together a priority and schedule family meals at least two to three times a week.

To find a pediatrician to discuss your child’s health with, visit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital website. You can also find tips related to kids’ well-being on the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Facebook page.

Are Your Kids Safe in the Car?

September is National Child Seat Safety Awareness month. Are you familiar with the most up-to-date car seat regulations? Dr. Amber Denham, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group pediatrician, addresses the particulars. Keep your family safe by following her tips.

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital also offers the W.H.A.L.E. program to help emergency officials and first responders identify children from information on their car seats, allowing them to have parents' contact info readily available if necessary. Learn more about the program and why you should take advantage of it from Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital's Dr. Cristina Zeretzke.

Stop by Dermatology at Bocage for Fall Open House on September 27

Dr. Laci Theunissen and the staff of Dermatology at Bocage invite you to stop by for a fall Open House Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at 7855 Jefferson Hwy.

Deals during this open house will include 20% off all medical skin care products from Obagi, Latisse, SkinCeuticals, and Botox. Bring a friend and receive an extra 5% off medical skin care products, have the opportunity to register for fabulous door prizes, and receive consultations from product line representatives. Registration is not required.

To make your one-on-one skincare appointment with Dr. Theunissen, call Dermatology at Bocage at (225) 214-3199. Watch Dr. Theunissen's online introduction.

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