Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Stress Less This Holiday Season

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Holidays are a time to bond with family and friends, but it is hard to find time or energy. Shopping can also cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. If you have a case of the holiday crazies, here are a few ways to cope!

 1. Plan a get-together with one person at a time, or meet in small, intimate groups. Have coffee, go shopping, or have lunch. This might relieve that “family duty” you might feel on the actual holiday.

 2. Make gift tags with personalized messages telling each person what they add to your life or the world.

3. Gather a group of friends, contribute money and exchange recipes. Make the recipes, spend the day with the friends and everyone goes home with treats to give away for the holidays.

4. Do not charge anything on your credit card after July, which can allow you to decrease any debt you have accumulated before the holiday season – or do your holiday shopping on a cash-only basis.

5. Buy holiday items throughout the year when they are on sale to use for office party gifts, your child’s teacher or other acquaintances. This will leave you time during the holidays to shop more selectively for those closest to you.

6. Give gift certificates that tap into a hobby or talent like baking, cooking, sewing, or simple things like babysitting and housekeeping.

7. To avoid holiday chaos at toy stores, shop for kids at the beginning of the season so you don’t have to endure crowds and long lines.

8. Check out the stores for the most popular items and hit eBay. You might find a good deal!

 9. Start a holiday account at your bank. Saving $20 a month will put a nice chunk of change in your pocket before the holidays. You can also put a portion of your paycheck, loose change, or birthday money in a box to save for holiday shopping.

10. Organize a gift exchange among adults in your family. Buy the children individual gifts, but draw names among the adults. This will save you a lot of money and time.

11. Host a brunch or dessert party instead of a sit-down dinner.

12. Purchase gift certificates to the stores where you will shop during the holidays. Use these to do your holiday shopping, so you don’t feel as if the money is coming out of your pocket all at once.

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Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Oatmeal cookies


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup of craisins/dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup walnuts/pecans


  1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix vanilla extract and cinnamon into the applesauce.
  3. Blend applesauce mixture with all other ingredients and let sit for 10 minutes
  4. Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten cookies into rounds.
  5. Bake approx. 20 – 30 minutes, or until golden and done.
  6. Remove from oven and let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
  7. Store in a covered container when completely cool.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 90
  • Fat: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.1
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
  • Sugars: 6.0g
  • Protein: 2.3g
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Help us say ‘Thank You’ to Rex Healthcare

RustyWagstaff3Hi, my name is Rusty Wagstaff and my wife is helping me write this post, I’ll explain why in a moment.

If you’ve made a donation to the Rex Healthcare Foundation in the past, I want to personally thank you, on behalf of the hundreds of patients and families you have helped  this year — including us.

Here’s how important your donations are.

The next time you drive by Rex, or walk through their doors, please take a moment to look around and realize how much you have done to keep Rex at the forefront of medicine.

Your help turned out to be tremendously important to me last December, when I suddenly needed everything that Rex could give.

It began with what I thought was the flu. At 54, I was still pretty athletic, but this was packing a punch. Three days before Christmas, with a fever of 105, an ambulance brought me to Rex.

By early Christmas morning, I was in a coma, in septic shock, with my organs failing. Our family gathered at my bedside.

This is where my wife Bonnie has to give you the details.

Bonnie tells me the doctors, intensive care nurses, and all my caregivers were quietly, compassionately determined I’d make it. Few people in my situation did. With a lot of help, I came through.

RustyWagstaff2However, in fighting the bacteria and staying alive, my body concentrated blood flow to my core. Later, my doctors were forced to amputate my legs and hands.

Now, with my new high-tech legs and ongoing rehab, I feel good and I’m doing great.

So here’s where you come in. Bonnie and I need a favor, and it’s not what you may think.

We’re asking you to help us thank Rex by sending a gift today.

When you do, you’ll help us make sure that Rex’s advanced care and kind compassion is always there whenever someone in a situation like mine comes through their doors. You’ll also be helping hundreds of patients and families in need.

With everything we’ve been through, we don’t have the resources to do this ourselves, but maybe you do.

If you can help us thank Rex, please make your gift of $25, $50, $100 or more online now. Or if you prefer, you can print the donation form and mail in your donation.

Please make a donation by Dec. 10th so the Rex Healthcare Foundation can start their 2015 planning.

Rusty visits the nurses that helped him during his stay at RexYour contribution, which is tax-deductible, will give them a running start towards meeting their year-end goal of $1.1 million and starting 2015 on firm footing.

You can give to thank a caregiver, or in memory of someone who changed your life.

If you’re like Bonnie and I were, healthy and busy, you might take hospitals for granted. But when we faced some-thing this traumatic and life-threatening, having Rex there was a blessing.

I know if it weren’t for Rex, I wouldn’t be writing this. I have to say, between my faith, everyone at Rex who supported us, and our family and friends, we have been very blessed.

You and yours may not need Rex as much as we did. But I can assure you, you can feel a lot of satisfaction knowing that when you donate to Rex, you’re saving someone’s life.

Please send the most generous gift you can.

(Want to learn more about Rusty’s journey? Read more via the News & Observer)

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“Rapping Up” How Rex Express Care Can Serve You

042114_expresscare1Dr. Linwood Watson is the medical director for the Rex Express Care system and sees patients full time at the Knightdale Express Care site. He is board certified in family medicine and works with an enthusiastic group of nurses, emergency medicine physicians, family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the Rex Express Care system. Dr. Watson enjoys acute care medicine and the satisfaction of people walking out of the clinic truly feeling better.

As many people have seen, the Rex Express Care physicians and staff recently released a humorous rap video highlighting the unique niche that our Express Care system occupies: More services than a retail clinic while still having the ability to do many basic procedures (lacerations, abscesses) and avoid the ER.

Below are some insights into this fun project paired with some Express Care reminders.

Thanks for all the video viewership, comments, and support!

Was the video fun?

Obviously no one expected BET/MTV to be buzzing the phone, but it is healthy to never take yourself too seriously. While medical personnel take their jobs seriously, you always need the ability to laugh.

One item that isn’t fun, is chest pain/potential heart attacks in the Express Care. On average, each of our 4 suburban locations have 1-2 ER transfers each day. Yes, each day!

People “know” the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, but denial and fear prevent them from doing the correct thing- picking up the phone and calling 911!

Did the video take a long time to film?

Well, as anyone who has made a media production knows, lots of work goes into 30 seconds. Including voice work, it took about 6 hours of takes to compile enough film and audio to assemble the finished product.

Here’s the one tip to (most likely) ensure a quicker Express Care visit: Remember that the least busy time at the Express Care offices is usually between 1pm-3pm on weekdays.

While every day is different and there are no guarantees, this is usually the least busy time to come, if your schedule allows it.

Who was most enthusiastic about the filming?

Age is just a number, and that was proven with the beloved Dr. Jefferson’s performance.Dr. Jefferson is a fixture in the Cary Express Care. He was a bundle of energy for the entire production and had an affinity for the camera!

The Express Care teams also have an affinity to use all of our Rex resources to help you. Remember us if you decide to go to a retail clinic, but are turned away or referred elsewhere because you are out of their scope of practice.

Need an x-ray? We can rule out pneumonia. Need some basic lab work? We have most acute care situations covered. With 4 convenient locations, we can serve you well.


Looking for more ways to determine which type of care to seek? Check out this infographic!


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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Infographic

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Wellness Wednesday: Tailgating with a Healthier Twist – Chicken Kabobs

Post by Diane Danchi, R.D., L.D.N. Diane is a Registered Dietitian at Rex Wellness Center of Cary and Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale.

We’re kicking off our Wellness Wednesday series with the first installment of “Tailgating with a Healthier Twist” by Rex Wellness Center Registered Dietitian Diane Danchi, R.D., L.D.N.

This week’s menu includes: Chicken Kabobs, Cream Cheese Stuffed New Potatoes, a Fruit and Cheese Plate (Gorgonzola, Cheddar, Pears, Apples, Grapes) and a Spinach and Edamame Salad.

Be sure to visit the Rex Wellness Centers’ Facebook page every Wellness Wednesday for a post featuring recipes, tips, workouts and more from our wellness experts.

Grilled Chicken Kabobs111014_ChickenKabobs

Note:  For best results marinate chicken overnight. Marinate vegetables for 2 hours.

  • 1 lb Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into bite sized cubes)
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 medium Red or White Onion
  • 8 oz. Button Mushrooms
  • 1 can Pineapple Chunks, in juice, drained
  • 1 medium Zucchini


  • 1 Packet Italian Dressing Mix
  • 3 T Oil
  • ¼ cup Vinegar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 T Honey

Night Before: Cut meat into bite sized cubes and place into a Ziploc bag. Cut vegetables into bite-sized pieces and place into a separate Ziploc bag. Whisk marinade ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Pour half of the marinade over chicken, seal bag and refrigerate overnight.

Day Of: Pour remaining marinade over vegetables and let sit for 2 hours. Load meat onto skewers, alternating with vegetables. There should be 3-4 pieces of  meat per skewer. Grill (or broil in oven) for 10-15 min, turning every 2-3 minutes for even cooking.

Makes 6-8 skewers.

Nutrition Facts: Per serving Approx:  Cals – 160; Fat – 7 gm; Carbs – 7 gm; Fiber – 2 gms; Sugar – 3 gms; Protein – 17 gms

Cheese Stuffed New Potatoes

  • 1 ½ pounds Small Round Red Potatoes
  • 1 cup Light Sour Cream
  • ½ tsp Seasoned Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Chives
  • ½ cup 2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Place potatoes into a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to boil and cook until tender but still firm (about 10 minutes). Drain and cool in a bowl of cold water.

Remove cooled potatoes from the water. Pat dry with a paper towel and cut in half. Using a small spoon or a melon baller, carefully remove a small amount from the center of each potato leaving an approximately ¼ inch rim. Set reserved potato aside.

In a bowl, mix together reserved potato, sour cream, seasoned salt, pepper and chives. Spoon a small amount of mixture into each potato half and place onto a baking sheet. Top each potato with some shredded cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and potatoes are warmed through. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Note: Cheese Stuffed New Potatoes may be served warm or served at room temperature.

Spinach and Edamame Salad

  •  ½ can (14-5 oz.) Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup Frozen Edamame, defrosted
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Pepitas (dried pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 large Carrots finely chopped or shredded
  • 10 cups Baby Spinach


  • 2 Lemons
  • ½ tsp Dry Mustard
  • ½ tsp Sugar or Honey
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coarse Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper

Whisk lemon juice, mustard, honey, and oil together; add coarse salt and pepper to taste.

Or use Newman’s Light Balsamic Salad Dressing

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