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Got Heart?

CanesHeartWe’re teaming up with the Carolina Hurricanes  throughout February for Heart Health Awareness Month.

All month long we’ll have your chance to win prizes from the Carolina Hurricanes.

Just follow Rex Healthcare on Twitter or Instagram and share a picture that shows you’ve got heart. Be sure to include the hashtag #GotHeart. CanesHeart3

Each game night a winner will take home an autographed stick and be entered to win the Ultimate VIP Experience with the Canes, including tickets to an upcoming game and a special meet & greet with the players.

Show us your heart, Caniac Nation!

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Hoops 4 Hope

hoops2015On February 22nd, Hoops 4 Hope will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of raising awareness and funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Why should you attend this year’s Hoops 4 Hope game?

  1. To watch the NCSU and Duke Women’s Basketball teams go head to head in an exciting match-up on the court.
  2. For a chance to bid on an assortment of fun and unique items to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (100% of the proceeds are donated to the Fund).
  3. To honor Coach Kay Yow, and the estimated 220,000 women in the US who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
  4. Because everyone gets to wear pink – even the players!
  5. Because $5 from each ticket sold goes to The Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund raises money for scientific research and related programs focused on women’s cancers.
  6. To find out which team will win this exhilarating rivalry match!
  7. For a fun way to spend time with family or friends, all while supporting a great cause.
  8. To make a difference and to help inspire all those who have been affected by breast cancer.
  9. Because you’re a survivor and you deserve to be celebrated! Hoops 4 Hope invites breast cancer survivors attending the game to be a part of a special halftime recognition ceremony.
  10. To show your support for women’s health.

Visit gopack.com to get your tickets today!

Want to win courtside tickets to the game?

We’re giving away courtside tickets to Hoops 4 Hope on Facebook!

Between January 26 and February 16 watch the Rex Healthcare Facebook page  for the Hoops 4 Hope posts. Just comment on the posts and you’ll be entered into the drawing. We’ll pick a winner on February 17.

Be sure to ‘like’ Rex Healthcare now so you don’t miss a post!

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Garden Turkey Meatloaf

GardenMeatloaf

Give meatloaf a makeover with lean ground turkey and two cups of veggies!

Ingredients

For meatloaf:

  • 2 cups assorted vegetables, chopped — such as mushrooms, zucchini, red bell peppers or spinach
  • 12 ounces 99 percent lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs (or substitute regular breadcrumbs)
  • ¼ cup fat-free evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Nonstick cooking spray

For glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Steam or lightly sauté the assortment of vegetables.
  3. Combine the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  4. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and spread meatloaf mixture evenly in the pan.
  5. Combine all ingredients for glaze in a bowl. Brush glaze on top of the meatloaf.
  6. Bake meatloaf in the oven for 45–50 minutes (to a minimum internal temperature of 165ºF).
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into eight even slices.

Number of servings: 4 (serving size = 2 slices of meatloaf)

Nutrition facts (per serving): 180 calories, 2 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 34 mg cholesterol, 368 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 25 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 406 mg potassium, 50 percent vitamin A, 154 percent vitamin C, 10 percent calcium, 15 percent iron.

 Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

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Wellness Wednesday: Quitting Sitting May Help Your Health

Sitting_488Do you spend most your day sitting, whether it’s at a desk, behind the wheel, on the couch … or all of the above? Even if you’re making the right moves for your health in other ways, you could be sabotaging your health just by sitting.

The odds of diabetes, heart disease and cancer go up when you’re sitting down for long periods, even if you maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke. Research suggests that even those who get the recommended 30 minutes of exercise are at risk from long hours spent sitting down.*

The key is to break up long periods of sitting by moving your body at more frequent intervals throughout the day.

Stand up for your health – Try these tips to get up and move more:

  • Get up for a glass of water every couple of hours.
  • Watching TV? Stand up (or dance around!) during commercial breaks.
  • Set reminders to take a lap around your office building or neighborhood. Start your own walking group!
  • Desk job? Try sitting on an exercise ball to engage your core muscles, or consider a standing desk or treadmill desk.
  • Make a date for an after-dinner walk.
  • Go high tech! Try on a wearable health tracker, pedometer or fitness app to measure your steps.
  • Play active (motion-controlled) video games instead of passive (hand-controlled) games, or better yet, play tag or football outside.

* American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Sciences Reviews, “Science of Sedentary Behavior,” July 2010.

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Winter Weather Closings and Delays

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Bookmark this page for the latest winter weather closings and delays from Rex Healthcare.

If you have an appointment at one of our facilities, please call the office to verify the status of your appointment.

 Last Update: 1/20/15

  • There are no closings or delays at this time
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Wellness Wednesday: Breathe Better, Feel Better

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You can eat and exercise regularly for optimum health—but are you breathing for optimum health?

Here’s how to tell whether you breathe with the best of them.

Stand up and breathe deeply. As you inhale, does your belly go in or does it go out?

It should go out, breathing experts say, but many people expand only their chests, not their diaphragms (see “A belly breathing how-to”). That means they’re not breathing as deeply as they can.

Why bother about breathing?

Slow and controlled inhaling and exhaling can help you relax under tension or stress.

Anxiety and stress have been shown to lead to mood swings, sleep difficulties and concentration problems. And chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can boost your blood pressure, speed your heart rate and weaken your immune system. Studies show that stress may also restrict blood flow to the heart, which is dangerous for people with coronary artery disease.

Breathe deeply, and you’ll feel more relaxed and mentally alert, say researchers. Deep breathing can be practiced nearly anywhere—in your car, on line at the grocery store or when your auto mechanic hands you a repair bill for $500. A proper breathing technique may even increase your exercise endurance and prevent “side stitches” during exercise.

The American Heart Association recommends that smokers trying to quit practice deep breathing when they feel the urge to light up. But if stress makes you reach for cookies or a cocktail instead, slow, deep breathing may squelch those destructive behaviors while lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

A belly breathing how-to:

  • Lie on your back with your legs either outstretched or bent with feet flat on the floor.
  • Support your head with a pillow if desired and make sure you’re comfortable.
  • Place one hand on your abdomen and the other just above your hand on your torso.
  • Inhale through your nose and mentally count to four, expanding your belly as you fill it with air.
  • Exhale while counting to four and release all the air from your belly. Note the rise and fall of your hand on your abdomen.

When you have become adept at belly breathing while reclining, you can try it at different times throughout your day while you’re sitting or standing.

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Orange Couscous with Almonds, Raisins and Mint

CouscousTry something new with couscous!

This dish can be served on its own or with chicken, beef or sautéed vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, rinsed, dried and chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1 medium orange, rinsed, for 1 tablespoon zest (use a grater to take a thin layer of skin off the orange)

Put your own spin on this recipe by experimenting with other healthy mix-ins like grapes.

 Directions

  1. Combine chicken broth and raisins in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Add couscous, and return to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat.
  3. Let the saucepan stand for about 5 minutes, until the couscous has absorbed all of the broth.
  4. Meanwhile, toast almonds in a toaster oven on a foil-lined tray for about 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Remove the lid and fluff the couscous with a fork. Gently mix in the mint, almonds and orange zest. Serve immediately.

Number of servings: 4

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Surviving A Stroke: Every Moment Counts

StrokeAwareEach year there are more than 700,000 strokes in the United States.* A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is halted.

In the case of a stroke, every moment counts. Lack of blood causes brain cells to begin dying within minutes. Early recognition and treatment of a stroke is critical to minimize damage. Strokes are the leading cause of serious long-term disability.

Are you at risk? Take our free StrokeAware Risk Screening to find out.

Recognize the warning signs

Because early recognition of a stroke is essential to help save lives, it is important to know the signs that a stroke may be occurring:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you suspect a stroke, call 911 as soon as possible. Emergency teams are prepared to help those suffering from stroke.

Rehabilitation after a stroke: Damage from strokes can vary, causing mild to severe disabilities affecting multiple areas of the body. There are different therapy techniques to help stroke patients relearn skills.

Movement control and pain or difficulty with the senses: Strokes can cause a range of muscle or nerve impairments from muscle weakness to paralysis. Exercises with physical and occupational therapists can help strengthen and stretch muscles.

Language, memory and thinking: Often those who have suffered a stroke have difficulty forming coherent sentences, and need help learning to communicate effectively. There can also be challenges with memory and other thinking processes. Speech and language therapists can help stroke victims learn to communicate clearly again as well as improve memory.

Emotional health: Stroke can often have a noticeable effect on behavior or judgment. Stroke sufferers can experience feelings of anxiety, fear or depression, as well as frustration stemming from a slow and difficult recovery. Open communication with the health care team about emotional health problems is essential to any recovery plan. Help can come from professional sources such as doctors and counselors, as well as from family, friends and patient support groups.

* Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, www.ninds.nih.gov.

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Wellness Wednesday: Safety Tips for Exercising in the Cold

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The cold weather is here!

If you plan on exercising outdoors, keep yourself safe by following these simple tips:

  • Check the weather report before going out. Watch out for weather advisories and consider your safety in the event ice is present.
  • Wear layers of clothing and keep your head and hands covered.
  • Stay hydrated, even when in the cold. Hydration is necessary in order for your body to regulate temperature.
  • Check in with your body as you exercise. Don’t let those ‘endorphins’ numb your awareness. Perform a quick, mental, body scan every 10 minutes. That way you can pick up on signs of discomfort that could signal the beginnings of hypothermia before it becomes a problem.

Courtesy About.com

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Lentil Stew

VegetableStewHere’s a great recipe that uses good-for-you greens — kale and chard.

 Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt (optional)
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 cups chard, chopped
  • 2 cups dried lentils
  • 8 cups vegetable broth (or stock)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes (16 ounces)
  • Fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt (optional)
  • Potatoes (optional)

Directions

  1. Sauté onion and garlic with olive oil.
  2. Combine sauté mix with the rest of the ingredients (except yogurt) in a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Spoon stew in bowls to serve and top with a dollop of fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt (optional).

Serves 8.

Per serving: 250 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 260 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrates, 14 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar, 14 g protein, 100 percent vitamin A, 60 percent vitamin C, 15 percent calcium, 35 percent iron. Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recipefinder.nal.usda.gov.

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