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Healthy Holidays to All

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Pardee Signature Care and Lighten Up 4 Life are here to help you make healthy decisions this holiday season. Maureen, with LightenUp4Life, how can we get through the holidays without gaining weight?

Maintain, don't gain this Holiday Season. What does this mean? And how? Not to worry, Lighten Up 4 Life is here to help you. We have tips, skills to share and ideas that can help you steer through the holidays without adding on extra pounds.

  1. Challenge yourself to maintain your weight this season. Don't let the holidays rule you; you're in charge!
  2. Plan ahead. Choose your recipes ahead of time, create a shopping list, and don't be tempted to purchase those delicious holiday cookies in the checkout lane. The more you plan, the better prepared you will be to say no to tempting treats. I've shared some of my favorite recipes on the LightenUp4LIfe Pinterest Page.
  3. Don't forget to exercise. By squeezing in 30-minute workouts each week, you shouldn't have to worry about squeezing into your jeans after the holidays are over.
  4. And this is important, don't forget to laugh a little along the way. When the cookies burn, Aunt Minnie's gravy turns lumpy, and your cat just ate all the tinsel on the tree, just remember, you still have much to be thankful for this holiday season.


Sarah, with Pardee Signature Care Center, how do we control emotions and save on 'mindlessly eating' those extra calories?

As part of the Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Season, it's important to remember that during this time we may experience an overabundance of emotions. We love the decorations, the food and the warmth of close friends and family. However, the season takes on a different outlook when we feel like we are being pulled in a million directions. We may worry because our house we cleaned for 5 hours is now becoming a mess, our family is in a heated discussion, and the children are screaming in the background. Yes. We are overjoyed on the outside, but sometimes we can have a flood of emotions washing over us internally. When you're stressed, tired and emotional, it's easy to overeat. How can we get through the holiday season without consuming those extra calories.

  1. Take a break. By taking a 5-minute break, you can focus on breathing, and focused breathing can reduce blood pressure and anxiety.
  2. Don't sweat the small stuff. So what if your living room did not get painted before your family arrived. Focus on the important things. I loved what Maureen said earlier about taking time to laugh at the small worries that seem to consume us and focus on what really matters.
  3. Avoid mindless eating. Mindless eating happens when we intend on eating a handful of chips, we get busy, and then we turn to the bag and realize more than half of the chips in the bag are gone. Avoid falling in to this trap by drinking plenty of water and being aware of your portions. Instead of laying the chip bag on the counter, remove the amount that is listed on the serving size. This way, you can track your calories, and snack guilt free.

Remember, Lighten Up 4 Life and Pardee Signature Care is here to help you through the holidays by helping you find a healthy balance between eating, exercise and stress reduction. As we said above, we love to laugh, so please share stories with us on your holiday mishaps, and some helpful things you learned along the way to stay healthy through the holidays.


Our first LightenUp4Life Challenge is coming up in January, so grab some friends and register today. Our free online tools and newsletters can teach you how to make healthier choices for you and your family.

Posted in: Wellness

UNC Health Care Telemedicine Lunch and Learn: Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

The community is invited to a Lunch and Learn workshop entitles "Coping with Cancer During the Holidays," from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday, December 12, at Pardee Hospital, located at 800 North Justice Street in Hendersonville.

Presenter, Justin Yopp, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry and the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. He provides clinical services to children, adolescents and adults with cancer or affected by cancer.

This free community event will be located in the Video Conference Room on the ground floor of Pardee Hospital. Directional signs will be posted at the main entrance as well as the parking garage. A complimentary light lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, please call (828) 696-1341. Seating is limited and registration is requested by 4:30 p.m. on December 9.

The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee offers the latest cancer treatment technology available today while focusing on a commitment to patient-centered care. This is done by providing compassionate care for all patients and their families. Their efforts are focused on research, providing quality care close to home, education and offering cancer screenings throughout the community. The mission of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee is to support the National Cancer Institute's goal to ultimately eliminate suffering and death due to cancer in Henderson County and western North Carolina.

The UNC Cancer Network seeks to improve cancer care and support across the state of North Carolina through the integration of cancer support programs. These programs include telemedicine, patient navigation and clinical research. Our affiliation with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee allows the community to receive world class cancer care right here in Henderson County.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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Today is World Diabetes Day

Help Pardee raise awareness about diabetes by wearing blue today!



Our guest blog for November comes from our Coordinator for the Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Pardee: 

This awareness day was created in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation to bring attention to the rising rate of diabetes worldwide, and to keep the issues and concerns of people living and dealing with diabetes in the spotlight. The theme for World Diabetes Day is "Healthy Living and Diabetes."

November 14 was the celebration date chosen, in memory of the birthday of Frederick Banting, one of the pioneers in insulin research, and of his discovery of insulin in 1921. Today, more than 382 million people worldwide have diabetes. The United States ranks 3rd in the world for number of people with diabetes – only India and China surpass us.

Nina Lovern, BSN, RN-BC, CDE



Are you at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes? Take our free virtual screening to find out.

Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

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Pardee Hosts Final Spirit of Women Seminar for 2014

We had a great turnout at our final Spirit of Women seminar for 2014 - Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes.

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Those who attended did not only learn how to manage and prevent diabetes, but they also enjoyed a taste of Spanish cuisine, compliments of Ingles Markets. Our engaging speakers for the night included Nina Lovern from Pardee's Perspectives Diabetes Self-Management Education Program, Erin Calloway from YMCA of Western North Carolina and Jason Lasuzzo from Pardee Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness.

The YMCA also led everyone in light exercises, followed by Q&A with Pardee and YMCA services.

This was a great way to wrap up our 2014 Spirit of Women series, and we're excited to release our 2015 event and seminar schedule soon.

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Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes

The Pardee Spirit of Women Program will host, "Spain: Your Adventure Against Diabetes" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the Pardee Signature Care Center.

Pardee will promote female health regarding diabetes through education regarding managing weight, lowering diabetes risk and boosting overall health. Through the application of simple choices, influenced by the culture of Spain, attendees will learn to lower chances of acquiring diabetes and lower risks of complications for individuals with the disease. Presenters include Nina Lovern, from the Perspectives Diabetes Education Program, Erin Calloway, from the YMCA of WNC, and Rachel Heath, from Pardee Rehab & Wellness. Other Pardee Services, Pardee physician offices and the YMCA will also be present and provide information at the event.

A taste of Spanish cuisine is included. Register by calling the Pardee Signature Care Center at (828) 692-4600.

Pardee is proud to be a Spirit of Women hospital – a network of hospitals and health care systems across the nation that inspire healthy lifestyle choices for women and their families. Pardee's Spirit of Women seminars, screenings and events will empower women to address and improve the health issues that affect them each day. Be a part of the movement and help us inspire the mothers, wives, sisters and friends in our community to take action and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) or visit www.pardeehospital.org.

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