Saint Agnes Medical Center

SPR 2018

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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3 w w w . s a m c . c o m S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 H E A LT H Y S P I R I T Health Central News Emergency info for babysitters Parents who occasionally have friends or relatives watch their children are often remiss in providing essential information on dealing with emergencies, according to a report from C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan. In a survey of close to 400 parents with at least one young child, about half didn't post their work or cell phone numbers or the number of the child's pediatrician in an easy-to-see location. In addition, about 550 adults who don't have children in their households were asked how they would handle different urgent childcare situations, and responses tended to vary. In one hypothetical example of a 3-year-old swallowing a medication, 49 percent of adults would call a poison control center, while 38 percent would take the child to the emergency room. The medical experts recommend that parents make sure they prepare babysitters for emergencies and explain their preferences on how to handle various situations, especially if the sitters don't have young children themselves. Clearing the air about kids and asthma Being overweight takes an extra toll on young children with asthma who don't use inhalers to control their symptoms. That's the conclusion of a new study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology . Researchers looked at data from three different clinical trials that included a total of 736 children ages 2 to 5 for several years. Participants were divided into groups: Some used inhalers daily, others used them intermittently, and some children received placebos while some had no treatment. The overweight preschoolers who didn't use inhalers had 70 percent more days with asthma symptoms per year compared with their untreated peers who were at a healthy weight. However, researchers also found that daily use of inhalers reduced the number of days with asthma symptoms for both overweight and normal weight children, and using an inhaler may be even more beneficial for overweight children. Heart health program Women of all ages are invited to join a free program dedicated to improving heart health! The Heart & Soul program at Saint Agnes Medical Center is designed to help women improve cardiac health, lose weight, lower total cholesterol, begin an exercise routine and adopt a healthier diet. For more information or to register, visit heart-and-soul. what is it ? Spirit of Women began with one simple goal: to encourage women and their families to take action for good health in a fun and inspiring way. Today, it is a network of over 100 hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide. Saint Agnes Medical Center is the only hospital in the Central Valley to partner with Spirit, joining efforts to find innovative ways to educate and inspire women to improve their health. As a Spirit member, you'll enjoy opportunities to connect with other women who have similar questions, concerns and interests, receive special invitations to exclusive health events and seminars, attend no- or low-cost health screenings throughout the year, and gain access to the new Spirit website – where health and wellness resources are tailored to you! how do I get it ? Text "Spirit" to 58124, or join online at

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