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Blog - Women's Wednesday

  • Adult Vaccination Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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    When it comes to vaccinations most often childhood vaccinations come to mind. There are however adult vaccination recommendations from the CDC that apply to adults over 18 years of age. View Recommended Immunizations for Adults: By Age from the CDC (PDF – 201 KB) Footnotes: Flu: There are several flu vaccines available. Talk to your healthcare professional about which flu vaccine is right for you Tdap: If you are pregnant, you should get a Tdap vaccine during the 3rd trimester of...

  • Stress Relief Measures

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    Stress can physically affect your body by causing aches; pains; a feeling of decreased energy; and sleeping troubles. Emotionally, stress can cause feelings of anxiety; depression; anger; helplessness; irritability; impatience; and forgetfulness ( So what are some ways that we can combat stress? The American Heart Association suggests 12 ways in which we can find a better balance and reduce our stress: (1) Encourage positive self-talk at least once per day. One example of positive...

  • Smoking Cessation: Free Help is Available

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    Did you know that Blake Medical Center now offers free smoking cessation classes? These classes cover all forms of tobacco and are sponsored by Gulfcoast South AHEC and the Florida Department of Health. The classes take place adjacent to Blake Medical Center in the Medical Arts Building, 2010 59th Street West. All classes are free and run from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm the second Thursday of every month. Nicotine replacement tools (patches, gum and lozenges) are provided free of charge while supplies ...

  • Lung CT Screenings: New Recommendations

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    Lung cancer kills more people in the U.S. than other types of cancer ( New lung cancer screening guidelines have been recommended by the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Task Force.  It’s time to breathe a little easier with this simple screening that could ease your worries and save your life. Are you at risk for lung cancer? Consider a lung screening if the following statements describe you: You are between 55 and 77 years of age You are a current ...

  • Healthy Holiday Eating: Tips for Making Healthy Choices

    | Posted by Jodi Miranda, RN, BSN, PCCN

    The holidays are typically a time filled with family, fun, and especially food! So how can we enjoy the holidays, eat the foods we love, and stick to a heart healthy lifestyle? It may take some effort and a little creativity but the American Heart Association (AHA) has come up with some easy ways to avoid the high calories and high fats in the food and drinks we love without too much sacrificing! Holiday Beverages Eggnog: Use ½ to ¾ skim milk (or almond milk/coconut milk) and one ...