A Turning Point in Life with Lovelace Bariatrics

Daphne Mitchell, 35, doesn’t take an opportunity to go with friends on a short road trip outside of Albuquerque to pick wild raspberries for granted. “It blows my mind,” she says. It was a day she didn’t think was possible just a few years earlier. Walking any distance at all, let alone standing for more than five minutes, was a struggle for Daphne, who at her peak reached 530 pounds. “The doctor said I had almost bone-to-bone arthritis in both knees. He said if I didn’t lose weight that would be the least of my health concerns.”

4 tips you will want to know to keep your baby safe

September is Baby Safety Month, and although we should always be taking the best measures to ensure our little ones’ safety, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has dedicated this month to raising awareness about the hidden hazards in our homes. 
Here are some of the tips JPMA suggests to creating a safer home for your infant: 
  1. Keep loose change, buttons, beads, and any other small items in a bucket or jar out of the reach of children. Children can easily ingest these.  

Back-to-school breakfast ideas with Lovelace resident dietician Teresa Anderson, CDE

August is National Kids Eat Right month. It also happens to be back to school month for the kids in New Mexico. Last week we wrote about the importance of nutrition in our kids’ breakfasts. Today we are going to break it down a little more simply with our resident dietician Teresa Anderson, CDE.
What happens to a child who goes to school after skipping breakfast?

New abdominal stent graft system debuts at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico rarely gets to claim a “world’s first” in anything, but Dr. Steve Henao, chief of vascular surgery at the New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI), made big news when he became the first vascular surgeon in the world to use a new abdominal stent graft system at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center.

Back To School and Back to Healthy Breakfasts

The summer is winding down and kids are getting back into the struggle of an early morning routine. Some days it feels like a victory that you got them dressed and to class on time. One part of your child’s morning which is often overlooked – but shouldn’t be – is getting a good breakfast.
Did you know that children who eat a healthy breakfast perform better in school than those who eat sugary cereal or nothing at all? Here are some specific reasons making sure a balanced breakfast is a priority for your child:

Six Tips to get your kids back to bed for back to school

Back to school time is in full swing in New Mexico, and while we are hustling to get the kiddos organized and prepped with all the essentials (like the sports physicals we talked about last week), we cannot ignore one of the most basic human needs: sleep.
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep helps you perform better throughout the day, but this is even more true for growing children learning how to perform well in school. 

Back To School Sports Physicals

It’s back to school time, a time when we have a ton of things to check off the list: new clothes, new books and supplies, getting enrolled in some fun physical sports for good exercise, and more. Before you completely check off the sports part, you want to consider getting your teenaged-child a sports physical to minimize risk of injury. 

Quick tips on preventing West Nile Virus this summer

Summer in New Mexico means rain, and rain means mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitoes aren’t just an annoyance: they can also carry disease, such as West Nile virus.

The Albuquerque Health Department recently confirmed that there have been mosquitoes in our area that have tested positive for West Nile virus. While the virus does not produce symptoms in most people, some people will develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7

Every year in the first week of August, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) organizes World Breastfeeding Week, which seeks to bring awareness to the importance of how women and families can make breastfeeding and work function together. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”

To help mark the occasion, Lovelace Health System has tips to help working mothers plan their return to work or school after the birth of their child with breastfeeding in mind.

While pregnant:

Container Gardens Offer Scalable Gardening for Beginners

Gardening can be easier said than done. There are many factors to consider when growing your own produce – climate, soil, planting season, watering, drainage, harvest time, and pests. And then do you have adequate space and the time to maintain a garden? For those who would like to tip-toe into gardening, without the commitment of half of the backyard, or most of your evenings and weekends spent pruning, container gardens are a great option. Additionally, plants in containers are at a more comfortable level for those who may not be able to bend down to maintain a traditional garden.