Archive for September, 2011

Learn to ‘eat smart, live well’

    Northfield Hospital & Clinics is offering a three-part nutrition class on consecutive Monday evenings this fall from October 10 through October 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

     Nutrition therapists Kristi Von Ruden, L.D., R.D., and Courtney Eby, L.D., R.D., will discuss key nutrition topics, such as Portion Sizes and Label Reading, The Skinny on Fat, Fiber and Sugar; and Emotional Eating.

    Von Ruden says that understanding our bodies’ needs and the consequences of taking nutritional shortcuts are important to maintaining good health and weight, as well as avoiding chronic disease.

   “We live in a culture that tries to persuade us that bigger is better, but we need to be in charge of the food choices we make,” she said.

   The fee for the series is $40; employees and family members will receive a 50 percent discount. One and a half CEU credits will be available for each session at no additional charge.

   Space is limited. To register, call Nancy at 1035 or e-mail to: moen@northfieldhospital.org..

Breast Care Center offers ‘spa’ experience

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is offering a “mini-spa experience” with every mammogram scheduled on10 dedicated days in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Those scheduling mammograms October 3 & 4, 11 & 12, 18–20, or 26–28 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. will be treated to a mini-massage, complimentary specialty beverages and treats, and a parting gift. Evening appointments are available on Thursday, Oct. 27, but the massage will not be available.

Sandy Mulford, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Northfield Hospital, said the “spa event” is an effort to encourage women to have an annual exam. Early detection can save lives and increase treatment options, she said.

The Breast Care Center features a direct-digital mammogram unit with a mammo pad for extra comfort. The direct digital system provides a clearer image and more detail. This leads to more accurate diagnoses and the ability to detect cancers at an earlier stage.

“The goal of screening exams is to find cancer before symptoms are expressed,” Mulford said. “Early detection saves many thousands of lives each year. Following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for screenings improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.”

The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend annual screening beginning at age 40, or earlier for women with certain risk factors. More information on screening guidelines is available here.

To make your appointment, call 507-646-1143.

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