YOGA- Meditation

The Truth About Yoga

On February 25, the hospital will be hosting a wellness activity focusing on yoga. The first class will be held at 10 am at the billing office and the next will be held at 1 pm at the hospital’s meeting room. Bring your yoga mat or towel and come learn more about yoga and experience for yourself what it can do for you!

Yoga is “any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquillity, etc…” (dictionary.com). People who aren’t familiar with yoga tend to think it’s bending your body in crazy ways and shapes–which it definitely can be! But the truth is there’s so much more to yoga. Yoga keeps us physically and mentally healthy. It helps us journey inward to understand ourselves better. It helps us find peace and serenity in our lives.

I’ve been practicing yoga for over four years now and have come across many people who are intimidated by yoga. Something I often hear is, “I’m not flexible enough to practice yoga.” Or, “yoga is only for girls.” Although I can understand these sentiments, I have to say I disagree! “If you can breathe, you can do yoga”, Krishnamacharya used to say. He is often referred to as “The Father of Modern Yoga”

Yoga is about progression. Not only is it about physical progression, the excitement of perfecting new asanas or poses is motivating and exhilarating. But it’s also about mastering your thoughts, learning how to quiet your mind in the midst of a bustling world after a hectic day. As you move from pose to pose, you are always breathing and focusing on your inhales and exhales. This is what helps calm your mind. It can help destress, calm depression and anxiety, and can make you happier.

There are so many ways we can practice yoga, it doesn’t matter if we have five minutes or an hour and half. You can do yoga whenever and wherever as there are various mediums of practicing. You can go to a class, you can look up videos on Youtube, or you can read books on yoga. I personally follow a lot of yoga instructors on social media and try to figure out how they get into certain poses. No matter how you choose to learn, I promise if you give it an honest try that you will see an improvement in your life.

 

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Cold Virus

Cold Season is Upon Us!

If you’re like me, cold season has finally caught up to you. I’m not talking about the snow and negative temperatures cold, I’m talking about the sneezing and coughing cold. Did you know that the viruses that cause the common cold spread more easily in dry, cold air? This explains why colds go around this time of year. In the winter months we spend more time indoors, closer to other people, which means we are exposing ourselves to germs more often. That also explains why so many people are plagued with the common cold this time of year. Follow these simple steps to avoid getting the dreaded common cold:

  • Get enough sleep- Getting enough sleep helps boost your bodies immune system which will help fight off the cold virus.
  • Wash your hands- Wash your hands frequently. Make sure you are using soap and that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Disinfect surfaces- Use household disinfectant to clean surfaces that are commonly touched. This may include doorknobs, handles, phones, counter tops, remotes, etc.
  • Avoid touching your eyes and nose- The easiest place for the cold virus to enter your body is through your eyes and nose, which we commonly touch without realizing.  Be aware.

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Be Heart Healthy-Cardiovascular Screening

 

 Heart Screening Overflow will be March 19th.

(spots still available)

 

The leading cause of death in Madison County is cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, this condition can be prevented or delayed. Madison Memorial Hospital is here to keep you healthy!

On February 27th we are offering our annual preventative care screening for only $90, a small fraction of the normal price, to help everyone!

These screenings are cash, check, or card basis; or you may complete a payroll deduction, and it will not be billed to the insurance. This will be open until appointments are filled.

Call 208-359-9800
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We have joined with Idaho Heart Institute to offer this screening to provide you with information that will help you make the right decisions for your life.

Each of the screenings below will help determine your heart disease risk:
• Stroke screening Ultrasound: Checks for narrowing and blockages of the main arteries in the neck.
• 12-lead Electrocardiogram (ECG): Measures the electrical activity of the heart.
• Blood Cholesterol and Hemoglobin A1c Measurements*: Checks A1c levels in blood.
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound: Checks for an aneurysm, a bulge or weakness in the aorta, the major blood vessel in the abdomen.
• Peripheral Artery Disease Screening: Screens for blockages and plaque buildup in the legs.
• Body Mass Index: Assesses your body weight relative to height.
• Blood Pressure: Measures the blood pressure against the walls of the arteries.

*The blood work portion of the screening (blood cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c measurements) is optional. If you choose not to complete blood work, the cost of the remaining six screening tests is $75

This screening will specifically identify your risk factors and recommend a course of action to help you improve your heart and vascular health!

 

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Three Steps to Prevent Falling on Ice

Madison Emergency visits due to falls almost doubles during the winter months in comparison to the summer months. Ice/snow can contribute to this number. If you’re like me, your home has had ice buildup to the point of ice dams in your gutters and ice cycles that drip on your driveway, sidewalk, and front steps. The following three steps will help prevent you from the fall I experienced last night:

1. Eliminate ice. Despite the claims salt devastate your concrete, there are special types of ice melt that are better to use on concrete. All you have to do is throw it on the ice, let it sit for about an hour and then shovel the slushy ice away.

2. Ice dams will melt, drip onto the ground and cause the ground to be icy. Stop that from happening by melting the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Make sure you do NOT use rock salt as it will damage paint and metal. Use a leg from a pair of panty hose, fill it with calcium chloride and lay it vertically across the ice dam. The ice will slowly melt and a path will be cleared for underlying water to freely flow into your gutters. (see more here)

3. Ice is everywhere, so when you are walking outside take small steps to keep your center of balance underneath you, walk slowly and for extra balance keep your hands free, and pay attention to the hazards that may exist.

Overall, preventing falls will save you and our community thousand of dollars weekly! To give you ideas of what you can do to prevent falls, learn from an engineer at Madison Memorial Hospital to see what we do for ice. Please watch the video below, and make plans:

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