What should you do when candy treats are brought home? Parents or a supervising adult should inspect all Halloween treats before children eat them. When in doubt, throw it out! Halloween is the perfect time to teach children moderation in eating. Help kids include their treats in a healthy eating plan, set limits on when … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthy Halloween – Part 2”

One moment, a Benedictine Sister, associate or Catholic priest might be praying with a man before he is wheeled into the operating room. Ten minutes later, they might be visiting and laughing with a child who has a broken leg or celebrating with a woman who has just given birth. Later still hospice or palliative … Continue reading “National Pastoral Care Week: Celebrating Those Who Help Us Keep the Faith”

Who doesn’t remember the thrill of trick-or-treating on Halloween and coming home with a bag full of candy? The once-a-year candy marathon of year’s past has morphed into multiple fall festivals at churches and schools, as well as the traditional door-knocking on October 31st.  All with candy treats that trick our youngsters into consuming too … Continue reading “A Happy and Healthier Halloween – Part 1”

  Growing up, Dr. Joseph Kosinski knew he wanted to pursue a career in science. After graduating from Notre Dame with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, he worked for several years as a chemist, studying in a lab. “I enjoyed chemistry, but the work was so dry,” he said. “I wanted to interact and work … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Joseph Kosinski”

Pain is the body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. It can appear suddenly or build slowly over time. It can range from mild and intermittent to severe and persistent. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) indicates that acute pain, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain. So how … Continue reading “Five Tips for Managing Chronic Pain”

  Wouldn’t it be great if there were a program that provided comprehensive health services – basically ALL needed health services – to elderly individuals in a way that would allow them to “age in place” in their homes, maintaining their independence as long as possible? And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the seniors themselves … Continue reading “Total Life Healthcare is a PACE program – Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly – And it’s right here in Jonesboro”

Dr. Willie Hurst has made it his life’s work to improve the lives of families in Northeast Arkansas. He serves as medical director for the Jonesboro Church Health Center, a clinic for low-income uninsured individuals. With his wife, Honey, he also founded a non-profit organization called Kids at The Cross to support children and teens … Continue reading “Physician Spotlight: Dr. Willie Hurst”

We’ve all seen it, and perhaps even done it: Looked at the cell phone while driving. Distracted driving isn’t just texting – it’s any activity that takes your attention away from driving. This includes using a cell phone to call or text while driving, changing a CD or grabbing something from the floorboard. Distracted driving … Continue reading “Fighting Distracted Driving: How to Stay Safe”

According to Health.com, depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles.  But it can also be brought on by small choices we make every day that suck the happiness out of daily life, choices that we may not realize are impacting attitudes. … Continue reading “10 Worst Habits for Mental Health”

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That means one out of every 11 Americans has the chronic disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. It includes people whose bodies do not make enough insulin (Type 1 Diabetics), those whose bodies do not use insulin properly (Type 2) and … Continue reading “Managing Diabetes? We Can Help.”