Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health

October 22, 2020

If you’ve been putting off care, these last months of the year are a great time to schedule your preventive care or procedure – before your insurance deductible resets in January.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19

July 13, 2020

During difficult times like we are currently experiencing, many of us are faced with unforeseen physical, social and economic challenges that can elevate stress, depression and other mental health issues and even have an impact on those who normally are not affected by these conditions.

10 Tips to Help You Manage Your Stress, Sleep Better and Be Healthier

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our lives significantly, but change can create opportunity. Now would be a good time for a fresh start tackling new projects, setting new goals and finding new ways to get and stay healthy – including reducing the amount of stress in your life.

White Bean Chicken Chili

February 21, 2020

Cozy up with this tasty chili that can also be easily adapted for a slow cooker. The lean protein in the chicken and beans will fuel up your heart and muscles.

Know Your Numbers, Know Your Heart

February 14, 2020

One step in taking an active role in your heart health is knowing the specific numbers that play an important role for your heart. Here are the key factors to know about.

30 Minutes a Day Can Help Keep Heart Disease Away

February 7, 2020

Did you know that exercising as little as 30 minutes each day can improve your heart health and quality of life? We’ve got ideas for simple activities you can do at home and at work.

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: Where should you go?

February 4, 2020

It can be hard to know whether an injury or illness should be seen at urgent care or the emergency room. Especially if there has been a minor accident at home, it is common for patients to panic and seek out the ER when an urgent care center would have been able to handle the condition.

Do you know the symptoms of a heart attack?

January 31, 2020

When a heart attack strikes, minutes matter. Those first few minutes following a heart attack are critical in determining the short-term and long-term outcome for the patient. According to the National Institutes of Health, about half of those who die from heart attacks will die within an hour of their first symptom.

Sleep, Glorious Sleep: Resolving to Get the Rest You Need This Year

January 24, 2020

Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions yet? As the calendar turns to a fresh page, many of us make a fresh resolve to eat better, do better and be better. But have you ever made a resolution to sleep better? It’s one you may want to consider.

This lung scan could save your life

January 15, 2020

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in America, claiming more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, according to the American Cancer Society. Clark Memorial Health is working against that statistic by offering an affordable low-dose CT lung scan, the best screening available to catch lung cancer early, when it is most treatable.

Is it a cold or the flu? How to tell and what to do

January 3, 2020

Despite the joy in the air around the holidays, we are all more susceptible to the common cold and influenza from the late fall to early spring each year. I want to outline a few important items to keep in mind should you or someone you care for show signs of either.

Don’t fall into the trap of holiday weight gain

December 19, 2019

The holidays are a joyous time for many people, but some of our customs tend to have a not-so-positive impact on our health. Holiday gatherings tend to involve meals as a focal point. There is nothing inherently wrong with this practice. Everybody has to eat, right?

Combat holiday stress and seasonal affective disorder

December 9, 2019

Most of us would consider the holiday season to be one of the best times of the year with all the time spent with family and friends, the excitement of gift giving and receiving, and the wonderful meals that tend to be the focal point of gatherings. At the same time, the holidays can be very stressful and even have the effect of bringing down mood rather than boosting it for some people.

Let Your Heart Be Light: Taking Care of Yourself During the Busy Holiday Season

December 2, 2019

December is often called the most wonderful time of the year – and for good reason. Visits with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing delicious meals and giving back to charitable causes are all great reasons to celebrate during this festive time of year. Unfortunately – for many of us – December is often the most stressful time of the year as well.

DIABETES: What You Should Know

November 6, 2019

If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes.

The Fight Doesn’t End October 31

October 15, 2019

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to review our knowledge of this disease, shine a spotlight on its risks and symptoms, and raise awareness of how we can help fight it.

Lower Your Cholesterol, Lower Your Risk

September 3, 2019

“Cholesterol” is probably one of the most common words you hear when it comes to heart disease, what and what not to eat, and general health and well-being.

Safe Medication Habits Promote Healthy Homes and Communities

August 22, 2019

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re no stranger to taking medicine. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and 29 percent take five or more. Medications are a vital part of healing . . .

Healthy Habits to Ensure a Successful School Year for Kids

August 2, 2019

When the days get shorter, it’s a good sign that another school year is just around the corner. As you begin to tackle your back-to-school to-do lists, we’ve got a few tips to help ensure that your family is ready for another successful and healthy school term.

Cookout Caution: Keeping Food Safety in Focus This Summer

July 1, 2019

Summer offers plentiful opportunities to gather outdoors with family and friends. Whether it’s the Fourth of July, Labor Day, an afternoon on the lake or one last hurrah before school days beckon again, al fresco celebrations are the order of the day when the sun is out and the temps are warm. And most gatherings have one particular ingredient in common . . .

Mind Your Brain

June 18, 2019

We all know about the importance of maintaining a healthy body and heart, but do we ever think about protecting our brain?

The One Test Every Man Should Have

June 13, 2019

Men can be notorious for procrastinating when it comes to scheduling their annual checkup, but Dr. Mark Edward Head with Clark Memorial Health says not making the appointment can be detrimental. “Annual checkups are important, because so many disease processes aren’t overtly disabling . . .

BE COOL: Tips to Help You Beat the Heat and Have a Safe and Healthy Summer

June 4, 2019

With summer in full swing, many of us are taking full advantage of this fun time of year, whether it’s hitting the road for a family vacation, getting out on the water, organizing pick-up games in the park or taking an early evening neighborhood stroll. However you choose to enjoy this season, following some key safety tips . . .

Find healing at Clark Memorial: Meet the providers of our Wellness Expo

April 30, 2019

We’d like to introduce you to some of our health care providers and services that you can learn more about at our Wellness Expo on May 18, 2019. Learn about all Clark Memorial Health has to offer our community, receive free health screenings, and enjoy a car show by the Wild Side Mustangs.

Caring for babies and educating families

April 15, 2019

Childbirth practices have changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Long gone are the days when women used ether or twilight sleep to manage their labor pain or had their healthy babies whisked away after delivery. Using evidence-based research . . .

Make 2019 Your Best Year Ever

December 21, 2018

The beginning of a new year means a fresh start. It is an opportunity to tackle new projects, set new goals and find new opportunities to get and stay healthy – including reducing the amount of stress in your life. But why does stress play such an important role in our health . . .

Lung Cancer: It’s Not Just a ‘Smoker’s Disease’

October 24, 2018

If you’re like many people, you may think of smoking as the most obvious cause for lung cancer. And while cigarette smoking has certainly been established as a major risk factor and the number one cause for lung cancer. . .

It’s More Than a Month

October 1, 2018

According to the American Cancer Society, by the end of 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in women, and about 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer) will have been diagnosed. With these estimates in mind, a woman currently has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer . . . .

How Much Do You Know About Prostate Cancer?

August 31, 2018

Prostate cancer is a condition often heard about, but perhaps seldom fully understood. In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Mark Head, MD, Internal Medicine at Spring Hill Internal Medicine at Clark Memorial Hospital, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions . . .

Suicide: What You Should Know

August 31, 2018

The issue of suicide is a very difficult and concerning topic to address – and, unfortunately, it is on the rise. In fact, a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows suicide rates increasing by 25 percent over nearly two decades through the end of 2016. . .

Cholesterol 101: What it is and why it matters

August 24, 2018

Cholesterol. You probably know that it’s an important factor when it comes to your overall health and wellness, but what is it, exactly? This month marks National Cholesterol Education Month . . . .

Colon Cancer Screening Age Lowered

June 26, 2018

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has recently released updated guidelines that lower the recommended age for colon cancer screening. According to the new ACS recommendations, those at average risk for colon cancer should begin screening at age 45 instead of 50. . . .

Keep Your Cool: How to prevent heat-related illness this summer

June 26, 2018

The pools are splashing. Campgrounds and ball fields are hopping. And the highways are filled with families heading out to spend quality time at beaches, mountains and other fun destinations across the country. All of this outdoor activity can only mean one thing – summer has officially arrived . . .

Top of Mind: Ending the Stigma around Mental Health

May 1, 2018

When it comes to our health, it can be easy to focus exclusively on physical health – making sure we are staying up to date on annual exams and screenings, committing to a regular exercise routine, eating nutritious foods and the like. But there is another important facet of our health that we should not ignore – our mental health. National Mental Health Month is observed each May . . .

Go Further with Food

March 6, 2018

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard it, and many of us have jokingly used the common saying amongst one another. But there really is a kernel of truth there. Eating healthy can help us be healthy. . . .

Is it Time for a Colonoscopy?

February 27, 2018

Do you remember when you used to put on your favorite bell bottoms and disco dance the night away? If you do, then it’s probably time to think about a routine colonoscopy screening. . . .

Be Smart. Love Your Heart.

January 30, 2018

Your heart is one of the hardest working muscles you’ve got. It ticks around the clock to keep you alive and only gets a break when you’re relaxing or sleeping. With so much riding on this essential muscle, it’s important to treat it smart . . .

Protecting Our Community from the Flu

January 30, 2018

At Clark Memorial Hospital, our mission is Making Communities Healthier. One way we do this is by engaging our communities and educating people about how they can maintain good health. Since flu season is in full swing, . . .

Heart Health

January 24, 2018

There are simple and practical things you can do to stay on top of your heart health. . .

Be Your Own Breast Friend

October 10, 2017

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. In fact, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. And with October . . . .

World Breastfeeding Week: The benefits of breastfeeding

July 31, 2017

Healthy behaviors for new moms and babies take the spotlight August 1 – 7 during World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), an opportunity for health-related groups across the world to focus their efforts on the benefits of breastfeeding. . .

World Hand Hygiene Day 2017

April 28, 2017

Wash your hands. How many times have we heard that oft-repeated refrain over our lifetimes? Since we were children, we’ve been encouraged to wash our hands after playing outside, before eating, after using the restroom and any one of a number of other occasions.

Help Safeguard Your Child and Your Community’s Health with Vaccinations

March 30, 2017

In recent years, there has been continued debate about the risks and benefits of vaccination, but despite the noise, one thing remains clear: vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives. And if that isn’t reason enough, childhood vaccinations are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics . . .