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Woman’s Remembers Katrina 10 Years Later

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Picture9Ten years ago today, residents of south Louisiana were boarding up their homes, stocking up on hurricane supplies and facing horrendous traffic along the interstates as Hurricane Katrina took aim.

Many people prepared for the worst, but no one could have expected what happened. As flood waters raced through the streets of New Orleans, those who couldn’t evacuate – many of whom were pregnant women or newborns requiring intensive care – were in danger and needed help.

Before and After Katrina

Posted by: Connie McLeod on Aug 27, 2015 in Emotions, Motivation

As south Louisiana remembers the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Woman’s Hospital and its employees reflect on what they went through to help care for hundreds of evacuated women and babies from New Orleans area hospitals. This is one employee’s story.

Before and after Katrina is how we mark time down here in south Louisiana. There’s been other storms since then, but 10 years later, if someone talks about THE storm, you know they’re talking about Katrina. It’s the event that changed our lives forever. What makes my story somewhat unique is that it was during this dark, stormy time that I experienced the best of humankind.evac


As the storm approached the bigger event in my life was that my husband had moved out the week before. I would be weathering the storm without him with my then 15-year-old daughter. I don’t remember being worried; I’d been through hurricanes before and knew the drill. Baton Rouge is far enough inland that it’s where people evacuate. The next morning the storm had barely impacted us and I went back to work.

Woman’s Wellness Minute: Bone Health

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 24, 2015 in Health

Protecting your bone health may not sound important to you now, but did you know that most people reach their peak bone mass by age 30?  Bones have many important roles in the body.  They provide structure, they protect vital organs, they anchor muscles and they store calcium.

As you age, your body begins to make less new bone.  As the normal process of old bone breaking down continues, less new bone is being made which results in less bone mass.  Osteoporosis or “porous bone” is a condition that is characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.  Bones can become weak and brittle and may fracture easily.  Typically osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures to the wrist, hip and spine.

Getting Your Plate in Shape

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 19, 2015 in Nutrition

The following post is written by Nutrition Services at Woman’s Center for Wellness.


Your diet is one of the biggest factors to your fitness, and what you put on your plate affects not only your weight, but also your mood, energy levels and general physical health.

Next time you’re eating dinner, take a peek at your plate before digging in. If it’s in need of a healthy makeover, follow these tips to get your plate back in shape.

First Step to a Healthier You

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 17, 2015 in Exercise

Summer is coming to a close. Soon the kids will be back in school, the weather will get cooler and you’ll have more free time to enjoy activities for yourself. So why not go for a walk?

Walking is a great exercise tool that can improve your body, mind and emotions. Just a 30-minute walk, three times a day, can make you healthier and happier. Take the first step – literally – toward a healthier you by going for a walk.

Lunch Break Recipe: Chicken and Berries with Mixed Greens

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 13, 2015 in Nutrition

Balsamic vinegar adds some sweetness and brings out the sugars in the fruit.

Looking for a quick, easy and healthy lunch option, try this chicken and berries mixed salad next time you’re in a rush.

The recipe is filled with fruit and vegetables and uses chicken breast as a healthy protein. The balsamic vinegar enhances the sweetness of the fruit while keeping sugar and other artificial sweeteners out.

Try it and tell us what you think.

Held Together By a String

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 12, 2015 in Health, Motivation, Nutrition

Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day? Most women I know spread themselves so thin that they can barely keep their head above water. Keeping your life ‘put together’ will help lower your stress level.

Did you know that stress is one of the leading causes of mindless eating? Most people turn to food in times of stress. Have you ever thought about other ways stress impacts your life? Do you skip exercising when you are stressed?

Motivate – “Motivation is the doorway to success”

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Aug 10, 2015 in Motivation


Motivation energizes, directs and sustains behavior. It is the determining factor that initiates behavior change, the force that determines what behaviors an individual chooses and it affects a person’s persistence in regards to behavioral patterns.

Examine your motivation for your behavior change. Keeping your motivational factor in the forefront will guarantee and sustain your success.

Back-to-School Stress Busters for Parents

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 29, 2015 in Health

For many children in Baton Rouge, August 6 marks the first day of school. While you may be looking forward to having the kids out of the house and back to a structured routine, there’s a lot to do before that first day.

As families get ready for school, parents can be overwhelmed by the pressure that comes from getting school supplies, buying new clothes and making plans, as well as the daily work and household responsibilities. But back to school doesn’t have to mean back to the crazy life.

Woman’s Wellness Minute: Safe Swimming this Summer

Posted by: HealthySelf Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2015 in Health

The Department of Health and Hospitals recently released warnings about swimming or taking part in other water-based activities if you have an open wound present on your body.  Louisiana DHH Secretary, Kathy Kliebert says that in most cases, water activities are safe if you take the proper precautions. Many of these infections occur in the Gulf Coast regions. 

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