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November 2010

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Meal from Start to Finish Food, family and holidays go hand in hand. Before your family gathers around the table be sure that the food you are about to enjoy has been properly handled and that any leftovers are stored properly after the meal is over.

How to Have a Healthy Holiday Meal From Start to Finish Healthy Recipe: Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots Stop Kids From Smoking, Before They Start

November 6: 3pm Stories in the Forest at the St. Bernards Fun Forest located inside The Mall at Turtle Creek (Featuring: SHARP CEO, Beverly Nix) November 20: 5 p.m. Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Foundation

Ben E. Owens, recently retired president of St. Bernards Healthcare was one of three recipients of the Distinguished Service Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association. Owens was honored for “providing leadership, vision and commitment to St. Bernards, to the state, and to the regional planning councils, advisory boards and healthcare organizations.”

Each year foodborne illness is responsible for an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths.

Preparing the Meal • When working in the kitchen keep these rules in mind: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill • Keep pets out of the kitchen! Pets can bring in germs and bacteria on their paws and fur • If there is more than one person cooking, use paper towels instead of kitchen towels or sponges

At the Grocery Store • Try to keep food items separated in your shopping cart to prevent transfer of germs • Fresh cut items such as fruits and veggies should be refrigerated before and after purchase

Cleaning Up • Remember the 2 Hour Rule. Food left at room temperature longer than 2 hours should be thrown out • Leftover meat such as turkey should be removed from the bones before storage • Freeze or refrigerate all food in shallow, covered containers to allow food to cool evenly • Eat your leftovers within 3—4 days • Thoroughly heat all leftovers before eating For more ways on how to keep your family safe from foodborne illness visit:

Healthy Holiday Recipe: Maple-Ginger Glazed Carrots Ingredients: 4lbs. carrots (cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices) 1/4 cup water 1 Tbsp grated peeled fresh ginger 3 Tbsps margarine or butter 1/3 cup dark maple syrup (such as grade B) 1 Tbsp cider vinegar Salt & pepper Chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish Preparation: 1. In a 5 to 7 quart saucepot, combine carrots, water, ginger and 2 tablespoons margarine.


Cover and cook on medium 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until liquid has evaporated and carrots are almost tender. Add maple syrup, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, and heat to boiling on medium-high. Boil 8 to 10minutes or until syrup is thick and carrots are tender and coated with glaze, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in remaining 1 tablespoon margarine.

To serve, spoon carrots into serving bowl and garnish with parsley. Yields: 12 side-servings Prep Time: 30 min

What to Know About: Panic Attacks A panic attack can be a very upsetting experience. Many times a panic attack can occur quite suddenly and last for several minutes with symptoms that mimic a heart attack.

Panic attacks can be triggered by a number of emotional problems such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, and drug use. For someone who has recurrent panic attacks, counseling and sometimes medication is recommended. Each case is treated individually and based on the needs of the patient.

Symptoms of a panic attack may include: • Racing or pounding heart • Chest pain • Nausea or upset stomach • Dizziness or feeling of lightheadedness • Smothering

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There's no sure way to prevent panic attacks. However, getting treatment for panic attacks as soon as possible may help stop them from getting worse or becoming more frequent. Sticking with your treatment plan can help prevent relapses or worsening of panic attack symptoms. Practicing relaxation and stress management techniques may be helpful, too.

feeling Numbness or tingling in the hands Hot flashes or chills Dreamlike sensations Terror—a feeling that something terrible is about to happen and you cannot prevent it Uncontrollable need to escape Fear of losing control Fear of death

If you have questions about panic attacks or if you suspect that you may need help managing panic attacks, contact St. Bernards Behavioral Health or visit for more information.


New Doctors Join the SHARP Network Dr. Tim Killough Specialty: Family Practice McCrory Family Clinic 908 N. Edmonds McCrory, AR 72101 Phone: 870-731-1100 Dr. Anthony Lamkin Specialty: Wound Care St. Bernards Wound Care Center 505 E. Matthews, Suite 201 Jonesboro, AR 72401 Phone: 870-972-8001 Dr. Abhijit Shivkumar Specialty: Internal Medicine St. Bernards Medical Center 225 E. Jackson Jonesboro, AR 72401 Phone: 870-972-4326 Visit us online at any time to get the latest physician and facility guide for your benefit plan.

Stop Your Kids from Smoking, Before They Start Smoking and tobacco use is one of the most difficult habits to overcome. According to the American Lung Association, each day over 3000 teens will start smoking and go on to become regular smokers. However, talking to your kids about not smoking is the best way to keep them from starting. Things to Talk About with Your Kids • Set a good example for your kids to follow. Kids are more likely to smoke if their parents smoke. • Talk about not smoking when your kids start elementary school to encourage them to adopt a healthy lifestyle • Discuss the real cost of smoking with your kids. Money spent on cigarettes could be used to buy healthier alternatives they might enjoy more such as: music, movies, new clothes or other things that matter to them. • Raise their confidence. Kids who have low self-esteem or self-worth are more

likely to take up smoking as a form of rebellion. Get to know your child’s social circle. Do any of his/her friends smoke? Do their parents smoke? Get your kids involved in activities that are not associated with smoking (i.e. athletic events or music) Mention the health concerns and risks of smoking to your kids. Some kids feel that their actions now will not impact them later in life, but that is not the case.

For more tips on talking with your kids about not smoking or if you need help to stop smoking, call SHARP to request a smoking cessation toolkit.

Beverly Nix, CEO Lisa Graves, COO Phone 870.972.0032 Fax 870.935.9934

SHARP POINTERS is published by SHARP, Inc. The information is intended to educate people on health and safety, and should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with a personal physician.


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