• Fun Ways to Get More Physical Activity

    It’s commonly known that physical activity can help prevent a range of health problems, including heart attack and stroke. Maternity doctors even recommend it during pregnancy to prevent back pain and other problems. If you’re finding it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise regularly, you may need to change your workout program. Look for innovative ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

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    Offer to Babysit
    There’s a good reason why parents of young kids seem exhausted; youngsters are full of energy! If you don’t have kids, offer to babysit for your friends or family members. Running around after a young child for an afternoon can burn quite a few calories. Plan to spend the day chasing squirrels at a local park, playing hopscotch on the sidewalk, rollerblading, riding a scooter, or jumping rope while singing rhymes.

    Grab a Frisbee
    The traditional method of playing Frisbee doesn’t involve much running – unless your fellow players have poor aim. Instead, consider taking up Ultimate Frisbee. Ultimate Frisbee is played by two teams and involves nearly non-stop running. In fact, the only time players stop running is when they’re in possession of the Frisbee, at which point they must pass it immediately.

    Become a Philanthropist
    If you’re the type of person who likes to multitask, consider turning your workouts into philanthropic activities. There are  many ways to stay active  while contributing to a good cause. You could volunteer at a worksite for Habitat for Humanity, for example. Or, you could organize a car wash or dance-a-thon and donate the proceeds to a local kids’ sports team. You might also consider signing up for a walk, run, or bike ride to raise money for cancer research.

    Southern Hills Hospital is pleased to offer healthy living strategies to residents of the Las Vegas community. Contact our hospital at (702) 880-2100 and ask us about H2U – Health to You – which provides timely wellness information and interactive health tools. Our nationally accredited hospital provides emergency care, orthopedic care, maternity care, and much more.

  • What You Need to Know about the FDA’s Ban on Trans Fats

    There are a few different types of fats, and not all of them are bad for you. In fact, monounsaturated fats protect your cardiovascular health. Trans fats, on the other hand, increase of the risk of cardiovascular problems . Doctors in hospitals around the country have long cautioned patients to stay away from trans fats, and the FDA has recently announced plans to ban trans fats altogether.

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    Trans Fats are Not GRAS
    The FDA rarely designates a substance as not “generally recognized as safe.” Usually, substances that are not designated as GRAS are those that have a causal relationship with a disease, such as cyclamate, which is an artificial sweetener that causes bladder cancer. However, the FDA has declared that no amount of trans fat is safe for human consumption, since it contributes to chronic diseases. Trans fats elevate your level of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease.

    The Ban Has Been Years in the Making
    For the last 15 years, the FDA has been involved with analyzing trans fats and their adverse effects. In 2006, the FDA required food manufacturers to list trans fats on nutritional labels. However, trace amounts of trans fats did not need to be listed. During the subsequent years, many manufacturers and restaurants have phased out the use of trans fats, and some municipalities have banned them altogether. Consumption of trans fats has dropped dramatically.

    Thousands of Lives Could Be Saved
    Since very small amounts of trans fats occur naturally in animal products such as lamb, beef, and full-fat dairy products, it’s impossible to completely eliminate them from the American diet. However, a ban on trans fats in all restaurants and processed food products could prevent as many as 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart attacks each year, according to The Huffington Post .

    If you’re looking for a hospital with the latest in cardiovascular care technology, look no further than Southern Hills Hospital. Our nationally accredited hospital in Las Vegas offers state-of-the-art emergency care and stroke care services, in addition to our orthopedic and maternity services. New and current patients are always welcome to contact us at (702) 880-2100 for appointments.

  • A Look at Shoulder Replacement Surgery

    Damage from degenerative joint disease or injury can result in severe chronic pain and restricted movement. Joint replacement surgery is a proven method of reducing joint pain and restoring shoulder mobility. This short video provides an overview of joint replacement surgery and the recovery process.

    During joint replacement surgery, the damaged portions of bone are removed and replaced with prosthetic joints to aid in movement. Physical therapy and medication can help restore mobility and provide a long-term solution to chronic pain.

    The Joint Replacement Program at Southern Hills Hospital utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to address joint pain and limited mobility from various complications. To find a joint replacement specialist in Las Vegas, contact and to learn more about these procedures, register for our free joint replacement education classes by calling our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 880-2100.

  • Losing Weight the Healthy Way This Year

    Getting in shape doesn’t have to be a chore. If you want to look and feel better this year, you should give yourself some incentives to engage in regular exercise and improve your diet. With a little imagination, you can make your New Year’s resolution one that will be fun to keep. Here are just some ideas for getting healthy this year.

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    Think Like a Kid.
    Think back to your childhood and all the activities you enjoyed. Why not give some of them a try again? Hopping on a scooter, playing hopscotch, jumping rope, and racing friends around the yard are all great ways to keep active, keep your heart rate up, and shed excess weight. You could even organize a neighborhood softball team with your friends and neighbors.

    Reward Yourself.
    Having a fun end goal is a great way to motivate yourself to follow a long-term fitness plan. Every time you walk two miles, for example, you might deposit $5 in a savings account for a future vacation. The more focused you are on the future, the happier you will feel about yourself in the present.

    Look at What Others are Doing.
    You’re not the only one who wants to lose weight—it’s on a lot of Americans’ minds these days. Pay attention to the latest health and exercise trends and look through fitness magazine for ideas. You might look into  popular fitness programs  such as CrossFit or SoulCycle, and you might look up exercise videos on YouTube to help you get started with simple morning exercises.

    Southern Hills Hospital is a nationally accredited, full-service hospital serving the Las Vegas community. We take pride in providing high-quality healthcare for patients of all ages, using the most advanced diagnostic technology and medical treatments. Visit our website for more health tips, and call us at (702) 880-2100 with your questions. 

  • Knowledge is Power & Saves Time: Text ER [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you know that there are nearly 130 million visits to the emergency room in the U.S. each year? If you are having a medical emergency and require urgent care, it’s important to know which emergency rooms near you have the shortest wait times. With Text ER, you can find out how long the current ER wait time is and choose the best hospital for you based on your medical situation. The wait time indicates how long it will take you to be seen by a qualified medical professional such as an MD or ARNP. In this infographic from Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas, you’ll learn more about the benefits of Text ER and iNotify when you need urgent care. You’ll also find reasons why you should visit the emergency room. Remember to call 9-1-1 if you are ever in doubt! Please share with your friends and family.  

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  • Are You Looking for Senior Psychiatric Resources? RISE Behavioral Health Inpatient and Outpatient Programs Can Help

    Aging is a natural process that increases the risk of various medical conditions, including anxiety disorders. When anxiety disorders are coincident with illness or injury, the recovery process can be quite frightening for the patient. To address this need for treatment, the Southern Hills Hospital provides RISE (Respect, Inspire, Strengthen, Empower) Behavioral Health, both inpatient and intensive outpatient services.

    The inpatient 14-bed specialty unit is designed to treat both physical and behavioral health conditions in patients ages 55 and older. Our team of experts understands the need for individualized and compassionate care for patients with anxiety disorders, and we strive to provide constant communication between family members and effective treatment options for a wide range of conditions.

    We recently opened our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which is a three-day a week, four-hour program for those in our community who have behavioral health needs.

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    As a nationally accredited and award-winning hospital in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Hospital is proud to play a vital role in the Las Vegas community. To receive more information about the RISE Behavioral Health program, contact us at (702) 880-2100.

  • The Basics of Knee and Shoulder Replacement Surgeries

    Joint injuries from trauma or degenerative diseases can have a significant impact on your day-to-day lifestyle. Limited mobility and chronic pain can compromise your quality of life and make even the most mundane tasks more demanding. However, the state-of-the-art Joint Replacement Program at Southern Hills Hospital may provide the perfect solution. Read on to learn more about our approach to joint replacement surgery and recovery:

    Knee Injury

    Knee Replacement & Recovery
    More than 600,000 knee replacement procedures are performed every year, and studies show that  knee replacement surgery  is one of the most successful medical procedures, and is a cost-effective long-term treatment option. In fact, 90 percent of knee surgery patients experience a dramatic decrease in joint pain, and individual medication and therapy savings average between $10,000 and $30,000 over a lifetime. Patients will likely require several days of hospitalization and several more weeks of physical therapy and medication to acclimate to the new knee and to avoid unsafe strain.

    Shoulder Replacement & Recovery
    Shoulder replacements are less common than knee replacements—an estimated 53,000 Americans have them every year—but the procedure is equally successful when it comes to relieving joint pain. Shoulder injuries often interfere with normal activities, such as washing, dressing, and reaching for objects. Treatment generally involves removal of damaged parts and the insertion of a ball-and-socket prosthesis. Patients who receive this procedure can generally get out of bed in a day and return home within two to three days.

    As a leading healthcare provider in Las Vegas, Southern Hills Hospital takes pride in providing a multidisciplinary approach to joint replacement surgery and other major procedures. Thanks to our advanced technology and team of highly skilled professionals, we are able to provide the high-quality care and compassionate treatment that you deserve. To find a joint replacement specialist in Las Vegas and to learn more about these procedures, register for our free joint replacement education classes by calling our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (702) 880-2100.

  • How Southern Hills Hospital Is Reaching Out to Youth in the Community

    Everyone relies on a team of dedicated healthcare specialists to stay happy and healthy. Every member of our team started out by pursing their goals in school. This brief video explores how our High School to Healthcare (H2H) program works in conjunction with local schools throughout the Las Vegas area. This free, afterschool program is a partnership with West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas.

    Each career path requires a significant investment of time and effort. Southern Hills Hospital employees work directly with students to provide firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to work in the field and how to pursue different educational paths.

    The H2H program is just one of the ways Southern Hills Hospital continually strives to give back to the Las Vegas community. Check us out at SouthernHillsHospital.com for more information about our community outreach programs, or contact us at (702) 880-2100 today.

  • Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Your Kids

    New Year’s resolutions can be a great opportunity to promote healthy lifestyle habits in your children. Consider these New Year’s resolution tips from Southern Hills Hospital to reinforce healthy behavior for the entire family:

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    Cut Down on TV Time
    Between video games, TV, and handheld devices, many children spend a lot of time looking at screens. It’s more important than ever to have your children play outside and get plenty of exercise. Provide many opportunities for other types of recreation, such as books, puzzles, and board games, and try to limit TV-watching hours. One of the best ways to reinforce positive behavior is to set a good example and limit your own TV time or to play with your children outside.

    Crack Down on Game Ratings
    The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) issues age-appropriate ratings for every video game on the market, and it’s worthwhile to check the content description before buying your child any games. It’s also recommended to preview the game yourself or to ask employees about the actual content, as the ratings may not cover all content that you may find objectionable for your child. Be aware that video game ratings do not extend to online multiplayer interactions.

    Practice Internet Safety
    Internet safety  is a growing concern in modern families. Children are becoming computer literate at younger and younger ages—often more so than their own parents—and can unintentionally reveal sensitive information about themselves or others. Fortunately, there are usually parental control settings built into cell phones and other devices to limit usage or to block certain websites. For less tech-savvy parents, software such as Net Nanny® can automatically monitor and block certain websites.

    As a leading emergency care provider with specialized pediatric facilities, Southern Hills Hospital has the experience and advanced equipment to help families throughout Las Vegas maintain safe and healthy lifestyles. Stay connected with us through our free iTriage app which you can download now or contact us directly at (702) 880-2100 with any questions about our services.

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