Be Ready for Summer with Safe Sitter Classes at BSA

The beginning of summer is full of possibilities. For students, it is break from the classroom and open season at the pool, evenings at the ball field and time to dust off the lemonade stand. For parents, it is a break from the usual routine and a chance to enjoy longer days and possibly a few evenings out and about. The pre-teen and early-teen years are often a time children think about venturing into their own business during the summer break to earn extra money through babysitting.

BSA Recognized with Readers' Choice Awards

Amarillo Magazine readers recognized BSA Health System with Readers’ Choice Awards in three categories: Birthing Suites, Lactation Specialists and Ultrasound. “I am incredibly honored and very excited,” shares lactation specialist Tiffany Batemen, IBCLC of the distinction and honor for BSA. “We have become a community resource since the program started 16 years ago.”

Retired Couple Embraces Lifetime of Service as Volunteers at BSA

Bill and Sandra Hanna spend their Tuesday and Thursday mornings at BSA in the surgery waiting area. They are enjoying their retirement years, doing what they enjoyed professionally, although they did not work in health care. “We spent 40 years working with people,” shares Bill. “I worked in law enforcement and my wife retired from the restaurant industry.”  

Taking Care of Heart Health Earlier in Life

New research published in recent weeks should have more people in their 20s and 30s paying attention to their heart health for better health, not only in their 60s and 70s, but also in mid-adulthood. While the news is plentiful regarding managing risk factors such as smoking, diet, exercise, blood pressure, and cholesterol to help prevent a cardiovascular event, today’s younger adults may brush that off to dealing with it when they’re older.

What your pregnancy could say about your heart health


A new report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says women who have a history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy may be at an increased risk for developing atherosclerosis later in life. Researchers say this may even be true of women who were not obese and who did not develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome after the birth of their child.

Inspired by High Intensity Workouts? Be Careful with Your Joints

Are you familiar with the term HIIT? It stands for high intensity interval training. If you think it sounds like an exercise program reserved for Olympic athletes, don’t jump to conclusions so fast. HIIT programs are quickly rising in the United States, especially among the mainstream. The American College of Sports Medicine just released the top fitness trends of 2014. Topping the list at number one – HIIT in its debut year.

When Heart Disease Strikes, Cardiac Rehab Helps Rebuild

At the age of 47, Annabeth Baker suffered a heart attack and permanent heart damage in August of 2013. “It was totally unexpected,” she admits. Unexpected, because she did not experience the traditional symptoms associated with a heart attack – chest pains, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm. “I misread the symptoms,” Annabeth remembers. “I had stomach nausea and like so many women, I waited to go in.” Thinking it was acid reflux, Annabeth said it wasn’t until 10 days after experiencing symptoms that she went to the Emergency Room.

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, deciding what we will do differently over the next 12 months is the topic of conversation shortly after the ball drops. A new year is a fresh start and more often than not, striving for better health makes at least the short list of resolutions. However, even though we have the best intentions, research finds only 64 percent keep resolutions after the first month – 46 percent after six months.


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