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  • January 10, 2020

    Folic Acid: A Woman's Best Friend

    There are many ways parents prepare for a baby. One important way moms can prepare is to get all the nutrients a growing baby needs. Folic acid is a B-vitamin essential for proper cell growth and is a great place for moms to begin their preparation.

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  • January 9, 2020

    A Life-Changing Year: A Local Woman’s Weight Loss Success

    One year can make a huge difference in someone’s life. That is especially true for Piper Bennett who has lost 108 pounds less than a year after having bariatric surgery. Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Bennett first began looking into bariatric surgery after her physician recommended it as a way to help alleviate her symptoms and improve her health.

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  • January 7, 2020

    180 Pounds Down: A Panhandle Man’s Weight Loss Success Story

    Weighing in at 390 pounds, Thomas Bryant oftentimes felt unmotivated and tired.

    “I felt so out of energy and unmotivated,” Bryant said. “It got to the point where I felt like I wasn’t living anymore. I would come home from work and my wife and I would just sit and eat bad food, and that’s pretty much what we did.”

    Wanting to make a positive life change, Bryant began having conversations about weight loss surgery with his coworkers. It was through these conversations that Bryant learned about BSA’s bariatric surgery options.

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  • December 19, 2019

    Oh Christmas Tie, Oh Christmas Tie: BSA Employee Continues Festive Tradition

    The Christmas spirit is in full swing at BSA. That’s especially true for the Pharmacy Department, thanks to a special tradition brought forth by BSA Pharmacy Director, Luke Barnett.

    For the past nine years, he has been wearing a different Christmas tie to work each December for every day leading up to Christmas.

    “My father-in-law is a retired elementary school principal and he had a bunch of Christmas ties,” said Barnett. “When he retired, he told me he would never wear a tie again, so I asked if I could have his Christmas ties to wear to work.”

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  • December 17, 2019

    A Heartfelt Gift: Coronary Artery Screening for Only $99 at BSA

    For those searching for a thoughtful and heartfelt holiday gift, look no further than BSA. Our $99 coronary artery calcium screening may be the perfect holiday gift for you or a loved one.

    This quick and painless test detects and measures calcium-containing plaque deposits in your arteries that can restrict or block blood flow. Results from this screening can help you understand your risk of heart disease and take preventive measures to reduce your risk of heart attack.

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  • December 10, 2019

    Holiday Eating Tips: Party Without Packing on the Pounds

    Skip the heaping helping of anxiety this holiday season by making smart eating choices no matter how many parties you attend. You can avoid packing on the pounds over the next couple of weeks and set yourself up for a healthy start to the New Year. It might take a bit of focus, but by following the tips below, you’ll be both eating well and feeling great!

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  • November 26, 2019

    Neonatal Nurse Celebrates 20 Years at BSA

    As we continue to honor Prematurity Awareness Month, BSA would like to recognize Diana Hanna, RN, for 20 years of dedicated service to BSA’s Level III-designated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

    As a neonatal nurse for more than 30 years, Hanna’s career has always been driven by her passion for helping infants.

    “I love babies and want to help them get better,” Hanna said. “My sister-in-law was a neonatal nurse before I was, and I loved her stories about helping premature babies.”

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  • November 26, 2019

    "Miracle Baby" Ava Leaves with Parents After BSA NICU Transport

    On August 7, Shandelle Hicks’ physician diagnosed her with Braxton Hicks contractions after coming in with pain in her back and abdomen. When the pain continued to worsen the next day, the first-time mom ignored it, contributing it to more Braxton Hicks contractions. After all, she wasn’t due to give birth for another two and a half months.

    Following her physician’s suggestion, she took a warm bath to ease the pain. Doing so provided some relief and she went to bed.

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  • November 25, 2019

    Improving Men’s Health in November

    November marks the beginning of Movember, a movement to raise awareness of men’s health issues. This month, men are reminded to care for their bodies, get check-ups and take care of their mental health.

    According to Robert Henry, a Physician Assistant at BSA Urgent Care Center, men are at risk for a wide-variety of chronic illnesses including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, elevated cholesterol and prostate, colon and skin cancer.

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  • November 13, 2019

    Your Holiday Diabetes Action Plan

    If you are living with diabetes, it is important to make a holiday action plan to stay on top of your blood sugar levels. Follow the tips below to help you maintain healthy blood sugar levels during the holidays.

     

    Form a Game Plan

    Avoid overindulging by controlling as much of the situation as you can. Mentally prepare by making a list of what you are most looking forward to eating. If you know you absolutely must have Aunt Mable’s pumpkin pie, then plan on it and cut other things out of your meal like gravy and/or rolls.

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