Urgent need for blood

The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors to help tackle a winter blood shortage. Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Donations are needed right now so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment or see scheduled of upcoming blood drives in the Prescott region.

Information provided by American Red Cross.

Diabetes control workshops

Start the New Year off right by participating in the Diabetes Self-Management Program.  This workshop, designed to help those with diabetes better control their health offers six sessions. These sessions held once a week for 2½ hours are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom have a health condition themselves. This is not a lecture course and sessions are highly interactive. Caregivers and family members are welcome to attend.

Topics include: 

•         Eating healthy

•         Physical activity

•         Hyper/hypoglycemia

•         Foot care

•         Monitoring blood glucose

•         Effective communication with your healthcare team

•         Action planning

The workshop is free.  Sessions will be held Thursdays beginning January 18 and ending February 22 from 1:00-3:30 pm at the New Horizons Disability Empowerment Systems, 9400 E Valley Rd, Prescott Valley. Space is limited. To register, contact Rachel Mills at 928-442-5372.

Information provided by Yavapai County Community Health Services.

Healthy School Award nominations

Yavapai Healthy Schools (YHS) Coalition defines a healthy school as an environment where a school strives for best practices in school wellness policy, nutrition, worksite wellness, emotional, mental and physical health and caring for the whole student. 

Do you know of a school who is going above-and-beyond to meet the health and wellness needs of their students?  If so, nominations for the Yavapai Healthy School Award are now open. Simply visit www.YavapaiHealthySchools.com and share the school you believe is deserving of the Yavapai Healthy School Award and why.

The nominating period for submissions is through the month of January 2018. Schools must be within Yavapai County to be eligible. The schools nominated by the public will receive notice in mid-February, and schools who receive the most nominations have the opportunity to apply for the award with the winners announced in mid-April 2018.

The Yavapai Healthy Schools Coalition’s goal is to empower teachers, staff and students in making healthy choices.  YHS Coalition is a partnership of over twenty partners who work to promote healthy living in our county schools.

Information provided by Yavapai Healthy Schools Coalition.

Sit less, stand more

Boosting health and wellness can be as easy as sitting less and standing more! Numerous studies prove that taking short breaks throughout the day to stand (or move around a bit) improves health and wellness in previously unimagined ways.

Standing and/or engaging in frequent light activity (like walking around your office, standing while talking on the phone, or even just doing chores) improves mood and energy, sharpens mental focus, controls appetite, and dramatically improves blood sugar control.

In fact, standing or moving for five minutes every hour may be just as important as a weekly exercise routine for reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.

Information provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center.

Discussion on veins

Are spider veins, varicose veins or hard-to-heal wounds keeping you from the activities you enjoy? Do you experience a feeling of heaviness, aching, swelling or skin discoloration in your legs? These conditions can be painful, debilitating and complicated and can signal a more serious condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.

If you experience any of these symptoms and wonder about options for treatment that are available to you, plan to attend a freepresentation by Cardiologist and Vascular Specialist, Anil Kumar, MD, FACC, RPVI, Medical Director of the Vein Center at YRMC.

Dr. Kumar will discuss chronic venous insufficiency and available treatment options during a presentation on:

9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 27 at The Club at Prescott Lakes, 311 East Smoke Tree Lane in Prescott.

FREE – Reservations required by Jan. 19. RSVP to 928-708-4636

A healthy breakfast buffet will be available.

Topics include:

Symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency.

Latest treatments available through the Vein Center at YRMC to treat chronic venous insufficiency.

Answers to other questions you may have about vein disease.

Information provided by Yavapai Regional Medical Center.