Archive | October, 2013

Halloween Tricks and Treats

By: Morgan V. Robbins, RD, LD, at Lexington Medical Center

Halloween is just around the corner, and while it tends to be filled with tricks and quite a few treats, life is all about balance. Here are a few healthy tips so the scale doesn’t get too scary.
-Want a healthier option for trick-or-treaters? Try offering animal crackers, pretzels, cereal bars, or stickers for a healthier alternative to candy.
-Attending a Halloween party? Be sure to get some sort of exercise in the day of the party.
-Don’t skip meals! Skipping meals can lead to over indulging later in the day; eat a good meal two to three hours before the party.
-Think balance- enjoy your favorite Halloween treat in moderation! Have a small handful of candy corn, not the entire bag.

Here are two healthier recipes to bring to this years Halloween festivities:

Peanut Butter Banana Eyeballs
Keebler® Townhouse Wheat Crackers
1 banana, sliced
Mini Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter
1. Spread peanut butter onto entire cracker
2. Spread honey over peanut butter
3. Please slice of banana in the center of the cracker
4. Place mini chocolate chip (point down) into center of banana to serve as pupil

* Use things like Nutella, cream cheese, jelly, apples, cinnamon, fruit loops and marshmallows for other varieties of eyeballs.

Pumpkin Veggie Tray
A large serving tray
1 large bag of baby carrots
1 cucumber
1 head of broccoli 1 carton veggie dip
Three Ramekins or small bowls

1. Create an outline for your pumpkin by laying some of the carrots out in an oblong circle. Once the carrot outline is set, fill in the circle with the rest of the carrots.
2. Remove enough of the carrots to create a cucumber-filled smile, set the carrots you removed on top of the other carrots within your pumpkin
3. Place halved cucumber slices in the space you created for your carrot pumpkin’s smile
4. Fill your ramekins with the veggie dip and place them where you want the pumpkin’s eyes and nose to be
5. Slice off the stem of the broccoli head. Place the broccoli at the top of your pumpkin


Women’s Night Out Honors Breast Cancer Survivors

IMG_8477More than 900 people attended this year’s Women’s Night Out, Lexington Medical Center’s annual event recognizing October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honoring cancer survivors. The event included physician exhibits, a silent auction, fashion show featuring models who are breast cancer survivors a dinner and motivational talk with breast cancer survivors, and sisters, Heidi Marble and Jen Curfman.





























Lexington Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation Receives Prestigious Certification

AACVPR Recognizes Programs That Demonstrate Excellence in Care

Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs have received prestigious certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The certification demonstrates that Lexington Medical Center’s cardiac rehabilitation programs are aligned with current evidence-based medicine and guidelines for appropriate and effective outpatient care of patients with cardiac issues.

Lexington Medical Center offers cardiac rehabilitation at the main hospital campus in West Columbia and at Lexington Medical Center’s community medical center in Lexington. Each facility received the certification through a separate application process.

The goals of cardiac rehabilitation are to help patients recover from cardiac events such as heart attack, stents or bypass surgery, and to help prevent another cardiac incident by developing healthy lifestyle habits through education and support.

“This national certification ensures that our cardiac rehabilitation programs provide all of the required components to assist patients in achieving these goals,” said John Leech, manager of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. “Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center is a comprehensive program with education, motivation and support that leads to the best possible outcomes.”

AACVPR-certified programs are awarded program certification after an extensive application process that details the program’s structure, individualized care plans, staff competencies and outcomes measurement. Certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available.

There are three phases of cardiac rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center. Phase 1 takes place while patients are still in the hospital after a recent cardiac event, surgery or procedure. It includes education on the anatomy of the heart, a description of their procedure or surgery and risk factors that lead to heart disease. Phase 2 is the outpatient program and it includes exercise, education, nutrition and psychosocial elements that patients follow for three months.  Patients attend classes for 3 days per week for approximately 12 weeks. Phase 3 is a maintenance program of exercise and education that some patients continue for years.

Studies show that patients who participate in cardiac rehabilitation have a 46 percent reduction in mortality compared with non-participants. They often report reduction in symptoms, increased energy, better cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improvements in blood pressure, improved sleep and a quicker return to work and leisure activities.

“We’re meeting a high level of patient care,” said Lesa Naughton, clinical coordinator of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Lexington Medical Center – Lexington. “Cardiac rehabilitation saves lives.”

While Lexington Medical Center has offered cardiac rehabilitation for more than twenty years, the hospital began offering a full range of cardiovascular services including open heart surgery and elective angioplasty in 2012. The cardiovascular program is affiliated with Duke Medicine.  For more information, visit