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

    Last updated 1 year ago

    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

    Last updated 1 year ago

    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:

    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.

    How to Stick to a New Year's Resolution for Weight Loss

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you’re like many people, you likely start out every year with the motivation to lose weight, then revert to your old habits a few weeks later. The good news is that it is never too late to reap the health benefits of weight loss. Losing weight can help lower your risk of stroke, heart attack, type 2 diabetes, and other medical conditions. This year can be the year that you succeed. These tips will help.

    Pick a Program that Works for You
    There is no one-size-fits-all weight loss solution that works for everyone, but making a plan for how you will tackle your weight can be helpful. If you’re not sure which weight loss program is suitable for you, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you explore your options and explain any diet plans you should stay away from for health reasons. Having a plan will help boost your motivation and get you started on the right foot.

    Know Your Triggers
    Everyone has one or two foods that they just can’t refuse. For most people, these trigger foods set off a chain reaction of binge eating and over-indulging. For this reason, people tend to completely deprive themselves of these favorite treats, which only intensifies the craving. Instead of total deprivation, learn your triggers and have them one or two times per week. Don’t keep them in the house—that way, you’re not tempted to eat them outside of those treat times.

    Put Yourself at the Mercy of Others
    Did you know that the average human body has more fat cells than there are people on Earth? If you’re going to lose a few billion of those extra fat cells, you’ll need to enlist the help of friends and family members. Telling people about your weight loss plans can provide the accountability you need to stay committed. Also, making a weight loss pact with one or more people is a great way to boost everyone’s chance of success.   

    Your Southern Hills Hospital doctor can provide you with all sorts of interesting weight loss tips. For example, did you know that getting more sleep and reducing stress can help you lose weight? For other healthcare needs including ER services, visit Southern Hills Hospital in the southwest valley. Learn more about our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 880-2100.

    A Healthy Seasonal Reminder from Southern Hills Hospital

    Last updated 1 year ago

    This holiday season, give yourself and those around you the gift of health! Get a flu shot for you and your family now!

    This CDC video assists in showing  why flu shots are so important this holiday season and every year. A flu shot can help you keep illness at bay so you don’t miss any of the festivities. By getting a flu shot, you also help keep all of the other people on your list healthy by not spreading the virus to them.

    Southern Hills Hospital can help you with your health needs. We offer urgent care at our emergency room as well as maternity services and orthopedic care. Explore all of the services at our Las Vegas hospital by calling (702) 880-2100.

    Common Flu-Related Complications to Be Aware of This Season

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you think the flu isn’t that serious, think again. Although some people only experience relatively minor symptoms, it can be life-threatening for others. Complications from the flu cause people to seek urgent medical care every year, and some are hospitalized at Southern Hills Hospital because of flu-related complications. Here are some of the complications that can develop with the flu.

    Pneumonia
    When flu infections linger, they can easily turn into pneumonia. Both bacterial and viral pneumonia are seen with the flu. The symptoms of pneumonia can be quite serious. People with pneumonia often experience chest pain, intense coughing, increased pulse, and decreased oxygen in the blood. Shortness of breath and abdominal pain are also likely. Bacterial pneumonia may respond well to antibiotics, but they will not work for viral pneumonia. In many cases, people with pneumonia end up needing urgent care and hospitalization.

    Diabetes Complications
    Diabetics often suffer from longer, more intense flu infections. The flu often causes blood glucose levels to rise dangerously high. In some cases, the flu can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition associated with very high blood glucose levels. For diabetics, the worse news is that high blood glucose interferes with immune system functioning, exacerbating the flu infection. 

    Heart Problems
    Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. For the elderly in particular, the flu can jeopardize heart health. Heart attacks, myocarditis, and pericarditis are all possible. If you have the flu and experience chest pains or shortness of breath, seek urgent care immediately.

    The staff at Southern Hills Hospital stand ready to help you before, during, and after a case of the flu. You can learn more about our ER, stroke center, and maternity programs by calling (702) 880-2100. 

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