Health Tips From SLMA

  • Protect Your Eyes Against Injury (7/15/2017) - Eye injuries happen every day, so protecting your eyes is one of the simplest ways to maintain healthy vision throughout your life. The good news is that 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable just by wearing appropriate protective eyewear. Learn more about eye injuries and how to prevent them with these tips. Eye Injury […]
  • Summer Safety Tips (7/5/2017) - Summer is full of warm days, long evenings and outdoor fun. Whether you are soaking up sun at the beach, splashing in a pool or just hanging out in your backyard, staying safe is an important part of any activity. The following information can help you stay safe while you have fun this summer. Weather […]
  • Boredom Busters (6/25/2017) - Summer. When school ends, the long days stretch before you full of endless possibilities for excitement and adventure. By mid-July, however, the excitement begins to wear off and you are already tired of hearing your kids say, “I’m bored.” Beat summer boredom, and help your kids stay active and entertained this summer with these tips […]
  • Hydration Station (6/15/2017) - Staying hydrated is important throughout the year, and even more so in the summer heat. While everyone has been told to drink water, few people know how much water to drink or even how much they drink on a regular basis. Learning about hydration and how to recognize the signs of dehydration can help you […]
  • National Dairy Month (6/5/2017) - June is National Dairy Month—a whole month to appreciate the wonders of dairy! Things get started on June 1 with World Milk Day, which recognizes the contributions of the dairy sector to economic development, sustainability, nutrition and livelihoods. Get ready to celebrate by learning more about this amazing food group. The Dairy Group The term […]
  • Stroke Awareness: Signs that Could Save (5/25/2017) - Acting quickly when someone is having a stroke can make a big difference. Prompt emergency can help to reduce the risk of long-term disability or death, so learning the signs and symptoms can help prepare you to take the immediate action needed to minimize the negative impact of a stroke. Knowing when to call 911 […]
  • Occupational Health and Safety Tips (5/15/2017) - Workplace safety is an important part of any job and requires that everyone in the company adhere to the safety guidelines and policies in place. Carefully following appropriate safety guidelines can go a long way toward preventing workplace injuries. Here are some ways you can work to stay safe on the job. Be Aware Always […]
  • Melanoma Awareness Month (5/3/2017) - May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and as the summer weather begins here in South Louisiana, it’s the perfect time to be aware of skin cancer. Learning what signs and symptoms to watch for, as well as ways to prevent melanoma can help you avoid its dangers. Take some time now to learn about how to […]
  • Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention (4/25/2017) - Sexual violence is a widespread problem. It happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of rape. Sexual violence is defined as any sexual activity where consent is not freely given. Even for those of us who don’t directly […]
  • Stress Management (4/15/2017) - Life can sometimes be immensely stressful. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do for a living. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old or anywhere in the middle. Stress is more than likely something that plagues you from time to time. It may even be something that affects you on a more […]
  • Alcohol Awareness Month (4/5/2017) - Alcoholism was finally recognized as a national crisis due to the many negative effects it can when consumed in excess. The month of April was set aside to build awareness about the dangers of excessive drinking as many people do not realize that they are abusing alcohol and others use it without the knowledge of […]
  • Poison Prevention Around the Home (3/30/2017) - Kids get into things they’re not supposed to—it’s part of what makes them kids! But it’s important to make sure they don’t get ahold of household items that could be dangerous to their health and safety. Half of the 2 million calls made to the Poison Help Line in 2011 involved children ages five and […]
  • The Ever-Popular Peanut (3/15/2017) - Shelled, unshelled, salted or not salted—peanuts and peanut butters are one of the most popular nut choices in the US. Not only do they taste good, peanuts are a great source of protein and healthy fat and are chocked full of healthy nutrients. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this little nut so […]
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (3/1/2017) - While many of us have heard of—and maybe even donated to—Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society which advocates for all types of cancer, one type we don’t hear about as often is colorectal cancer. March marks the start of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month – a time for patients, survivors, […]
  • Running on Empty (2/15/2017) - Just like a battery’s power will eventually run out, humans can only keep up a go-go-go pace for so long. Stress and the daily grind of a busy life will catch up to you. If you’re not careful, this can lead to illness. This state can also make you irritable and not very fun to […]
  • American Heart Month (2/5/2017) - Valentine’s Day isn’t the only heartfelt event that happens every February. American Heart Month gets into full swing with events and activities to raise awareness and educate people on the prevention of heart disease, the number one killer in the United States. Don’t let your heart be troubled—know the signs and symptoms of heart disease. […]
  • Five Methods For Breaking Bad Habits (1/10/2017) - The new year is a time to break bad habits and replace them with healthy ones, but we all know that is often easier said than done. It’s never easy to get rid of a bad habit, but it’s almost always worth the effort. Fortunately, there are plenty of techniques that can help make it […]
  • WHY SO DRY? Seasonal Dry Skin Can Be a Pain (12/27/2016) - Dry skin is common and can impact both adults and children. As your skin loses water and oil, whether from frequent hand washing or dry winter air, dry skin can occur. Symptoms can include peeling, flaking or scaling skin; a rough feel to skin; skin tightness; cracking skin; and itching. Dry skin flare-ups are most […]
  • IS IT JUST SNORING … Or Something Else? (12/21/2016) - Everyone snores sometimes, right? Your significant other may be sawing logs next to you, keeping you awake, but is it just snoring … or something else? If you can’t sleep anyway because someone is sleeping very loudly, consider these facts from the American Academy of Otolaryngology.   BY THE NUMBERS 45 percent of normal adults […]
  • Too Much of a Good Thing? (12/18/2016) - When to Say Enough is Enough It takes extreme willpower during the holidays to walk away from an extra helping of turkey or a second piece of pie, but too much of a good thing can be bad, experts say. If you’ve been working hard all year to exercise and eat healthy, don’t blow it […]
  • Variety is the spice of life – and good nutrition (12/6/2016) - There are dozens of superfoods to pick from including salmon, blueberries, kale, acai, goji berries, chia seeds, black garlic and many more. These superfoods would be a great addition to most diets to add vitamins, minerals and aid in digestion, to name just a few benefits. But experts say focusing on just one item isn’t […]
  • Best Veggies to Put On Your Child’s Plate (11/2/2016) - If you have picky eaters, the best vegetables to put on their plate are likely whatever they’ll actually eat. According to kidshealth.org, half your child’s plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables, but getting kids to eat their veggies can be a sticky task for moms and dads. To hit the recommended five or […]
  • Which Milk Should Make It Into Your Cart? (11/2/2016) - There is much buzz about milk – from commercials to the rows of options in the grocery store, but what milk should make it into your cart? Milk has been an important American staple for decades, according to www.healthyeating.org, and with all the milk alternatives available, many wonder -what is the best option?   Why […]
  • The Science of STRESS (9/23/2016) - What’s Really Going on When You Freak Out? Stressful events seem to be lurking around every corner, from a difficult deadline at work to your child’s upcoming science fair project – and the holidays are just around the corner. According to experts, not all stress is bad. For some people, a little stress acts as […]
  • What Can a Shoe Do? (8/12/2016) - Whether You Are Running a Marathon or Doing Squats, Check Out These Tips That Will Make Your Toes Happy – and Maybe Prevent an Injury. Fitness gear has become a big business, with tons of brands vying for your attention and touting that they are the best choice out there. But, is any of the […]
  • Back-to-school Bedtimes (8/12/2016) - How Much Rest Do Kids (& Parents) Need? You know how it feels when you don’t get a good night’s sleep. You’re sleepy, you can’t quite get motivated to focus on what you are doing – no matter how much caffeine you drink – and you are likely irritable, too. For children heading back to […]
  • Should I Head to the Gym in the Morning or After Work? (7/20/2016) - If you are dedicated to getting off the couch and fitting some sort of exercise into your busy schedule, experts agree, whenever you work out, you are heading in the right direction. The American Heart Association recommends the following: At least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity activity; or 75 minutes […]
  • RELAX … REALLY: 10 Tips to Decompress (6/2/2016) - We hurry here and run there to make time to load our schedules with even more activities. Some days, it is all you can do to get out of bed. Maybe it’s time to relax a little … but who has time for that? According to Mental Health America, you should make the time to […]
  • SUNBURNS, OUCH! What You Should Know! (6/2/2016) - You did it again … stayed out in the sun and forgot to take the necessary precautions, and now you are feeling the burn – red, painful skin that feels hot to the touch. Sunburns can appear hours after excessive UV exposure and take several days to fade. Repeated and intense sun exposure increases your […]
  • How Much Time is Too Much Screen Time? (5/25/2016) - With Summer Vacation Nearly Here, Finding Ways to Keep the Kiddos Active Can Be a Chore It’s that time of year again: summer vacation. Although your kids can’t wait to veg out in front of the TV and spend all night playing video games, parents are faced with a dilemma on how much we should […]
  • What’s the Buzz About Vitamin K? (5/25/2016) - Vitamin K is fat-soluble vitamin that plays an essential role in blood clotting, as well as other tasks including building strong bones and preventing heart disease. Recent evidence even shows that vitamin K is tied to vitamin D (vitamin D plays a key role in overall health) – as in if you are deficient in […]
  • Don’t Stifle That Sneeze (4/20/2016) - What is That Sneeze Really Doing for Your Body and Health? We sniffle and sneeze … and ACHOOO!!!! – it’s time for a South Louisiana-sized allergy attack! But, what is really happening when you sneeze? A 2012 report by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has an answer: You are rebooting. Scientists say […]
  • Caution on Concussions… (4/20/2016) - Common Head Injury a Hot Topic in Local Schools, Daycares and on the Playing Field A concussion can happen to anyone (even your children) – while playing on a football field or horsing around at recess or in the event of an auto accident. In every case, physicians advise paying attention to the warning signs […]
  • What To Do Pre-5K… (3/31/2016) - Is running a 5K on your bucket list? Is this the year – in an effort to get outdoors and get healthy – that your family is hitting the streets and trails in support of worthwhile charities and family fun? Many individuals, families, friends and co-workers are setting their sights on participating in 5K events […]
  • What Do Busy Women Need Most To Be Healthy? (3/18/2016) - How do you rate? Are you too busy or doing just fine…
  • What Should My Child’s Vitamin Have or Not Have? (3/15/2016) - According to some medical experts, kids should get their vitamins from a balanced, healthy diet that includes: Milk and dairy products Plenty of fruits and vegetables Protein including chicken, fish, meat and eggs Whole grains If you feel a vitamin is right for your child – due to excessive activity or as a dietary substitute: […]
  • March is National Frozen Food Month (3/8/2016) - Experts say there could be a difference, depending on the food. Here are a few tips to follow: Uncooked, fresh produce is typically the most nutritious. Freezing pauses just-picked, just-baked and just-crafted foods, keeping them at their peak of freshness and locking in their flavor and nutrients. Freezing is a natural way to keep food […]
  • When is it time to talk to my doctor about my blood pressure? (2/15/2016) - The American Heart Association advises working with a doctor to manage hypertension /high blood pressure to determine if medication or diet and lifestyle changes are required, but what if you don’t know if your blood pressure is considered high? Why should I worry about my blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood against […]
  • Mom, I’m Hungry (2/15/2016) - Snack time is decision time! Try these healthy options for after-school snacks to keep your children satisfied and healthy Snacking doesn’t have to be a no-no for your kids. According to kidshealth.org, the right snacks offered at the right times play an important role in managing hunger and boosting nutrition in children. Plus, it can […]
  • Be Smart About Your Heart (2/15/2016) - February has been declared American Heart Month, the annual awareness campaign against the nation’s No. 1 killer. “Cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the No. 1 killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause […]
  • TIRED ALL THE TIME! 7 Common Medical Issues If It’s Not Just Fatigue (1/14/2016) - Life can be way too chaotic: From your hectic job to your demanding kids. Then add guilt over not going to the gym and the never-ending to-dos on your list – and you’re exhausted. You can’t wait to get home and fall face-first on your couch and stay there until morning. If you are tired […]
  • Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot? (1/14/2016) - Every year you vow to get vaccinated – especially if the flu bug has worked its way through your house … but holiday planning and end-of-the-year craziness got in your way again! What can you do? Hold your breath and hope for the best until the flu season ends? As you are making January plans, […]
  • Head to the ER or Visit a Local Clinic? (1/14/2016) - At some point, most of us will likely have to make the tough call: Find a nearby urgent care clinic or head to the ER now? In a true emergency that requires an ambulance, there usually is little doubt that medical help is immediately needed, but often accidents or sudden ailments can occur that present […]
  • New Year, New Goals (12/22/2015) - Your New Year’s Resolution: Living a Healthier Life 45 PERCENT of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions 38 PERCENT of Americans successfully achieve their resolutions This year, why not set some New Year’s health and wellness goals for yourself and your family that you’ll actually keep … beyond the second week of January? Starting out […]
  • Why do I need to see a doctor if I’m healthy? (12/21/2015) - You may be in perfect health now but regular doctor visits are a step in the right direction toward staying that way. Don’t wait until you are sick and desperately need a doctor to make an appointment. Here are a few reasons why it is important for a healthy person to schedule an appointment with […]
  • Athletes Play Hard and Need Proper Care (12/18/2015) - Qualified Sports Medicine Experts Can Guide Your Young Athlete on the Road to Recovery   High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year, according to STOP Sports Injuries. Additionally, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports-related injuries each year; […]
  • More Than Just a Nuisance: Chronic Stress Can Make You Seriously Ill (12/16/2015) - Stress is a condition that occurs when certain circumstances or situations put you in a state of emotional or mental distress. Many people become stressed over marriage problems, issues at their jobs or problems with their children, but a wide variety of different experiences can cause a person to feel severely stressed. This condition is […]
  • Tips to Keep Children in Daycare Healthy (12/15/2015) - Getting sick is an inevitable part of childhood and a necessary evil for developing a healthy immune system. In fact, a 2011 study found that young children who attended daycare were less likely to get sick when they began school because they had already been exposed to most common bacteria and viruses. Nonetheless, you want […]
  • Three things to discuss with your surgeon before any procedure (10/30/2015) - Millions of people undergo a range of medical operations each year. All surgeries have associated risks and benefits, so it is important to be informed about the procedure being recommended by your medical practitioner before deciding if the operation is right for you. Below are three things that you should discuss with your surgeon prior […]
  • The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening (10/19/2015) - The statistics are overwhelming: One in eight women will be diagnosed with the invasive type of breast cancer during their lifetime. In the current year alone, new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to exceed 231,000 with another 69,000 cases of non-invasive breast cancer. In spite of the decline in the number of cases in the […]
  • Four Healthy Habits for Busy Women (10/19/2015) - Do you feel that you are constantly on the go, making it increasingly difficult to take time for yourself and your health? We have identified four healthy habits that form the foundation of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, daily stress relief, and sound sleep. Establishing these healthy habits make it easy to take control […]
  • 7 Super Foods for a Super YOU (9/29/2015) - At Southern Louisiana Medical Associates, your health and wellness is important to us. That is why we have compiled a list of 7 “super foods” to add to your diet for you “super YOU:” Beans—Beans are a relatively cheap and easy way to incorporate a great superfood into your daily diet. Beans are a great […]
  • Flu Facts (9/29/2015) - Did you know that influenza, also called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs and that can cause mild to severe illness? People who have the flu often feel some or all of the following signs and symptoms: Fever/chills Cough Sore throat Runny or […]
  • 5 Things to Bring to Your Next Doctor’s Visit (9/29/2015) - Make the most out of your next doctor’s visit – check out our list below for the 5 things to bring: Medical History Card Ideally, your doctor will have your full medical history on file, but many times, patients will visit more than one doctor or specialist. It can be helpful to bring along a […]