Natural Ways to Help Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

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By Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Recently, I’ve been working with a patient to manage his depression and anxiety symptoms. I suggested to Mr. B. that he try taking 15- to 20-minute walks two or three times a week with his home health aide as an experiment to see if this would help to improve his mood. Mr. B. decided to try my suggestion, and over the next few weeks I started to hear a real shift in how he described his life.

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Getting Outside for Your Health

guest June 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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prospect_parkBy Amelia Muir, BSN, RN-BC, Behavioral Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Service of New York

As the weather in New York continues to improve, there is no better time to take advantage of the health benefits one can experience from spending more of the day outside. Research has shown that there are numerous advantages, both for mental and physical health, to getting outside more often.

Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight can increase Vitamin D levels, which has been shown to help with a variety of ailments from depression to osteoporosis to cardiac disease. While…

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smcternan March 2nd, 2014, 5:34 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Recently I read an interesting article about activity levels in different ages of children and adults. Apparently we do little exercise even though we ALL know it is good for us in many ways. Research shows preschool children tend to do better at sit down activities that require focused attention if they have the opportunity to move and exercise in-between focused activities. Have you ever noticed that if you walk on a nice day you feel refreshed and focused on your return to your desk. Most preventative health practices encourage…

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It’s Snowing…..

smcternan February 16th, 2014, 11:49 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Another  day of school at home, and a day at home doing what? Well most kids are not complaining about not going to school, but I can safely say that my kids have caught up (sufficiently) on deprived sleep.

We have also shoveled and dug out from snow bound homes, apartments and cars many times over now. Shoveling is hard work, and it is not the type of work that gets you in shape. Shoveling stresses your back more than anything.

On the other hand, snow forts and snow people and snowball fights…

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Health Awareness for Women

smcternan May 20th, 2013, 1:23 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Caring for children and family can often be more than a full time job. It pays to be organized. But are you as organized about your own healthcare needs. The number one killer of women today is heart disease and few women know their risks. Do you know the signs of a heart attack in men or women? Symptoms vary but having baseline EKG at your well visit will help pick up on abnormalities early-and maybe save your life. Only 30% of women survive their first heart attack. Often there…

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What Lurks in the Lawn?

smcternan May 6th, 2013, 1:39 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Spring has given us some warm, sunny weather. It is nice to have sunny days and more opportunities to be outside. Even if it is just laying on a park lawn, the fresh air helps rejuvenate after a long winter. Maybe hiking, biking, climbing, running and outdoor sports are on your weekend agenda. Getting active it is great. But take precautions, too. Now that we have had weather over 60/62 degrees for many days, the bugs will come. With the flies and mosquitos, there will also be ticks. Just walking through a…

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Are You "Grazing"?

smcternan January 28th, 2013, 2:11 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Many people feel overwhelmed by the diet and nutrition information that abounds in type and online. If you are always trying to lose weight this time of year–let”s all get ready for summer!–then you have probably tried many different weight-loss plans over the years. How about your kids? Have some of your diet successes and failures trickled down to them?

You know showing your children how to eat healthy is necessary, but buying fresh fruit for a change is only a part of it. Many children, both boys and girls, begin developing food issues,…

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Diet or Exercise? Which is best?

smcternan September 17th, 2012, 11:39 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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blackbeanburgerThere is a trend in obesity research that suggests we may be going about correcting this healthcare issue in the wrong way. Recent research shows that caloric intake in obese adolescents is less than their fit peers. This and many other research expresses concern that addressing diet is only a small part of the problem. Younger children were also studied and found that caloric intake did impact weight overall. So now what?  Time to exercise and incorporate healthier habits has always been proven in the adult population to be of…

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Once Upon a Time…

smcternan September 10th, 2012, 7:53 AM
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8a05727rOnce upon a time there were children who played all day. There was no television, computer, or electronics keeping them inside. Duck, Duck, Goose, and Ring-Around-the-Rosie were sung and played by every preschooler around. Parents would join in and the fun would begin. Imagination and creativity would abound with stick ball, street hockey and baseball. A bicycle was had by everyone and was used everyday. We read books about adventure and we made our own adventures. We were action heroes and we did not play the action hero with our…

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Moments Worth Celebrating

jjue August 18th, 2012, 9:02 AM
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Photo by graur razvan ionutWe all find moments that are worth celebrating. My favorite memory of this year’s London Olympics actually occurred seconds after the 400 meter semifinal had ended. The winner of the race Kirani James in a show of respect approached Oscar Pistorius who had finished 8th and requested to exchange their official uniform name tags.

You might be wondering why so much attention was given to an athlete who didn’t win a medal? Oscar is a double amputee and uses prosthetic legs to race against some of the world’s fastest runners. His journey to…

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