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February is American Heart Month- Know Your Numbers

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As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness about heart disease and how to have a healthier heart, we have partnered with the American Heart Association to offer a free heart check to determine the state of your heart and what you can do to live a better, healthier life.

Want to check your numbers? Click here:

Some health conditions and lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for developing heart disease. You can help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and managing any medical conditions you may have.

  • Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least five servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet also can lower your blood pressure. For more information on healthy diet and nutrition, visit CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site and .
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person's body fat. If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI at CDC's Assessing Your Weight Web site.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. For more information, see CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program Web site.
  • Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis. You can check your blood pressure at home, at a pharmacy, or at a doctor's office. Find more information at CDC's High Blood Pressure Web site.
  • Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit. For more information about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC's Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site and .
  • Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one. For more information, visit CDC's Alcohol and Public Health Web site.
  • Have your cholesterol checked. Your health care provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years. Talk with your doctor about this simple blood test. You can find out more from CDC's High Cholesterol Web site.
  • Manage your diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely, and talk with your doctor about treatment options. Visit CDC's Diabetes Public Health Resource for more information.
  • Take your medicine. If you're taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don't understand something.

Volunteers Needed for Angels on the Move Program

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It was in the spirit of giving that the Volunteer Auxiliary began at Anderson in 1982. Each charter member gave from his or her heart to serve patients and visitors. That same spirit of compassion continues today.

A new program, "Angels on the Move," is looking for volunteers. This special group of people will be visiting with patients and families throughout the hospital, offering smiles, helping hands, caring words and thoughtful services. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this group, please call Tiffney Spence, Volunteer Coordinator, at 601-553-6392.

A volunteer can be anyone over the age of 18 with a desire to meet the needs of the community. We have retirees, students and people who wish to give their spare time to help others. All are from various backgrounds and each brings their own special experiences and a willing heart.


ACA Health Insurance - Anderson Can Help Find Answers

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Anderson Can Help You Find ACA Answers

Need affordable health insurance?
Due to the new ACA health care law, it is now available.

For the first time ever, thousands of Mississippians are able to choose an affordable health insurance plan that covers services like doctor and hospital visits, maternity care, prescriptions — and more. Due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), high-quality, low-cost health insurance is now widely available.

More about the Affordable Care Act…
If you currently don’t have insurance — or if your insurance doesn’t cover the care that you need — you can now get the best health care plan at the lowest cost for you and your family. It doesn’t cost anything to apply and learn what your coverage options are. When you use the Health Insurance Marketplace, you may be able to get lower monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs.
You’re considered covered if you have Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, any job-based plan, any plan you bought yourself, COBRA, retiree coverage, TRICARE, VA health coverage or some other kinds of health coverage.
If you’re eligible for job-based insurance, you can consider switching to a Marketplace plan. But you won’t qualify for lower costs based on your income unless the job-based insurance is unaffordable or doesn’t meet minimum requirements. You also may lose any contribution your employer makes to your premiums.
What if I have a pre-existing condition?
Being sick doesn't keep you from getting coverage. Starting in 2014, an insurance company can’t turn you down or charge you more because of your condition.

We’re here to answer your questions
As a community educator for the new health care law, Anderson Regional Medical Center is here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Please call Michelle Murphy, Insurance Educator, at 601.553.6959 to learn more about the health care law.
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Anderson Committed to Educating Community about Diabetes

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Meridian, MS- October 14, 2013- According to the 2010 statistics of the Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi ranked 2nd highest in the U.S. for overall diabetes prevalence, with over 270,000 adult Mississippians having type 2 diabetes (over 12% of the adult population).  Diabetes contributed to the deaths of 926 Mississippians in 2010, and many more live with the complications of Type 2 diabetes.  Because of these statistics, Anderson Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the residents of East Mississippi and West Alabama with the proper information and education to prevent and treat this disease.


Boutwell Named Social Worker of the Year

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Meridian, MS -- Rhonda Boutwell, Director of Social Services at Anderson Regional Medical Center, was recently named Healthcare Social Worker of the Year by the Mississippi Society for Social Work Leadership In Healthcare, Inc.

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