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WakeMed’s Angela Newman Named a “Woman of Western Wake”

Congratulations to Angela Newman, RN, MSN, CMSRN, for being named a 2015 Woman of Western Wake by Cary Magazine.  Nursing director of the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at WakeMed Cary Hospital and a Cary resident, Newman was chosen for this award due to her many accomplishments as a nurse leader and contributions to WakeMed Health & Hospitals as well as the patients we serve.

In an article about Newman included in the September/October 2015 issue of Cary Magazine, she was commended for her passion to lead and her efforts to share in a collaborative environment with her staff of nurses. The magazine also praised Newman for leading an effort in 2011 to create an outpatient clinic for patients needing blood transfusions at WakeMed Cary Hospital, which allowed them to spend less time in the hospital.  A few years later, she was named into her current position and thrives at taking care of, guiding and supporting a team of about 130 staff nurses who provide labor and delivery and post-partum/newborn baby care.  On average, her team at WakeMed Cary Hospital assists with approximately 2,300 births per year.  Additionally, Newman was praised for working with a committee of nurse advisors to ensure that all of her nurses feel comfortable coming forward with ideas that will enhance patient care and helping turn those ideas into reality.

Mother to young daughter Allie, Newman also works hard to balance her work life with her home life. She stays busy in the Cary community raising Allie and being involved in her daughter’s activities.

Congratulations again to Angela Newman; read the article about her in the September/October issue of Cary Magazine here.

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Have Fun, Stay Active this Labor Day Weekend

Three-day holiday weekends often bring the inspiration to do something new and different, even if you don’t have plans to travel out of town. Since Labor Day weekend is just a few days away, you might be looking for some ideas. Luckily, Hailee Wingfield, MA, CISSN, ACSM EP-C, GFI, AHC, a fitness specialist with WakeMed’s Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Center, is offering this list of family friendly staycation activity ideas.

“Spend this holiday weekend having fun with your family, getting some exercise, and doing something that you don’t get to do every day,” said Wingfield.  “Three-day weekends give us all some extra time to relax and enjoy, so take advantage with those you love the most!”

  • Pool Time: Labor Day weekend marks the last weekend that many neighborhood pools will be open.  Enjoy a day swimming together as a family.  Pack a picnic, apply plenty of sunscreen and allow yourselves to spend the day splashing around together.
  • State Parks: Two state parks local to this area offer hiking trails and beautiful scenery.  Try visiting the William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh or Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.  Spend the day exploring nature and hiking together!  Remember to pack sunscreen, healthy snacks and plenty of water.
  • Ball Games: Attend a local baseball game together.  Watch the game, walk the stadium and take in all the sights for the last time this year!  Baseball games are fun for all ages.  In fact, the Durham Bulls are playing at home in Durham all weekend. Check out their schedule here.
  • Festival Fun: Attend the North Carolina Apple Festival in Hendersonville, open September 4-7.  This annual street fair event includes fresh picked apples, arts & crafts, kids’ activities, and free entertainment.  Lace up your walking shoes and spend a day together at this fun event.
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Understanding Gestational Diabetes – Now Offered in North Raleigh

As many as 10 percent of expectant moms develop high blood sugar, a condition known as gestational diabetes that only occurs during pregnancy.

If your doctor finds that your blood sugar levels are elevated, you may be diagnosed with gestational diabetes – even if you have never had diabetes before. When detected early, it can be controlled to help prevent health complications for you and your baby.

You can manage gestational diabetes with a healthy diet, eating on a regular schedule, daily exercise, monitoring glucose levels and with medication, if necessary.

Are you at risk?

You may be more likely to develop gestational diabetes if:

  • Your family has a history of diabetes.
  • You had a previous birth of a very large baby or a stillbirth.
  • You are overweight.
  • You had a previous pregnancy with gestational diabetes.
  • You are older than 25 years.

WakeMed Pregnancy and Diabetes Program – Now offered at WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital

The WakeMed Pregnancy and Diabetes Program is a great resource for women who have developed diabetes at any stage of pregnancy – or who have diabetes prior to conception. The program offers education and support to help mothers-to-be manage diabetes for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Our dedicated nurses and dietitians partner with you and your physician to help monitor glucose levels and plan meals for the rest of your pregnancy. The program includes an assessment, nutritional counseling and individualized meal plans as well as post-partum care to help reduce your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

The program is also offered at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital.  Learn more about our program.

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Back to School With Waverly Place Farmers Market and WakeMed

Now that traditional calendar schools are back in full swing, make plans to join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 29th from 9 am to noon at Waverly Place Farmers Market to ensure you and your family have the healthiest school year possible.  (Waverly Place Farmers Market is at the corner of Tryon Rd. and Kildaire Farm Rd., diagonal from WakeMed Cary Hospital.)

At the event, you can talk with WakeMed Pediatric Endocrinologist Bill Lagarde about healthy lunches and not drinking your calories.  Dr. Largarde is one of five pediatric specialists who now have offices in Cary, including Pediatric Gastroenterologist Sachin Kunde and Pediatric Surgeons Duncan Phillips, David Hoover and George Wadie.

Our rehab specialists will also be onsite to share backpack use and injury prevention tips.  In fact, they provided us with this helpful information in case you are not able to attend the event.
 
Choosing a Backpack

  • The most important step to backpack safety is choosing the right size backpack.
  • Padded straps are important. Padded shoulders straps will help distribute the weight across a larger area of the chest and shoulders and will make wearing the pack significantly more comfortable
  • Some backpacks have sternum and hip straps that help to further redistribute weight and bring the pack closer to the body.

Wearing Your Backpack

  • Always use both shoulder straps and tighten the straps snug against the back.
  • If your backpack has a waist strap — use it.
  • Never wear a backpack with the straps too loose and hanging or swinging on your back.
  • Distributing the weight inside the pack is very important. The heavier items should be kept close to the body where they will be more stable.
  • Never wear a backpack on one shoulder, this can cause muscle imbalances and develop serious back, neck, and posture problems
  • Never overload your backpack with greater than 15% of your body weight.  If the backpack causes the child to lean forward or backwards it is too heavy.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Waverly Place Farmers Market!

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Three Simple Steps to Improved Heart Health

To improve and preserve your cardiac health, a few simple lifestyle changes can make a big impact.

We always stress the importance of exercise, but for those who feel intimidated by that word, a simple place to start is to increase the amount of steps you take each day.  Try taking the stairs whenever possible, park at the back of parking lots, walk to the end of your driveway to get your mail. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and helps with other diseases such as arthritis and pulmonary diseases. There are also many downloadable Smartphone apps that you can use can to monitor your daily steps, with the goal of increasing your steps each day. This is a great way to stay active and improve your cardiovascular health. Soon, you will see weight loss and feel more energized.

Diet is another important focus. If you have hypertension or heart failure, you should throw away your salt shaker. Focus on increasing your consumption of fresh foods like fruits and vegetables and limiting processed foods. You will notice improvement in your weight and blood pressure. Limit the consumption of sugary drinks like sodas and sweet teas as well. These are associated with both obesity and diabetes. Simply eliminating sugary drinks can contribute to significant improvement in your overall health and weight loss.

Lastly, if you smoke, quit. If you are not ready to quit, any cigarette you don’t smoke helps. Talk to your healthcare provider about coming up with a plan to quit. We understand how difficult this process can be, but we also know how harmful cigarettes are to your health. We want you to be successful and will help in any way that we can.

Learn more about Mary McNeely, PA-C, and WakeMed Physician Practices – Raleigh Cardiology.

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Celebrate the Last Farmers Market of the Season

Please join us today in the Raleigh Campus courtyard from 10 am to 2 pm for the last full Farmers Market of the year.   Make a plan to visit with the WakeMed Pharmacy in the education tent to learn all about cold and flu prevention for kids, and EBT/SNAP patrons, don’t forget that we offer a market match!

Also, please take a few minutes to thank the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Facility Services, Campus Police and Environmental Services  for their help with the Farmers Market.  Without this spectacular team, the Farmers Market would not be possible.

Produce

  • Spaghetti Squash* new today!
  • Field Peas * limited supply
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tomatoes – multiple varieties
  • Apples
  • Pecans
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Green Peanuts
  • Zucchini
  • Okra
  • Squash – multiple varieties
  • Eggplant – multiple varieties
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Corn
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Herbs
  • Flowers

Many Handmade Items and Baked Goods From Vendors, including:

  • JAM Catering
  • Royal Cheesecake & Varieties
  • Gluten Free with Sarah B
  • Natural Choice
  • Bordeaux Lane Studio
  • Allvecia Soap Company
  • That’s Good Chocolate!
  • Connie’s Custom Creations
  • Jimmy’s Popcorn

Its’ a beautiful day at the market.

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Birthdays are the Best Days at WakeMed North

We are currently smack dab in the middle of the most popular birth months of the year – July, August and September.  Actually, September is typically the most common birth month, with September 16 being the most common birthday of all. 

The fact that these hot summer months are the most popular is not surprising considering just nine months earlier the weather was getting colder, people were spending more time together inside and they were (um) celebrating the holidays.

At WakeMed, we celebrate lots and lots of birthdays every year because, as a system, we celebrate more births than any other hospital in Wake County.  At our newest hospital, WakeMed North Family Health & Women’s Hospital, which is also Wake County’s first Women’s Hospital and our third birthing center, we celebrate birthdays in a very special way – with a sparkling cider toast, a birthday cake and room service.  It’s true. We know how to throw a birthday party!

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Raleigh Campus Farmers Market Inside This Week

Today we are fortunate to have beautiful weather for the Raleigh Campus Farmers Market in the 1E Visitor Lobby from 10 am to 2 pm.  All of your favorite vendors are set up and are ready for business – no umbrella or rain coat required to shop for North Carolina’s finest!  Remember, we offer a market match for all EBT customers.

Produce (conventional and pesticide free options)

  • Canary melon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cucumber
  • Watermelon
  • Summer squash
  • Zucchini
  • Green onions
  • Peppers
  • Eggplants
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes – sungold, cherry, green, slicing
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Apples
  • Herbs
  • Peppers
  • Peanuts
  • And more

 

Prepared Items and Handmade Goods

  • Pickles inc. watermelon rind pickles
  • Chess & lemon pie
  • Carrot cake
  • Brownies
  • Gluten free blueberry muffins, berry loaf, mini cheesecakes
  • Banana pudding
  • Multiple types of cheesecake
  • Peanut butter cookies
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Jams, jellies and preserves
  • Dijon mustard
  • Handmade berry, oatmeal, lavender and lemon orange soap
  • Succulents & origami
  • Hand sewn items, including bag holders, glasses cases and pet beds

See you at the market!

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Raleigh Campus Farmers Market is Inside!

Come visit us the Farmers Market today inside in the 1E Visitor Lobby from 10 am to 2 pm.  Our vendors are offering a great variety of conventional and pesticide-free fruits & veggies, handmade crafts and prepared items. We offer a market match for our EBT customers.

Special guests include the 3E Work/Life Committee selling handmade items including badge extenders, homemade soaps, American Girl doll headbands, bracelets, knitted Minions, corn hole boards, handmade wreaths and more.

We also have an origami and succulent plants vendor visiting the market today as well as an education table where you can learn about the difference between whole wheat and white bread.

Produce (conventional and pesticide free)
• Cantaloupe
• Canary melon
• Zucchini & yellow squash
• Cucumbers
• Green beans
• Lettuce
• Potatoes
• Watermelon
• Peppers
• Tomatoes (big & small, variety of colors)
• Honey
• Eggplant
• Peppers (hot & sweet)
• Potatoes
• Herbs & Flowers
• Okra
• Onions (green & white)
• Corn
• Peaches
• Plums
• Field peas
• Butter beans
• Pecans

Baked Goods & Handmade Items
• Banana bread
• Lemon & chocolate pound cake
• Gluten-free marble cake with cream cheese icing
• Peanut butter cookies
• Peach cheesecake
• Gluten free blueberry lemon mini loaves, strawberry muffins & Jalapeño cornbread
• Butter toffee and white cheddar mix popcorn
• Chocolate & lemon chess pies
• Apple turnovers
• Banana pudding & strawberry shortcake in a jar
• Pickles

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Summer is Trauma Season

Children’s Emergency Department Medical Director Amy Griffin shares safety tips with WNCN.  Missed the story on TV?  Watch it here.

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