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Count Down to the Scrub Run and Fun Fest

We’re only two days away from the first WakeMed Scrub Run and Fun Fest.  And, there is still time to register and to plan to come out for the fun!

WakeMed’s Scrub Run offers events for both running enthusiasts and families. Featuring competitive 5K and 10K races that accommodate both runners and walkers, along with a 100-Yard Kids Dash, this event is designed to involve our entire community.

Scrub Run Start Times & Entry Fees
• 10K – Starts at 8:30 am – $30
• 100-Yard Kids Dash – Starts at 9:45 am – $5
• 5K – Starts at 10 am – $25

Awards will be presented to the Top Three Overall Men & Women, the Top Three Masters Male & Female, and Top Three in male & female age divisions. Course maps are online at or

Race packet & shirt pick-up
• Friday, September 30 from 4 to 6 pm at Marbles IMAX Theatre, 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh
• Saturday, October 1 from 7 to 9 am at Moore Square

Register Today!
Register online at By entering one of the Scrub Run races, you will support WakeMed Children’s and the children of our community.

Fun Fest – 9 am to 2 pm
In addition to the race, WakeMed and its community partners will continue the celebration with a free Fun Fest event in Moore Square. Racers, their family and friends, and all members of the community will enjoy a variety of activities, including:

• Games & activities
• Live music from Bull City Syndicate
• Entertainment
• Face painting
• Arts & crafts
• Mascots, including Twinkle, WakeMed Children’s mascot

Come help us celebrate our 50th year of service to the community!


Raleigh Campus and Cary Hospital Awarded New Beds

Yesterday, we received word from the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation Certificate of Need (CON) Section that WakeMed has been awarded 29 new beds of the 79 requested for Raleigh Campus and all of the 22 new beds requested for Cary Hospital.  Together, these CON awards account for 51 of the 101 new beds available in the 2011 State Medical Facilities Plan. 

Want more information about the decision? Visit the Triangle Business Journal or News & Observer web sites.


Ladies Day Coming to North Healthplex

You are the architect, builder and designer of your life. Are you ready for a healthy renovation?

WakeMed North Healthplex is hosting a special day just for women in our community on Thursday, October 6, 2011.

• Attend free health seminars on osteoporosis, sinus headaches, urinary issues, weight loss, heart disease, and understanding the tween years.

• Participate in a wide variety of free health screenings, including cholesterol, bone density, blood pressure, hearing, balance and posture.

• Meet with health care professionals to discuss diabetes, heart health, breast health, stroke education, and other issues of concern to you.

• Pamper yourself at our Ladies Day spa, featuring chair massages, mini manicures and relaxation techniques.

Plus, join us for a special kickoff to Ladies Day as we host the groundbreaking ceremony for the new WakeMed North Hospital, a 61-bed full-service hospital focused on women’s care. (7:30 to 9 am – On the front lawn)

Ladies Day
Thursday, October 6, 2011
WakeMed North Healthplex
10000 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
Register by calling 919-350-7827 or visiting


Stand By Your Man – Men’s Health Event

Chances are if you’re a woman with a special man in your life, you’ve heard his excuses before. Let’s face it, when it comes to his health, taking charge isn’t always his priority. So, what can you do? Join WakeMed for a special men’s health event! We’ll have FREE seminars, screenings and lots of health information for him AND for you!

September 2 1
4 to 8 pm
WakeMed Cary Hospital
1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary

Seminars (Seating is limited. Pre-registration required)
4:30 pm – All About Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery – John Buttram, MD, Raleigh Neurosurgical Clinic
5:30 pm – Understanding Your Prostate Health – Kevin Perry, MD, Cary Urology
6:30 pm – Minimally Invasive Treatment Options for Treating Hemorrhoids – A Kinder Gentler Method – David Zeiler, MD, Triangle Surgical Associates
7:30 pm – Getting to the Heart of Heart Disease – Bhavani Balaravi, MD, WakeMed Faculty Physicians – Raleigh Cardiology Associates

Screenings (Pre-registration required for the following screenings)
• Prostate Screening/PSA Test – (for age 50+ or age 45+ with risk factors)
• Total and HDL Cholesterol Check
• Vascular Screenings – (for age 50+)

Free screenings on a walk-in basis; first-come, first-served.
• Blood Pressure Checks and Stroke Risk Assessments
• Skin Cancer Spot Checks, 5:30 to 7 pm – courtesy of Cary Dermatology
• Hearing Screening – courtesy of Mann ENT

Health Education
• Think FAST – Stroke Education
• Thriving with Heart Failure
• Chest Pain – When Do You Know If It’s Real
• Understanding Pre-Diabetes
• Breast Health Education
• Ask the Dietitian
• Ask the Pharmacist
• Sleep Disorders
• Invasive Cardiology Diagnosis & Treatments

Register today at, or for questions call 350-7827.


Flu Season is Here

In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu. For most people, the flu is a passing virus that makes you feel terrible for several days, but for some it can be more serious and require hospitalization. In fact, earlier this year a Cary High School student died of complications from the flu

The good news is you have three primary defenses against the flu that are very effective.
1. Avoid People Who Are Sick
2. Wash Your Hands
3. Get the Flu Vaccine

This year, the flu vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, with a particular emphasis on healthcare workers, school-aged children, teachers, daycare workers and pregnant women.  Getting vaccinated is as much about protecting yourself as it is about protecting those around you.  Parent vaccination helps to protect children; healthcare worker vaccination protects patients; teacher vaccination protects students, etc.

This year the U.S. seasonal influenza vaccine virus strains are identical to those contained in the 2010-11 vaccine. (These include A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like antigens.)

If you got the vaccine last year, it is still very important to get the vaccine this year to maintain optimal protection against flu.  Your body does retain some protection for a lifetime after a flu vaccine, but immunity wanes.  This means that if you do not get the vaccine again this year, your body won’t be as equipped to fight off the virus.  If you got the flu vaccine last year, think of this year’s vaccine as a booster.

The flu vaccine is available now, and now is a great time of year to start building your immunity.  Remember, it takes about two weeks to develop immunity after receiving the shot.

Robin Carver is director of WakeMed Raleigh Campus infection control.


Medical Equipment Donation Day

Calling all canes, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and other assistive devices.

WakeMed and Sunstone Medical are teaming up to collect new or gently used medical equipment.  All equipment will be inspected, repaired and given to patients in need.  Suggested items for donation include canes, walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, ramps and vehicle lifts.

Durable Medical Equipment Donation Day
Saturday, September 17
10 am – 2 pm
WakeMed Wake Forest Road Outpatient Rehab Center
3701 Wake Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

If you have an item that needs to be physically removed from your home, just call and we will make arrangements to pick it up at a time that is convenient for you.  For in-home pick-up please call 919-872-8484.


Cheers to September’s Seasonal Sensation: Muscadine Grape Recipes

As the final days of summer tiptoe away, there’s nothing I’d rather do than whip up a deliciously healthy meal and toast our final days of the season. And I’m in luck. With the month of September comes the seasonal sensation, the muscadine grape, ripe and ready for the picking. And when it comes to the muscadine, there’s so much to celebrate. The muscadine grape packs quite the healthy punch with its copious amounts of antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin C and super compounds like resveratrol.  

In a joint study funded by the USDA and Mississippi State University, researchers found potentional cancer fighting benefits of the muscadine from natural plant compounds like resveratrol and ellagic adic. Both are thought to protect against cancer while reducing the signs of aging. And that’s not all the grape is praised for. The USDA also touts muscadine grapes as an excellent source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, essential minerals and vitamin C. Eating a diet rich in dietary fiber can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while protecting against heart disease, gastrointestinal disease and colon cancer.

And what better way to enjoy the super healthy benefits of our State’s most amazing grape than a nice tall glass of grape soda or muscadine sorbet? Here are two refreshingly healthy twists on the sweet treats. For an extra boost of fiber, antioxidents and resveratrol, skip the steps to strain the juices from the pulp. The muscadine’s skin and fibrous fruit are the healthiest parts of the grape.

In celebration of September’s Seasonal Sensation, lift your fizzy glass of grape soda, and cheers to a healthy and happy September! Enjoy.

Muscadine Grape Soda
Serves 4
Soda recipe from EatingWell Magazine,
This sweet and tangy homemade soda packs 35 percent of your daily vitamin C  – that’s 2.5 servings of fruit in one glass. If your grapes are on the sweeter side, go easy on the honey to cut the calories. Freeze extra whole grapes ahead of time and float them in the drink like ice cubes.

4 cups seedless mascadine grapes, halved and seeds removed, plus more for garnish
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups seltzer

Puree grapes in a blender. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add lemon and honey to the juice; stir until the honey is dissolved. Add seltzer water. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with whole grapes.
Per serving: 138 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 303 mg potassium.

Muscadine Sorbet
Serves 8 (Yields about 1 1/3 cups of sorbet)
2 pounds (about 2 quarts) of muscadine grapes
¼ cup of superfine sugar or honey
The juice and zest of one lemon

Working in batches, puree the grapes with the sugar in a food processor or blender until the sugar is dissolved (about three minutes). Over a bowl, pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer or sieve. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add the lemon juice and zest to the bowl and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap or pour into an airtight container and let cool for several hours. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instruction
Per serving: 115 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 6 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 250 mg potassium

This post is part of the NC’s No Diet Diet series.  View previous posts here: February Sweet PotatoMarch LettuceApril StrawberriesMay Broccoli and CabbageJune Peaches, July Vegetables, August Watermelon


Amy Bowen, RD, LDN, is a clinical dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital


Parents Play Day

Join parents from across North Carolina as we kick off plans for Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play!

Tuesday, September 13
10 am to Noon
Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
224 Sunnybrook Rd., Raleigh

• Sideline Parents: Get Ready, Set, Fit!
• Out You Go: Families That Play
• Activity Dice
• Scavenger Hunt (Discover Fun Prizes)
• Plant the Seed
• Grocery Cart Relay
• Snacktivity Demo
• Plus, Healthy Snacks, Fun Ideas & Prizes

Children who are not in school are welcome to tag along and join the fun.

Get Ideas for Your Family, School, Community and PTA

Register Today – It’s Free


Did you ever wonder how a stethoscope works?

Dr. Bhavani Balaravi of Raleigh Cardiology, shared what doctors are listening for when they listen to your chest in the latest edition of   Heart to Heart Magazine, WakeMed Heart Center’s quarterly heart health awareness publication.

“Today’s stethoscopes still play an important role in diagnosing heart, lung and vascular conditions,” said Bhavani Balaravi, MD, FACC, a cardiologist with Raleigh Cardiology – Cary Office.

How does the stethoscope work?

“A stethoscope enhances body sounds and transmits those sounds to our ears,” explained Dr. Balaravi. A typical model has a flat, round chest piece covered by a thin, tightly stretched skin of plastic called a diaphragm. The diaphragm vibrates when sound occurs. These high-frequency sounds travel up the hollow plastic tubing into hollow metal earpieces and to the doctor’s ears.

What sounds does the doctor hear using a stethoscope?

A healthy adult’s heart makes two sounds called a lub (the first part of the heart beat) and a dub (the second part of the heart beat). “The lub sound is created by near simultaneous closure of the mitral and tricuspid valves located between the atria (upper chambers) and ventricle (lower chambers) of the heart,” explained Dr. Balaravi. “When the blood leaves the heart via the aorta and pulmonary arteries, the near simultaneous closure of the aortic and pulmonary valves creates the dub sound. When the valves do not completely close, a raspy or blowing noise can occur. This is a heart murmur, an extra sound produced as a result of turbulent blood flow during heart beats, which can mean a valve disorder is present.”

“We also use stethoscopes in conjunction with sphygmomanometers to determine a person’s blood pressure,” said Dr. Balaravi.
Read more about stethoscopes, valve problems, watermelon and much more by clicking here.


Need to Know Your Numbers?

WakeMed Corporate & Community Health is hosting cholesterol screenings on Friday, September 2 and again on September 16th.   For just $27 you get a full lipid panel cholesterol, blood pressure and results interpretation. 12-hour fast required.

Friday, September 2
WakeMed Raleigh Campus
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610
7:30 – 10:00 am

Friday, September 16
Cary Hospital
1900 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC 27518

To make an appointment, call 919-350-7622.