Check Out Our New Look and See What We Have in Store for You

We thought that it was about time we gave the Simply Well blog a new look to align with our new UMass Memorial Health brand launch. As UMass Memorial begins to share the story of what it stands for – quality, compassion, dignity, opportunity, fairness, and our relentless pursuit of healing – the Simply Well team thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some changes. What You’ll See Updated look to the blog New way to categorize topics (Parenting, Food and Fitness, Care and Conditions, Prevention and Wellness, Mind Matters and COVID-19) Easy search tool to find the information you want Continuation of weekly posts to help you live healthy and well We hope you enjoy what you see. Stay in touch with us by emailing theteam@simplywellblog.org.

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Check Out Our New Look and See What We Have in Store for You

We thought that it was about time we gave the Simply Well blog a new look to align with our new UMass Memorial Health brand launch. As UMass Memorial begins to share the story of what it stands for – quality, compassion, dignity, opportunity, fairness, and our relentless pursuit of healing – the Simply Well team thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some changes. What You’ll See Updated look to the blog New way to categorize topics (Parenting, Food and Fitness, Care and Conditions, Prevention and Wellness, Mind Matters and COVID-19) Easy search tool to find the information you want Continuation of weekly posts to help you live healthy and well We hope you enjoy what you see. Stay in touch with us by emailing theteam@simplywellblog.org.

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Check Out Our New Look and See What We Have in Store for You

We thought that it was about time we gave the Simply Well blog a new look to align with our new UMass Memorial Health brand launch. As UMass Memorial begins to share the story of what it stands for – quality, compassion, dignity, opportunity, fairness, and our relentless pursuit of healing – the Simply Well team thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some changes.

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Mammogram or Bust

Did you put off your mammogram because of COVID? Are you just too busy? You know you should get it done, but it’s just one more thing to do on your lengthy list. Stop. Don’t delay your care. Early detection is the best protection. It’s a phrase commonly heard about treating cancer. The earlier a cancer is found, the less chance it has to spread and the more opportunity for successful treatment. Why Do You Need a Screening Mammogram? Screening mammograms have been proven to be the most effective tool in identifying breast cancer early. Many of these findings appear well before you or your doctor feel a lump or abnormality in your breast. When breast cancer is found early, before it has metastasized (spread) to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body, the five-year survival rate is 98%. Once breast cancer has spread, the five-year survival rate drops to 25%. What Is a Mammogram? A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray picture of the breast. Screening mammograms — mammograms performed when someone is experiencing no symptoms — are considered the international gold standard for detecting breast cancer early. In high-risk women additional testing with ultrasound and MRI may be offered to supplement screening mammograms. Monthly breast self-examinations and clinical breast examinations (the manual examination of the breasts by a physician or other trained clinical professional) are also essential tools in detecting cancers. Performing a monthly self-examination allows you to “get to know” your breasts and notice any changes in texture or density that might indicate that something is not right. What If They “Find Something” on Your Mammogram? The American Cancer Society reports that about 10% of those who have a mammogram will require more tests, which include additional imaging, an ultrasound or MRI. About 15 to 20% of the recalled women may merit a breast biopsy and 20 to 30% of those biopsied will be diagnosed with a breast cancer. Generally about 75% of biopsies yield a benign result. If a cancer is found, your physician will discuss the treatment options available to you and create a care plan. When Do You Need To Start Getting Mammograms? There are multiple recommendations regarding mammograms by different societies. While they all vary on what age to start screening and at what frequency, maximum cancers are detected when screening begins at age 40 (American College of Radiology). Women at high risk begin annual screenings earlier. Physicians might recommend screening at an earlier age if you: Are at high risk of breast cancer (genetic susceptibility) Have a strong family history (two or more immediate family members) of breast or ovarian cancer Had radiation treatment to the chest in the past What Do You Need To Know Before Having a Mammogram? The average mammogram takes about 20 minutes, and discomfort is minimal for most. The procedure is safe, with your body receiving just a tiny amount of exposure to radiation. Don’t wear deodorant, perfume, lotion or powder under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your exam. Foreign particles could show up in an X-ray. Let the staff know if you have breast implants. They may need to take more pictures than a regular mammogram. Tell the clinic if you have physical disabilities that may make it hard for you to sit up, lift your arms or hold your breath. Make sure your past mammogram results are available to whoever will be looking at your new results. As with all aspects of your health, speak with your physician about what might be best for you. Be sure to discuss your full medical history and that of your family to ensure you make the best decisions possible. Related A Look at Mammography: 2D vs 3D Breast Health: Is 3D Mammography Right for Everyone? To schedule a mammogram at UMass Memorial Health Care, call 855-UMASS-MD. We offer 10 convenient locations. Next-day appointments are currently available. Guest Blogger: Gopal Vijayaraghavan, MD, Chief, Division of Breast Imaging, UMass Memorial Health Care. This blog post is part of our Simply Women initiative that caters to the unique health care needs of women and their families.

Mammogram or Bust

Did you put off your mammogram because of COVID? Are you just too busy? You know you should get it done, but it’s just one more thing to do on your lengthy list. Stop. Don’t delay your care. Early detection is the best protection. It’s a phrase commonly heard about treating cancer. The earlier a…

Playgrounds: Not Just For Kids

File this under ways to “fit” it in.” Exercise, that is! As every parent knows, spring and summer are jam-packed with end of the school year activities, sports and, of course, lots of outdoor fun. If you happen to be taking your kids to the playground or just want to take your workout outdoors, the playground makes for great place for a free, full body workout! Plus, it’s a fun way to get your kids involved in fitness! Sure, you might get a few strange looks, but they will be worth it! Save this post to your phone or take a photo so you have it on hand the next time you run by a park or are looking to “fit it in” while at the playground with your children. First things first … always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And perform the exercises below to meet your fitness level. Playground Circuit Warmup Pick a spot approximately 50 yards (45 meters) away from the playground. Sprint to this point and back. Alternative: Sprint or jog around the circumference of the playground. This is a perfect exercise to do with a child of any age, whether they are in a stroller or old enough to race you as part of your warmup Do 10 repetitions (reps) of each of the below for two minutes: Torso twists Squats (hold your child for more of a challenge) Jumping jacks Playground Circuit Workout Parallel Bars Dips – If your child’s favorite park has a pair of parallel bars, you can use them to do dips. These are a great exercise for your chest, shoulders and triceps. Be sure to go all the way up and down on each rep. You will get the most benefit from a full range of motion. 10-20 reps x 3 Monkey Bars Try to get across the monkey bars. This is great for core and grip strength. Can you make it down and back? Pullups – Almost any playground will have at least one high bar that is the perfect place to practice your pullups. 10-20 reps x 3 Swing Set Get the legs moving. Swing away. Bodyweight Rows – If you haven’t mastered the pullup, a great alternative is bodyweight rows. Hang onto the chain of a swing and slightly lean back with your arms extended. Bend your arms at the elbow to pull your chest towards the swing. Extend your arms and return to start. 10-20 reps x 3 Geodesic Dome Pushups – Put your hands out in front of you, shoulder width apart, with your feet are on the ground. Lower your chest until it touches the surface you are doing the press on, and push up to return to starting position. 10 reps x 3 Bicep Curls – Find a bar of an appropriate height. Grab the bar so your hands are facing you. Use your biceps muscles to pull your body up towards the bar. 10 reps x 3 Park Bench Squat Jumps -Start by facing the front of a bench; the higher the surface, the more difficult this exercise becomes. Squat slightly and then explode upwards to jump onto the bench. Jump backward, off of the bench to return to the starting position. 10 reps x 3 Lateral Lunges – Find a platform of an appropriate height (the higher the surface the more difficult this exercise will be). Start by standing to the side of your platform. Step out to the side with one foot onto the platform and pull yourself up on top of the surface. Step back down to the ground to return to the starting position. 10 reps each side x 3 Resources: Parents.com Shape.com Join the conversation. Do you have a favorite “fit it in” exercise? Be sure to share your favorite kid-friendly exercise circuit or playground fitness routine with us!

How To Stay Motivated To Exercise Through a Pandemic Winter

In ‘normal’ years, winter is a challenging time to stay motivated to exercise. Add a pandemic to that, and it’s no wonder many people are struggling to do what they know they should for their health. The things you used to do for exercise may not be available. You may have a different lifestyle, and…

How To Stay Motivated To Exercise Through a Pandemic Winter

In ‘normal’ years, winter is a challenging time to stay motivated to exercise. Add a pandemic to that, and it’s no wonder many people are struggling to do what they know they should for their health. The things you used to do for exercise may not be available. You may have a different lifestyle, and…

Teaching Diversity and Inclusion to Our Children

Racial justice was one of the most covered topics in the media in 2020. The widespread demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement were something we haven’t seen since the events of the 1960s that denounced racial segregation and elevated attention to civil rights. These activities may have sparked some important and uncomfortable…

Teaching Diversity and Inclusion to Our Children

Racial justice was one of the most covered topics in the media in 2020. The widespread demonstrations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement were something we haven’t seen since the events of the 1960s that denounced racial segregation and elevated attention to civil rights. These activities may have sparked some important and uncomfortable…

Lowering the Lousy Cholesterol

You’ve learned that particular foods can be reduced or eliminated to lower your low-density lipoprotein, aka LDL, the lousy cholesterol. When your LDL is high, it’s believed to increase the risk of heart disease. We now know that along with reducing certain foods that there are many foods, when increased, that help achieve good cholesterol…

Lowering the Lousy Cholesterol

You’ve learned that particular foods can be reduced or eliminated to lower your low-density lipoprotein, aka LDL, the lousy cholesterol. When your LDL is high, it’s believed to increase the risk of heart disease. We now know that along with reducing certain foods that there are many foods, when increased, that help achieve good cholesterol…

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Your Heart

People with cardiovascular disease are more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of COVID-19. Are you one of them? Maybe you are and don’t realize it. Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. Heart diseases include: Heart failure: When the heart doesn’t pump as best as it should…

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Your Heart

People with cardiovascular disease are more than twice as likely to contract severe forms of COVID-19. Are you one of them? Maybe you are and don’t realize it. Nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. Heart diseases include: Heart failure: When the heart doesn’t pump as best as it should…

Cauliflower Curry

In this recipe, substitute another vegetable for cauliflower or a combination of vegetables. This is an excellent way to use up leftover vegetables. Source: Center for Applied Nutrition

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety: Frequently Asked Questions

Phase 2 of the national vaccination program is just around the corner. We know you have questions and concerns. Are the vaccine ingredients safe? Why is there a 15-minute waiting period after I receive my vaccination? Take a look at some of the questions our experts answered to ease some of your worries. View these…

A Message From Your Body: To Much Stress on This Joint!

Have you ever tried to teach your middle schooler how to pitch a fastball only to become very sore? Or have you scrubbed a pot or spent the afternoon in the garden and then felt achy? You could have tendonitis. This happens when there is too much stress on joints, which can tear and inflame…

Prenatal Care and Healthy Beginnings

Whether you’re getting ready to have your first baby or your fourth, receiving regular care while pregnant is vital to your baby’s health and your own. Regular visits to your Ob/Gyn will help ensure your baby is growing well and healthy in utero, and help manage any issues that may arise before they become serious.…

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