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What’s On Your Plate?
03.30.2012 [New Moms & Dads]

During pregnancy and the post-partum period, and for years to come, healthy nutrition is an important part of overall health. While your body is healing from pregnancy, and delivery, you need to give it the resources necessary to promote healing and to provide you with some much needed energy.

• Be a healthy role model for your children! They will eat the foods that you eat and healthy food choices are a learned behavior. The more healthy foods you eat the more healthy foods you’ll crave!

• Before you eat, think about what you are putting on your plate! Try to include foods from all 5 food groups throughout each day. A rainbow of color provides a variety of nutrients.

• Half of your plate should be fresh vegetables and fruits.

• Choose mostly whole grains.

• Eat lean proteins, and vary your choices between meats, poultry and fish.

• Try low fat dairy products, such as skim milk and low fat cheeses.

• Cut back on empty calories, simple sugars, salt and solid fats. Drink water instead of sugary drinks, limit sugar filled desserts.

For sample recipes, see our recipe database or

USDA – US Dept. of Agriculture, Center for nutrition policy and promotion.

SMH Announces Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center
03.29.2012 | SMH Extra

If you’re a cardiac patient, your heart is in the right place at Sarasota Memorial. That was confirmed in exciting news that will transform cardiovascular care throughout the region: Today, Sarasota Memorial announced that it will partner with the Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Cardiac Surgery to provide local patients and physicians with the […]

Hope! Fight! Cure!
03.26.2012 | SMH Extra

  Last month, the Sarasota Memorial breast health center received a donation of breast cancer awareness sweatshirts & t-shirts for patients donated by the local Old Navy Store. Chris Brinn, assistant store manager, even came to deliver the apparel that read “HOPE! FIGHT! CURE!” Chris’ fiancé is Maria Nicestro, a Sarasota Memorial nurse who worked […]

New Lounges Provide Quiet, Comfortable Places to Relax
03.23.2012 | Campus Improvements

The next time you’re at the hospital, you’ll see our new family/visitor lounges located on floors one through five next to the C elevators.  Each lounge area has a wonderful view of the new courtyard, which will include paver walkways, seating areas, attractive landscaping and soothing water features when completed, along with the new patient […]

5 Filling Snacks When the Munchies Hit
03.22.2012 | Wellness

It’s 3 or 4 p.m. in the afternoon, you’re at work or home from school and a snack attack strikes! Instead of raiding the fridge or vending machine and spoiling your dinner or diet, consider a snack that combines lean protein with fiber. It will help keep you full longer. Here are five quick and […]

Know Your Thermometer Options
03.20.2012 | New Moms & Dads

If your child feels warm or seems under the weather, it’s probably time to take his or her temperature. Sounds simple enough — but if you’re new to it, you may have questions. Which type of thermometer is best? Are thermometer guidelines different for babies and older children? Here’s what you need to know to […]

Service Spotlight: Cape Surgery Center
03.20.2012 | SMH Extra

Hello readers! My name is Megan and I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of Sarasota Memorial and discovering all of the fascinating treatments and services the hospital offers. Today, I sat down with Sharon Tolhurst, administrator at Cape Surgery Center, to talk about being accredited by the Joint Commission and what it means […]

Meadows Fundraisers benefit Healthcare
03.19.2012 | SMH Extra

In February, the golf, tennis and fitness communities at The Meadows Country Club held joint “Think Pink Week” fundraising events to benefit community healthcare programs supported by Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc.   Nearly $11,000 was raised to assist uninsured and underinsured patients at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Breast Health Center. On Feb. 4, 2012, […]

Allergies Blow. We’re Here to Help You Blow them Away.
03.14.2012 | Wellness

If you’ve been sneezing until your itchy, watery eyeballs feel like they might pop out of your congested little head lately, you’re not alone. This year, even before spring has even sprung, the pollens have powdered our air in record levels. It started with the oak tree pollens and has now moved on to cypress, […]

Service Spotlight: Cardiac pt. III
03.13.2012 | SMH Extra

Hello readers! My name is Megan and I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of Sarasota Memorial and discovering all of the fascinating treatments and services the hospital offers. Today, I sat down with Kelly Munch, manager of Ambulatory Services at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, and Meredith Cleveland, team leader of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, […]