• Sports physicals encouraged as student athletes head back to school

    Students are heading back to class, and many back to the field or court. If your children are involved in athletics, a sports physical is likely required to ensure they’re safely able to participate in physically demanding activities. More than 38 million teenagers and children in the United States play at least one sport.

    A sports physical is similar to an exam that most children experience before heading back to class, but it also addresses injuries, training, nutrition and exercise programs.

  • August is Immunization Awareness Month

    August not only marks the beginning of school in Kentucky, but also National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance and benefits of immunizations.

    “Vaccines are a requirement for school entry and help protect the health of children and that of their classmates and their community,” said Dr. Hiram Polk, commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health. “When children are not vaccinated, they could be at risk of disease and can possibly spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community.”

  • The discrepancy between earnings and expenses

    By Carol Marak

    For most seniors, there’s a big difference between money earned and money spent on living costs. I wonder how most get by and pay for housing, food, utilities and health care. After paying for all that, very little, if anything, is left for savings.

  • BaH conducts home care training session

    With an aging population, the ability to maintain a lifestyle in one’s own home is highly desired among seniors. That is why Bardstown at Home, a local non-profit, is looking to train more individuals on providing home care for the elderly.

  • Things a caregiver can do to save time, reduce stress

    By Carol Marak

    When caring for children or aging parents, the effort strips a caregiver’s personal time. Even the most resilient individuals succumb to the grind and become frazzled. If you give care to a loved one, take steps each day to preserve your health and well-being.

  • Flaget selected for initiative promoting better cancer care

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has selected KentuckyOne Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital as one of nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care. The Medicare arm of the Oncology Care Model includes more than 3,200 oncologists and will cover approximately 155,000 Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

  • Flaget Hospital named ‘Fit-Friendly’ Worksite

    Flaget Memorial Hospital has earned a special recognition from a national organization.

    For helping employees eat better and move more, the American Heart Association recently recognized Flaget as a “Gold-Level” Fit-Friendly Worksite.

    Gold-level employers offer employees physical activity options in the workplace, increase healthy eating options, promote a wellness culture, implement at least nine criteria outlined by the AHA in the areas of physical activity, nutrition and culture, demonstrate measurable outcomes related to workplace wellness.

  • Trying to beat the heat

    With temperatures hitting the 90s this month, emergency responders and weather officials have offered advice and warnings on staying cool. But for some, working in the heat is part of the job.

    “They are out there anyway,” said Kroger Phillips, a manager for the local road department, of his crews. But on days when the heat is high, there are options to consider.

  • Type 1 vs. type 2 diabetes

    By Marcia Jett, APRN

    As a diabetes care provider, one of the most common questions I get asked is “What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes?” I posed this question to my husband who is a non-medical person, and his answer was “Well, I think type 1 requires insulin shots and type 2 doesn’t.” This is a common thought of many people, but it is only partially correct.

  • What should you do before you leave the hospital?

    By Carol Marak

    Seniors are at risk for readmissions if the patient and family ignore care coordination after discharge from the hospital. If plans are made properly before leaving the hospital, a patient can recover while reducing medical costs.