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Wellness Fair Schedule

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:36am October 1st, 2014 · 15 hours ago
On Saturday, October 4th Virginia Gay Hospital Healthcare Foundation with the support of Vinton Parks and Recreation Department (VPRD) and other area health and wellness organizations will host the first Benton County Community Health and Wellness Fair at the Vinton Skate and Activity Center from 10am to 2pm - Admission is Free.

Flu Season is Around the Corner

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 10:43am September 26th, 2014
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. Get vaccinated by October to protect yourself and your loved ones! Shorter days and cooler evenings mean it's fall – and often the time that we start seeing people sick with flu.

Mind and Body Therapy for Fibromyalgia

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:39am September 22nd, 2014
Fibromyalgia is a long-lasting disorder marked by widespread pain, tenderness, fatigue, and other symptoms that can interfere with daily life. An estimated 5 million American adults have the condition. It most often affects women, although men and children also can have the disorder. Unfortunately, despite ongoing research, its causes remain unknown.

Millions of children not getting recommended preventive care

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 11:02am September 19th, 2014
Millions of infants, children and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Supplement. Clinical preventive services are various forms of important medical or dental care that support healthy development.

Digging a Vegetarian Diet: Plant-Based Eating Can Reap Rewards

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:26am September 17th, 2014
Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments.

Drinking to Excess: Recognize and Treat Alcohol Problems

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:37am September 15th, 2014
Some people enjoy an occasional glass of wine with dinner. Others might grab a beer while watching a football game. Most people drink alcohol moderately, within their limits. Others overdo it occasionally. But some people find they can’t control their drinking. How do you know when drinking is becoming a problem? And what can you do if it is? About 18 million Americans have an alcohol use disorder.

Reducing Sodium in Children's Diets

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:00am September 10th, 2014
About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Preventing Suicide

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:29am September 9th, 2014
Suicide can be prevented. Each year, more than 39,000 Americans take their own lives and about 487,000 people receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Help prevent suicide in your community by knowing the facts, warning signs, and where to get help.

What is Bullying?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:12am September 5th, 2014
What is bullying? Bullying is when a person or a group shows unwanted aggression to another person who is not a sibling or a current dating partner. Cyberbullying (or “electronic aggression”) is bullying that is done electronically, including through the Internet, e-mail, or mobile devices, among others.

Blood drive set for Sept. 19, at VGH

By Vinton Today · 10:17am September 3rd, 2014
Volunteer blood donors play a vital role in the community health care system. Blood donors are needed every day to ensure the right blood product is on the shelf the moment it is needed. It is difficult to predict when and exactly how much blood is needed, which is why it is important for volunteer blood donors to make blood donations on a regular basis.

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