“It happened for a reason and if this is the reason, I’m all about it,” Debbie Gann, 50 says of discovering her new passion to spread awareness for heart disease. “Even if you have family history of heart disease, you can overcome it through exercise, diet, lifestyle changes and being positive. Bypass surgery doesn’t have to stop you.”
When the weather is nice there is nothing Ronnie Duerkson, 70, loves more than to be outside – playing with his three grandchildren, gardening or going for a ride on his motorcycle. However, at the age of 69, Ronnie was diagnosed with bullous emphysema. The condition slowed him down, making it difficult to breathe. As part of his treatment, Ronnie’s doctor referred him to pulmonary rehab at Hillcrest South.
March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme – Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right – is kicking off in the kitchen of the Hillcrest South Café. The dietary staff prepares 1400 meals from scratch every day for patients, visitors and hospital employees. Highlighting health and nutrition on the menu is the goal of Sonja Stolfa, RD/LD, Hillcrest South Dietary Department Manager and chefs Louis Rois and Terriann Latouche. “Our goal is to try to introduce them to something that looks really good, which is also healthy,” explains Sonja Stolfa, RD/LD.