Halloween is an expressive time for children. Anticipating and deciding what costume they will wear is as fun as trick-or-treating itself. Face paint may just be the finishing touch to make your child’s costume come together, but could you unknowingly be putting them at risk?

PAD is a narrowing or blockage in the blood vessels in the legs, which slows the blood flow to the legs and feet. It affects as many as 8 to 12 million Americans. When PAD occurs, a lack of blood flow makes it more difficult for wounds or ulcers to heal, because they are not getting the oxygen they need to speed recovery. PAD also raises the risk of heart attack or stroke, just as a blockage in an artery in the heart increases the risk.

Signs of PAD

Mango Banana Superfood Green Smoothie

Servings: 2 • Size: 16 oz smoothie • Calories: 173.5 • Fat: 6 g • Carbohydrates: 27 g • Fiber: 4.5 g • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 15.5 g Sodium: 171 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg


After school snacks may rightfully have a bad reputation, but they are actually excellent opportunities to provide your growing children the nutrition they need after a long day at school. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips or stopping by the convenience store for a candy bar, Hillcrest South dietitian Stephanie Harris, MS, RD/LD shares some new ideas for snacks your kids will enjoy, while also helping to support a balanced diet. With a little planning the weekend before, you can have a variety of options for your children to choose and try.

Waffle Treat

As the calendar rolls around to August, many parents begin thinking about their children going back to school. Gone will be the flexible schedules of summer ushered in by early morning routines and after school activities filling the calendar. For families, it can be an adjustment, not only logistically, but also nutritionally. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, here are some tips to help plan for a healthy, nutritionally balanced back to school.

Following the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans for proper nutrition, here are the five areas you need to consider:

June is Men’s Health Month and June 15th-21st is Men’s Health Week. At Hillcrest Hospital South, we encourage men to take charge of their health by actively preventing disease and illness through maintaining a healthy diet. Stephanie Harris, MS, RD/LD, the lead clinical dietician at Hillcrest Hospital South, provided us with some simple health tips for men!

If you or a loved one have ever suffered from a wound that does not show improvement within four weeks of treatment or requires daily treatment and dressings, it should be referred to a wound specialist for further assessment and treatment. Chronic wounds affect nearly six million patients in America, costing the US health care system an estimated $20 billion annually. Every year, more than 1 million people with diabetes develop foot ulcers, and 20-30% of those cases will eventually require amputation.

Recently released Dietary Guidelines of 2015 have Hillcrest South dietitians weighing in and providing their expert opinions for the key takeaways for what’s in, what’s out and what’s neutral this year. Food industries, they say, fight tooth and nail to make sure any new recommendations continue to keep them in a positive light.