Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Make meaningful health commitments that you can actually keep!

Making a New Year's resolution this year? If its to lose those pesky 10 pounds-for the sixth year in a row- why not consider making a new, more doable resolution with equally big health payoffs? Take your pick of these attainable resolutions from Women's Day that you can actually tackle this year. To read the full article, and for more health tips click here

Get More Sleep.
Getting adequate sleep can help you feel more energized during the day, improve your mood and even help you lose weight. It's the best way to help your mind and body function at its best. 

Eat a Veggie or Fruit with Every Meal.
The more vegetables and fruit you consume, the higher your intake of fiber, which helps fill you up, making you less likely to eat foods that are less healthy. Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which your body needs for a strong immune system.

Find a Form of Exercise That You Love.
Don't care for jogging or aerobics? That doesn't mean you should give up on exercise! It can take some trial and error to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you, but the key is to find something you are most likely to stick with. Start by making a list of activity's you haven't tried and give each a try for two weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy, or mix it up with your top two. 

Extract Yourself from a Toxic Relationship.
Weather it's from a romance gone bad or a friendship that leaves you feeling depleted and unhappy, 2015 is the year to set yourself free. To rid yourself of a toxic person, be assertive. Establish the limits that are best for you, communicate them to the other person and then stick to them. 

Stop Sweating the Small Stuff.
See if you can resolve to let the annoying but insignificant stuff go this year. Being emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, causes our bodies to release cortisol, also known as the stress hormone which can have damaging effects on your heath. When something begins to ruffle your feathers, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, "Am I really going to let this mess with my health?" The answer, of course, is no! 

Cut Back on Sugar.
Don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite indulgences to make this resolution work. Simply take a look at the added sugar in foods, and try to eat as little of the sweet stuff as possible. Too much sugar is too many calories with no nutritional benefit for your body. Try preventing cravings before they even start by making sure you're eating regularly throughout the day. A midday snack of plain yogurt with berries can help give you the sweet taste you're longing for. 

Come Up With a Healthy Living Mantra.
Having a positive mantra can counter any negative thoughts you may have while helping you stay hopeful and motivated to help you live a happy and healthy life. To find your mantra, try designate a calming, motivating phrase that rings true to you, and think about it or whisper it to yourself when you need encouragement.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Easy Tips on Detoxing After Holiday Indulging

A seasonal detox is an effective way to clear your body of toxins, which will also speed up your metabolism and enhance your overall health. Follow these easy tips from shape.com to kick start healthy habits after indulging over the holidays.

Start by decreasing the amount of sugar you consume, including honey, molasses, and artificial sweeteners.

Drink a tall glass of water with juice from half of a lemon in the morning to help rehydrate and promote digestion.

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system, and will so enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body.

Drinking tea is beneficial not only because it is full of antioxidants, it also hydrates you and fills you up!

You should eat whole plant foods because processed foods lack the nutrients your body needs. Dark green vegetables, for instance, are full of micronutrients and are very low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them.
Don't forget that pollution and allergens are all around you. They're in the air and can trigger allergy symptoms (such as yucky, puffy, red eyes). Flushing your nasal passages regularly with a saline solution can eliminate side effects of air pollutants and lead to better breather.

For more tips and to read the full article go to : http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/mind-and-body/8-simple-ways-detox-your-body  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Healthy Holiday Tips

The holidays have approached us and we are pressed for time, which makes it even harder to make healthy choices.  Because fast food & junk food is much more available than a healthy option, many people give in to the temptation and eat poorly during these busy times, simply because it’s easier.  While eating fast- food is never as healthy as a well-planned, balanced diet, you can easily take steps to improve the quality of your nutrition when on the run.

Here are some tips for healthy eating during the holidays:

  • Make sure that you eat your fruits & vegetables for the day.  The best part about them is that they are extremely portable, keep a couple pieces of fruit or sliced veggies when on the run.
  • Before starting a day full of shopping and nonstop running around make it habit to eat a piece of fruit with oatmeal or low fat yogurt, to stay full longer.
  • Seeking out deli-style fast-food chains where you can order a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a wrap. Also choosing mustard over mayo will save you on calories and fat. 
  • Stock your car with bottled water and healthy snacks such as fruit and a serving size of unsalted nuts, to stop those cravings before they hit. 
  • Consider a supermarket for your fast-food break. You can pick up precut and washed fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurt, or low fat cheeses.  They will also offer salads, sushi, wraps and dozens of other healthy prepared items.
  • If you do make your way to a fast food restaurant, opt for the newer and healthier options such as a side salad or fruit. Also remember that chicken isn’t always a healthy choice.  Order grilled chicken, and skipping the bun is always a better option.

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to Stay Active During Winter Holidays

We typically eat more and exercise less during the holidays. If we get too much out of balance with our food intake and our activity output, it can be easy to add on the "holiday weight" or make it more difficult to get back into your workout routine.  To help keep this winter holiday season active follow these simple tips from sparkpeople.com.

Go out and play! If you can't seem to muster the energy to work out this time of year, try "playing" instead. The best part about playing is that it doesn't feel like working out—though you can still get your heart rate up. Snow activities, such as a snowball fight or building a snowman can burn 300 calories an hour! Ice skating, an activity you can do indoors or outdoors, can burn more than 450 calories per hour—and it's a blast!

Take up a winter sport. If you're a competitive type, why not try a winter sport?  From skiing to snowshoeing, there are many great options that burn mega calories and put a whole new twist on your cold-weather workout plans.

Get creative at home. Sure, getting to the gym can be more of a hassle when it is cold outside, but never use snowy weather as an excuse to miss your daily exercise. Instead, try a new workout DVD, or invest in a few pieces of gym equipment. Exercising at home can be a convenient solution to staying on track.

Try something new. By trying something new, you reignite your motivation for fitness, even in the cold weather! Try indoor volleyball or boot camp classes. Participating in a regular activity that you've paid for, or have teammates counting on you to play in, is a fantastic way to stay active in the winter time. You might even make some new friends or learn some new skills.

Set a big goal—and some little goals. It can be anything from losing those last 10 pounds, to running a 5K, but choose a goal that you really want and that will stretch you beyond your comfort zone to reach it. Setting a realistic goal that you then break down into smaller, achievable action steps is a great way to start.

Get excited. If you've never been a winter fan, start focusing on what you do love about it and how this time of year provides new opportunities for your fitness and health. From eating delicious in-season produces, such as oranges and kale, to curling up with a big mug of sugar-free hot cocoa  after a long workout, there is much to love about winter when you embrace and appreciate it.

While there are many great workout options this winter, be sure you always stay safe no matter what you do—especially if you decide to enjoy the winter weather outdoors.

Continue to check back for more healthy winter posts! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Annual Holiday Toy Drive

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

You can help AMI, help children have a better holiday by donating new unwrapped toys at any AMI location until Monday, December, 15th.

With the help and support of our patients, friends, associates, staff and community, the AMI Foundation is proud to continue another year of collecting and distributing new un wrapped toys to children in our region.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mobile Mammography Van Receives $22,000

Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association Donates $22,000 to Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van
Proceeds from Swing For A Cure event will support Van’s mission of making life-saving screening mammograms more accessible to women in southern and central NJ.\

The Atlantic Medical Imaging Foundation’s Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van has received a $22,000 donation from the Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association. The donation represents proceeds from the group’s Swing For A Cure golf tournament held in September of this year.

The Mobile Digital Mammography Van has provided thousands of screening examinations and educated women on the importance of early detection and breast self awareness since its inception in 1993.  It has also provided financial support to patients who may have otherwise not had access to a screening mammography.

The Van is one of only a handful of mobile mammography vans in the country, and only one of two in New Jersey. Originally launched in 1993, the van was replaced in 2007 with a brand new, state-of-the-art vehicle offering enhanced digital technology through a generous grant from RNS.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women have yearly mammograms starting at age 40. The Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van offers women a screening mammogram in less than 30 minutes. Most forms of insurance are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid.

The van is accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration and is supported by a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Additional financial support is provided by the RNS Cancer & Heart Fund and the AMI Foundation.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call (609) 677-XRAY (9729), or visit www.amifoundation.net.

AMI Foundation President Dr. Robert Glassberg accepts a check from Sue Webb, President of the Greate Bay Women’s Golf Association in support of the Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ask The Experts: Low Dose CT Lung Screening

To continue this months focus on lung cancer awareness, our radiologists have answered more common questions on the low dose CT lung screening available at Atlantic Medical Imaging.

To see the first set of questions, please check the previous post HERE.  

What should I expect?
An initial positive screening test does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer, as most growths are benign. However, if the radiologist detects a growth that raises concern, you may be asked to return for a diagnostic CT exam. In some instances you may be asked to return periodically to recheck a mass that is not suspicious to make sure that it remains unchanged. Charges for the diagnostic scan and for any additional tests that may be needed will usually be covered by insurance. If your scan is normal, you may wish to obtain a repeat study in one year.

Is it okay to continue smoking now that there is a screening test available?
No. Tobacco is one of the strongest cancer-causing agents. Tobacco use causes many different types of cancers, including lung cancer, as well as chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases. The damage caused by smoking is cumulative and the longer a person smokes, the higher the risk of disease. Quitting smoking is hard, but there are many proven treatments that can help.

Where can I get the low dose CT screening? How do I make an appointment?
The study is available at all Atlantic Medical Imaging offices. All patients will need to obtain a referral for the low dose CT lung screening from their healthcare provider. To schedule an appointment please call us at: (609) 677-XRAY (9729).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ask the Experts: Low Dose CT Lung Screening

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and our focus for this months Ask The Experts.

Lung cancer amounts for 1 of every 3 cancer deaths and is the second most diagnosed in men and women. About 87% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking, however 60% of lung cancer patients have never smoked or are former smokers who quit decades ago. Only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed at their earliest, most curable stages. If caught early patients can increase their treatment options, outcome and survival rate. 

Recent studies have shown that using low dose CT for screening of lung cancer has reduced cancer deaths from lung cancer by 20% in just five years. Listed below are frequently asked questions regarding low dose CT lung screening exams available at Atlantic Medical Imaging.

 What is a low dose CT lung screening?
The CT lung screening is a low dose CT scan which evaluates your lungs for any sign of cancer. This screening tool is intended for individuals considered to be at high risk fir developing lung cancer. The advanced CT scan provides a rapid examination of your lungs and is designed to detect small nodules (possible cancers) that may be present, but not yet visible on a standard chest x-ray. The images are acquired in a similar fashion to a regular CT, using a helical technique. It takes only seconds (one breath hold) and no IV or contrast is needed. Recent research suggests that detection of nodules at a very small size may dramatically improve the likelihood of survival of lung cancer.

How much radiation is used during the exam?
In an average size person, the dose will be approximately 1mSv (millisieverts). To put this into perspective, a person will receive 3 to 4 mSvs of background radiation every year just living at sea level. Your additional lifetime cancer risk at age 55 for the low dose CT scan is approximately 0.004%, which is very low.
Who should get a low dose CT lung screening?
Results from the NLST (National Lung Screening Trial) suggest former smokers and smokers age 55+ with a 30 pack-year smoking history have a low dose CT lung screening. Pack-year history is calculated by multiplying the number of years smoking by the number of packs per day. 

Other candidates include patients between 50 and 55 years of age with at least a 20-30 pack smoking history or with risk factors such as asbestos exposure or obstructive airway disease. Non-smokers concerned about their risks from environmental hazards such as asbestos or radon gas, or who have health concerns, like obstructive airway disease, or who were exposed to substantial second hand smoke, should consult their physicians to see if they are a candidate for this procedure. 

For more information please visit www.atlanticmedicalimaging.com & continute to check back for more FAQ's on low dose CT lung screenings.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and AMI is focused on educating patients on the importance of prevention and early detection.  Lung cancer is responsible for 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths and is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and women. While heavy smokers are at the greatest risk for the disease, 60% of lung cancer patients are individuals who never smoked or who quit decades ago. Only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed at their earliest, most curable stages. If caught early, patients can increase their treatment options while improving their outcomes and survival rate.

A new low dose CT lung screening exam is now being offered at Atlantic Medical Imaging. Recent studies have shown that screening current and former heavy smokers reduced their risk of dying from lung cancer by 20%.

The low dose CT lung screening exam is for patients 55-74 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or at least two packs of cigarettes a day for 15 years. In addition, patients 50-74 who have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and with risk factors such as asbestos exposure or a family history of lung cancer are eligible.  Patients will need a script from their healthcare provider indicating LOW DOSE CT LUNG SCREENING.

To learn more please visit: atlanticmedicalimaging.com/low-dose-ct-lung-screening

Monday, October 13, 2014

AMI Presents Girls Night Out

Most women probably don't associate mammograms with fun, but Atlantic Medical Imaging's Girls Night Out on October 22nd  and 23rd  may change all that. These breast health events, held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, incorporates the things women love: pampering, food and drink, and spending quality time with friends. 

These events will take place Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at AMI's Galloway office, located at 44 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, as well as Thursday, October 23, 2014 at AMI's Brick Women's Center, located at 495 Jack Martin Blvd. These events will include screening mammograms, free mini chair massages and free nail polish change, light hor d'oeuvers and cocktail and the opportunity to meet AMI's female physicians, technologists and staff.  All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a free spa treatment.  Space is limited for the free massages and polish change, both of which are on a first come first serve basis. 

Mammography screenings will be available by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (609) 677-XRAY (9729) or (732) 233-XRAY (9729).

"This event represents a "best of both worlds" opportunity for women," said Dr. Peggy Avagliano, head of women's imaging at AMI. "It promises to be a fun and enjoyable night out, while at the same time empowering women to take charge of their bodies and their health."

To RSVP for these events please call, (609) 568-9153. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer

AMI Partners with RNS and Tanger Outlets, The Walk During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Atlantic Medical Imaging is teaming up with RNS and Tanger Outlets, The Walk during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. For a $5 donation, people can purchase a pink coupon book containing five 25 percent off discount coupons that can be used at select stores at Tanger Outlets, The Walk in Atlantic City.

RNS and AMI staff members shown on location at Tanger Outlets, The Walk 
with the Dr. Jan Astin Digital Mobile Mammography Van selling pink 
discount coupon books for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Coupon books are available for purchase at all AMI office locations in Atlantic and Cape May counties and are good through October 25, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dr. Jan Astin Mobile Digital Mammography Van, which provides life-saving screening mammograms to women throughout southern and central New Jersey.

AMI staffers will be present at Tanger Outlets, The Walk each Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help raise awareness about the importance of annual screening mammograms. Additionally, the Dr. Jan Astin Digital Mobile Mammography Van will be on site to provide screening mammograms.