Dedicate Yourself to a Healthy Diet During National Nutrition Month


We could all stand to eat a little bit better. But eating better doesn’t doesn’t mean you have to endure meals consisting of nothing but asparagus and cauliflower — unless, of course, you totally want to.

Contrary to what you’ll see on TV or hear on the radio, there’s so much more to embracing a healthy diet than sacrificing flavor or your lifestyle.

National Nutrition Month, celebrated every March, is centered around the idea that there are countless ways for adults and children to create healthy diets that fit their lifestyles. That’s why the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics wants you to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” this month and find the diet that works for you.

Throughout the National Nutrition Month website, you’ll find an endless amount of useful information — all presented in a fun, visual format — to help you choose the perfect blend of healthy and tasty food for your life. Here are a few of our favorite articles:

Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store — Because finding and buying healthy food doesn’t
have to cost you a fortune or an entire afternoon.

The Basics of the Nutrition Facts Label — The nutrition facts label is your ultimate weapon against
unhealthy eating. Learn to decipher and understand it here.

5 Tips to Kick Bad Eating Habits — Poor eating habits are tough to get rid of. Try these tips if you’re
having trouble sticking with a healthy eating plan.

Staying Away from Fad Diets — Here are the diet plans you should avoid completely.

Want even more healthy eating tips? Don’t forget to check out our Health eCooking section on our website — you’ll find plenty of regularly updated healthy recipes that you and your family will love. And if you’re diabetic, our Center for Diabetes Education is the place to learn more about healthy eating habits that can help you manage your diabetes.

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New Issue of Maryland’s Health Matters Magazine Available Now


When it comes to getting the latest health and wellness news, updates and recommendations, Charles County residents have a variety of sources they can turn to.

In addition to our blog and all of the content available on our website 24/7, you also have access to Maryland’s Health Matters, the quarterly magazine of the University of Maryland Medical System.

The UM Charles Regional Medical Center edition includes content specifically tailored to Charles County’s health and wellness needs. And each issue of the magazine focuses on helping residents in our community make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families.

Inside, you’ll find the latest news, event information and stories from UM Charles Regional Medical Center and the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation, as well as information regarding relevant health topics for our community. Here’s a glimpse at a few of the topics covered in the latest issue:

Living Well with Diabetes — Discover our Center for Diabetes Education, and see how this new program is helping Charles County residents with diabetes live more fulfilling lives.

Healthy Happenings — There are so many great classes, support groups and events (many of which are free) scheduled for the coming months. See what they are and find out how to be a part of them.

Foundation Focus  — Get the inside scoop on upcoming foundation happenings and events, including the highly anticipated Celebration Gala.

Maryland’s Health Matters is available for free online and in print, so you can get an inside look at the articles and insights that matter most, no matter which format you prefer. Click here to check out the latest issue now — future issues can be found by visiting our Maryland’s Health Matters landing page on our website. If you’d like to subscribe for free print editions of the magazine, please contact Tina Anderson by emailing today.


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Help us Fight Cardiovascular Disease During American Heart Month


High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly half of all Americans have an increased risk for heart disease because of at least one of these factors.

Some risk factors, like family history and age, are completely out of our hands. But during American Heart Month, observed every February, we encourage you to take steps to help reduce your chance of developing heart disease.

What are those steps? The American Heart Association calls it “Life’s Simple 7,” which includes:

  1. Get Active
  2. Control Cholesterol
  3. Eat Better
  4. Manage Blood Pressure
  5. Lose Weight
  6. Reduce Blood Sugar
  7. Stop Smoking

In addition to these tips, a trusted primary care provider, such as Dr. Lorenzo Childress at UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care in La Plata, can help you stay on track with your health goals and give you the resources you need to keep your heart healthy. And if you have diabetes, our new Center for Diabetes Education can help you get on the path to lowering your risk for developing heart disease.

Though heart disease is serious and can cause life-threatening occurrences like heart attack and stroke, a lot can be done to lower your risk. So take this as a challenge and let’s all do our part this month to reduce our chance of developing heart disease and to encourage the ones we love to do the same.

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Make 2017 the Best Year Ever with These 8 Resolutions


Say goodbye to 2016 and say hello to a happier, healthier new year. These eight health and fitness resolutions are key to both short- and long-term health goals, and we’ve made it easy by providing tips and motivation for each one.

Resolution 1: Get Moving

Whether you’re starting a full-blown exercise program or just committing to walk more often, deciding to start a fitness program and add more movement to your life is the most important step. Be realistic about your goals to prevent getting discouraged, and stick to your plan by following some basic tips. And don’t forget to warm up and stretch before working out — nothing derails a resolution like getting hurt!

Resolution 2: Eat Healthy

There’s no question that eating healthy around the holidays is tough. But even if your holiday eating was overindulgent, it’s never too late to start eating well. Focus on long-term goals of overall health and fitness by making small changes in your diet rather than extreme, short-term adjustments. Find ways to keep your diet interesting and tasty with fun, healthy recipes. And no matter what, don’t get discouraged!

And if you have diabetes, we’re here to help you make 2017 a year of healthy food habits. Our Center for Diabetes Education, located right here at the hospital, can work with you to develop a healthy eating plan and more.

Resolution 3: Quit Smoking

2017 could be the year you call it quits for good. To be successful, you’ll have to attack the physical and mental addiction to tobacco, which is often done through a combination of medicine, habit changes and emotional support. Build a “Quit Plan,” use one of Charles County’s free Smoking Cessation Courses — do whatever it takes to set yourself up for long-term success and long-term health.

Resolution 4: Stress Less

Excessive stress affects much more than just your emotional well-being. In fact, stress can be the cause of a number of disorders and even puts you at risk for developing other illnesses and physical ailments. Learning and practicing some basic mind-clearing and relaxation practices can lower your stress and improve your health.

Resolution 5: Laugh More

Laughter goes hand-in-hand with relieving stress. Laughter is one of the most effective ways to stimulate organs and strengthen your immune system — and even burn a few calories in the process! Surround yourself with things that make you chuckle and people who make you smile in the new year, and experience the many benefits of laughter.

Resolution 6: Get Screened

The easiest way to improve long-term health is to receive regular wellness exams. Annual health screenings may help detect problems before they become serious and make it easier to administer effective treatments. Your primary care physician can help you plan for the necessary screenings, but taking charge of your own health is just as important. And because men and women have different needs, be sure to understand what screenings are recommended before you go.

Need to find a new primary care physician, or just looking for a more convenient primary care practice? Learn more about UM Community Medical Group’s new primary care practice in La Plata on our blog.

Resolution 7: Seek Help

You should never ignore the signs and symptoms of depression, mental illnesses or suicide in others or yourself. Whether you’re seeking help for yourself or for someone you know, a better understanding of what depression is makes it easier for a person to get help. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Resolution 8: Spread the Word

Committing to your resolutions is easier when you are accountable to others, so get out there and share those resolutions. Partner with a friend or family member who can help you keep your resolutions alive throughout the year. Don’t forget: Teamwork makes the dream work!

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November is American Diabetes Month


You’ve probably heard about diabetes from your doctor, in the news or from someone you know. But do you know just how prevalent this disease is in our country?

Although many people with diabetes live productive and happy lives, it’s important to understand how this disease affects our community. And during American Diabetes Month, we invite you to learn more about diabetes and how to prevent and manage this disease.

The Statistics
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, and another 86 million people (1 in 3 adults) have prediabetes. Here are some important numbers to know about diabetes:

  • 1 out of 4 people don’t know they have diabetes, and 9 out of 10 people don’t know they have prediabetes
  • 12 out of 100 people in Charles County have diabetes
  • Every year, diabetes causes $245 billion dollars in medical bills and lost wages
  • People with diabetes are at higher risk for blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke or loss of toes, feet or legs, as well as chronic wounds that often require treatment

The Difference Between Types of Diabetes
Not all forms of diabetes are the same. Here’s a brief overview of the differences between type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.

  • Type 1: Previously known as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes, type 1 occurs when your body is unable to produce insulin to control blood sugar levels. Although it can strike at any age, it often appears before the age of 18. There is currently no known way to prevent this type of diabetes.
  • Type 2: 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. This type occurs when your body is able to produce insulin, but doesn’t produce enough to properly control blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes has been linked to obesity which means a balanced diet and physical activity can contribute to prevention and management.
  • Gestational Diabetes: Though relatively uncommon, this type of diabetes is brought on by pregnancy. Being overweight prior to becoming pregnant can increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

The Risk Factors
Being overweight, inactive and having a family history of the disease can contribute to a higher risk of developing diabetes during your lifetime. Your doctor can help you determine your individual risk factors, but you can also take our type 2 diabetes risk assessment to learn more about your level of risk now.

The Good News
Although there is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes, there are things you can do right now to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Losing weight, eating healthy and being more active can greatly reduce your risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes in your lifetime. In addition, knowing the symptoms of diabetes can help with early detection, which may reduce the risk of further complications.

We know that a diabetes diagnosis comes with many questions, and we’re here to help you find the answers. Our new Center for Diabetes Education is here to help you live a healthier, more fulfilling life with diabetes. To learn more about the services we offer, visit our website or call (301) 609-4413.

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UM Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education Earns National Accreditation as a Diabetes Education Program


A diabetes diagnosis comes with a lot of questions. Our recently opened Center for Diabetes Education is the place for patients to find the answers and get the knowledge they need to make the most of life with diabetes.

Don’t just take it from us. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), a Nationally Accredited Organization certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has accredited our Center for Diabetes Education as a Medicare Certified Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

To achieve this accreditation, a diabetes program must meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Programs. Programs that meet this criteria are considered to be of the highest quality and have been shown to improve the health status of those who embrace the education provided.

University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Diabetes Education is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation in 2009,” said Accreditation Director for the Diabetes Education Program Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA.

The Center for Diabetes Education, located in La Plata, offers a variety of services, including individual evaluations, group education, insulin instruction, blood sugar meter training, nutrition instruction and injectable training. Through these comprehensive services, led by an extensively trained diabetes educator, people with diabetes gain the knowledge and skills necessary to modify behavior and successfully manage the disease and its related conditions.

“Our new Center for Diabetes Education works to arm patients with the answers they need to make the most of life with diabetes,” said Certified Diabetes Educator, Cindy Adams, RN, BSN, CDE. “It’s a big step forward for diabetes education in Charles County and southern Maryland as a whole.”

To learn more about our Center for Diabetes Education, visit our website or call (301) 609-4413 to schedule an appointment today.

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UM Charles Regional Medical Center to Offer Health Screenings and Much More at Charles County Fair


The 93rd Annual Charles County Fair is a Southern Maryland tradition that’s been around since 1924, and it’s returning to the fairgrounds south of La Plata on September 15-18. In addition to all the farm animal exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food and, yes, even lawnmower racing, the fair will provide great opportunities to learn more about how you can live a healthier life on Kids Day, Friday, September 16. Here’s what you can expect from UM Charles Regional at the fair on that day:

Blood Pressure ScreeningsNearly one in three adults has hypertension or high blood pressure. If left untreated, these chronic conditions can damage internal organs. Get a free blood pressure screening from our team at the fair to see if you’re at risk and learn about risk factors as well as ways you can manage your blood pressure.

Car Seat Safety Education — If it’s not used properly, a car seat may not be able to protect your child in the event of an accident. We’ll tell you how to find the right car seat for your child and give you tips on how to install it properly to ensure that they’re as safe as possible.

Stroke Education — UM Charles Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke patients, and we’ll transform you into a “Stroke Hero” by showing you how to spot the warning signs of stroke and how to react in the event that you see someone suffering from stroke. We’ll also help you understand your individual risk for stroke by sharing information about potential contributing factors for this health problem.

Diabetes Education — Whether you have diabetes or you’re at risk of developing it, we’re here to help you better understand this disease. Learn about our new diabetes center. Now taking new patients!

Healthy Treats on Kids Day — School-age kids get in free on Friday, September 16, and we’ll have some tasty, nutritious treats to share with them to celebrate the start of a fun weekend ahead and to promote healthy eating habits.

Information on Services Offered by UM Charles Regional — We offer a wide variety of services to patients across our community, and you’ll be able to learn more about our new Center for Wound Healing, comprehensive rehabilitation programs and our recently opened urgent care practice.

Baby Show — Think you have the most adorable baby? Enter your child in the Baby Fair on Saturday, September 17. This annual event is sponsored by our Birthing Center. Entrants will be divided into six different groups by age, and judging will be based on health, personality and appearance.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Charles County Fair, and we hope you’ll stop by our booths to learn more about how we’re working to make Charles County a healthier place to live. For more information about the Charles County Fair, visit the official website today.



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Taking Our Best Shot at Beating Diabetes

Imagine a world without diabetes.


November is
American Diabetes Month, and it’s a great time to focus on turning this vision into a reality.

Nearly 30 million adults and children in the United States are living with diabetes, and managing the disease costs $245 billion a year, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Take time this month to learn about diabetes and the work that’s being done to defeat it. Look for ways that you can help.

UM Charles Regional is also a great resource if you or someone you love is living with diabetes. We offer regular diabetes education classes that cover overall management of diabetes, lowering HbA1C levels, diabetes medications, diabetes nutritional strategies and blood sugar testing. The instructor is a certified diabetes educator. It’s a great resource for the community. Our next class is December 11. Register today and learn how to thrive while living with diabetes.


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Learn How You Can Thrive with Diabetes

It’s American Diabetes Month and according to the American Diabetes Association, their mission is, “to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.” In order to further their mission, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center will be hosting a Diabetes Education Fair. Be informed about diabetes and join us for our FREE Diabetes Education Fair taking place on November 15th, starting at 9am at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Center for Wound Healing.

12013_CRMC_FB_13Nov14 This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about this serious but manageable disease—affecting over 9% of the U.S. population. Space is limited, so please register online or by calling 888-332-4847. This Health Fair will provide:

  • Diabetes education
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Diabetic Foot Check/Neuropathy Screening
  • FREE HbA1c Screening
  • Nutrition Information & Healthy Eating tips for people with diabetes


If you can’t make it to the Diabetes Education Fair, celebrate American Diabetes Month on your own by checking out our diabetes friendly foods on our Pinterest page! After all, you can have your cake and eat it too when a baked pear dessert is the perfect alternative to a warm apple pie. We have an entire board of ideas for foods that are healthy for the people with diabetes in your life—even the ones with a sweet tooth!

Don’t forget, if you do plan on coming to the Diabetes Education Fair to visit our website to learn more and complete your FREE online registration today.


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UM CRMC is offering a Diabetes Education Class

This class will cover overall management of diabetes, lowering HbA1C levels, diabetes medications, diabetes nutritional strategies and blood sugar testing.

Diabetes Education Class

Feb 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

UM Charles Regional Medical Center, Nagula Conference Center #2
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata

The class is free. Please register online or call 888-332-4847 to schedule your appointment today.

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