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December 2017

Art by creative students featured at UHS hospital

image with a christmas tree branch with christmas baubles on it with the UHS logo and text that says Annual Children's Holiday Art ExhibitThe creativity of local school students will be on display at UHS Binghamton General Hospital from Dec. 17, 2017, to Jan. 21, 2018, when UHS hosts its annual Children’s Holiday Art Exhibit.

The exhibit is an opportunity for the public to see firsthand the imagination and enthusiasm inherent in the work of students from around the Southern Tier.

The show features works by youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade from some 15 schools in the region, and the art is a delight to viewers of all ages.

As a finale to the season’s exhibit, a public reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Russell Room at UHS Binghamton General.

Start the New Year with these six healthy ideas

numbers that say 2018 and the zero has a clock inside of itIf the goal of your New Year's resolution is to stay hale and hearty, plus safe and secure at the same time, here are six tips for making wellness a reality in 2018.

  1. Get a handle on stress. Give yourself a break whenever you feel stressed out, overwhelmed or out of control. Find support among family or friends and connect socially.
  2. Get enough rest. Sleep may seem like a waste of time, but those unconscious hours are actually a time when your body does its job to recover from damage and protect itself against illness. Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
  3. Don't drink and drive or let those around you do. If you use tobacco, get into a smoking cessation program such as the one offered by UHS Stay Healthy.
  4. When driving or riding in a car, fasten your safety belt and make sure others in your vehicle are buckled up as well. Children should use a safety seat, booster seat or seatbelt, according to their height, weight and age.
  5. Practice fire safety at home, work and school. Don't leave fireplaces, space heater, stoves or candles unattended. Have an emergency plan and practice it regularly.
  6. Get the exams, checkups and screenings that are right for you. Talk with your doctor or other healthcare provider about which ones you need and when to get them and, while you're at it, update your personal and family medical histories.

Keep your energy going by being a mall-walker

people walkingPerhaps walking to stay in shape is one of your New Year's resolutions. If so, it can be hard to stay with it as the cold gloomy days of winter set in after the first of the year.

Mall-walking can be a great solution.

If mall-walking is in your plans, the UHS Stay Healthy Center at the Oakdale Mall is a great place to start. You can pick up a “B.C. Walks the Mall” pamphlet that describes the indoor walking circuit: a full trip around is three-quarters of a mile.

As an indoor-mall-walker, you’ll beat the chill of winter, the heat of summer and the wet of rainy days, all while still getting your exercise at your own pace.

You’ll be able to increase or decrease that pace according to your limitations and goals, walking alone or with a friend or relative.

The mall opens at 7 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 8 a.m. Sunday. Just go in and start walking – it’s free and fun.

Before beginning any exercise program, check with your doctor or other healthcare provider to learn what’s safe and right for you.