12th Annual Children’s Health Festival Hosted by Williamson County and Cities Health District

Children's Health Festival Williamson County Your Local Color.ComThe Annual Children’s Health Festival is a showcase event highlighting the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and child safety. For the past 12 years, the Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has organized this fun-filled event to encourage local parents and children to “play for the health of it.” This year’s festival was held at the United Heritage Center at Round Rock’s Dell Diamond, with sponsor support from Seton Medical Center Williamson, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, and Superior HealthPlan.

Those who attended the festival found a variety of information and resources on topics important to the entire family. The exhibit area was divided up into five zones that focused on specific health oriented information areas. There was Nutrition Station, Activity Zone, Wellness Square, Community lane, and Sponsor’s Row. [Read more…]

I live Well Nutrition Therapy Reminds Us It Is National Nutrition Month

March Is National Nutrition Month

By: Sama Kaskas, RD, LD

Sama Kaskas, RD, LD, I Live Well Nutrition Therapy Your Local Color.ComMarch is National Nutrition Month! This time of the year we get to celebrate food as the ultimate source of pleasure and good taste. Particularly, the pleasure we find in discovering the rainbow of foods through healthy eating.

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. March 12, 2014 is our seventh annual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, a day to recognize dietitians’ vital roles helping people enjoy healthy lifestyles. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month, with a goal to increase awareness about healthy meal planning, while enjoying the combination of taste and nutrition. [Read more…]

Heart & Sole 5K Raises More Than $38,000 To Help Central Texans Fight Epilepsy

Heart and Sole Epilepsy 5K and Walk Your Local Color.ComWhat do you do when tragedy enters your life? We’ve all had our share of ups and downs, but there are some life events that are so utterly devastating that recovery from them may seem like an impossibility. Losing a loved one is one of those devastating life events. We all shudder to think about that at all, but we especially recoil at considering a parent’s worst nightmare – losing a child.

Nipal Bellmonde is a person who has seen a lot of ups and downs in her life. Certainly, being crowned Mrs. Texas in 1991 was a major high point in her life, as was getting married and having a beautiful baby daughter. But Nipal has also seen her low points as well. Like many of us, Nipal has faced bitter personal tragedies. [Read more…]

Seton’s Ignite Women’s Health Helps Local Women To Energize, Enlighten & Enjoy

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center Williamson Your Local Color.ComSeton is getting geared up for a new year of wellness education sponsored by Ignite Women’s Health. Their signature event that kicked off this year was their Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy health fair expo. Held this past weekend, it was a kind of girls-afternoon-out where ladies from our community can get pampered, catch a fashion show and learn how to live a more healthy life.

This annual event has its roots in the Ignite Women’s Health 5K running event that started in 2008.  However, The Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy expo is only in its third year.   It has developed into a full blown health festival that features cooking demonstrations, health and wellness vendors passing out samples, chair massage, acupuncture, guided meditation, yoga and exercise classes. [Read more…]

Heidi’s Healthy Home – Introducing Our New Series With The Recipe: Roasted Tomatoes

Heidi Speasmaker Heidis Healthy Home Your Local Color.ComI’d like to share a great roasted tomatoes recipe that is one of our family favorites. I really enjoy the deep, sweet, smoky flavor of these tomatoes right out of the oven or even the refrigerator! They are great on salads, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas or anything where you need a pop of flavor.

I use the broiler pan from my oven to roast the tomatoes. It is a big pan and has the sides needed to contain any juice that comes out of the tomatoes as they cook. Also, it is coated with enamel, which is a safe cooking surface for acidic foods. [Read more…]

Confused About Heart Healthy Eating? Laura Krebs-Holm of iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy Sheds Some Light On The Subject


February Is All About The Heart

By: Laura Krebs-Holm, MS, RD, LD

Laura Krebs-Holm Your Local Color.ComFebruary is all about the heart. This time of the year, we see red and pink heart cutouts in almost every store and in ads. It’s the time of year to tell your Valentine how much they mean to you. But that’s not the only heart that matters this month. February is also National Heart Month.

We all know how we should eat for a healthy heart, right? At times, it can be pretty confusing. It seems like every few months, new research contradicts what we previously thought. We are constantly learning new things about how our body’s cardiovascular system works, what damages it, and what doesn’t. So what do we know? Here are some myths and facts: [Read more…]

Meet Adrien Paczosa, RD, LD, CEDRD, of iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy

I Live Well Nutrition TherapyRecently Your Local Color.Com began hosting a new series dedicated to helping our readers and viewers learn more about wellness options available through healthy nutritional choices. The first in the series was by Mary Ann Conroy, RD, LD, and her topic was Happy New Normal 2014. This informative article and video provided practical ideas to help you to achieve your weight loss resolutions for 2014.

That article was, and the rest of the content of this series is going to be provided by the registered and licensed dietitians of iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy. iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy is a local health care business dedicated to helping its patients with nutritional counseling, both one-on-one and in the clinical setting. [Read more…]

Seton’s Ignite Women’s Health and the Professional Women of Williamson County Partner to Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

vipink-celebrating-womens-health-join-us-pink-cha-83The month of October is a busy time for most people. We’ve just gotten our kids settled in for a new school year and we are beginning to gear up for the holidays. Busy women are always looking for a way to slip in a little social time and a little pampering. Ignite Women’s Health of Seton Medical Center Williamson and the Professional Women of Williamson County (PWOW) stepped up and gave local women a break from all of the typical fall hubbub by sponsoring and hosting VIPink. VIPink has become an important annual local event celebrated each year at this time to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to provide busy women with a place to relax, socialize and learn.


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Free Cardiac Screening Community Service Provided By Seton Medical Center Williamson

Ignite Women's Health Seton WilliamsonSeton Medical Center Williamson opened it’s doors for a free cardiac screening event this past Saturday August 10th at the main hospital campus at 201 Seton Parkway in Round Rock. I got there early and the room where the screening was held was very busy. This is a free cardiac screening service provided by Seton on a quarterly basis.  It is an attempt by Seton to provide a health care outreach to any and all of your friends and neighbors who are 18 years or older, and want to know their heart score. There is no limit to the number of times you can participate, and this is a great way to keep track of those important heart risk numbers.

Many folks use this free service to monitor how well they are doing on their weight loss program.  Some insurance providers will only pay for one cholesterol screening per year, so this is a great way to stay up to date with your cholesterol numbers without an extra out-of-pocket expense.  The type of people who have taken advantage of this great Seton community service come from socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds, some with insurance and some without, because it is just the smart thing to do.

The process takes a little more than an hour and involves a blood draw for cholesterol (Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides) and a blood sugar test, a blood pressure test, a measure of your body fat percentage, and a Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment. After all of the testing and measuring is finished, and the lipid panel results are ready, a consultation with a Seton health care professional such as a Cardiologist, a Nurse Practitioner, a Physicians Assistant or a Cardiac Rehab professional is available to help make sense of the results. These folks will spend time going over the test results with you and help you understand what it all means and any actions you can take. [Read more…]

Seton Williamson’s Ignite Women’s Health Program Offering Women’s Cycling Wellness Program

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center Williamson is offering a cycling class through its Ignite Women’s Health program. This class is called the On the Trail to Wellness Cycling Program, and it is a twelve week program designed to meet the needs of anybody who wants to learn how to get the most out of your bicycle. You don’t have to be a star athlete to enroll, and although the program has already started, you are not too late to sign up.

I spoke with the coach for the program, Andy Oestrick, and she gave me a lot of details on the program. The class is designed for all fitness levels and can be tailored to your own individual needs. The class starts out with simple bicycle maintenance instruction, basic cycling skills, and some good advice about how to avoid injuries while you are on your bike. Along with that, you will get some basic riding instructions and coaching to make sure all of the cyclists are on the same page. This is all done as a group and in the safety of a parking lot.

Ignite Women's Health The class is designed to teach the cyclist true bicycling skills so that the rider can get the most benefit from this form of exercise. There will be road work, but Andy has designed the class so you can set and meet your exercise goals at your own pace. The program is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and Andy promises to be available for one-on-one attention if that is necessary. [Read more…]