This year we learned how to help teenagers cope with diabetes, how to be a safe patient, calming meditation techniques, and how children in Haiti are safer with medical IDs. We also heard from real parents of children with food allergies, chronic heart conditions and hydrocephalus.
In all our learning and sharing, we discovered that the American Medical ID family is diverse and wonderful and we look forward to sharing another great year with you. Here’s our 2015 review of your top 5 favorite posts as we prepare to usher in the new year!
- A Mother’s Love: My Son has Chronic Heart Disease
Submitted by Jodi Lemacks
Mother’s Day is not just about getting Mom the perfect present; it’s about celebrating the relationship between mothers and their children. One mother recently shared with us an update on her son who has lived with a chronic heart disease his entire young life.
Joshua Lemacks, now age 11, has always been a member of Mended Little Hearts because of his mom, Jodi, but he has now become an active member in his own right. These days, Joshua does not hesitate to speak about his heart defect, called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, when he feels like it can help others, especially if it will help other kids like him. Read More>
- 7 Healthy Eating Tips for Women
For many of our customers who are women, finding ways to stick to a healthy diet can be difficult, especially in the face of conflicting messages in the media each day.
Women’s health is an important topic, so in honor of International Women’s Day March 8 and in observance of National Nutrition Month, we’ve outlined a few tips to make healthy eating easier. Read More>
- Confessions of a Food Allergy Mom
I am a food allergy mom. I have two sons who couldn’t be more different from each other. The oldest is a sensitive, introspective, timid soul, while the youngest is an outgoing rough-and-tumble kid. The oldest has been relatively healthy so far, while the youngest has dealt with severe eczema, food allergies and bouts of asthma.
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and although we’ve known about my son’s food allergies for three and half years now, my Mom Confession #1 is that I didn’t know about food allergy week, or even about the Food Allergy Research and Education organization until I started working here at American Medical ID. Read More>
- Keep Your Heart Healthy With These Exercises
It’s not news: daily exercise is good for your heart. But just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. The American Heart Association suggests at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week of moderate activity to promote heart health and as a valid strategy for helping to prevent heart disease.
Our lives often revolve around sedentary lifestyles. It is easier today than 50 years ago to sit for extended periods of time at work, and to work longer hours each week. Add to that a long commute, and much of the entire day is spent sitting. Read More>
- CPR Tricks That Can Help You Save a Life
More than 720,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year, 73 percent of whom don’t recognize the symptoms in time to call 911. In heart attacks that occur at home, CPR is a vital, lifesaving tool. CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is the first aid procedure used to restore heartbeats and breathing to those who fall unconscious.
The practice of CPR is not new. It has been around in one form or another for more than 250 years. According to the American Heart Association, as far back as 1740, “The Paris Academy of Sciences officially recommended mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for drowning victims.” Through the years the CPR has been formalized and modified so that people of all levels of experience can recall and follow the steps. Read More>