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Tips for a better night’s sleep!

nights-sleep_smWant Santa to make a stop at your house, but having trouble dosing off? Here are some suggestions that might help you get to sleep.

1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time you regularly do.

2. Pay attention to what you eat and drink. Don’t go to bed hungry or stuffed – your discomfort may keep you up. Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol can take hours to wear off and wreak havoc on quality sleep.

3. Stick to your bedtime ritual. Do the same things as you do each night to wind down before bed.

4. Get comfortable. Create a cool, dark and quiet room that is ideal for sleeping.

5. Limit daytime naps. Long daytime naps can interfere with your nighttime sleep.

6. Be active. Regular physical activity can promote better sleep, helping you fall asleep faster and enjoy a deeper sleep.

7. Manage stress. When your mind is still going and thinking about your to do list, your sleep will likely suffer.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

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What’s Your Reason?

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Everyone has a reason to get their mammogram… What’s yours? Chances of recovery from breast cancer have significantly increased due in part to earlier detection through mammograms. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of those who have lost their fight with the disease, women are encouraged to schedule their annual mammogram, and in turn, encourage others to get theirs.

Do you or someone you know need a screening mammogram?White-Wilson Medical Center is giving away 10 free mammograms in the month of October! Simply share your reason for getting your mammogram on our Facebook post (click here)! See official contest rules below.

October is set aside as a time to celebrate those who are fighting, remember those who have been affected and raise awareness about breast cancer.  #MyReason #WWMCforLife

White-Wilson Mammogram Giveaway Official Contest Rules:

2016-10-bca-social-campaign_8No purchase necessary. Enter to win at facebook.com/WhiteWilsonMedicalCenter or by sending your name and contact information to info@white-wilson.com. Contest sponsored by White-Wilson Medical Center, 1005 Mar Walt Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. Ten winners drawn at random will receive one screening mammogram from The White-Wilson Center for Women’s Imaging (valued at $189) valid until November 1, 2017. All winners will be solely responsible for any additional expenses that may or may not be incurred as a result of test results, including but not limited to additional exams, physician appointments, resulting medical or hospital fees. Odds will depend on the number of entries received.

Contest is open only to legal residents of Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Contest starts on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and ends on Monday, October 31, 2016 at midnight. Mammogram certificates will be awarded on November 2, 2016 and announced on the White-Wilson Medical Center Facebook mammogram contest post and the White-Wilson Medical Center Facebook page/timeline. Winners will be notified via a private Facebook message and must respond with a mailing address within 14 days to receive the mammogram certificate. Mammograms are valid only at the White-Wilson Center for Women’s Imaging at 1005 Mar Walt Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Tips to Keeping Kids Happy & Healthy this Summer

By now, kids have put their schoolbooks away and are taking full advantage of the lazy days of summer. However, White-Wilson Pediatrician, Dr. Kyle Simmers warns that the lack of routine can be detrimental to a child’s development and overall health.

“During the summer months, it is easy to fall out of routine,” says Dr. Simmers. “Some children become less and less active, spending hours indoors and in front of TVs, video games and cell phones.”

Dr. Simmers suggests setting boundaries for the amount of screen time children indulge in each day and sticking to them. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should be limited to only one to two hours of screen time per day. Instead, children should engage in activities such as reading, writing, making crafts, playing games or doing household activities.
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It is also important that children get outside and are active. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages two and older engage in a minimum 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily. While most know that physical activity is key in development and weight reduction, many don’t realize its important psychological effects. Regular physical activity is linked to increased self-esteem and to decreased anxiety and depression, helping keep children happy and healthy.

One way to ensure that children are receiving ample physical activity is to set aside time for family activities that get everyone moving. Evening walks, pick-up games of basketball or kickball, swimming and bike rides can be enjoyed by the whole family. They also make exercise a fun bonding experience. Parents will be happy to learn that activities like mowing the lawn, raking leaves and washing cars also qualify as physical activity.

“Families should make the most of their summers,” says Dr. Simmers. “Taking precautionary measures will ensure that children return to school happy and healthy.”

Dr. Kyle Simmers is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is currently accepting new patient at the White-Wilson Pediatric Clinic in Niceville.

Allergy Season Survival Guide

Allergy Season Survival Guide: Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist, Dr. William Gross, explains allergies and how to cope this season.

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Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and spring is here! We were fortunate to have a mild flu season this year, but if you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States who suffer from nasal allergies, you are not in the clear just yet.

According to White-Wilson Medical Center ENT Specialist, Dr. William Gross, “Seasonal allergies begin early on the Emerald Coast with tree pollens being the first allergens.”

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Dr. William Gross, ENT Clinic

Dr. Gross adds that we can become sensitized or allergic to many things other than pollen, including foods, house dust, pet dander and mold spores. Mold spore allergy is a major cause of many sinus problems.

The most common allergy symptoms include sneezing, itchy nose, watery eyes or wheezing.  Occasionally, rashes, food sensitivities, headaches or severe swelling can be allergy related. Allergy symptoms are often mistaken for the common cold.

“While the common cold may mimic allergy symptoms, the symptoms of a cold usually do not last more than 10 days,” said Dr. Gross. “Some people describe their allergy and sinus problems as the cold that never went away. You should seek medical attention when your symptoms are affecting everyday life.”

According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, allergies are one of the country’s most common, but overlooked, diseases. Although there is no cure for allergies, they can be managed with prevention and treatment.

“Allergies are treatable with allergy avoidance, medication and immunotherapy, such as allergy shots and drops,” said Dr. Gross. “You can also anticipate allergy season and begin treatment yourself with over the counter antihistamines and nasal sprays, such as Flonase or Nasacort, at the start of your allergy season

For many on the Emerald Coast, allergies are a fact of life. Dr. Gross encourages individuals not to prolong suffering from seasonal or perennial allergies. Today’s medical treatment options can be very helpful and effective.

“Surgery may be helpful for allergy and sinus problems, and endoscopic sinus surgery is available to help relieve chronic sinus problems,” said Dr. Gross. “There are now less invasive treatment options that can be done in a doctor’s office and require little or no downtime.”

You do not have to suffer with allergy and sinus problems. Pay attention to when your allergies flare up, and be proactive in seeking medical treatment when avoidance or over the counter medications are not effective. Once you get your allergies under control, be sure to stop and smell the roses this spring!

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To learn more about the White-Wilson ENT Clinic or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gross, call (850) 863-8275.

Don’t Flu-Get!

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The peak of flu season is just around the corner and now is a great time to get your annual flu shot. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most effective way to fight against the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine. The CDC recommends that you consult with your physician regarding which version of the vaccine is best for you and to determine if there is any reason you should not receive the vaccine. Catching the flu is easy, preventing it should be too!

There are several variations of the influenza vaccine. The nasal flu mist is the live but weakened flu vaccine that is given to healthy patients 2 to 49 years of age. The regular flu shot is for patients 6 months to 64 years old, and the high dose flu vaccine is for patients 65 years and older. All variations of the vaccine are now available at White-Wilson Medical Center.

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A Life-Changing Experience

On October 5, local families gathered at White-Wilson Medical Center for the I Can See Now vision clinic which provided six local children with life-changing vision equipment. Each child suffers from conditions that greatly diminish their vision. With the help of Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVM), these children can now see things they have never been able to see before.

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The high-tech equipment was made possible through a $10,000 grant from White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) and partnership with Sight Savers America. The equipment, training and maintenance services were provided with no cost to the families.


“The strength of this unique collaboration lies in partnering with organizations with similar missions that allow all of us to fulfill our shared goal of helping children achieve the best vision services possible,” said Sight Savers America President and CEO, Jeff Haddox.  “For these kids, having the multi-view electronic magnifiers in their homes will level the playing field.  They will maximize the use of their remaining vision and be able to succeed in school and achieve their independence.”

IMG_4341Electronic Magnifiers enlarge an image up to 80 times its original size, allowing children to see things that were once impossible. The equipment can be used for school work, reading, drawing, hygiene and even identifying faces of their loved ones.

“Seeing the excitement on each child’s face was a true joy,” said WWCF President Dr. Jack Azzaretto. “The mission of the White-Wilson Community Foundation is to improve the health of our community members; and that is exactly what we were able to do for these families through this program.”

The White-Wilson Community Foundation serves health needs of community members in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The non-profit organization works to build partnerships that increase access to care for community members in need.

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Alan Gieseman, CEO of White-Wilson Medical Center, welcomes recipients and community members to the “I Can See Now” clinic

Click here to view the full article about the event from the Northwest Florida Daily news.

What’s Your Reason?

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Everyone has a reason to get their mammogram… What’s yours? Chances of recovery from breast cancer have significantly increased due in part to earlier detection through mammograms. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of those who have lost their fight with the disease, women are encouraged to schedule their annual mammogram and in turn encourage others to get theirs.

Blog PostDo you or someone you know need a screening mammogram? White-Wilson Medical Center is giving away 10 free mammograms in the month of October! Simply share your reason for getting your mammogram on our facebook post (click here)! See official contest rules below.

October is set aside as a time to celebrate those who are fighting, remember those who have been affected and raise awareness about breast cancer.  #MyReason #WWMCforLife

 

White-Wilson Mammogram Giveaway Official Contest Rules:

No purchase necessary. Enter to win at facebook.com/WhiteWilsonMedicalCenter or by sending your name and contact information to info@white-wilson.com. Contest sponsored by White-Wilson Medical Center, 1005 Mar Walt Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547. Ten winners drawn at random will receive one screening mammogram from The White-Wilson Center for Women’s Imaging (valued at $189) valid until November 1, 2016. All winners will be solely responsible for any additional expenses that may or may not be incurred as a result of test results, including but not limited to additional exams, physician appointments, resulting medical or hospital fees. Odds will depend on the number of entries received.

Contest is open only to legal residents of Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Contest starts on Thursday, October 1, 2015 and ends on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at midnight. Mammogram certificates will be awarded on November 2, 2015 and announced on the White-Wilson Medical Center Facebook mammogram contest post and the White-Wilson Medical Center Facebook page/timeline. Winners will be notified via a private Facebook message and must respond with a mailing address within 14 days to receive the mammogram certificate. Mammograms are valid only at the White-Wilson Center for Women’s Imaging at 1005 Mar Walt Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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November 2, 2015: Winner Update!

Thank you all for sharing your reasons for staying healthy and getting your mammogram! Ten winners have been chosen at random: Donna Braden, Patricia Seagraves Dixon, Katherine Tarbox, Tonia Parkerson-Turner, Marie Wartenbe, Hannah Kettle Mitchell, Marsha West Stokes, Candace Jean Spencer, Vikki Brand, and Mindy Jones!

If your name is listed, please check your Facebook messages (be sure to check the “other” tab) or email your contact information to: info@white-wilson.com. Please respond within 14 days to receive your mammogram certificate.

The Greatest Show on the Emerald Coast!

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The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) hosted the 6th annual Little Black Dress Party on Saturday, May 16 and it was a circus!

Over 350 guests (including clowns, sword swallowers and stilt-walkers) filled the Sandestin Linkside Exhibition Hall for “A Night Under the Big Top,” raising an impressive $75,000 for local women’s health programs.

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Guests enjoyed dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions. They were mesmerized by circus performances from Aerial Events and Cirque Lil Dixie all while the ring leader juggled sharp swords and rings of fire. A band of carnies was on hand to challenge guests at an array of carnival games.

(Note: No lions, tigers, or bearded-ladies were harmed in the making of the event.)

All clowning aside, the event proceeds benefit the White-Wilson Community Foundation’s women’s health initiative. Through the success of last year’s event, WWCF was able to help double the number of under-served women receiving breast cancer screenings and treatment in Okaloosa County, as well as award $25,000 in local health grants.

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The White-Wilson Community Foundation is non-profit organization serving Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. Through its grant program, WWCF works to create community partnerships that impact community health and support its mission of making the community the healthiest on Earth. For more information on WWCF or to apply for a community grant, visit www.whitewilsoncommunityfoundation.org.

Plans are already in the works for the 2016 Little Black Dress Party. For more information on the event, visit www.FWBLittleBlackDressParty.com.

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