Posts in December, 2018

  • What every Woman can do to Prevent Cervical Cancer

    There are actually three positive things that can be said about cervical cancer: 1. Routine Pap tests have made it a much less deadly cancer today than it once was. 2. It is nearly always treatable when found in its early stages. 3. Many of its risk factors are known and preventable. The cervix is the part of a woman's reproductive system found at the lower end of the uterus. Sperm passes through it to fertilize ...

  • Make Your Resolutions a Lasting Success

    As each year draws to a close, you may find yourself making resolutions to improve your health. But chances are good those well-intentioned proclamations begin to go by the wayside before the new year is even a few weeks old. "It's not hard to make resolutions. But it's very hard to keep them," says Michael Fleming, MD, past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. "It's easy ...

  • New Year, New You: Health Resolutions

    New year, new you, right? Not always. It seems like for all our trying, a lot of us can’t stick to those resolutions we make after the clock strikes midnight. But that doesn’t have to be the case this year! If you make realistic resolutions for yourself, you’ll find that you can end 2019 as optimistically as you started. Make, and go to, your doctor appointments. Whether it’s your annual ...

  • Want to quit smoking? This will boost your chances

    Nov. 15, 2018— It's true: Quitting smoking is easier said than done. But it's definitely doable—and one thing that helps? Tapping into the many stop-smoking tools that are available today. And there's no better time than the Great American Smokeout—Nov. 15 this year—to recommit to quitting. Two (or more) are better than one You probably already know about nicotine replacement ...

  • Protect Yourself from Cervical Cancer

    With current knowledge and technology, cervical cancer is highly preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Regular testing, lifestyle choices and a vaccine can help women avoid this disease altogether. An essential test The Pap test can detect cell changes in the cervix that could become cancer if they aren't treated. The test requires a small sample of cells from your cervix. A ...

  • More than a bag of fruit....

    More than a bag of fruit…… At Kirby Medical Center, we as a family are truly blessed. There is no shortage of good food and decadent sweets to share. Our Christmas party offered such a variety of wonderful treats and loads of gifts. We celebrate together the good times, and ban together in times of strife and grief for our own to deliver food, run errands, or fill any needs of our ‘family ...

  • Preventing the Flu: Actions to Take

    Here in central Illinois, flu season is upon us. Though the flu is often mentioned alongside the common cold, it's anything but a casual ailment. Not only can the flu cause a fever, stuffy nose, headache, and fatigue, but it can also lead to pneumonia — a serious infection that can require hospitalization. During the winter months, it’s important to do all that we can to prevent getting the flu. So, what ...

  • Mental Illness Facts

    Many myths about mental illness are still widely believed and interfere with people getting the treatment they need. Misconceptions about mental illness abound. And too often, they get in the way of proper treatment. These facts can help set the record straight. Mental illness is a medical condition. Research shows that mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that can be diagnosed and treated. Brain-imaging ...

  • More than a Bag of Fruit

    More than a bag of fruit…… At Kirby Medical Center, we as a family are truly blessed. There is no shortage of good food and decadent sweets to share. Our Christmas party offered such a variety of wonderful treats and loads of gifts. We celebrate together the good times, and ban together in times of strife and grief for our own to deliver food, run errands, or fill any needs of our ‘family ...

  • Holding off the Holiday Blues

    Though the holidays are usually a time of joy and celebration, for some people they can bring depression and stress, according to Mental Health America. Holiday blues can have many causes, including stress, fatigue, limited finances, unrealistic expectations or loneliness. The pressures of shopping, entertaining, family get-togethers and overnight visitors can add even more tension. Stress may cause people to become ...

  • Greet the new year in top shape!

    Below are some simple tips to support you through the remaining holidays (and beyond really). Use these to help maintain your health! #1 Sip on broth-based soup. Soup is a low energy density food, which means it provides fewer calories per gram - therefore you can eat a nice serving of soup, relatively low in calories. Have a cup of broth-based soup before a meal or as the meal can help fill you up, so you don't ...

  • The Giving Tree

    Walking into Kirby and the first smiling face you see is Sheila Carnder. Sheila has been involved with The Giving Tree for many years. The Giving Tree has been a tradition here at Kirby for many years. It is where Piatt County Mental Health Center gives Kirby a list of requests for gifts for clients at the center who do not have family to share with. The Giving Tree is also for residents of Piatt County who connect ...

  • O'Night Divine

    O’Night Divine MONTICELLO- Kirby Auxiliary and Kirby Medical Center hosted its first O’Night Divine Gala on November 29 th, 2018 at Kirby Medical Center. This Gala consisted of a Prime Rib dinner catered by Apple a Day Cafe, Wine Tasting, Dessert Bar, Hot Chocolate Bar, a variety of musical entertainment, a Silent Auction, and a tour of 25 professionally decorated Christmas trees. Approximately 100 guests ...

  • Winning Student Designs Announced in Annual Kirby Medical Center's Holiday Card Design Contest

    Winning Student Designs Announced in Annual Kirby Medical Center’s Holiday Card Design Contest MONTICELLO- December 7, 2018– After receiving many creative holiday card designs from four area fourth-grade classes, a design submitted by Eve Bryant, a student in Ms. Mabbs’ class at Washington Elementary Grade School was selected as the first-place winner in the Kirby Medical Center Holiday Card Design ...

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