Day: March 19, 2016

Introducing MyPlate Challenges!

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Interested in a little friendly competition?

Check out SuperTracker’s new online challenge platform: MyPlate Challenges. MyPlate Challenges encourage healthy eating and physical activity for SuperTracker groups. Anyone can create a SuperTracker group and invite others to join, e.g. teachers, parents, worksite wellness coordinators, or health professionals. Choose from a ready-made challenge or design your own custom challenge.

March is National Nutrition Month, what better way to celebrate nutrition through healthy eating and physical activity encouragement! Forward this challenge to your family and friends and start some healthy competition!

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Spotlight: Meet Tamika Terry

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You can find Tamika Terry at our Headquarters office in Denton. Tamika tells the HSNT story so very well through crafting words together in a way that compels organizations to want to join in the work we are doing to provide medical care, support services and advocacy in the communities we serve.  We are very grateful for Tamika and all she does for HSNT, our patients and stakeholders.  We hope you enjoy getting to know Tamika!

1.  Who is one of your heroes? My grandmother; she truly has a servant’s heart— she is the most selfless, giving and encouraging person I know.

2. What is something about you that would surprise people? In my first career, right out of college, I spent several years working as a journalist in TV news in the Waco-Temple-Killeen market.

3. What do you like most about being on the HSNT team? I like that everyone is passionate about what they do. It’s a very energizing environment to be a part of.

4. Where are you originally from? Dallas, TX.

5. What is your favorite hobby? Reading.

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Zika Virus 101

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Due to the extensive coverage that the Zika virus received in the news lately, many of you all have questions about the Zika Virus. Lucky for you – our Pediatrician, Dr. Jo, has answered your questions…

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika is a virus that causes symptoms similar to other common viruses.

  • Rash
  • Fever
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Joint pain

These symptoms are generally mild and clear up in less than a week. They rarely require hospitalization.

Here’s the key information: It has been observed by the CDC and Health Care professionals that the Zika virus may be dangerous to pregnant women and their babies. It appears that there is a connection between the recent outbreak of Zika and an increase in a condition called Microcephaly (this causes babies to be born with unusually small heads that are out of proportion to their bodies).

How does the Zika Virus spread?

Mosquitoes can carry Zika virus from person to person. If a pregnant woman is infected, the Zika virus can be transmitted to her baby while she is pregnant or around the time of birth.
Recently, Brazil reported an increase in infants born with microcephaly occurring at the same time as an outbreak of Zika virus in that country. It is currently not known if the increase in microcephaly cases is directly related to the Zika virus. Studies are being done to learn more about the connection between Zika and Microcephaly or if other factors are involved.

Travel Warning for Pregnant Women

As we are concerned about the possible association between Zika and Microcephaly, CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid traveling to areas where the Zika virus has been seen.
The CDC has reported that illness caused by the Zika virus has been reported in the following areas:

  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Saint Martin
  • Samoa
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

If you are traveling to any of these areas and are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, please follow the prevention guidelines below. Remember, mosquitoes bite both indoors and outdoors.

* Zika infection has been reported in travelers returning to the United States. But remember that there have been no reports of anyone getting Zika from a mosquito in this country.


As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The best way to prevent the Zika virus infection (in countries where it is found) is to prevent mosquito bites by doing the following:

  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. When possible, choose clothing made with thicker fabric as mosquitos can bite through thin cloth.
  • Use insect repellents.
  • Stay and sleep in screened or air-conditioned rooms, or use a mosquito bed net.

For more information or to speak with a health care professional regarding the Zika Virus. Please feel free to call our Denton Medical Center at (940) 381-1501.

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