November 2013


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Back Care Yoga


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Yoga for Cancer Survivors


Balanced Life Yoga


Rise Above Cancer


Facts of Life for Mothers and Daughters


Humor and Healing: Life After Cancer



Most experts (and Jimmy Dean commercials) agree that starting your day with a healthy breakfast makes the rest of your day better. But do those TV commercials really propose the healthiest way to start the day? As we approach the beginning of the unofficial "eating season," getting a nutritious start to your day is even more important.

5 Breakfasts for a Good Morning and a Great Day


What's the best way to get the nutrition you need to fuel your day and help you stay feeling full longer? And speaking of longer, who has time to make breakfast every day, much less a healthy one? Read on to discover five quick, easy and healthy recipes to get your day off to a good start.


Contrary to popular belief, healthy and quick are not mutually exclusive. As cheap and quick as the Hardee's breakfast combos are, these 5 ideas are cheaper and quicker and there is zero hash brown guilt, too.


  • Eggs in a mug: Spray a mug with non-stick cooking spray. Crack two eggs into the mug and stir with a fork. Microwave for one minute on high. Take it out and stir again. Cook for one more minute on high. Voila! You can add some vegetables to the mix - even some sausage, tofu, or cheese - and you have an omelet.
  • Eggs in a bag: Mix a dozen eggs, a splash of milk, and a dash of vanilla in a bowl. In separate bowls, place cut vegetables and protein options. Have available heavy duty quart-sized Ziploc freezer bags and a Sharpie. In a large pot, boil water. Each person will put c of the egg mixture in a bag and add whatever options he or she would like for their omelet. Put their name on the bag with a Sharpie. Try to get as much air out of the bag as you can when you seal it. Then place the egg mixture in the boiling water for thirteen minutes. It makes the omelet right in the bag. You just dump it out of the bag and onto your plate. It's like an omelet station at a fancy hotel, only without the fancy hotel ...or the station ... or the chef.
  • The Rachel. Simply mix vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh grapefruit slices, and slivered almonds. The perfect blend of protein, fruit, and crunch.
  • Eggs in a wrap. Make some eggs in a mug (see #1 above). Dump them into a whole wheat tortilla. Add spinach and feta. Yum.
  • Nutty rounds. Toast frozen waffles. Top with peanut butter or Nutella. Really, what else do we need to say?


Consider serving with fruit and glass of water or skim milk. For 1, 2, and 3, you can even toss in a piece of whole wheat toast. You'll be shining like the Jimmy Dean sun all day long!


Looking for more yummy, nutritious options? Follow St. Francis HealThy Self on facebook!


New Screening Tool for Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death overall, second only to heart disease. This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we turn our attention to lung cancer and what we can do to prevent it and catch it at the earliest stages.


The most common risk factor for lung cancer is smoking tobacco. Nearly 87% of all lung cancers in the United States are smoking related. Exposure to secondhand smoke also increases the risk of lung cancer. Nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30%. Bon Secours St. Francis offers a Quit Smart program for smokers through our HealThy Self program. Quitting smoking can be one of the best things you ever do for your health.


Even if you've never smoked, you could still be at risk. If you have been around asbestos, radon, industrial substances, or radiation, your lungs could be at risk. In addition, if you have lived in an area of heavy air pollution, have had tuberculosis or a family history of lung cancer, you also could be at higher risk.


Unlike mammography for breast cancer or colonoscopy for colon cancer, a widely accepted screening tool for early-stage lung cancer hasn't been available until recently. Recent guidelines from the National Comprehensive Care Network suggests annual screening with low-dose CT scans for smokers and former smokers at high risk for developing lung cancer.


Bon Secours St. Francis Health System now offers Low Dose CT scans to patients who meet the screening criteria. If you feel that you meet the criteria, ask your Bon Secours Medical Group primary care physician for an order to have the screening performed. 

Humor and Healing: Life After Cancer


If you or someone you love is a cancer survivor, join us for a very special evening, featuring comedian and cancer survivor Brenda Elsagher. This event is designed to create hope and laughter for everyone in the cancer community. Seating is limited. RSVP by Nov. 8 at

Welcome to Bon Secours Medical Group

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is proud to welcome the following physicians to the ever-growing Bon Secours Medical Group:


John S. Minasi, MD

Carolina Surgical Associates


Amanda Ryan, MD

Highlands Center for Women.

Dana Parker, DMD, Earns St. Luke Award


Bon Secours St. Francis congratulates the newest member to join the Society of St. Luke, Dana Parker, DMD, DDS, Med. Dr. Parker has been involved with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System since 2006 and is currently the licensed dentist on the Bon Secours St. Francis Mobile Dental Unit.

She has volunteered numerous hours in the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and on mission trips providing oral health initiatives and oral health care. In addition to her role with St. Francis, Dr. Parker has established a partnership with Greenville Tech and the Medical University of South Carolina to share her expertise with dental students and future dentists.


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