Make Red Your Color

Red dressMany of us know that heart disease is the biggest health risk for women— yet too few of us are taking steps to protect our heart. During National Heart Month, join us for these fun events and learn how to get started.

Duke Heart Center’s Pretty Party in Red
Friday, February 6, 5:30-9 pm, Searle Center at Duke University Medical Center
Kick off your heels, lace up your sneakers and join us for a health fair with screenings, Zumba, massages and makeovers. Plus enjoy a dinner salad and pairing of dark chocolate and red wine to keep your heart healthy. Don’t forget to wear red! The cost is $15 payable at the door.

Save-a-life bystander CPR training
Saturday, February 21, 10 am-1 pm, Durham County Department of Public Health
Learn important lifesaving skills during this family-oriented event, with training sessions on compression-only CPR, using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and choking safety. Sessions last one hour and are free.

To register, call 888-275-DUKE or visit

Duke Regional Employees Make a Difference in the Community

Stop Hunger Now

Duke Regional employees filled bags with food during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

During the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, a group of Duke Regional employees volunteered by packaging meals for United Way of the Greater Triangle through Stop Hunger Now. Below are thoughts from two employees who volunteered on the benefits of community service.

Rev. Lisa Brown Cole, director of Pastoral Services
It was a true joy to volunteer during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. There were many people from the community and from Duke, of all ages and races, working alongside one another on the Stop Hunger Now project. Our task was to fill bags with either rice or beans and label them, and these would be distributed to people in need in the Durham area. I enjoyed getting to know new friends, seeing so many give their time to help others and to do a very small thing that grows into a huge thing when we work together. It reminded me of a statement Dr. King made: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” We all can make a difference…one bag at a time… and be a light to others.

Natitia White, BHT/CNAII, Psychiatry
I started volunteering with the Stop Hunger Now meal-packing events in 2010 as a way to get my friends and family involved with helping others while working with people from different backgrounds and walks of life. This year I made a suggestion to the co-chairs of the hospital’s Diversity Committee to get fellow Duke Regional employees to volunteer for this cause on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Several employees along with their family members came out on that day to support this great cause. Community service is a yearlong commitment for me and I hope to share opportunities with my coworkers throughout the year.

Obesity and Thyroid Function

leonor-corsino-md-face-mhsBy: Leonor Corsino, MD, FACE, MHS, Endocrinologist, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

January is Thyroid Awareness Month. The thyroid is an endocrine gland, located at the base of the neck, responsible for producing thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate the body’s energy use as well as the function of the brain, heart, muscles and other organs to make sure they are properly functioning.

Research has shown individuals suffering with obesity are potentially at an increased risk for developing autoimmune thyroid disease as well as thyroid cancer. On the other hand, thyroid malfunction is usually cited as a potential cause of obesity, but this remains very controversial.

A research study looked at weight loss surgery and its effect on thyroid function for individuals with morbid obesity. Results found that in a small group of patients treated with a thyroid hormone before surgery, 43.5% had improvement with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) after surgery. If you are obese and have a thyroid problem, talk to your doctor to see if weight loss surgery is right for you.

For more information about weight loss surgery at Duke, attend a free seminar. Register at

Raftopoulos Y, et al. Improvement of hypothyroidism after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity. Obes Surg. 2004 Apr;14(4):509-13.

Padwal R. et al. A systematic review of drug absorption following bariatric surgery and its theoretical implications. Obes Rev. 2010 Jan;11(1):41-50


Duke Medicine Women’s Health Initiative presents Stronger Together 2015

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Duke Medicine’s Women’s Health Initiative will host its biennial Stronger Together regional conference on important and timely women’s health topics. This year’s conference will focus on matters of women in midlife, including sexuality, menopause and pelvic floor disorders.

Come learn about healthy living options in a fun, positive environment with free health screenings, vendor exhibits, demonstrations and educational breakout sessions with leading healthcare experts.

Duke’s oldest co-ed a cappella group, Rhythm and Blue, will perform and New York Times best-selling author, Iris Krasnow, will speak about her newest book, Sex After. Her address will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

For more information and to register, click here.

Events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

496664943(1)Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, people across the country—including members of our Duke Regional family—answer that question by coming together to serve their neighbors and communities.

January 19, 2015, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is also observed as a national day of service, providing a perfect opportunity to honor King’s legacy. We encourage you to volunteer, if you are able, during the Day of Service and help give back to the community. Some of our employees will be packaging thousands of meals for United Way of the Greater Triangle through Stop Hunger Now.

Events at Duke Regional
Duke Regional will hold two events to honor King’s life and work. A chapel service with guest preacher Reverend Jerome Washington, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Durham, will be held at 1 pm January 20 in the hospital chapel; and a candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday, January 20 at 2:30 pm, on the hospital’s second floor.

Thank you for helping make our community a great place to live.

Enjoying Fruits and Veggies During Winter

106211_keenan001By: Elizabeth Villalta, MS, RD, LDN, Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Winter may not seem like the best time of year for getting fruits and vegetables into your diet, but this is a great time for cabbage-family vegetables and citrus fruits.

In the cabbage family, brussels sprouts, collard greens and kale are all plentiful this time of year. All are excellent sources of vitamin C (to help ward off that cold) with brussels sprouts also being a good source of fiber and folate (also known as vitamin B-12). Collard greens and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A and good sources of calcium.

Brussels sprouts can be easily roasted or steamed and added to a pasta dish. They can also be candied by dusting with brown sugar and heating in the microwave. Collard greens can replace lettuce as a base for your salad or added in stir fry. Kale can be a side dish by simmering with broth, garlic and salt. Kale can also be steamed and seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Try adding it to soup or substituting it for spinach.

Clementine, grapefruit, kiwifruit, papaya, passion fruit, oranges and pomegranate are citrus fruits that are easily accessible this time of year. Much like the cabbage-family vegetables, citrus fruits are all high in or excellent sources of vitamin C. Many citrus fruits are also good sources of fiber and high in vitamin A. Kiwifruit and pomegranate are good sources of potassium.

All these fruits can be eaten fresh or added to oatmeal, yogurt, salad, chicken wraps and smoothies. If you want to get creative (or need to be sneaky adding in new foods) try making a citrus salsa to top your fish or chicken.

Don’t forget frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed all year. Be sure to look for fruits without added sugar or syrups. Canned items should be low in sodium.

Durham County Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees Announces Open Positions

Durham County Hospital Corporation Board of Trustees, with the authority of the Durham Board of County Commissioners, announces the vacancy of five positions resulting from expiration of terms on the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Hospital Corporation. Terms are for three years (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018). The governing body is responsible for managing the business and affairs of the Corporation and for carrying out retained responsibilities as set forth in the operating agreement by and among Durham County, Durham County Hospital Corporation, and Duke University Health System dated July 1, 1998, as amended January 1, 2009.

Applicants must be residents of Durham County. Property tax listing must be current. County and City taxes must not reflect any delinquencies before an application is submitted. Applications are due January 30, 2015.

For more information, click here.