Keep that New Year’s weight-loss resolution! 

Each year, roughly one in three Americans resolve to lose weight. The fact that losing weight is among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it can be.

When being overweight reaches the stage where it affects your health and causes or worsens health problems, it is considered "morbid" or disease-causing obesity. Obesity isn't simply a result of overeating. There are many contributing factors such as genetics, hereditary, environmental, metabolic and eating disorders. Certain medical conditions, like hypothyroidism, may result in obesity. 

Weight-loss surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment for morbid obesity. Both the procedure and the required lifestyle changes can result in significant weight loss and health improvement.

YNHH offers free seminars to give potential patients information on the latest advances in weight-loss surgery. Bariatric surgeons will discuss the pros and cons of each weight-loss surgical procedure, the long-term health benefits, and the post-operative counseling and support a patient can expect from the YNHH bariatric program

Seminars are scheduled from 6 - 7:30 pm on the following dates and locations. Registration is required; call 203-789-6237.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8: Hamden Professional Building, 2560 Dixwell Ave., Hamden.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Guilford Fire Department, 390 Church St., Guilford.

For a list of dates and locations in February, call 203-789-6237.

Body Mass Index (BMI) – a ratio of weight to height – is generally used to classify the degree of overweight. An individual is considered to have morbid obesity at a BMI of 40 or at 35 if health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea are also present. Calculate your BMI to learn whether you are carrying excessive body fat relative to your body type.

Seven signs you might have diabetes

Did you know that diabetes kills more Americans per year than AIDS and breast cancer combined? Or that approximately 85,000 Connecticut residents don’t realize they have the disease? What else don’t you know about this potentially devastating disease that can lead to serious medical complications, even death, if left untreated?
 
If you have diabetes, consider meeting with a registered dietitian at YNHH to evaluate your eating habits and goals. A registered dietitian can provide personalized dietary advice that takes into account your health status and lifestyle, along with food likes and dislikes. A certified diabetes educator can offer diabetes self-management training, too. For information about nutrition services at Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center or to make an appointment, call 203-688-2422.
 
Diabetes is a silent disorder with symptoms that develop slowly over time. Most people don’t know they have diabetes until they get their blood sugar levels checked. Here are seven signs that you should mention to your doctor: 

  • You’re taking more bathroom breaks – especially at night.
  • You’re thirstier than normal.
  • You feel tired and sluggish. 
  • You’re losing weight without trying.
  • Your vision seems blurry.
  • Your feet feel numb or tingly.
  • You keep getting urinary tract or yeast infections.

Many people have diabetes without showing any symptoms at all. People at risk for diabetes, such as those with a family history of diabetes or are overweight, should see their doctor regularly for an evaluation.Test your knowledge with our online diabetes quiz.

Have a question about nutrition or healthy eating? Ask an expert! 

A place to stay for family members

Did you know that Yale New Haven Hospital has a hotel for families and caregivers of patients who are admitted for short- or long-term inpatient hospital care? Located at the corner of Dwight Street and North Frontage Road in New Haven, The Suites at Yale New Haven is just two blocks from YNHH’s York Street Campus, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, and a short distance from YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus. A shuttle is provided between the two campuses. Patients who prefer a day of rest before traveling home may book a stay at The Suites as well. 

The Suites offers all the comforts of home in a warm, welcoming setting. It includes 24 suites with extended stay options. Each suite, with full kitchen, can be reserved daily, weekly or monthly. A stay at The Suites includes complementary parking, wireless internet access, business center, exercise room, onsite laundry, 24-hour security and a 24-hour escort service to and from the hospital. Guests at The Suites will also find a restaurant and dry-cleaning services around the corner.

Reservations are highly recommended. Call 203-654-7500 for details.

Free wallet medication cards available

When your doctor asks about your medications, do you remember everything you are taking? It is important that your healthcare providers have complete information about your medical history and all of the medications you are taking. Having your medication list in one place helps your physicians, pharmacists and health care staff take better care of you.

Yale New Haven Health offers a free wallet medication card to help you and your family members keep an accurate record of your medicines. Keep the card in your wallet, so it will be handy in case of an emergency. Bring it to all doctor visits, when you go for any medical tests and all hospital visits. Be sure to keep it up-to-date; add new items and cross out any medications when you stop taking them. 

To receive a free wallet medication card, email PSRC@ynhh.org with your name and address. Supplies are limited.

Gentle yoga for cancer patients

Smilow Cancer Hospital patients can relax, renew and rejuvenate in a safe, soothing, supportive space with specially designed yoga classes held in two locations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout January. The free class offers gentle poses and modifications, stretching and strengthening exercises, mindful breathing practices and systematic relaxation at the end of every class. No previous yoga experience is necessary. 

Classes are held on the following dates, times and locations:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 8 and 22 from 10:30 – 11:30 am at Smilow Cancer Hospital, 35 Park Street, New Haven. Parking is $4 with discounted ticket available from the instructor. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 1 – 2 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike Old Saybrook. Free parking is available. 

Note: Smilow patients should check with their treatment team before registering to determine if yoga is appropriate. Register online or call 1-888-700-6543. 

Free/discounted screening programs at YNHH

The goal of cancer screening tests is to find cancer as early as possible and before there are any symptoms. As part of the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Screening Programs, Yale New Haven Hospital is one of the sites in Connecticut offering a comprehensive breast and cervical cancer screening program for medically underserved women. Services such as mammograms, clinical breast exams and Pap smears are offered free of charge for eligible women over age 40.

YNHH also offers a colonoscopy program, as well as the WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) Project. WISEWOMAN assesses risks of heart disease and provides preventive health services to medically underserved women. Connecticut is one of only seven states to adopt WISEWOMAN, with YNHH as one of the nine sites in the state to administer the program.

For more information on these programs or to determine your eligibility, please call 203-688-4562 or 203-688-4563.

Follow YNHH on social media 

Always on the go? Stay connected to news about Yale New Haven Hospital. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn and check out our videos and playlists on YouTube. We’ll keep you in the loop! 

Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or use our use the Find a Doctor feature on our website for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

Need blood work? We’re in your neighborhood

When your physician orders blood work or you need to schedule a blood test, Yale New Haven Health makes it easy with blood draw stations conveniently located in your community. No appointment is necessary and all major insurance plans are accepted. 

A requisition form is required. Our blood draw stations honor requisitions from other labs. 

Visit a list of the blood draw stations in your area

Free blood pressure screenings

YNHH offers free blood pressure screenings at a variety of community sites. Call 203-789-3275 for a list of locations and times or for more information.

YNHHS patients:Do you have MyChart?

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health System patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, request or renew prescriptions, see your billing and insurance information and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor’s office. Ask your healthcare provider for a brochure or your activation code, then activate your MyChart membership online.

Make a lasting impact at YNHH

Help support the mission of Yale New Haven Hospital with a donation! Your contributions support vital programs, services and facilities within the hospital and help keep Yale New Haven at the forefront of innovative treatment. When you make a gift to YNHH, you are part of the advanced medicine and compassionate commitment that touch so many lives in our community. 

Billing questions?

Yale New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5 - 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.