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Healthy lunch and snacksMarch is National Nutrition Month, and the team at Jefferson Surgical Clinic wants to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

Eating As a Family

It’s been said that eating together as a family can improve the communication and relationships among family members. By eating together, children see the eating habits of their parents. Children are less likely to eat foods if they feel pressured, so make meal times a relaxed setting. It is also important to serve them foods that everyone likes to eat, and not pressure them to try foods you are not keen on. 

Dinner has historically been designated as family meal time, but adjusting work schedules and extra-curricular activities can make it challenging for families to eat this meal together. As a result, many have shifted toward making breakfast the family meal. 

Healthy Meal blog sizeLooking to add a few new recipes to your menu?  Check out these delicious (and healthy) options.


Dress up your morning yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit, like this raspberry mango parfait, or perhaps a fruit platter with yogurt dip. Whole wheat pancakes with fruit are another great option. 


A great way to encourage kids (and some adults) to reach for fruits and vegetables as a snack is to dress them up.  Try these apple nachos, or veggies with dip (such as mustard dip, hummus or creamy cucumber-dill dip.)

JSC Abdominoplasty Open House March 1If you’d like a little extra help with your midsection, Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be holding an Abdominoplasty Open House on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about how a tummy tuck can help you restore your shape.     

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event.

hot tea and tissuesWinter is in-full-gear; so is cold and flu season.  While the likelihood of at least catching a cold each winter is high, are you prepared if/when you get sick? 

Know the Difference

Colds and flu share some symptoms, such as coughing and congestion.  With a cold, many can function through their daily routine (though with the inconvenience of the stuffy nose). A person with the flu, however, will find they do not have the energy to get out of bed.  Other flu symptoms include fever, sore throat and/or muscle aches. 

Healthy resolutionsMany people will make a New Year’s resolution, but most won’t keep it. Common resolutions people make include losing weight, eating better, reading more and to quit smoking.

While their desires may have been genuine, their motivation or tools may not have been the right ones to help them succeed. Here are a few ways you can keep your New Year’s resolution.

JSC Mini Face OH 2018 FacebookGo into the New Year feeling confident in your skin. 

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding a Mini-Facelift Open House on Wednesday, January 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Salem office at 1924 Braeburn Circle, Salem, VA.

Dr. Steven Harris, MD is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and will be sharing the information about various simple procedures that can restore your look – including a mini facelift.   

Register online or call 540-283-4962 to attend this event and learn how you can get fast results with little downtime.


winter blues December is Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness Month. This disorder is commonly referred to as the Winter Blues and affects about 5% of Americans. Shorter days, colder temperatures and holiday stress can all contribute to the Winter Blues.

Here are some tips for the staff at Jefferson Surgical Clinic to help you combat these seasonal blues.

Matthews Child donation box smallMatthew’s Child is a non-profit organization that provides support for foster and adoptive families in Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas. The mission of Matthew’s Child is to offer support to children, biological families, foster families and social workers.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic will be contributing to multiple Matthew’s Child programs, including Kids Survival KitsFirst Night Meals, and gifts for children this holiday season.

Throughout December, our various offices will be collecting items for these children and families.

JSC Audio OH 2017 FacebookHearing loss is more than an occasional inconvenience; it can impact your health and overall wellbeing.

Jefferson Surgical Clinic is holding an Audiology Open House on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at:

JSC Salem office
1924 Braeburn Circle
Salem, VA

Dr. Kim Lower is a licensed audiologist and will present information about new technology available at JSC, ways to improve your hearing health, and what you can expect when you come in for a visit.

Register online or call 540-283-6085 to attend this event and learn about your options if you are experiencing hearing loss and want to improve your hearing health.

walkjscAt Jefferson Surgical Clinic, our staff is dedicated to helping people maintain healthy, happy lifestyles. This commitment goes well beyond the time our staff is working with patients at JSC.

In September, many members of our staff took part in two major fundraisers in Roanoke – Cure by Design and One Walk. Combined, the two events raised an estimated $450,000 for cancer research and funding juvenile diabetes research.

Fotolia 165189605 Subscription Monthly XLWhile summer is a great opportunity for many people to enjoy the outdoors, it can be a painful time – both physically and emotionally – for those with varicose veins.

Varicose veins occur when one-way valves are unable to pump blood to the heart and the blood pools at the bottom of the vein. Warm weather and exercise can cause these veins to increase in size and appearance, as well as become very painful.

Here are some tips to help reduce these symptoms this summer:

Steven G. HarrisAs you age, your upper and lower eyelids often begin to droop and appear puffy due to weakened muscles and excess fat. In addition to making you look older and tired, these sagging eyelids can also affect your peripheral vision.

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that can improve the appearance of your eyelids and enhance your field of vision.

During this outpatient surgery, surgeons will create an incision where there is a natural crease in your eyelid and remove excess fat and skin to help improve the firmness of your eyelids. This extra firmness will help you look younger and more alert.

healthy Mouth Healthy Life JSCYou can learn a lot about a person by their smile. In fact, you may even be able to tell how healthy they are.

That’s because doctors have discovered that good oral health is often linked to better health overall. When dentists come across problems inside your mouth, it can often mean there is a problem deeper within body.

 "It’s over 130, I think, different systemic diseases that have some sort of oral sign or symptom,” said Dr. Joe Dill of Delta Dental. “It can be dry mouth, red spots, white spots, lumps, bumps, things like that. So dentists are really sort of the first line of seeing the results of something bigger going on in your body.”

William Z. HDoubler blog1Carotid Artery Surgery is commonly done to reduce the risk of stroke in patients who show signs of plaque buildup in the carotid artery. While this surgery can be lifesaving, it requires an incision which can leave a scar on the neck. 

Using ultrasound technology, those scars can now be reduced.

Dr. William H’Doubler, a vascular surgeon at Jefferson Surgical Clinic, has implemented a technique to reduce this scar by up to 50 percent. Using ultrasound prior to surgery, Dr. H’Doubler localizes the site of blockage and is able to make a more strategically placed incision. Often this will reduce the length of the scar from four inches to around two inches. Ultimately this makes the surgery less invasive and less traumatic for patients. Of course, safety is of paramount importance and the incision length is always made to ensure safe conduct of the procedure.

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