Cooking Healthy for the Holidays

November 19th, 2018

The holidays are full of all our favorite things – family, friends and food! With carbs, starches and all of the pies it can be easy to lose sight of your weight loss goals in the last few weeks of the year. That is why MMC Weight Loss & Wellness hosted a free, community event on November 15th, called Cooking Healthy for the Holidays. Registered Dietitian, Sydney Elliott, and Nutrionist, Devon Cox, shared some healthy alternatives to classic, holiday treats. The menu included: veggie party cups, guacamole deviled eggs, crock pot green bean casserole, chocolate nut clusters and a very berry mocktail.

Additionally, they provided attendees with some helpful tips to keep in mind during the holiday season. See these below:

Holiday Tips

1.            Don’t save up calories for the “big meal”

2.            Water

3.            Portion control

4.            Make ½ of your plate fruits and vegetables

5.            Choose lean proteins

6.            Focus on family time instead of food

7.            Send leftovers with friends and family

8.            Take healthy foods to parties

9.            Eat slowly

10.          Use smaller plates

11.          Food journal

12.          Plan grocery shopping

13.          Use healthy substitutes

14.          Stay positive

15.          Eat something healthy before you go to parties

16.          Limit alcohol

17.          Go for a walk instead of taking a nap

18.          Avoid the peer pressures

19.          Plan your indulgences

20.          Lose the guilt

To learn more about MMC Weight Loss & Wellness, visit or call 615-867-8100.

On Tuesday, October 23rd, MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center hosted its 2nd Annual ‘Stronger TogetHER’ event. The evening featured entertainment and education, with an expert panel of MMC physicians sharing the latest recommendations for breast health and answering several questions from the audience.

Below, you will find some follow-up questions and answers that the physicians were unable to get to during the event. 

Q: Does the size of the breast increase/decrease the odds for breast cancer?

A: The size of the breast actually does not appear to play a role in the risk of developing breast cancer.  While you might think that larger breasts would be more likely to develop breast cancer, no large, peer-reviewed studies have supported this assumption. With that being said, we do know that obesity does play a role in the development of breast cancer.  Other risk factors for developing breast cancer include smoking, heavy alcohol use, and having a positive family history of breast cancer. – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: When using tools such as the Tyrer Cuzick model or Gail model, what factors are surgeons looking for?

A: Risk assessment tools, like the Tyrer Cuzick model or Gail model, help us to better understand a woman’s personal risk of developing breast cancer.  We input many factors such as your age, weight, height, family history of breast cancer, personal history of breast biopsies, age at first menstrual cycle, and age of first childbirth into these models. Then, the computer generated model calculates your individual risk of developing breast cancer.  If your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is greater than 20%, you qualify for a high risk screening protocol, which means coming in every six months for a breast exam and imaging.  – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: More women seem to be diagnosed than ever before. What could be causing this?

A: We aren’t quite sure why more women seem to be developing breast cancer.  So many environmental and genetic factors could be playing a role.  At this time, our best way of protecting women against breast cancer is to encourage a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, good nutrition and smoking cessation. Also, please seek professional care right away if you have a new breast lump, unusual nipple discharge, new changes on the breast skin or any abnormalities on your mammogram or ultrasound. – Lisa White, M.D.


Q: How long is the reconstruction process?

A: No reconstruction process is exactly the same, and therefore there is not one straightforward answer here. There are many determining factors that affect the length of the reconstruction process, such as the drain duration, toleration of sizers and setbacks during recovery. – Brad Medling, M.D.


MMC’s Comprehensive Breast Center is comprised of MMC’s Radiology, General Surgery and Plastic Surgery departments. From detection to restoration, it is the MMC Comprehensive Breast Center’s promise to walk hand in hand with every patient through each individual’s health journey. To learn more about Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Comprehensive Breast Center visit our website,, or call 615-867-8040.


Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (MMC) is#TRUEBLUE! The multi-specialty healthcare facility located in the heart ofTennessee entered into a continued partnership with Middle Tennessee StateUniversity’s (MTSU) Athletics Department in July 2018.

MMC has been a long-time supporter of MTSU sports like footballand basketball. However, this new partnership expands the reach beyondathletics; including academics, health services, student services and generalcampus outreach.

Chief Executive Officer, Joey Peay states, “As a lifelongresident of Rutherford County and a MTSU graduate, I have seen the impact thatthis growing university has had on Murfreesboro, Rutherford County and MiddleTennessee. As MMC continues to grow into a regional provider of medical care,it made sense to develop a partnership with MTSU. This will allow us to promotehealth matters to a wide ranging group of people while helping MTSU grow aswell.”

One of the ways MMC plans to serve MTSU’s campus is throughthe new installation of hand sanitizing stations on MTSU’s campus. MMC is also partneringwith MTSU to be involved in campus-wide events such as Meet Murfreesboro, MTSUFan Day and multiple departmental health fairs. Currently, MMC works with MTSUStudent Health Services to provide quality care for students who may be needingfurther medical assistance or a specialist’s attention, and plans to continueproviding that service and care. 

“We are thrilled to enhance our already great relationshipwith Murfreesboro Medical Clinic.  Theyare widely regarded as the number one health care provider in our region andthis partnership strengthens both of our brands” said MTSU Director ofAthletics, Chris Massaro.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic has served the Murfreesborocommunity for nearly 70 years and is pleased to see this service continue withthe faculty, staff and students of MTSU.

Murfreesboro MedicalClinic is a multi-specialty, physician owned practice, committed to offeringthe patient both primary and specialty care within their community.

For more information about Murfreesboro Medical Clinic &SurgiCenter, please visit, or call 615-893-4480.

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