Running For a Cause

Running For a Cause

Lafayette General, the title sponsor for Zydeco Marathon, is home to one of the most technologically advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the nine-parish Acadiana unit. Below is the story of Dr. Daniel Smith, a Zydeco half-marathon runner and former...
Fueling For Performance

Fueling For Performance

Night before race: Primarily carb (pasta, rice, potatoes, beans) based meal with lean protein (seafood, chicken, fish), limited added fat (avoid cream sauces, cheesy sauces; choose olive oil based sauces) and sugar (avoid dessert night before; save for race day dinner...
Long Distance Diet

Long Distance Diet

The perfect balance of protein and carbs can make all the difference when going the distance. Dr. Otis Drew, from Lafayette General Health, has some tips on which foods help you get through and recover from those long...
Heat Related Injuries and Prevention

Heat Related Injuries and Prevention

Heat Cramps Heat (muscle) cramps tend to occur later in activity with muscle fatigue and after fluid and electrolyte imbalance and increased. Dehydration, diet poor in minerals, and large losses of sodium and other electrolytes increase the risk of severe often whole...
Hydration, The Right Kind

Hydration, The Right Kind

Hydration is key during running, but it can be too much as well or not enough of the right fluids. Dr. Otis Drew, a Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon with Lafayette General Health, gives us advice on properly handling fluids to help you perform at...