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As the Holidays and celebrations come and go, it's easy to lose track of what matters most. Here are some simple ways that can help you survive the Holiday season!
It's not just about the food. Don't make the food the center of your attention, focus or obsession. Instead, focus on what the season is truly about; spending time with your loved ones, caring for others, showing and expressing gratitude and being mindful of your actions. Continue living your normal life and routine. You wouldn't normally overindulge in pies, cookies or cakes on a daily or weekly basis. Why start now just because its "the Holidays?"
Drink Up! Water that is. With running errands, last minute Christmas shopping, cooking and traveling, it's easy for our bodies to get dehydrated. Drink water throughout the day and drink at least 1 cup of water in between each meal. Some easy ways to stay hydrated include:
- Infuse your water with fresh fruits like lemon and limes.Lemon's benefits extend beyond it's deliciously bittersweet taste. Lemon
oozes vitamin C, an important nutrient for the body's connective tissue, from collagen to bones to skin. It also helps to reduce stress and potentially guards against cancer. This goes for oranges, grapefruits, and limes, too. Try a different citrus fruit each day of the week!
- Fruits and Veggies. Don't let "solid" food fool you: many fruits and vegetables consist of mostly water. For example, an apple is 85% water by volume. Your body absorbs this liquid like any other, along with the vitamins and nutrients packed into these delicious snacks. If a single fruit does not call to you, try blending your favorites into a smoothie with flax seed for added omega-3 healthy fats.
- Tea. It may get a bad rep for being a diuretic, but its hydration benefits outweigh its mild diuretic properties. The average teacup is packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals, which boost endurance, fight free radicals, guard against cancers, and may even whittle down the waistline. To avoid the bitterness, sweeten with honey, agave nectar or coconut sugar.
RELAX. Most of us are fortunate to have a couple days off from work to relax and spend time with loved ones...so RELAX! Enjoy the time away from the busy workdays and enjoy yourself and those around you.
Don't forget about the veggies. Vegetables are so important during the Holiday season when you are eating more dense foods. They are a great way to create a lot more volume in a dish to make you feel like you are eating a lot more than you actually are. Veggies are full of fiber, nutrients and taste amazing when prepared in a way that you love.
Enjoy the little moments. Most importantly, don't forget to remind yourself of daily mantras of being present, living in the moment, connecting with your true self and not allowing the thoughts of "what if's, to-do's and I need to's" interfere with daily living. The more you concentrate of being present, the more you are able to enjoy spending time with family and friends. Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season and engage in fun activities with the ones you love.
Blog written by: TJ Darr, Employee Wellness
Glucose is a sugar that comes from the food you eat and is used for energy. Insulin is a hormone that carries the glucose in the blood to the other cells in your body. If your body doesn't produce enough insulin, or if it does not use insulin properly, then blood glucose levels can get too high, resulting in Type 2 Diabetes.
The Bad News
Too much glucose in the blood can have a long-term, widespread impact on the body.
- If it is not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems. It is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
- The complications develop gradually, so the longer you have the disease and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher your risk.
- Type 2 Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death. One in in 11 Americans has diabetes - more than 29 million. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes - that's one in 3 Americans. (CDC Statistics)
The Good News
There are lifestyle choices you can make to prevent or control diabetes. Making just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health.
- Have a regular checkup with your doctor and know your diabetes risk - find out your blood sugar reading and your A1c; get your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
- Exercise! Find a way to increase your daily steps and activity level
- Eat a balanced diet. This means less processed foods and refined sugars.
- Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Even a 5% reduction can have a positive impact.
November is "American Diabetes Awareness Month," an important part of the American Diabetes Association's efforts to focus the nation's attention on this public health crisis, and the millions of people affected by it. Remember to spread the word and educate family members, not only this month but every month, to help them get on the right path to wellness.
Blog Written By: Tara Martin, Population Health Director
We all want the secret to making fitness and nutrition a life-long, enjoyable journey. All too often it is seen as a form of punishment and something to be dreaded, but what if we could change that? I believe there are many ways to do this, but in this blog post I would like to focus on one particular way you can change your mindset from dreading the gym to truly looking forward to it.
Fun, laughter, warm encouragement: relationship, camaraderie, that extra push when you need it- what if I told you this could be a part of your journey in abundance? What if we turned the gym into a place where you could build relationships and bring out the best in each other instead of a place where you sometimes feel alone in your workout and view it as a task to merely check off your list?
Group Fitness- this is the answer to unlocking all these wonderful things I have described to you. Now I know what you may be thinking, sometimes going into a class can be intimidating and you may feel as if you will be judged for your performance, but I can assure you that almost every group fitness instructor works very hard to create the exact opposite of this. As an instructor myself, my job is to create the most positive, welcoming atmosphere I can possibly construct. And for the most part, that will ring true across the board when it comes to fitness classes- know that the instructor is on your side and their job is to make you feel a part of the fitness family they have created as quickly as possible. And always remember that EVERYONE starts somewhere, never feel ashamed of your starting point, focus on being proud of yourself for deciding to make a change- that is what matters.
Another great perk of joining a fitness class (or classes) is that you have the class instructor to help guide you through your workout. So, if you are new to fitness this is a great way to not only learn some new exercises, but also the correct way to perform them. And lets admit it, having a workout already pre-made by someone for you to do instead of having to create or find one on your own is very convenient to have sometimes as well.
So, with all that being said If you feel as if your journey would benefit from a group fitness class or if you are about to embark on your fitness journey- I would like to warmly encourage you to try a fitness class. And I wouldn’t stop at just one, try out a few that perk your interest and even some that may pull you out of your comfort zone. You will never know until you give it a try and it could possibly be one of the most transformative decisions you make in your journey! Let’s make fitness something that is enjoyable and life giving. I would love for you to find a place where you feel lifted up, pushed to be your best and a place you can come to and be guaranteed to feel better when you leave. Let’s make fitness a maintainable, enjoyable lifestyle for all the years to come. I wish you the best of luck to you in your journey.
Blog written by: Alyssa Lower, Personal Trainer at Pomerene Kinetics
In April, Pomerene Hospital introduced a new physician practice, Pomerene Internal Medicine, and a new physician, Loren M. Kirchner, MD, MS, FACP, a board-certified Internal Medicine Specialist. Dr. Kirchner is trained and experienced in prevention, treatment and management of a large spectrum of illnesses affecting adults including chronic, complex and multi-system diseases.
Dr. Kirchner has 15 years of academic, hospitalist and outpatient experience in Wooster and also serves our country as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve. He has been deployed on numerous occasions including four assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan where he has supervised and provided medical and trauma care in Combat Support Hospitals.
There has been a need to expand internal medicine services in our area. Pomerene understands the community's desire for close-to-home care, access to available appointments and short waiting room times...all of which are available through Dr. Kirchner and his staff!
Dr. Kirchner is a firm believer in using healthy foods, natural remedies and exercise to treat certain ailments. Many diseases, he believes, are caused by our own bad habits such as:
- Taking in too many starchy foods
- Eating high-fat foods
- Consuming too much caffeine and chocolate
Do you suffer from heartburn? Check out Dr, Kirchner's Heartburn Remedy!
- Put 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water (I use Braggs)
- Repeat once or twice daily for minor heartburn symptoms
- Take 5-10 minutes before meals in 3-4 small drinks
- Practice healthy eating habits in conjunction with apple cider vinegar remedy
- Apple Cider Vinegar also aids in weight loss, sinus congestion, sore throats and even blood sugar levels
Dr. Kirchner is accepting new patients at Pomerene Internal Medicine, located in the lower level of the German Village Center at 4900 Oak Street in Berlin, Ohio. Appointments can be made by calling 330-893-1318. Pomerene Internal Medicine will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.
Pomerene Internal Medicine will welcome Dr. Kalisetti this Setpember....schedule your appointment TODAY!
Knee replacement surgery was first performed in 1968. Originally, joint replacement surgery was reserved for patients typically over 70 years old. Due to concerns of implant failures, replacement surgery on younger patients was avoided. Although these procedures typically improved arthritic knee pain, some residual pain, stiffness and a feeling that the knee was never quite normal was not uncommon. Since then, there have been advancements in surgical materials and techniques which have greatly increased the effectiveness and longevity of the replacement. Knee replacement surgeries are commonly performed at the hospitals of Wayne and Holmes County as well as the Wooster Ambulatory Surgery Center by local orthopaedic surgeons.
Standard off-the-shelf, non-customized knee joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure to relieve pain, correct deformity and help you resume normal activities. Despite this, some patients are still hesitant to consider total knee replacement surgery. When asked why patients with a painful, arthritic knee are postponing surgery, many patients admit to waiting for a "new or better" procedure. Customized knee replacement surgery with patient specific cutting guides and a customized implant may likely be their answer. In simple terms, the implant is the metal and plastic that is used by the surgeon to replace the patient's removed arthritic knee bone.
For the first time in this area, customized knee implants are now available for patients who need partial or total knee replacement surgery. These fully customized knee implants are uniquely designed for each patient and are manufacturing using proprietary, advanced "image to implant" technology developed by ConforMIS. With the use of a standard computerized tomography (CT) scan of the patient's arthritic leg, an individual patient specific total knee replacement or partial knee replacement, with associated custom cutting blocks to be used by the surgeon, can be performed. Using 3-D printing technology, the knee joint is created one thick layer at a time with the same materials used for a traditional non-custom replacement. In essence, they are designing the implant to fit the bone rather than the bone to fit the implant, which better replicates the patient's natural anatomy. This process results in the implant that is the precise size and shape of the patient's individual joint.
This technology may represent a significant advantage over the current off-the-shelf knee implants. Off-the-shelf implants are available in only a limited range of sizes and shapes. As a result, when using off-the-shelf implants, surgeons need to make more extensive cuts to the patient's bone to accommodate the implant. This may be a major factor that causes approximately 1 out of every 5 knee replacement patients to suffer residual pain caused by ill-fitting implants. This also may result in a mismatch between the size and shape of the patient's bone and non-custom implant which may result in functional limitations for the patient. With customized implants, the size and shape of the implant is knee and patient specific, which may lead to a more normal feeling knee with better range of motion and higher patient satisfaction.
During the custom procedure, the surgeon cuts less bone to accommodate the implant, therefore patients can experience less trauma and postoperative pain. Patients with customized implants may have faster recoveries and be more satisfied with the results. The greater preservation of bone also helps to position patients for successful future surgeries if necessary,
Another benefit of customized knee implants is that they are developed with complete single use, customized cutting guides for the orthopaedic surgeon to use only on that patient. Because the implants are single use and disposable, there is reduced sterilization required compared with reusable instruments. There is less potential for contamination compared to reusable instruments. The cutting guides are also manufactured via 3-D printing and calibrated based on the patient's unique CT scan so they can fit the implant with the maximum precision. This allows the orthopaedic surgeon to align the implant more exactly. Proper placement and alignment has been found to help reduce implant wear and help ensure that the prosthesis lasts as long as possible.
While many patients do fine with non-customized knee replacement surgery, it is hoped that customized total knee replacement surgery will increase the number of more satisfied patients, giving them a more normal feeling, long-lasting knee replacement with less postoperative pain and an easier recovery.
If you or a loved one are experiencing arthritic knee pain and have been told you may need a knee replacement, the best way to find out if you are a candidate is to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. Please call 330.674.0775 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Blog Written By: Rodney Miller, MD
time is here! The perfect time to check back to your New Year Resolutions and make sure you are staying on track! Are you staying committed to your
fitness goals? Are you still keeping sugary drinks out of your refrigerator? If yes, then pat yourself on the back and move forward with your next
responsibility to yourself: your yearly exams.
Check your calendar and make sure you are planning to see your Primary Care Provider this year for you physical. Keeping a relationship with your provider is incredibly important to make sure you are aware of your health and most of all, preventing illness. While your calendar is out, make sure you have your Dentist visit planned and any other preventative health screenings that are suggested for someone your age and gender. Please refer to the list below and make sure you are staying on track for a healthier and happier you.
Preventive Testing Guidelines
This chart does not take individual health risks into consideration. Depending on your risk factors, your doctor may recommend more frequent or additional screenings. These recommendations are based on current guidelines from the USPSTF, NIH, and CDC. Your individual plan coverage may vary.
|Heart Health||Blood Pressure||Men & Women: Every 2 Years|
|Cholesterol||Men 35 and Older: Annually|
|Women 45 and Older: Annually|
|Diabetes Screening||FBG, Oral Glucose, Tolerance Test, or A1C||Men & Women: 18 and Older at risk for developing diabetes|
|Cancer Screenings||Mammogram||Women 50 to 74: Every 2 Years|
|Pap Smear||Women 21 to 65: Every 3 Years|
|Colorectal Screening||Men & Women 50 and Older: As Advised by a Physician|
|Physical Exams||Men/Women 18-39||Every 5-10 Years|
|Men/Women 40-64||Every 1-2 Years|
|Pneumonia||Men & Women age 18 and older: Once as recommended by physician|
|Eye Exam||As recommended|
Blog Written By: Tara Martin, Wellness Coordinator at Pomerene Hospital
Spring has sprung and that means most of us will spend more time outside. We can't wait to get to the Holmes County Trail or go down the nearest township road with our bright purple FitBits strapped to our wrists. Just feeling the sun on our faces while looking at the trees in bloom gives us all the incentive we need to lace up those sneakers. But before we go, here are 3 things that can keep our goals in sight.
- As the kids say, Got Shoe Game? Of course, as a foot doctor, I am going to stress this point. Obviously, I am not talking about the latest neon color (although we 80's kids LOVE that these hues are back!). Instead I am talking about support. People often ask me which brand I prefer. The answer is which ever brand you do! What I mean is they should feel good, be activity appropriate, well structured with good support, and less than 6 months old. Shoes break down and wearing old ones is the fastest way to make your feet hurt.
- Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Most of us take a winter hiatus with our exercising. But with the first sunny day, we head outside ready for a nice hour long walk over the scenic hills of Holmes County. Last fall, we could do an hour without huffing and puffing, so it should be easy to jump right back into it. No! With any time off, whether due to an injury or an Ohio January, you must work slowly to rebuild your endurance. Your feet and legs need time to strengthen. Weekend Warriors often must slow their return to exercise due to tendonitis or strains. Gradually increase exercise time weekly. Don’t worry where you used to be. This is a healthy life style choice. You'll get back there, one step at a time.
- Variety is the Spice of Life. Any athletic coach will tell you to alternate work outs. Your feet, if they could talk, would say that too! If you are a walker or runner, don't stay on the hills every time out. Instead, alternate on flat paths or even try cycling. This will reduce demand and fatigue on bones, joints, and tendons. No one wants to spend April in a walking boot!
The phrase, "I have the flu" or "she or he has the flu" is fairly common. People say this is relation to all kinds of illnesses, including gastrointestinal bugs that cause vomiting and diarrhea. However, the real "flu" is a group of viruses called influenza. The real flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can infect the nose, throat or lungs. Signs and symptoms of influenza include the following:
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Occasionally vomiting and diarrhea, more often found in children
How Does It Spread?
- Droplets from when people with the flu sneeze, cough or talk
- Touching a surface infected with the flu virus
- You may be able to spread the flu one day BEFORE you feel symptoms, or up to 5-7 days AFTER getting sick
What Should I Do If I Get The Flu?
- There are antiviral drugs that can lessen the severity and length of the flu, if given within the first few (2) days of symptoms. They are available
from your healthcare provider, they are not over the counter.
- Children and pregnant women can take the antiviral drugs
- Some possible side effects of antiviral drugs include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, runny or stuffy nose, cough, diarrhea, headache and some behavioral side effects. There are uncommon - your care provider can give you more information.
- Stay home and avoid other people
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of fluids like Gatorade or other commercially prepared electrolyte solutions
- Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever and/or body aches, headaches
How Can I Prevent The Flu?
- Get an influenza vaccine every year
- Stay away from people who are ill
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Frequent hand washing
- Keep your hands away from your face
- Keep your work area clean. Wipe down your phones, computers, etc often with antibacterial wipes
- Be your healthiest self!
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of water, fruit and vegetables
- Exercise on a regular basis
Resources: CDC, 2017
The most wonderful time of the year can also become the most dreaded time of the year. Whether you are someone trying to commit to a healthy lifestyle or like most are just simply overwhelmed by the extra responsibilities the holidays bring, it becomes too easy to miss the magic and festivities of the season. In order to prevent this holiday trend, I have a simple tip that can not only be of benefit over the holiday season, but any time of the year as well. Two simple words sum up my philosophy- be present.
What do I mean by “be present“? To be present means to simply be in the present moment, not in the past nor future but right here, right now.
Instead of walking into your family gathering stressed about what has to be done and letting your mind stay there, make the conscious decision to be present in the moment with your loved ones. Continuously remind yourself to really notice what is happening around you: the people, the smiles, the aromas, the atmosphere, the conversations, everything. Your mind will keep wondering off but keep pulling your mind back to the present moment. This will help you to genuinely enjoy the company around you and will prevent you from missing all the wonderful moments the holidays bring to us. Also, just remember that whatever you are stressed about can wait until after you have left the gathering, - worrying will only rob you of the current moment you have been given for something that cannot be fixed now anyway.
Those of you who have committed to a healthy lifestyle have an entirely different dilemma, but I would prescribe the same advice- be present. Often times when we make the decision to eat healthier we obsess over food entirely too much, causing us to either deprive ourselves, binge, put way too much pressure on ourselves or all three. I challenge you to remove the focus from food and place it on family. Instead of unconsciously eating and snacking or worrying about what to eat, take the time to engage in conversation, build relationships and be present. Don’t get excited about all the food and sweets, get excited about the people.
Lastly, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed. Plan ahead of time, make a list, tackle one thing each day and keep things in perspective. The holidays were never intended for the stress we have attached to them over the years. Don’t over-complicate things, keep it simple and focused around what truly matters. Be present for the holidays and I challenge you to apply this same mantra to the rest of your days as well.
By being present this holiday season, and all of your days, you will receive the most valuable gift of all- a heightened quality of life, eyes opened to the wonderful world around you, a grateful heart and less stress.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!
Blog Written By: Alyssa Lower, Personal Trainer at Pomerene Kinetics
It’s November – the season for turkey, stuffing, ham, pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies, you name it! Oh and also – Diabetes Awareness Month. There are three primary types of diabetes, but let’s talk a little about Type 2 Diabetes, diabetes prevention, and why this matters for our community and our health.
Type 2 Diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) is commonly diagnosed around the age of 20+. It is the most common type of diabetes affecting 90% of persons with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can develop over a course of 5-10 years due to lifestyle habits, eating patterns, activity status, and family history. There are a multitude of other factors that can put a person at risk for developing diabetes, which is why spreading diabetes awareness and prevention is so crucial.
What is the big deal?
As a country, we did not just abruptly change our eating habits and our activity habits. We evolved into a different generation, a different culture, and “busier people.” We became a more diverse community with different ethnic risk factors being introduced to our families. As a mixed generation we focus our priorities on different areas than our health and families. We learned to eat differently and exercise less due to busy lives, convenience, and technology.
So really – what is the big deal? The big deal is that due to our overwhelming lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent. As a country and specifically for Holmes County as a community – we have to commit to making a change.
We have all heard the lecture – eat less starchy foods, exercise more, control your blood pressure, stop smoking. In reality, preventing type 2 diabetes is not a matter of doing more of one thing or less of another. It is simply a matter of living a well-balanced life. Living a healthy lifestyle is not just about our habits at home; it includes our habits at work, at home, at family dinners, and social events, etc. Living a healthy lifestyle is all day, every day.
How do we make a change?
We all know how it feels to come home after a long day, to not want to cook and collapse on the couch. Then, take into account an eight hour day at a desk or in one seat and activity is limited. Then add on a long commute, or children’s activities after work and school, and really, who has time for cooking?
Unfortunately, the statistics do not lie and for our own health, the health of our families and our children, we can no longer continue to use “busy” as an excuse. So what can you do instead?
- 1)Plan ahead – Purchase a new planner or calendar and plan out your week/month. Know your busiest days and prepare for them
- 2)Schedule it – Take the next step and plan for your busy days. Start meal planning and develop an exercise schedule. Write your meals and times for activity on the calendar and then commit to it.
- 3)Make a commitment – You guessed it; now commit to your planning and scheduling. Developing new lifestyle habits is not an easy task. Commit to changing your current patterns and offer yourself a reward at certain milestone points.
- 4)Ask for help – If you already struggle with eating habits and activity you may struggle with change. So seek help! Look online, visit your local library, call your local dietician and diabetes nurse, join a medical fitness center, subscribe to magazines, and enlist a partner or friend who has already made changes or can be your coach.
- 5)Identify obstacles – Every goal in life has certain obstacles. Making a goal to develop a healthier lifestyle is no different. Grab a pen and paper and list out every obstacle you will have to committing to your lifestyle change. Then, start with 2-3 obstacles and find ways to eliminate or reduce them.
Living healthy may not always be easy, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming either. Start today; start with baby steps, start with one area of your life and work towards a bigger goal – but start today. Live happier, feel better, and protect your future. If you want to read some more reasons why – take a look at the statistics below:
- 1 out of 3 US adults has pre-diabetes – of those adults, only 11% know they have it
- 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year
- In 2012, 86 million Americans had pre-diabetes; that is up from 79 million in 2010
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death; more than HIV and AIDS combined
- $245 billion dollars in medical costs related to diabetes on average yearly
So what now?
The best way to protect yourself is through education and prevention.
- 1.Educate yourself and learn the risks and symptoms – Find out more at American Diabetes Association - http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/
- 2.Talk with your doctor – have annual preventative screenings and routine bloodwork
- 3.Change your eating – Find out more at Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.eatright.org/
- 4.Learn more about activity - https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity
How can Pomerene Help you?
Pomerene Hospital Diabetes Education Program:Jennifer Kaiser, BSN, RN – Diabetes Education Coordinator -330-674-1015 extension 1023 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dima Hassan, MS, RDN, LD – Clinical Dietician – 330-674-1015 extension 1123
Pomerene Kinetics Medical Fitness Center
Contact a Membership Representative - 330-674-4488