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well az THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC A SPECIAL PUBLICATION CREATED BY REPUBLIC MEDIA CUSTOM PUBLISHING - HEALTHCARE NEWS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY Vol. 4, No. 1 Vo January 2014 Just one improvement a day helps keep the doctor away: IN THIS ISSUE: COVER/07: 30 WAYS TO A HEALTHIER YOU 02: AFFORDABLE CARE ACT 03: LATEST IN BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS 04: AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDs); EVENTS/SUPPORT GROUPS 05: TOP EVENTS; DANGERS OF DETERGENT PODS ONE DAY at a time... 30 ways to improve your health over the next month 06: MRIs NEWS & TRENDS SCOTTSDALE HEALTHCARE Important information to keep you connected to your healthcare community Twenty-one active-duty U.S. Air Force nurses recently graduated from an advanced clinical training course offered through Scottsdale Healthcare’s Military Training Program. The Nurse Transition Program is part of Scottsdale Healthcare’s partnership with the U.S. Armed Forces. Created in 2004, the partnership made Scottsdale Healthcare one of the first community hospitals in the U.S. to welcome all branches of the military for medical training. In addition to training, the partnership provides education and clinical experience for military medical personnel to perform successfully in combat and humanitarian missions while building relationships that can be used in potential disaster response situations. More than 1,900 service members have been trained. 1 Terri Taylor, R.D., is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. She said that adding a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange to green tea significantly helps the body absorb cancer fighters in the tea. Barrow Brain Ball is a free arcade-style video game app designed to instruct children ages 8 to 12 on how to avoid collisions with other players on the football field, while also teaching them about concussions. Funded through a grant by Fiesta Bowl Charities, the app — which can be downloaded through Android, Apple and Google Play — allows players to dash, spin, jump and sprint into the end zone while learning to play smart with game play training modes that educate users about concussion and brain injury. Players can also select their skills, customize their uniform colors, track their stats and collect trophies. “Barrow Brain Ball was created to educate young children about the risk of concussion in sports,” said Barrow Brain Ball creator Javier Cardenas, M.D., a neurologist and brain injury expert at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. “More than three million sports-related concussions occur nationally each year and until now there’s been only minimal concussion education available to youth athletes.” Cardenas added that young children need to be educated about the risk of concussion in order to prevent many of the brain injuries that are occurring at their age and in high school athletes. “Barrow Brain Ball is an innovative way for us to teach children about concussion early in age,” he said. “We want them to learn how to play safe when they’re young.” More info: — ALISON STANTON • KARLA BIRKHOLZ, M.D., chief wellness officer, John C. Lincoln Health Network • BLANCA CABALLERO, food safety manager, Environmental Health Office/Arizona Department of Health Services • CHIP COFFEY, LPC, director of therapy services, St. Luke’s Behavioral Health • JOHN DOUGHERTY, D.D.S. • ANEIL KOERPER, health and fitness program manager, The Terraces of Phoenix • LAURI LEADLEY, sleep technologist and owner, Valley Sleep Center • TOM REAVIS, spokesman for eHealth4AZ, a new initiative to educate Arizonans on using technology to improve health and wellness • MARTI REICH, infection preventionist, Banner Desert Medical Center/Cardon Children’s Medical Center BY DEBRA GELBART W e’ve all made New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight (a perennial favorite) to finishing a college degree to learning to scuba dive. While all are admirable goals, we wanted to find some easily do-able ways to help you improve your health without breaking the bank — or even breaking a sweat. To that end, we asked a bevy of local experts to weigh-in (no pun intended…) on the importance of some simple steps to become a healthier you — one day at a time. 1 Juice up your tea. Adding a squeeze of lemon, lime 2 Create a personal health record (PHR). or orange to green tea significantly helps the body absorb cancer-fighting properties in the tea. (Taylor) A PHR includes past and current information about your health collected from all healthcare providers. Along with being of medical benefit, it may save you money and the inconvenience and stress of repeating some medical tests. To learn more, visit (Reavis) • MARWAN SABBAGH, M.D., neurologist and director of clinical research, Banner Sun Health Research Institute Determine your daily calories. To maintain your weight, multiply your current weight by 15 to get your recommended number of daily calories and get at least 20 minutes of moderate exercise every day. To lose one pound a week, multiply your goal weight by 15 and subtract 500 calories each day. (Taylor) • TERRI TAYLOR, R.D., registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition, Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer may not kill fecal viruses and cannot cut through dirt to kill germs; use soap and water when your hands are soiled. That said, there are many times when hand sanitizer is beneficial and appropriate; the best sanitizer is alcohol-based. (Reich) 3 4 Continued on page 7 ONE DAY AT A TIME TRENDING: AMERICAN RED D CROSS APPS There’s an app available for just usst about everything these days. But did you know that t the American Red Cross offers free downloadable ad dable apps designed n a variety of to help keep your family safe in quakes, tornados, emergencies including earthquakes, r also a first-aid re’s hurricanes and wildfires? There’s c and information ce app that features expert advice related to a variety of first-aid situations. Visit for more info. CK Interactive video game app helps kids learn how to avoid concussions Our experts T H INK S TO BARROW NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE Barrow Brain Ball RICK D’ELIA Air Force nurses graduate —PAULA PAULA HUBBS COHEN

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