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All Vegetable Oils Are Not Created Equal December 31st 2017 Around 1907, a German scientist contacted Procter & Gamble to tell them he had invented a way to turn liquid fat into a solid, and suggested it would transform their soap products. But when the company’s scientists found that they could turn cottonseed oil into a creamy, lard-like substance, they decided to forget soap! They saw it as a perfect replacement for animal fats used for cooking, and so did America. The company sold 2.6 million pounds of what it branded as Crisco in 1912, and 60 million pounds four years later. Although this vegetable fat was marketed as the healthier way to cook, it was 50 percent trans fats, which are hydrogenated fats commonly used in processed and fast foods. Current studies show trans fats are heartstopping: For every 2 percent increase in consumption of trans fat, the risk of heart disease increases by 23 percent! Studies also implicate trans fats in adverse effects on the brain and nervous system, and increased risk of depression and dementia. Nonetheless, for 100 years, all vegetable oils were touted as the solution to Americans’ health problems. Instead we have grown more obese, more likely to have diabetes and dementia, and more depressed.

Furthermore, the study was done on mice that are engineered to develop markers of AD and it found only one indicator that may be significant: While mice choosing a direction at a fork in the road tend to alternate in their selection from time to time, 20 percent of the canola-eating rodents in the study didn’t alternate as often as expected. So does that mean humans who eat canola oil will be cognitively impaired? Doubtful. Your health and vegetable oils A vegetable oil is healthy or not healthy depending on how it’s processed, what it contains and how it’s used. Processing is often done using a solvent (typically the toxin hexane) to separate the oil from the seed. However, expeller pressed oils use mechanical, not chemical, means. The cold-pressed method also is mechanical, but the oil is kept cooler during extraction. There’s little health difference between expeller and coldpressed. Some oils contain a boatload of saturated fat and should be avoided. One tablespoon of palm oil has 7 grams of sat fat; 1 tablespoon of palm kernel oil has 11 grams; coconut oil, 12 grams. Others are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which if not

eaten in excess are heart-healthy and help tamp down inflammation. Your best bet is to opt for omega-3-rich oils like extra virgin olive oil and oil in avocados and nuts. EVOO helps lower lousy LDL cholesterol and contains beta carotene and vitamins A, E, D, and K. Some oils, especially light/refined olive, almond, avocado and sunflower oils, are prefect for searing and browning at higher temperatures -- they have a high smoke point, so you avoid producing toxic fumes and unhealthy byproducts. Canola, grapeseed and peanut have a medium high smoke point; use for baking, stir frying and oven cooking. Some are good for use at room temp: flaxseed, wheat germ, walnut and EVOO. *** Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit (c) 2017 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


The truth? Not all vegetable oils are created equal, not by a long shot. And now, to add to the confusion, there’s a new study suggesting that canola oil -the current darling of the processed food industry and home cooks -- may help lay the foundation for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. There’s much to dispute in those scary headlines about the study in Scientific

Reports. The researchers themselves are more cautious, saying, “Taken together, our findings do not support a beneficial effect of chronic canola oil consumption on two important aspects of AD pathophysiology, which includes memory impairments as well as synaptic integrity. While more studies are needed, our data do not justify the current trend aimed at replacing olive oil with canola oil.” So really it’s just a study that says, STICK WITH OLIVE OIL!

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usually comes with some nostalgia and a fair dose of hope for a better year than the last. As we ponder upon our failures and victories of 2017, most of us begin to set expectations for 2018. These expectations for the new year are what inspire our new year’s resolutions. If you haven’t set goals for 2018, it is never too late to start! If you’re on the fence about whether to set goals or not, this article is for you! It’s the beginning of a new year and all anyone can talk about is what their goals are for 2018. This is the year your best friend is finally going to lose 20 lbs. Your sibling is finally going to quit their job and start a company of their own. Your co-worker is finally going to commit to being a vegetarian for life. We are surrounded by people excited to tell us all about their goals and the future they want to build for themselves. But what about you? What are your goals? Should you even have goals? It seems like often times, people lose enthusiasm toward their goals after only a couple of weeks. Despite the fact that 40% of people fail their goal within the first month of working towards it, we think you should still set one.

Why is it that so many people fail to achieve the goals that they make for the new year? The number one reason why a person fails to achieve their goals is because their goals are not specific enough. For example, let’s say you decide that your goal for 2018 is to become famous. Is this a good goal? We would argue - no. Becoming famous is not a good goal because being famous is not specific enough. How will you know when you have achieved fame? When you air on a local news station? When you get your verified tag on Instagram? Or when you can no longer walk down street without being followed by paparazzi? Having a vague goal will only give you a vague idea of what you want to achieve. You want to give yourself the satisfaction of knowing for a fact whether you hit your target at the end of the year or not. Otherwise, you may as well be on a road trip with no destination.

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your chances of achieving your goals is to set only one goal. Having too many goals spreads your focus and enthusiasm too thin. Plus, trying to become vegan, 170 lbs., Instagram verified, and finish all the seasons of Game of Thrones is asking a lot of yourself. Think of trying to start a fire with only some dry logs and the sun. The sun’s energy would never be focused enough on the dry logs to catch them on fire. However, by using a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s energy, it becomes rather easy to start a fire on the dry logs. Your energy and enthusiasm is like the sun - if you are focusing your energy and enthusiasm on one specific goal, you are much more likely to succeed. Now don’t think that having a specific goal, and laser focus is going to get the job done. The last thing you will need to succeed is a plan. Great execution doesn’t happen by accident. Give yourself the tools you need to succeed and make a plan for how you aim to achieve your new year’s goal! SONO Hospice Partners - ENewsletter / Jan 2018 130 N GREENWOOD AVE. STE 200 TULSA, OK 74120

Specific & Measurable - “I want to have a 30 minute Skype call with a fluent Spanish speaker before the end of the year� “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take� -Wayne Gretzky Statistics show that the average person is more likely to fail to achieve their new year’s goals than to successfully achieve them. But consider this: You are not the average person, because here you are reading about goal setting and how to succeed! So why set a goal for 2018? The answer is very simple. A goal gives you direction on how to make decisions. Without a goal, your decisions are based on nothing more than what you are feeling at that moment. Who is more likely to do 20 push-ups every morning? Someone who wants to live a healthy lifestyle or someone who sets a goal to do 20 push-ups every morning? We are betting on the person with the goal.

Vague - “I want to get in shape this year� Specific & Measurable - “I want to run a marathon in under 6 hours this year� Vague - “I want to eat healthier this year� Specific & Measurable - “I want to eat 1 vegetarian meal a day�

THE FIRST STEP TO SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVING A GOAL IS TO SET A SPECIFIC GOAL. Don’t set a goal to lose weight (vague). Set a goal to lose 10 lbs. (specific & measurable). Another way to up

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vision to be come blurry. Dry AMD progresses slowly, but can turn into the wet form at any time.

February is Macular Degeneration/Low Vision Awareness Month. Being a vision scientist, specializing in low vision, you would think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have been aware of this. Nope. Shame. Most of the planet knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but very few have any idea that this month is Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month. There are more cases of AMD than there are of breast cancer. In fact, the number of people living with AMD is similar to the number of people diagnosed with all types of invasive cancers. I know, I know, AMD is not fatal, but it is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in older adults. It affects the independence, mobility and quality of life of those that have it. That should make it worth noting. AMD is a multifunctional disease, meaning itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s caused by a lot of things. Age is the biggest factor. Some ophthalmologists start looking for signs in those as young at 50. Genetics also play a role. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a family history of AMD, that puts you at higher risk. In terms of ethnicity, Caucasians have the highest risk. Scientist believe this has something to do with a lack of melanin. Your lifestyle can have an impact on your risk of developing AMD too. Obviously, smoking is bad for you, but it affects your eyes too. Smokers are three times more likely to develop AMD. Since inflammation has been shown to contribute to AMD, keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol levels low can be helpful. Probably the simplest thing you can do to reduce your risk is to wear your sunglasses. UV light wreaks havoc on your skin, imagine what it can do to your eyes when it is directly absorbed by the delicate photoreceptor on your retina. There are two forms of AMD; dry and wet. The dry form is the most common, affecting about 90% of people who develop the disease. The central retina starts to deteriorate causing blind spots to develop or

Wet AMD occurs more suddenly and progresses more rapidly than the dry form. It is referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;wetâ&#x20AC;? due to the abnormal growth of blood vessels under the retina. These vessels tend to be leaky, releasing blood and fluid into the retina. The bleed is often noticed by patients when something they know is straight (a lamp post or slats on a blind) appears distorted or wiggly. To date, the only treatment for dry AMD is preventative. The Age-related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) recommends taking a daily mixture of vitamins and minerals called VitaluxÂŽ to prevent and/or slow down the progression of the disease. Other preventative measures included lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, keeping weight healthy, maintaining a normal blood pressure and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses. There are more treatments available for wet AMD, but they are by no means a cure. The most common treatment today is called anti-VEGF. It is a recombinant antibody that is injected directly into the eye (if a needle in your eye isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to get you to wear your sunglasses, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what is!) Anti-VEGFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s purpose is to prevent the growth of those abnormal blood vessels. This treatment usually clears whatever fluid is present out of the retina, preventing it from doing further damage. Lost vision is rarely improved however, and the problem is likely to recur.

grandsons apart. He said they all have brown hair and sound pretty much the same, the only way he can tell who is who is by their heights. If they are seated or arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t next to each other, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible. Other folks are upset about their driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license being taken away or not being able to play cards on Sundays anymore. The worst cases are those that have become depressed. Growing older is not easy and it has its own stigma attached. Losing your vision on top of that, something you have depended on your entire life to get around, to socialize, to be independent, makes it that much harder. Not everyone adapts well. There are organizations that can help those who have low vision adapt. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is one of those organizations. People with AMD donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go completely blind, some peripheral vision remains and they can be taught how to best use that remaining vision. Places like the CNIB have devices and techniques that can help those affected adapt to their vision loss. Certified low vision therapists can even make house calls to adapt a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to meet their needs. According to some local research, 33% of people diagnosed with AMD have no idea rehabilitation agencies exist and 13% know of their existence, but decide not to try it.

AMD takes away your central vision. Central vision is functional vision. It allows you to see fine details, colour, contrast and depth. Loss of central vision allows affects how steady you can hold your gaze. When you are fixing your eyes on something, they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely still. They drift and have tremors that are small enough for you not to notice, but when you lose central vision these movements become larger in magnitude, making maintaining a steady gaze difficult.

My Gran had AMD and she joined the CNIB. Gran could no longer read, so they would send her several audio books every month. She would listen to them while playing solitaire using a special deck for people with low vision. Gran was a pro at cryptic crosswords too. For a long time, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to do them. She was thrilled when the CNIB gave her a device that allowed her to do them again. They came to her apartment, taught her some tricks and set up the place so she was still able to cook, clean and wear clothes that matched. Gran lived with AMD for 15 years. Thanks in part to the CNIB, she stayed busy, happy and independent right up until the week she died.

One of the biggest complaints the people I work with have is not being able to read anymore. No, enough magnification is not going to fix the problem. In AMD, the retina deteriorates to the point of scaring. No amount of magnification is going to help see through that scar. Another big complaint is inability to recognize faces. One man told me he wished he could tell his

I could go on forever about AMD and low vision but, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid I would lose you, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stop here. Take care of your eyes and educate yourself. Tell your relatives, tell your friends. AMD is caused by many factors. Some, like aging, genetics and ethnicity, are out of your control, but others, you can control. Stay healthy, get regular dilated eye exams and for Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake wear your sunglasses!





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CHRONIC CONDITIONS MORE COMMON IN HISPANICS (Family Features) Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke are among the most common causes of illness, disability and death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These chronic conditions and the factors that lead to them can be more common or severe in minorities, including Hispanics.

• At least 20 minutes a month of CCM services. • Personalized assistance from a dedicated health care professional who will work with you to create a care plan. • Coordination of care between your Services like Chronic Care Management (CCM) can help people pharmacy, specialists, testing centers, hospitals and more. living with chronic conditions • Phone check-ins between visits to coordinate care services and lead to keep you on track. better outcomes and higher • Emergency access to a health care satisfaction. professional 24 hours a day, seven If you are a Medicare beneficiary with days a week. • Expert assistance with setting and two or more chronic conditions, ask meeting your health goals. your doctor about CCM and see if you’re eligible for connected care, The Centers for Medicare and including services such as: For example, 4 out of 10 Hispanics die due to heart disease or cancer, and they are 50 percent more likely to die due to diabetes than Caucasians, according to the CDC.

Medicaid Services and the Health Resources and Service Administration introduced the “Connected Care” campaign to help raise awareness about the benefits of CCM. The campaign has free resources, including an animated video in English and Spanish that can help you learn more. Talk to your doctor to see if CCM is available to you and visit to learn more about the benefits of the program. Photo courtesy of Getty Images #13930 Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services



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Season chicken with pepper, to taste. In large, nonstick skillet over mediumhigh heat, heat olive oil and cook chicken until fully cooked and juices are clear. Remove chicken from pan and allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing. To make sauce: In small bowl, whisk together honey, chili garlic sauce, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, peanut butter and water. Add zucchini, carrots, rice noodles and chicken to pan; pour sauce over and toss to coat. Toss in bean sprouts and cabbage. Serve with lime wedge, crushed peanuts and cilantro. Nutritional information per serving: 295 calories, 12 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 60 mg cholesterol, 792 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrates,  J ÂżEHU  J VXJDU  J SURWHLQ 109% vitamin A, 46% vitamin C, 7% calcium, 10% iron.

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Heat oven to 400 F and line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. On prepared baking sheet, arrange butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, onion, garbanzo beans and garlic; toss vegetables in olive oil and season with pepper, to taste. Roast 30-40 minutes until slightly golden in color. Halfway through baking, shake vegetables or turn over to ensure even browning. To make dressing: Mix together lemon juice, water, Sriracha sauce and peanut butter. To serve, top quinoa with roasted veggies, crushed peanuts and drizzle of lemon-peanut butter sauce. Nutritional information per serving: 323 calories, 14 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 308 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrates,  J ÂżEHU  J VXJDU  J SURWHLQ 92% vitamin A, 197% vitamin C, 11% calcium, 28% iron.

Health professionals, communities and families are increasingly together â&#x20AC;&#x201C; creating opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Changing our eating habits and adding more physical activity to our daily routine can be difficult, but together we can make with our city a Heart Safe City.

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Learn for Your Heart Cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time and knowing how to react can save lives. According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has lapsed. Learn for Your Heart is a community event that will educate you on how to provide CPR to an adult or a child.

Dance for Your Heart One of the major risk factors for heart disease is physical inactivity. Dance for Your Heart is a great opportunity to educate the public about heart disease and the little steps one can take to reverse some of the risk factors associated with heart disease â&#x20AC;&#x201C; such as adding more physical activity to their daily routine.

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We are in the middle of a particularly severe flu and respiratory illness season that is stretching the resources of hospitals throughout the country and especially in the southeast. At Phoebe we have taken multiple steps to increase our staffing levels to ensure that we continue to provide high quality care to patients who need to be hospitalized. There are things you can do to help keep you and your family healthy and to avoid hospitalization this flu season. · Get a flu shot. Even though we are well into the peak season, and even though this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vaccine is not as effective as we would like it to be, that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get the shot. It is not too late to get vaccinated. The vaccine may prevent you from getting the flu or, at the very least, lessen the length and severity of your illness if you do become infected. · Wash your hands. Washing your hands frequently with soap and using hand sanitizer often are the best ways to prevent the spread of flu germs. · Cover your cough. Cough or sneeze into your

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Love Your Heart Your blood pressure is a key indicator of your risk for serious illness. Knowing your numbers can motivate you to make changes to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease or another serious illness. If you are not sure what your numbers are, be sure to stop by the Albany Mall on Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day to get your blood pressure checked for free.



Throughout the month of February Phoebe is partnering with community organizations to offer heart-healthy activities for the whole family.

· If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sick, stay home. You should wait until you are symptom-free for 24 hours before you return to your normal daily routine. For the protection of our patients, staff and the public, we have instituted temporary visitation guidelines at our hospitals during flu season. Patient visitation should be limited to those offering care and support of the patient. If you are exhibiting any cold or flu symptoms, you will be required to wear a mask in the hospital.


Celebrated since 1963, Heart Month is one of the oldest campaigns aimed at raising awareness about heart disease â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the single greatest cause of death for American men and women. But, it is also one of the most preventable diseases. Over the years, we have learned with education and a healthy lifestyle you can lower your risk of heart disease. So, this Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day give yourself and your loved ones a healthy gift and encourage one another to take steps to keep your hearts healthy.

sleeve to prevent the spread of droplets that may contain the flu virus.

Also, children under the age of 18 should not visit the hospital. This restriction is for their own safety because children are more susceptible to becoming ill from the flu. In addition, they are more likely to spread the germs because they generally come in contact with so many other children at school and may not practice proper hand hygiene. This restriction is not limited to patient rooms. We ask that you not bring children to the hospital and leave them in the lobby while you visit a patient. We apologize for any inconvenience these guidelines may cause. We wish you good health, and we appreciate your understanding and your willingness to help us provide the safest possible environment for all our patients and minimize the spread of this serious illness.


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February 14th is National Donor Day, an observance day

donate your organs, eyes and tissues at the time of your death. It is important to discuss originally designated in 1998 by the your wishes with U.S. Department of Health and your family, as your Human Services, the Saturn decision to be a Corporation and its United Auto donor takes priority Workers to raise awareness for over your familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organ, eye, tissue, marrow, platelet preferences. To be and blood donation. Today, nearly sure your wishes 120,000 patients are on the waiting are honored, it is list to receive a lifesaving organ essential that you transplant, and countless others are communicate them in need of cornea, tissue, bone to your family, as marrow, blood and platelet donation. they will be informed of your decision to be an â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and every day for that matter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the organ, eye and tissue donor at your perfect day to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor! What a better time of death, and asked to provide information about your medical and way to express love than to commit to saving and healing lives by joining social history. Making the decision for yourself in advance makes it easier the donor registry? Donate Life Colorado and Donate Life Wyoming for your family during a difficult time. encourage individuals to use Just one donor can save up to eight National Donor Day to discuss organ, eye and tissue donation with lives through organ donation and save or heal more than 75 lives their families. Registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor means through eye and tissue donation. You can learn more about the need for you have made the decision to donation and about how individuals

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can take action by visiting or Want to join in on social media? Tell us why donation and transplantation is important to you by using the hashtag #GotHeart. Help us spread awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and for the 2,500 people right here in Colorado and Wyoming who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.


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aking sure your kids are ready to take on the world as adults is arguably one of the most important roles of a parent. Now, more than ever, education is the foundation of that preparation. As technology continues to evolve, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that kids are learning, and also developing skills in high-demand areas, such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). A strong foundation of STEM learning is an important tool for the future, no matter the career path. The experts at the Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, are aiming WR UDLVH DZDUHQHVV RI WKH EHQHÂżWV IRU todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students, and partnering with farmers to award STEM grants that enhance programming at rural public school districts. While nearly everyone has heard about STEM education in one way or another, some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand its true value in school and in the workplace.

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Tools to improve the everyday

adults and people with disabilities, but you may find that these tools can make life easier for anyone.

(Family Features) Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age. Not a bad plan, but what if your home doesn’t fit you as well as it once did? Often, aging can be accompanied by a change in your ability to manage and move around in your home. That’s where assistive technology - better known as AT comes in. No matter your age or what type of disability you may have, chances are there is an AT device out there that can help you with everyday tasks. AT isn’t a new concept. In fact, most people have probably used an assistive device without realizing it. Smartphones, voice command technology and certain types of software all fall under the AT umbrella. AT also includes plenty of low-tech devices, like adapted pencil grips for students with disabilities. There’s an ever-growing variety of AT tools available to help with household chores, work functions, getting around, seeing, hearing, learning and living independently in general. These devices and technologies are designed to help older


* Reuse programs that provide gently used devices at substantial savings * Financing options, such as cash loan programs, that can help you get the AT Examples of AT devices and devices you need tools include: You can find the AT Act Program * Hearing aids in your state or territory at * Vehicle modifications, such as hand You’ll also find additional information on controls or wheelchair lifts state AT programs, data about the * Devices that help with bathing network of state AT programs and and eating additional resources to help you find and * Software modifications for those with obtain AT that fits your needs. hearing and visual challenges With more research and * Equipment, such as grab bars in a awareness around the importance of AT, shower, to help prevent falls the future possibilities for living * Eye glasses and magnification devices independently in the place of your to help individuals with low vision choosing are almost limitless. * Communication devices for individuals with speech disabilities Photo courtesy of Getty Images #13832 Source: Administration for Community Living * Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices The right AT for you At first, trying to find the right AT tools and solutions can feel overwhelming. The network of State Assistive Technology Act Programs is a good place to start. Your state AT Act program can provide information and support to help you identify and acquire AT that meets your needs. These programs offer: * Device demonstration and short-term loan programs that allow you to try out equipment before purchasing


The challenges that we face in life are unfortunately unavoidable, and can have a significant impact on our physical, mental and spiritual well being. We can be affected by challenges from any number of sources - sudden, chronic, or worsening medical conditions, relationships, issues with family or friends, jobs, school, financial hardships, relocation, natural disasters, injury to personal property, unmet expectations, unintended consequences of our actions, and death of loved ones. Rarely, do we have the luxury of facing just one challenge, but rather, it is more common to wrestle with multiple issues at the same time. While some issues are easier to resolve, it is more likely the case, to have circumstances in your life for much longer than you would prefer. However, you will always have control over how YOU respond to a challenge in your life. One solution is to choose to or maybe even force yourself to focus on the positive things in your life.


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Focusing on positive things and things that you can be grateful for, will help to improve your mood and your attitude. It is also helpful to remember difficult experiences in your past, and how you worked through them. Although your current situation may make you feel as though you have been knocked off your feet by a tidal wave, you must try to keep your head above the water and keep swimming. In this case, your positive and grateful attitude would realize that you still had your arms and legs, so that you can keep on swimming. That is a deliberate perspective. If you have a hard time doing this on your own, seek

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out and surround yourself with people that can help you stay positive and be grateful.


Our cars need an annual alignment to balance our wheels, prevent excessive wear and tear on tires, improve fuel efficiency and help our cars to keep us safe. Similarly, an attitude alignment can help balance the multiple challenges in your life; prevent excessive wear on your body, mind, and spirit; improve your ability to efficiently find solutions to your problems; and help keep you motivated to continue working to conquer your challenges. Your positive attitude is not limited just to your success in working through your circumstances, but it also has the potential to have a positive impact on the people around you.


As you prepare for the challenges that will certainly come with 2018, please put “a positive attitude” at the top of your list of resolutions. Promise yourself you be positive. Promise yourself to be grateful. Promise yourself to be a blessing. Promise yourself that your challenges may knock you down, but not out. Promise yourself not to forget, that you have lived long enough to remember other challenges that you have conquered.


“Thank you, always say thank you; it’s the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God.” ~ Maya Angelou ~



live oil is a flavorful and versatile cooking oil that is often trusted in popular cooking methods such as sauteing, stir-frying, dressing, marinating and grilling. It can also earn your trust when it comes to baking. With seven olive oil varieties to fit almost any need, each Filippo Berio olive oil has its own distinct color, aroma and flavor characteristics. Among those seven, the Extra Light Olive Oil offers a delicate aroma and subtle flavor that can complement your favorite baked goods. Its high smoke point helps keep those goodies moist, and with strong flavors like chocolate, it also lets the sweetness come through. Additionally, it provides high levels of mono-unsaturated fat (“good” fat) and low levels of saturated fat (“bad” fat), making it a more nutritional choice when compared to butter or margarine. Because you need less olive oil than butter in baking, you’ll save calories as well. One easy way to incorporate olive oil in your baked goods is during the prep work: where recipes call for buttering or flouring pans, instead brush the pan with olive oil and dust with flour for the same effect as butter. Explore more tips and recipes using olive oil at

Dark Chocolate Souffle

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 18 minutes Servings: 2 1/2 tablespoon Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil, plus additional for coating pan 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus additional for coating pan 4 ounces 70 percent cocoa dark chocolate 1 ounce 30 percent heavy cream 3 egg whites 2 egg yolks pinch of cream of tartar Heat oven to 375 F. Grease two 6-ounce ramekins with olive oil and dust with sugar. In double boiler, melt chocolate, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and cream; let cool. Using electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Whisk egg yolks into cooled chocolate mixture; fold in egg whites, 1/4 cup sugar and cream of tartar. Pour into prepared ramekins; bake 15 minutes. Tips: This recipe can be easily doubled. Garnish with fresh berries, if desired.

Double-Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Salted Chocolate Caramel Icing

Recipe courtesy of Chef Sharon Sanders Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Servings: 8-10 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil, divided, plus additional for coating pan 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1/2 cup half-and-half 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1/4 cup, plus 1/3 cup, mini dark chocolate chips, divided 1 cup canned dulce de leche flaky sea salt (optional) Position rack in center of oven and heat to 350 F. Lightly coat 9-inch round cake pan with olive oil and line bottom with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment with olive oil. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in half-and-half, 1/2 cup olive oil and vanilla. With electric mixer, beat in egg until well blended. Scrape batter into prepared cake pan and sprinkle top with 1/4 cup mini chips. Bake cake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Place cake on cooling rack 10 minutes then turn cake out onto rack and let cool completely. In medium saucepan, heat dulce de leche over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add remaining olive oil and chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth. Remove pan from heat. Transfer cake to serving plate. Pour icing over cooled cake, sprinkle with flaky salt, if desired, and serve.

Double-Chocolate Biscotti

Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 40 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil, plus 1 tablespoon for coating pans 1 cup packed light brown sugar 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk 1/3 cup milk 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate morsels

On sheet of waxed paper, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Using electric mixer, beat olive oil with sugar until smooth and light. Add eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, beating until smooth. Add milk and vinegar; beat until smooth. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in chocolate morsels with large spoon; cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Heat oven to 325 F. Grease two large baking sheets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. On lightly floured surface, divide dough into quarters. Roll each piece of dough into log, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place logs on baking sheets, leaving space in between. Bake about 30 minutes, or until golden and set. Transfer to rack; let cool 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F. On cutting board using serrated knife, cut each log into 3/4-inch-wide slices diagonally. Place slices, cut-side down, on baking sheets. Bake 15-18 minutes, or until toasted. Transfer to racks; let cool.

Avoid Olive Oil Enemies Maintain olive oil’s flavor and quality by avoiding exposure to heat, light and air. Be sure to store olive oil in a cool, dark place and not over or near the oven.

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Schedule an eye exam with AAPHC today. AAPHC is now providing Vision Care to residents of Southwest Georgia. Dr. Hezikiah Johnson, Optometrist, is now accepting new patients. He and his highly skilled vision team can care for patients from 5 years of age and older!

Call 229-405-6959 today to schedule. Same day appointments are also available for your convenience. AAPHC has proudly cared for our community since 1979. Visit us online to learn more about AAPHC and how our Providers can care for you and your family.

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