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Summer 2021

Thr ve Health and Wellness Magazine for Rural Central Texans



Ask the Doc:

Well-Child Checks

Swim into Fitness

5Bone Health ways to improve


Family Tradition


Committed to Quality S I LV E

Randy Lee, MD Chief of Staff

Robbye Lengefeld, MD Hamilton Clinic

Luke Killian, MD HGH ER

Charles Johnson, MD Hamilton Clinic Hico Clinic

Thomas Aycock, MD Wound Care

Ryan Adams, MD General Surgery Specialty Services

Tim Rudolph, MD HGH ER


Brad Bartels, MD HGH ER

Gerald Snyder, MD Hamilton Clinic

Hamilton Clinic

Mistee Jefferies, Jennifer Armstrong, NP Shelly Lengefeld, PA-C APRN, PMHNP-BC Wound Care Hamilton Clinic Behavioral Health

Shelly Boyle, PA-C Hamilton Clinic

400 North Brown • Hamilton, TX 76531

(254) 386-1600

W. Shalor Craig, MD Hamilton Clinic Hico Clinic

Keith Ellison, MD Kristen Stegemoller, MD Melanie Bartek, Jim Davis, FPC Mills County Orthopedics OD, FCOVD OD, FAAO Specialty Services Central Texas Eye Care Central Texas Eye Care

Arlene Brown, APRN, FNP-C Hamilton Clinic

John Seth, APRN, FNP-C FPC Mills County

Grant Ward, PA-C Hamilton Clinic

Stephanie Shepherd, APRN, FNP-C Hico Clinic

Kayla Routh, APRN, FNP-C FPC Mills County

Trevor Watson, APRN, FNP-C FPC Mills County

Committed to You


2021 Top Texas Hospitals Baylor Scott & White Heart & Vascular Hospital-Dallas Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Marble Falls Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Irving Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital (Tyler) Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital-Plano Doctors Hospital of Laredo Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (Seguin) Hamilton General Hospital Harlingen Medical Center Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg) Houston Methodist Hospital Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Lavaca Medical Center (Hallettsville) Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Methodist Hospital For Surgery (Addison) Methodist Hospital South (Jourdanton) Pampa Regional Medical Center Seymour Hospital St. David’s Medical Center (Austin) Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance (Fort Worth) Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston) The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton UT Health East Texas Pittsburg Hospital UT Health East Texas Quitman Hospital

Hamilton General Hospital Rated 5 Star for Top Hospitals in Texas AS PUBLISHED IN MEDICARE.GOV 2021 In recognition of National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week across Texas, Hamilton Healthcare System congratulates our doctors, providers, nurses, staff and team for their outstanding service and contributions to our Top-Rated Five Star Hospital Award for Quality and Patient Experience, as published in Becker’s Hospital Review. The top 28 Texas Hospitals to receive this recognition are listed above. Congratulations!

For more information about our services please call

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or visit our website at 400 N Brown • Hamilton, Texas 76531

contents 6 NUTRITION

Summer 2021


Perfectly Paired

Down to the Bone Improve Bone Health Osteoporosis Myths Busted Calcium


Well-Child Checkups



Tie-Dye Explosion

Personal Trainer Fay Morris Hamilton EMS training


Legacy of Care in Goldthwaite


First Aid Basics


Volleman Family Tradition


Summer State of Mind



Poolates with Codie Brooks

Saluting Super Dad



Hamilton Bull Sharks

ABOUT THE COVER Nolen Eilers, son of Greg and Morgan Eilers, sits on his Momma K’s front porch enjoying watermelon and Volleman’s milk from Hamilton Farmers Market. Photo by Kim Hinton



amilton erald-News Published by 101 N. Rice Street | Hamilton, TX 76531 254-386-3145 |

Greetings Thr ve readers! Summertime! This issue of Thrive transports us into summer, a season encouraging us to get back to a healthy lifestyle. I personally love summer -- sharing sunny days and outdoor activities with my family, playing sports, taking long walks, trips to the lakes and discovering parks and adventures for the kids. We all want to be fit and stay healthy. Summer is a good time Grady Hooper to focus on your health goals, CEO start a new fitness and nutrition Hamilton Healthcare System program, and find out how to stay fit and healthy for the rest of the year. Recently, Hamilton Healthcare System added a new personal trainer to the Hamilton Wellness Center to help you achieve your fitness goals. You can now schedule personal training sessions and receive a fitness plan customized for you. There are so many ways to achieve good health. Start with follow-up appointments with your provider to check blood pressure, cholesterol and heart health. Finally, discover your sleep habits with our Sleep Center team to increase good sleep health. We are on the move to serve you and your family! Enjoy your summer!

Providing excellence in rural healthcare. One of the trademarks of a progressive community is strong commitment and support of high quality healthcare services. Central Texans are fortunate to have outstanding healthcare professionals and facilities in Hamilton, thanks to the foresight, tenacity and stewardship of many of our citizens over the years. The Hamilton General Hospital Healthcare Foundation, 501(c)3 organization, maintains the legacy of ensuring vital healthcare services now and for the future for Hamilton County and surrounding areas. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation has been instrumental in providing grants for needed equipment and services like the new 3D digital mammography machine and annual community health fair.

• Continuation of planned growth • Grants for needed equipment • Annual community health fair

Join us in supporting the healthcare team that cares for you. Donate today.

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yog and

Submitted by Bruce Boyd

County Extension Agent

chicken salad pita with Yogurt Sauce Serves 4


½ cup

red seedless grapes, halved if large 1½ cups cooked chicken breast, diced 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 ½ Tbsp plain fat-free Greek yogurt 2 tsp reduced fat mayonnaise ⅛ tsp chili powder ⅛ tsp curry powder ⅛ tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper 2 in whole-wheat pita pockets, cut in half 4 pieces leaf lettuce 1 Tbsp sliced almonds


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1. Combine grapes, chicken breast, celery in a large bowl. Set aside. 2. In another bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, chili powder, curry powder salt and pepper. 3. Mix yogurt sauce with chicken mixture and add almonds. Place ½ cup salad in each pita pocket with 1 piece leaf lettuce. Per serving: 230 calories, 6 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugars, 21 g protein, 36 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, 300 mg potassium.

TIP: Experiment with adding your favorite fresh vegetables like onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes and bell peppers.

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• Probiotics

Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria and may function as a probiotic, providing a variety of health benefits.

• Protein

Yogurt is low in calories and rich in protein, one cup is about 8.5 grams of protein.

• Casein

Yogurt is rich in Casein, which increases your body’s absorption of minerals like calcium and phosphorus and promotes lower blood pressure

• Vitamins

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gurt s e h c a e P d Pump Up your Parfait with Super Seeds Add

• Chia Seeds • Flax Seeds • Hemp Seeds

For an extra crunch and added protein, fiber, Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium and other nutrients.


• 1 medium peach contains • 58 calories • 1 g protein • 14 g carbs • 2 g fiber • Vitamin C • Vitamin A • Potassium

• Heart health

Regularly eating fruit – including peaches – promotes heart health. Peaches may lower risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Layered parfaits

TIP: You can use different fruits for a twist. Try raspberry preserves and apricots, lemon curd and coconut or chocolate hazelnut spread and bananas.

Enjoy this “fruitfully sweet” treat for breakfast or dessert. Meal prep this recipe, save time and enjoy it all week. Serves 4


⅓ cup 2 cups 2 cups

peach preserves blueberries fresh low-fat Greek Yogurt plain or vanilla 1/2 cup low-fat granola 2 Tbsp slivered almonds 4 tsp agave nectar or honey (optional) 2 medium peaches pitted, sliced or diced


1. Place peach preserves in a microwavable bowl. Heat for 15 seconds. Add blueberries and toss to coat. 2. Spoon ¼ cup of yogurt into each glass, top each serving with ⅓ cup of blueberry mixture, and 1 1/2 Tablespoons granola. Repeat the layers. Top with granola and slivered almonds, peaches and 1 teaspoon of agave nectar or honey. Serve chilled. Per serving: 140 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 18 g sugars, 6 g protein, 1 mcg Vitamin D, 70 mg calcium, 253 mg potassium.

Grilled Peach Sundae Bring out the sweetness of this summertime favorite fruit by firing up the grill. Make it a healthier dessert with yogurt and honey. Serves 4


1 tsp olive oil 2 medium peaches, pitted and sliced in half 1 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt

4 Tbsp 4 tsp

slivered almonds agave nectar or honey used for drizzling


1. Heat grill. Wash and slice peaches in half and remove the pits. Brush with olive oil and place cut side down on the grill. Grill for 4 minutes. 2. Remove the peaches and place 1 slice in a small bowl. Top with ¼ cup of yogurt and almonds and drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey. Per serving: 140 calories, 4.5 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol,20 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 18 g sugars, 6 g protein, 1 mcg Vitamin D, 70 mg calcium, 253 mg potassium.

TIP: Choose firm, slightly ripened peaches for grilling.

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ask the doc Family Practice Rural Health Clinic 400 N. Brown, Bldg II Hamilton, TX


Monday -Thursday 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hico Clinic

104 Walnut Hico, TX


Monday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Practice Clinic of Mills County

1501 W. Front Street Goldthwaite, TX



What is the best time of year for a checkup? Now is the time to come

in. Bring your children in this summer for checkups and physicals. Don’t wait until closer to school because that’s what everyone does, and we will be booked. If you cannot get in to get a physical, it could cause a delay in your child being able to participate in sports and activities. We really need those physicals and vaccinations up to date especially when we are fighting a pandemic.

When should my child get a checkup? When we see your child for a

well-check, we want to see them well. Please don’t come in with a list of ailments – that is a different visit. At a well child check-up, I want to see what your child normally looks like. That gives us a baseline so we can better diagnose and treat any other problems that might arise. For instance, if you bring your child in wheezing and they do that 90 percent of the time, we might need to look at them for a chronic condition like asthma.

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What is the goal of a well-child check? To make sure the child is healthy overall and caught up on immunizations. A well-child check gives us a baseline to

compare for acute illness. If a child has a chronic illness, it’s a good check-in to make sure it is being managed well.

What are the dangers of skipping checkups? Incomplete immunizations and missed milestones. We find things like scoliosis at well-checks. When we find them early, we can fix them.

Why is it important that checkups continue between the boosters at 4 and 11? There is a great deal of social, cognitive, fine motor and gross motor development during that time. These are the ages that we start to see ADHD, dyslexia and other conditions. We can intervene, get therapy and correction to help.

If my teen gets a physical each year for sports, do they still need an annual checkup? Why? Yes,

because sports physicals are looking at the physical ability to compete only. There are four other areas that should be evaluated routinely: fine motor, gross motor, social and language development.

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d Checkups What information should parents communicate with practitioners at a checkup? If there is anything that you are

concerned about; any questions or concerns about the child’s development. If there is stuff that worries you or that you don’t have anyone to ask about, come ask us. It doesn’t have to be medical necessarily. We can talk about counseling for bullying, for instance.

Between checkups, what are indicators that my child needs to see a practitioner? If you have a concern, call

and ask or come see us. If it is enough to keep you up at night, come see us.

What can a parent do to ease a child's anxiety about going to the doctor? This is really dependent on their age

Checkup Schedules


First week visit and 1 month

this summer? Any tick bites or insect bites that linger or develop a bullseye appearance. Snake bites. Sunburns, especially in younger children. Anything that you are worried about, let us check out. Be careful around fireworks and barbecue pits. Please wear shoes.

Shelly Boyle is a certified Physician Assistant who joined the Rural Health Clinic in the spring of 2015. She completed her undergraduate at Baylor University and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from University of St. Francis in Albuquerque, NM. Shelly spent six years working with pediatricians followed by three years working with internists. She and her husband, Jimmy have two sons: Tyler, 13, and Maddox, 14 months.

group. Calmly explain what they are going in for, but don’t assume the child will get shots. Please do not threaten them with shots. Explain that we will listen to their heart and lungs and check their ears. Don’t hype it up, just talk to your child.

What kinds of things should parents watch and bring to a practitioner

2 month:

Tries to look at his or her parent and pays attention to faces.

4 month:

Copies facial movements, such as smiling and responds to affection. Likes to look at self in the mirror and brings objects to mouth. Has favorite toys and picks up small items between the thumb and forefinger. Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing and follows simple directions.

6 month: 9 month: 12 month: 15 month: 18 month:

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2 year: 2 ½ year 3 year: 4 year: 5 year:

Explores alone if a parent is nearby and points to a body part when asked. Tries to look at his or her parent and pays attention to faces. Gets excited to see other children and begins sorting shapes and colors. Is able to dress self and completes puzzles with three or four pieces. Is able to tell the difference between real and imaginary and predicts what is going to happen next in a book. Wants to be like his or her friends and is able to draw a person with six body parts.

Annually 6-21 years old

While most children meet milestones around a certain age, some may take a little longer. If you ever have any questions about your child's development, talk to your provider. American Academy of Pediatrics

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ombre stripes bullseye sunburst watercolor



Getting Started:

swirl and Sunburst

• Start with a clean white T-shirt or item of your choice. Colors will be most vibrant on fibers like cotton, rayon or silk. • Cover your work station in plastic. • Don an apron and gloves to protect your skin and clothing. • Mrs. Logan's class used tie-dye kits found at Ken's True Value in Hamilton.

Applying the dye to each wedge. NIC LORD


Applying the dye to each section.

• Lay fabric flat, pinch center and swirl into a spiral. Twist tightly until the whole item is spiraled.

Applying the dye in a

• Using 3-4 rubber spiral or bullseye pattern. bands, bind across the fabric to form wedges between the rubber bands. • Apply dye to each wedge or, for a different look, apply the dye in a bullseye or circle pattern. Be sure to flip and apply dye to underside.

Crisscrossing the bands to form wedges.

Bind the pleated fabric into sections.

• Accordian pleat fabric either horizontally or vertically.


Pinching and twisting fabric tightly into a spiral.

• Bind with rubber bands into sections. • Apply dye to each section rotating the fabric to apply dye to the sides and underside.


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parenting Bursting into summer with color, tie-dye is back on trend and fun for the whole family. With neverending color combinations and numerous techniques to choose from, young artists can let their creativity flow turning ordinary items into unique wearable art. Tiffani Logan's afternoon ACE students at Hamilton Junior High demonstrate several tie-dyeing techniques to help get you started. Follow along or add your own twist.


ombre and watercolor

Finishing up: • After you apply the dye, place your item in a plastic bag or cover with plastic wrap and let set 6-8 hours. • Rinse well to remove excess dye. • Cut rubber bands. • Wash and dry separately.

• Lay the item out flat and apply the dye.

• Using a wet paint brush, pull the dye through the fabric, allowing it to fade. • Use mulitple colors and different brush strokes for the watercolor technique. Pulling the dye through the fabric.

• Enjoy!





Banding the fabric into an arrow.

• Decide where to place the center of the bullseye and begin pinching the fabric into an arrow or cone shape. • Wrap a rubber band 1-3 inches from the point and at each interval where color changes. Applying the dye to each section. Shibori above and bullseye to the right.

• Wrap fabric around a tube, like paper towel or wrapping paper core.

• Apply dye to each section. JORJA CANTRELL

• Scrunch in on both ends and bind with bands. • Apply dye to each section. Applying the dye. An HHN publication

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our team Legacy of care

Garrett Schwartz, DPT Mills County PhysiCal theraPy

atient-centered care means putting patients and their needs first. Hamilton Healthcare System has always prided itself on taking that a step farther by caring for patients like they were family. Cousins Trevor Watson, FNP and Garrett Schwartz, DPT, grew up in Goldthwaite and have returned to their hometown to care for the community that is their family. Trevor graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 2001. “My father went to Goldthwaite High School,” he said. “My two aunts, sister, nieces and two first cousins did, too.” He graduated from Angelo State University with a degree in Animal Science in 2005. “When I graduated, the job market just wasn’t there,” he said. With a background in science, the growing medical field appealed to him. Trevor went back to school with the goal of getting back home to his community. He earned his associate degree in nursing in 2008 and his Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington. “My goal was to be a nurse practitioner, but I had to go through the steps,” he said. As a registered nurse, he gained experience in nursing as a med/surg nurse and in the emergency department before returning to

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finish his nurse practitioner education. He and his wife Leslie, the school nurse at Goldthwaite ISD, returned two and a half years ago to raise their son in the community he calls home. “It feels good to return to the community that has given me so much and to raise my family here,” he said. Trevor practices at Mills County Family Practice Clinic alongside John Seth and Kayla Routh. “John Seth took care of me when I was a kid,” he said. “Kayla and I graduated nursing school together.” Many of the staff are natives of the area, creating a tight-knit office-family who genuinely care for their patients. “It’s really nice,” said Trevor. “I have a great rapport with my patients because they know me.” Across the street, Garrett provides physical therapy services. Garrett graduated from Goldthwaite High School in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Angelo State University in 2014. After trying his hand in the oil field, he reset his sights on a career that had made a great impact on his life, physical therapy. “I love sports and experienced some sports HAMILTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

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Comprehensive diabetic education focusing on disease management and education. Learn daily self-management through individual sessions or televisits: Making Healthy Food Choices Staying Physically Active Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Taking Medications

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e in Goldthwaite -related injuries growing up,” said Garrett. Physical therapy got him through a rotator cuff injury in junior high, his sophomore and senior year of high school. Garrett went back to school and received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 2017. While he was at UMHB, his friend and fellow Goldthwaite alumus Tye Moseley mentioned a need for a physical therapist at Hamilton Healthcare System. “Tye was a senior when I was a freshman,” said Garrett. Not only would he be working with a friend, but Hamilton was close to home. “I wanted to be closer to home and around family,” he said. “I wanted to be able to help my dad out.” Garrett’s family farms and ranches in Mills County. He wanted to return to the way of life he loved; being close to friends and out in the great outdoors hunting, fishing and learning the game of golf a little better. A little more than a year ago, Hamilton Healthcare System opened a full-time physical therapy facility in Goldthwaite, and Garrett got his wish. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I never thought I’d come back home this early in my career. I just didn’t think there would be an opportunity.”

From student athletes to farmers who are set in their ways, Garrett enjoys working with the people he has known all his life. “I really enjoy connecting with patients of all ages,” he said. “It’s easy to connect with patients who know who you are and how you were raised; to back track with someone you know.” Physical therapy is tough. It hurts. Often patients walk in with chronic pain and do not always understand the importance of what physical therapy can do to make them feel better, but Garrett has been on that side, too. “I’ve been there before and can relate,” he said. Physical therapy is often prescribed for patients after surgery or for those recovering from illness or trauma. Strengthening muscles, improving flexibility and identifying mechanical issues may also bring relief to those living with chronic pain or old injuries. “Learning the activities performed in physical therapy and making those changes in your lifestyle is just like taking your daily medication, like blood pressure medicine,” said Garrett. While they might not work side-by-side on a daily basis, Trevor and Garrett are enjoying being home and doing their part to give back to the community that gave them a start.

Trevor Watson, FNP

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A Taste of H

See where the greatness happens Volleman Family Farms offers tours on the first Saturday of the month. Visitors can get a full hands-on experience with a tour of the drink processing facility, farm, dairy and may even be able to pet and feed the cows. Visit


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By Kymbirlee Jeschke n a little more than a year, Volleman’s has become a household name in Central Texas. The family-owned and operated grass-toglass company is based out of Gustine. Founders Frank and Annette brought their passion for dairying from Luxembourg to Texas in 1993 to start the Wildcat Dairy. About two years ago, their sons Benjamin, David, Andrew and Daniel returned to help take the family business one step further – bottling their own brand of milk. Volleman’s milk hit the shelves last June in the midst of a pandemic. Whole, 2% and chocolate milk appeared in old-fashioned glass half-gallon and quart bottles and were quickly joined by strawberry and vanilla. December saw the addition of eggnog, and cream joined the lineup in May. Pints are offered now, too. “It’s the best milk ever,” is echoed across social media reviews. Reviews tout the creaminess and freshness of the milk. “We knew it was a good product,” said son Andrew, who runs the creamery with his wife Shelby. “The launch was more than we expected. It made our hearts full.” He attributes the popularity to the quality of milk. “We solely bottle our own milk product,” he said. Wildcat supplies enough milk that the Vollemans bottle their highest quality of milk at their Gustine creamery and still supply a significant portion to the local milk coop. “Because of the excess, we can take the milk we want,” said Andrew. Quality starts in the earth. Andrew’s brother Benjamin manages the farm and grows grass, wheat, sorghum and other forages for the cows. “We grow a significant portion of our own forages,” said Andrew. They work with a nutritionist on the rations the cows get. Andrew’s brother David and his wife Anna manage the dairy while their brother Daniel manages the calf operation. According to Andrew, Volleman’s milk has the

same vitamins and nutritional content as other milk brands. It is also pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. “We’ve had lots of reports that people find our milk more digestible,” said Andrew, who attributes this to the quality. “Start to finish, it is quality in a bottle.” The glass bottle helps to preserve the quality. “Plastic is porous; glass is impermeable,” he said, noting that glass protects the milk from absorbing other flavors and odors during shipping and storage. “Glass also keeps the milk colder.” This plays a factor in the longevity of the milk. Andrew says customers report that the milk stays fresh sometimes a month after its expiration date. “We are still researching,” he said, but feels it should be good two to three weeks past it’s date depending on how it’s been stored and handled after purchasing. Glass bottles are also better for the environment. “We are all about sustainability,” said Andrew. The dairy recycles water to cool milk, which must be taken from 98 degrees to 33-34 degrees instantly. They use water from their lagoons to water the fields that grow their crops. “It’s sustainable from start to finish,” he said. Volleman’s distributes its products themselves to ensure quality in transportation and distribution. Currently, Volleman's products are in communities as far north as Wichita Falls, south to San Antonio, east to I-35 and west to Sweetwater and San Angelo. In addition to many small businesses, Volleman’s Family Farm products are carried in Central Market, Brookshire’s and United Supermarkets. On June 4, they announced An HHN publication




Where to find Volleman's Milk

distribution into Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland and Odessa. “We are shooting to cover the state of Texas,” said Andrew, “then maybe New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas.” Volleman’s fans, keep watch. Andrew says some new seasonal flavors and maybe a new permanent flavor or two are in the works along with a new product. “We are always looking to innovate," he said.


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Ranglers Convenience Store

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Hico Meat Market

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Schwartz Food Store 1500 Fisher St• (325) 648-3313

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Wise Meat Market 2410 W. Wallace• (325) 372-6328

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303 North Brown • Hamilton, TX 76531

(254) 386-1700

Dr. James Lee • Dr. Robbye Lengefeld • Dr. Gerald Snyder • Dr. Shalor Craig Dr. Charles Johnson • Grant Ward, PA-C • Shelly Boyle, PA-C Shelly Lengefeld, PA-C • Arlene Brown, APRN,FNP

Accepting patients of all ages, and most insurances accepted. For an appointment, call (254) 386-1700 today!

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Strengthen and tone from the comfort of the swimming pool this summer with this workout from Hamilton Bull Sharks coach Codie Brooks. The bouyancy of water supports muscles and joints while the resistance adds a challenge making water workouts a great low-impact way to build strength, endurance and flexibility. Enjoy a pool workout all year long in the indoor pool at Hamilton Wellness Center.

• Walk • Jog • Skip Side Leg Lift Stand with right side near the side of the pool and right hand on the rail or poolside. Balance on the right leg while lifting the outside edge of the left foot toward the surface. Engage the muscles of the left leg as you pull it back toward the right leg. Keep the shoulders back, spine tall and abdominal muscles engaged. Repeat 1015 times, then switch sides.

These are great ways to warm up, build cardiovascular endurance and strengthen legs. Incorporate arm movements for a fullbody workout. The farther you come out of the water, the more resistance you will feel.

Chest Fly Lean with back against the side of the pool, legs straight or with knees bent like your are sitting in a chair. Make sure shoulders are submerged. Bring arms in front at shoulder height with palms facing. Keep arms straight open like a "T" toward the side of the pool. Engage the muscles in the chest and bring your arms back to the start. This exercise can be done with or without water dumbbells.


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fitness Flutter Kicks Holding onto the side of the pool or rail, keep legs straight while you kick feet underwater. Build lung capacity by using a kickboard and putting face in the water as you kick across the pool.

Push Ups

Calf Raises

Stand facing the side of the pool. Place hands on the side of the pool or rail and press up. The exercise gets more challenging the farther your body comes out of the water.

Stand on the pool steps and hold onto the rail. Hang heels off the step. Raise on to the toes and then lower heels. Repeat.

Bicep Curls & Tricep Extensions Stand with feet hip width apart. Keep arms close to the body and bend elbows bringing palms to the surface. Rotate palms down as you press the arms back down to your sides. This exercise can be done with or without water dumbbells.

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Swim into Summer By Kymbirlee Jeschke or the fourth year in a row, Codie Brooks has coached competitive swimming at the Hamilton City Pool. Brooks, whose maiden name is Hansen, was a four-year standout for the Texas A&M swim team. Earning all-Big 12 and all-American honors, she grabbed national rankings and headlines swimming for the Aggies from 2006 to 2009. Swimming World Magazine called her “one of the greatest swimmers to ever come out of the state of Texas.” She was named the two-time National High School champion in the 200 freestyle and was the only swimmer in Texas 5A high school swimming to win gold medals in all individual events. In high school, Brooks held state records in the 100 and 200 freestyles, nine-time all-American honors and several top 30 finishes at the 2004, and later 2008, U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 and 400-meter freestyle events. She married fellow swimmer Grant Brooks in 2011. Following graduation, she began sharing her love of swimming as a swim instructor at Nitro Swim School in Cedar Park. The Brooks family moved to Hamilton in 2015, and Codie formed the Hamilton Bull Sharks swim team in the summer of 2018. Brooks enjoys sharing her love and passion for swimming and lighting that fire in children. “I teach them to love the water and to be safe,” she said. She also teaches them to set goals and gives them the tools to achieve those goals. They learn the four competitive strokes, improve endurance in the water and gain confidence. “We take it slow, build confidence and do our best to work at a pace conducive to the abilities of each individual,” said Codie. She loves seeing the kids form a team and encourage one another. “We have a wide range of ages. There are seven-year-olds on the same team with 15-year-olds,” she said. “They train as a team, but their times are a result of the effort and work they put in individually. It pushes everyone to be better.” Hamilton Bull Sharks meet weekly


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during the summer on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 7:30 a.m. in preparation for the regional meet in July. Codie offers three class levels: introductory, stroke development and advanced competitive group for children ages five and older who can swim independently. Not every child wants to compete and that’s OK. “Swimming will improve coordination, strength and conditioning, which will help them in other sports they’re involved in,” she said. While they are becoming better swimmers, youth are building new friendships, maintaining a consistent exercise routine throughout the summer and learning lifelong life-saving skills. Codie also teaches swim lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round at the Hamilton Wellness Center. “I teach students to their skill level,” she said. For parents contemplating when to start swim lessons, Codie says, “When they can sit, listen and follow instructions, so around three years old.” For younger children, she encourages parents to help them become comfortable in the water. A big obstacle for children is putting their face in the water. “Pretend you’re a mermaid or a scuba diver and swim down to find stuff or touch targets,” said Codie. Many parents use lifejackets or puddle jumpers when kids are in the water, which is great for safety. However, floatation devices create a different feeling in the water. “They find comfort in the lifejacket. When you take it off, they don’t know how to move properly. They need to feel what it is like not to float,” said Codie, who stresses that parents keep their hands on their children at all times when in the water without a floatation device. Swimming is a sport that children can love and enjoy for a lifetime. That’s Codie’s goal. This summer, she advises, “remember to stay hydrated and never swim alone.” An HHN publication


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By Kymbirlee Jeschke ike the framework of a home, bones give the human body structure. They allow for movement, protect organs like the brain, heart, lungs and spinal cord and store minerals like calcium and phosphorus. While bones may seem rock-solid and indestructible, they are living tissue that must be nourished and cared for to maintain structure and integrity. Orthopedic surgeon Keith Ellison, M.D. has cared for Central Texans’ bones for more than nine years. He offers a multi-disciplinary approach to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for orthopedic concerns and conditions. According to Dr. Ellison, the best way to improve bone health and prevent bone degeneration is through nutrition and regular exercise. “Having a regular diet which includes vitamin-D and calcium,” said Dr. Ellison. “Having regular 50 activity with weight-bearing activities like walking, jogging, running and resistance training, such as weightlifting.” National Osteoporosis Foundation It is never too early or too late to




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start caring for bones. “Protection from bone loss should be started at an early age with regular diet vitamin D and calcium and regular physical activity,” said Dr. Ellison. By instilling healthy nutritional and exercise habits in children, parents can help to establish healthy bones in their children that extend into adulthood. Dr. Ellison says that peak bone mass usually occurs around the age of 30. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), the greater the peak bone mass in the late teens and twenties, the lesser the likelihood of bone conditions, like osteoporosis, later in life. Dr. Ellison recommends everyone regardless of age eat a diet high in calciumrich foods including milk, yogurt, green leafy vegetables and calcium-fortified foods and enjoy daily exercise involving weightbearing activities. “There is no need for supplemental vitamin D or calcium in young children,” he said. However, there is a time to begin supplementing these nutrients. “Calcium and vitamin D supplementation started in middle-aged and older adults is associated with decreased risk for hip and other fractures,” said Dr. Ellison. “Supplementation should be used in adults middle-aged and older especially with higher risk factors. Additionally, older high-

5 Steps to Improve Bone Health and Prevent Osteoporos NUTRITION Eat a healthy diet that includes the calcium and vitamin D you need.


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AVOID Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.



Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk and ask when you should take a bone density test.

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ok at bone health with Dr. Keith Ellison risk patients should consider starting medication to increase bone density.” He stresses adding resistance training for women in their childbearing years and continuing weight-bearing exercises through post menopause. Resistance exercises include lifting weights or utilizing weight machines, training with exercise bands and even functional exercises using body weight. “The biological difference between men and women does create a higher risk for fractures later in life in women,” said Ellison, who stresses that both men and women should consider a healthy diet of vitamin D and calcium along with regular exercise followed by close bone density monitoring as they advance in age. Age can bring about a change in balance between bone formation and bone loss. According to the NOF, bone loss usually speeds up for both men and women during mid-life. The drop in estrogen levels after menopause can increase bone loss in women. In the five to seven years after menopause, women can lose up to 20 percent or more of their bone density.


Osteoporosis Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone or cannot make enough bone. Healthy bones are porous with a honeycomb type structure. Bones with osteoporosis have much larger holes or spaces in the honeycomb. This negatively affects the structural integrity of the bone and increases the risk of fractures. “Osteoporosis is a systemic condition of bone which results in the loss of bone mass and deterioration of the bone,” said Dr. Ellison. “Risk factors for osteoporosis are female, increased age, Caucasian female and lifestyle changes consistent with a diet low in calcium and vitamin-D. Smoking increases the risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. A lifestyle low in physical activity can increase the risk for osteoporosis. Excessive alcohol intake can also increase the risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. Certain medications can increase the risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis. Other medical comorbidities can also increase the risk, for example type 1 diabetes, chronic renal disease, COPD, liver


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Myth #1: Most people don’t need to worry about osteoporosis.

An estimated 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. The disease causes an estimated two million broken bones every year. Myth #2: Osteoporosis is only a problem for older Caucasian women.

While small, Caucasian women over 50 have a high risk of developing osteoporosis. Men and women of all races can have the disease. Also, while the disease is more common in older people, it can strike at any age. Myth #3: You don’t need to worry about osteoporosis if you just trip and break a bone.

Broken bones are often the first sign of low bone density or osteoporosis. Breaks related to trips or falls may be related to osteoporosis, yet frequently go undiagnosed.

Myth #4: People with osteoporosis can feel their bones getting weaker.

Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease” because a broken bone is often the first sign. Some people learn that they have osteoporosis after they lose height from one or more broken bones in the spine, which can even occur without any noticeable pain. Myth #5: An osteoporosis test is painful and exposes you to a lot of radiation.

Experts recommend a bone mineral density test using a central DXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) machine. It is simple, painless, takes 5-10 minutes and uses very little radiation. Myth #6: Children and teens do not need to worry about their bone health.

Developing good habits like being physically active and getting enough calcium and vitamin D from a healthy diet at an early age can help children build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis later in life. Myth #7: If you drink a lot of milk and exercise, you are not at risk for osteoporosis.

Even if you drink plenty of milk and exercise, you still may be at risk for osteoporosis. There are many risk factors for osteoporosis – some you can control and some you can’t like age, sex and family history. Myth #8: Osteoporosis isn’t serious.

Broken bones from osteoporosis can be very painful and serious. Breaks can affect physical, mental and emotional health, and in some cases, result in death. It is important to take steps throughout your life to protect your bones.


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Myth #9: Taking extra calcium supplements can help prevent osteoporosis.

Taking more calcium than you need does not provide any extra benefits, and too much can be harmful. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplement. Myth #10: Most people do not need to take a vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D is necessary for your body to absorb calcium. Your skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun, and it is also available in a few foods. If you don’t get enough vitamin D, or if your body doesn’t absorb it well, you are at greater risk for osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor before supplementing vitamin D. An HHN publication

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osteoporosis risk factors Uncontrollable Risk Factors • • • • •

Being over age 50. Being female. Menopause. Family history of osteoporosis. Low body weight or having a small, thin body composition.

• Broken bones or height loss.

Controllable Risk Factors

• Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D. • Not eating enough fruits and vegetables. • Getting too much protein, sodium and caffeine. • Having an inactive lifestyle. • Smoking. • Drinking too much alcohol. • Losing weight. National Osteoporosis Foundation

increase in bone loss. “There are some side effects associated with osteoporotic medication,” said Dr. Ellison. “Although there are some risk factors with medications to treat osteoporosis, these complications are usually rare and outweigh the risk for a pathologic fracture.” According to the NOF, osteoporosis is responsible for two million broken bones and $19 billion in related costs every year. For Central Texans at risk or already diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis, there is hope. “DEXA scans can be completed at Hamilton Healthcare System, which will help monitor bone mineral density,” said Dr. Ellison. “Treatment can be based on bone mineral density and evaluation from DEXA scan. Medications can be started and followed here at Hamilton Healthcare System by the primary care physicians in the clinics. We also use in-house lab testing for evaluation of possible causes

disease and cancer, along with others.” Typically thought of as an older white woman’s disease, osteoporosis can affect both men and women of all ethnicities at any age. According to the NOF, one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often called a silent disease because people cannot feel their bones weakening. “Often the first sign of osteoporosis can be a fracture,” said Dr. Ellison. Typical fractures related to osteoporosis include hip, wrist and spine. Degeneration in the vertebrae caused by osteoporosis often leads to a stooped or hunched posture. “Osteopenia is loss of bone mineral density less severe than osteoporosis,” said Dr. Ellison. “Risk factors for fracture increase with the onset of osteopenia.” Osteopenia and osteoporosis are usually treated with medication to prevent



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Don’t let illness or injury hold you back from a healthy lifestyle. From colonoscopies to gallbladder removal and knee replacement, you and your family are in capable hands with Hamilton General Hospital’s surgical specialists. General surgeon, Ryan Adams has extensive knowledge and training and treats a broad range of conditions that require surgery at Hamilton General Hospital. Orthopedic Surgeon, Keith Ellison performs knee replacement surgeries, shoulder and knee scopes and rotator cuff repairs at Hamilton General Hospital. He is skilled in hand surgeries including carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release, fracture care and surgeries. Reach out to your primary care physician for a referral. HAMILTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

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for osteoporosis.” Dr. Ellison offers Central Texans both surgical and non-surgical fracture care through the Specialty Services Clinic in Hamilton. He works closely with physical therapists Tye Moseley and Garrett Schwartz in Hamilton and Goldthwaite to improve mobility, manage pain and facilitate recovery.

Keith Ellison, M.D. Orthopedics

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Keith Ellison, M.D. played baseball for Baylor during his undergraduate years before attending medical school at the University of Houston. He has cared for rural Central Texans at Hamilton Healthcare System for more than nine years and joined the staff full-time in 2017.

An 8 oz. serving of milk has the calcium of 10 cups of spinach. National Dairy Council

Calcium The most abundant mineral in the body, calcium is required for vascular, muscle, nerve, hormone and bone health. According to the National Institutes of Health, 99% of the body's calcium is stored in the bone. Vitamin D is required for calcium absorption. A healthy diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is required for optimal bone health.

What foods contain calcium? • Dairy foods

Milk, yogurt and cheese

• Fatty Fish Salmon and sardines

• Fortified Foods Cereals and orange juice

• Vegetables

Broccoli, spinach and kale

How much Calcium do I need? LIFE STAGE


Birth to 6 months*

200 mg

Infants 7-12 months*

260 mg

Children 1–3 years

700 mg

Children 4–8 years

1,000 mg

Preteens 9–13 years

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Teens 14–18 years

1,300 mg

Adults 19–50 years

1,000 mg

Seniors 51-70 years

1,000 mg

Seniors 71 years and older

1,200 mg

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Personal Trainer Fay Morris

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By Kymbirlee Jeschke fter a year of uncertainty, closures and staying at home, many Central Texans are trying to refocus on health and get back into healthy routines. Knowing where to start at the gym can be daunting. That is where Fay Morris comes in. Fay is the new personal trainer at Hamilton Wellness Center. She arrived at the Wellness Center in March, but her experience in personal training extends back to 1995. “I took a weightlifting class in college and fell in love,” said Fay. “I wanted to learn more about working out personally, so I got certified.” Fay holds a personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise and a pain-free performance specialist certification. She is currently working on a specialization focused on seniors. When training clients, Fay tends to focus on mobility and resistance training with an emphasis on injury prevention. Her clients receive customized training and can rest assured that their exercise questions will be answered by a knowledgeable professional. Personal training is something that Fay has utilized at new gyms. “It’s a great way to discover and learn how to use equipment, meet people and boost your confidence,” she said. “I love the confidence it builds when you attempt the difficult, adapt and do it.” Since personal training is customized to the individual,

workouts start at the individual’s level and work within their unique abilities. “I usually start with 30-minute sessions and increase from there,” said Fay. “Rates are incredibly reasonable.” Fay and her husband purchased a retirement home in Hamilton in 2014 but final moved full-time to Hamilton last year. When she’s not manning the Wellness Center desk in the afternoons, she enjoys live music and spending time with her five grandchildren. “They are the best thing ever,” she said. Fay also enjoys cooking. A student of nutrition, she loves discovering new recipes and ways to make them healthy and delicious. “I am not certified to give advice on nutrition, but do promote healthy relationships with food,” she said. “I do not encourage gimmicks or quick weight loss fads. It’s not sustainable.” When it comes to wellness, Fay encourages starting small with baby steps and instilling healthy habits slowly. “Add more movement,” she said. “At least 30 minutes of walking per day. It doesn’t have to be running or high cardio. Drink more water and prioritize protein. You build a lifestyle one step at a time. “Make your first habit coming back,” said Fay. Fay is available for training sessions Monday through Friday at the Hamilton Wellness Center. For more information or to schedule a session call 254-386-1670.

Hamilton EMS trains for search and rescue


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Summer began with search and rescue training for Hamilton EMS. Crews trained with first responders from San Saba County and Texas Parks and Wildlife at Colorado Bend State Park. Training included helicopter hoist rescue and wilderness medicine training. Hamilton EMS is committed to providing proficient rescue and EMS critical care to patients in its service areas.

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Sports Injuries

Back or Neck Pain

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Hamilton Healthcare System now offering Physical Therapy services in two locations to better serve our patients. With locations in both Hamilton and Goldthwaite, we look forward to serving our rural Central Texas communities.

Don’t Wait! Call now to schedule an appointment! Hamilton Physical Therapy

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his sounds s i m p l e , but when someone is sick or injured it’s easy to panic and forget what you need to do to provide assistance. Your actions can Becky help give the person Thompson, RN Trauma the best chance of Coordinator recovery. You need to be able to recognize an emergency, know how to get help and know what to do and what not to do until help arrives.

Step 1:

Check the area for danger,

like live electrical wires or swarms of bees. You can’t help if you become a victim yourself. Do not move the person unless it is dangerous to you or them to stay there.

Step 2: Check to make sure the victim is breathing and has a heartbeat. If not, call 9-1-1 and start CPR

Step 3: Control bleeding.

Almost all bleeding can be controlled with direct

Bleeding Wounds pressure. DO NOT REMOVE impaled objects like sticks, knives, arrows, pieces of glass, from the wound. It is important to note the color of the blood and how it is leaving the wound. Arterial bleeding is bright red and spurts from the wound. Veinous blood is dark red and oozes from the wound. Call 9-1-1 for arterial bleeding or bleeding that is soaking through the dressing. While it is not recommended if you choose to take the injured person to the ER, make sure someone can continue to apply pressure to the wound. Cover the wound with gauze or whatever cloth is available like a towel or shirt. Apply direct pressure over the wound and hold that pressure for at least 15 minutes. Do not take the dressing off to see if it’s still bleeding. If the bleeding soaks through, do not remove the first dressing; just add more on top of the dressing and continue to apply pressure. If after 15 minutes the wound is still bleeding, immediate medical

attention is required. If the bleeding stops, put on a clean dressing. Get medical attention if the wound: • is deep, • has widely separated edges, • is a human or animal bite, • is the result of a puncture, burn or electrical injury. Shock can be caused by bleeding or trauma. A person in shock will be cold, pale and have clammy skin. They may be confused, complain of nausea, dizziness or thirst. Lay them down, keep them warm, elevate their feet, and call 9-1-1. DO NOT give them anything to eat or drink, especially alcohol. When the victim is breathing, has a pulse and bleeding is controlled, you can move

Bone Injuries on to render first aide for other injuries. Sometimes it’s easy to tell if someone has a broken bone, but most of the time it requires an X-ray. If you think a bone might be broken or dislocated, apply a splint to the area


Call 9•1•1

Calling for an ambulance is best because they have the equipment and training to help more quickly as well as an express pass in to the ER.


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Apply ice to the area to help with pain and swelling. Take the person to the emergency room. If they are unable to walk or you are concerned about a back injury, call 9-1-1. Sprains can generally be treated with R-I-C-E. That stands for rest, ice, compress and elevate to reduce pain and decrease swelling.


Rest the joint that hurts.


Ice the area that hurts for 15-20 minutes every two to three hours for the first 24-48 hours.

Compress Wrap the joint to support it. Be aware not to make the wrapping too tight.


Elevate the area that hurts above the level of the heart.

Burns Burns can be caused by heat, chemicals or electricity. The first part of treatment is to stop the burning. For heat-caused burns like those from a stove or fire, remove the injured from the heat source. In the case of a chemical-induced burn, remove the chemicals. If the chemical is a liquid, flush with large amounts of plain water. If the burn is caused by a dry chemical, brush as much of the chemical off the skin as possible then flush with water. In the case of an electrical burn from an outlet or utility wire, turn the electrical source off. DO NOT TOUCH the person until you are certain the electrical source is off. Immediately check for pulse and breathing, initiate CPR, if needed, and seek immediate medical attention. Before you apply treatment to burns, you need to know the type and severity of the burn. There are four degrees of burns; 1. First degree - Only the outer layer is burned. Skin is red, tender to touch. This is a sunburn. 2. Second degree - Look for blistering on the skin, swelling in the area. This is a very painful burn that


Be prepared.

The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches) 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes) 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch) 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approx. 1 gram) 5 antiseptic wipe packets 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) 1 emergency blanket 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve) 1 instant cold compress 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large) 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approx. 1 gram each) 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide) 5 3 x 3 inch sterile gauze pads 5 4x4 inch sterile gauze pads • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)

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CPR Basics • Call 9-1-1

If someone is with you ask them to find an AED.

• Push hard and fast.

Stack your hands on the middle of the chest. Use your bodyweight to compress the chest two inches deep for 100 compressions per minute.

• Deliver rescue breaths.

Pinch the nose shut. Seal your mouth over the person’s mouth and blow to make the chest rise. Deliver two breaths and resume compressions.

• Repeat

Continue CPR until the person resumes breathing or EMS arrives.

can be caused by the sun, hot water, flames or even heating pads. 3. Third degree - The inner layer of skin is burned. The area may be whitish to black in color, and depending on the depth of the burn, it may or may not be painful. 4. Fourth degree - These burns have penetrated into the tendons and bones First and mild second-degree burns are considered minor. Cool the area with water. DO NOT break any blisters. Gently apply moisturizer like aloe. Avoid oils or thick creams. Stay out of the sun, and take Tylenol or Motrin for pain. Larger second-degree to fourth-degree burns are considered major. Major burns require medical treatment. DO NOT apply ointments to the burn. Cover the area with a clean gauze or cloth. Call 9-1-1 or take the injured person to the emergency room.

threatening. Treatment for mild reactions includes getting away from what is causing the reaction and taking over-the-counter antihistamine, like Benadryl. More significant reactions require epinephrine. An EpiPen is the most common way of administering epinephrine. If someone is having a severe reaction and does not have an EpiPen, call 9-1-1 immediately, then have them lay down and keep them calm. If they do have an EpiPen, they probably know how to use it. However, if they are unable to administer it themselves, administer it or call 9-1-1 and they can talk you through administering the EpiPen correctly. It is important to get the person to the nearest medical care facility quickly since more than one dose is often required.

Allergic Reactions

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, or formal first aid training. If you are in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek professional medical treatment immediately.

An allergic reaction is when your body is hypersensitive to something like foods, medications, bee or insect stings or even plants. Reactions can range from mildly irritating like itchy watery eyes or a runny nose to skin irritations to the most severe, which is anaphylaxis. This may include extreme swelling or difficulty breathing and is life

Becky Thompson has cared for the Hamilton community as a nurse since 2001, first in the Emergency Department and now as Trauma Coordinator. She enjoys educating her community in safety and prevention techniques. Becky enjoys spending time with her grandkids. She’s also an avid baker.

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healthy mind Summer Self-Care Ideas Plan a vacation. It doesn’t have

to be extravagant. Just a change of scenery can be uplifting.

Set personal goals. Maybe you

want to do something as simple as read a book.

Invest time and energy into relationships. We often take them for granted. Tell the ones you love how much you appreciate them.

Take time for meditation, prayer and reflection. Take

time for your own thoughts.

Try journaling. You just might

be surprised at what you write. In journaling, you are the audience and all judgement will come from you.

Find a hobby. What do you like?

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Balancing an active l rotecting our mental health is important year-round. The summer months and the warmth of the season offer numerous mental health opportunities. Linda C. During the cold Kolodziej , winter months, it is easy M.Ed., LPC, CSC, to slip into warm and LCDC, NCC fuzzy thoughts of those Solutions beautiful Texas summer Behavioral Health days ahead. It is now time to take advantage of those winter daydreams! Exposure to the sun is the most natural form of vitamin D you can get. Being outdoors can decrease anxiety, and if you can move around while you are out there…even better! Exercising, even 30 minutes per day can have great mental and physical benefits. When life gets hectic, take a walk, sit

in a chair in the yard, mow the grass, nap in a hammock - take advantage of the beauty all around you! There is much to be said for staying active, but "active" is a relative term. When you are young, being active might mean playing on a coed softball team or running for exercise. When you are older, being active might look more like a leisurely stroll in the park or moving the water hose from the front yard to the back. Whatever your "active" is, try to challenge yourself to move and safely expose yourself to vitamin D when possible. When going out in the sun, always remember to use sun block, wear protective clothing and stay hydrated. Avoid getting too much sun. Leading an active lifestyle can help to support your physical and mental health. It can improve your mood and help to build self-esteem. Just remember to slow down from time to time and relax.

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e lifestyle with rest and relaxation There is also great value in just being still and reflecting. Exposing yourself to nature can be mentally and emotionally healing. Use your five senses. The feel, sounds, smells, tastes and sights of summer can be soothing and make you feel relaxed and reenergized. This can help protect against hypertension and stress as well as help you find peace and become centered. Summer offers amazing opportunities for soaking up vitamin D and experiencing nature, but I would encourage you all, no matter the season, no matter the temperature, to take time each day to reflect on the beauty in your life and find appreciation for what is good. In the words of Crystal Gayle, “You never see the light of day til it goes away. You never want a drink of water til the well runs dry.” Even though her words were written about the end of a relationship, they can

be applied to life in general. Be mindful and take time to appreciate. Appreciate the sun. Appreciate the moon. Appreciate family. Appreciate the cashier at the grocery store. Appreciate the ability to get out of bed. Appreciate life. There should be a healthy balance of movement and chaos and stillness and silence. When things feel overwhelming, remember: One thought at a time. One task at a time. One day at a time.

Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air. RALPH WALDO EMERSON


Cathy Kolodziej received her Masters degree in counseling from Tarleton State University in 2011. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and the Clinical Director at Solutions Behavioral Health. Cathy joined the Solutions team in August of 2014 as a therapist and became the Clinical Director in 2016. She is passionate about helping others discover their inner strength in order to achieve a better quality of life.

Solutions Behavioral Health Medication Management • Individual & Group Therapy

(254) 386-1800 • (254) 386-1826 Fax Depression • Anxiety Disorders • Stress Management Teen Issues & Peer Pressure • Mood Disorders • Grief and Loss Chronic Mental Illness • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders • Substance Use Disorders

Patients of all ages welcome. Most insurances accepted. For an appointment, call (254) 386-1800 today!

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The greatest thing about being a father is seeing all their accomplishments in school and life; watching my kids grow and becoming smart, beautiful, strong women. I would tell other fathers just to be there for them. Give them advice when they are young and wisdom as they grow older. I hope they learn from my mistakes and not make the same ones themselves. ~ Duane


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Spend more time with your kids. Use your PTO. Go to their soccer games. Have tea parties. They grow up too fast. ~ Kyle


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The greatest thing about being a dad is teaching your kids to be good people and watching them discover the beauty in the world. My advice on fatherhood is treating your kids with respect as an equal and always be honest with them. Have fun and love them. Be their home. ~Mike

The greatest thing about being a father is the privilege of loving and raising each one of my sons to be independent, confident and to follow their dreams! The advice I would give other fathers is to love your kids unconditionally and tell them you love them often. ~ David


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DR. CHARLES JOHNSON with Colter and Emma Rural Health Clinic and Hico Clinic

The greatest thing about being a dad is getting to see my kids grow as people and of course just their hugs. My best advice to new dads is to enjoy every moment because they grow up so fast. ~ Dr. Johnson

Becoming a father is one of the greatest things I have ever accomplished. From the moment our first ( Jaxon ) was born, my life changed, and it changed for the better. Being a father made me more humble, proud, and driven. I have accomplished more in my life than I thought I ever would simply because I wanted to make my children's life the best it could be for them. Doing that has made my life the best it could be for me. If I had any advice to give new parents is that you need to spend every single day making time for your kids, even when your day has been exhausting or too much to bear. Making time for them each day lets them know that they are "the" priority in your life, letting them know that no matter what, you will love them. Also, pick and choose your battles, but be consistent with your actions. If you say you will do something, you better do it because they will not ever forget. ~ Andy


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The greatest thing about being a father is seeing your children grow up and be fantastic parents themselves. My piece of advice: give unconditional love. ~ Eddie Hamilton Healthcare System | Thrive


weight loss Will my insurance pay for a weight loss program? If you have Medicare Part B and/or have a BMI greater than 30, insurance may cover the cost of nutrition counseling and weight loss. The one-year program involves frequent 1:1 visits with a registered dietitian who will set up a unique meal plan specific to your goals and monitor your progress. The program is based on the Mediterranean Diet and includes education in healthy choices, portion control, reading labels, heart-healthy fats, complex carbs, plant-based proteins and meal planning.

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Krista Lindley, MS, RD, LD, CDCES • Hamilton Healthcare System 400 N. Brown in Hamilton • 254-386-1894 •

Chronic Care Management Services We proudly offer Chronic Care Management Services led by an experienced CCM Registered Nurse to coordinate your healthcare needs and help you manage your chronic conditions. If you have any of the following conditions you may be eligible with little to no cost! Call today to learn more!

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Arthritis • Asthma • Atrial fibrillation

Cancer Cardiovascular Disease • COPD

Swing Bed

Depression Diabetes • Hypertension

Eligible to Rural Health Clinic patients with two or more chronic conditions. Contact your doctor for information: Hamilton Family Rural Health Clinic • (254) 386-1700 Hico Clinic • (254) 796-4224 Family Practice Clinic of Mills County • (325) 648-2850

Hamilton General Hospital offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services within the hospital called swing bed. Following surgery, trauma or illness, swing bed gives patients the nursing care and therapy services they need in a healthy environment conducive with healing. Hamilton General Hospital’s swing bed program offers services to treat a wide range of conditions. Benefits include: • Low nurse to patient ration • RN staffing • Respiratory therapist available 24/7 • Emergency Department on site • Physician visits three times weekly • Private rooms • Daily physical therapy • Occupational and speech therapy • Room service and dietary menu • Quiet hours For more information about Hamilton General Hospital’s Swing Bed program, call 254-386-1600 or visit with your doctor.


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A mammogram is a non-invasive exam used to check breasts for breast cancer and other abnormalities. It is the only test shown to reduce breast cancer deaths. 3D Mammography can detect cancer early – when most treatable – long before it can be felt. This improves odds of survival and can help avoid more extensive treatment.

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WE’RE ALL FIGHTING CANCER A FREE Test Could Save Your Life. Call 888.223.8620 TO QUALIFY FOR A FREE AT-HOME COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING TEST YOU MUST: Be between the ages of 50 and 74 Have no personal history of colorectal cancer or colon surgery Have not completed a stool-based test in the last year or colonoscopy in the last 10 years Colorectal cancer screenings for those who qualify provided by Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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13 MCMAHAN PHARMACY 1503 W. Front, Goldthwaite 325-648-2484

19 TEXAS ONCOLOGY 888-864-4226

22 OMNI THERAPY BY TYLER 803-389-7480


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Crisis Text Line

Help finding services/resources 211 or 1-877-541-7905 Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor

Texas Health & Human Services Office

Adult Substance Abuse

Medicaid, Food Stamps, Medicare Savings Programs (254) 386-8965

Texas Health & Human Svcs Bluebonnet Trails

Hamilton Co. United Care

1-800-841-1255 (Crisis) 1-844-309-6385 (Main)

Hill Country Community Action

Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities Central Counties Services

Help w/ food & clothing 254-206-7371 1-866-372-5167

Hamilton TX Helping Hands find them on Facebook •••

Texas Health & Human Services

877-DFW CARE (membership)


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Area Agency on Aging | Aging & Disability Resource Center Services, Info & Referral for Aged, Disabled & Veterans 254.770.2330 or 1-800-4477169

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Call Kym at Hamilton Herald-News 254-386-3145 or Hamilton Healthcare System

Women, Infants, Children 1-866-907-0080 254-216-9211 Hamilton Early Childhood Intervention 254-773-6787

Hamilton Early Head Start 254-386-8936

Choices Hamilton County 254-386-3709 or 833-773-3001

Hamilton Senior Center 254-386-3676


254-796-4488 325-648-3122

Domestic Violence

HOPE – Tri-Rivers Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter & Assistance for DV Survivors 254-865-2151 Social Security Administration 1-800-771-1213



Texas Medicaid Transportation

1-877-MED-TRIP (1-800-633-4227)

MEDICARE HOTLINE 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

The Hop Rural Transit

254-933-3700 ext. 5005 or 1-800-791-9601 ext. 5005 •••

MEDICAID HOTLINE 1-800-335-8957 Texas Department of Insurance 1-800-252-3439

Mental Health

Texas Health & Human Services

Women & Children Texas Health Steps

Texas WIC

Long Term Care Services 1-855-937-2372

Mills County Senior Center


254-386-8179 Crisis Hotline 1-800-888-4036

Services for Pregnant Women, Children on Medicaid Birth-20 yrs 1-877-THSTEPS (1-877-847-8377)

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COVID 19 Mental Health Support Line 1-833-986-1919

Texas Dept. of Protective & Regulatory Svcs. ABUSE & NEGLECT HOTLINE 1-800-252-5400

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At Hamilton Healthcare System our care runs deep for you and your family. While visiting our hospital, outpatient services and our caring providers, take time to experience Hamilton. Great places to eat and stay, while hunting and fishing, and enjoying the ranch and wildlife. Sip and shop as you explore historic architecture and more. It’s small town charm in the big Texas Hill Country. We look forward to seeing you soon! Hamilton Healthcare System 400 North Brown • Hamilton, TX

Family Practice Clinic of Mills County 1501 W Front St • Goldthwaite, TX

Hamilton Family Practice Rural Health Clinic 303 North Brown • Hamilton, TX

Hico Clinic 104 Walnut St • Hico, TX

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ask the expert hospice Does hospice mean giving up?

Can micro current therapy help with arthritis pain?

No, hospice focuses on quality of life. Many people who receive hospice care report their only regret is not having done it sooner. The word “hospice” doesn’t mean death, it means living life each day with fewer symptoms. Solaris Hospice focuses on putting life first, utilizing an interdisciplinary care team, including nurses available 24 hours a day for care management.

Every cell in the body moves electricity and can have impedances, causing the area to heal slowly or not heal at all which often times leads to chronic pain. Micro current therapy is a noninvasive, painless procedure that promotes healing and has often been successful with issues that have not responded to other treatments and/or medication. The Acuscope Myopulse can help restore and rejuvenate the tissue associated with chronic pain caused by old injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and overuse syndromes such as carpal tunnel.

Lacy Beasley, RN, BSN Clinical Leader • Solaris Hospice

Tyler Vandermeer, RN • Omni Therapy by Tyler

205 N US Hwy 281 in Hamilton • 888-376-5274 •

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medical equipment

How do I know if I am at risk for heart disease?

Will my Medicare pay for a lift chair?

Half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. Every 40 seconds, a person has a cardiovascular event - making it the number one cause of death in the U.S. Heart disease is a big umbrella term, so it is important to understand that risk is determined by several factors. Is your blood pressure higher than 120/80? Do you have borderline cholesterol or diabetes? Are you over weight? Do you have a family history? If you answered “yes” to any of these, your condition will need to be treated more aggressively. Call for more information or to make an appointment.

Medicare will cover the cost of the lift mechanism only which is $367 if the patient qualifies. The remaining balance is a cost to the patient. Our chairs range from a total of $750 for a nice, comfortable, 3-position chair to $1400 with heat, massage and all the bells and whistles! Multiple sizes are available to get just the right fit. Qualifications are a diagnosis of arthritis of the hip or knee or a neuromuscular disease. The patient must have the ability to walk once standing. These things are determined by your physician. Call us today for more information or visit our showroom to feel the comfort.

Charles A. Shoultz III, M.D.• Waco Cardiology Associates

Diana Granados • Lee Healthcare Medical Supply

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health screening

What is the benefit of a local pharmacy?

Why is it important to get screened for colorectal cancer?

Using a local pharmacy over a big box retailer has many benefits the most important being that we go the extra mile for our clients because they are our neighbors. It may be the old-fashioned way of doing things, but we pick up the phone and call our customers to remind them when its time to refill or pick up a prescription. We provide personalized, clinical care and help manage prescriptions with the RX sync program. This helps us with duplicate therapy and ensures that you receive the right medications. We also help you get the most out of your insurance benefits.

About 1 in 23 men and 1 in 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. The good news is, it is very treatable when detected early. And, screening is the key to early detection. Moncrief Cancer Institute offers free, athome colorectal cancer screening kits for men and women who are ages 45 to 74 and do not have insurance. The kits are convenient and easy-to-use; request one by calling 888-223-8620. It could save your life.

Jan Patillo, RPH• Jordan Pharmacy

107 N Rice St in Hamilton• 254-386-3111•


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Stacie Miller, R.N. • Moncrief Cancer Institute

400 W. Magnolia Ave. in Fort Worth • 888-223-8620 •

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