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omatoes are remarkable fruits – yes, tomatoes are classified as fruit – packed to the rafters with flavor and nutritional goodness. Amongst the so-called “superfoods,” tomatoes are often overlooked. Yet this inexpensive, flavorsome food should be featured on our plates as often as possible. Tomatoes contain vitamin C, A and E as well as the minerals potassium and manganese. These nutrients are all necessary for optimal health. Research shows that routine consumption of tomatoes correlates with reduced risk of several serious health conditions, such as heart disease.
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Apart from vitamins and minerals, tomatoes provide concentrated levels of lycopene. A powerful antioxidant, lycopene is responsible for tomatoes’ red color and holds a number of health benefits, including reduced risk of stroke, heart disease and certain cancers. Prostate cancer is especially lower in those consistently ingesting this fruit. But the role of the tomato is ever expanding. In recent discovery, tomatoes have been shown to decrease the chances of developing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Experts suggest that lycopene may protect against the oxidative stress that causes bone loss, a hallmark of osteoporosis.
• BUY: Fresh tomatoes are usually best but aren’t always in season. Canned tomato products still provide good levels of nutrients. Tomato paste specifically contains high concentrations of lycopene. However, be cautious of high sodium content in canned products. Opt for low-sodium alternatives whenever possible. • STORE: Don’t store tomatoes in the fridge. The cold will ruin the taste and texture. A bowl on top of the kitchen counter is the ideal place for tomato storage. • PREP: Drizzle a little olive oil on salads, sandwiches or tomato soups to increase the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin E, K and A, in tomatoes.
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he gut is sometimes referred to as the body’s “second brain” and with good reason. Studies have shown that gut bacteria is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, the immune system and overall mood. This is because more than half of our immune system and neurotransmitters are located in the gut. That’s also why antibiotics, which lack the ability to discern good bacteria from bad bacteria, can devastate gut health and cause other issues, such as yeast infections. A popular way of correcting poor gut health is to take probiotics in supplement form. But there a number of ways healthy bacteria
can die before ever reaching the gut. Additionally, probiotic supplements are expensive. So how can you guarantee great gut health at an affordable price? The natural way, of course! One study published by Applied and Environmental Microbiology in 2015 indicated that the symptoms of test mice with inflammatory bowel disease lessened with natural probiotics when compared to the supplement form. Other studies suggest that yogurt has a better survival rate on its journey to the gut than supplements. If you think about it, our ancestors were able to ingest probiotics naturally
long before supplements ever existed. Korea’s national dish, Kimchi (spicy, fermented vegetables) was born in a time without refrigeration, and it’s still an amazing source of healthy bacteria. In fact, one serving of fermented or pickled vegetables can contain as many colony-forming bacteria as an entire bottle of probiotic supplements. With that in mind, below are some natural probiotics to consider introducing into your diet for a healthier gut. If you have any gut issues or questions about probiotics please speak with your primary doctor about your options and the best probiotic source for you.
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elissa had much to celebrate. Two years after her breast cancer diagnosis and successful treatment, she was healthy, happy and loving the curly hair that grew back after radiation. But then the swelling started. “I woke up one morning with my left arm about twice the size of the right one,” she said. “The possibility of lymphedema was always in the back of my mind, but after two years I wasn’t worried about it anymore.” Most commonly associated with cancer treatment, lymphedema is a fluid retention and tissue swelling condition related to an impaired lymphatic system or the removal of lymph nodes. “Not every patient will develop lymphedema,” says Licensed Massage Therapist Makenzi Edwards, a staff member of East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center in Metairie, Louisiana. “The condition can occur within minutes, days, weeks or years after radiation treatment, for example – or not at all.” The permanent condition, which is not only unsightly but often painful, can be controlled and potentially reduced with consistent massage therapy. “Lymphatic massage is a very, very gentle light touch massage intended to reduce edema, inspire lymph flow and to improve circulation and the body’s immune system,” Edwards explains. “Every patient is different, but regular treatment is recommended for optimum results,” she continues. “Depending on the severity of the condition, that might mean weekly or monthly massages. The arms and legs are the areas primarily affected, and we often recommend a combination of massage therapy and the use of compression garments.” Edwards cautions that there are situations in which lymphatic massage should not be applied, including fever or increased swelling. As with all medical procedures, it is best to check with your physician before beginning treatment.
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style much real hair. It’s best to purchase a wig in person so that it can be tailored to your measurements and provide the most comfort. Check out your local wig shops and speak to a professional before making a decision. SCARVES, HATS & TURBANS These options have also been around for a long time. Plenty of stores provide these online but, if you want to a more personal touch, ordering from craft sites like Etsy, shopping at local markets and knitting/crocheting as gifts for loved ones or yourself all make excellent alternatives. You may need to test out each of these to figure out which works best for you.You can also purchase hats with hair, which stay on much easier than a regular wig.Visit etsy.com to view their unique, stylish options.
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ancer is often a taboo subject, but for the 12.7 million Americans diagnosed each year, an open dialogue can help break the silence on dealing with hair loss. Hair loss often results within 10 days to two weeks of chemotherapy. Whether you or a loved one want to eventually transition into bald and beautiful, keep your head stylishly warm or you’re simply tired of the same old options, we wanted to provide you with a list of stylish headwear selections available for chemo patients. WIGS Wigs are nothing new, but if you’ve never shopped for natural-looking hair here are some things to consider.
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Human hair is generally preferred over synthetic because it looks more natural, lasts around five years, looks better with longer hair styles and is easier to care for. These can run anywhere from $300 to $700. Synthetic hair has come a long way but tends to be hotter and get tangled, but it doesn’t cost nearly as
CHEMO BEANIES One exciting new option is the chemo beanie. When a pair of sisters from Covington, Louisiana were diagnosed a few years apart with breast cancer, they were frustrated to noticed the same old choices offered to chemotherapy patients. That’s when they came up with Chemo Beanies. This head covering is functional, stylish, stretchy, soft and even covers the back of the neck. Go to chemobeanies.com to learn more and browse their options. Cancer doesn’t have to mean giving up your sense of style. It might take a little experimentation, but speaking with friends and family who have gone through chemo might help you narrow down what headwear is right for you.
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arm and stimulating Mexican hot chocolate, which is typically enhanced with ground cinnamon and chiles, provided the inspiration for this gluten-free cake. Chia gel helps bind the batter of this dark-chocolate confection, which is topped with chopped nuts and cacao nibs. Serve with a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream on the side.
INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons chia seeds 3 cups almond flour 6 tablespoons cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle chile powder 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup 6 tablespoons canola or other oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1⁄3 cup coarsely chopped nuts (such
as almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or walnuts) 1/4 cup cacao nibs INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-inch square baking pan or mist it with cooking spray. Put the water and chia seeds in a small bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. Let rest for 10 minutes, until the mixture thickens into a gel. Put the almond flour, cacao powder, baking powder, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add the chia seed gel, agave nectar, oil, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. The batter will be very thick. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Scatter the chopped nuts and cacao nibs over the top and use a spatula to gently press them into the batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Spaghetti squash is aptly named because raking the inside with a fork quickly transforms it into long, spaghetti-like strands. For this mock-pasta recipe, cooked strands of spaghetti squash are topped with a sweet-and-spicy roasted red pepper sauce and fresh basil. It’s sure to please! Ingredients: 1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeded 2 large red bell peppers, cut into 2-inch pieces 2 shallots, chopped, or 1 yellow onion, cut into 2-inch pieces 5 whole cloves garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 2⁄3 cup low-sodium vegetable broth 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes Teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Makes 4 servings PER SERVING 138 calories 4 g protein 8 fat (1 g sat) 17 g carbs 32 mg sodium 56 mg calcium 3 g fib
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Put the spaghetti squash, cut-side down, on one of the lined baking sheets. Put the bell peppers, shallots, garlic cloves, and 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large bowl and stir to combine. Transfer the bell peppers to the remaining lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer. Bake the spaghetti squash and bell peppers for 30 minutes. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Flip the spaghetti squash over and let the squash and bell peppers cool for 5 minutes.
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To To make the roasted red pepper sauce, transfer the bell pepper mixture to a blender. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and the broth, nutritional yeast, and paprika and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Scrape down the blender jar and process for 15 seconds longer. Using a fork, rake the cut surface of the squash to separate it into long strands that resemble spaghetti.Transfer the squash strands to a large platter or bowl.Top with roasted red pepper sauce. Scatter the basil over the sauce. Garnish each serving with red pepper flakes if desired.
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eddy Bear hamsters, also known as Syrian or golden hamsters, are the largest and most commonly sold of their species. Their size and calm, friendly nature make them great pets for adults and children (ages 8+). With round black eyes, small pink noses, round ears and stubby tails, Teddy Bear hamsters have impressively stretchy cheek pouches that can expand to twice the width of their heads and hold half their body weight. DIET. As omnivores, hamsters thrive on a diet of dry hamster seed mix as well as fresh fruit and vegetables (in limited quantities), bits of hard-boiled egg (a weekly treat) and mealworms. Citrus fruit and onions are too acidic for their systems and should be avoided. As with all pet care, fresh water should be provided daily. SCHEDULE. Often mistakenly classified as nocturnal,Teddy Bear hamsters are actually crepuscular, meaning they’re more likely to be awake and active at dawn or dusk. Handling them outside
of their comfort zone could result in a grumpy pet that could nip your finger. So it’s good to respect their sleep schedules whenever possible. CAGE. Teddy Bear hamsters are solitary creatures. To avoid fighting, they’re best housed individually in cages lined with all-natural wood and paper shavings that provide not only nesting material but also ample place to hide and store food reserves. Hamster wheels, both the type secured within the cage and the free rolling style for around the home,
ensure that your pet gets plenty of exercise. HEALTH. A hamster’s cage should be kept clean to avoid bacterial disorders such as wet tail and salmonellosis. Other health complications that can af-
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By Liz McGehee ust like the training wheels you place on your child’s bike, phone monitoring apps help you protect and guide your child through the modern, technological world. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for teens to be targeted by predators on social media and online chat rooms. Most teens also fail to recognize that what they post online now can come back to haunt them in 10 years. As a parent, it’s your job to help them navigate the world, and these 5 apps let you do just that:
THE PHONE SHERIFF ($7.50/month) Features: Real time GPS; shows downloaded apps, imessages/texts, contacts, photos, internet and call history; can restrict phone and tablet usage; block specific numbers. Compatibility: iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
RETHINK (Free) Features: stops cyberbullying; non-intrusive; uses context sensitive filtering to determine potentially offensive posts then gives the teen a chance to rethink their decision; 93% of the time teens change their posts; offensive messages reduced from 71% to 4%; Global Finalist for the MIT Aristotle Award Compatibility: iPhone and Android
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LIFESAVER (Free) Features: vetted by the DMV; passcode lock to prevent tampering; provides automatic scoring, rewarding, arrival notifications and in-drive status; monthly driving stats, fast auto-detection of driving without hardware; emergency call and Passenger unlock with notifications; automatic arrival notifications; family views that avoid calling or texting loved ones that are driving, part of the 4Parents solution protecting families on the go. Compatibility: iPhone and Android
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raining to improve your tennis game takes time. Although it is tempting to jump on the court and play, without focused strength training, injury and stagnant game may be inevitable. Tennis fitness training can be efficiently simplified by using one tool – kettlebells. As an amazing training tool, the kettle bell is designed to quickly improve strength, balance, coordination, stability, agility and endurance. You will recognize the benefits in your tennis game after only a few sessions. What does a kettlebell look like? Kettlebells are handled spheres available in a variety of weights. According to the American Council on Exercise, women should start with kettlebells weighing 8 to 15 pounds, while men should start with kettlebells weighing 15 to 25 pounds. Using the right amount of weight with kettlebell training will be challenging during the last couple of reps. Try this kettlebell exercise for 10-15 minutes 3 days a week to get a stronger and more balanced tennis game.
THE SWING Stand with your feet hip-width apart in a squat position. Bend the knees. Keep your thighs parallel to the floor, your torso slightly forward at the hips and pull your shoulders back. Hold the kettlebell handle in both hands with the arms hanging straight down between the legs. Keep the arms straight and activate movement from the lower body. Use the quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves and push out of the squat. Carefully swing the bell upward and away from the body, lifting it to chest height. Swing the kettlebell back down as you squat again Be sure to active the muscles and take your time. Try doing 3 sets of 10.
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eat fresh Steaming vegetables is the best way to prepare them so they retain the most nutrients. But what if you don’t have a steamer? Make your own by placing a metal colander, strainer or baking rack atop a pot of boiling water. Remember, the water level should not touch the vegetables.
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ruciferous vegetables originate from plants botanists classify as Cruciferae or Brassicaceae. Hence cruciferous vegetables or brassica vegetables are interchangeable terms. More than 3,000 species of cruciferous plants have been identified worldwide. The most popular examples in the US are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, rutabaga, turnips, bok choy and Chinese cabbage. In most cases, it’s the flower or root of the cruciferous plant that is harvested and eaten. Cruciferous vegetables come in many different shapes and sizes, but all boast one unique component linked to significant impact on health. Glucosinolates are sulfur-containing compounds that impart the often pungent, spicy and bitter taste of cruciferous vegetables. Arugula and collard greens are great examples of this distinct flavor. Glucosinolates purportedly contribute to the well-documented effects of cruciferous vegetables on health. Research has established that cruciferous vegetables are associated with lower rates
of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In fact, one comprehensive analysis of several clinical trials found a reduced risk of bladder, breast, colorectal, endometrial, gastric, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and renal cancer. Most cruciferous vegetables are cooked prior eating, which has been found to reduce levels of glucosinolates. While many Cruciferae do require some degree of preparation, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale are just a few examples that can safely be eaten raw. Alternatively, brief steaming is suitable to soften the vegetables without losing health benefits. Recent scientific interest in Cruciferae plants motivated gardeners across the country to introduce these crops into vegetable gardens. These plants thrive in colder climates with moderate springs followed by mild summers. A well-scheduled planting season can result in up to three harvests per season. If home-growing is not an option, cruciferous vegetables are stocked by most supermarkets throughout the year. Inexpensive and readily available, these vegetables should be on our plates at least 3 to 4 times per week.
HOW TO INCORPORATE CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES INTO THE DIET: The easiest option is juicing or blending cruciferous vegetables. Salads are a great way to eat your greens. Broccoli florets, shaved Brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale are excellent additions to most salad recipes. Cruciferous vegetables also make fantastic bases for soups and stews. Cauliflower soups and cabbage stews are just two of many examples. Homemade kale chips are a fun and healthy alternative to fried and store-bought chips.
CRUCIFEROUS SUPERFOOD SALAD WITH AVOCADO-YOGURT DRESSING Ingredients: Salad: 2 cups baby arugula 2 cups shaved Brussel sprouts 1 cup shaved cabbage (red or white) 1 cup chopped broccoli florets ½ cup dried cranberries Dressing: ½ avocado ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tbsp. lime juice ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp. agave syrup Salt to taste
Total time: 15 mins Serves: 4 Vegetables can be substituted for cruciferous alternatives, such as shaved cauliflower, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage or baby kale.
Directions: Salad: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Dressing: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. If dressing is too thick, add a little water to thin. Add dressing to vegetables, mixing until well combined.
REFRESHING GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH MANGO AND BANANA Combine 1 handful of spinach, 1 handful of kale, ½ frozen banana, 3-4 frozen mango chunks and 1 cup of coconut milk (other non-dairy milks will work too) in a blender. Blend until smooth. Top with ground flaxseeds. INSPIRE HEALTH
SEA ISLAND GEORGIA
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estled off the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island is a seaside retreat located equidistant from Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. Established in the 1920s, the luxury resort boasts two Forbes Travel Guide five-star
hotels, each offering its own unique assortment of decadent amenities to pamper every guest down to the last detail. Situated along five miles of private beaches,The Cloister is the more family-friendly of the two options featuring a game room, swimming
pools, beachfront activities, water sports, horseback riding, squash, tennis and various kids’ clubs. Its ocean side setting allows for first-class yachting, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Dine elegantly at The Georgian Room or casually at the Flip Flop Bistro … and everywhere in between. Relax in the garden atrium of The Cloister Spa, boasting a waterfall circular whirlpool, secluded outdoor hot tubs, an indoor lap pool and an on-staff nutritionist. Only a short distance away is its more formal sister prop-
three impeccably manicured 18-hole championship golf courses as well as first-rate tennis and equestrian facilities The Sea Island Resort is located at 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, Georgia. Prices vary depending on which part of the island you occupy and what activities you want to do while you’re there. For more detailed information, call (888) 565-2364 or visit seaisland.com.
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erty,The Lodge. Offering three impeccably manicured 18-hole championship golf courses as well as first-rate tennis and equestrian facilities,The Lodge is a lavish getaway dripping with old school charm. Fashion is always upscale, country club chic and, while welcome, children are expected to be well behaved at all times and dress for dinner. As one of the most extravagantly distinctive amenities at The Lodge, a personal butler, available around-theclock, is assigned to every guest room at the resort.
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y h p a r g o m r e Th By Liz McGehee
ammograms have been the standard for breast cancer detection since 1976, which begs the question: Is it still the greatest tool we have at our disposal? According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), “More than 50% of women screened annually for 10 years in the United States will experience a false-positive result, and many of these women will have a biopsy…Overall, screening mammograms miss about 20% of breast cancers that are present at the time of screening.” There is also the matter of radiation exposure, the unbearable waiting time for results and common discomfort that comes with the procedure.
Using digital infrared imaging, breast thermography measures and maps heat on the breast’s surface, pinpointing areas with higher temperatures and increased blood flow that indicate a possible tumor. The procedure is non-invasive, non-compressive and does not use radiation. “Numerous studies have been published in the United States, England and France demonstrating that patients in the false positive thermographic group, those patients with positive thermograms and negative mammograms who were told the thermography was wrong, were determined by long term follow-up to have developed breast cancer in exactly the location thermography had demon-
strated its positive finding 5-10 years earlier,” said Associate Professor of Surgery at Wayne State University and Surgical Oncologist, Dr. David Gorski back in 2010. Over a 12-year period, 800 peer-reviewed breast thermography studies showed this screening method to be 90% accurate. However, it should be noted that the test has only been approved by the FDA for use in conjunction with mammography, rather than as a primary means of detection. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. The only downside is that breast thermography isn’t covered by Medicare, but some health insurers will, depending on your coverage. Out of pocket, a scan including imaging, a written report and digital copy of the images can run around $200. Because thermography compares the symmetry of one breast to another to determine abnormalities, it isn’t recommended for women who’ve already undergone a mastectomy. Early detection is the best way to prevent and treat breast cancer so make sure you get screened annually.
Over a 12-year period, 800 peer-reviewed breast thermography studies showed this screening method to be 90% accurate. inspirehealthmag.com § #inspirehealthmag
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is leading the charge in reducing chronic disease in her community. by Veronica Coons firstname.lastname@example.org Photography by Hugo Gonzalez email@example.com or Jane Schepmann, Hoisington, healthy choices and fun have always gone hand in hand. It’s no wonder she was drawn to the profession of nursing, where providing support to patients and encouraging them to become mindful of their health came naturally. Today, she is influencing more than just patients. As the Director of Nursing at Clara Barton Hospital, she heads up the hospital’s wellness committee, provides input on internal policies to decrease chronic disease among patients and employees, and continues to explore new ways to remain active in her personal life.
“I’ve always migrated towards exercise, even when I was five years old, I came up with my own relaxation exercise routine,” she remembers. A career in nursing Coming of age in the early 1970s, it was an exciting time. More and more women enjoyed sports and active lifestyles, and lifelong careers were becoming more the norm than the exception. She went to nursing school, began working, and went on to get her bachelor’s degree at Wichita State University, and later earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker. She spent many years providing direct nursing care at different hospitals on the floor, in a pediatric trauma center, and later in the operating room. Then, 10 years ago, she and her husband moved to Holyrood, his boyhood home, returning to help with the family farm. She became the Director of Nursing at Clara Barton Hospital. In this management role, she now enjoys taking care of staff, she said.
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“If you don’t take care of the staff, you can’t expect them to take care of the patients,” she said. “It’s nursing, either way. I have loved both. I liked direct patient care, but I also like working with staff to help them reach their potential.” Since making the switch from large, metropolitan hospitals to a smaller hospital, she appreciates the closeknit staff and seeing repeat patients, something not commonly seen elsewhere. Fighting Chronic Disease In Barton County, diabetes is the number one chronic disease, followed by diseases of the heart and lungs, Jane said. All three can be controlled to some extent through diet and exercise and healthy lifestyle choices. That’s why a few years ago, Jane jumped at the chance to bring a tremendous opportunity to Hoisington and the surrounding area. The health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield introduced a program called Pathways, aimed at providing grants to hospitals to promote health and reduce chronic disease internally and community-wide. She came back from the initial informational meeting and spearheaded a wellness committee, the Clara Barton Health for Life Coalition, that strives to create policies to encourage hospital employees, visitors and patients to make healthy choices. The committee began working on a plan to position the hospital to be eligible for a Pathways grant. In 2015 Clara Barton was recognized as a Healthy Kansas Hospital. Leading the charge, in 2016 Clara Barton Hospital and Northern Barton County were chosen as one of eight Kansas communities to receive the Pathways grant, which has provided the needed resources to support their efforts to focus on health and wellness at the hospital and in the community. So far the grant has allowed the hospital to make sweeping changes to the cafeteria and the choices offered there, as well as complete the construction of a walking path around the hospital grounds. These were the direct result of policies the committee worked to create and implement. Jane is encouraged by the progress she’s seen, noting that slowly but surely, employees are choosing fruit over candy bars and infused water over soda pop. And people, both from the hospital and the neighboring community, are using the walking path in growing numbers. “The policies work to ensure healthy choices are the natural choice, so employees and visitors don’t end up feeling they are being given a set of rules, but rather are making decisions for themselves,” she said. And the wellness committee is just getting started. “I personally hope to bring to the wellness committee and the organization my enjoyment and appreciation to be able to workout everyday,” she said. “I believe the energy that fitness creates can be contagious.”
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Blending activity with adventure As a young and middle-aged woman, she enjoyed high impact aerobics and running. Jane participated in many 5k and10k competitions, half marathons and marathons. During that time, she and a girlfriend travelled to several cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, and Dallas. “It’s a great way to see the city, and a great way to meet new people,” she said. “I don’t know that I would have done that just going to San Francisco that I would have met the people I met and seen the things I saw.” Understanding the role age is playing in her life, Jane pays attention to the signals her body sends her and makes appropriate adjustments. When activities are pleasant and comfortable to perform, she said, it encourages continued and sustained activity. She has continued to tailor her routine, cross training more and becoming an avid walker. Her workout today consists of free weights three times a week plus walking, hiking, interval training, the elliptical, and stationary bike. Last year her family vacation was planned around her participation in a women’s half-marathon in New York City’s Central Park. In that event, she did intervals of walking and jogging. “It was a really great experience and Central Park was absolutely beautiful,” she said. Travelling and sharing adventures with family is something both Jane and her husband, Kenny, hold dear. “We like to go hike in the mountains, and with two sons living in the Denver area, Estes Park in Colorado has become a favorite destination,” she said. inspirehealthmag.com § #inspirehealthmag
Between them, there are seven children, four from her and three from him. Together, they have nine grandchildren with one on the way. This, too, keeps them busy. Recently, her family hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, and in the fall, she looks forward to visiting Sedona, Ariz. As she nears retirement, Jane would like to visit every National Park. Top on her list of must-sees is Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Jane always changes up her routines to keep things fun and interesting. That’s what led to her and her husband’s decision to take up bicycling. The sport is less jarring to joints, and it allows the two of them to enjoy a new type of vacation. “I am fortunate to have a husband that shares my interest in working out,” she said. “Most of our vacations are action vacations. Even following our wedding, we hiked at Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.” Lately, she and Kenny rode the St. Joseph, Mo., Urban Trail, and would like to plan a longer bike trip along the Katy Trail in Missouri. In the meantime, they’re excited to take part in the first of what she hopes will become an ongoing part of Hoisington’s Labor Day Weekend celebration, The Bottoms Up Bike Ride, an all abilities event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2. Hospital employees who are experienced cyclists will lead riders from the hospital parking lot to the newly constructed Cheyenne Bottoms Overlook tower, a 16-mile ride, with options to enter more scenic areas of the marsh area for those up to a longer ride, and then returning to the hospital. On the horizon Jane has witnessed a crucial change in nursing over the course of her career. “Twenty years ago, your health care was my responsibility,” she said. “We’re trying to tell people ‘This is your responsibility.’ We are here for you, to help you manage this, but you need to be making the choices about your health.” It’s a dynamic switch, a total change, she said. When you can see that happen, it makes being a nurse all the more satisfying. She’s excited to see new methods, especially ones that get patients engaged in care and involved in discharge orders. Prescriptions to exercise, she feels, is also a timely addition some doctors are adopting. “I think there is such a push r right now to be proactive w health, so this fits,” she with ssaid. “I see our care migrating iinn that direction as well. W What we can do to get our ppa a patients engaged in their care, in understanding their chronic in ilillness lllnn and what their part is in ppreventing pr r that. Knowledge is ppower. po o ” B Because of ongoing changes like lilike ke these, Jane said she imagines ssh he will be associated with she nnu ur nursing in one way or another fo for or the rest of her life. ““Nursing “N N is a wonderful ppr rof of profession, ” she said.
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