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Welcome to Team Healthy Horizons! Our Selma 2017 edition is filled with information about premier medical care providers and wellness resources in your community. We’re also spending time with two local organizations dedicated to the well-being of the local community. Selma native and NFL player Michael Johnson created the MJ93 Fund to support programs focused on the education, talents, and health of children. The Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman has been honored by former President Barack Obama and the Cincinnati Police Department for his efforts, and Johnson was named honorary lieutenant governor of Alabama by Governor Kay Ivey. United Way of Selma and Dallas County partners with 16 agencies in the Selma region to provide vital services from food banks to disaster response. By volunteering with United Way and their partners, you’ll make a difference in your community. Did you know there are also personal physical and emotional benefits of volunteering?

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From Selma to Atlanta to Cincinnati, and everywhere in between, Alabama native Michael Johnson lives the life of someone who knows that actions speak louder than words. Mom Thomasene Johnson discusses Michael as a child and his organization, MJ93.


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Michael Johnson:

Giving Back

“Mike has always had a big heart, even as a little boy,” Thomasene Johnson, mother of Michael Johnson, said. Once, as a child, he tried to give his shoes off his feet to a boy he didn’t know, but didn’t have any shoes, she said. And this didn’t change throughout his youth. In high school and as an athlete, Michael tutored his teammates 6

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for the Exit Exams. He was active in community projects such as Habitat for Humanity and the Lobster Fest. In college at Georgia Tech, Michael was instrumental in organizing the Brotherhood of Excellence, a group of young men who focused their energy on mentoring inner city school kids. “When he got his first paycheck as a rookie, he gave the

whole thing to a school in our community,” Thomasene said. “It was such a large amount, I knew we were going to have to be careful.” On the advice of their financial advisor, Michael started MJ93 Vision Fund in 2010 so he could provide the most good that came with his success. Some of what Michael has been

able to accomplish since he turned pro chosen in the third round draft with the Cincinnati Bengals - includes touring schools, spending time at the Boys and Girls Clubs, sponsoring a football camp in his hometown and assisting in others, and supporting other groups whose mission is to nurture children. “He has specific things he does,” Thomasene said. “Michael wants to teach kids to be active and prevent obesity because it’s something he deals with in our family. He also knows that many kids would fall through the cracks in ways other people may not think about. He believes that focusing on the educational side adds a positive effect to everything

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mJ’s good Mercy Health

Michael has been the Honorary Chairman for the Friday Night Lights fundraiser hosted by Mercy Health for the last several years.

Holiday Meals

Provided Thanksgiving and Christmas Family Sponsorship aiding over 10 local families with expenses for holiday meals

Football & Cheer Camp

Thomasene, Michael and wife, Dennice else he does.” Michael’s primary message at his speaking engagements is “success is a result of having vision.” This is not something he throws around lightly - this message is the backbone of his own personal success. Thomasene chose to send Michael to Dallas County High School because the school was more diversified than Selma High School. “He thought nobody would find him at a smaller school, but Selma was just not the best choice,” she said. Dallas County is now a 5A, but at the time it was a smaller school; Selma High is a 6A. “I wanted him to do well to give him an opportunity at scholarships, but he was more positive about playing pro,” she said. 8

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“Michael knew he wanted to go pro, but he thought he was going to play basketball, so he worked harder at it.” Thomasene said that throughout his high school years, Michael played both football and basketball. He would lose weight during basketball season, then regain it during football season. “Whatever he wanted to do, he’d put whatever he needed to put in it,” she said. “And I told him God would do the rest. “Michael said he was going to play both in college, but when he decided on Georgia Tech, he couldn’t do it.” Although Thomasene always thought he’d choose basketball because “he was always skinny,” former Auburn University coach Joe Whitt Jr. asked her which sport

Hosted Annual Youth Football & Cheer Camp since 2009 for boys and girls ages 8 to 17. The camp is designed to get kids involved with and enjoying team sports and activities.

Motivational Speeches Visited and gave motivational talks to countless schools in Cincinnati, Georgia and his hometown of Selma, Alabama. During the season, Michael would speak at a selected school, take the kids on tour and give them tickets to a game as an incentive for an essay program.

MJ93 Bowl

MJ93 Bowl, held at Princeton Bowling in Cincinnati, OH, Bowling with the Bengals event was created to benefit Most Valuable Kids and the Michael Johnson Foundation. MVK and

works Michael Johnson paired up together to help at-risk kids in the community.

Theme House

For the last several years, Michael has supported University of Cincinnati Gen-1 Theme House by covering housing and tuition costs for several students who would not have been able to afford college without his assistance.


Boys and Girls Clubs of America

MJ93 Fund

The MJ93 Advised Fund, is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle, TN. The purpose of the foundation is to support educational programs, organizations and schools that focus on kids’ education, abilities and talents in preparation for success and healthier living.

he likes best. “He said Michael loved one better than the other,” she said. Michael’s hard work and cando spirit is not only evident in his football career, but also the success of MJ93, which Thomasene is the chairman. “You know when it comes to your children, you do what you need to do, especially if it’s positive,” she said. “I know he’ll take it over when his football career is over.” Although Thomasene handles the day-to-day business of MJ93, she gets her direction from Michael. Michael comes home every year for the annual football and cheer camp, but Thomasene sets the event up and organizes it. “I love it,” she said. “I love working with the community. And I love seeing the kids’ little

faces. “It’s just a joy. I couldn’t do it if I didn’t love it because it is a challenge at times.” MJ93 has only one fundraising event each year, the Friday festivities that opens the annual camp. All other funding for MJ93 comes from direct donations and Michael himself. Thomasene is also responsible for the four or five annual events in Cincinnati, as well as any volunteer work or donations given. “We have 12 or so volunteers that help with everything,” she said. “These are faithful, wonderful people, who just want to be a part of what we’re doing.” If you’re interested in volunteering or donating, or for more information on Michael Johnson’s organization, find them online at


united way: We don’t volunteer because it benefits us as an individual, we often do it to make a difference. Or as United Way volunteer coordinator Jeff Cothran puts it, “We’re striving to make the world a better place.” Cothran works with United Way of Selma and Dallas County which has 16 partner agencies, including the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Sabra Center, and Selma Area Food Bank. The nonprofit also provides three direct services programs - Doc in a Bus, Healthlink, and Dallas County VOAD. Whether you’re leading Girl Scouts on a hike or spending time preparing meals for people who may be struggling with poverty, you’ll probably feel satisfaction in seeing the results of your efforts and you may even get a boost to your self-esteem and confidence. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNSC), the physical and emotional perks may be intangible

but they’re strong. What are a few of the personal benefits of volunteerism? s Gaining new skills and experiences. It’s also an opportunity to build your professional network in the community. s Taking on a new challenge gives a sense of accomplishment and purpose which may lead to more emotional stability. You may even find yourself less absorbed in your own problems while you focus on helping others. s Offsetting a sedentary lifestyle. Whether it’s time spent on the couch watching television or sitting at a desk, many people struggle with their weight and other effects of inactivity. Keeping busy can help you burn calories and improve your physical wellbeing. Older people may experience the greatest personal impact of volunteering. As we age, our role in our family and community often changes. Volunteer work

creates a sense of purpose and keeps us busy physically and mentally while providing social interaction and the chance to make new friends. According to a report by the CNSC, volunteering can lead to lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression. Studies by the Journal of Gerontology have shown that people who volunteer may be at lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Social interaction can delay or prevent Alzheimer’s, and volunteering provides those connections. How can you become a volunteer? Contact Jeff Cothran at (334) 874-8383 or visit www. You can learn more about United Way’s partners in Dallas County and their services through the website. You’ll also find links to contact the organization about volunteering and fundraising.

UAB’s Doc in a Bus available in Selma More than one-third of the population in Dallas County doesn’t have health insurance. With two direct services programs, United Way and its partners are creating a safety net to keep people healthy and to help them avoid the high costs of visiting an emergency room for routine care. Through a partnership with UAB Selma Family Medicine, Doc In A Bus provides an array of free medical services for uninsured people who may have chronic and acute conditions, such as high blood pressure 10

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and diabetes. Physicians who are in UAB’s residency program volunteer their time and expertise to make the program possible. The clinics are held twice a month. For more information, call (334) 526-2144. HealthLink is an initiative with Vaughan Community Health Services to bring low-cost prescriptions to residents who may not be able to afford their medications. The program has provided more than $1.5 million in assistance to Dallas County. To learn more about HealthLink, call (334) 418-8800.


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Local groups supported by UW AMERICAN RED CROSS The American Red Cross works in our community in the following areas: Disaster Relief, CPR training, First Aide Training, Life Guard certification, Utility assistance, blood drives. 874-4641 BOSCO FOOD CENTER Bosco Food Center provides a hot lunch to the hungry everyday of the year.

CAHABA CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH United Way provides funds for the operation of the Early Intervention Program, this program works with physically & mentally challenged infants to age 3. Also we fund the Day Activity Center, this provides the patients there with a wide range of activities. CENTRAL ALABAMA REGIONAL CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER The Child Advocacy Center works with are law enforcement and child welfare organizations to provide a one stop interview for victims of child abuse in a friendly safe environment. This one interview is then used by multiple agencies in court and other proceedings. 875-0890 12

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CRIPPLED CHILDREN AND ADULTS ASSOCIATION This program again is administered by The West Central Alabama Rehabilitation Center and the money goes to help in the transportation costs of the children to the center. 874-8241

DALLAS COunty FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER United Way helps fund emergency family assistance. Many other programs and services are available also. 874-7785 LITERACY OUTREACH PROGRAM This program is administered by the Public Library and Wallace Community College. They go out in the community and teach adults how to read. SPECIAL PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM Special Pre-School Program is administered by the West Central Alabama Rehabilitation Center, and it takes up where the Early Intervention Program leaves off. Getting these special young people ready for the public school system is the goal. 874-8241

SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army stands ready to provide emergency assistance to individuals and family. 872-1646 SABRA SANCTUARY The SABRA Sanctuary provides shelter and assistance to abused women and their children. SELMA AIR This program works to educate people on HIV the virus that causes AIDS. Also they provide help to those with this dreaded disease. SELMA AREA FOOD BANK The Food bank gathers and distributes food to churches, and feeding programs. 872-4111 SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL United Way dollars go to help the disadvantaged young women of our area enjoy the girl scouting experience. SPECIAL YEARS PLUS This program works with area seniors, by giving at home services at no cost TUKABATCHEE AREA COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA United Way dollars go to help pay for services to the under privileged young men of our community so that they may enjoy the scouting experience. YMCA OF SELMA ALABAMA United Way dollars provide scholarships for under privileged individuals and families, as well as offsetting some of the costs of operating the YMCA. 874-9622



June Jazz on the Grazz Facebook @cityofselmamayor

August River Rally and Community Funday Selma Riverfront Amphitheater 334-874-2101

October February Black History Celebration Facebook @cityofselmamayor

March Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee 334-526-2626 Historic Selma Pilgrimage Vaughan-Smitherman Museum 334-412-8550

Kenan’s Mill Festival 188 County Road 236 334-412-0722 Old Cahawba Haunted History 9518 Cahaba Rd, Orrville 334-872-8058 Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival 3 Church Street 334-878-2787

December Road to Freedom Wagon Tour 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville 334-872-8058 14

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Holiday Festival 1000 Selma Avenue 334-412-8550


Themed Walking Tours Old Cahawba Historial Site, Orrville 334-872-8058 Pot Luck Gathering By the River Center for Humanity 334-505-6158

1st Morning ArtWalk Downtown Selma 334-375-3838



Connect with a Most of my generation grew up in or close to wide open green spaces: farms and forests. But the past two generations are less likely to have spent time on dirt roads and grassy paths. As a conservationist and a dreamer, I value our public lands on so many levels. To look out and see a vast uninhabited mountain, to hike a trail anticipating the wildlife and wildflowers along the journey, to hear the rumble of a majestic waterfall, and to know that all of this is waiting for me whenever I seek it. Cheaha State Park and Wilderness is a true sanctuary for a diverse community of visitors: the weary traveler, the passionate adventurer, the artists, the dreamers, and those who simply enjoy being close to nature in all its splendor. — Renee Simmons Raney, park operations supervisor and director of events at Cheaha State Park 16

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Nature deficit disorder is a phrase I learned from Dr. Richard Louv and his books about the effects of spending too little time outdoors on children. It’s a condition that affects many adults, too. Despite the known physical and emotional benefits, such as reducing stress, increasing mental productivity, lowering blood pressure, and easing symptoms of depression, many people still don’t connect with nature. It’s a problem the team at Cheaha State Park is tackling with their nature, arts and wellness programs.

tery-making workshop. Participants spent time in the class and took breaks for walks or to simply sit outside. Raney says it’s an opportunity to gain exposure for people who don’t usually spend time in nature. “People who may not be inclined to visit the park will come to the workshops because they’re curious about the topics, and they feel the benefits of being off the grid even for an hour,” she adds. “We’ve had 100 percent positive responses, and participants have told us they intend to visit the park again.” Along with workshops about journaling, watercoloring, and basket-making, you can also experience overnight backpacking, kayaking, and mountain biking. The park team provides loaner bikes, kayaks, backpacks, and other equipment, when needed. “We don’t want our guests to feel

little Funded with grants, the programs target adults (but many are kid-friendly) and, so far, 70 percent of attendees are women. “If you haven’t connected with nature, it may seem scary, even for adults,” Raney says. “My objective is to get women outdoors free of stress whether they’re alone or in a group.” The park recently hosted a popular Native American pot-

as if they have to make an expensive investment so we make it possible to try outdoor activities for a few hours without that commitment.” One laid-back workshop focuses on hammocking; participants are encouraged to simply relax and find their playful, creative spirit. “That one will make you feel like a kid again,” she laughs. The park team is working with other wellness professionals to expand their workshops. Upcoming events will include a yoga hike, field to table cooking lessons, learning about medicinal plants and herbs, and creating fairy houses. A Cheaha Wilderness Women event will combine many of these activities over a long weekend at Alabama’s ‘island in the sky.’ You can find more information about upcoming events on Facebook at Cheaha State Park-Alabama.


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Cheaha state

Whether a brisk walk in the woods or a challenging hike to a mountain waterfall is your idea of an outdoor adventure, Cheaha State Park is waiting for you. Alabama’s highest point — 2,407 feet above sea level — is surrounded by 2,799 acres in the Talladega National Forest. While that may sound like an isolated wilderness, it’s only 20 minutes away from Oxford and Interstate 20. Driving from Selma, you can be in the state park in less than three hours. Start your adventure by exploring one of Cheaha’s trails. Six hiking trails meander through the park with varying degrees of difficulty. A wooden boardwalk with seating along its route makes the outlook at Bald Rock easily accessible. From the trailhead at Bald Rock Lodge to the outlook, it’s a .03mile walk. Two dirt rails run alongside the boardwalk for those who want to get closer to nature. If you’re looking for a more strenuous workout, the mile-long Lake Trail is steep so make sure you’re prepared for a rugged hike. If you’re looking for Bigfoot, you might find traces along the Leave No Trace Challenge Trail. The path takes you to the highest point in the park and features educational markers and Bigfoot cutouts. Other nearby trails lead to secluded waterfalls and natural wonders. While hiking is a great workout, there’s so much more. Mountain bike trails crisscross the woods with paths ranging from easier rides to steep inclines and fast single tracks. These trails 18

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combine rough and rocky areas with smooth routes so bikers who ride the entire trail system will have a fun experience. Pulpit Rock and Rock Gardens provide beautiful vistas and breathtaking spots for rappelling and rock climbing. Trained guides are required for rock climbing and rappelling in these areas. If you head down the mountain by more conventional means, you’ll find Cheaha Lake which was hand dug by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. From recreational bass and bluegill fishing to swimming and paddle boats, an array of recreational activities is available at the six-acre lake. Hand-launched boats and electric motors are allowed in the fishing area. History buffs will also find an adventure at Cheaha State Park. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum is home to items used while building the park, and a selfguided tour will give you first-hand look at the cabins, bunker tower, lodge, and more constructed in the 1930s. Cheaha also houses the Indian Relic Museum and Pinhoti Mineral and Gem Mining Co. While the state park in Northeast Alabama is a fun day trip, you might find yourself wanting to spend more time in nature. And, Cheaha has you covered. For a truly outdoor experience, try the primitive campgrounds or semiprimitive campsites. If you prefer to head indoors at night, affordable cabins, chalets, and hotel rooms are available year-round. A newly renovated pool will reopen in


2018. Group lodging and pet-friendly options are available. You won’t want to miss the panoramic view from the park’s restaurant. The delicious countrycooked meals and laid-back atmosphere are added bonuses whether you’re there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even order a picnic to enjoy at one of the many picnic sites scattered throughout the park. Find more details about Cheaha State Park or book an overnight stay at or call (256) 488-5111. Whether it’s a quick day trip or a weeklong vacation, travel broadens our experiences and brings new opportunities for a well-balanced lifestyle. At Healthy Horizons, we want to share some of our personal choices, and we’d like to hear from you. What are your favorite places to visit? Email your suggestions to healthyhorizons@


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Examples of Chronic Illness:


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Alzheimer’s disease and dementia Arthritis Asthma Cancer COPD

Crohn’s disease Cystic fibrosis Diabetes Epilepsy Heart disease HIV/AIDS

Mood disorders s bipolar s cyclothymia s depression Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease

Having a chronic illness doesn’t have to be the end of a happy, fulfilling life. Although a chronic illness is ongoing and will affect your health over a long period of time, possibly the rest of your life, there are many things you can do to keep your spirits up and to have a high quality of life. Diseases such as diabetes and arthritis are chronic.

Coping after the diagnosis

Feelings such as guilt and shame can come after a chronic disease diagnosis because patients may feel they should have made better life choices to avoid the disease, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Another common reaction is grief which can cause people to experience the various stages including denial, bargaining, anger and sadness. All of these emotions are normal and generally ease with time. According to the APA, one of the best ways to cope with the diagnosis is to meet the problem head on. A good place to start is by writing down all of your questions and taking them to your physician to discuss and ask your doctor what specific steps you can take to optimize your health. Accurate knowledge can help you feel empowered, APA reported. Another part of this is taking the steps your doctor recommends, such as healthy eating, exercise, supplements and medications. By taking control of all the elements you can, you will feel more empowered over the disease. Be sure to weed out those people in your life who are not

supportive, APA recommends. Another great way to feel empowered is self-management, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). This means taking responsibility for doing what it takes to manage your illness. In self-management, you partner with your doctor. Your doctor can provide valuable advice and information to help you deal with your illness, AAFP says. However, the treatment plan that works best for one person won’t necessarily work best for you. Nobody knows more than you do about your feelings, your actions and how your health problems affect you. Be sure to fit in things you enjoy everyday, as well. Spend time everyday enjoying your hobbies and your family. Spend time with friends who are positive and uplifting, APA says. Other lifestyle changes could include letting go of unnecessary obligations such as volunteer commitments and asking for additional help when needed. Be sure to openly communicate with your spouse, children and other family members. Your spouse may be your primary caregiver and will need time to themselves. As a couple, you may need time away from children and other responsibilities to spend time together. Other than medical care, you and your family may need psychological care to build coping mechanisms. Ask your physican for recommendations, APA notes.

More on self-management It’s important to understand that your chronic illness is a serious problem, the AAFP says. If you don’t believe this,

you’ll never be motivated to manage your illness effectively. Managing your illness involves making lifestyle choices and using prescribed medical treatments to be as healthy as possible. The AAFP recommends certain steps to help you stay on track. 1. Pick a problem. Take an honest look at the unhealthy aspects of your lifestyle. Start with a particular behavior that you’d like to change in order to have better control of your illness. 2. Get specific. Once you’ve identified a problem, state a specific goal for dealing with it. For example, instead of saying, “I’m going to exercise more,” decide what kind of exercise you’ll do. Your new goal might be: “During my lunch hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I’m going to walk 1 mile in the park.” 3. Plan ahead. After you’ve stated your goal, think of things that could go wrong and plan how you’ll deal with them. For example, if it rains and you can’t go to the park, where will you go to walk? 4. Check your confidence level. If you have doubts you can meet the goal, change the goal, maybe even with a smaller goal. 5. Follow up. As you’re working toward your goal, check in regularly with your doctor to let him or her know how you’re doing. Your setbacks can be learning experiences that help you make a new plan for success. Rural Health Medical Program can also help you reach your goals. Call us at (334) 874-7428 to schedule your first appointment.



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Each year we recognize May 7 as National Physical Fitness and 7 Sports Month. If you can exercise 7 regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even 7 reduce the chances of developing 7 certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to 7 other areas of your life – such as 7 your investment portfolio? 7 And to help maintain a healthy portfolio, you can draw on some of 7 the same principles that apply to 7













keeping your body in good shape. Consider, for example, one of the things that happen when you exercise – namely, your body uses more oxygen. As an investor, you may need your portfolio to get “oxygen” in the form of infusions of new investment dollars. If you stop putting money into your portfolio, you’ll need to rely on your existing investments to grow enough to help you meet your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. Could that happen? Maybe, but you will likely be better off by investing consistently, year after year. And by spreading your contributions over a period of decades, you don’t have to come up with large sums at any one time. Another element important to exercise is the need to avoid



injury. That’s why all sorts of athletes, both competitive and casual, stretch before they swing into action. Many of them also take other injury-avoidance steps, such as strengthening their “core” through abdominal work and increasing their flexibility through yoga. When you invest, you can be “injured” if your portfolio takes a hit during a market downturn. However, this type of injury will likely be much more severe if your portfolio is over-concentrated in just one asset class and the downturn primarily affects those exact assets. But if you own many different types of assets – stocks, bonds, government securities, and so on – you may reduce the impact of a downturn on your portfolio. Keep in mind, though, that this

type of diversification can’t guarantee profits or help you avoid all losses. While exercise is essential to maintaining good health, it isn’t the only factor involved. You should also get regular checkups with a medical professional, who can run various tests to measure changes in cholesterol, blood pressure, heart function and other areas. To help ensure your portfolio is healthy, you also need to chart its progress over time. And that doesn’t just mean determining if you’re getting the growth you need, though that’s obviously of great interest to you. You also need to evaluate whether your portfolio has gotten out of balance, which can occur without your doing anything at all. To illustrate: If you start out with a certain percentage of one type of investment, such as stocks, and these stocks grow to a point where they now take up a bigger share of your portfolio, you may be taking on more risk than you had intended. Consequently, you should review your portfolio at least once a year to evaluate both its performance and its balance. Once you’ve compared where you are today with where you were a year ago, you’ll be in a better position to make appropriate changes if needed. Do what it takes to keep yourself physically fit – but also take steps to ensure your investment portfolio is in good shape. It’s vitally important to your future – and you can do the work without even breaking a sweat.


Rural Health Medical Program, Inc.

Connecting Wellness to The Rural Health Medical Program, Inc. (RHMPI) has been the heartbeat of the Black Belt since 1977, founded by physicians and community members who saw a need to provide high-quality healthcare and wellness programs in rural communities located in WestCentral Alabama. Expanding from two clinics in its early years to now six health centers in five counties, RHMPI has continued to share the vision established forty years ago by providing primary and preventative care services. Health centers are located in Dallas, Marengo, Community Partnership Appreciation Event Monroe, Perry, and Wilcox counties and strategically placed to offer services in Selma, Pine Apple, Thomaston, Marion, Uniontown, and Camden. Along with on-site board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses, are specialty services including dentistry and podiatry. Patients at RHMPI health centers may use private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or opt to pay for services out-of-pocket. For those patients who choose to pay out-of-pocket and qualify based on verified income, Mayor of Selma with Rural Health Medical Program RHMPI uses a sliding fee scale to Inc. Team Members at Selma Family Fun Day offer the same quality services at a more affordable price. private physician, in fact, it means you are The RHMPI Chief Executive Officer, aware of your options and are choosing to Keshee Dozier-Smith, and the Board of receive more cost-effective primary health Directors are focused on continuing to services from qualified practitioners in a provide valuable health services to those warm, relaxed atmosphere you can trust,” who live and work in Alabama’s Black said Smith. “We are working hard to Belt. make sure our patients receive the very Keshee Dozier-Smith “Being a patient at one of our centers best care.” CEO does not mean you are not able to afford a RHMPI is delivering high-quality 26

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health services in each of its clinics as well as in the communities it serves. In recent months, the RHMPI has spread its wings to offer community-based services including low-cost athletic physicals to student athletes at rural high schools, distributing bookbags during back-toschool celebrations, and participating in several neighborhood health fairs. In addition to participating in community events, the RHMPI partners with other health related agencies to provide services including vision, cervical, and breast exams, as well as HIV and Hepatitis-C testing. This fall clinicians from each of the RHMPI health centers will visit area schools to share facts on maintaining good health and wellness. The Rural Health Medical Program, Inc. is your hometown health and wellness solution. Visit or call 1 (844) 736-7629 to locate the health center near you. Community Partnership Appreciation Event


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Vaughan Regional Medical Center


aughan Regional Medical Center might be the only hospital in the Selma area, but it’s not a role they take lightly. “When I joined the hospital staff last year, I was immediately impressed by their commitment to the community,” Chief Executive Officer David McCormack said. “We take our role as the main healthcare provider seriously.” At Vaughan Regional Medical Center, expert, caring professionals strive daily to ensure that they not just meet, but exceed, expectations in providing quality health care to their patients. “We have excellent physicians and other staff members, and we’re always looking for more to complement our team. It allows us to maintain the high standard of care we’ve set for ourselves,” McCormack said. More importantly, the Vaughan family prides itself on providing excellent care and customer

services to the patients, family members and visitors on their campus. The Vaughan family takes this commitment further by actively participating in the community through various fundraising events, serving on committees, volunteering and just being a part of the things that make the city great. By offering employees an excellent place to work, VRMC understands that happiness at work will spill over into the rest of their lives. This not only includes the excellent patient care they provide, but allows employees to spend the important time needed tending to their families and supporting their communities. This in turn stregthens Vaughan’s role in the


community. In addition to time spent in the community, employees and physicians teach people to take responsibility for their health and how

to manage their condition, which is key to the hospital’s community outreach, McCormack said. Helping patients achieve a better quality of life benefits the individual as well as the community. An important, but often overlooked measure of excellence for a hospital are national awards, memberships and accreditations.


Vaughan Regional introduces two new physicians: Trey Gunter, MD General Surgeon

McCormack said these distinctions are measurements of how well the hospital is doing overall. Just to give you an idea of the quality of care of VRMC, here is a listing of some of their distinctions: s Joined Duke Medical Center National Quality Program which is designed to support comprehensive approach to patient safety and quality. s Lowest cardiac intervention complication rate in the region. s Identified by Becker Healthcare Review, a national quality publication, as one of the

top 50 hospitals in the U.S. with the lowest medical complication rate. s Achieved Chest Pain Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology designating Vaughan as one of the top performing cardiac hospitals in the state. s Achieved Blue Ribbon Distinction for Maternity Care from Blue Cross Blue Shield designating Vaughan as one of the top performing OB hospitals in Alabama.

Thesselon Monderson, MD Orthopedic Surgeon

s Received March of Dimes Healthy Baby Award. s Recognized as a 2015 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. “We can’t provide everything that the larger hospitals in Montgomery and Birmingham can but the services that we provide, we do better than anyone else,” McCormack said. “We’re as good as any of the larger hospitals in the region.” In addition to these distinctions, McCormack said they have also established a community wide coalition of healthcare providers to work together to help patients stay healthy once they are discharged from the hospital and prevent readmissions, giving VRMC a unique overall view to healthcare. “Without us, people would have to drive an hour for treatment,” McCormack says.



Preparation Preparing for the future, including one’s funeral arrangements, is the greatest gift we can give to our friends and family. Pre-planning and pre-paying for your funeral lessens the burden on your loved ones during their time of grief, and it gives you the reassurance that your end-of-life rituals are carried out in a way that meets your beliefs, lifestyle, and budget. Pre-need planning is a sensible option for older people who may not have life insurance. As we age, the cost of life insurance may become too expensive or health conditions may prevent you from purchasing a life insurance policy. The average cost of a funeral in Selma is $8,000 whether arrangements include a burial or cremation and, in other areas, the costs may be greater. A direct cremation with a memorial service has an average cost of $2,000. Pre-need plans allow you to make arrangements at today’s prices and protects against rising prices. By setting aside the necessary funds, you can assume financial responsibility for your

helps your family funeral and prevent future hardship during a difficult time for your family and friends. Based on age, payment options are available for pre-need plans. As an example, a 60-year-old person may make monthly payments for up to 10 years. We also accept semi-annual, annual, and one-time payments to fit your personal preferences. Our staff is available at your convenience to discuss preneed planning and our other services. We encourage you to include your loved ones in the process. Funerals are for the living. While your arrangements should honor your life, your funeral may also bring comfort to your family and friends and allow them to express their love and grief. Don’t limit the meaningful involvement of your likely survivors. From choosing personal traditions to paying for your pre-need plan, you can provide peace of mind for your loved ones and yourself. Considering death is often difficult but it’s a reality for all of us. Start the conversation with love and a little humor if it’s uncomfortable for your family and friends to consider your end-of-life arrangements. At Randall Miller Funeral Service, we consider it a privilege to serve you and provide the information you need for these personal decisions. Our family-owned funeral home has been a member of the Selma community since 1946. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our funeral directors, call (334) 874-9081. You can visit our website at www. randallmillerfuneralservice. com. We offer an online planner to help you whether you’re preplanning or you need to make immediate arrangements.

asthma f.a.q.s.

asthma symptoms include: s coughing which is often worse at night s chest tightness s wheezing s coughing or difficulty breathing with exercise

having asthma causes:

s airway muscles to tighten s inflammation to increase s swelling in the airways s mucus to build up s airways become swollen, tight and narrow making it hard to breathe

Respiratory illnesses like asthma are the number one reason why patients come to Children’s of Alabama. Asthma is an inflammatory lung disease that is very common in children and adults. There are two main types of asthma: persistent and intermittent. In persistent asthma, children have more frequent symptoms and flare-ups. This is caused by increased airway inflammation, swelling and narrowing that is present everyday. Children with intermittent asthma have few symptoms because they only have rare times of airway swelling and narrowing. Janet Johnston, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner and asthma educator at Children’s of Alabama. She said even though there’s no cure for asthma, in most cases families can learn how to make sure their child’s asthma is well controlled. One of the most important ways to do that is to know the triggers of asthma.

have to avoid exercise.” Johnston said another concern is making sure the child gets the full dose of medicine through an inhaler alone. She recommends always using a spacer with the inhaler. “Using a spacer ensures the proper dose of medicine is going deeply in the child’s lungs,” she said. “It’s important to get the full dose of medicine. Otherwise, it’s like pouring half of it on the floor.” Johnston encourages families to have an action plan to help keep their child’s asthma well controlled.

Common triggers are:

s Symptom-free most of the time and not needing frequent quick relief medicine s Able to play and exercise like other children s Sleeping through the night s Not missing school or work due to frequent asthma flare ups

The plan should include: s Seeing the child’s health care provider regularly for asthma s Having clear instructions about using the inhaler and any other medicine s Knowing what to do when symptoms increase s Knowing when to call the doctor s Knowing when to seek care

Well-controlled asthma means a child is:

s Respiratory infection s Allergies s Irritants such as smoke s Exercise

Oftentimes, just avoiding the triggers can help reduce the occurrence of symptoms. The exception is exercise. “One trigger you don’t want to avoid is exercise,” she said. “If the child’s asthma is well controlled, they shouldn’t

More information about managing asthma is available at asthma.


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When you don’t have time to deal with the hassle and expense of an emergency room visit, the benefits of walk-in urgent care may change the way you view healthcare for the better. At Selma Urgent Care, they understand that sometimes you just can’t wait to get the quality care you need. Yet, scheduling a doctor’s appointment on short notice can be next to impossible and a trip to the emergency room can literally keep you waiting around the entire day - only to be presented with a huge bill that isn’t covered by your insurance company. The highly-trained and knowledgeable experts at Selma Urgent Care know this isn’t what healthcare should be about, which is why they always focus on prompt, efficient patient care that’s both effective and affordable. They know your time is valuable, and the pile of work on your desk won’t wait just because you’re not feeling well. Even though bad days happen, you still need to take the kids to soccer practice or make it to the company meeting, and that won’t happen from an emergency waiting room. Selma Urgent Care is located at 1025 Medical Center Parkway in Selma, next door to the Vaughan Regional Medical Tower. 36

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They opened May 2012 and is locally owned and operated by Dr. Sai Namburu. Selma Urgent Care is open seven days a week with an experienced physician on staff at all times. Dr. Namburu has a vested interest in the Selma and Dallas County community. Dr.

is willing to help make sure your insurance will cover cost prior to seeing the doctor. The back staff is dedicated to treating you with a friendly, quick and efficient manner. The billing staff is available to make arrangements or discuss payment options Monday

our services:

Namburu and Selma Urgent Care Staff were both named Selma Times Journal Reader Choice winners for Best Doctor and Best Urgent Care in 2016. Selma Urgent Care offers convenient services on-site such as ultrasounds, x-rays and most labs. Selma Urgent Care also offers DOT physicals as well as other physicals for occupational and insurance needs. The clinic provides medical treatment of workman comp injuries and drug testing facilities for many local companies. Selma Urgent Care accepts almost all major insurance plans and offers a reasonable cash rate price for those without insurance. The friendly front office staff

through Friday. Selma Urgent Care is available for minor emergencies, illnesses and most of your healthcare needs at a time convenient to you, the patient. At Selma Urgent Care, you get the impeccable treatment you’ve come to expect from your physician, along with the convenience of a walk-in medical clinic. Most importantly, they are a friendly alternative to expensive, impersonal emergency care. The doctors and staff are dedicated to providing high-quality care that is safe, patient-centered, timely and efficient. Call 334.875.8833, find us online at www.selmaurgentcare. com, or stop by today, and make

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Just for Laughs BAD EATING HABITS A mother complained to her consultant about her daughter’s strange eating habits. –“All day long she lies in bed and eats yeast and car wax. What will happen to her?” –“Eventually,” said the consultant, “she will rise and shine.”

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