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Promoting Healthier Living in Your Community • Physical • Emotional






• Nutritional

The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery

Redefining Self-image

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Can Multivitamins Help You Lose Weight? page 8

Use It or LOSE IT page 20

Plans for Health Information Exchange page 22

letter from the owner

Happy New Year and Welcome to the January 2011 Edition of Healthy Cells! This magazine is dedicated to bringing you quality, up to date information on health issues and services. Your comments are welcomed, as this is your community magazine, serving the Greater Peoria Area. To share a comment or request information, please contact me at or at (309) 681-4418. May 2011 be a happy and healthy year for you, your family and friends! Be sure to make Healthy Cells a part of your informed healthy lifestyle. Sincerely,

Photo Courtesy of Photography by Jill

Kim Brooks-Miller, Owner Healthy Cells Magazine, Greater Peoria Area Edition

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January 6

Physical: Is My Snoring Causing Me to Gain Weight?


Nutritional: Could a Multivitamin Help You Lose Weight?

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The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery: page 12 Redefining Self-Image page 12

The Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy: A Bright Future for Central Illinois

Fitness: Use It of LOSE IT

Health Information Exchange (HIE): Moving Forward in Central Illinois

Hearing Loss: If Untreated, It’s More Serious Than You May Think

Eye Health: Injections in the Eye


Community News: New Specialized Hospital


This Month’s Cover Story:

Volume 13, Issue 1

Emotional: Biofeedback—When Counseling and Medication are Not Sufficient




Senior Health: Nutrition for Seniors; and The Great Car Key Safari

Winter Safety: Stay Safe in the Face of Old Man Winter

Dr. Jeffrey Poulter, speaks to an attendee of the Women’s Lifestyle Show Healthy Cells Magazine is intended to heighten awareness of health and fitness information and does not suggest diagnosis or treatment. This information is not a substitute for medical attention. See your healthcare professional for medical advice and treatment. The opinions, statements, and claims expressed by the columnists, advertisers, and contributors to Healthy Cells Magazine are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. Healthy Cells Magazine is available FREE at over 600 locations, including major grocery stores throughout central Illinois as well as hospitals, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and health clubs. 12,000 copies are published monthly. Healthy Cells Magazine welcomes contributions pertaining to healthier living in central Illinois. Limelight Communications, Inc. assumes no responsibility for their publication or return. Solicitations for articles shall pertain to physical, emotional, and nutritional health only. Mission: The objective of Healthy Cells Magazine is to promote a stronger health-conscious community by means of offering education and support through the cooperative efforts among esteemed health and fitness professionals in central Illinois.

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Is My Snoring Causing Me to Gain Weight? Submitted By The Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine


s the New Year arrives so do the New Years Resolutions. For many of Americans it means hitting the gym more and eating a healthier diet. But research is shows that there may be more to shedding those unwanted pounds than just exercise and diet. A local Sleep Disorders Dentist suggests that lack of quality sleep could be part of the problem. People tend to forego sleep in order to make time for a work-out or other daily activities and it is often overlooked as an important factor in the battle of the bulge. “ Some patients believe less sleep means more calories burned, but they do not realize that skimping on sleep can actually make it harder to lose weight,” says Dr. Rod Willey of the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine. Studies: Those Who Sleep Less Often Weigh More Research suggests that even a modest amount of sleep deprivation can increase appetite by altering the behavior of the hormones leptin and ghrelin, which are responsible for regulating metabolism. “When you don’t sleep, it drives the leptin levels down, which means that you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite increases, so you want more food,” says Dr. Willey. (WebMD) Also, the psychological manifestations of fatigue, sleep and hunger are similar, and as adults, we sometimes confuse them, we tend to eat when we’re actually sleepy, because we think fatigue is a sign of hunger. Others fight feelings of fatigue and sluggishness by relying on high sugar, calorie-laden energy drinks and highly caffeinated beverages to stay awake. The extra calories and caffeine in excess contribute to a vicious cycle of weight gain and the inability to fall sleep when one is truly ready for sleep. In order to help fight these conditions and promote healthy lifestyles, we’re sending a WAKE UP CALL to remind people that sleep is as important as diet and exercise… only easier! Healthy sleep is a part of an antidote for the obesity and diabetes epidemics in America. Snoring & Sleep Apnea Causing Sleep Deprivation Unfortunately, getting a good night’s sleep is not a choice for some individuals. They desperately desire quality sleep and are willing to sleep more hours if necessary, but sleep eludes them because they suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. They may not even be aware of it, because they are, well... trying to sleep. Page 6 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious health problem, and its first appearance is usually indicated by snoring. Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway, which restricts the flow of oxygen. The end result: Although you may go to bed early and think you are getting a good night’s rest, the disruption in breathing prevents you from getting deep reparative sleep. Eight hours of disrupted shuteye can leave you feeling like you had only four. “You wake up feeling tired and continue to feel tired all day,” states Dr. Willey. If a person is overweight and/or suffering from sleep disordered breathing, he/she may not be as motivated to exercise or to diet. When apnea leads to daytime sleepiness, it may be that much harder to begin or sustain an exercise program, which has been shown to help people begin or maintain weight loss. Not only does obesity contribute to sleep problems such as sleep apnea, but sleep problems can also contribute to obesity. A 1999 study by scientists at the University of Chicago found that building up a sleep debt over a matter of days could impair metabolism and disrupt hormone levels. After restricting eleven healthy young adults to four hours sleep for six nights, researchers found their

ability to process glucose (sugar) in the blood had declined in some cases to the level of diabetes. Oral Sleep Appliances – A Comfortable Alternative to CPAP Dentists and physicians are beginning to team up to identify and treat Sleep Disordered Breathing in a new field called Sleep Disorders Dentistry. Sleep Disorders Dentistry involves the use of screening tools (such as health history, questionnaires geared toward quality of sleep, neck circumference measurements, weight, and body mass index (BMI) calculations) as well as airway assessment and Oral Appliance Therapy. Although the CPAP has been the traditional method of treatment for Snoring & Sleep Apnea, many patients refuse to wear them, resulting

in untreated Sleep Apnea and continued health risks for the patient. “We have some patients who come to us and tell us they simply cannot get used to the masks they have tried or that the mask makes them feel claustrophobic. Others tell us it restricts their movement and that the hose gets wrapped up when they roll over,” states Dr. Willey. Oral Appliance Therapy provides another treatment option for the patient. The best treatment option is one the patient will use all night every night. “I’ve had a number of patients who, when successfully treated for their sleep apnea were able to lose weight with little effort. They had more energy, were more active, and their eating habits improved. Sleep Apnea is a widespread problem. Sleep Disorders Dentistry is a possible solution. If you, or someone you know, struggles with losing weight and suspects they have sleep disordered breathing, don’t wait another day. Oral Appliance Therapy is FDA approved and is covered by most medical insurances and Medicare. Make an appointment with your physician or call to schedule a consultation at the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine who can help put you on the path for healthier sleep tonight and brighter, more energetic tomorrows. For more information contact Rod Willey, DDS, D’ACSDD (General Dentist) at the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine at 309-243-8980 email at Or visit their website at

If you have 1 out of 4 of these you have a 90% chance of having Sleep Apnea.

• Neck size of 17in+ (men) or 16in+ (women) • Waist size of 40in+ (men) 36in+ (women) • Body Mass Index (BMI) 30 (men) and 26 (women) • Score of 8+ on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Loud, Heavy Snoring Periods of Not Breathing During Sleep High Blood Pressure Easily Frustrated/ Irritable/ Depression Drowsy Driving Morning Headaches ADHD in Children Heart Disease Weight Gain Inability to Lose Weight Diabetes Acid Reflux Not Feeling Rested after Full Night’s Sleep

Sources: National Sleep Foundation, WebMD

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Could A Multivitamin Help You Lose Weight? By Michael Roizenm, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.


ave you been thinking multivitamins are so over? Despite some recent pooh-poohing headlines—and dissing from a few loud experts—don’t dismiss these nutritional backups as another health fad gone bust. New research shows that a multi could help your waistline and your heart. Don’t get us wrong. A bottle of vitamins can’t fill the gaps in a diet that’s got more burgers, fries and shakes than McDonald’s on Friday night. But everyone has days when pizza’s more tempting than salad, or a tight deadline has you foraging in a vending machine. Besides, some vital nutrients—like vitamin D-3—are tough to get enough of from food alone. That’s one reason we YOU Docs still recommend a multi: It’s insurance against an imperfect diet. But add these two new reasons as well. 1. Multis help you lose weight. If you’re female and need to lose a little, get this: In a recent study of overweight women, those who took a standard multi for six months lost an average of 8 pounds. Those who got fake pills didn’t lose a thing. Why? A multi may help your body slim down by filling tiny nutritional gaps that slow your metabolism (calorie burning rate). That’s not just speculation. The metabolism of the vitamin takers increased by 6 percent, so their bodies burned more calories 24/7. The researchers suspect the extra nutrients help the energy-producing “power plants” inside your cells burn more fat (the plants are called mitochondria, for you science geeks). The nutrient boost also may help your body respond better to insulin and leptin, hormones that affect appetite and weight. That may explain why, in another study, dieters who took a multi felt fuller between meals and had 60 percent fewer hunger pangs. Add it all up, and it looks like feeling extra-hungry may in part be due to small nutritional gaps a multi can fill.

2. Multis defend your heart. After researchers tracked 34,000 women for a decade, they found that taking a daily multivitamin for at least five years makes you 41 percent less likely to have a heart attack (if you don’t have signs of heart disease to begin with). Yup, men get similar benefits. Multis may protect your heart in several ways. Vitamin C, niacin and pantothenic acid (vitamins B-2 and B-5) help several systems discourage heart-threatening plaque. And some minerals, especially magnesium, work to keep arteries flexible and fight bodywide inflammation Page 8 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

So what should you buy? Here’s our multivitamin 101: Getting the right multi needn’t be pricey. In fact, basic may be better. There’s plenty of evidence that we flush most of the excess from high-dose supplements right down the toilet drain. High doses of certain vitamins that get stored in your body may increase your risk for some health problems. Here’s how to get pretty much exactly what you need -- and make the most of what you get: Check the 100 percent list. A good multi should meet the recommended daily intake for most nutrients. Scan the label to see if your multi has close to 100 percent of the Daily Value for everything in it. If you’re a premenopausal woman, it should also have 18 mg of iron to replace what you lose during your periods (talk to your ob/gyn about this). Postmenopausal women and most men need a multi without iron. Consider extra vitamin D-3. Most people need at least 1,000 IU of D-3 a day (1,200 after 60). If your multi has less (likely), make up the difference with a D-3 supplement. Why D-3, not just plain ole D? Because D-3 is the form your skin makes when the sun hits it; your body thinks it’s just the thing. Calculate calcium by sex. Women need 1,000 to 1,200 mg per day but should get half of that from food (no/low-fat dairy, canned salmon, spinach, fortified OJ/soy milk). Men may want to limit calcium supplements to 500 mg a day due to some links to prostate cancer. Either way, you still need a separate calcium supplement to get enough. A smart choice for women: 600 mg calcium supplements that include 600 IU of D-3 and 200 mg of magnesium. Your bones need ‘em all, plus the magnesium keeps calcium from constipating you. You can thank us for that later. Split ‘em up. Buy an inexpensive pill-splitter at the drugstore, then chop your multi in two. Take half with breakfast, half with dinner. Splitting the dose and taking it with food maximizes absorption. If vitamins tend to upset your tummy, taking them with food can keep you comfy, too. The YOU Docs, Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, are authors of “YOU: On a Diet.” Want more? See “The Dr. Oz Show” on TV. To submit questions, go to (c) 2010 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Biofeedback: When Counseling and Medication are Not Sufficient By Ted Chapin, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist


ll of us are under great amounts of stress. Research has shown that it’s not so much the stress we should be worried about but rather our ability or inability to recover from that stress. Stress causes our bodies to kick into a “flight or flight” response. We go on alert and battle the stress with adrenaline. Once the threat has diminished our bodies are supposed to release acetylcholine which helps us recover and return to normal healthy functioning. However for those who encounter too much stress or who stay locked into the “fight or flight” response, they do not recover. As a result they suffer an array of over-arousal problems such as anxiety, anger, insomnia, OCD, distractibility, bruxism (teeth grinding) and poor circulation (cold hands and feet). After a while, being unable to recover, these persons become exhausted and develop an array of under-arousal problems such as depression, ADD, poor motivation and concentration, sugar cravings and difficulty waking. Even more serious, some persons move from states of high alert to exhaustion and experience problems of physiological instability. These include migraine headaches, seizures, bipolar disorder, PTSD, fibromyalgia, PMS, panic disorder, IBS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When stuck in these states most people seek help from a mental health professional and/or a physician who will assist them with psychotherapy, coping strategies and/or medication. Sometimes the problems will decrease and health can be restored but other times, despite counseling or medication the symptoms persist and even worsen. Page 10 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

This is when people, sometimes drop out of therapy or use even more medication to try and manage their problems. Of course, this typically makes things worse. There is another evidence-based solution, “Biofeedback,” which can teach clients healthy self-regulation and greatly improve physiological functioning in as few as ten sessions (chronic and complex problems may require more). By monitoring basic physiological activity such as breathing, muscle tension, heart rate, skin electrical activity and skin temperature, clients learn how to control their body’s reaction to stress. Through treatment, they can reduce and in some cases even eliminate the need for medication. If stress is damaging your health, if you are tired taking medication, if counseling seems insufficient, if you can’t seem to unwind and if you are discouraged to the point of exhaustion, then “Biofeedback Treatment” may be your path to restored health. At the Chapin & Russell Associate, Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois, we assess client’s current psychosocial stressors and administer a five point Behavioral Health Profile Stress Assessment that compares their results to the norm and maps out an individualized treatment plan designed to significantly reduce and in some cases resolve client’s long standing emotional and physical symptoms. For more information call our office at 681-5850, ask for a brochure or see our website at

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The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery: Redefining Self-Image By Mary Hilbert

Dr. Jeffrey Poulter, a speaker for the Women’s Lifestyle Show last fall at the Peoria Civic Center, answers questions about the different types of body contouring following massive weight loss.


n 2009, Americans underwent more than 15 million cosmetic and surgical procedures combined, according to statistics released by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The study shows that despite the economic recession and tightening of wallets among many working Americans, demand for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery has remained at a near all time high. Thanks to the work of board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Poulter and the staff of The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Peoria and Bloomington, Central Illinois has become one of the sought- after destinations for individuals seeking to refine their image and regain a sense of self- esteem through cosmetic and laser procedures. In the past 18 years, Dr. Poulter has treated more than 16,000 patients, some who have traveled back to Central Illinois from as far Page 12 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

away as New York and Los Angeles to undergo procedures with The Center’s offices located at 1505 Eastland Drive Suite 350 in Bloomington and 808 West Trailcreek Drive in Peoria. “I think the attraction to my practice has to do with the attention to the individual and the care the whole staff provides. We have nurses who are gentle and try to make you comfortable,” Dr. Poulter said, “I have a great team. We take it that extra step.” Plastic surgery is most known for its aesthetic results, however surgical and non surgical procedures may be performed not only for beautification purposes but health-related purposes as well. Breast reconstruction is performed on women who have undergone mastectomy, or surgical removal of the breasts due to breast cancer. Body lifting procedures are performed to reduce sagging skin on

patients who have recently undergone massive weight loss from bariatric surgery, or diet and exercise. Eyelid surgery and brow lifts in combination with JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel are performed on patients suffering from drooping lids and baggy lower eyelids. In 2009, reconstructive procedures accounted for a little more than 40 percent of all plastic surgeries performed, an increase of 5 percent from 2008, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). For Dr. Poulter, one of the most rewarding aspects of working as a plastic surgeon is to watch patients transform not just physically, but emotionally following their experience with cosmetic surgery. “In healthy people, it can change their lives and improve their self-esteem,” Dr. Poulter said, adding that some patients who are initially shy in many cases become more outgoing and exude a higher sense of self-confidence when they have a positive body image. “People expect good results, and they should,” Dr. Poulter said. Through word of mouth and a reputation for quality of care, Dr. Poulter and his staff continue to see new clients undergoing consultations and procedures each year. Both locations of The Center provide an environment designed to appeal to the comfort, confidentiality and leisure of patients, including individual consultation rooms, a secluded operating room and recovery suite. Aside from enjoying a health spa atmosphere, clients also take comfort in being surrounded with the most up-to-date laser technology in skin resurfacing and hair and vein removal, as well as a state of the art operating room with fully equipped pre-op and post-op recovery rooms with Bear Hugger and Bear Paws patient warming systems and air compression boots to aid in preventing blood clots following surgery. The surgical suite’s staff includes both joint commission accredited anesthesia providers and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Various Cosmetic/ Reconstructive Procedures and Benefits Available cosmetic and reconstructive procedures vary depending on the cosmetic surgery a patient chooses. Here are a few examples of plastic surgery options and what they achieve for the patient: • Body Contouring Procedures: undergoing removal of excess fat or skin to achieve a more natural or desirable shape. Example procedures include tummy tuck, thigh lift, liposuction, etc. • B reast Enhancement/Reconstructive Procedures: altering the size or shape of a woman’s breast or breasts, sometimes with or without medical purpose. Example procedures include breast enlargement, breast lift, breast reduction and reconstruction. • Facial Rejuvenation Procedures: restoring youthful appearance to facial features through cosmetic or medical surgical procedures. Example

Dr. Poulter begins to perform abdominoplasty surgery (tummy tuck) in his state-of-the-art surgical suites. January 2011 — Peoria — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 13

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procedures include face lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, ear surgery and laser resurfacing. Medical Spa Services The Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery also provides medical spa services to clients. A medical spa is a combination of a day spa and a medical clinic, operating under the supervision of a medical doctor. Luxury atmosphere and long-term, satisfying results are two of the most important aspects of the Center’s spa services. Whether a patient desires more beautiful skin or to reduce unwanted wrinkles and excess hair growth, the spa treatments offered by Dr. Poulter are effective at almost any age, only providing treatments that have been proven to be safe and effective. Among the qualified staff in Bloomington is licensed Computer imaging helps Dr. Poulter educate his patients on the aesthetician, Cathy Greeneprocedure they are considering and provides realistic expectations. berg, one of ten scholars in Consultations may be made by phone or online through The Centhe United States to receive the 2008 National Legacy Scholarship ter’s website at Several financing programs presented by the International Dermal Institute. In Peoria, Dr. Poulter are available through the center for the convenience of patients. is working with Mary Dix Hayse, founder of Skin by Mary, to optimize Before deciding on a care center and treatment option that will their skin care results. All treatments received through the medical best suit your individual needs, Dr. Poulter recommends taking the spa are administered or supervised by Dr. Poulter. Among popular following steps: medical spa treatments available to patients are BOTOX®, dermal 1. Do your homework. Research the procedure, the benefits and the fillers, laser hair removal, skin resurfacing, and spider vein treatment, risks. Go to for the latest information on as well as skin care products and more. plastic surgery procedures. 2. Have realistic expectations. Discuss your surgery with your plasWho is Dr. Jeffrey Poulter? tic surgeon. What are your expectations? What do you need to Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board understand about side effects and recovery time? of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Poulter specializes in a number of cos3. Be informed. Ask to talk to patients who have had your procemetic surgical procedures including laser treatments, body contouring dure. Ask to see pictures of results of other patients who have and facial rejuvenation. A Bloomington resident and University of Illinois had the same procedure. honors graduate with accreditation from the Southern Illinois University 4. Don’t let just anyone inject anything into your body without the of Medicine, Dr. Poulter is actively involved in the Central Illinois comadvice of a doctor. munity, having participated in Habitat for Humanity and the Women’s 5. When choosing your plastic surgeon, check for certification by Lifestyle Show. He currently serves as Vice President for the McLean the American Board of Plastic Surgery. You can check online at County affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. or by calling 1-866-ASK-ABMS. 6. Many plastic surgeons with a focus on cosmetic surgery have Requesting a Consultation earned membership in ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Consultations provide prospective patients the opportunity to Plastic Surgery, Inc.). discuss questions and concerns about undergoing a procedure, while simultaneously providing the plastic surgeon with a clear un Jeffrey S. Poulter, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon derstanding of what end result is sought through treatment. In order with offices in Bloomington and Peoria. For more information to receive the highest quality of care possible it is important for you may contact Dr. Jeffrey Poulter in Bloomington by callpatients to be open and honest about their feelings are in regard to ing (309) 663-1222 or toll-free (888) 841-4108. Or email your physical appearance, how the patients see themselves and how paquestions to Visit online tients believe others perceive them. Failure to communicate clearly at for additional informamay confuse the surgeon about the treatment wanted, and leave tion, before and after photos and videos of various procethe patient disappointed with the outcome. Computer imaging and dures—in the privacy of your own home. patient consultation assists Dr. Poulter in developing a realistic assessment of how to obtain optimal results with any given procedure. Page 14 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

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A Bright Future for Central Illinois Submitted by Easter Seals


t is estimated that more than 1,000 children with cerebral palsy and their families live in the 21 county area served by Easter Seals. Easter Seals, the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria currently serve less than 500 children with cerebral palsy—less than 50% of the current need. This past December, Easter Seals celebrated the official launch of the Ray and Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy which will expand the regional capacity and services available to help more children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The center has been named in honor of former Congressman Ray LaHood’s service and commitment to the community. The mission of the Center, which is a collaboration between Easter Seals, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Bradley University and others, is to expand resources for diagnosis, treatment, education and support for children with Cerebral Palsy while also expanding the availability of these resources throughout the community. The Center will be under the direction of Dr. Andrew Morgan. Cerebral Palsy is a general term for motor impairment resulting from an injury to the developing central nervous system. It can occur before, during, or after birth and is often the result of prematurity, low-birth weight, lack of oxygen or infection. The disorder affects two or three children out of one thousand and is characterized by limited motor coordination, stiffness, weakness, and overall limited movement, especially with skills such as

walking, running and jumping. Children are usually born with the disorder, but it is often not detected until 6 – 12 months of age when children begin moving around on their own. Although there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy, supportive treatments will improve the child’s skills and abilities and allow them to overcome many challenges they experience. An important aspect of treatment is helping the child become as independent as possible. This often includes the use of braces, wheelchairs, medications and surgery. Children diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy can experience a variety of symptoms to varying degrees. Some children have severe limitations and will require assistance throughout their life, while others have mild limitations and can develop the skills and strategies necessary to accomplish their goals and live independently. Because everyone is affected in different ways, one of the most important considerations in treatment is tailoring it to each individual’s specific needs and goals. Ultimately, the goal for every child with Cerebral Palsy is to reach their full potential and participate in activities they love. The establishment of the Ray and Kathy La Hood Center for Cerebral Palsy is a way to make that goal a reality for more children and families here in Peoria and throughout central Illinois. For more information, you may contact Easter Seals in Peoria, 507 E. Armstrong Avenue, 309-686-1177, in Bloomington, 2404 E. Empire, 309-663-8275 or at

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Use It or LOSE IT! Submitted by Marianne Miller, Club Fitness


ou’ve heard that phrase how many times? Well, I’m gonna be “in your face” here…It’s true!! If you are spending your time living a sedentary lifestyle...spending way too much time sitting on your bottom…and far too little …for many, spending NO time exercising…You are going to LOSE your health and vitality...PERIOD! No way around it… you absolutely, positively HAVE TO GET OUT AND EXERCISE! It doesn’t matter if you are 62 and haven’t exercised for 30 years or 15 and never exercised!…don’t wait another day! Do it today! Don’t let another day pass without being proactive about your own health! I have always believed, personally, that exercise can cure just about anything…or at least dramatically improve whatever might be ailing you... i.e., depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and lack of energy…you name it. I have always been a big advocate of “exercise to heal”. I also believed that possibly I was a bit idealistic about this assumption…or possibly the main reason for the euphoria I and many of my “exercise-obsessed friends” feel, was due simply to the endorphins we release during and after exercise and we were experiencing something unique to us. Well, I recently received a copy of the book entitled “Younger Next Year” by Chris Crowley & Henry Lodge. This book confirms my be-

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liefs. In this book, it states that exercise is THE KEY to staying young. As we age, there are certain changes that occur that we do not have control over, such as wrinkles and gray hair. However, as we age, many of the age related health risks we expect to encounter are largely preventable. This book points out some pretty scary statistics. For example...did you realize that more women die each year from heart disease than all cancers combined? In fact, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease & stroke) kill more women than the next seven causes of death combined! Why…with these statistics, do some of us feel “guilty”…or maybe we are just right down too lazy to get off the couch and be pro-active about our own health! Get real! Think about it. If the draperies in your front room…that all your neighbors could see clearly, began looking shabby and ragged, my guess is most of us would take measures to improve those unsightly curtains. I mean, wouldn’t we be embarrassed if our neighbors saw what an imperfect housekeeper we are? Or how about our lawns…oh my! They have to look perfect. But, when it comes to our own bodies, our own health and making changes that improve our chances of a healthier life, why can’t we get off our bums and (as Nike would say) JUST DO IT! My gosh! Isn’t your health more important than impressing your neighbors with the perfectly groomed yard, sparkly clean car and immaculate house. MAKE EXERCISE A PRIORITY IN YOUR LIFE! We all have excuses… I’m too tired. I don’t have time. My right knee hurts…right? Suck it up! You HAVE TO EXERCISE in order to live a healthy life. Humans are genetically designed to move…We are not designed to sit for hours and deal with the stresses we have brought on ourselves…We are in the mode of “rotting”…We need to shift our lifestyles to begin LIVING a fabulous life. In order to do that, along with a healthy eating program, and healthy choices…YOU MUST EXERCISE. Now, I will make enemies…if I haven’t already. Going out for a leisurely stroll isn’t gonna cut it. Obviously, you want to be aware of physical limitations you have. And you have to start out slow. But PUSH YOURSELF! Do your best to exercise 6 days a week. Make it a habit…Make it a priority! Three of those workouts… push yourself to break a sweat! Expect more from yourself. Set goals and benchmarks…accomplish them, and celebrate your accomplishments. Do you have any idea how your self-esteem is going

to improve and how much more fun you will begin having from your exercise program?..Let alone..your LIFE? It will truly be life changing! I have seen teenage girls headed down the road to drug/alcohol abuse, use exercise to shift gears away from the direction they were headed. I have seen women come from being battered and abused empower themselves through exercises. I have seen middle-aged ladies, considered obese…carrying around with them all the effects of being in that shape..low energy, low self-esteem, rising glucose levels, lack of libido and basically seeing their bodies “rotting away”, find a whole new life through exercise! I promise you, daily exercise can improve your attitude, your energy level and make life more fulfilling than you ever thought possible. The real beauty…YOU are in control! It’s up to YOU…No one can do it for you!...But, also when you set those goals and accomplish them…no one can take that away from you…It’s all YOU! I would recommend you pick up a copy of “Younger Next Year”. This book is available specifically for men & women. It makes sense, and I know that once you implement this approach to exercise in your life, you will feel better than you ever thought possible! The important thing is consistency…You don’t have to break any landspeed records, run a marathon or become a world-class cyclist…all we want here is for you to be the BEST YOU POSSIBLE! The way to do this is CONSISTANCY! Do it every day! Make it a habit. If that means getting up 45 minutes earlier to get it done so you don’t talk yourself out of it by day’s end….do it. You might have to get to bed a bit earlier the night before…But it will be well worth it! For additional information please contact Marianne Miller at Club Fitness: or call 309-689-1400.

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health information exchange (HIE)

Plans Moving Forward in Central Illinois Submitted by Quality Quest for Health of Illinois


lans for a regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) covering 20 counties in the Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, and Decatur areas are quickly moving forward.

What is an HIE? Health information exchange is the process of securely sharing patient information from electronic medical records, insurance claims and other sources, such as prescribing information, in an electronic format between healthcare providers. For example, an HIE makes it possible for a physician, with patient permission, to have access to a patient’s complete health history during an office visit. If tests are conducted at three different hospitals and a physician office, the physician will be able to see all the results from participating organizations. A patient must give consent in order for confidential records to be shared within an HIE. The combined population that would be served by an HIE in central Illinois is more than 1,300,000 people. There are many HIE eligible participants in our region, including: • 27 hospitals • 20 health departments • 2800+ physicians • 281+ pharmacies

• 12+ imaging services and laboratories • Many ancillary healthcare providers such as rehabilitation centers, behavioral healthcare, long-term care facilities, and nursing homes.

The counties represented in a central Illinois HIE are: Champaign, Coles, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Fulton, Knox, Livingston, Macon, Marshall, McLean, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Vermillion, and Woodford. How does it work? Think Expedia. An HIE works in a similar way as airline travel sites such as Expedia or Travelocity. A vacationer enters a destination and date and the travel site immediately pulls all the available flight information from different airlines. Likewise, a physician enters a patient’s name and the HIE record locator immediately pulls the individual’s health information from different health providers and makes it easy to view on a computer screen in a matter of seconds. What are the benefits to patient care? Sharing medical information between healthcare providers enhances coordination between caregivers and helps make patient

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care better. HIE helps prevent duplication of services and it helps lower medical errors. It means X-rays and lab tests do not need to be repeated because the results are unavailable. It also helps make a complex system less confusing for patients and families. It means everyone involved in a patient’s care has the information they need. Other benefits include reducing health disparities, reducing paper, and helping control rapidly escalating healthcare costs. What’s happening in central Illinois? Quality Quest for Health of Illinois facilitated an 18-month HIE planning process beginning in 2009 for the central Illinois region as the result of three state grants from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. More than 180 people across 20 counties contributed an estimated 664 hours per month of volunteer time. In June, Quality Quest submitted a final plan to the State of Illinois reflecting the region’s direction with respect to establishing a Health Information Exchange system for central Illinois. Those recommendations were integrated into the State’s plan which was submitted to the Office of National Coordinator in July. Regionally, six organizations have signed on as charter members of the Central Illinois HIE (as of press time) and will help fund startup costs of the soon to be non-profit subsidiary of Quality Quest. The organizations are Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Decatur Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital in Streator, Human Service Center, and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Visit: For organizations that are interested in learning about charter member opportunities may contact David Miller at 309-251-6491.

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hearing loss

If Untreated, It’s More Serious Than You May Think Submitted by Midwest Hearing for communication that can negatively impact personal relationships, as well as lead to compromised performance at work. Trying to navigate communication with untreated hearing loss is essentially like trying to ride a bike and take notes at the same time. The concentration required for this type of task is difficult and tiring. Although it is true that the more significant the untreated hearing loss, the more difficult communication becomes, it is important to recognize that even mild hearing losses pose significant threats to successful communication. Sadly, the end result of untreated hearing loss is often missed social opportunities, a feeling of being disconnected from friends and family and a diminished earning potential. These experiences can lead to withdrawal and isolation.


o you know someone who seems to have trouble hearing? Have you ever known someone who struggles to hear AND does not wear hearing aids? Chances are your answer is yes to both questions. According to the National Institute on Deafness, only about 1 in 5 Americans with hearing loss who could potentially benefit from hearing aids actually wear them. Many of these people wait up to decades to seek treatment for a hearing loss that should have been treated years earlier. Some never seek treatment at all. Audiologists who counsel patients with hearing loss daily will tell you that the one of the most common questions in response to the recommendation of treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids is this: “Can I get by without hearing aids?” CAN people with hearing loss “get by” without hearing aids? Of course they can get by, just as a person can get by without glasses if he or she suffers from less-than-perfect vision. But most people would never consider going without glasses. There are some pretty big consequences for those who go without correcting their vision… like not being allowed to drive, for instance. Most people aren’t willing to suffer that consequence. So what about untreated hearing loss? Are there consequences for this? The answer is a resounding yes. There are many consequences… and life-altering ones at that. Safety Just as it is dangerous for a person with uncorrected vision to drive, it stands to reason that untreated hearing loss can also be tied to safety issues. Unfortunately, many alarms and alerting tones we rely on to keep us or others safe are inaudible to a person with hearing loss. Smoke alarms and the back-up beeps of a truck in reverse are just two examples of alarms that can be missed and lead to injury or even death. Many sounds of danger, such as the sound of a car approaching from behind, are fairly quiet and are not paired with an alerting tone. These sounds are also easily missed by a person with hearing loss. Communication Untreated hearing loss can lead to communication breakdown. Even a mild hearing loss can lead to missing out on what was said in any given situation, particularly in a situation that includes background noise. This fact has implications both in one’s personal life as well as in the workplace. Hearing loss leads to misunderstandings and missed opportunities Page 24 — Healthy Cells Magazine — Peoria ­— January 2011

Psychological and Brain Health It is clear that hearing loss is closely linked to psychological health. In fact, studies have shown that it is common for people with untreated hearing loss to suffer from depression as a direct result of the frustration, fatigue, loneliness and communication disconnect they experience because of their hearing loss. On the flip side, people with hearing loss that has been addressed and treated are no more likely to suffer from depression than their normal hearing counterparts. In addition to depression, there is growing evidence to support the link between poor memory and untreated hearing loss. The newest research is even finding some links between untreated hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease, although the nature of these links are as yet not fully understood. Relationships and Health Feeling disconnected from friends and family and struggling to communicate at work can lead to anxiety and a feeling of inadequacy. Researchers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention have found that older adults with hearing loss are more likely than those with normal hearing to suffer hypertension, heart disease and stroke. Untreated hearing loss can also affect the health of the spouse of the hearing impaired person. When hearing loss causes a person to withdraw and become depressed, the spouse of that person often becomes angry, frustrated and depressed in response. Getting By is Not Good Enough Clearly “getting by” is NOT good enough. Going without hearing aids does not just mean missing a word here or there… it goes much deeper than that, threatening personal well-being and relationships. Understanding these negative implications is critical in the process of acceptance of hearing loss. Once acceptance has been reached, the journey toward treatment of the hearing loss can truly begin. It would never be considered acceptable to leave a child with hearing loss untreated… the repercussions of doing so are just too great. Bearing this in mind, our standard of care for adults with hearing loss needs to be the same. With increased public awareness of the serious consequences of untreated hearing loss, both individuals and our society as a whole can move toward embracing the treatment of hearing loss. The benefits of treatment for all individuals with hearing loss would most likely far exceed our greatest expectations. For more information contact Midwest Hearing today at 209-284-0164.

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eye health

Injections in the Eye By Kamal Kishore, MD


he human eye is an incredibly complex organ. Our eyes develop as tiny extensions from the brain at around six weeks after conception, and grow throughout the pregnancy to develop into a specialized organ designed to process light and color signal. Retina is the nerve tissue that lines inside of our eyes and generates electrical signal from light exposure. The nerve of sight, the optic nerve, carries this signal to the brain. Developmentally, both retina and optic nerve are derived from the brain. Three layers of nerve cells are stacked to form the retina. Choroid is a layer of blood vessels that surround and nourish the retina. Sclera, the white part of the eye is a shell that covers and protects retina and choroid. Retinal cells, like brain cells are unable to divide. Therefore, unlike some other parts of our body such as skin and bone, damage to the retina and brain tends to be permanent. Many infections and inflammatory conditions that affect the brain can also affect the retina and result in serious and permanent damage to sight. Retina can also be damaged by diseases affecting the body, most notably diabetes. Wet age-related macular degeneration is a disease unique to retinal tissue where abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the retina and cause leakage of clear liquid or fat, bleed or form scar tissue that can permanently destroy central or reading vision. Injections into the eye are an important method of getting a drug into the retinal tissue without exposing the entire body to potential side effects from the drug. A common example is steroid injection into the eye for inflammation or swelling, similar to injection in joints for arthritis. Sometimes, a steroid injection can be given around the eye, usually under the upper lid, but it is more effective if given directly into the cavity of the eye. These injections are given through the white part of the eye, about 3-4 mm from the edge of the iris, the colored part of the eye. A single injection of steroid in the vitreous cavity is effective for about three to six months. Cataract and glaucoma are common complications of steroid injection into the eye. Two other medications, Avastin and Lucentis are commonly injected into the vitreous cavity of the eye for a variety of conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and blockage in the veins of the retina. Both of them are protein molecules that block another protein in the eye known as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) that is responsible for swelling and growth of abnormal blood vessels in most cases . Currently, these medications are the most effective treatment for age-related macular degeneration and many other conditions. A single injection is effective for 1-2 months. Therefore, multiple injections over a period of months to years are needed to control the disease process. Similarly, diabetic retinopathy is also a chronic disease. Injections of avastin or steroids are commonly given into the eye for swelling in the macula from diabetes. Laser is also administered as needed to seal off source of leakage and reduce the need for injections.

We have extensive experience in the process of intraocular injections. More than three thousand injections were administered in the year 2010 for several retinal conditions. The technique has been modified over the years to make injections fast and painless for the patient. Because many of our patients travel a long distance to come to our offices, we try to perform all diagnostic tests and give injection if needed on the same day as the office visit, initial or follow-up. It saves the patients and their companion an extra trip just for the injection. A variety of techniques including anesthetic drops, cotton-tipped applicators soaked in anesthetic solution, anesthetic gel and sometimes anesthetic injection are employed to achieve anesthesia and minimize pain. We recognize that each patient is different regarding sensitivity and tolerance to pain and tailor protocol for anesthesia to suit individual patient in order to make the process as painless as possible. Precautions are taken to sterilize the eye before the injection, and antibiotic drops are prescribed to be used three times over the next 24 hours. It is very important to keep the eye closed and not to touch or rub the eye after the injection until the anesthetic wears off, usually 20-30 minutes. Artificial tear drops are used for scratchiness for one-two days. We realize that most patients are apprehensive about getting a shot in the eye, but with modern technique it is a reasonably safe, fast and effective tool to treat several previously untreatable conditions. In fact most patients tell us after the injection that it is “not as bad as it sounds”. For more information please contact IllinoisRetina today at 589-1880. January 2011 — Peoria — ­ Healthy Cells Magazine — Page 27

community news

New Specialized Hospital Offering Unique Depth of Care in Central Illinois By Randy Cosby


riumph Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital’s state-of-the-art facility and specialty trained staff offer a unique depth of care to patients and families in central Illinois. “We provide high-quality, specialized care for medically complex patients who need a longer time to recover from their illness or injury,” said Steven Schultz, Chief Executive Officer of the 50-bed hospital, which opened in 2009. Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital is jointly owned by Methodist Medical Center and RehabCare Group, the parent company of Triumph HealthCare, which operates 35 hospitals nationwide. A longterm acute care hospital (LTACH), Greater Peoria has the capability to care for patients whose medical conditions are too complex, costly or serious to be treated in a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing facility or traditional short-term acute care hospital (STACH). Patients include the elderly and others suffering from multiple conditions, as well as technology-dependent individuals requiring ongoing intensive nursing care, such as those on ventilators.

LTACH patients usually come from intensive care units (ICUs), medical surgical units, and emergency departments in STACHs, but can be admitted directly by a personal physician from the office or the patients home. Although many of its patients are local residents, Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital has accepted patients from St. Louis, Chicago and even Aruba, Schultz said. Patients outside of an LTACH’s primary service area often are brought there because it offers a level of specialized care unavailable elsewhere. “Our level of care is unmatched in the region because of our expertise in treating patients on ventilators or with complicated wounds and many other severe conditions,” Schultz said. The hospital’s services, which are offered on an inpatient basis, are: • An eight-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) • A pulmonary program serving ventilator patients, with a goal of weaning them from the devices • A wound care program which treats patients with wounds that are slow to heal and teaches patients how to care for their wounds after discharge from the hospital • A transitional or low-tolerance rehabilitation program designed to help build patients’ ability to undergo more extensive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy. Because of the severity of patients’ conditions, the length of stay in an LTACH averages between 25 and 30 days – and may be longer depending on the severity of an injury or illness – as opposed to a three-to-five-day stay in a STACH. LTACH patients are discharged to a variety of destinations, including their homes where home health professionals and family members assist with their continued recovery, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals where they can receive a minimum of three hours of therapy five days a week, or a skilled nursing facility. Although the number of LTACHs has more than doubled since 1997 to more than 400 currently, there is a moratorium on new ones through 2012 while the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) works to establish more definitive criteria for federal funding of LTACHs. The result is increased demand for the specialized services provided by existing LTACHs. “In central Illinois, we are the only hospital able to provide the essential, long term critical care needed to treat most medically complex cases,” Schultz said. For more information on the services offered by Triumph Greater Peoria Specialty Hospital, 500 Romeo B. Garrett Avenue in Peoria, call 309-680-1500, or visit

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senior health

Nutrition for Seniors; and The Great Car Key Safari Submitted by Lutheran Hillside Village


how of hands—how many of you out there spend at least part of your morning routine hunting for that most elusive and wily of game—the car keys? They always seem to hide themselves the moment you’re about to walk out the door. For older adults, it can be easy to write this kind of hunt off as a “senior moment,” but there are steps you can take to reduce the length and frequency of those moments. So if your mornings are starting to feel like a car key safari, then maybe it’s time to hit the grocery store for some basic memory- enhancing supplies. In her book Food Cures, nutritionist and Today Show regular Joy Bauer lays out the ideal diet for car key hunters of all ages, but with a special focus on foods that help people maintain their memory as they age. Working on the leading edge of an increasingly important area of brain research, Bauer advises getting larger helpings of some familiar, if complicated-sounding, foods — especially cruciferous vegetables and foods that are high in anthocyanin and quercetin. You may not recognize the names of these unpronounceable veggies and nutritional supplements, but most likely you already have a few of them lying around in your fridge.

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Cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and bok choy. Anthocyanin-rich comestibles: Berries, cherries, black currents, eggplant, grapes, plums, rhubarb, red onions, red apples, red/purple cabbage, and red beets. Quercetin-heavy goodies: Onions, kale, leeks, tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, apricots, apples (notably Red Delicious varieties), and grapes (again). Add these to a diet heavy in leafy green veggies (especially spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, and Swiss chard), and you’re taking in some serious steroids for your brain. Want to go a step further? While you’re at the supermarket, throw some fish in your shopping cart as well. Because mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon are especially high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). If you’re like I was and don’t know what docosahexaenoic acid is, let me save you a trip to Wikipedia – it’s an omega 3 fatty acid that’s dynamite for the brain. It’s a major fatty acid in the brain (and in the

retinas, too, so bonus points for your peepers), and it’s been linked to lowering risk of heart disease by reducing our blood triglycerides. And, perhaps most importantly to our discussion today, low levels of DHA have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. As Dr. Ernst J. Schaefer of Boston’s Tufts University explains, “If you have a high level of DHA it reduces your risk of dementia by about half.” The lead researcher in the Farmington Heart Study, Dr. Schaefer followed 899 participants over nine years to chart the relationship between dementia and DHA levels. “Just as fish is good

for your heart, it’s probably as good for your brain as well,” says Dr. Schaefer. One more suggestion—get your folic acid. It’s a B vitamin that can boosts your brain’s information processing power as well as memory recall. It’s even been shown to protect memories, provide energy, and promote a healthy nervous system. Folic acid is a really versatile supplement, as it helps to treat conditions from Alzheimer’s to anemia to depression to cancer. In fact, you might already be taking some under another name like Vitamin B-9, folacin, folate and pteroyl. But if not, you can find this potent brain booster in fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas (the vegetable, not the hip-hop group), soybeans, green peas, artichokes, wheat germ, beets and oranges. Considering the huge list of foods we’ve laid out here, I’ll lay dollars to docosahexaenoic acid that you’ve seen a few things here that you could stand to pick up at the store. (After all, who doesn’t like grapes?) For ideas on how you can prepare these powerful natural memory enhancers, visit www. It’s a great resource for finding recipes that can combat memory loss and other health issues. Don’t think of it as a diet change so much as getting in shape for the Great Car Key Safari! For more information contact us today at Lutheran Hillside Village, a senior living community located in Peoria. Join us for lunch and see for yourself what a difference a healthy diet can make! Visit us online at

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winter safety

Stay Safe in the Face of Old Man Winter Submitted by The Red Cross


entral Illinois—Winter storms may bring hazardous driving conditions and downed trees and power lines. The Red Cross offers these suggestions to help you be prepared and stay safe in the event of a winter emergency.

Always stay home when severe weather is expected. 1. Dress warmly in layers 2. Listen to the radio or television to get the latest information and know the terms • Wind Chill - “Wind chill” is a calculation of how cold it feels outside when the effects of temperature and wind speed are combined. A strong wind combined with a temperature of just below freezing can have the same effect as a still air temperature about 35 degrees colder. • Winter Storm Watches and Warnings · “winter storm watch” — Be alert, a storm is likely · “winter storm warning” — Take action, the storm is in or entering the area · “blizzard warning” — Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill — seek refuge immediately! · “winter weather advisory” — Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists · “frost/freeze warning” — Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops, or fruit trees 3. Assemble essential supplies • Flashlight and batteries • Portable, battery-powered radio • At least one gallon of water per person and a small supply of nonperishable food • Red Cross First Aid kit

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If you need to be on the roads, please prepare before you drive. 1. Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full; a full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing. 2. A  llow extra time when traveling. Monitor weather conditions carefully and adhere to travel advisories. 3. Keep a Red Cross First Aid kit and a winter storm survival kit in your car. At minimum, a storm kit should include: • A battery-powered radio and extra batteries • Flashlight and extra batteries

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January Peoria Healthy Cells 2011  
January Peoria Healthy Cells 2011  

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