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Contents April 10

WHAT´S INSIDE Page 8

Bulimia Nervosa P.12

Genetic Testing: A Simple Bood Test to Save Lives P.14

Healthy Makeover Challenge P.28

The Golden Rule

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Living with a Diabetic Diet

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Bulimia Nervosa

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Genetic Testing: A Simple Blood Test to Save Lives

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Hospice Care

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Loving Our Earth

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Take the Time to Be a Good Parent

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Occupational Therapy Awareness Month

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Autism Awareness

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Healthy Makeover

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Should I Lose Some Weight?

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The History and Practice of Colon Hydrotherapy

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Journey of a Lifetime

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Organics

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Teens and Sleep

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Herb-Spiced Tilapia with Asparagus

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South Texas College Provides Students Tools to Prosper

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P U B L IS HE R

healthy valley magazine Editor in Chief Marketing Director Website Director Graphic Design Photography Proof Reader Contributing Readers

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Claudia Portillo Del Valle Arnaldo Del Valle Andres Rojas Healthy Valley Media Cesar A. Tobon David Pezzat Lora Incardona Ana C. Posada-DĂ­az, M.D. Marcel Twahirwa, M.D. Guillermo Lazo, M.D National Sleep Foundation Abel Gonzalez, CPT Bruce D. LaTourneau, ACN Lora Incardona Zoraly Ramos Maria Luisa Salcines Rubel Shelly Kimberly S. Pierson Caty Salazar Giovanna Garcia Carlos Jaramillo

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E D IT O R ’ S LETTER

It has been a great month! Spring came very slowly, but we can now feel that it has arrived to our Valley. Hopefully this will encourage us to participate in scores of outdoor activities. Of the many things there is to talk about this month, I have to say that Healthy Valley EspaĂąol was a great success. I am very happy to know how appreciated it is throughout the community. When the magazine launched early in March, I was in California with my mom and did not get a chance to see the printed version before I left. I was so pleasantly surprised, by the text messages and email letters I received from the community, friends, and family soon after the magazine was made available to readers. It touches my heart to know that we were able to reach so many in our community, and the letters received made everyday special. Thank you all! Last Tuesday president Obama signed the health care reform into law. We all have expectations for what health care reform really means and can accomplish, and Healthy Valley magazine will bring you more information about this important topic in future issues. Last month we had the pleasure of meeting Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker, a South Texas native, at a private event. She has been traveling throughout the United States being an advocate for Harvest, a documentary about migrant children who pick produce for sub-poverty wages. The film is being produced by Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury, whose nonprofit company Shine Global earned an Oscar nomination for the 2007 documentary War Dance. U. Roberto Romano will direct. Eva Longoria Parker is known for her activist work with groups like the United Farm Workers and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Watching the trailer for Harvest, I had the opportunity to see that many of the migrant workers were from Edinburg, Texas. As Mrs. Parker said, we worry all the time about what is happening around the world, yet we have a country and our own people to take care of. To this I say charity starts at home, so I hope you find it in your hearts to donate to this amazing cause that will give many young Americans the education and futures they deserve. To donate to this cause, log in to www.shineglobal.org. The Healthy Makeover Challenge is going incredibly well. We will start with the interviews shortly. We hope this will be the beginning of an amazing journey to health and that with this project we can continue to make a difference one a time. Go to healthyvalleyonline.com and start making a difference in your life. Again and again, thank you to all our sponsors who make this possible for you and me.

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HEALING FOR THE SOUL

The Golden Rule by Rubel Shelly I think we know that everyone who wants to grow has to learn to change. But what are those things that motivate people to change? Is it status, or money? Is it power? One bit of research done by Harris Poll found that people who changed said it wasn´t status, it wasn´t money, it wasn´t power that made them want to change – it was self-respect, affection, and acceptance. Those three were more important than the ones listed before. You do know where you get those, don´t you? You get your self-respect from being respectable; you get your affection by being affectionate; you get acceptance by giving acceptance. The principles taught in the Bible by the good Lord way back yonder still work today. Jesus said it very plainly. We call what he said the Golden Rule. Do to other people the same things you want them to do to you. This is the meaning of the law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

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DIABETIC DIET

D iLiving a bwithea tDiabetic e sDiet Diabetics face many challenges as they make efforts to manage blood glucose levels, meals, exercise, and general health. There is a constant consciousness that must take place for diabetics to stay healthy, which begins with keeping blood glucose, or blood sugar, under control. The good news is that maintaining proper glucose levels does not mean completely giving up favorite carbohydrate-containing foods. Although it may not be necessary to completely give up carbohydrates, it is imperative to keep track of them. It is a common misperception that the body only receives energy from carbohydrates. Although carbohydrates are a great source of energy, they are not the only source—protein and fat also provide energy. Of the three, carbohydrates are the ones most easily turned into glucose, so they are what receive the most attention. However, not “counting carbs” is likely to result in extremely variable blood glucose levels that can lead to unpredictable moods and feelings of illness. The more carbohydrates consumed, the higher the blood glucose level rises and the more insulin the body needs to process the resulting sugar. The benefit of consuming an appropriate amount of carbohydrates is that it helps keep glucose levels where they should be so that the body can function properly. Keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible is also important in keeping the onset and progression of kidney, eye, and nerve damage at bay. Even diabetics who have not controlled their blood glucose in the past benefit from maintaining proper blood glucose levels.

Marcel Twahirwa, M.D. Board Certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, and Internal Medicine.

For diabetics who want to keep track of their carbohydrate intake, a good place to start is taking a look at and analyzing their current diets. Generally speaking, 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal is acceptable. Of course, each person’s system is different. Counting carbohydrates is just one way to measure carbohydrate intake. The American Diabetes Association suggests the Plate Method—half of the plate should contain non-starchy vegetables, one quarter should contain lean protein, and the last quarter some additional carbohydrates. Some people prefer to follow a low-glycemic diet, which includes foods that do not spike blood glucose levels and are absorbed gradually by the body. Perhaps most important is distributing carbohydrate intake throughout the day to prevent sharp increases in and to maintain more even levels of blood glucose. No matter the method chosen to monitor carbohydrate consumption, diabetics should educate themselves on the foods they eat. This can be done by reading food labels, keeping up to date with current literature, measuring and weighing food, and being aware of portion sizes. As always, it is important for diabetics to talk with their doctors and dieticians before making changes to their diets.

Marcel Twahirwa, M.D. Sandra Trevino, FNP, CDE

Sandra Trevino, FNP, CDE

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BULIMIA NERVOSA

Bulimia Nervosa Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder defined as recurrent episodes of binge eating (eating, in a discrete period of time, an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat during a similar period of time) accompanied by a sense of lack of control over eating and recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior in order to prevent weight gain (i.e., self-induced vomiting; misuse of laxatives, diuretics, enemas, or other medications; fasting; or excessive exercise). The binge eating and compensatory behaviors both occur, on average, at least twice a week for 3 months. More that 90% of patients with bulimia nervosa are women, and its prevalence in the female population is 1-3%. The onset of symptoms occurs in mid adolescence to early adult years. The episodes of binge eating often occur in private. The urge to binge may appear acutely or gradually, and most patients attempt to resist the urge, generally in vain. Once the binge begins, patients consume enormous amounts of food, preferably sweets, cakes, cookies or ice cream. Most binges last an hour or less; some people stop out of shame or disgust, others because of bloating, and some because the stomach and esophagus are literally engorged with food. Afterward, patients feel guilty and anxious over their bingeing and attempt to undo the damage either by purging or with diet and exercise. The course of bulimia nervosa is either chronic or episodic until spontaneous remission in middle years. Patients typically have a distorted body image, believing themselves fat or about to become so. Other concurrent disorders include major depression, panic disorder, kleptomania, alcohol abuse and borderline personality disorder. Some of the medical complications commonly seen are elevated amylase levels, hypokalemia (low blood potassium), hypomagnesemia (low blood magnesium), acute gastric dilatation and rupture, esophagitis and esophageal rupture, dental erosion and multiple caries secondary to acidic vomitus, arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy. The precise cause of bulimia nervosa is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of biological (serotonergic transmission disturbed), genetic and environmental factors. The ideal treatment for bulimia nervosa is the combination of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and medications. CBT, either in a group setting or individual therapy sessions, teaches patients to replace negative thoughts and behaviors with healthy ones. The most commonly prescribed medications are the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) and fluvoxamine (Luvox). Bulimia nervosa is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. Because it is related to self-image and not just about food, bulimia nervosa can be difficult to overcome. However, effective treatment does help motivated patients feel better about themselves, adopt healthier eating patterns and reverse serious complications.

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by Ana C Posada-Diaz, M.D. Psychiatrist


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G E N E T IC T E S T I N G

Genetic Testing: A Simple Blood Test to Save Lives by Guillermo Lazo, M.D., Texas Oncology-McAllen If you could take a simple blood test to learn whether you have a gene that predisposes you to cancer and could take steps to save your life, wouldn’t you want to know? More than 30,000 people in Texas are undiagnosed with BRCA-1 or BRCA-2 gene mutations and have a greater risk for developing cancer, primarily breast or ovarian cancer. Genetic testing is used to identify if an individual has an increased risk for certain types of cancer. While you don’t inherit cancer, a higher risk for developing cancer can be passed down to future generations. Understanding potential risk factors can help patients make important decisions about their health. Detecting cancer early is one of the most important things people can do to protect their health and significantly increase their chances of successful outcomes. Texas Oncology’s Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Program identifies patients who are at a higher risk of developing cancer because of an inherited gene mutation. Candidates for hereditary cancer risk assessment are people with at least one of the following personal or family history characteristics: • • • • •

Breast cancer before age 50 Ovarian cancer at any age Both breast and ovarian cancers in the same person at any age Male breast cancer at any age Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with breast or ovarian cancer at any age

If these characteristics match your family or personal history, genetic testing should be a health option to consider. The testing process involves the following steps: • Medical History: A person first completes a personal and family medical history, along with a counseling session. • Testing: A small blood sample is analyzed, looking for a change or mutation in the gene. While the lab test is very complex, only this

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blood sample is needed. Insurance companies may cover the cost of testing. • Counseling: Following the testing, the person receives comprehensive counseling based on the results of his or her test. For those who are found to have a gene mutation and a higher risk of cancer, options for next steps are discussed.

Guillermo Lazo, M.D.

• Next Steps: Options can include closer medical surveillance, drug/hormone therapy for prevention, or surgery. A patient’s choice is strictly a personal decision and genetic counseling and testing will provide them with the tools needed to make informed decisions. In Texas, only 3 percent of people with the gene mutation are aware of their higher risk of developing cancer. Though only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are associated with inherited gene mutations, thousands of cancer cases around the country each year can be attributed partly to genetics. Texas Oncology is dedicated to helping families identify hereditary risks so each family member can determine their risk of developing cancer. A patient’s actions based on genetic testing results are an extremely personal decision. Genetic testing provides the tools patients need to make informed decisions and an arsenal of options that could help them prevent cancer in the future.

Dr. Guillermo Lazo is a medical oncologist at Texas Oncology–McAllen, 1901 South Second Street in McAllen, Texas.


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TEXAS ONCOLOGY

Texas Oncology delivers high-quality cancer care with leading-edge technology and advanced treatment options to help patients achieve “More breakthroughs. More victories.� in their fights against cancer,. Texas Oncology, a pioneer in community-based cancer care, is an independent oncology practice with sites of service throughout Texas and southeastern New Mexico. Texas Oncology patients have the opportunity to take part in some of the most promising clinical trials in the nation for a broad range of cancers. In fact, Texas Oncology has played an integral role in gaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for 24 of the latest 30 cancer therapies. TexasOncology-McAllen 1901 South 2nd Street McAllen, Texas 78503 Phone/Fax Numbers 956-687-5150 Phone 956-687-9546 Fax www.TexasOncology.com Billie J. Marek, M.D., FACP Dr. Marek is board-certified and specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He currently serves as a director of Texas Oncology and is the medical director for Texas Oncology-McAllen. He has served the Rio Grande Valley for the past 22 years as a medical oncologist and hematologist, has been recognized as Super Doctor in oncology for five years in a row in Texas Monthly, and was recognized as Doctor of The Year for Rio Grande Regional. Dr. Marek received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Nurul Wahid, M.D. Dr. Wahid was fellowship-trained in medical oncology and hematology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He has been recognized as Physician of the Year at Rio Grande State Center in Harlingen where he has served as senior attending physician for the past 13 years.

Nirupama Shekar, M.D. Dr. Shekar specializes in medical oncology and hematology and is currently the only female oncologist in the Rio Grande Valley. She completed her fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland and trained at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Alvaro Restrepo, M.D. “I can be part of your team… and together we can fight the battle.” Dr. Restrepo specializes in, medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at the University of Miami. He also serves on the Breast Cancer Committee of US Oncology and has completed a fellowship in breast cancer treatment. He established the Texas Oncology–McAllen Breast Cancer Ride/ Walk fundraiser in order to raise funds for Rio Grande Valley cancer patients through the US Oncology Foundation. To date approximately $30,000 has been donated to cancer patients in the Rio Grande Valley through this effort.

Joseph Litam, M.D. Dr. Litam was fellowship-trained at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is well known in the community and was in private practice for 27 years before joining Texas Oncology. He has special interest in solid tumors.

Suresh Ratnam, M.D. FACP Dr. Ratnam has been with Texas Oncology-McAllen for the past 13 years, which he joined after completing his fellowship at the renowned National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He has co-authored several research publications and is passionate about cutting-edge oncology care. He currently serves on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee of US Oncology and Chairman of the Credentials Committee for South Texas Health System.

Benjamin West, M.D. Dr. West is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He was a physicist prior to becoming a physician.

Guillermo Lazo, M.D. Dr. Lazo specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is a recipient of several awards that include the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award and is the author of several peer reviewed medical publications as well as book chapters. He received the highest honors on the professional examination for medical doctor’s degree.

Marcelo Boek, M.D. Dr. Boek is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Prior to him joining Texas Oncology, he conducted clinical research as part of the North Central Cancer Treatment group.

Rogelio Salinas, M.D. Dr. Salinas is a board-certified radiation oncologist. He completed his residency training at Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York followed by his fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Debbie Gillett, N.P. “Cancer prevention is a high priority. My aim is to identify individuals who may be at high risk for cancer and work with them to develop a plan to reduce that risk.” Debra Gillett, N.P. is a nurse practitioner.

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H O S P IC E C A R E

Hospice Care What is Hospice? Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wished. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. The focus of hospice relies on the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The focus is on caring, not curing and in most cases, care is provided in your own home. Hospice can also be provided in freestanding hospice facilities, hospitals, nursing and assisted living facilities and foster homes. Hospice is available to persons of any age, religion, race or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations. How Does Hospice Work? Hospice care is for any person who has a life-threatening or terminal illness. Most reimbursement sources require a prognosis of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are eligible to receive hospice care. All hospices consider the patient and family together as the unit of care. The majority of hospice patients are cared for in their own homes or the homes of a loved one. “Home” is where the patient resides whether at home, a nursing or assisted living facility, foster home, homeless shelter or even prison.

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Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Who is the Hospice Team? Hospice care is a family-centered approach that includes, at a minimum, a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers. They work together focusing on the dying patient’s needs: physical, psychological and spiritual. The goal is to help keep the patient as pain-free as possible, with loved ones nearby until death. The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. It is important to find out what the role of the patient’s primary physician will be once the patient begins receiving hospice care. Most often, hospice patients can choose to have their personal physician involved in the medical care. Both the patient’s physician and the hospice medical director may work together to coordinate the patient’s medical care, especially when symptoms are difficult to manage. The hospice medical director is also available to answer questions you or the patient may have regarding hospice medical care. The hospice care team usually consists of: The patient’s personal physician; Hospice physician (or medical director); Nurses; Home health aides; Social workers; Clergy or other counselors; Dietician; Trained volunteers; and Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed


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LOVING OUR EARTH

Loving Our Earth This is our place. This is our time. It is our decision. We have no other place to go. Earth is our only home, the place where we have lived our past, we live our present, and will live our future. We are living in a crucial time of history, because there´s no going back. Our lovely planet is paying the consequences of the irresponsibility of humanity, because it was used to live as if there were no end to it. But now we are aware that there is an end to everything, of each resource that provides a nice balanced life.

it’s time to plant. You can plant quite a variety of vegetation from plants and flowers to trees. Even better are fruits and vegetables that you can grow organically and eat. You can´t imagine how easy is to fall in love with plants! • Respect all living creatures. Every animal, bug, plant and tree has life, so be thoughtful of and respect them. We are here sharing our planet with them for a purpose. Remember, they were here before us, but we are the ones who must care for and protect them.

So, we have a lot of work to do, because the time to heal our planet is here. We need to be aware and start doing everything possible to repair it. We need to educate ourselves and our children to be kind to our planet, because the way we treat it is the way it will repay us. And remember, the best way to teach is by being the example.

• Take care of all resources such as water, gasoline, electricity, etc., whether they’re renewable or not.

What kind of activities can we do to help heal our planet?

Taking care of our earth is easier than you imagine. Starting with small steps, you will be making gradual changes in your habits, and when you least expect it you will have become a perfect guardian of our planet. That is the goal, to be all guardians of our earth!

• First of all take care of all water; don’t waste it or pollute it. Appreciate it. Remember, not all people on our planet can have it as easily as we can. • Plant, plant, plant! Even if you have a little piece of land, then

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• If it’s not necessary to use the car, don´t use it. If you can go by foot or use a bike, try it! It’s always a nice to get outdoors, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to exercise your body.

Hopefully, reading this has awakened in you the spark of love for our planet. The best of luck in starting to be green!

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G O O D PA R E N T

Take the Time to Be a Good Parent Extracurricular activities are good for children, but they should not replace the time parents spend with their children. Peer pressure guides our lives as well as those of our children. We want our children to have the opportunities that other children have, and we find ourselves enrolling them in activities just because someone we know said it was wonderful for their children. Summer camps, piano and tennis lessons, dancing, and sports are all good for your children, but they shouldn’t take the place of parenting time.

their sons how to paint a fence or how to work with tools. Teaching these activities to a child meant that a parent had to spend time with their children. They were allowing their children the opportunities to form relationships with them. While sharing an activity you both enjoy, help create the environment to form relationships with your children and afford them opportunities to bring up important issues that are necessary in working out the sometimes very complex relationship between a parent and a child.

Parents need to sit down with their children and make group decisions about which activities the children get involved with. If children are involved in too many activities, they end up feeling tired. By cutting back, the children will likely be better rested and less tired. Also, parents won’t feel like the family chauffeur, and they may see an improvement in the activities in which the children do remain involved.

Parents today are not communicating with their children, because they are not taking the time to really know who their children are. Children are growing up facing important issues on their own because Mom and Dad are not home or just don’t take the time to spend with them.

Families need to go back to a less stressed-out way of living. They need to spend more time with each other, even if it’s quiet time for everyone. When was the last time you spent a quiet afternoon doing nothing but playing with your children or listening to them read a book? Also, it’s important that we teach our children how to amuse themselves when their peers are not around. This day in age, we are not teaching our children to enjoy being home. Most parents would rather have their children anywhere else but at home. It’s not easy having a house full of kids. I know! The house will always be messy. The floors will never be clean. The phone will never stop ringing. And the pantry will always be empty. It means spending a lot of Friday and Saturday nights at home because your children are having friends over. However, the rewards of getting to know your children’s friends far outweigh any inconvenience. There was a time when mothers taught their daughters how to set a table, sew a button on a blouse, or bake a cake. Fathers taught

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by Maria Luisa Salcines

It’s tough raising children today. Even when you’re there for them, situations arise that you have no control over. Your children will do things you don’t agree with. It’s a tug of war. As parents you will be pulling at one end trying not to lose the grip on your child, and your child will be pulling on the other end letting go of the rope every once in awhile to experiment. The important thing is that children know that they can let go of the rope, but as soon as they feel like they’re drowning, they can latch on again and there will always be someone at the other end ready to reel them in. The gift of time is the most important gift we can give our children. Once they grow up and leave home, if we haven’t shared our lives with them, they will not be sharing their lives with us. Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, certified parent educator and parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior, Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom, and Redirecting Corporate America. Contact her at her Web site at www.redirectingchildrenrgv.org.


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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy Awareness Month by Kimberly S. Pierson Occupational Therapy Awareness Month Ten-year-old Jason was in an accident while riding on his bicycle. Although he survived the accident, it left him with a brain injury. To improve some of his cognitive (thinking) skills, comprehension skills, and coordination, Jason’s doctors recommended that he receive occupational therapy (OT). At first, his parents were slightly skeptical about whether occupational therapy could benefit their son. They had never heard of OT and wondered if it was more appropriate for adults. But after watching the activities and Jason’s improvements, his parents felt hopeful that Jason was on the road to recovery. Occupational therapy — a treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives — can offer kids with various needs positive, fun activities to improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child’s main job is playing and learning, and an occupational therapist can evaluate a child’s skills for play activities, school performance, and activities of daily living and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder an individual’s functioning in different ways. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care for some kids. An occupational therapist can also: help kids with severe developmental delays learn some basic tasks, such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves; help kids with behavioral disorders learn anger-management techniques (i.e., instead of hitting others or acting out, the children would learn positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity); teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills required to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting; evaluate each child’s needs for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids; and work with kids who have sensory and attention issues to improve focus and social skills.

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Finding Care for Your Child If you think your child may benefit from occupational therapy, talk to your doctor, who can usually refer you to individual specialists who are best suited to your child’s condition. The school nurse or guidance counselor also may be able to recommend specialists based on your child’s academic or social performance. You can also consult ww.healthyvalleyonline.com or contact a nearby hospital or rehabilitation center for referrals. Reviewed by: Kimberly S. Pierson


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AUTISM AWARENESS

Autism Awareness As an infant, Ruben was a smiling baby who responded when his father said his name and babbled as most babies do. At 16 months, though, his parents became dismayed as they realized that Ruben was not speaking words as other children his age did and often did not respond to his own name. He even seemed to have become withdrawn. Autism: A pervasive developmental disorder characterized by severe deficits in social interaction and communication, by an extremely limited range of activities and interests, and often by the presence of repetitive, stereotyped behaviors (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition). Signs of autism are not necessarily present from birth. For example, a child can appear to be developing normally, according to expected guidelines and then ceases babbling and communicating and becomes withdrawn or indifferent, or engages in self-injurious behaviors. Parents are more likely than not to be correct when they sense that something has changed with their child, so it is important that they take action and consult their pediatricians. Possible Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorders include a lack of babbling, pointing or meaningful gestures by 12 months of age, not speaking words by 16 months, and not combining words by 24 months. Other indicators include the child not responding to his name and the loss of acquired language or social skills. Other indicators include poor eye contact, a lack of smiles, and at times a display of hearing difficulties. When it comes to play, children with autism do not play with toys as other children do. They tend to put them in lines or become unrealistically attached to a particular object or toy. The causes of autism are still under debate, but what is not is that children diagnosed with the disorder are not condemned to a life of suffering its effects, thanks to the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment of behavior modifications. ABA, devised by O. Ivar Lovaas, PhD, is a methodology that acknowledges and rewards desired behaviors, even if it is the intrinsic reward of the child knowing that he has pleased someone. Acknowledging and rewarding desired behaviors is known to greatly increase the likelihood of their reoccurrence. ABA goes beyond rewards, though. It also includes small lessons that build on each other in order to achieve a greater goal. The successes seen due to ABA include greatly increased communication skills and selfconfidence, dissipated aggressive and self-injurious behaviors, and the mastering of certain academic skills and life skills.

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At home, there are many modifications that parents can make to help bring about desired behaviors. For example, some children are hypersensitive to the pulsation of fluorescent light bulbs, so switching them out for incandescent ones may help eliminate negative behaviors that result from the irritation. For children who are noise-sensitive, modification to reduce noise is beneficial. For example, adding carpeting, specifically to heavy traffic areas of the home, reduces the acoustics so sounds are not so loud and invading. Although perhaps a bit too mellow, it is often helpful to have very neutral colors throughout the home, because children with autism tend to fixate on visual patterns. Another thing to keep in mind is that smaller versus bigger, more open spaces have shown to be better for learning activities. Great gains have been made in the understanding and treatment of autism. If you suspect that your child shows signs of autism, consult your pediatrician right away and educate yourself on the disorder. You will find that it is not as scary as it first seems, once you have knowledge and understanding of the condition.


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LOSE SOME WEIGHT

Should I Lose Some Weight? Maintaining a healthy diet and following an exercise regime are the best ways to ward off disease and live a long, full life. Unfortunately, gaining weight and obesity have been a growing problem not just in the United States, but all over the world. With our ever increasingly busy lives, we rarely leave ourselves enough time to eat a balanced meal or make time for exercise. In this article we’ll discuss why maintaining a healthy weight is so important and how to know if you need to lose some weight. Getting in better shape will not only help you in the long run, but will give you a better sense of self-confidence. Nothing feels better than looking in the mirror and liking what you see. Getting in shape will help you feel better about yourself. If you’re not sure if you need to lose weight, try calculating your BMI, or your Body Mass Index. This calculation, based on your height and weight, can give you an approximation of how much fat is in your body. To calculate your BMI, Take your height in inches and square the number (i.e. multiply the number of inches by the same number of inches).Divide your weight in pounds by the second figure (your height in inches squared).Multiply that answer by 703. The answer is your Body Mass Index. Judge your personal BMI result against the following scale: A BMI of less than 18 means you are under weight. A BMI of less than 18.5 indicates you are thin for your height. A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 indicates you are at a healthy weight. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 suggests you are overweight for your height. A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity. If you are obese, try consulting a doctor or losing weight.

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DEBRA HARRISON

Debra Harrison RN, MEP-C

Aesthetics Nurse Practitioner

Debi began her career in aesthetics over 25 years ago while working as a make-up artist in college. The joy of that experience has stayed with her through the years and has continued to drive her toward excellence in aesthetics. In fact, she is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable aestheticians in the Rio Grande Valley.

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956-519-1332 www.avilaplasticsurgery.com

Debi has always had an eye and sense of artistry when it comes to aesthetics, which requires symmetry and balance. She trained under Frederick Brandt in Miami, who is well respected and known as the “Botox King.” Soon afterward, Debi opened her own Cosmetic Laser Center in South Beach, Florida, where her clientele included top models, actors, and respected socialites. Debi says Botox today is more accessible and is used by anyone and everyone, making it the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Botox is openly discussed in beauty magazines, on talk shows, and amongst friends, because people understand that cosmetic treatments can change people’s lives. Debi has seen her clients from Avila’s Plastic Surgery Center go from being depressed and too hard on themselves to receiving treatment and leaving her office with confidence, style, and glamour. Debi’s focus is simply to be the best. She is naturally driven to provide top-notch aesthetic care to all of her patients. This, combined with Debi’s passion to change lives, makes her an asset to the Rio Grande Valley. “How often does someone get to do what they love and be the best? I feel exceptionally blessed and highly favored,” says Debi with a grateful smile on her face. With so many treatments available today, Debi takes the time to learn about her clients and their needs. When her patients first enter her office, she asks them to look in the mirror and explain to her what they want to address. She then eases their anxiety by explaining the procedure, the products, and the techniques that she will use to create a positive result. Debi and the patient discuss expectations and the potential outcomes to make sure that they are on the same page. For instance, Debi tells us, “One woman I treated had just experienced the loss of her husband. She came to me under an extreme amount of emotional distress. She said her friends told her that she looked like she had aged overnight. After I treated her, she looked in the mirror and was beaming from ear to ear. She leaned over and whispered in my ear, ‘God bless you, Debi.’ This is why I love what I do. I can make a difference.” There are some wonderful products available on the market today such as Botox and Dysport, for dynamic wrinkles. There are enhancing products such as hyaluronic acid fillers and collagen stimulating fillers that can add volume to those areas in need. These products include Juvederm, Restylane, Prevelle, Radiesse and Sculptra, just to mention a few. With the recently approved Hydrelle and Juvederm XC with lidocaine, these procedures are even more comfortable and easier on the patient. Debi is highly skilled, current on her training, and ready to deliver excellent results. Wow! This is why Debi is always attending trainings! Already this year, she has attended four different training sessions across the country to be able to provide the latest products with precision.

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Procedures: • Botox • Dermal Fillers • Sclerotherapy • Microneedling • Mesotherapy


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“My career goal is to remain one step ahead of the trends. This business is always changing, and to remain the best, I work hard and train to stay current with the newest products. The second I become complacent, I have failed my clients. Each client has an individual look that requires a personal skilled touch. My goal is to make sure that I am the best at what I do and provide the client with the finished look that they envisioned. This, combined with my unique and personalized service, sets me apart from the rest,” says Debi Harrison.

Services: • Botox • Juvederm products • Radiesse • Restylane • Chemical Peels • Microdermabrasion

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MEDSANA SERVICES

RESTORE YOUR HEALTH RESHAPE YOUR BODY Medsana is a full service medical aesthetic practice and spa that offers medical solutions and innovative therapies. This, complimented with quality service from our highly experienced medical professionals, has made Medsana the #1 choice in the Rio Grande Valley for beauty and enhancement and medical weight reduction. We have been at the forefront in cosmetic medicine and aesthetics for years with innovative procedures like Vaser® Hi-Def™, LipoSelection by Vaser® and medical weight loss, and many facial treatments such as Botox & Juvederm®.

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Medical Weight Loss Lypomassage Treatment Anti-Cellulite Treatments Body Sculpting Carboxi Therapy Anti-Aging Shot Rhinoplastyy

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801 E Nolana . Suite 3 . McAllen, TX . 78504 . Ph: (956)213.8240

Key Body Shaping Benefits of the VelaShape II System The VelaShape II System promises clinically-proven results in as little as four treatments. The VelaShape II system has been performed over 3 million times in patients around the world, and results of recent studies show an average reduction of more than 2 centimeters in thigh circumference, and up to a 60% overall improvement in skin texture after five sessions. Some of the key benefits of the VelaShape II system include:

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COLON HYDROTHERAPY

The History and Practice of Colon Hydrotherapy

Throughout history the practice of colon hydrotherapy has been used to meet the medical needs of people everywhere. The ancient Sumerians, the Greeks, people from India and those from the Middle East have all utilized this valuable process. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, was an early proponent. The Evers Papyrus, dating back to 1500 B.C., was one of the first recorded documents of the use of colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapy, or colonic irrigation, is an alternative therapy used to cleanse, maintain and restore optimum colon health. Many doctors are now embracing colonic irrigation as an adjunct to their traditional medical treatments or as part an overall regimen of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) designed to cleanse and detoxify their patient’s colon, liver, kidney and lymphatic systems. The build up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its function. Gentle filling and emptying of the colon can improve peristaltic (natural muscular contraction) activity, which aids efficient removal of waste material. Colonics administered by trained colonic therapists using state-of-the-art colonic hydrotherapy equipment ensures maximum efficacy and safety, and is the perfect procedure to aid in eliminating constipation, detoxifying the major organs of elimination and restoring normal bowel function. Although common in Europe and many other countries for decades, modern colon hydrotherapy has only gained in popularity and acceptance in major metropolitan cities in the United States in the last 10 to 20 years. We at Eternal Wellness MedSpa are pleased to introduce to the Rio Grande Valley one of the finest colon hydrotherapy systems used in the United States and internationally: the Angel of WaterŽ. Restore your colon health with our advanced colon hydrotherapy system in a soothing and relaxing environment. Bruce LeTourneau, ACN Applied Clinical Nutritionist Certified Colonic Specialist

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JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME

Journey of a Lifetime by Abel Gonzalez C.P.T.

It is said that the journey of a lifetime begins with a single step. In my case my first step was practically made for me, leading me to a career in fitness as a personal trainer. I was 28 years old and found myself to be morbidly obese. At 5’8” and 315 pounds something had to be done. One day I was shopping for pants only to receive the worse news I had ever received—I had asked the store attendant for a size 44 and was informed that a size 44 is considered “big and tall.” As I drove away I looked in the rear view mirror at my two children. I thought to myself, how much of their futures would I be around to witness? The very next morning I passed a scale in a hallway at the clinic where I worked as an x-ray tech. I proceeded to weigh myself having not a clue of what I weighed. The scaled approached 315 and wouldn’t balance out. I jumped off and stumbled down the hall way to my desk. I grabbed the phone book and called the first gym I found. That day I got my first of many gym memberships at Mighty Joe’s Gym in Weslaco. Once I started working out and practicing healthier eating habits, the pounds just flew off. Joe Soria of Mighty Joe’s let me work out with him every morning at 5:30 a.m. Although it’s been years since my last workout with Joe, still today I approach my clients and every workout based on the way he taught me. “How did you do it?”—that’s the question I get every day about 20 times a day. I tell potential clients, family and friends the same thing. I did it by setting goals for myself. My first goal was to feel better. Once I had accomplished that, I wanted to lose 100 pounds. After I reached that goal, I set a new goal of being an amateur body builder. My latest goal is by far the most difficult of my life. I encourage everyone to set a goal for self-improvement. I live my life by a phrase I took from a youth church retreat: “Shoot for the moon and even if you don’t make it, you can’t help but land among the stars.”

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ORGANICS

Organics A nice, dark green salad with bright tomatoes, sweet purple onions, and fresh orange carrots. A fresh apple right off the tree that drips juice down your chin each time you take bite. And the peach that you can smell before you even reach the fruit stand. Now that’s fresh produce! Living here in South Texas, it is difficult to find fresh produce that has ripened naturally. Being a native of Western New York, a wonderful agricultural region, I know what farm-fresh produce is and tastes like. Each fruit and vegetable should have its own flavor, which is not necessarily the experience when they are purchased from a grocery store. One day I bought green beans, green peppers, and a cucumber from my local grocer, and they all tasted the same. I was disappointed and confused. I thought, how much nutrition could there be in these three different foods if they all taste the same? With that information, imagine eating a salad made with vegetables that have ripened on their way to the grocer and while sitting on the shelf waiting for you to purchase them. Next, imagine that same salad made with vegetables ripened in the farmer’s field and bought on the way home from work from a roadside stand the same day they are picked. Much better, right? For one more twist, in addition to being ripened in the field, it grew as nature intended, not with poisons to keep the bugs off or chemical fertilizers to make it grow bigger faster nor picked before it is ready. Which salad would you choose? Which salad would you avoid?

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by Lora Incardona The same comparison could be made with meat. Which is more appetizing, meat deliciously prepared from an animal that has been penned up and eaten pesticide-treated corn for a lifetime or meat from an animal that has eaten naturally-grown chemical-free grass and/or bugs as intended? It is hard to believe that the meats we purchase from our local grocer are corn-fed, regardless of the type of meat. I’m not too sure that swine, cattle, and fowl are meant to eat the same meals. What makes organic food so wonderful and priceless is that it is grown as nature intended, without synthetic (man-made) pesticides, petroleum (oil)-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge. Also, the animals are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Finally, it means that the food is not genetically engineered or treated with radiation. If you believe that you are what you eat, then you have to believe that plants and animals are what they eat. And if they are eating pesticides and hormones then… Many studies have shown that not only do organic produce and meats provide us with pure food as nature intended but food with greater levels of antioxidants, healthy polyunsaturated fats, iron, zinc and magnesium. Organic dairy products also contain more omega-3 fatty acids and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a known cancer fighter. Fresh has more flavor than one can imagine, but nothing beats fresh and organic.


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TEENS & SLEEP

Teens and Sleep Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful—even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness. FACTS: • Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. • Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence—meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm. • Teens need about 9¼ hours of sleep each night to function best (for some, 8½ hours is enough). Most teens (85%) do not get enough sleep. • Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week—they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep. • Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea. Not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can: • Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life; • Make you more prone to pimples and can contribute to acne and other skin problems; • Lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior such as yelling at your friends or being impatient with your teachers or family members; • Cause you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain;

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by National Sleep Foundation • Heighten the effects of alcohol and possibly increase use of caffeine and nicotine; and • Contribute to illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsy. SOLUTIONS: • Naps can help pick you up and make you work more efficiently, if you plan them right. Naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep. • Make your room a sleep haven. Keep it cool, quiet and dark. Let in bright light in the morning to signal your body to wake up. • No pills, vitamins or drinks can replace good sleep. Avoid coffee, tea, soda and chocolate late in the day. Nicotine and alcohol will also interfere with your sleep. • When you are sleep deprived, you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%, which is illegal for drivers in many states. Drowsy driving causes over 100,000 crashes each year. Recognize sleep deprivation and call someone else for a ride. Only sleep can save you! • Establish a bed- and wake-time and stick to it, coming as close as you can on the weekends. A consistent sleep schedule will help you feel less tired because it allows your body to get in sync with its natural patterns. • Make sure your activities at night are calming in order to counteract your already heightened alertness. • If you do the same things every night before you go to sleep, you teach your body the signals that it’s time for bed. Try taking a bath or shower (this will leave you extra time in the morning), or reading a book. • Try writing in a diary or making a to-do list before you go to sleep so you’ll be less likely to stay awake worrying or stressing. A good night’s sleep is just as important as a good meal. So, if you wouldn’t skip dinner, don’t skip out on a good night’s sleep. You’ll thank yourself for it all day long!


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RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Herb-Spiced Tilapia with Asparagus Tilapia is a wonderfully healthy fish because of its nutrients and very low levels of mercury, due to the fact that it is a fast-growing, mainly vegetarian fish. It is a great source of protein that is low in total fat, saturated fat, calories, carbohydrates and sodium. It also contains good amounts of phosphorus, niacin, selenium, vitamin B12 and potassium.

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Preparation

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1 lb Tilapia 2 lbs Asparagus 2 Tbs Extra-virgin olive oil 3 Tbs Lemon juice ¼ tsp Salt

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1 Tbs Thyme 1/2 Tbs Oregano 1 Tbs Basil 1/4 Tbs Rosemary 1 Tbs Parsley 1 Tbs Tarragon 1/2 tsp Garlic powder 1/4 tsp Salt

2. Place fillets, one at a time, in the herb blend and coat both sides. 3. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the coated fish and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, about 6 minutes total. Divide among 4 plates. 4. In the skillet, add lemon juice, salt and asparagus, stirring constantly until the asparagus is heated, about 2 minutes. Serve on plate with the fish.


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SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE

South Texas College Provides Students with Tools to Prosper in the Healthcare Field When it comes to working in healthcare, there is little room for errors or mistakes. And the best way to curtail any potential problems is to start early to effectively prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals for the demanding expectations of their chosen career. A new student success initiative at South Texas College aims to do just that, and educators are hoping that the new program will provide students with the specialized academic skills and knowledge about the profession needed to make wise decisions as potential healthcare practitioners.

Being a student in a nursing or allied health (NAH) field at STC requires a great deal of commitment and perseverance because of the rigorous curriculum and high expectations set for those who wish to pursue careers in those fields. Students in these programs spend hours studying outside of the classroom and must solidly grasp mathematical and scientific concepts to pass series of tests that gauge their mastery of required subject areas. Most of STC’s NAH programs are selective, and those applying go through a demanding application process to assure they meet the standards of each respective area of study. The new College Success for Healthcare (CS4H) initiative was created to help these students develop an understanding of the admission process and a rudimentary awareness of various healthcare professions to provide them with the educational experience necessary for effective career discovery and assessment. “Most of the students who seek admission into our healthcare programs have their whole lives riding on this one opportunity, and it is important for us to ensure that they are making the right decisions about their future career goals,” said Wayne Williams, counselor at STC’s NAH Campus and CS4H lead instructor. “This course gives these individuals the support needed to be successful students and professionals in the healthcare field. The students have access to NAH instructors and students and skills teaching labs, and they take the course on our campus. The whole experience exposes them to the true essence of our programs, support services and our academic process.” Williams, who has taught the general College Success course at STC for more than 10 years, saw the need to create a specific program to facilitate an environment where healthcare students could be more successful in making the often-difficult transition from degree

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prerequisite coursework to the extreme demands of healthcare curriculums. He joined forces with STC’s Chair of College Success, Gardner “Spud” Reynolds, and several NAH Division Program Chairs. Together they came up with the class curriculum and set out to make it a reality. The pilot program was launched in spring 2009 with a cohort of 12 students, and by fall 2009 enrollment had grown to more than 420 students.

Helen Peña, a student in Williams’ summer 2009 CS4H course, who is pursuing a degree in vocational nursing, says that being in the class made her aware of campus resources and skills and strategies for success, and it helped her refine her long-term goals. “I have been trying to reach my long-term goal for a while and have been unsuccessful, and this class taught me how to balance everything and to not be afraid to adjust my goals, because they were meant to serve me, not the other way around,” she said. “Our instructor’s willingness to facilitate our success was evident in everything he did, and he often invited guest speakers within the allied health field to answer our questions, which gave us a comprehensive overview of what we should expect once we’re out in the workforce.” “Anyone interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare field will benefit from this course,” she added. “It will help them learn more about themselves and what they can do to contribute to the wellbeing of their patients.” “We have a unique opportunity to have a powerful impact on the success of students pursuing healthcare professions at STC,” said Williams. “Today’s healthcare standards demand more specialized skills and knowledge as well as greater commitment, effort and adaptability from workers. Developing our students’ awareness of what is expected of them as healthcare students and professionals gives us the opportunity to have a positive effect on the quality of patient care in our communities for many years to come.” For more information about the program, contact Williams at 956872-3137 or waynew@southtexascollege.edu. Photo caption: STC’s new College Success for Healthcare initiative helps students learn about what is expected of them as future healthcare practitioners.


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Somabel Spa Stone Ridge Plaza 5417 South McColl Edinburg, TX 78539 PH 956.682.6600

Arturo Lopez, D.D.S., P.A. Laser & Cosmetic Dentistry 6900 N. 10th St., Suite #7 McAllen, TX 78504 PH 956.630.6130 Diabetes & Endocrine Center 2121 E. Griffin Parkway, Suite 14 Mission, TX 78572 PH 956.519.4774 Marilyn Asistores, M.D., P.A. Family Practice 1400 S. Closner Blvd. Edinburg, TX 78539 PH 956.316.0860 S. Javier Cardenas, M.D. Obstetrician 5405 N. McColl McAllen, TX 78504 PH 956.687.7200

Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.A. 2101 S Cynthia St # A McAllen, TX 78503 PH 956.687.7896

Massage & Spa Massage, Reiki, Lymph Drainage, Meditation Janie Buentello massagenspa@aol.com 2013 N. Conway, Mission, TX PH 956.584.0080

Pharmacy & DME More Life Medical Supply 2509 Buddy Owens McAllen, TX 78504 PH 956.994.3600

Home Healthcare 910 South Bryan Road suite 209 Mission, TX 78512 PH 956.424.1511

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Beyamar Home Health 4901 S. McColl Rd. Edinburg, TX 78539 PH 956.683.0149

White Line Tennis 2330 N 10th St. Suite B McAllen, TX 78501 PH 956.631.9081 Kids Village Montessori 5501 N. “G“ St. McAllen, TX 78501 PH 956.624.8939 Healthy Valley Magazine 801 E. Fern Ave., Suite 131 McAllen, TX 78501 PH 956.525.0240

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EVENTS

Events Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR Doctors Hospital at Renaissance successfully hosted its annual Health Fair. Physicians, nurses, and health care practitioners provided free diabetes screenings, blood pressure testing, and more, to hundreds of people from our community. Music, games and family helped make it a great event!

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DOCTORS HOSPITAL AT RENAISSANCE LAUNCHES GET FIT, EAT RIGHT COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN WITH A “NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL AWARENESS CELEBRATION” The Nutrition Celebration featured a discounted fruit and vegetable sale to kick-off National Nutrition Month in conjunction with DHR’s Get Fit, Eat Right Community Campaign, which is aimed at reducing diabetes and obesity in the Rio Grande Valley.

THE EDINBURG CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND SOUTH TEXAS HEALTH SYSTEM hosted their third annual Spring Fling on Saturday, March 27. Invited to the family friendly event were Kids Advantage members as well as the general public. Also present were the Edinburg Police Department, showcasing the Child Identification Card Program, and the Alpha Chi sorority from UT-Pan American University.

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US Too McAllen Prostrate Support Group 7:00-8:30pm Edinburg Regional Medical Center Cactus Room 1400 W Trenton Road, Edinburg

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Prenatal Classes (English) 9:00am – 4:00pm Mission Regional Medical Center, Meeting Rooms A & B 900 S Bryan Road Pay in advance-$25 per couple; Breakfast and lunch provided For information and to register, call 956.323.1150

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$10 Heart-Risk Assessment 6:00am – 10:00am McAllen Heart Hospital 1900 S “D” Street For information, call 956.994.2000

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Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group Weight-Loss Surgery Center 416 Lindberg Avenue, Ste B, McAllen

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Diabetes Kidz Support Group 6:00pm Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association 3100 N 10th Street, McAllen For information and to register, call 956.292.3411

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Senior Sunday Seminar 10:00am – 1:00pm Mc Allen Heart Hospital, Conference Room 1900 S “D” Street For information, call 956.994.2000

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Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting (Spanish) 7:00pm South Texas Behavioral Health Center 2102 W Trenton Road, Edinburg For more information, call 956. 388.1300 or 1.888.977.1400

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Healthy Family Lunch and Learn 11:30am – 1:00pm Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Texas Room 1400 W Trenton Road

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Weight-Loss Surgery Seminar 6:00pm Mc Allen Heart Hospital, Conference Room 1900 S “D” Street To register, call (800) 879-1033

Weight-Loss Surgery Seminar 6:00pm Mission Regional Medical Center, Meeting Rooms A & B 900 S Bryan Road Presenter: Dr. Mario del Pino For information and to register, call 956.323.1977

Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes (English) 6:00pm Sponsored by San Juan Pharmacy Forum Meeting Center 1100 E Laurel, McAllen Limited space To register, call 956.292.3411

Diabetes Education 1:00pm South Texas Health System McAllen Medical Center, 3 East Classroom 301 W Expressway 83 For more information, call 956.632.4000

Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Support Groups For meetings and assistance, call the Helpline at (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org or www.alz.org/txstar

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley Pound for Pound Challenge – “Lose naturally. Feed locally.” Pound for pound, we can fight hunger in our community. For information, visit http://pfpchallenge.com



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