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ACTIVE LIFESTYLES PUBLISHER Denise VonderHaar (618) 656-4700

3 Three steps toward accepting change


4 Cover story: ‘There’s no place like home’ at SSP


5 Dear Dietitian: Myths obscure facts

ACTIVE LIFESTYLES COORDINATOR Regina Harbison (618) 208-6433

6 Staying healthy post-pandemic 7 For Your Health: Helping kids for lifelong health

ON THE COVER: Stacey Noble-Loveland, Senior Services Plus director of operations

Three steps toward accepting change By Kelly George

OSF HealthCare Special to Active Lifestyles

Prepare for the change Outside of asking questions to understand what’s coming, it’s also important for me to do research, especially if the approaching change is something I’ve never dealt with before. Finding out all of the information I can brings a certain level of comfort which helps me stay positive throughout the process. Understanding that change doesn’t come easily for everyone, I recommend continuing to ask questions along the way. Don’t be scared to have an honest conversation with your leader if you are having a tough

time processing or actually making a transition. Chances are they can help alleviate any concerns you may have. There’s also the opportunity to lean on your peers who are likely going through similar changes and have the same apprehensions. Change is difficult, but having a support system can lessen the initial discomfort. See change as an opportunity Keep an open mind about an upcoming transformation. Instead of focusing on all of the ways a change will disrupt your everyday activity, think of the opportunities it can present—not just for you, but for the organization as a whole. Maybe there’s a chance that you will take on a new role. Perhaps, you will get to interact with new people and work on different types of projects you’ve never done before. If nothing else, it’s important to note that at some point….this too will become the norm and you’ll wonder why you weren’t doing things this way in the past. Kelly George, vice president, performance improvement, OSF HealthCare

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ALTON — There’s the old adage that the only thing that’s constant is change. Just recently, my family found out our good neighbors are moving to another city. We have become great friends over the years. Our children, who are all around the same age, spend every waking moment together. After seven years of living next to each other, how was this something I could help myself and family to accept? Luckily, enduring a transition is something I’m quite familiar with. In the health care industry, we have to handle a lot of change with everything from learning new ways to care for our patients to adopting new processes that will make our work more efficient. Here are three steps that I’ve used to adopt change not only in my work place, but in my personal life as well. Take the time to understand Whether it’s a major transition coming at work or finding out that something in

my personal life is about to change, it’s important to mentally process and absorb what I’ve been told, understand the impact it will have and figure out what I need to do to prepare. If I’ve taken a moment to let a future adjustment sink in, I can then ask more thoughtful questions towards understanding the impetus for a particular transformation. If I can better comprehend the burning platform, I can accept it, celebrate it and eventually help champion this change.

‘There’s no place like home’ for SSP’s Loveland School House Grill MORE SENIOR CITIZENS’ RESOURCES: reopens June 1 • Madison County’s AgeSmart Community Resources, 801 By Jill Moon

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ALTON — Now that things are opening up, you can find out in-person how your senior citizen loved one is doing and resume the love and care that you’re used to giving. Not only is “There’s no place like home,” a famous line from Stacey Noble-Loveland’s favorite movie, it is exactly how she feels about returning to Senior Services Plus (SSP) as director of operations in Alton since May 1. “This is exactly where I should be, helping and supporting seniors in the Riverbend community,” said Noble-Loveland, of Alton, who worked at SSP while achieving her Master’s in Gerontology Programs at Maryville University, St. Louis. “It feels so Noble-Loveland great to be home.” In addition to her Senior Services Plus responsibilities, Noble-Loveland serves as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University, in St. Charles, Missouri, where she earned her Master’s in Gerontology Programs. She previously served as SSP’s care transitions coordinator and then went on to hold various other positions at several senior living communities. As the director of operations, Noble-Loveland oversees several SSP programs, including the marketing department, handyman services, quality and assurance, the Wellness Center, and the energy efficiency partnership SSP has with Ameren. “There are so many wonderful

W. State St., O’Fallon, 618- 222-2561. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. AgeSmart Community Resources offers speakers for area businesses and organizations on a wide range of topics from elder abuse to medicare fraud. • Illinois Department on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging In accordance with federal Older American’s Act regulations, the Illinois Department on Aging has divided Illinois into 13 planning and service areas. The 13 planning and service areas in the state are each managed and served by a district’s Area Agency on Aging. The department works in partnership with these agencies: 12 nonprofit corporations and one unit of local government, the city of Chicago. Area Agencies have the primary task of planning and coordinating services and programs for older people in their respective areas. The Area Agencies receive funding from the department, based on a formula that takes in to consideration the number of older citizens and minorities in that area, as well as the number living in poverty, in rural areas, and alone. Like the Department on Aging, Area Agencies are not, as a rule, direct service providers. Area Agencies contract with local agencies, which provide services to the older people who live in the same community.

programs supporting seniors here at SSP,” Noble-Loveland said. “We have a very talented, supportive, dedicated caring team, who do amazing work every single day.” SSP is beginning to re-open and doing its best to put all safety measures in place, so that people can be back in the building safely. Currently, the Wellness Center is open with reservations required, in order to ensure safe social distancing. In addition, the School House Grill will reopen to the public June 1 to limited seating and reservations,

which will be required. SSP is following all safety guidelines related to COVID-19, and will continue to follow guidance from health authorities as directed by the CDC. If in need of assistance or to makea reservations for School House Grill or SSP Wellness Center, call SSP at 618-465-3298. Senior Services Plus, 2306 N. Rodgers Ave., Alton, is a nonprofit with a mission to provide opportunities and resources to individuals as they age and to help everyone age successfully by providing resources to seniors.

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Staying healthy post-pandemic OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center

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ALTON — Summer is right here, mask mandated lifting or lifted for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and many parts of the country have slowly but surely have started t0 return to normal. Experts across the country are advising communities to continue to practice some of the safety measures put into place over the course of the pandemic: hand washing, maintaining a distance from others, especially when ill, wiping down surfaces and more. While the prevalence of COVID-19 has slowed down in many regions, the combination of easing up restrictions and resuming gatherings with family, friends and coworkers can potentially result in a rise in cases of other illnesses, such as the flu. OSF HealthCare’s Dr. Bill Walsh, chief medical officer, said it’s important to stay safe and healthy in a post-pandemic world. “Most people have not had colds,” he said. “They have not had bronchitis. They have not had strep throat or other simple, contagious infections. “While they are simple, it is quite unpleasant when you get a bad cold,” he said. “You can still get a fever, a sore throat, and they will share a lot of symptoms with COVID illness. We have noticed that last year there was essentially no flu season, no influenza, last winter. That is most likely because people were wearing masks.” According to the Centers for Disease Control

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and Prevention, flu season typically begins in October and usually peaks between December and February. Data from the CDC shows that from October 2019 through April 2020, there were approximately 40 million cases of the flu in the U.S., resulting in 22,000 deaths. By comparison, the 2020-2021 flu season has been nearly nonexistent due to the safety measures that were put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This also rings true for other common illnesses, such as colds, strep throat, and more. “We expect that there is going to be a rise possibly in influenza, but most certainly in simple upper respiratory infections, such as a cold or strep throat, as people take the masks off,” Walsh explained. “They have not been getting these illnesses over the past year, year and a half, but they will likely increase now as people stop masking.” While standard practices

are hand washing, avoiding crowds when sick, staying home from school or work to reduce the spread of germs, the COVID-19 pandemic reaffirmed the effectiveness of these practices. Dr. Walsh recommends continuing to utilize hygiene safety measures in the months and years ahead, especially when you are feeling a bit under the weather. “I still think it’s a great idea to do the elbow bump, or a little bow and smile with your eyes to greet somebody,” he said. “It is OK not to shake people’s hands. You can wave at them from five or six feet away to say, ‘Hi.’ That is a habit that has prevented all kinds of illnesses over the past year, year and a half.” So how’s it going from here? “What have we learned over the past year and a half as the pandemic raged throughout our city, our country, our world,” Walsh said. We’ve learned that

wearing masks, washing our hands and keeping our distance helps to keep us safe and healthy. “As we navigate, hopefully, a post-pandemic world, I think we all need to remember that whether it’s COVID, influenza, the common cold or strep throat, washing our hands, wearing a mask, and keeping our distance keeps us healthy.” Pre-pandemic, many people would venture out to run errands, attend gatherings and show up to work when coughing unusually or feeling a bit under the weather. Thus, an important lesson to learn from this pandemic is, if you are not feeling well then stay home and reduce interaction with others to avoid spreading germs. Take time to rest and recover next time you experience a cold, flu, strep throat or other common illness. For an OSF urgent care location, visit www.osf


Helping kids lay a foundation for lifelong health

By Dr. Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center Special to Active Lifestyles

and then build up bit by bit from there. And know that even small changes can have important benefits for years to come. It’s your health, and your family’s health. Take control. Dr. Graham A. Colditz, associate director of prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is an internationally recognized leader in cancer prevention. As an epidemiologist and public health expert, he has a long-standing interest in the preventable causes of chronic disease. Colditz has a medical degree from the University of Queensland and a master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Summer officially arrives this month, and it feels especially welcome. After a very long 16 months since the pandemic started, life is beginning to return to normal, as COVID-19 vaccination gains ground and rates of infections continue to drop. We still have a way to go before we can put the pandemic fully behind us, but getting to enjoy the long, warm days of summer feels like a well-deserved reward for how far we’ve come. As usual, no group may be happier about summer than kids. After yet another disrupted school year, most are likely ready for a good, long break and hopefully a return to more normal routines. Though it may not be at the top of their list, an important part of that “return-to-normal” for our kids can be helping them get back on track with, or build upon, important healthy behaviors. Over the short term, this can help give a boost to their well-being as we begin to come out of the pandemic. Over the long term, it can help lay a foundation for overall health and even a lower risk of cancer in adulthood. Many lifelong habits that help protect against cancer begin in childhood. And because youth is a unique time of growth and development, some behaviors and exposures during these early

years can actually impact cancer risk later in life. Help the children, adolescents and teens in your life with these healthy behaviors: • Being sun safe and avoiding indoor tanning. Enjoying time outside is one of the great parts of summer, but being smart about it is key. Youth and teens are especially vulnerable to skin damage from the sun, so help them find shade, use sunscreen and wear sun-protective clothes, like, long-sleeved shirts and widebrimmed hats. Indoor tanning is also risky and should be avoided. • Eating a healthy diet. The quality of kids’ eating habits can slip in summer. So, this can be a good time to help them choose foods rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and steer them away from red meat, fast food, high-calorie snacks and sugary drinks. This is good for both overall health and healthy growth. When kids are old enough, also discuss the dangers of alcohol with them. Among other problems, drinking increases the risk of a number of adult cancers. • Fitting in physical activity and limiting screen time. Regularly give kids the opportunity to be active. A good goal is 60 minutes per day. But any amount is better than none. It’s also important to think about kids’ screen time, which is a good marker for how much time they spend sitting. Time with phones, tablets and televisions kicked up

dramatically when much of our lives turned virtual during the pandemic. With health restrictions now starting to lift, it’s a good time to begin to reset our relationships with our screens. • Getting the HPV vaccine. The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine is a standard childhood vaccine that protects against six adult cancers. Recommended for both boys and girls age 9 to 12, it can also be given to teens and young adults. If the vaccine isn’t offered at your child’s regular vaccine appointment, ask Colditz about it. It’s been a strange and often stressful pandemic for kids and parents, alike. So, be sure to take any healthy changes slowly. Try to set realistic goals

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