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Healthy resolutions for 2014

s we begin to look ahead to the year 2014, it’s time to reflect on the past year, recognize our accomplishments, identify the things we could have done better and set new goals. If you haven’t thought about your own resolutions yet, or just can’t think of something different from years past, read on… the ideas below may spark an interest in you. • Pick a reasonable weight goal, realistic timeline and a good friend to help you reach that goal — Shoot for a weight goal and date 3 to 4 months out and tell your friend, who may have similar aspirations, that that is your goal and to help remind you of your targets. Studies show that the buddy system is more effective than going it alone or with a large group. As

the target dates come and go, adjust future goals accordingly and do it again. • Think healthy eating — Take some time to research healthy meals and make a commitment to serve 2 to 3 of those meals each week. Think “portion control” as you plan your meals and especially when you are snacking. Never sit down with the entire bag of chips. By placing a limited amount into a small bowl, you will greatly reduce the impulse to binge. • Resolve to walk, not stroll — Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, but if you really want your efforts to pay off, you need to pick up the pace. A heart healthy walking speed is 15-20 minute miles. You may have to work up to that pace, but if you are see 2014/page 5

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How to use ‘My Health eRecipes’

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ne of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to become healthier. To do that, most of us would include losing weight and eating healthier. Maria Parham Medical Center is pleased to offer help by providing a customizable healthy eating program — My Health eRecipes — for free. To get started, go to mariaparham.com/ehealth and click on My Health eRecipes and follow the steps listed below: Step 1: Create your personal and family profiles You can set up your own personal profile or a comprehensive plan that addresses the needs of your entire family. Do you have picky eaters or family members that suffer from food allergies? Does Dad have diabetes? My Health eRecipes addresses those issues and more. Simply include any food allergies or food dislikes in your personal profiles and these foods will be eliminated from your meal plans.

Maria Parham Medical Center is now offering a free healthy eating program that automatically creates custom meal plans and printable shopping lists.

Step 2: Get custom meal plans every week Our system automatically fills out your weekly meal plan based on your profile. You can then modify your week’s plan as you wish, adding recipes (sides, desserts, salads and soup, etc..) or replacing dishes with different recipes that meet your tastes and health needs. It’s that easy.

Step 3: Print shopping lists and more Once you have a meal plan, My Health eRecipes automatically generates a shopping list with all the wholesome, delicious ingredients for your week’s recipes. It makes grocery shopping simple and worry-free. My Health eRecipes also helps you maintain a fully stocked

pantry filled with nutritious basics so you’ll always be ready to dish up delectable meals that address your family’s health needs. If you have any questions about My Health eRecipes or any of the other eHealth tools found on mariaparham.com/ehealth, call Maria Parham Marketing at (252) 436-1402 for assistance.


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Falls are both common and dangerous for the elderly F

alls involving elderly people are a major health problem. Approximately 20% of all elderly people have at least one fall each year. These falls result in many bruises and lacerations. At other times, it is worse — broken bones are common from even relatively minor falls. Often a fracture means the end of independent living, at least for the time it takes the injur y to heal. When the fractures are in the hips or legs, the recover y period may take a couple months and make it quite difficult for a person to get back

to his or her normal activities and level of independence. Many things can be done to decrease the risk of falls at home. Failing to see potential hazards causes many falls so it is important to have good lighting in the home and to have one’s vision checked each year. Avoid the possibility of tripping on the edge of a rug by eliminating, or at least minimizing, the use of area rugs. And, of course, keep all walking areas free of clutter. Hand rails should be installed where there are steps or stairs

and particularly in slipper y areas, such as bathrooms or porches. Remember that good shoes provide foot protection as well as better traction. A misstep is most likely to occur when one is in a hurr y, so slow down. Also, rising too quickly may cause lightheadedness for a moment — just long enough to cause a fall. Medicines can contribute to falls by causing confusion, dizziness, unsteadiness or a brief episode of low blood pressure. Review your medicines see falls/page 11

Denise Smith, manager of Lifeline at Maria Parham Medical Center, shows the 24 hour emergency response system.

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Early detection is key to controlling diabetes

s many as 79 million American adults are at risk of contracting diabetes. If you aren’t living with diabetes yourself, chances are that at least one of the friends or loved ones has been touched by the disease. Diabetes is a condition that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Our bodies break down the food we eat into glucose, or sugar, so it can be used for energy. A hormone called insulin helps the glucose to get inside our cells. When our bodies don’t make enough insulin or the insulin we have isn’t being used properly, sugar starts to build up in

the blood. Complications from diabetes can include blindness, heart disease, hearing loss, kidney failure, severe nerve damage leading to limb amputations, and strokes. More than 25 million Americans currently have diabetes. This number is on the rise, and more than one in three American adults suffers from pre-diabetes, which occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be considered diabetes. People with pre-diabetes who do not change their lifestyles frequently develop type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as adult-onset

diabetes, within three years. Changing your lifestyle to incorporate regular physical activity, weight loss, and a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can help maintain blood sugar levels. This can help prevent diabetes in those who have pre-diabetes and assist those who have diabetes in better managing their disease. “The worst complications from diabetes often occur when the disease goes unchecked,” said Dr. Diana Desai, Endocrinologist with Maria Parham Endocrinology. “With

the help of healthy lifestyle changes, insulin medication and blood sugar monitoring, we can prevent these from happening. Maria Parham Medical Center and Maria Parham Endocrinology are here to help everyone learn the signs and symptoms of diabetes, understand their risk factors, and establish a path for optimal health. ” Symptoms of diabetes include: • Urinating often • Feeling very thirsty or very hungry even when you have just eaten • Extreme fatigue • Blurry vision • Slow-healing cuts and bruises

• Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet. If this list looks familiar to you, talk to a doctor as soon as possible. If you can detect your diabetes early, you and your doctor can help control it together. Pre-diabetes, unfortunately, has almost no symptoms, so people should carefully assess their risk factors for type 2 diabetes. These include: • Being 45 years of age or older • Being overweight • A family history of type 2 diabetes • Engaging in physical activity less than 3 times a week

• Having had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes) • Having given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds If one or more of these factors describes you, talk to your doctor about your diabetes risks and get your glucose levels checked. To learn more about diabetes and take a risk factor test, visit the American Diabetes Association at diabetes. org. If you or someone you love is looking for a physician who specializes in diabetes, please contact Dr. Desai and Maria Parham Endocrinology at (252) 436-6240.

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Physiatry is non-surgical, rehabilitative physical medicine O

ne of the busier specialties and overall quality of life, at Maria Parham Medical often without surger y. Center is physiatry. However, These treatment plans can very few people actually know include specialized exercise what a physiatrist does. What regiments, pain control and they do know is alternative forms that a physiatrist Maria Parham Pain of therapy. can definitely & Physical Medicine Reasons to see a make you feel physiatrist include: Clinic and Dr. better. • Neck or lower  Hernan Jimenez back pain Physical and offer the very • Stroke, spinal rehabilitative cord or ner ve finest in medical medicine injur y care designed Physiatrists, • Sports, or rehabilitation uniquely to help muscular or physicians, are you regain that skeletal injuries specialists who • Muscle aches quality of life that treat injuries or and pains you may have lost. illnesses of the • Carpel tunnel ner ves, muscles • Workers and bones. Physiatrists take compensation into account the body as a • Limited physical whole and develop care plans function or chronic pain due that can enhance movement to arthritis

 A comprehensive treatment plan During your initial visit, a physiatrist will thoroughly assess your condition, needs and expectations. During this evaluation, they will attempt to understand your condition by pinpointing a cause while ruling out any serious medical illnesses. They may order various tests including x-rays, CT Scans, MRI, EMG and/ or lab work. The physician studies the results and then discusses the findings with you. With your input, the physician will develop a care plan that will address your specific needs, both shor t term and long term in nature. If surger y is needed, they will work with your surgeon to develop a plan

that addresses both pre and post surger y goals. Your physiatrist will help you to find relief from pain, achieve successes in rehabilitation or exercise programs, overcome your setbacks and reassess your goals if necessar y. Maria Parham Pain & Physical Medicine Clinic and Dr. Hernan Jimenez of fer the ver y finest in medical care designed uniquely to help you regain that quality of life that you may have lost. Dr. Jimenez is board-cer tified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. You can call the clinic directly at (252) 436-1380 or have your physician refer you to the practice.

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Depression can be treated

Many people think that Most of the depression is having the antidepressant medicines “blues” because of a death in will quickly restore a good the family, a failure in one’s night’s sleep, and this life or even just a weakness alone makes most people in a person’s character. feel better even before the Actually, depression is medicine has had a chance largely determined by to correct the underlying chemicals in the brain. When chemical imbalance. these chemicals that help the The newer brain cells function properly antidepressants are very become depleted, a person effective, but they have a will develop few side effects, depression. It including nausea, Antidepressant is a medical headache and medicines also disease and it loss of libido. can happen to have side effects However, these any of us. are which can be put medicines Just as very safe. They to good use in a in diabetes, are the safest where shots choice and carry person who has can be given very little risk depression. to replace the of harm from an insulin that overdose. is lacking, depression can The medicines may be treated with medicines be needed for only a few that help restore the level months, or they may be of the chemicals that needed on a long-term the brain requires, such basis. But they should be as norepinephrine and used when the need arises. serotonin. Depression can — and Antidepressant medicines should — be treated. also have side effects which If you or someone can be put to good use in a you care for has signs of person who has depression. depression, you should One of the most common consult with a physician. symptoms with depression For help finding a doctor is poor sleep. A person often in this area, call Maria falls asleep fine, but may Parham Medical Center awaken a few hours later, at (252) 438-4143 or visit only to toss and turn until mariaparham.com for a morning. listing of medical providers.

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going to put the time into walking, why not make your time really count! • Treat yourself when you hit your goals — Whether it be weight goals, exercise goals or healthy eating goals, do something special for yourself when you achieve a milestone. With each milestone, get yourself something that you want. Associate that item with your new resolution and starting working for towards the next milestone. • Buy properly fitting clothes and put the “fat clothes” far away — You would be surprised how

properly fitted clothing accentuates the new and improved you. Many people are reluctant to buy new clothes, just in case the weight loss isn’t permanent. Others may buy new clothes but keep their “fat clothes” in the closet to remind them of how far they have come. A better idea would be to put them in a closet far, far away. As the popular legend of Cortes goes, “When he landed in the New World, he burned his ships so his men couldn’t retreat.” Don’t make it easy to retreat! • Don’t forget to exercise your brain — Make a mental goal for yourself this year as well. Good mental goals include learning the basics to a new language, reading a book a month or doing the daily crossword puzzle.

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Skin-to-skin contact with your baby A

fter your baby is born, he or she will be placed on your chest so his or her skin touches your skin. The nurse will check that the baby is fine, and only remove the baby if more care is needed. This skin to skin contact gives your baby warmth. It is calming as your baby will hear you, feel you, nurse from you and be loved by you.   What you need to know: • Skin-to-skin contact (SSC) is important in the first days and weeks of your baby’s life. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby as often as

you can. • You may want to lay on your back or side, or sit up in a chair, when doing SSC. Do not sleep when doing SSC. It is not safe for your baby. • Your baby may wear a diaper and head cover or not wear anything. • Place a blanket over your baby’s back or place your baby inside of your clothing for more warmth. • Positioning: - Place your baby on your chest or between breasts so that his or her stomach is toward your chest. - Support the baby’s head and body with your arms. Tuck in the baby’s

legs and feet under the body.  Benefits of skin-to-skin contact for babies • Regulates body temperature. • The baby has more relaxed and regular breathing. • SSC can help with baby latching onto the breast and raise interest in feeding. • The baby cries less and is comforted during heel sticks or other tests. • The baby sleeps

longer and has better sleep. • Blood sugars stay normal longer.  Benefits of skin to skin contact for mothers • Mothers help to regulate their baby’s body temperature when doing SSC. SSC is important for fathers too, but they are not able to regulate baby’s body temperature the same way. see contact/ page 11

When practiced safely, skin-to-skin contact with your baby is a healthy relationship builder that offers many benefits.

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non-perishable foods. 5. Waterproof matches and a knife or hatchet 6. A three pound metal coffee can with cover for melting water. 7. Plastic garbage bags (for windbreaks or containers). 8. Shovel, sand and rope. 9. Road map and compass. 10. First aid kit, paper towels and tissues. If you do have an accident which leaves you stranded in winter weather, remain calm, keep dr y, conser ve your energy and wait for help to come. It is usually safer to stay with your vehicle, which provides a shelter and something easy for rescuers to spot, than to tr y to walk out of a snowstorm. If you run the carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motor, do so at inter vals and keep adequate ventilation at all times to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Just think about quitting O

ne of the main reasons people do not quit smoking is because they never actually think about it. Quitting smoking is not so easy that you can do it without even thinking about it. This may sound terribly basic, but it is also very important. Thinking about quitting is the first step in quitting. Think about why you want to quit, not just why you should quit. You may want to quit to save money, decrease the risks of your children getting respiratory illnesses from second hand smoke, or to prevent early wrinkling of a beautiful face. There are hundreds of good reasons

to quit. Think of the reasons that are important to you. Think of the people who are important to you. Make a list. You might want to post it on the refrigerator or wall as a reminder. But think. You should tell your family and friends the reasons why you want to quit. It is easier when you have their support and when they are counting on you to succeed. Once you have thought of the reasons why you want to quit smoking, you can then make the decision that you will quit smoking. Deciding that you will quit is far different from deciding you will try to quit, which nearly always means you will fail. Once again, this simple step

of making that decision is a huge step in being successful in quitting. Then think of a date. Choose an important day within the next month, a day that you will always remember (the date doesn’t need to be too important—you will always remember the day you quit!). Do not delay more than a month once you have made the decision or you will risk failure. For more information or help with quitting, talk to your child’s physician. You can also find great information online by going to quitnownc.org or lungusa.org. Locally, you can contact your local health department for assistance.

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Keeping warm: avoiding hypothermia

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his is the time of year when the risk of hypothermia increases. Hypothermia is when the core body temperature drops below the normal of 98 degrees. It does not cause any problems until a person’s temperature gets down to 95 or so, but below this the heart may have irregular beats or even stop. The weather is the most obvious factor, but also chronic illnesses and accidents predispose to the problem. Alcohol is a serious depressant that contributes to many of the cases of hypothermia. It can cause a normal, healthy person to fail to heed the warning signs of shivering and cold hands and feet.

Diabetes commonly contributes to hypothermia. The most serious risk is to have a hypoglycemic reaction, which will cause increased heat loss by sweating and also decreased energy production because of low blood sugar. The other main causes are simply getting stranded in bad weather or accidents where a person is injured and has no protection from the elements. Moisture rapidly robs your body of heat and destroys insulation. This occurs in endurance sports, such as running or ski marathons, where a person gets totally exhausted and is

sweating for prolonged periods, and causes a great amount of heat loss. Moisture can also come from precipitation or submersion in water. Windbreakers are important in preventing the loss from wind-chill, especially if a person is wet or sweaty. The most important measures to take in avoiding hypothermia are to dress appropriately, keep dry and protect yourself from the wind. Use common sense in avoiding accidents and keep an emergency survival kit in your car. If you do get so cold that you cannot register a temperature of at least 96 degrees, you should go to the hospital immediately.

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Is your body shape more like an apple or a pear? Diane Varnadore, NP Carolina G.I. Associates

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ave you looked in the mirror lately? What did you see? An apple or a pear? What does this mean you may ask? If you tend to store fat around the waist, you have an apple shaped body and if you store fat below the waist, you have a pear shaped body. Apple-shaped people whose fat is concentrated mostly in the abdomen are more likely to develop more health problems associated with obesity because of their fat distribution. Apple shaped people have large amounts of deep fat stored in their waist called visceral fat. This dangerous fat is inside your abdomen surrounding your organs causing health risks such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive

Body shape can provide insight on potential health complications down the road. sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, respiratory problems, several cancers, stroke, and the list can go on and on. While obesity of any kind is a health risk, it is

better to be a pear than an apple. If there is one thing everyone agrees on, it is that weight control is a key component of maintaining good health. Calculating your BMI (body mass index) will

determine whether you are overweight, underweight, or at a healthy weight for your height. Once you have

your height and weight, you can calculate your BMI manually or search BMI calculator on the internet. To calculate manually, take your weight, multiply by 703 and then divide it by your height in inches. Take this number and then divide it by your height in inches again. The resulting number is your BMI. • A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is defined as “pre‑obese.” • A BMI of 30 to 34.99 is defined as “obese class L.” • A BMI of 35 to 39.99 is defined as “obese class IL.” • A BMT of greater than 40.00 is defined as “obese class ILL.” Excess body fat can

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have many health risks, but can we really see the problem staring back at us through the mirror? The decision to take control of your weight is an important one. Ask yourself the following questions. • Is your BMI greater than 30? • Do you have an apple-shaped body? • If you are a female, is your waist measurement 35 inches or greater? • If you are a male, is your waist measurement 40 inches or greater? If you fall into either of the following categories and you are interested in losing weight, call Carolina Weight Loss at (252) 430‑8111 extension 3 for your an assessment.

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Two keys to having a happier, healthier family  Play every day

HENDERSON FAMILY YMCA

help your family achieve its goals to continue to eat  Eat healthy healthy every day. To keep It is important for the everyone focused and health of everyone in the motivated, start with small home to increase access to achievable goals. healthier foods and make â&#x20AC;˘Â How many days it easy to make healthy a week is your family food choices part of daily currently having a healthy routines. Discuss as a meal together? If the family what options are answer is one, be realistic available in your home, at in setting your goal for school and at work that the following week. For would allow your family to example, add an additional take small steps towards day. making healthy food â&#x20AC;˘ Work on weekly goals choices daily. For example, where the whole family having a serving of can be successful and vegetables with breakfast, increasing healthier food packing both a fruit and options is the focus. vegetable with lunch and Remember to keep choosing whole grains every family member like oats, barley, bulgur, or engaged in the process and brown rice as the starch for your progress. Before each a meal. Ask your kids about family discussion, each the healthy foods available family member should at school and decide which always know if the family food choices may need to has met its goals. Also, come from home. remember to keep it simple Eating better and moving more are important steps to Now that New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and take it one day at a take to improve the health of your family. Day has come and gone, time.

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need to get cold feet about spending a winter day outdoors. Head out on a little adventure and explore your neighborhood and local parks; they all have a new look and feel with the white stuff on the ground. Bundle up the family and follow your kids to the nearest drift for a snow pile of fun. If your weather is not snowy and cold, still get outside and spend time enjoying your winter weather as a family. The hardest part will be layering the kids with all of their clothing and winter gear, but once you are outside, it will all be worth it. When the snow is on the ground, see if a sled is a better means of transportation! A sled ride will delight the kids and provide

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the grown-ups with a good workout. Dress appropriately for your winter wonderland and enjoy the great outdoors because ever y day that we stay inside is one more day that we get a little nutty! Â The YMCA is a great place for the entire family to create healthy habits and spend some quality time together. Become a family member of the YMCA so all members of the family can play and exercise together. Stop by the Henderson Family YMCA at 380 Ruin Creek Road, Henderson, for a visit and to learn about the many activities the YMCA can offer the family to get healthy or just give us a call at (252) 438-2144 for more information.

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with your doctor. Since telephones are oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s source for help in case of injuries, they should be conveniently placed and accessible from the floor if possible. An excellent precaution to take is to enroll those susceptible to falls in an emergency response system that allows the person to simply press a button when they need help after a fall or other physical ailment. Maria Parham Medical Center offers an emergency response system called Lifeline. Lifeline allows users to signal for 24-hour emergency assistance from their homes by simply pressing a button. Lifeline is an immediate

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response system for emergencies in the home. A speaker telephone unit is installed through the normal household telephone jack, and a wireless remote personal help button is worn on a necklace or wrist band. Should an emergency occur, the personal help button is pressed and the Lifeline staff is alerted that help may be needed in the home. The Lifeline staff will then determine the type of help needed and assistance will be dispatched to the home. There are currently more than 130 active Lifeline units serviced by Maria Parham Medical Center, with the bulk of these being in Granville, Vance and Warren counties. To find out more about Lifeline, contact Denise Smith at Maria Parham Medical Center at (252) 436-1118.

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