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PMREMS newsletter

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and our community, deserves our latest edition and it sure is one with a ton of recognition.

Taking time to introduce and applaud outstanding individuals for the service they provide Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services

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Meet the Pros A Salute to our Staff

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Hottest Ticket in Town Regional Roundup BBQ

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Tips for Great Golf Training To-Do’s

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Ask the Doctor LVHN shares

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A s a nonprofit 501(c)3, Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency

Medical Services finds fiscal responsibility at the forefront of proactive planning. As such, fundraising is pivotal to progress of the organization; with an astounding amount of community support and appreciation for due diligence and planning. Embracing the opportunity to implement a positive approach to these efforts, PMREMS board band together forming a committee tasked with the 2017 duty to elevate funds with a critical goal of creating something fun. Behold–Regional Roundup arose. Title sponsor Lehigh Valley Health Network has come forward to

present an outdoor evening of finger-licking BBQ greats, plus live entertainment 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 7 at Skytop Lodge in Barrett Township. Why Thursday you say? What better way to signify rounding-out the work week and another spectacular Pocono Mountains summer! Casual is key at this jamboree as guests are encouraged to ditch the suit and tie for blue jeans or a comfortable summer frock, then come on out and enjoy some of the area’s best country rock with a performance by the Snake Oil Willie Band. Top choice entertainment checked off, next comes mouthwatering reasons as want-to-be’s like a pig roast and grilled chicken with all the

fixings. Throw in lawn games just beyond the doors of Skytop’s beautiful Evergreen ballroom for guests who prefer sitting-a-spell inside and well…you’ve got the makings of one fantastic evening! PMREMS Director of Operations Denise Doremus smiles, “We’ve always had an amazing amount of support from the community and our associates in the medical industry.” She adds, “Regional Roundup is a great way to donate to our organization whether as a business sponsor or buying tickets as a resident to enjoy a really fun time together.”


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Steps for a Be Flexible Muscle strain and sore muscles are quite common among golf players. By performing a regular golf stretching routine, players can expect the following benefits: Muscles loosen up through stretching, enabling the player to relax during the swing. This relaxation further helps improve accuracy, increase confidence and the ability to perform better and swing faster and harder. Over the time, you will find it easier to move in your swing, as stretching will make your body more flexible and increase range of motion. A Regular Golf Stretching Routine Can Help Prevent Injuries like: Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, a condition that causes acute irritation in the shoulder tendons and muscles; Knee tendinitis, irritation in the knee tendons and muscles; and Musculotendinous which is overuse injuries, generally of the shoulder and elbow. Even the most basic golf stretching routine can just make you feel better. Glossing over it in your regular golf training, however, could cost you dearly. Maintain Balance & Stability At the foundation of every good golf swing is good balance. Maintain your balance and you can deliver the clubhead to the ball with both speed and accuracy. Lose your balance and your swing loses its tempo, or rhythm, and falls apart. The Core Of It All One way to both improve performance and reduce the risk of injury is “core” training. The easiest way to think of your core is your body minus your arms and legs. From your hips to your shoulders, that’s your core, your power center and your key to performance and longevity. Core strength for golf can be effectively trained from a standing position with exercises that promote lower back stability with hip and upper back mobility. Suspension training is uniquely suited to deliver these qualities. Movements such as the TRX Golf Rotation exploits reflexive core engagement for lower spine stability allowing proper hip and upper spine movements required for golf. The TRX Balance Lunge and the TRX Lunge both integrate single leg balance and stability with core Core strength for golf can be effectively trained from a standing position with exercises that promote lower back stability with hip and upper back mobility. Suspension training is uniquely suited to deliver these qualities. Movements such as the TRX Golf Rotation exploits reflexive core engagement for lower spine stability allowing proper hip and upper spine movements required for golf. The TRX Balance Lunge and the TRX Lunge both integrate single leg balance and stability with core Breathing and Posture In addition to limiting your range of motion and your ability to create speed, poor posture negatively affects your breathing. Although you may not consider breathing necessary to hitting solid shots as swinging on an inside-out path, it’s highly critical to on-course performance. Proper breathing provides your muscles (and brain) with the oxygen they need to function optimally. It also relieves tension, which allows you to swing faster with less effort. Proper breathing also allows you to maintain focus and avoid mistakes that seem to pop up when your head isn’t in the game.

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Questions for the Doctor

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I just read that Bob Harper, the host of the weight loss reality show The Biggest Loser, had a heart attack at the age of 51. How could this have happened to someone so young and healthy and what does it mean for the rest of us? A: Karthik Sheka, MD It can be alarming and perplexing when someone this young and who appears very fit and healthy suffers a heart attack. From what I’ve seen and read in the news on this particular case, Harper suffered a heart attack while exercising and remained unconscious for two days. He said in reports he believed it was due to genetics, as his mother passed away after experiencing a heart attack at the age of 70. While genetics may play a role in his case, we have to keep in mind that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women ages 45 and up. Here’s more evidence of the heart disease epidemic: „ A person is much more likely to die from heart disease than from lung cancer, as more than 600,000 people die of heart disease every year in the U.S. alone – that’s

one in every four deaths – while approximately 155,000 people die each year in the U.S. from lung cancer. (Sources: Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society). „ Each year in the U.S., one in three American women dies from heart disease – roughly one death each minute – compared to one in 31 who dies from breast cancer. (Source: American Heart Association). Know your family history We have to think about what we can do to prevent a first heart attack. That’s a fantastic starting point to discuss with your family physician or cardiologist. Family history is one of the first things your physician will discuss with you. And, most likely your doctor won’t just ask whether you had a relative with heart disease, but at what age they first developed heart problems and what other risk factors they had, such as was this person: „ Overweight „ A smoker „ Diagnosed with diabetes „ Taking medication for a heartrelated condition While a family history of heart disease isn’t something you can change, it is something to consider when deciding how aggressively you will deal with the risk factors for heart disease that you can change.

Karthik Sheka, MD, is an interventional cardiologist with Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono. Sheka is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Disease and is accepting new patients at PMC Physician Associates – Cardiology in East Stroudsburg and Brodheadsville.

Looks can be deceiving There is an incorrect assumption that just because a person looks fit and healthy, they are healthy. People can be thin and still have high blood pressure or high levels of bad cholesterol, which puts them at a higher risk for experiencing a heart attack. That is one of the many reasons why you should see your primary care physician on a regular basis to have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked. If these levels are elevated, you should then talk with your physician regarding the roles of diet, exercise and weight loss in improving your blood pressure and cholesterol profile. Small steps count As frightening as it can be for us to hear of a case like Harper’s, it can also serve as a much-needed wake-up call. My Life Check – Life’s Simple 7 was designed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and can help us all reduce the risk of heart disease. The Simple 7: „ Manage blood pressure „ Control cholesterol „ Reduce blood sugar „ Get active „ Eat better „ Lose weight „ Stop smoking Even small changes are steps in the right direction toward a healthier heart. By simply avoiding unhealthy trans fat (commonly found in packaged baked goods, snack foods, margarines and fried fast foods), being a little more active on a daily basis, by quitting smoking and getting more restful sleep, we can find the balance we need to keep our hearts healthy and functioning for a long, healthy and active life.


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