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s ghw | TWa Eb Ll eL No Ef SCSo n t e n t s Health – continued Stem Cell Therapy and Bone Marrow Aspiration 48 Body Sculpting 49 Why Do My Eyes Burn and Water? 50 5 Principles of Healthy Weight Loss 52 An Interview with Brad Stapley 54 Hormones, Health & Happiness 56 BPPV Vertigo: You Really Do Have Rocks In Your Head 58 Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy 60 “OPN” Your Ears 62 Myth vs. Facts 64 Plantar Fasciitis and the Weekend Warrior 66 Breaking Down Barriers 68 Epidural Steroid Injection 69

Featured Story

Becoming Fearless 12

Fitness Hope and Resiliency: Creating Your New Normal 14 Paradise Canyon 17 The Park Planning Division of St. George 18 Building Your Mental Muscle with Resistance Training 20


Emotional Eating 22 Dining Guide 24 Restaurant Journeys: Viva Chicken


The Unplanned Voyage of Hero Fathers Raising a Child with a Disability 28 Let’s Go Fly a Kite 31 Featured Local Business: When You Hear the CRASH… Think of Jones Paint & Glass 32 DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC Launches Second Season of Documentaries 34 For Every Child a Home 36 Celebrate Dixie State University’s D-Week 2017 38 The St. George Barbershop: Where Nostalgia Meets Precision 40 Chalk Art Tradition Continues in Ivins 41 The Evolution of Addiction and Treatment 42 Low Back Pain 45 What Pictures are Hanging on Your Wall? 46 The Over-Medicated Elderly: A Misdiagnosis Dilemma 47

On The Cover: Healthy and Fearless. Cover photo by Ben Braten.


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The Hidden Cost of Hearing Health Care 70 I’m Looking For Seniors Like Me 72 Trivia Teaser: Go For A Spin 74 It’s Crazy That In The 21st Century So Many Go Without 75 Expanding the Boundaries of Scientifically Proven Hearing Correction 76

Reflections of a Father 94 Dancing with Your Community Stars Youth Diaries: Separation Anxiety 97 Is it Time to Trash It? 98



Bettering Yourself, For Yourself 78 Functional Fat Burning 80 The Empath: How to Know if this is You Minding the Moments 84

Economics Meet Lindsey Smith, DXATC Student of the Year Expo: 10% Branding, 90% Specific Niche Solution What Every Real Estate Investor Should Know 88 How to Pay Half the Price for Your New Home 89 Innovation Plaza 90 Six Risks to Be Prepared for in Retirement 92

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Living UNITED…in DIXIE! Ready… Set…GO-CARTS! 100 Real Preparation for A Real Education 101 Where Do You Turn? 102 When Change Happens 104 Weight Loss for Your Home 105 Fostering a Lifelong Love of the Water 106 Opioid Addiction: A Call to Action 108


Mayoral Message 8 Trailblazer Nation – Letter from the President 10 Calendar of Events 110 Quick Resource Guide 111 Featured Directory Listings 112

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s ghw | fWr Eo LmL th N EeS eS d i to r Spring is in the air, and to most that means sunshine, flowers, baby animals, and possibly vacations. To me it brings to mind friendships – people that matter in your life, and make an impact to help guide you in whatever direction you want to go. I can’t imagine my life without the many people whom I love. Friends from my neighborhood, my work, and my personal involvement in people’s lives. I have rodeo friends, girlfriends, guy friends, golf friends, and street friends. Friends who are much wiser than I, some much younger, and some much more outgoing. This spring, I want to remind those friends – along with the friends I don’t have yet, or friends that have thought I have forgotten them – that they are an important and integral part of this community, this state, and this nation! What is more important than the people who are sitting next to you, driving down the roads, teaching your children in the classrooms, coaching you, helping you, or even just saying hello to you? This world needs more friends! If we focus on making friends and sincerely trying to be open minded, we can live in a much more peaceful place. Don’t push away a possible friend because of their political views, their religious views, their ethnicity, their gender, or their way of life. Embrace those “friends” who are going to make a difference in your life; who might open your mind, or your heart; who might be some of the most inspirational and endearing people you will meet. This is to all of my “friends”… Southern Utah is a wonderful place to be! Let’s pass on the love and make a difference.

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M ayo r a l M e s s a g e

This year began with above normal snowfall in the mountains surrounding St. George. Still, we had some beautiful days with wonderful temperatures starting in late January and through much of February. As a result, our natural and paved trails have already been busy with walkers, runners and cyclists! Rain here and there has complicated tournaments and outdoor recreation, but we can count on the desert being full of color for months to come as a result. One of our promised Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) Tax revenue projects was a bicycle skills park. I’m excited to say that we’ve identified a site that the city already owns for this new venue. It will be located at the Sand Hollow Wash, just adjacent to our Sand Hollow Aquatics Center. There we have approximately eighty acres upon which to create something that many citizens and visitors will be able to enjoy! On January 10 we held a public input session at the Dixie Center to get ideas for the bicycle skills park. We also discussed the parameters that we’re working within. Taking into account that public input, we developed a vision for what our bicycle skills park should include. Now we have several experienced bike park planning firms competing to present us an initial design for the park. The city will choose the one that best meets our vision and fits within the budget we’ll have available through the RAP Tax revenues. We anticipate the project then going to bid and being constructed this year! In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful outdoors of St. George this spring in whatever activities you’re pursuing!

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As Dixie State University continues to follow its strategic plan to progress from university status to university stature, I am excited to announce that our College of Health Sciences is in the process of adding three new baccalaureate degree programs – Nursing, Recreation & Sport Management, and Population Health. Adding these programs to the 11 health science degrees we already offer will allow students looking to prepare for health careers to take advantage of Dixie State’s low tuition rate and quality education right here in sunny St. George. The Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing will add to the depth of Dixie State’s existing nursing program, which includes Associate Degree Nursing and an online RN-to-Baccalaureate Nursing programs. The new nursing degree program will include personalized hands-on learning experiences in the classroom and clinical settings and concept-based curriculum. The program will be ready for students starting in the Fall 2018 semester and will admit cohorts of 48 students each spring and fall semester thereafter. However, students can immediately start preparing for the program by taking the required prerequisite courses on campus now. For students interested in careers in the recreation, sport, fitness, and tourism industries, the proposed Recreation & Sport Management degree is slated to be offered starting this fall. Students in this program will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to strategically create, manage, and operate a variety of services, facilities, personnel, and products related to the industry. As for the Population Health major, students will study how medical care, public health initiatives, behaviors, social factors, environmental factors, and genetics affect community health. Through this, they will


prepare to become leaders in their professions by learning how to improve the quality of patient care and the health of populations through social policy, health promotion, and disease prevention programs. To prepare students for their specific goals, three distinct emphases will be offered within the major: healthcare administration, public health, and health sciences. We are also planning on offering the Population Health degree starting this fall. However, the State Board of Regents and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities must approve all programs before they can be offered. We anticipate that all three of the proposed health science Richard “Biff” Williams President of programs will be official by the end of this Dixie State University August. It is an exciting time to be a Trailblazer, as we are also adding bachelor’s degrees in bioinformatics, applied sociology, information systems & data analytics, and studio art. Adding seven degrees in one calendar year is more than we have ever done, and will bring our total up to 37 distinct majors. What an incredible feat this is, considering that Dixie offered only five baccalaureate majors in 2005! We are so proud to serve the community in this way, and wouldn’t be able to do it without your support. Thank you for being an integral part of Trailblazer Nation.

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Family, education, and running are three words that most define me and what I’m passionate about. First, my family, consisting of Tony, (my husband of 41 years), two grown sons, one daughterin-law and three of the most adorable grandsons. They are my greatest passion and my biggest support in whatever adventure I do.  Second, teaching first grade for thirty years gave me my love for education. My students became my extended family; watching children discover new things and be so excited to learn, always with a smile on their face, gave me my passion for education. When I retired, I missed those smiling faces and I wanted to continue giving to the education community. My friends talked me into running for a position on the school board. I served on on the Washington County School Board for four very rewarding years.  Third, running and staying healthy have been a big part of my life for over forty years. I have been fortunate and “lucky” enough to have completed 259 marathons and several triathlons (including the Ironman) all over the U.S. as well as in Japan and London. Many people ask, “What is your favorite marathon?” I like so many of the marathons I’ve run that picking one is hard, but the race I’m most passionate about is St. George. The St. George marathon began forty years ago, in 1977. I feel so lucky to have completed all forty St. George marathons. However, my participation has been questionable some years because of illness, pregnancy or injury. Somehow, I’ve managed to stay healthy enough to compete every October. In 1985, I delivered a healthy baby boy eight weeks after crossing the finish line. I thought that might be one of my hardest, but again in 2005 my participation was in question. In May, of that year I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had undergone several surgeries and treatment. When October rolled around I was healthy enough to compete; my St. George running streak would continue. I was so happy to finish that year and as I crossed the finish line, with a smile on my face, I thought cancer was behind me. I would go on with my life and continue doing what I loved. Little did I know that in 2016 I would be running the St. George marathon with another cancer diagnosis, this time in my appendix of all places! April is my birthday month, and I had made plans with my sister and friends to run the Boston marathon to celebrate my 60th birthday. A few days before the race I had a stomach ache. The pain was something I’d never experienced before. I ran the race, but at the finish line my sister wanted me to go to a hospital and get checked, I assured her I would get checked as soon as I was back in St. George. Five days after the Boston marathon I was in surgery with a ruptured appendix, a week after that my surgeon delivered the scary news that I had a tumor in my appendix. I would require more surgery and then I’d be on my way to oncology. I was shocked and scared to death, how could this be true? I eat healthy and I exercise daily, I kept thinking there was a mistake. Well... I started chemotherapy in June 2016 and before I could ask my doctor what my chances were for running the marathon in October he said, “We will do everything we can to keep you healthy enough to run in October.” That was what I needed to hear to give me hope and have something to look forward to. I was able to compete in the 40th St. George marathon, with a lot of support from my sister and friends, who stayed by my side every step of the way for 26.2 miles. My time was slow, but my soul was happy, and I couldn’t quit smiling for days. I completed chemotherapy in December and it was my family, my friends and running that helped me stay positive and healthy through all the treatments. Running has taught me that there is a finish line. Some days a race can seem long and hard (like life), but there is a finish to hard things. I have been scared many times in my life but I always think, “Life is the story you tell yourself, and I am healthy and fearless!” I have so much to be thankful for, a family that is always ready and willing to support me through all my adventures, good and bad. I will be forever grateful for friends who have been with me through all my doctor appointments and surgeries and who have slowed down to keep me company on runs. I’m also very happy to live in a community where we have top-rated medical care and the best doctors and nurses. Sometimes we have to be scared to become fearless. I’ve been scared many times this year, but I always knew through any adversity there is a finish line! St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2017 13

Hope and Resiliency:

Creating Your New Normal By Amber M. Rich

At a recent community lecture, a hospital volunteer was welcoming guests and handing out information for another upcoming event. “Do you have diabetes? Take this flyer. You’ll want to come to this,” she said. No one was offended by her question or acted embarrassed to take the paper. But, what if it was a flyer on depression? Would she ask the question in the same casual way? Would people still take it without hesitation? Despite mainstream acceptance of depression as an illness with physiological, genetic, hormonal and environmental causes, it still holds a stigma not associated with other medical ailments like diabetes or heart disease. In Utah, one in five adults has been diagnosed with depression, and suicide is the leading cause of death among teenagers. This level of prevalence has likely impacted each of us personally, yet depression is still not a topic for casual conversation. “If you broke your leg, you wouldn’t go into hiding. You wouldn’t feel like your leg defined who you are,” says Kristi Shaw, Dixie Regional Medical Center’s Family Care Coordinator for Women’s and Children’s Services. “Depression or mental illness doesn’t deserve any more shame or embarrassment than any other illness. One idea I try to emphasize is a single challenge in our lives is not the total sum of who we are.” Shaw’s overall message for her patients is hope and resiliency. “We, as humans, are remarkably resilient and often we just need a little bit of light that things will get better. The darkness you’re in now is not a life sentence.” For Adrianna Murri that darkness was an unwanted, frequent guest. As a young mother expecting twins, she lost one baby at eight weeks but was able to carry the other baby full term. She and her husband, Trever, welcomed daughter, Emma, with great happiness, but severe post-partum depression


robbed Adrianna of her ideal motherhood. “I didn’t want to talk about it because it had gotten so bad I was afraid that I would be institutionalized. I don’t remember the first year of Emma’s life.” Time and medication brought relief and allowed the couple to face pregnancy again. “I was terrified of going back to that dark place, so both of us were much more aware of where I was – physically and mentally,” she shares. “I was still learning that to be a care taker, I needed to take care of myself, but I was a lot better about managing my expectations, and letting other people’s expectations go by the wayside.” Adrianna would face a first trimester miscarriage before the successful birth of daughter, Lily, in 2009. She would endure two more miscarriages before the birth of daughter, Molly, in 2013. Then the Murris suffered the heartbreak of losing a baby at 36 weeks. Their daughter, Aspen, was born stillborn on June 23, 2014 due to a cord complication. The couple felt strongly that this painful chapter wasn’t how they wanted to end their family story, so in August 2015 they welcomed a son, Spencer. These experiences didn’t happen in a vacuum, and, like all of us, Adrianna’s challenges were not isolated to just one area of her life. During this time she also dealt with marriage and family difficulties, and working

through childhood trauma and loss that was a culprit in her depression. “It was loss after loss. I wasn’t looking for the good anymore, and I hated being in this place where I was just sad and crying every day. I was on autopilot, and I didn’t want that for my kids. But, I was also afraid that if I wasn’t hurting I was forgetting Aspen.” During her pregnancy with Spencer, she met and worked with Rose NiedzwickiRehnborg, a social worker, then at Dixie Regional, who Adrianna called “her saving grace.” She also attended a support group and became active with southwestern Utah’s Angel Moms. “These women are the best friends I’ve ever had. There’s so much heart in this group, and so much love and acceptance,” said Adrianna. These resources have brought her to the realization that taking care of herself isn’t selfish, and the best thing she can do as a mom and wife is be healthy for her family. Feeling “normal” isn’t the same for her as it was ten years ago, but in most ways her new normal is wiser, healthier and kinder. “I’m learning about myself. I can have sadness, and feel it, let it wash over me, and then bounce back and be OK. It can even help me feel lighter and happier.” She is now using her own healing experience to help others. “When a new mom joins our group, I want them to know there’s hope in their heartache. I look at all the good that has come from Aspen’s life, even though she never took a single breath. I know that she would want me to be happy. I give back in her honor, and in that way I know she won’t be forgotten.” About the Author Amber Rich is the Regional Community Benefit Manager for Intermountain Healthcare in southwest Utah. She works closely with fellow not-for-profit organizations and other community partners to address prevention and wellness, as well as access to medical and behavioral health services for low-income, uninsured, or vulnerable people. She and her husband, Adam, have four children and reside in St. George.

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Paradise Canyon By Jay Bartlett I’m hoping that as this article reaches you, you’re enjoying a beautiful spring day, and gearing up for a ride, because as I write this in late January, we have been assaulted with wave after wave of rain and a little snow. Most trails are in no condition to ride, with some not even accessible at all. Painfully, the freshly finished Wire Mesa trail is among those – more on that trail in a future article! With weather like this going on, we have to search out the more hardy, water-shedding trails in the area like Barrel Roll, the Boy Scout Trails, and of course Church Rocks. Also, we have to sneak out when the getting is good: when the rain stops and the sun decides to poke its face out. There is a trail just outside town that is perfect for such a surgical strike-type of ride; the oft-overlooked Paradise Canyon. Paradise, at times, flies under the mountain biking radar, overshadowed by some of our more famous trails. I’ll admit, it’s not one of my “go to” trails, although it should be. I always have fun on it, but I think I ignore it a bit due to its shorter length. There are several ways to put the network together, but most loops end up around four miles. That being said, there is much fun to be had running laps, or riding things in the opposite direction (some hike-a-bikes may be necessary) or out-and-back sections, so additional mileage is available. Several trailheads are available to access Paradise Canyon, making it an easy “ride-to” trail from many parts of town – helpful on those rainy or busy days, when you have to sneak out! The Chuckwalla trailhead just up Highway 18, after the Red Hills Parkway interchange, is my favorite. The terrain is comprised of some fast dirt, some short sand sections (which can be tough in the dry) and quite a bit of sandstone. In fact, the Turtle Wall trail slithers along a “bench” Mom Nature was good enough to cut above the valley floor in the sandstone, making for a very interesting mile or so in either direction. Other notable trails include Beck Hill and Paradise Rim. Beck Hill is probably one of the lesser used trails by mountain bikers, probably because of its hundred yards or so

of sand at the beginning, but it turns to a great, techy climb of just over a mile with some nice slickrock problems at the top before rejoining Paradise Rim. Techy climb? Yeah, some of us actually like those! Paradise Rim is the drop-in back to the valley, so fun! There are some B-lines that have drops and jumps, and most sections have an easy line through About the Author them, but if you’re unsure, it’s not a bad Mountain bike veteran, idea to take a look before you leap. amateur filmmaker, and One thing to keep in mind, since endurance racer Jay Bartlett has been riding trails in the St. Paradise is so close to town, it is used George area for over twenty quite often by hikers and climbers as well, years. Jay has nearly a decade of so please use courtesy and give them the experience as a bike mechanic at Bicycles Unlimited, St. George’s right of way. oldest bike shop. Paradise Canyon is a great little trail to give the newbie a taste of our terrain, or the expert a challenge close to town, and it’s also close to City Creek Trail (also a trail for another article) so options for an epic are available. So whether it’s been raining and the sun just popped out, or it’s been a busy week giving you just a short window for a ride, Paradise Canyon might be just the answer. Did I mention it’s also beautiful? You don’t name a canyon Paradise for nothing!

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The Park Planning Division of St. George:

Your Recreation Landscapers By Marianne Hamilton

After a prolonged, soggy winter, it’s time to peel off those layers of fleece and embrace the arrival of spring. What better way to celebrate the return of sunshine than to head outside on one of our beautiful trails? It’s no secret that St. George is the envy of much of the world. In addition to our spectacular scenery, we have more than 45 miles of paved public paths, 59 miles of unpaved trails in and around the city, and 13 miles of bike lanes, with plans currently under consideration to double those totals. And, did you know that while the average U.S. citizen must travel 6.7 miles to access their local neighborhood park (and trek six times that distance in Montana and Wyoming)*, the St. George City Council has mandated that there must be a neighborhood park within a half-mile of every single resident? Truly, we are blessed to live here. With that array of options – and the end of flu season! – there’s little to no excuse to stay indoors, staring at the tube. So… who’s charged with ensuring that St. Georgians can get outside and get healthy? It falls to the City’s six-member Park Planning Division to do all of the long-term planning, budgeting and implementation of new parks, regional trails, and other open-space recreational facilities, and to make upgrades to existing resources. Created in 2004, the Park Planning division has designed and built the numerous parks, trails and sports complexes that contribute greatly to the quality of life (not to mention property values) in St. George. Millie Cockerill is one of Park Planning’s trio of staff landscape architects. A perennially cheerful presence on the phone, Cockerill says she and her colleagues welcome input from the community in the planning process. “Typically new projects are proposed on property that the City owns, and in conjunction with property developers,” she explains. “We’ll work with them to get new trail corridors and trail connections, and extend existing trails as well as park land. But we absolutely take suggestions from residents as well: Sometimes they might have a concern about a trail they use every day; maybe they wish there were more restrooms somewhere, etc. We take those ideas in, put them into the mix, and see what we can do.” For example, residents’ input has been responsible for the installation of more benches, bicycle racks and bike fix-it stations at various locations on our trails. Such direction often comes via 18

the monthly meetings of the Active Transportation Committee. Spearheaded by Assistant City Manager Marc Mortensen (an Ironman veteran and committed cyclist), the committee draws together representatives from the City’s engineering and public safety divisions, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Washington County School District, DSU, members of the Southern Utah Bike Alliance and others, all of whom share concerns, ideas and recommendations for ways to make our trails and paths better-utilized and more user-friendly. The committee also advocates for less travel via automobile, and more via two feet and/or two wheels. Says Cockerill, “We’re delighted that the City Council recently approved amending the City’s General Plan to include the Active Transportation Plan proposed by the Active Transportation Committee. We encourage all residents to look at the document, which is available on the City’s website.” At the annual Transportation Expo held in February, Cockerill and her colleagues shared the slate of new parks and trail projects under consideration, as well as planned upgrades to existing sites. Those who missed the event can still get a look at the proposed projects, via the new map just posted on the City’s site. “We’re so very lucky to have a City Council that understands the importance of providing wonderful outdoor resources for the community, and is willing to invest in these types of projects,” Cockerill finishes. “We look forward to hearing from the community, with your concerns and suggestions. You can always drop us a note on our Park Planning website.” Here’s a brief roundup of what you can expect to see added to our trail system, where you’ll see it, and approximately when: 1. Virgin River South Trail/River Road to Rustic Trailhead – As part of long-range plans to extend the Virgin River South Trail to Mall Drive, the City will add a section of trail beneath River Road (behind Jiffy Lube and Maverick’s). Thus, trail users will no longer be forced to walk up to River Road, cross the busy street, and then head back onto the trail. The new trail will provide connections to River Road for those who want to transition to the on-street route, and will include a rustic trailhead with parking for those who choose to make this their starting point. Construction is scheduled for completion by April 1, 2017. 2. Way-Finding Signage – New signs have been placed along all City trails, identifying locations and offering approximate distances between points. The replacement of mileage signs along the Mayor’s Loop is still being considered; feel free to weigh in with your opinion via the City’s website. 3. Halfway Wash Trail – A new addition to the trail (which connects 540 North with Snow Canyon Parkway) will enable pedestrians to access Walgreens, Intermountain Healthcare, and other locales along Sunset. Completion is targeted for June of 2017. 4. Virgin River North Trail – Currently the trail ends at Waterfront Drive; a new addition will provide a smoother transition and access to the Millcreek Trail, which connects with Washington City’s trail system and Sullivan Park. The project is in the conceptual design phase, so no completion date has been scheduled. 5. Little Valley Horseman’s Park – A short trail segment will be constructed on an existing power line easement between


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About the Author Marianne L. Hamilton is a veteran journalist whose work appears in regional and national publications, and a marketing writer for Fortune 500 corporate clients. When not race walking, hiking, or teaching water aerobics, she is a member of the St. George Arts Commission, serves on the board of Art Around the Corner, and manages media relations for Georgefest She and her husband Doug are also co-administrators of the St. George Wine Club, and race directors for the Huntsman World Senior Games.

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Little Valley Road and 3000 East, adjacent to The Arbors development. Presently in the conceptual design stage; look for completion in Fiscal Year 20182019. 6. Bicycle Skills Park – Give a shoutout to Washington County RAP Tax funds, which will make this possible. This managed recreation facility will offer mountain bikers the chance to develop a range of skills, including balancing, jumping and turning, by traversing pump tracks, flow trails, dirt jumps and more. The City’s Park Planning staff is still sifting through input from the community about the project; expect a development and construction process of approximately 18 months once they receive the green light. For more information, or to send comments or questions to the City of St. George Park Planning Division, visit parkstrailsandcemetery/parkplanning, and click on the “Contact” link.









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Could regular visits to the weight room help older adults who have mild cognitive impairments? For years we have been told all the benefits of regular resistance training. These benefits include: increased metabolism, building lean tissue, improved self-efficacy, improved balance and posture, decreased risk of injury, increased body density, strength and reduction of osteoporosis, improved sense of wellbeing, etc. Recent studies are suggesting that there may be a link. According to the Mayo clinic, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is “an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more-serious decline of dementia.” MCI, affects memory, judgment and thinking beyond normal levels of age-related decline. This condition may increase a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Progressive strength training was found helpful in boosting brain function in a study done in Australia. They tested 100 adults age 55 and older who had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. The research assigned participants to one of four

groups: resistance exercise and computerbased cognitive training; resistance training and computer placebo that featured nature videos, cognitive training, and stretching; placebo exercise, and mind training. Those in the exercise groups met two times per week for 6 months and trained at up to 80% of their peak strength. Research showed that the progressive training was linked to significant improvements when compared with the other groups. The improvements were still present 12 months after the study was conducted. This is something researchers are interested in learning more about, and more research is being conducted. “The next step now is to determine if the increases in muscle strength are also related to increases in brain size that we saw,” stated Maria Singh, MD, Professor at the University of Sydney. “In addition, we want to find the underlying messenger that links muscle strength, brain growth, and cognitive performance, and determine the optimal way to prescribe exercise to maximize these effects.” (This study appeared in the Journal

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EmotionalEating By Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD

We all eat emotionally to a certain extent. Food is social, it holds memories, and we feel comfort, satisfaction and pleasure from it. I encourage you to eat with emotion – that is, let your food be meaningful and satisfying – as opposed to emotional eating, which can become an issue when you use food to consistently distract from or numb uncomfortable emotions. Emotional eating is much more common than some realize, and can feel absolutely overwhelming to the person trying to make sense of it. It’s really easy to blame the food, becoming rigid and restrictive with which foods are allowed in the house or on a diet plan. Unfortunately, this only works to increase emotional distress, feelings of deprivation and cravings for the very foods that may be felt to be problematic. Restriction breeds rebellion. In my experience there are two ways to work effectively with emotional eating. They compliment and support each other while also being their own unique skill or tool: 1. Feel the emotion 2. Avoid emotional reactivity Feel the emotion Imagine that a two-year-old is trying to get your attention. She may start by saying your name or tapping you on the leg. What happens if you don’t answer? If you have experience with two-year-olds you know that she will get louder and louder and more obnoxious until you answer. However, if you had responded the first time, it’s likely she just needed to be listened to, validated, helped and then sent on her way. The same could be said for your feelings and emotions. The more you ignore them, the bigger they get. The middle part of your brain, called the limbic system, is responsible for processing emotions. In his book Mindsight, Dr. Dan Siegel (a professor of clinical psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of Mindsight Institute) teaches the reader about a technique called “name it to tame it.” Neuroscience has found that naming the emotion, for example saying, “I feel sad,” can actually decrease the stress response in the brain. When you name it, your brain increases soothing neurotransmitters which are sent to your limbic system to calm it down. The very act of moving toward the emotion, naming it and aiming to understand it decreases its power over you. A big hurdle to doing this is the very common propensity of judging yourself for how you feel. Maybe you think that you shouldn’t feel frustrated, so you avoid acknowledging it. Maybe you think you should feel happy, so you avoid acknowledging your true emotion. I encourage you to separate who you are from what you feel. Please note that in our “name it to tame it” example above we used the phrase “I feel sad” not “I am sad.” Feelings, thoughts, and emotions are only activity of the mind, not who you are. Acknowledging them actually gives you a chance to be transparent, honest and authentic and move toward growth and healing. Another hurdle is identifying how you truly feel. If you say “I am angry” and don’t feel the calming neurotransmitters doing their job, it may be because you didn’t identify the true emotion. Maybe you feel hurt which is making you feel angry. Aim to understand and validate rather than judge and react. Why is feeling the emotion important? Because if you can move toward the emotion then you won’t need to move way from it… and toward food. 22

Avoid emotional reactivity The second technique is aimed at avoiding crisis mode – where all logic, reason and level-headedness leaves. In working with clients I find there are very specific triggers for emotional reactivity. First, you don’t stand a chance against emotional eating if you aren’t eating consistently, regularly, and adequately. It’s very difficult to think cohesively, rationally and clearly when you are overly hungry. Our brains only burn glucose for energy, so if blood sugar levels are dropping, you can expect that not much fuel is getting to your brain. If you are prone to emotional eating already, feeling overly hungry just creates the perfect storm. I encourage you to eat balanced meals (carbohydrate, protein, fat, fruit and/or vegetable) three times a day, adding snacks between if meals are longer than 3-4 hours apart. I am certain that you will feel more level headed in many areas, including with food. Skipping meals might make you feel like you are saving time, but I assure you it’s only backfiring. Second, establish clear work-life boundaries. If life feels out of balance, it’s easy to become burnt out, drained and reactive. I encourage you to set clear boundaries, being sure to include time for your own personal hobbies and passions. Be realistic and appropriate in setting those boundaries, but do set them. Third, find ways to be proactive in self-care to avoid “crisis mode”. You CAN handle what life throws at you, if you cultivate resilience regularly. This will mean different things to different people, but some good examples might include taking regular breaks during the day to get up and stretch, turning on music while you work, put a project aside for a bit to work on something less draining (but still feel productive), practice time management by planning your day ahead of time, start your day with meditation and/or prayer to feel connected and grounded, eat meals About the Author away from your desk, set regular sleep Emily is a registered dietitian patterns, and make time for physical and received her degree at activities you enjoy. Brigham Young University. I hope you see that your emotions, She is a member of the Academy feelings and well-being matter. Being of Nutrition and Dietetics and belongs to the practice groups too busy for them or pretending they of Integrated/Functional don’t matter is likely manifesting Nutrition, Weight Management in emotional eating. See it as a sign and Sports, Cardiovascular, and that coping strategies and self-care Wellness Nutrition. She has behaviors are inadequate and take a Certificate in Adult Weight Management and is a Certified steps to support yourself. LEAP Therapist.

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Dining Guide

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Bella Marie’s Pizzeria

1487 S Silicon Way, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.3336 Pizzeria | Italian | Café | $$ Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 9pm | Fri. – Sat. 11am – 10pm A true delight when you’re looking for great pizza, pasta, calzones and more – made to order with all natural, real food ingredients – no fillers and preservatives here! This is your stop for homemade Italian food from scratch. Enjoy with friends, dates and family. For flavor, friendliness and quick service, Bella Marie’s is a must try!

Benja’s Thai and Sushi

Hank’s Riverwalk Grill

4210 Bluegrass Way, St. George, UT 84790 | 435.773.4111 American | Southwestern | $$ Open 7am – 9pm seven days a week Located in Sun River, this eclectic location boasts gorgeous patio and window views, tasty eats, beer, wine and liquor. From breakfast burritos to salmon fillet to the Murder Burger, you’ll find items unique to Hank’s, as well as familiar items from the Oscar’s Café menu in Springdale – Hank owns both restaurants! Stop in after a game of golf or bring the whole family.

2 W St. George Blvd. #12, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.9538 Thai | Sushi | $$ Mon. – Sat. 11am – 10pm | Sun. 1pm – 8pm Hungry for sushi? Hungry for Thai curries? Benja’s Thai and Sushi, in the heart of downtown at Ancestor Square, will satisfy your craving with fresh sushi, curries, noodles and a great beer and wine menu. Stop in with business colleagues, friends, a date or the whole family, and be sure to come hungry – in addition to curries, noodles and sushi, Benja’s salads, soups and sticky mango rice are not to be missed.

Pizza/Pasta Factory


36 E. Tabernacle, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.986.4119 Italian | Steak | Seafood | Contemporary | $$ Lunch: Tues. – Sat. 11am – 3pm | Dinner: 5pm – 9:30pm Centrally located in historical downtown near Town Square, Cappeletti’s is a favorite for casual business lunches, friend and family gatherings and romantic evening dining. Authentic Italian pastas like gnocchi Bolognese or cannelloni will comfort and satisfy, but if you’re not in the mood for pasta, the fresh fish of the day, tender Black Angus flat iron steaks, market fresh meats and poultry are all prepared daily and presented beautifully. In this quaint and cozy family owned and operated restaurant, plan to settle in for warm, friendly Italian cuisine with an Argentinian flair, and leave satiated in body and soul.

Pizza Factory: 2 W St. George Blvd #8, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.1234 Pasta Factory: 2 W St. George Blvd #8, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.674.3753 Pizza Factory Pineview: 2376 E Red Cliffs Dr., St. George, UT 84790 | 435.688.2656 Pizza Factory Express: 1930 W Sunset Blvd, St George, UT 84770 | 435.634.1234 Pizzeria | Pasta | Salad Bar | $$ Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 9pm | Fri. – Sat. 11am – 9:30pm This St. George restaurant in the middle of Ancestor Square, has been a local go-to place for decades. The Pizza Factory boasts the most tasty salad bar in town, hearty custom built pizzas, famous bread twists and a family friendly energy. The Pasta Factory, with its charming outdoor patio wows with custom made pasta dishes, salads and famous bread twists. Freshest ingredients, friendly service and flavor. Need we say more?

Sandstone Café at Dixie Regional Medical Center

1380 E Medical Center Drive, St. George, UT 84790 | 435.251.2050 Healthy | Café | $ 6:30 – 9am | 11am – 2:30pm | 2 – 7 pm | 11pm– 1am Located in the beautiful and healing Dixie Regional Medical Center, this buffet style café offers a great variety of healthy dining choices. For those with food intolerances, the chef gives informed recommendations, while those looking to cut unhealthy ingredients and excess fat will enjoy the LiVe Well special menu. Spacious dining, large windows and patio dining in the beautiful healing garden contribute to the casual, friendly atmosphere.

Cliffside Restaurant

The Painted Pony

Even Stevens Sandwiches

The Twisted Noodle

511 S Airport Rd, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.319.6005 Steakhouse | Seafood | Contemporary | $$$ Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11am – 3pm | Dinner: Fri. 5pm – 9pm, Sat. 5pm – 10pm Perched on the old Airport road, overlooking the city of St. George, the Cliffside Restaurant’s menu includes steak, burgers, pasta, kids fare and delectable desserts. Upscale, yet friendly, plan to enjoy spectacular views whether you’re dining casually with friends or seeking a romantic dinner experience. 471 E St. George Blvd., St. George, UT 84770 | 435.251.6636 Sandwich Shop | Cafe | Breakfast & Brunch | $ Sun. - Sat. | 7am – 10pm Hungry for change? Visit Even Stevens – a sandwich shop with a cause! Committed to fighting hunger by donating one sandwich to a local charity for each sandwich ordered, and with a focus on giving back through delicious food – literally - Even Stevens thrills with sandwiches like the Hummazing Vegan, the Do Gouda and the Mihammy Vice. This family friendly café also offers tasty bites, soups, salads, locally roasted coffee, locally brewed beer, Sunday brunch, entertainment for kids and live music weekly.

George’s Corner

2 W St. George Blvd. #1, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.216.7311 Restaurant | Pub | American | $$ Open daily 7am – midnight Located in Ancestor Square at the same location as the Big Hand Café, owned by George Pace in the 1930s and 40s, this friendly and historic pub setting features fresh, fantastic food, a full beer, wine and cocktail list, and live music. Sharing the same owners as the Painted Pony restaurant, George’s Corner offers the same high quality ingredients with a more laid back atmosphere. The famous lamb burger is a must – but don’t fear if you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten free – there are plenty of other choices!

Gun Barrel Steak & Game House

1091 N Bluff St #1400, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.652.0550 Steakhouse | Wild Game | Seafood | $$$$ Mon. – Thurs. 5pm – 9pm | Fri. & Sat. 5pm – 9:30pm Immersed in a wild-west attitude, this long-time local favorite fires up indulgent cuts of steak, fish, elk and buffalo game over a mesquite grill. The dimly-lit ambiance, an oversized fireplace and the fact that the joint solely serves dinner make this a perfect special occasion dine. If you go, make sure you go hungry – Gun Barrel serves up consistently impressive soups and desserts every evening.


2 W St. George Blvd. #22, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.634.1700 Steakhouse | Seafood | Contemporary | Healthy | $$$$ Lunch: Mon. – Sat. 11:30am – 4pm Dinner: Sun 4pm – 9pm | Mon. – Sat. 4pm – 10pm In the heart of Ancestor Square, the Painted Pony delights with an upscale menu, full beer and wine list, cocktails and exceptional service. Prepare for a sensory experience with complex flavors, top-notch presentation and a beautiful atmosphere. Evening ambiance complete with soft lighting, fresh flowers and patio dining. Locally sourced, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available for every palate. 20 N Main Street, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.9889 American | Café | Healthy | $ Mon. – Thurs. 11am – 8pm | Fri. – Sat. 11am – 9pm Bursting with flavorful veggie centric meals that will make you return day after day, The Twisted Noodle is newly famous for its tasty and healthy lunches and dinners. Enjoy fresh sandwiches, burgers, wraps & salads, hearty pasta (even veggie noodle pasta) and quinoa bowls. With famously low prices and the ability to find vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo options, the Twisted Noodle is perfect for any occasion.

Twenty-Five Main Café

25 Main Street, St. George, UT 84770 | 435.628.7110 Café | Coffee Shop | Gourmet Cupcakes | $ Mon. – Thurs. 8am – 9pm | Fri. – Sat. 8am – 10pm Visitors step from the streets of St. George to an atmosphere reminiscent of a Soho cafe when they stop by this counter-style downtown gem for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delectable salads, panini sandwiches done to perfection, and pasta are the featured menu items, but most diners frequent the café for its cupcakes. Twenty-Five Main is perfect for a business lunch or breakfast, a get-together with friends or a quiet spot to relax in the evening before absorbing the downtown art-walk in St. George.

Xetava Gardens Café

815 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, UT 84738 | 435.656.0165 Restaurant & Coffee Shop | Contemporary | Healthy | $$$ Sun. – Thurs. 9am – 5pm | Fri. & Sat. 9am – 9:30pm Nestled in majestic Kayenta Art Village, Xetava’s atmosphere and culinary creativity are unbeatable; fair trade, shade grown coffee & espresso, a full wine and beer list, specialty house cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Perfect after a beautiful hike or for Sunday brunch. Exquisite dinner dining is available on Friday and Saturday nights, with unforgettable presentation and flavor – reservations recommended, patio seating will delight. With locally sourced, organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, there is something for every type of eater.

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Restaurant Journeys:

Viva ChickeN By SGHW Staff

order either a half or full avocado, which is then piled high with organic quinoa, red pepper, rocoto mayo, balsamic vinaigrette, and the option to add shredded rotisserie chicken. The avocado itself was of prefect ripeness, something that I’ve found difficult to find in local store bought avocados. At first glance, I didn’t think that the meal would fill me up. But after finishing, I felt perfectly satisfied. There were two options for dessert – Tres Leches cake and churros. It was a difficult decision to choose between the two, so naturally I chose both. The Tres Leches cake was a first for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cake was light and not super sweet, and had a milky, creamy custard like center. It was topped with whip cream and diced mango. The churro was hands down the best churro I’ve ever had, even better than the Holy Grail of churros – the Disneyland Churro. It had a light cinnamon cream filling on the inside, and a delightfully crispy cinnamon sugar outside. I could eat one (or a few) of these every day and never get tired of them.

“Food as good for you as it is delicious.” Part of what makes going out to eat enjoyable is the experience as a whole. When atmosphere and background merge with taste and satisfaction, you have a winning combination. This is how I would describe dining at Viva Chicken. A Peruvian based restaurant, Viva’s signature menu item is the bone-in rotisserie style chicken. Even though Chicken is in its name, most menu items can be made to fit a vegetarian diet. Their menu isn’t huge, but large enough to give a good variety of options to choose from. It’s also important to mention that all of Viva Chicken’s poultry is free-range, and their serve ware and utensils are biodegradable. After placing your order, you seat yourself and your food is brought to your table when ready. The décor is simple, modern and clean. Viva offers catering, as well as a large private event room for large groups or parties. The first item I tried was the Naked Peruvian Wrap, which came with organic quinoa, kale romaine mix, cucumber, tomato, queso fresco, rocoto mayo, and avocado. I added rotisserie chicken, and after seeing the additional “extras”, opted to add MORE avocado, provolone cheese and jalapeno bacon, because you had me at avocado, cheese and bacon. However, in hindsight, the wrap’s size may not have been designed to hold all those goods. It was filled to the brim, and biting into it was a challenge. I’m sure I looked anything but graceful as I dug in to that beast, but I don’t regret it. Next time, I’d pass on the extra avocado, but keep the rest the same. One of their most popular dishes is the Quinoa Stuffed Avocado. I love avocado anything, so this was a must try for me. You can


Over at the drink/condiment bar there were 3 juices to choose from – Herbal Limeade, Maracuya or passion fruit juice, and Chicha Morada, made with Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, clove, pineapple, apple, and limes. The Herbal Limeade was definitely the fan favorite. This lightly sweetened limeade is flavored with subtle hints of basil, rosemary, and mint, and was different than any lemonade I’ve ever tried. I didn’t feel like I was drinking the cavityinducing-sugar-saturated gas station style lemonade. This was light and refreshing, and would hit the spot on one of St. George’s infamous 100+ degree hot summer days. St. George definitely needed Viva Chicken. With more and more people seeking out unique and healthy meal options, Viva Chicken will continue to be a dining hot-spot for the foreseeable future. You can visit them at 1183 E 100 S, St. George, UT 84790.


The Unplanned Voyage of Hero Fathers:

Raising a Child with a Disability Part Two By Kelly Kendall “Our hopes and dreams of our firstborn child were shattered, as we watched him grow from an infant to a toddler, and wondered what the rest of our life would be like,” states Kurtis Kendall. Even if the signs and symptoms show up gradually, it is still a huge shock when the doctor shares your child’s diagnosis with you – confirming what you haven’t wanted to acknowledge. You realize that life will be greatly different than you planned. In that moment, time seems to stand still, as a thousand thoughts race through your mind. Utah has more children born with autism than any state in the country. Though April is Autism Awareness month, parents who raise a child with autism spectrum disorder are always intimately “aware” of the challenges, emotions, and unbelievable adventure of raising a child with autism. Dallin not only has severe autism, but a plethora of other diagnoses, including a rare neurological disorder called cerebral folate deficiency, ataxia, sleep apnea, seizure disorder, and severe neuropathy in his hands and feet. He uses a wheelchair, which is no


small feat with him being 6’8” and weighing over 275 pounds. Raising a child with autism is a 24/7 job with little to no respite, unless you are blessed to have community resources or family that can watch your child with special needs. Autism is a constant challenge; an exhausting, exhilarating, and lonely roller coaster ride. In Dallin’s case, all basics needs take on a whole new meaning. He has to be lifted on and off of the toilet and in and out of the tub, and the bathroom had to be remodeled to fit his needs. The laundry seems neverending, washing his bedding every single day and sometimes twice in the same night, due to accidents. Going without sleep is another issue. Dallin often stays up all night, night after night, and his mom and dad have to work, do chores, and have other things planned the next day. Food is another area that is extraordinary; for years Dallin’s favorite foods included only a handful of items: broccoli, hot dogs, French fries, wheat thins and pears, though they later expanded to include a few more. He is also a professional escape artist. When he was very

young, he would escape from their home and occasionally enter neighbors’ homes, simply looking for his favorite Disney movies. On those rare occasions, he would end up getting into things, helping himself to any food that looked good, and even ended up jumping on their beds. Like many children with autism, Dallin not only thrives on predictability and routine, but demands it. From his bedtime ritual, to driving the same route home, the routine must be followed if you want to avoid a total meltdown. The obsessions are another thing altogether. VHS videos which he has memorized, and knows exactly where to rewind to play the same scene over and over and over again. Small, daily activities that most people take for granted become a monumental task, or worse, if things don’t go as planned – which they rarely ever do. Due to his giant size, he must have the largest wheelchair his parents can find, which won’t even fit through most doors, and requires remodeling to fit through the door of any bedrooms, bathrooms, or other rooms he wants to enter. Sensory overload occurs almost on a daily basis, especially in large family gatherings and during holidays. Dallin is unable to go to a theater to see a movie or watch the fireworks, because it is simply too much stimulus and will send him into a full blown episode, which can last for hours. Even the family dog barking, a baby crying, high pitch noises or any amount of contention affects him, and

blessings, such as seeing their amazing special spirit and gaining life lessons that only come from raising a special needs child. “He has taught us more than we could ever teach him in our lifetime. He certainly teaches patience and unconditional love to everyone who comes in contact and works with him, which has been a village, for sure!” states Kurtis. Having a child with a disability affects everyone in the family, and causes feelings and emotions that are unique with each situation. Dallin’s youngest brother, Kole (5) simply says, “I just want my brother Dallin to be happy.” As difficult as it has

may end up with him having an episode where he starts harming himself, or a fullblown seizure. A trip to the store may end up with Dallin’s parents dragging him out of the store while he is yelling. The only large crowd activity that he has been able to really enjoy is Disneyland, due to Disney movies and characters being his whole world. Dallin attended local elementary, middle school, high school and post-high, including graduating from Pine View High School – a highlight for him. One of his favorite books is his high school and post-high school social story, which he keeps close to him every day – along with a toy school bus replica like the one he rode daily. Even with severe autism, Dallin has been able to move into a residential group home. Kurtis states, “Because he can’t really communicate like everyone else, we had to learn to read his behavior, emotions, and eyes to know even his basic wants.” Dallin is not able to tell others if he is in pain, hungry, or tired, except to shriek, scream, cry, hit himself in the head – or worse, if he is able to unbuckle his safety belts and throw himself out of his wheelchair onto the floor, where he will bang his head on the tile floor so hard it would knock most people out. In fact, that is exactly what happened several times to his dad, who was trying to protect him and keep him from banging his head. He was hit so hard that it not only knocked him out, it caused multiple concussions, and then he faced another closed head injury in a rollover, which has been devastating for his career and life as a husband and father to his three boys. Despite all of the challenges, there are also

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been growing up with a sibling with severe disabilities, Dallin’s brother Garrett (20) has taken time to make a playlist of Dallin’s favorite songs for him to listen to, just to see him smile. Although this story is fatherfocused, without Dallin’s mother, Sheila Kendall, his life would be vastly different, as she is his literal angel on earth. Parents who raise children with disabilities are heroes. Their monumental effort, time, and sacrifices are superhuman. May we all be more understanding, kind, and helpful to those who have the heroic mission of raising a child with a disability.

About the Author

Kelly B. Kendall is the USU Fatherhood Education Coordinator in the School of Family, Consumer & Human Development & He is also the CEO of Practice Partners, LLC, V.P. of Health & Wellness Solutions, LLC, and teaches in the DSU School of Business & Communication as adjunct faculty. He is passionate about helping empower fathers to be great dads in the lives of their children. He teaches Fatherhood Education Courses throughout Southern Utah including Purgatory Correctional Facility. He loves to travel, mountain bike, write, humanitarian service where he and his wife are the founders of the nonprofit, Socks for Souls; and he loves spending time with his wife, Colleen and family.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite By Pam Graf, Foundation Director, Washington County School District Every spring when the weather begins to warm and the breezes begin to blow, you almost always see children or adults trying their best to fly a kite. It reminds me of when I was a child and how I loved to fly my own kite. Kite flying was, and still is, all about the challenge to see how high in the air you can get your kite, or how quickly you can run to fly it. The opportunity to meet that challenge once again is coming up Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the 18th Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival. This event has become the largest kite festival in the State of Utah, and is attended by thousands of children and their families in an effort to raise awareness for literacy in our communities of Southern Utah. Elementary students from the area and their families all come to fly kites and enjoy a day of fun with their family and other community members. This year will mark the 18th year of our partnership with Dixie Power, and what a kite ride it has been! The WCSD Foundation partnered with Dixie Power in 1999 in an effort to promote reading in Washington County School District. The Mission of the Dixie Power Kite Festival is four fold: 1. Provide a wholesome, uplifting, family-oriented event where everyone can participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical abilities. 2. Promote reading as a fundamental basis of education for every child of elementary school age. 3. Support education with additional funding and make that funding available to selected participating schools at the discretion of the Washington County School Foundation. 4. Patronize those members of the business community whose financial sponsorships make the Kite Festival possible. In early January, elementary students receive a reading chart and are given the challenge to read at home, record it on the chart and then, if signed off by a parent or guardian, are rewarded with a kite, a book, or a $10 voucher for games or rides at the Festival. Then the fun begins! The festival has kite flying, vendor booths, continuous entertainment, games, bounce houses and delicious food to keep everyone happy. It is so exciting to see families share in the fun of this event! The first kite festival was held in 2000 at SunRiver. We thank SunRiver for allowing us to hold the festival there for 16 years. Their growth exploded and we were soon out of room. We approached Dixie State University, and they very graciously agreed to have the festival at the Encampment Mall on the campus of Dixie State University. The kite festival has grown into an amazing event for our community and, better yet, it has improved literacy throughout our community by encouraging reading among students, and donating money for literacy

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About the Author Pam Graf is the Foundation Director for Washington County School District and is actively involved in the community. She was born and raised in St. George and moved all the way to Santa Clara which she calls her home.

to the participating schools in Washington County School District. All of the proceeds earned from the festival are donated back to WCSD Foundation for literacy programs throughout the district. To date, Dixie Power has donated $447,000 back to our elementary schools. We are appreciative to Dixie Power for their on-going support of our students through the kite festival. Their employees work tirelessly in the planning, the setup and the takedown of the event and volunteering much of their time. The Kite Festival steering committee consists of volunteers in the community who meet all year long to plan and execute the festival. We could not do it without them! We have amazing sponsors who step up and support, year after year. Thank you to all who help in any way! As you look for fun and exciting things to do this spring, plan on attending the Dixie Power Kite Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Encampment Mall at Dixie State University. It is a win-win for all of us; the students are reading better, families are spending quality time with each other and the WCSD schools benefit. Let’s go fly a kite!

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When You Hear the CRASH…

Think of Jones Paint & Glass Serving Utah and much of the Intermountain West since 1938, Jones Paint & Glass has expanded its products and services to meet every need imaginable when it comes to the finishing touches to your home or business. One stop will give the general contractor, remodeler, or home owner their complete interior door, trim, and hardware package to go along with the best selection of wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass windows to be found. Every door need can be filled from a wide variety of entry doors including iron doors and pre-hung fiberglass doors that are assembled in their exceptional door shop here in St. George. Jones offers garage doors and operators that include expert installation. With all of these window and door offerings, and with the excellent staff at Jones Paint & Glass, customization is easy. Employees with over 1000 years of combined experience await to serve you. Jones Paint & Glass stands behind all of the products they offer. They have been manufacturing the vinyl window that they offer for over 30 years. The warranty on their vinyl windows covers all costs of glass replacement for 10 years. You don’t have to read the small print! They are very well designed and economical. Jones offers many options for windows that include Marvin Wood Windows & Doors, Andersen Windows & Doors, Heritage Aluminum Windows & Doors, La Cantina Bi-fold Doors, and more. These represent the finest offerings in the industry. Their showroom located at 122 South 1200 East will show you a broad range of possibilities. And while you are there, you’ll find that Jones Paint & Glass has beautiful Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters to enhance your window and purchases. Yes, your new dream home or remodeled dream home’s vision will come into view when you visit Jones, where all of those important finishing touches can be purchased. They can provide and install your custom shower door and your mirrors. And for everything and anything that needs to be finished with a fresh new color, Jones has you covered with the products and tools you will need to get the job done right. From the very beginning, the founder of Jones Paint & Glass, Harold B. Jones, insisted that his family business be “the Quality House.” One never needs to apologize for quality. As one of the larger independent paint dealers in the country, they are able to offer the best of the best – PPG Paints, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Valspar Wood and Automotive Finishes, are among these. They sell and rent Airless spray equipment, and with help from their experienced staff, you will be guided through successful steps in completing your painting project. Don’t forget “When You Hear the CRASH, Think of Jones Paint & Glass.


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Launches Second Season of Documentaries By Della Lowe Following on the success of last year’s DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC, the second season has launched with a powerful lineup of remarkable documentary films. As usual, the films selected this year reveal the human condition, aspirations and capacity of people to overcome hardship, achieve impossible goals and relate to each other even when thousands of miles apart. All films screen at The Electric Theater in St. George. In the heart-racing documentary scheduled for March 31st, Sunshine Superman, Director Marah Strauch, who will host the film, paints a portrait of Carl Boenish, the father of the BASE jumping movement, whose early passion for skydiving led him to ever more spectacular and dangerous feats of foot-launched human flight. Experience his jaw-dropping journey in life and love, through a stunning mix of Carl’s 16mm archive footage, well-crafted re-enactments, and state-of-the-art aerial photography. The Oscar winning film, Born Into Brothels, on April 28th, brings audiences into the dark underworld of Calcutta’s overcrowded red-light district where there appears a group of unforgettable children. Feisty, courageous, and wickedly funny – they are the children of prostitutes. This film portrays the resilience of children, and the magic of art to transform life for young people living in brothels. Hosted by Geralyn Dreyfous 3000 Cups of Tea, produced & directed by Jennifer Jordan and Jeff Rhoads, is the story of Greg Mortenson, his mission to bring about peace through education, his meteoric rise, and the scandal that brought him to his knees. The film explores the brilliance and the blindness of a great, but sometimes flawed human being, finally revealing what has happened since the scandal to the man, his schools, and his dream of spreading “peace through books not bombs.” It is hosted on May 26th by Jennifer Jordan On June 30th, The Golden Age documents a season in the life of the highly competitive Golden Age League, a group of middle-aged former World Cup soccer players mostly from Latin America, who play in Corona Park, Queens, New York. With muscles creaking, hairlines receding, and waistlines expanding, these skilled players compete at a level never before documented, while holding down day jobs as window washers, traders, and electricians. The film is hosted by Producer/Directors Phil Tuckett and Scott Duncan July 28th brings New York Doll to The Electric. A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur “Killer” Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years. Director Greg Whiteley, who will host the documentary, tells the story of glam-rock-punk band the New York Dolls, from their meteoric rise to their drug-and-alcoholriddled demise to their attempt at a surprise comeback. In The Atomic Cafè, Directors Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, and Pierce Rafferty create a darkly humorous documentary consisting of archival footage about nuclear warfare. Drawing largely on government propaganda and training films for American soldiers, the movie, presented in collage form, features clips from early in the Cold War era that are filled with alarming misinformation. The film, hosted on August 25th by Jayne Loader, was nominated for an Academy Award and in 2016 About the Author Della Lowe is an Emmy Award winning news producer, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film who worked for ABC News in New York for 23 years. After Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, moving to Silicon Valley, she spent 14 years in marketing or aesthetically significant”. and PR for several tech companies. Lowe is the Marketing Tickets for all films are $10 plus tax, and reservations are required and PR Director for the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival and DOCUTAH@ for all screenings. Reservations can be made at TheELECTRIC.


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For Every Ch i ld a H ome By Rosario E. Flores

AsMadison the holidays By Bidinger approach, families gather to celebrate another year. The holidays are usually a great reminder of how blessed and Utah Foster Care (UFC) is a non-profit grateful we are for the things we have. Unfortunately, this is not organization that is dedicated to training, the case for everyone. licensing and supporting foster families. They around families 2700tochildren Manyserve people all 1300 over foster/adoptive the world don’t have aand home gatheratin,any given time, and have been operating for eighteen years. UFC is dedicated or enough food to make a meal. There are many families in Utah to making sure that every child has a safe home. Utah Foster Care that cannot afford to feed their children. Fortunately, Utah works Food tirelessly to ensure thatneed, families and them children foster care are care Bank aids those in giving aninopportunity totaken thrive— of, whether they are adopted or reunited with their biological parents. not only during the holidays, but year-round. Last year they

donated overan 31 invaluable million meals statewide witha their partners, UFC provides service, but there and, is always need for more helped from 29 countries worldwide. Being the onlyLead foodFoster-Adoptive bank in Utah, support the community. Ben Ashcraft, UFC’s the Food Bank has become partways of one of the nation’s Consultant in St. George, discussed to become involved.hunger Foster relief organizations. families are always needed, but there are other ways to help. One way to help is by donating to the Wishing Well Funds, which are “funds that are In addition to food donations, UtahtoFood Bank runs several other used directly for children in foster care help provide for extra things programs, such as the BackPack Program, that gives kids backthat there might not be resources to pay for.” packs full of food to enjoy during the weekend. Through these programs, people program in Utah called are receiving the help theyvolunteers need—and There is a volunteer Peer Parenting, where teach thereparenting is a real skills need.to1 birth out ofparents 7 people in Utah basic so that a childare canmissing return tomeals their family, main goal of of foster care. Events and businesses thatwell. sponsor due tothe poverty. 1 out 6 seniors are facing hunger, as UFC, as well Wishing Funds, are very important with to theanon-profit Through theasfood bank,Well these seniors are provided week’s organization. “If they are in to thethem community, they can help outtimes, with donaworth of food, delivered by volunteers. Most these tions or spreading word and andsmall supporting events, these are the only visitstheseniors get.coming This one act ofour kindness are very all simple [to get involved],” says Ashcraft. makes the ways difference! A common a foster parent that ittois a About 60%misconception of the time, about these becoming people who are in needis have daunting task. People are concerned that they don’t have the time decide between paying for housing or food. In many cases,and they money, or arehave afraid of the emotional that it requires. Luke don’t even that choice. This iscommitment why organizations like Utah and his wife Misty have been foster parents for over nine years. They hope Food Bank are vital to our communities. But we can’t just leave to dispel a lot of the myths surrounding foster care, and help people focus it up to them. We can all do something to contribute. You can on the fact that there is a need for foster parents in southern Utah. Luke says, “There are a lot of families in our situation who would be great at it, but they think there is some sort of stigma attached to it, and that’s just not the case. These are just children who are no different from their


donate food. You can give money. Most importantly, you can give your time—the most valuable donation of all. You have such a huge impact on another persons life—not to mention your own. own, who have just been dealt different cards.” They encourage people Organizations likebyUtah help understand theoffers to become informed goingFood to theBank classes thatusUtah Foster Care importance of uniting, as a human family, to help one another do and by going to the discussion panels, which host foster parents, adopted better—become better, together, through our actions. So when children, and representatives of the foster program in Utah. you think you don’t have enough, realize that there are people Becoming a foster family doesby, require but itthan is a very flexible who are struggling to get and work, are more willing to and receive understanding program. Families can become licensed and then decide help. It is time to be grateful for what we do have, and give towhat will work bestdon’t. for them when it comes to helping children. Utah Foster those who Care and the Division of Child and Family Services are very willing to work As our favorite the they dayscan gethouse, colder, let’sage with foster parentsholidays to decideapproach how many and children what aim toand make warmer withthat food and their range, evenanother make sureperson’s childrenhome are placed in homes maintain love.and Remember, race culture. The highest need is for parents who can take sibling groups and who can take care of children over the age of eight. If you are inter“Weamake livingorbywant what we get, butabout we how to get ested in becoming fosterafamily, to learn more make a life by what we give.” involved, you can go to After all, 604 children were adopted from foster care in Utah last year alone! “I think every foster parent Winston Churchill loves it when they are able to adopt their placement,” says Misty. “The first placement told me wasabout goingvolunteering to last two weeks, and that you was can ninevisit years For furtherthey information or donating, ago,” interjects Luke, laughing. or contact at (435) 656-9122. If you are interested in becoming a foster Author Bio: family, or want to learn more about how to get involved, contact Rosario  a student at Dixie State Uni435-216-3294.” or go to versity, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in

communication studies. She is passionate about finding opportunities to create benAbout the Author: eficial relationships among people. her Madison Bidinger is a Junior at Dixie State University andOn an intern off, she hiking and for time the St. George Healthenjoys and Wellness Magazine. Shetraveling also works at the to DSU Sears Art Museum and Gallery and has lived all over the explore new cultures. United States. So far, St.George is her favorite place because of the warm weather and beautiful sunsets.

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Celebrate Dixie State University’s

By Joel Griffin

This April, join Dixie State University in celebrating a rich tradition that stretches back more than a century. Beginning in 1914, D-Week has become a community favorite, with a variety of events – not only for DSU students, but for alumni and community members alike. D-Week is akin to Homecoming Week, but it is also full of its own unique traditions. As the sun sets on Sunday, April 2, look to the Black Hill to see the D light up red. It marks the beginning of D-Week and will continue to glow red every night until Saturday, Dixie’s “D-Day,” when the lights will be shut off and replaced with a fiery outline of the D. The tradition nods to the old days of no electricity, when the school would “burn the D” to light it up once a year at D-Week’s conclusion. Start D-Week off right, on Monday, at Food Fest – a tasty roundup of local food trucks just north of the DSU Encampment Mall from 6 to 8 p.m. Although a new tradition, it has quickly grown to be one of D-Week’s most popular events. The favorite D Queen Pageant takes place on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., where talented DSU students will take to the Cox Performing Arts Center stage to compete for the coveted D Queen crown. Admission for the pageant is $5. On Thursday night, April 6, at 6 p.m., join in the largest ever classic game of Twister at the field next to DSU’s Innovation Plaza (formerly East Elementary) in a special event put on by DSU’s Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association. One of the most highly anticipated traditions of the year for students, alumni, and community happens Friday, April 7, at 5 p.m. The Great Race, an annual tradition that began in the 1960s, has evolved over the years since originally starting as a bike race through St. George and surrounding farm roads. By the ‘70s it morphed into a 10-person


relay, which consisted of running, motor cross, horseback riding across Foremaster Ridge, cycling, and tubing down the Virgin River. The race died out around the late 80s, but was revived 17 years ago and modified into a Dixie State campus course. Despite its changing, it still includes a good amount of the original race’s events. All ages can join in the race, and community members are highly encouraged to participate. Winners will have the honor of claiming The Great Race trophy and having their team name engraved on its corresponding plaque in the Gardner Center trophy case. This year, due to construction at Legend Solar Stadium, the race will be relocated, so be sure to visit dweek to find out where the fun will kick off. Once the race has finished, the popular D-Week Carnival will commence on the DSU Encampment Mall. Come hungry, because the carnival has plenty of food and treats for the whole family. The Saturday of D-Week, or “D-Day” begins with the ageold tradition of whitewashing the D on the Black Hill. Show your Dixie Spirit, and be there at 7 a.m. to join in singing the Dixie State University School Song while taking in the view of the sunrise over the St. George valley. Then, pour on a coat of whitewash on the D that has stood there for 102 years. Alumni and friends are then invited for the annual Evening of Dixie event, starting at 7 p.m., where distinguished alumni will be honored in the Zion Room of the Holland Centennial Commons. As the night of “D-Day” settles in, remember to find a good spot and look out for the burning D on the Black Hill. Then, as the flames of the D flicker in the night sky, take a moment to remember the trailblazers who left behind the legacy we celebrate today. For more information on D-Week, please visit Event location, venues, dates, and times are subject to change.

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Where Nostalgia Meets Precision By SGHW Staff

Perhaps one of the greater ironies of our advanced technological age is this: for all of the various ways to connect and communicate, human interaction is quickly becoming an old-fashioned medium; even an inconvenience. However one of the redeeming qualities of our current culture is that we have begun to realize “oldfashioned” does not mean lesser or worse. In fact, the adage “they don’t make ‘em the way they used to” seems to ring more and more true. The barbers at The St. George Barbershop certainly subscribe to this idea. Watching them cut and shave (and yes I mean shave with a straight razor) transports one to another place and time. The shop is reminiscent of Mayberry, where strangers are friendly and friends are never strangers; of a time when cars were made of steel, rather than computers. Instead of downloading or clicking, news and information was shared face to face or over the shoulder while seated in the chair, as is the case at The St. George Barbershop. Isaac Alejos, shop owner, along with

fellow barbers, Zach Ashcraft, Scott Hiner and Cody Nelson, were each classically trained at The Barber School located in Midvale, Utah. Flat tops, pompadours, beard trims, straight razor face shaves and always classic tapered gentleman’s haircuts are not just the specialty, but the norm. “Our philosophy is that a haircut should be an experience, and your barber should be a relationship,” explains Alejos, a St. George area native. The tonsorial parlor itself, located on the strip at the intersection of 1000 East and Redhills Parkway, shares a space with Stay

Sharp Sharpening. The shared space of the two businesses gives the barbershop an aesthetic feel akin to a rustic mercantile store, as you get your hair cut surrounded by swords, knives and machetes along with the vintage barber chairs, the youngest of which was active during the Eisenhower administration. There are no frills at the St. George Barbershop, simply great haircuts and shaves cut in the traditional way to which your grandfather was accustomed. Escape from the modern drone and experience a haircut the way it was meant to be. Walk-ins welcome, appointments encouraged. While the atmosphere of St. George Barbershop offers the nostalgia of yesterday, the business also maintains its modern foothold in today – so feel free to stay in touch by liking the St. George Barbershop on Facebook, Reviewing it on Google and following it on Instagram @stgeorgebarbershop. Contact Issac 435-231-4073, Zach 435-773-2441, Scott 435-669-6337, or Cody 435-313-6089.

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Chalk Art Tradition Continues in Ivins 2017 Street Painting Festival April 29th & 30th By Judith Kapuscinski, Chair, Kayenta Arts Foundation Kayenta Arts Foundation’s mission is to develop and create an environment that fosters diverse artistic endeavors for education and enrichment purposes. One of the ways KAF fosters this mission is through its annual Street Painting Festival (SPF). The 2017 SPF will take place April 29th and 30th through the pathways of Kayenta Art Village. The brainchild of local artist Aimee Bonham, KAF’s first SPF was in 2011. Not only did Aimee bring the idea of a street painting festival to the KAF Board, she organized and implemented the Festival, including recruiting artists, offering seminars on chalk art to area schools, coordinating all aspects of the Festival and participating as a chalk artist! Those of us who have worked on the Festival since Aimee’s retirement from the KAF Board are in awe of her ability and talent. Street painting has a long history, thought to have its beginnings in Italy in the 16th century. Arising from the early Italian street painters’ frequent representation of the Madonna, professional street painters still are known as Madonnari. The early artists traveled between cities and festivals working in chalk, charcoal and other simple materials. Popular in Europe, Madonnari and the art they practiced diminished during World War II. The International Street Painting Festival known as Grazie di Cortatone, begun in 1972 in Mantua, Italy, brought new life to this simple, yet complicated, art form. Today, street painting festivals occur around the world. Kayenta Arts Foundation is proud to be part of the effort to continue this tradition.

About the Author Judith has served as KAF’s Chair since its inception in 2011. A retired healthcare compliance attorney, Judith moved to Ivins in 2008. She also serves on Ivins City’s Arts Commission.

The 2017 Street Painting Festival will take place the last full weekend in April. In preparation for the SPF, KAF reaches out to area schools with free seminars on chalk art. Schools choosing to participate send teams of students to create works alongside chalk artists from around the region, and, sometimes, the country. Students’ works are judged by area artists and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies are awarded in three grade levels. Toddlers and other young people also have an opportunity to create: $5 gets the youngster a box of chalk and access to a 2x2 square in which to draw. At the end of the weekend, a mosaic celebrating the diversity and creativity of our children appears. While student teams compete only on Saturday, adult artists can draw through Sunday afternoon. Two cash awards are made: “Best in Show,” as judged by local artists, and the “People’s Choice,” as selected by attendees to the Festival. Throughout the Festival, local musicians perform music of all genres. Food vendors and Xetava Garden Café offer visitors a variety of food choices, from finger foods to casual dining. Visiting the Festival at any time during the weekend offers an opportunity to witness art in the making and to appreciate the talent of local street painters and young artists. Many who visit on Saturday and return on Sunday are in awe of the transformation of black macadam into a canvas of colorful, exciting art. Please join us in celebration of street painting. KAF’s Street Painting Festival is free and open to the public. Details are available at

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Low Back Pain Don’t let it keep you from living life! By Dr. Eric Freeman

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Low back pain is a condition that affects between 50% and 80% of the population every year. Apart from the significant suffering it causes, spinal pain | C U LT U R E has an enormous economic impact, with estimated direct annual healthcare About the Author expenditures of $100 billion in the United States annually. When low back pain Dr. Eric Freeman is a pain | W E LatL N E S management physician radiates into one or both legs, it is commonly called sciatica, also known Southwest Spine & Pain as lumbar radiculopathy. Radiculopathy pain can either begin Center’s Provo clinic. He developed a passion for suddenly, as a short-term problem (acute), or persist medicine after a family friend, over a long period of time (chronic). Acute who was also a physician, radiculopathy is most commonly helped care for a wound he sustained at age six. After caused by a herniation or bulging that incident, Dr. Freeman of the cushioning pad, or the decided to help people by pursuing a career in medicine. intervertebral disc, found between He graduated summa cum the vertebral bones in the spine. laude from Brigham Young When a disc herniates, it can irritate University before receiving his medical degree from The and compress the spinal nerves that are Ohio State University College responsible for controlling the functions of Medicine.Shortly after medical school, Dr. Freeman of the pelvis and legs. When this occurs, it completed his residency in often produces numbness, tingling, or weakness anesthesiology and fellowship in the legs and, if very severe, can also cause loss of in pain management at Mayo Clinic – Rochester. He bladder or bowel control, in which case one should seek is certified by The American medical care immediately. If back and leg pain are present, a Board of Anesthesiology and healthcare provider can order an x-ray and/or MRI to confirm The American Board of Pain Medicine. Dr. Freeman whether a disc herniation is the cause of the symptoms. enjoys treating patients Fortunately, between 70% and 90% of acute radiculopathies and seeing a significant improvement in their quality resolve with conservative care within about three months, although of life and functioning. He severe levels of pain during that time can cause drastic, decreased believes the key to success is to functioning. However, multiple treatment options are available to work with talented, honest, caring, and hardworking improve this pain to allow time for the body to heal itself. These people. To Dr. Freeman, these options include the initial approaches of heat or cold, over-thequalities are immediately apparent in the providers counter and prescription medications, physical therapy, and and staff at Southwest Spine modifying activities. Other common treatments include epidural & Pain Center, which is steroid injections, which are a minimally invasive therapeutic why he enjoys working at the practice. Dr. Freeman utilizes procedure. This procedure, performed by trained pain specialists, a number of minimally places steroid medication in the epidural space as close to the invasive techniques to achieve improvement in a patient’s herniated disc as possible. In doing so, the pain can be reduced condition. as the disc heals. Ultimately, if the pain persists, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove the herniated disc. At Southwest Spine and Pain Center, our entire focus is identifying and treating the cause of pain, which, in turn, improves functioning and quality of life. To accomplish this, we utilize a multidisciplinary approach that involves injections, minimally invasive procedures, medications, and coordinating behavioral health as well as physical therapies. With eight clinics throughout Utah, our newest clinic is in Provo, where Dr. Eric Freeman and his team employ a compassionate and proven approach to pain management, with the overall goal of improving patient functioning. Dr. Freeman is a board-certified pain physician who was fellowship trained at the Mayo Clinic and brings with him years of experience in improving patients’ pain and the suffering that accompanies it. If you or someone you know is struggling with sciatica, or any other painful condition, please contact Southwest Spine and Pain Center to schedule an appointment, so you can get back to living life again.

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What Pictures are Hanging on Your Wall?

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Where had I gone wrong? My wife announced that she remembered that both of her brothers had pictures of Porsche cars hanging on their bedroom walls since they were very young. My youngest girl turned to me and asked, “What picture did you have hanging on your wall, Dad?” As I was thinking, our two little house dogs, Noodles and Jersey, rubbed up against my leg begging for food. Then a flashback hit me. I explicitly recalled the picture hanging on my bedroom wall as a boy. It was a picture of two small dogs. The flashback of the picture contained every detail. If I had any artistic ability I would have been able to draw the picture exactly. I wanted to scream. I realized that the likelihood of my Fairy Godmother appearing to wave her magic wand over Noodles and Jersey to transform them into two brand new Porsche’s was low. For me, it was thirty years later and a picture had produced two small dogs. For my brothers-in-law, it had produced two brand new Porsche’s. Earl Nightingale summed up this principle in six words: “You become what you think about.” James Allen explains this phenomenon in his epic book, “As A Man Thinketh.” What is hanging on your wall?

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About the Author

J.R. received his bachelor of science in chemistry and exercise science and master of science in health promotion from Brigham Young University. Later, he received a master of medical science from Midwestern University and eventually became licensed a physician’s assistant (PA). He worked at Enterprise Valley Medical Center and later worked for the Emergency Department at Dixie Regional Medical Center in Saint George, Utah. He is the founder of Alive & Well, which began in 1995. J.R. currently works full time to provide individuals, families, and small businesses total solutions for their health and wellness needs. J.R. is surrounded by his beautiful wife and 4 beautiful daughters. He loves to golf, run and play the accordion, but not at the same time.


A MISDIAGNOSIS DILEMMA By Deanne Martin When Mom complained, repeatedly, how badly her knees hurt, I encouraged her to consult a specialist. After several months of noninvasive procedures that failed, her doctor recommended knee replacement surgery. Mom would eventually require help around-theclock with everything from dressing, meals, household chores, and rehabilitation, as well as help to care for my already dependent dad. As elderly family members grow ill or disabled, significant challenges arise for the people who love them. Today, more senior Americans choose to stay in their own homes with adult sons and daughters assuming the responsibility of their care as health further deteriorates, or the need for critical medical procedures develops. With this responsibility, caregivers often discover a disturbing dilemma facing their aging parents: over-medication. When I volunteered to assist Mom through her recovery, I had no idea Dad’s health would soon spiral out of control. His medical conditions consist of diabetes, depression, hypertension and dementia. After arriving home with Mom from the hospital, Dad almost collapsed in the bathroom, unable to move his feet. Complaining in a mumbling tone, he said, “I don’t know what I am supposed to do. I can’t move my feet.” At the ER they discovered an overdose of insulin and lithium in Dad’s blood, and admitted him overnight for observation and to regulate his blood sugar. Before Mom’s surgery, she had written out a schedule for Dad to follow for taking his medications; however, without her there to assist him, he mixed up the medications and the dosage. I soon became caretaker to both of my parents. I would wait in the emergency room and doctor’s offices to talk with doctors, nurses, home health care, physical therapists, social workers, and more. Suddenly, I needed to learn and understand every medical condition to help make sure they did the right things at home. Overwhelmed, and surprised at the number of pills they both took, I thought, do they really need all these pills? No wonder Dad got so confused about his medications. I immediately set to work by creating a chart to track his medications. The list contained three different diabetic meds (which made his blood sugar read consistently too low) along with three hypertension medications and three depression meds. No wonder Dad constantly fell asleep, even sitting in his chair! Medications raise significant concern for elderly patients, especially when multiple prescriptions present an array of side effects. In 2016, CNN reported how studies point out “An aging body tolerates and metabolizes drugs differently than it did when we were young.” And many clinics schedule patients in 15-minute intervals, leaving very little time to collaborate over symptoms and possible medication side effects. According to a recent AARP Bulletin story by Richard Laliberte, “wrong diagnosis” is the number one harmful health care error resulting from doctors inaccurately prescribing medications based on a narrow focus of symptoms. Many elderly patients do not speak up to question a diagnosis, nor do they anticipate the potential for such.

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Even a correct diagnosis may produce medication error. Laliberte further | C U LT U R E About the Author explains how “drug blunders” make up Deanne Martin is a Senior the sixth harmful medical error. Mistakes English Major at Dixie | W ELLNES happen anywhere within the multiple State University and lives in St. George, Utah, where she step processes of administration which worked 16 years in the airline research reports “missteps contribute administrative industry and to 700,000 emergency room visits and raised two children. Interested in writing on human interest 120,000 hospitalizations a year.” These topics to inform and help others, studies support the alarming dilemma she returned to school in 2013 to of over-medicated issues in the care of pursue skills in the Professional and Technical Writing emphasis elderly patients. to re-invent herself as a writer. Mom had her own medication issues, struggling to deal with pain while healing from her knee surgery. Her pain regimen caused nausea, constipation, and fatigue. To combat these side effects, she took additional pills – three different medications for constipation alone. She also took health supplements and other prescribed medications due to high blood pressure and the loss of her thyroid from cancer. We have fallen into an epidemic of over prescribing medication as a quick fix for every complaint from our health, and our looks, to our aches and pains, as we get prescribed a pill – and a pill for every side effect, a phenomenon termed “polypharmacy.” Polypharmacy effects cognition and mental deterioration, which can mistakenly yield diagnoses of depression, dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. Research studies recommend that patients keep a medical history and review the side effects of each medication they take. Patients and their families are encouraged to question doctors about prescribed medications, and ask if they really need them. As a patient or caregiver, make sure to ask questions. If you don’t get answers, find other ways to get them, either with online research, by asking more questions, or seeking a second opinion. A doctor who will listen and collaborate will provide better management for your health and the health care of your loved ones.

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by creating specialized tissues in our bodies to replace tissues that | W E L or LN E S S Research scientists have been have been injured degenerated. working for years to make the process of collecting stem cells for use in clinical application possible. Qualified physicians involved in an FDA-approved trial are currently using stem cell technology to accelerate and even generate the healing process in joints, ligaments and muscle that would often otherwise do little to no healing on their own. Stem cells are high in concentration in bone marrow, the spongy material located in the hollow part of most bones. Bone marrow aspiration is the extraction of this soft tissue. Medical professionals are able extract healthy bone marrow from patients to transplant to other parts of the body by injection into areas of pain, damage, or tissue degeneration, such as joints. When a stem cell transplant is performed, the patient is given a local anesthetic at the place of extraction, and bone marrow is withdrawn with a needle. Once collected from the bone marrow, the physician sorts and processes it with minimal manipulation


to concentrate healthy stem cells, and About the Author then prepares them to be reinserted A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of into the patient. They are then injected Medicine, Dr. Jon Obray into the target location, where they start completed fellowship training in interventional pain promoting repair and healing of the medicine at Mayo Clinic, surrounding tissues. later serving Mayo Medical Center as the Medical Stem cell treatment has shown Director of the pain clinic. Dr. promising results for treating conditions Obray now serves as Medical Director of Neurosciences such as: at Dixie Regional Medical Knee Pain: Tendon injuries (patellar Center, and is a clinical tendonitis, quad tendon), muscle injuries, research investigator. ligament sprains or tears (MCL, LCL), bursitis, and joint osteoarthritis. Hip Pain: Muscle pain or injury, bursitis, tendon injuries, sacroiliac joint pain, hamstring tendonitis or tears, and osteoarthritis of the joint. Shoulder and Arm Pain: Rotator cuff tendonitis, tendinopathy or partial tears, bicipital tendonitis, medial and lateral epicondylitis (golfers & tennis elbow), ulnar collateral ligament sprains or tears. Lower Leg and Foot Pain: Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, tendonitis, ankle sprains/ligament injury, achilles tendonitis or partial tears. When a patient seeks a consultation to alleviate these issues through stem cell therapy, their physician will discuss personal action plans, treatment options, risks and benefits, and what to expect. If you feel that you could benefit from regenerative medicine, contact your medical provider or a physician at Southwest Spine and Pain Center to see if stem cell therapy is right for you. If you are interested in participating in an FDA-approved clinical trial for stem cell treatment in low back pain, a physician and Southwest Spine and Pain Center will be able to review your participation with you. Bone marrow aspiration: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from https://www.nlm. What Is a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant? (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from https://www.nhlbi.nih. gov/health/health-topics/topics/bmsct HLA matching. (n.d.). Retrieved January 19, 2016, from “Platelet-Rich Plasma and BMCC (Bone Marrow Cell Concentrate) Explained:.� Bone Marrow Stem Cell Concentrate Injection. Web. 23 Jan. 2016.


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By Gregory S. Taylor MD It works! You can improve your body without surgery by doing SculpSure. In just 25 minutes, SculpSure destroys fat cells without need for general anesthesia or pain pills. There is no down time, no uneven skin, and no need to massage the skin after the procedure. Stubborn areas of fat of the lower abdomen and hips are reduced in as little as 6 weeks, with optimal results seen at 12 weeks. How does it work? SculpSure achieves these fast, amazing results because it utilizes new, FDA-approved technology. Previous technology involved freezing fat cells for 1 hour treatment sessions, then massaging the treated areas, and sometimes having several days of pain in the treated areas. On the other hand, SculpSure is based on light technology. SculpSure uses a laser frequency (1060 nm) which selectively targets fat cells (adipose). Treatment sessions last less than half of the time of alternative treatments. There is no need to massage the treated area afterwards and the skin is not tender afterwards. The laser selectively heats the fat cells to high temperatures (between 42-47 C, 107.6-116.6 F). The disrupted fat cells break apart, and their contents are eliminated by your body’s lymphatic system. Those fat cells are then gone…forever. There is up to 24% fat reduction in the treated areas. The laser applicator simultaneously cools the skin so there is no damage to the skin layers. Studies have verified SculpSure’s efficacy. In multi-state trials involving over 100 patients, there is over 90% patient satisfaction rate. All skin types can be treated. We have verified the efficacy in our own office.

Are you a candidate? If you have pinchable fat in the lower abdomen or hips, then you are likely a candidate for SculpSure. Commonly treated areas include the abdomen and flanks. These areas are often called love handles and muffin tops. If you have abundant fat within the abdomen, but not pinchable fat under the skin, then you may not be a candidate for SculpSure. Morbidly obese patients are not candidates for SculpSure. Individuals undergoing SculpSure should not take antiinflammatories around the time of treatment. What should I expect on treatment day? Your visit will include a general medical review followed by private, standardized photographs at various angles to be used to compare results when you return at the 6 week follow up visit. The desired treatment areas of pinchable fat are then located. The appropriate frames are chosen. Frames are simply “holders” for the applicators. You may chose to use 2-4 applicators during one session. A variety of frame configurations can be chosen based on the desired results. Once the frames are selected, they are attached to your body with straps. A spray is delivered to the skin to improve contact with the applicators. The applicators are attached to the frames and the treatment begins. In as little as 4 minutes, the fat cells are warmed to optimal treatment temperatures. The remainder of the treatment cycles with 20 seconds of warming, followed by 5 seconds of cooling. The treatment energy is adjusted by the technician to ensure tolerability and effectiveness. While the fat cells are heated, you feel a warming sensation, almost a pinching sensation, which builds until the cooling phase. The cycle then repeats until the session terminates. The total treatment time is 25 minutes. After treatment, you may return to work or any other activity. There are no restrictions after SculpSure treatment other than it is not recommended to take antiinflammatories, as this interrupts the fat reabsorption process. While changes can be seen in as little as 6 weeks, optimal results occur at 12 weeks. Repeat treatments can be done in new areas, or in areas of prior treatment. The world’s first light-based fat-destroying technology is now available at St. George Body Sculpting. Call St. George Body Sculpting at (435) 628-4401 to schedule your appointment. St. George Health & Wellness Magazine | March/April 2017 49

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Why Do My Eyes Burn and Water? By Dr. Eric Drake, O.D. This is one of the most common questions we, as eye care providers in Southern Utah, get asked. With all the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities we enjoy here, we also have to deal with a very dry environment and air conditioning – which doesn’t help with these symptoms. The most common cause for these symptoms is dry eye. Dry eye disease affects millions of people worldwide. Here in the U.S. it is at the top of the list for reasons patients visit the eye doctor. Of those suffering from dry eye, about 85 percent suffer from what’s called evaporative dry eye. Common symptoms of dry eye include dryness, grittiness, redness, irritation, burning, eye fatigue and watering eyes. These symptoms can hinder people’s daily activities such as reading, using the computer, wearing contact lenses and being outdoors on windy days. This disease stems from a deficiency in the oily lipid layer of the eye’s natural tear film. The oily lipids serve as a protective layer so that the aqueous (water) layer of the eye’s tear film does not evaporate. SouthWest Vision is the only office in Southern Utah to offer the first and only FDA approved treatment for evaporative dry eye, the LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation Treatment®. This new and advanced in-office treatment is for patients with blocked meibomian glands (meibomian gland dysfunction). In effect, LipiFlow helps unblock the glands so they can resume their natural function and create a healthy tear film. This innovative treatment has brought relief to many of our patients who were very frustrated with this chronic disease and all of the ways it negatively impacted their lives. Historically, common therapies aimed at dry eye symptom relief included using warm compresses, over-the-counter wetting drops or ointments, and prescription drugs. Now, with the LipiFlow treatment we can target the root cause of evaporative dry eye by unblocking 50

the meibomian glands and increasing the natural production of these oily lipids. Since we began treating patients in 2013, we’ve preformed this treatment on About the Author dry eye suffers ranging in their 20s to those Dr. Drake was born and in their 90s. Six weeks after receiving a raised here locally in Santa single LipiFlow treatment at our office, on Clara. He is a graduate of Dixie State College, Utah average, patients have enjoyed an increase Valley University, and of oil production by close to three times Pacific University College of Optometry where he received over their baseline condition. This increase clinical honors and an award is in both the number of glands secreting for outstanding academic achievement and clinical and the quality of oil secreted. Additionally, excellence. He is member of at one year after the LipiFlow treatment, the American Optometric 86% of patients still report relief in their Association and the Utah Optometric Association. He dry eye symptoms. loves being back in his home The joy and relief that I see on many town and serving those in our community. He spends as of our wonderful patients faces after much time as possible with his receiving this treatment have shown beautiful wife Heidi and their me how debilitating dry eyes can be to three wonderful children. someone’s quality of life. My favorite phrase to hear when I see patients after treatment is, “I don’t think about my eyes anymore.” That’s our goal here at SouthWest Vision. We want you to see clearly and feel great so that your eyes won’t hold you back from what you want to do. If you’re tired of dealing with burning, red eyes and using artificial tear drops constantly, call 435-673-5577 and schedule an appointment with any of our doctors to see if you can benefit from this revolutionary treatment. You can also visit our website at for more information.

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By Dr. Edward Prince

It happens to all of us. The summer ends, and we become less active. Then the holidays arrive, and we overindulge in that gift bag of chocolate-covered superfruit. By the time January hits, the scale is showing some bad numbers, so we all resolve to hit the gym (and Costco subtly fills the isles with exercise equipment). As spring arrives, the weight is still with us, as we vow to get swimsuit ready by summer. Last week a woman asked me, “There are so many diets – HCG, Nutrisystem, Paleo, and Mediterranean…which do you recommend?” As a physician and surgeon I frequently have this discussion with my patients. Research has shown that with simple stair climbing, the forces experienced across the knee joint can be as high as 7 times your body weight. Even 10 lbs of extra weight can lead to 70 pounds of stress! This eventually takes its toll, and it wears out the protective cartilage in the joints, leading to arthritis. Excess weight also raises blood sugars, raises cholesterol and increases your risk of diseases, and can lead to complications and death. Here is what I have learned as key principles to losing weight and being healthier: Five principles of healthy weight loss: 1. Simple math: calories in need to be less than calories burned. Learn to count calories and energy expended. 2. Exercise! Do it daily (or 6 times a week). 3. Use technology devices and apps to keep you on track. 4. Reduce portions, and limit snacks. 5. Most importantly – make it a lifestyle change! If you want to lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you take into your body. Plain and simple, right? This involves a combination of eating fewer calories or using more through movement. Well, how do I know these numbers, you ask? This is where some effort is required. You need to look at each food you eat and add up the calories. Looking at the label, you learn which foods are high calorie and which are low. For example, a cup of carrots is 40 calories, while an ounce of cheese can be 120 calories. This takes some time, but it teaches you what foods have in them and you begin to learn what amounts you can consume each day. (Unfortunately for me, chocolate covered superfruit is not a low calorie food!) Add this up through the day and total it. Counting calories burned is a little more complex. Usually you allow yourself a set amount to cover your baseline metabolism: for example an average male burns 1800 calories and female 1500 calories per day, just by living and breathing. You will want to figure out your own personal calorie burn by finding a calorie calculator on the internet and personalize it for yourself. Exercise will increase the calories burned, depending on the amount and intensity. A lot of current exercise equipment will calculate calories for you. If you don’t have access to this, it is worthwhile to invest in a device that calculates this based on heart rate. There are various tech items available to help with this. Heart rate monitors and smartwatches are really improving lately. There are many brands available such as Garmin, Polar, Fitbit, Nike, Timex, and many more. They actually measure your heart rate and account for your 52

height, weight, and age to determine an accurate calorie output. I use this every time I workout. It also helps me gauge my effort as I watch my heart rate go up and down. Apps can help track your successes or point out your shortcomings. Some I am familiar with are My Fitness Pal, which will allow you to enter calories from food and exercise and does the math for you. For example, you may have a baseline of About the Author Dr. Prince is a board-certified 1800 calories; you exercise and burn 200 orthopedic surgeon. He trained calories – this is added to your base. Then at university of Nebraska and food calories are subtracted from the total. did a hip and knee fellowship at the University of Utah. If you ate 1500 calories the math would He loves the outdoors and is show: 1800+ 200-1500= 500. It helps you an avid cyclist who is trying set a goal, and will tell you how much to avoid becoming as old and of a calorie deficit you need to lose a set “round” as his kids accuse him of being. amount of weight. Strava is an app that will follow you along as you walk, run, or cycle. It tells you information such as how far and how fast you went, and keeps track of where you went. Then the next time you do the same segment, it compares your times so you can see your progress. It also estimates calories and automatically communicates with the My Fitness Pal app. This makes it even easier to do the math. So, again – simply burn more than you eat! Easier said then done, right? Well here are a few tips that might help you out: • Reduce your portion (at home) by filling your plate as usual and then put 20% back. • Eat slowly, allowing your body to take food in at a slower pace. • Leave the table a little early so you don’t pick at the extra food. • Hydrate – it fills that stomach with a zero-calorie substance. • Exercise every day, preferably in the morning. It sets your metabolism a little higher and helps burn more calories, plus you will feel better. • No one gains weight on vegetables – eat a lot of them! • Eat the low calorie foods on your plate first, then if you don’t finish it all, you’ve left the high calorie foods on your plate. Finally, when you lose the weight, you absolutely have to adopt new habits as a lifestyle in order to keep the weight off. You cannot go back to your previous habits and expect to keep the weight off – this is why people who have lost weight gain it all back, plus some. Making this lifestyle change is worth it! Once you’ve lost the weight, you are going to look better, feel better, be healthier, and have less joint pain. You won’t want to go back! An added benefit is that you may not have to come in to my office and discuss joint pain issues! (…whoah! Wait a minute! What am I saying? Oh well, there are a lot of other reasons for joint pain too…I guess my business can survive.)

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Hormones, Health & Happiness By Dr. Gayle Carter

About the Author Dr. Gayle Carter has worked in Southern Utah for over thirty years; he follows the current trends of the health world and has developed many options for his patients. He and the staff of Riverside Medical Arts customize treatment for each patient in hormone replacement therapy, weight management, and laser and aesthetic treatments, to help you meet specific lifestyle goals.

As the spring and summer months arrive, the warm days and vacation getaways bring with them a joyful excitement, as we carry out our plans. However, all too often our energy levels don’t match our enthusiasm, and we are left feeling worn out and listless. Have you ever considered that the solution can come from having your hormones checked? If you are one of the numerous men and women who suffer from fatigue, muscle loss, or mood swings despite eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising, then getting your hormone levels checked should be on your “To Do List”. As we age, our hormone levels tend to drop, causing the above symptoms and many more. It is a natural part of life, and is generally unavoidable. However, through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) one can ideally turn back the clock and, in the words of our patients, “make [you] feel like a new person!” Bio-identical hormones identically match the molecular structure of the hormones that your body makes. They are created by a compounding pharmacy and are derived from natural plant sources. By opting to use bioidentical hormones instead of synthetic options, the risks of breast cancer, heart disease and blood clots are lowered. Bringing your hormone levels back to optimal levels can lead to increased energy, libido, and can even stabilize your mood. Your key to an energetic and fun-filled life may include a visit with Dr. Gayle Carter, a licensed gynecologist specializing in BHRT. After discussing any symptoms, a test of your blood, urine and saliva would point to which hormones your body is lacking. After the initial testing, the interpretation of your test results would then offer solutions to your symptoms. BHRT is not one size fits all. In order to customize treatment, Dr. Carter builds a relationship with each patient to help target their exact needs, treating them through compounding medications; this ensures that patients will reach and maintain optimal results. Along with BHRT, supplemental replacement may be recommended to encourage the intake of vitamins and minerals. Once you feel better and your hormones are in optimal range, hormone levels will be closely monitored to make sure they stay that way. Don’t let another day, week, or month go by and leave you feeling exhausted and worn-out. Call Riverside Medical Arts and schedule an appointment to work with your hormones and change your life.


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but during her evaluation we discovered she became dizzy when she | C U LinTcertain U R Edirections. I learned from her that this moved her head dizziness had been going on for several years, but she had rationalized living with it, thinking it was “just part of getting older.” A quick exam | WELLNESS confirmed a condition know as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and within two treatments her symptoms were completely resolved. She could hardly believe it was so easy, and is grateful to not have that dizzy feeling any longer. Every year, millions of people in the United States develop vertigo – a spinning sensation in your head that can be very unnerving. Imagine being on a carousel ride that never ends. Vertigo can be a complicated problem to treat, and there can be several causes. One of the main types of vertigo is BPPV. It is surprisingly common, affecting nearly 10% of older adults. Our vestibular system is a very complex structure housed within our inner ear. It is made up by a series of semicircular canals, named by their anatomical location. Inside the canals are tiny calcium crystals, sometimes called “ear rocks”. BPPV occurs when these tiny rocks become dislodged and move to another part of the canal, usually the posterior canal. When you move your head a certain way, the crystals or “rocks” move inside the canal and stimulate the nerve endings, causing you to become dizzy. Often patients note dizziness with head movement such as when lying down, turning over in bed or looking up. So if you have ever thought you had rocks in your head, you were right! The crystals may become loose due to trauma to the head, infection, conditions such as Meniere’s disease or aging, but in many cases there is no obvious cause.

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Simply stated, hormones are the key to many of the functions in our bodies. Hormones not only determine our specific gender characteristics, but they also help us think, tell us when we are hungry or full, make us feel happy or sad, help us fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning… and so on. The body is an amazing, organized system of hormones carrying messages. When our hormones decrease, these messages aren’t received as strongly.


Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), is a term referring to the use of hormones that are identical on a molecular level with hormones your body makes naturally.


As we age, our body’s ability to create optimal hormone levels decreases. While this is a natural process to aging, illness and environmental influences can speed up the side effects of hormone loss.


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POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF BHRT: • Improves insulin sensitivity • Regulates body temperature • Helps prevent muscle damage • Helps maintain muscle • Improves sleep • Stimulates production of choline acetyltransferase, an enzyme which prevents Alzheimer’s disease

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“OPN” Your Ears How new hearing technology is making all the difference By Kimball B. Forbes, MCD

“At first we could just laugh about all the mistakes, but it’s not really funny anymore. .. I’m just tired of repeating myself and I feel bad that I get so impatient with him. He has trouble following conversations. It embarrasses me because he just ignores people. He says everyone mumbles and he gets tired. We argue a lot.” Anne Everyday we see patients who have hearing problems that are causing themselves and their loved ones stress, sorrow, and frustration in their day-to-day lives. We love what we do, because we get to help them improve their quality of life and enjoy better hearing again. All of the hearing treatments are fit on a trial basis so there is no risk on our patients’ part in enjoying the ability to hear and understand spouse, family and friends again. I have been an audiologist for 34 years, and treated thousands of patients. I have hearing loss myself, and wear hearing instruments. In the last few years, the hearing instrument technology has exceeded my expectations. In June of last year, Dr. Lance Greer and I traveled to Florida for an international hearing conference which focused on the release of a completely new type of hearing instrument. This new hearing instrument, called the OPN (pronounced “open”) from Oticon out of Denmark, was developed by a team of 250 auditory scientists, auditory engineers, and technicians who worked for over six years to develop this new technology. Technological limitations of previous hearing instruments have led to use of directionality to make speech coming from the front clear, while suppressing the rest of the sound environment. In complex listening environments where sound sources are many, previous hearing technology was too slow to keep up with rapid and multiple sound changes.

When you cut out too much background sound around you, it is like wearing hearing blinders, and too many critical speech sounds cannot be captured for our brains. Closing down too many sounds under-stimulates the brain and deprives it of the context needed for understanding words. The new Velox chip in the OPN hearing instruments processes 50 times faster than before. It is precise and fast enough to support our brain in making sense of sound and words. This chip has 64 sound channels. It analyzes the sounds around you more than 100 times per second. It can handle more than 12 million operations per second. These new hearing instruments provide 30 percent improvement in speech understanding – even in the most noisy environments – compared to the previous state-ofthe-art technology. It provides 20 percent less listening effort in noise, and 20 percent more capacity to remember. We have fit these instruments on numerous patients and they have been overwhelmed with their ability to understand, even in the most noisy of environments. These instruments are truly in a league of their own! “Albert went to church and other places he really hasn’t enjoyed for years. We’re having so much fun. I have my husband back… the man I fell in love with!” Anne

This technology is fit on a 60-day trial period. Call (435) 688-8866 to wear these instruments home and experience the difference of OPN. 62

Read Chad Olson’s article on page 94 David Nutter’s on page 104

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By St. George Eye Center Physicians and Staff Have you ever heard a myth that had you questioning the relevance of the source? Below are some examples related to eye health.

Myth: “A cataract must be ‘ripe’ before it is removed.” Fact: It used to be thought that a cataract had to reach the “ripe” stage before it could be removed. A cataract can be removed as soon as it affects your vision. Talk to an ophthalmologist if a cataract is impairing your vision. Surgery is the only way to remove a cataract. Myth: “Eyes can be transplanted.” Fact: The eye is connected to the brain by the optic nerve. This nerve is made of more than a million tiny nerve fibers. To transplant an eye, all of those nerve fibers would have to be reconnected to the brain. That is impossible. But it is possible to transplant the cornea (clear front part of your eye). In fact, ophthalmologists have been doing this type of transplant surgery for many years. A corneal transplant is not the same as an eye transplant. Myth: “Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.” Fact: It does not harm your eyes to read with the low lighting. But, having adequate lighting will prevent eye strain.

Myth: “Computer use will damage your eyes.” Fact: Computer screens will not impair your eyesight. It is recommended however, to give your eyes a break every 20 minutes. If your position requires a long amount of screen time, artificial tears are a great way to keep your eyes moist. Myth: “Wearing the wrong glasses will hurt your eyes.” Fact: Glasses are designed to make your vision clearer. If you wear glasses with the wrong prescription, it will not damage your eyes. However, you may feel eye strain. Your eyes may feel achy and vision may be blurry. You could also get a headache. This should go away when you take the glasses off. Myth: “Wearing corrective lenses will make you dependent on them.” Fact: Your uncorrected vision does not get worse because of glasses or contact use. Without use, your vision will remain blurry, it will not improve without using correction.

Myth: “All eye doctors are the same.” Fact: The level of training differs between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians: Optometrist is a doctor of optometry (O.D.). Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) trained and licensed in medical and surgical treatment and has graduated from medical school. Optician is not an eye doctor. They are professionals who prepare corrective lenses based on prescriptions written by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Site sources: All information taken from American Academy of Ophthalmology patient education material 2016


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“Weekend warrior” is a name for an athlete who is beyond his competitive years, but still likes to engage in a sport. This sport usually falls on the weekend. Typically, weekend warriors were athletes who trained on a daily basis while in high school or college, but now that they are on a career path, married, or raising a family, they don’t have time to exercise as regularly as they used to. This significant drop in activity level causes this person to put on some extra weight, lose some of the spring in their step, and over time, start feeling aches and pains that used to be foreign to them. After a week of work stress, a weekend warrior will head to a basketball game and enjoy an hour or two of sweat, competition, and camaraderie. But, there begins something they didn’t anticipate. Pain. These are the guys (and gals) that typically develop lower back, knee or foot pain. For most of these aches and pains, there is a day or two of discomfort, and then they feel okay again. Sometimes, however, the pain may linger longer. Still, the person recovers enough to play the next weekend. As this joint abuse continues, a person may develop an overuse injury. One of the most common overuse injuries is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the bottom of the foot, and is most commonly felt at the front of the heel and may extend forward through the arch of the foot. Classic plantar fasciitis is felt most in the morning. People who have it typically wake up in the morning and when they first put their feet on the floor and begin walking they hobble across the room because of stabbing pain into the foot, but after a minute or two, they start feeling a little better. However, every time they sit for a little while, the pain returns. As plantar fasciitis remains untreated, the pain increases and the duration lengthens. Over time, the pain may become so severe that the person feels it constantly when weight bearing. Typical treatments include over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and/or cortisone injections with some results, however, in many cases this only helps with managing pain but doesn’t cure the problem. Therefore, when the drug wears off, the pain returns with a vengeance! 66

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For severe cases, a multi-faceted approach is necessary. A fivepoint evaluation encompasses history, bony position, foot posture and gate, palpation, and function. What the doctor needs to understand is how it began, what makes it worse or better, and what the patient has already tried. In my evaluation, I determine how the foot moves actively and passively, and how the arch of the foot maintains its stability when weight-bearing (is the arch collapsing or too rigid?). After listening to a person very carefully in getting a whole history, I will then go through my examination process, which is quite detailed. Severe, chronic plantar fasciitis is best treated with an arch support, laser therapy over the painful area, massage for the calf and other foot muscles, manipulation of the foot joints, and home ice and stretches. Typical progress is 90-100% improvement within four weeks.

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Breaking Down Barriers Integrating mental health therapists into health clinics makes getting help easier

About the Author Originally from northern Utah, Dr. Mackay received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Utah Valley State College, and his doctorate degree in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Dr. Mackay has worked with individuals of all ages, however he specializes in working with children, families, and couples.

By Matthew R. Mackay, PsyD Let’s face it, doing the things we should to maintain our physical health is rarely easy; sticking to a healthy diet, exercising regularly and getting adequate sleep, etc., take real discipline and willpower. When it comes to taking care of our mental health, we face some of those same challenges plus the added negative stigma that can be associated with going to see a psychologist or mental health provider. It can be intimidating. Fortunately, a recent change is breaking down some of those barriers by reducing the stigma and making mental healthcare more accessible. Easy access for patients As a psychologist, my office isn’t located where you’d necessarily expect – it’s right next to the exam rooms in a doctor’s clinic. Because of that, patients are more inclined to take advantage of the mental health services available to them. One gentleman, we’ll call “Rick,” went to see his primary care provider for an annual wellness exam. Rick’s wife came with him, and during the exam mentioned how he was more moody at home and seemed upset all the time. As a result of their conversation, the doctor suggested that Rick may be depressed and asked if he would like to talk to a psychologist. Rick initially stated that he was fine, but when he realized the psychologist was just down the hall, he agreed.  When I met him, Rick admitted that he did not like the idea of seeing a therapist because he felt like he was “making it into a big deal.”  However, because I was in the same office, and Rick knew that his doctor and I worked together, the decision was easier and less stressful. After meeting for a few sessions, Rick recognized his depression, agreed to try a medication prescribed by his doctor, and has since improved his relationship with his wife and kids. Rick was very grateful he came, and later told me, “I didn’t realize how bad I was and how much therapy would help.” Even now, Rick continues to come in from time to time as needed. 68

A resource for physicians Many people, young and old, face mental health challenges at various times of life. Often, those challenges surface during visits to medical providers. Doctors have tools to treat patients’ physical health, but psychologists have tools to treat patients’ mental health. The “mind” component definitely affects the body and vice versa. When doctors have resources to refer patients to therapists, they’re better able to help patients deal with the mental health struggles they’re facing. In my work as a therapist, I spend my time at two Intermountain Healthcare clinics: River Road Internal Medicine and Redrock Pediatrics. We also have therapists who work at Hurricane Valley Clinic, River Road Family Medicine, and Sunset Clinic. Because therapists are “embedded” within the clinic, it’s easier for those physicians to refer patients to our practices. Being located in the health clinic isn’t the only aspect that sets our practices apart. In addition, we typically meet with patients for six to eight visits instead of on a long-term basis. We’re geared to help those with mild to moderate behavioral health issues. The most common types of conditions we treat are depression and anxiety as people go through transitions or phases of life. We most often work with individuals, but can work with couples and occasionally families on a short-term basis. We refer patients with more severe issues to a therapist for long-term, ongoing therapy. Mental health is a vital part of our overall health, one we may quickly overlook and dismiss because we think we can handle it. It’s often one of the first things that can break, and one of the last we want to fix. Hopefully, with the help of our integrated mental health professionals, more people will find it easier and more acceptable to get the support and help they need in order to live mentally healthy and happy lives.

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Are you experiencing | C U LT U R E neck, mid-back or low back pain? Do you have pain traveling into your arms, chest or down your legs? Is there a time of day where your pain is more intense? Do you find looking | WELLNES down, breathing or standing for an extended period of time aggravating? Are you having trouble sleeping due to pain? By If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from an epidural steroid injection. An epidural steroid injection is an injection into the epidural space, which lies outside of the spinal cord and extends from the base of your skull to the sacrum. These injections can be performed in your neck, mid-back and low back depending on your specific problem area. Back pain is one of the most common complaints seen in the clinic, and can also be associated with a loss of function, or an overall decrease in the quality of life. This can be a huge burden on the overall health of the body. Epidural steroid injections could be the answer. Your doctor may order an X-ray, MRI or CT scan to further evaluate your problem area. When reviewing these tests with your doctor, you may hear words like spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease or arthritis. To put these words to term, these can be the cause of your pain. How are epidural steroid injections done? First, we bring you into our procedure room and lay you on your belly, and wash and clean your skin using an alcohol based cleaner. Then, using live X-ray guidance, we inject numbing medication (lidocaine) into the problem area. Once numbing medication has been injected, we then inject corticosteroid, which decreases inflammation in the area providing pain relief that can last up to three months or more. These procedures can be repeated three to four times a year. If you have a fear of needles or are nervous about this procedure, we offer light/conscious sedation. Side effects of this procedure may include skin rashes, facial flushing, insomnia, headaches, elevated blood sugars and a jittery feeling. Though these are not common, side effects typically subside within five days. To better prolong your pain relief, your doctor may also recommend physical therapy. A physical therapist can help demonstrate proper exercises to strengthen your core muscle groups and improve your posture. If you feel like you may be suffering from any of these types of symptoms, please feel free to contact our office at, (435) 216-7000. The specialists at Desert Pain Specialists have a highly experienced team that provides comprehensive pain care throughout Southern Utah.

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Active-Aging Resource The Hidden Cost of Hearing Health Care By Dr. Keith Darrow

life; one of them is that There are few guarantees in life, that as we age, we are are all all at at aa significant significant risk risk of ofdevelopdeveloping chronic health a health conditions. conditions.For Forsome somepeople peopleit’sit’s hip, or or a worn down knee, or even cancer and abroken broken hip, a worn down knee, or even cancer diabetes… but one commonality amongst all ofallus, and diabetes… but one commonality amongst of is the propensity for presbycusis, a.k.aa.k.a age-related us, is the propensity for Presbycusis, Age-Rehearing loss. Many realize hearing lated Hearing Loss.people Many don’t people don’tthat realize that loss hasloss beenhas listed aslisted the third (yes,U.S. the Department third!) most hearing been by the common health condition seniors. of Health chronic and Human Services as affecting the 3rd (yes, the Recent datacommon suggestchronic that ashealth many condition as 50% ofaffectindi3rd!) most viduals between 60-70 aresuggest afflictedthat withassignificant ing seniors. Recent data many as hearing The rates of hearing increase 50% of loss. individuals between 60-70loss are only afflicted with from there –hearing afflicting as many as two-thirds of indisignificant loss. The rates of hearing loss viduals between 70-80 years of age, as and up toas80% only increase from there – afflicting many 2/3 of individuals over 80 years and older. individuals between 70-80 years of age, and up to 80% of individuals over 80 years and older. While While hearing loss more common sehearing loss may be may more be common in seniors,inthere niors, there isnothing absolutely nothing “normal” about it. is absolutely ‘normal’ about it. Yet, the Better Yet, Better Hearing Institute indicates that only 20% Hearing Institute indicates that only 20% of people of people with hearing utilize today’s FDAhearapwith hearing loss utilize loss today’s FDA approved proved lossoptions. treatment options. there ing losshearing treatment While thereWhile are many are manyfor reasons to go withouttreatment medical reasons patientsfortopatients go without medical treatment hearing loss, the most common of hearingofloss, the most common reported reportreason ed reason is the upfront cost of hearing technology. is the upfront cost of hearing technology. But what But what cost of untreated hearing loss? about theabout cost ofthe untreated hearing loss? Hearing loss loss isisa aserious serious medical condition, Hearing medical condition, andand like like other medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer, other medical conditions, e.g. Diabetes, Cancer, Corcoronary artery itdisease) it can have a devastating onary Disease, can have a devastating impact on impact on your overall quality life. Forindividuals example, your overall quality of life. For of example, individuals with hearing loss are at increased of with hearing loss are at increased risk of fallsrisk – and falls – and falling is the number one cause of injury refalling is the #1 cause of injury related deaths in selated deaths in seniors. with Also,hearing individuals niors. Also, individuals losswith are hearing at highloss areofatdeveloping higher risk mental of developing iser risk health mental issues health including sues including depression and social isolation. There depression and social isolation. There is a long list of 70

is a longloss list ofcomorbidities hearing loss hearing comorbidities (i.e. other (i.e. other diseases that diseases that accompany accompany hearing loss) hearing loss) thyroid that include that include dysthyroid diafunction,dysfunction, diabetes, cardiac betes, issues, etc. issues,cardiac etc., Perhaps the Perhaps the most alarming most alarming co-factor of co-factor of hearing loss is hearing loss is the individuthe susceptibilal’s individual’s susceptibility for develity for developing dementia oping Dementia and cogand Denitivecognitive decline.decline. Dementia mentia is defined as a sigis defined as a significant nificant decrease in mental decrease in mental capacapabilities including rebilities including reduced duced memory, communimemory, communication, cation, ability to focus, reaability to focus, reasoning soning and/or judgment. and/or judgment.

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Harvard and MIT Trained Audiologist, University Professor and Clinical Researcher, Director of In a recent study from Johns In a recent study from Audiology Research for Hopkins Medical Center Johns Hopkins Medicalit Intermountain Audiology

was concluded that seniors Center it was established with loss are 200-loss are 200-500% more that hearing seniors with hearing 500% more likely to develop dementia. After was this relikely to develop Dementia. After this report port wasthe released, the mostquestion obvious question most leased, most obvious on most on hearing hearing health care provider’s minds was‘Ifsimple: health care provider’s minds was simple: hearingIf hearing can increase risk of developing deloss canloss increase the risk the of developing Dementia, mentia, can using hearing aids reduce the risk of decan using Hearing Aids reduce the risk of Developveloping dementia? It wasn’t until 2016, when multiple ing Dementia?’ It wasn’t until 2016 that multiple inindependent scientificreports reportswere were released released,that thathas we dependent scientific got a little brought uscloser closer to to the the answer. answer. One of the authors of these reports, Dr. Lalwani of Columbia Columbia University, University, of these reports, claims aid may may offer offer aa simple, claims that that “using ‘using a hearing aid yet prevent or slow the development yet important, important,way waytoto prevent or slow the developof dementia by keeping adults with hearing enment of Dementia by keeping adults with loss hearing gaged in conversation and communication.” loss engaged in conversation and communication’.

The consequence of Dementia is obWhiledetrimental the detrimental consequences of dementia vious to most, those those families that have are obvious to especially most, especially families that been touched by this devastating disease, but many have been touched by this devastating disease, the do not realize the underlying costs of this underlying financial costs arefinancial staggering – yet not disease be people. staggering! A report inNew the New Enknown tocan most A report in the England gland Journal of Medicine estimates cost Journal of Medicine estimates the total the costtotal of patient of patient care for individuals with Dementia can be care for individuals with dementia can be as much as as 205 Billion (thatwith is billion ‘B’) in as much 205 billion (that is billion a ‘B’) with in thea United the United States. On an individual basis, the costs States. On an individual basis, the costs are estimatare estimated to $56,000 per family – when you tally ed to $56,000 per family – when you tally the costs the costs for medical care, health insurance deductfor medical care, health insurance deductibles and

ibles and medication, co-pays, medication, home care,atlost time co-pays, home care, lost time work for at work for family and other associated family members andmembers other associated costs. costs. Far more than the cost of today’s hearing loss So, eat healthy, stay active, stay engaged, and protreatment options. vide your body and your brain the stimulation they need. The old adage “usestay it orengaged, loose it” certainly apEat healthy, stay active, and provide ply here, and depriving yourself of the proper stimuyour body and your brain the stimulation it needs. lationbody can and havebrain a negative on you, family, Our is ‘useeffect it or loose it’ your and deprivand yourself your finances. ing of the proper stimulation can have a negative on you, yourhealthy brain, your and Take youreffect first step towards livingfamily, and call a your finances. hearing specialist today.

ARE YOU AT RISK? Establish Your Risk. Individuals with hearing loss are at a increased risk for developing cognitive decline and Dementia. While the risk increases with degree of hearing loss, it is important to note that even a mild hearing loss (e.g. having some difficulty hearing in background noise, turning up the TV a bit more than your spouse / family, having a hard time following a conversation in the car, etc.,) can increase your risk by 200%!

HOW ARE HEARING LOSS AND DEMENTIA CONNECTED? 1. Social Isolation Withdrawal from social situations is common in individuals with hearing loss. Feelings of embarrassment, fear of making mistakes in conversations, and feeling like you are not part of the conversation are common in individuals hearing impairment - even those with a mild impairment. Proper hearing health care can enable those with hearing impairment to maintain an active, engaging lifestyle. Keeping the brain mentally fit, with social interactions, communication, reading, playing games, etc., is a recipe for a long, healthy life!

2. Cerebral Atrophy Recent research from Johns Hopkins Medica Center has found that individuals with hearing loss lose significant brain volume (i.e. Cerebral Atrophy) in several portions of the brain, including the memory portion. Cerebral atrophy is a landmark feature in individuals with Dementia.

3. Cognitive Overload (i.e. Working Your Brain Too Hard To Hear) Hearing loss is not normal, and neither is the excess strain that is puts on your brain. While hearing loss may be more common (up to 50% of all people 6070 years old have hearing loss, and 66% of people over 70 suffer from hearing loss), it is critical that hearing loss be treated. With hearing loss, the brain is constantly on ‘overload’ trying to fill in the missing pieces, and follow the conversation. For example, the image above placed an increased load on your brain by making you fill in the missing pieces to decipher what was written. Now imagine reading a 256-page novel written like this! The extra time it takes you to follow what is being said in a conversation can really add up, and put excessive ‘wear and tear’ on your

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I’m Looking For Seniors Like Me I Idon’t know about you, but don’t know about you,I refuse but I toREFUSE becometoirrelevant, or an afterbecome irrelevant, or an after-thought in today’s world. thought in today’s world. My choice choice is totostay to isMy to stay active, stay active, engaged, stay engaged, and to continue and to continue contributing to this contributing to this world I’ve world I’ve influenced for 66 years. influenced for 66 years. My goal My this is stage is to avoid the at goal this at stage to avoid the fate fate manyofofour our elders, elders, the the of of so somany social isolation and depression, and social isolation and depression, the that befell parents anddementia the dementia thatour befell our parents time who were who at onewere timeattheone greatest the greatestI’ve generation. now helped across generation. now helpedI’ve thousands acrossthousands the country, and the country, and thousands here locally, to choose living thousands here locally, to choose living and enjoying over the and enjoying over the loneliness of isolation. Even people loneliness of isolation. Even people with a mild hearing loss with a mild hearing loss begin to see the effects of aging begin to see thethemselves effects of aging removingthey themselves from by removing frombyactivities once loved activitieslike theyconcerts, once loved (events concerts, movies, (events movies, andlike breakfast with friendsand at breakfast with friends at a restaurant) because they don’t want a restaurant) because they don’t want to put themselves in

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More fun than should be humanly possible! Trivia Teaser: Go For A Spin 1. Which cartoon character traveled from place to place by spinning like a mini tornado? a-Captain Caveman, b-Tasmanian Devil, c-Scrappy-Doo, d-Quick Draw McGraw. 2. Which baseball pitch is thrown with a mini-mum of spin on the ball? a-Knuckleball, b-Fastball, c-Slider, d-Eephus. 3. The idea that water in the sink circles the drain in opposite directions in the Northern and Southern hemispheres is attributed to what effect in physics? a-Doppler effect, b-Casimir effect, c-Dember effect, d-Coriolis effect. 4. Which actress appeared with Elvis Presley in three movies: Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967)? a-Ann-Margret, b-Barbara Eden, c-Shelley Fabares, d-Nancy Sinatra. 5. Which term is given to the person responsible for spinning the roulette wheel in a casino? a-Croupier, b-Crusher, c-Cronulla, d-Crumper. 6. Because its axis tilts at an angle of almost 98 degrees, which planet appears to rotate on its side? a-Mars, b-Neptune, c-Uranus, d-Mercury. 7. Which actor replaced Michael J. Fox in the popular sitcom Spin City? a-Jonathan Silverman, b-Paul Provenza, c-Kirk Cameron, d-Charlie Sheen. 8. Battling Tops was a popular game introduced in 1968 by which toy 74

company? a-Ideal, b-Hasbro, c-Parker Brothers, d-Milton Bradley. 9. On The Mickey Mouse Club, who was Spin’s pal at the Triple R Ranch? a-Lorne, b-Marty, c-Larry, d-Joe. 10. Which TV hero changed costumes by stand-ing in place and spinning? a-The Greatest Amer-ican Hero, b-Ultraman, c-Wonder Woman, d-Green Hornet.

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It’s Crazy That In The 21st Century So Many Go Without Some Straight Talk About Hearing Loss Around The World… …And How Some Local Heroes Did Their Part Last Month in Guatemala! Kurt Mooney andand Rosie Barrick of Intermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics Kurt Mooney, Rosie Barrick, of Intermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics spentinJanuary 7th-14th in Guatemala onmission. the spent January 7th-14th Guatemala on the “Hearing the Call” ‘Hearing Call’ up withfrom 37 Audiologists and Teaming upthe with 37 Mission. audiologistsTeaming and volunteers around the United Volunteers from around the United States to screen 550 men, States to screen 550 men, women, and children from Guatemala City and women, and children from Guatemala City and Panajachel, Panajachel, Guatemala. In addition these screenings, basic hearing Guatemala. In addition to thesetoscreenings, otherother basic hearing healthcare services were provided, and over 65 people were fit with hearing healthcare services were provided, and over 65 people were fit aids. One of those people Vincente, a physical education teacher, whose with hearing aids. Onewas of those people was Vincente, a physical education whose didn’t evenemotionally know he overcome was coming. family didn’tteacher even know he wasfamily coming. He was with He was overcome with joy to be able to hear again. joy to be emotionally able to hear again. Another was woman named Leslie.Leslie. Leslie Leslie had been to been a clinictolast Another wasa young a young woman named had a clinic yearnew but molds need new molds and updated hearing One year butlast needed and updated hearing aids. One of our aids. volunteer of our volunteer audiology donated ownto graduate audiologygraduate students donated her students own hearing aids on her the spot hearing aids on the spot to Leslie, truly giving the gift of hearing. Leslie, truly giving the gift of hearing.

On trip,we“we girl when in Guatemala. “Onour our last last trip sawsaw this this little little girl when we werewe in were Guatemala. She was She was 11 years old. She had a bead in her ear that had been 11 years old. She used to complain of her ear hurting every night when there since she was a little tiny toddler. She used to complain ofshe wentear to bed. We discovered shewhen had ashe beadwent in hertoearbed. thatIthad been her hurting every night was justthere a little since she was a little tiny toddler. It was just a little plastic bead that hadhard been plastic bead that had been there for nine years. It’s that crazy, to imagine,” says Dr. Kamal of Audiology andand training there for nine years,” recalls Dr. Elliot, Kamal Doctor Elliot, Doctor of Audiology training Specialist Intermountain Audiology Hearing Specialist forforIntermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics.Clinics.

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Now, there there has never been a better opportunity opportunityto tomake makeyour yourgift giftcount count,and and give the gift gift of of aa hearing hearing smile. smile. Our next triptrip is planned for April Jordan and the Syrian refugee Our nextmission mission is planned for to April to Jordan and the Syrian camps. If aids you to have hearing aids to donate or camps. refuge If you have hearing donate, or want to make a monetary want to make a monetary donation, please do so donation, you can learn more at: “I’m grateful that our owners know and understand what it is like to change “I’m that our hearing, ownersnot know understand it lives grateful through improved onlyand in our community,what but throughout is like to change lives through improved hearing, not only in the world. I can’t thank Jared Brader enough for funding my trip, for starting our community, but throughout the world. I can’t thank Jared the Sound of Life for Foundation, to Sound quality hearing Brader enough funding and my for trip,hisforcommitment starting the of Life healthcare at home andhis abroad. I’m honored to workhearing alongsidehealthcare him each day.” Foundation, and for commitment to quality Rosie Barrick Intermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics. him each at home and of abroad. I’m honored to work alongside day.” Rosie Barrick of Intermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics.

Thousands without basic hearing care impacts which impacts Thousands gogowithout basic hearing healthhealth care, which lives. Kids are lives. unablelearn, to goand to make school, learnAdults and make while unableKids to goare to school, friends. isolatefriends themselves for adult themselves for fear of embarrassment safety fear ofisolate embarrassment and safety reasons. “We always talkand about the hearing reasons. smile, and it’s so fun to see the joy on people’s faces and see their surprise when always they findtalk theyabout have hearing potential,” says Kurt Board “We the hearing smile and soMooney, fun to see the joy Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist at Intermountain Audiology Hearing on people’s face and see the surprise when they find they have Clinics. potential,” says Kurt Mooney, Board Certified Hearing hearing Instrument Specialist at Intermountain Audiology Hearing Clinics. ST. GEORGE 161 W. 200 N. Ste. #110 St. George, Utah 84770 (435) 688-2456 RICHFIELD 1090 S. Cove View Rd. Richfield, Utah 84701 (435) 896-8830

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According to recent studies, although hearing aid technology has improved significantly during the last decade, hearing instrument user satisfaction has not increased at the same rate. Reports published by Hearing Review and the Hearing Journal indicate that 34.25 million people in the United States suffer from some type of hearing loss, (Kochkin). Of those people with significant hearing loss, 25% own hearing instruments and the majority of these owners experience moderate-to-severe hearing loss. More than one million of these patients are not “satisfied” with their hearing instruments and confess to leaving them “in the drawer.” If hearing instrument technology and design have improved, why are people not having an improved experience?

3 The First and Only Audiologists in St. George to use What are Real-Ear Measurements (REM)? Real-ear measurements provide a method for objectively assessing the accuracy of a hearing aid fitting. The purpose behind real ear measurements is that individual ears are very different between patients and occasionally one ear versus the other ear on the same patient. Those differences have a major affect on the benefit a hearing instrument provides to the wearer. The only way to truly account for those individual ear differences is to take a physical measurement of how the hearing aid is amplifying sound in the specific ear canal. Real ear measurements make this possible and that is why they are considered the “gold standard” method for achieving a proper hearing aid fit. This is why we use the most advanced equipment on the market to measure Real-Ear Measurements (REM) on our patients using hearing instruments.

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Deficient benefit Poor fit Comfort less than acceptable Unsatisfactory performance in noise3

Our goal at Nilsson Hearing Clinics is to help our patients achieve the best benefit possible from their hearing instruments. Studies have shown that if audiologists and hearing instrument specialists adjust hearing aids solely based upon the manufacturer’s fitting algorithm, (formula), without real-ear testing, it may result in an inaccurate hearing prescription. Studies found that these initial-fit algorithms are often an inadequate amplification prescription and research in England showed improvement in patient satisfaction when patients were fit with real-ear measurement, (Aarts; Bentler; Hawkins; Beck). 76

By AudioScan Real-ear testing enables measurement of the sound delivered by a specific hearing aid in the ear canal of a specific individual. It is the most accurate procedure for measuring actual results. If you are interested in having an optimum hearing experience, real-ear measurement provides the most accurate information to fit your hearing aid. The use of Real-ear measurements provides our patients with the best results possible.

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Hearing Loss Linked To Dementia Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing, a study by Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging researchers suggests. Compared with study participants with normal hearing, those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss had twofold, threefold, and fivefold, respectively, the risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease. “A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Dr. Frank Lin (of Johns Hopkins Medical Center) says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem .” – Johns Hopkins Press Release




Hearing Loss Linked To Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss, according to the results of a study by researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging. The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.”Our results suggest that hearing loss could be another ‘hit’ on the brain in many ways,” Dr. Frank Lin, primary author of the study, explains. The study also gives some urgency to treating hearing loss rather than ignoring it. “If you want to address hearing loss well,” Lin says, “you want to do it sooner rather than later. If hearing loss is potentially contributing to these differences we’re seeing on MRI, you want to treat it before these brain structural changes take place.” – Johns Hopkins Press Release

Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function cording to a recent study by Dr. Jamie Desjardins, PhD, (University of Texas at El Paso), hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss. It is known that hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance, and diminished quality of life. Recently, research has shown that untreated hearing loss also can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much mental effort is diverted toward understanding speech. The study looked at cognitive function in 50-60 year old first time hearing aid users. After only two weeks of hearing aid use, tests revealed an increase in percent scores for recalling words in working memory and selective attention tests, and the processing speed at which participants selected the correct response was faster. By the end of the study, participants had exhibited significant improvement in their cognitive function. – The Hearing Review

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Bettering Yourself, For Yourself Making Your Life a Work of Art WELLNESS

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By Emily Nielsen

Spring and summer are among us, and we are all too familiar with the pressure that comes with these seasons to fit a certain mold created by society. This season, for you, will be different because it is time to realize that you About the Author Emily is a wild teenager who are society, and you possess the power to change it, beginning within your heart and mind. enjoys life and living it to I want you to think of a time when you were at your happiest. Maybe you hit a certain weight, you were with the fullest, being bold, daring a certain person, or you found your dream job. Close your eyes and envision pure bliss and happiness; everything and courageous, creating an amazing fulfilling life full of is okay, and you are content. Open your eyes. What is different? What is stopping you from attaining the life stories and memories, being you could only dream of? The answer to both questions is: you. herself, being free, radiating The first step to making life what you’ve always dreamed it would be is living simply for you and no one else. happiness, and spreading love. Remove negative elements from your surroundings, whether it be a job, person, habit or toxic activity. This is your life; take control and make it the life you adore to live! If something brings you negative energy, vibes, or situations, cut it off and set it free. Just like that, it is no longer your burden to carry – it’s gone! Now it’s time for change within yourself. Do more of what makes you happy, make time for yourself. Your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health should be put first, before your job, work, or school. Put your health first by making a list of the things that bring you happiness, be it activities, objects, people or places, and participate in them. Doing things for yourself, by yourself, can help you get to know the real you; fall in love with everything you are and become comfortable with your own presence. It is a new year, and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This spring is a time for change and passion. Smile at strangers, assume nothing, do more, expect less, meditate often (Stop, Breathe, and Think app), dream big, laugh a lot, take chances, count your blessing, be yourself, say what comes to your mind, give more, stop worrying, discriminate against no one, travel, go on walks, watch the sunset, and live freely. Keep in mind that you’re still growing and that making mistakes is human. People will leave you to follow their own path, but losing someone doesn’t have to be considered a loss.  Put your concentration on improving your inner self. Let go of your fears, destroy your insecurities, and realize that the only thing getting in the way of your success and happiness is yourself – not the opinions and expectations of others. Life is art. It is beaches, literature, poetry, intimacy, scars, laughter, tears, touch, and all of nature. Life is for deep kisses, strange adventures, midnight swims, and rambling conversations. Everything you do, do with passion; open your soul and let it bloom within yourself and others. Live life passionately; fall in love with the wind in your hair and the adrenaline in your body. Crave adventure, and let your positive vibrations radiate amongst all living things. You are a dreamer, a doer, a believer and a thinker – see greatness within yourself. Chase your goals, say your prayers, lather yourself in coconut oil, eat your fruit, exercise often, slay your makeup, drink lots of water, lay in the sun, get plenty of sleep, don’t be afraid to dye your hair that color, get your nails done, pamper yourself, fill every room with flowers, and be fierce! You are an amazing wonder of the world, and deserve to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.


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| W E LAc., LLNESS By Regan Archibald, Functional Medicine Practitioner, East West Health

We have all heard that watching caloric intake, exercising, and eating low-fat foods will help us get fit and healthy. Still, many Americans are fatter, sicker and more depressed than ever. If you have tried to get to your ideal weight, feel energized again, and have healthy hormones, but find yourself struggling to reach your fitness goals, I have a few tips that might help you on your journey to wellness: 1. Restore the Gut Bugs: Research has shown that the ratio of Bacteriodes to Firmicutes bacteria in your gut determine whether you will metabolize the calories you consume or store them as fat. For thousands of years, our ancestors ate fermented foods on a daily basis which fed the Bacteriodes bugs and kept them lean and healthy. The food we eat today is molecularly different than the food our grandparents ate – especially different from the food that our Paleolithic ancestors munched on. 2. Eat Healthy Fats: We have been conditioned to avoid fat in our diet at all costs. However, you don’t have to be afraid of fats – you just need to make sure the fats you eat come from healthy sources! Avocados, sardines, anchovies, fish, nuts, seeds, and coconut are all great sources of healthy fats. They will help you have more energy, boost brain function, raise good HDL cholesterol, lower bad LDL cholesterol, protect against the buildup of plaque in your arteries, prevent

belly fat, strengthen your immune system, and improve your mood. 3. Use Mindfulness, Not Cortisol: Mindfulness is more than just a catchy term. It is the one thing that will allow you to decrease cortisol – one of your fat storing hormones. Mindfulness is also the shortest route to changing poor habits into good habits, like planning your meals in advance versus going through the drive-through of a fast food restaurant. Not only does mindfulness help you make better choices, it has also been shown in several studies to reduce insulin resistance in your cells. This means that the sugar you do eat is consumed as energy instead of being stored as fat. Getting ready for swimsuit season means looking at weight as a symptom of a bacterial overgrowth of Firmicutes, eating the wrong foods, and lack of awareness. Look at symptoms that change when you eat certain foods: hunger, cravings, energy, sleep, and brain fog. Once you make the commitment to dig deeper into the cause of your weight gain, you may be surprised at how much better you can feel without carrying around an extra 10, 20, or 100 pounds! To learn more about how your own gut bacteria may be affecting your health, call East West Health at 435.773.7790 or visit us at 558 E Riverside Drive, #208, and at

About six years ago I was in a very similar situation as many others: I didn’t have the energy I needed, I didn’t feel healthy and I needed to lose about 40-50 lbs. I started off by reducing my calorie intake and worked my way up to exercising at least 4-5 hours per week with high intensity. I soon found myself with less energy than before and I was actually getting bulkier and bigger, partially from muscle gain, but also from an inflammatory response that I was unaware of at the time. I finally decided to reach out to the founder of East West Health, Regan Archibald my brother. From there I had some specific tests that evaluated which foods were causing me inflammation, what bacteria and/or infections in my ‘gut’ were causing issues, and also looked at my adrenals to evaluate different stress hormone function. The discoveries were eye opening, and from there over the course of about 6 months of receiving guidance and treatment from East West Health, I was able to lose about 30 lbs and regain a ton more energy and mental clarity (that I didn’t realize was gone). Over the course of 9 months I was able to lose another 20 lbs and have maintained that ever since. Now I have spent the last 5 years understanding this approach and I love to see

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What is an empath?

By Brigit Atkin


An empath is someone who absorbs the energy of the people around them. This is different than just being sensitive, as the empath tends to unnecessarily carry the worries and pains of the people around them, rather than just be aware of them. Some empathic people will physically feel the pain of others, such as literally feeling another’s headache. If a person with this trait doesn’t have a solid understanding of him/herself and how to work with that energy, he or she can be susceptible to anxiety, depression, and burnout. This can further take a toll on the body, resulting in digestive issues, as well as chronic fatigue and back pain. However, just by being aware, this person can begin to use this as a gift, which is what it is. Here are some of the traits of an empath, see if you can relate:

sghw | 1. Public places can be overwhelming. Because these people pick up the energy around them, places like shopping malls, grocery stores, and stadiums can be highly agitating. 2. Others want to offload their problems on them. Because their presence is so welcoming, people feel safe unloading around them. This is where empaths feel like they are a dumping ground for others. 3. Highly intuitive. These individuals experience the world through their intuition, so it’s important for them to listen to their gut feelings about people. They will also just “know” things – things that they logically shouldn’t know, but just do. 4. Addictive personality. Sadly, empaths who don’t understand their gift will be drawn to alcohol, drugs, or any myriad of addictions, in a futile attempt to “protect” themselves from the onslaught of emotions that they feel from others. 5. Weight issues. Empaths are prone to carrying extra weight, no matter how much they exercise or how much they diet. It’s another means to protect their own energy – in this case by subconsciously “cushioning” themselves from the “blows” coming at them. 6. The need for solitude. This can sometimes be insatiable, as these sensitive souls need much time alone in order to get a feel for their own energy. It’s also how they unwind and recharge. Remember that crowds are draining to them, and if they don’t take care to take time out, burnout and fatigue will result. 7. Love of nature. Empaths love and need to be outdoors, as the slower rhythms of nature are soothing and healing to the anxious soul. This is a must for them. 8. Excellent listeners. They don’t talk a lot about themselves, unless it is to someone they really trust. They are more apt to listen, which is a healing trait in and of itself to those around them. 9. Moody. They can appear shy, aloof, and experience mood swings. If they’ve taken on too much from others they can even be antisocial and miserable. They will have a hard time disguising this, and this is especially hard if they have a job where they must put on a happy face. Empaths can’t cover up what they feel. 10. M  inimalist. Empaths like their space clutter-free, and can have a hard time concentrating or relaxing amidst clutter. Empaths also tend to avoid antiques, meat, and many other things that carry another’s energy, and these are just a few traits. If you realize while reading this that the above is describing you, probably the hardest thing you’ve had to deal with is that you think all these things you feel are you, and all the negative feelings within are yours. They aren’t. This is where you can take heart, as you can take a deep breath and let all these things go. Put them down, they are not yours. Now that you know this, you can use this gift as it was intended – as a healing gift to others. It’s happening without your ever knowing it. Your very presence is healing to those around you, which is an empowering truth for you. If you feel that you are an empath, know that all of the above doesn’t have to define you. By knowing this is a gift, you can stop the negativity you’ve been experiencing, and enjoy it for the good it does. Some helpful habits to implement into your daily life are: time alone, meditation, a creative outlet (art, dance, crafts, projects, etc.), being outdoors, and having a special someone to whom you can express yourself freely. Also, find a place where you can use your nurturing gift: teaching,



volunteering at a shelter, working with | F A M I LY animals or mentoring children or teens. An empath’s true calling, no matter what | C U LT U R E their chosen profession, is to heal those who are hurting. Just being aware of this can be healing to you. Just make sure any | W E L L N E S S time you are feeling overwhelmed that you mentally set everyone down. This will help you regain your own sense of self and About the Author establish the boundary of not carrying Brigit Atkin – Brigit of everyone’s stuff. Brightworks uses alternative healing methods to help One final note: being an empath improve the lives of others and being empathetic are two different facing challenges and things. An empathetic person relates to difficulties. She is certified another because they themselves have in SimplyHealedTM method and was trained by founder felt similar emotions from a similar Carolyn Cooper herself. For situation. The empath unintentionally more information, visit takes on the emotions of another. The more an empath understands and works with this gift, the more pronounced it becomes, even to the point of perceiving others’ thoughts. But one does not become an empath – one either is or isn’t. If you are reading this and are sure you are NOT an empath, you may recognize some of these traits in a loved one or a dear friend. This awareness can help you support them with their gift, and they will love you for it. Now that I’ve been reminded of what I need, I’m going to go take a walk. By myself.

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Minding By Lisa Goff I am a planner. I love to plan out days, weeks, and months. Calendaring is one of my favorite parts of the week. My life is crazy busy and I love pulling it all into order on my calendar. One of my favorite hobbies is planning vacations. It’s an adrenaline rush – deciding where to go and figuring out all the details of what to see and where to stay! All that planning makes for an organized life, but I recently realized I had a problem when I spent one whole get-away weekend with my husband planning our next vacation. It dawned on me that I was so busy planning my future life, I wasn’t About the Author living my current life. Lisa is the associate editor The sad thing about spending all my mental time in the future was that I didn’t notice for St George Health and what was going on in the moment. Not only was I missing my life as it happened, I Wellness magazine. She is couldn’t remember much about my life either. Our brains can only encode things we pay passionate about holistic health and loves to help others attention to, so not paying attention equals no long-term memory. Yikes! through the magazine and I knew I needed to slow down, but how? I couldn’t just stop planning. How would her work as a yoga teacher. anything get done? Who would keep my life and my family’s life in order? (This is the When she’s not reading or doing yoga, you’ll find her out point where I realized there just might be a few control issues mixed in with my need exploring the world with her to plan.) I decided to start small by practicing moments of mindfulness. Mindfulness adventurous family. is one of those things everybody’s talking about, and no one knows what it means, but really it’s very simple. It means paying attention to the moment, without judgement. Sounds easy, right? But for someone who’s used to running, going, doing, and planning all the time, it can be difficult to be truly present, even for just a moment. I’ve discovered that if I use certain activities throughout my day as mindfulness reminders, it helps to ground me in the present moment. It’s almost like pushing the pause button on a movie that’s playing in fast forward. I can finally see what’s going on around me, reset and then restart the movie on regular speed. Here’s my mindfulness reminders – but any frequent activity works; all it takes is a moment. 1. Driving in the car. Turn the radio off. Feel the vibrations of the car. Look around, what do you see? What can you hear? If your thoughts come pouring in, simply acknowledge them and let them go. Come back to your senses. 2. Washing your hands. Feel the temperature of the water. Notice the bubbles on your skin. Listen to the sound of the water. Notice any light that hits the water. 3. Walking – especially outside. Notice the temperature, or the feel of the wind. Can you smell anything? What do you see? What do you hear? Feel your feet as they make contact with the earth. Amazingly enough, my life has not fallen apart as I focus more on the present and less on the future. If anything, things are going better, as I learn to be in the moment and appreciate the beauty of life as it happens. So, pause, take a deep breath and notice your life, right here, right now. I promise, it’s worth a moment! 84

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Lindsey Smith likes to say that she is left-handed and rightMIND & BOD mouthed. Born with arthrogryposis amyoplasia| multiplex congenita – a condition that causes her joints to become permanently fixed in a bent or straightened position – she has learned to| doFthings A Mdifferently. I LY She has developed strength in her mouth to accomplish what others are able to do with their hands. While this might hold others back, it | C U LT U R E hasn’t stopped Lindsey. As a teenager, she would sketch ideas and floor plans, and ask herself, Why was this built this way? How is that practical | WforEsomeone L L N EinSa S wheelchair, an elderly person, or a mother with a stroller? Watching her physical therapists at Shriner’s Hospital, who were innovative and creative in helping others, Lindsey developed a desire to use her skills to enrich people’s lives. Lindsey found her way to Dixie Applied Technology College, where she enrolled in drafting and design. From her first day in the program, she took learning to a new level and pushed others to rise to that level, inspiring them with her humor, charm and sheer determination. While she strives for excellence, she also puts others at ease with an unassuming giggle. After completing a full series of drafting classes, students in the program are required to put their knowledge to the test in a final project. They are encouraged to do something commercial, but if they choose residential, they are required to design at least two houses. Students make a final presentation where students, faculty, and guests critique their work. Typically, the students will display and talk through five to ten blueprints. But not Lindsey. Instead of meeting the minimal requirement for her final project, Lindsey designed and drafted well over a hundred drawings, and added an animated fly around. She got on a roll and couldn’t stop! In fact, instructor Bill McMurrin finally made her stop. With a lifelong passion born from her own circumstances, Lindsey had found a way to express the ideas that had been growing in her mind for years. She was finally bringing to life a community where people with special needs could live and work independently. Lindsey created a full city block development with independent homes and assisted living apartments for people with a myriad of physical challenges. Then, she thought of other needs and added a building for dining, socializing, exercise, medical appointments, and physical therapy. But she didn’t stop there. She knew that work was important, so she created a place where residents could work by partnering with companies to allow residents to “commute” electronically. Through her creativity and experience, she has designed environments that go beyond ADA laws; environments that provide real solutions for what people with special needs struggle with on a daily basis. Lindsey designed a way to transport a pan from the stove to the sink – a sink shaped like a skateboard ramp, making it easier to get things in and out. Getting a glimpse of Lindsey’s vision can teach us all how to live beyond our seeming limitations. Lindsey is quick to tell you that “having a disability doesn’t make you special. There are no excuses!” Lindsey recently won Student of the Year at the state level. She tied for first place with Southwest ATC student, Bennett Olsen. They will both serve this next year as Utah College of Applied Technology’s Students of the Year. So, what’s next for Lindsey Smith? She’s looking for investors who are willing to help make her design a reality. Helping others has been, and will continue to be, her lifelong motivation.

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10% Branding, 90% Specific Niche Solution About the Author Mr. Sherman is a professional speaker, writer, and consultant. He is the developer of the culture building template CORE™ Theory: The Quadrants of Accountability. Character, Opportunity, Relationships, Education. see www.

By Jeff Sherman, Principal ShermanSpeaks, LLC Recently, I read a LinkedIn inquiry seeking expertise in the creation of an expo booth. I am sure many presenters have similar interests. Expos are amazing, noisy events proliferated with bright signs, moving parts, and a few sharply dressed reps. Looking at expos holistically by purpose helps to successfully plan one. It’s simple. It’s all about clarity. Here are a few things I have picked up that have increased our client effectiveness. The Experience Slow down, gain perspective. Keep in mind that while attending expositions, people seek information differently than they might while searching the web or reading trade magazines. Attendees resemble children in a candy store. They are eagerly present. They seek an experience. And they plan to go home with something. An Expo is 10% Branding Design your booth to create validity and to set an informed marketing presence. You must be recognizable as an authentic and cohesive vendor. An effective booth design will include the following: 1. Adherence to your overall company marketing plan. 2. Selection of colors from your branding style guide only. Keep your brand pure. 3. Assurance that your logo and tagline are readable from 50 feet and free of clutter. Simplicity wins. 4. Print materials should have an on-site expo map indicating where your booth is located. Make sure as they revisit your brochure back at the hotel, that they will be able to relocate you. 5. Talented, informed representatives who are prepared to be courteous and professional. Look the part.

An Expo is 90% Specific Niche Solution Show attendees how you solve their needs. Think of your 30 second elevator pitch; a tool that explains why your company is in business; a brief statement of purpose that every employee of your company should have practiced to proficiency. 6. Realize that an exposition is all about taking that elevator pitch live. Communicate the opportunity while educating the attendees about solutions you provide them. 7. Attendees must instantly and readily recognize what’s in it for them. Remember, they are hit with offerings all around. Keep it simple. 8. All booth and print materials must support your claim to providing a solution. Keep content brief and informative while making it understandable for all audiences. Define your acronyms and avoid jargon. Confused or insulted attendees are dissuaded from purchasing. 9. Train your representatives to act as resourceful and courteous professionals. Begin with how they dress. Assure that your brand is represented tastefully. For instance, if your company colors were red, white, and blue, then one rep may wear a blue shirt while an associate wears a white shirt with blue and red accessories. Always dress in business appropriate attire that will compliment your brand. 10. The representatives of your company should use support materials such as handouts, charts, and other print materials only as resources. They must first connect and interact verbally with booth visitors. Someone standing at the booth passing out flyers while only smiling is a fail. And worse than that if they are not smiling! Assure that your representatives smile, approach people respectfully, and are open to effective communication.

As I stated originally, creating an effective booth at an expo is simple. It’s about clarity. Be eagerly attentive to the little things. Provide clear, concise information in a balanced and fair approach. Your visitors seek an experience. Provide them with one. It’s not the banner only, but your people that create the greatest success. 86

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What Every Real Estate Investor Should Know By Jessica Elgin, REALTOR There are many things to consider when deciding to invest in real estate. First, what type of property is best for you? Every investor is different and every investing plan is just as unique. Once you determine the type of property, you can start considering what is available in your market. To help you get started, consider these factors, but remember, each person is different and the answers should be considered as a whole before deciding which direction to look. What are your long-term goals? If your long term goal is passive income, you want to consider holding properties for longer. If your long term goal is maximum income regardless of how much time is required, you may be better off with shorter term purchases that net higher returns. Where are you financially right now? How much cash do you have on hand and what is your credit like? Consult with a qualified lender and see what programs you qualify for. If you have the cash available, you need to decide if you would like to utilize the cash or leverage it with a loan. Do you consider yourself a high risk or low risk investor? If you are a high risk investor, you might want to consider leveraging your cash to buy multiple or larger properties. Talk to your lender before deciding what is right for you. High risk investors tend to enjoy larger deals, meaning multi-family and commercial properties. You might also consider vacation rentals. If you are low risk, you might consider a new home. New homes tend to come with home warranties in place and there is less fear of repairs being needed. When you purchase in an early phase you can often build equity quickly and will find them easier to rent or sell. Are you typically hands-on when things need fixed, or do you just want someone to take care of it for you? If you like to be hands-on and are good with repairs around the house, you can anticipate more income with rentals and fixer-uppers. Just because you prefer to have someone take care of it for you though, doesn’t mean you should rule either of these out. Simply take the cost of repairs into consideration when you calculate your net sheet for a particular investment. Are you good with people and do you like working with them? Now this is a tricky one. Many of us are good with people, but do not like working with them. If you do not like working with people, for your own sanity, stay away from traditional rentals. Stick to properties that you can flip and can use a professional to handle dealing with buyers or utilize a property management company. Commercial may be a better fit if you do not like working with people. While you are dealing with a person, it is on a professional basis and your interactions will remain on a professional level. 88

What is the market like? This is where you will need some help. Seek the advice of a local realtor, read the real estate sections of your newspapers, and research online. Markets shift quickly, so make sure you are using up-to-date information. Finding the perfect investment will take a little work. Be sure that you consider all factors to ensure that you are happy with your choice. Once you have set some parameters, put together a plan that spans several years. Research and planning make the difference between a successful investor and someone who just tries it out.

About the Author Jessica Elgin entered the real estate market in 2000 as an investor. After teaching classes to investors at a title company, she became a licensed agent and quickly obtained the illusive Double Grand Centurion Award for selling over 170 homes in one year. She has been coaching and training agents for several years and has recently started utilizing her license to sell homes again in the St. George area.




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How to Pay Half the Price for Your New Home By Brandon Hansen, Cherry Creek Mortgage This spring we have a lot to be grateful for, and a lot to look forward to in 2017. The Parade of Homes starts the early spring out with another 28 beautiful homes to look at and find out what is new, fresh and trending. I know some look at the Parade of Homes as an event where we can look at how the affluent live and wonder if we married the wrong guy – right? But, really, just a fun time to see some beautiful homes and some new and simple decorating and furnishing trends. As always, we finance several of the Parade Homes and, as the largest senior lender in the state with all of the senior FHA loan programs, we look forward to helping those that are over 62 perhaps purchase a home that is nicer than they might have thought they could afford. The home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) loan for seniors over 62 allows you to purchase a home for roughly half the price it would have been, with no mortgage payments for life. You can purchase a $300,000 home for $150,000 and own it free and clear of any mortgage payments. You own the home, so just like paying cash, you pay your own taxes and insurance at the end of each year. Many of our clients sell their home in Salt Lake for $400,000 to retire to beautiful St. George, and only have to put down $150,000 on a new home that costs $300,000. With the FHA loan, they are able to live in the home free and clear of any mortgage payments, and still have the rest of the funds from the sale of the Salt Lake home in their savings in case they need it.

Some clients choose to keep that Salt Lake home, and go back and forth in the winter and summer. Through the HECM loan they are able to purchase the St. George home for half the price (with no mortgage payments) which gives them more financial flexibility to not have to immediately sell the Northern Utah home. They can have both homes, and go back and forth during the year, if they choose. The new home simply has to be your primary home – meaning you would need to be here for six months out of the year (and of course you can’t rent the home out and use it for rental purposes). Other than that, you can have multiple homes, and not be strapped to a mortgage payment or have to put all of your cash into one home. More than half of our senior clients today who are retiring and buying homes opt to use the FHA senior HECM loan instead of paying cash or using a conventional loan. Over the past five years, we have funded more seniors buying a home with this loan than all other brokers and lenders combined, as we are the only lender in Southern Utah that can fund and underwrite and service our own HUD insured reverse purchases loans. Remember, when buying a home for your retirement, you need to look at all of your options and have your investment advisors or mortgage planner review them with you, including the the option of a HECM loan.

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Innovation Plaza

Continuing Entrepreneurialism in Southern Utah By Kyle Wells

About the Author Dr. Kyle Wells is the Dean of Business and Communication at Dixie State University. A native of St. George, Kyle has been teaching finance and statistics at DSU for 10 years. He and his wife JoEllen moved from Albuquerque, NM. They have four children and enjoy the warm winters of St. George, and spending as much time as possible in Pine Valley during the summer.

Recently, Dixie State University announced the creation of Innovation Plaza in the building previously known as East Elementary. The building will house academic programs in the original west wing including a new technology focused secondary school. The “newer” east wing will take advantage of the high ceilings and open floor plan to house a combination of maker spaces. The maker and design movement encourages experimentation with frequent opportunities for feedback. A new center for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship (TIE) has been created to support the progression of ideas to companies. In short, the space will be designed to bring innovators into a common space that encourages serendipitous connections between like-minded thinkers. The early inhabitants of this area were innovators. The Virgin River Anasazi left dwelling structures that took advantage of the winter sun from the south and native materials to cool during the summer. Later, the Paiutes hunted and grew corn, wheat, and melons along the river beds. Due to frequent flooding, the Paiutes developed irrigation to grow crops in the higher areas. In 1857-1858, the LDS Church set up experimental farms in the St. George Valley. In 1861, 309 families were sent from the Wasatch Front for the purpose of raising cotton. In the desert climate, irrigation was required to water the arid soil. After many attempts to dam the Virgin River, the Washington Field Canal Company was incorporated in 1875. On December 7, 1889 the largest flood in the history of Washington County destroyed the dam and some of the canal. Despite being insolvent, the Canal Company rebuilt the dam and canal using modern technology, including a spillway to regulate the variation in the river flow. That dam and canal system served the agriculture community until 2005, when it was buried in underground culverts. Today, St. George and the surrounding area benefits from the warm winters and proximity to five national parks. Last year, Zion National Park alone welcomed nearly four million visitors. This has led to a thriving service and recreation-based industry that supports nearly 150,000 residents of Washington County. Despite this remarkable growth, St. George was recently ranked as having the second lowest wages in U.S. by Pew Research. Part of the problem is the need to attract and provide a skilled labor force for prospective employers. We also need to encourage the type of innovation that builds companies that require skilled labor. Innovation Plaza is meant to be more than a place to innovate, design, and create; it will be a place to cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurial education is more than just teaching about business start-ups. It is about thinking differently. It is about recognizing systems and processes in our daily lives that can be improved. For much of human history, mankind has subsisted on about $2 a day in today’s dollars, and has had a life expectancy of less than 40-years. The innovation movement of the last 200 years has created the lifestyle and comforts we enjoy today. The ancient inhabitants of Washington County were innovators out of survival. Today’s innovators aren’t pressured by the basic necessities, but have a drive to change their environments for the better. In the coming months, the community will be invited to Innovation Plaza. We hope you will bring your ideas. We hope you will come to dream of how we can make this beautiful place we live even better. 90

TRAVEL TIPS By Holly Gardner, Editor

PLAN AND PREPARE Planning is essential when traveling, so while preparing your travel arrangements, plan and prepare fuel for your body also. Even a 5-hour road trip will be sweeter with a small cooler stocked with fruit and veggies handy. Mine is often packed with cut up watermelon or cantaloupe, grapes, string cheese, celery and peanut butter.

FIND OPPORTUNITIES TO MOVE Often during your travels, you will stop for gas, food or to use the restroom. When making these necessary stops, take an extra few minutes to walk around the store or gas station, giving your legs and heart rate a little extra love. After sitting for a couple of hours, your body will thank you if you take a few minutes to stretch, move around, and take in some sights.

STOCK UP ON NOURISHING SNACKS Upon arrival at your destination, look around and see what is readily available. If you already have a cooler, you may as well put it to good use by grabbing some apples, bananas and a veggie tray if you can find a local market. These are great snacks to have in between your restaurant meals.

BALANCE HEALTH WITH ADVENTURE When eating out for dinner or lunch, remember to enjoy local healthy fare, but also remember that you are on vacation. Have fun, indulge a little, then enjoy getting to know your new space by walking around town or renting a bike. Keep moving and have a fun and adventurous journey.

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As baby boomers approach retirement, many may find themselves in different economic circumstances than what they planned for. Recent economic events have taught us the downside of risk, yet careful planning can help soften the impact. Northwestern Mutual says that your retirement plan can stay on track if you focus on these six key risks: 1. Health Care Risk. Rising medical and prescription drug costs,fewer employer-sponsored retiree benefits, and limitations of Medicare are all impacting income and retirement savings. According to, estimated healthcare costs for a 65-year-old range from $3,000, for someone in excellent health, to $10,000 for someone in poor health, including premiums, deductibles and co-pays, but not including longterm care, vision or dental expenses. 2. Inflation and Taxes. With inflation reducing purchasing power and taxes impacting liquidation strategies, less money will be available to spend or invest in retirement planning. 3. Longevity Risk. Americans are living longer and the possibility exists that they could outlive their resources. There is a 10 percent

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chance that a 65-year old male will live to 97 years of age and Todd Johnson is a Wealth Management Advisor with a 1 percent chance the same male will live to 105 years of age. Northwestern Mutual. He is Yet, the “average” life expectancy is only 85 years, meaning also the Managing Director half of the population will die before that age and the other for operations in Southern half is expected to live longer. Utah. Todd has been with Northwestern Mutual 4. Legacy Risk. Many Americans want to leave a legacy, since 2003; he began after making an impact beyond their lifetime by leaving a financial completing his Law Degree gift to a loved one or a charity. It is necessary to balance this at Case Western University. desire with the need to fund an individual’s retirement. He is married to Erin Johnson and they are the parents of 5. Long-term Care Risk. The cost of care for an three beautiful girls. When unexpected event, or long-term illness not covered by he is not working, Todd private insurance or Medicare, is requiring more Americans enjoys spending time boating, mountain biking, riding to prematurely deplete their assets. A 2009 LIMRA (Life horses, and spending time with Insurance Marketing and Research Association) survey of his family. pre-retirees and retirees aged 55 to 75 found that health care and long-term care expenses together account for between 12 and 15 percent of retirement expenses, depending on the household income. 6. Market Risk. Participating in the stock market can give an individual’s retirement savings and income the potential to keep pace with inflation, however, volatility in investment markets can significantly affect retirement income and savings. Resources for Retirement Planning Northwestern Mutual has a range of online resources to help individuals think about and plan retirement needs: 1. R  etirement Savings Calculator at http:// can be used to show how contributions can affect an individual’s ability to fund their retirement. 2. C  ost of Care Calculator at http://media. to help better understand the potential cost of long-term care services. 3. L  ifespan Calculator at http://media.nmfn. com/tnetwork/lifespan to estimate out how many years an individual may live past retirement. Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Todd Francis Johnson. Todd Francis Johnson is a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and its subsidiaries. Todd Francis Johnson is based in St George, UT. To contact Todd Francis Johnson, please call (435) 628-8248, e-mail at, or visit




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By Chad D. Olson, LMFT

Today feels like Christmas! I am sitting in the labor and delivery room with my wife as she tries to get some rest in preparation for the delivery of our 5th child. We have decided not to find out the gender so we are both so excited to find out whether a second daughter will join our family or a fourth straight son. Major life experiences tend to cause deep reflection, and such has been the case for me. My thoughts have centered around two concepts: The value of life and the importance of parenthood. As I sit on the couch now, it’s mostly quiet in the room. The only real constant sound is coming from a machine monitoring a heartbeat; not of my wife, but of another human being inside of her. The sound reminds me of the appointment when the ultrasound tech checked the heartbeat for the first time, and remembering what a relief it was to hear that tiny heart beating so fast, so predictably. I reflect upon the times over the past couple of months when I would place my hands on my wife’s stomach and feel the baby stretch and kick inside of her. What an amazing experience to consider the miracle of life! I haven’t met this child yet – I don’t even know if it’s a boy or a girl; yet, he/she inherently has great value. The life of this, and each child, is more valuable than any physical possession or personal convenience. This child will be completely dependent on others for its survival. This is where my thoughts have focused on the importance of parenthood, and specifically for me, fatherhood. To think that I am responsible to provide shelter, food and clothing for this child both humbles me and drives me to provide in the best way I can. But, I’ve learned that being a provider is so much more than the physical – it extends to providing emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. As I have strived to provide in these ways, I have been shaped and stretched in ways that I hadn’t anticipated. Fatherhood has taught me to be selfless and to sacrifice, which has deepened my love for my children in unanticipated ways. It was hard for me to imagine a love stronger than when I saw my children for the first time, but as I’ve worked and worried, loved and laughed, provided and played with them, my love has deepened. As I have talked with others who no longer have children living in the home, their consistent counsel is to enjoy every moment, because life goes too fast. I have appreciated this advice! It has helped me learn the art of under-reacting when mistakes are made, and cherishing the simple moments all along the way. Remembering their advice has helped me be present with my children. Before I had children, I wrote a 15-page research paper on the importance of fatherhood. I referenced many studies linking fatherhood to positive children outcomes in almost every category: academic performance, prosocial behaviors, emotional regulation, economic stability. Yet, all the research in the world can’t inform me the way that holding a new baby will transform me in just a few hours. Fatherhood matters. It matters for fathers and it matters for children. And even though I don’t know whether this new baby is a boy or a girl, I do know that it has infinite worth, and, as a dad, I will do everything I can to cultivate that worth. At the end of my personal journal entries, I frequently include one of my life’s mottos, and today it seems appropriate to end this article in the same way: Life is good! *Since the writing of this article, Chad and Janae welcomed a healthy baby girl into their family, Janessa Jane Olson, weighing 9 lbs., 10 oz. and measuring 21 1/2 inches long.


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By Donna Roberts and Kathy Tolleson If you like to watch Dancing with the Stars, now is your chance to see St. George’s “Community Stars” compete for their own mirror ball trophy, as well as help raise money for the Washington County Children’s Justice Center (WCCJC). We are proud to announce that our 3rd annual Dancing with your Community Stars event will be on March 25, 2017. It will be held in the Snow Canyon High School Auditorium, 1385 Lava Flow Drive in St. George at 7pm. The 2017 “Stars” are: Celece Seegmiller, Owner of The Travel Connection; Camilla Carden-Clawson, popular Zumba and Fitness Instructor/Summit Athletic Club; Susi Lafaele, Director of Events/St. George Area Chamber of Commerce; Brett Boyce, popular Parade of Homes Builder and partner of Split Rock Fine Homes; Dr. Jared Dupree, CEO, St. George Health & Wellness Magazine; and Thayne Houston, CEO of ERA Brokers Consolidated. The talented “Pros” are Neil Duncan, local professional ballroom dancer; Christine France, representing Tuacahn High School Ballroom; DonJuhl Pili with Red Rock Swing Group; Geoff Hall, member of the DSU Ballroom Team; Kelby Morrison, current DSU Miss Dixie and with Westside Dance Studio; and Mindy Wright, Pine View High School Dance Instructor. 2015 was the inaugural year for Dancing with your Community Stars, with more than $15,000 raised for the Center. Our 2016 event thrilled us with overwhelming support and raised over $22,000, so we’re planning for another successful year in 2017! The WCCJC is one of 20 homelike facilities across the state of Utah that serve children and families who are experiencing the crisis and chaos that comes with the disclosure of significant physical or sexual abuse and other crimes involving children such as domestic violence. The Center is designed to help children feel safe and comfortable so they may begin to deal with the difficult and often frightening issues that surround abuse. Traditionally, investigation of child abuse required many interviews of the child victim by the police, social services, medical personnel, mental health professionals and attorneys. Each interview is now recorded so that these children rarely need to tell their story multiple times. Please help support the WCCJC by joining us for our 3rd annual Dancing with your Community Stars. It is an evening well spent and all the proceeds go to support these smallest and most vulnerable victims in our community. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at , by calling the WCCJC 435-6341134, or through one of your local Stars or Pros! ALL ticket bearers will be entered in a drawing for a “Star” weekend package for 2 to see Julianne & Derek Hough’s Move Beyond tour in Las Vegas, courtesy of Planet Hollywood, Travel Connection, and Amore Transport! This event is sponsored by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and The Spectrum. Thanks goes to our Stars and Pros who donate their time and resources to participate in this event. Also, we appreciate Bay Equity Home Loans, The Travel Connection, Southwest Spine & Pain, ERA Brokers, Dr. Colleen Andruss/Healthy Lifestyles, Pacific Islanders Coalition, View On Magazine, Joe Glessner and Patricia Shoemaker-Glessner and Owl Woman for their sponsorship. 96

About the Authors Kathy Tolleson serves on the Washington County Children’s Justice Center’s Friends Board and is currently serving as Committee Chair of Dancing with your Community Stars. Kathy has worked full-time for over 12 years as the Member Services and Education Director for Southern Utah Home Builders Association, which is one of the main sponsors for Dancing with your Community Stars. She previously owned and instructed dance in her studio in Nevada for 11 years. Married 34 years to her high school sweetheart, she also loves working and spending time with children, especially with her 4 grown children and 9 grandchildren.

Donna Roberts is Past-Chair of the Washington County Children’s Justice Center’s Friends Board; currently serving as a Board Member and Dancing with your Community Stars Committee Co-Chair. Donna retired from UPS in 2007. After retirement, she purchased and operated Bella Donna Boutique in Ancestor Square for several years. Although volunteering in the community gives her great joy, her greatest passion of all is her husband, children and grandchildren.

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By Katie They were just trying to keep me safe. My whole life, I was never allowed to have sleepovers with my friends. Even though it was a good rule, it created a major problem for me: I have separation anxiety from my parents. As a young child, I was never away from them for very long, and if I was, my grandma (who also lived with us) was my About the Author babysitter. The first time this problem became evident was when I was six. My family was staying a few days in Park Katie is a freshman at Pine City, and my two older brothers and I were going to stay the last night at my grandparents’ house in Salt Lake City. View Middle School. She loves volleyball, photography, and It was just one night, less than 12 hours. We got in my grandparent’s car and started our journey towards Salt Lake. longboarding with her friends. About fifteen minutes into the short 40-minute commute, I burst into tears. They had to stop, turn around, and drive me all the way back to Park City so I could be with my parents. Needless to say, I was a great addition to the romantic dinner my parents had planned for the evening. They knew at that moment that they had created a monster. A few years later I wanted to try out my new-found courage and stay three days at my grandparents’ house with my cousin. I was treated fantastically. We went to Build-A-Bear, we ate all our favorite foods, got makeovers and had our nails done. But, as soon as night came, I called my parents crying and telling them they needed to come get me right away. I wasn’t going to make it. They were three hundred miles away, and I demanded that they come get me right that second. Many tears later, I was able to pull through. Yes, the next two days of cake making, party throwing, and water balloon fights were just awful. I wanted to go home despite my grandparents’ best efforts. A couple of years later, I was invited to a weekend camping trip on Cedar Mountain with my best friend and her family. After sleeping over one night, I called my parents and requested that they drive up the mountain to get me. I was very glad my parents made the two-hour drive, because another night was not even an option for me. After those scarring weekends, I decided to keep the separation on the down low. Not that I didn’t have opportunities, like camping, and staying in cabins, I just wasn’t up for it… until my best friend and I decided to do a four-day summer camp at Dixie State University in 2015. We would get to sleep over in the dorms, take great technology and science based classes, and eat in the delicious cafeteria. It sounded fantastic! At first. The moment I arrived, I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. This was not a good idea. Being the strong person I am, I held it in until my parents left. After the first night, I knew I wasn’t going to make it. I made up an excuse so my dad would come visit me the second day. After that, I was feeling good and I completely thought I was going to finish out the next three days, but on day three we took a field trip up to Zion National Park. I felt “sick,” so I talked my dad into picking me up before the group left so that I could spend the day at home. I did go back later. Day four came around and I made another silly excuse for my mom to come visit me. In the end, I finally made it. If you ask me, it’s one of my greatest accomplishments. This summer I am planning on going to a youth camp with a good friend for five full days. 45 miles from my parents. I will be fine. No question about it. I hope.

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Trash It? By Dr. Jace King

As pet owners, we always want to do the best we can for our kitties and pooches. There are a few accessories that we have around the house that may be better off in the trash. As far as dog items, to top the list is retractable leashes. Retractable leashes have caused many accidents, and they can be confusing to your dog because the place you want him to walk is constantly changing. Next on the list is plastic bowels. Plastic may be a wonder to the modern world, but is difficult to truly clean. Plastic is easily scratched and these tiny defects can trap bacteria and oil which can create issues on your dogs lips and face. They can also be chewed up and swallowed. Smelly or outgrown collars tend to be something we fail to recognize. Our dogs wear their collars all the time and it is close to their skin. Collars can rub the skin and create skin infections and hot spots around the neck. Don’t forget to wash and replace collars regularly. Dull nail trimmers are a nightmare. Many dogs don’t enjoy having a pedicure, and dull nail trimmers are probably one of the reasons why. Nail trimmers have a cutting surface that, if not sharp, will crush and split the nail instead of cutting cleanly.


Broken and chewed up toys round off the list for dogs. It is so easy for your dog to swallow a piece of a broken toy. You may not even know it’s gone until your dog begins to vomit and acts sick. When it comes to cats, scratched up litter boxes top the list. Most litter boxes are made of plastic. Your cat paws at the bottom of her litter box every time About the Author Dr. Jace King was born and she uses it. These tiny scratches house raised in South Central Utah bacteria and odor. in the small town of Monroe. Next on the list is plastic bowls. He grew up on and spent Cats can suffer from feline acne, and its most of his time working at the family livestock auction possible that it’s from the greasiness of and cattle ranch. His interest plastic bowels. Ditch the plastic and use and desire for veterinary stainless or ceramic bowels. medicine started at a young age while working with and Toys that are fur-covered can be very tending to all the different dangerous for cats. Cats are motivated animals. Following high by their strong prey instincts to chase school, he attended Southern Utah University majoring and hunt. Many cats have ended up on in biology with a zoology a surgery table because of ingesting these emphasis. He was then “harmless” fake mice. Dull nail trimmers accepted into the Veterinary are also on the list for cats. Cats’ claws are Medicine Program at Colorado State University very sharp, but they are also very fragile. where he graduated in May Keep your trimmers sharp by changing 2006. Upon graduation, the blade or replacing them regularly. he moved to the St. George area to begin his career as a You are your pet’s guardian, and it Veterinarian with his wife, falls on you to keep them safe. These are Shelly and their five children. a few easy hazards that you may want to take into consideration. Look around your house to see if there are a few things that need to go in the garbage, and make your home a pet safe home.

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Ready… Set…

GO-CARTS! By Rebekah Pectol

When it comes to putting the “fun” back in fundraising, SkyWest Airlines and the City of St. George fall nothing short, as they continue to host the popular Mini Indy charity event! A tradition held in St. George Utah every March, the Mini Indy brings the thrill of go-cart racing to new levels, all while raising funds to support local charitable organizations through United Way Dixie. SkyWest Airlines, a leading air service provider with headquarters located in St. George, partnered with the City of St. George in the year 2000 and created the first Mini Indy event in our area. What started with just a few go-cart teams at the events creation, has now grown to host over 40 competing race teams. Now in its 17th year, SkyWest Airlines, in partnership with the City of St. George, will host businesses and race teams from around the world, traveling in to enjoy the warm Southern Utah weather and take part in the adrenalin pumping experience that the Mini Indy event has to offer. The three day long event rallies around a full schedule of exciting activities sure to please its participants. In support of the SkyWest Scholarship Fund, day one, sponsors can hit the green during the SkyWest Golf Scramble and enjoy 18 holes with SkyWest executives at the St. George Sunbrook Golf Course. The excitement continues on the next day at the Dixie Convention Center, where attendees participate in practice heats and pit competitions, ending the evening with a crowd favorite “Race Dinner” where teams have an opportunity to show off their stunning show car designs and team members’ impressive themed costumes. The checkered flags will fly high the following morning as racers head up to the “Ridgetop Speedway” (Ridgetop Complex – Old St. George Airport) where they will compete in a full day of go-cart racing and heart-pumping fun. Although the race brings fun for all, the competition is real, as teams are narrowed down into divisions, timed heats, and NASCAR like pit-stops in order to be named “Grand Champions”! Throughout the history of the event, SkyWest Airlines and the City of St. George has shown outstanding community support and dedication as United Way Dixie’s leading Community Partners. With their support, the Mini Indy event has raised more than $1 million in 100

funding for the community. 100% of that funding has gone to support thousands of local families in need in the Washington County area. The Mini Indy event is a crucial part of United Way Dixie’s annual funding, and goes directly to support vital human service programs through partner agencies such as SwitchPoint CRC, The Doctors Volunteer Clinic, The St. George Community Soup Kitchen, The DOVE Center, and several other groups dedicated to serving out UWD’s mission. SkyWest Airlines and the City of St. George has proven that charity events and community support can be accomplished while still having fun and creating an unforgettable experience for all those who participate. Their examples lead the way, as we continue to LIVE UNITED in Dixie… while racing go-carts!

About the Author A self-described “huge humanitarian,” Rebekah’s motivation for volunteerism is personal, based largely on childhood memories of watching her own mother spend countless hours helping people in need—even when their family was also in need. After spending 3 years serving in AmeriCorps and working as a community advocate in St. George for 8 years, Pectol found United Way Dixie. As the administrator for the last 5 years, Pectol oversees the fundraising and distribution of funds to 17 local nonprofit agencies including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic of St. George, Erin Kimball Foundation, Learning Center for Families and more.

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Interested in being part of Mini Indy 2017? Scheduled for March 22nd-24th, 2017, we invite businesses to hit the pavement and join in on the fun! Race teams, event sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are a few of the several ways to join in the excitement of this unforgettable go-cart race and charity event. To inquire, please contact United Way Dixie at Media Inquiries

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Preparation for A Real Education


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By David Jones

Today’s university is undergoing the next stage in its evolution, as it recognizes that tomorrow’s students are unlike any previous generation of learners. The unfettered access to all knowledge through technological media has resulted in the first generation to possess an acute awareness of the inter-connected complexities of our world. This has created young individuals that are true “systems thinkers”. Moreover, this generation of new students are constructivists and most likely to come to their understanding by engaging and doing, not simply through memorization of facts and formulas. Universities are responding to this with a growing emphasis on “experiential learning” approaches. Unfortunately, many conventional high schools remain stagnant, or worse; convinced that the addition of more technological gadgets or superfluous features will distract students, their families, and public stakeholders from the reality that the disconnect between a secondary and a university education continues to grow. Do today’s conventional high schools adequately prepare their students for the university experience they will encounter tomorrow? The answer depends on what one sees as the purpose of a college education. Many people today believe that having a diploma equals having an education. An unfortunate, yet completely predictable, outcome of this perspective is that the university experience is viewed as just another unpleasant requirement students must endure before embarking upon the life they want, rather than the opportunity of a lifetime to assimilate skills, knowledge, and enduring practices that perpetuate continual personal improvement. Students are instructed from a young age that a college diploma is what is required for their best chance at social and professional advancement, and therefore the education itself is only of

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secondary importance. Consequently, students have become almost conditioned to put as little as possible into their education, and to accept as little as necessary to get that degree in return. In cases such as this, an education is viewed as a terminal event, as if it were some finite point that must be reached and that is all. Today’s conventional high school education does little to mitigate this issue. Students are expected to remain passive recipients of information with little or no effort to engage their higher intellectual faculties. Days are spent performing menial tasks without context, and often learning occurs in spite of the instruction, not as its natural result. If a college education is expected to be little more than an exercise in box-checking in the game of life, then high schools, by their current approach, do adequately prepare students for an ineffectual university experience. If, however, an education is more than exposure to arbitrary facts… If a college education is a special and transformative process, whereby an individual would be trained in the uniquely human ability to comprehend the world around and within them… If the value of the education is the education and the development of a student’s intrinsic ability to process complex information and to construct their own understanding, then the conventional high school does little to prepare its students for the university. In fact, the continual decline of college-readiness – as recognized by the expansion of remedial/developmental programs at the university and the high drop out/ burn out rates of freshmen – suggests that students’ intellectual abilities are being actively obstructed at the secondary level of their education. In the past, university-

David Jones is the Executive Director of St. George Academy. He is an educator in the field of molecular biology and holds advanced degrees in Molecular Genetics and Educational Administration. He has devoted his professional career to the advancement of his students and the structures best suited to aid them in the acquisition of life-long learning.

bound students were the products of exclusive, “preparatory academies,” secondary schools designed specifically to train their students in the intellectual capacities necessary for the university. While the environment of the university may have changed, successful students are those that have been exposed to the essential attributes necessary to obtain a higher education; e.g. independent and critical thinking, the ability to discern truth from varying and disparate sources of information, a capacity to employ logical reasoning when faced with new information, the ability to convey one’s knowledge in both the written and spoken word, and most crucially, the enthusiastic desire to continue learning beyond the basic requirements and progress to discover the intrinsic rewards of intellectual curiosity and personal growth. Saint George Academy is an academicallyfocused, tuition-free, charter high school serving grades 8-12. The Academy is a unique learning environment that aims to foster the intellects of its students through an extensive educational foundation, intentionally designed to prepare its students for success at the university level and to create life-long learners. The Academy is currently enrolling for the 2017-2018 academic year. Find out more by visiting You can also contact our Executive Director, David W Jones, at

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By Jack W. Rolfe


“Every challenge is either a problem or an opportunity. The choice is yours.” ~ Jack Rolfe

In January of this year, a former National Guard serviceman took a 9 mm handgun out of its case and fired at other travelers at the Fort Lauderdale airport, killing five people and wounding six others. The shooting sent the airport terminal into chaos, with people running for cover. They started running again when rumors of more gunshots and a possible second shooter spread through the busy airport. Almost forty others were injured in the rushed evacuation after the attack. Some suffered sprains and bruises; others had broken bones. The airport was closed, and more than 10,000 travelers had their trips interrupted for hours. The airport collected and processed more than 20,000 bags and personal items left behind during the evacuation to return them to their owners. Thousands of passengers were taken by bus from the airport to a terminal at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. Some people were forced to remain for several hours on planes that landed but weren’t allowed to reach their gates. Unfortunately, this scene and scenario have become something that does not shock us anymore due to the frequency of similar occurrences. I recognize that this is a difficult way to open up an article, but this particular event was brought extremely close to home for me. My neighbor, who is a dear friend, was in that airport with his family at the time of the shooting. They were returning from a family vacation. He recently shared their experience. He, along with his wife and son, had just said goodbye to his daughter, who was catching a different flight to return to college. Thus, they were now in separate parts of the terminal. That is when all chaos broke out, as described above. The three of them started running like everyone else, but without direction. Eventually they were led out onto the tarmac. Things calmed down temporarily, until the next wave of panic hit. This time the three of them ended up with hundreds of people in a hanger beyond the runway. During all of this

time, they did not know the whereabouts and safety of his daughter. During this horrific time they literally did not know which way to turn. So, they turned to a path that was familiar and comforting to them. The three of them decided to huddle on that tarmac and turn to prayer. They immediately felt peace that everything would be alright. About the Author Shortly after that prayer they were able Mr. Rolfe is the Founder and to make contact with the other family CEO of the School of Life member. All four of them were okay, Foundation. This 501(c)3 had survived the attack, and were able to nonprofit organization has a mission to increase high school return safely home. graduation rates. As this story was shared with me, I felt the sincerity of my friend’s heart and emotions. Ultimately, he was grateful that he and his family had prepared in advance in knowing where to turn. They have used what happened as a chance to grow even closer together as a family and appreciate what they have. We have challenges continually hit us in all aspects of life. My question to you is “Where do you turn?” I am not suggesting that prayer will be the answer for everyone. Maybe you turn to a trusted mentor. Possibly you turn to some education you have received, or past experience. What I do suggest is that knowing where to turn comes from being prepared in advance. Decide now what your position will be as trials come your way. You have a better chance of living with peace and being able to always move upward and onward!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~ Benjamin Franklin



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Change Happens

By David Nutter Predicting change is a tricky business, if you use predicting weather as a guide. Change takes place when intentions are mobilized, reinforced, and become part of your infrastructure. Couples and individuals often ask: “When will my spouse change?” My response varies somewhat from person-to-person (because I use their first name) as I respond: “When you do.” That doesn’t immediately fit within the framework they had in mind. The opposite of self-actualizing could be described in one word: blame. Blame is an insulator. It protects us from facing the realities that come from taking responsibility for our own actions, behaviors, and truths. Individuals often lament lost opportunities and lifestyles through blaming, by use of three strategies. These are: justifying, explaining and defending. I call it “JED” thinking and behavior. These get honed so finely in their marriage, friendships, family, work and casual experiences that living an authentic life is exchanged for complacency, predictability and, sadly, boredom. Couples are frequently looking for change in the treatment they receive from, or the intimacy they experience with, their spouse/ partner. I regularly hear about the efforts that one individual in the relationship has extended, hoping to motivate a reciprocal relationship. As relationships form or become unbalanced, partners succumb or resist. Out of frustration, couples sometimes vent those feelings to trusted friends and seek advice from others. Women often give each other advice on how to “spice up” a marriage or improve communication with tips received from their own experience, published magazine articles or stories they have heard first-hand. Men routinely report that they shy away from obtaining or sharing tips because it reveals their “secrets” or exposes insight into their intimate life which they often don’t care to share. There is much research and science associated with the field of marriage and family therapy which can help couples struggling to survive or looking to enrich their experience together. For example, John Gottman has researched couples for decades to identify the common traits of successful and unsuccessful couples. One consistent ratio he has quarried from these interactions is what he calls the “5104

to-1” rule. Briefly, it means that it takes 5 positive interactions with your partner to compensate for only 1 negative interaction. Those 5 positive efforts only bring your relationship back to a neutral position. When couples learn about this ratio, sadly, they start to count the number of negative interactions in their head and begin to appreciate how much effort will be required to turn back the tide of negativity in their relationship. The good news is that change is possible. Sometimes the family rules we grew up with assist us in being effective in committed relationships and sometimes they don’t. Change is often something within that gets a shift in priority or intensity instead of getting it “from” our partner. Just because your mother or father was comfortable with behaving a certain way or managing their family in a certain style doesn’t make it effective in your relationship. They might have grown up in a very different family with rules that require teamwork instead of single authority. Their mother may have been more independent out of necessity, and opinions were shared openly. Their father may have been raised without a father, financial support or expressions of love. Sometimes what we want to change about our partners is just to become comfortable now with what we were familiar with then. A variety of tools are available to couples to improve themselves as individuals and as a couple. Each couple has unique aspects to learn about, examine together and assist with tools that work for their special circumstances. We call techniques used to create change “interventions”. Many interventions used for one couple simply don’t apply to another couple. Therapists tailor the therapeutic process for every individual and couple. So, change for them can be as significant as a change in seasons, or as subtle as a change in fragrance. Often the opinions of well-intentioned friends will frustrate the process and progress that spouses/partners are making. Interestingly, change makes people take notice of their own comfort levels, and sometimes people are not comfortable with change at all – even change which is positive for others. For them, change of any kind is difficult to handle. Just as winter yields to spring, the transition of personal change can be abrupt, gentle, noticeable or subtle. I see individuals who want more intimacy, less hostility, more accountability, less blame, the appearance of love and the elimination of physical and emotional abuse. In a family system, when one person starts to change, it impacts the entire family in some way. There could be resistance to the very strategies and tactics which can assist the change desired. Change is possible, and it can be most effectively started within you. About the Author David Nutter is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. His career experience includes military service, management and executive positions and international business consulting. He received his undergraduate degree from BYU and his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University, a COAMFTE approved program. David was inducted into two honor societies for academic and clinical excellence and is enrolled in NCU’s PhD/MFT program. During his Master’s program he was mentored by Steve Allred, with a broad range of client ages and issues. He serves as the SGPD Chaplain (board certified) to reduce the impact to personnel and citizens from significant trauma experiences. He has lived in every U.S. time zone and abroad, and appreciates diversity. David is married to his “girlfriend” Diane. Together, they call their 7 children, their spouses/partners and 4 grandchildren their immediate family.


FOR YOUR HOME By Karen Myers

As winter begins winding down, inevitably spring fever sets in! Four things that signal spring in my world are Cadbury Mini Eggs, fake nails, buying baby bunnies and chicks, and a major spring cleaning. After this initial onset of spring fever, the only thing that doesn’t carry major regret later is the spring clean-out. As a professional organizer, I would like to share a few tips that I use with my clients that will enable you to successfully navigate through your own spring clean-out! STEP 1: GATHER SUPPLIES In order to get started, gather up all of the supplies you will need and bring them into the room/space you want to organize, thus alleviating the need to run all around the house and get distracted. Most of these you will already have in your home! You will need: 3 large sorting bins (I recommend the 18 gallon Sterilite totes found at WalMart), a trash can, black garbage bags, labels, a permanent marker, a bowl of hot soapy water and a washcloth. Label the three sorting bins and garbage can with PUT AWAY, GIVE AWAY, THROW AWAY, and MEMORY. STEP 2: EMPTY OUT CONTENTS Empty out the contents of a small manageable space (closet, drawer, part of room, etc.) and clean (vacuum/wipe it clean). When I say empty out, I mean EMPTY out, dump it! Every piece! ALL of it! Many people try to short cut this process by rearranging items within the space, but if you don’t start with a clean slate, inevitably you will leave junk behind. This can be a daunting task, and I recommend tackling small areas at a time and/or enlisting the help of a friend or professional. STEP 3: SORT The next step involves picking up and handling each item and in Marie Kondo style, asking if it “brings you joy” or if you are ready to free it from your life. As I work with clients, it is interesting to watch this process unfold. When I watch them pick up each item, I can usually tell by their facial expression, body language, and reaction as to whether or not it brings them happiness or is an emotional weight. With each item ask yourself… Is this put away, give away, throw away or memory? Reactions may include: Put away – What are the measuring cups doing in my dresser drawer? Give away – I never really liked that ugly sweater my great aunt gave me for Christmas 20 years ago. Throw away – I am not sure why this rotting apple core is behind my dresser. Memory – I bought this when I went on a cruise to the Bahamas with my husband! Use each labeled bin to sort the emptied contents respectfully. As the put away bin fills up, set it aside and begin a new one. As the give away bin fills up, empty contents into black garbage bags and mark with label. As the memory bin fills up, label it “Memory” and set it aside, then begin a new one. And of course, when the trash can fills up, empty it out. STEP 4: ORGANIZE Once you have slimmed down the contents of the room/space you are cleaning out, organizing the remaining items will be a breeze. Your home will feel hundreds, if not thousands of pounds lighter. Your heart and home will be soon be singing along with the baby birds of spring.

About the Author Karen Myers (Project Queen) is a professional home organizer who transforms the lives of others, inside and out. She received a BS in Family Sciences from BYU and is currently pursuing an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. She and her four beautiful daughters recently relocated from Cedar City to sunny St. George.

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Fostering a Lifelong Love of the

Water By Benjamin Rae Before you know it, families will begin to make their annual pilgrimage to any body of water they can find to escape the summer heat – whether to their own backyard, the local community center pool, or the many reservoirs throughout the region. As the weather begins to change, now is the time to evaluate your and your family’s relationship with water, and what you can do to improve it. In 2014, the American Red Cross conducted a survey of swimming proficiency in adults from the United States. Unsurprisingly, 86% of American adults reported that they knew how to swim. However, when these same individuals were subjected to a basic water skills test, almost half (44%) could not perform basic swimming skills including jumping into water over their head, resurfacing and floating for 1 minute, circling around to locate the nearest exit, and swimming 25-yds to an exit point and exiting the water. In a less scientific observation, I watch all summer as children and adults hop out of the leisure pool and into the lap pool at the Washington City Community Center 106

to challenge themselves to swim a lap. When asked, they almost universally will report that they can swim. However, in practice, a very large portion don’t make it across (25yds) without stopping on the side, standing on the bottom, or pulling on the lane line for assistance, and very often they hop back out after one lap to return to the safety of the shallow water. How do you change this cycle in your family and open up a world of water recreation activities? First, it is never too late to learn to swim and enjoy the water. The vast majority of individuals that come seeking help with their swimming skills are adults at the very beginner level, but within a very short amount of time and a bit of effort, they can become proficient enough to swim multiple laps at a time. A parent’s swimming ability has a large impact on the swimming skills of the next generation, as only about 1 in 8 children of adults who do not know how to swim ever take swimming lessons or learn to swim, thus, perpetuating the cycle of non-swimmers and limiting their recreation opportunities. Second, children need to begin swim lessons early on, and continue regular exposure to the water. As a career swimming coach, I was adamant that my own children learn how to swim, so I put my oldest daughter in swimming lessons when she was only 18-months old. For the next several years, we took lessons on and off as time would allow, and she improved her skills significantly to where by age 5 she could go down a waterslide by herself into a deep pool and swim to the side unassisted. My next two children had much fewer opportunities to take lessons, as life was just too full, yet they both were able to swim across the pool by age 4 or 5. How is this possible with such a different experience? As with most things in life, the key is exposure. While we couldn’t fit lessons into the equation, we never missed an opportunity to go to the pool to recreate as a family. So start today! Take your kids to the pool and expose them to the endless possibilities that water recreation provides, and promote a healthy lifelong love of the water that will continue to give back over the generations.

About the Author Benjamin is the aquatics manager for the Washington City Community Center and head coach of the Dixie State University Women’s Swim Team. He has a BS in exercise science from BYU and is currently completing a master’s degree in public administration from SUU. He began swimming as a teen at the Dixie College pool and has been heavily involved in aquatics since that time.

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Opioid Addiction:

A Call to Action By W. Jared DuPree, PhD Addiction comes in many shapes and sizes. However, stigmas still exist. Many of us imagine addiction as a homeless addict on the streets, barely surviving, waiting for their next hit. And while that type of addiction still exists, addiction can be found in every layer of society, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion or area of the country. Even though we now know addiction is a disease and can be treated, the emotional and relational anguish of addiction cannot be ignored. All of us are impacted by addiction and addiction can About the Author happen to anyone. As one expert puts it, “Addiction is something Dr. Jared DuPree is the really simple; something you can’t stop.” Because many addicts founder and executive editor of St. George Health & can’t stop, the damage to our personal lives, health, families and Wellness magazine and the communities is tremendous. Addiction is associated with higher Southern Utah Health & levels of physical and sexual abuse, suicide and homicide, physical Wellness Directory. He is also the founder and president violence, depression, anxiety, heart attacks and strokes, divorce, and, of the Centers for Couples ultimately, death. The damage is exponential. & Families and WholeFIT. The federal government and state of Utah have both launched He currently is an Assistant Professor for Dixie State campaigns on stopping opioid addiction, as deaths have reached allUniversity and resides in St. time highs. In fact, in August of 2016, for the first time in the 145George with his wife and four year history of the Office of the Surgeon General, 2.3 million doctors, kids - the highlight of his life. nurses, dentists and other clinicians received a letter from the Surgeon General asking them to address America’s escalating opioid epidemic. Vivek Murphy, Surgeon General, states, “I chose to take these actions because of the magnitude and trajectory of the opioid epidemic…deaths involving prescription and illicit opioids has nearly quadrupled since 2000...In addition, more than 2 million people are addicted to prescription opioids and more than 12 million report having misused these medications in 2015.” In the state of Utah, we are losing six people a week to opioid addiction, with Utah ranking 7th in the nation in drug overdose deaths. They have recently launched a “Stop Opidemic” campaign to reduce opioid addiction. Fortunately, several organizations exist in Southern Utah that can offer treatment for those suffering. For example, Steps Recovery provides residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient groups for all types of addiction. Southwest Healing & Wellness has recently opened to specifically address opioid addiction with clients that have pain conditions. Dr. Jon Obray, medical director of Southwest Healing & Wellness, states, “The combination of pain and opioid addiction is complex, with few centers in the country treating it in an integrated fashion.” Personally, I have had family and friends struggle with addiction. I have witnessed clients die because of addiction. I have seen families torn apart, parents bury their children and children become emotionally abused casualties because of addiction. It is mean and ugly. At the same time, I have deep compassion for those struggling. They are our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, neighbors, church members and friends. They need us. The addiction is what is ugly, not them. Let’s join forces and come together more and more to take back those that are currently lost and prevent the pain of addiction. We can all do our part. For more information, contact Southwest Healing & Wellness at 435-986-7100 or visit


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March March 4th BYU Men’s Chorus The Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus is thought to be the largest collegiate male choral organization in the country. Founded in 1958, it has steadily grown to its present membership of 180 voices, with over 400 annually auditioning for the ensemble. As a result of its versatile literature and engaging performance style, the BYU Men’s Chorus has captured the admiration of audiences throughout the Western United States and beyond. Contact Susan Taysom (435)652-7903 for more information/ Admission: $25/Dixie State University Cox Performing Arts Center/7:30pm

March 4th Red Mountain 50k/30k Ultramarathon Join the American Trail Running Association and come do the Ultramarathon! 12 miles trail, 19 miles road dotted with rocky mountain juniper trees and basalt lava rocks and some of the most spectacular vistas you’ll find in Southern Utah. The course has an overall elevation loss of 2203’ and an overall gain of 1728’. For more information go to: Entry Fee: $65/ 669699 S 700 E, St George, UT 84770/ 6:00 am March 11th Red Rock Fun Run, Walk & Roll: 5K Red Rock Fun Run, Walk & Roll: 5K is a community fundraising event to support the mission, goals, and services that Red Rock Center for Independence (RRCI) provides for people with disabilities in southwestern Utah. For more information go to: / Entry Fee: Individuals: $15, Family: $10 for first applicant and $5 for each additional participant/Crosby Confluence Park 2099 S Convention Center Dr/ 8:00 am March 23rd Celebrity Concert Series - Joe Trio Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don’t want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humor and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics - from Papa Haydn to Uncle Shostakovich- new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. Contact Susan Taysom (435)652-7903 for more information/Tickets $25/ Dixie State University Cox Performing Arts Center/ 7:30pm


April 27th Clint Black Clint Black is an American singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black’s debut album Killin’ Time produced five straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. He has had more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached number one, in addition to having released nine studio albums and several compilation albums. Come watch him perform live in the beautiful Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Tickets can be purchased online at: /1100 Tuacahn DriveIvins/ 8:00pm

April April 8th Tour de St. George Spring ‘17 The Spring Tour de St George is one of Southern Utah’s must-attend cycling events of the year. With 35, 75, & 100 mile ride options, the Spring Tour de St. George is a great way to start your Utah cycling season! Weather’s perfect for cycling in Southern Utah’s early spring. So load up your bike, shed your winter coat, and help us show Southern Utah what cycling’s all about. Enjoy lunch on us, ride with friends, and immerse yourself in breathtaking scenery. Event will be chipped timed and the event is capped at 800 riders so register early! You will receive a custom Spring Tour de St. George Event Medal with your registration. For more information go to: Fees: $40-$80/ Town Square - 50 Main Street, St. George/8:00am April 15th 38th Annual St. George Arts Festival The St. George Art Festival began 37 years ago, showcasing the many artists who call St. George their home. Since then it has expanded to include over 110 artists juried from hundreds of entries from throughout the United States. Festival goers enjoy thousands of original works of art, live entertainment on two stages, a vibrant children’s area, and foods of all kinds. The festival is set in the beautiful Town Square with its carousel, fountains and water features, flower gardens, and historic buildings. The St.George Art Festival is produced by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department. Admission: Free/50 South Main Street, St. George/ 10:00am April 20th-April 22nd Western Regional Pickleball Championships Thursday, April 20 – Skill Level Women’s Doubles 19+,50+,65+ Friday, April 21 – Skill Level Mixed Doubles 19+, 50+, 65+ Saturday, April 22 – Skill Level Men’s Doubles 19+, 50+, 65+ *Juniors age 12 and up will be placed in the 19+ events The Registration Fee is $35 to enter, and $5 per event! The Registration Fee for junior players (ages 12-18) is $10. Must be a USAPA Member to play in this tournament. To join the USAPA or to renew your membership go to Little Valley Sports Complex in St. George

April 29th Peter Cetera Tuacahn presents: “Grammy Award” winning singer/ songwriter, Peter Cetera has had two distinct musical careers. From 1968 thru 1986 Peter was the singer, songwriter, and bass player for the legendary rock group “Chicago”. In his time with the group, they recorded 18 of the most memorable albums of a generation, including such hits as “If You Leave Me Now”, “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”, “Baby What a Big Surprise.” Peter is currently touring with his 7-piece electric band, “The Bad Daddys” and still enjoys performing his timeless hits which continue to touch the lives of so many people worldwide. Tickets can be purchased online at: Tuacahn. org/ Admission: $42 - $62/ 1100 Tuacahn Drive – Ivins/ 8:00 pm

April 29th-April 30th 2017 Kayenta Street Painting Festival It will be held on the beautiful streets of the Kayenta Art Village, located in the desert community of Kayenta in Ivins, Utah. The Festival brings students and professional artists together to create a world of magical street art in an amazing explosion of color! Using the asphalt as a canvas and pastels and chalk as the medium, large painted murals unfolded at the feet of thousands of spectators. Children and adults alike contribute to the creation of a mosaic of two-foot square drawings that add to the splendor of the event. Admission: Free/800 Kayenta Parkway – Ivins/ All Day


Childhood Intervention


Family Services

Head Start St. George Center (435) 628-5641 494 East 900 South | St. George, UT 84790 The Head Start program services low-income, prekindergarten children and their families by helping them learn social, emotional, cognitive and physical development skills. Head Start families are often offered assistance in literacy training, parenting skills, nutrition and social services.

The Learning Center for Families (435) 673-5353 2044 South Mesa Palms Drive | St. George, UT 84790 The Learning Center for Families provides free child development screenings, infant and toddler mental health services and therapy programs for infants and toddlers with special needs.


Quick Resource Guide

Disabled Services

Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (435) 986-0055 515 West 300 North | St. George, UT 84770 The DSBVI helps meet the needs of individuals suffering from visual impairments or blindness by providing vocational rehabilitation, as well as training and adjustment services.

Division of Child and Family Services (435) 652-2960 178 North 200 East | St. George, UT 84770 The Division of Child and Family Services works to protect children and adults from abuse, neglect and dependency while providing preventative education for families to protect their children.

Family Support Center (435) 674-5133 310 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 The Family Support Center provides crisis care for children ages birth-11. Availability is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for parents feeling stressed and out-of-control due to personal or family situations.

Red Rock Center for Independence (435) 673-7501 168 North 100 East, Suite 101 | St. George, UT 84770 The mission of the Red Rock Center for Independence is to empower individuals with disabilities to live independently. They teach educational courses on personalized services and technology.


Domestic Violence DOVE Center (435) 628-0458 | St. George, UT | The DOVE Center in St George provides emergency support and case-by-case counseling support and group counseling for female and child victims of domestic violence, rape and emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse. Erin Kimball Foundation (435) 627-9232 455 West Vincent Lane | Washington, UT 84780 The Erin Kimball Foundation serves homeless victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse. The foundation strives to empower survivors in the healing process by assisting with employment opportunities and/or educational endeavors.

Mental Health

Dixie State University Health and Wellness Center (435) 652-7756 34 North 600 East | St. George, UT 84770 The mission of the Dixie State University’s Health and Wellness Center is to promote a healthy lifestyle amongst all student and faculty members through education and self-improvement. The center provides mental health services as well as medical services.

Recovery and Intervention Alcoholics Anonymous (Dixie Central Office) (435) 674-4791 165 North 100 East | St. George, UT 84770 The Dixie Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous provides a central office where people can meet or call for information on meetings, or to communicate with other locals battling alcoholic addiction. LDS Addiction Recovery Program St. George, UT The LDS Addiction Recovery Program features 12-steps that promote healing and recovery while also incorporating LDS gospel principles. The program has regular meetings in St. George to cover pornography and general addictions for men and women. Narcotics Anonymous (435) 467-4403 | Washington, UT 84780 Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship that provides support for recovering addicts. All members follow a simple program to abstain from drugs and provide support to one another.


Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic of St. George (435) 656-0022 1036 East Riverside Drive | St. George, UT 84790 The Doctor’s Volunteer Clinic of St. George provides quality health care and a mental health clinic M-F during normal business hours.

Southwest Behavioral Health Center (435) 634-5600 474 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 The Southwest Behavioral Health Center assists families and communities in the prevention and recovery from severe and persistent mental health illness and addiction.

Utah Behavioral Services (801) 255-5131 359 East Riverside Drive, Suite B | St. George, UT 84790 Utah Behavioral Services provides high-quality behavioral and mental health services to residents in southern Utah. The focus is on the family unit as a whole, working together to cultivate enduring change.


Intermountain Specialized Abuse Treatment Center (435) 628-8075 N. Mall Drive, Suite VW-104 | St. George, UT 84790 ISAT focuses on the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse and other issues through comprehensive programs. Their goal is to aid families in the healing process and prevent further victimization.

Switchpoint Community Resource Center (435) 627-4663 948 North 1300 West | St. George, UT 84770 Switchpoint provides homeless individuals in southern Utah with food, shelter and a stepping stone to independence.


LDS Family Services (435) 673-6446 2480 Red Cliffs Drive | St. George, UT 84790 LDS Family Services helps local church leadership care for the individuals in their community that suffer from social and emotional challenges. All resources and care provided are in harmony with the LDS gospel principles.


Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (435) 673-8974 1067 East Tabernacle, Suite 10 | St. George, UT 84770 The St. George Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides interpreters, classes, camps, social activities and rehabilitation for those dealing with hearing loss.

St. George Housing Authority (435) 628-3648 975 North 1725 West #101 | St. George, UT 84770 St. George Housing Authority’s mission is to provide assistance to low-income families by providing safe, affordable housing opportunities. The Housing Authority focuses on helping families achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.

Programs for the Underserved and Homeless

Senior Services Five County Area Agency on Aging (435) 673-3548 1060 West 1700 South Bldg B | St. George, UT 84770 The Area Agency on Aging provides seniors with a list of available services, respite care, counseling and mobility services. Senior Citizen’s Center (435) 634-5743 245 North 200 West | St. George, UT 84770 The Senior Citizen’s Center offers seniors in St. George the opportunity to find new friends, take classes and enrich their lives.


Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah (435) 674-7669 ext. 3 835 South Bluff Street | St. George, UT 84770 Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah works to provide low-income families with safe, affordable housing. They focus on volunteers, sustainable programs and conservation efforts to supply decent housing to those in need.

Youth Crisis The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (435) 414-4362 474 West 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team’s mission is to provide support to families who are experiencing crisis in the home due to their children’s behavioral issues and/or a mental health diagnosis. Washington County Youth Crisis Center (435) 656-6100 251 East 200 North | St. George, UT 84770 Washington County Youth Crisis Center provides individual behavioral and educational health assistance to youth in a state of crisis.

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FEATURED DIRECTORY LISTINGS adult retirement community

SunRiver Community (435) 688-1000


Kayenta Art Village 851 Coyote Gulch Ct., Ivins (435) 688-8535

ATHLETIC SUPPLIES Bicycles Unlimited 90 S 100 E (435) 673-4492


Stephen Wade Automotive 1630 Hilton Dr St George, UT 84770 (435) 628-6100


Town & Country Bank 405 E St George Blvd, St George, UT 84770 (435) 673-1150 1464 S 1490 E, St George, UT 84790 (435) 673-1150

corporate networking

Corporate Alliance 1487 South Silicon Way (435) 256-6225


Red Rock Swing Dance


Riverside Dental 368 East Riverside Dr. (435) 673-3363 Johnson Pediatric Dentistry 772 N Dixie Drive, Ste. 101 St. George, UT (435) 628-0511

DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY Dixie State Athletics Ticket Sales (435) 652-7800 Dixie State Cultural Arts 350 S. 700E, Tickets: (435) 652-7800


Dixie Applied Technology College 1506 S Silicon Way (435) 674-8400 Dixie State University 225 S 700 E, St George, UT 84770 (435) 652-7500 Washington County School District Foundation 121 West Tabernacle (435) 673-3553

Energy Healing BrightWorks by Brigit (435) 668-0233


Tuacahn Center for the Arts 1100 Tuacahn Dr, Ivins, UT 84738 (435) 652-3200



St. George Center for Couples & Families 321 N Mall Dr., Bldg VW Ste.101 (435) 319-0082


Summit Athletic Club 1532 East 1450 South, (435) 628-5000 446 S Mall Dr B-1, (435) 251-8800 1973 W Sunset Blvd. (435) 628-2151 BeHot Yoga 558 E Riverside Dr #210 St George, UT 84790 (435) 225-6529


Wilding Wallbeds 1509 S 270 E #3, St George, UT 84790 (866) 877-7803

grocery stores

Lin’s Marketplace


Advanced Hearing & Balance 1490 E. Foremaster Drive #360 St. George, UT 84790 (435) 319-4700

Alive & Well Mobile Medicine (435) 669-9696 Desert Pain Specialists 1490 E Foremaster Dr #220 (435) 216-7000 48 S 2500 W #110, Hurricane (435) 216-7000 Dixie Chiropractic 10 North 400 East (435) 673-1443

Intermountain Healthcare 1380 E Medical Center Dr. (435) 251-1000

LiVe Well Center at Dixie Regional Health & Performance Center 652 S. Medical Center Drive (435) 251-3793

Nilsson Hearing 1770 Red Cliffs Dr #214, St George, (435) 628.3192 www.nilssonhearingonli

Riverside Medical Arts 1068 E Riverside Dr, (435) 628-6466 St. George Eye Center 1054 East Riverside Dr. Suite 201 (435) 628-4507 St. George Urology 1490 East Foremaster Drive Suite 300 (435) 688-2104 Snow Slade, Cataract & Glaucoma Surgeon 1054 E Riverside Dr. Ste. 201 St. George, UT 84770 (435) 628-4507 Southwest Spine & Pain Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center 652 S. Medical Center Drive #110 (435) 656-2424 Southwest Vision 965 E 700 S #100 (435) 673-5577

HEALTH (cont’d) Utah Surgical Associates 1490 Foremaster Drive, Ste 345, St. George, UT 84790 (435) 628.1641 Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology 515 South 300 East Suite 206 (435) 628-1662 WholeFIT Wellness for Life


Jones Waldo Law Firm 301 N 200 E # 3A (435) 628-1627

MARKETING Lattitude Marketing (435) 688-2045

MASSAGE THERAPY Massage Envy 1091 N. Bluff St #304, (435) 628-9049


Cherry Creek Mortgage 720 S River Rd, (435) 674-9200


Spilsbury Mortuary 110 S. Bluff St. St. George, UT 84770 (435) 673-2454 25 N. 2000 W. Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 635-2212

NEWS St. George News


Boy Scouts of America (928) 965-3943, School of Life Foundation River Road Plaza 107 South 1470 East, Ste 101 (435) 632-2947 United Way Dixie


Oral & Facial Surgery Institute 393 E Riverside Dr #2B (435) 628-1100


Theurer Orthodontics 965 East 700 South Suite 101 (435) 688-8228


Fusion Pharmacy 1100 N Canyon View Drive Santa Clara, UT 84765 (435) 703-9680 Hurricane Family Pharmacy 25 North 2000 West Hurricane, UT 84737 (435) 635-8200 Stapley Pharmacy 102 E City Center St. (435) 673-3575 446 S. Mall Drive #B8 (435) 673-3575 167 E Main, Enterprise (435) 878-2300

PHYSical therapy

Fit Physical Therapy 1490 E Foremaster Dr #110 (435)652-4455

RADIO Cherry Creek Radio

REAL ESTATE Jessica Elgin, ERA (918) 924-0055 Brandon Staples, ERA (480) 244-9002

ReSTAURANT Cappeletti’s 36 E Tabernacle, St. George, UT (435) 986-4119 The Painted Pony Restaurant 2 W St George Blvd (435) 634-1700 The Pasta Factory 2 W St. George Blvd (435) 674-3753 The Pizza Factory 2 W St. George Blvd #8 (435) 674-3753 2376 E Red Cliffs Dr. (435) 688-2656 1930 W Sunset Blvd (435) 628-1234

senior games Huntsman World Senior Games 1070 W 1600 S # A103 (435) 674-0550


Casa Blanca 950 W. Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, NV (866) 401-6021 Red Sands Vein & Laser 1308 E 900 S, St. George, UT 84790 (435) 673-2301

speech therapy Communication Station Rebecca Nelson 321 N Mall Dr, L-103 (435) 215-4084

TREATMENT CENTERS Southwest Healing & Wellness (435) 986-7100 Steps Recovery Center 1085 S Bluff St, St George, UT 84770 (435) 674-9999

VETERINARIANS Washington Family Vet Clinic 969 N. 3050 E. (435) 627-1300


Washington Community Center Washington Community Center 350 N Community Center Dr. Washington, UT 84780 (435) 656-6360

Weight Management Dr. Coleen Andruss 1173 South 250 West, Suite 110 (435) 986-3800

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St. George Health & Wellness March/April 2017  

Welcome to our magazine, St. George Health & Wellness. This issue features the following articles: Paradise Canyon; The Park Planning Divis...

St. George Health & Wellness March/April 2017  

Welcome to our magazine, St. George Health & Wellness. This issue features the following articles: Paradise Canyon; The Park Planning Divis...