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Boomers and beyond:

A 5-step action plan for keeping your heart healthy More baby boomers and older adults are taking a proactive approach to heart health. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle in your golden years and dealing with any type of diagnosis head-on is the smart way to keep your heart pumping strong for many years to come. Following these five easy steps can help you take control.

1. Exercise your heart by staying active. Increasing your heart rate through daily exercise can help keep your heart healthy and help you live longer. Good heart-healthy activities include walking, swimming and bicycling. Stay motivated by exercising with a friend.

2. Eat heart-healthy foods. Fresh fruits and vegetables are fantastic for heart health – make it your goal to eat a variety of colors every day. Whole grains and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids are good choices also.

3. Consult your doctor about heart-healthy supplements. As we age, sometimes our bodies can’t absorb vitamins and minerals as well as when we were younger. Many people take vitamin D and a low-dose aspirin daily once they hit their 50s or 60s. Ask your doctor for recommendations.

4. Schedule your annual physical. An annual physical is the cornerstone of preventative care. At your appointment, make sure you get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Have your doctor explain what those numbers mean for you.

5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. No matter what, when it comes to the health of your heart, ask questions. If you are diagnosed with a slow heartbeat and need a pacemaker, talk with your doctor about your options and determine if a pacemaker that is approved for use in an MRI may be right for you.

Marilyn Rose of Richardson, Texas, ate healthy, exercised regularly and scheduled yearly physicals, but at age 80 she frequently felt tired and short of breath. Rose was scheduled for an echocardiogram, a heart test that allows the doctor to see the movement of the heart, and it was then that she learned she had a condition called bradycardia, or a slow heartbeat. Rose needed a pacemaker to help her live a full life, but she learned that historically, pacemakers have not been approved in the U.S. for use with MRIs. She was concerned – she knew at her age the likelihood that she might need an MRI at some point was high. After talking with her doctor and asking plenty of questions, Rose learned that the FDA had approved the first pacemaker that was fit for use in the MRI environment. Today, after getting her pacemaker, she’s feeling great and is back to her regular life, swimming, knitting and playing with her five grandkids. Her friends call her the “Energizer bunny,” and with her pacemaker she says she feels better than she did before. For Rose, asking the right questions made a lifechanging difference. Rose’s story is just one example of how the decisions you make today can impact your health tomorrow. She is now part of an educational campaign called “Join the Pace Makers,” because she wants to share her experience and help inform others about heart health and their options when it comes to choosing a pacemaker. Whether you want to take on your golden years with a heart-healthy outlook, or you are a child of aging parents and you want them to live a long, full life, these tips can help you reach your goals. If you know someone who needs a pacemaker, you have an opportunity to make a difference. Learn more and become a Pace Maker at JoinThePaceMakers.com.

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The truth about losing weight: Separating facts from fiction (and magic pills) Losing weight can dramatically improve your emotional and physical health, but it’s often a slow process. Millions of American adults use dietary supplements to lose weight, choosing a range of products that claim to decrease appetite, block fat absorption or increase metabolism. But with hundreds of products on the market, how do you determine which one to choose? Here are some myths and facts about weight loss and weight-loss supplements that may help you cut through the clutter:

Be cautious about promises of quick results, such as “lose 10 pounds in one week” or “this celebrity sprinkled her way to weight loss.” If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Look for overblown claims on the label, such as “miracle fat burner” or “miracle cure.” If you’re unsure about a product, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Or, research the supplement manufacturer to see if they have conducted studies to support the claims they are making. If you are not making lifestyle changes as well, your weight loss is less likely to be maintained.

Fiction: You can lose weight fast...

Fiction: You have to overhaul your diet and give up your favorite foods.

Fact: It takes time to lose weight safely,

Fact: You don’t have to overhaul your diet. In fact, studies have shown that making significant changes in your diet does not work over time. It is very hard to stick to diets, especially fad diets. Instead, simple changes work, including portion control (eating less) and moderate exercise. If you eat fast food, don’t supersize.

and keep it off.

and keep it off. Losing a pound or two per week is actually an excellent rate of weight loss. If you lose any more than that, then it is very likely that the weight loss will not be permanent – it will come right back. Rapid weight loss is not healthy – it often means you are losing water and lean muscle mass, not the desired fat mass. Intense weight loss of more than three pounds per week over several consecutive weeks can be damaging to your organs and cause health problems.

Fiction: You have to work out for 30 minutes to an hour each day to maintain or lose weight.

Fact: Scientific research demonstrates that 15 minutes a day of exercise is enough to lose weight, especially in conjunction with weight loss supplements that have human clinical research support that they accelerate fat burning. The important thing is to be active at least 15 minutes a day to get exercise benefits, including taking the stairs or getting off at an earlier subway stop. Dr. Michael Zemel, former director of nutrition at the University of Tennessee, notes that simple lifestyle changes are the key to weight-loss success. “People put too much pressure on themselves to change everything in their diets, which sets them up for failure,” says Zemel. “Instead, set your sights on making several small dietary and lifestyle changes, and you’ll lose weight without really missing out.”

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Five Naturopathic Tips for Optimizing your Health By Dr. Rachelle Forsberg NaturoMedica


Sleep more:

Most of us ideally need 8-10 hours of sleep every night and yet, most only receive 6-7 hours. Sleep is critical for keeping our energy levels up to par and is also vitally important for proper digestion, promoting immune health, reducing stress, keeping skin healthy, and so much more. For those with sleep difficulties, there are many natural supplements which can help. I often recommend herbs such as lavender, valerian, or chamomile to promote a good night’s sleep.



Do you ever experience a slump in energy in the mid-afternoon? What if your go-to pick-me-up was a large glass of water? Much of our day-to-day fatigue can be attributed to dehydration. Make a goal of drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water each day. For every cup of coffee or soda you drink, plan to add in an extra glass of water. Electrolyte-enhanced waters are often good options on days when you know you haven’t had enough to drink.


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us. Moving our bodies helps us lose weight and is good for our heart health. But did you also know exercise is important for immune health? When you exercise, you are not just giving your muscles a work-out, you are also helping lymph move throughout your body. Our lymph carries vital immune cells to every part of our body and the more we keep it moving, the more we can protect our body from infection and promote detoxification. Optimal health requires that you fuel your body properly. Every individual has particular nutrient needs, but for basic health, I recommend you are eating a variety of foods. Strive to have a rainbow of (natural) colors on your plate every day. Nutritional and vitamin supplements are determined on an individual basis, but a few that most people should consider include vitamin D, vitamin C, omega-3’s, and probiotics. It is important to have your baseline lab work assessed annually. This includes tests such as a complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, cholesterol, thyroid function, vitamin D and iron levels. Additionally, you may be due for specific testing such as a mammogram, DEXA, or colonoscopy ‚ which you should discuss with your doctor.

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ISSAQUAH-SAMMAMISH REPORTER & SNOQUALMIE VALLEY RECORD | 7 maintaining healthy mouths for themselves and see their dentists on a regular basis. Even before your child gets his/her first teeth, begin getting into the habit of cleaning your child’s mouth after feeding. It will accomplish two things. First, your child will begin getting use to the idea of having his/her mouth cleaned after feeding and the eventual introduction of the toothbrush will be easy when teeth begin to appear in the mouth. Secondly, a clean mouth for teeth to come into will mean the teeth will have a better chance of never getting a cavity.

It is possible to raise a cavity-free child. Dr. John Liu, DDS

Eastside Pediatric Dental Group in Issaquah But, you need to start early, even before your child is born, in order to achieve this goal. Healthy teeth and health habits start with mom and dad. The health of their mouth has a huge impact on how healthy their child’s mouth will be. Even during pregnancy, the health of a mother’s mouth has a huge impact on the pregnancy and even the birth weight of the child. Both parents need to work on

Watching your child’s snack habits is also very important for maintaining a cavity-free life. It isn’t just about watching the amount of sugar in the snacks, it’s also about how frequently your child is allowed to snack. If you allow your child to “graze” on snacks all day long, he/she will get cavities. Every time a child puts some food in his/her mouth, bacteria becomes active and produces the acid that can cause cavities. The more frequently the teeth are exposed to the acid, the more likely a cavity will develop. Try to have set snack times and choose healthy snacks for your child. Brushing your child’s teeth with a toothbrush, even when there are only a few teeth present, is important. It is also important to do it consistently and establish a pattern, habit and routine that the child will become use to

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Night time brushing is the most important one. Before going to sleep, it is important to thoroughly brush off all the food and drinks your child has had during the day because any food or drinks left on the surface of your child’s teeth becomes “food” for the bacteria to feed off of and produce acid all night long. Even as your child gets older and tells you he/she can brush their own teeth, you need to check and help them. Their hand dexterity will not be able to do a good job with the motions necessary to brush really well until they can write cursive. Even then, you should still spot check their brushing and make sure they are brushing for two minutes each time, twice a day Obviously, choosing a dentist for your child is an important part of raising a cavity-free child. And bringing your child to see the dentist by his/her first birthday will help you achieve that goal. Your child’s dentist will become your partner in guiding you through the many stages in your child’s life. Together, you can raise a cavity-free child. John R. Liu, DDS is Managing Partner of Eastside Pediatric Dental Group in Issaquah. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

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Physical Therapy By Karen Shrader DaSilva, RPT CEO of Balance Physical Therapy Inc.

During your treatment, your therapist may use a variety of approaches including pain relieving techniques such as massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. Your therapist may perform gentle joint mobilization to improve range of motion and function, as well as provide exercises and education about your problem and ways to manage it in every day life. Consult your healthcare provider if think you can benefit from physical therapy.

Your body is a complex system and physical therapists enjoy taking the time to listen and to thoroughly evaluate your problems. A physical therapist is a licensed medical professional who provides services aimed at preventing the onset and/or slowing the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes. Physical therapists are trained to Physical therapists have the wonderful opportunity help you with: to spend time with you in today’s busy medical • Acute and sports injuries, Physical environment. • Pre & post surgery, therapists Physical therapists can help you improve how • Overuse injuries, you use your body at work and in every day can help you life, by analyzing and retraining movement • Spine problems, improve how patterns, strength and mobility. The • Shoulder, hip, and knees and you use your combination of manual therapy techniques, other problems related to arthritis custom exercises, and patient education body at work • Headaches and TMJ, are effective in the treatment of patients and in every with a variety of acute and chronic problems. • Womens health including day life Physical therapists treat people of all ages who incontinence treatment and pre/post have conditions resulting from back and neck natal care, injuries, sprains/strains and overuse injuries, arthritis, • Vestibular rehabilitation including vertigo surgery, pre and post partum issues, balance problems, and dizziness, stroke, and injuries related to work, sports, and life. • Foot/ankle care & orthotics, With the goals of reducing pain, improving function, and • Motor vehicle accidents preventing re-injury, your physical therapist will thoroughly evaluate you and create a treatment plan specifically for you. • On the job injuries


Tips for Finding Motivation By the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA

While most people have a general idea of what to do get healthy (move your body more, eat less junk, and eat healthy foods in moderate proportions), it can be more of a struggle to find the motivation to actually do so. Here are 4 tips for gaining or keeping momentum at working towards your health goals: 1. Set specific goals! It can be easy to get of course when goals are too general. For example, setting a goal to “lose weight” is much less clear and tangible than setting a goal to “lose 4 pounds this month”.

motivation, and provide something to look forward, even when and end goal is still far out of sight. For example, rewarding a month of consistently meeting workout goals with a massage or new exercise top.

Remember that consistency trumps perfection!

3. Gather support! Having a workout buddy who holds you accountable will greatly increase your odds of success! Even if you and your buddy meet only once a week, you can offer support and encouragement for the rest of the week, and discuss how your prior week went.

4. Be realistic. It can be easy to lose all motivation after only one missed workout or dietary set back. Remember that consistency trumps perfection! We all have set backs along the way, be realistic that these things happen, and get back on track as soon as possible!

2. Set up a rewards system. Having mini-milestones with rewards on the way to a larger scale goal can offer ongoing

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A new pain-free and radiation free breastscreening process is now available. Thermography or Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is a 15-minute non-invasive test of physiology that accompanies breast pathology, whether it is cancer, fibrocystic disease, an infection, or a vascular disease. Thermography is good for women of all ages, including women with breast implants. If inflammation is discovered through thermography, lifestyle changes can be implemented well in advance of a serious problem. Those in thge field says limiting radiation exposure, which accumulates, can reduce your risk of cancer.Ê Mammograms, CAT Scans, and X-rays all expose people to radiation, they add. Thermography is a non-invasive and radiation-free breast screening. Breast Thermography is FDA approved as an adjunct to mammography. Unlike mammography, in which an X-ray of the breast is taken, thermography produces an infrared image that shows the patterns of heat and blood flow on or near the surface of the body. Breast self-exams, physician exams, thermography, ultrasound & mammography together provide a comprehensive detection system. If detected and treated in the earliest stages, cure rates of greater than 95 percent are possible. There are over 800 peer-reviewed studies on Breast Thermography in the Index Medicus Literature. Over

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To help prevent medicine abuse: • Talk to your teen about prescription and OTC cough medicine abuse. Teens listen, even if

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Preventing the spread of germs when away from home

Eighty percent of infections are spread by dirty hands, and when you’re at home, limiting your exposure to germs with an active hand cleaning schedule can become a familiar endeavor. But it becomes a different matter when you’re out in public, where hand-washing isn’t as routine and germs are more prevalent due to the number of people carrying different bacteria. Fortunately, avoiding germs while you’re away from home is becoming easier as more businesses and public locations are providing options for employees and visitors to keep their hands clean. Keep an eye out for these ways during peak cold and flu season and throughout the year to help protect yourself from germs while you’re away from home: Hand sanitizer solutions: Many businesses are installing dispensers in entryways and congregating areas. While hand sanitizer

solutions don’t literally clean hands because they don’t remove organic matter, such as grease, dirt and blood, they do neutralize germs, especially when you’re in a location where a sink and soap aren’t always handy. For maximum effectiveness, make sure to rub your hands until fully dried. Educational signs everywhere: During the cold and flu season, and at many other times of the year, you may notice signs posted on entry doors, hanging in bathrooms and even near service desks educating the public on everything from the proper method of washing hands to effectively covering a sneeze and reducing the spread of germs. For a refresher, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians promote The Four Principles of Hand Awareness:

1. Wash and dry your hands when they are dirty and before eating. 2. Do not cough into your hands. 3. Do not sneeze into your hands. 4. Above all, do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.

Germ-targeting products: Numerous studies show that using paper towels rather than hand dryers is more hygienic. This is usually attributed to the fact that hand dryers, themselves, are often not properly sanitized and in fact don’t thoroughly dry the hands, but instead blow warm, moist, contaminated air around, potentially spreading germs. Increased availability of flu shots: More and more public settings are offering flu shots for walk-ins at convenient hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people 6 months and older receive the flu shot every year. People who have asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are pregnant or over the age of 65 – or living with or caring for people with these conditions - are highly encouraged to get the flu shot. Businesses, government locations and other public settings are using these and other methods to help visitors prevent the spread of germs. Of course, when you’re outside the home working at the office, going to school, staying in a hotel or visiting a hospital, keep in mind it’s up to you to take hygiene “into your own hands.”

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Childhood obesity: A growing concern Obesity rates in children are growing at alarming rates. About 33% of the children in America are considered overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963, according to the American Heart Association. Children are generally overweight or obese because they don’t get enough physical exercise and have poor eating habits. Genetics, environment, metabolism and life style may also play a role.

including high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. An overweight child may also develop other health issues. “I encounter frequent complaints of back and lower extremity aches and pains and knee and ankle problems in overweight children,” Spiegel said. “These aches and pains can limit the child’s ability to be more active and play sports, which is exactly what they need to do.”

“When a child has obese parents, they are three to four times more likely to have weight problems themselves,” Dr. Ronald Spiegel, Pediatrician for Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic, said. “This issue is becoming a major health crisis for all of us.” Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term serious health impacts. Children who are obese are more likely to have risk factors for heart disease and diabetes

On top of these medical issues, there is the stress of potential bullying, which can lead to psychological issues like depression and low self-esteem. Healthier lifestyle habits, healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of developing weight related diseases.

Dr. Ronald Spiegel, Pediatrician for Snoqualmie Ridge Medical Clinic

Overweight children are likely to become overweight adults. Making healthy eating and regular exercise a family activity can improve the chances of successful weight control.

Here are some strategies to promote healthier habits: • Set a good example for children by eating healthy and being active to increase the likelihood they will do the same. • Work as a family to change eating habits. Consume more fruits, vegetables and water while limiting fast food and sugary snacks or drinks. • Encourage physical activity. Children should have at least an hour of moderate physical activity every day, such as hiking, swimming, walking, sports or biking. • Limit TV and computer time to less than two hours per day to encourage physical activity.




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Living Better - Healthcare Fitness Guide 2013  


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