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Health Shorts Flip-flops may cause damage According to the American College of Sports Medicine, wearing flip-flops as primary footwear is harmful to your feet and legs. Though they may seem comfortable, flip-flops lack the support that sneakers and other shoes give you. Then there’s all the extra work you have to do to keep them on your feet. The ACSM found that flip-flops force people to change their gait, which may explain the foot and leg pain that comes from wearing them for too long. This doesn’t mean you should never wear flip-flops — just not all the time and when walking long distances. And replace them often, the ACSM said. But in the end, when it comes to sneakers and flip-flops, sneakers are the better choice.

Avoid Bacteria Nothing beats a dip in the pool on a hot, muggy day. But before you cannonball off the diving board, consider this: some lakes, hot tubs and pools can be breeding grounds for bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illnesses, ear and eye infections and even respiratory, neurological and viral problems, according to infectious-disease specialists at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Municipal and private pools tend to be the safest because their chlorine contents are closely monitored. But there are also some things you can do to protect yourself. Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend: • Shower with soap and tap water before and after swimming. • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet before jumping back in the water. • Avoid swallowing water, even just a little. • Don’t swim in warm, stagnant water or use poorly maintained hot tubs or pools.

Cut back on that soda Looking to slim down for bathing suit season? Put down that soda. Cutting back on calories from sugary beverages can go a long way to helping you shed pounds. Even drinking one less sugary beverage per day can mean a loss of more than two pounds over 18 months. While not by itself the ticket to a smaller pant size, limiting liquid calories does contribute to a healthier lifestyle when coupled with regular exercise and smart eating habits.

Approximately half of adults surveyed on water safety say they’ve had an experience where they nearly drowned, and one in four knew someone who drowned, according to the American Red Cross.

Practice healthy habits while on summer vacation Whether you’re a frequent flyer who travels regularly for work or just an occasional vacationer, you don’t have to give up on all your health and fitness goals when you are on the road. Rebecca Johnson and Bill Tulin, the authors of “Travel Fitness,” a guide to diet and exercise while traveling, offer these tips: • Before boarding your plane, drink two 8-ounce glasses of water. Keep drinking water on the plane to avoid dehydration. • Plan to arrive at your destination during the day so that when you get there you can take advantage of remaining daylight to do something active outside. • Set a goal of exercising at least every third day to keep your energy level up, performing at least a third of your typical aerobic routine. Complete your strength training routine at least once a week. • To help yourself pick healthier meals when eating out, decide on what you want before you even look at the menu, such as steamed veggies or fish, and just order it.


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Backpacking Adventures Even beginners can trek across the mountains with the right preparation

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“You need a 25-pound pack of minimum gear to just get by,” he said. “People usuiking peaks above ally figure a couple pounds tree line is one of of food a day. So if you are Loveland moungoing to do three days, you taineer Ron Tuttle’s favorite are thinking a 32- pound getaways. Now 72, Tuttle pack with light gear.” started his backpacking caWhen owner of The reer in Boy Scouts at the age Mountain Shop in Fort of 12. He continues his forCollins Mike McKelligott ays into the wilderness with plans a trip, mapping out the the Loveland Mountain Club. proper gear is top priority. “The beauty of the moun- He has backpacked all over tains has kept me in them.,” the world for the past 25 Tuttle said. “The proximity years. we have is amazing. I do a “If you don’t get a properly lot of peak climbing. When fitted pack or boots, you you get on top of mountains aren’t going to be able to go above the tree line, it is just very far without getting blisamazing and quiet and ters or being really uncompeaceful.” fortable,” McKelligott said. “If When preparing for a trip, you are an ultra light guy, go the first thing Tuttle considwith the lightest possible ers is the terrain and weather. weight you can afford and “The changeable weather the smallest possible pack to of the mountains especially carry your gear comfortably.” close to tree line becomes Arranging gear in the pack much more of an issue,” he correctly is crucial for backsaid. “It is typically colder packing longevity. and with more rain involved. “You have to keep as In the desert it is hot or cold much weight down low and and lightening is not an isinto the middle of your back sue.” as possible,” McKelligott Tuttle always packs a tent, said. “Put most of the weight in the center of and close to sleeping bag, compass, suryour middle back. If the vival essentials and a map.

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weight is at the top you will topple over. At the bottom it will strain your hips.” McKelligott also recommends trekking poles to take off some of the weight and help disperse some of the load by utilizing arm power. Getting started with backpacking can be easy, even with the 25-plus pound pack needed for deep wood outdoor adventuring. “Backpacking is not something you really have to train for,” McKelligott said. “It can be a test of endurance if you do really long treks. But the most important thing is proper gear selection. If you want to be a serious backpacker and do 20- plus miles a

day, train with cardio work and hike as much as possible.” Tuttle recommended training with a 25-pound pack on a shorter route, such as Round Mountain right outside of Loveland. “Nothing takes the place of doing the actual activity to prepare,” Tuttle said. “It is difficult to exercise those muscles without doing the activity.” And don’t run up the mountain — work up slowly to adjust to the elevation changes, he said. “If you feel light headed, sit down and rest,” Tuttle said. “Typically those things go away after awhile. Most backpacking in [Estes Park] is done at 1020 thousand feet.”

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Thursday LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD/Health Line of Northern Colorado July 16, 2009 McKelligott strongly recommended that all hikers take a wilderness survival class. A couple of times on trips he lost his way in a blizzard and survived the night by building a snow cave, using his coverings to keep warm and eating the food and water he brought with him. “That is where proper education comes in,” he said. But the dangers of nature pale in comparison to the freedom that draws McKelligott out time and time again. “To me, backpacking is the real outdoor experience,” McKelligott said. “If you go to a lake and there are 100 other people with RVs, you still aren’t experiencing the outdoors.”

The 11 backpacking essentials From www.backpacking.net: • Map — If navigating cross-country consider a more detailed map. • Compass — Especially in the back country at all times. • Flashlight/Head-lamp — These are important even on day trips. You never know when you might need to spend the night or make that last mile after sunset. • Extra Food — Whenever you go out, even for a day trip, bring extra food in case you are delayed by emergencies, foul weather or just get lost. Bring at least one good meal more than what you need. • Extra Clothing — Bring extra clothing which would get you through the worst conditions you might come up against. • Sunglasses — Your eyes can experience damage from the intensity of mountain skies, ultraviolet rays and light reflecting off of snow. As elevation increases so does the intensity of ultraviolet rays. • First-Aid Kit — Carry first-aid supplies for minor injuries. In particular, carry plen-

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ty of adhesive band-aids and sterilized bandages. They can’t be improvised. • A Pocket Knife and Tools — A multipurpose knife with several different tools is best. • Waterproof Matches and Fire Starter — Carry matches which have been waterproofed along with something to strike them on in a waterproof container. Fire starters are useful for quickly starting a fire, especially in emergency situations. They are also useful for igniting wet wood. • Water/Filter/Bottles — If you are familiar with the area in which you are traveling, and can be sure that water sources are available, carry enough water to get you there. Treat all water you draw from the back country. • Whistle — For emergencies, when you’re lost, someone else is lost or you’re hurt and need help. Go for the plastic whistle so that the lips do not freeze on metal.

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Drinking the Kool-Aid Story by Jade Cody • Photos by Rhema Muncy

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einfeld had Newman. Jerry had Tom. Paper has scissors, and scissors has rock. Prickly in nature, pesky in perspective, they are known as nemeses. Reporter-Herald readers, meet Carrie. She is my Newman. I might be embellishing a smidge, but that’s my job. Carrie is actually a very nice person, she just happens to be able to kick my rear end at just about every single workout we’ve done in our CrossFit class together. I would show a photo of her but she is camera shy. The workouts at CrossFit Loveland are intense and timed, so everyone knows where they stand in relation to one-another. Unfortunately Carrie stands directly in front of me on a nearly full-time basis. But I am improving. After completing a month of CrossFit — going just three times a week — a lot has changed. I got stronger, faster and in better shape. Honestly I have never been able to get this type of result, especially this quickly, with another workout program. During the past four weeks, my trainers at CrossFit in Loveland have lit my

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world up. There was a day when we did a workout called the Filthy Fifties, in which we did 50 repetitions of about 12 exercises — burpees, jumping pullups, squats with medicine balls (ooh, that could be my tribal name), jumping rope ... the list goes on. It is pretty much how I imagine military fitness training, only without shouting drill sergeants, buzz cuts and peeling potatoes. The name of the game with CrossFit is to push yourself with a variety of workouts, which, in turn, can be applied to a wide range of sports and activities.

Wall Ball: This one consists of propelling a 20-pound up against a wall and coming back down with it in a squat. Then you do it over and over again until, you know, you cry on the inside. This one is especially tough when you’re fatigued.

but I hate it a bunch. Burpees: Awful, disgusting exercise in which you drop down from a standing position, do a pushup, hop back to your feet using a squatting motion and jump straight up in the air while clapping your hands above your head.

AirDyne: This is the brand name of an satanic exercise bike in the gym. OK I can’t prove that it is possessed,

Jumping pull-up: This is a modification for when a person is too fatigued to do a normal pull-up. It just

Top: On one occasion flipping this tire was part of the warm-up at CrossFit. Left: I’m doing wall ball. Far left: About a week ago I was able to do handstand push-ups.

means you jump off the ground to begin the pulling motion. Comes in handy when you’re nearing the throw-up level of the filthy fifties. Drinking the Kool-Aid: This is actually a reference from a cult in the 70s, in which all the townspeople drank poison and died. It can also be used to describe people who have grown to believe in a specific thing ... such as CrossFit. I believe.


Thursday LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD/Health Line of Northern Colorado July 16, 2009 9 Co-owner Dave Wells told me that he scales the workouts for anyone’s ability. He adjusts load, reps and intensity to find the right balance for each person. He also said there is merit in the ever-changing workout regimens. “CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity,” he said. My workouts changed every time I went in, which I liked. It helped to keep working out from becoming too mundane. I need tires to flip, Carrie to challenge and pushups to do while standing on my hands — it just keeps things interesting. If you’d like to try a CrossFit workout, e-mail Dave or Theresa Wells at crossfitloveland@q.com or call them at 970449-2934. It is located at the Thompson Valley Town Center just behind King Soopers. Jade Cody can be reached at jcody@reporter-herald.com.

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Left: The end of a workout. Exhausted and considering a stay in the hospital. Below: Doing side planks with CrossFit owner Dave Wells.

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Then and Now Then: When I started CrossFit a month ago, I could only do two or three measly pull-ups. I am aware of how pathetic that sounds. Now: My personal best is 15 in a row. Then: Two weeks ago I crumbled while trying upside down pushups while doing a handstand. Guess all those college keg-stands didn’t pay off. Now: Yep, I can do ’em. Maybe five or six in a row. Then: My belt was one loop wider. Then: My chest and stomach muscles were less about muscle and more about bouncing every time I hit a bump while driving. Now: This is what I’m most excited about: I’m getting muscle tone that I’ve never had before. I’ve never had ANY muscle tone before. Sleeveless shirts, get ready to be worn. Just kidding.

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Thursday LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD/Health Line of Northern Colorado July 16, 2009 13 “Living and exercising with a dog teaches you to integrate fitness in a natural way. It’s not always about putting gym clothes on,” Gross says. Instead, she and her husband learned to burn calories by heading to the dog park and exploring hiking trails. Now they’re walking for an hour a day, and often plan twoor three-hour excursions on weekends, which help improve their attitudes as well as Salem’s. “We become grumpy if we don’t get our exercise,” she added. Before you go off and adopt a dog for the fitness benefits, though, remember that unlike a set of stretchy bands, the total tail-wagging package comes with a fair share of slobbering and shedding. If you’re like my parents, that might sound a little, well, ruff.

Exercise moves you can do with your dog Not all dogs — or humans — love a long run, but that’s no excuse for not getting your exercise (or not helping your pooch get hers). So celeb trainer Gunnar Peterson has developed a series of moves you can do together to fight boredom and fat. “It’s all about efficiency,” he said. You can see his videos at the “Training Room” link on Petfit.com, but here’s a preview: • Power dog the walk with intervals. Peterson’s four massive mastiffs aren’t cut out for marathon training, but he can make their strolls more effective. “What I love is adding in side shuffles, lunges and light jogging,” he says. “The minute you speed up the pace, the dog thinks it’s a party.” The stop-and-start way the dogs prefer to move isn’t frustrating if you think of it as fat-burning bouts. • Fetch abs. Grab your dog’s favorite toy and then get down and do a sit-up. As you reach the top of the move, fake a throw to send your pooch on a mission to hunt it down. Then your job is to pump out as many crunches as you can before he figures out you tricked him. “Everybody’s getting something out of it,” Peterson explained. • Dogstacle course. No, the obstacles aren’t for the dog; they’re for you. Set up stations around your yard for challenges such as hops, push-ups and step climbing, and dash around with your pet, trying to complete the circuit as quickly as possible. Peterson promises your pooch will become the best training buddy you’ve ever had. “I can tell you it’s the one partner who will never let you down,” he said.

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Splash Water aerobics combine exercise and fun Meghala Divakaran For the Reporter-Herald

offered by fitness centers around the world. They provide an excellent whole body workout, and make it fun and ater aerobics or exhilarating. Besides, there is aqua fitness programs have been an nothing like making a big integral part of fitness routines splash in cool water on a hot

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C t w like anything she has known. summer day. a According to Alma Kirk, a Nan McClurg, age 54 of Fort o water aerobics instructor at the Collins, does water aerobics i Senior Center in Fort Collins, with Kirk in Fort Collins. She a “It’s the greatest way to exerlikes the fact that she can exerc cise. You are getting a workcise at her own pace. out but there’s no reason why “If I were walking or jogt you can’t have fun doing it ging with a group of people t and that’s part of the reason on land and I wanted to slow g why people come to water down, I would be left behind, aerobics classes and then but in water aerobics, I can n keep coming back.” slow down, take a break, or u Introduced to aqua fitness exercise in different sections d by a friend several years ago, of the pool with varying a Kirk has been an avid water depths to get the workout I l fitness instructor for the last need and am comfortable w decade. “I feel more enerwith.” w gized and my endurance has McClurg also vouched for definitely gone up,” Kirk said. the fact that it’s gentler on the b Water aerobics is different joints. from other exercises because “Land aerobics really take a s j it is easier on the joints. toll on the body; to get the “The water cushions you benefits of getting your heartb and for a lot of people with rate up, you have to torture y medical issues like knee and your body and experience d hip replacements, this is wear and tear. In water aeroi something you can do withbics, weightlessness really out causing damage or irrita- helps and you are able to get a o t tion to these joints,” Kirk said. very good cardiovascular exw And the best part is that ercise without harming your you can do it at any age. body,” McClurg said. “Another e “I have taught people who thing is that I can do many ex- w m ercises to strengthen my bad are almost 90 years old and a joints in warm water that I exercise at their own pace cannot do on land. For inand still gain all the benefits of regular exercise,” Kirk said. stance, I have plantar fasciitis, b an intense heel pain, that if left t She added that there are difw untreated, can lead to heel ferent levels of workout in b any given class and you don’t spurs, and I walk it off in the have to worry about keeping water. There are other simple t exercises that help stretch and m pace with anybody. Even Sandra, a senior who tone my calf and heel muscles t b in the water and it makes a exercises in the water with b her oxygen tank in tow at Or- tremendous difference in pain.” chards Athletic Center in According to Patti Welfare, a w Loveland, gets a workout un-


fitness instructor of 25 years at the Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland, “Water aerobics is also very good for maintaining balance and for breathing better, particularly for seniors. It’s also a great combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training and you don’t have to get your head in the water or know swimming to do it.” Welfare also said that at the Chilson Recreation Center, there are people on walkers who did not get any exercise at all, coming in for water aerobics and seeing a difference in the way they feel. Water aerobics also helps increases circulation. “The aerobic component in this workout makes you work the heart muscle. It’s also a great way to tone your body.” In her classes, Kirk alternates between toning for legs using flotation devices like doughnuts and toning for arms using water bells , followed by a general body workout including abs, using water noodles. “It’s also a great calorie burner as you are using the resistance of the water to walk, jump and squat,” she said. “It’s a myth that water aerobics is only for seniors; for younger people, there’s also deep water exercise, a higher intensity, higher impact worka out where you are spending the whole hour treading water while doing various exercises,” Kirk said. “There are a wide variety of classes that can meet everybody’s needs at all ages.” According to McClurg, “the best part is that you don’t have to know how to swim to do water aerobics.” Instead, she bicycles astride the noodle that keeps her afloat and moves through the length of the pool, getting a wholebody, low-impact, high calorie burning workout. Christine Papke, a senior who has been doing water

Thursday LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD/Health Line of Northern Colorado July 16, 2009 15 aerobics for the last 12 years, added, “It’s my pain reliever and anti-inflammatory medication.” Kirk advocated the mental growth associated with the sport as well as the community building that takes place. “It’s very inclusive and very often groups who exercise together make great friends, celebrate birthdays together and generally hang out,” she said. According to Pam Phifer, a fitness instructor of 25 years, at the Orchards Athletic Club in Loveland, “Water aerobic classes provide for a wonderful social networking opportunity and people who exercise together are known to be great friends outside too. Water is very forgiving and it’s almost like getting a massage.” According to Hugh MacEachran, the Fitness Director and Owner of Orchards Athletic Club, “For those who get tired after 15 minutes of exercise on land, water aerobics allows for stretching it to 30 minutes or even an hour, and people who exercise more are better RH photos / Rhema Muncy toned and flexible than those Above, a water fitness class at the Chilson Recreation Center. who don’t.” Left, a water aerobics class at the Orchards Athletic Club. MacEachran added that there are National Football League (NFL) athletes who According to MacEachran, lief from their arthritis pain,” do water aerobics as part of water aerobics is particularly according to Kirk, who has their fitness routine. “You can taught these classes at the beneficial for extremely overwork out just as intensely, weight people. Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC) push your heart rate up just as in Fort Collins. “I have people “Almost half of the Amerihigh but you are not abusing who are physically or mentally can population is either overyour joints and are therefore challenged in my classes, and weight or obese, and these not as sore. In fact, some ath- water aerobics is truly suitable people find it awkward to lift letes that undergo rehabilitafor not only all ages but also weights or ride stationary tion programs are able to for those with various health bikes, but in water aerobics work out much harder in the conditions that may slow you they feel lighter and are able water than on land, down on land.” to move in many ways that MacEachran said. they are unable to on land,” According to Kim Lynn, a “Another class that is offered young mother with rheumaMacEachran said. “For a lot of through the Arthritis Society is toid arthritis, “I see a big repeople who take our water called the Twinges Plus class. duction in pain and an inaerobics classes, this is the onThe program includes gentle crease in flexibility after water ly exercise they get, and if it’s exercise instruction in a heat- aerobics. This is the only form between no exercise and exercise in water, it’s the greatest ed pool for full body range of of exercise I get and I enjoy motion. This is for those who every minute of it.” Lynn does exercise in the world,” he said. are unable to move, and this is water aerobics at the Orchards “Another thing is that water is dense and it’s one thing to Athletic Club. the only way they can get re-


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Prioritize produce and whole grains Mediterranean diet promotes holistic health solutions Rhema Muncy Special Sections Reporter

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iving on the southern coast of Spain for 18 months gave Loveland nutritionist and owner of Health Dynamics Paula Clark a first hand look at the Mediterranean way of life. She shopped at the local markets where vendors offered fresh fish and lean meats along side their seasonal fruits and vegetables. She leisurely ate meals with friends, reveling in the unhurried culture of the people. “In Spain it was crude to walk down the boulevard eating food,” Clark said. “You need to take time to sit down and eat food.” Clark saw the stark contrast between the relaxed lifestyle of the Spaniards she encountered and the typical American way of fast food consumption, which usually ingests 75 to 80 percent of daily calories after work. “After a big meal, the stomach is distended and so much glucose is in the blood that the body has to work harder to create homeostasis with the glucose,” Clark said. Finding glucose balance often means the body must convert the excess carbohydrates into storage by the path of least resistance — usually fat, she said. “That is why 500 calories of donuts is different than 500 calories of brown rice and veggies,” Clark said. “Your body stores it differently and uses it differently.”

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The Mediterranean diet food pyramid emphasizes exercise, whole grains and produce. Clark advocates Mediterranean eating principles because of the carbohydrate balance benefits the diet creates. “Carbs have to do with serotonin levels in the body,” Clark said. “When we have proper amounts of serotonin, we are alert and creative. When our serotonin dips, we are tired, mentally confused and irritable. One of the simple ways to up serotonin is to reach for simple carbs, caffeine or commercial drugs. But if we are eating appropriate amounts of complex carbohydrates, lean meats and simple fats, our bodies make healthy levels of serotonin and have

predictable levels of energy.” Omega 3s, Jamieson said. “Dairy products and red MEDITERRANEAN EATING meat are eaten in small HABITS quantities, and so are eggs,” According to Poudre Valley Health System outpatient she said. “There is also wine consumption in moderadietician Cecilia Jamieson, tion.” there is no specific MediterAnd moderation means 4ranean diet, as all of the buzz around the subject suggests. 5 ounces a day, not an entire bottle, she said. The AmeriThere are 16 countries that can Dietetic Association recborder the Mediterranean ommend not drinking alcosea and they all have different styles of cuisine but there hol if that is not a habit alare several commonalities in ready, as the same benefits of wine can be found in diet. The main tenants of the di- grapes. As far as dessert is conet include high consumption cerned, Clark said the dish is of fruits and vegetables, brought out as a last course whole grain bread without and is almost always fruit butter, whole grain cereal, beans, nuts, seeds, olive and with an assortment of cheeses. canola oils and fish rich in


Thursday LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD/Health Line of Northern Colorado July 16, 2009 19 Jamieson theorized that the Mediterranean way of life may be a key to good health because of the phytochemicals and phytonutrients found in fresh locally grown fruits ollowing a Mediterranean diet — and vegetables. These natural components help fight off emphasizing fruits, vegetables and disease, and the heart healthy oils found in nuts and seeds olive oil and little red meat — may be decrease bad cholesterol (LDLs) and increase good cholesassociated with not only a lower risk for terol (HDLs). Alzheimer’s disease, but also an increase in Jamieson did warn about the high fat content of a cognitive function. Mediterranean diet, a concern of The American Heart AssoAccording to a recent study in the Archives ciation. Because the American way of life is nearly sedenof Neurology, people who adhere to a tary, a high fat diet might cause more weight gain, where Mediterranean diet are less likely to develop an active Mediterranean culture would fight weight gain. mild cognitive impairment. In addition, Implementing these principles into an American diet research indicates traditional Mediterranean would be beneficial to health, Jamieson noted. eating may reduce your risk of heart disease “Simple things would be to slowly add in more whole and perhaps some cancers. grains, fruits and vegetables to the diet,” she said. “Eat leanThe Mediterranean diet typically features er cuts of red mean and eat more fatty fish like salmon or plenty of grain products, vegetables, trout, at least two servings in a week of four ounces or legumes, nuts and fruits, fish, poultry and more.” moderate amounts of wine. The fat in this And change doesn’t have to happen all at once. diet is mostly monounsaturated from olive “If you could just step by step chose one thing to change, oil. Yogurt and cheese offer other sources of once that works into your diet, you can go ahead and protein. make another change. That’s when it works the best is if Virtually everyone can benefit from eating you make the changes gradually.” more fruits, vegetables, legumes and healthy Jamieson, M.S., R.D., C.D.E, can be reached at 970-495oils. A registered dietitian can help you make 8205. Clark, RN, BSN of Health Dynamics can be reached healthful changes to your daily eating plan. at www.healthdynamicsco.com.

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Tips to fight procrastination Beth Firesetin, Ph.D. Uncommon Sense

fects almost everything you do or it might just be a problem on certain types of tasks or projects. Some people feel uestion: I am a that they procrastinate on evhopeless procrastinator, both at home erything, but this is almost never true. Most people and at work. How don’t procrastinate on activican I motivate myself to get ties or hobbies they consider things done? Answer: Today I checked fun. Reading the newspaper, my e-mail and noticed that I checking out what your had received a message from friends are doing on Facebook, listening to a new CD, my editor at the Reportergetting outside on a beautiful Herald. She noticed that I day ... I bet you can easily hadn’t yet turned in my colthink of things you don’t umn for this month. I realprocrastinate on. We procrasized I had procrastinated longer than usual on writing tinate on things that we don’t this column. I had to laugh at want to do, on projects that seem overwhelming and on myself when I realized the things we don’t think we are topic of your question was procrastination. Procrastina- skilled enough to do. tion is living proof that we Action is more helpful are human. than figuring out why we procrastinate. If you spend It can be a habit that af-

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CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE ABOUT THE TASK It’s easy to think of how huge and difficult the task is, because fear and procrastination make tasks seem worse than they are and putting them off actually makes these unpleasant tasks go on longer.

USE CONSTRUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION For some unknown reason, it’s easier to re-organize the kitchen cabinets than it is to organize your personal finances. If it motivates you to accomplish something easier that you’ve been putting off, go for it.

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BRIGHT BEGINNINGS Poudre Valley Health System presents free Bright Beginnings visits for families in Larimer County with children 0-3 years of age. To register, call 495-7528 or visit brightbeginningsco.org • Bright Beginnings for Infants (Program A): Bring baby and learn how nurturing interactions, a healthy/safe environment and playing games support brain and emotional development. When: Aug. 10 or Sept. 14, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Where: McKee Medical Center When: Aug. 18 or Sept. 15, noon-1 p.m. Where: Medical Center of the Rockies • Bright Beginnings for One Year Olds (Program B): Explore how thinking and interactions change as infant becomes a toddler on the go. Special emphasis on the relationship between cognitive, emotional, and language development. Toddlers welcome to attend with parents. When: Aug. 10 or Sept. 14, 10-11 a.m. Where: Loveland Library • Bright Beginnings for Two Year Olds (Program C) Learn about guidance strategies that promote literacy, brain development, and a healthy environment during the active two’s. Children may attend with parents. When: Aug. 17, or Sept. 1, 910 a.m. Where: Medical Center of the Rockies

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREEN Have your blood pressure checked by a specialist When: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon.

Where: McKee Wellness Services, 1805 E. 18th St., Ste. 6, Loveland Cost: No charge Call: 970-635-4056

COPD (CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE)

This seven-session multidisciplinary education series helps with the management of COPD. The team reviews the respiratory system, how it works, what has gone wrong and how you can conserve energy and decrease shortness of breath. Anyone who has COPD, emphysema or bronchitis is encouraged to attend along with family and/or significant others. When: Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. Seven-week session begins July 21. Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Cost: No charge Contact: 970-635-4138

DIABETES INFO GROUP

An informational / educational meeting for anyone touched by diabetes who wants to learn and share. There will be a different subject matter for each meeting. Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Cost: No charge. No registration needed. Contact: 970-667-5610 for more information and topics.

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Physical and occupational therapists prepare patients for surgery. Program is coordinated through your physician's office as part of the surgery scheduling process. When: Classes meet Thursdays at 3 p.m. Where: McKee Conference & Wellness Center Contact: 970-635-4172

Support Groups When: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays. Where: McKee Cancer Center lobby. Contact: 635-4129

Come enjoy the benefits of exercise on gentle nature walks along the McKee Wellness Walk. When: 10 a.m. Wednesdays Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Contact: 970-635-4097 to register.

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When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. Where: McKee Cancer Center lobby. Contact: 622-1961

MAN TO MAN PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

When: 5:30-7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of the month Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Contact: 622-1961 for more information.

SOULPLAY ART THERAPY People whose lives are touched by cancer experience the benefits of expressing themselves through art. No art experience needed. When: Wednesdays, 9:4511:45 a.m. Where: McKee Cancer Center Conference Room Contact: 635-4129

THE SEASONS CLUB Membership to the Seasons Club is free and open to adults 50 and up. • Mind, Body, and Spirit Walks with Peggy

When: 10 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center

SEASONS CLUB SPEAKER SERIES • What is a Caregiver? When: Aug. 19, 1 p.m. Where: Chilson Senior Center Contact: 635-4097 • Your Aging Knee – When is it time to get a new one? When: Aug. 27, 5 p.m. Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Contact: 635-4097

MCKEE MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATION EVENTS • Wills, Trusts and Advanced Directives Learn more about these important estate planning tools. Bring your questions and ask the experts. Presenters: Bill Kaufman, attorney; Linda Davidson, McKee Medical Center patient services manager. When: Aug. 18, 3-5 p.m. Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center Contact: 635-4001 for more information


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Frozen fruit becomes quick, cool summer treat Jim Romanoff The Associated Press

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Electronic medical records streamline care Lisa Bohlmann McKee Medical Center

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magine that your spouse or child has a medical emergency. You run him to the emergency department and within minutes of being checked in, the patient’s entire medical history is available, including recent medical test results, records of past surgeries and the medications he takes or has taken recently. Care can begin right away. With the integration of electronic medical records in health care facilities across the country, this imagined scenario is becoming reality. While many health care facilities provide parts of EMR systems, McKee Medical Center is at the forefront of this initiative. Last summer, the hospital implemented electronic medical records for medical units within the hospital. This month, providers seeing patients at the hospital will begin entering their treatment notes and orders digitally in a system referred to as Computerized Provider Order Entry, instead of handwriting them on a paper sheet or prescription pad. That information is then immediately integrated with the rest of the patient record, and potential conflicts, such as a possible medication interaction are relayed to the physician or provider. The information is also immediately available in the areas where treatment is prescribed, for instance radiology or pharmacy. The result is that McKee patients can be even more secure in the efficiency, quality and safety of the care they receive at the hospital. According to Edward Norman, M.D., an internist and

hospitalist at McKee Medical Center, EMRs provide a variety of benefits. “With electronic medical records, it’s easier for the physician to access past diagnoses Edward Norman and treatments,” he said. “In the hospital, we can pull up what’s happened since the last time the patient was seen and immediately have access to surgical information, X-ray reports, test results. Without having to track down a record and follow a paper-trail, we can speed up our work and provide care more quickly.” Other benefits include reduction of medication errors, reduction of adverse drug events, improved adherence to clinical guidelines and best practices and reduced costs. “Changing from a paper medical record to an electronic one is very complex,” said Trish Will, Care Transformation Deployment Director for Banner Health, which owns McKee Medical Center. “What patients will notice is a more streamlined experience and more time with caregivers.” When patients have their initial contact with the hospital, their medical and health history will only need to be taken once, then it is saved in their electronic record which can be accessed by multiple caregivers in multiple locations. However, the privacy of confidential medical information is strictly maintained and only those involved in a patient’s care will access their medical record. Dr. Norman pointed out that while there are risks associ-

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Certified Nursing Assistant Joyce Wells and Veronica Wilson, RN, review a patient record on a computer. ated with EMRs, they have been designed to be very secure. “Sophisticated hackers could break into the system in the same way that someone could break through a window or a door and access paper records in the past. But people have worked very hard to ensure that this information is protected as much as possible.” Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix was the first in the Banner Health system to implement EMRs in January 2005. Findings from a study identified benefits in patient safety, improved lab turnaround times, reduced patient wait time in the Emergency Department, improved patient satisfaction and improved staff retention. It also showed shorter hospital stays for commonly diagnosed conditions. One of the most important benefits of EMRs, according to Will, is the time it gives back to caregivers to spend at the bedside. “One nurse quoted in the study said that she used to spend 80 percent of her time charting and 20 percent at the bedside. Now she

spends 20 percent of her time charting and 80 percent of her time at the bedside.” The evolution of EMRs is ongoing, but McKee’s implementation of CPOE puts it in a minority of hospitals nationwide using that level of digital technology. To date, Banner Health has invested more than $100 million to implement EMRs at its 22 facilities. Dr. Norman said the next step will be to integrate outpatient clinics with the hospital systems. “There are hundreds of different EMR systems out there. The goal is to integrate them all so that the quality and safety of care isn’t bound by facilities. There are groups at state and national levels working on integrating these systems so that medical records can be accessed through a secure Internet.” Dr. Norman said that it can be difficult for health care facilities and providers to go forward with full electronic systems. “But once you do, it is almost impossible to think about going back to paper charts. An integrated system no doubt makes you a more efficient, higher quality medical practitioner.”


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CANDO RECEIVES FUNDING CanDo (the Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to Defeat Obesity) announced that it has received continued funding from LiveWell Colorado in the amount of $336,898 to support local programs and activities to prevent obesity and educate and encourage residents of Fort Collins and Loveland to live healthy lives. The grant was awarded by LiveWell Colorado, a non-profit committed to reducing obesity in Colorado by inspiring healthy eating and active living. LiveWell Colorado recently awarded $4 million dollars to communities to help prevent the state’s obesity trends and reduce related chronic diseases. CanDo’s initiatives in Fort Collins and Loveland are two of 25 communities to receive funding under the initiative in 2009. LiveWell Colorado grant recipients promote healthy eating and active living by implementing policies, programs and infrastructure changes in school, worksite, healthcare and community settings. Among its many initiatives, CanDo will use the grant funds to support wellness in Thompson and Poudre School Districts, expand current work site wellness efforts, enhance community gardening efforts throughout the county, and collaborate with the health care community. LiveWell Colorado is funded by The Colorado Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente and the Kresge Foundation, with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The organization leverages and coordinates statewide and community-

based efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles, with the goal of reaching every Colorado community. For more information about CanDo, visit www.CanDoOnline.org. For more information about the LiveWell Colorado statewide initiative, please visit www.livewellcolorado.org. POUDRE VALLEY PRENATAL PROGRAM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS The Poudre Valley Prenatal Program will mark 20 years and 6,000 healthy babies this weekend. The program is a collaborative, community-based prenatal, labor and delivery program for low-income women and teens. Its goal is to make sure every woman in the community has access to prenatal services, delivery and hospital services and post-partum care. It also works as a navigator to help women find other needed services in the community, such as help with housing needs, counseling, nutrition and substance abuse treatment. Over the last 20 years, the program has met each of its original goals while making sure low-income women can get the prenatal care and social support they need to have healthy, happy children. It also encourages women and families to pursue and use preventive healthcare programs. The PVP Program’s original goals included: • Reduction in the incidence of low birth-weight infants. • Reduction in health and social support costs to this population. • Development of a model program for communitybased coordinated maternity

care to the low-income population. • Measurement of the impact of health promotion and pyschosocial intervention activities on pregnancy outcomes. • Reduction in the incidence of subsequent unplanned pregnancies. • Development of educational opportunities for resident physicians and other healthcare workers. • Measurement of the demographic and epidemiological data to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-based healthcare services. PVHS HOSPITALS HONORED FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE A national company that tracks the customer service quality of U.S. health care has honored Poudre Valley Health System’s two hospitals for consistently providing outstanding customer service to patients. During an annual meeting in Denver June 22, Avatar International, headquartered in Orlando, Fla., named the Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland, as one of the nation’s 20 overall best performing hospitals in consistently meeting high standards of patient care across multiple service lines. This was the second year in a row that MCR received this award. Meanwhile, Avatar recognized Poudre Valley Hospital for exceeding patient expectations, the sixth consecutive year the company recognized PVH for customer service quality. PVHS GETS STATE GRANT FOR SPECIALIZED BARIATRIC AMBULANCE Poudre Valley Health System has received a $68,650

grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to help pay for an ambulance geared specifically for safely transporting overweight patients, an increasingly pressing concern for ambulance providers. The new ambulance, which is 14 feet wide instead of the standard 12 feet, will help safely move and treat obese patients with dignity and reduce the risk of injury or interruption of care. The new ambulance will provide additional room for patients, medical staff and bariatric equipment. The new bariatric ambulance will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for dispatch throughout Northern Colorado. This will be the only ambulance in Northern Colorado specifically designed to transport bariatric patients. PVHS EMS transported four to five bariatric patients a month in 2008. The grant will pay for half of the $137,300 ambulance; PVHS will pay for the rest. Poudre Valley Hospital is a leading provider of bariatric surgery in the region. MEDICAL CENTER OF THE ROCKIES RECEIVES GRANT TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY A grant of $35,00 from the Cardinal Health Foundation will provide funding for programs that implement creative and replicable methods to improve the quality of patient care. Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland was one of the 35 hospitals selected. The specific project at Medical Center of the Rockies is aimed to eliminate healthcare associated infections at MCR.


Jerry’s cancer team gave him his life back. And that’s music to everyone’s ears. Even after he was diagnosed with nonHodgkin’s lymphoma, Jerry found comfort in playing the piano. And thanks to McKee Medical Center’s carefully coordinated cancer team, he soon found the strength to go on to a healthy life. The pathology and imaging departments quickly gave Jerry’s doctors his test results, which helped get his treatment started right away. Yet, Jerry said his considerate doctors and nurses took the time to explain his condition and give him the best care possible. Because of this highly specialized, personal approach, Jerry’s life is in tune. Now he not only plays for comfort, he gives back by using his piano to lift the spirits of those in cancer support groups. McKee Medical Center. Remarkable health care inspired by you.

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HealthLine of Northern Colorado - July  

Health Line of Northern Colorado is a monthly publication produced by the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

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