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HealthLine Of Northern Colorado

DENTAL HEALTH You only get one set of pearly whites. What do dentists recommend to keep them healthy?

Tools for a healthy smile + Healthy and tasty food substitutions

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NUTRITION: Tips and tricks for HEALTHY AND TASTY food substitutions

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DENTAL HEALTH You only get one set of pearly whites. What do dentists recommend to keep them healthy?

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Find the right tools to invest in a HEALTHY SMILE (BPT) - If you’re concerned about your oral health and looking to protect your physical and financial well-being, one of the easiest ways to do so is to practice preventive care. Attending bi-annual dental checkups and making smart oral health decisions can help you spot a concern well before it becomes an expensive problem. Despite the obvious benefits of adhering to preventive care, many people forget this simple routine and risk bigger expenses down the road. Here are some easy tips you can follow to invest in a healthy smile and protect your oral health. • Get serious about flossing. Daily flossing is one of the most important things you can do to improve your oral health. Floss helps to get down into the crevices between the teeth. This is where plaque resides. Daily flossing helps you remove this plaque before it turns into tartar. • Find the toothbrush that’s right for you. As the main tool for scrub-


bing and brushing away unwanted plaque, the toothbrush tends to do the heavy lifting. Most dentists today recommend using an electric toothbrush. This allows you to give your teeth a better cleaning in less time, and it ensures you are brushing with the appropriate pressure. • What’s your toothpaste of choice? With so many kinds of toothpaste, personal preference plays a big factor. Toothpastes vary by flavor, whitening power and other additional features, so it really comes down to your brushing goals. Whichever brand you select, make sure the box has the American Dental Association (ADA) stamp. This way you’ll know your toothpaste has been

regulated and tested. • Don’t forget the mouthwash. People tend to forget about this important last step in a mouth cleansing routine, but a recent Good Housekeeping study found that “More than 9 out of 10 respondents who are not currently mouth rinse users (93 percent) said they would use it if it could help improve their dental visits.” Look for a mouthwash like the new Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection rinse. This rinse does more than just provide anti-tartar and anti-cavity benefits, it also helps to freshen breath, fights unwanted surface stains and strengthens weakened enamel. • Your smile is affected by what you eat. There are

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many products on the market that that can help you whiten your smile, but you can also improve your pearly whites by making the right food choices. Eating strawberries, broccoli, apples and cauliflower, or drinking water and dairy products help to whiten your smile. Meanwhile, you should avoid drinking red wine, tea, coffee and cola, as these drinks can stain your teeth. Maintaining good oral health doesn’t have to be hard. With the right tools and an established daily routine, you can ensure your minor oral health concerns don’t lead to major dentist bills in the future. To learn more ways you can improve your oral health, visit

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Tips and tricks for


(BPT) - Simple and healthy food substitutions can help anyone embrace the fresh flavors of summer. Some substitutions are easy, for example, substituting brown rice or quinoa for white rice or adding barley in with brown rice to add another type of whole grain. Other substitutions are completely unexpected. To be inspired and jazz up any meal time, take cues from culinary experts. Chef Andrew Lyman, culinary director, The Art Institute of Austin, suggests, “It is not uncommon to use brown sugar, for white sugar, but I often challenge my students to use other ingredients as a sweetener - for example, using a teaspoon of vanilla can often produce similar results as a cup of sugar and it saves over 400 calories. Another option is using prunes for butter, especially in


brownies or other dark baked goods - 3/4 cup of prunes with 1/4 cup of boiling water, puree to combine and you have a great option.” Chef instructor Peachy Seiden from The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of CincinnatiOhio says, “Using pureed fruit warmed on the stovetop with a bit of honey is a great substitute for classic maple syrup - decreasing the sugar content and providing an extra dose of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.” Elliott Hilton, culinary director for The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Michigan, adds, “Using non-fat Greek yogurt when the recipe calls for mayonnaise or sour cream works really well since it’s a lot less fat and a good way to add additional protein.” Here are a few more substitutions you can make

in your recipes: • Unsweetened applesauce for sugar (can be in a 1:1 ratio, but reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup). • Mashed bananas for fats. The creamy, thickening power of very ripe mashed bananas is the ideal consistency in place of one cup of butter or oil. • Spaghetti squash for pasta is a natural substitute. Simply roast and pull apart with a fork and voila. • Using coconut oil instead of butter adds additional health benefiting nutrients and the flavor is superb. • Reducing the calorie count of meals is helpful, but small adjustments make a big impact. “Something simple that I recommend is to make broths, soups and stews in advance and

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chill them. Before reheating, lift the hardened fat that formed on the surface. In a pinch, you can also float a few ice cubes to help harden the fat so it can be lifted and removed,” says Hilton. • “Using brewed tea (green, white, oolong, black) as a ‘liquid ingredient’ to our sauce or stews add another flavor dimension, not to mention the added protective antioxidants” says Seiden. • Meat consumption overall is an area that can be reduced tremendously both for the sake of health and calories. “We make a mean veggie burger here at the student-run restaurant - one that would make any meat lover a veggie burger convert,” says Lyman, who shares the recipe on the next page.

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Makes four to six burgers

Umami Glaze:


needed • 1 tablespoon pureed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard • 6 prunes, minced • 1 teaspoon salt (kosher) • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder • 1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika • 1 teaspoon ground toasted cumin • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce,

In a large bowl combine the cooked rice and roughly chopped beans.

Shape the veggie mixture into four to

Add 1/2 cup of the Umami Glaze and the remaining ingredients including the sautéed onion and garlic.

the patties on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate for at least

add the minced onion. Cook, stirring

Mix well to combine.

To cook, brush the patties with a little

constantly, until it starts to caramelize

Evaluate how well the mixture holds into patties. If too dry, add some of the Umami Glaze. If too wet, add a little more oat bran.

vegetable oil and cook on a flat top

• 2 tablespoons light soy sauce • 2 tablespoons Thai golden mountain sauce (available at Asian markets, optional) • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce • 2 tablespoons molasses • 2 tablespoons honey

Thai golden mountain sauce if using, the hoisin sauce, molasses and honey. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and when hot,

and brown. Add garlic and continue cooking until the onions are golden brown.

• 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, drained and roughly chopped • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil • 1/2 medium onion, smoked then minced • 4 cloves garlic, smoked then minced • 1/2 cup grated cooked beets (use a box grater to grate one roasted beet) • 1/4 cup oat bran plus more as

six patties, depending on size. Place

one hour.

griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat about five minutes per side to set the burger up.


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Should polyamory be disclosed or kept private? Dear Dr. Beth, I am a married woman and my husband and I have been married for 25 years. We have an unusual dilemma and I wondered if you can help us. My husband and I have raised a family with two wonderful daughters. Both are out on their own and very successful in their careers and relationships. Now that we have the privacy, we have decided that we would like to open our marriage up to include new people in our lives both as friends and potentially as sexual partners. We are on the same page about this but aren’t sure how to go forward. Also, should we share or not share this with our current friends or our daughters? We could use some advice. It sounds like you and your husband are both interested in developing a new direction within your marriage. Your interest in expanding your marriage to include new friends and potential lovers is not unique, but certainly uncommon and looked down upon in our culture. Norms for marriage emphasize monogamy as the correct form for a marriage. However, there are definitely healthy people who choose alternative lifestyles. Most are very private about doing so due to fear of judgment or alienation. What you want is a lifestyle that requires self-knowledge, clear communication, maturity, and finding supportive friends or community with whom you can be open.


It is a challenge. You may have done enough research on this subject to know that there is a modest but growing list of books, workshops and support groups on how to develop successful open relationships. This lifestyle is referred to as “polyamory”, a word that refers to our capacity to love and cherish more than one person in an intimate way. Some people have the desire and capacity to do this, but most never question our culture’s conventional wisdom that relationships, sexual relationships in particular, should exist only between two people. It is much more common for people to cheat on their partners, forming secretive intimate relationships outside the marriage, than to develop a consensual polyamorous lifestyle. Polyamory is different from cheating in that it is honest and requires the consent of all partners. In addition, new intimate partners are given a clear understanding of the primary status of the marriage and that the new friendship is not a replacement. Therefore, the third party is also given the choice as to whether or not they wish to become involved. Several resources exist to support individuals who are choosing this alternative lifestyle. Loving More (lovemore. com) is a registered NonProfit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to “support polyamory and relationship choice.” The organization began in 1985 and has

chapters around the country, including here in Northern Colorado. The organization is not a “pick-up” or casual sex organization, but does host social gatherings, support groups, workshops and conferences on the topic. The Loving More website is a great place to begin to locate helpful resources, support groups and information. With respect to disclosure, there is a strong likelihood of misunderstanding and judgment from friends and family members who are unfamiliar with polyamory and ethical non-monogamous relationships. Most people confuse polyamory with cheating. In general, I suggest that you and your spouse have a chance to explore and develop your lifestyle according to your own values and needs before subjecting yourselves to potential negative judgments or risking alienating your friends and family. It is valuable to first get very clear about what you are doing and develop a network of supportive friends, especially friends who are experienced and successful in their own poly relationships. Eventually, and especially if you do find one or more partners with whom you want to share a lot of time and develop a deeper relationship, it is likely that you will want to come out to your family and friends (selectively) and

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introduce them to the new special person or people. As you become educated and confident, this will become easier to do, but realize that acceptance is not guaranteed. It is courageous to choose a less traveled path that promises great fulfillment for the two of you and that is not easily understood by others. You may wish to find a knowledgeable and supportive therapist or counselor to support and guide you through the process. It is best to choose a professional who is willing and able to help you see what is working and not working within your chosen lifestyle rather than one who knows nothing about polyamory or who might pathologize your choice out of hand. Lists of poly-aware and poly-supportive therapists can be found through links on the Loving More website. I wish you success in your explorations.

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Banner awards Best of the Best to NoCo facilities McKee Medical Center and a Banner Health Clinic in Greeley honored LOVELAND – Two Northern Colorado facilities earned top honors at Banner Health’s annual awards ceremony last week. McKee Medical Center in Loveland and Greeley’s Banner Health Clinic specializing in Pediatrics both received Banner’s Best of the Best awards, which recognizes the health care organization’s hospitals, and health centers and clinics that demonstrate consistent, and overall high performance. The leadership team of Banner Health presented the awards June 17 as part of the

organization’s 2014 Leadership Conference in Phoenix. This is the first year Banner has awarded Best of the Best honors to Banner Health Centers and Clinics, which include employed providers from the growing Banner Medical Group. McKee has received the Best of the Best award four times with its previous honors occurring in 2008, 2009 and 2012. North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley received the award in 2011 and 2013. “I am so proud of McKee and our entire Northern Colorado team,” said Michelle Joy, chief operating officer for McKee Medical Center. “Our Northern Colorado hospitals have now received the award six of the last seven years. It’s a great testament to the high

quality care and excellent service our staff delivers to our patients every day.” The categories included large hospitals with more than $100 million in revenue, small hospitals with less than $100 million in revenue, and clinics within the Banner Medical Group. McKee received the award in the large hospital category while Greeley’s Banner Health Clinic specializing in Pediatrics received the Banner Medical Group award. Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Maricopa, AZ, received the award in the small hospital category. “As the health care industry continues to evolve, one constant is our providers’ dedication to meeting the needs of our patients,” said Scott Baker,

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You only get one set of pearly whites. What do dentists recommend to keep them healthy?

By Melissa Howell, Healthline Magazine

Dental health can have significant impacts on a person’s overall health, yet often is overlooked or neglected. Good dental maintenance is largely a preventative measure that can have significant long-term impacts on a person’s health. “I view (dental visits) no differently than having the oil changed regularly in your own vehicle,” said Ted “Theo” Mioduski, III, DDS, Implant & General Dentistry of Northern Colorado. “Delaying such a simple task like that for several years could be completely destructive and involve much


more costly repairs down the road.” According to Dr. Mioduski, taking care of one’s mouth is as important as caring for the rest of the body. “The mouth harbors many types of bacteria, and it is important to keep that bacteria, or ‘oral flora,’ at bay,” he said. Oral bacteria can cause such problems as cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal (gum) disease. And according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, researchers have observed that people with gum disease were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling

blood sugar, and that women with gum disease were more likely than those with healthy gums to deliver preterm, low birth weight babies. Furthermore, lack of oral care may lead to tooth deterioration or destruction, periodontal gum disease, pain, infection, bone loss and a general decrease in overall health. Most dentists recommend dental cleanings and exams every six months, while some patients’ needs might necessitate additional visits. Dr. Mioduski recommends children begin regular dental visits at age 2. Maintaining dental health between dental visits is im-

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portant. For optimum dental health, a consistent routine that includes thorough, twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and regular mouthwash rinses is key. “We are making a push every day just to get people to switch from manual brushes to electric brushes,” Dr. Mioduski said. “I think the cost and overwhelming amount of types of these brushes steers people away. I will make it simple: buy a middle-range priced Sonicare toothbrush, and change the head once every three months.” The “don’ts” can be as important as the “dos” in maintaining good oral health. These include avoiding a lot of sticky or tacky candies and foods, which can lead to cavities; according to Dr. Mioduski, too many sticky sugars (also known as fermentable carbohydrates) are what lead to the progression of cavities. Further, sodas, juices, energy and sports drinks can damage teeth, as these are often highly acidic and filled with sugar. Reasons people skip or put off dental visits commonly include lack of time, financial costs, busy schedules and anxiety or fears of the dentist. “The fact is that some people just don’t make it a priority in their lives,” Dr. Mioduski said. “People have work, kids, and so many other obligations that they

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feel trump their own general health concerns. Some people assume that if they don’t have actual dental pain, then everything must be okay … which is not at all the case. In fact, many dental problems can start with little or no pain at all. By the time pain finally does occur, often their dental issues may be more advanced and require much more extensive treatment.” For patients who have dental phobia, negative reaction to anesthetics, highly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or other issues that cause anxiety at the dentist, Implant & General Dentistry of Northern Colorado offers oral and intravenous sedation dentistry to help patients sleep through any procedure at their dental visits. As the dental field contin-

ues to make advancements, dentists can advise patients about ongoing needs and concerns. For patients with sleep apnea, Dr. Mioduski said, “we are seeing great advances in the realm of fabricating custom oral appliances to treat patients with sleep apnea. They are approved for treatment of snoring and for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as severe obstructive sleep apnea when CPAP is not tolerable.” Teeth whitening continues to be an area of increasing popularity. As with many topics, Dr. Mioduski stresses the “everything in moderation” approach. While whitening isn’t necessarily harmful, it can cause or increase tooth sensitivity; for those who are affected by sensitive teeth, adding a sensitivity specific toothpaste can help.

“Over-the-counter whitening strips are a good place to start, and are effective for most patients with relatively straight teeth,” Dr. Mioduski said. Implant & General Dentistry of Northern Colorado strives to educate patients about their care, and provide care that is tailored to each individual’s needs, especially in the approach to replacing missing teeth. For some patients, a dental implant – a titanium anchor that serves as a root replacement for a missing tooth – can replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or even used as an anchor for a denture or partial denture. According to Dr. Mioduski, implant makes a great treatment option, but requires a suitable amount of jaw bone to aid in stability, something that can be negatively

affected by delaying tooth replacement. A bridge is a suitable alternative sometimes, although it involves preparation of surrounding teeth, which might not be necessary with the implant option,” Dr. Mioduski said. “Occasionally if a person is not healthy enough for surgery, this may be a good alternative to an implant.” “In the past few years we have seen a dramatic increase in the rate of emergency dental visits,” Dr. Mioduski said. “This has been very unsettling, as I never like to see people in this state. The saddest part is that many times their problems could have been prevented by more regular visits. Preventative dentistry is such a big part of what we do.”

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Scientists unlock secrets to boost metabolism By Marni Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, (MCT)

What’s the best way to boost your metabolism and burn more fat? That’s the holy grail for metabolic researchers and for many Americans. Orlando, Fla., scientists are at the forefront of some of the most promising research in the field. A heart hormone, the “caveman diet” and cooler spaces are all potentially promising ways to burn more fat, these scientists say. Longterm, their discoveries could help reverse the nation’s twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Short-term, their findings can help consumers boost metabolism now. A person’s metabolism determines how many calories he burns, and many factors affect it, said Dr. Steve Smith, scientific director for the Florida Hospital-Sanford Burnham Translational Research Institute. “If we can increase thermogenesis, or the body’s ability to burn calories and stored fat, we could stave off obesity and its many related ills,” Smith said. One metabolism-boosting secret may lie in a hormone the heart naturally produces, said obesity researcher Sheila Collins, a professor at the Institute. Natriuretic peptides, which the heart muscle makes when it perceives high blood pressure and during exercise, appear to turn on the body’s fat-burning mechanisms, Collins said. These peptides also help the body excrete salt,


Dr. Sheila Collins, upper left, Dr. Zuzana Kovacova, upper right, and Dr. Denny Liu, bottom, analyze tissue samples at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in Lake Nona, Fla., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)

which lowers elevated blood pressure. Thus, doctors have used a biologic form to treat patients who have congestive heart failure. Autopsy studies inadvertently revealed that patients who had been given this treatment had unusually high levels of “brown fat.” A desirable, active type of fat that actually helps burn fat, brown fat is not like white fat, which is inactive. Everybody has some brown fat, said Collins, who, like others, is looking for ways to activate and make more of it. Collins tested natriuretic peptides in mice and found the peptides boosted their levels of brown fat. Taking Collins’ work from the lab to the clinic, Dr. Richard Pratley, director of the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute, in Orlando, and TRI investigator, is looking to see whether it holds true in

humans. He is administering natriuretic peptides to 40 healthy volunteers: 20 lean and 20 obese. He will then measure changes in their brown fat. If outcomes look good, long-term infusions to improve metabolism and manage obesity may not be far away, Pratley said.

What you can do now:

Do anything that increases your heart rate, which will release these cardiac peptides. “There is no escaping the fact that we have to exercise,” Collins said. Another TRI study underway is comparing the effects on metabolism of a low-carbohydrate diet and the typical American diet. Studies have shown that a low-carb diet is more effective than a low-fat diet for losing weight and lowering insulin,

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but “something about eating a low-carb diet causes people to burn more calories in ways we don’t yet understand,” said Smith. To learn why, his team will study men who will live in a rigidly controlled environment at the TRI. For four weeks they will eat a standard American diet of 50 percent carbohydrates, 15 percent protein and 35 percent fat. They will go through the same drill again, only during the second four-week period, they will eat a very-lowcarbohydrate diet consisting of 5 percent carbohydrates, 15 percent protein and 80 percent fat. In both diets the calorie content will be identical and matched to the subject’s caloric needs. The study, funded by the Nutrition Science Initiative, a San Diego-based nonprofit that aims to understand how

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nutrition changes health, is also being conducted at three other centers across the country. The four centers will collate their findings, said Smith, who aims to have some answers by Thanksgiving.

What you can do now:

Cut carbs, and eat more healthy fats and proteins. In other words, “Go paleo,” said Collins. “Cavemen didn’t have many carbs around.”

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Inaugural Fall Classic Marathon Relay/5K

By Misty Kaiser, Healthline Magazine

According to the goal of this first Fall Classic Marathon is to bring “a healthy and fun event to areas devastated by the flood of 2013.” With such a scenic course, team spirit and the most prize money awarded in any Colorado marathon, organizers are on the right path. On September 14, participants and racers will depart from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park at 6 a.m. They will then weave through the Big Thompson Canyon through the spectacular changing colors and wildlife of Northern Colorado. The race winds up at The Fountains of Loveland event center where there will be a finish line party with food, live music and more. All marathon/relay finishers will receive a one of kind finisher print by local artist, Tom Riggs. Marathon runners only will receive medals. This race also has a unique opportunity to show-

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case your team spirit through relay participation. Get together with a friend, family member, or co-worker and complete half the marathon each. The relay exchange will take place at the halfway mark in the town of Drake. Whether or not you’ve been training for a marathon this is one you should not miss. It focuses on generating visibility and economic boost for the flooded areas and will ONLY benefit local groups. If you are a marathon enthusiast this course is one of the top three fastest courses in the US for Boston and New York marathon qualifying. If a full marathon sounds like a bit much, but you would still like to participate, sign up for the 5K version. The 5K is a loop starting and finishing at Fountains of Loveland. There are a limited number of entries, 800 Full Marathon, 50 Relay Teams (No limit for 5k), so visit coloradofallclassicmarathon. com to read more and sign up today.

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ARE OUR CHAIRS KILLING US? Get up and get moving, scientist urges

By Mary Macvean, Los Angeles Times (MCT)

There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking. What to do about it? “Get Up!” is the title of Levine’s new book, a jovial tale of how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat. We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit, writes Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk. Sitting all day is not natural and to blame for all kinds of ailments, including obesity, he says. “We have created for ourselves a modern way of living that clashes with the way we’re meant to be,” he writes. So the obvious answer is to move more, by, for example, taking walks after meals,


something Levine writes that he does after every meal. “On one hand, the good news is that this is incredibly easy. The bad news is this is incredibly difficult,” especially for a computer-centric workforce, Levine said in a telephone interview. Yet Levine is optimistic that the revolution to overthrow sitting is at hand. He sees the arrival of dynamic offices, with walking paths from department to department, active senior centers and classrooms. And those will lead to healthier and happier people, he says. “I think the revolution is coming. It’s going to happen. The cool companies, cool executives are not driving BMWs, they’re on treadmills. My kids won’t be working the way my colleagues and myself have,” he says. “This is about hard-core productivity. You will make money if your workforce gets

up and gets moving. Your kids will get better grades if they get up and get moving,” he says. “The science is not refuted.” That was not always the case. As he tells it in the book, he was ridiculed by a number of colleagues when he first began talking about the dangers of sitting. The science turns on the study of NEAT, or nonexercise activity thermogenesis, the energy expenditure of activity other than sports. It includes dancing, going to work, shoveling snow and taking a walk, Levine writes. So you can imagine a construction worker uses a lot more NEAT calories than a computer programmer in the course of a workday. “Low NEAT is linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart attacks and cancer,” Levine writes. In an experiment in which people were overfed by the

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same amount — 1,000 calories a day — Levine and his colleagues found that some people had a “powerful NEAT switch” that gets them moving to use excess energy. “Those people who do not have a NEAT switch remain sitting in response to overfeeding and are predisposed to obesity,” he writes. The difference was two hours and 15 minutes a day of movement versus sitting. Levine and his colleagues did other studies over several years to look at how the brain controls movement – or lack of movement. Levine puts the dangers simply: “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

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Banner Health’s, Health eConnect, was launched on July 21 with a focus on health and wellness for families and individuals. Banner’s bloggers will provide educational information through interesting, relatable, personable and relevant health content. The blog will also be a source for media looking for relevant health and wellness content. “Health eConnect is a consumer-friendly source of information for those seeking health care information and treatment,” says Jeff Nardoci, senior vice president, chief strategy and marketing officer, for Banner Health. “We believe that some of these consumers have risk factors which they want to learn how to manage. Others are looking for information and tools to help them live a healthier lifestyle. While these consumers may not require a doctor of a hospital today, we aim to build an ongoing relationship and establish trust in our medical services through Health eConnect.” Blogging is more personal than ordinary website content. Banner has more than 10 bloggers who each have a personal slant on health and wellness and who bring their personal experiences to the table. “From a consumer perspective, blogs help us to build a relationship with potential patients,” says Retta Byron, brand services specialist and Health eCon-

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nect editor for Banner Health. “Consumers find blog content interesting and feel positive after reading helpful information. Our goal is to provide people with timely, interesting and relatable health content in an easy to consume way.” Health eConnect will also be a source for local and national reporters to find timely and local health content. To visit Health eConnect go to




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The group focuses on providing support and education about community resources and behavior issues, particularly for people with Alzheimer’s and memory impairment. Where: 302 3rd St. SE STE. 100, Loveland When: 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: FREE. Care of elderly adult family members or friends is available through Stepping Stones Adult Day Program during meeting times at no charge. Call: 970.669.7069

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Making Loveland a Heart Safe City Heart attacks can strike at any moment and having help nearby is vital to survival. That’s why McKee Medical Center, the McKee Medical Center Foundation, the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado, Thompson Valley EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and other local organizations are banding together to make Loveland a Heart Safe City. Tom Lucero and Julie Kruit, parents of a high school student and baseball player whose life was saved thanks to the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), are also part of the partnership. The “Heart Safe City” designation, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is a communitywide effort to educate citizens on the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). The program is focused on educating local citizens on how to

arrest. When opened, the device

many businesses and public loca-

instructs the user to apply pads to

tions as possible to maximize their

the victim’s chest. The device then

use in the event of a cardiac event.

administers an electric shock to the

The McKee Foundation has raised

victim’s heart so it can begin beating

$73,000 for the initiative and has set

again. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a

a goal of $250,000 for the cam-

leading cause of death in the United


States, claiming over 325,000 lives each year. Brain death begins to occur in just four to six minutes after

identify symptoms of SCA, how to

cardiac arrest. Chances of survival

administer CPR, and how to use

are reduced by 7 to 10 percent with

AED devices. “We are committed to providing resources to ensure that our local

every minute that passes without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

residents and visitors have the best

and the use of an AED. If more

chance possible to survive a cardiac

people were educated in CPR, and

event,” said Julie Johnson Haffner,

AEDs were more widely available in

executive director of the McKee

our community, survival rates could

Medical Center Foundation. “I think

be as high as 50 percent.

all of us know someone who has ex-

In the last two years, Thompson

perienced a heart attack. We believe

Valley EMS has responded to 1,174

this program will save lives and that’s

cardiac-related calls.

a goal I think the entire community

The “Heart Safe City” initiative calls for the placement of AEDs in

will rally around.” An AED is a portable, lightweight

public gathering spots throughout

device that makes it possible for

the city of Loveland. The goal is to

anyone to help in a sudden cardiac

place them in every school and as


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If you would like to contribute to the Heart Safe City Program, please contact the McKee Medical Center Foundation at 970.635.4001.

Register an AED with Thompson Valley EMS Thompson Valley EMS is asking anyone in the community who has an AED device on the premises to contact Paramedic Tim Zimmerman at 970.775.7126. TVEMS will add the location of the device into its database so that 911 operators can direct callers to a nearby device in the event of an emergency.

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