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Public Policy

By Larry Oldham & Dena Hill

10 The Money Club

The Art and Science of Business Investing By Todd Boaze

20 A Better You

The Problem I have with Diets! by Dave Gluhareff

Health Talk

Our Family Welcomes Yours

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Area Events Guide

Fun and Games

Crossword, Word Seach, & Sudoku

Paws for The Cause By Paulette Dean

The Seventh Mile: Balancing Act by Bobby Allen Roach

58 Mystified

Top 40 on 40 by Misty Brooks

A Three-Day Escape

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F RO M T HE P u b l i s her The NSA is tracking our every move. Google knows every detail about our life. Amazon knows our reading habits and Netflix knows our television watching habits. Apple can predict how well an album, movie, book, or app will sell before it’s launched by simply querying their database of customer buying habits. The banks know everything we spend money on and are quick to notify us when anything we purchase outside of our normal routine threatens their money. (They like to call it our money, though.) If you believe the data collectors, all of this data collection is done for our own benefit – to give us a better experience or to protect us from unknown threats.

That moment of birth changes everything. In the Health Talk Section, you’ll find where thirtynine of our readers have shared the things that changed for them after having a child. You’ll read one family’s story of how Danville Regional’s new couplet care model made the birth of their new baby more of a family event. Spring’s Health Talk has a wealth of knowledge from prenatal care to newborn care.

In a fast moving world where every moment of a person’s day is on display for someone, it’s good to know that there are still a few places where private moments can remain private. Danville Regional’s new birthing couplet care model allows new parents to spend intimate time with their new baby in the new moments after birth. That may sound like a leap from the previous paragraph, but, in truth, those moments after a baby is born are some of the last vestiges where privacy is king.

We also travel to Henry County as Jennifer Doss takes readers on a three-day escape to some of the wonderful treasures embedded in the County.

In this issue we also give readers access to Kare Pharmacy, a mainstay in Danville for over thirty years. Kare Pharmacy is known for being a leading source in the area for compounding medications, or “made from scratch” medications.

I’ll leave you with one last thing in regards to privacy — George Orwell’s 1984 was written as a work of fiction. It was not meant to be read as an instructional manual.

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19 Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc. 5 The Historic North Theatre 30 Hughes Marine Service 5 It’s All About the Kids, Inc. 33 James Buckner for Danville City Council 33 John Gilstrap for Danville City Council 15 KARE Pharmacy 9 M&M Furniture Co. 18 Martinsville Tourism 27 Mary Baldwin College 11 Medo’s II Pizzeria 15 Michelle Dalton Photography 31 Mount Hermon Animal Clinic 7 Piedmont Arts 29 Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention 18 Salvation Army 59 Showcase Magazine’s 4th Annual Bridal Showcase & Wedding Expo

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7 Southside Urology & Nephrology 27 Southside Virginia Wildlife Center 12 Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda 33 Steven Gould for School Board 19 The Stone Shoppe 5 Piedmont Credit Union 15 Raymond James Financial Services 8 United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County 52 University of Richmond 31 URW Community Federal Credit Union 11 Vintages by the Dan 57 VIRginia International Raceway 15 Westover Christian Academy 13 Yates Homes Sales

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She Said...

There are a multitude of answers to all of the questions that you have asked me. First of all, I like Danville, I like teaching here, attending church here, shopping here, I am pro Danville. Having you in any public I guess my question to you would be, office in Danville would be like ringing “Why haven’t you ever suggested that the death knell on our living here.You are I run for public office?” too opinionated, not only for me, but for everyone around you. I know you mean Since we have been together, I have well and I’m sure in “Larry’s World” all shared with you all of my good ideas is good. I honestly think that you believe pHOTO BY mICHELLE dALTON pHOTOGRAPHY about how our lives should go. I am everything that comes out of your mouth. constantly offering help and suggestions so that I can guide To put you into a public forum and have you espouse some you and shape you into the person that I think you should of your reasoning, would be like me thinking I could do a be. Since we have been married, I have had even more time better job of managing foreign affairs. to offer suggestions to you. I always have opinions although you don’t always follow them. I mean you are a nice guy and all, but those people on council and the school board would probably not be open I guess some women are just hard-headed or maybe to hearing the saga of “How Larry saves the world,” much just don’t see the wisdom in following the suggestions less “How Larry plans to save Danville.” of someone like me. I mean we married for better or for worse, right? Why don’t you listen more and try to No, I think you do enough damage in my world by constantly understand my reasoning better when I tell you how to telling me how to run the house, where to plant the handle your issues? I mean it’s like you don’t believe me or daffodils, how far to walk the dog, and how to keep the that in some ways my ideas just don’t register with you. I kitchen clean. For me, I can let it go in one ear and out the don’t know how you could think that I would misguide you. other. Haven’t you noticed how I just let you talk and talk As I have always told you, if you do what I tell you, your life without commenting? In your world, you think if I’m quiet, will flow like a smooth river. If you try and do it your way, you win.You have no clue as to what I’m really thinking! it doesn’t turn out positively. In the real world of politics, you will have people just like I’m just saying that I am mostly right. Don’t you think that you who will tell you that you are wrong and why. There are these public offices could use some of the wisdom that I others who would probably have you banished from office. impart to you? I love you, but I think your job should be to stay here at home with me and continue to “run” our house and let those real politicians take care of running Danville and the school system. Besides, I work in the school system and I value my job too much to encourage you to share your nuggets of wisdom publicly. SM A couple of people asked me to run for Danville City Council. And someone asked me to run for the Danville School Board.

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The Art and Science of Business Investing

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Todd Boaze

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Money management tips, small business strategies and a variety of other financial concepts. Facts and information contained is not intended to provide specific legal, financial or tax advice, or any other advice for any individual or company and should not be relied upon in that regard.

Investing in shares of operating companies, those firms that create and/or market products or services, can be an ingenious avenue to leverage off of all kinds of other investments. You can also buy shares in an investment company, which is a firm that invests its money in the shares and bonds. The original funds are raised issuing shares to the public. Profit to the investment company comes only from the interest, dividends, and capital gains on its investments. The closed-end company is similar to an operating company. It has a number of authorized shares that it can issue. Additional sources of funds come from retained earnings, bond issues, or by issuing more shares to the public. The shares of a listed closed-end investment company are traded just as are shares of operating companies: on a stock exchange. Open-end companies, more commonly referred to as mutual funds, can buy and sell their shares directly with you or through brokers. There is no trading market. There are load funds, that is, those that charge a selling fee and no loads. The prices of their shares depend on the market value of the securities held by the fund. For example, if the value of the fund’s securities is $15 million and there are three million outstanding shares, then the price you pay is $5 a share. Insurance companies offer variable annuities that have characteristics similar to mutual funds. Investment companies range from the popular moneymarket mutual funds to specialized option funds. An investment company affords you two obvious advantages. No special time or skill is required to manage your investments. A professional management team handles almost everything. Equally important, the investment company offers you diversification. While an individual with a small amount of money will not be able to invest in a variety of areas, the company can and will do this. The management group of an investment

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company operates to achieve broad objectives. Some will stress growth; others, income. Therefore, it is easy for you to match your investment objectives with those of the investment company.

Taking a Ownership Position in a Small Business Perhaps you have an ownership position in a small business in several ways. (1) The business may be owned outright as a sole proprietorship. (2) Two or more people may each own a portion as partners. (3) The business may be incorporated, with the stock held by one or more people. In case of a general partnership or sole proprietorship, be forewarned that should the business go bankrupt, the owners and general partners are personally liable for the unpaid debts of the business. For this reason, incorporation may be advisable. On the other hand, there are legal fees, reporting requirements, and tax differences for an incorporated business. Moreover, the desirability of incorporation will vary according to the type of company and the goals and risks the investors wish to assume. An “S” corporation may provide a solution in that it has the limited liability advantage of a regular corporation, while its income (or loss) is passed through to its shareholders, hence avoiding the corporate-level federal tax. Not all states recognize “S” corporations, and federal tax rules governing them are complex. If your investment in part or complex ownership of a company obligates you to manage the business, then your expected return (salary and/or share of profit) should reflect this time investment. Because of the numerous obstacles that must be overcome to successfully start and run a business, the risk to your investment is very high and that investment will require high maintenance. Do not consider buying into a business until you have educated yourself thoroughly about the business and the business world. SM


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Ask Your Compounding

Pharmacist Prakash Suthar, RPh

My insurance requires me to use a mail-order or chain retail pharmacy to fill my prescriptions. Help! Don’t despair. While some plans do recommend that you use a particular pharmacy for prescriptions, in most cases it is not a requirement. In many cases, a 90 day supply through our pharmacy may even be cheaper than mailorder. Plus, there are many services that a mail-order, bigbox, or chain pharmacy can’t provide, which is where your local independents Kare Pharmacy & Compounding and Medical Center Pharmacy can help.

Bubble-packing is a complimentary service our pharmacies provide that can be helpful for patients on multiple medications or complicated regimens. Our pharmacies insert medications into bubble cards that are marked for each day, time of day and dose (i.e. one for a.m., one for p.m., etc.). This makes administration of medication much easier for patients and caregivers. Free Local Delivery can be helpful for patients who are homebound or have limited access to transportation. Compounding may provide a helpful solution for patients with allergies to gluten, lactose, casein, preservatives or dyes or to provide a specific strength or dosage form not commercially available. We also offer complimentary consultations for bio-identical hormones and pain management. Support Local! For every $1 spent in your independent pharmacy, 68 cents stays in the local community compared with 43 cents with a chain or $0 with mail-order.  Alcohol-free, dye-free & preservative–free medications

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KARE Pharmacy

Since opening over thirty years ago, Kare Pharmacy has grown from a small retail pharmacy to Southside Virginia’s premier local source for compounded medications. Pharmacy compounding is the art and science of preparing personalized medications for patients. Compounded medications are “made from scratch” with individual ingredients mixed together in the exact strength and dosage form required by the patient. This method allows the compounding pharmacist to work with the patient and the prescriber to customize a medication to meet the patient’s specific needs.

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Kare’s compounding pharmacist, Prakash Suthar, and technicians have been specially trained and receive continuing education in sterile and non-sterile compounding through the Professional Compounding Centers of America. Prakash graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison pharmacy program. He opened up The Medicine Shoppe in 1984, which later became Kare Pharmacy in parents who had difficulty administering medication to their young children. Countless therapeutic possibilities exist when medications can be customized to meet the unique needs of a specific patient. Kare’s compounding pharmacy solves patient medication problems by using the highest grade of ingredients from FDA inspected and regulated facilities to formulate needed medications in the optimal strength and dosage for each patient. 2004. From 1996 to 2005, Prakash owned and operated Tejay Pharmaceuticals in Africa, which manufactured sterile eye drops and injectables and distributed them throughout Zambia and Malawi. He got into compounding to meet his patients’ needs, specifically

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Some still may wonder why compounding is preferable to traditional pharmaceuticals. There are several factors to consider. Transdermal formulations, for


example, may offer significant advantages to traditional dosage forms. When a patient has difficulty swallowing, Kare can often formulate the needed drug as a transdermal gel or cream that will facilitate drug absorption through the skin. “Because each patient and his or her problems are unique, there is no monotony in compounding. Customization means every day is different and I welcome that challenge,” said Suthar. Kare’s patient care coordinator Jennifer Arnold, who has worked for many years in retail pharmacy, enjoys the uniqueness of working in the compounding division. “Compounding allows me to be a problem solver,” she says. “We are able to work with the patient and prescriber until we reach the best possible outcome for the patient. This allows us to form greater and more meaningful relationships with our patients and local providers.” With a dedicated staff and a commitment to excellent customer service, it’s no wonder that Kare Pharmacy has remained a fixture in the Danville region for thirty years. Their compounding services put them on the forefront of medical advancement and serve as a great resource for people in Southside Virginia. SM

With a dedicated staff and a commitment to excellent customer service, it’s no wonder that Kare Pharmacy has remained a fixture in the Danville region for thirty years.

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Too Self Conscious to Work Out, But…

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From Fitness Professional Dave Gluhareff of Train With Dave:

The Problems I have with Diets! Fad diet plans can create an adverse effect on a person wishing to get in shape. Many times the person gains the original weight back, plus more, and never really gets healthier or stronger. In order to see through the “miracle” façade of these diets I’m going to be blunt.

If you’re serious about making positive changes, embrace the fact that you want to better yourself. Tell the world that you’re standing up to obesity. And you’re going to win.

What you are about to read are a few serious opinion points I have and feel the need to share with everyone.

From Fitness Professional Suzanne Stowe of Train With Suzanne:

One of my clients made the most profound statement in regards to what was really going on when he would try quick diet fixes and fail. He said, “Dave, many of us are ready and able…but not willing.”

We are Never too Busy to Get Healthy!

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In the late 1990s David Gluhareff lost over 100 pounds. Dave then became a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and began his career as a personal trainer. In April of 2009 David earned the elite status of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS) by the ISSA, their highest level of personal training qualifications. As a personal trainer, Dave has been helping people take charge of their physiques to help them feel, look, and move better through life. Visit www. VirginiaBootcamp. com for more information.

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I, sometimes, get calls from people telling me they do not want to go to the gym or bootcamp and work out because they are too self-conscious. That is the most ridiculous excuse I’ve ever heard. It’s ridiculous because they are not too self-conscious to gorge themselves at a buffet. They are not embarrassed by poor medical check-ups or being turned away from rides at amusement parks. But actually taking the positive steps to change their lives for the better makes them want to hide. Huh?

With regards to diet talk, “whatever works” is an enabling mentality. Let’s not confuse choosing the lesser of two evils — point system diets versus a diet of junk food or pre-packaged food systems versus fast food with whatever works. That mentality can lead to serious problems. Popular diet systems do not really aid immune system function, bone strength, and an overall healthy body functioning. This lesser evil teaches as long as it’s within the points system it’s OK. This mentality does not help the human body function properly.

Butt-Kicking Workouts To get healthy, one most have a goal — becoming stronger to pick up and hold grandchildren, not to get winded while gardening, to lose the “obese” tag. Some even want to become elite athletes. Establishing a definition of why you’re changing your habits is the key to success. The mentality that you have to get your butt kicked in a workout to achieve a healthy change is simply not true.Very few people train as intense as I do, but someone else’s training program is not about me. It’s about them. I help them reach their goals and needs with programs based on their answer to the question, “Why am I getting fit?”

Your health will not wait until kids are out of college, high school, or even diapers. Just like you have to juggle important events and focus on more than one thing at a time, you should include your health as a focus throughout the process. As a single working mom of six, I know it is possible to maintain an active, yet healthy lifestyle, if you get creative. Here are some options for a fitting in a workout in your busy schedule: Find a gym that has a daycare. Fit in a workout before time to wake the kids. Put the baby in the stroller and hit the trails. Run the track while your children are at practice. Jog the college campus when you go for a visit. Get inspired and carve out time to focus on your health whatever phase of life you are in.

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I try to get my kids to clean up after one activity before starting something new. Life is not that tidy. The last bag is in the car for the trip back to college, the tuxedo is ordered for the high school prom, and I hear the squeak of the big yellow bus stopping at my driveway…Life is a continuum. It overlaps and does not wait for one phase to end before bringing something new. And you should not wait either.

Life is meant to be enjoyed in all its messiness. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 www.Facebook.com/trainwithsuzanneastowe SM

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Showcase Magazine’s Candidates for Danville City Council Debate/Forum

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Pictured below are Danville City Council candidates and their supporters at the Showcase Magazine Candidates for Danville City Council Debate/Forum held on March 26, 2014. For the first debate of the year there was an excellent audience turnout at the Danville Science Center’s new Digital Dome Theater. Candidates in attendance were Alonzo Jones, James Buckner, Dr. Gary Miller, Joyce Glaise, Dawn Witter, and John Gilstrap. Reverend Thomas Motley and Madison Whittle were absent. Showcase Magazine Publisher Scott Brooks moderated the forum. The event was streamed live and can be viewed at showcasemagazine.com.

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DANVILLE 22 - It’s Just a Mole! A brief discussion regarding suspicious skin lesions -

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Free , dynamic and interactive program will be presented by Danville dermatologist Dr. Keith Robinson. Tuesday, April 22, from 11:30-1:00, at Ballou Recreation Center. Lunches can be ordered in advance for $6.00. 434-766-6650.

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25 - Seniors Got Talent! - Join us for Ballou’s senior version of “America’s Got Talent.” Cost: $3. If you would like to perform, please register by April 11th. 2:00pm4:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

2 - Wees Story Time - Share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 3 to 5 with an accompanying adult. 10am10:45am. Library Auditorium. 434-7995195.

3 - Bingo Madness! - Play Bingo with a different theme each month. 4pm-5pm. Library Auditorium/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

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25 - Seniors Got Talent! - Join us for Ballou’s senior version of “America’s Got Talent.” Cost: $3. If you would like to perform, please register by April 11th. 2:00pm-4:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-7995216. 26 - MGM Movie Musicale - The www.showcasemagazine.com

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2 - “Age of Champions” Movie Screening - Enjoy this free showing compliments of Shelley Paschal, Sales Rep for Humana. Ages 50+. 12:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-7995216.

12 - Barn Dinner Theater Trip - Join Ballou’s Seniors on the Move as we travel to Greensboro, NC for dinner and the live performance of “Ehtel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow.” 1:00pm9:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

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10 - Pajama Story Time - Dress in your PJs and share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult. 6pm-6:45pm. Library Auditorium. 434-799-5195.

10 - Teen Movie Night: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) - Angst, romance, action... teen movies for all! Popcorn and lemonade will be served. Ages 13 and up. 4pm-6pm. Library Auditorium. 434-799-5195.

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1 - Hand and Foot Social - Join the hottest card game in town. Snacks provided. $1.50 ($2 Non City Residents). 2:00pm-4:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

10 - Senior Movie Day: Captain Phillips - Join us for movies and snacks each month. Ages 50 and up. 11am-1pm. Library Auditorium/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

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7 - Anime Club: Kamisama Kiss (TV-14) - Watch anime, talk manga, and enjoy things Japanese. Snacks provided. Ages 12 to 19. 4pm-6pm. Children’s TV area. 434-799-5195.

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6 - Showcase Magazine’s 4th Annual Bridal Showcase and Wedding Expo Sponsored by Piedmont Credit Union, this event hosts the area’s finest wedding vendors from DJ’s and photographers to planners and honeymoon destinations. 1-4PM. Danville Community Market. 434-334-4583.

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5 - Adoption Fair/Pet Photos - Reduced adoption fees, pet (and children) photos with Easter Bunny, rabies shot clinic, microchip clinic, Easter baskets, and more. 11am - 3 pm. Humane Society Animal Shelter. 434-799-0843.

19 - Danville City Egg Hunt - Enjoy a day of games and activities as well as an old fashion egg hunt. Pre-registration required by Wed., April 16. Ages 3-8. No fee. 10:30am-12pm. Ballou Park Baseball Field. (434) 799-5150.

4 - Singing at Ballou - Join us for karaoke - sing or just sit and listen. This is a free programs for ages 50+. 2:00pm-3:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

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5 - Maker Lab - Explore your creative side at the Library. Each month will feature a different theme and art medium, with informational books and project ideas to try out. Ages 5 t0 9 with accompanying adult. 10am-11am. Library Activity Room. 434-799-5195.

17 - Steampunk Prom - Dress in your best steampunk gear and join us afterhours at the library for a unique prom experience. Ages 13 to 20. 8pm-9pm. Children’s Area. 434-799-5195.

4 - Book Swap - This is a weekly event on Fridays. Take a book or two to read and leave a book or two to share. Free program for ages 50+. 9:00am-5:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

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4 - Preschool Story Time - Share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 3 to 5 with an accompanying adult. 11am11:45am. Library Auditorium. 434-7995195.

16 - Easter Chicks - Join us in making a cute little Easter jelly bean chick! Ages 6 to 10. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Westover Branch Library. 434-799-5152.

music, dancing and refreshments. Ages 50+. 7:30pm-10:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-7995216.

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3 - Pajama Story Time - Dress in your PJs and share stories and songs with a set theme. Ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult. 6pm-6:45pm. Library Auditorium. 434-799-5195.

- emergency, construction, landscaping, military, transportation, delivery and unique - all in one place! Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite trucks in a safe, supervised environment. Bounce Houses, crafts and kid-friendly food will be available to make this a perfectly entertaining day for the entire family! 12pm-4pm. Averett University North Campus Parking lot (707 Mount Cross Rd., Danville,Va 24540). 8046529586.

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26 - MGM Movie Musicale - The wonderful music from those MGM musicals will be featured two performances only at Gretna Little Theatre, produced and directed by Gary Sullivan. This is a “red carpet”event, a reason to get dressed up in spangles and bling. 7:30 p.m.;Saturday; 2;30 P.M. Sunday matinee. Gretna Movie Theatre, 107 N Main Street. 434 656 3637.

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26 - PFLAG Meeting - This meeting is to welcome new friends, discuss healthy communication within families and support the local community the best way we can. For more information, contact us at PFLAGofdanvilleva@gmail.com. 2pm. Danville Yoga Meditation and Wellness Center, 2000 C Westover Dr. 434-429-1078.

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wonderful music from those MGM musicals will be featured two performances only at Gretna Little Theatre, produced and directed by Gary Sullivan. This is a “red carpet”event, a reason to get dressed up in spangles and bling. 7:30 p.m.;Saturday; 2;30 P.M. Sunday matinee. Gretna Movie Theatre, 107 N Main Street. 434 656 3637.

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provided. Ages 18+. 11:00am-12:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434799-5216. 3 - Intermediate Sign Language Class - This is a weekly event on Thursdays. $65 includes handbook and six weekly classes. 4:00pm5:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

1 - Sewing Classes - This is a weekly event on Tuesdays. Bring your portable sewing machine, material, pattern, thread and a willingness to learn. $31.50 ($37.50 Non City Residents). Ages 18+. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Coates Recreation Center, 1725 Westover Drive. 434-799-5216.

3 - Ballou Jammers - This is a weekly event on Thursdays. An acoustica musical jamboree. Bring a stringed instrument or just sit and listen. Free program for ages 50+. 3:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

1 - Art with Judie - This is a weekkly class held on Mondays. Judie Moseley will teach her students to paint with acrylic, oil or water color. $25 ($30 Non City Residents). Ages 18+. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

3 - Technology Woes Lifeline - This is a weekly event on Thursdays. Bring your tech woes to one-on-one trouble-shooting sessions with a computer savvy technician. $3 per 30 minute session. 3:00pm-4:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

1 - Deco Mesh Wreath Making Class - $20 ($25 Non City Residents) for all materials & instruction to make one Easter wreath. All ages. 3pm or 6pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

8 - “Age of Champions” Movie Screening Enjoy this free showing compliments of Shelley Paschal, Sales Rep for Humana. All ages. 6:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

1 - African Violet Club - Free meeting and covered dish meal for ages 50+. 12:00pm1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

8 - Crafter’s Corner - Bring your current craft project or learn a new one. 4:30pm-5:30pm. Library Auditorium/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195 ext. 3.

1 - Ballou Choir Rehearsal - Bring your singing talents and join the choir. 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

8 - Spring Book Reviews: Dog Whistle Politics - Katie Whitehead will be reviewing the book “Dog Whistle Politics” by Ian Haney. 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Danville Public Library Auditorium. 434-799-5195.

1 - Spring Book Reviews - Mayor Sherman Saunders will be reviewing the book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore. 12:00pm - 1:30pm. Danville Public Library Auditorium. 434-799-5195. 2 - Technology Woes Lifeline - This is a weekly event on Wednesdays. Bring your tech woes to one-on-one trouble-shooting sessions with a computer savvy technician. $3 per 30 minute session. 1:00pm-4:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

9 - Introduction to Genealogical Research: Part 1 - An introduction to online genealogical databases to aid in research. No fee. 11am1pm. Computer Lab/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195. 10 - Autism Workshop - Dr, Jill Hamlett of Averett University presents this informative workshops for parents and caregivers of those with Autism. Cost:$7 in advance; $10 day of event. 6:30pm-8pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

2 - Art with Flo - This is a weekly event on Wednesdays. Flo Haynes teaches the wet on wet technique of oil painting. $31.50 $44 Non City Residents). Ages 18+. 9:30am-11:30am. Glenwood Community Center, Halifax Road. 434-799-5216.

10 - Medicare Seminar - This free program is presented by Shelley Paschal of Humana. Learn which Medicare plans and options are best for you. 11:00am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

2 - Art with Flo - This is a weekly event on Wednesdays. Flo Haynes will teach the wet on wet technique of oil painting. $31.50 ($44 non City Residents). Ages 18+. 6:00pm-8:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

10 - Controlling Your Pain Naturally - Arthritis - Learn about the real cause of arthritis and how to naturally prevent, manage symptoms, and treat the underlying cause of arthritis. Taught by Dr. Jerry Manning of Manning Chiropractic. 11am-12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. (434) 797-8848.

2 - Wednesday Friends - This is a weekly event on Wednesdays. Bring a bag lunch and staff with provide a special activity or speaker. The second Wednesday of the month is shopping day. Free programs for ages 60+. 11:00am1:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

11 - Introduction to Genealogical Research: Part 2 - An introduction to online genealogical databases to aid in research. No fee. 11am1pm. Computer Lab/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

3 - Gallery on the Go! - Averett University Associate Professor of Art Lee Sandstead discusses “Hiking through France and Spain for Art, Part I.” Free program. Drinks and snacks

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14 - Court Records for Genealogical Research: Part 1 - Learn how to utilize court records to guide genealogical research. No fee. 11am1pm. Computer Lab/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195.

14 - Paint/Craft/Create Class - At this month’s class, we will create Easter Edibles. Cost: $15 ($18 Non City Residents) includes all materials to make several goodies. 3:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434799-5216. 16 - Court Records for Genealogical Research: Part 2 - Learn how to utilize court records to guide genealogical research. No fee. 11am1pm. Computer Lab/Danville Public Library. 434-799-5195. 17 - Gardening Basics - Organic No Chemical Gardening - Join Stuart Sutphin,Virginia Cooperative Extension agent, as he shares gardening information and answers questions. Pre-registration required. No Fee. 6pm7:30pm. Library Auditorium. (434) 797-8848. 19 - Ladies Day - This is a time for ladies to come browse the upcoming Spring releases of all types of vendors. Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Pampered Chef, Silpada, Origami Owl, and Southern Fashions just to name a few! 1pm6pm. The Homeplace Vineyard. 434-432-9463. 22 - Keeping Well Program Series by the Cancer Resource Center - Free program. Bring your lunch or order a box lunch for $6. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Register by calling (434) 766-6650 or online to cllitzenberg@vcu.edu. April’s Topic: Skin Cancer. 11:30am-1:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. (434) 766-6650. 24 - Gallery on the Go! - Hear Averett University Associate Professor of Art Lee Sandstead discuss “Hiking through France and Spain for Art, Part II.” Free program. Bring yuor ,unch. Drinks & snacks provided. 11:00am12:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216. 24 - Controlling Pain Naturally - Back Pain Get the facts on the aches and pains that signal back problems. Dr. Jerry Manning, of Manning Chiropractic, will teach you about drug-free, non-surgical approaches to healing. No fee. 11am-12pm. Ballou Recreation Center. (434) 797-8848. 26 - PFLAG Meeting - This meeting is to welcome new friends, discuss healthy communication within families and support the local community the best way we can. For more information, contact us at PFLAGofdanvilleva@gmail.com. 2pm. Danville Yoga Meditation and Wellness Center, 2000 C Westover Dr. 434-429-1078. 26 - Photography - Capturing Nature in Pictures - Receive instruction on how to capture various aspects of nature. Ages 12-adult Register by April 18th. CR $5/NCR $6. 9am-11am. Meet at Shelter #13 in Dan Daniel Memorail Park. 434-799-5215. 28 - Boating Safety Education-April 28-29, 2014 - Meet all personal watercraft and boating operation state laws in this free six-hour course. Register by April 21st. Ages 12-adult. 6pm-9:30pm. Ballou Nature Center. 434-7995215.

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Compliance training doesn’t have to be overwhelming, difficult, OR boring, but it DOES have to be provided. If you aren’t sure where to start, but want to ensure that your business is in compliance with state and federal OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) requirements, help is just a phone call away. If your business is in the pharmaceutical industry, or other specialized industries, there are many more regulations with which you must comply and on which you must train employees. Just like you realize the value and time saved by hiring a CPA to ensure your taxes are correct, hiring a training professional to ensure your employee training is compliant and documented properly is “part of being in business”. Don’t look the other way...look for help. Actually, look no further. Give me a call! Kristina R. Barkhouser, CPLP Direct: 434.797.6770 Mobile: 434.489.1309 kbarkhouser@ExcelenPerformance.com Kristina R. Barkhouser is the founder and President of Excelen Performance, Inc. She has over 20 years of experience in technical and interpersonal skills development.

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classes. Ages 18+. $30 ($35 Non City Residents) + $20 Hoop. 2:30pm-3:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434799-5216. 3 - Hiking-Discovering Anglers Ridge-April 3,10,17,24, 2014 - Relax during a two-mile walk on various sections of the Anglers Ridge trails. Ages-Adult Register one week prior to each hike. CR $5/NCR $6. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Anglers Ridge. 434-799-5215. 5 - Dan River Basin Association’s First Saturday Outing 10 mile paddle on Banister River Meet at Banister (Upper) Access, Hwy. 57 Clark’s Bridge (aka Rte. 832, Halifax Rd) below Motley’s Mill. See website for details. Free and open to the public. 10:00 a.m. Banister River from Clark’s Bridge to Johnson’s Mill Road. 434-470-1424. 7 - Let’s Dance (formerly Boogie Mondays) This is a weekly event on Mondays. Bring your friends or make new ones as we learn the East Coast Swing in April. Ages 18+. $4 per class. No class on April 21. 7:00pm-8:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434799-5216. 7 - Tai Chi - Instructor Paul Schwarz teaches this weekly class on Mondays. All ages. $6 per class or $20 per month. No class on April 21. 11:15am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216. 7 - Art with Judie - This is a weekly class held on Tuesdays. Judie Moseley teaches her students to paint with acrylic, oil or water color. $25 ($30 Non City Residents). Ages 18+. 1:00pm-3:00pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

12 - Bridge to Bridge 5K & 10K Run/Walk - 10K Run, 5K Walk/Run & One Mile Fun Run on Danville’s Scenic River Walk Trail and River City District. Proceeds will be used to support the efforts of the Danville Cancer Association. 9am. Danville’s Community Market. 4347933409.

10 - Mystery Trip - It’s a surprise where we go! Visit hidden gems in Danville - places you may not have known were here! Wear comfortable shoes. Trip is limited to ten participants. $3 ($3.75 Non City Residents). 11:00am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

18 - Racin’ and Tastin’ - Event features all you can eat BBQ, open bar and entertainment provided by the “Fantastic Shakers.” Tickets are $30/person and must be purchased in advance. Ages 21 and up. Purchase tickets at the Danville Welcome Center. 5:30pm-10:30pm. Danville Community Market. (434) 793-4636.

12 - Danville Round Robin Pickleball Tournament - Danville’s first pickleball tournament at beautiful Ballou Park! Play for $20 or watch for free. Bring your lawn chairs! Door Prizes! Refreshments! (Rain Location: Coates Recreation Center, 1725 Westover Drive). 8:00AM-5:00PM. Ballou Recreation Center, 760 West Main Street. 434-799-5216.

19 - American Heart Association’s Heart Chase - Heart Chase is a scavenger hunt themed race where small teams (2-5)compete against one another to complete 10 challenges in 90 minutes. Register online. 8am-12:30pm. Ballou Recreation Center. (434) 797-8848.

12 - Urban Line Dance Workshop - Join instructor Monica Diallo to learn the hottest dance crazes to hit the floor such as the “Wobble” and the “Zydeco Bounce.” Ages 18 and up. Cost is $15. 12pm-4pm. Pepsi Building. (434) 797-8848.

26 - 3rd Annual Autism Awareness 5k - Join us April 26 for the 3rd Annual Autism Awareness 5k. Compete in a 5k run or walk or Walk for the Cause. Help raise awareness today! Register at danriverautism5k.org. 8am-12pm. Anglers Park Riverwalk Trail, 350 Northside Drive. 336-471-5461.

12 - Bowling for Team Jacob - Riverside Lanes will be hosting a bowling fundraiser on Monday, April 12th at 3pm to benefit Team Jacob and the Dan River Autism 5K. Tickets are $10 and include 2hrs of bowling and shoe rental. More info on the event can be found at https://www. facebook.com/drautism5k. 3pm-5pm. Riverside Lanes at 3215 Riverside Drive. 434-791-2695.

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12 - Intercollegiate Dressage Association 2014 Nationals - Hosted by Averett University. Championships include annual meeting, end of year awards, and two days of competition for the team and individual titles. 8am. Olde Dominion Agrictultural Complex. 4344328026.

5 - Halicraft Art Festival - Fine Arts, Crafts, Wine Garden, Food Vendors, Kid’s Art Activities. 9am-3pm. Main St., Halifax VA. 434476-2337.

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by Paulette Dean Executive Director, Danville Humane Society We have survived an intense winter. At least, it has been intense for us; people in the Rocky Mountains, Chicago, and New England may think we had a mild winter! Spring has come, and that means beautiful trees, flowers, mild temperatures, and short sleeves. It also means shelters are about to receive hundreds of puppies and kittens. Spring for us, then, becomes an intense time for different reasons. We will preach spaying and neutering for every single dog and cat until there is no cause to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. Adoptions and transfers to other groups simply will not end the problem of too many pets. Building larger shelters that can hold more animals will not solve the problem. Some people say that they are afraid to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. They believe it will be harmful. Although in rare cases there are complications, the surgery is considered quite safe and the vast majority of animals recover extraordinarily quickly. Little Miss Ellie was born at the shelter in November. Her mother is a long-haired chihuahua who is now in a loving home. Her father was probably the miniature dachshund who lived next door. However, she has ancestors of unknown lineage! Miss Ellie was adopted by our shelter manager. She turned four months the second week of March, so she was spayed. We worried about her all day. By 4:00 that afternoon, Ellie was back at the shelter. I suppose she was a little tired from the anesthesia, but it sure was hard to keep her quiet. By the next day, she was completely back to normal. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is the kind, responsible thing to do. The surgeries result in fewer animals being born into a world where there are not enough homes, and the animals themselves lead healthier lives. We will sponsor spay/neuter assistance programs throughout the year, so stay tuned! SM

Tyson

This little fellow was adopted from us and returned because his owner couldn’t care for him anymore. He is about three years old, is housebroken, neutered, and is more comfortable in a very quiet environment. He would do well in a home with a retired person who loves having a cuddlebug.

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The Seventh Mile: Balancing Act

life in the fat lane

For the past seven years, I have steadily built a wall of edible security around myself. I have told you before that I use food as a crutch and a comfort. What I have not told you is that when I’m really dieting, I don’t eat anything I want. My birthday is this month, so I’m taking a break. I’ll be a quarter of a century old! That is so weird to say, but I feel like my life is only just beginning!

Showcase Magazine: why should a nice dinner be refused in favor of going to the gym? Why can’t we have both? I believe the answer is “we can.”

That’s not working this time. I’m told balance is something everyone should strive to achieve in their lives. From work to school and personal time, there must be some equality between the various day-to-day activities. If excessive emphasis is placed on work and your personal needs are ignored, for example, you might make shortcuts to disguise needs for things like entertainment or leisure time with friends and family. My shortcut? It’s food. Lots of it. I never thought of it that way before I began writing this column. Have I really been taking the easy way out all this time?

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Moreover, we should. Some cultures believe in a lifestyle called asceticism which is living without luxuries and modern amenities. Camps which disagree with this way of living believe that disallowing oneself to enjoy what life has to offer results in unhappiness, even depression. Alternatively, the opposite extreme, hedonism, is not generally accepted as being a healthy lifestyle choice, either. So, what do we do? We choose balance. For me, balance might mean eating a few cheese fries with some friends one evening and grabbing a few healthy items and LOTS of water the next day, along with a run and maybe some lifting at the gym. Oh, lifting. I think I had better stop writing and start making this happen. I am at a stage now where I feel I am about to make a breakthrough and really allow myself to let go of the unhealthy choices I’ve made, stop beating myself up over them, and organically integrate healthy living into my life. It should mesh without feeling forced. I think I am nearly there. What about you? How much closer are you to reaching your weight loss and wellness goals? What was your “breakthrough moment?” Tweet me at @Bobby_Roach to share your story and you might get a mention in my next column. Stay tuned. Stay beautiful. Be happy. SM


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The HealthTalk Edition written and produced by Andrew Scott Brooks All content reviewed by Dr. Saria Saccocio, Market Chief Medical Officer, Kelly Fitzgerald, Director of Marketing and Leslie Smith, Market Director, Communications for Danville www.showcasemagazine.com Regional Medical Center | April 2014 | Photo by Bobby Allen Roach

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The Fourth Time’s a Charm

Dan and Renee’ Veasey have been married for fourteen years and have four children after recently welcoming baby Joah on February 17, 2014, at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC). Their family also includes ten-yearold Alyssa, sevenyear-old Iliana, and three-year-old Tovi. Iliana and Tovi were also born at DRMC under the previous nursery care model, where babies were kept in the nursery much of the time. Dan says the new couplet care model was a welcomed change. “For me the biggest difference in the process was having our baby with us at all times,” Dan says. “At first, I thought not having a nursery would interfere with Renee’ getting the initial rest & recovery she needed, but I was completely wrong. Having Joah with us was monumentally less stressful than what we experienced in the previous births of our children.” Renee’ also enthusiastically embraces couplet care. “This time Joah stayed with us. The staff only took him out of my room to give him a bath and when the pediatrician needed to assess him. As soon as Joah was born I got to hold him. Dan and I were able to bond with Joah right after he was born which I wasn’t able to do with my other children. Since he stayed in the room with us

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it was nice not to have to wonder when he was coming back or what was going on with him. I never had to worry if he was hungry or fussing because he was right there with me the whole time.” With a new streamlined check-in process in place, Renee’ says getting to the room was a cinch. “I entered the hospital through the emergency

room,” Renee’ says. “The receptionist called Labor & Delivery and a nurse came down immediately to take me to my room. I was in the bed hooked up to monitors by the time someone checked me in. I’m not really sure if I even realized I was being checked in.” The room surprised her. “It was nothing like a hospital room at all. It was very nice and spacious, like a hotel suite. I really enjoyed the fact that Dan never had to

"As soon as Joah was born I got to hold him. Dan and I were able to bond with Joah right after he was born which I wasn’t able to do with my other children. Since he stayed in the room with us it was nice not to have to wonder when he was coming back or what was going on with him. I never had to worry if he was hungry or fussing because he was right there with me the whole time."

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 “I did not get to experience this with my other children. That is the time when you count the baby’s fingers and toes; see whose smile they have – and just really stare in amazement.”

Dan Veasey

leave the room during our stay because they provided him with meals, a place to sleep and shower.” Even with all the amenities and stress-free processes, the most rewarding experience was the bonding hour right

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after birth. Dan says “It was great! I did not get to experience this with my other children. That is the time when you count the baby’s fingers and toes; see whose smile they have – and just really stare in amazement.”


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PLANNING FOR

she is planning pregnancy. One reason is that about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Unplanned pregnancies are at greater risk of preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. Another reason is that, despite important advances in medicine and prenatal care, about 1 in 8 babies is born too early. Researchers are trying to find out why and how to prevent preterm birth. But experts agree that women need to be healthier before becoming pregnant. By taking action on health issues and risks before pregnancy, you can prevent problems that might affect you or your baby later.

Every parent wants to have a healthy baby. Planned pregnancy not only

How to Choose a Preconception or Prenatal Care Provider

helps parents to be well-informed and well-prepared at every stage of pregnancy, it can also improve a woman’s ability to deliver a healthy baby.

Your choices for a provider include obstetricians (OB), family practice doctors, and midwives (certified nursemidwives and certified professional midwives). It’s important to make sure the provider you choose is right for you. He or she should have a good reputation, listen to your concerns and questions, and respect you at all times.Your provider should be willing and able to give you information and support needed to make

Preconception

Preconception health means knowing how a woman’s health could affect her unborn child should she become pregnant. For example, some foods, habits, medical conditions, and medicines can harm your baby – even before conception.

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 informed choices about the best care for you and your baby. When planning to become pregnant, it is important that you see your provider on a regular basis.

Prenatal checkups

During pregnancy, regular checkups are very important. This consistent care can help keep you and your baby healthy, spot problems if they occur, and prevent problems during delivery. Typically, routine checkups occur: • Once each month for weeks 4 through 28 • Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36 • Weekly for weeks 36 to birth

Pregnancy Do’s •

See your doctor regularly.

Continue taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy.

Eat a variety of healthy foods.

When cooking, keep raw meats, poultry, and seafood from touching other foods or surfaces and cook raw meat thoroughly. Clean, handle, cook, and chill food properly to prevent foodborne illness.

Wash produce before eating it.

Wash cooking utensils with hot, soapy water.

Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day.

Drink extra fluids, especially water.

Get moving! Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, physical activity is good for you and your baby.

Gain and maintain a healthy amount of weight.

Wash hands, especially after handling raw meat or using the bathroom.

Get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

Control the stress in your life and set limits.

Make sure health problems are treated and kept under control.

Ask your doctor before stopping any medicines you take or taking any new medicines or supplements.

Get a flu shot.

Always wear a seatbelt. The lap strap should go under your belly, across your hips.

Join a childbirth or parenting class.

Don’ts •

Don’t use tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

Avoid exposure to toxic substances and chemicals including paint fumes.

Protect yourself and your baby from food-borne illness.

Don’t clean or change a cat’s litterbox.

Don’t eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish, which are high in mercury.

Don’t eat more than six ounces of tuna per week.

Don’t eat hot dogs, deli meats, refrigerated meat spreads, unpasteurized milk, juices or cheese, store-made salads, herbs and plants as medicines, or raw sprouts of any type.

Avoid contact with rodents (including pets) and with their urine, droppings, or nesting material.

Don’t take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas.

Don’t use scented feminine hygiene products and don’t douche.

Avoid x-rays.

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Women with high-risk pregnancies need to see their doctors more often. At your first visit your doctor will perform a full physical exam, take your blood for lab tests, and calculate your due date. Your doctor might also do a breast exam, a pelvic exam to check your uterus (womb), and a cervical exam, including a Pap test. During this first visit, your doctor will ask you lots of questions about your lifestyle, relationships, and health habits. It’s important to be honest with your doctor. After the first visit, most prenatal visits will include • Checking your blood pressure and weight • Checking the baby’s heart rate • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby’s growth You will also have some routine tests throughout your pregnancy, such as tests to check for anemia, tests to measure risk of gestational diabetes, and tests to look for harmful infections. Become a partner with your doctor to manage your care. Keep all of your appointments — every one is important! Ask questions and read to educate yourself about this exciting time.


HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 When They Were Babies Danville Regional Medical Center Staff

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Talk to Your Doctor

Jennifer Walker

Preconception care can improve your chances of becoming pregnant, having a healthy pregnancy, and delivering a healthy baby. Here is a helpful checklist of the things you should discuss with your doctor if you are considering becoming pregnant: •

Family planning and choices for birth control.

Taking 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid every day as this helps lower the risks of birth defects.

Vaccines and screenings, such as a Pap test and tests for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Managing existing health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, obesity, depression, eating disorders, and asthma. Find out how pregnancy may affect, or be affected by health problems you have.

Medicines you use, including over-the-counter, herbal, and prescription drugs and supplements.

Ways to improve your overall health, such as reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, making healthy food choices, being physically active, caring for your teeth and gums, reducing stress, not smoking, and avoiding alcohol and illicit drugs.

How to avoid illness.

Avoiding hazards in your workplace or home that could harm you or your baby, including contact with toxic substances or materials that could cause infection. Stay away from chemicals and cat or rodent feces.

Health problems that run in your family or in your partner’s family.

Problems you have had with prior pregnancies, including preterm birth.

Family concerns that could affect your health, such as domestic violence or lack of support.

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s h t n o M Nine = s k e e W 39

Many people think of pregnancy as lasting for nine months. Basic math would indicate that nine months times 4 weeks in a month is 36 weeks. But, in reality, nine months is really 39 weeks. Research shows that when it comes to having a baby, those three weeks can make a huge difference in the health of your baby.

To Full Term At the 2014 Virginia Patient Safety Summit, DRMC was recognized by the March of Dimes and the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) for having no early inductions. Debbie Clark, Chief Nursing Officer at DRMC says, “There are less health risks for a baby when born at 39 weeks or older.”

In recent years, elective delivery with women choosing their delivery date, has trended up. The chosen dates tend to be in the thirty-seventh, thirtysixth, and even thirtyfifth week of pregnancy. Studies have shown that babies and moms are both healthier when pregnancies last at least thirty-nine weeks. “Unless there is a specific medical reason to deliver a baby early, it’s best to wait until the baby is ready to be born,” says Dr. Alice B. Newell of OB-GYN Associates of Danville. “For example, in the last four weeks of pregnancy, a baby’s brain grows by thirtythree percent.” A baby’s lungs and liver continue to develop up to the thirty-ninth week and additional layers of fat grows under the baby’s skin; fat that is vital to keeping the infant warm. Research has also shown a reduced risk of serious medical conditions, such as dangerous bloodstream infections, breathing problems, and feeding issues in babies born after thirty-nine weeks. Babies born at thirty-nine or forty weeks have few vision, hearing, and weight problems. (source: NIH.gov)

Allowing a pregnancy to go full term is beneficial to mom as well. There is less chance of postpartum depression or the need for a C-section delivery. Contractions also tend to be less frequent and not as strong.

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“The baby knows when it’s time,” Dr. Newell says. “Letting the baby choose the delivery date will improve the baby’s lifelong health.”


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You learn what unconditional love really means. – Patricia Hooker-Moss You have to schedule spontaneity. –Michelle Trainor You finally know what it means to never take any moment for granted. – Tracy Jacobs You learn that a pet isn’t the same as a child. –Frannie Wrenn Children are the greatest teachers. –Brian Henderson You learn to love the clothes you own because that’s all you’ll have for a while. – Rosalee Maxwell You learn what sacrifice and selflessness means when your child wants the last potato chip in the bag. –Bo Gravely Going to the bathroom is no longer private. –Deborah Phelps First child teaches you hope. Second child teaches you love. Third child teaches you joy. Forth child teaches you faith. –Virginia Victoria Rideout All those BFFs you thought you had in the past were just placeholders for your real best friend for life: your child. –Michelle Dalton As complicated as being a parent is, you learn a level of focus and clarity that simplifies your life. –Kristy Wolf New Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat your child. –Amy Wood A trip to the grocery store is a vacation. –Jessica Badgett You stop praying for things for yourself and pray for things for your child. –Linda Almashy You learn that it is possible to be a child again. –Doris Hayden You become a superhero to at least one person. –Crystal Pickeral Garzon You finally have proof God exists. –Tannisha Hairston Whereas you couldn’t hear an alarm clock before, now you have super-hearing that wakes you when little hands are splashing in a toilet bowl. – Lorie Rivero Phrases never uttered before having a baby: “Stop licking the carpet” and “Get that chicken nugget out of your shoe.” –Kelly Haley You never get tired of hearing the word “Mama”…except perhaps on the 5001st of the day. – Felicia Hardy Ultracompetitive men finally have someone they don’t mind losing to. –Justin Bell You’ll finally do a sixth grade science project. –Melanie Carter “A visit to the bathroom alone is like a trip to Narnia.... It isn’t going to happen.” –Amy Barber “They bring joy and peace to your life that you never knew existed or thought possible.” –Sunny Holley “Our living room morphed into a vast playground for all of the kids toys...full of creative tales of natural disasters, journeys and adventures fresh out of their imaginations.” –Dave Leopold “The minute your child is born changes you from a happy go lucky man into a fully responsible adult. It is the best experience of your life bar none.” –Larry Oldham “Children cause you to humble yourself.” –Mike Tickle “I nap when the baby naps.” –Bob Campbell “You understand why sleep deprivation is a form of torture.” –Melissa Charles “Partying takes on a whole different meaning when there’s cake involved.” –Sandra Greene “The annoying pictures of babies inside objects immediately become cute and adorable.” –Jessica Sands “You start to take care of yourself better because you have something to live for.” –Melanie Scruggs “You leave behind the people who aren’t supportive and realize you should have done so a long time ago.” –Kevin Smith “Who knew poop could be such fun?” –Dawn Wheaton “You learn the real meaning of sacrifice and realize that a sacrifice isn’t a sacrifice when it comes to your child.” –Cindy Carter “Every show I watch now has a big fat capital G in a box at the beginning.” –Allison Spreewell “Everything my mom told me when I was a kid is a lot more true.” –Meredith Austin “The sun seems to come up earlier.” –Jason Davis “I have a whole different level of love and respect for my wife.” –Scott Stanley www.showcasemagazine.com

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 When to call the doctor When you are pregnant, do not hesitate to call your doctor or midwife if something is bothering or worrying you. Sometimes physical changes can be signs of a problem. Call your doctor or midwife as soon as you can if you: •

Are bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina.

Have sudden or severe swelling in the face, hands, or fingers.

Have discomfort, pain, or cramping in the lower abdomen.

Have a fever or chills.

Are vomiting or have persistent nausea.

Feel discomfort, pain, or burning with urination.

Have problems seeing or blurred vision.

Feel dizzy.

Suspect your baby is moving less than normal after 28 weeks of pregnancy (if you count less than 10 movements within 2 hours.

Have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.

Get severe or long-lasting headaches.

Places to Deliver Your Baby Hospitals offer the most advanced medical equipment and highly trained doctors for pregnant women and their babies. In a hospital, doctors can perform a cesarean delivery if you or your baby is in danger during labor. Women can get epidurals with other pain relief options also available. In addition, more and more hospitals now offer on-site birthing centers, which focus on giving each expectant mother personal attention and care in a comfortable, home-like environment with numerous options for delivery.

Meet the Obstetricians in Our Community

Lenworth A. Beaver, MD

William E. Broach, III, MD

Ellen Brown, MD

Louis E. Eliacin, MD

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

26 years delivering babies

29 years delivering babies

19 years delivering babies

40 years delivering babies

Why he chose to become an OB: I was present for the birth of my first child right before I went to medical school and just thought it was really cool.

Why he chose to become an OB: He is passionate about bringing a new life into the world.

Why she chose to become an OB: She enjoys getting to know her patients.

Why he chose to become an OB: I really liked delivering babies.

Fun Fact: He is “Lakie” and spends a lot of time at Smith Mountain Lake.

Fun Fact: She loves spending time with her family and her new dog. She also loves sports.

Fun Fact: Played on his medical school’s soccer team. Healthcare for Women 159 Executive Drive Suite E Danville,VA 24541 (434) 791-2629

OB-GYN Associates of Danville, Inc. 101 Holbrook Street Danville,VA 24541 (434) 792-7765 obgyndanville.com

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OB-GYN Associates of Danville, Inc. 101 Holbrook Street Danville,VA 24541 (434) 792-7765 obgyndanville.com

Fun Fact: Speaks English, French, and some Spanish and really enjoys watching sports. Womens Health Care Center 513 Piney Forest Road Danville,VA 24540 (434) 792-1330


HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 Questions to ask when choosing a hospital to deliver your baby: •

Is the hospital close to your home?

Is a doctor who can give pain relief, such as an epidural, at the hospital 24-hours a day?

How do you like the feel of the labor and delivery rooms?

Are private rooms available?

How many support people can you invite into the room with you?

After my child is born, how often are we together?

Does the hospital have available staff and set-up to support successful breastfeeding?

Does the hospital have an on-site birthing center?

Jason L. Ensminger, MD

Jonelle Haigh, DO

Ema Kulwa, MD

Alice B. Newell, MD

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Board Certified by American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

11 years delivering babies

7 years delivering babies

7 years delivering babies

15 years delivering babies

Why he chose to become an OB: I really like the variety that my specialty involves; I am a surgeon, internist AND I get to deliver babies.

Why she chose to become an OB: She enjoys the balance between primary care and surgery and likes taking care of women in all stages of their lives.

Why she chose to become an OB: There is nothing better than being a part of the miracle of birth.

Fun Fact: While in school I held many jobs including tow truck driver, cell phone salesman, construction, McDonalds, telemarketing, door to door salesman for Cutco Knives, lifeguard, golf caddy and door man at a night club.

Fun Fact: She went to High School in Marquette, Michigan with a lot of Olympic athletes including speed skaters and boxers. Marquette is the home of an Education Center for potential-Olympic athletes.

Why she chose to become an OB: Every day I have the wonderful privilege to partner with women in becoming healthier, both in my office and out in the community. I feel honored by that. Fun Fact: She ran her first marathon while in her residency.

OB-GYN Associates of Danville, Inc. 101 Holbrook Street Danville,VA 24541 (434) 792-7765

OB-GYN Associates of Danville, Inc. 101 Holbrook Street Danville,VA 24541 (434) 792-7765 obgyndanville.com

Healthcare for Women 159 Executive Dr, Suite E Danville,VA 24541 434.791.2629

Healthcare for Women 159 Executive Dr, Suite E Danville,VA 24541 434.791.2629

Fun Fact: Dancing is her favorite pastime.

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Couplet Care

Strengthening the Bonds of Families

At Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) new mothers, fathers and family members share one of the happiest experiences of their lives with a team of caring and compassionate professionals who believe in making the moment as fabulous as it should be. “Nothing takes the place of helping to bring a new life into the world,” says Amy Beard, RNC-OB, BSN, Clinical Manager for the Family Birthing Center at DRMC. “We are passionate about caring for our patients and we see the family as an extension of the patient. We don’t just provide delivery and postpartum care, we provide education and support for families to ensure that babies have the best chance to grow up healthy.” This focus on families has led DRMC to implement a Mother/Baby Couplet Care Model, in which mother and baby remain together for the entire hospital stay. Couplet care helps mother and baby bond and develop a closer relationship. There are many additional benefits to this approach such as giving new parents the opportunity to simply “be parents” while learning in an encouraging environment. Tammy Moorefield, Registered Nurse (RN), Educator at DRMC’s Family Birthing Center, says, “Our goal is to provide the care a family wants and needs as a whole.” The Mother/Baby Couplet Care delivery model is especially beneficial to first-time parents as they go from delivery directly into the family dynamic. “Instead of having the baby go to the nursery, we encourage the mom to keep the baby with her and 46 Showcase Magazine

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the family. Our mothers are given support in providing total care to their newborn during the entire hospital stay.” The Mother/ Baby Couplet Care model gives parents the opportunity to learn from a staff that has more than 200 years of combined experience in labor and delivery, nursery, and postpartum care.

The Couplet Care model gives parents the opportunity to learn from a staff that has more than 200 years of combined experience.

Tammy says, “Parents are usually at our hospital for 36 to 48 hours, during which time we encourage them to use us as a learning and support resource. We teach them things like how to comfort their newborns and how to recognize feeding cues.”

The Bonding Hour The hour after delivery is an intimate time shared by the parents and baby in a room without visitors. This “bonding hour” is a time when exams are performed at the mother’s bedside with dad nearby. Debbie Clark, RN, BSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at DRMC, says “This quiet hour encourages skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad. Skin-to-skin contact helps to regulate the


HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 baby’s temperature.” Even after a Cesarean Section, skin-to-skin contact is recommended. Breastfeeding is also encouraged during this time.

Breastfeeding Breastfeeding is an important aspect of healthy development for the baby and a method of recovery for the mother. Tammy says, “Couplet care gives the mother the opportunity to start breastfeeding as soon as possible. The sooner a mother starts to breastfeed, the more success she will have.” One of the major benefits of the Mother/Baby Couplet Care model is the encouragement of breastfeeding. National studies show that breastfed babies tend to be healthier children. The Virginia Department of Health has set a goal that 82 percent of babies born in Virginia will be breastfed. Debbie says, “In the short time since we’ve implemented the couplet care delivery model, we have increased our breastfeeding rate by 10 percent, which is just a tremendous health benefit for our babies.”

A Healthier Mom Breastfeeding has healthy benefits for mom too. It is linked to lowering the risks for health issues such as ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and postpartum depression. It helps strengthen the bond between mom and baby. But the benefits go much deeper. Amy says, “Breastfeeding can help new mothers lose pregnancy weight because a mother’s body uses more calories while producing breast milk.”

The physical contact of breastfeeding is essential to newborns. The closeness to mom helps babies feel warm and secure. Breastfeeding requires mom to slow down and take some quiet time. Skin-to-skin contact can aid in boosting mom’s oxytocin levels, a hormone that can help calm mom and improve milk flow. Breastfeeding saves money as well. Formula and supplies can cost upwards of 1500 dollars a year. And since breast-fed infants tend to be healthier, health costs can be lower. Once a routine is established, breastfeeding can make life easier for mom. Time isn’t needed sterilizing bottles and mixing formula.

A Home Away from Home Physicians, nurses, moms and families recently worked together in planning and implementing new upgrades to DRMC’s Family Birthing Center, which now has the feel and appearance of a modern spa retreat. Our suites feature soft colors and lighting – beautiful decorations and draperies, and other amenities including flat-screen televisions and some feature queen-size therapeutic beds. Every aspect of the center, including the expansive family waiting room and vending area, has been designed with patients and families in mind.

Experience and Success Since implementing Mother/Baby Couplet Care, patient experience scores have soared to the 99th percentile. Debbie says, “Parents welcome the baby being in the room. Having one nurse take care of baby and mom is special to them.” This delivery model improves the lines of communication between the family, nurses, and doctors. Questions are answered quicker as is nurse response to family needs. Debbie says, “We are offering evidence-based nursing. Our approach brings all the different pieces of the puzzle together to provide family-centered care in which everyone has a part in delivering the baby and building strong family bonds.” A very important part of the Mother/ Baby Couplet Care model is the eight board-certified obstetricians who serve on DRMC’s Medical Staff. These doctors are constantly looking at best practices nationwide to ensure DRMC is on the cutting edge of care.

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 Getting Ready for Baby Many women experience stress and anxiety at some point during their pregnancy. This is completely normal given the physical, emotional and lifestyle changes that pregnancy brings. However learning what to expect during pregnancy will not only help to lower and manage stress, it can also go a long way in helping you to enjoy one of the happiest times in your life. With the Internet, any question can be answered with a quick search, but having a professional to meet with in person is invaluable. Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) offers a wide selection of educational programs and classes to help expectant moms and dads prepare for a healthy and satisfying pregnancy, labor and delivery. Tammy Moorefield RN, Educator at DRMC’s Family Birthing Center says, “Around the 36th week of pregnancy, we invite our moms and

dads to come to our hospital, visit with our staff and tour our Center. We go over birth plans and discuss any special wishes they may have for delivery. I educate and inform them on what they can expect while in the hospital including where they can park, what to pack and procedures to follow when visiting after normal hours.” Moorefield says these visits also give expectant parents the opportunity to ask questions, get answers and other useful information. Tammy encourages expectant parents to bring a list of questions so they won’t forget anything. Pregnancy, especially for first time parents, can be an overwhelming array of “what ifs.” It’s comforting to know that the Family Birthing Center at DRMC is just a phone call – or a short ride – away. For more information call Tammy Moorefield at 434.799.4527 or visit danvilleregional.com

FREE CLASSES AVAILABLE

presented by the Family Birthing Center at DRMC

Childbirth Education

This class is taught by a certified childbirth educator who reviews the anatomy of pregnancy, the stages of labor, breathing techniques for each stage of labor, epidural anesthesia, and basic infant care. Classes are held on the first Saturday of each month from 9 am to 4 pm (lunch is provided) at Foundation Hall on the campus of Danville Community College (DCC).

Breastfeeding Classes

Classes are taught by a board-certified lactation consultant, who teaches the benefits of breastfeeding, positions for breastfeeding, and proper latch on. This class is for both expectant moms and dads and is held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6 pm to 9 pm at Foundation Hall on the campus of Danville Community College (DCC).

Infant Safety and CPR

This class gives parents the confidence to handle emergency situations and prevent accidents and injuries from occurring with infants and children by teaching safety measures and the basics of infant CPR. Classes are free to the public and are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Family Birthing Center of Danville Regional Medical Center. Expectant parents are encouraged to take all three classes. Registration is required for all classes. For more information or to register for classes, call Tammy Moorefield at 434.799.4527 or email tammy.moorefield@lpnt.net.

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Newborn Care It’s common to feel unprepared if you are having your first baby. Taking a newborn care class during your pregnancy can help to prepare you for the real thing. During your hospital stay, don’t hesitate to ask the nurses for help with basic baby care. Before discharge, make sure you — and your partner — are comfortable with these newborn care basics: •

Handling a newborn, including supporting your baby’s neck

Changing your baby’s diaper

Bathing your baby

Dressing your baby

Swaddling your baby

Feeding and burping your baby

Cleaning the umbilical cord

Caring for a healing circumcision

Using a bulb syringe to clear your baby’s nasal passages

Taking a newborn’s temperature

Tips for soothing your baby

Make sure you have a hospital contact to call if you have any questions or concerns.

Many first-time parents welcome the help of a family member or friend who has “been there.”

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014 One of the toughest and most diffficult things for new moms is figuring out when to call the doctor. As a general rule of thumb, trust your instincts. If you suspect something is not right, you should always call the doctor. Even small changes in eating, sleeping, and crying can be signs of serious problems for newborns. Call your pediatrician if your baby has any of the following symptoms: •

No urine in first 24 hours at home

No bowel movement in the first 48 hours at home

Trouble breathing, very rapid breathing (more than 60 breaths per minute) or blue lips or finger nails

Pulling in of the ribs when breathing

Wheezing, grunting, or, whistling sounds when breathing

Rectal temperature above 100.4° F or below 97.8° F

Persistent cough

Nosebleeds

Yellow or greenish mucus in the eyes

Pus or red skin at the base of the umbilical cord stump

Yellow color in whites of the eye and/or skin (jaundice) that gets worse 3 days after birth

Circumcision problems – worrisome bleeding at the circumcision site, bloodstains on diaper or wound dressing larger than the size of a grape

Vomiting

Diarrhea – This can be hard to detect, especially in breastfed newborns. Diarrhea often has a foul smell and can be streaked with blood or mucus. Diarrhea is usually more watery or looser than normal. Any significant increase in the number or appearance of your newborn’s regular bowel movements may suggest diarrhea. Fewer than six wet diapers in 24 hours. A sunken soft spot (fontanel) on the baby’s head

Refuses several feedings or eats poorly

Hard to waken or unusually sleepy

Extreme lethargy, or jitters

Crying more than usual and very hard to console

Having a support person stay with you for a few days can give you the confidence to go at it alone in the weeks ahead. Try to arrange this before delivery. Your baby’s first doctor’s visit is another good time to ask any infant care questions you might have. Ask about reasons to call the doctor. Also ask about what vaccines your baby needs and when. Infants and young children need vaccines because the diseases they protect against can strike at an early age and can be very dangerous in childhood. This includes rare diseases and more common ones, such as the flu. For more information, visit DRMC’s online health library at DanvilleRegional.com/yourhealth/ or check out our sources for this issue: womenshealth.gov, American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org), and April of Dimes (Aprilofdimes.com)

Photo by Michelle Dalton Photography

For more pediatric information, you can contact Children’s Healthcare Center:

201 South Main Street # 2100 Danville,VA 24541 (434) 799-2111 danvillechildrenscare.com

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Spring 2014

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Born on February 17, 2014 at Danville Regional Medical Center

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A Three-Day Escape

Spring is here and after the wild winter of 2014 you deserve a break! Leave the winter blues behind and escape your dayto-day routine with a relaxing long weekend to renew your spirit, recharge your body, and reconnect with loved ones. Grab the special people in your life and break away to Martinsville-Henry County,Virginia this spring. Here’s a suggested three-day itinerary to help you get started.

Friday – A Day to

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Jennifer Doss

Director of Tourism Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia Economic Development

Submitted, Fieldale Antiques/ Steve Sheppard

Arrive in the morning and start your trip with a visit to the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center. There you’ll find maps, coupons, information on area attractions and lots of helpful advice. Be sure to pick up a walking map of the Martinsville Uptown Retail & Dining District while there. (visitmartinsville.com) Using the Uptown map and convenient community-wayfinding signage as a reference, you can navigate your way around Uptown on foot to explore a variety of museums, galleries, and shops.

Circus Mural in Uptown Martinsville

While exploring Uptown Martinsville, be on the lookout for public art installments. There are several murals throughout the district that you can visit including the Circus Mural, depicting a 1920’s scene when circus elephants paraded through town announcing their upcoming performance. Another mural titled “Old Glory” features a 38-foot-wide American Flag painted by the renowned artist Scott LoBaido. An interesting fact is that this particular work was painted in just one day by LoBaido, who is known for his talent at speed painting. (visitmartinsville.com/art) By now, you should have worked up an appetite and are ready to eat lunch. Enjoy dining at one of the nearby restaurants in Uptown, but save room for desert. No trip to Church Street is complete without a visit to Uptown Sweets for a freshly made gourmet cupcake. Owner, Colleen Butker and her staff prepare a variety of flavors each day that include peanut butter, thin mint, orange creamsicle, and cheesecake, just to name a few. A quick stop at this cheerful pink storefront will have you smiling for the rest of the afternoon. (uptownsweetsbakery.com)

TheatreWork’s Black Box in Uptown

Parking is free, so take your time! Be sure to stop in at Studio 107, where you can see local artisans working in a variety of mediums such as wood turning, stained glass, jewelry making, and fiber art. Taking home a unique gift is extra special when you’ve actually met the person that created it. (piedmontarts.org/studio107) 54 Showcase Magazine

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Uptown Sweets on Church Street


For the afternoon, take a short drive to the village of Fieldale. This community was built in the early 1900s by Marshall Field and Company for employees of their textile mill.Visitors can discover the rich history of textiles in Martinsville-Henry County by visiting the Textile Heritage Trail in Fieldale. This quarter-mile looping trail tells the story of textiles from the very first mill, Martinsville Cotton Mill in 1909, all the way to the present day companies such as Solid Stone Fabrics which continue to grow and thrive in the community. For those wanting a longer walk, the Textile Heritage Trail connects to the Fieldale Trail allowing you to enjoy three more miles of nature along the scenic Smith River.

and clapping along to the music. For dinner, a variety of dining options await you, but if you want to get the taste of Martinsville, head over to Checkered Pig BBQ (also known as Pigs R Us) for its award-winning BBQ, brisket, and ribs. This hometown hero has been featured nationally on the Food Network and Destination America for its champion recipes. (checkeredpig.com) They say that you can’t spell Martinsville without “art” and by night the community comes alive with music and performing arts. Catch a theatrical performance, improv show, concert or open mic night. Several options are offered throughout the community each week. TheatreWorks’ Black Box located in Martinsville Uptown offers a season full of top-notch productions for visitors to enjoy throughout the year. (twcp.net)

Saturday – A Day to

Unwind After a rejuvenating night of sleep, head out to take in the beauty of nature at Philpott Lake. The breathtaking view from the lake’s overlook showcases the pristine serenity of this 3,000 acre lake. While there you can hike along nearby trails, visit the Philpott Dam Museum, or just enjoy reading a book and relaxing at this scenic vantage point.

Fieldale Antiques

Venturing further into the community of Fieldale you’ll come across a very bright and colorful 1950’s prototype Shell Service Station that has been carefully restored by collector, R.B. Hundley. No longer a functional service station, Fieldale Antiques carries a variety of antiques and collectibles for sale as well as an impressive collection of automotive and service station memorabilia. Aside from the eye candy for car buffs, a major draw to this destination is the weekly Mountain Music Jam held every Friday afternoon at 1 pm. Join the fun by singing

Be sure to plan ahead and schedule yourself some “me time” at the Village Spa for pampering. Tranquil fountains in a stone courtyard welcome guests to this day spa where you can enjoy a couples’ massage, facials, relaxing spa pedicures, and more. (villagespa.net) After being pampered and perhaps taking a nap back at the hotel or B&B, take a leisurely bike ride along the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail (D&W). Simply visit The Bike Barn and show your photo ID for complimentary use of a bicycle and helmet. Along the 4.5-milelong linear trail you’ll find a series of signs telling the story of the railroad in Martinsville-Henry County and fascinating

points of interest along the way. Several spur trails off of the D&W lead to nearby restaurants and attractions. Sip a cup of coffee, explore an area museum, shop, and enjoy the day. (activatemhc.com)

Wild Magnolia

For dinner, be sure to visit Wild Magnolia, one of Martinsville’s hidden gems…literally. Tucked behind Patrick Henry Mall, the casual dining atmosphere offers southern eclectic cuisine, unique craft brews, and is home to the $5 martini. Dine inside or out on the patio overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. An insider’s tip: be sure to check out the sweet potato fries with wasabi dipping sauce. (wild-magnolia.com)

Sunday – A Day to

Remember For your final day in the area to round out the experience, plan to sightsee on the water.You can book a 1-6 hour guided canoe or kayak trip on the Smith River with Smith River Outfitters. Many options

Kayaking on the Smith River

are available, depending on current river conditions, ranging from exciting class II/III rapids to more calm paddles on still water. The scenery of rock outcrops, riverside flowers, and wildlife while relaxing on the river will have you begging to come back for more. (smithriveroutfitter.com)

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Top 40 on 40

mystified Misty Brooks

Welcome to my world. Maybe you’ll find something entertaining, or maybe you’ll find something to relate to. Maybe you’ll find both. Sometimes this page won’t even make sense to you. Sometimes it won’t apply to you. And sometimes you’ll think I stalked you and wrote a story about what I saw. My world consists of five children, two dogs, two cats, and a husband. Jason is 21, Corey is 13, Spencer is 12, Tucker is 11, and Kendall is 10. Scott, my husband of three years, is still trying to figure us all out. Every day is a winding road.

Winter went away like a psycho ex, didn’t it? (Don’t act like you’ve never been a psycho ex.) This winter also kind of reminds me of turning 40 — I went into it hoping for the best, but it turned out unexpected, strange, inconvenient, and dreadful.

have hair growing in places you didn’t know hair follicles lived.

So far, I’m still looking forward to 40. I’ll embrace it. I’ll make it the best. It’ll be fun. After all, I can’t make it go away. I’m healthy, I feel good, plus I’m proud to have made it this far. Life is tough! Forty years living in this world is something to be celebrated, right? So now what? We’ll I’ll tell you. Here is a list of things I’ve observed from 40somethings…

are aware that you now meet the criteria for more health issues and sicknesses.

When you hit 40-years old, you… need those cute little reader glasses you’ve seen ‘older’ people wearing. gain five pounds for no reason at all. have to choose another age range on the online symptom checker. have to use an online symptom checker. remember moving with spring when you were young and cute? Well, now it’s arthritis. used to turn heads, get flirted with. Now you get a handshake and the door held for you, if you’re lucky. leave home early to tan instead of reading the paper and walking the dog before work. now have cellulite on the front of your legs. spend your extra money on facials and wrinkle creams because you can’t stop tanning. think tanning makes you look younger. shop for new clothes, but are too old for all the styles you like. base your hang-out spots according to the lighting so your skin will look its best.

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look into hair removal treatments.

are now officially old enough for your wants not to hurt you. are aware that your hairdresser has to use the gray coverage series for your base color now. can’t sleep in no matter how hard you try.Your internal clock says, “Get up! You are too old to lie around. You need to take advantage of your life while there’s still time!” can’t wear the heavy eye makeup you used to. Now, you just look stupid. can’t defy gravity. But on the flip side you… buy a new car simply because you’ve lived a long time and you deserve one. have lost all those crazy friends you should have cut loose long ago because they have now cut themselves loose. will finally be able to have healthy, mature friendships now that the crazy friends are gone. realize that the great love life you had in your 30s is stronger in your 40s. finally take care of yourself with yoga, salads, and expensive coffee. are a better parent to your children. are thankful for every day, and not just the weekends.

only have to work 30 more years before you can retire. have a lot of experience under your belt. have learned already not to judge others. Now you learn not to judge yourself. are more in tune with your body than ever before. suddenly buy a lot of plants. use your free time resting. start thinking about taking a big trip you could never afford before. still can’t afford a big trip, but you don’t care. trade in your heels for flats. spend more time listening and less time talking. look for bargains. make sure your bra is top of the line. put others before yourself. I know, I’ve become a bit obsessed about turning 40. I can’t help it. It’s a big deal to me. I feel established, accomplished, and comfortable. And right this minute, I have just 10 years until I’m 50.Yikes. Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy this decade and reflect on all the things in life I’m thankful for. And I promise not to remind you every month how old I am. SM


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