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A magazine FOr healthy lifestyles iN SEARCY, ARKANSAS.

Thinking about a personal trainer? Kenny Rand leaves a throng of believers


Former schoolmates making it happen for United Way

Busy mom, healthy kids

Tips from a dietitian

Garden to Table Searcy grandmother believes in self-sufficiency

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A magazine FOr healthy lifestyles iN SEARCY, ARKANSAS.

elcome to this first issue of WellNow magazine. For several months we have been developing our ideas for this publication. We set out with two goals in mind. One was to provide useful, relevant information about health-related services available to Searcy-area residents. The other was to help inspire you into action with success stories from your friends and neighbors. I can’t think of a subject more relevant to a vast majority of our residents than the health and wellness of themselves and their families. An enormous amount of choices are available in Central Arkansas and the options are growing rapidly. Hopefully, WellNow magazine can bring forward the type of information needed to help readers make these decisions. It also seems that health and wellness make fascinating topics. Erica Goodwin’s story on the daVinci robot surgery at White County Medical Center illustrates the type of medical innovation available right here in Searcy. And we certainly have no shortage of residents up to interesting, healthy activities, whether it’s losing weight, not smoking, growing food, or getting into shape. I hope you find their stories informative and encouraging. Personally, I’ve been hanging around Searcy Athletic Club for the last few years, trying to lose some weight, and witnessing many people of all ages exercising to improve their health. Also, I had the occasion recently to benefit from some serious health-care: a total replacement of my left knee joint. As you read this, I’ll be finishing up 8 weeks of post-operative physical therapy. My own experiences have been incredibly positive, and I wish as much for any reader facing a health issue. So I hope you enjoy WellNow magazine and find it useful. If it benefits you in any particular way, it would be great if you let us know. Likewise, we would be happy to consider story ideas you may have. Feedback is always appreciated. Thanks for reading.

Mike Murphy

(Please send correspondence to Mike Murphy, Publisher, The Daily Citizen, 3000 E. Race, Searcy, AR 72143. You can email to


Publisher Mike Murphy

EDITORIAL Wendy Jones Molly Fleming Marisa Lytle Kyle Troutman Erica Sirratt Jacob Brower Erica Goodwin Mike Murphy Kathy Murphy

LAYOUT & DESign Beverly Newton

ADVERTISING Teresa Harvey Bruce Black Regina Meyers Teresa Mason

DISTRIBUTION Curtis Stevens David Barnes

WellNow is published bimonthy by The Daily Citizen, office at 3000 E. Race Avenue, Searcy, AR 72143, 501-268-8621. The contents of WellNow are copyrighted, and material contained herein may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. Articles in WellNow should not be considered specific advice, as individual circumstances vary. Products and services advertised in the magazine are not necessarily endorsed by WellNow. The

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Searcy grandmother believes in self-sufficiency



Jones, Collier will chair 2013 fundraising drive




Weight loss helps her win award through her work



daVinci robot adds extra arms for surgeons at White County Medical Center



Kenny Rand leaves behind a throng of believers



Dietitian uses thrift, nutrition savvy to feed family





Megan Jones, a Searcy dietitian, offers some tips



Technology works for some, not for others

14 On The Cover: Phyllis Alexander and her granddaughter Enid are photographed in late April in Phyllis’ garden on Searcy’s west side. Phyllis believes teaching her grandchildren about gardening will help them make healthy food choices. Her story is on Page 11. 6 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012




Your Pharmacist is a Very Important Part of Your Health Care Team and Should be Chosen Carefully.

If you’re like most people, you didn’t choose a pharmacist; you chose a pharmacy for your medication needs. In between doctor visits, your pharmacist can be an important resource for you because they are your MEDICATION EXPERTS. This is especially true if you are using multiple medications or need help with products such as blood glucose meters, asthma inhalers, or other special care items. Some Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pharmacist Include: • Does the pharmacist take time to answer your questions in a manner that you understand? • Does the pharmacist tell you about each new medication and explain such things as how and when to take the medication and what you can and cannot take with it? • Does the pharmacist recommend vitamins or supplements to take or tell you which ones you should NOT take with your prescriptions? • Does the pharmacist have any special training in disease management, such as being a certified diabetes educator or certified in medication therapy management? • Does the pharmacist offer you specialty compounding services for any of your unique medication needs? • Does the pharmacist assist you in choosing the proper over the counter medications? • Does the pharmacist show concern for you and your family? • Does the pharmacist and staff remember your name? If your current pharmacist doesn’t meet your needs or doesn’t take the necessary time to make sure that you understand your medications, visit other pharmacies. Ask if the pharmacist has any special services they can offer you such as demonstrating a new inhaler or blood glucose monitor, as well as, providing you flu and other immunizations. Finding a pharmacy staff that is knowledgeable, helpful and friendly can go a long way.

can offer greater personal attention. “They have an intense interest and stake in ensuring that customer service is of the highest standard,” says Kevin Schweers, Vice President of PublicAffairs for the National Community PharmacistsAssociation. More than 90 percent of readers gave independents excellent or very good scores for pharmacists’ knowledge about drugs and other products, helpfulness and courtesy, speed and accuracy, and personal service. No other type of drugstore came close. Readers who shopped at independent stores were twice as likely as chain-drugstore shoppers to characterize their pharmacist as easy to talk to and able to give them a one-on-one consultation. Convenience is an important issue with all of the time pressures that people feel these days. The pharmacy should be in a convenient location with convenient parking nearby. If you are unable to get to the pharmacy, the pharmacy should make sure that your prescriptions are mailed to your home or delivered to your home or work. Having the ability to open a charge account or have a credit card kept on file for charging prescriptions is a convenient feature, especially when you are on a trip or someone else is picking up the prescription for you. The pharmacy may offer special services that set them apart from the other pharmacies. You might be interested in special packaging to make it easier to remember to take your medications. Some will flavor kids’ medicine to make it tastier. If you have diabetes, finding a pharmacy that can fit comfortable diabetic shoes or bill insurance for your diabetes supplies may be of value to you. Some pharmacies specialize in ostomy products or in-store glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and osteoporosis screenings. A very select few also specialize in women’s health care and employ a certified breast prosthesis fitter for after breast surgery needs.

Look for a pharmacy that offers a private counseling area so you can ask personal question without being overheard. Other conveniences that should be taken into account include a toll-free phone number to use if you live out of town or are on vacation. It’s a good idea to get all your prescriptions filled at a single pharmacy. The pharmacy keeps a complete medication profile on you. These profiles record What to Look for in a Pharmacy all medications that you are taking, health problems, and drug allergies that you Where your family pharmacist works should also be an important consideration when have told your pharmacist about. By going to one pharmacy, your pharmacist will deciding where your medication needs are going to take place. Most people taking medications visit a pharmacy monthly and should consider several factors when choosing be able to continuously update your patient profile – making sure all the information is accurate. This will help avoid problems that occur when some medications which pharmacy to patronize, because independents specialize in prescriptions, they are mixed.

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contributors WENDY JONES

Wendy Jones is the news editor of The Daily Citizen, and chief organizer of the thousands of bits of news items that move through the newsroom. She was a natural to begin collecting the items for the newsy “bulletins” feature as well as an events calendar. Wendy was raised in California and moved to Arkansas in 2002. She has worked at The Daily Citizen since 2005 and graduated from Arkansas State University-Beebe in 2007. She lives in Beebe with her husband of four years, William. She enjoys reading and anything creative.


Molly Fleming is a staff writer at The Daily Citizen. When we heard about Velvet Ridge resident Candace Ventura’s successful lifestyle change, Molly tracked her down and did the story. The Arkansas Tech alumna has won several print journalism awards during her professional career at The Citizen, The Saline Courier (Benton) and Stephens Media. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, cooking, reading and gardening in pots on her porch. She lives in Searcy.


Marisa Lytle is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen. She graduated from Searcy High School in 2006 and Harding University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. She got White County Medical Center dietitian Chassie Sharpmack to discuss healthy eating habits, and compiled some menus with dietitian/health coach Megan Jones. Marisa lives in Searcy with her husband, Anthony, and enjoys spending time with her parents, Rod and Carol Smith, and brothers, Jordan and Jarod. Birds, books, music and travel are among her top interests.


Kyle Troutman is the sports editor of The Daily Citizen. His interest in the new e-cigarettes that are available in Searcy resulted in the story inside. Kyle graduated from University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism, and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 2006. Troutman worked for both the news and sports departments of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette prior to joining The Citizen. He lives in Searcy.

erica sirratt

Erica Sirratt is a freelance reporter for The Daily Citizen. She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in May, with a bachelor’s degree in writing and a minor in journalism. She is the student editor of UCA’s online student newspaper, The Fountain. She lives in Beebe with her husband, Jimmi, and 2-year-old son, Josiah. She delivered the report on the HIPPY program, which appears inside.

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Jacob Brower is the editor of The Daily Citizen. The Anderson, Mo, native got his start in professional journalism in 2000 and earned a degree in communications from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin in 2004. He lives in Searcy with his wife, Kara. He enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family and watching football. For this edition of WellNow magazine, Jacob tracked down and provided a report on Rees Jones and Winston Collier, who have volunteered to lead the White County United Way campaign in 2013.

erica goodwin

Erica Goodwin serves as marketing specialist at White County Medical Center. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from Arkansas State University. Erica resides in Searcy with her husband, Jonathan, and daughter, Eliza. Her feature on the new da Vinci method of surgery at WCMC shines a spotlight on one of the area’s huge advances in health care.


Mike Murphy has been publisher of the Daily Citizen since 2003. He’s been in the newspaper business for 30 years, a good part of it as a reporter and editor. He got back into action for WellNow magazine with the feature on personal trainer Kenny Rand. Mike lives in Searcy with his wife Kathy and children Connor, 17, and Morgan 13.


Kathy Murphy spent the 1990s hands-on in the newspaper business with husband Mike. During that time, she did jobs that needed to be done, which, sooneror-later, included most of them. She’s helping out WellNow magazine by finding someone for our “healthy spaces” feature, and doing the story and photo. Her piece this edition on Phyllis Alexander also resulted in this month’s cover photo. She spends most of her time as Executive Director of the White County Community Foundation. When not working, she’s looking out after Connor and Morgan (and Mike.).


Beverly Newton began as a graphic artist at the Community Shopper/Daily Citizen in 1999. She specialized in ad design. Beverly graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in commercial art and a minor in art education. She developed the typography and graphic elements for the new WellNow magazine and was responsible for the layout and design of this first issue. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, music, and spending time with her 14-year-old son, Trey.

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hyllis Alexander, an accomplished artist of childrens’ watercolor portraits, is using her creative spirit in her garden. Being involved in the lives of her 10 grandchildren limits her time for portrait painting but not for photography, wooden peg figure art and her garden. “My grandmother and mother gardened,” Alexander said. “Gardening is an adventure to see what comes out of the ground and it’s really a way for me to communicate with the Creator.” Being healthy and eating healthy motivated Alexander to read and study different ways of gardening. Her yields really took off about five years ago when her husband, Tom, built their raised beds at their home in the Searcy Country Club area.

“Raised beds are so important to a great garden and I use a lasagna method of preparing the beds,” Alexander said. “First you put down newspaper and cardboard as a weed barrier and then add peat, leaves, and compost.” Her layering method uses all biodegradable materials to enrich the soil. She doesn’t use chemicals as her compost is fertilizer enough to increase yields. The Alexander garden is a year-round adventure. She grows peppers, green onions, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, zucchini, and other squash varieties in the summer as well as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. In the fall and winter, the garden produces kale, turnip greens, and field greens. Phyllis wants her grandchildren to be part of the gardening experience. She believes they will make healthier food choices because they have been part of the process and pick and

eat fruits and vegetables they have watched grow. “I think it’s terrible that we don’t know how to raise our own food,” Alexander said. “I want my grandkids to be excited about what comes out of the ground and enjoy eating things that are good for them.” In addition to fruits and vegetables, Alexander grows herbs for cooking including rosemary, mint, basil, oregano, and lemon balm. She looks for easy recipes to get the most nutrition out of the food she grows. Sauerkraut is one of those recipes. “Sauerkraut, or other fermented foods, produce more enzymes, minerals, and anti carcinogens,” she said. “They help digestibility and increase the natural vitamins in the food.” She also touts the healthy benefits of kale and other greens. Phyllis and her husband Tom have lived in Searcy since 1978. They have three children: Rachel, Isaac, and Hannah and 10 grandchildren.

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Phyllis Alexander works in one of her raised vegetable beds at her home in Searcy.

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Former schoolmates making it happen for United Way Jones, Collier will serve as chairman, co-chairman of 2013 fundraising drive BY JACOB BROWER


nce schoolmates at Harding Academy, a pair of Searcy professionals are back together to work toward the betterment of the community. Rees Jones and Winston Collier will serve as United Way of White County chairman and co-chairman, respectively, for the 2013 campaign, which kicks off in September. The two have known each other most of their lives. Jones graduated from Harding Academy in 2000, and Collier graduated from the academy in 1999. Jones, who serves as vice president and commercial loan officer at Simmons First Bank, became part of the United Way in 2009. He said he was encouraged by Simmons First President Brooks Davis to become active with the organization, which serves 13 White County charitable organizations. “These are non-profits I’ve heard of my whole life, and I just love the concept of United Way of White County,” said Jones, 30. “I’m a firm believer that the executive directors don’t need to be raising money from the same people for their individual charities. I love what the United Way stands for.” Workplace influences also played a role in Collier’s involvement in the United Way of White County. Collier’s law partner at Simpson, Simpson and Collier — Jimmy Simpson — is a past president of the organization. Jones informed Collier in January 2011 that he had been nominated for a spot on the board. “[Jimmy Simpson] always talked about what a great amount of good the United Way was doing for all the different agencies and what a neat concept it was,” said Collier, 31. “Before I got the call from Rees, I already had a good knowledge of what the organization stood for because of Jimmy’s involvement in it.” Jones’ and Collier’s volunteerism extends past the United Way. Jones recently completed a term on the board of the Jacob’s Place homeless shelter and is a volunteer with Camp Wyldewood, a year-round

Rees Jones (left) and Winston Collier pose outside Collier’s office in downtown Searcy. Christian camp and retreat. Collier is a member of the Cancer Center of Excellence’s Planned Giving committee, and serves a secretary of the Searcy Rotary Club. Jones and Collier both said that working for the betterment of the community is what motivates them to volunteer. “I love being able to have a hand in touching the lives of people in the community,” Jones said. “I see it as an investment in the community for a great organization that makes the community a better place.” “Anyone who knows me well knows I’m proud to be from Arkansas and from the Searcy area,” Collier said. “I’m thankful to be a part of this community and glad to be part of an organization that exhibits selflessness like the United Way.” MAY/JUNE 2012 x well now x 13

At-home exercise leads to 75-pound weight loss Weight loss helps woman win award through her work B Y M O L LY F L E M I N G

While no one can predict the future, Velvet Ridge resident Candace Ventura had a scary look at what she was sure would be her future if she didn’t start changing her ways.

Candace shows off some of the clothes she can wear since losing weight.

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Ventura was working full-time as a registered nurse at DaVita Dialysis Clinic in Searcy in 2009 and part time at White County Medical Center when she started to feel a little too relatable to her patients at the dialysis clinic. At age 29, she weighed 256 pounds and was on three different blood pressure medications. “When I went to work at the dialysis clinic, I didn’t realize how many young people — those in their 40s — were on dialysis because of high blood pressure or diabetes,” she said. “It really woke me up. Diabetes runs in my family so I knew I had to do something.” That something started during one of her few free moments in the day — when her children were in the bathtub. “I was too embarrassed to go to the gym, so when the kids were in the bathtub, I would jog in place,” she said. “And when you’re 256 pounds, just that jogging in place for a few minutes will really get your heart rate up.” After a month or so of jogging on the bathroom mat, Ventura eventually made it to Searcy Athletic Club, where she used the treadmill and participated in the workout classes. She was disciplined enough to work out six days a week, taking Sunday off to attend church and spend time with her family. Exercise wasn’t the only change that Ventura made to her lifestyle. She also started eating healthier, but as she emphasized, the changes in her diet were nothing drastic. “I still ate regular food,” she said. “I just didn’t eat as much of it. I substituted whole

grain bread for white bread, and olive oil for vegetable oil. I also started reading the nutrition labels. I ate until I was full — not until I cleaned my plate.” Changing her eating habits helped her set a healthy example for her 3-year old daughter. She also has a 10-year old son. “My daughter will be a lot like me, I can tell,” Ventura said. “She already has a sweet tooth. I tried to find recipes that were healthier but were still like the regular food we were eating.” All of these positive changes were showing results and people started to take notice, including her friends at church. “Some of the women from church couldn’t go to the gym, or they were afraid to like I once was, so I said we should start a workout class. Somehow I got roped into teaching it,” she said with a laugh. “I was scared to death.” The free workout class features weights, resistance bands and other cardiovascular exercises. Some of the women from the church also walk the perimeter of the gym where the class is held. “The class has been really good for me because it’s helped keep me accountable to my workout routine,” she said. “I know people are coming to the class and counting on me to be there.” Since Ventura first started her lifestyle changes, she has lost 75 pounds, weighing in at 182 pounds. Having been above 200 pounds, seeing the “199” on the scale was a huge milestone.

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Reduce sugar-rich drinks. Candace Ventura said


Eat regular food — just fewer quantities.


Make small changes in food. Switching from


Write down what you eat when you eat it.


Exercise when and where you can. Ventura

she was once a fan of sweet tea, but she decided to cut back and hasn’t regretted the decision. Ventura advised against going out and stocking up on diet foods. She just reduced the amount of normal food she ate. white bread to whole grain bread and vegetable oil to olive oil are just a few of the small dietary changes Ventura made for her family.

Ventura said she didn’t realize how much she ate or the calories she consumed until she started writing it down. started exercising in her bathroom while her children bathed, so there is always a time and place for exercise.

“I did a little dance around my house when that happened and I haven’t been back above 200 since, which I’m very happy about,” she said. One of the most difficult parts of getting to her current weight was when she hit a plateau — meaning she just couldn’t lose anymore weight. “I tried going to the doctor and getting diet pills, but I didn’t like how they made me feel,” she said. “It worked out better to do it right.” She eventually went over the plateau and continued to lose around 2 pounds a week. The weight loss has not only brought health changes, but changes in clothing as well. “I completely got rid of all of my clothes that were too big,” she said. “It was nice when I didn’t have to shop in the plus-size section anymore. I used to shop at Lane Bryant but those clothes are all too big for me now.” While new cute clothes are great for any woman, Ventura is also happy about her reduction in medicine. She now only takes one blood pressure pill every other day. Because of her healthy changes, Ventura was recognized by DaVita as being a positive role model for health as part of the company’s “We Are Well” initiative. She was chosen from among 40 different nominees from across the country. For winning the award, her health insurance has been paid by the company for all of 2012. “I feel a lot better,” she said. “We went to Silver Dollar


Candace Ventura holds her daughter on a spring day.

City after I had lost a lot of the weight, and I ended up carrying my daughter up the stairs in the caves the whole time. I know I couldn’t have been able to do that — or even get myself up the stairs — if I hadn’t lost the weight.” Ventura’s workout class is held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at Revival Church on Highway 16/Maple Street in Searcy.

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Class designed for midlife and older women to help improve bone density, flexibility, strength and arthritis and reducing falls. Participants need ankle weights, dumbbells, a towel, water bottle, closed-toed sneakers and comfortable shoes. Class is led by Katie Cullum, a certified Strong Women instructor who has taught classes for over five years. When: 9-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 4:45-5:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday Cost: $12 per year Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 268-5394 or email

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Classes are for all ages to help improve balance, flexibility, strength and reduce stress and pain. Participants should dress comfortably and can be barefoot or in comfortable socks and sneakers. No equipment is required. Classes run 45-60 minutes. When: 11-12 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 10-July 13 Cost: $15 due prior to class Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 268-5394 or email


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Prenatal Yoga

Classes are for men and woman and incorporate high energy workouts using weights, ball and various other equipment. Instructor is Letha Tripp. When: 9-10 a.m., Saturday Cost: $20 for 10 weeks Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 278-8570

Classes are for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. A note from a doctor is required to participate. When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday Cost: Free Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 278-8570

Yoga for Healing

For anyone who would like to feel better through massage therapy. A variety of massages are offered. Massage Therapist is Shela McAnally. When: By appointment only Cost: $25 per 30 minutes for relaxation therapy; $35 for one hour of relaxation therapy; $55 for hot stones and other more therapeutic massages Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 743-0490

Classes are for men and woman

and offer a slower pace yoga convenient for beginners or those healing from a chronic disease. Instructor is Teresa McLeod. When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday and Thursday Cost: $20 for 10 weeks Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 278-8570

Vari Yoga

Classes are for men and woman and offer a variety of yoga poses and positions. This is an advanced class. Instructor is Sharon Middleton. When: 4:45-5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday Cost: $20 for 10 weeks Where: Old Carder Buick Building, corner of Hawkins and Hartsfeld, in Searcy More information: (501) 278-8570

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Classes are for women to help with arthritis and joint or back pain. When: 6:30-7:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday-Friday Cost: $90 for four months beginning in May or $25 per month or $3 per class visit Where: Harding University More information:

Relay for Life of White County

This is a way for the community to honor and celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors at this overnight event. When: June 1-2 Cost: Free Where: Searcy Event Center More information: 1-800-227-2345 or visit

AAU State Swimming Championship

The City of Searcy in conjunction with the Searcy Sharks Swim Team will host the Amateur Athletic Union State Swimming Championship featuring over 500 swimmers. When: June 29-July 1, various event throughout each day Where: Searcy Public Pool on Moss Street Cost: Free admission

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. — Tom Stoppard

Searcy to host AAU State Swimming Championship

he Amateur Athletic Union State Swimming Championship is coming to Searcy. The event will be held June 29-July 1 beginning at 8 a.m. each morning at the Searcy Public Pool on Moss Street featuring over 500 swimmers. “We had the opportunity to bid on it coming here and we hosted in in 2010,” said Searcy Parks Director Brian Smith. “The AAU was pleased with how the meet went last time and we were awarded it again.” “We were also able to host again because of the great volunteer workers who made the meet a success,” added Aquatics Director Chad Price. The City of Searcy in conjunction with the Searcy Sharks Swim Team will host the event. “The Sharks are extremely excited to host the meet again,” said Price. “Searcy Parks does an amazing job along with volunteer swim parents. The meet brings in over 1,000 people to Searcy for three days.” 16 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

Admission to the event is free and there is room for everyone. “Usually the competitors bring their families, and people who follow their swim teams attend,” said Smith. “On the first day there are about 300-400 spectators who are able to watch from outside the pool area. They typically watch from around the fenced in area.” According to the AAU website, the organization is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer sports organizations in the United States. It is a multi-sport organization and is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. “We are looking forward to qualifying more swimmers for the Junior Olympics in Houston,” said Price. “Right now we have about 15 swimmers who have qualified and the Sharks are the 2011 AAU State Winter Champions. The Sharks are real excited and hope to do another great meet.”

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Searcy Farmers Market to offer local produce


he Searcy Farmers Market is officially open and offering something new this year. The market will be open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon and Tuesday afternoons beginning at 4 p.m. at the southside of Spring Park in downtown Searcy. The market will be open this year through mid September, depending on weather. “Last year it was hot and dry and the farmers produce didn’t make it to September,” said Amy Burton, Executive Director of Main Street Searcy. “We have several farmers who have expressed an interest in staying open into the fall if they can for fall pumpkins and produce. We also decided to open up on Tuesday afternoons instead of Wednesday mornings and see how that goes.” The market will switch things up a bit this year by welcoming local crafters. “We have made this change this year so we can strengthen the market,” Burton said. “We had suggestions to open the market up to area crafters such as painters, quilters and others. Those interested must produce their own products and cannot resell items they have purchased. Those interested should call us for more information.” Farmers markets offer fresh and flavorful produce and are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers. In the last decade they have become a favorite marketing method for many farmers throughout the United States, and a weekly ritual for many shoppers. “Last year, we had 15 certified farmers selling produce,” Burton said. “This year we hope to have more and even more interest with the changes we have made.” For more information call (501) 279-9007 Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Fight a stroke with knowledge May is National Stroke Awareness Month. According to the National Stroke Association, strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 137,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. “Strokes are pretty common,” said Jasper Fultz AR SAVES Coordinator at White County Medical Center. “We see quite a few. They can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.” A stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Common symptoms include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg — especially on one side of the body — confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and a severe headache with no known cause. “The motto is Act FAST, standing for Face, Arm, Speech and Time,” said Fultz. “The faster you realize the symptoms and get help the more options for treatment are available.” Some risk factors are beyond a persons control, including being over age 55, being a male, being African American, having diabetes and having a family history of stroke. “The main risk factors that people can control are their cholesterol and blood pressure, smoking, being overweight and drinking too much alcohol,” said Fultz. “One main thing people can do to help lower their risk is to exercise. Just being active and not being a ‘couch potato’ can make a difference.” WCMC has the capability to get in touch via internet with a neurologist through AR SAVES, which stands for Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support. Learn more by visiting

Start walking to get healthy With the weather getting sunnier, it is time to get out and start walking. According to the walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It is a form of exercise accessible to just about everybody. “Walking is great because it is low impact but it also weight-bearing, an activity you do while on your feet and legs that works your muscles and bones against gravity,” said Justin Bland, an assistant professor for Harding University in the department of Exercises and Sports Sciences. “It can help reduce osteoporosis making your bones stronger.” Benefits include lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of or manage type 2 diabetes, helping manage weight and a healthy attitude. Special equipment or shoes are not necessary for walking. “[To start walking] you just need a good pair of athletic shoes and a place to walk,” Bland said. “Adding anything that makes an activity more difficult will aid in burning more calories, but it is not necessary.” Don’t have a safe place to walk? The Searcy bike/walking trail winds its way from Ella Street and ends at Queensway. It is a 4.8 mile paved bike/walking trail that is open all year long. “The Harding University track is a great place to walk,” Bland said. “The lights are on and lots of people walk it. However, if you are more inclined to step out your front door and go for a walk, you can do that as well. The best exercises really are the ones that you are able to do the most and what you are most likely to do.” Those who have been inactive and tire easily should start slow and gradually work up to walking longer and for most days of the week. “Walking is a great activity that I highly recommend,” Bland said. “I am convinced that appropriate physical activity positively benefits every aspects of a person’s life.”

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Communication disorder Aphasia affects many Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. It impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. According to the National Aphasia Association, the most common cause of aphasia is stroke. Approximately 25-40 percent of stroke survivors acquire aphasia. It can also result from head injury, brain tumor or other neurological causes. It can occur in people of all ages, races, nationalities and gender. “I have seen quite a few people locally who have this language disorder,” said Sharon Middleton MS CCC-Speech Language Pathologist at White County Medical Center. “It affects all aspects of language.” Aphasia affects about one million Americans — or 1 in 250 people — and is more common than Parkinson’s Disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. More than 100,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year. A person with aphasia may have difficulty retrieving words and names, but the person’s intelligence is basically intact. Aphasia is not like Alzheimer’s disease. For people with aphasia it is the ability to access ideas and thoughts through language — not the ideas and thoughts themselves — that is disrupted. “Treatment usually depends on their level of impairment,” Middleton said. “We try speech therapy, treatment and rope memory tasks, anything that can help them with their particular case.” Learn more by visiting

Public pool opens May 29


he Searcy Municipal Pool will open May 29 for the 2012 season. Admission is $2 a person. It is located on Moss Street just off Race Avenue. “On a typical day we probably have 100-200 people swimming,” said Chad Price, Aquatics Director. “We have had days where there are 250 paid swimmers throughout the day and then day care facilities also bring groups down.” According to swimming works your whole body, improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture and flexibility all at the same time. The cardiovascular system in particular benefits because swimming improves the body’s use of oxygen without overworking the heart. There is also a low risk for swimming injuries because there’s no stress on bones, joints or connective tissues under water. Pool hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Night swim is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m. The pool offers lap lanes, diving boards, a children’s pool and instructional pool. “The pool is usually busier during the first couple weeks of opening,” Price said. “We also offer pool parties.” The Searcy Sharks Summer Swim Team uses the pool and welcomes new members. Visit for more information. Those interested can register through June. 18 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

Relay For Life of White County is June 1-2


he American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of White County will be June 1-2. White County’s theme for this year is “We can win! What’s your next move?” and will be held at the Searcy Event Center. “This is a way for the community to honor and celebrate the lives of local cancer survivors at this overnight event held to recognize that cancer doesn’t sleep and neither will we until we find the cure,” Event Chair Donna Weir said. The event opens as cancer survivors of all ages walk or run around the track for the first lap. “This emotional time sets the stage for the importance of each participant’s contribution,” Weir said. “A festive atmosphere develops as teams of 10 to 15 people join the American Cancer Society’s efforts to help people get well, stay well, fight back and find cures.” Highlighting the evening is the luminary service, a candlelight vigil held at nightfall to honor survivors and to remember those lost to cancer. Luminary candles line the track and are left burning throughout the night as a reminder to participants the importance of their involvement in the Relay For Life event. “Relay is a night for all the community to know that there is someone who cares about what they are facing and going through with cancer,” said Weir. “Statistics tell us that in today’s society, at least 2 in every 3 people know someone with cancer or are facing the disease them self. In doing Relay, this reminds everyone they are not alone.” For more information about Relay For Life in White County call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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The team of da Vinci experts at White County Medical Center includes: (standing) OB/GYN Bruce Thompson, MD; Cardiothoracic Surgeon Miguel Aguinaga, MD; and OB/GYN Kyle Citty, MD; (seated) OB/GYN Kris Citty, MD; and, OB/GYN Bill Williams, MD.

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‘Not your mother’s hysterectomy’

da Vinci Robot Adds Extra Arms for Surgeons at White County Medical Center BY ERICA GOODWIN


urgeons in the Operating Room at White County Medical Center have a new piece of equipment to assist them during surgery. The four-armed robot that has joined physicians and a select team of associates in the Operating Room is the da VinciTM Robotic Surgical System. In the past year, nearly 3,000 surgeons worldwide have been trained in using the da Vinci, and six of those surgeons are right here in Searcy. The da Vinci is being used for gynecological procedures, primarily hysterectomies; thoracic procedures and general surgeries. To date, four OB/GYN physicians are trained on the da Vinci including Dr. Bruce Thompson, Dr. Bill Williams and Drs. Kris and Kyle Citty; also, Cardiothroacic Surgeon Dr. Miguel Aguinaga and General Surgeon Dr. William Gibbs are using the da Vinci for procedures in their respective areas of surgery. “This equipment is changing the way we do surgeries now,” said Tisa Carlisle, Assistant Vice President of Surgical Services. “It is a much more advanced method of performing laparoscopic surgeries, which is beneficial to our patients in that it shortens the length of a their hospital stays and reduces post-operative pain.”

‘Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy’ “The da Vinci is a quantum leap forward,” Thompson said. “This technology is revolutionizing the field of surgery.” Most of us have a memory –of our mom, or an aunt – who we remember seeing after having a traditional hysterectomy, he said. Usually, she was in the hospital for five days and had a long, painful recovery. Abdominal hysterectomies, with the long incision, are the most difficult to recover from; fortunately, that is a surgery of the past. As the medical field advanced, laparoscopic surgery provided an improved surgical method, as it did not require the long incision; however, Thompson pointed out that laparoscopic procedures still involve pulling and tugging on the abdominal wall, which creates a bruising effect. A da Vinci hysterectomy involves four incisions, approximately one to two centimeters long, in the abdomen. The surgical tools inserted into those ports move internally but do not move at the skin level; therefore, no pressure is placed on the abdominal wall. “The da Vinci is a tremendous advantage to patients, because it is far less

painful than a traditional or even a laparoscopic hysterectomy,” Thompson said. “That’s why I say ‘this is not your mother’s hysterectomy.’”

Up Close & Personal Working as a Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) on 3 South for nearly 11 years, Jeana Cox has seen countless patients right after having a hysterectomy, so she understands the recovery process.

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“I was excited to have the privilege to learn about this new technology, The more I can learn about this new equipment as an advanced way of performing surgeries, the better I can assist the physicians to work toward positive patient outcomes.” – Tiffany Clemons,

Surgical Technologist The da Vinci Champions are a team of OR nurses and technicians assembled and trained specifically to assist physicians in da Vinci procedures. The team includes (from left): Allison Solem and Tiffany Clemons, Surgical Technologists; Steve George, CST; Tonya Carden, RN; and Lindsey Hutson, RN.

For more than two years, Cox debated about having the surgery until the monthly pain she was experiening became unbearable. After talking to Thompson about the benefits of a da Vinci hysterectomy, she finally committed to having the procedure. “I am feeling good, and I’m thankful I had it done,” said Cox, just two weeks after the surgery. “I had more discomfort after having my gallbladder laparoscopically removed than I did with this surgery.” In fact, Cox felt so good that that the Saturday following her Thursday surgery, she and her husband went for a ride in the country and even stopped by the grocery store and a flea market before heading home. Though she was tired at the end of the day, she still felt good. “My advice is to get up and walk. Even slow and steady walking will help the recovery process go faster,” Cox suggested. “I have no complaints; if you have to have a hysterectomy, I recommend having a da Vinci procedure.”

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Medical Momentum “By using the da Vinci, we are able to accomplish much more than before in performing minimally-invasive surgeries,” said Kris Citty. “The arms of the robot allow greater access to smaller incisions to better manipulate the organs involved in the procedure; it is truly an extension of our hands with greater maneuverability. I believe I can do difficult cases even better with the daVinci than I could with my hands alone, which means I can offer my patients a better surgery using the da Vinci.” Another significant advantage the da Vinci offers is the 3D camera, added Williams. “The in-depth view provides much better visualization than the two-dimensional view of conventional laparoscopy,” he said. “The da Vinci allows us, as surgeons, to perform the procedures from a seated position, which leads to significantly less operator fatigue that translates into a better outcomes for our patients. Also, most of my patients return to work within two, sometimes three, weeks depending on their job responsibilities. One patient returned to work just six days after her procedure.”

“Our da Vinci Champions have embraced this equipment and technology and taken ownership of it. The da Vinci representatives who have come in are thrilled with their work on the robot. The representatives have been highly complementary on what a great job they are doing in working together to assist the surgeons.”

– Dr. Bruce Thompson, MD OB/GYN

According to Citty, the da Vinci is also being used for surgeries that involve the removal of the ovaries and cysts, as well as the treatment of endometriosis. “All women are good candidates for robotic surgery,” he said. “Thanks to the da Vinci, we are able to perform surgeries on women who were not able to have laparoscopic surgery due to biological reasons. Now, we can offer them a better procedure with a reduced risk of bleeding, infection and pain. From a surgical perspective, we are offering patients the most up-to-date in technology, which is arguably the new ‘standard of care,’ and is a part of what likely will be the future of medicine.” As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Aguinaga performs complex surgeries on the lungs and has been performing videoassisted thoracoscopic thoracic surgery (VATS) for nearly two decades. The da Vinci has had similar positive effects on his patients, including less pain after procedures, shortened hospital stays and quicker recovery times. “The da Vinci has allowed us to operate on ill patients who would have been turned down for such a surgery years ago,” he said. “With these new robotic techniques, the quality and precision of the operative techniques are greatly enhanced by the superb vision and capabilities of the robot. In our experience with the da Vinci, patients experience even less pain and are discharged a day or two after surgery. I am excited to be able to offer this technology to our patients at White County Medical Center.” “Without the support of the White County Medical Center administration and Board of Directors, we would not have this new technology to offer our patients,” Williams said. “They have always been willing to provide us, as physicians, with the tools we need to offer patients the most advanced medical care available.”

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providing financial “hygiene”, we have discovered that there is a very similar dynamic when our new clients visit us for the first time. When people see someone walking into our office, some may assume that this person “has it all together”. The reality can very be different than this assumption. Many people do not believe that they have saved as much as they think they should. Few people are satisfied with every one of their investment decisions, and rarely is anyone content with every aspect of their financial circumstances. It is not uncommon to hear first time visitors say things like: “I know we’ve been burying our heads in the sand, but now we’re ready to get serious and figure out if we have done any damage to ourselves.” “I haven’t looked at my retirement plan statement in two years because I’m too scared.”

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Kenny Rand, center, poses with Reynie Rutledge (left) and Steve Lytle (right) in March at Searcy Athletic Club. Rand, who retired April 1, has been a personal trainer for both Rutledge and Lytle for several years.

Thinking about a personal trainer?

Kenny Rand leaves behind a throng of believers BY MIKE MURPHY


f you are new to exercise, or have been getting meager results, it may be time to consider a personal trainer. Searcy native and long-time resident Kenny Rand built a clientele and a reputation helping people reach their fitness goals. Rand, 74, retired April 1 after 15 years as a personal trainer at Searcy Athletic Club. He leaves behind a multitude of clients who have benefited from his knowledge and experience as a personal trainer. Steve Lytle of Searcy has been working out with Rand for 12 years. Now 59, Lytle was doing three weightlifting sessions a week with Rand, then cardio on his own two or three other times per week. Lytle is president of B-B Oil Company, based in Searcy, which is a wholesale gas and diesel distributor and operates 30 DoubleBees convenience stores in central Arkansas. He credits use of a personal trainer for bringing accountability to his exercise routine. “The main thing is knowing someone is there, waiting for you,” Lytle said. “It gives me some discipline to show up and work out. If I were on my own, some days it would be pretty easy to drive away and go on home.” Lytle said Rand keeps his workouts interesting. “Kenny is very knowledgeable of

what he does, and changes up the routines so you’re are not consistently doing the same exercise the same way with the same body parts,” he said.”He changes the dynamic, changes the muscle groups you are working, which helps it from becoming boring and helps you keep from losing interest in training.” Reynie Rutledge of Searcy credits his regular sessions with Rand for keeping him fit, despite his highly-active business schedule. Rutledge, 62, is chairman of Searcybased First Security Bank, the Arkansas financial behemoth with 70 locations and more than 900 employees. He has had the same three sessions per week scheduled since his wife and kids gave him a 90-day introductory package for Christmas, 13 years ago. “I wasn’t working out,” Rutledge said. “My wife was, my boys were, but I wasn’t doing anything. They bugged me to get started. Kenny stayed after me. If I had not stuck it out with Kenny that 90 days, I probably would have quit in 30.” Rutledge said soon he started getting positive feedback. “People I hadn’t seen were mentioning it to me,” he said. “What are you doing? It became obvious it was making a difference I didn’t really realize.” His regular sessions with Rand became important to his routine. “I adjust my schedule to make my

sessions with Kenny,” Rutledge said. “A lot of times I’d rather not leave early from Fayetteville, not leave early from Jonesboro, not rush home from Little Rock, but I do it to make that meeting with Kenny.” Rutledge said Rand’s knowledge and

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Personal trainer Kenny Rand keeps an eye on Steve Lytle during a workout in March.

experience have been helpful through the years. “He changes up the program,” Rutledge said. “I’ve had some back problems. He knows that. So he will emphasize some things to strengthen my back. When things are a problem, he knows how to work around them, make sure you don’t hurt yourself, and work to strengthen them.” Rutledge said his experience with Rand has been positive. “He is very concerned and interested in his clients,” Rutledge said. “He knows a lot about them, enjoys what he is doing and makes the workouts enjoyable.” Rand has been active in fitness and weight training his entire adult life, but didn’t become a personal trainer until age 60. After graduating from Searcy High School in the 1950s, he went to Southern Methodist University, hoping to continue his football career. But at 145 pounds, he soon realized his football career was over. Weight training, however, was coming into vogue, and Rand got involved at the Dallas YMCA. “I’d always heard about the weights, but it wasn’t something we did then in high school,” he said. “I guess I was always getting knocked around and wanted to get bigger. So I started working out.” 30 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

By the time Rand returned to Searcy after college to begin working in his father’s wholesale grocery business, he had grown to 215 pounds and developed 20-inch arms. “From then on, I always kept a gym in my house,” he said. “I competed a little bit, not much, but always worked out.” As the years went by, Rand gravitated to public gyms that began to open. Eventually, he was living in Little Rock, travelling a lot in the hazardous waste business, and working out at Little Rock Athletic Club.

“I had always worked out with other people,” Rand said. “At Little Rock Athletic Club, I began to watch the other trainers. I thought it was something I could do. I thought I could help others. I was tired of what I was doing and wanted to make a change. My daughter encouraged me, so I decided to go for it.” He travelled to the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Irvine, CA, to get his certification, and started training others at Little Rock Athletic Club. He also started traveling back to Searcy Athletic

Reynie Rutledge during a recent workout at Searcy Athletic Club.

Club in hopes of expanding his clientele. Finally, in 1996 he reached an agreement with Searcy Athletic Club and moved back home. Rand said it took a while to develop his business. He branched out and pursued his interests, becoming certified in kettlebells, pilates, and yoga. In the last 8-10 years Rand has been able to maintain about 40 clients at any given time. Clients young and old, men and women, and of varying needs have kept him busy, and feeling rewarded. “I’ve particularly enjoyed taking somebody who really needs help, maybe someone who needs to lose 50 pounds,” he said. “I really enjoy helping that person reach their goals.” Rand said his approach to weight loss with his clients is the same formula he used when he dropped 40 pounds back to 175 in the late 1980s. “Basically, it’s restrict calories to 1,500 per day for men, 1,200 for women,” he said. “Break down the calories to 45 percent carbs, 40 percent protein, and 15 percent fats. Four days per week of cardio and two days per week of resistance training. When you hit plateaus, fine tune the carbs and protein and/or increase length of cardio. Establish short and long-term goals.” He believes an important role of the personal trainer is to provide motivation. “My goal is to motivate people to come and do the cardio on their own, to keep them going between sessions, make sure they know they are not by themselves,” he said. “The difference between losing weight and not losing weight is coming and doing that one more cardio session when I’m not there. I try to keep track and motivate people to do that.” Rand said he plans to continue working out himself, and will begin training to run a half marathon, probably in December. After a trip to Augusta in April to watch a round of the Masters, he thinks he may also resume a limited amount of personal training, perhaps specializing in golf fitness. For those looking to hire a personal trainer, he has the following advice: “Make sure he or she is certified from a reputable organization, has CPR training, and experience relative to your goals or specific problem,” Rand said. “Look for a good listener who will listen to your goals, and someone who will focus entirely on you during the session. It should be someone you are comfortable with.”

Searcy Health Clubs Anytime Fitness

Address: 419 S. Main Street, Searcy Phone number: 501-268-2300 Website: Email: Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People are on staff from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday Services offered: 24-hour fitness center. Complete gym with cardio, strength training and free weights. Tanning is included with the cost of membership. Cost per month range: Rates vary. Call for details. Personal trainers on staff? No

Contours Express (for women)

Address: 1525 East Race, Searcy Phone number: 501-305-4600 Website: Hours: Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday. Closed Sunday. Services offered: Contours offers weight machines and various exercise classes, including Zumba and kickboxing. The gym offers customizable cardio workouts. Cost per month: Rates start at $39 per month, with a 12-month commitment. $54 for one month only. Personal trainers on staff? At all times.


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Address: 2119 W. Beebe-Capps Suite 4, Searcy Phone number: 501-268-6161 Website: Hours: 6 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Services offered: Curves offers strength training, cardio, stretching and full muscle workouts. No weights. Cost per month range: Rates start at $34 per month. Personal trainers on staff? At all times.

Rhino Fitness

Address: 1720 Queensway Suite A, Searcy Phone number: 501-279-3753 Website: Email: Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People are on staff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekends by appointment. Services offered: Rhino Fitness offers weight equipment and exercise classes, including Zumba. Free tanning included with membership. Cost per month range: Rates begin at $39 per month Personal trainers on staff? Yes

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Address: 954 Skyline Drive, Searcy Phone number: 501-268-8080 Website: Email: customerservice@ Hours: From 5 a.m. until 10:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays; 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturdays; noon until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Services offered: Searcy Athletic Club offers exercise classes for all ages. Features include weight equipment, basketball, tanning beds, racquetball, massage therapy and a smoothie bar. Cost per month: Rates start at $47 per month with a one-year commitment. Rates begin at $60 per month with no additional commitment.   Personal trainers on staff? At all times.

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From left: Track, Brent, Miles, Lily and Chassie Sharpmack make mini whole wheat pizzas with turkey pepperoni .The Sharpmacks attempt to eat quick, healthful meals that work well with their budget and their schedules.

Feeding a family healthfully and cost-effectively can be difficult, especially when schedules are hectic and kids are picky eaters. Chassie Sharpmack, a clinical dietitian at White County Medical Center, is a busy mom who utilizes her knowledge of nutrition to manage the diets of her family of five. Her husband, Brent, travels frequently for his job as a certified public accountant, and she arrives to work at the hospital around 6 a.m. and leaves around 3 p.m. each day. Because of their work schedules, the couple requires child care for their three children — Lily, 5; Miles, 3; and Track, 5 months old. Being on-the-go necessitates quick cooking so the Sharpmacks can spend as much quality time with their kids as possible. Sharpmack works hard to cut down on cooking time and food costs, while at the same time ensuring her family eats well. 34 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

The following is from a Q-and-A session with Chassie Sharpmack about her family, her work and her strategies for eating nutritiously on a budget.


How would you describe your family’s schedule?

We are very busy. My husband, being a CPA, is usually not at home. I go to work at 6 a.m. and work a full day. Then, the kids are involved in several afterschool activities, such as gymnastics.


In general, what are your family’s eating habits?


I try to buy as much organic food as possible. I’ve been a lot more diligent about what I buy since I had Lily, my first child. I look at canned food and think, “I wonder what’s in that.” I’ve finally gotten my husband almost healthy. He used to be a junk


What sort of food is on your family’s typical menu?


For the kids, I buy sweet potatoes, corn, bananas — things that are easy to mash up. For the whole family, I try to make things with whole grain and that are low-fat. I do a lot of crock pot cooking. I buy only organic meat. There is some hormone- and steroid-free organic beef I buy from a farm in Cabot. Laura’s and Harvest Land are


Do your kids have any inconvenient eating habits, and if so, how do you handle them?


I keep a lot of nuts and peanut butter on hand for Lily because she won’t eat meat.


Do your kids mind eating so healthfully?

I think at this point, they don’t know the difference. They just eat what I give them. However, at school Lily is always trying to eat everyone else’s Pop Tart. The other kids always eat them at home, so they don’t mind giving them away to Lily. I’m one of those moms who doesn’t buy Pop Tarts or powdered doughnuts or

food junkie, and he never exercised. Now, he goes to the gym twice a week and eats grilled chicken sandwiches before he goes. He travels a lot, though, so it’s hard to keep him on track. My kids are all about snacks. They like to just go to the fridge and pull stuff out, so at their height level, I keep fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks, fruits and veggies for them to eat.

other brands I’ve found that have organic beef and chicken. I also buy only organic juices. There’s a lot of talk about different things, such as arsenic, being in juices. I order a lot of organic juices and cereal bars online, especially since most of the cereal bars for kids that you find in local grocery stores don’t have any whole grain. We have a lot of healthy frozen meals, too. I love those Kashi frozen foods. They help save on time, especially when the kids have activities to go to. As soon as I give Miles something to drink, he drinks the whole thing. Also, neither he nor Lily likes plain water. So, when I give them juice, I do half juice and half water. That way, they don’t get too much sugar, and it saves money.

sugary cereal, but I try to keep things at home that are similar but healthier and that the kids like just as well. All the same, I can’t control absolutely everything they eat. Lily eats lunch at school, and I don’t want to send her a special meal, like she can’t eat what everyone else is eating. So she just eats the school meal. But then, at home she eats what I want her to eat. Also, my kids will eat any fruit I buy if I cut it up and put Nutella on it.


What foods should parents never feed their kids?


My motto is “everything in moderation.” I think Happy Meals are just awful, but I still let my kids have them every once in a while. Kids should not have sodas, but every once in a while I let my kids have a little Sprite or orange soda. Miles regularly has just a honey bun with fruit and milk at school for breakfast. I’m like, really? But, I let him have it anyway.

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1. apples 2. celery 3. strawberries 4. peaches 5. spinach 6. nectarines (imported) 7. grapes (imported) 8. sweet bell peppers 9. potatoes 10. blueberries (domestic) 11. lettuce 12. kale and collard greens


What additional tips do you have for feeding a family cost-effectively and healthfully?


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with pesticides that sink down into the skin. I try to buy those items organic. For the produce that isn’t on that list, like bananas, I save money by buying them non-organic. Pastas and cereals don’t necessarily need to be organic, either, because they aren’t sprayed. really helps me with buying organic food. They have free shipping, and they deliver to your door. You really can’t beat that. It’s usually cheaper than if you went to the whole foods store in Little Rock or something. To save time and money, I cook a meal and put half of it in the freezer. I also use only half of the suggested meat in a dish, and add a can of beans instead. That keeps the cost down.

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1 package (18 ounces) prepared polenta 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 can (15 ounces) Ortega Black Beans, rinsed and drained 1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon Ortega Thick and Chunky Medium Salsa 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons Ortega Thick and Taco Sauce (mild, medium or hot) 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 cup shredded lettuce Slice polenta in half. Slice each half into six rounds, about 1/2 inch thick, so you have 12 rounds total. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Gently slide each polenta round into hot oil using spatula. Fry for 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel-lined sheet tray. In medium bowl, combine beans, salsa and 2 teaspoons taco sauce. Mash beans with fork. In small bowl, combine sour cream, remaining taco sauce and lime juice, and mix until well blended. Spread 2 tablespoons mashed black beans on top of a fried polenta round. Top with a pinch of shredded lettuce and about 1 tablespoon salsa, and drizzle with some sour cream mixture.

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2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/2 packet (1.25 ounces) Ortega Reduced Sodium Chili Seasoning Mix 2 store-bought cooked chicken thighs (about 1/2 pound), shredded 1 cucumber, chopped 1/2 can (15 ounces) chopped tomatoes, drained

Cook: 10 minutes

3 tablespoons Ortega Thick and Smooth Taco Sauce (mild, medium or hot), divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 8 Ortega Yellow Corn or Whole Grain Taco Shells 1 cup shredded cabbage 2 tablespoons sour cream Kosher salt, to taste Black pepper, to taste

In skillet over medium heat, add oil. SautÈ half the onion, red pepper flakes and reduced sodium chili seasoning mix until onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. For salsa: In bowl, mix together cucumber, tomatoes, 2 tablespoons taco sauce, remaining onion, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon chicken mixture into taco shells, top with salsa and cabbage. Mix remaining tablespoon of taco sauce into sour cream and top.

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1 12-count box Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells or Whole Grain Taco Shells, each shell broken into pieces 1 bag (20 ounces) cubed, cooked chicken 1 packet (1.25 ounces) Ortega Taco Seasoning (or 40% Less Sodium Taco Seasoning) 1 jar (16 ounces) Ortega Thick and Chunky Medium Salsa 1/4 cup Ortega Thick and

Bake: 25 to 30 minutes

Smooth Taco Sauce (mild, medium or hot) 1 cup light sour cream 1 can (4 ounces) Ortega Fire Roasted Diced Green Chiles 1 cup pimiento stuffed olives, rinsed 1/2 cup chopped cilantro 4 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided use 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth


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Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Pour broken chips into baking dish and set aside. In large bowl, toss chicken with taco seasoning. Rub chicken cubes with your fingers to thoroughly distribute seasoning. In medium bowl, combine salsa, taco sauce and sour cream. Stir in chiles, olives and cilantro. Pour over chicken and combine thoroughly. Stir in 3 cups of cheese and chicken broth. Pour chicken mixture into baking pan over broken taco shells. Sprinkle on remaining cup of cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly. MAY/JUNE 2012 x well now x 37

Menu and Tips from Megan Jones

Megan Jones, MS, RD, LD, lives in Searcy and works at Community Health Network in Little Rock as a registered dietitian and health coach.


Each breakfast contains: 2 servings of grain (G), 1 to 2 oz of protein (P), 1 serving of fruit (FR), and1 serving of fat (FA)

Heart Healthy Oatmeal

Whole Grain Bread with PB


1 cup oatmeal (G) 1 cup low fat (skim or 1%) milk (P) 1 tbsp chopped walnuts (FA) 1 peach (FR)



1 ½ cups black bean soup or low fat chili (P) 1 whole wheat roll (G) 2 cups salad greens with raw vegetables (V) 2 tbsp light dressing (FA) 1 cup cut-up mixed fruit (FR)

Chalupa or Taco

1 thin round bread or ½ whole wheat bun (G) 3 oz (90% fat free) beef or veggie patty (P) 1 tbsp light mayonnaise (FA) Lettuce, tomato (V) 1 cup baby carrots (V) 1 orange (FR)

On the go Smoothie

1 piece of whole wheat toast 1 Fruit Smoothie: ½ cup berries and ½ banana (FR) ½ cup low fat yogurt and ½ cup skim milk (P) 1 tbsp peanut butter (FA)


1 cup shredded wheat or bran flakes (G) 1 cup low fat milk (P) 1 tbsp chopped walnuts (FA) 1 cup cubed cantaloupe (FR)

Open-Faced Tuna Sandwich

1 thin round or 1 slice whole grain bread (G) 1/3 cup tuna, drained (water packed) (P) 1 tablespoon light mayo (FA) ½ cup chopped onion and celery for tuna (V) Romaine lettuce and tomato slices (V) 1 apple (FR)

Seafood Pasta and Vegetable

½ cup cooked whole grain pasta (G) 1 cup steamed broccoli and red bell pepper (V) 2 oz Shrimp (10 large) (P) 2 tbsp light Italian dressing (FA) 1 peach (FR)

Each dinner contains: 1 servings of grain (G), 3 to 4 oz of protein (P), 2 to 3 servings of vegetables (V), and 1 serving of fat (FA)

1 corn tortilla (G) 2 oz lean ground beef, drained (P) 1 oz (3 tbsp) low fat cheddar (P+FA) ½ cup cooked bell pepper, onion, and tomato (V) 1 cup salad greens (V)

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1 whole wheat English muffin (G) 1 tbsp peanut butter (FA) 1 banana (FR) ½ cup low fat cottage cheese (P)


Each lunch contains: 1 serving of grain (G), 3 to 4 oz of protein (P), 1 serving of fruit (FR), 1 serving of fat (FA), and 2 to 3 servings of vegetables (V)

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Chicken and Rice Dinner

3 oz chicken breast (no skin) or fish (P) 2 Tbsp light Italian Dressing for chicken (FA) ½ cup steamed spinach (V) ½ cup steamed carrots (V) ½ cup cooked brown rice (G)

Tuna-Noodle Casserole

Mix and heat until cheese melts: 2 oz water packed tuna or chicken (P) ½ cup cooked whole wheat noodles (G) ½ cup steamed broccoli (V) ½ cup steamed red bell peppers (V) 1 oz grated reduced-fat cheese (P + FA) ¼ cup fat free milk (P)

Vegetarian Chili

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2 slices of whole grain bread (G) 1 oz deli turkey (P) 1 oz Swiss cheese (FA) 1 cup pineapple (FR)

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Jury still out on e-cigarettes Technology works for some, not for others BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Quitting smoking is hard. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 68 percent of smokers nationwide want to quit, and 52 percent have tried to quit. Sure, the nicotine patches, Chantix and nicotine gum have been around for years, but a new product has facilitated the feeling of quitting smoking, without actually having to do it. Ads for electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have been taking the country by storm, with brands such as Blu Cig, Smoking Everywhere, Clean Cig, NJOY and FUMA, promising smokers the chance to give up the smelly, fiery habit and trade it in for a cleaner, less intrusive smoke. The earliest e-cigarette concept was designed by Herbert A. Gilbert in 1963, but failed to catch on since smoking wasn’t seen as a social faux pas. In 2003, Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik modernized the idea, opening up a new market for the e-cigarette. Consequently, with the new technology not even around for a decade yet, health concerns have yet to be addressed 42 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

— mainly because there hasn’t been enough time passed to see true effects. Jason Brady, director of government relations for the American Cancer Society of Arkansas, said the ACS is wary of the e-cigarette’s effects. “When it comes to e-cigarettes, there’s no scientific evidence to say it’s safe, or it helps smokers quit,” he said. “The rise in e-cigarette use is no surprise, because people realize smoking cigarettes, pipes or cigars is unhealthy and may cause 15 types of cancers of heart disease.” E-cigarette brands hinge their marketing on three key aspects: No real cigarette smoke, only water vapor that resembles smoke; no tar and other harmful chemicals found in real cigarettes; and no need for a flame of any kind. Although the selling points seem inarguable, health effects of using an ecigarette are mostly unknown. The Food and Drug Administration, which has classified the e-cigarette as a drug-delivery system, has made the technology exempt from smoking laws. This means users may smoke e-cigarettes in

restaurants or around other people without remorse for second-hand smoke. However, in May 2009, the FDA tested the contents of 19 varieties of e-cigarette cartridges produced by NJOY and Smoking Everywhere. The FDA found Diethylylene glycol, a poisonous organic compound, in one Smoking Everywhere cartridge, as well as tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are known carcinogens. “The FDA has done some initial studies,” Brady said, “But, the ACS feels more studies need to occur because e-cigarettes are such a new product. The FDA has found nicotine in products that say they have no nicotine, and has also found toxic chemicals and detectable levels of carcinogens, such as some chemicals used in anti-freeze. There is no study to say e-cigarettes help you quit all together.” Searcian Judy Monday says e-cigarettes provided her the help she needed to quit smoking. Monday had been a three-pack-a-day smoker for more than 40 years before picking up a Fuma brand e-cigarette.

“My brother from Indiana got me to try it last July and I haven’t smoked since,” she said. “I have friends and clients that have tried other brands they’ve seen locally or on TV and they didn’t work. This one is a miracle. I went from three packs a day to none in two days.” Monday said the Fuma brand is about as close to a real cigarette as you can get, and she plans to continue using it. “The nicotine vapor kills the craving for nicotine and to smoke as long as I did, and as heavily as I did, it’s amazing. I wasn’t even trying to quit or even thinking about it, then I tried this and I was blown away.” Monday said one of the most beneficial factors was the clearing of her lungs, which allowed her to breathe better, smell better and taste better. “It’s a whole different world,” she said. I can’t say enough good about them.” Although the transition worked for Monday, other Searcians have not had such success. Searcy’s Debra Johnson said she picked up an e-cigarette from a flea market booth in Jacksonville, but was disappointed in the results and has quit using it. “I tried it for about a month, but I still had to smoke regular cigarettes at the same time because there wasn’t enough

nicotine,” she said. “The highest dose was 26 mg and that wasn’t enough. I had been looking to cut down on smoking or quit. I’m allergic to the patches, gum and lozenges, and I’m on a tight budget, so there’s only so much I can do. They make it sound so good, but when you try it yourself, it’s not.” Searcy’s Michael Burr, who uses a disposable Blu Cig, has split the issue with e-cigarettes, saying he’s not satisfied with the electronic smoke alone, but still uses it in certain situations. “I had three different e-cigarettes and the non-disposable ones were a huge pain because of the charger and the cartridges,” he said. “It’s the same effect as far as the nicotine is concerned, but it’s not the same feeling as regular smoking.” Burr said he uses the e-cigarette when around others, such as driving his kids in the car or if in a busy restaurant, but instead of quenching the craving, the ecigarette only bolsters it.


The cost of e-cigarettes vary, depending on where one is purchased. The average cost for a startup kit, which usually includes a charger, at least one cartridge and a battery, is about $30. Refill cartridges for e-cigarettes average to about $10 for a pack of five. Depending on how much it is used, each cartridge equals about one pack of cigarettes, which averages to $2 a pack instead of about $6 a pack for regular cigarettes. To break down the savings, someone who smokes one pack of regular cigarettes per day will spend about $42 each week. For an e-cigarette user, an equal amount of cartridges will run about $14. Therefore, e-cigarette users save roughly $28 per week, $112 a month and more than $1,400 a year. Numerous tobacco shops in White County sell e-cigarettes. The following is a list of tobacco shops selling e-cigarettes, the brands they offer and the cost of startup kits and cartridges: Alford’s Tobacco in Beebe

Judy Monday of Searcy takes a drag from her Fuma-brand electronic cigarette while working at her tax preparation service March 3. Monday had been a three-packa-day smoker for more than 40 years, but now relies on her e-cigarette instead.

“Usually, smoking the e-cigarette only makes me want a real cigarette,” he said. “Personally, I would recommend the patch to those who want to quit. I did the nicotine patches in October and quit for two months, but stress led me back into them. [E-cigarettes are] good for a temporary alternative to smoking, but they’re not a smoking cessation product.” Although some have found success with the e-cigarette, Brady said the best option for those who want to quit is to call the help line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. “Quit Now provides a quit coach,” Brady said. “It’s a non-judgemental person who will talk with you about your habits and encourage you to quit. Family and friends are great and you do it for them, but they’re not always the best counselors. Quit Now will also provide patches or lozenges to help wean you off of cigarettes, and check with your employer, because some health insurance will cover [the cost].”

NicStick — $29.99 startup kit $9.99 for a pack of cartridges equal to half a carton of cigarettes Clean Cig — $12.99 startup kit $14.99 for a pack of cartridges equal to a carton of cigarettes

Holy Smokes Tobacco Shop in Searcy Cig2o — $75 startup kit $10.78 for a pack of cartridges

Jack’s Place Sigaros & Tubos in Searcy Fuma — $26.99 basic kit (disposable) — $45.99 deluxe startup kit $12.99 for a pack of cartridges

Tobacco Station in Searcy

21st Century — $19.45 startup kit $34.15 — super startup kit $5.45 for a pack of three cartridges $10.49 for a pack of six cartridges Clayton — $21.75 startup kit $8.69 for a pack of five cartridges

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HIPPY program gives preschoolers a head start A AS ISRIRRAR TA TTT B YY EERRI C IC


ducation is something that many parents start to think about as soon as their children are born. For Searcy mom Erikka Stafford, the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), has been the answer. Stafford and her 6-year-old daughter, Destiny, spent three years participating in the HIPPY program. Stafford said that the HIPPY program was really useful since her daughter didn’t go to preschool. Stafford said that her daughter did really well with HIPPY and now her 3-year-old son, Preston, is in the program. The HIPPY program prepares kids from 3-5 years old for school. This program focuses on parental involvement. Arkansas HIPPY Coordinator, Barbara Gilkey, said that the HIPPY program is a 30week program that starts in August and ends in May. During the 30 weeks, parents help children work through nine storybooks and other activities. 44 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

Gilkey said that once a week, a welltrained HIPPY coordinator goes into the home and spends an hour with the parent. The coordinator and the parent take turns role-playing the activities in the lessons and once the coordinator leaves, the parent is ready to share the activities with the child. The packet that is given to the parents once a week includes five days of lessons with two activities each day. Gilkey said that the lessons only require 15 minutes a day because young children don’t have that long of an attention span. Gilkey also said that extension activities could be provided if the parents want longer lessons. Stafford said that HIPPY monitors the children’s progress throughout the year. “I can really tell from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” Stafford said. School time isn’t just August through May for the Stafford family though. The HIPPY program offers packets during the summer for education enrichment so children don’t forget

“We’ve had a lot of parents that have attested to the fact that HIPPY works. HIPPY is heavy in literacy, but [studies show] children did well in math too.”

– Barbara Gilkey, Arkansas HIPPY Coordinator

all they’ve learned throughout the year. This is only for parents who want to participate. Stafford said that this summer she plans to work with Preston using the summer packets. Dr. Robert H. Bradley, a professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, did a study in 2002 on the impact of the HIPPY program on Arkansas third grade and sixth grade students. Bradley said this study evaluated children who had no preschool experience and children who had other preschool experiences compared to children who participated in HIPPY. According to the study, HIPPY showed a positive impact on grades, classroom behavior and achievement test scores for students at both grade levels. Bradley’s research showed that children who completed at least one year of the HIPPY program, although most completed two, benefited long-term from the experience. A collective study done by the national level of the HIPPY program showed that kindergarten teachers felt like students who participate in HIPPY are better prepared for kindergarten literacy instruction. The various studies also showed that students who participated in the HIPPY program were generally average to above average academically and they behaved better and were more engaged in the classroom. “We’ve had a lot of parents that have attested to the fact that HIPPY works.” Gilkey said, “HIPPY is heavy in literacy, but [studies show] children did well in math too.” Gilkey said that the HIPPY program could be used as a stand-alone

curriculum, which is what Stafford does, but that parents are encouraged to use it even if their children are in a preschool or Head Start program. She said that the program works really well with other preschool programs. Parents can apply for the HIPPY program at their local HIPPY office or call the state HIPPY office for more information. Gilkey said that when parents apply to the program, before they’re accepted, the child is screened using the Brigance Early Childhood screening. Once the child is accepted, their progress is monitored by assessments and work sampling throughout the year. Gilkey said that there are a few ways for families to qualify for the

HIPPY program. She said if the family qualifies, there is no cost to the family. There are 10 things, as stated by the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Preschool Program, that qualify a family for HIPPY. Income plays a part in qualifying, but the family may also qualify if English is the second language, one of the parents doesn’t have a high school education, or if the parent is under 18. Children in the program will receive 30 weeks of age and developmentally appropriate curriculum, nine storybooks, one set of colored shapes, crayons, scissors, pencils, glue, and other learning material. All of this is free for the family.

Searcy mother Erikka Stafford watches her 3-year-old son, Preston, attempt to cut a straight line. The exercise is part of the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) curriculum. MAY/JUNE 2012 x well now x 45

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How Searcy’s Top Docs Fit Exercise Into Their Busy Lifestyle Thomas Day, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

“We all hear that diet and exercise are important to good health, but it’s sometimes hard to take the time and make the commitment. I exercise about four days a week, and because of my schedule I have to do it in the early morning, typically around 5:30. I alternate running with resistance training because doing the same thing all the time makes me less likely to keep it up. (Run one day, weights next day, rest third day, repeat.) The key is finding something that you will stick to. I once read that if you consistently repeat a behavior for 9-12 times, it will become less of a ‘chore’ and more of a habit. As far as diet, I avoid fast food as much as possible; also, stay away from soda. Water is best, and we all need to drink more of it each day. I like fruits and vegetables, so eating a balanced diet is fairly easy.”

William M. Gibbs III, M.D., General Surgeon

“Tied up in the hospital for long hours and days has, over the years, made finding some type of outdoor activity and physical exercise important. I have always felt that physical activity is a good stress reliever, along with the obvious healthy benefits derived from it. Although I have incorporated running into my habits for many years, I am now enjoying road bicycling. Aerobic conditioning, along with a healthy diet low in carbohydrates has certainly helped me maintain my energy levels over the years and also has reduced weight gain over time. This seems very simple, but it does take some discipline and commitment to keep those choices as part of my schedule.”

Jennifer Faith, M.D., Family Practice

“My family and I belong to a 24-hour gym so that we can go whenever we have time; there are days when we go at 9 p.m., because that’s the earliest we can get there. Also, I take my 14-year-old son with me; I want to make sure exercise is incorporated into his schedule and make it an important part of his day so he will learn healthy habits, too. When the weather is nice, we enjoy being outside whether we are riding bicycles or taking our dog for a walk; she is a good motivator. As far as diet, we all have the ‘Lose It’ app on our iPhones to count calories. It is easy to lose track of the number of calories we consume in a day, and the app is helpful to keep us accountable. I often recommend it to my patients who are looking for ways to adopt healthier lifestyles.”

Gregory Ricca, M.D., Neurosurgeon

“It is very important to me to eat healthy and exercise regular. It all adds up and is very important to my physical and mental health to do both. When I eat healthy and exercise regularly, I think better, perform better and sleep better, all of which improves my ability to perform better in both my professional and personal life. “Eating healthy is a matter of choice. It is easy to eat whatever is available, but with a little planning, one can eat well-balanced, healthy meals. Exercise is more difficult for me; I walk briskly whenever I can and, typically, I jog at least half way to and from work. Also, I do 10 minute exercises at home (strength building, endurance building and yoga). “Determine your goals and then figure out ways to reach them. Start off small; big goals too soon only lead to failure. A little exercise is better than no exercise; a little healthy eating is better than no healthy eating. Consciously think about everything you put into your mouth. If it does not fit what you think is healthy, then, don’t eat it. Start taking your lunch and snacks to work. Cook healthy at home and avoid junk food. Slowly develop your patterns and then slowly build on them. Success is more likely when incorporating healthy eating and exercise in small increments.” 46 x well now x MAY/JUNE 2012

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