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In This Issue

Home & Family 6 - 11

outdoor living

Come on out, the weather is great and the living is easy! 12 It’s New at Disney World 18 Cover Story: Thirteen Thriving 30 Somethings: 2013 Edition


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Regular Features 38 Business Buzz 46 First Person: with Joe Toups 48 Who’s News 50 McNeese Corral 70 Community Contributors 78 Ready to Wear 79 By the Numbers 80 Happenings 83 Solutions for Life!

Money & Career

34 Helping Kids Financially without Hurting Yourself 36 Longtime Care Requires More than Wait-and-See

Places & Faces 40 Young Leaders Develop Seven Effective Habits 44 Navy Veteran Turned Performer 45 Rememboring the Holocaust

Mind & Body


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Spring Into Fitness

Special Report: Getyour fitness started! 62 Unsightly Veins More than a Cosmetic Annoyance 64 Allergy Relief Difficult to Come by in Louisiana

Style & Beauty 72 Important Points about Men’s Pants 73 Makeup-Infused SPF Don’t just live, thrive!

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outdoor living There’s no doubt that Southwest Louisianans love the great outdoors and the warm, sunny days of spring make this one of the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy them. Thrive’s Outdoor Guide has all the latest tips and trends on how to get your yard back in shipshape and take advantage of those bluebird days ahead. 6 www.thriveswla.com

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by Christine Fisher

backyard pools: the ultimate oasis Since Southwest Louisiana has warm weather about eight months out of the year, backyard pools are a favorite addition to many family homes. The kids, and the neighborhood kids, love it, the parents like having the kids at home where they can keep an eye on things, and once the initial investment is paid, it’s a great way to entertain without spending a lot of money. A pool is a major feature in creating a backyard oasis; it’s the key design element. It promotes a relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great opportunity to exercise while swimming laps and a pool gives the backyard an inviting feel. Of course, the laughter and fun during a pool party with family and friends are the main reason most people choose to install a pool. “The size and shape of a pool should be customized to the home so that they compliment one another,” said Fab Cantu, owner of Aquatic Pools & Spas in Sulphur. “When we install a pool, each one is a unique design to work with the surrounding elements. We listen to the homeowner on what features they’re interested in having. Some may want a beach entry so it truly feels as though they’re away at a beach; others are looking for an ultra-relaxing experience in a natural rock waterfall. April 2013

If they are interested in a pool for exercise, we can design a pool with plenty of space for laps. Each project is unique.” Pools promote socialization. Kids who may not say two words all evening while playing a video game will become very interactive in the pool. Most everyone has favorite memories of playing at a friends’ pool or the community pool. Whether it’s a party for the young ones or a social event for adults, pools are enjoyed by all ages. Cantu said there are several things to keep in mind when considering installing a pool. “The needs of the homeowner should be the first thing addressed when talking with a pool contractor. Determine what you want to be able to do and the installer should use that as the basis for the design,” he said. Function should be first, then the design. Working with the pool contractor, be realistic on the size of the pool. If your yard is small, a large pool could completely eliminate lawn and garden space. It’s more aesthetically pleasing to have room for landscaping, so if a relaxing atmosphere is at the top of your list, save some green space. When it comes to structure and maintenance, there are several types of pools to consider. Gunite, fiberglass and vinyl liners are the structural choices Thrive Magazine for Better Living

to make and homeowners should think about whether to go with traditional chlorine or saltwater when it comes to maintenance. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages so do a little research to see which one appeals to you. “Again, that’s when it’s important to work with a knowledgeable pool contractor so they can provide guidance on what type would meet your needs,” Cantu explained. Safety should be carefully considered before installing a pool. Homeowners should decide if they are willing to install the necessary fence that should accompany any pool and if they are able to provide the supervision needed when children are present. Once it’s decided that a pool is the right move and design and installation are complete, there’s nothing quite like a clear, inviting pool. It’s a great way to escape, right in your own backyard. For more information on pool installation, call Aquatic Pools & Spas at (337) 533-9007 or visit www. aquaticpsllc.com to view their photo gallery.



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patios are the new “living rooms”

by Chris LeBlanc

The hectic lifestyles of busy professionals have become pervasive, even in the home. This has led to a growing trend of families and individuals adding onto, or building new, outdoor living spaces. There are, however, a few considerations to bear in mind before you build:


Often the choice between a deck and a patio depends on the level and grade of your backyard. If you’ve got any more than a few inches of slope, then a deck is your best option. More level areas are better suited for a patio.


For decks, composite plastic materials are a bit more expensive (roughly double the cost of wood), but they will last two to three times longer than wood alternatives. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a patio, concrete pavers are a safe, versatile and environmentally friendly alternative to real stone. There are also a wide variety of patterns and stains,

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which will add personality and authenticity to the space.

furniture and décor

Landscaping is an obvious key for the décor of any outdoor space. However, having more plants and flowers in planters than in traditional beds adds a dynamic of versatility to any patio or deck. This allows for a plant-scape, which can change with the season or theme of a party. The style of furniture is another detail which can make a space pop. Brightly colored, sleek, modern furniture is in style. Also, permanent perimeter seating which doubles as storage space is fashionable as well as functional.

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planting in a pinch

by Chris LeBlanc

Springtime is upon us. Unfortunately if you’ve waited until now to get your yard in shape and your garden started, you’re already behind the proverbial 8-ball. But hope is not lost for the planting procrastinator. The following are a few tips for sprucing up your gardens and patio areas in a time crunch:

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when you’ve got half a day:

With only half a day to work, focus on the essentials. After lying dormant all winter, weeds are making a comeback, so weeding and spreading a preventative herbicide is priority number one. Also, laying down a plastic weed barrier along with two to three inches of mulch to hold in moisture and help to guard against weed growth is important.

when you’ve got a full day:

For a full day of work, weed maintenance along with some planting should be on the docket. Good flowers to plant now are zinnias, marigolds, and cosmos. Zinnias grow in varying shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, and green. They do well in direct sunlight with good drainage. Cosmos, which act as perinnials once they are established in gardens, have pink, white, red, orange and blue blooms. And marigolds, which help control nematodes in beds, are shorter flowers. They are great for adding a bit of color to perimeters of beds. Vegetable and herb plants are also a good idea for planters and beds that are both beautiful and functional. Good early spring seeds to plant are cucumber, lima beans, Malabar spinach, okra, snap beans, and Swiss chard. While transplant options are eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes. Remember that any flower or vegetable transplants should be watered with a half strength water-fertilizer mixture to help them get started.

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If a full weekend is at your disposal, focus on some smaller construction and repair jobs. Necessary repairs to decking, fencing and patio furniture, along with a fresh coat of paint, will go a long way to brighten up an area. Bright vibrant reds,

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bug off! keeping your backyard oasis pest-free Whether your backyard oasis is a sprawling mecca for relaxation or a simple hammock in the shade, everyone can agree that pests can ruin your coveted downtime. Mosquitoes, ants, flies and bees are just a few of the flying creatures that can quickly put a damper on the party. “Not only are these a nuisance, but many of these insects cause health problems,” said Robert Soileau, manager of the Lake Charles location of J&J Exterminating. “Ants can contaminate food and house flies have been known to carry more than 100 different kinds of disease-carrying germs. Mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile virus and malaria.” A combination of human behavior, regular pest control and being aware of the time of day when some insects are more active can help with insect problems when you’re ready to enjoy your backyard. 10 www.thriveswla.com

“With a regular pest control system, you shouldn’t have an ongoing problem with insects indoors and depending on the type of treatment you have, you should notice your yard is significantly pest-free also. Our mosquito control system is one of our most popular services; homeowners have noticed a tremendous difference once the system is in place,” Soileau said. “In addition to pest control, there are things the homeowner can do to protect their yard from insects, especially while entertaining.” If you’re planning a party outdoors, Soileau offers these tips to keep pests at bay: • Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, with outdoors being the area where guests can eat and socialize. Keeping the serving dishes indoors will attract fewer insects. • If you’re barbequing, bring the cooked food indoors, along with the grilling utensils. • Clean trash and crumbs from the tables as Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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soon as guests are finished eating. • Place trash in a can with a lid. • Serve drinks in clear cups as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding places for stinging insects. • Mosquitoes are most active at dusk, so if you’re planning to head out to the patio after work, have a mosquito repellent nearby. Citronella candles can help deter mosquitoes so place them throughout your outdoor space. • Remove or drain sources of standing water in your yard that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths or wading pools.

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accenting with water features by Chris LeBlanc

Outdoor spaces are meant to be an extension of the home. The addition of a water feature accents the space by adding focal points and the sound of running water is soothing and will block out ambient city noise and traffic. Styles vary widely including waterfalls, rock ponds or birdbaths and they can utilize flowing or standing water. There are, however, some considerations to be taken into account before choosing your water feature. Water fountains, water basins and waterfalls can made of many different types of materials such as copper, cement, brass, stainless steel and stone. These styles utilize both the visual aesthetic as well as the auditory one. It is important to note that there should

be access to electricity to run circulation pumps. Aside from occasional cleaning of pump filters and maintaining proper water level, these styles are relatively low maintenance. Conversely, miniature ponds, Japanese water gardens and birdbaths are more labor intensive. In ponds and water gardens, there must be attention paid to the hours of sunlight afforded the plant life incorporated in the design. Also, if the water is still and fish are present, there should be measures taken to provide aeration, whether mechanical or natural. With birdbaths, the water level should stay around three inches and should be changed every other day to maintain fresh water and chemicals should never be used to keep water clear.

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It’s New at DisneyWorld by Brett Downer

Headed for the world’s No. 1 entertainment resort? Here’s what you’ll see this summer. School’s out next month, meaning vacation expectations will rise along with the temperatures. For many, the destination will be Walt Disney World — the most-visited entertainment resort on the planet. Southwest Louisiana’s proximity to Florida means many of us are repeat, or even regular, visitors. With that in mind, Thrive has already done the advance scouting for you so it will indeed be the Happiest Place on Earth for you and your brood.


First, some basics: Disney World covers 47 square miles outside Orlando, Fla. It has four theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom. Within the complex are accommodations (at all price points), golf courses, in-park restaurants, a pair of water parks and miniature golf. Offsite is Downtown Disney, a complex of shops, restaurants and movies. People who stay at one of Disney’s own properties can ride the free buses that travel continuously to and from all hotels, parks and attractions. All rides at Disney parks are included with your park admission ticket. Visitors who stay at Disney properties are able to enter early, or stay later, at selected parks on certain days and times (the “Extra Magic Hours” incentive). Disney offers all park visitors a free FastPass option for the busiest rides. You scan your ticket at a kiosk and are issued a pass to board the ride later, via a shorter waiting line. Continued on p14 12 www.thriveswla.com

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In the Magic Kingdom, Beast’s Castle now rises as the new signature of Fantasyland. It’s a highly detailed creation inspired by the Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” -- and it houses the grand Be Our Guest restaurant down below. Be sure to see Beast’s Castle up close, but know that everyone else in the park will want to see it, too. Same with the restaurant. Inside, your dinner is served in the grand ballroom where the Beast waltzed with Belle and the mysterious West Wing, where a rose fatefully drops it petals. We’ll mark this

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Enchanted Tales with Belle, in which people interact with a real-life Belle; Ariel’s Grotto, a pay-to-play character breakfast and lunch; and the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station, a circus train that cools off the kids with water sprays (and if it’s the dead of July, maybe they’ll let the parents play in it, too).


If it’s been several years since you’ve been to Disney, here are some things to know. The Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain has just reopened after a three-month refurbishment, and the entertaining “Star Wars”-themed Star Tours action ride, which debuted at Hollywood Studios in 1989, has been upgraded to a 3D animated experience with 54 possible storylines, so you never know how your adventure will unfold or end. At EPCOT, Disney has revived the Michael Jackson interactive film “Captain EO,” a collaboration by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. The 17-minute movie is equals parts entertainment and ‘80s nostalgia. (Trivia: Check out the dancers behind Michael Jackson. One of them is Lori Vaughn, a DeRidder High and McNeese graduate.) There’s news from two places to eat in EPCOT’s World Showcase. In Italy, there’s a new wood-fired Neapolitan pizzeria with outdoor seating. In Mexico, the Cantina de San Angel has expanded to feature 400 seats with outside seating for lunch and the nighttime IllumiNations fireworks show.

dining event as a must-do -- but good luck, because you’ll want to make dinner reservations at the absolute earliest opportunity. Everybody wants in at Be Our Guest, so get a seating ASAP -- call (407) WDW-DINE or book online at www.disneyworld. com/dine. Lighter fare is served for lunch with less pomp and circumstance, but the lines are just as long. As a back-up, consider counter service at Gaston’s Tavern, which serves roasted pork shank and a non-alcoholic apple-and-fruit foam concoction called LeFou’s Brew. Over at EPCOT, the popular Test Track attraction has been redesigned as a speed-anddesign experience. The old line for the ride has been replaced by a stylish demo of power and aerodynamics, leading to a computer bridge in which you create your own dream car on an oversized touch screen. Test Track saves your creation, because after your windwhipped ride in the six-passenger racers, your own design choices are rated against those of others for their speed and performance. Also opening since last vacation Test Track in Epcot season are Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, an Animatronics/ multimedia dark ride in a seashell car; 14 www.thriveswla.com

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Know the routine already? We’ll skip to the advanced Cliff’s Notes: The Fastpass system is worked to a level of mastery by experienced Disney visitors. It doesn’t reduce the early-morning rush, however; it just redistributes it. Example: Within the first hour of opening during our visit at Hollywood Studios, the Fastpass kiosks for the Toy Story arcade ride were issuing return times of noon and beyond. Essentially, there’s a certain breed of early birds who speed-walk upon the rope drop -- they churn toward either Toy Story or the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. They’re rushing for a set of Fastpasses while the rest of the family hustles over to other prime rides, and all of them seem to forget that they’re on vacation.

through area with more shopping, dining and entertainment in open-air promenades. Construction starts this month and is expected to be completed in 2016. The site remains open during the project. The next round of Star Wars Weekends will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 to June 9.

Non-Disney bloggers are reporting that Disney may roll out a “Fastpass Plus” system later this year that allows guests to make Fastpass choices before even arriving at the park, rather than just on-site.

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Downtown Disney is coming to an end, at least in name and appearance. It’s being transformed into Disney Springs, a walk-

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Whatever your level of Disney experience, your smartphone can be your friend on vacation. You can track wait times for rides, check reservations, follow park hours, or simply figure out where you are. Thrive used the apps My Disney Experience, Disney World Wait Times and Disney World Maps on three different iPhones throughout the trip and all worked reliably all There are plenty of other Disney apps, free and not, available as well. They range from Disney World InPark Assistant (free) to Hidden Mickeys, an exhaustive guide to mouse-ear imagery concealed all over the resort ($7.99). Tip: Download a free app well before you leave, and have others in the household do the same -- with different apps -- and compare notes.

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Texting Taboos



The number of text messages we send has doubled in the past year. But etiquette experts say some messages should never be sent! Here are the five texts you should never send, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project:


“I think we should start seeing other people,” or any other break-up message. Ending a relationship by text – even if you’ve only been dating a few weeks – sends the message that you don’t respect the person enough to spend more than a few seconds ending things. It also says you can’t handle confrontation, and you’ll get the reputation as “that jerk who broke up with so-andso via text” – then no one will want to date you!


“Will you marry me?” It’s true – some men are actually proposing via text message. But experts say that many women have dreamed of being proposed to for their whole life – and a casual text message probably wasn’t part of that dream.


Not every hospital can say they’re an “A” grade hospital, but we can. The heart and soul of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital—our physicians and employees— have helped us achieve a milestone: receiving the top honor from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization that uses publicly available data to

Avoid texting anything that’s longer than two sentences. The purpose of texting is to convey quick messages. So, cut to the chase – or, go old school and call the person!

apply letter grade safety ratings to hospitals nationwide. Thanks to the efforts


It’s just one more way that West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is raising the

“Happy birthday, Mom!” If someone took the time to raise you, the least you can do is take the time to pick up the phone. And if you’re too busy to send a card, there are apps that’ll send a card for you. You don’t even have to go to the store to pick one out, lick the envelope, or buy a stamp. Try the app called “Cards.”

of our physician-led safety team, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was the only hospital in Calcasieu Parish to receive “A” grade recognition for patient safety in the most recent update of the Hospital Safety Score SM . bar for safe healthcare delivery in Southwest Louisiana. The Leapfrog Group reviewed all aspects of safety, including injuries, accidents, preventable medical errors and infections. To view results, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.


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A sext! A Pew Research Center study found that 1-in-17 adults have sent a nude or nearly nude photo. And if the photo goes viral not only is it humiliating, it’s also usually impossible to remove from online databases. And every time anyone Googles your name – from a potential date to a potential employer – they’ll see more of you than you’d like.




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Satchel Paige once said, “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” For some, leaving behind their twenties—a decade full of youth and whimsy—is a frightening prospect. For others, turning thirty is simply a new door opening to a time of barrier-breaking and real-world changes. This baker’s dozen of ambitious and hard-working thirty-somethings thrive in every sense of the word and are changing the face of Southwest Louisiana for the better. Their determination to create positive change in our community and leave the world a better place for future generations is inspiring. Jason Martinez (38) With a wife and four daughters, including a set of one-and-a-half year old twins, one would think Jason Martinez, vice president of business banking at IBERIA Bank, would have little time for anything else. Martinez’s drive to leave the community better than he found it, and his desire to provide a good life for his wife and children has him making time for active roles in organizations like the Kiwanis Club, McNeese Petrochem Club and the United Way of SWLA. As president of the Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors, he has also taken a direct role in expanding and improving the fundraising, membership and programs of the Council as well as strengthening the professional development opportunities for the staff and board members. “My dad was a principal and would always say ‘Success breeds success,’ and, ‘If you are going to do something right, you need to give it 110 percent,’” Martinez says. “The desire to make my hometown better for my kids is what brought us back here from Texas, and what got me involved with organizations like the Arts Council.” He is described by his family and friends as someone who commits himself to a project, and someone who can immediately identify areas of potential growth and design a strategy to effectively achieve the goals set forth. And, no matter how busy he is, his family says he always has time for dance practice, homework and just playing on the floor with his daughters. Martinez says he truly believes in being the best you can be. “Motivating others around you to do the same is important too. If you are doing it all for yourself, it’s just not as impactful.”

Angela Pierson (39) The sheer magnitude of Angela Pierson’s daily to-do list is what motivates her to get out of bed each morning. Between her seven and eight-yearold sons, her responsibilities as a business development officer for Jeff Davis Bank, owning a business and attending meetings for various civic organizations, she’s got a lot on her plate. “I always strive to be better for myself. My kids make me want to be the best I can,” says Pierson. “I want to be a good role model for them. They come first.” She realizes one way to do her best for her children is through service for others. Serving on the Chamber Leadership Board, the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana and the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board allow her to work towards creating a better community for future generations. She believes that in order to be successful, you always have to work towards making yourself more than you think you can be. “You are your own worst critic, but you have to learn to turn that into a positive thing to move yourself forward.”

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Jennifer Spees (39) The ringing phone and knowing that people are going to need her help to make their home ownership dreams come true motivates Jennifer Spees. A loan originator at Louisiana Mortgage Associates, Spees is an active supporter and volunteer for Fusion Five, Oasis and the Home Builders Association of Southwest Louisiana. She is also a founding member and director of Louisiana Mortgage Associates Cares Foundation. Those who know this wife, mom, and hardworking business woman are also fond of her incredible sense of humor, something Spees ties back to her ultimate goal in life. “Ultimately, it’s just about being happy,” she says. “Nobody wants to be miserable. Thriving is about being happy, healthy and productive at whatever your do. You have to take the ups and downs as they come and continue pushing forward.” A 2012 graduate of Leadership Louisiana, she has taken a keen interest in ensuring the future wellbeing and growth of Southwest Louisiana, especially in light of recent economic announcements. Spees credits her husband with being her biggest motivator. “When I get stressed out or exhausted, he put things in perspective. He supports me, moves me forward and I couldn’t do half of what I do without him.” In the future, Spees hopes to continue to excel at her job and even has some possible political aspirations for the future.

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Erik Jessen (33)

Keith Credo, PhD (31)

Erik Jessen, art advocate and graphic arts instructor at SOWELA, approaches each day knowing that life is a debt to be paid back with interest. He believes there are no shortcuts and hard work and perseverance are the workout routine of the soul. Operating under the mantra that we are all educators at some point in our professional careers, Jessen works toward developing new local talent. “The art of teaching graphic design is an ever-evolving puzzle. My goal is to perfect that process,” says Jessen. “I feel this will, in turn, develop some great talent that will positively affect culture and art in our community.” Motivated by his wife Kaela and two sons, Gram and Palmer, Jessen also finds inspiration from the students he teaches each day. “They are my second family, and yes, I do call them my kids,” he adds. “In any parent dynamic you have to be strong for your kids. I’m always there for them; they depend on me as I depend on them. It’s all worth it when you see the light bulb illuminate above their head and explode! That’s what inspires me, seeing that eureka moment.” Dedicated to leaving an impact on the community, Jessen served on the 2012 art committee along with other area artists, for the rebuilding of

If earning your PhD by 31 isn’t impressive enough, Keith Credo, the Calcasieu Economic and Development endowed professor in the College of Business at McNeese, has a long list of accomplishments. His current research in the department of management encompasses organizational ethics, safety and change. He was awarded a 2011 Pinnacle Excellence Award for his service-learning initiatives and recently created the McNeese SEED Center Business Pitch Competition, sponsored by the Angels of Southwest Louisiana in conjunction with the SWLA Alliance. He travels to rural locations in the five-parish area to host entrepreneurial development seminars. Dr. Credo is the co-founder of CYC, Inc., an organizational research group that has worked with a diverse array of companies, ranging from multi-national drilling companies to film and theme park conglomerates. In his rare spare time, he has managed to be active in the revitalization of downtown Lake Charles by restoring a 1911 home. A New Orleans native, he is an active alumni member of Archbiship Rummel and was featured on CNN after leading a relief and rescue group in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Millennium Park, helping choose the colors and even personally painting and designing many of the elements seen in the park today. He is also an active participant in events like the annual spring Art Battle, raising money for the Arts and Humanities Council, and Chaos Theory and Works of Men, gallery shows at Henning Cultural Center. Each December, he also works to set up a student art show to display the work of the SOWELA graphic arts students. “Thriving is seeing past the walls you live in,” says Jessen. “It’s just getting out there and doing something, making a positive difference and then reflecting on what you’ve done. Hold on to that positive thought of helping, making a difference. It will grow into something grand.”

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A talented musician and classic car enthusiast, Dr. Credo finds his motivation in a career he truly loves. “I enjoy my job, especially the student interaction,” Dr. Credo says. “My students never cease to impress me, and I’m not sure if they realize this, but I learn as much from them sometimes as they learn from me.” While he understands the importance of setting goals in life, he also says there is something to be said for living for today. “I think it’s sometimes too easy to get caught up in living life from one goal to the next. While goal-setting is important to personal success, too much emphasis on goals can take away from appreciating the moment, and appreciating the people in our lives.” For Dr. Credo, thriving means something different for everyone. “To me, it means doing what you like to do, and doing the best job you can at it. If you can make a difference in the lives of those around you as well, then that is even better. You’ve only got one shot at life, so you might as well make the most of it.”

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Angie Manning (34) As the communications director for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, Angie Manning spends her days working to make the community a better place by overseeing the marketing efforts behind Southwest Louisiana’s tourism programs. Selected as a top tourism professional under 40 by the Southeast Tourism Society, she has been the point person for tourism on many communitywide events such as the Great Acadian Awakening and Josh Ledet’s American Idol homecoming events last spring. A talented musician, she donates her time and talents to many area art openings, exhibits and fundraisers. She serves as a board member for the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, the Lake Charles Symphony and Louisiane-Acadie. Thoughts of creating something new, making someone laugh and trying to make the world a brighter place are what drive this mother of two young daughters, Ariel and Rayna. “My goal in life is to be where God needs me to be. I think that listening to your heart is the first step,” she says. “I may be a little unorthodox in my approach on ‘goals’ for my life, but I think it’s important to know what your passions and talents are, and then, use them to the fullest.” Inspired by her immediate family, she hopes to never stop learning and cling to a childlike spirit for the rest of her life. “My dad is a renaissance man. He’s a musician, chef, inventor, carpenter, scientist, philosopher of sorts, and he always, always speaks from the heart. My mom has a tremendous spirit about her, and she’s loyal to the core, and my best friend. My brothers make me laugh and give me fantastic advice.” For Manning, thriving is all about being in love with what you are doing, the positive impact you are making and the relationships you are building while focusing on the present and future.

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Erin Davison (39) For the last nine months, Erin Davison has worked full time as the grant/training coordinator at Business Health Partners, a Zumba Fitness instructor two days a week, completed her MBA, and even nabbed the 2012 Volunteer of the Year honor from the Chamber SWLA. This wife, stepmother, and soon-to-be grandmother has accomplished all of this while battling and undergoing treatment for cancer. Davison approaches each day as a gift and has always been an active volunteer in the community, but since being diagnosed with cancer last July, all of these things have taken on new meaning. “I believe that we should all be responsible for our community,” says Davison. “I have thought long and hard about how I could do more. My goal in life is to make somebody smile, to motivate others and to leave my footprint. I always thought I’d change the world, but now, I realize if I can change one person at a time and if we can all pay it forward and create lasting changes, then we CAN change the world.” She hopes to use her cancer as a platform to change Southwest Louisiana. “Cancer saves you,” she adds. “It frees you from life’s chains. I have been able to let go of anxiety, stress and fear. God wasn’t ready for me or He would have taken me. He wasn’t ready for what I would do up there!” Inspired by her mother, she says she can do anything. “My mother is a fighter. She has always been a supporter of my father, my sister, my brother, and me; a 100 percent champion of us. The best thing she did for my sister and me was make sure we were independent and educated”. Davison says she hopes women will slow down and take time for themselves. “If you don’t love yourself, you are going to have a hard time loving others. Positive thinking breeds positive outcomes. That’s thriving. So is dancing, celebrating life, having fun and laughing every day. And, by all means, eat your chocolate!”

Rebekah Osborn (33) As a wife, new mother, and owner of 505 Imports, Rebekah Osborn has her hands full. In recent years she founded LA Shoppe Girls and is a partner in Beyond Borders Imports, a wholesale company of hand-crafted furniture that manages inventory for retailers across the nation. Despite a demanding and time-consuming career, she loves what she does. “I get to travel the world to oversee the production of new items for my stores, and to source fabrics, jewelry and other global goods.” 505 Imports is now available for franchise and her goal is to have 50 locations someday. “I want to have a very balanced life between work, family and my spirituality. I love being able to employ people. By providing jobs, I am able to assist in economic growth and development.” Her efforts are paying off. Her operation in Indonesia currently employs 40 and her operation in India employs 25. “I think thriving means just being happy and feeling fulfilled with what you’re doing. Whatever it is that you’re doing, jump in with your whole heart and be passionate about it.”

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Dr. Craig Morton (35) Craig Morton, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, is committed to helping his patients live pain-free lives. His primary focus is the non-surgical management and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. “My priorities are to be a great Christian husband, father and physician,” Dr. Morton says. “I see a tremendous opportunity in today’s healthcare environment for prevention and wellness, and that is a big part of my practice.” In addition to his practice, Dr. Morton is also involved with a few companies working toward improving quality of life through innovative wellness products and media solutions. “The opportunity to help millions of people and contribute to society on a global scale is a huge goal of mine,” adds Dr. Morton. Originally from Lake Charles, Dr. Morton returned to practice here once his education and training were complete five years ago. Since that time, Dr. Morton has been an active volunteer in the community. He performs

free physicals for area high school athletes, volunteers as a preceptor for the McNeese State University nurse practitioner students, is an active MSU and MSU Kappa Sigma Fraternity alumni member, a member of the ACTS Retreat team at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church and helps coach several community youth sports. “To me, thriving is making the most of your God-given talents and always striving to improve some aspect of your life, be it your faith, health, family life, community or career,” Dr. Morton says. “I have always been very optimistic, seeing the glass as half full. I think you’re truly motivated and thriving as long as you’re making progress.”

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Ann Barilleaux (35) As the foundation development director for the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Ann Barilleaux is charged with overseeing the $4 million SWLA on the Move Capital Campaign. Described by her friends as a power house for the five-parish area, Barilleaux spends the little free time she has volunteering with local organizations such as the Junior League of Lake Charles (she is a past president), Family and Youth Counseling Agency, the CASA Advisory Council and many other worthy organizations. She also obtained her MBA in 2008. She says her goal in life is to use her knowledge and skills to make the community the best place to live in Louisiana and help move Louisiana forward to be a leader among the states. “Through my job at the Alliance and my work with community organizations, I want to make a vital impact and make this a great place for our future generations.” A participant of Leadership Louisiana, she is continually inspired by the many amazing people in the community who consistently work to make Southwest Louisiana and Louisiana a better place for everyone. “I am also inspired by Willie Mount,” she adds. “Working in the Mayor’s office under her leadership, I learned many lessons and skills that have helped me throughout my life and career.” For Barilleaux, thriving is all about finding and living your passion.

Eric Zartler (39) Eric Zartler lives and breathes sports. In addition to coaching youth football, baseball and softball and officiating high school football, his day job also revolves around sports. He is charged with bringing various sports events to what is known as the ‘Youth Sports Capital of Louisiana.’ As the senior sales manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, his zeal for athletics has landed major athletic event bookings for the area, including softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball, competition swimming and rodeo events. The overall economic impact of these events exceeds $30 million a year and it is Eric’s attention to detail and service that keeps them coming back. “Every day is a challenge, but being sports-minded makes my job easy,” Zartler says. “I always aim to give 110 percent so I can be a good example for my kids.” Eric’s numerous homeruns have gained him recognition far and wide. Earlier this year he received the Super Sport Award from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. His hard work and dedication also led to the bureau being named the 2012 Member of the Year by the National Association of Sports Commissions. He says his dad inspires him to be the person he is today. “My dad has always been a hard-working man. He just turned 75 last month and is still working. He never lets grass grow under his feet.” To Zartler, thriving means being successful in all you do. “If you’re thriving, you are at the top of your game in all you do in life.”

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Haleigh Lyons (34) Described by those who know her best as compassionate, trust-worthy and exceptional, local physical therapist Haleigh Lyons is the team leader of physical therapy in acute care at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. In addition to being named the 2010 Employee of the Year at the hospital, Haleigh has been recognized with many other service-excellence awards. A passionate community volunteer, she is an active member of the Junior League of Lake Charles board of directors, has coached Upward Soccer through her church and volunteers yearly on church medical mission trips to third world countries such as Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Belize. “God put us here to serve,” says Lyons. “Each day I am motivated by the fact that I am going to help someone and I am thankful that I have the capability to move and do so.” Inspired by her parents, who taught her and her siblings the right way to live and treat people, she says she always wants to make them proud. To her, thriving is all about learning something new every day. “In my profession, I am blessed to encounter people each day who provide me with new wisdom and insights. Every day, I am lucky to be challenged mentally, spiritually and physically.”

Dr. Keith Menard (36) Keith Menard, OD, has been practicing optometry in Lake Charles for the past ten years and opened Menard Eye Center in 2010. A graduate of Barbe High School, McNeese State University and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Dr. Menard was named the 2012 Young Optometrist of the Year by the Optometry Association of Louisiana and is the recipient of numerous other honors and awards including the prestigious Alcon Award for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Menard is dedicated not only to delivering the highest level of individualized patient care, but is also a passionate advocate in the community, regularly volunteering with the Lions Club for the organization’s eyesight programs. Working with children is a passion of Dr. Menard’s. He enjoys providing no-cost vision screenings for infants six months to one year of age as part of the national InfantSEE program. “I like seeing the twinkle in people’s eyes, when you know you’ve truly helped them with something they couldn’t do on their own,” says. Dr. Menard. “Life is about serving others, and it’s about moving forward together. It’s not about reaching perfection, but about continuing progress.” His vision is seemingly striking a chord in the community. In three years, Dr. Menard’s practice has tripled in size, and Menard Eye Center recently opened an expanded practice on Lake Street in South Lake Charles.

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2013 Youth Summit/Job Fair The Calcasieu Workforce Center (CWC) will host its Annual Youth Summit/Job Fair, 7:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, on the second floor in the Mezzanine and Contraband room, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, located at 900 Lakeshore Drive. The purpose of the Youth Summit/ Job Fair is to motivate the youth of Southwest Louisiana to overcome life’s obstacles and be the best they can be. The theme is:“Get Over YOUrself.” The Summit will include a selection of appropriate workshops. Mr. TaMarlon Carter, an innovative thinker, youth advocate, effective team builder, and an entrepreneur dedicated to cultivating a community of success, will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Carter will address ways to overcome barriers, to help youth meet their employment and training goals. The targeted population will be youth, ages 16 thru 24. Twenty-

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five employers are expected to be on hand to interview youth for various job openings. The youth of Southwest Louisiana are encouraged to attend the 2013 Youth Summit/Job Fair. Also, to preregister at cppj.net/youthsummit, and to come dressed for an interview; bring resume(s), a smile, and a great attitude. For more information call (337) 721-4010, Jonnika Boutte, Ext. 5002 or Venus DeJean Ext. 5004. The Calcasieu Workforce Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/ Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and for persons with limited English proficiency. The Youth Program is sponsored by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, Workforce Investment Board, in conjunction with the Louisiana Workforce Commission and funded by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).

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s y a 6 WSave to your on phone Cell Bill Finance watchdogs say you could be burning through $1,500 every year in unnecessary charges on your cellphone bill. So, here are ways you can trim your bill – and put big bucks back in your wallet: Set your phone to automatically switch over to Wi-Fi when you’re home or at work. That way, you use pricey cell data only when you really need it. Ditch your carrier’s insurance plan. The monthly charge seems like a small price to pay – but it can add up to $100 a year per phone. And if you lose your phone, you usually have to pay a deductible anyway. So, experts say a good money move is to set aside a little money every month. That way, if you do lose your phone – you have cash to buy a new one, penalty-free. Negotiate if your carrier wants you to pay an activation or upgrade fee. In the store, talk to a salesperson and say, “I’ve spent $1,000 dollars in the last year with your company. Can you please waive the fee?’” See if your company offers a carrier discount. Thousands of companies work with cellphone carriers to provide employee discounts. So, ask your company if they have a carrier program. Or visit the discount pages at AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint – and enter your work or student email address to see if you qualify. Use a free website to figure out the cheapest plan. At SaveLoveGive.com, you log in with your account information, which gives the site access to your previous bills. The site analyzes the bills, usage and charges – then compares your plan to other available plans, offering you ways to adjust your current plan and save. Source: tesh.com

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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Foundation Looks to Make Splash with New Event Dragons will be on the lake. That’s right, an ancient Chinese tradition is coming to the area this spring. Dragon boats are the basis of the team paddling sport known as dragon boat racing which has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers. The races have been held for more than 2000 years throughout southern China. Originally a part of religious ceremonies and folk customs, dragon boat racing has emerged in modern times as an international sport, beginning in Hong Kong in 1976. For traditional competition events, dragon boats are generally rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. The races are typically held as part of the annual Duanwu Festival or Duen Ng observance in China. To raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Foundation is

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teaming up with Montreal-based 22Dragons, to put on Lake Charles’ inaugural Dragon Boat Races on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Lake Charles, launching from the board walk area. “The concept is simple,” says Kay Barnett, executive director of development for the Foundation. “22Dragons supplies six boats, the racing equipment and the helmsmen and runs the race. Our role is to secure sponsors for the teams, each one being comprised of 20 participants to paddle the 41-

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foot vessel to the beat of their team drummer.” The first-year goal for the Foundation is to have 24 to 30 teams. Each team develops a unique theme and team name and competes in two to three races for their best time. Three boats race while the other three are loading and after the qualifying races, all the teams are put in groups of three based on their best qualifying times and race again to have winners in each of the groups. “If we can get 30 teams, then we will have 10 winners,” Barnett says. “Prizes will be awarded in rank order and other recognition awards will be given for things like Most Creative Team.” In addition to the races, there will also be food and beverage vendors stationed along the seawall. “There will be a maximum of 30 teams allowed to participate in this year’s event. Sign-ups are being accepted

on a first come, first served basis,” adds Barnett. “Each team will have one hour of practice the week of the race.” The cost to register a team is $2,500, and other sponsorships at various levels are also still available. “Sponsors will have prime space reserved on the waterfront, allowing them the opportunity to entertain clients, tailgate and watch the races,” Barnett says. “Vendors are also needed to fill the food and beverage needs of the spectators.” For more information on the Dragon Boat Races or how to become involved, contact Kay Barnett at 337-430-5353 or kay.barnett@christushealth.org.

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No Small Matter for Louisiana Economy by Katie Harrington

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The word shrimp may often be used as a descriptive word mean small or short, but make no mistake, in Louisiana, these tasty crustaceans are big business. Figures from the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board dub Louisiana as the largest shrimp producing state in the nation with 90 to 120 million pounds of shrimp being caught in the bayou state each year. According to Kevin Savoie, Louisiana Sea Grant/ LSU AgCenter area agent, shrimp landings for Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes have averaged around five million pounds for the last seven to eight years. “Local shrimpers land the shrimp in Cameron and Hackberry at seafood landing facilities and are then refrigerated and trucked out to processing plants in east Texas or to facilities in Intracoastal City, Delcambre or other Louisiana processors. From there, the shrimp are shipped out nationwide. Some shrimp are sold locally, directly from the shrimp boat to consumers. “ Two main species, white shrimp and brown shrimp make up the bulk of the catch but other species such as sea bobs, pink and rock shrimp are also caught in much smaller quantities. “Inshore shrimp season, or brown shrimp season, typically runs from the end of May to early July,” Savoie says. “The fall or white shrimp season is from mid to late august to late December.”

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The seasons are set by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, based on sampling data collected by field biologists but it’s worth noting that shrimp are caught in the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico almost year-round, with the peak season being April through October. Even though oil never touched Southwest Louisiana shores following the 2010 Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill, nationwide questions regarding the safety of Louisiana seafood still hit close to home. “Market impacts have been documented,” Savoie adds. “Hopefully, consumer confidence can be restored through positive marketing campaigns and direct marketing of fresh-caught local products.” These fresh-caught, local products are the best bet according to Savoie. “Fresh, local shrimp are the best buy in terms of getting safe, locally-produced seafood.” An effort to enhance the connection between fishermen and consumers is currently underway. Visit http://camerondirectseafood.com/ to connect with a local fisherman and learn about buying fresh Louisiana seafood straight from the dock.

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The Cameron Direct Seafood Academy will be held on April 9 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Cameron MultiPurpose Building at 122 Recreation Center Lane, behind the Cameron Courthouse. A variety of topics dealing with seafood handling and marketing will be covered, including the Louisiana Direct/ Cameron Direct Seafood marketing program, an update on the Cameron Fisheries Processing Project, the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, onboard handling, slush ice, and brine freezing demonstrations. “The meeting is an effort to promote quality handling of local, fresh seafood products and to market high quality seafood to local consumers in Southwest Louisiana,” said Kevin Savoie, Louisiana Sea Grant/LSU AgCenter area agent. “The end goal of the project is to provide local consumers with high quality seafood and for local fishermen to increase profits.”

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The Louisiana Seafood Academy is held on an annual basis prior to the start of the spring shrimp harvest to provide commercial fishermen an opportunity to learn about new technology and industry research and is free to all participants. Its partner program, Louisiana Direct is a marketing program centered on a suite of websites found online at http://louisianadirectseafood.com. This marketing initiative connects regional fishermen with consumers for dockside sales in Delcambre, Lafourche/ Terrebonne, the South Shore of New Orleans and Cameron Parish. To register for the meeting/workshop contact Kevin A. Savoie at (337) 775-5516 or (337) 660-8519. Visit www.camerondirectseafood.com for the full agenda.

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Big Easy Foods to be Part of “World’s Greatest!...” Series How2Media, the producers of the television show “World’s Greatest!...”, announced recently that Lake Charles-based Big Easy Foods was selected to be a part of the popular television series. “Using their own sales team, Big Easy Foods puts its products in over 15,000 grocery stores, major foodservice companies (restaurants) like Sysco and US Foodservice, and has Military Inspection approval to sell shrimp to bases all over. The seafood business is alive and well in Louisiana. We think their story will be meaningful to our viewers,” said Gordon Freeman, Executive Producer of the show. As part of the show, How2Media will be sending a film crew to spend time in the Louisiana bayou country, to get the story behind the story on Big Easy Foods, and to show the “World’s Greatest!...” viewers why they were selected to be featured on the show. “World’s Greatest!...” is a thirty-minute program dedicated to highlighting the world’s greatest companies, products, places, and people. Each show is a fast paced tour around the world featuring behind the scenes footage, informative interviews, and exciting visuals. For more information on Big Easy Foods, visit www.bigeasyfoods.com.

“ . . . shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich . . .” ~ Bubba, in Forest Gump

Louisiana Shrimp Remoulade

Louisiana Shrimp mixed with a multitude of ingredients to create a luscious remoulade. Chef Holly Clegg; Courtesy of: Louisiana Seafood for Life

Ingredients: • 2 tbsp. light mayonnaise • 2 tbsp. fat-free yogurt, plain • 2 tbsp. prepared horseradish • 2 tbsp. mustard (Creole or grainy) • 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard • 1 tbsp. lemon juice • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped • 1 bunch green onions, chopped • 2 lbs. Louisiana shrimp, peeled & cooked Salt & pepper to taste In medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, horseradish, mustards, lemon juice, parsley, and onions. Season to taste. Mix in shrimp and refrigerate until serving time. April 2013

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Helping Kids Financially without Hurting Yourself by Kristy Armand

When young adults run out of money or find themselves in a financial pickle, parents are typically the first stop for relief. Wading through your child’s personal budget troubles can be frustrating. There is often an urge to step in and take over, but there are effective ways to do that without risking your own financial security, according to Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “As parents, we often want to fix things as best we can in the least painful way possible. If our kid can’t get an auto loan because of a low credit score, we immediately offer up ourselves as co-signors, or we buy the car ourselves. If our kid needs a thousand dollars to pay off a debt that has entered litigation, we open our own pocketbooks and make out a check,” McDaniel said. “Although that’s what our parental instincts tell us to do, that’s not always the answer. Sometimes, but not always.” The problem with serving as a principal or cosignor on a loan is obvious: If the debt isn’t paid, you’re responsible. The creditor isn’t concerned with the verbal agreement you made with your son or daughter at the kitchen table – they’re concerned with what’s on the contract, and if it’s your name, you’re in trouble. “Let’s say your son is going to get the bill, which is in your name, and promises to pay it every month. Then he’s thirty days late in February, forgets altogether in April, pays fifteen days late in June, and falls behind in August. Guess whose credit report suffers from that?” McDaniel said. Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of all co-signors are asked to repay loans that go into default. Rather than co-signing on a loan, McDaniel suggests meeting with a bank officer to discuss other options. You can give a tax-free gift to your child of up to $12,000, for example, and arrange an informal verbal agreement that the money will repaid in some way. If you would prefer to make it a formal loan, your financial advisor can help set it up. A loan would require proper documentation. Should you decide to come to your child’s financial rescue, consider discussing the process that created the problem in the first place. “If your child is really going to get on the path to responsible financial living, the initial problem has to be recognized. How else does a person know what to fix?” McDaniel said. “Credit counselors are good places to go for that sort of guidance. Bank officers can also help customers determine where the problems began and how they can be avoided in the future.”

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When you become involved, set clear limits on what kind of help you are willing and able to provide. If you decide to loan money, you may want to insist that they make an appointment with a credit counselor, for example. “As parents, we want to protect our children from trouble, whether it’s emotional, mental, or financial. It doesn’t matter how old they are – thirteen, twenty, or thirty – we’re still there,” McDaniel said. “We just have to make sure we do things that will not only help them today, but tomorrow as well.”

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Long-Term Care Requires More than Wait-and-See

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When you’re young, spry and healthy it’s difficult to imagine a time when you may need a nurse, aid or caretaker to help you get from here to there, but if you wait until you need it, you may find yourself in a bind. change that people age 65 and older will become Seventy-five percent of people over the age disabled in at least two activities of daily living, of 65 will need long-term care, according to or of being cognitively impaired. In many cases, certified long-term care consultant Philip O’Quin, unprepared family members step up to the LPL financial advisor with Rau Financial Group. Unfortunately, a large bulk of that population won’t plate. Financially speaking, however, the costs are substantial. O’Quin said the average annual cost be prepared to face the costs, which have steadily of long-term care in Louisiana is nearly $40,000 for increased every year. assisted living, about $35,000 for home care, and Long-term care insurance is designed to provide more than $51,000 for nursing home residency. a safety net for some of those costs. By investing in “The best time to get long-term care insurance a customized premium, the insured can avoid much larger financial burdens down the road, O’Quin said. is when you’re healthy and young. The younger you are, the more affordable it is,” O’Quin said. “It’s best “If you don’t set something aside for long-term to get as much as you can afford, but anything is care, you’re putting everything aside,” O’Quin said. better than nothing.” “If you don’t have protection in place, you – or your Plans can be designed to fit a person’s needs, loved ones – may be faced to use your own assets budget, other insurance and overall financial to pay for care.” Thrive-LC-Team.qxp:Layout 2 percent 12/19/12 2:40 PM he Page 1 Some plans also offer hybrid situation, added. According to the AARP, there’s a 68

options that couple long-term care and life insurance. “Most plans also include care coordinator service to help with decisions about long-term care when it’s needed,” O’Quin said. “That’s a valuable part of the package.” The investment isn’t just for you, O’Quin noted. It’s to protect those who may have to take care of you, in the event that you need it. The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that about one in five caregivers provide more than 40 hours of care per week, including the more difficult tasks such as dressing, bathing and toileting. Those caregivers aren’t just nurses or aides, O’Quinn said. “They’re loved ones—usually family, and often children of elderly parents,” he said. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of modern

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long-term care is the number of baby boomers who currently need—or will soon need—caregiving services, yet choose not to invest in protection, O’Quin said. According to research from U.S. Bancorp, only 20 percent of baby boomers plan to use long-term care insurance to cover those expenses, although studies show that well more than twice as many will need long-term care. “Baby boomers tend to believe that other sources will be available if and when they need it. As a result, 70 percent have no funds earmarked for long-term health care. They plan to rely on resources like health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, Social Security or retirement funds. Unfortunately, these types of resources have limitations— sometimes vast limitations—which will become stark when faced with real-world options,” said O’Quin, who explained that baby boomers, or others without long-term care insurance, may be faced with care options that are far below their basic standards. “They’ll also realize how quickly that retirement savings dwindles when it has to be funneled toward caretakers or nursing homes. The costs are significant, and increasing eachh year. And if that


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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Receives Three-Year Accreditation

First National Bank DeRidder opens Moss Bluff Location

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Cancer Center received a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

First National Bank DeRidder opened a new location in Moss Bluff. This full-service branch is at 1838 N. Hwy 171 near Clyde Dulaney Road. Tonya Goss, a resident of Moss Bluff, has been named assistant branch manager and new accounts representative at that location.

Angels of SWLA Make Early-Stage Investment The Angels of Southwest Louisiana, a member of the Angel Capital Association, successfully completed a funding round with an infusion of capital into VoiceHIT, developer of the Better Day™ Health (Better Day™) Web-based clinic management software platform, which includes an electronic health record and consumer health management tools. To learn more, visit www.BetterDayHealth.com.

Menard Eye Center Announces New Clinic Location Keith Menard, O.D. is pleased to announce Menard Eye Center has re-located to 4315 Lake St., Ste. 2 in Lake Charles (next to Ship to Shore). The new clinic will provide eye care for all ages and urgent care during and after hours. Dr. Menard looks forward to serving his patients with the same dedication and individualized attention they have grown to expect over the previous ten years. “The new clinic will enhance the comfort level for everyone and will provide additional exam rooms, a more convenient layout and an in-house optical shop. Our new building is within eyesight from the old location on Lake Street,” he said. Menard Eye Center creates a customized treatment plan for each patient that focuses on his or her individual needs. Dr. Menard accepts most insurance and provides medical and routine eye care as well as glasses and contact lenses. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 337-478-4733. For more information, visit www.menardeyecenter.com.

CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club Holds Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club-Lake Charles held a grand opening and ribboncutting ceremony on February 28. For more information, call CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club-Lake Charles at (337) 474-6601 or visit www.christusstpatrick.org/athleticclub.

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Arts Council Announces Grant Awards The Arts Council of SWLA is pleased to announce the grant awards for the 20132014 Lake Charles Partnership Grant. This competitive grant program is funded annually by the City of Lake Charles and administered by the Arts Council, and it expands the accessibility of the arts by providing arts organizations and community groups the opportunity to develop arts programming within Lake Charles. Specific disciplines supported by the program include dance, design arts, folk life, literature, media, music, theatre and visual arts and crafts. Twenty one grants were awarded to projects and organizations in Lake Charles, including F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, Dancing Classrooms, Cajun French Music Association of Lake Charles, Children’s Museum, Lake Charles Film Festival, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Lake Charles Civic Ballet, BayouCon 2013, ACTS Theatre, Lake Charles Community Band, Lake Charles Symphony, Black Heritage Festival, Children’s Theater Company, and Art Associates of Lake Charles. The Arts Council also provides qualitative grant administration for the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Arts Council operates as an umbrella organization to arts and cultural initiatives and organizations in Southwest Louisiana and is housed in the Central School Arts & Humanities Center. For more information on the Arts Council’s services and programs, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

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Seven Effective Habits contributing writers: Erin Kelly and Brett Downer photos by Shonda Manuel

There are no standardized tests to demonstrate if children have mastered integrity or good character. Administrators can’t run data to select the best future leaders or greatest achievers of the next generation. But the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and a handful of schools in Calcasieu Parish have stacked the odds in students’ favor by implementing a way of thinking and behaving – basically, a way of life – that cultivates effective habits designed to create leaders.

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The process, FranklinCovey’s “Leader in Me,” is a simplified version of the principles made famous in Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The process has grown locally in the three short years since the Southwest Louisiana Chamber/ Economic Development Alliance learned of it and quickly championed it locally. “We were at a Chamber conference in Raleigh in 2009, and Combs Elementary students made a presentation about the process,” said George Swift, president and CEO of the Alliance. A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary was a troubled North Carolina school that adopted the principles of Covey’s best-selling book—principles that are designed to create an environment that allows every person to feel valued for their unique gifts and talents. The school’s effort to develop the whole child – socially, emotionally, academically and ethically – fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. Adopting Covey’s Seven Habits “turned Combs into the one of the nation’s best schools and got everyone’s attention,” Swift said. “We were impressed. We came back to Southwest Louisiana and talked to our board, and educators and superintendents in five parishes. We were determined to prepare our young people by implementing that process in our schools.” The Leader in Me is a process for teaching students personal leadership and life skills, such as goal-setting, time management, teamwork, problem solving, respecting diversity and life balance. According to Alliance Workforce and Talent Director Nancy Kelley, who oversees Leader in Me, the program develops the fundamental workforce needed to sustain the region and provides students with the tools needed to determine and reach personal potential. Dolby Elementary was the first school in the region to implement the process and the results have been dramatic, according to principal Missy Bushnell. Dolby has experienced a reduction in the number of discipline issues and referrals. The school has developed a multifaceted approach to leadership and mastered a new language between adults and children on everything from daily tasks to daily behavior. At Oak Park Elementary, children have taken the seven habits to heart. Third-grader Sean Robinson says his favorite Leader in Me habit is to put first things first. “If you have a test and the teacher says you can go outside when you’re done, you need to think on your test and finish your job and then you can go play.” Classmate Alexis Ceasar says she likes to synergize. “We can all work together,” she says. “Instead of wanting to be by yourself, you can be with someone.” Oak Park Elementary implemented the program through a sponsorship provided by the city of Lake Charles, led in support by Mayor Randy Roach. The cost of Leader in Me is about $50 per child. Nationwide, about one-

Students at Oak Park Elementary School are eager to describe the seven effective habits.

Melinda Hardy, principal of Oak Park Elementary School, loves the positive culture Leader in Me has created in her school.

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third of the processes are funded all or in part by sponsorships, including chambers of commerce or private donors. Area automobile dealer John Stelly has agreed to underwrite the cost to implement the program at three additional schools. Stelly said he supports Leader in Me “wholeheartedly, because it’s not just a short-term process. It’s ongoing and promotes a culture of continuous improvement. It empowers kids for the future, for life,” noting that this process “provides a foundation of economic strength for the future.” “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. I believe that by partnering with (Leader in Me), we are planting seeds,” Stelly says. Local educators agree that the results have been immeasurable. “We use data to measure what students know and are able to do while they’re with us during their elementary years. There is no way to measure greatness, integrity and leadership. However, this way of thinking develops leaders of our schools and eventually, our workforce,” says Terry Collins, principal at W. T. Henning Elementary in Sulphur. “When school started the habits immediately came to life throughout the school. All students at Henning are leaders. Students and teachers are talking a new language, such as ‘let’s be proactive,’ or ‘let’s synergize to complete

this assignment.’ Our parents want to know more because students are going home and telling their parents, ‘Put first things first. I neeed to do my homework, then I can play.’” The benefits go far beyond the classroom or the home, adds Oak Park Elementary principal Melinda Hardy. The nurturing of leadership at school also creates a positive perception overall. “One of the greatest benefits is the positive perception of my school, positive school culture and enormous support from the local community,” Hardy said. Third-grade students Demauria Johnson and Caleb Blakely have both embraced the mindset of creating win/win situations and being proactive. “When you have ideas, you can always have a winwin,” Demauria says. Caleb notes that having a proactive attitude helps keep you in line: “It teaches you to always do right. You’re in charge of yourself.” Each school says their educational climate has been enriched because of the new mindset instilled in teachers and children. “The culture of the school has been transformed,” Collins says. There are nearly 1,135 schools worldwide in The Leader in Me process, according to the SWLA Alliance. The Alliance hopes to bring this process to all elementary schools in the five-parish region, according to Kelley. Currently the program is in place at Dolby, Oak Park, Barbe Elementary, College

Oaks, J.D. Clifton and W.T. Henning elementary schools, and is expanding to Episcopal Day School and the new Lake Charles Charter Academy. John Stelly’s sponsorships from Paramount Automotive will bring the program to T.S. Cooley, Fairview and Merryville elementary schools in the fall. “The transformation in our students, teachers and community is remarkable,” said Ann Barilleaux, development director of the SWLA Alliance Foundation. “Momentum is growing.” For information on how to contribute, contact Barilleaux at abarilleaux@allianceswla.org or call 433-3632.

This mural greets students and visitors as they enter Oak Park Elementary School.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, according to Stephen Covey:

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Habit 1: You’re in Charge.

Take initiative in life by realizing that your decisions are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Take responsibility for your choices and the consequences that follow.

Habit 2: Have a Plan.

Clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. Create a mission statement.

Habit 3: Work First, Then Play.

Prioritize, plan, and execute your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluate whether your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you toward goals, and enrich your roles and relationships.

Habit 4: Everyone Can Win.

Genuinely strive for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Value and respect people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way.

Habit 5: Listen Before You


Use empathic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, and positive problem solving.

Habit 6: Synergize.

Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone.

Habit 7: Balance Feels Best.

Saturday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Kohl’s entrance inside Prien Lake Mall At this FREE Carnival of Nutrition, kids will enjoy fun games and activities that will teach them about healthy habits – from proper meal portions and a well-balanced diet, to the importance of exercise and physical activity. They’ll have the opportunity to join the Kohl’s Kids Club START! Walking program if they’re not already members, plus we’ll show them the Kohl’s START! Walking Path that goes all the way around the inside of the mall.

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Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, longterm, effective lifestyle. Exercise, read, and volunteer, for example.

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Navy Veteran Turned Yvonne Marie Manning-Smith always sang around the house growing up. She and her friends would perform in the mirror using hairbrushes as microphones, belting out Diana Ross and the Supremes. When she joined the U.S. Navy, her compulsion to sing still hadn’t wavered. When her base chaplain heard her singing on base, he called her into his office. She thought she was in trouble; instead, he asked her to sing the National Anthem at the upcoming command prayer breakfast. After that performance, she was asked to perform at every command function thereafter. This military veteran—who served in the Persian Gulf War and Iraq Enduring


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Freedom—developed such a mastery of the National Anthem that she was asked to sing at local baseball and football games. In 2000, she was asked to sing at a memorial for AIDS victims, and when she was unsure what song would adequately capture the tone, she decided to write her own. The song, “God Cares for You,” didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. She soon followed with more originals, including “Lord, I Need You,” which she wrote following her divorce, and “Tribute to the Troops.” The next stop was inevitable: the recording studio. Three CDs later, she had opened concerts for Grammy and Stellar award-wining artists like Rickey Smiley, Kurt Carr, Mary Mary and Karen Clark Sheard, headlined her own U.S. tour, and performed for Carnival Cruise Lines. Eventually, her vocals took her to the most coveted venue in America—the White House. In 2004, she sang for a retiring staff member and months later, she performed an encore at Camp David. She likes to describe her musical style as a “jambalaya”—a mixture of this and that. Although her preference is easy listening with a twist of jazz, she does write and sing traditional, contemporary, and praise and worship. Yvonne Marie’s next CD will be easy listening Gospel and Christian love songs, which she plans to release summer 2013. Yvonne Marie is also an actress who has played the lead characters in Lance Gardner Productions of: “A Chair and the Bible,”“Bank of the Streets” and most recent play, “Gangsters of Virtue” in which one of her original songs were showcased. She’s also performed her own plays in Norfolk, Va., and Houston. She currently works as a substitute teacher at Washington-Marion High School, where she utilizes her master’s degree in education.

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Remembering the Holocaust

Yom HaShoah Service Scheduled The second annual Holocaust Remembrance Day service will take place on April 18th at the Lake Charles Civic Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Bob Leslie, the lead publicity volunteer, is looking forward to the growth of the event: “Last year, we laid the cornerstone for awareness and education about this day of remembrance. We anticipate it will be bigger and better this year.” The service will begin with an introduction and proclamation by Mr. Mark Eckard, Lake Charles City Council President. There will be several speakers, including Dr. Mark Wygoda, the son of a holocaust survivor and Professor of Biology at McNeese. Rabbi Barry Weinstein of Baton Rouge will explain the meaning and cultural significance of the day. In addition, Mr. Manny Klepper, who survived Kristall Nacht and hid underground during the war, will give a short talk on his experiences. The service will include an exhibition of photographs, artifacts, and music from the period. After the speakers and the exhibition, the event will conclude with a candlelight vigil on the lakefront. In Hebrew, the day is called Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah, which means Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. It is often shortened to Yom HaShoah. “Shoah” means catastrophe or utter destruction and literally refers to the catastrophic events of World War II. Communities worldwide observe Yom HaShoah in commemoration of the millions of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust. It is April 2013

estimated that 5.7 million Jews, or 78% of the Jewish population in German-occupied Europe died in the Holocaust. There is not a standard ceremony for observation, but many people light candles in memory of the deceased. The purpose of the service is to highlight the importance of remembering, in order to prevent such tragic events from happening again. In 1956, the president and prime minister of Israel established the day of remembrance and signed it into law. Since then, it is celebrated nationally in Israel and in diaspora communities around the world. Leslie adds, “It’s wonderful for a city the size of Lake Charles to be able to participate in this internationally recognized day of remembrance.” The event is organized by the Yom HaShoah committee of the Leadership Team for Cultural Diversity. Michael Goldman is the Leadership Team Chair Person and Sylvia Stelly is the Yom HaShoah Committee Chair Person. For more information, please contact Bob Leslie, 337-564-0995 or 936-635-7619 (cell).

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mid-morning on a Monday and about 30 members of the Lake Charles Civic Center staff are busy working to erase all signs of the past weekend’s events—which included four private events, one McNeese State University basketball double-header and a Lake Charles Symphony Concert—while getting the Coliseum set up for another large event set for the next day. The man charged with overseeing it all is Civic Center Director Joe Toups. Toups began working as the center’s business manager in 1986, a title he held for 11 and a half years before being named director more than 15 years ago. For this Gueydan native, who likes to joke that his family floated their house to the edge of Oak Park in the big flood of 1953, working at the Civic Center has been a fun job because of the diversified events he has seen come through over the years. He’s literally seen it all. Thrive Magazine recently sat down with Toups to learn more about his experiences through the years.

What are some of the biggest events you’ve seen through the years? We have had the great fortune to host such a variety of events over the years. From festivals like Contraband Days, Mardi Gras, the Marshland Festival and many others, to cultural events like the Lake Charles Symphony Concerts, McNeese Banner’s Series events, numerous band festivals and hundreds of other events, we’ve truly seen a taste of everything.

held here allow locals and visitors to explore our culture and history. People make lifelong memories every day here at the Civic Center.

meal for their crew and performers. We ended up offering to make them a big gumbo, something they’d never heard of before. Mrs. Wanda and her crew in food and beverage made them a big pot with all the fixings for the green room. The director of the show, this big guy from New York City, came and found me and told me he’d never, never eaten four bowls of anything in his life. He said the gumbo was the best thing they’d ever eaten on tour!

What types of changes with the property have you witnessed over the years? First and foremost, the city administration is to be commended. They have always been committed to keeping the building renewed and renovated over the years. Right now we’re working on renovations in the back stage areas of Rosa Hart Theatre. We’re putting in new walls, flooring mirrors and lighting. We’re also in the process of using funds from a $2.8 million Hurricane Gustav/Ike Community Development Block Grant Economic Recovery/Revitalization Grant for Public Facilities. This entails new and refurbished theatre lobbies, concession areas, restrooms, lighting and entry ways. We will also be installing new entry doors to the building, refurbishing the kitchen area and weatherizing the entire Civic Center complex.

I’ve been fortunate enough to tour this complex with you several times. I know you’ve got a favorite ghost story or two. Would you like to share one with me today? There is a female ghost in the balcony of the theatre. The Civic Center is built over an old wharf where the old river line was located. She met a sailor and they were to be married. The story goes that she walked out on the wharf in her wedding dress and was murdered. The wharves were cleaned up and the lake was filled in at this point. Our friendly ghost’s image has been seen pacing the balcony and her story is a well-known one in paranormal circles. One time, I was up there with a group of foreign ghost hunters. We were all standing there and we Want a great way to get your felt a sudden gust of wind run through us all. Our hair stood on end and all our guests ran out dropping cameras and everything else Like us on Facebook along the way. We still find a random and receive an additional camera or two up there off of our already sometimes. She is quite a friendly ghost, but she’s got a sense of humor. We frequently have to straighten Rosa Hart’s picture in the lobby.

What does the Civic Center bring to Lake Charles? It’s the focal point of cultural, education and diversified entertainment. It stimulates the economy of the parish through event development and encourages community involvement to create a positive image for the city and surrounding areas. Each year thousands of people graduate, get married, attend reunions, educational seminars, ballet recitals and many other events of varied nature. The festivals

Anyone who has ever coordinated an event here knows how amazing and helpful the entire staff is. Do you have a favorite memory? When we had Cirque Dream Illumination here a few years ago, they wanted a catered

Describe your typical day. I come in and take phone calls for everything that happened on the prior day, while planning for future events. This may entail securing barricades, getting tables set, etc. We have 64 acres of land that we are responsible for and I basically just try to make it all come together in an orchestrated fashion.

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Charter Academy Announces New Principals

Westlake High School Key Club Reads to Elementary Students

The Board of Trustees of the Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy and Charter Schools USA has announced the hiring of Lorette Marie Bass and Jacqueline A. Smith as Co-Principals of the Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy.

The Key Club from Westlake High School read to students at Western Heights Elementary to celebrate “Read Across America Day.” Key Club students read a Dr. Seuss book and organized an activity with each of books. Ms. Grace Guth, Librarian at Western Heights Elementary, organized the event.

Dr. John Noble Named President of LOA

Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, the endowment arm of Family & Youth, honored Mike and Martha Holleman, the Mallard Cove Men’s Golf Association and John & Ginny Henning for giving their time, talent and treasure for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana during the Philanthropy Celebration and Awards Reception, presented by Entergy, at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

Seth T. Billiodeaux, MD, Joins Memorial Medical Group Memorial Medical Group welcomes Seth T. Billiodeaux, MD, pain management physician board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. His office Seth T. Billiodeaux, MD will be located in the Memorial Medical Group Aster Street Offices, 2750 Aster Street in Lake Charles. For more information, or to inquire about an appointment, call Dr. Billiodeaux’s office at (337) 480-8900.

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Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, was recently installed as President of the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association, a statewide, John Noble, MD professional membership organization comprised of 350 board certified and/ or board-eligible orthopaedic surgeons.

McDonald’s Managers Recognized As Top in Nation Three McDonald’s general managers from Calcasieu Parish will be recognized as the corporation’s top managers across the country. Moss Bluff manager Erin Fontenot will join fellow managers Donald Quebodeaux (Ryan St.) and Máire O’Brien (Nelson Road) in Las Vegas to receive their awards. For more information, visit mcdswla.com or contact Matt Young at (337) 478-7396.

Doland to Run Kirby Street Branch Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has hired Mike Doland as commercial lender and branch manager of its Kirby Street location, the bank’s largest branch in Lake Charles. Doland brings 34 years of Mike Doland banking experience. For more information, call (800) 789-5159.

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Brian Credeur Joins Heart Associates and Vein Center of SWLA Team Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Brian Credeur has joined the Imperial Health Heart Associates and Vein Center of SWLA Team. Credeur Brian Credeur will provide cardiac and vascular care, along side Cardiologist and Vein Specialist Dr. Carl Fastabend, at the Imperial Health Main Clinic and Vein Center of SWLA office, located at 501 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive in Lake Charles. Credeur, a Lake Charles native, earned a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Nursing degree from McNeese State University. He has extensive experience in the outpatient surgical center and hospital critical care unit settings. Credeur served as a Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard from 2000 to 2008; assisting in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He’s a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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City Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for New Millennium Park

The quest for a “bigger and better” children’s park following a fire that partially destroyed the original Shiver Me Timbers Millennium Park in January of 2011 became a reality last month with the grand opening and ribbon cutting of a new Millennium Park. “A magnificent new Millennium Park has emerged, which stands proudly as a testament to our community’s commitment to the well-being of children,” said Mayor Randy Roach. “Millennium Park is a wonderful example of why Southwest Louisiana is such a great place to work and live,” said Kay Barnett, chair of the Rebuilding Millennium Park Committee. The new Millennium Park, over twice the size of the original one is located at the south end of Bord Du Lac Drive. Phase I, a new playground designed by Leathers & Associates and built by over 4800 volunteers during two periods in 2011, was preceded by a community-wide planning and fundraising effort led by the Rebuilding Millennium Park Committee. Major components of Millennium Park – Phase I, a $1 million project include the I-10 Bridge dueling pistols, a pirate’s Ship, an eagles nest tree house, Borealis Rex, a rock climbing wall, Hazel the Steamer, an April 2013

oil rig, Major General Claire Chennault Flying Tiger, a Cajun cabin and a maze bridge; just to name a few. Last March, work began by the City on a second phase of the park, a $2.5 million bond issue project. Major elements of Phase II include a major shade structure at the new entrance, an entry gateway to coordinate with the display area for existing and new donor plaques, security fencing surrounding the entire site with gates at the main entry and maintenance entry points for service personnel, brick paver accent areas, a grassy lawn area with benches and shade structure, a fossil dig pit with shade structure, outdoor seating that includes benches as well as picnic tables, a new pavilion structure, seating and a splash park which provides for a variety of water features for children; just to name a few. The park will is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is designed for children ages five to 12. Adult supervision is required and the tot lot area is for children ages two to five. Millenium Park is a no smoking park and shoes must be worn at all times. No high heels, food or drinks are allowed in the play areas. The park is continually under safety surveillance. For further information, call the City of Lake Charles Recreation & Parks Department at 491-1282.

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St. Louis Catholic High School Seniors Use New Laptops

Undergraduate Submits Project for Research Symposium

L to R: St. Louis Catholic High School seniors, Andrew Mayer and Ellen Latil.

Kelly Keith Royal, visual arts major, and Heather Ryan Kelley, professor of art, stand in front of some of the artwork Royal has completed for his research project on art styles for the 8th Annual Undergraduate Scholar and Research Symposium held last month sponsored by the McNeese State University Alumni Association.

A one-to-one laptop initiative instituted at St. Louis Catholic High School last fall was the perfect research vehicle on this topic for a group of professors in the Burton College of Education at McNeese State University - Dr. Dustin Hebert, assistant professor of education professions, Dr. Brett Welch, associate professor of education professions, Dr. Jan Broussard, assistant professor of education professions, and Dr. Sharon VanMetre, professor of education professions.

Thomas Attends NASPA Dr. Chris Thomas, director of campus life in the McNeese State University Office of University Services and Campus Life, attended the four-day National Association of Student Personnel Dr. Chris Thomas Administrators (NASPA) Institute for Aspiring Senior Student Affairs Officers in New Orleans. NASPA is the largest student affairs professional organization in the world and selection for this institute is competitive Competencies and skills addressed in the institute included strategic thinking, change leadership, institutional types, campus crisis management, budgets, organizational relationships with and between student affairs officers, vice presidents, presidents and trustees, and relationships with professional organizations, communities, media and government interests.

Jones Named Business Consultant James T. Jones has been named a business consultant with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese. Jones has 21 years of experience in the banking industry, James Jones including work as a credit analyst, branch manager and business and commercial banker. He received his Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and his Bachelor of Science degree business management from McNeese.

Visual Arts Student Named Winner

Baskin Wins Best of Show Award

Kenneth Baskin, associate professor of art at McNeese State University, won the Best of Show award for his ceramic piece titled “Gear and Chain� exhibited in the Regional Juried Ceramic Competition at the University of Dallas. The exhibition showcases contemporary ceramic sculptural and functional artwork. Baskin will also have a solo exhibition at the University of Dallas in 2014.

Coca-Cola Donates to MSU Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has donated $10,000 to McNeese State University for endowed student scholarships. The company has established six endowed Coca-Cola scholarships through the McNeese Foundation, bringing its total donations to $90,000.

Blaine Royer, on-premise manager for Lake Charles CocaCola, Richard H. Reid, McNeese vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the foundation, and Ken Francis, division vice president for Lake Charles Coca-Cola.

McNeese State University visual arts student Ryan Rowland was named the winner of the first Industry Art Contest at McNeese.

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the Foundation at lake Charles memorial hospital Cordially invites you to two outstandinG events:

The Daffodil Tea Wednesday, april 10, 2013 lake Charles Country Club 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm featuring high tea buffet fashions by teCi’s ladies apparel and performanCes by outstanding high sChool seniors in Dance, Theatre, Creative Writing, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music and Visual Arts Raffle • Hat Contests • speCialty DRinks

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Spring Into Fitness

If your January fitness resolution has long been left in the dust, fear not. Spring has sprung and bathing suit season is right around the corner. It’s time to dust off your favorite pair of sneakers and refocus your fitness resolution. Our Spring into Fitness Section has all the tips you need to make your fitness dreams a reality.

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Join the Fitness Party! by Ellen Frazel

Who wouldn’t want to do an exercise activity that touts “Fitness Party” as its slogan? Well, maybe those who are intimidated by the idea of adding Latin dance moves to their workout routine. However, there is no room for self-consciousness in Zumba, only fun and enjoyment as you dance up a sweat. As Andrea Beaugh, a Zumba instructor at Rock Your Body Fitness (RYBF) in Lake Charles, puts it, “Zumba is a Latin-based cardio dance party that encourages health, fitness, and a positive attitude.” Since it started in the mid-90s in Colombia, it has taken the world by storm, with more than 14 million people now taking Zumba classes weekly all over the world. “Zumba does not have an age. It is a fitness program that is ageless, because everyone loves to dance,” Beaugh adds. She also points out that many people get into Zumba because they are bored with traditional workout regimens. According to Beaugh says the best part about Zumba is that it is fun: “It doesn’t feel like a workout! And it is an environment that promotes laughter, friendship and love.” One Zumba student, Nayelly Barrios, talks about how Zumba makes her feel free to let loose. “You know how sometimes you feel like dancing, but feel awkward doing it alone?” she says. “Well, Zumba gives you that opportunity to shamelessly bust a move. Yeah, there are people around, but nobody is paying attention to anyone but themselves and the instructor.” While Zumba puts a smile on your face, it is also a hard workout. The average class burns 400-600 calories an hour. “Not only do you burn calories from dancing,” Beaugh says, “you also increase oxygen flow, which increases blood flow to all your organs. The memorizing of routes also promotes health and wellness for your brain.” Most importantly, though, she emphasizes fun and happiness through Zumba. “You are doing something good for yourself that is fun. This promotes a well-being that decreases stress and improves selfworth!” To learn more about Zumba offerings at RYBF, call (337) 532-2336 or visit rockyourbodyfitnesslc.com.

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Mind & Body | Spring Into Fitness by Katie Harrington

Building on Muscle Relationships for a Stronger, Leaner You Just as the left foot balances the right and the right arm balances the left, nearly every major muscle in the human body has a corresponding muscle group that carries out the opposite function. Take your biceps and triceps for example. The even matchup created by this pair lets you bend and straighten your elbow without any thought. This is a natural process for the body for not only this pair, but many others. Unfortunately, everyday habits like sitting at a desk for hours on end, repetitive workouts, like that marathon you’ve been training for, and even your clothing choices, hello stiletto heels, weaken the relationships of these pairs. “When muscle pairs work in tandem, we see a balanced system,” says Dr. Mike VanGossen, a health educator at McNeese State University in the Department of Health and Human Performance and an ASFA Certified Sports Nutrition Coach. “When these partnerships are threatened, one muscle becomes stronger and overpowers the other, creating a condition known as muscular imbalance.”

According to Dr. VanGossen, the danger of muscular imbalance is the eventual alteration of your natural movement patterns. “Overtime, joints and bones can be pulled out of alignment, leading to pain and injury. Poor posture and an altered look of your physical appearance can also occur. Tight hip flexors, for example, can tilt the hips forward and give the look of a stomach pooch. Correcting them, helps elongate the silhouette, making you look five pounds lighter.” “Years ago, the fix was to isolate the affected pair and strengthen the weaker muscle while leaving the other one alone,” Dr. VanGossen says. “Isolation exercises work only one muscle or muscle group and only one joint at a time. Examples of isolation

exercises include the biceps curl or the quadriceps extension.” Dr. VanGossen adds that the idea with isolation exercises is to isolate one muscle group and move from one exercise to another. “Isolation exercises are frequently used in physical therapy clinics and rehab centers in order to correct a specific muscle weakness or imbalance that may occur due to a variety of reasons. Another reason to perform specific isolated exercises is to increase the size or bulk of a specific muscle group. For example, if you want big biceps for a vacation at the beach.” If you are just looking to tone up and get the most out of your exercise routine while working to prevent muscle imbalance, then compound exercises could be the way to go.

Isolation Muscle Exercises 1



2 Bicep to Tricep Either of these exercises can be performed with free weights or an exercise band.

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Compound Muscle Exercises

“There are many benefits to using compound exercises,” says Dr. VanGossen. “Compound exercises burn more calories during the exercises, allow for a full body workout in less time, can improve coordination, reaction time and balance, and may provide a decreased risk of injury.”


Deadlift Work your hamstrings by bending over in a controlled fashion, then returning back up to a starting position. For more isolation, lift one leg to the rear as you bend over.

Quadraceps can be worked well with a squat formation or a lunge formation.

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Mind & Body | Spring Into Fitness In addition, he adds that compound exercises can improve joint stability, improve muscle balance across a joint, and also provide cardiovascular benefits because of the increased heart rate experienced during the exercise. “The majority of people are interested in getting a complete, or full body, workout, so compound exercises are commonly performed during a training session. However, there are times when isolating a specific muscle or joint is necessary. The best advice, if you

are unsure of which type of exercise is best for you, is to contact a personal trainer, athletic trainer or other health professional so you can target any muscle imbalance or weakness you may have in order to reach your fitness needs or goals.” According to Dr. VanGossen, the idea of using compound exercises to strengthen the entire system links back to the kinetic chain. “Muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones are all connected through this intricate system known as the kinetic

chain. When one piece of this puzzle is off, it can start a chain reaction throughout the rest of your body. A pain in your back could actually be linked to a problem with your shoulder, hamstrings, knee or even your shin.” Knowing what imbalances you may have can help you identify what is causing your pain. “If we can spot them early, we can even sometimes prevent future injury,” adds Dr. VanGossen.

More Compound Exercises This compound exercise works your chest, back and arms.

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2 This compound exercise works your legs, shoulders and triceps.

3 Exercises are demonstrated by fitness model and ACE certified personal trainer, Breanna West.

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Mind & Body | Spring Into Fitness

Jumping In to a Great Workout in the Water With spring arriving and weather turning warmer, thoughts naturally turn to being outdoors and getting ready for swimsuit season. One of the best ways to tone up is to don that suit and dive into the water for a great workout.

Aquatic fitness is a method of exercising that might get overlooked when thinking of a workout. Treadmills, step machines, and weights tend to pop in most people’s minds first. “Some people think it is strictly for those with injuries or just for older adults. While it’s ideal for those situations, it’s also a great workout for anyone. Whether they are a seasoned athlete or just beginning their fitness journey, aquatic fitness can adapt well into anyone’s workout,” explained Sheena Terro, aquatics coordinator at Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers. Introducing aquatic fitness into your workout routine is a great way to add variety. “Doing the same routine day in and day out can get stale. While some people like continuity, most of us enjoy changing things up to breathe new life into the workout,” said Terro. “Working out in a pool is a great way to use muscles in a different way.” The water’s natural buoyancy supports your body while providing resistance to your movements. Exercises done in the water will strengthen muscles, including the heart, and won’t subject the body to additional wear and tear. It gives the opportunity to strengthen muscles without stressing joints. The resistance found in aquatic exercises helps improve the body’s balance because the water 58 www.thriveswla.com

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provides equal resistance throughout the full range of motion. “While you’re kicking your legs under water, for example, the quadriceps in the thigh are shortening and the lower leg is pushing against the water. The hamstring muscles shorten to bring the heel towards the buttocks while the calf muscles are pushing the water back and up. It’s a balanced muscle action,” Terro explained. Exercising in water tends to refresh the body rather than tire it out because of something known as hydrostatic pressure along with the buoyancy found in water. “These help improve the flow of blood back to the heart, improving the circulation system; it’s the main reason people feel more rejuvenated after a water workout as opposed to feeling more tired after a land-based workout,” Terro said. Also, because the water helps support one’s weight, people feel lighter and more agile in the water. Another bonus is the lack of competition within the pool. Whether you’re doing solo laps or are in a group aquatic class, adjusting movements to fit your ability is easily done. “If you fumble a move during a group class, it’s okay! No one will notice and you just pick back up and keep moving,” Terro said. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

While water workouts are ideal for anyone, they are one of the few exercises that adapt easily for people who are obese, injured, or unsteady. Whether it’s back or knee pain, joint problems or arthritis, getting in the pool for a workout can help ease the pain. “Check with your doctor and get guidance on the types of strokes and moves that are best for your situation. We’re glad to work with physicians and help customize a workout plan that meets your needs,” Terro said. “Our exercise specialists are certified with in-depth knowledge of how the body moves and functions; we can help our members avoid injury and promote good health.” Health studies have been done over the years showing the positive results for many people who had joint problems and found relief through aquatic fitness. For those with preexisting health problems as well as those who just want to shake up their exercise routine, the pool may be just the right fit for everyone. Dynamic Dimensions has swimming pools and aquatic fitness classes at both their Sulphur and Moss Bluff locations. For details, call 527-5459 or 855-7708.

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Summer Swim League Provides Great Way for Kids to Get Fit Who doesn’t enjoy jumping into a swimming pool on a hot summer day and being instantly, and refreshingly, cooled off? Many local children and teens are now taking swimming to a whole different level when they become part of a swim league -- but it’s about way more than just competing. The Summer Swim League, a 19 year-old City of Lake Charlessupported program , gives kids the opportunity to experience competitive swimming in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere resulting in a host of new childhood memories. There are 10 teams participating and they compete while enjoying the sport of swimming. In order to compete on a team, the child must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 meters). The season lasts about eight weeks during the months of June and July. The Summer League is comprised of the following teams: • Country Club Acres • Forman Reynaud • Grandlake • Graywood • Lake Charles Country Club • Lake Charles Racquet Club • Moss Bluff / Westlake • Sulphur • Swimsational • University • Vinton There are many other local swim teams including teams at various high schools and the Sulphur Spartans, a USA affiliated team, that swims year-round and competes all over the lower southeastern states. Each team handles registration on their own, but Wendy Becton, league coordinator, serves as a central point of contact. For more information on the league or to request contact information for a specific team, contact Becton at (337) 912-2593.

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You started out the New Year with a personal commitment to exercise regularly, armed with a firm resolve to get fit and live a healthier life. You joined a fitness club, bought some new workout clothes and had a strict schedule planned out. However, with each passing month, the demands of home and work infringed on that commitment and weakened your resolve. Now it’s April, with summer just around the corner, and you are no closer to achieving your fitness goals than you were on January 1, and you’re feeling more defeated than ever. Sound familiar? According to Ellen Papania, fitness specialist with CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club in Lake Charles, this scenario is an all too common one. “So many people start an exercise program with the best of intentions, but then, for a multitude of different reasons, get off track. Working with a personal trainer is one very successful way to counteract this trend.” Research backs her up. Numerous studies show that over 80 percent of people who work with a personal trainer stick with exercise long-term. The reasons are many, but Papania says the main one is accountability. “Knowing you are paying someone makes you more accountable to yourself, first of all. But you also know that you have a scheduled time to meet someone, which makes you accountable to them for as well. This adds a discipline component that is hard to achieve on your own, and makes it easier to force yourself to take the time away from the other pressing demands of your schedule.” She highlights these additional benefits of working with a personal trainer on your fitness goals:

A customized plan. Your personal trainer should meet with you before you start exercising to discuss your health, your goals, your likes/dislikes, your schedule, your current exercise habits and any previous injuries. Papania says this information will help them develop a personalized plan that will not only help you achieve your goals, but will also keep you safe and hold your interest. Proper technique. “Too many people who work out on their own don’t get the full benefit of a workout because they don’t know how to use the equipment correctly, or because they aren’t using the right form for the exercise they are doing,” says Papania. “Having a personal trainer changes that. We’ll show you how to do each step of your routine the right way, to get the maximum benefit. And if you make a mistake or have a question, we’re right there with you to provide guidance. This also helps prevent injuries.”

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Time management. A personal trainer will help you work out smarter, not longer. “If finding the time to exercise is one of your obstacles – as it is for most people – we can teach you how to get the job done quickly and efficiently,” says Papania. “You won’t be wasting time in unproductive activity.”

Variety. Boredom is another commonly cited reason people give for giving up their exercise routine. A trainer can help you avoid this problem by incorporating different types of exercise into your routine. “We’ll help you work different muscle areas and show you new techniques throughout the process,” says Papania. “This keeps it interesting for you and helps us adjust your routine as you progress in your fitness level.”

Motivation. Papania says this is often difficult to maintain when you exercise on your own, but a personal trainer can keep you going. They will help you focus on the progress you’ve made and remind you of your goals. “Think of your trainer as a combination of personal cheerleader and coach. Our sole purpose is to keep you focused and on track, and that is never more important than when you are wavering in your commitment.” If you decide to seek the assistance of a personal trainer, Papania suggests taking your time to find one who has experience and credentials. “It’s also important to make sure you and your trainer are a good match – that their personality is one that will work well with yours. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person, and trusting them with an important aspect of your life. Make sure you feel comfortable with him or her, and that you’re not afraid to ask questions. If you don’t have a good relationship with your trainer, it defeats the whole purpose of working with one if the first place.” For more information about personal training services available at CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club – Lake Charles, call (337) 474-6601.

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Make Safety a Part of your Running Warm-up Routine by Katie Harrington

Most exercise enthusiasts know a proper warm-up is the first step to a great run or workout. After you lace up your favorite running shows and get in a good stretch, there are a few more steps that should be taken before you hit the pavement. Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana offers these street savvy tips for ensuring a safe run. Stand out.

Identify yourself.

If you are a morning runner, the recent time change may have you running before daylight. This means there is less light for drivers to you. “Be visible by wearing clothes with reflective material, carrying a flashlight or wearing a headlamp or flashing armband,” says Fontenot.

Wear a special wristband, tuck your driver’s license into your pocket or carry your cell phone with you. “It’s also smart to tell someone where you are going and when you will return,” adds Fontenot.

Map your route.

Everyone loves to run to a great playlist, but wearing headphones makes you less aware of approaching cars, critters and people. “If your iPod is a must for a successful run, use one ear bud and turn the volume down low so you can tune into what’s happening around you,” says Fontenot.

If you are running solo, run through populated areas with well-lit streets. “Always run facing traffic and never run anywhere that you would not be comfortable walking. Even better, make your run more fun and safer by running with a pal,” Fontenot says.

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Unsightly Veins More than a Cosmetic Annoyance by Katie Harrington

Connie Guillot used to be plagued by constant feelings of heaviness and tiredness in her legs. In addition to her physical aches and pains, she was embarrassed to wear clothing that would show her legs, due to some very visible and bulging veins. Like many people with these symptoms, Connie thought her problems were just a natural part of the aging process, but they were actually a sign of something more serious. “Varicose and spider veins are very often symptoms of a more serious vascular condition called —superficial venous reflux,” says Dr. Carl Fastabend, an interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana. According to Dr. Fastabend, the legs contain a network of veins responsible for carrying blood back to the heart. Veins near the surface of the skin connect to perforating veins which carry blood from the superficial veins to the deep veins of the thigh and calf. “Healthy leg veins contain valves that open and close to assist the return of blood back to the heart, but when the valves that keep blood flowing become damaged, venous reflux disease can develop, causing blood to pool in the legs, which can lead to a progression of symptoms,” he explains. “When varicose or spider veins become painful and a sensation of heaviness in the legs is present, it is time to get it checked out.” The old way of correcting venous insuffiency was to strip the veins. Today though, a newer method called the VNUS Closure Procedure is bringing state-of-the-art

technology to an age old problem. “The Closure procedure is performed on an outpatient basis using ultrasound guidance,” Dr. Fastabend says. “We position the Closure catheter into the diseased vein through a small opening in the skin and radiofrequency energy sent via the catheter to the vein wall. As the vein wall is heated and the catheter withdrawn, the collagen in the wall shrinks and the vein closes. Once the diseased vein is closed, blood is re-routed to other healthy veins.” After being diagnosed with superficial venous reflux and spider and varicose veins, Connie underwent the VNUS Closure Procedure and sclerotherapy, an in-office cosmetic treatment, to reduce spider veins on both legs, and now she says she has a new lease on life. “I feel 18 again. I can work an eight hour day at my retail job, go to the gym and do housework without pain. I am actually looking forward to wearing shorts again.” Call (337) 312-8346 or visit www.veincenterswla.com for more information about vein disorders and treatment options available at the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana.



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The Power of Flowers Beautiful blooms in your home add a splash of color to brighten any room, but they are also an instant mood enhancer. A whiff of a fragrant floral bouquet can evoke positive emotions that make you happier, and some buds even have specific benefits. Lavender and gardenia can soothe and calm you while potted plants, like orchids, may help you recover from illness more quickly. According to a recent Texas A&M study, plants and flowers in the workplace may also enhance creativity and innovative thinking. Over the course of eight months, study participants performed creative problem solving tasks in a variety of common office environments, or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting with sculpture and an environment with no decorative embellishments. Both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original solutions to problems in the office environment that included flowers and plants. In these fragrant surroundings, men generated 15 percent more ideas and females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems. Take the time to stop and smell the flowers, all day long!

Earth Week 2013 April 16 – 20

Celebrate the Earth at one of the Greenest Places in Texas! From April 16 - 20, 2013, enjoy daily activities, including outpost tours, educational classes and more! For Eco-Fest on Saturday, April 20, 2013, visit vendors with eco-friendly information and products. Also, plan on participating in the annual Butterfly Release in the Great Lawn at Shangri La. For more information on Earth Week activities, call 409.670.9113 or visit www.shangrilagardens.org.

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Allergy Relief Difficult to Come by in Louisiana Spring is here and while we associate this time of year with new blooms and milder temperatures, it also brings with it potential devastation for people with allergies. In Louisiana, spring is also prime-tree pollen season. Oaks, mountain cedar and pine trees are in full bloom. “Pollens come at different times of the year,” says Dr. Brad LeBert, an ear, nose & throat specialist with the Memorial Medical Group. “The tree season will last until about May and then we go into our grass season during the summer months, and then weeds come along in June or August up until our first winter freeze.” Unfortunately in the South, allergy season is basically year round. Molds can stay elevated throughout the year due to the high humidity in the area. The tropical climate, plus the lack of hard winter freezes to kill off weeds and grasses, cause the seasons to roll into one another. This wreaks havoc our allergies and sinuses. Jeffrey Daigle, a physician’s assistant with Dr. LeBert’s office, conducts tests for inhaled allergens that can cause symptoms like congestion and postnasal drip, as well as frequent sinus infections. He says the first line of defense against allergies is prescription drug therapy such as antihistamines and nasal sprays. If that doesn’t work, a therapy plan is put in place that will treat patients for three to five years with allergy shots that are targeted toward their specific allergy profile. “Allergy shots are one of the few therapies that can reverse your condition. The injections 64 www.thriveswla.com

actually alter your body’s immune response to the allergens,” Daigle says. “Patients come in once a week and are basically injected with what they are allergic to. The dose is increased each time to help build immunity.” The structure of your nose can play a key role in how allergies affect you. If you have a deviated septum you cannot tolerate as much swelling in your nose from allergies as someone whose septum was straight. There are several bones in your nose, called turbinates, whose lining can swell in response to allergens. Any minimal swelling of the turbinates can cause near or complete nasal obstruction, thereby preventing air flow to your lungs and severe nasal congestion. Seeking nasal relief at an ENT office gives patients a one-stop shop, should they need more extensive treatment. Physicians like Dr. LeBert can offer a full spectrum of treatment options for the patient. “Patients can stay within the same office to receive the same level of care for allergy testing, for allergy therapy and for any surgically procedures that may need to be done. They are coming back to an office where they know the staff. No one likes coming to the doctor for anything, but if you can make it a pleasant experience from the time they walk in to the time they walk out they are more Thrive Magazine for Better Living

likely return to your office for their care.” For more information contact Southwest Louisiana Ear, Nose & Throat at (337) 480-5595.

Jeffrey Daigle conducts a skin test on Jill O’Quinn to find out what she is allergic to.

April 2013

Moving Past Join Pain

by Kristy Armand

It’s difficult to appreciate how much we rely on our joints until the day comes when they ache—so much so that it wakes us up at night or prevents us from walking, lifting or bending over. For millions of Americans, joint pain isn’t just a dull, disappearing pain that comes with overexertion or fatigue. It’s a constant pain that affects the activities of daily living. When the pain surpasses the ability to function properly, sufferers are left with treatment options that range from medication to joint replacement. “Arthritis treatment has come a long way over the past twenty years. Even in just the past ten years, actually,” said Dr. John Noble, orthopaedic surgeon with Center for Orthopaedics and member of the medical staff at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Years ago, patients would hear the term ‘joint replacement’ and you could immediately feel their stress and fear. Today, people understand that it’s a fairly common procedure with longterm benefits—primarily, the ability to move freely and without pain— that far outweigh the risks. Advancements of the past decade have made it possible for surgeons to safely and effectively replace shoulders, hips and knees, greatly improving the quality of life for patients.” Advancements in arthritis treatment have grown alongside increased prevalence of the condition, according to Dr. Noble. The number of people with arthritis is expected to soar as Baby Boomers age into their 60s and beyond. The Arthritis Foundation predicts that an estimated 67 million Americans will have arthritis by 2030. The condition is the leading cause of disability in the United State. “Many people don’t understand how greatly chronic joint pain can wear on a person’s emotional, physical and mental well-being over time,” said Dr. Noble. “To a certain degree, it permeates every facet of your life. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a condition that causes relentless suffering. There are things that can be done. That includes joint replacement, but that’s not the only option. Again, with advances in knowledge and technology, we have more less-invasive surgical techniques as well as more non-surgical treatment options to offer for arthritis than ever before. For many patients, newer treatments allow us to prevent, or at least delay, the need for joint replacement surgery. Typically, joint replacement is the last resort after less-invasive treatment has been exhausted.” And although joint replacement is not uncommon – an estimated 1.5 million Americans have a knee, hip or shoulder replacement each year -- it is still a significant treatment decision to be made between a the patient and their surgeon, Dr. Noble said. “That’s why choosing a qualified physician is April 2013

so important. A skilled orthopaedic surgeon will provide a clear and realistic view of what patients should do to treat their pain, and how those treatments are likely to affect them. They will also have a solid relationship with physical therapists and other rehabilitation professionals who will likely be involved in follow-up treatment if surgery is needed.” The most important factor in deciding if or when it’s time to have joint replacement surgery? “How much the pain is affecting a person’s daily life,” says Dr. Noble. “When you are no longer able to complete daily tasks, such as walking short distances or reaching for something from the cabinet, that is a clear indication that it’s time to take the next step in treatment so that you can get back to doing the things you need and want to do in order to enjoy life again.”

SEMINAR Learn more about advances in arthritis treatment and joint replacement at Movement Improvement, a seminar hosted by West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at L’Auberge Casino Resort’s Event Center on Thursday, April 25. The seminar begins at 6pm and will feature several physicians from Center for Orthopaedics: Dr. John Noble, Dr. Geoffrey Collins, Dr. Steven Hale and Dr. Tyson Green. They will address arthritis treatment options for the hip, shoulder, knee and ankle. The seminar is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Refreshments will be served. Call (337) 527-5459 for more information, or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Cancer-Fighting Foods by Kristy Armand

“An apple a day will keep the doctor away,” may be much more than a rhyming cliché. It turns out that apples, and many other types of fruits and vegetables, could keep the threat of cancer away as well. Often referred to as “super foods,” these natural plant foods have been found to provide some degree of cancer protection when consumed in the recommended quantities as part of a healthy diet. The source of prevention is believed to come from specific chemicals they contain. David Heinen, MD, family medicine physician with CHRISTUS Medical Group, explains that this special combination of plant chemicals called phytochemicals, including flavonoids and polyphenols, is responsible for the cancer-fighting abilities of certain foods. “Free radicals are molecules responsible for changes in the body that lead to cancer. Phytochemicals absorb free radicals, allowing them to pass from the body before they cause damage.” It is estimated that one-third of cancer deaths each year are attributed to a poor diet, making it obvious that eating right is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. “For decades scientists all over the world have consistently found that people who eat greater amounts of vegetables and fruits have lower rates of cancer,” says Dr. Heinen. “Some studies show that those who eat the most produce run just half the cancer risk faced by people who eat the least. We can’t prove that fruits and vegetables alone can prevent cancer, but we do know they play a key role.” Dr. Heinen says there are literally hundreds of plant foods that contain phytochemicals, but sources that contain some of the more widely studied phytochemicals, and are considered to be among the best choices for cancer prevention, include: • Dark leafy greens and deep yellow and orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash get their color from antioxidants called carotenoids. • In the apple category, varieties such as the Northern Spy, Liberty, Crispin (also known as Mutsu), Delicious and Fuji show the highest level of antioxidant activity, followed by Ida Red, Jonagold, Gala and McIntosh.

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• Cruciferous veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts contain the phytochemical sulforaphane. • Garlic, onions, leeks, and shallots block carcinogens with organosulfides, the chemicals that give these vegetables their pungent odor. • Cooked into a sauce, tomatoes release lycopene, which has been found to reduce the risk of stomach, bladder, colon, and prostate cancer. • Red-hot capsaicin, which lends a kick to chili peppers, may offer protection against lung cancer by blocking damage to genes from the carcinogens in food and cigarette smoke. • Cherries, plums, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and grapes get their deep hues from anthocyanins, chemicals that can neutralize carcinogens. • Citrus fruits are rich in limonene, which seems to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells. • Soybeans are rich in genistein, which may protect against reproductive cancers by interfering with the effects of estrogen. • Beans, nuts, and whole-grain breads and cereals can protect against pancreatic and stomach cancer. They boast plenty of fiber to speed waste out of the body, giving harmful substances less time to damage the cells. • Tea leaves (black and green) contain antioxidants called polyphenols.

Dr. Heinen advises trying to get five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. For grains and beans, the goal is 6 to 11 servings a day. “That may sound like a lot of food, but one serving size is generally small – half a cup of veggies or a slice of bread. And don’t look for a shortcut. “Phytochemicals don’t come in a comprehensive pill or supplement form, at least not yet. And even if they did, there is no way that isolating a few compounds in a pill will provide you with the hundreds of other protective health benefits that plant foods provide. Your best bet is to get your daily dose of phytochemicals by eating a variety of plant foods every day.”

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The Search for the Perfect Tan May Cause Eye Damage

by Kristy Armand

Now that the weather is warming up, many people are heading to tanning salons to darken their skin before showing it off when they put on their shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. National statistics show that more than 1 million Americans use tanning salons every day. Unfortunately, a large percentage of these people believe that tanning beds are safer than tanning in the sun, but research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels of many tanning beds are often up to 100 times that of the natural sun. “Tanning beds can cause skin damage and serious burns, not just to the skin, but to the eyes as well,” says William Iglinsky, MD, board certified ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. He explains that tanning beds emit both UVA and UVB rays that can cause photokeratitis, or a burn of the cornea, the clear surface of the eye. “Symptoms can range from painful tearing and redness of the eye to extreme cases of temporary loss of vision. And just as a sunburn to the skin is not immediately apparent, symptoms of photokeratitis may not appear until 6-12 hours after exposure.” Tanning facilities are required by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to provide clean, UV-blocking goggles to all consumers. Dr. Iglinsky stresses that using a tanning bed without protective eye goggles is the “equivalent to staring at the sun. We can’t emphasize this enough. Wearing regular sunglasses or placing cotton balls April 2013

over the eyes is not sufficient protection.” He adds that it’s also important for those using tanning beds, and anyone who exposes their skin to the sun in order to “get a tan,” to realize that most UV damage is cumulative, and the extent of the damage will not appear until years later. “There seems to be a desire to tan in order to appear more glamorous or attractive, but vanity shouldn’t lead you to do something that puts your health and future vision at risk,” says Dr. Iglinsky. “In addition to the well-known risk of skin cancer, damage from UV exposure can cause cataracts and contribute to the development of macular degeneration.” Dr. Iglinsky says the best way to protect your vision is to wear UV-blocking eye protection during any activity that exposes you to the sun’s rays, particularly in an environment in which the sun is reflecting on sand, water, asphalt or snow. “This is a message that has been stressed for many years, but does not seem to be getting through to the public.” A recent national survey published by Prevent Blindness America found that while nearly 80 percent of consumers are aware that UV exposure can cause skin cancer, only 5 percent know exposure can also harm the eyes. In addition, 57 percent of survey respondents do not wear protective eyewear when in the sun for extended periods of time. When you take into consideration the fact that Americans spend an average of 3.5 Thrive Magazine for Better Living

hours per day outdoors – this amounts to more than 1,000 hours of UV damage to their eyes each year, according to experts. “Whether you’re fishing on the lake, lounging by the pool or mowing the grass, you need to always wear eyewear that blocks 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. You’ll have to carefully read the lens label, or consult an optician, to make sure you are getting the protection you need,” says Dr. Iglinsky. “Your best choice would be wraparound sunglasses, because they block the highest amount of damaging rays, and in addition, effectively protect the delicate skin around the eyes.” He says parents should remember that children are also susceptible to UV damage and also need to UV-blocking eyewear for all daytime outdoor activities, specifically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when UV rays are the most intense. People who have had cataract surgery or other retinal disorders, and people who take certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers, are also at special risk for eye damage. For more information about the dangers of UV exposure and how to choose the best eye protection for adults and children, call The Eye Clinic or Optics Unlimited nearest you, or 1-800-826-5223.



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Brace Yourself:

by Katie Harrington

More and more adults signing up for a straighter smile If you think braces are a simply a rite of passage through the awkward teen and pre-teen years, think again. More and more adults are seeking out orthodontia services to perfect their smiles. According to WebMD, adults make up nearly half of orthodontic patients hoping to get that perfect smile. “Braces have evolved considerably in the last 15 years,” says Dr. Craig Crawford an orthodontist with Crawford Orthodontics. “Today, there are more choices than ever for adults who want to pursue orthodontics. And having braces can not only improve your appearance, it can also improve your oral health. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint pain.” But why get braces as an adult? Dr. Crawford says the reasons are often varied when an adult chooses orthodontic treatment. Some have experienced crowding which is becoming more noticeable as they enter adulthood or in some cases gum disease has caused teeth to move, changing the person’s bite. “Many adults decide to get braces simply because they just want to look better,” explains Dr. 68 www.thriveswla.com

Crawford. “And many of our adult patients have wanted braces for years, but their family may not have been able to afford them when they were young. Now that they are adults, they can take care of this part of their appearance for themselves.” Also contributing to the rise in adult orthodontic patients is the fact that the look of braces are changing as a result of better technology. “The brackets are smaller and we don’t use all the appliances that wrap all the way around the tooth like in the past,” Dr. Crawford says. “Today, brackets are a lot smaller and are bonded to the tooth and we even have clear braces that are a lot more pleasing in appearance.” Less pain and time associated with wearing braces also have more adults taking the plunge. On average, adults can expect to wear braces for 12 to 20 months. New high-tech wires have also added to the comfort and convenience of braces. Old-fashioned wires required an office visit every few weeks Thrive Magazine for Better Living

during which the orthodontist tightened the wire. Patients would experience sudden intense force that would gradually diminish until it was time for their next appointment. But Dr. Craword says that newer space-age wires made with metals apply an even, gentle pressure over a much longer period of time. “It’s a notably more comfortable process, and treatment time is shortened because there’s no pause in the tension exerted on the teeth.” If you are ready to look into braces for yourself, the first step toward a straighter smile is a consultation. “Once you are properly screened for periodontal and dental health, there really is no age limit for braces,” says Dr. Crawford. “And that’s something to smile about.” For more information about braces for adults, call Crawford Orthodontics at 478-7590.

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Memorial Hospital Cardiologist Makes History

History was made at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on the morning of Wednesday, March 13th. Dr. J. King White, a cardiologist with Heart & Vascular Center, a part of the Memorial Medical Group became the first doctor in Louisiana to implant a drug coated peripheral artery stent. The Zilver PTX Drug-Eluting Peripheral Stent (Zilver PTX Stent) is the first drug-eluting stent approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to re-open the femoropopliteal artery in the thigh, when narrowed or blocked as a result of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The stent is coated on its outer surface with the drug paclitaxel, a drug that helps prevent recurrent narrowing of arteries (restenosis). “It’s the same type of drug used on our coronary artery stents. It prevents the growth of cells and tissue,” Dr. White says. “When you put a stent in a heart artery or leg artery it causes some injury because you are stretching the artery. This sets up some scar tissue that can grow through the stent and actually cause restenosis. The drug on this particular stent prevents that.” Dr. White was the principal investigator during a clinical trial for the Zilver PTX Stent. Half of the 440 patients that participated in the trial were chosen at random to receive the Zilver PTX Stent, while the other half received a non-coated stent. Those who received the Zilver PTX Stent had far fewer re-blockages at yearly evaluations of one, two and three years. Data on the fourth year evaluations has not yet been published. Dr. White is currently completing his five year follow-ups with patients that participated in trial. “This new stent is going to revolutionize the way we treat peripheral artery disease,” Dr. White says. “The previously available non-coated stents for use in the leg re-blocked up to 60 percent of the time. This stent has shown to reduce that significantly. This means fewer repeat procedures, lower healthcare costs to our patents and an improved quality of life.” The FDA approved the Zilver PTX Stent use in November of 2012. April 2013

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Community Contributor$ L to R: Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police; Katie Bird, director of special projects; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior VP and general manager.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Donates to Special Olympics

Race Pace Donates to SHS Cross Country Team

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles hosted Lake Charles’ first Polar Plunge, a Special Olympics Louisiana event where members of the community jump into near freezing waters to raise awareness and funds. L’Auberge Casino Resort donated $5,000 and several team members braved the 54-degree Lake Charles water.

Race Pace Multisport, LLC donated $500 for the SHS Cross Country team. Money was raised during the Park to Park Half Marathon in Sulphur. Pictured: Lori Pritchett, Schanon Turner, Rochelle Odom, and AunJelle Burton (owner of Race Pace Multisport, LLC) along with the SHS Cross Country team.

L’Auberge Supports CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation

L’Auberge Casino Resort contributes $5,000 to 15th Annual Conference L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles donated $5,000 for Family & Youth Counseling Agency’s 15th Annual Connections Count Conference. L to R: Julio Galan, Family & Youth president and CEO; Kerry Andersen, Pinnacle Entertainment director of media relations and public affairs; Leslie Harless, Family & Youth board chair; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior VP and general manager; and Dr. Candis Carr, Family & Youth senior vice president.

L’Auberge Casino Resort made an $11,190 in-kind donation to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Foundation’s Run with the Nuns Motorcycle Ride and Charity Event. L to R: Geno M. Iafrate, Pinnacle Entertainment executive vice president of regional operations; Margaret Harris, chair, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation Board of Directors; Sister Ann Margaret Savant, CCVI, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word (Sponsoring Congregation of CHRISTUS Health); Kay C. Barnett, CFRE, director of development, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager.

City of Sulphur Presents Check

“Hula Hoop for the Heart” Supports American Heart Association

The City of Sulphur presents a check for the City’s portion of the SWLA On The Move Campaign to The Foundation/Southwest Louisiana.

Ellie Kate Fontenot and Ella Mulhearn present Brett Jackson of the American Heart Association with a check for $2,000 on behalf of “Hula Hoop for the Heart”. The event was held on February 23 at Episcopal Day School.

L to R: Ben Bourgeois, chairman, SWLA Economic Development Alliance; Mayor Chris Duncan; Veronica Allison, City Council chairman; George Swift, president/ CEO, SWLA Economic Development Alliance.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Donates to Black Heritage Festival L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles contributed $3,000 to the 26th Annual Black Heritage Festival in Lake Charles. L to R: Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager and Judith Washington, executive director of Black Heritage Festival Louisiana.

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Local Businesses Donate to United Way of SWLA Employees at the following companies donated to the United Way: Phillips 66 ($307,300), GRACE ($126,842), Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ($57,330), Capital One Bank ($24,698), American Press ($24,464), Lake Charles Memorial Hospital ($22,621), Jeff Davis Parish Public Schools ($20,779), Brask, Inc. ($19,573), Sasol North America ($19,220), McNeese State University ($16,728), Calcasieu Parish School System Speech & Hearing Department ($11,363), Westwood Elementary ($8,721), Frasch Elementary ($8,129), Dolby Elementary ($6,395), Calcasieu Parish School System Special Education Department ($6,197), F. K. White Middle School ($6,155), M. J. Kaufman Elementary ($5,882), Calcasieu Parish School System Pupil Appraisal Department ($5,636), Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office ($5,483), and Henry Heights Elementary ($5,313).

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Flea Fest

A TREASURE TROVE FOR SHOPPERS AND A CHANCE TO PROFIT FROM CLUTTER! Get set to shop ‘til you drop at the all new Flea Fest, a truly unique flea market festival that will feature nearly four covered acres of anything and everything! A bargain hunter’s dream, the show will be unlike anything ever held in Southwest Louisiana, boasting vendors of all types. Shoppers will find antiques, vintage and handcrafted items, toys, collectibles, clothes, art work, and other flea market style goods. But they’ll also enjoy unexpected surprises like a farmer’s market, a pet section, and “The Lot” featuring used and vintage cars, trucks, boats, tractors, ATV’s--basically anything on wheels! Flea Fest will also offer wares from locals looking to do a spring de-clutter amidst a section of affordable “garage sale” booths. When they’re ready for a break from the bargain hunting, shoppers can enjoy refreshments in the Flea Bites Food Court, featuring a smorgasbord of

food booths, plus music from area artists. “Vendors and shoppers alike are eager for this kind of show. It’s like going on a giant treasure hunt,” says Lisa Sonnier, event organizer. “You never know what goodies could be hiding out. Flea Fest is just a fun and unique shopping experience that won’t break the bank!” Flea Fest is set for 9-5 on April 13-14 in the Burton Coliseum Livestock Barn. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Saturday from 8-9 is a specially priced “Early Bird Hour”. Visit www.FleaFest.com or call 337-502-8584 for more details or to book a space.

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Style & Beauty

Important Points about Men’s Pants

by Chris LeBlanc

When wading through the myriad of styles and cuts of men’s pants, it can often be difficult to decipher where to begin when searching for that perfect pair. Unfortunately the choices and protocols for pants can be deceptively overwhelming, even for men with the most discerning fashion sense. There are, however some helpful hints to help you look great, while making your next shopping experience less confusing.

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“The first and most important decision to be made when purchasing pants is to choose the cut of the pants,” says David Trahan, owner of Clothing Concierges in Lake Charles, a specialty store for menswear. “This will be determined by taste, as well as occasion. Three of the most popular cuts of trousers for men are boot cut, straight leg and tapered leg.” The boot cut is very popular in casual attire. The origins of the style are rooted in that cowboys used to flare out the bottom of their pants slightly so that the legs could fit over their boots. Although this style is still rather popular, in terms of being stylish, it is on its way “out”. It can be difficult to “dress up” a pair of boot cut pants, so relegate this style to jeans and chinos worn in more casual situations. “The classic straight leg cut is the most versatile of all,” Trahan says. “It is at home in all styles of pants, from jeans and chinos to slacks and dress pants. It can be dressed up, or down and fits with all styles of footwear.” The tapered leg cut is considered the most formal cut. This style is reserved for dress pants or suits as it accentuates the footwear of the wearer. So Trahan says to be sure you are conscious of the style of shoe you wear. “A thin-soled Italian style shoe is the best bet for more formal affairs.” Whether you choose straight leg or tapered cut, it is also important to pay attention to the accents of the particular style of pants. Pleats or no pleats, cuffs or no cuffs, wide leg or slim fit, these should all be taken into account.

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“Generally when deciding on stylistic nuances, the build of the wearer should be taken into account,” adds Trahan. “Heavier gentlemen should steer toward wide leg pants with pleats. While more slender men should choose slim fit and flat front.” Pleats may add “fullness” to a thin frame, but generally do not flatter thinner men according to Trahan. “Heavier men generally look better in pleats. Although, many men do not favor pleats as they create a slightly baggy appearance.” The final, and perhaps most confusing detail of dress pant selection, is the decision to have cuffs on the bottom of the pant legs. Cuffs add a bit more weight to the bottom of the paint leg, pulling pleats into place and adding a bit more class to a pair of trousers. “As with pleats and leg width, build is important to note when deciding on cuffs,” says Trahan. “Taller men look better with cuffs which are 1 ½ inches wide. Shorter men should have thinner cuffs, 1 ¼ inches at the maximum. A broad cuff on a shorter gentleman will create the appearance that he is shorter than he really is.” Take care in choosing which pants your tailor adds cuffs to. Cuffs should always accompany two pleat trousers and can also be worn on single pleat. However, cuffs on flat front trousers should be avoided as it is considered mixing of two distinct styles of pants and may be viewed as tacky by some. For more information on selecting the perfect pair of pants, call Clothing Concierge at (337) 478-3800.

April 2013

MakeupInfused SPF: Enough Coverage or False Hope?

by Christine Fisher

Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin is one of the best things about spring and summer. However, we’re all aware of the potential damage the sun can cause on unprotected skin. Women may choose makeup with a built-in sun protection factor, or SPF, thinking they are doing double duty, but is the SPF effective? Andie Spell, licensed aesthetician and makeup artist with the ENT & Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, says relying on SPF in makeup isn’t enough. “Makeup with SPF is a great idea and the protection helps, but women shouldn’t rely on it alone to provide enough protection from the sun.” Damage caused from the sun can result in fine lines, premature aging, wrinkles and darker pigmentation in areas. About 80 percent of premature aging is due to sun exposure, not to mention the risk of skin cancer from unprotected, or under-protected, skin being exposed to the sun. Most of us get a fraction of the protection we think we’re getting from SPF-infused cosmetics. The amount needed for true protection is about five to seven times what is applied for normal coverage from makeup. Also, makeup isn’t designed to adhere to the skin like sunscreens do.

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Spell advised thinking of makeup with SPF as a second line of defense. “Layering sunscreen under makeup will provide the protection desired to minimize sun damage to the skin,” said Spell. For broad-spectrum sun protection, Spell recommends these steps: • Apply an even layer of sunscreen over clean and moisturized skin that offers both UVA and UVB protection. Choose one with an SPF rating of at least 15. • Let the sunscreen sit on the skin for several minutes, then dab any excess with tissue before applying makeup. • Choose makeup with an SPF for an additional layer of protection. “Although sunscreen is the most important element to shield the skin from the sun, makeup with an SPF will also help,” Spell said. In order to reapply sun protection throughout the day, Spell recommends using powder with SPF. “Apply more sunscreen mid-day, then lightly dust with translucent SPF powder to keep the shine down.” For more information, contact the ENT & Aesthetic Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 439-2040.

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Style & Beauty

Airbrush Tanning:

A Natural Glow

With spring break vacations and summer beach excursions approaching, people want the beginnings of a tan without the unhealthy side effects. Airbrush tanning is a safe alternative to other forms of tanning. The FDA-approved formula used is recommended by dermatologists and reacts with the skin to naturally darken it.

“Customers love the color they can get from airbrush tanning,” says April Daley with Slender Solutions. “The price is also very affordable Another great benefit of airbrush tanning is it offers a way to quickly get rid of tan lines, darken an existing tan, even out skin tone or tan areas of the body that are difficult to tan. “There is an instant gratification to it,” Daley says. “You’re already darkening and you can see it.” Not only do customers get to see the beginnings of their tan as they walk out the door, they also are not exposing their bodies to UVA or UVB rays. Daley explains, “Cancer and melanoma are making people think twice before they get

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in a tanning bed. We have customers that have melanoma and pregnant women who can’t get in the sun.” Many young teens also choose airbrush tanning for prom and other special events. Bridal parties come in to get some color before pictures. The quick results are perfect for these types of events, and you do not have to worry about any damage to the skin. “It’s not something that’s going to age you,” Daley says. An airbrush tan typically lasts 6-10 days. Daley recommends treating your skin gently during that week. Stay moisturized, don’t exfoliate, and always pat dry softly with a towel after a shower. Meanwhile, enjoy the confidence and glow! For more information, contact Slender Solutions at (337) 562-9400 or visit www.slendersolutionsoflakecharles.com.

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Nail it!

Create the Perfect DIY Manicure. In need of a salon-quality manicure, but short on time or cash? Try these three steps to score the perfect fix in the comfort of your own home.

Prep for polish. Apply cuticle remover to the base of each nail, then gently push back cuticles with a damp cotton pad. A non-acetone polish remover will help wipe away any remaining residue.

Shape ‘em up. Working from the outer edges toward the center, file nails in one direction only. Improper filing shreds the keratin layers of the nails and can lead to peeling and splitting and on a side note, the shorter your nails are, the less they’ll chip.

Seal the deal. First apply a smoothing base coat; let it dry for a minute and then apply your polish in three brush strokes by starting in the center of the nail and then continuing to the outside. Repeat this step and then follow with a clear, shineenhancing top coat. Finally, fix a minor oops or smudge by gripping the pad of your fingertip tightly over the nail-polish-remover bottle and tipping it over to dampen your fingertip. You can then use this fingertip to gently smooth over the nail. It acts like a paint thinner and will help dissolve the smudged part.


Bye Bye To Dull Dry &


Hello to Spring

It’s time to let your beautiful skin bloom with rejuvenating skin care treatments. For a limited time, we are offering a FREE Consult and Trial Product Kit with the purchase of 3 or more skin care treatments. Call 310-1070 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Gift certificates available for


310-1070 • 1717 Oak Park Blvd. Offer available through 5/31/13 Treatments are provided under the medical direction of facial cosmetic specialist, Mark Crawford, MD.

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Style & Beauty

Resolve your Redness

by Kristy Armand

It’s difficult to put your best face forward when it’s red and blotchy. Itchy, red areas on your face can make you self-conscious as well as uncomfortable, and may be caused by a temporary minor reaction or by an underlying medical condition. “Although it’s tempting to just want to cover the redness with an extra coat of make-up, that won’t eliminate the problem, and could make it worse,” says Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. “It’s better to seek professional treatment and products that can address the cause of your redness.” Common causes include sensitive skin, skin allergy, sun or wind exposure, eczema and rosacea. She says that skin can also develop more of a reddening problem with age. “Over time, UV radiation thins skin and dilates superficial blood vessels, leading to a redder appearance.” Garcia says there are treatment products that will help to get this frustrating condition under control. “Some of these are anti-inflammatory and affect the function of microcapillaries; others work by interrupting the inflammatory process.” She suggests looking for these rednessreducing ingredients in treatments and products you use:

can be found in PCA SKIN line of products used at the Aesthetic Center. “You can also help manage your redness by avoiding known triggers, which may include alcohol or spicy foods, certain dyes or ingredients in makeup , and sun exposure. It’s so important to protect your skin from the sun. Always wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. This will not only help prevent problems with redness, but many of the other signs of aging.” For more information on treating facial skin redness, call the Aesthetic Center at (337) 310-1070 or visit www.facehealth.net.

Brown and red algae extracts reduce blood vessel dilation and inflammation. Caper bud fruit extract inhibits inflammatory reactions. Hydrocortisone is used to relieve the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation and discomfort of various skin conditions. Aloe vera extracts are rich in choline salicylate which offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) reduces inflammation while increasing the moistureretention capacity of the skin. Evening primrose seed oil provides antiredness and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Chamomile contains the anti-inflammatory bisabolol. Other beneficial anti-inflammatory extracts that can help with redness include grape seed oil, borage seed oil, wheat germ oil and black currant seed oil. Garcia says these redness-fighting components and other beneficial ingredients 76 www.thriveswla.com

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Prom Prep Tips by Allie Mariano

Prom season is here and one thing’s for certain, it’s every girl’s dream to stand out in a one-of-a-kind dress.

“Lace is very, very hot,” says Victoria Huber, owner of Rhinestone Runway in Lake Charles. “And so is chiffon and anything that shows off the body.

Dresses with open sides and bare midriff have trickled down from the styles in the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

Huber offers the following tips for picking the perfect prom dress:

Other “showy styles” like dresses with long slits or a sweetheart neckline are trendy right now.

Anything designed by Sherri Hill is popular. Her dresses have been worn by celebrities like Carrie Underwood and Selena Gomez.

Popular colors include bright reds and metallic details, or colors that “pop” like neon green and blue.

Girls who want to be a little daring might try an entirely sequined dress or one with a peplum. Accessories like a big statement necklace and peep-toe booties are also in demand this year. For more information, call Rhinestone Runway at (337) 433-9494.

I Took a Healthy Stand

“ I feel 18 again. I can actually say I am looking forward to wearing shorts and showing off my legs.” ~ Connie Guillot Before visiting the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, Connie Guillot was plagued by constant feelings of heaviness and tiredness in her legs. In addition to her physical aches and pains, she was embarrassed to wear clothing that would show her legs. Tired of being forced to limit her activities, she made the call to see the specialists at the Vein Center. After being diagnosed with superficial venous reflux and spider and varicose veins, she underwent the VNUS Closure Procedure and sclerotherapy on both legs. Now, she and her legs have a new lease on life. “I can work an eight hour day on my feet, go to the gym and do housework without pain.” Call the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 312-8346 to learn about treatments that can help you have healthier legs.

Carl Fastabend, MD Medical Director

Covered by most insurance.

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Style & Beauty

Ready Wear to

Remember, if you have a fashion question for me, just email it to edit@thriveswla.com or post it on the Thrive Facebook page. It could be answered in an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.

Steppin’ Out in


When the air warms up the sandals come out! There are so many different types of sandals: gladiator, wedge, espadrille, thong, flip flops, dressy, casual, etc., that it can be difficult to know which ones to choose when coordinating outfits. When it comes to fashion, whether it’s sandals, a dress, or jeans; choose the style and shape that flatter your body and lifestyle, not necessarily what is trendy. By doing this, you’ll always look appropriate and beautiful. One thing to keep in mind is anytime you add a wedge or heel to a sandal it will immediately make your legs look more flattering. If you are looking to wear sandals with shorts or a casual summer dress and your legs are an issue for you then try to find a sandal with a wedge; the higher the better but I realize that if we are running around all day we might not want to be in a high casual sandal. This season, sandals with ankle straps are a hot item. Usually known as the ‘gladiator’ style, sandals with thick straps around or above the ankle call attention to that area and can make the calf seem wider. Thick ankle strap sandals are usually not a good choice for petite women because the strap creates a visual stop for the eye, causing the leg to appear shorter. If you’d like to find a way to have ankle straps, then a good alternative is a wedge heel, as it helps elongate the leg.


This image is an example of an ankle strap that should be okay for most body types. It is also one of the classiest styles. The thin straps avoid creating heaviness to your outfit.


Keep your sandal choice professional, if you are allowed to wear them to the office. Rubber sandals or flip-flops are not work appropriate. Keep in mind that yes it may be hot outside, but do you really want your clients or co-workers to see your feet? For the office, a peep-toe flat is a great alternative to keep cool and look professional. Whitney Manns is the owner of WM Wardrobe Consulting. For more information, visit WMwardrobeconsulting.com

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Mark Your Calendar! Pop Up Galleries and Art Battles at Spring Art Walk Downtown Lake Charles will celebrate Southwest Louisiana’s wide and vibrant spectrum of visual arts during the Arts Council of SWLA’s annual Spring Art Walk on Friday, April 26th, from 5-9pm. This free event focuses on artist exposure by concentrating the region’s talent into a few square blocks within the Charleston Cultural District in Downtown Lake Charles. For more information on the Arts Council’s services and programs, visit artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call (337) 439-2787.

It’s Wild Beast Feast Time! The Lake Charles Symphony’s Wild Beast Feast will be held Saturday, May 4, at Burton Coliseum. The event was so popular that it outgrew last year’s location. You will not want to miss wild game and seafood cooked up by chefs vying to win first prize! The feasting begins at 5 p.m. for event goers with a variety of live music all night long. There will also be a live auction at 7 p.m. Funds raised during the event will benefit the Symphony’s educational outreach programs. For ticket information, call the Symphony office at 4331611 or visit www.lcsymphony.org.

The Louisiana Swashbucklers and Cheniere Energy Announce Alliance The Louisiana Swashbucklers have teamed up with Cheniere Energy and the Calcasieu Parish Schools Partners in Education program for the 2013 season. The partnership was created to recognize the work of the Partners in Education program in local schools and will create a Grant Fund for the Partners in Education organization to benefit Partner Schools. For more information on supporting the team and these programs, call the Swashbucklers office at (337) 310-7277.

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Louisiana Casino Association Teams up with L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

Growing with the spirit: 125th Anniversary of First Presbyterian Church

The Louisiana Casino Association in conjunction with host facility, L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, announces a statewide minority vendor fair. Set on April 10, 2013 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, in Baton Rouge at the L’Auberge Event Center. There is no cost to register but advance registration is required. Limited exhibit booth space is available. For a registration packet or general inquiries, please contact information@csinoofla.com.

First Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary on April 20 and 21 at the church, 1801 Second Avenue, in Lake Charles. For more information, email the church at secretary@1stpreslc. com or call (337) 433-4667.

Lake Charles Symphony to Present Final Concert The Lake Charles Symphony will present its final concert of the 20122013 season, Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 pm. Violinist Lin He will be soloist. Tickets are $20 Lin He for adults, 15 for seniors/ students. Tickets are available at the Symphony Office, 809 Kirby St., Civic Center Box Office, or online at lcsymphony.org.

Literacy Council Community Yard Sale The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. is accepting donations for our Community Yard Sale scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, starting at 8:00 am. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at (337) 494-7000 or email info@literacyswla.org.

Shangri La Announces Saturday Adventure Series Programs for Spring 2013

Fourth Annual Hogs & Dogs Ride Planned The 4th annual Hogs & Dogs ride is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events will take place at University Methodist Church, located at 3501 Patrick St., in Lake Charles. The event, benefiting The Open Door, Women’s Prison & Re-Entry Ministry, will also feature “MuttStrut,” a beauty pageant featuring man’s best friend as the contestants. For more information, call (337) 526-2603.

Larry The Cable Guy to Perform at L’Auberge Larry the Cable Guy will bring his award winning comedy act to the L’Auberge Event Center for two shows on Friday, May 24 at 7pm and 10pm. Tickets can be purchased for $45 and $60 by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 488-5252 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces upcoming programs for the Spring Saturday Adventure Series 2013. These hands-on programs give visitors an opportunity to explore the natural world through informative lessons and activities presented by Shangri La educators. For more information or to reserve a space, call (409) 670.9799. April 6, 2013: Bird Ballet April 13, 2013: What’s Jumpin’ at Shangri La April 20, 2013: Butterflies that Flutter By April 27, 2013: Have a Cup of Tea, Indeed! May 4, 2013: Secrets of the Trees May 11, 2013: Caffeinated Plants May 18, 2013: Flying Dinosaurs

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CPSB Summer Arts Camp Accepting Registrations The Calcasieu Parish School System and the Arts Council of SWLA have announced Summer Arts Camp 2013 with this year’s theme as “South of the Border.” Classes are open to students who have completed grades kindergarten through eighth and offer a variety of engaged study in visual arts media and performing arts. For more information call Bobbi Yancey at (337) 526-2908.

Spring Watercolor Show & Sale Our Lady of Good Counsel Church will host a Spring Watercolor Show and Sale on April 19th from 5-8pm at 221 Aqua Drive in Lake Charles.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center Hosts Free AAA Screening CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital will host a free Abdominal Aortic Aneurism (AAA) Screening on Saturday, April 6, from 8 am to Noon on the second floor of the hospital, at 524 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. To register, call (337) 491-7577.

The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation proudly invites you to come out to this exciting, first-time event in Lake Charles… bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy the race!

Saturday, April 27th • 9:00 a.m. Lake Charles Civic Center Seawall Dragon boat racing is a sport that has captivated countries across the world, and now Lake Charles will be able to experience the fun and excitement of the competition. With origins dating back over 2,000 years, this type of racing is a unique cultural event that features adrenaline-pumping action, friendly competition and community spirit.

Traditional Hong Kong-style dragon boats are 41 feet long with 10 seats, fitting 20 people. A drum seat in front of the first two paddlers holds a drummer, and the helmsman guides the boat with the steering oar in the back – for a total of 22 people! Once you’re introduced to this team sport, you’ll be hooked!



Arts Council Accepting Tourism Grant Applications The Arts Council of Southwest Louisiana is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Tourism Marketing Initiative grant. The grant is funded annually by the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau and is one of four grants the Arts Council administers. Applications and guidelines can be downloaded at www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.

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Cajun Mustangers and Tarver Ford Open Car Show

Arts Council to Host Seminar on Exhibit Presentation

Hitting the Links for Literacy Golf Tournament

The Cajun Mustangers will be hosting the Open Car Show April 6 at Tarver Ford, 930 S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur. All types of vehicles can register from 8 am to noon, and awards will be presented for each designated class at 3 pm. For more information, contact Ralph Unglaube at (337) 912-0978.

On Tuesday, April 9, the Arts Council will host a free seminar in Room 108 of Central School Arts & Humanities Center as part of the quarterly Regional Arts Network luncheon series. For more information or to RSVP, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.

Join the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. for “Hitting the Links for Literacy” Golf Tournament presented by SONIC on Friday, April 12 at The National Golf Club of LA in Westlake, LA. For more information, contact the Literacy Council at (337) 494-7000 or email info@literacyswla.org.

Let Your Taste Buds Do the Talking! New location next door to Tony’s Pizza!

For every event…

Make it sweet! Cupcakes, Cakes & Specialty Desserts

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VOTE on Your Top 20 Restaurants in Southwest Louisiana In celebration of National Tourism Week, May 4-12, the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors is showcasing the culinary delights that make our destination downright delicious. The bureau is inviting the public to vote on their top three favorite restaurants now through May 12. The winning restaurants will be announced at the conclusion of National Tourism Week. “Our culinary heritage is one of the main reasons that leisure travelers, groups and media enjoy visiting Louisiana as a whole. The top 20 list is a perfect way to highlight some of the local favorites, and we can’t wait to see who rises to the top since all our restaurants have something unique to offer,” said Shelley Johnson, executive director of the

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Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. During National Tourism Week, the bureau is featuring a “Take Your Taste Buds on Tour” promotion which also includes discounts to local restaurants as well as an opportunity for people to submit recipes online in order to be included in a virtual cookbook on the bureau’s website. These promotions will take place instead of Restaurant Day. To vote on your top restaurants, view discount promotions or submit your recipe, log onto www.visitlakecharles.org/yum. For more information or for restaurant owners to submit discount offers, contact Amos Orr, online content manager at 337-436-9588 or aorr@visitlakecharles.org.

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Solutions Solutions Employee Assistance Program for Life Who’s Sorry Now? from

by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

We all make mistakes from time to time. Messing up in life is a given. It’s what happens next that is important. How do you handle it when you make mistakes? Do you cover it up? Do you blame someone else? Or do you take responsibility and apologize? Many people have difficulty apologizing. And some people think you shouldn’t have to. Remember the old saying, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”? What a crock! If you hurt someone you love, an apology is the appropriate action. Otherwise the other person feels the need for selfprotection, which leads to distance in the relationship. If you don’t feel the need to apologize, then I would question the depth of your feelings. When you care about someone, it hurts you to see them hurting. You should know that “I’m sorry” is not enough. First, those words must be heart-felt. I know you have received apologies that were clearly not sincere. We’ve all made a few of those apologies too (mine were mostly to my brother). The apology also cannot be spoken from a place of anger or sarcasm. That doesn’t count. This is one of those times when everything has to match: the words, the eye contact, the body language and the tone of voice. If it is occurring over the phone, you are going to have to work extra hard on the tone of voice (since you won’t have the eye contact or the body language to help you convey your sincerity). And I hope I don’t have to tell you that text, email, and any social media outlets are not the appropriate venues for an apology. Again, if this person is worth it, you will apologize the right way even if it is uncomfortable. Now that you’ve apologized, what’s next? This is important too. Truly being sorry means that you will attempt to not let it happen again (whatever “it” is). It is not OK to keep committing the same crime, and believing everyone will keep forgiving you. If you need to apologize for it, then you need to stop it. I once worked with a couple that had domestic violence issues. The husband tended to slap the wife around when he was angry. Then he would apologize. Then he would do it again the next time he was angry. He was shocked when I told the couple his apologies were worthless, and she should no longer accept them. “But I tell her I’m sorry, and I really mean it!” He reluctantly agreed that if he were truly sorry, he would work to stop the offending behavior. As we worked together and he learned healthier ways of dealing with his anger, his apologies grew to have value. As with most things in life, this apology thing can be taken too far. I’ve known people who apologize for everything – even things they are not responsible for. I’m thinking of that same couple I mentioned in the paragraph

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above. The husband would tell the wife “if you would ____________ (put me first, have supper cooked when I get home, answer my texts sooner), then I wouldn’t get so angry and then I wouldn’t hit you.” Well, clearly he believed it was her fault he acted the way he did (after all, if it was his fault then that would make him a terrible person). And she bought it. So, she would apologize. It took some time to convince them that they were each responsible for their own behavior, and that no one can make anyone do anything. Next month, I am going to continue this one-sided conversation. We’re going to move into the topic of accountability. For now, I’d like you to take a look at your ability to apologize when you make a mistake, and how you are doing at not repeating the offense. If you struggle with either step, counseling is a great place to get it all sorted out. And if this article hit a little too close to home, you should know—I’m not sorry.

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