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Home & Family 4 Teaching Your Kids to Give 6 Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays 10 Say ho-ho-NO to Holiday Critters

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14 - 35 Get into the holiday spirit with our festive guide. We’ve got you covered from A to Z!

Regular Features 30 By the Numbers 44 Business Buzz 52 First Person: with Jackie Simien 58 Who’s News 82 Ready to Wear 86 Community Contributors 88 McNeese Corral 89 Solutions for Life! 90 Happenings

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38 Overspending Won’t Leave you Overjoyed 40 Rules to Give By

Places & Faces 46 Getting Back to Nature at Grant Christmas Tree Farm 48 Crescent City Christmas 50 Walnut Grove Reveals Lawton Building Details

Mind & Body 60 Get a Jump Start on Your Wellness Resolutions

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64 Wake-Up Before Hitting the Road 72 Keeping Dancers on Their Toes

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by Ann McMurry

In this age of instant gratification and easy credit, it’s not unusual for people to buy what they want when they want it. But what kind of financial lessons are children in today’s society learning about saving, spending, and giving?


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When David and Peggy Williams of Sulphur were raising their four children, they made a decision to instill in those children the desire to save – and then give – a portion of the money they earned through allowance, good grades, babysitting, or part-time jobs. “Our kids had to save,” Peggy said. “David wanted them to save half of anything they earned, and they gave 10 percent to the church.” Peggy said the children almost became hoarders. They didn’t want to part with their money until Christmas, when they would have spent everything they had on their siblings and other families. Peggy is the former director of Children’s Ministries at Henning Memorial United Methodist Church, and she said children love to give and do for others. “Kids in Sunday School love doing mission projects,” she said. “They get really excited about it. You just have to tell them, ‘We’re doing this for this reason.’ You have to set the example and give them that opportunity to serve.” Regardless of whether the children are making items to be donated or purchasing items, they enjoy that chance to give to others, Peggy said. When children learn about victims of tsunamis or hurricanes, they want to help them. However, she said, if fewer children are actually getting allowances, and parents are simply giving children money as they need it or want it, those children aren’t receiving some valuable financial lessons. It’s difficult for children to build those financial skills if they aren’t given opportunities to handle money, so allowances for children are important, Peggy said. “The only way they will learn to handle money is to actually have the money themselves,” she explained. “If they want something, they need to learn to save for it.” For David and Peggy, an understanding of earning, saving, and spending were life lessons for their children. But giving was also a big part of that equation. “It was our expectation of them, so it became their expectation,” Peggy said. When Michelle and Lee Joyce of Sulphur had young children, they made an effort to have them earn money by doing chores, and then tried to teach them how to save some of the money, but then give some of it to the church. They made several attempts at teaching their children to save, but it wasn’t until their second child was in high school that they took more drastic measures. “We put them on a budget when they were juniors or seniors in high school,” said Michelle, who taught financial math in high school. She and her husband gave their children a lump sum to cover items such as clothing, gasoline, lunch money, car insurance, and other spending money. “How they spent that money was their business,” she said. “But we tried to teach them to save for a bill before it happened.” When the bank statement came, they reconciled the bank statement with the checkbook, and their kids better learned how to manage money. “The hard part was not giving them money when they December 2012

ran out,” Michelle said. “But they are now very successful with saving money.” Michelle said parents need to set the example when it comes to spending, saving, and giving. “We went without living room furniture for four years,” she said. “We saved, but every time we got to the point where we had saved enough for the furniture I wanted, we needed it for something else.” She believes that all students need to be taught financial math in high school, even more so than algebra, because they learn about checking accounts, credit cards, saving, and real world math. When Michelle taught at Sulphur High, students were very big givers, she said. When catastrophes occurred in families, such as the death of a parent or someone’s house burned, students often collected money for the family. However, she said, in at least some of those instances, “kids had mama’s and daddy’s money,” instead of money that they had actually earned and saved. But just as it’s important for kids to learn to save, they also need to learn to give, she said. One school in Connecticut selected 12 students who wouldn’t normally be elected to student council and put them on an unofficial council, where the students did projects and had to give back to the community. One of the projects involved doing a community dinner, with the students doing the work. It started small, but the group now feeds 5,000 people. “That sense of earning and giving is important,” she said. “It turned these kids around. When kids learn to give, it gives them a new self-value. And then, the sky’s the limit.”

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Keep Your Pets Merry and Safe During the Holidays

by Erin Kelly

There’s something about Christmas that makes us loosen our defenses. We think nothing of the tinsel on the tree, the ribbons on the gifts or the sweet treats on the kitchen counter. It’s the holiday season after all, and there are so many things going on—guests arriving, hams cooking, gifts wrapping, kids running. As cherished members of the family, pets can get caught up in all the excitement, too. So many leftovers to nibble! So many shiny toys to play with! So many new friends! But unless a trip to the veterinarian is your idea of a jolly holiday, you may want to sharpen your senses when it comes to safe holidaying with your pets, according to the veterinarians Dr. Martha Briley and Dr. Christine Mocklin, with Country Club Veterinary Clinic in Lake Charles. “For most families the holidays are a happy time, but it’s also quite stressful. It’s important to remember that it can be stressful for your pet, as well – particularly since they don’t understand what’s going on,” Dr. Briley said. “For this reason, it’s important to keep them as close to their routine as possible. You may be tempted to give them some extra leftovers or nibbles of the Christmas ham, but this can have very unpleasant results, to say the least.” You also want to make sure that your pet doesn’t swipe treats without your knowledge – so keep things like serving trays, mixing bowls and dishes out of their reach. Never feed sweet treats to your animals. Most pet owners know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but there are many other foods that can cause your pet distress. Christmas trees, particularly real ones, can also cause potential problems. “Make sure your pet doesn’t have access to standing tree water. The bacteria could cause stomach upset if it’s ingested,” said Dr. Christin Mocklin. “Also, be careful of how you decorate the tree. Shiny decorations and tinsel can easily catch the eye of a playful cat or dog, but if the decoration is accidentally swallowed, it could create serious problems. It’s typically recommended that families with pets avoid tinsel altogether.” If you include your pet in the gift-giving and stocking-stuffer festivities, choose safe toys that are appropriate for their size. Don’t give a Chihuahua an enormous bone that’s designed for a Rottweiler, and don’t give a Rottweiler a chew toy made for a Chihuahua. “There are reasons why most toys come with safety precautions,” Dr. Mocklin said. One of the biggest problems with pet toys – whether it’s for dogs or cats – is when it’s inadvertently swallowed. “It’s possible for these items to get trapped in the digestive tract, requiring surgery. This is true for toys as well as things like ribbon or wrapping paper.” If you have a shy or timid pet, make sure it has its own retreat. This ensures their safety, as well as that of your guests. “Don’t overwhelm a nervous animal with dozens of guests,” Dr. Briley said. “Put them in a nice, safe place where they won’t feel threatened or frightened.”


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Keep an eye on your guests to make sure they don’t inadvertently give your pet access to alcoholic beverages, plates of food or other potentially harmful items. “Also, if possible, opt for artificial plant décor or make sure it’s out of your pet’s reach. Some popular Christmas decorations, such as mistletoe and holly, can cause gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems,” Dr. Mocklin said. Country Club Veterinary Clinic is a full-service small animal and exotic pet clinic. Call (337) 478-2823 for more information or visit

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Oh, Christmas tree – you aren’t the only one by Erin Kelly

Christmas trees are the most talked-about greenery this time of year, but ’tis the season for other types of trees as well. “Your green thumbs may not want to work too much during the colder months, but winter is the one of the best times to plant trees,” said Daniel Chimeno, general manager at Greengate Garden Center and Landscaping Center. “Many trees establish their roots during this time. When spring arrives, they’re on their way to being green.” There are many varieties to choose from, depending on what you want out of your greenery. “You need to decide what kind of function you want your greenery to perform. Is it mostly aesthetic or cosmetic, or do you want it to serve a practical purpose as well, such as providing muchneeded shade during the hotter months? How big of a tree do you want? One of the most common mistakes people make is planting trees in an area that doesn’t give it enough space to grow. This can become a big problem, considering things like power lines, sewer lines, water pipes, and other things that may not be immediately affected after the first planting, but could become a serious nuisance once the tree establishes itself and begins to grow.” According to Chimeno, it’s important to understand which trees are native to the area and which are best to plant on your particular property. In addition to considering the aesthetic value of having a tree, you should also remember the residual effects – some trees, for example, are prone to insect damage or disease. “That’s why it’s important to get a professional opinion before you start planting,” Chimeno said. One popular tree this year is the evergreen sweetbay magnolia, which the LSU AgCenter named as a Louisiana Super Plant for 2012. This designation means that the plant is resilient, cosmetically pleasing, and ideal for Louisiana landscapes. During the winter, the evergreen sweetbay magnolia retains its foliage, which is smaller and lighter than the standard magnolia tree. The leaves of the evergreen variety lack the shine of the standard magnolia leaf, but its foliage is bright silver-white on the reverse, which creates its own unique visual effect. For more information about planting trees successfully, call Greengate Garden Center and Landscaping at (337) 477-6080 or visit


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by Katie Harrington

In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, nothing quite compares to a last-minute phone call from a long-lost friend or relative who wants to drop by for a visit. Wrapping paper and tinsel are strewn from one end of the house to the other, you’re pretty sure your kids or pets are somewhere under all the clutter and what’s that smell? Slow down, take a deep breath and follow these tips for a 10-minute cleaning rescue mission. t

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Put loose items on your table and kitchen counters into a box or grocery bag and then place it in a closet. Gather all of the clutter in your guest bathroom and put it in the tub or shower and draw the curtain.

Make it shine Use an all-purpose cleaner or furniture polish to wipe down all of the surfaces you just cleared.

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Starting at the front door, vacuum all of the visible areas of your home.


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Light candles around your house, turn down the lights and switch on the stereo. Now, sit back, put your feet up and act natural. Enjoy your company and once they’re gone, don’t forget to go back through all of the items you stashed away!

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Ho-Ho-NO to Holiday Critters by Christine Fisher

Unpacking the Christmas Before welcoming your family and friends into your festive home, be a detective and see if you’ve unknowingly invited pests inside. tinsel may unearth Robert Soileau, manager of J&J Exterminating in Lake Charles said insects can often be transported into the home unwanted pests: spiders, through holiday decoration containers.“If you use cardboard boxes or plastic bags to store your holiday decorations, chances are there may be a few pests inside, especially if you store them in an outside barn or shed. Keeping holiday silverfish, beetles and in an airtight plastic container can help keep out the insects, but it’s not a guarantee.” other creatures who have decorations He provided these tips for a pest-free holiday: burrowed into the dark, warm containers. When Christmas Tree Whether it’s artificial or live, thoroughly inspect the tree before bringing it inside your home. Shake the tree and go the weather cools off, through the branches to dislodge any harboring pests or nests. If you do happen to see an insect or two, do not spray pests seek a warm, dry the tree with aerosol pesticides. “These products can be flammable. Just shake the tree well and inspect it. After that, it should be fine to bring it inside,” Soileau said. place, just as people do.


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“If you store your holiday things in an air-tight container, there’s less of a chance for pests to invade them,” Soileau said. “As careful as you may be, it’s easy for insects and rodents to slip by. As soon as you see evidence, call a qualified pest control company for service.” That way, you’ll enjoy a happy, pestfree holiday.

As with the tree, it’s a good idea to open boxes and inspect them outside. The folds of tree skirts or other fabric could be hiding spiders, crickets or roaches, and pests may have found a good hiding place in boxes of ornaments or a holiday wreath. Before bringing the firewood indoors, knock each log on the ground a couple of times. This will loosen any loose dirt and bark as well as insects. “Remember, do not store firewood next to your home. This gives pests, including termites, a straight path into your home. Stack firewood at least 10 feet from your house or any other structure,” advised Soileau.

Mice like nesting material. Wrapping and tissue paper can be an attractive material for them to return to again and again. As with the other holiday items, open the boxes outside first and give them a good inspection.

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Slow Cookin’ Safety

by Katie Harrington

Nothing beats coming home at the end of the day to a cooked meal ready for serving. The slow cooker, one of America’s most popular kitchen appliances, is a product of the early 1970’s that has made a popular comeback in recent years. For some it’s about the ability to cook a meal for an entire family on a budget and for others it’s about pure convenience, but is it safe? According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the answer is yes because the appliance, while using electricity, cooks foods slowly at a low temperature—generally between 170º and 280º F. The direct heat generated by the pot, lengthy cooking time and the steam created within the tightly-covered container combine to destroy bacteria and make the cooking process safe. However, there are some precautions that should be taken to ensure that your food is prepared properly to avoid food poisoning other food-related illnesses.

Start Smart

Never put frozen or partially thawed meat or poultry into a slow cooker. These foods take longer to get to 165º F and can also cool everything else in the cooker. Since vegetables cook slower than meat or poultry, put them in the cooker first on the bottom. Next, add the meat or poultry then cover everything with water, stock or broth. Keep the lid firmly in place, only lifting it to stir and check to see if it is done.

Set It Right

Most slow cookers have two or more settings and foods take different times to cook depending upon the setting used. Foods will cook faster on a higher setting, but for an all-day cooking or for less-tender cuts of meat, the lowest setting is best. If possible, set the cooker on the highest setting for the first hour and then lower it to the setting indicated on your recipe. If time is limited though, it is okay to cook on a lower setting the entire time.

No Power, No Good

If your power happens to go out and you are home, immediately transfer your meal to a gas stove or an outdoor grill and finish cooking it. If the power goes out before the meal is cooked and you aren’t home to finish cooking it, then it’s best to throw the food out to be on the safe side. If the food was completely cooked before the power went out then it should remain safe for up to two hours in the cooker.

Saving the Leftovers

As always, store any leftovers in a shallow container and refrigerate within two hours of cooking. Do not reheat the leftovers in a slow cooker. It’s best to use the stove, microwave or oven for this to ensure proper heating of the food. Once the food is heated to 165º F, however, it is okay to place them in a preheated slow cooker to keep it hot for serving. For more information on safe food preparation, visit

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Habitat Earth: Inspiring Action After a recent visit to Southwest Louisiana’s Naturelab, a local child and her parents rescued a turtle that was found in danger near the road. The young student was inspired to protect the turtle after learning how her actions impact the planet. This lesson is a key component of earth systems education and one of the main objectives of Naturelab, a PPG facility operated by McNeese State University. Naturelab offers a new approach to outdoor learning in Southwest Louisiana. Located just west of the PPG complex, Naturelab features more than 10,000 feet of trails and provides a multitude of learning opportunities about natural wildlife and plants, ecology, conservation, species diversity and much more for area students.

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Care Packages for the Troops Christmas Care Package

Deployed soldiers often try to make the work areas and living areas more like home so small decorations are a great idea. A package filled with a Santa hat, Christmas lights, holiday music and fake snow can make any area feel like the holidays.

Old Photographs Care Package

If you want to send a great reminder of home, make sure you take the time to dig out some good photographs to include in your care package. Childhood photos of family and friends, pictures of memorable travels or important life moments are all great ideas to include.

Sports Care Package

It’s a well-known fact that a lot of military service men and women are also fans of their local sports teams. Sending some memorabilia from their favorite team can help them feel connected to home. Think T-shirts, small pennants, magnets and hats. And if their team of choice has had success in recent years, check for a documentary DVD to send as well.

Bare Necessities Care Package

Simple supplies can still mean a lot to your soldier. They likely don’t have access to luxuries such as bar soap, deodorant, cotton swabs, toothpaste or batteries as easily as we do. These gifts will go a long way and your soldier will appreciate them immensely. Once you’ve chosen the kind of care package you want to send, the best way to get your package to a soldier on time is to choose a priority flat rate mailer for shipping. This gives you an unlimited weight allowance for one price and puts your shipment in the priority mail category. Lastly, make sure to check the shipping deadlines for your area on the USPS web site.

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Last-Minute Gift Dilemmas


It’s an all too common scenario during the holiday season. You’ve made your list, checked it twice and are convinced your holiday shopping is complete. Then it happens—someone unexpectedly gives you a gift or you realize you forgot about your second cousin who you always see on Christmas day. With a grocery or drug store on virtually every corner, there is no need to panic. Check out some of these last-minute gift ideas that are easily found at your neighborhood store.

For someone who works on their feet all day, foot care products and a foot massager are an easy, moderately priced option. Put them in a cute basket, wrap it in cellophane and attach a pretty bow and gift tag. A great last-minute gift for a Mom or any card sender is a nice selection of greeting cards, a nice pen and a book of stamps. Wrap them up in a small box or put them in a cute basket.

For the movie-lover, consider putting together a gift basket of theatre-sized boxes of candy and popcorn along with a Netflix or Redbox gift card.

For tweens, teens and women of all ages, a selection of nail polishes, nail polish remover and other manicure and pedicure supplies in a cute basket is a perfect last minute selection.

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The sports lover could easily be satisfied with an assortment of game-day snacks like chips, dip and beef jerky.

Most drug stores now sell wine and other alcoholic beverages, so why not pick up a nice bottle of wine for the wine enthusiast?

If none of these fit the bill, most drug stores and grocery stores now carry gift cards to various merchants in varying amounts. Simply pick up a suitable gift card and place it inside a nice Christmas card to check these hard-to-buy for people off of your last minute gift list.

Move over Martha Stewart, these local people share their favorite holiday decorating projects. According to Liz Trahan, her husband Seth is a master holiday decorator, which is quite evident from these beautiful pictures.

Debbie and Karl Esthay decorate early every year before leaving the week of Thanksgiving for their deer camp with their kids Hunter and Kameron. “I pretty much decorate every room,” says Debbie. “I put up our main tree, and Mardi Gras and LSU trees in other rooms. I probably have 15 storage tubs full of stuff. It takes me 3 days to get the house in order after everything is done.”


Tracie Davd creates a unique Christmas card wall complete with matching frames. What a great way to display holiday wishes from family and friends.

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Nothing quite gets you in the holiday spirit like sipping a hot cup of cocoa, wrapping gifts and listening to great Christmas classics like Bing Crosby’s rendition of White Christmas and Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song. A 2010 article released by the website reveals the Top 10 Christmas Songs downloaded globally.

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Southwest Louisiana Christmas Parades and Festivities Thursday, December 6 The first floor of Central School will host a holiday art market that showcases affordable local artwork by area artists. The public is encouraged to purchase one of a kind art pieces to give as gifts during the holiday season. A portion of the proceeds will go towards arts scholarships for various arts education programs. Donations of art supplies for area children are also needed.

Friday, December 7 A parade in downtown Vinton will roll at 5 p.m., followed by family-friendly activities, a jambalaya dinner, and a visit from Old St. Nicholas. Donate canned goods for free admission.

Saturday, December 8 Iowa’s Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m. followed by Christmas in the Park at Lawrence Toups Memorial Park Pavilion at 6 p.m. with gumbo, cookies, choirs and Santa Claus. The Moss Bluff Christmas Parade will roll through downtown on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. The West Cal Kiwanis Christmas Parade will roll through downtown Westlake at 4 p.m. At the end of the parade, a tree lighting ceremony with Santa will be held at City Hall.


1. Wham!, Last Christmas 2. Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You 3. Bing Crosby, White Christmas 4. Band Aid, Do They Know It’s Christmas? 5. John Lennon, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 6. Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas 7. Chris Rea, Driving Home For Christmas 8. Elvis Presley, Santa Claus Is Back In Town 9. Elvis Presley, White Christmas 10. Jacky Cheung, Everyday Is Christmas If you’ve already got most of these in your song library, consider adding these songs to your holiday playlist as well. 1. Madonna, Santa Baby 2. Aaron Neville, Louisiana Christmas Day 3. Harry Connick Jr, Blue Christmas 4. Rosemary Clooney, Baby It’s Cold Outside 5. Burl Ives, Holly, Jolly Christmas 6. Judy Garland, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 7. Frank Sinatra, I’ve Got My Love to Keep me Warm 8. Bing Crosby, I’ll be Home for Christmas 9. Stevie Wonder, What Christmas Means to Me 10. Lena Horne, Let it Snow

Local Charities Giving of Time Calcasieu Council on Aging 3950 Highway 14 (337) 474-2585 Help prepare and deliver meals, volunteer time and prepare food baskets. McNeese Cajun Christmas (337) 542-42425 Annual Christmas party for children 12 and younger to engage every child on an individual basis and to offer a fun evening as the holiday season begins. Soup Kitchens Abraham’s Tent 2300 Fruge Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 439-9330 Daily Bread Refuge Mission 604 Boston Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337)433-7026

Giving of Goods Toys for Tots (337) 721-4020 From now until December 9th, you can donate an unwrapped toy that will be given to children who might not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. KPLC’s Community Christmas 320 Division Street Lake Charles, LA 70601 (337) 439-9071 Donate toys and non-perishable food items for children at all area Wal*Mart and Market Basket stores. You can also donate gifts at KPLC-TV. Joy Drive (337) 794-6224 From December 1-13th, The Junior League of Lake Charles and Chase Bank are collecting toys for local children in need.

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Three Organizations Acknowledge West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital With Honors for Patient Safety, Quality and Satisfaction West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was recently recognized by three independent organizations for scoring highly in the areas of safety, quality and patient satisfaction. The organizations are not affiliated with one another, and scores were based off of their independent research of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in each of the areas outlined above. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was awarded with a Grade “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. “As the only hospital in Southwest Louisiana to receive an A grade, we know that the intense focus we’ve placed on patient safety, with the adoption of many safety initiatives, is working to the benefit of our patients,” stated Bill Hankins, CEO of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections to apply letter grade safety ratings to more than 2600 hospitals nationwide. United States hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was also awarded a 2011 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures award by the Joint Commission for exceeding the 95 percent or better performance rate in key quality measures that are considered Best Practice for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care patients by the Joint Commission. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was one of only 620 hospitals nationwide recognized by the Joint Commission for this accomplishment. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital also exceeded performance criteria in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for performance program, a program that rewards hospitals with reimbursement based on the quality of care provided and the satisfaction of patients. With this new program, enacted under the Affordable Care Act in April 2011, Medicare payments to hospitals were reduced by 1 percent in Medicare’s fiscal year of 2012 and the difference in payment could be earned back by hospitals at a later date if their scores in quality and patient satisfaction reached a certain level. Due to high performance in the quality of care provided and patient satisfaction, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has received 100 percent of the funds that were originally withheld. 36

“When making healthcare decisions and choosing a hospital for you and your family, you want to be informed and know your options,” said Hankins. “Our research has indicated that our hospital is one of only 3 in the state to receive all three of these designations – that’s an accomplishment for which we are very excited. Our board members, physicians and our employees are extremely pleased to share this information with Southwest Louisiana as we continue to lead the way in the provision of quality healthcare in

our area. Success like this, in so many areas, is no accident and is the direct result of a dedicated group of physicians and employees demonstrating the true essence of teamwork. We’re confident community members will see that the findings of these various organizations and our scores, will speak for themselves and demonstrate our commitment to the health of Southwest Louisiana,” he said.

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Overspending Won’t Leave You Overjoyed

by Kristy Armand

Are you dreading starting this year’s holiday shopping because you are still paying off the bills from last year’s gifts? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that the average American spends well over $1000 on holiday gifts, even when they know they can’t afford it.

Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President with Lakeside Bank, says the holidays are probably the most dangerous time of year for your finances. “It’s easy to indulge your emotions and cross the financial boundaries you normally follow. People convince themselves that going overboard for holiday shopping is okay, and tell themselves they’ll get caught up and back on track in January. Unfortunately, too many consumers are paying for holiday purchases beyond six months or a year. Many are accumulating several years’ worth of holiday expenses into one big, ever-increasing debt.” McDaniel says the most common spending mistake people make in the spirit of the season is turning to their credit cards. “If you do this, and don’t have the money set aside to pay the bill, you’ll end up paying for gifts long after the recipient has forgotten what you gave them. At 18% interest, for example, $500 in purchases would take seven years to pay off, and cost an additional $365 in interest fees if only the minimum is paid each month. That’s a pretty depressing price tag for a season that is supposed to be filled with joy.” If this sounds about as cheery as a lump of coal in your stocking, take heart. McDaniel says you can easily enjoy the season without being a scrooge. “It just takes some planning and discipline, and the time to start is before the holiday season really kicks in. Take an honest look at your regular expenses, your anticipated expenses for the holiday and the money you have available to cover everything. Then start breaking it down. A few hours spent in preparation can mean hundreds saved on gifts.” McDaniel offers these tips to help you wrap up your holiday spending without overspending: 38

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Make a list and check it twice.

Shop early whenever possible.

Start Now for Next Year.

Make a list of gift recipients and decide how much you want — and can afford — to spend. If you’re unable to spend as much on gifts this year, prioritize for whom you really want to buy gifts. Then communicate your plans to family and friends. People really will understand if you tell them you won’t be exchanging gifts this year. Having an itemized list will help you stick to your budget when you are shopping.

In other words, don’t wait until the last minute. Everything starts to look like a great deal the week before December 25. You’re in the spirit and you’re also more likely to be desperate to finish your shopping.

Set aside money throughout the year for this peak holiday spending season. You know it’s coming, so make sure you have the money you need to cover these expenses. If you can save $100 or even $50 a month for holiday expenses, you’ll be much less likely to overspend and you’ll also be much less stressed about your finances, which will allow you to enjoy the season. Ideally, try to save some money to take advantage of after-Christmas sales. You can get great deals on decorations and gifts for the next year.

Do your homework. Take the time to know prices. Comparison-shopping stretches your holiday funds further. Fight the urge to get your shopping over quickly. Instead, take some extra time to find the best deal by searching online and looking through catalogs and sales papers.

Don’t be swayed by sales signs. A sale isn’t always a deal. It’s just less than what the retailer sells it for on non-sale days. Look for savings opportunities for items on your list, but be wary of promotions, such as “buy this, get that” or special weekends that offer discounts. Most of these promotions are designed to lure you into the store to buy items not on your list.

Be Creative. Are there some people on your list who would appreciate home baked goods, or a gift certificate from you for a personal car wash, housecleaning or lawn maintenance? If you have a special skill or hobby, use it. Needlework, pottery or a personalized scrap book or photo album make great gifts.

Use Cash. Leave your credit cards at home. That way, when you’re out of cash, you simply stop shopping. People spend up to a third more when paying with a credit card instead of cash.

McDaniel stresses that you don’t to have to spend beyond your means to have a wonderful holiday. “The key to staying sane, in the spirit and out of debt during the holiday season is to make a plan and stick to it.”

Budget for Non-giftS. Remember to include other things you buy over the holidays in your planning process: travel, cards, decorations, postage, food, gift wrap, and more.

Pay Off Debts as Quickly as Possible. If you must make holiday purchases using credit, pay off this debt as soon as possible.


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Rules to Give By

by Christine Fisher

Americans give. The recipient may be someone across town or across the globe. Whether it’s

people across the world or right here in Southwest Louisiana, need is everywhere. People who study charitable giving say that our willingness to give cuts across income levels, so no matter how many zeros are in the take-home column of the paycheck, Americans set aside a portion for someone else. In fact, the United States tops the list of charitable countries. The less noble side of the giving coin is the existence of fraudulent charities that attempt to scam unsuspecting givers for their own selfish gain. They claim to be rightful organizations and can fool many people who have their heart in the right place until a closer look reveals their ill intentions. John W. Fusilier, CEO with First National Bank DeRidder, says it’s wise to take a little time to research a charity organization before making a donation. “Charity organizations are beneficial because they can provide for many people’s needs, funneling the money to meet the most critical needs first. Many have been helped through efforts of the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Doctors without Borders, and countless others, but do your homework before giving to an unfamiliar charity.”

Make it Count

The reality of charitable organizations is that it costs them money to get you to give. The letters, postcards, television spots, and websites that get your attention and explain the need come with a price tag. If you give small amounts to many charities, chances are that money is just going to cover the cost of getting to you. Instead, you can affect greater good by giving more money to fewer charities. “Take the time to determine what you want to accomplish with your gift. To satisfy your need of improving someone else’s life, a little time


spent researching the organization is time well spent,” Fusilier said.

Read the Numbers

Even though giving evokes emotion, it all boils down to numbers. Finding how your charity rates can be done on several web sites, such as and These measure how much of your contribution actually goes to accomplishing its mission rather than administrative expenses or more fundraising. “Obviously, charities need to employ people to accomplish their goals and there are expenses involved in spreading the message, but the bulk of donations should flow through the organization and out to the cause,” Fusilier explained. An exception to this would be a start-up charity. It takes about two years to organize and get the fundraising ball rolling and start-up time is usually the most expensive. Also, compare apples to apples. If you’re looking at donating to a health care organization, compare it to other health care organizations; food banks to food banks.

Check Them Out

The internet has changed life as we know it, including charitable donations. It’s easier than ever to find a cause and send a gift. Just be sure they are

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reputable organizations. “In the past, we thought anything with a ‘dot org’ in the web address meant it was pretty much legitimate,” said Fusilier. “People today realize that anyone can register a domain name and masquerade as a charitable organization, when in fact, they aren’t.” He advises making sure the donor site has a physical address and a telephone number. “Contact them and ask for further information. Their mannerisms while on the phone can give you valuable information. If they hesitate, or ask to call you back later, you can write them off.” Also, beware of emails that give a sad story and ask you to contact them. “A reputable organization will never ask you to send them your name, bank account, or social security number. Ever,” Fusilier said. Sadly, when the need is the greatest, fraud abounds. According to the Better Business Bureau, legitimate charities: • always provide written information about their programs • never demand donations • never ask for your personal information Giving is a good thing to do. Making sure your gift goes toward its intended cause is the goal.

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All you need to know to stay in the know! Country Club Veterinary Clinic Holds Ribbon Cutting Country Club Veterinary Clinic held a ribbon cutting and open house recently. This new clinic is owned by veterinarians Dr. Martha Briley and Dr. Christine Mocklin. Dr. Briley and Dr. Mocklin with Mayor Randy Roach, family and friends at their office ribbon cutting. For more information about services, call Country Club Veterinary Clinic at 478-2823.

Show Your Support For McNeese

Tyler Williams of Jeff Davis Bank, Kevin McMurrian of the Boy Scouts, Emily Stine with the Alliance’s Next Generation Advocate, and Coach Matt Viator.

Cal Area Council of the Boy Scouts of Louisiana received the first Support McNeese plaque. To get a Support McNeese plaque for your place of business, contact Emily Stine at

Walnut Grove Announces Formation of W.G. Realty Company, LLC Walnut Grove has established W. G. Realty Company, L.L.C. This agency exists strictly to lease and sell property within the development. Matt Redd, owner and operator of Redd Properties and NAI Lake Charles, also serves as the company’s broker. For more information about Walnut Grove property, call (337) 497-0825 or visit

Dr. Maureen Olivier Relocates Medical Office Maureen Olivier, M.D., board certified dermatologist with Imperial Health, has relocated her medical practice to 4150 Nelson Road, Building E, Suite 1, in Lake Charles. For more information, call (337) 474-1386.

American Heart Association and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Join Forces

L-R: Janice Ackley, AHA Regional Director, Don Lloyd, CEO Christus St. Patrick and Paula Dawson, AHA VP.

The American Heart Association’s Southwest Louisiana chapter (AHA) and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital have announced a collaborative agreement to promote

the AHA’s My Heart My Life health movement. For more information, call 800-257-6941 or visit

Art Associates Gallery Seeking Exhibit Submissions Art Associates of Lake Charles is seeking applications from artists for consideration to exhibit in Art Associates Gallery for the 2013/2014 exhibit season. Applications for solo and group shows will be accepted and artists must download and fill out the gallery application, which is found online at A CD of at least 10 digital images representative of the artist’s work must accompany the completed application, and all applications must be in hand at the Arts Council office, located in suite 202 at Central School, no later than Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. Each application will be juried by a panel composed of local arts representatives, and it is not guaranteed that an application will be selected. Art Associates Gallery, established in 1995, is located at Central School Arts & Humanities Center. Managed by the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA, it features work from local, regional, and national artists for four to six week rotations.

Introducing HEartBEAT Weekly The Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA will debut “HEartBEAT Weekly,” an e-newsletter released each Wednesday with timely information on arts events, festivals, cultural programming, grants, funding, and artist opportunities. To submit information, email Amie Hebert at To receive the e-newsletter, sign up at

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Getting Back to Nature at Grant Christmas Tree Farm by Ann McMurry

For some older folks, a visit to the Grant Christmas Tree Farm and Syrup Mill may be like a “blast from the past,” but for younger ones, it’s an opportunity to capture a little piece of history that they may not have experienced before. The Christmas tree farm offers visitors a unique experience as they get a taste of life on the farm, rich family traditions and old-fashioned fun. The tree farm is a family affair, with Gray and Mollie Anderson running the operation with help from other family members. In the fall, school field trips bring some 100 to 125 students to the Christmas tree farm each weekday. The students start their visit at the horse-drawn cane mill, and then, if they choose, they get to feed Jenny Lynn, the donkey that works the mill. Next they go to the power mill and watch as it grinds the sugar cane. They see the outdoor furnace, and Gray explains the syrupmaking process. Students then get the opportunity to see the syrup as it cooks. After 46

watching the syrup-making process, Mollie gives students a brief science lesson. She may talk with them about trees and seedlings, but this year, she is using a tarantula in her lesson with the students. The students also pile onto a trailer for a hayride, and Gray talks to them about the sugar cane and the pumpkins in the field. The youngsters pick out a pumpkin to bring home with them at the end of the trip. Gray believes the Christmas tree farm is very important for young people. “Our kids today are getting very far away from their food source,” he said. “And I usually get to tell them a Bible story, and hopefully they will hear something that will plant a little seed and stay with them.” In addition to the weekday activities with the students, the Christmas tree farm is home to a fall harvest festival, which actually got its start when Mollie’s parents, Kathleen and Huey Bailey, ran the tree farm. The Baileys had enjoyed making syrup, so on Saturday mornings after Thanksgiving, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

they began making syrup in conjunction with the Christmas tree farm, and at some point, they decided to bake fresh biscuits to serve along with the freshly cooked syrup. That began a tradition that continues today, and the syrup, biscuits, sausage and gravy are a big draw to those Saturday festivals. “The festivals are the three Saturdays following Thanksgiving,” Gray said. “We have close to 50 people working those days.” Families that attend the festival may pick out their Christmas tree, and Gray or one of the other workers cut down the tree, wrap it, and load it in or on the vehicle. Some 24 employees work the trees during the festival. But picking out the tree is just a small part of the festival. There are demonstrations of syrup making and of biscuit baking in an antique wood stove. There is gospel music and a puppet ministry. There are artisans spinning thread on a spinning wheel, and Gray said he would love to have a blacksmith, broom maker, and basket weaver. About 30 venders December 2012

are taking part in this year’s festivals. Visitors may also visit the gift shop, which features the cane syrup, various jellies, honey, Christmas ornaments, decorations, toys, and gifts. From the first part of September until about a week before Christmas, the tree farm and the festivals keep Gray and his family busy. He usually works 12 to 14 hour days Monday through Saturday, and on Sunday, the Christmas tree farm is open half a day. He has sugar cane on five acres, and 25 acres of different varieties of Christmas trees. He has 7,000 trees in the field and another 15,000 in the nursery. He will sell some of the seedlings to other tree farmers, and others will be put in the ground after they are two years old. They will stay in the field three years, during which time Gray sprays them to prevent fungus, irrigates them, shears them to increase the density, and uses weed killer around the bottom of the trees. When the trees are five years old, they are available to be cut from the field, and for two years, they allow the trees to be cut. After that time, he clear cuts the field. In addition to the Christmas tree farm, Gray has 90 to 100 acres of hay and 130140 head of beef cattle. He also has about 100 beehives. From season to season, Gray has plenty to keep him busy. “Every season is a full-time job,” he said. “We have things to do year-round.” For Gray and Mollie, the Grant Christmas Tree Farm is an opportunity to continue traditions that started with Mollie’s grandparents and continued with her parents. They are passing those traditions down to their six children, who over the years, have worked with their family on the farm. And for visitors, it’s an opportunity to relive a bit of the past, and create some family traditions of their own.

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Crescent City Christmas

by Katie Harrington

New Orleans was a destination of choice for 8.75 million visitors last year. The city is known for its festive atmosphere, music and food, which can be experienced throughout the year. A trip to the Big Easy during Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest is always guaranteed fun, but Christmas time offers a special experience too, according to Jennifer Lotz with the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Several factors make New Orleans a top destination for the holidays, but a great reason to visit is Christmas New Orleans Style (CNOS). Every year, several hotels offer Papa Noel Hotel Rates, allowing visitors the option to stay a few extra days.” Magical events such as Cathedral Concerts, caroling in Jackson Square, lights and decorations on Canal Street and so much more are just a few things happening around town. “Another exciting component of CNOS are Reveillon Dinners, or traditional Creole holiday meals,” adds Lotz. “Plenty of restaurants around the city recreate these meals for visitors and locals to enjoy.” She also says there is just something special about the atmosphere in New Orleans during the holidays. “When you walk among the historical buildings of the French Quarter all decorated in lights, you really feel the holiday spirit.” With so many different events scheduled during the holiday season, there is something for everyone including families, those on a budget, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, or a group of girlfriends looking to do something fun for the holidays. The best place to start planning a Christmas trip to New Orleans is www.neworleansonline. com/holidays.

Families “Popular events include the lighting of Canal Street and the Christmas Tree at the Astor Crowne Plaza,” Lotz says. “Families love the Krewe of Jingle parade, Celebration in the Oaks in City Park, teas/Santa meet and greets at various hotels, Cathedral Concerts and caroling in Jackson Square.” 48

Budget Concious

“The Papa Noel Hotel Rates are an amazing option for those on a budget, as the hotels offer great prices during the month of December,” Lotz says. “CNOS is also very affordable, as many of the events, such as the Cathedral Concerts, are free.” Lotz also recommends simply walking through the French Quarter to enjoy the lights or experiencing Canal Street with all its decorations as an affordable option. She adds that the St. Charles Streetcar line is six miles of track at just $1.25 each way and wonderful memories can be created by taking the streetcar down this historic avenue to see the beautiful homes decorated for the holidays.

A Little romance

“The holidays are also a romantic time in New Orleans,” Lotz says. “A Reveillon Dinner followed by a visit to City Park for a walk through the Gardens at Celebration in the Oaks makes a great date night.”

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According to Lotz, New Orleans is a great place for girlfriend getaways any time of year, but groups can also take advantage of all these wonderful options during the holidays.

A quick peek at reveals a seemingly endless list of options to choose from. From holiday performances by the Victory Belles at the National World War II Museum and the Merriment on Magazine to Jingle Bugs at the Audubon Institute and Creole Queen’s Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel, there is much to choose from.

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All the things you love about the Christmas season are all the things you’ll love about Walnut Grove.

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Nestled into 60 acres of scenic, natural beauty in the historic heart of Lake Charles, Walnut Grove is a traditional neighborhood development uniquely designed to look and feel as if it evolved naturally over time, with wide, open walkways, tranquil parks and common areas that foster neighborhood togetherness and lifelong friendships. Traditional Louisiana architecture is seamlessly blended with modern amenities in this community where the convenience of offices, shops and restaurants are all just a short walk away. A variety of home styles and commercial properties are available now.

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Walnut Grove Reveals Lawton Building Details Construction on the Lawton Building, the first commercial building in Walnut Grove is underway. Walnut Grove is the premier Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) of Lake Charles. The three-story Lawton Building encompasses 22,800 square feet of office and retail space and it will be the first building completed during part one of construction at Walnut Grove. The Lawton Building’s name was chosen to honor Walnut Grove developer Jack Lawton’s father, Jack Edward Lawton, Sr. Mr. Lawton, now retired, had a distinguished career as a rancher and businessman in Southwest Louisiana. He was extensively involved in the banking, farming and oil and gas industries, as well as other business ventures. Walnut Grove’s first commercial tenants, Jack Lawton Companies and Walnut Grove Development, L.L.C., will be located on the second floor of the building. Walnut Grove is located on the south side of West Sallier Street, bordered by Contraband Bayou, just east of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. Uniquely photo by Shonda Manuel designed for pedestrian travel, connectivity, natural beauty and a sense of community, Walnut Grove is designed to Architectural rendering of the completed Lawton Building across the Great Lawn at Walnut Grove is shown at the top be a traditional South Louisiana neighborhood. Once of the page, and here, a look at construction progress. completed, Walnut Grove will consist of approximately Space is currently available for lease on the first and second floors of the 180 homes and 92,000 square feet of commercial and Lawton Building, as well as in other commercial buildings under construction. retail space, spread over 57 acres. Residential property is also available. The Lawton Building is positioned at the head of Walnut Grove’s Great Lawn and overlooks the Contraband Estuary and out into Contraband Bayou to the For more information on any Walnut Grove property, contact W.G. Realty Company, south. The north view looks out onto Contraband Alley, a pedestrian boutique L.L.C., at (337) 497-0825. shopping area and the edge of the Market Square commercial center.


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Natchitoches Offers 86 Years of Christmas Fun

The Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana reminds you that safety never takes a holiday. We wish everyone in our community a joyous and safe Christmas and New Year.

It would stand to reason the Louisiana’s oldest settlement would have a rich history when it comes to holiday celebrations. The Festival of Lights/Christmas Festival in Natchitoches has been a Louisiana holiday mainstay for the last 86 years. The festival that began last month will run through January 6, 2013. The remaining weekends of December are jam-packed with events ranging from an 18th century-style Christmas celebration and arts and crafts sales to holiday home tours and a Snow Fest. Snow Fest will take place December 14-16 and December 21-23 and will feature Frosty’s Avalanche Slide, where adventurous souls can tube down 110 feet of winter fun. Each weekend in December will feature fireworks over the Cane River and of course, photos with Santa. For a complete listing of events or to download and festival brochure, visit

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her name doesn’t ring a bell, then seeing her smiling face definitely will. Jackie Simien grew up in Lake Charles and was a fixture in Lake Charles homes via her role as KPLC reporter and host of a monthly public affairs program for the station in the 90s. Today she is an anchor for KBMT 12 in Beaumont, but a recent project has her digging deep into her Creole roots. Her new children’s book, Bonjour, Tee Bell, was released this fall and is a tribute to her mother and the start of what she hopes will be a long-running series of books inspiring both children and adults in Louisiana to embrace their heritage and celebrate it. She recently talked with Thrive about her new book and what drove her to write it.

You speak very fondly of growing up in Louisiana. Did this play a role in your wanting to write this book? Absolutely. The only thing is, I didn’t know it was fond. It took me until this point to really appreciate what I had. I spent most of my childhood maybe a little embarrassed. Kids at school used to tease us because my mother spoke French. My brother, sister and I, we were determined not to learn it, but if it’s all you hear at home you are going to learn it. I have finally reached a point where I am proud of how I grew up and I wanted to thank my mother. I’ve always wanted to do something to honor her and to thank her for all of her sacrifices. I knew I would probably do it in the form of a book, I just didn’t know it would be a children’s book until a couple of years ago. Looking back on that, how important is French education, in your opinion? I think it’s very important; that’s what separates us from the rest of the country, really. That’s what we have going for us, it’s a thing of pride. When my mother was a child it was a time when they were trying to get rid of the French language. You entered school and you might get punished for speaking French in school. We need to embrace what makes us unique, what makes us different. In my mother’s case, she didn’t even attend school. That’s another reason why I wanted to thank her for the mother she is. Imagine having a literacy barrier, and having this literacy barrier while trying to raise kids on your own. How difficult is that? She deserves all the praise in the world. I hope that the state of Louisiana as a whole will embrace what makes us beautiful, what makes us the envy of so many other states. We have to cultivate this and keep it going. Our generation is at a critical point. If we don’t do something, it will be lost. My mother’s generation is among the last who speak it.

What does your mom think about the book? Well, first of all, it was a total surprise to her. I never told her I was writing it. She didn’t find out about it until I debuted it at my elementary school, John J. Johnson Elementary, in October. They were the first group to hear the book. She was totally surprised. She is a hard nut to crack. She had a hard life so it is hard to get her to smile, to be happy about anything, but I think she is proud to have her story told. She is enjoying her moment in the sun. Are there future plans for a series? Of course, this is just the first. This is Tee Belle’s introduction to the world. This is Tee Belle telling the world hello. I think I have the energy to put one out a year. It is my hope to come out with a book every October, which I just learned is Creole Heritage Month. The next one will probably be about Tee Belle’s Creole Christmas. I want kids to learn all about what it was like to grow up as a Creole little girl. I hope Tee Belle will be the Creole Dora the Explorer. To purchase Bonjour, Tee Belle, visit

What can we do to preserve the language? A French Club would be a good place to start. In Beaumont I’ve been invited to join the French Club and I plan to join it as soon as I can. At our schools, kids have to take foreign language anyway, why wouldn’t they learn the language of our people? I think our schools really hold the key. Part of the reason for this book is that I want to catch the kids while they are little. I always say this book is for kids from the womb to about second grade. The story is for little children, but the story behind the story is for adults. I hope this will inspire them to go to their parents, have a conversation in French, or try to understand it a little bit. Ask your grandparents questions. Seek answers to what was like growing up in Louisiana in the 50s and 60s. Explore your family, the heritage. Was there a defining moment or event that made you realize your heritage was something to cherish? I am 41 years old. I am over 40, that is what happened. I’ve been thinking about doing a book since I was a teenager. I knew then that my mother’s story needed to be told. This is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s just beginning to be told.

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Prien Lake Mall Gears Up for the Holiday Season by Katie Harrington


It’s 8 a.m. on a cool, breezy morning. The stores of Prien Lake Mall will not open for another two hours, but there’s lots of activity going on inside. As mall walkers get in their morning laps, Santa’s helpers are busy preparing for his arrival. Operations Manager James Dean is in the bucket of a man lift outside of Sears, hanging giant bells, and Paul Pinson, a member of the mall’s maintenance staff, is busy fluffing bows and distributing different decorations around the mall for installation. Santa’s sleigh has made it in safely and now it’s up to these two to finish the rest of the decorating before the big man arrives the next day. Nikki Buxton, marketing director for Prien Lake Mall, says the prep work for the holiday rush begins well before Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. “We really begin focusing on the holidays after Halloween. Then, we hit the ground running!” She says there is a whole crew behind the scenes who work diligently to make sure the mall is festively decorated to get shoppers in the holiday spirit. “We have a number of people making Prien Lake Mall a festive and fun place for shoppers and visitors of all ages. Our primary helpers are the management department and our operations department.” According to Dean, they have about two days to get all of the work done. “It takes about a day to get everything out of storage and fluff it up and then another day to hang it all.”

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It’s important to work as efficiently as possible because there will soon be a large number of eager shoppers visiting the mall, hoping to find the perfect gift for their loved one. “While we are fortunate to enjoy a steady stream of shoppers throughout the year, the holidays always bring a large increase in crowds,” says Buxton. “Many are here for shopping, but some just like to enjoy the numerous free events and holiday programming we offer at Prien Lake Mall.” The mall is always a popular stop on many shoppers’ Black Friday adventures. Buxton says it’s a day they look forward to each year. “The best part about Black Friday is the excitement! It’s really something you can only witness at the mall. I love to see shoppers’ faces light up when they see the great sales happening at the property, or when they stop to enjoy the holiday décor and entertainment.” One of the best parts of holiday shopping at the mall is seeing all of the seasonal kiosks set up. These vendors offer unique gift ideas and there are few favorites that shoppers look forward to every year. “During the holidays, one of our most popular seasonal retailers is the Ornament Gallery,” Buxton says, adding that there are some great events outside of shopping, as well.

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“My favorite part about the holidays at Prien Lake Mall would be the fabulous free events we host for the community. From our Caring Santa to our Salvation Army Angel Tree and our holiday concert series featuring performers from local schools, we have an outstanding roster of holiday programming.” She believes these community events help set the mall apart, providing a sense of community and holiday cheer. For more information or to see special holiday hours for the mall, visit http://www.simon. com/mall/prien-lake-mall.

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Zydecoing Her Wayto Fitness by Katie Harrington


Numerous studies have revealed the physical health benefits of dancing. Increased flexibility and improved strength and endurance are all listed at the top of the dancing benefits list. Going beyond improvements to physical health, however, dancing also improves our social wellbeing by providing us with opportunities to meet new people, increasing our selfconfidence and social skills. The results of a 21-year study funded by the National Institute of Aging and carried out by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City even showed that dancing regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 76 percent. Of all the physical and cognitive activities tested in their study, this was the greatest reduction in risk. Living in Southwest Louisiana means there is no shortage of opportunities to put on our dancing shoes and pass a good time. It was just a matter of time before someone harnessed the excitement and energy of our music and dance and created a way for people to get fit both mentally and physically while gettin’ down to a Cajun or Zydeco beat. After being a civil servant for 21 years, Mona Lisa Doshier was looking for a change and decided it was time to reinvent herself at the tender age of 48. She did it by founding Zydeco Fitness. “About 20 years ago my husband said that I would make a great fitness instructor after seeing me

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take a class,” says Doshier. “Well 20 years later the opportunity presented itself and I became certified through NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) as a group fitness instructor.” She says she attended a similar dance fitness class but was disappointed to find there wasn’t one being taught here so she began choreographing her own routines and teaching Zydeco Fitness at Ward 3’s Lake Charles Multi-sport Complex located on Power Centre Parkway. Her classes are some of the largest in the area with an average of 70-90 participants per class. The overwhelming response has even inspired her to release her first fitness DVD titled Zydeco Fitness. Doshier says her philosophy on fitness is all about finding something you enjoy doing and making the most of it. “Fitness is essential to one’s overall wellness. The body is built to be in motion, moving not sedentary. Find something that you enjoy doing, eat a balanced diet within moderation and you are sure to live a healthy happy life.” But what if you have two left feet? Can you survive her class? “Anyone can take part in a Zydeco Fitness class even if you have two left feet,” says Doshier. “The music makes you want to move while putting a smile on your face. I encourage the class to have a good time and keep moving at your own pace. With any workout it’s all about moderation and modifying the work out to your own personal fitness level. Age doesn’t matter, whether you’re two or 102.” For more information on Doshier’s Zydeco Fitness classes or to order her DVD, visit www. or zydecofit

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Local Home Visited by HGTV

story and photos by Katie Harrington In June 2005 Michael Flurry, a Lake Charles police officer, purchased the 1940s Gulf Gas Station at 520 7th Street in Lake Charles. When he converted the property into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home, he expected to get questions, but he never expected to have an HGTV production crew ask: “You live in what?” AMS Pictures, a Dallas-based company in charge of the production, recently visited Flurry and his wife Lauren to film the property for an upcoming episode for the second season of “You Live in What?” on the HGTV network. The connection was made after the Southwest Louisiana Film Commission responded to a film lead looking for unique homes in the area. The couple says it’s an honor to have all the hard work that went into converting this commercial property into a livable space recognized by HGTV and their efforts were also recognized in 2007 when they received the Adaptive Reuse of a Commercial Building Award from the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society. According to Lauren the 15-month project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. “Who knew that underneath all that dirt, debris and mold there was such a unique piece of property that has been the source of so many wonderful memories for us.” The episode featuring the Flurry’s property is scheduled to air sometime next year.

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Movers and Shakers in Southwest News? You tell us! Send press releases to Louisiana... Who’s with the subject line “Who’s News.”

Local Stylist Completes Advanced Training Saucier Named WCCH Employee of the Quarter West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital named Terry Saucier, RN, surgical services charge nurse, as its fourth quarter Employee of the Quarter. Saucier is a resident of Moss Bluff and Terry Saucier, RN has worked at WCCH for 27 years.

Chris Craven Named to New York Life’s President’s Council Premier Level Chris Craven has been named a member of the 2012 President’s Council of New York Life. Members of the President’s Council are Chris Craven among the top five percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,250 licensed agents.

Senator Johns Named State Senator of the Year The Child Care Association of Louisiana (CCAL) recently named district 27 State Senator Ronnie Johns 2012 “State Senator of the Year”. Sen. Johns was honored Senator Ronnie Johns, left at the CCAL Fall Education Conference in Port Allen for recognizing that the childcare industry is a critically important economic development sector.

Local Doctor Provides Free Screenings at Regional Special Olympics Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, a division of Imperial Health, screened 100 athletes through the Tyson Green, DPM Healthy Athletes Fit Feet program at the Special Olympics state fall games held in Carencro. For more information on the Healthy Athletes program, visit www.specialolympics. org. 58

Lensi White, senior stylist with Signatures Salon in Lake Charles, attended a design workshop for network educators at BbU (Bumble and bumble University.) The workshop Linsi White focused on advanced razor cutting techniques and included one-onone training in runway styles with one of the coordinators of New York’s annual Fashion Week.

McGlathery Inducted as a Charter Member of Louisiana Chapter of National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Andrew McGlathery III, an attorney with Stockwell Sievert Law Firm, was inducted as a charter Andrew McGlathery III member of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN). He was one of only six attorneys/ former judges to be selected. For more information on NADN, visit

Amerisafe, Inc. Appoints Morris Amerisafe, Inc. announced the appointment of Jared A. Morris as lead independent director by the Company’s Board of Directors. In addition to his added responsibility, Jared A. Morris Mr. Morris will continue to serve as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Iafrate Appointed to Board of Directors Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: PNK) has announced Geno M. Iafrate, Executive Vice President of Regional Operations, to the board of directors for the Make A Wish Foundation. For more Geno M. Iafrate information about Make A Wish visit

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Terry Strohm Named Special Advocates Member of the Year

John Wyble, Executive Director, Louisiana CASA and Children’s Advocacy Center’s of Louisiana; Terry Strohm,LACASA Child Advocate of the Year; Judy Broussard, CASA Coordinator; Julio Galan, President and CEO of Family & Youth.

Family & Youth has announced the Louisiana Court Appointed Special Advocates Child Advocate of the year is Terry Strohm. For more information call (337) 436-9533 or like Family & Youth on Facebook.

Memorial Hospital Honors St. John Elementary Artists Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Hallie Marceaux honored students who participated in the Young at Art Program. The program, which spotlights artwork from a Jeaune Maria Sonnier different local elementary school each month, was designed to make a positive impact on hospital patients, Angelle Glover employees, and the young artists themselves. The featured students chosen from St. John Elementary were Hallie Marceaux, Jeaune Maria Sonnier and Angelle Glover.

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Arts Council Hires Amie Herbert The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA has announced the addition of Amie Herbert to its staff as Community Development Coordinator. For more information about the Arts Arnie Herbert Council and its staff, call (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla. org.

Positive Connections Presents Mental Health Program Ernest Fruge, LMSW, MA, C-SSWS, Project Director, Positive Connections: Calcasieu Academic and Treatment Center, and Sherrie Raymond, RN, BSN, School Nurse, Positive Connections: Calcasieu Academic and Treatment Center, along with Stephanie Jensen, Director, Community Contracts, National Training, Boys Town, Boys Town, Nebraska, presented the year-one findings of the effectiveness using the Boys Town Specialized Management Programs and the Boys Town Common Sense Parenting Program in the Positive Connections curriculum.

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Recognizes Gilchrist with Highest Distinction – the AHP Fellow The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy John Gilchrist (AHP) today recognized John Gilchrist of CHRISTUS Health Louisiana for achieving the AHP Fellow designation (FAHP). Gilchrist is in the 38th class of Fellows to be honored; he is now one of only 180 professionals have achieved the Fellow.

IBERIABANK Names Business Banking Relationship Manager IBERIABANK (www., the 125-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, has announced the recent naming of Kyle Duplantis Kyle Duplantis as Assistant Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager for Southwest Louisiana.

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Kerry Andersen Named Board Member of the Year

David Benada, Louisiana Chidren’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana Board Member; Kerry Andersen, Corporate Director of Media Relations & Public Affairs for Pinnacle Entertainment and Family & Youth Board Chair; and John Wyble, Executive Director, Louisiana CASA and Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana.

Endocrinology Center of SWLA Welcomes Joan G. Gatte The Imperial Health Endocrinology Center of Southwest Louisiana welcomes Nurse Practitioner Joan Gatte to the clinical team. Timothy Joan Gatte Gilbert, M.D. and the Endocrinology Center of Southwest Louisiana staff are dedicated to providing specialized diagnosis and treatment for an array of endocrine disorders and diseases.

New Senior Director of Finance Named

Family & Youth has announced that the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana named Kerry Andersen as Board Member of the Year. For more information call (337) 436-9533 or like Family & Youth on Facebook.

Jason Martinez Inducted as Arts Council President The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA’s board of directors appointed Jason Martinez of IBERIABANK as its 20122013 Board President. Jason Martinez For more information on the Arts Council’s services and programs, visit www. or call (337) 439-2787.

Ken Dewey Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award Volunteers of America nominated and awarded longtime volunteer, Mayor Randy Roach and Ken Dewey Ken Dewey, for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. For more information about Volunteers of America, call (337) 497-0034.

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Cindy Paul, CMA recently joined the Isle of Capri as the Senior Director of Finance for the Lake Charles property. She brings more than twenty years of financial leadership experience to this role.

Dr. Craig Morton Nominated as “Top Doctor” by National Medical Website Craig Morton, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, has been nominated as a “Top Craig Morton, MD Doctor” by, the world’s leading interactive health network. Dr. Morton has been a part of the network since it was developed in 2010. HealthTap provides people with expert answers to medical questions in an open forum that incorporates peer review by allowing other doctors to comment on answers and post additional information. Dr. Morton has built a reputation for credibility and responsiveness on the site, which has led to his nomination for the “Top Doctor” ranking. Visit the site to learn more at

Dr. Timothy Gilbert Serves on National Advisory Panel Imperial Health Endocrinologist, Timothy Gilbert, M.D. served on a national advisory panel in St. Louis, Missouri for Sanofi Aventis, a world leader in Timothy Gilbert, MD insulin production. The panel consisted of 12 endocrinologists from across the country who evaluated current trends and research surrounding the use of insulin therapy.

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Get a Jump Start on Your

Wellness Resolution by Erin Kelly

Millions of Americans will approach 2013 with a new attitude; one that includes better nutrition, smaller waistlines and healthier habits. But how can a person shift from a laissezfaire attitude about health and fitness to a more dynamic, determined and successful lifestyle? According to David Heinen, MD, family medicine physician with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group, it should begin now – there’s no need to wait until the New Year.


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“When you tell yourself ‘I’m going to get healthy in 2013 and start eating better,’ it can be an overwhelming concept, particularly if you’ve been fairly laid-back about your habits until now. One of the reasons people give up on their resolutions is because they seem too difficult, too much of a challenge, and it’s easier to revert back to the comfort of past behavior,” Dr. Heinen said. “But when you do some planning, and look at it with more realistic, specific expectations, it may not seem so daunting. Instead of saying, ‘I want to eat better and have less stress,’ for example, make your resolution wellness-specific. Resolve to eat a piece of fruit for breakfast every morning, or a bowl of healthy cereal topped with strawberries.” According to Dr. Heinen, eating a nutritious breakfast has numerous residual benefits throughout the day, which makes ‘eating breakfast’ an ideal New Year’s resolution—one that can start tomorrow morning, rather than with your January 1 gym membership. “Resolving to eat a good breakfast will have direct effects on your overall wellness. It prevents overeating later in the day, gives you a boost of energy you need to get going, and it’s satisfying and healthy. Eating breakfast has also shown to reduce stress, irritability and anxiety, plus it’s quick and easy,” Dr. Heinen said. “Basically, there are no downfalls. Just about anyone can find a piece of fruit they like and enjoy. And you don’t have to buy it fresh, necessarily. Frozen fruits can be just as nutritious and it doesn’t take them long to defrost for your morning meal.” One of the least-favorite aspects of wellness resolutions is exercise. Resolution-goers often pack the gyms through January and February, only to sputter out and disappear by June. You don’t necessarily have to resolve to hit the gym three times a week, according to Dr. Heinen. “Resolve to do something physically active at least a couple times a week, whether it’s a walk in the park with your family or a quick jog around the block. You don’t have to go from a sedentary lifestyle to a fitness fanatic overnight.” Another way to jump-start on wellness: Make sleep a priority. “Most Americans don’t get enough sleep, or don’t get enough productive sleep,” Dr. Heinen said. “Resolve to sleep better. Develop a routine where you go to bed at the same time every night. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or fatty foods before bed. Have a warm cup of chamomile tea, listen to music, or read a relaxing book. Start tonight.” A good night’s sleep has been shown to have dramatic effects on reducing anxiety, preventing weight gain, and contributing to overall physical wellness, according to Dr. Heinen. “Sleep also helps boost your immune system, preventing illness.” Speaking of illness – make sure you get your flu shots and any available immunizations, both for yourself and your family. “Take advantage of preventative medicine whenever possible,” Dr. Heinen said. “Resolve to get a flu shot and get it now, not just for yourself, but for your family.” Another fantastic way to jump-start your wellness plan, according to Dr. Heinen: Resolve to get annual check-ups. Preventative medicine is a much more efficient and cost-effective way to approach the health of yourself and your family. Don’t wait until someone has a problem before you visit the family doctor. “Most of the time, it’s much easier to prevent a problem than it is to reverse it,” he said. Resolve to develop a relationship with a family doctor. Make sure you and your children have routine annual wellness exams. Although Dr. Heinen admits that most people don’t enjoy going to the doctor, the positive effects are numerous, the least of which is simple peace of mind. “Just knowing that you and your children have had a wellness check and that everything is okay can reduce stress and contribute to general quality of life,” Dr. Heinen said. “It’s important not to undervalue that.” Your family doctor can also alert you to the various screenings you need, depending on your risk level, family history or medical record. “Screening recommendations often change and can be customized based on your individual health,” Dr. Heinen said. “That’s why it’s important to have an established family doctor.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Heinen, call (337) 421-0090.

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Happy Holidays From All of Us!

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As people rush around to deck the halls, find the perfect gifts, and attend holiday parties, squeezing in a workout is often the last thing on their minds. After all, it’s the season to eat, drink and be merry, right? Carroll Patin, Jr., exercise specialist with Dynamic Dimensions fitness center in Moss Bluff, says there is a way to get both exercise and holiday tasks accomplished and the benefits are worth the extra effort. “For many people, the holidays bring extra activities, financial worry, obligations and more stress overall. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and minimize the holiday weight gain that tends to creep up on all of us,” he said. The body’s response to a stressful situation is to increase production of adrenaline, giving extra energy to ward off an attack. It was useful for the cavemen era, but people today don’t fight many mountain lions on the way to the mall. “Most of our stressors these days are mental situations: we have to deal with a rude person, a flight was cancelled and now travel plans need to be refigured, or a new assignment lands on our desk with little time to complete it. Whatever it is, we don’t usually need a physical response, but we still have this extra adrenaline we must handle,” Patin explained. When stress is high, it helps to work it off in some way. “When we get up and start moving, we increase our heart rate, breathe more deeply and circulation is more efficient. Exercise is one of the best de-stressors,” Patin said. “Just by moving a little, for a few minutes, you’ll be more alert and less anxious. As you continue to exercise over time, you’ll have more self-confidence, find you’re in a more positive mood, and are less susceptible to depression.” So, what are the best exercises to relieve stress? Patin says aerobic exercise will quickly defuse stress in the body. It produces endorphins, the body’s way to naturally promote a sense of well-being and happiness.


Aerobic exercise includes brisk walking, group fitness, cycling, jogging, swimming, and stair climbing. Anything that increases your heart rate significantly is considered aerobic. Mind and body exercises, while they may not produce as many endorphins, are also a good choice for reducing stress. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Group Centergy®, a group fitness class offered at Dynamic Dimensions, are designed to create a calm environment. “These exercises increase strength and flexibility and the serene atmosphere can melt away the stress,” he said. For those times when stress is elevated and you can’t switch into full-on workout mode, there are moves you can make to take the pressure down a notch or two. Deep breathing, a by-product of any exercise, will reduce the tension on its own. It can be done anywhere at anytime. Try inhaling for four or five counts then exhale for four or five counts. After eight to 10 deep breaths, you’ll feel calmer. If you’re stuck at your desk instead of enjoying a merry gathering, there are exercises and gentle stretches you can do to relieve the tension. If you’ve had a stressful encounter and need to get energy out, you can make big movements to get your heart rate up, such as knee lifts or leg kicks. You can also do chair squats by standing in front of a chair (preferably a stationary one instead of one with wheels), slowly lower yourself until your behind slightly touches the chair, raise yourself up slowly and repeat. A gentle stretch to try is to sit straight while imagining a string running from the top of your head through your spine; push your shoulders back toward the chair, widening the chest and back. “This simple stretch can relieve tension in the shoulders and neck and provide a gentle stretch to the back. Small moves like this can make a difference,” Patin said. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Above all, don’t put more pressure on yourself if you can’t get in your regular workout. Simple choices throughout the day will help, such as parking farther away from the store entrance, taking a walk in the evening to look at neighborhood lights, and incorporating a few lunges and stretches throughout the day. Be kind to yourself this season. Get up, move often, and have a less-stressful holiday.

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Mind & Body The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that at least 100,000 motor vehicle accidents and more than 1,500 deaths can be linked back to drowsy driving each year. Teenagers are the most susceptible since they are the most likely to get behind the wheel of a car after staying up into the wee hours of the morning.

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At time of year that we are all frantically trying to pack gift buying and holiday socializing into a short period of time, there is no better time than now to become educated on the risks of this dangerous habit and how to prevent it. “Getting behind the wheel of a car is dangerous not just for yourself, but also for your passengers and the other drivers and passengers out on the road,” says Mason Lindsay with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “Aside from the staggering death toll each year, the NHTSA also blames drowsy driving for 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.” Research shows that driving in a drowsy state is more common in those under the age of 25. In a 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll, 51 percent of the teens surveyed admitted to driving drowsy within the past year and 15 percent said they did it at least once a week. The study results indicated that this proportion increases as the teens get older with 62 percent of 11th graders and 68 percent of 12th graders admitting to driving drowsy within the past year. Like alcohol and drugs, sleep loss or fatigue impairs driving skills such as hand-eye coordination, reaction time, vision, awareness Thrive Magazine for Better Living

of surroundings and decision-making. “Driving requires a set of skills that are dramatically reduced when you are sleep deprived,” says Dr. Jana Kaimal, medical director at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana. “Studies show that drowsiness can cause slower reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, a decline in attention to important signs, road changes and actions of other vehicles and increased moodiness and aggressive behavior.” In addition to these impacts, Dr. Kaimal says drowsiness can also cause decreased alertness that can prevent you from seeing an obstacle and avoiding a crash, problems with processing information and short-term memory as wells as microsleeps, brief two to three second sleep episodes, that you may not even realize are happening. According to Lindsay, when sleepiness is a factor in accidents, the driver is usually alone and is more likely to be male. He says most drowsy driving crashes happen between midnight and 6 a.m., followed by midafternoon. Dr. Kaimel says this corresponds to when the body’s need for sleep is the greatest – at night, and the circadian dip during midafternoon. Perhaps the most shocking statistics involving drowsy driving appear when looking at data comparing driving while fatigued to driving while intoxicated. “Studies have shown the 17 hours of sustained wakefulness produces performance impairment equal to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05 percent,” Dr. Kaimal explains. “After 24 hours, impairment is equal to a BAC of 0.10 percent.” December 2012

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Pain With Holiday Activity Could Signal Circulation Problems by Christine Fisher

The shopping, the cooking, the decorating – after a few hours, your legs and feet may not be in the holiday mood. But for some, the additional activity during the holidays may signal a serious concern of peripheral vascular disease or PVD. When the body is active, blood pumps throughout the body to meet the demands of the muscles at work. With PVD, the long arteries in the leg become narrow, causing circulation to slow in the legs and feet. When the muscles don’t receive adequate blood flow, they begin to hurt. “This muscle pain is known as claudation and it occurs when there is too little blood flow during active periods,” explained Chris Thompson, MD, cardiologist and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “It is a common symptom with PVD, which is a serious but treatable circulation problem. During the extra activity of the holidays, many older adults are on their feet more and they may notice pain in their legs.” It is caused by the gradual build up of calcium, scar tissue, and plaque from elevated cholesterol. This build up is known as atherosclerosis. Common causes for the build up are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes and lack of exercise. Diagnosing PVD is painless. A common method is the anklebrachial index. Blood pressure is measured at the upper arm and the ankle; the pressure in the legs should be higher than


in the arms. If the pressure in the ankle is significantly less, PVD is diagnosed. Another diagnostic method is a written questionnaire consisting of nine specific questions known as the Rose criteria. Occasionally, the ankle-brachial index is followed by a treadmill test. In this screening, the blood pressure in the arms and legs is taken before exercise. A significant drop in leg blood pressure after exercise affirms the presence of PVD. “If a severe case is indicated, the physician may request additional imaging tests in order to identify the exact location of the blockage; this is usually done if intervention is needed,” said Dr. Thompson. Keeping cholesterol and blood pressure within recommended levels, diabetes control, as well as not smoking, and getting regular exercise are critical steps to stopping the progression of PVD. Only about half of the individuals with PVD have symptoms. “Whether symptoms appear or not is usually determined on which artery is affected and the level of blood flow that is restricted,” Dr. Thompson explained. In addition to lifestyle modifications of getting more exercise and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the treatment of PVD will vary depending on the severity of it. Medications are also available to treat PVD. Most of them are designed to slow the progression of atherosclerosis. Angioplasty is often recommended for moderate to severe PVD. A catheter is inserted into the affected artery with a balloon at the end. The balloon is inflated to push aside the plaque and widen the artery. A permanent stent may be inserted for maintaining the opening once the balloon is deflated and removed. For severe PVD, a bypass is recommended. A piece of vein from another part of the body is used to bypass or detour the narrowed artery, restoring blood flow. “Bypass surgery is our last resort, when medications, lifestyle changes and less invasive methods don’t work, or for severe cases where limb loss is eminent,” Dr. Thompson said. While normal aches and pains can happen when we overextend ourselves, if you notice pain in your legs during activity that lessens at rest, check with your doctor about the possibility of PVD and a treatment plan. It could help keep your holidays merry and bright.

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Coping with a Blue Christmas For some, “Happy Holidays” is truly an oxymoron.

For most people, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, friends, good cheer and special memories. But for others, what should be a time of comfort and joy is instead a season of loneliness, sadness and depression. If you feel sad or depressed during the holiday season, you are not alone. “Holiday depression is a very real and common problem,” says psychiatrist Dr. Paul Matthews, Adult/Geriatric Psychiatrist with CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital’s Behavioral Health Servivces. “Many factors can cause the holiday blues, including stress, fatigue, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, financial constraints, and isolation if an individual is unable to be with family and friends. In many cases, it is the combination of several of these factors that diminish a person’s normal coping skills.” Time and money are often both in short supply at this time of year. Budgeting both for shopping, parties and decorations can increase stress as many people experience financial strain and find they have less time for themselves. In some cases, the cost of a plane ticket or even a tank of gas to visit loved ones is out of the question, , says Dr. Matthews. “A gift or a promised visit to a distant loved one may get cancelled in favor of basic necessities which adds to feelings of sadness during the holidays. Social situations lead to added stress for some. “Many people feel uncomfortable at holiday parties due to social anxieties,” says Dr. Matthews.

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“Parties are meant to be fun, but some people experience stress attempting to create fun for others, and others can experience depression or put pressure on themselves if they are not having fun.” Dr. Matthews adds that feelings of pain and isolation may arise, especially if family celebrations are typically filled with conflict. . “Unresolved family conflicts that get ignored the majority of the year often front and center when family members are forced together at holiday gatherings. And many people feel depressed over the loss of a loved one who is no longer celebrating with them.” Once the stress of the season is over, Dr. Matthews says most people recover and get back into their normal routine. “Holiday blues do not necessarily turn into full-blown depression, but it can make getting through the holiday season difficult.” The symptoms of holiday depression include headaches, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, excessive drinking, overeating, fatigue, inability to concentrate, lack of interest in activities and unrelenting depression. “The levels of depression can vary and even

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become debilitating. If you or someone you know is experiencing this level of depression, seek professional assistance immediately,” says Dr. Matthews. Some people may not experience actual depression during the holiday season, but Dr. Matthews says they may develop other stress responses, such as headaches, excessive drinking, over-eating, and difficulty sleeping. “Even more people experience post-holiday let-down after the new year begins. Many individuals are very skilled at putting their worries out of their mind during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but once the festivities are over, those problems come right back into focus. Combine this with the stress, fatigue and disappointment the holidays can bring and it’s easy to see why January is a tougher month than December for some. Fortunately, Dr. Matthews says holiday depression is most often a short-term problem that can be successfully managed. “The most important thing to realize is that you have options and you can choose how you react to the stress and challenges of the season. Realizing that you are in control of your reactions can often make a big difference in your emotional well-being, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year as well.” For more information, call 491-7577.


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Reducing Vision Loss Caused by Age-Related Macular Degeneration by Kristy Armand

It’s estimated that as many as 11 million Americans suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This number is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. In fact, a recent study released by Prevent Blindness America, in partnership with the National Eye Institute and John Hopkins University, reported a 25.3 percent increase in cases of AMD in adults 50 and older from 2000 to 2010. Donald LeJeune of Jennings is “76-years-young” and still goes full speed between work and chores at home. So when he started losing vision in his right eye last year, he knew he needed a fix. “My right eye was really blurry and it was really interfering with the things I needed to do.” He saw Dr. Virgil Murray IV, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic, who diagnosed him with the wet form of AMD. “AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults,” says Dr. Murray. “This condition gradually destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides the sharp, central vision needed to see objects clearly.” Dr. Murray explains that this type of vision loss makes it difficult to recognize faces, drive a car, read, print or do close, detail work like sewing or fixing things around the house. While AMD does not lead to complete blindness, those affected can still see using their side or peripheral vision, the wet form of the disease does lead to 90 percent of legal blindness determinations. The wet form represents only about 10 percent of all AMD cases, but it is more severe than the dry form. “Wet AMD occurs when new blood vessels under the macula leak blood and fluid. Damage can occur very rapidly,” says Dr. Murray. With wet AMD abnormally high levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are secreted into 68

the eye. The macula can become scarred, leading to vision loss. “One way we can counteract these increased secretions is a series of injections into the eye,” adds Dr. Murray. “Anti-VEGF injection therapy can block the effects of VEGF, stabilizing vision in more than 90 percent of patients and actually improving the vision of more than 30 percent.” There are three FDAapproved anti-VEGF medications on the market and one used as an off-label treatment option all showing positive results. In the 2005 FDA clinical trials for Lucentis, a monthly injection, 95% of the patients who received the injections demonstrated improved or stable vision compared to only 60 percent using other treatments. Today, seven years later, similar outcomes are still being reported in more recent studies. While the thought of receiving an injection in the eye may seem unpleasant, it’s actually a relatively simple and painless process. “Before giving the injection, we numb the affected eye and apply antiseptics, then perform the injection,” Dr. Murray says. “We may prescribe antibiotic drops to prevent infection.” Thrive Magazine for Better Living

LeJeune has had a total of six eye injections over the last year and says it was not painful. “You feel it when it goes into your eye and you can see the medication dispersing, but you really don’t feel anything – no more than you do with a shot in the arm.” Now LeJeune is seeing much more clearly and says office work and yard work are better thanks to his restored sight. “It has made a big diference in my daily life.” Dr. Murray adds that early diagnosis and treatment are key to delaying the progression of the disease. “There is no cure for AMD, but with early detection, we can begin a treatment program that can slow the rate of vision loss and in many cases, even improve the patient’s vision.” For more information about age-related macular degeneration or to schedule an appointment, call

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Flu After The much-dreaded flu is a concerning condition for people of any age, but those older than fifty should be particularly aggressive in treating their symptoms – or, in a best-case scenario, avoiding the flu altogether. The much-dreaded flu is a concerning condition for people of any age, but those older than fifty should be particularly aggressive in treating their symptoms – or, in a best-case scenario, avoiding the flu altogether. “The ideal situation is to get a flu shot so you don’t catch the flu in the first place,” said Hezekiah Sobamowo, MD, internal medicine physician with Imperial Health. “Not only do you protect yourself, but you protect others around you by not getting sick and spreading the illness.” Infants and young children are at high risk of flu complications because of their underdeveloped immune systems; for those aged fifty-plus, it’s a decrease in the immune system’s vigor that creates potential problems, according to Dr. Sobamowo. The system loses some of its punch as the years go by, making it harder for your body to fight off infection, especially if you’re already warding off other complications, like high blood pressure. “Symptoms of the flu can be miserable and debilitating, so it’s often a good idea for people of any age to see their doctor to get the right medications to prevent symptoms from worsening, but if you’re over age fifty, I would definitely recommend seeing a physician as soon as your flu symptoms begin,” Dr. Sobamowo said. Those symptoms include sore throat, fever, aches and pains, headache, chills, fatigue, nausea and a runny or stuffy nose. It is common to run a fever of 100 degrees or higher, although Dr. Sobamowo notes that not everyone with the flu gets a fever. Many patients over the age of fifty are watching their health for a variety of reasons – obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems – which is why it’s important to ensure that you stop the progression of flu and get the proper medications to treat it. “Decongestants can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Although many patients with high blood pressure can take decongestants without any problem, some over-the-counter products may not interact well with blood pressure medications or blood pressure complications,” Dr. Sobamowo said. Most likely, the flu will put you out of commission for about a week, but if symptoms worsen, the December 2012

recovery time can take much longer or even progress into further complications like sinusitis, bronchitis or pneumonia. “The most common flu complications for patients over fifty are bacterial pneumonia and inflammation of the muscles, which can affect the heart,” Dr. Sobamowo said. “Left untreated, flu can also trigger ear infections and aggravate existing conditions like diabetes and heart failure. Flu is not uncommon, but it shouldn’t be treated like the common cold, especially for older patients.” Dr. Sobamowo recommends calling the doctor within 48 hours of developing flu symptoms. “At first it may be difficult to tell the difference between the flu and the common cold, because their symptoms are similar. Physicians can determine if your illness is the flu or a cold. In general, though, the flu differs from the common cold in a very basic way – it’s much worse. Fatigue, body aches and pains, headache, fever and cough are typically much more intense when you have the flu, and the recovery time can take much longer. Because the flu is viral, antibiotics won’t help, and the condition can easily progress and worsen if not treated with proper medications from your physician.” If you have the flu and experience symptoms like confusion, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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seizure, dizziness, pain in the chest or abdomen, discoloration of the lips or shortness of breath, seek immediate attention.

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Holidays and Heart Attacks: a not-so-jolly link by Kristy Armand

Both phrases were coined by researchers from Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville who studied national death rates from a nearly 30year period. They found that deaths related to heart disease spike in December and January, reaching their peak on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Similar results were found in a national study conducted at the University of California in San Diego. These researchers found that the number of cardiac deaths is higher on Christmas Day than on any other day of the year; with the second highest on December 26 and third highest on January 1. Cardiologist Thomas Mulhearn, MD, with Cardiovascular Specialists, says there are many reasons for this phenomenon. “People with symptoms of heart trouble prior to the holidays tend to delay going to the doctor, partly from denial and partly from procrastination because it’s such a busy time. They have extra obligations at home and work, and don’t want to spoil the festivities of the season. As a result, they are less likely to see their physicians when they first notice symptoms, mistakenly thinking they can just deal with it after the holidays are over.” Even when they recognize their symptoms as signs of heart problems, research has found that people are more reluctant to go to an emergency room if they are at a holiday gathering, or if they’ve traveled to a strange city during the holidays. “This delay in seeking treatment means they are in more critical condition when they do finally get medical assistance, and every minute matters when it comes to treating a heart attack,” stresses Dr. Mulhearn. He adds that there are other holiday-related factors, including too much food, too little exercise and added stress, that may contribute to heart problems during the holiday period. “This is a hectic, busy time. Many people get busy and either don’t have time to follow their regular diet and exercise program, or choose to take a break. Parties, shopping, guests and other activities provide the perfect excuse for skipping a workout or indulging in foods that are higher in fat, sodium and calories – all things that are not good for your heart.”


Although there is some evidence that suggests red wine in moderation may have some health benefits, over-indulging in alcohol– which is more common during the holidays – can lead to problems. Dr. Mulhearn says consuming too much alcohol makes your heart pump harder to get blood to peripheral arteries. Even more dangerous is what is referred to as “holiday heart syndrome.” This occurs when alcohol literally irritates the heart muscle to trigger an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. If a-fib goes unchecked for too long, it in turn can cause a stroke.” The hectic pace of the holiday season can cause people to forget to take medications such as blood thinners and pills for high blood pressure. Those who are traveling may forget to pack their prescription and be

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unable to get refills during the time they are gone. “While certainly understandable, these are the types of things that contribute to the higher rate of heart problems we see during the holidays,” adds Dr. Mulhearn. “It’s important to keep in mind that you can’t take a holiday from cardiovascular health, particularly if you have had cardiac problems. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the festive season, but be sensible about your choices and keep healthy lifestyle factors in mind.” For more information on heart health or to schedule an evaluation, call Cardiovascular Specialists at (337) 436-3813 or visit

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Keeping Dancers

Ashley Eaves tapes her toes in preparation for rehearsal.

on Their Toes

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It’s been said that feet are to a dancer what hands are to a painter, but a painter’s hands are not subjected to the level of sheer physical stress that a dancer’s feet endure. Pain, blisters, calluses, bruised toenails, sprains, fractures, bunions– these are just a few of the common and frequent foot and ankle injuries a serious dancer will experience, according to foot and ankle specialist Dr. Tyson Green, with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “Because dance is artistic, the athletic aspect of it is often overlooked,” says Dr. Green. “A key component to the beauty of dance is the demanding biomechanics of the dancer, particularly of the foot and ankle. And as with any other physical activity, dancing comes with a risk of injury. In fact, up to up to 90 percent of dancers experience some form of injury to their feet and/ or ankles.” Seventeen-year-old Katelyn Chargois of Sulphur, a principal dancer with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, has experienced a variety of foot problems in her 12 years of dance. She dances 12 months out of the year, and has spent two summers with the Houston Ballet and School of American Ballet. She is currently rehearsing for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet’s holiday production of Christmas in Louisiana: Once Upon a Time, as well as traveling for auditions for university ballet programs. Chargois recognizes that ballet can be hard on the feet and has experienced her fair share of minor injuires, including a sprained toe. Dr. Green says year-round participation in dance is common and increases the risk of injury. “In terms of duration, frequency and intensity, dance is highly demanding activity. Unlike many sports, dance has no seasonal breaks, which requires a constant high level of fitness. Every dance performance requires flexibility, balance, power and endurance. To execute technical movements, the body takes on positions that place a lot of stress on bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, which can lead to high injury rates.” The most common injury among dancers of all ages is the ankle sprain. Dr. Green says many ballet positions place significant demand on the muscles stabilizing the ankle. A loss of balance may invert the ankle and stretch or tear ligaments. The more severe the injury, the longer the time required for healing. Some mild sprains without swelling or bruising require only a few days of RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), while more severe sprains may require a longer period of rest, bracing, and rehabilitation.

Dancers are also susceptible to stress fractures in the feet and lower legs. Dr Green explains that these tiny cracks in a bone result from repetitive stress. “Bone has the ability to grow stronger in response to stress through a process called ‘remodeling,’ but with excessive stress, which doesn’t allow time for recovery and repair, stress fractures can occur. Rest is the best prevention and remedy for this.” Dr. Green says toe pain is also very common, and can result from a wide range of causes, including: • Sprains of individual toes. • Neuromas – a burning or tingling that can occur anywhere from the ball of the foot to the toes, caused by the pinching of the nerve fibers between the toes. • Bunions – occurs when the big toe is forced in toward the other toes, causing crowding, pain and swelling. • Sesamoiditis – condition that affects the sesamoids, two small bones located in the tendons of the big toe. • Blisters, calluses, corns – caused by friction between the feet and footwear. Dancers are also at risk of other ankle and heel problems, including plantar fasciitis and tendinitis or impingement of the Achilles tendon. As with any other sport, Dr. Green says proper conditioning, active warm-up and stretching before and after dance can prevent injury. Chargois says she has been fortunate to work with dance instructors who understand this. “We spend a lot of time before rehearsal warming up slowly, gradually stretching our muscles. I’ve also been taught that if I take care of my feet, I’ll have much fewer problems, and I’ve definitely found that to be true.” Dr. Green stresses that footwear is also extremely important. “We say this for any type of sport, but it is probably even more true for dance. The fit of your dance shoes is extremely important. Be sure to replace worn shoes frequently. Dancers have to protect their most important instrument – their feet.”

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Are You Allergic to Christmas?

Congestion, sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes aren’t on anyone’s Christmas wish list, but that’s what many people get. Although allergies peak in the spring and fall, the holidays can deliver some unexpected allergy triggers, from dusty boxes of decorations, scented candles and seasonal greenery.

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Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Harold Bienvenu, MD, FACS, medical director of the ENT and Aesthetic Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, says it’s common to see a spike in allergy problems. “These reactions often take sufferers by surprise because they come on quickly and strongly right when they are decking the halls for the holidays.” Dr. Bienvenu says indoor allergies are worse in the winter months, which coincide with the holidays. “You are closed up indoors, often with the heater on and the windows closed – all factors that contribute to indoor allergy symptoms. Combine this with the triggers of certain holiday favorites like the Christmas tree and poinsettias, and you’ve set the stage for an onslaught of allergic misery.” Awareness of possible allergy triggers is the key to managing holiday allergies, according to Dr. Bienvenu. He highlights the most common culprits, along with advice for minimizing your exposure.

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The centerpiece of the holiday for most people is often to biggest contributor to holiday allergic reactions. Mold is one big reason. Trees are often cut in advance and kept in humid environments to preserve freshness. This promotes mold spore growth. Research has shown that within just two weeks of bringing a tree into your home, indoor mold counts can increase significantly. Other possible tree-related allergens include sap and pollen. Fresh greenery used to make wreaths and boughs is also likely to harbor mold. Dr. Bienvenu says wearing long sleeves and even gloves when handling the fresh tree can help minimize your exposure. He also recommends removing as many allergens as possible before bringing the tree indoors. You can do this by shaking, blowing with a leaf blower and hosing it down.



Your holiday décor – lights, ornaments, wreaths, artificial greenery, and other seasonal items – wait in storage for 11 months of the year. Whether the storage location is a closet, attic or storage facility, dust and mold are likely forming. When it’s time to deck the halls, you open the boxes and release the accumulated allergy triggers into your living area. Dr. Bienvenu says wiping down items before putting them out can help. He also recommends storing your decorations in airtight containers, and in a dry spot if possible.

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Cinnamon, pine, cranberry and other scents commonly used in candles and air sprays at this time of year may bring the aroma of the holidays to life, but they can also irritate the eyes, nose and ears of allergy-sensitive people. The best advice is the skip the scents, says Dr. Bienvenu. Unscented candles can provide a warm glow, without leading to irritating allergy symptoms. Regardless of how careful you are, you can still be exposed to holiday allergens. Dr. Bienvenu says over-the-counter medications and saline sprays may provide relief, “If you don’t get relief, see a doctor for help in identifying the cause of your seasonal allergy and getting the right medication to alleviate your symptoms. There’s no reason to be sidelined from holiday fest ivies due to allergies.” For more information on managing seasonal allergies, call Dr. Bienvenu’s office at (337) 528-7472.

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The feet are not the only body part at risk of injury from dance. Dr. Geoffrey Collins, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, says injuries to the knee, back and hip are also common:

Knee injuries: Techniques requiring unique

both sides of the vertebrae, the bone can become weakened and unable to maintain its position. The vertebrae can then slip out of place, resulting in spondylolisthesis.

Hip injuries: Snapping hip syndrome, caused by

positioning of the foot and hip place repetitive stress on the knee, which can lead to overuse injuries such as patellofemoral pain in the back of the knee or patellar tendonitis, often referred to as “jumper’s knee.”

weak hip flexor muscles, is frequently experienced by dancers and it may or may not cause pain. The condition is characterized by an audible “snap,” or the feeling of a snap or click in the hip. Snapping hip is caused by movement of a muscle or tendon over a bony structure.

Back injuries:

Shoulder injuries:

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Injuries to the shoulder and arm are not as common as lower extremity injuries. However, acute and overuse injuries from repeated spins, lifting, and drops can occur.


Mind & Body

Preventing Cavities at Christmas The Christmas season has arrived, and many of our favorite traditions revolve around sugary sweets and gingerbread men. During this time of year, holiday baking prevails. Without careful attention to oral health, this can be a recipe for cavities and tooth decay.


“Everyone knows that sugary foods can damage your teeth, but avoiding them altogether during this time of year might seem impractical for many,” says Dr. Timothy Robinson, a dentist at Robinson Dental Group. “There are foods, however, that contain essential nutrients to keep teeth healthy and strong. Balancing these ‘good‘ foods with proper oral hygiene can help prevent cavities and keep you smiling bright through the holidays.” Dr. Robinson encourages children and adults alike to consume many foods available during the holiday season. • The best food choices for the health of your mouth include cheeses, nuts (barring any existing orthodontic work), and milk. These foods are thought to protect tooth enamel by providing the calcium and phosphorus needed to remineralize teeth. • Other good food choices include crunchy fruits and vegetables. These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and strengthening teeth enamel. • Whole grains provide B vitamins and iron, which help keep gums healthy. Whole grains also have magnesium—an important ingredient for bones and teeth. In addition, whole grains are high in fiber. Look for foods such as bran, brown rice, and whole-grain cereals and pasta to be good sources of whole grains. • The best beverage choices include water, milk, unsweetened tea and green tea. • Sugarless chewing gum increases saliva flow and helps keep teeth clean. Sugarless chewing gum is ideal, as gums with sugar contribute to plaque buildup around teeth. “Limit the amount of ‘sticky’ foods in your diet,” says Dr. Robinson. “Sticky foods include sugary candies of course, but also include foods such as granola, chips and crackers which may bond to the teeth for long periods of time. The longer it takes for foods to dissolve in your mouth, the longer the opportunity for bacteria and acids to build up in your mouth, causing cavities.”

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Bacteria are always present in the mouth. It converts food, specifically starch and sugar, into acids. The bacteria, acid and food debris merge together in the mouth to form plaque. Plaque adheres to the teeth, mostly along the gum line and on the edges of fillings. If plaque is not removed from the teeth it will convert to harder-to-remove tartar. “Plaque can begin to form on one’s teeth as soon as twenty minutes after eating,” says Dr. Robinson. “In fact this is the time when most of the mouth’s bacterial activity occurs.” If not removed, the acids in plaque dissolve the surface of the tooth’s enamel and then create a hole called a cavity. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay will destroy the tooth’s internal structures and can eventually cause the loss of the tooth. It is also possible for a tooth abscess to develop. An abscess is an often-painful infection stemming from the center of the tooth. Dr. Robinson recommends increasing the amount of fluoride in your diet to prevent cavities. Fluoride bonds to the tooth enamel, helping to prevent cavities. Fluoride can even reverse the decay of cavities in the early stages of development. While fluoride is commonly found in water and toothpastes, you can boost your supply by eating dark green leafy vegetables. Proper oral hygiene and care consist of the following: • Receive regular professional cleanings at your dentist’s office. • Receive yearly x-rays at your dentist’s office to check for cavity development. • Brush properly at least twice daily and floss once daily. • Try to eat chewy and sticky foods as part of a meal and not as a snack. If possible, brush after eating these types of foods, or at least rinse your mouth with water. Have questions about cavities or proper dental hygiene and care? Call Robinson Dental Group at (337) 474-3636 or visit

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Beautiful Ideas for

When you shimmy into your festive outfit for holiday and New Year’s parties, don’t forget about your ‘do. There are countless ways to get your hair holiday ready, from sparkly clips to swanky up-do’s. There’s a style for every mood and hair type. Lensi White-Levy, stylist with Signatures Salon shared these ideas based on hair length:

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Short Hair

Medium Hair

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go for a side braid.

Put a small amount of sculpting gel or paste in your hand, rub both hands together to warm up the product and distribute equally. Rake it through your hair to give it a piecey look.

Lift a section of hair at the crown and use a fine-tooth comb to tease the underside of the section at the roots. Flip hair back and add a little hairspray to keep the volume in place. For best results, tease only the very top of the crown, usually where your part ends toward the back of your head. You don’t want to end up with an overly teased bouffant.

Make a low ponytail on one side of your neck, and then braid it, letting it drape down your shoulder. This doesn’t have to be done perfectly to look beautiful; in fact, if it’s a little messy, it looks better.


Even closely-cropped hair can get in the holiday spirit with a sparkly barrette. If that seems too over-done for your taste, remember, it doesn’t need to be a big, overwhelming piece. There are cute, petite barrettes and bobby pins with a small rhinestone adornment. You could even do a series of small sparkly barrettes along the crown or on one side.

GO FAUX. Want a bob, but not the commitment? The fauxbobs are the latest look to turn heads. Clip away the top section of hair from back of the ear to back of the other ear. Make a low braided bun with the underneath section to get rid of length. Now let down the top section. If you have longer layers, roll and pin to previously braided bun. The more tousled it is, the more believable it looks.

TAKE A CURLY CUE. A curling iron or flat iron can bring fun curls into being. Take a small section at a time and twist away from your face, continue all throughout. Finger-comb to separate the curls a CHALK IT. little and spray to hold. If you’d like fun-colored hair for an event, spice up your holiday hair with Signatures’ hair chalk. It ranges from pastel to the most intense color, it’s your choice. Have fun! This look can also be obtained in longer lengths.


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The bow.

Gather hair into a high or low ponytail position. Pass hair through an elastic as you would for a usual ponytail, but only pull hair halfway through to create a looped bun. Make sure to keep half of the hair remaining out. Take that remaining tail from bottom and split the bun. Secure with bobby pin on top to create a bow effect.

flip out. Curling the ends outward is a fun look. Use a large-barreled curling iron or a flat-iron to curl the ends out. Finger comb to soften. “These ideas can be done at home, or clients can come in and let us give them a fun, holiday look. We can either go from an idea they have or we can give them suggestions and create the idea together. We love to create holiday ‘do’s!” said White-Levy. Signatures Salon is located at 803 W. McNeese Street in Lake Charles. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (337) 478-4433 or visit

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Party Picture Perfect Thanks to smart phones and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it’s hard to attend any social gathering without ending up in a photo for the whole world to see. By following these tips from celebrity photographer and makeup guru Davis Factor, you can avoid bad party pics and the need to untag yourself after the party. 1. Apply your makeup for the lighting you will be photographed in so it isn’t too heavy. If you will be in a natural light setting, avoid sparkles as they will only accentuate fine line and wrinkles. 2. Use a light reflecting concealer to fight off undereye shadows. 3. Go easy on the blush and blend it well. 4. Use an anti-shine product to keep your skin matte. Camera flashes will make oily skin shinier. 5. Look slimmer by standing sideways with your legs crossed and shoulders turned toward the camera. 6. Spit out your gum so you don’t get caught mid-chomp. 7. Stand tall with good posture to allow your confidence to shine through.

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A Fruity Approach to Skin Our skin is one of the most sensitive areas when it comes to showing our age or perceived imperfections, yet many consumers use facial products without knowing what kind of active ingredients they contain. Defying age or preventing common blemishes, such as acne or age spots, isn’t just a matter of tightening wrinkles – it’s also about having good, healthy, clean skin, according to skin care consultant Tana Garcia with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic. 80

“Many consumers choose their products based on brand loyalty, and the same is true for skin care products. There isn’t always much thought to what the actual ingredients are,” Garcia said. “But believe it or not, you can approach healthy skin in much the same way you approach healthy grocery shopping. Nutrition experts say that you should buy groceries as close to their natural state as possible. Guess what? The same is true of skin-care products.” According to Garcia, the more natural the ingredients, the better they are for your skin, and fruit, it turns out, is one of the most natural and healthy ingredients on the skin-care market today. “Fruit is packed with nutrients, which we typically associate with healthy eating. But those nutrients are also vital to your body’s skin cells. Research has shown that eating a regular diet of fruits and vegetables can create golden, healthy skin, so it stands to reason that fruit-packed products can have the same result.” Pumpkin enzymes, in particular, contain ideal ingredients to create a smooth, healthy, even complexion. The enzymes also reduce buildup on the skin, which allows products to work more effectively. The popularity of the pumpkin peel at the Aesthetic Center is evidence of its effectiveness, according to Garcia. “Clients have been surprised at the positive effects of pumpkin, but ‘fruity’ benefits certainly aren’t limited to this single fruit.” To gain the full benefits of fruit for your skin, you don’t have to replace moisturizers with pureed pulp; fortunately, Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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many skin-care products already include the beneficial enzymes that fruits have to offer. Garcia says choosing quality products and knowing what to look for is key when you are reading product ingredients. “Be on the lookout for vitamins A and C, which are found in many fruits, including pumpkin and papaya. These important antioxidants are essential to healthy skin function, and help fight damaging free radicals as well as nourish the skin,” says Garcia. “Papain—the enzyme of papaya—is another ingredient to seek out in therapeutic treatments and products. It provides a natural moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated. Papain can also prevent signs of aging by protecting the skin against free radicals.” Bromelien is also an effective free radical-fighting enzyme, and Garcia says it’s usually found in pineapple, pomegranates, kiwis and blueberries. If you want to be truly natural and apply fruit directly to your skin, you can do that too, Garcia said, “but make sure you have a recipe to ensure that you get the most out of your skin routine. You can’t just mash up bananas and spread them on your skin. You usually have to mix the fruit with other items, like egg or cornstarch, to create a practical mask. Ask your aesthetician for advice.” For more information on skin care treatments available at the Aesthetic Center, call 310-1070 or visit

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Christmas Cheer Without Being

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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 it an upcoming column. If yours is chosen, you’ll receive a Thrive t-shirt.


You don’t have to wear the traditional themed holiday sweater to show your holiday cheer at work or at any event during this time of year. A great basic way to look trendy but festive for a cocktail event is to wear a black cocktail dress and add some fun-colored jewelry accents. Let these Stella and Dot holiday statement earrings be the dominant piece of the outfit. Add some gold, green and/or rhinestone bangles and maybe a simple diamond drop necklace. Statement earrings aren’t as dramatic as a statement necklace so you can pull together this outfit with a matching green clutch or fun green shoe.

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Another idea is to make the necklace be the statement like this Kate Spade choice in a gorgeous shade of blue. Add simple silver hoops or studs and maybe a silver cuff. You could wear this with a gray, black or navy outfit. Keeping the jewelry simple but yet festive is the most sophisticated, easy way to dress for the holidays.

Instead of being one of the many in a LBD (little black dress) at a party, wear the season’s trend color or print as a statement dress or top with dressy jeans or pants. Wine Red is a fabulous color for winter. Add some fun with a set of chunky gray pearls and some black tights and black suede heels or booties. If the event is semi- casual you can swap your heels out for some flat riding boots.

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Another idea is to add sparkle with a sequin jacket and stick to one of the holiday’s “tis’ the season” colors, but you can change the hue of it within the outfit.

Holidays are meant to be fun and festive. Try a few of these combinations to look your best. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on the Thrive Facebook page: Happy holidays!

Coming in January:

What the Heck Do I Wear with This?!

Do you have a funky top but don’t know what to pair it with? Or some fabulous shoes, but no clue what to put with them? Send Thrive a picture of your fabulous, but lonely find, and our fashion expert Whitney Manns will pull together a one-of-a-kind look. We’ll feature several in our January Ready to Wear column. Send your pictures to: with a brief description of the item. Then get ready to show your style!

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Community Contributor$ McDonald’s and Tyson Foods Fight Hunger in Calcasieu Parish McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana and Tyson Foods donated 31,000 pounds of boneless chicken to the Abraham’s Tent Food Bank. Other local nonprofits including the Calcasieu Women’s Shelter, Greater St. L-R: Gena Tyson and Clarence Wilson of Tyson Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Faith Foods and Doug Gehrig of McDonald’s of SWLA, along with representatives of numerous and Friends Food Pantry, the Potter’s nonprofit organizations. House, Oasis Women’s Shelter, City of Refuge, Dorcas Ministry, Matthew 25:40, Friends Ships Unlimited, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and St. John Baptist Church also received donated chicken through Abraham’s Tent.

Foundation for Fairplay Donates to Iowa High School

L-R: Memorial Senior VP of Philanthropy Leif Pederson, Iowa High School football player D’Juan Rigmaiden, Memorial trainer Chris LaHaye, Iowa head coach Sean Richard and Dr. Brett Cascio, medical director of Memorial Sports Medicine.

Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation and L’Auberge Casino Resort Sponsor Rouge et Blanc Food and Wine Festival

IBERIABANK Donates $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity IBERIABANK announced a $25,000 donation to the Calcasieu Area Habitat for Humanity. L- R: Phil Earhart (IBERIABANK regional president), Kim Lawson (Habitat for Humanity Finance Director), Bradi Whittaker (the new homeowner), Jody Barrilleaux (Habitat for Humanity Family Service Committee Chair) and Lenn Knapp (Habitat for Humanity Executive Director).

L-R: Patricia Prudhomme, Banners Director; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Senior VP and General Manager; and Stephanie Miller, L’Auberge Assistant Food & Beverage Director.

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Foundation has announced a partnership to fund The Leader in Me process at J.D. Clifton Elementary. This partnership is composed of the I Am Leader Foundation and the United Way.

Capital One has made a $24,000 contribution to Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana to promote financial literacy to area students. For more information, contact jaswla@

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles Supports Junior Achievement of SWLA

L-R: L’Auberge Harold C. Rowland, Vice President & Assistant General Manager; Meg Lovejoy, District Director of Junior Achievement of SWLA; Kirk Houser, L’Auberge Vice President of Casino Marketing/ JA Board President.


L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles donated the use of Contraband Bayou Golf Club to host the Junior Achievement Golf Scramble. L’Auberge donated $12,000 in staffing, services and goods for the fundraiser including a signed LSU football and jersey for the event’s auction.

The Pinnacle Entertainment Foundation, operated by the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort, donated $20,771 to the McNeese State University Foundation in support of Rouge et Blanc and the McNeese Banners Cultural Series.

Leader In Me Funded at J.D. Clifton Elementary

Capital One donates to Junior Achievement

L-R: Paul Lungaro (Capital One Vice President), Karen Thomas, (Capital One Branch Manager/ Assistant Vice President and JASWLA Board Member), Meg Lovejoy (JASWLA District Director), and Greg Webb (Capital One Market President).

The Foundation for Fairplay Fund (F3) recently donated $4,500 in athletic equipment to Iowa High School. The money went to the purchase of 10 new Riddell® Revolution® Speed Helmets and 10 Riddell® Power® Extreme SPX™ shoulder pads. The equipment offers the latest technology in football safety. To learn more about F3 or to make a donation call (337) 494-3226.

L-R: First row: George Swift (Alliance President & CEO), Assistant Principal Marlana Collins, Principal Pamela Bell, Denise Durel (President/CEO of the United Way), Nancy Kelley (Alliance Workforce & Talent Director), and School Counselor Christine Mandubourg Second row: Rachel DeVille (Teacher of the Year), Charles Robinson (Student) and Doniesha Scott (Student).

Birthday Wish to Love Out Loud Shared with Care Help of Sulphur This year, 8 year old Sulphur resident, Alex Benton decided to make her birthday wish count by reaching out to others. In cooperation with LOL (Love Out Loud) at First Baptist Church of Sulphur, Alex asked family and friends to donate new or gently used shoes to give to people in need. The response was overwhelming and resulted in 200 pairs of shoes that benefit others through Care Help of Sulphur.

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Foundation for Fairplay Donates to Bell City High School

L-R: Memorial Sports Medicine Director Jamey Rasberry, trainer Naomi Stauth, Memorial Senior VP of Philanthropy Leif Pederson, assistant principal Scott Nunez, and coaches Jason Leonards and T.J. Hoffpauir.

The Foundation for Fairplay Fund (F3) recently donated $1,600 in athletic medical equipment to Bell City High School. The money purchased a Mettler Sys*Stim® 226 neuromuscular stimulator. To learn more about F3 or to make a donation call (337) 494-3226.

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L-R: Delta Downs Vice President and General Manager, Steve Kuypers; Volunteer Event Coordinator Purple Stride Lake Area, Kristie Remy; Delta Downs Director of Operations, Carol Core; and Delta Downs Entertainment and Public Relations Manager, Nora Popillion.

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Research conducted and published by faculty and graduate students in the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences at McNeese State University has uncovered a practical method of maintaining pregnancy in a sow that might have future implications in Dr. Chip LeMieux, left, head of the Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Sciences human reproductive medicine. at McNeese State University, discusses the Ferguson sees the future cutting-edge swine research being conducted potential of this discovery in on the McNeese farm with an agricultural human reproductive medicine. “Our sciences class. research could serve as a model for medical physicians to induce additional CL in women who experience early miscarriages. By increasing progesterone in these pregnant women in a more ‘natural’ way—that is allow their body to produce the progesterone instead of administering a synthetic progesterone – this procedure if proven effective could reduce infertility or early miscarriages due to luteal dysfunction in women.”

Westlake Chemical Corp. Donates To McNeese Westlake Chemical Corp. has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology through the McNeese Foundation for the college’s engineering endowment campaign.

Cops and Jocks Donates to McNeese Athletics Cops and Jocks has donated $20,000 to McNeese athletics through the McNeese Foundation - $15,000 for football and $5,000 for women’s golf – from its recent golf tournament held at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

L-R: Alan Heisser, McNeese Head Women’s Golf Coach Mike Fluty, McNeese Head Football Coach Matt Viator, Blake Bercegeay, golf operations supervisor at L’Auberge Casino Resort, and Don Dixon.

Relatives of John McNeese Attend Park Opening Relatives of John McNeese – the namesake of McNeese State University - attended the John McNeese Park opening recently.

L-R: Dallas “Bobby” Andrews, great great grandson; Joan Tapley, great granddaughter; Laura Bishop, granddaughter.; Rebecca “Becky” Andrews, great great granddaughter; and Edie Bishop, great granddaughter.

L-R: Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the foundation, Wayne Ahrens, plant manager at Westlake Chemical, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college, and Joe Andrepont, senior community affairs representative at Westlake Chemical.

Dr. Maureen Olivier Opens New Office Maureen Olivier, M.D., board certified dermatologist with Imperial Health, has relocated her practice to 4150 Nelson Rd., Bldg. E, Ste. 1, in Lake Charles. Dr. Olivier offers a comprehensive range of general dermatology and cosmetic skin care treatment options including: Botox and Restylane Injections • Skin Cancer Screenings & Treatment • Skin Disease Treatment For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 474-1386.


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Solutions Solutions Counseling and EAP for Life Because I’m Magic! from

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

“How do you already know me so well? I’ve only seen you one time!” “How did you know what he was going to do?” “You keep predicting how she’s going to act. How do you do that?” How do I do that? Because I’m magic. Not really. (Well, maybe a little.) The real reason is because I have studied human behavior for so long. I not only study the behaviors themselves, but I also study the patterns surrounding the behaviors. And, we humans and our patterns are quite predictable. I am fascinated by what causes people to act and react in certain ways. I am also always looking at relationships and the reasons we are attracted to each other. We tend to find people who will help us maintain the patterns we are in. I often hear myself saying the same things to several different clients. For example: • “Let me guess what he did when you didn’t immediately answer his call…he got angry.” • “So, you are supposed to be available at all times to her, and if you are not available, you must not love her?” • “And after he got angry and blew up at you, I’ll bet he did something nice for you, right?” • “He sounds like he escalates the argument when he feels like he’s losing.”

be changed. We talk about the fact that we teach people how to treat us, and my client allowed herself to be treated this way. Now it’s time for a new lesson on how to be treated. It doesn’t always work. Sometimes the work of repairing the relationship is harder than the couple was prepared for, and they just go back to their unhealthy, unfulfilling life. But I take comfort in this fact: the blinders came off, even if only for a brief period of time. And it’s very hard to put blinders back on and just forget what you’ve seen – possibilities, a chance for less stress in life, potential happiness. They will remember, and one day they will be ready to take the blinders off again. They will call me, and I will magically appear.

As I was saying all those things, the person sitting across from me was nodding his/her head. “How did you know that?!” Interestingly, clients are always much more willing to discuss their partners’ patterns rather than their own. That’s really no surprise - it’s much more difficult to look in the mirror than any place else. People who have never taken the time to examine their behavior and determine if it is healthy or not will constantly repeat patterns. Once a person looks at himself and decides he is tired of ending up in the same, unhealthy place, the whole game of life changes. That’s because patterns can’t keep repeating unless everyone involved in the pattern continues to do the same thing. If one person in the pattern changes one thing (even a tiny thing), the pattern begins to change. Now, the other person(s) in the pattern will not be happy about that, and will try to get the changing person to go back to the old ways. So, I have to prepare the changing person (a.k.a. my client) for that likelihood. We talk about the fact that it will be scary to not answer that person’s five million daily texts. It will be scary to let that partner know that the relationship is not healthy or working well and needs to

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Mark Your Calendar!

Ballet Legends on Exhibition at 1911 City Hall

most of the input is from local citizens who are turning their concerns into preparations. For more information, contact Laura Savoy at (337) 563-6209.

Free Upcoming Classes at Care Help of Sulphur

The City of Lake Charles will host Ida and Em, an exhibition honoring two ballet legends of Lake Charles, at the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. The exhibition will hang through February 2. For more information, please call (337) 491-9147.

Swamp Pop Christmas Concert Scheduled The Louisiana Crossroads series continues as The City of Lake Charles presents “Lil’ Band O’ Gold Swamp Pop Christmas Concert” December 5 at 7pm at Central School Theater. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana or online at Tickets at the door will be $12. For more information, please call (337) 491-9159.

Calling all Quilters Applications are being accepted for a judged Quilt Show, “Beyond Grandma’s Quilts.” Sponsored by Calcasieu Cut-Ups Quilt Guild, the Show will be held at the Lake Charles Civic Center, March 15-16, 2013. Applications must be received by January 14, 2013. Please email Debbie Russell at or call (337) 527-7582 for more information.

Crisis Preparation Expo and Speaker Event for SWLA and Southeast Texas This event is free to the public, exhibitors and vendors. It will be held December 8th from 10am to 4pm at Grace Baptist Church in Sulphur. This event contains input from certain experts in their fields, a few companies with specializations, but 90

Care Help is hosting the following free classes: December 12th - Jody Barrilleaux: Love is the Foundation January 9th - Jerrie Burgess and Shim Foreman from Cal-Cam Hospital: Learning CPR February 13th - Shim Foreman from Cal-Cam Hospital: Diabetic Nutrition Awareness Each class is open to all regardless of income from 10-11am at 200 North Huntington Street in Sulphur. For more information, call (337) 528-2273.

Seating for the seminar is limited and preregistration is requested. Refreshments will be served. Call 721-7291 or register online in the event section of Center for Orthopaedics is located at 1747 Imperial Blvd. in Lake Charles.

Women’s Day of Reflection Scheduled Birthing the Peach Within, Women’s Day of Reflection will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the OLQH Family Life Center. The event, featuring presenters Fr. Whitney Miller and Paula Hunter, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Registration is $30. Checks, made payable to Fleur de Lis Theresians, should be mailed to Carole Thompson, 315 Dan Thompson Rd., Ragley, LA 70657.

Cardiovascular Fitness Education Class Offered at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital All classes are free and held in the Outpatient Cardiac Room on the second floor of the hospital on Wednesdays at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, call (337) 431-7855. Jan 2 Heart Healthy Cooking Jan 9 Cardiac Meds Jan 16 Heart Healthy Diet Jan 23 Risk Factors Jan 30 Stress Management Feb 6 Exercise Safely Feb 13 Hypertension Feb 20 Heart Healthy Cooking

Matchbox Twenty to Hit L’Auberge Stage American pop rock band, Matchbox Twenty, will hit the stages of L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge on March 23 and L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles on March 22. Tickets for both shows will go on sale February 8, and can be purchased for $55 at

Non-Surgical Treatment for Arthritis Pain is Topic of Upcoming Seminar Jonathan Foret, MD, orthopaedic specialist, will be the guest speaker at “Find Freedom from Joint Pain,” on Thursday, December 6, at Center for Orthopaedics in Lake Charles. The seminar will begin at 5:30 pm. Many people accept joint pain as a normal part of aging. Others put off seeking treatment due to fear of surgery. Fortunately, there are many non-surgical treatment options that can provide real relief from joint pain. Dr. Foret will discuss advances in non-surgical arthritis pain treatment at this free community seminar.

Thrive Magazine for Better Living

December 2012

December 2012

Thrive Magazine for Better Living



Thrive Magazine for Better Living

December 2012

December 2012 Issue  

Thrive Dec 2012 Issue

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