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Regular Features

In This Issue

35 By the Numbers 40 Business Buzz 54 First Person: with Doug Gehrig 58 Who’s News 70 Community Contributors 76 Ready to Wear 78 Happenings 82 Best Impressions 82 McNeese Corral

Home & Family 6–26

Special section:

Oh, Baby!

From pregnancy to age three, a guide to raising babies today.

28 Two Times a Charm 30 Fostering a Special Bond

Money & Career


36 Company Culture…Are We Owners or Renters? 38 Graduate to Smart Financial Management

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48 Front Porch Sittin’ at Lloyd’s Country Store

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Mind & Body 60 Get Your Feet Ready for Summer

62 Dental Implants: What Your Smile Could Be Missing




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Thrive Magazine recently brought home 13 awards from the Louisiana Press Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The baker’s dozen included first place awards in the categories of Best News Story and Best Feature Photo. Thrive also swept its division in the Individual Competition with first, second and third place awards for stories appearing in 2012 editions of the magazine.

72 Scent Sense: What Does Your Fragrance Say About Your Personality? 74 Pretty Ponies: How to Snazz-Up your Pony Tail

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Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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Local Film Nets Two Major Awards at Festival

Chris Lognion at center bottom, directing.

The film “Charles Claiborne: Sojourn in Lake Charles” garnered two major awards at the Big Easy International Film and Music Festival in New Orleans recently: one for Best Cinematography and one for Best Editing. Chris Lognion, owner of Media Post, a Lake Charles video production company, was both the director of photography and editor for the film, which was shot on location in Southwest Louisiana. “After years of developing, working on and believing in something, it’s good to have this film validated,” said Jace Douglas Johnson, the film’s writer and director. “Chris was able to make my writing come to life with his

Actor Jace Douglas Johnson

stunning cinematography.” “Jace gave me an opportunity to work on a great project,” said Lognion.”After reading the full script a few years ago, I knew I wanted to shoot this. We hope to continue creating film projects here in Lake Charles and help develop a true film industry for Southwest Louisiana.” In addition to Johnson, the film stars local talent Jared Bankens, a professional actor from Westlake, and Meghan Alice Penn, a nursing student at McNeese State University. It was produced as a short film in anticipation of future production as a full-length motion picture.

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Get back in the game with specialized care. If you have a foot or ankle problem that won’t go away, it may be time to get the help of a podiatrist. For more than 38 years, the podiatry specialists on the medical staff at Surgicare of Lake Charles have been diagnosing and treating disorders such as bunions, ingrown toenails, heel pain, sports-related injuries and more. So don’t let a foot or ankle problem keep you from the activities you love. Step up to quality care from a podiatrist with Surgicare of Lake Charles. For a physician referral or more information, call 337-436-6941.

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The pitter patter of little feet, late night feedings and slobbery smiles, oh baby! Nothing brings more joy into a house than a child. From pregnancy to age three, our guide to raising babies today has everything you need to know. 6 www.thriveswla.com

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We’ve Come a Long Way, BabY! A look at pregnancy, then and now

In many ways, pregnancy today is much the same as it’s always been. Bellies still get bigger, morning sickness is pretty much expected, and after nine months, a baby is welcomed into the family. But, in so many other ways, being pregnant today is nothing like it was 40 or 50 years ago. “Technology, nutrition, and just the pace of life today have brought many changes to pregnancy, delivery and recovery,” said Ben Darby, MD, ob/gyn with OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “In the 35 years that I’ve delivered babies, it’s amazing how things have changed. We can visualize the health of the baby in so much more detail now and we have a better understanding of conditions that might affect the health of the mother so we can treat them more effectively. All in all, now is a great time to have a baby.” As technology and knowledge of the body has grown, things that were never considered a generation ago are now commonplace. The biology is pretty much the same, but today we know so much more about our unborn babies.

We're Expecting! Then: Most women made an appointment with their doctor after two missed periods, meaning they were about two months along before knowing for sure. It didn’t matter much, though, because their doctor would let them know they’d have a bundle of joy in about seven months and simply advise them to get plenty of rest. Today: With a trip to any dollar store and a home pregnancy test, a woman can find out if she’s pregnant as early as two or three weeks into the pregnancy. Some women are so in tune with their bodies that they notice subtle signs right away, such as feeling more tired than normal, slight cramping, frequent urination, mood swings, breast tenderness and nausea. “Not all women experience these symptoms, but it’s not uncommon for a woman to have a strong suspicion that she’s pregnant within a couple of weeks,” said Dr. Darby. Most home pregnancy tests are so accurate, doctors usually don’t see a newly pregnant woman until eight to ten weeks along.

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Technology and Testing Then: There was no option to learn if the baby was a boy or a girl or if it was healthy. Parents simply waited the nine months and found out upon delivery. Ultrasound technology wasn’t mainstream until late 1980’s, especially for uneventful pregnancies. “A century ago, the baby was monitored by a simple stethoscope. In the 1960s, the electric fetal monitor was developed to give physicians a paper record of the baby’s heartbeat,” Dr. Darby explained. “Until the 1960s and 70s, doctors didn’t have a lot of testing equipment available. It’s amazing how far technology has advanced when you consider all of the information we’re able to obtain these days.” Today: Most parents today find out their baby’s gender by mid-pregnancy; technology can even show the baby waving, kicking and sucking its thumb. By the time the baby arrives, the nursery is prepared with pink or blue accessories, the name is chosen and parents are looking forward to welcoming their new baby girl or boy. Even if the parents choose not to know the gender, their doctor will likely order an ultrasound to check the health of the baby and verify the due date. “The technician looks for specific signs which could indicate a chromosomal disorder or heart defect,” said Dr. Darby. “The baby’s heart rate is checked, as is the health of the placenta, uterus, cervix and ovaries.” In addition to an ultrasound, other diagnostic tests are available while pregnant. With amniocentesis, it’s now possible to identify more problems and risks earlier in the pregnancy, including Down Syndrome and cystic fibrosis. A maternal blood screen is standard practice; it measures the levels of two proteins. If the levels are abnormally high, it could indicate a chromosomal disorder in the baby.



Home & Family | Oh, Baby! “With the technology comes the ethical decision of whether or not parents want to know if there is a problem,” said Dr. Darby. “This knowledge can be helpful for families to prepare for a child with a health challenge.”

Eating for Two Then: Doctors would recommend a restricted diet during pregnancy, thinking it would ease labor and delivery if the baby were smaller. Of course, we now know that a smaller baby doesn’t always equal a healthy baby. Back in the 1930s, excessive weight gain during pregnancy was seen as a possible sign of pre-eclampsia, a serious spike in the mother’s blood pressure. In an effort to prevent this, many women were advised to gain no more than 15 pounds total during the pregnancy. Today: Researchers and physicians now know that low birth weight can cause concerns and developmental problems. Most mothers aim to gain between 25 – 35 pounds during pregnancy. Nutritional quality is scrutinized more today than in years past. Choosing fresh and unprocessed foods is important, since we know that some processing procedures rob foods of some nutritional value. “Healthy babies start with healthy mothers,” Dr. Darby said. “When a mother begins the pregnancy at a good weight, with healthy habits of eating a wide variety of foods and getting regular exercise, the baby benefits.” Vitamins have also come to the forefront. We know now that folic acid early during a pregnancy can help prevent many birth defects. It plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

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“Birth defects usually occur at the beginning of the pregnancy, as early as three or four weeks. We recommend beginning folic acid supplements as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed. Ideally, if a woman is considering getting pregnant, we’d like her to begin taking folic acid immediately,” he said.

The Delivery Then: Strong anesthesia was used to virtually knock out the mother, while dad paced in the “stork room” to await the baby’s arrival. Because the mother was heavily sedated, she couldn’t fully participate in the delivery and push in the final stage of labor, requiring most physicians to use forceps to pull the baby out of the birth canal. As a result of the heavy dose of medicine, babies were often born heavily medicated, sleepy and some had difficulty breathing. Mothers often stayed in the hospital for a week or longer, with several days going by before they were allowed out of bed. Upon discharge, they continued on bed rest at home for several weeks.

are often encouraged to walk a few steps within hours after delivery to keep the muscles loosened, and then continue to get up and walk short distances every few hours. If mother and baby are healthy and doing well, discharge from the hospital usually occurs between 24 to 48 hours after delivery, so they can continue to recover in the comfort of their home. Pregnancies and deliveries today are the safest they’ve ever been. Thanks to increased knowledge along with advanced technology, doctors are even able to successfully treat some conditions in babies while they’re still in the womb. Overall, we know more than ever about how to have healthy babies, safe pregnancies and (relatively) easy deliveries.

Today: Women take a leading role in planning their labor and delivery. Dads are expected to be in the delivery room and many participate in the delivery by cutting the umbilical cord. Pain-reducing medications are now widely used, or some women opt for an epidural for a pain-free delivery. Natural delivery is also a popular option, employing breathing techniques. “Pain management advancements are now safer and less disruptive to the process of labor than earlier methods were, although the risks of each method should be discussed,” Dr. Darby said. We know now that getting out of bed in a reasonable amount of time after the delivery will help the mother’s body to heal. Women

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of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital proudly announces the opening of OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Under the medical direction of Ben Darby, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, and Scott Bergstedt, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN, the clinic offers quality, personalized women’s care at one convenient location in Sulphur. With physicians having combined experience of over 50 years in treating women’s health issues, OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital offers services for:

• Pelvic Pain • Infertility

• Menstrual Disorders • Breast Disorders

• Pregnancy • Contraception

To schedule an appointment, please call (337) 312-1000.

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Putting Pregnancy Myths to Rest “In a world saturated by media messages that spread rapidly thanks to the internet, social media and email, not to mention well-intentioned advice and ‘old wives’ tales,’ it can be difficult to sort out the accurate information from myth and misinformation,” says Scott Bergstedt, MD, ob/gyn specialist with OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “What we don’t want to see happen is a woman accepting erroneous information as fact without asking her healthcare provider about her concern.” Dr. Bergstedt addresses a few of the most common pregnancy health myths he hears from patients:

Myth: Morning sickness ends after the first trimester. Fact: Actually, morning sickness is a misnomer because it can occur at any time of the day or night, and it is not a sickness. It’s known as morning sickness because an empty stomach can lead to queasiness, and your stomach is usually empty when you wake up. It is more common in early pregnancy, but some women experience it throughout their entire pregnancy. .

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Myth: Drinking coffee will cause miscarriage, preterm birth or low birth weight. Fact: There does not appear to be any relationship between caffeine consumption and preterm birth or miscarriage. You shouldn’t overdo it, but a cup a day – 12 ounces – is considered safe.

Myth: A nursing mother can’t get pregnant. Fact: This is an old wives’ tale that has at least a grain of truth in it. The truth is that breast-feeding will delay ovulation, but this is dependent upon how much the baby is nursing. He says women who do not wish to become pregnant should not count on breast feeding as a fool-proof method of birth control.

Myth: You can’t eat fish while pregnant. Fact: Eating two servings of fish per week can be healthy for mom and baby. Coldwater fish in particular contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which help with your baby’s brain development and vision. Salmon, shrimp, and canned light tuna are good choices. You should try to avoid fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel, and skip raw fish, including sushi or sashimi. Raw fish is more likely than cooked fish to contain parasites and bacteria. Cooked sushi is safe.

Myth: You should get rid of your cat. Fact:This myth is close to the truth but still untrue. Your cat is not the risk, it’s their litter box. You shouldn’t change your cat’s litter box during pregnancy because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. This infection can come from handling of cat litter because it may be in the stool of cats, so pregnant women are advised not to handle cat litter.

Myth: You shouldn’t take baths while pregnant. Fact: A normal hot bath is fine, but you should avoid saunas, Jacuzzis or anything that raises your body temperature over 101 degrees. Dr. Bergstedt stresses that when you have any questions about your pregnancy, you should always ask your doctor. “The worst thing you can do is make an important health decision based on incorrect or outdated information. Don’t trust the rumor mill when it comes to your pregnancy.” For more information about pregnancy care, call OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 312-1000 to schedule an appointment.

Getting Ready for Baby: A Product Checklist Shopping for the arrival of a new baby can be a fun but overwhelming process for many first-time parents. Selecting the big items like a crib, car seat and stroller can be daunting and with so many choices on the market, it’s hard to know which brand is the best. Once these large purchases are out of the way, personal decisions on bottle versus breast feeding and cloth versus disposable diapers come into play. One way to make prepping for a new addition a breeze is to ask family members and friends who’ve recently had babies. They can provide valuable insight into what they like and don’t like about the products they have and can even narrow your list down as they tell you which items are must-haves and which aren’t. Regina Ledet and Mary Kilpatrick with Pink and Blue Avenue meet a lot of expectant parents in their store. Some of the items they say people most often inquire about include the following: • Breastfeeding pumps, nursing pads, specially fitted nursing bras, burp cloths, and and other nursing supplies.

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• Bamboo fiber clothing and swaddle blankets • Bathing needs, especially easy-to-use tubs that fit in almost any sink • Hospital gowns for the day of delivery • Designer diaper bags • Pacifiers, especially ones with stuffed animals attached • Teething needs such as chew toys and amber, a natural pain reliever • Nasal aspirators, which are great for a sick baby • Carseat pads for the shoulder carrier, and inserts that help newborns fit snugly In an effort to be more environmentally conscious and to save money, many new parents are choosing to use cloth diapers on their babies. After living in a world of disposable diapers for so long though, knowing what to buy and how to use them can be intimidating. If you are going to go the cloth diaper route, these are some suggested essentials: • Cloth diapers

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• Inserts or doublers • Diaper pail liner or large wet bag • Diaper pail or 13-gallon trash can used only for diapers • Diaper rash cream • Detergent The number of cloth diapers you need will vary based on the type of diapers you are using and the age of your baby. For example, a newborn goes through 12 to 15 diaper changes a day so consider having 24 to 30 diapers on hand during this stage. Allison Crane, owner of eLeMeNo-Pee, says education is key when it comes to cloth diapers. “This is why we offer consultations and education classes to help new moms learn how to use ‘modern’ cloth diapers as they are not the old ‘fold and pin’ style.” For more information on Pink and Blue Avenue, visit www.pinkandblueavenue.com. For more information on eLeMeNo-Pee, visit www.elemeno-pee.com.

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Bringing home baby How exciting! Your baby has arrived. Now, how will you get your new

bundle of joy home safely?

Unless you plan to walk home from the hospital, you’ll need a car seat from day one, so this is definitely something you should purchase well before your due date. “Not only should you purchase it, you need to practice installing it correctly,” says Joni Fontenot, spokesperson with the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. “This is one piece of equipment you’ll need to be very familiar with for a long time.” The law in all 50 states requires that children must be properly restrained in a car seat from birth to at least seven years of age. Also, most states now require children to ride in booster seats until they weigh 60 pounds or more, or are a certain age or height. If you need more convincing, car crash injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. The reason? According to Safe Kids USA, many children aren’t properly restrained, which means car seats could have prevented many of those deaths. Fontenot says all car seats currently on the market meet the U.S. government’s stringent crash- and fire-safety standards, so any car seat you buy new is technically safe. “However, this may not be true for second-hand car seats or car seats purchased more than a few years ago,” says Fontenot. “And keep in mind, even if a car seat itself meets the federal government’s standards, it may not protect your baby properly if it’s installed and used incorrectly.” For your baby’s first car seat, Fontenot recommends following these guidelines: Baby or Infant-Only Car Seats: These should always face the rear of the car. They have a weight limit of between 22 and 35 pounds. When your baby reaches the weight or height limits for his infant seat, move him to a rear-facing convertible car seat.

rear-facing as long as possible. Guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say to keep your child in a rear-facing car seat until the age of 2, or until he reaches the seat’s maximum rear-facing height and weight limits. “Once you purchase your infant car seat, read the instructions and practice installing it in your various family vehicles,” says Fontenot. “Make sure anyone responsible for transporting your baby knows how to use your car seat correctly as well.” For more car seat information, call the Safety Council at (337) 436-3354 or visit or visit www. safetycoucilswla.org.

Convertible or Infant-Toddler Car Seats: These function as rearfacing seats for babies and toddlers and forward-facing seats for older children. Many newer models are designed to hold a child of up to 40 pounds rear-facing and up to 70 pounds forward-facing. Fontenot says it’s safest to leave your child Sponsored by: May 2013



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And the winners are…

With dozens of cutie pies to choose from, Thrive’s Facebook fans have spoken. Our 2013 Oh, Baby! Cute Baby Contest Winners & some entries are spread throughout our Oh, Baby! section. Many thanks to OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital for sponsoring.

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6 Months - 1 Year Winner: Liam Cannon • Begins to develop a social smile (3 months) • Raises head and chest when lying on stomach (3 months) • Watches faces intently (3 months) • Smiles at the sound of your voice (3 months) • Enjoys social play (7 months) • Transfers object from hand to hand (7 months) • Ability to track moving objects improves (7 months) • Responds to own name (7 months) • Finds partially hidden objects (7 months) source: ECBT.com 12 www.thriveswla.com

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Mistakes that Firsttime Parents Often Make by Allie Mariano

Wouldn’t it be nice if babies came with directions? No worries. Here are a few don’ts to avoid so you can be better prepared for all that works. Keeping baby up late.

Many parents think that the later their baby is awake, the later he or she will sleep, but an early bedtime actually helps them settle down and sleep longer.

Not napping.


It can be tempting to try and get everything done while your baby naps, but sometimes taking that time to lie down and rest will give you the energy you need to accomplish more, later.

Believing the time off work will be free time.

Parents may think that while they’re off work they’ll accomplish many of the things they put off. In reality, the time spent with the baby is a new full-time job.

Neglecting your partner.

With a huge life change like a new baby, it is easy to stop focusing on one another, but this can cause resentment and arguments. Take time to enjoy each other’s company.

Ignoring your own needs.

Allow yourself a solid amount of alone time—however small—every day in order to reflect and maintain sanity.

Talking only in baby talk.

New babies learn to communicate by hearing you speak. The more baby talk they hear, the longer it can take them to learn proper words.

Spending tons of money.

Focus on the most essential things you will need for the baby and try and find what you can second hand.

Comparing your baby to others.

Every child is different; if your baby grows and learns at a different rate from some one else’s, don’t worry!

One wonderful place to have your baby. At Women & Children’s Hospital, we believe that babies and their moms should be surrounded by comfort and care. Our dedicated OB/GYNs and skilled nursing team are committed to providing you with a joyous birthing experience. If you’re having a baby, choose Women & Children’s and take advantage of all the amenities so many other growing families have already enjoyed, including prenatal education classes; spacious all-in-one labor, delivery and recovery suites with Wi-Fi and sleep sofas for dads; a Level III Neonatal ICU in case your newborn needs extra care; and free membership in Tiny Toes, an OB club for expectant mothers. If you’re expecting, you can expect more from us. To find an OB/GYN, enroll in Tiny Toes or schedule a tour of our birthing center, visit Women-Childrens.com/OB.

Worrying about every little thing.

Babies get sick. Try not to worry about every cough or sniffle and enjoy your time with your baby.

Taking every piece of advice you are given.

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Working Through the Challenges of Breastfeeding by Christine Fisher

Although the experience is unique for each person, most moms who have breastfed agree is it one of the best decisions they made.

Getting up during the night to feed the baby isn’t always enjoyable, but for moms who breastfeed, it’s much easier to nurse a baby, than to manage the cleaning, sterilization, and filling of the bottles each day; and it’s less expensive. In addition, breastfeeding provides a strong bond between mother and baby. Breast milk also has the unique combination of nutrients needed for each stage of the baby’s growth and it helps the mother’s body return to pre-pregnancy shape. With all of these benefits, it’s surprising how many women do not breastfeed. Christa O’Neal, RN, certified breastfeeding counselor and childbirth educator at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital says it’s often because they encounter challenges and aren’t sure what to do. “New mothers go through so many emotions after the birth of their baby. They’re tired, excited, and overwhelmed, often all at the same time. They hear so much advice from friends and family and it’s hard to know what’s true.” A strong support system is one of the best things for a breastfeeding mother. O’Neal educates and assists all mothers delivering at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital who are interested in breastfeeding. She is also a resource after discharge if they have questions or need more assistance. “In addition to the one-on-one assistance, we also have a breastfeeding class in our prenatal education series. That’s beneficial for the moms to get an idea of what breastfeeding will be like and the benefits it will provide to both mom and baby; but there’s really no way to understand it until you actually do it, and then the mom may have more questions and that’s okay. That’s why we’re here.” The best thing a nursing mom can do is to relax and communicate. “If nursing hurts, let’s talk about how we can change things so it won’t hurt. If nursing doesn’t fit into a practical routine, we can look at other options such as pumping her breast milk for future feedings. If the baby isn’t sleeping well, advice from well-meaning people may cause

a new mom to think her milk isn’t nutritious enough,” explains O’Neal. “Some mothers think that breastfeeding is going to be difficult and they must endure frustration for six weeks before it gets better. In reality, there are a lot of problems that can be easily solved.” Fatigue is one of the most common challenges for a breastfeeding new mom. Most find a solution in the early days after delivery by viewing breastfeeding time as break time. “Find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, and enjoy a nutritious snack or a book,” suggests O’Neal. Newborns tend to nurse often, but as the weeks pass, the baby will fall into a comfortable routine, making things easier. About this time, moms get more comfortable with the technique and are able to integrate breastfeeding into a normal schedule. “The mechanics of breastfeeding are worth figuring out so that the baby and the mother can gain the benefits,” O’Neal says. The benefits to the baby are numerous, and include: • A strengthened immune system thanks to antibodies passed from the mother • A reduced likelihood of ear infections • Fewer cavities later in life • Better overall health throughout life, including lower blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease Breastfeeding also does a mother’s body good, including: • Losing weight after the pregnancy because nursing burns calories, between 200 and 500

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per day • The return of the uterus to it’s pre-pregnancy size more quickly • Less likely to develop osteoporosis, diabetes and breast cancer later in life • Decreases risk of female cancers such as breast, uterine, and ovarian “Because there are so many benefits, I encourage women to give breastfeeding a try, knowing that we’re here to support them and answer any questions they may have,” says O’Neal. “In previous generations, women were more accessible to each other and the ‘village mentality’ provided a strong support system as women relied on each other for encouragement, answers and strength. Today, we’re still here for each other but it takes a little more effort to seek out solutions.”

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Prevent Dangers Closer to Home

Parents are hard-wired to protect their children. They worry endlessly that their child’s seat belt is snug or the child seat is secure. They protect their little ones from stranger danger and teach them the safest ways to maneuver the playground. But for many families, the threats to child safety are not only closer to home; they’re through the front door, in the den, around kitchen and down the hall. “Home safety is just as vital as stranger danger. Children are far more likely to be injured at home than at the hands of a wayward neighbor,” said Joni Fontenot, spokesperson for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 2,500 are killed. There are mounds of gadgets available to help you baby-proof your home—outlet covers, drawer locks, and gates are among the most common. But don’t just snap on the protective covers and assume you’ve got it covered. Fontenot says there’s still more you can do. Get in touch with your inner child. Survey the area. Where would you go, if you were able to crawl or climb? What looks most appealing to you? And what are the potential dangers of this exploration?

Lock up all potential poisons or hazardous materials—not just on a high shelf, but locked away with one of those gadgets. Visitors can inadvertently present dangers to your child, especially if they aren’t used to having a child around. Your aunt may leave her purse wide open on the sofa. Your uncle may leave his coffee untended on the table. Be watchful when new people come around. Cover all electrical outlets, even those you think they can’t reach. Don’t leave dresser drawers open; they can serve as makeshift ladders for stealthy kids. Remember: Little explorers love to pull up on furniture. “Take a look around. Think of your kid

pulling up on the bookcase or TV stand—is it safe and sturdy?” Fontenot said. For more information on making your home safe for children of all ages, contact the Safety Council at (337) 436-3354 or visit www.safetycouncilswla.org.


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Choosing the Right Daycare

Every new parent knows instinctively that no one will take care of their little one exactly like they do themselves. Unfortunately, staying home all day with baby isn’t an option for many of people, so their care must be entrusted to someone else. Choosing the right child care option for your baby is a major decision, one that leaves many new parents feeling scared, overwhelmed and exhausted. This monumental task can be a little easier if you have a plan prior to beginning your search and know what you are looking for in a good daycare. The tips below offer valuable insight on how to select the right center.

Start with a list.

about their policies, fees, hours, care philosophy, etc. Be sure to take notes and include in these notes your initial reaction to the conversation. Did it give you a good feeling or bad feeling?


With your partner in parenting, sit down and write a list of things that are important to you when it comes to childcare. Do you want a center that is close to your home or work? Do you want to your baby to be with several babies or in a smaller grouping?

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, scratching off any that gave you a bad feeling, make time to pop in for a visit. Pay attention to the activities the children are engaged in, note the child to caregiver ratio and note the cleanliness of the center. Trust your gut, if you get a bad feeling from the tour, this is not the place for your baby.



Once you have your list, begin asking for recommendations for good daycares from friends, family, your doctor and anyone else who may be knowledgeable.

After your visits, narrow your list down once again and begin checking references. You can ask the center for these or you can strike out on your own and speak to others who’ve had children there in the past. Ask if they would recommend the center to you and would they put their own child there a second time.

CHECK IT OUT. Once you have a list of potential centers, call and speak to the director on the phone. Ask questions

Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

“Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or early childhood caries,” says Dr. Eric Sanders, pediatric dentist at Sanders Pediatric Dentistry. “Even though they are temporary, a child’s baby teeth are important and still susceptible to cavities.” Children need strong, healthy teeth in order to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking

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smile. “These first teeth also help make sure their adult teeth come in correctly,” says Dr. Sanders. “Plus, it’s important to start infants off with good oral care to help protect their teeth for years to come.” Baby bottle tooth decay most often affects the upper front teeth, but it is possible for other teeth to be affected. “Many factors can lead to tooth decay, but one common cause in infants is the frequent and prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks containing sugar,” Dr. Sanders says. “Tooth decay can occur when a baby or toddler is put to bed with a bottle or even when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.” Tooth decay can also take place when a parent puts a baby’s feeding spoon in their mouth or cleans a pacifier with their own mouth. Cavitycausing bacteria can be passed from the parent to the child via the saliva left on the spoon or pacifier. Dr. Sanders offers the following helpful tips to prevent baby bottle tooth decay: • Try not to share saliva with the baby by sharing utensils. • Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp

Baby bottles may be necessary, but they also pose a potential danger to little teeth.

Finally, it is important to start your search early. A lot of the top-rated centers have a waiting list. It’s important to get on this list early to ensure your baby has a place to stay when the time comes.

gauze pad or wash cloth after each feeding. • When your little one’s teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-sized toothbrush and water. It is okay to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste for children ages two to six. • Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling them with liquids like sugar water, juice or soft drinks. • Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed. • If your baby or toddler uses a pacifier, keep it clean and do not dip it in sugar or honey. • Encourage your child to drink from a cup by their first birthday. Finally, when your baby’s first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling his or her first dental visit. “Remember, starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health so it is important to treat dental visits like you would well-baby checkups,” Dr. Sanders adds. For more information, visit www.lc-kid-dentist.com or call (337) 433-5437.

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Should you Call the Pediatrician?

Understanding your child’s changing and emerging growth and development is an important part of parenting. Growth and development includes not only physical changes, but also changes in emotions, personality, behavior, thinking, and speech that children develop as they begin to understand and interact with others. “One of the most important things you can do for your child is to have a pediatrician picked out before they are born.” Babies and children are not just small adults; their health care needs are different. So, it is important to find a healthcare professional that can provide specialized care,” said Hilma Lisa Green, M.D., pediatrician and internist with Lake Area Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and Grand Lake Medical Clinic. “As a baby grows and develops, a health care provider is essential for well baby and child care, immunizations, as well as when illnesses or injuries occur.” In addition to taking your child to a pediatrician when they are ill, routine well-care visits are also recommended for physical exams, immunization updates, tracking growth and development, and preventative care. “Routine visits are recommended three to five days and two to four weeks after birth, then every two months or so until the baby reaches toddlerhood. Then routine visits are recommended once a year,” Dr. Green said. She noted that a pediatrician can also provide guidance on behavioral, learning, emotional, socialization or puberty problems. She said that one of the biggest concerns parents have is when they should seek emergency care or make an urgent-care appointment for their child. For babies, especially, it can be difficult to tell if medical intervention is required. According to Dr. Green, you may need to call your health care provider for a fever that wouldn’t necessarily be worrisome in an older child. “A fever of 100.4 is enough to warrant an appointment in a baby two months old or younger, whereas it may not be an emergency for a two-yearold,” she said. “For children between three and six months old, a fever of 101 may require a visit. For children six months or older, a fever of 103 degrees should prompt an immediate appointment.”

Other signs that you may need to bring your child to a medical professional: • Difficulty feeding or sucking or no interest in feeding • Sleeping an unusual amount and being difficult to wake • Not moving much, or crying abnormally • Vomiting, coughing, or diarrhea • Changes in the baby’s soft spot on the top of the head • Difficulty breathing • Rash on the skin • Sweating while eating • Gray or blue tint to the skin or extremely pale skin “It’s important to follow the recommended well-care visit guidelines during your child’s first 12 months of life’” said Dr. Green. “These check-ups can help ensure that your child is developing normally and that potential health concerns can be identified as early as possible.” To find a pediatrician or family medicine physician near you, please visit www.LakeAreaPhysicians.com or contact your primary health care provider for a referral. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Green at 337-562-3773.

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Immunization Schedule birth - 1 year Birth • HPV: Hepatitis B vaccine (1st Dose)

1-2 months • HPV: Hepatitis B Vaccine (2nd Dose)

2 months • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (1st Dose) • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (1st Dose) • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (1st Dose) • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (1st Dose) • Rota: Rotavirus vaccine (1st Dose)

4 months • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (2nd Dose) • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (2nd Dose) • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (2nd Dose) • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (2nd Dose) • Rota: Rotavirus vaccine (2nd Dose)

6 months • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (3rd Dose) • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (3rd Dose) • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (3rd Dose) • Rota: Rotavirus vaccine (A third dose may be needed, depending on the brand of vaccine used in previous immunizations.)

6-18 months • HPV: Hepatitis B Vaccine (3rd Dose) • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (3rd Dose) This schedule may vary depending upon where you live, your child’s health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines available. Some of the vaccines may be given as part of a combination vaccine so that your child gets fewer shots. Ask your doctor which vaccines your child should receive.

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Separation Anxiety: Surviving the Long Goodbye

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It’s hard to tell which is harder for parents: Having a kid who’s nonchalant about being left with someone else, or dealing with the wails, cries and clutching arms of a baby that’s desperate for you to stay. There is no doubt, however, that one is far messier than the other. Separation anxiety often leaves behind a pool of tears for baby and mother and makes it difficult for one to leave without the other. But how can a parent say goodbye to weepy eyes and cries? Kristen Cassidy, LPC, with Family and Youth Counseling Agency offers these tips: • Introduce your child to other caregivers at an early age. It’s healthy and important for your baby to interact with people other than yourself. If you’re not comfortable leaving your four-month-old alone with a babysitter for a long period of time, try it in short doses. If your child interacts with no one else but you, it will be difficult for them to adjust to the concept of preschool. • Instead of distracting the baby with a toy and then sneaking away, tell the sitter to have a toy on the ready just after you leave. Make your goodbye quick—stretching it out only increases the dramatics—and then have your sitter supply the distraction. 18 www.thriveswla.com

• It’s tough to walk away with a smile when your child’s in hysterics, but it’s important that you keep a happy, confident and relaxed demeanor. If your child sees panic, they’ll assume there’s a reason for worry. Keep a happy face. • Develop a ‘goodbye routine.’ This is especially helpful for toddlers. Make up a silly goodbye song, goodbye cuddle or goodbye hand-clap. The goodbye routine could include a reminder that the “goodbye” is only for a short time. Cassidy also recommends avoiding the temptation to “bribe” children as you are leaving. “In other words, stay away from promises such as, ‘If you don’t cry at daycare, we will go to McDonald’s when I pick you up.’ Bribing will not help children learn to trust a caregiver. Children may remain calm in order to get a reward, but not because they are comfortable and feel safe, which is the ultimate goal. Sponsored by: Thrive

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Sun Safety: Protecting the Skin They’re In

by Katie Harrington

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 80% of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood. Considering how much children of all ages enjoy the great outdoors, this comes as no surprise. Just like an adult or older child, when it comes to protecting the sensitive skin of a baby or toddler, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Not all sun protection comes from a bottle. The Centers for Disease Control offers these tips for protecting your little one when heading out for some fun in the sun.

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Play a game of hide and seek.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are at their strongest and most dangerous during midday. Stick to the indoors from about 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. when at all possible. If you must be outdoors during this time frame, seek shade from a nearby tree, umbrella or pop-up tent.

Cover it up.

Clothing like a long-sleeved shirt and pants provide the most protection from harmful UV rays. Unfortunately this isn’t always practical. A t-shirt, long shorts or a beach cover-up are good alternatives. It’s also best to lather sunscreen on the exposed skin and try and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Tip your hat to safety.

Hats that provide shade to the face, scalp, ears and neck are easy to use and provide great protection. Baseball caps are popular but don’t shade the ears or neck. If your only option is a baseball cap though, be sure to apply sunscreen to the ears, neck and any other exposed areas.

Shades are so cool.

They also protect your little one’s eyes from UV rays which can lead to cataracts later on in life. When selecting a pair of sunglasses, look for ones that wrap around and block as close to 100 percent as possible of both UVA and UVB rays.

Rub on the sunscreen.

Every time you bring your child outside, whether it’s sunny or overcast, apply sunscreen to their skin. Select a formula that is at least SPF 15 and make sure it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and bring it with you so you can reapply it throughout the day. This applies to waterproof sunscreens too. Also, select a formula that is made especially for children as well.

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After having her second baby—now a toddler—Daranee Lambert decided to approach food differently. Rather than prepare meals typical to the modern family—meat and veggies, with little thought to their nutritional value—Daranee elected to go completely nutritarian.

Coined by Eat to Live author Joel Fuhrman, the term “nutritarian” refers to a way of eating that bases food choices on the micronutrients per calorie. A nutritarian diet focuses primarily on nutritional density. She says a lot of research went into her decision. “I wanted to know what my kids were eating, so I watched documentaries, read articles, and everything that I read just pointed to clean eating.” She buys most of her food at the Lake Charles farmers’ market. “I try to buy locally and what’s in season,” she says. “Whenever food is in season, that’s when it’s most nutritious.” The transition may have been hardest for her 7 year old son. “I can’t just feed him vegetables all day long,” she says. “He wants to eat tacos and spaghetti and things like that, too.” For her daughter, Lambert cooks and blends fruits and vegetables at home. She explains her family’s typical day: “Pretty much every morning we eat a bowl of organic quick oats oatmeal with some kind of fresh fruit that’s in season. For lunch, I usually send my son to school with a peanut butter and jelly, fresh fruits, and vegetables.” For dinner, she changes up familiar dishes. “We’ll do veggie enchiladas, or lasagna, or stir fry.” Lambert also did a lot of research about going nutritarian. She explained that the amount of meat in the American diet has led to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. “These are diseases that are in my family,” she says, “so I hope my kids will avoid these things because of the eating habits they’re learning.”

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For anyone thinking of going organic or nutritarian, Lambert explains that it takes patience to fully commit. She had to expand her culinary knowledge, get creative, and develop go-to recipes. The commitment, though, “is so worth it,” she says, “even if you don’t know the long-term results. The short-term results are my kids don’t get sick for as long when they get sick. They’re always full of energy.” Though it takes a lot of time and cooking to get the hang of it, Lambert says, “Push through, stick with it, and it gets easier.”

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12-23 months • HAV: Hepatitis A vaccine; given as two shots at least 6 months apart

15-18 months • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (2nd Dose) This schedule may vary depending upon where you live, your child’s health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines available. Some of the vaccines may be given as part of a combination vaccine so that your child gets fewer shots. Ask your doctor which vaccines your child should receive. Courtesy of CDC.gov

Baby’s First Steps

A baby’s first few years are marked by many milestones, but one you’ll always remember is when they took those first wobbly steps. Walking is a major developmental achievement for babies, and parents are often anxious about when it’ll happen. Most babies take their first steps around their first birthday, but the age range varies from 9 to 18 months. Every baby learns to walk at his own pace, however, so just because your friend’s baby who is the same age is already running around doesn’t mean yours is developmentally delayed. Parents often wonder what footwear is best for a soon-to-be or new walker. According to foot and ankle specialist Dr. Kalieb Pourciau with Center for Orthopaedics, barefoot is best. “When indoors, it’s best to let your child walk around barefoot so their feet can grab slippery surfaces, like wood and tile floors, better. Don’t bother buying shoes at all until your baby is walking and needs to protect his feet outside. He should go barefoot or wear socks or booties whenever possible. This will allow him to grip the floor properly and build foot and ankle strength.” When choosing shoes, Dr. Pourciau offers these recommendations: • Shop for shoes later in the day. Feet expand throughout the day, so you won’t get the best fit in the morning.

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• Check for fit with your child standing. You should be able to press the full width of your thumb between the tip of the shoe and the end of their toe, and there should be just enough room at the heel to squeeze your pinkie in. • Check the fit monthly, since feet grow rapidly at this age. You’ll have to move up in size frequently for the next few years • Look for a shoe that is flexible and mimics barefoot walking. The soles should be thin and flexible. You should be able to fold the soles in either direction. Also, look also for a smooth sole, which will decrease the likelihood of the shoe catching on the floor and causing your child to fall. The upper part of the shoe should be made with natural fibers, such as leather or cotton canvas.

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Rattled by Tantrums? Avoid Them Instead

by Erin Kelly

When a child’s need for independence conflicts with a parent’s need for conformity, it creates the perfect weather conditions for a brewing temper storm. Regardless of the situation, the features of the storm are virtually the same: crying, yelling, arguing, hitting, stomping, collapsing. It’s a difficult system to weather, but it’s vital that parents steer the course rather than release the sails and give in. “Young children are egocentric. It takes a certain amount of maturity to be able to see multiple points of view. The same is true later, during adolescence—that egocentric attitude returns and teenagers rebel for independence as they collide with their parents’ need to keep them safe,” says Chauntelle LeJeune, MA, LMFT, LPC, with Solutions Counseling and EAP. The “terrible twos” are a normal developmental course that eventually wane, but how parents react to the tantrums that typically first appear during this time can have lasting effects. “At this age, they’re testing the limits to see how 22 www.thriveswla.com

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much they can get away with,” LeJeune says. “It’s important to teach them at an early age that they must conform to certain boundaries. Today they’re testing the limits to see if they can get that five-dollar toy. Consider what their behavior might be when they test you at age 13 or 16. That’s why parents shouldn’t give in to tantrums, no matter how frustrating they may be to experience.” Don’t reward them for calming down, either, adds LeJeune. “This could teach them that throwing a tantrum and then calming down will lead to a treat or something they want.”

Fortunately, there’s a positive and constructive way to deal with temper tantrums: Avoid them completely. “Sounds easier said than done,” LeJeune says. “But it’s not as difficult as you might expect. It’s all about being proactive.” LeJeune explains how: Understand your child’s tantrum cycles. Under what circumstances do the storm clouds gather? Knock those brewing clouds out of the sky through positive reinforcement. If your child often throws tantrums in the candy aisle of the grocery store, give them tasks to keep them busy beforehand and compliment their good May 2013

behavior. Ask them to help you look for the right kind of bread, or the perfect jar of peanut butter. Then thank them for their help. Reward them for positive attention rather than negative attention. Children at that age are often desperate for independence and control, since there are so few things they can do on their own. When possible, give them control over their own destiny. Let them choose which book to read at story time. Let them decide whether they want to brush their teeth first, or put on their pajamas. Don’t let them decide everything, of course, but look for appropriate situations in which to give them some control. Let children know what to expect. If you’re at the library and your child’s on the floor playing with blocks, for example, let them know beforehand that you’ll be leaving soon, LeJeune says. That way they aren’t caught off-guard and carted off screaming for their left-behind blocks. During playtime at home, set up a timer and tell them it’ll be time to move to the next task when the ringer goes off. “You may not be able to avoid or eliminate tantrums completely,” says LeJeune, “but by following these guidelines, you can keep the occurrence to a minimum and establish a solid foundation for positive communication and conflict resolution with your child that will serve you throughout their life.”

The Dos and Don’ts of Potty Training Potty training is a rite of passage for every child, but that doesn’t make it easy. Not by a long shot. The secret method to mastering the porcelain project comes down to simple patience. Dr. Bryan Karriker, a pediatrician with the Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana, says pottytraining success hinges on physical and emotional readiness, rather than a specific age. “The earliest we really see children show any interest is between 18 and 24 months, but that is the early phase,” Dr. Karriker says. “We give them all the way up until their fourth birthday to get potty trained before we start to worry about anything. So it’s a big window of time to potty train.” Toilet training is all about the toddler starting to exhibit control over their bodies. A good time to start is when your child starts to show a little interest in it.

• Have regular potty breaks If your child is interested, have him or her sit on the potty chair or toilet without a diaper for a few minutes several times a day.

Here are a few tips: • Be prepared Place a potty chair in the bathroom. You might want to try a removable top that can be placed directly on the toilet. Encourage your child to sit on the potty chair.

• Ditch the diapers After several weeks of successful potty breaks your child might be ready to trade diapers for training pants. Just be careful not to move to regular underwear prematurely.

• Keep a watchful eye When you notice signs that your child might need to use the toilet — such as squirming, squatting or holding areas below the belt — respond quickly. • Reward Know what your child loves most and reward them for their successes.

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• Know when to call it quits If your child resists using the potty chair or toilet or is not getting the hang of it within a few weeks, take a break and try again in a few months. “Whatever you do, don’t use negative reinforcement,” Dr. Karriker says. “Accidents are going to happen and fussing at the child or punishing them isn’t the way to go. Don’t make it a scary situation. This will slow down the entire training process.” Trying to force them to do something they don’t want to do will often lead them to resist for the sake of resisting. This sort of chronic holding can cause daytime accidents, bedwetting, constipation and possible urinary tract infections.

That is why doctors suggest sticking to positive reinforcement. Remember: time is on your side. “It’s a big misconception that it has to be accomplished at an earlier age,” Dr. Karriker says. “Plus, no two children are the same. Sometimes we will see it vary within a household. Our stubborn kids may take a little longer, but our independent kids may do it a little bit sooner. It is very individualized.” For more information contact the Children’s Clinic of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 478-6480.

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Parenting Tips for Picky Eaters

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Right around the time you’re breathing a sigh of relief that your child can actually feed themselves, a new parenting hurdle develops: the picky eater. As babies become toddlers, one way they assert their independence is by trying to take control of what they will and will not eat. This testing of limits often transforms the dinner table into a war zone, where parents, armed with healthy, well-balanced meals attempt to breach the stronghold of pursed lips and stubborn toddler tenacity. Understanding that this is a normal developmental phase is one thing, coping patiently with it while trying to ensure that your child eats a nutritional diet is another. Sloane Churchman, MS, RD, LDN, with the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Diabetes Management Center, says even though your child may not be eating the healthy diet you’d prefer for them, as long as they are growing normally and have a normal energy level, you probably don’t need to worry too much. “Most children do not eat a balanced diet each and every day, but over the course of a week or so their diet will usually be more balanced than you realize.” Experts say that if you’re the parent of a fussy eater, some of the tactics you are using to control their diet could actually be making the problem worse. For example, what parent hasn’t told their child they need to clean their plate - typically followed by a reference to starving children in a third world country? However, research has found that children

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under the age of five are more sensitive to satiety signals than older kids. This means they are more likely to stop eating when they feel full, regardless of external cues such as portion size. Other studies have shown that all children, regardless of age, eat more when served larger portions. “In other words, parents may not be able to rely on their kids to stop eating when they’ve had an age-appropriate amount of food. The best approach is to offer your kids small portions of everything on the table. Encourage them to eat until they are comfortably full, and allow them additional servings if they request them.” Most importantly, Churchman says you should never force your kids to clean their plate or lecture them about wasting food. “Teaching your kids to be aware of and to follow their own hunger and fullness cues will allow them to have a comfortable relationship with food and avoid overeating as they grow older.” Good old-fashioned bribery is another traditional tactic parents use, particularly when trying to get children to eat their vegetables. A cookie may be the prize offered for eating a serving of green beans; ice cream for just one more bite of broccoli. As well-intended as this strategy is, it often backfires, says Churchman. “This basically teaches kids that vegetables are so unappealing that you have to be ‘paid’ to eat them. And to compound the problem, you’re also using an unhealthy food item as the prize, giving it more value than other, more nutritional food.” Study after study has found that ultimately, preference for foods decreases when kids are given rewards for eating them. Instead of rewarding kids for eating certain foods, parents should encourage them to try at least one small bite of the foods they dislike each time they are offered. Over time, as the food becomes more familiar to them, their distaste may wear off. If you’re one of those parents who allow no sweets in your home at all, you may want to rethink this approach. A study conducted at Penn State University found that when kids are restricted from eating cookies or other snack foods, their desire to eat the snacks increases, as does their consumption of these foods when they are do have access to restricted items. “This suggests that completely outlawing certain junk foods can have the opposite effect when kids do have access to these foods and parents are not in control, like at a friend’s house, a party or at school,” says Churchman. Instead of completely eliminating sweets, just limit access. “For example, strive to give your child 90 percent healthy foods and 10 percent fun, sweet foods. This method gives them the nutrition they need without making all treats off limits.” Another big mistake parents make is feeding their kids the same types of healthy food they eat. “Your ideal vision of nutritionally-balanced, satisfying meals might include plain grilled chicken, fish, salads and plenty of steamed veggies, but odds are a young child will rate them as boring and bland. Churchman says if you want to convince picky eaters to try healthier food, you’re going to have to get creative in the kitchen. “Make mealtime fun with fun food. Use flavorful marinades and dips to make bland food more appealing. Try different shapes, colors and texture to add interest to the menu. You can also sneak grated or finely chopped bits of vegetables into soups and casseroles. The more fun you make the food, the more they will eat.” A final big “no-no,” according to Churchman, is preparing more than one meal for your child. “If they don’t want to eat what was prepared for the rest of the family, then you shouldn’t force them to, but you should also not give them something else to eat,” Churchman says. “Your child will not starve after missing a single meal, and providing alternatives to the prepared meal will just cause more problems later on.” She adds that it is also very important for a child to see their parents demonstrating good eating habits, so be sure to put plenty of vegetable on your own plate and make sure they know how much you enjoy them. “Ultimately, the most successful strategy for winning the war for healthy food is to control what you can while allowing your child some freedom of choice. As with everything else that comes along with raising a child, it’s important for parents to choose their battles wisely.”

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Get Focused on Your Toddler’s Vision

by Kristy Armand

Just as talking and walking are signs that your baby is developing normally, their vision has stages of development too. More than 12 million school-age children, or one in four, have some form of vision problem. Unfortunately, nearly 80 percent of preschoolers do not receive a vision exam. This is the age at which most problems could be detected and effectively treated, according to Virgil Murray, MD, ophthalmologist with The Eye Clinic. “A newborn’s eyes and vision are typically checked before they leave the hospital, and at well baby visits by their pediatrician during infancy.” By the time they are a toddler, and before four years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend a comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor. “When it comes to vision, the signs of progress – or lack of it– are not as obvious as other aspects of infant development,” Dr. Murray explains. “Vision problems are treated more successfully during the growth and development of a child’s visual system. By the time a child reaches school age, their visual system has completed its development, so a delayed eye exam can put have a huge impact on their future visual capabilities. That’s why having an exam at this age is so important.” For more information on infant eye exams, call The Eye Clinic nearest you, or 1-800-866-5223. Information is also available at www.theeyeclinic.net.



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Build the Foundation for Lifelong Learning by Ellen Frazel

Preschool is a time when children begin forming their personalities and learning how to engage with the world. Alex Myers, owner of Leap into Learning Child Development Center, quotes Dr. Pam Schiller, a renowned expert on early childhood development: “The first three years of life lay the foundation for lifelong learning. During this critical time, a child’s brain is busy wiring the foundation for vision, emotional stability, language development, motor development, thinking skills and much more.” With this foundation in mind, Myers says it is important that a preschooler be exposed to programs in six categories: social and emotional development, language and literacy development, physical development, creative arts, math, and science. The focus is on active learning through play. “For example,” Myers says, “if we are learning about dinosaurs, we teach the kids interesting facts through

lifelike pictures, read stories about dinosaurs, and then have the children actively dig for dinosaur bones in the sandbox and put the dinosaurs back together.” She explains that this type of learning helps children develop problemsolving and reasoning skills. Preschool learning also encourages children to cultivate initiative and imagination. “Children need to impose their own structure on things in a predictable and secure environment. Allowing them a choice of learning centers, art exploration, science or math exploration is important,” Myers says. This also helps children form a sense of self. “Developing a positive self-image, developing an awareness of one’s self as having certain abilities, preferences, and characteristics is vital to a child’s growth process,” Myers says. “The way children learn to view themselves and others—as

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Two Times a Charm

by Erin Kelly

When Katie Maddox was five years old, she went into a store with her grandmother while her mother and identical twin sister Aimee stayed in the car. As she entered the store and passed an oversized mirror, she greeted her own reflection and said, “Aimee, I didn’t know you came in! I thought you stayed in the car.” She laughs about it now, but says that overall, she and her sister don’t think they look that much alike, despite being identical twins, and their personalities aren’t necessarily identical either. Katie likes to chatter; Aimee is more introverted. “We have been best friends since our birthday,” Katie says. “The challenges of being a twin are that people don’t even try to figure out which one is which. Twins are individuals, not a set.” Still, they sometimes have a little fun with other people’s fascination with identical twins. When people ask if they can read each other’s minds, Katie replies with a simple yes. “We had the whole high school believing us—shhh.” She laughs. “Some still do.” The number of twins—either identical or fraternal—has increased 76 percent over the past thirty years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Some of that is attributed to the growing use of fertility drugs, but most of it is because women are waiting longer to give birth, and older women are more likely to produce fraternal twins. Finding out that mommy’s having more 28 www.thriveswla.com

than one baby can come as a shock, no matter the reason. When Katie and Aimee were born, no one knew they’d be twins. Extended family waited anxiously at the nursery for news; when the nurse brought Katie out and announced it was a girl, they all clapped and cheered. Four minutes later, a second nurse walked out with Aimee. The family, although shocked, continued cheering and clapping. “Five minutes later, another nurse walks out with another baby. Before they had a chance to explain that the third one belonged to a different family, my dad fainted.” For Elizabeth and Anthony Schultz, the moment of shock and awe came during the first ultrasound, when the ultrasound technician casually said that he saw two babies. Elizabeth isn’t sure what he said after that because she went into quasi-shock. Then, tears. “My eyes were pouring. I was so excited the babies were healthy. Then I was overcome with terror. I cried for my son Gage who knew nothing but being an only child and how his world would shortly be turned upside down. I Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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cried because I didn’t think I could be a good mom to three kids at one time,” she says. “Finally I came to the point where I could laugh and say, ‘Ready or not, we are having twins.’” Mothers carrying multiples are at increased risk for early delivery, emergency C-section and low birth rates. For Elizabeth the pregnancy was smooth until about 29 weeks, when she was put on bed rest to prevent early delivery. She said it was amazing to feel two tiny humans moving around, especially since she knew which girl was doing what—Kennadie was always calmer, while Katie was spastic. “Parenting twins really doesn’t seem too much different from one. I just do the same, only three times now. In the beginning I wouldn’t even leave the house because I thought it would be too hard. Finally I realized—I got this. I can do everything I did pre-twins. Sure, I can only fit five things in my buggy when we go to the store, but we manage. Now I’m the crazy lady that brings her three kids everywhere she goes,” says Elizabeth, a stay-athome mom. “People ask how we do it and we always say we just do. You just have to be more stubborn than your kids. Ha!” Because eight-month-old Kennadie Ellanor and Katie Evelynn are identical, the inevitable mixing-up of the girls has already happened. To keep track of who’s who, Elizabeth lays them in certain spots for bed. When Anthony inadvertently put them down in opposite spots, Elizabeth spent her day calling them by the wrong name. “I know, bad mom,” she jokes, adding, “If they are side by side you can tell a difference. Katie is and always has been a pound bigger. But if they aren’t, then good luck.” She said the key to surviving twin infanthood is to have a husband who understands that parenting is a two-person job. “I am so blessed to have a husband who does it all,” she says. “We are also blessed to have a son who loves his sisters more than anything in the world. He has never complained about the millions of times he has

heard, ‘Hang on, let me finish feeding sisters.’” The days of the crying ultrasound have been replaced with the cries of two baby girls, but Elizabeth and Anthony wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m clinging to these sweet adorable days while they last.” For Jon and Alyson Yokubaitis, a good sense of humor has come in handy when dealing with the constant questions that come with parenting their twin daughters, Amy and Katie, who were infants when they were adopted by the couple, who also had three daughters and eventually adopted a son as well. Like Katie Maddox and her sister Aimee, the Yokubaitis twins are best friends. “They honestly never get tired of each other,” their mother says. “We hear them giggling and talking after lights out almost every night. They have different personalities, but their personalities are very compatible and they bring out the best in each other. They also balance each other’s emotions,

one being calmer and relaxed on one occasion and the other being that way the next time a similar situation occurs.” Twins are a unique gift, Alyson says. “Our advice to parents expecting twins would be to truly enjoy the blessing that twins bring to a family,” Alyson says.

Katie and Kennadie, daughters of Elizabeth and Anthony Schultz, with older brother Gage.

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Fostering a Special Bond by Lisa Addison

As the preschool minister at Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles, Dawn Brand is around lots of children just about every day of her life. But as a single woman who had never had any children of her own, she knew that one day she hoped to become a mother but also to continue to make a difference in the lives of other children as well. “From my earliest memories, I wanted to be a mom and I always played with dolls and dollhouses,” Brand said. “As a single adult, I knew having a biological child was not an option but as a Christian I believe that the Bible tells us to care for the widows and orphans regardless of gender, age or marital status. So, to be a mom I decided to foster with the goal of adoption.” She’s currently fostering a baby girl who has been with her for many months and says it has helped her to see so many other families who are both fostering and fostering to adopt. “I have watched many families do foster care and foster to adopt,” she said. “To know people who have done it was a valuable resource. When someone has walked the journey before you it helps you make your way and while no two paths are the same, the support for the hills and valleys is priceless.” Brand said even if the goal is not always adoption, she would definitely recommend fostering to anyone who has the heart and desire to make a difference in the life of a child. “Good foster parents are needed for the children who are in the care of the state,” she said. “A person learns a lot about society, the agency, the courts, the state, and themselves when they foster. Some of my highest moments and most painful heartache have come during the foster care process.” In the Lake Charles region, which is comprised of Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, and Allen parishes, there are more than 400 children in the care of the Department of Social Services (DSS) and currently in foster care. The agency’s primary goal is reunification with family but foster homes provide a stable and loving environment for children while their birth

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families take the necessary steps so they can be prepared for reunification with their children. Among the multitude of local foster families are Sarah McCain Negroni and her husband Luis. When they got married a few years ago, they were hoping to eventually have a child and add to their family, which already included children from each of their previous marriages. When they weren’t able to have a child, they considered domestic adoption but instead turned to fostering after they went to an orientation and began taking classes to learn about the process. “We just saw that there was a real need and that there are so

many children who need good homes whether that ends up being a temporary home for them or whether it becomes their forever home,” Sarah said. “When we first started the process, my husband had just become a Christian and he looked at us fostering as almost a ministry.” After the couple became certified to become foster parents, it wasn’t long before they got their first placement, a little girl who was a toddler and stayed with them for a few weeks before being reunited with birth family. “Then, we got a call about a 4-year-old little girl and we began fostering her,” Sarah said. That little girl, Alayjah, is now their daughter after her adoption was finalized a couple of years ago. They are currently fostering a 3-year-old little boy and they are hoping to adopt him as well. “One of the things that surprised me about fostering is that there is an immediate bond there. I’ve been so amazed to see that children have such a tremendous capacity for love. When you think about it, love really can conquer all.” If you have room in your home and your heart and would like to consider becoming a foster parent, you can start by attending an orientation followed by training classes offered by DSS. Every member of the household must pass background checks as well as participate in a home study. Potential foster parents must also submit personal references and job references to DSS. Foster parents must be 21 years of age or older, have sufficient income to support their own family, pass background checks, physicals, and have adequate room in their homes to house foster children. A foster parent can be married, single, divorced or widowed. To get more information on becoming a foster parent, visit www.dss.state.la.us or call (337) 475-3030. Lisa Addison was a foster parent who adopted both of her children through DSS.

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Planning a Kid-Friendly Move by Christine Fisher

Late spring and summer has been unofficially dubbed “family moving season” as most families househunt during this time in order to be settled by fall when the new school year begins. Younger children in elementary school are not usually as affected by a move as middle school aged kids and teenagers, but it depends on the child. “How a child handles a move involves many factors: their personality, their home life, their coping skills, the distance of the move and also how it is presented to them,” said Rebecca Slone, associate broker and REALTOR with Century 21 Bessette Realty. Moving can be stressful for children and if they have a difficult time, the stress level increases for parents. It can also be an exciting time. “You want to do all you can to make this an adventure and help your children embrace this time in your family’s life,” said Slone.

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Because kids key in on behaviors from their parents, putting the move in a positive light will help the kids see it as something to look forward to. They look for clues from their parents to help them know how to handle situations. Parents who are stressed-out over the move, or anxious about it, will often unknowingly influence their child to having the same anxiety. “That’s one of the benefits of working with a qualified realtor,” she said. “We can handle the hundreds of details that can occur during selling a home, looking for the home you envision, and then buying it. Questions arise and we’re there to answer them.”

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Slone offers these tips to make your next move a kid-friendly one:

Share the “we’re moving” news soon. Depending on the age, letting everyone in on the upcoming change will help them adjust to the idea. You don’t want them to overhear it from other family members or friends of yours. Let them know you’re looking at other houses, whether it’s in another neighborhood, city or state. The further the distance, the more impact the change will have on schools and friends. Moving to another neighborhood isn’t as life-changing as moving to another state.

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Keep a routine. If Tuesday nights are family pizza nights, do your best to maintain that tradition; even if you eat the pizza on top of the packed boxes. It provides a sense of normalcy for a child to know that even if some things are different at the time, the family traditions will continue. Chances are the memory of eating on those boxes will be a cherished one for years to come.

Talk it over. Keep the communication lines open with your child. Give them the space to express their emotions, even if they are negative. Younger children can draw a picture about how they feel, older kids can be encouraged to talk freely.

Include them in the plans. In an age-appropriate way, involve them in the process. Encourage them to help pack boxes, or decorate them for younger children! Bring them with you to tour potential new homes, or talk about what things they’d like to have in the new house. Including the children in the process will reinforce that they’re important and the decision is made as a family. Teens may want a game room; a younger child might get excited to know there’s a nearby park. While you can’t grant every wish, look for ways to consider their desires. Since the average American moves 14 times in his or her lifetime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, knowing how to cope with a move, and having good memories of it when they were young, will give today’s children the skills they need to handle it when they are adults. For more information about any real estate concern, call Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2185 or visit www.century21-bessette.com.

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Four-Legged Friends Get Allergies, Too by Erin Kelly

When we think of seasonal allergies we usually think of our own watery eyes or sniffling noses, but we’re not the only ones susceptible to pollen and dust. Our pets are also susceptible to seasonal allergy triggers. “Your pets can also show allergic reactions when their immune systems wrongly recognize everyday allergens as potentially dangerous foreign entities. Unfortunately, they can’t exactly tell us that their allergies are bothering them, and many pet owners may mistake their behavior as related to something else,” said veterinarian Dr. Randy Farr, with Farr Veterinary Hospital in Lake Charles. Dr. Farr also noted that both dogs and cats can suffer from environmental allergies, as well as allergies to certain foods. Allergy symptoms can be similar in both cats and dogs, according to Dr. Farr. “Constant itching of the paws or tail is a hallmark sign. Itchy, runny eyes are another,” he said. “Itching around the tail is often a sign of a flea allergy, he added. “Both cats and dogs with allergies may snore when they’re sleeping—another allergy symptom. Cats sometimes sneeze and cough and may even wheeze if they develop asthma.” Constant licking is a common allergy symptom seen in dogs. Perpetual picking at the skin— through licking or paw-chewing—can cause secondary infections to the skin, resulting in hair loss, scabs or crust on the skin, Dr. Farr said. “Animals can develop allergies at any time and they are often allergic to the same things as humans – pollen, mold, grass, dust mites, dander, cigarette smoke,” explain Dr. Jae Chang, also with Farr Veterinary Hospital. “Cleaning products are also a common trigger. When cleaning in the home, many people use carpet cleaners or scented carpet powder, which gets on the animal’s paws and can cause a

reaction. Just as with people, any number of things can trigger allergy symptoms in pets. The key is being aware of the symptoms.” Food allergies are a more complicated culprit, according to Dr. Chang, as it may take some investigation to find out which specific ingredient has caused the unwanted symptoms, which typically include diarrhea, vomiting and other gastro problems. Food allergies, which can also appear at any time, usually have to be diagnosed using an elimination diet. “Whether it’s environmental or food-related, pet allergies shouldn’t be ignored, Dr. Chang said. “A veterinarian can help identify the cause and provide targeted treatment. Animals need specific medication to alleviate their allergic condition, improve their quality of life and greatly improve their health. Left untreated, allergies in our pets can lead to more serious complications.”

For more information about pet allergies, or any other pet concern, call Farr Veterinary Hospital at (337) 474-1526, or visit www.farrvet.com.

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Company Culture… Are we owners or renters? Whether you are a company owner, executive or front-line employee you’re probably interested in company culture. Sometimes an organization’s culture encourages people to thrive, provide great service, creatively solve problems and generate new ideas. Other companies may stifle growth and progress because the employees don’t “buy in” to the culture. They have more of a renter’s attitude than an attitude of ownership. So, how do we create that culture that makes employees feel like owners?

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According to Sara Judson and Christi Miller, coowners of Training Pathways LLC, each individual is an architect of the corporate culture, no matter their role. “You shape it by how you behave. Every single thing you do serves as building blocks in the habit patterns that make up the personality of the company. In time the culture takes on a life of its own. It gains power and influence. And as the habits grow stronger, the culture begins to shape your behavior more and more,” says Judson, who uses Culture Shift by Price Pritchett, PhD, as a guide.

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“Culture can be very controlling. But powerful as it might be, the culture cannot change without permission from the people.” Here’s how:

CORE VALUES – You will see the culture of your organization develop in the direction you desire if you start with a vision, mission and core values. The vision defines where you want to be in the future, the mission is the purpose and drives daily activities and the core values define what is truly important to making the mission and

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vision come to life. Miller says, “The leader of the organization has the responsibility to role model these values and never compromise them. The visibility and actions of the leader is really key to the success of developing the culture.”

HIRING – Your goal in hiring should be to hire people with beliefs and values that are in alignment with your company’s culture. “The long-term effects of hiring employees who share the same core values as the company will include employee retention, employee engagement and employee satisfaction,” Judson says. These types of employees “own” the culture and want to be a part of the organization’s success. ACTION PLAN – If you see opportunities for improvement, it’s time to develop an action plan for those areas that are not in alignment with your desired culture. Training Pathways

recommends that you review your policies and procedures and update them to include specific behaviors that support your core values, mission and vision. “Involve those employees who exhibit behaviors of ownership. This will help cement the long term effects we spoke of earlier – increasing employee engagement, satisfaction and ultimately retention,” Judson notes. It is key for the owner/ leader to communicate the new culture and model the specific behaviors that support this culture. A clear focus on your vision, mission and core values will help the whole organization develop the culture of ownership for the employees. This leads to positive outcomes throughout the organization. For more information about how to develop or enhance your organization’s culture, contact Training Pathways at 304-0347 or at www.trainingpathways.com.

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Graduate to Smart Financial Management by Kristy Armand

It’s cap-and-gown season again, and for college graduates, this means it’s time to face the stark reality of the so-called “Real World.” For most, life after the final semester is marked by more independence, which typically means more responsibility and more control over the green in your wallet. “College life certainly provides a taste of what’s ahead. Even if you have the financial backing and support of your parents, most college students still have to learn how to operate within a budget. Those lessons will certainly come in handy when power of the pocketbook is transferred from parents to graduate,” says Karen Quinilty, Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “A college education does many things, but one of the things it doesn’t usually do is prepare you for the potential turmoil of completely managing your personal finances.” If you want to get off on the right foot, Quinilty suggests putting yourself on a budget right away. If you’re already on a budget, tweak it to fit your new lifestyle. A budget doesn’t mean that you calculate bills and expenses in your head – it’s an actual document (on paper or on the computer) that sketches out your bills, expenses and luxuries in black-and-white. There is no one way to create a budget. Some people prefer spreadsheets while others might scribble in a ledger. Quinilty advises finding a way that’s best for you; a method that you will stick with. “Once you have a budget, you’ll have a clearer understanding of how much disposable income you have,” Quinilty said, noting that a vital aspect of effective budgeting is keeping track of what’s going in and out. “If you swipe your debit card ten times in a week and forget to write down eight of those transactions, you’re already falling off the financial train.

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Yes, you can always check your balance online, but that won’t show checks that haven’t cleared or every pending debit. If you spend it, write it down, and balance your checkbook against your bank statement.” Another good post-graduate idea is to order a copy of your credit report. Chances are you will now need access to more credit, whether it’s buying a car or opening a credit card. It’s a good idea to find out where you stand. If your credit score is low, you may find it difficult to rent an apartment or finance a vehicle. If you haven’t accumulated much credit during your college years, you may find that your score has been affected by that as well. “As a college graduate you probably haven’t had much time to build up a solid credit history for creditors to hang their hats on,” Quinilty says. “This doesn’t necessarily translate to a higher score. But whatever the case

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may be, it’s a good idea to know what your score is and what you can do to get it to the highest level possible.” Speaking of debt, many college students have accumulated some, Quinilty says. “ The average college graduate has about $20,000 in debt and it can be tempting to accumulate even more, especially on an entry-level salary. But if at all possible, don’t pile on more debt onto your existing obligation,” she says. “If you do, you could be forty years old before all of it’s paid off. On the other hand, being frugal now will help you start your post-college life on firm financial footing.” For more information on personal banking, call Lakeside at 474-3766 or visit lakesidebanking. com.

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Waving the White Flag: How to Ask for Help at Work

Even if you’re the company rock star, always meeting your deadlines, rarely absent or late, it is inevitable that you are going to need a little help from a coworker at some point. Asking for help can be tricky sometimes, though. Consider these situations and read on for the best ways to handle them.

What’s got you so worried?

The reason why you shouldn’t be worried.

How to ask for help.

People might think I have no clue what I’m doing.

Keeping quiet and struggling alone may actually make you come off as less capable in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask for direction as opposed to asking someone to do it for you.

Present it from the perspective of showing what you’ve been able to put together on the project and then ask for a second set of eyes to look at your plan and offer a second opinion. This shows you’ve got things under control, but just want to put the best product forward.

You hate to be a pest to your busy coworkers.

Don’t underestimate how willing people are to help you. Studies have shown that when we help others, the reward centers in our brain light up and we feel good about ourselves.

Don’t act sheepish or afraid when you ask. Be upbeat in your approach, toss in a compliment and then ask them to brainstorm with you for a few minutes. You’ll come off as likeable and make your coworker feel good at the same time.

You want to prove you can handle the project alone.

Even when you don’t totally have your bearings on a project, you can still come off looking competent. The trick is to make it clear that you need help with only one small part of the project and that you’ve got the rest covered.

Stay away from being overly dramatic and saying something like, “I’m dying here, can you help me?” Instead, set boundaries with your request by making it as specific as possible. After you get what you need, take back the reins and say thank you.

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! OBG-1 of WCCH Now Open

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has announced the opening of OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, formerly OBG-1, a local obstetric and gynecology clinic. The clinic will remain under the medical direction of Ben Darby, MD, FACOG, OB/ GYN and Scott Bergstedt, MD, FACOG, OB/GYN. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 312-1000.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group Holds Ribbon Cutting

the state’s pilot creative placemaking initiative. This recognition put Southwest Louisiana among an elite list of only ten communities receiving this grant. The communities are awarded with a small seed grant and six months of creative placemaking coaching. For details on this grant, call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Dynamic Dimensions Launches WATERinMOTION™ Program Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) debuted WATERinMOTION, a new aquatics group fitness program. The program provides a low impact, high-energy workout for participants of all ages, skill, and fitness levels. For more information, call the Sulphur location at (337) 527-5459 or Moss Bluff at (337) 855-7708.

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The AHA, CHRISTSUS St. Patrick Hospital and the City of Lake Charles Unveil Walking Path The American Heart Association (AHA), CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and the City of Lake Charles unveiled the first AHA designated walking path in Lake Charles. This new walking path, located in Drew Park and sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, is a step toward heart disease prevention and reducing heart disease in Louisiana.

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CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group held a grand opening, ribbon cutting and blessing ceremony at the new medical office building at 401 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Administrators; Reverend Monsignor Daniel Torres, Vicar General; Mayor Randy Roach, physicians, associates and other city officials came together for the event.

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Imperial Health Imaging Center has installed a new state-of-the-art CT system that offers the highest level of image quality with advanced technologies to reduce radiation dose. Toshiba’s Aquilion PrimeTM multi-detector CT system is designed to lower radiation, make exams more comfortable and safer for patients and provides physicians with the information required for diagnosis. For more information, call (337) 312-8761 or log on to www.imperialhealth.com.

East Stackton Available for Digital Download Sternwood & MacGuffin’s short horror film, East Stackton, shot in Southwest Louisiana in 2011, is complete and available for digital download. The film was written by Sean Farina and John Veron. It can be purchased at www.eaststackton.com/buy. For more information, please contact John Veron, producer, at (323) 543-5374.

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J&J Exterminating Announces iPad Giveaway J&J Exterminating is giving away 10 iPads throughout Louisiana, one in each of their 10 service regions. Participants can enter through the website, www.jjext.com or through the J&J Exterminating Facebook page. “By giving us an email address, anyone can be entered into the iPad contest,” said Bryan Gaspard, regional manager with J&J Exterminating. “The email address will be used only for occasional J&J Exterminating updates as well as exclusive discounts. Customer can also sign up to pay online through our website.” The contest continues through the end of June, the drawing will be held July 1. Winners will be notified via the email address submitted. Founded in 1960, J&J Exterminating is the largest independently-owned pest control company in Louisiana. They offer pest control services for homes and businesses.

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If you’re looking for easy and affordable wedding favors that will be as big a hit as your wedding, look no further! Here are a few ideas that will delight your guests as they hit the road.

Personalized CD’s – Create a soundtrack to your wedding and share it with your wedding guests. A personalized CD is a classic favor that guests will be able to have as a keepsake.

Ingredient & Recipe – Attach a recipe for making pesto to a small potted basil plant or give a tiny jar of spices to create a secret family recipe. This easy and delicious memory will extend into your guests own homes. Straw Fan – If the weather is likely to be hot, place a straw fan in each seat before the ceremony. Add a tag on the handle with the couple’s name and wedding date to make it more personalized.

Regional Treat – If you’re hosting a wedding out of town or even in your hometown, share a regional favorite as your wedding favors. Whether it is spices, maps, jams or homemade goodies, it’s sure to be a hit.

Flash Drive – Send guests home with memories that will play on forever. Load a flash drive with photos and a personalized playlist. Include wedding preparation pictures, shower pictures and more to have guests eager to see if they made it into the video.

Personalized Candy – Put a personal mark on your wedding favors that will leave your guests with a sweet treat. Whether it’s chocolate bars, mints or lollipops, your guests are sure to love them.

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Attendant and wedding party gifts are a great way of showing appreciation to all of the people who have stood by you during the wedding planning and are prepared to deliver a flawless performance on the big day. Even if you’re on a budget, you don’t have to give traditional gifts or give each person the same thing. We’ve put together a list of creative and personalized gifts that are perfect mementos for anyone.

It should be considered an honor to present the public toast at the wedding of a friend or loved one, but for many, it’s a terrifying prospect. The thought of an attentive silence following the clinking of a glass is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine. When all eyes are on you, the pressure’s on to sound articulate, charming and cool as a cucumber.


• Monogrammed robe • Framed picture of the bridesmaid with the bride • Jewelry to wear on the wedding day • Tote bag Toasts were once considered a hallmark duty of the best man, but women have increasingly been brought into the fold, as well as whomever else the bride or groom considers worthy.


• Initialed flask • Cufflinks • Personalized golf towels • Monogrammed cooler

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Ring Bearer • Yo-Yo to keep busy during pictures • Football • Money bank


• Monogrammed handkerchiefs • Engraved framed photos • Matching watches

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• Personalized mug/wine glass • Money clip • Engraved keychain

Not to worry, Toastmasters International has provided a set of toast tips designed to keep the jitters away and keep you sounding coherent, witty and well-versed.

Not sure what to say? Think of stories about the couple that are tender and lovely—one that will inspire laughter, tears or both. Think of funny memories that you share with the couple that will make appropriate toast fodder. Once you have a great toast in mind, practice it in front of friends. Memorizing your toast may make you feel more comfortable, but there’s nothing wrong with having note cards handy when it comes time to deliver.

Shorter is sweeter. Don’t talk for more than a couple of minutes, even if you think you’re giving the best speech the attendees have ever heard. Take a deep breath before you begin. Make sure people can hear you. Don’t let bad nerves turn you into a soft-spoken mouse. Dredge up all the confidence you can muster and speak up. People often worry that they’re too loud, but usually what you think is too loud is just loud enough. Speak clearly, slowly and in your normal voice.

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No matter who you hire to photograph your wedding, here are some tips to consider that could make a huge difference in how satisfied you are with your pictures.



Communicate the must-have shots to your photographer. If you’ve hired a professional, there shouldn’t be any need to tell them about the standard set of must-haves. Feel free to forward them pictures and articles that grab your heart so they know what types of shots to look for.

When taking formal shots, choose a friend or relative who knows your attendants. Give this person a shot list and have them help corral everyone for each picture. This will help speed up the picture taking and allows your photographer to focus on composing and taking great portraits.



Plan carefully about how much time it will take for the pictures. Everything from your bridal prep to your formals should be scheduled. Photographers know that wedding day schedules change so plan for more time than you think you will need for photography to reduce the stress and give your photographer time to snap the perfect shots.

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The best wedding photos come from brides and grooms who are relaxed and enjoying their day. Sort out your timeline and plans with your photographer and vendors and then put this schedule in the hands of your maid of honor and best man. Lean on them to manage the whirlwind around you, while both of you sit back and enjoy the magic of your wedding day.

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practice makes perfect While it’s true crowds are swayed by emotion, your points also need to be clear. • Enlist a mock audience and allow their feedback to help fine-tune your message. • Pace yourself and be sure to slow down when presenting points you want your audience to remember well. • Speak with authority by leaving out phrases like “I guess” and “I think” to avoid weakening your argument.

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Front-Porch Sittin’ at Lloyd’s Country Store story by Katie Harrington photos by Shonda Manuel

On a pleasant spring day with a nice breeze blowing and the sun shining high, life has slowed to a nice pace for the middle of the week and work day. Allen and Pamela Seal, owners of Lloyd’s Country Store on Phillips Road in Westlake, swing slowly on a wooden porch while their son-in-law Scott Mitchell sits nearby in a wooden rocker. The trio is partaking in what Pamela likes to call “front-porch sittin’.”

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It’s on this porch that an older way of doing business has been brought back to life, according to Allen. “We make a lot of deals sitting right here on this front porch. People stop in and we sit out here and negotiate sales over a cold bottle of pop. We close them with a handshake and a smile.” June 6 will mark four years since Allen’s lifelong dream and hobby became a reality. The store has turned into a versatile and popular roadside attraction, drawing everyone from antique treasure hunters to photographers. “People come from as far away as Texas for photography shoots,” says Pamela. “We may never know how many photos are taken out here, but it’s nice to know that after Allen and I are

long gone, this place will live on through those photographs.” Whether you’re a photographer or a treasure hunter, there’s no doubt you will find more than you bargained for once you arrive. “People come out to look at the old cars. These are especially popular with the photographers,” the couple says. “Old signage, vintage coke machines and odds and ends from older homes are some of the more popular items amongst the pickers.” The inventory in the store comes from a variety of sources. “We buy houses where the sale includes all the contents. We save the antiques and collectibles in our warehouse and slowly bring them into the store,” Allen says. Some of

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the inventory even comes from donations. “An older man came in and looked around and then asked me to come with him to his house. He said he had some things he wanted me to look at. I went over there with money, prepared to buy whatever he had to show me. He had it all laid out in this one room. I made him an offer and he refused it. He wanted to give it to the store to make sure it went somewhere good and not out to the curb as trash.” There’s no real inventory at Lloyd’s Country Store, but if you’re hunting for a specific item, chances are, Allen knows off the top of his head whether he has it or not. Inside the store, items are displayed in a nice orderly fashion for those who don’t like to dig when they shop. But for the ultimate treasure hunter, the Seals have created what they call Picker’s Paradise out back. “In Pickers Paradise, you can dig to your heart’s content to find that perfect treasure,” says Pamela. Allen adds that although prices are clearly marked on most of the items, everything is negotiable. “That’s the fun part, to see people who come in and have never negotiated for anything. They are a little nervous at first, 50 www.thriveswla.com

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Every Item Has a Story Even though Lloyd’s Country Store is a treasure trove, some things on display are priceless and aren’t for sale. One item in this category is the ceiling fan in the kitchen. It is a relic from the old Majestic Hotel in Lake Charles. “We bought a house in Westlake,” explains Allen. “As we were going through it with the previous owner, he pointed it out and told us where it came from. Before we did anything else with that property, we took that fan down and brought it over to the store.” The restored gas station display out front also has an interesting back story. “A gentleman from Moss Bluff was here visiting with us one day and he told me he had them behind his business. I was able to get it over here and it took a year to restore it. The lights even work and are set on a timer to come on each night,” Allen says. Allen adds that he is currently working to restore a 1961 Galaxy to park in front of the gas pumps. “We are going to paint it to look just like the sheriff’s car on Andy Griffith. We even found an old light bar to put on top.”

Fun Facts • The store is named after Allen’s father, who was an avid collector in his day. He loved to trade things with people and was intrigued by anything old, especially cars. • The home that Lloyd’s Country Store resides in was built sometime in the 1940’s, before Phillips Road was even built. This is why the house sits at an offset angle compared to the other homes along the road. • The oldest car in Allen’s classic car inventory is a 1924 Buffalo Firetruck. • During the summer, you can buy sno cones and old fashioned A&W frosted mugs from the store.

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Doug Gehrig was presented the esteemed 2012 Ronald Award by McDonald’s Corporation. The award given by the company to the top one percent of McDonald’s owners nationwide.

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the first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955, few realized that the company would grow to 700 restaurants nationwide within 10 years. Today, the Golden Arches are an American icon, the American dream turned reality. Turning burgers and fries into a successful venture has happened worldwide and Southwest Louisiana has been fortunate enough to benefit. Doug Gehrig, owner and operator of 11 Calcasieu Parish McDonald’s restaurants, didn’t set out to be in the restaurant business, but he jumped in feet first in 1975 and hasn’t looked back since. Today, he employs more than 500 people and is consistently one of the area’s most successful privately owned businesses each year, serving 5.5 million people in 2012. Thrive recently sat down with Gehrig to learn more about what it’s like to run nearly a dozen of one of the world’s most successful restaurant chains and what drives his commitment to the Southwest Louisiana community.

You’re a mechanical engineer by trade. How did you end up in the restaurant business? My family has always been in the restaurant business. I grew up washing dishes as a youngster. We owned an A&W Root Beer Stand and when I was in college, I worked in the snack bar for my dorm and I ran the food service for the fraternity I was in. It has just always followed me. When I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering I went to work for General Electric. It was bad timing though, coming right at the end of the Vietnam War. It was a great opportunity, but there wasn’t a lot of work available. I moved back home and went to work for a small firm in their research lab. It wasn’t really what I wanted to be doing so when my dad called and told me he was expanding his restaurants here in Lake Charles, and asked me if I wanted to come help him run the new Broad Street location he was about to build, I took the chance and moved down here. Your family is originally from Wisconsin. How did you end up in Lake Charles? My dad wanted to move south because he was tired of the cold. He heard about a McDonald’s franchise operation in Chicago so he went down to check it out. Seeing this as his vehicle to move south, he applied for a franchise and was offered a couple of opportunities, including Lake Charles and the rest, as they say, is history. McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana leads the region is sales growth year after year. What are the keys to your success? Honestly, good people working with me is number one. Their strong work ethic motivates me. We have a tremendous team in place and they care about this community as much as I do. My daughters grew up working in these stores and they learned incredible values and work ethic in the business. After getting a good team in place, it all boils down to working hard to provide excellent service to our customers on a daily basis. Just because you did it yesterday, doesn’t mean you can slack off and not do it today. It takes a constant effort because it doesn’t just happen by itself.

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Eleven successful stores obviously keep you very busy, but many might be shocked to know that it is not uncommon for you to jump in and begin working a station in one of your stores if it gets busy. Why do you remain so hands-on after all these years? I just hate for people to wait, I am impatient myself. We consistently lead the region in not only sales, but also in service times. I sit on numerous committees on the corporate level and this is one thing we discuss frequently. Improving service time takes energy put forth. It’s my hot button and it’s my DO’s (director of operation) hot button, too. You have to care about quick, reliable service and expect your employees to care too. It’s tough though, especially with the number of customers we serve each day, but you can’t ever give up and just say it doesn’t matter. It does matter, and if you want your employees to meet your expectations, you have to show that your own actions match your expectations of them.

As a corporation, McDonald’s has a platform that involves giving back. Here locally, we embrace that and we do it because we can and we simply like doing it.

McDonald’s of Calcasieu Parish is a regular supporter of numerous local organizations and charities. Last year alone you donated more than $100,000 to community nonprofit organizations. These funds and the decisions to give them are made and paid for on a local level. What drives your commitment to the community? We will continue to invest in our local community because this is not only where we work—but also where we live and play. These organizations improve our quality of life, and we are blessed to be able to support them.

For more information about McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana, visit www.mcdswla.com.

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Your restaurants are teaming up with the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana and Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries for a special program in July. Tell me more about what’s on tap. Literacy levels the playing fields for all, makes the transfer of knowledge possible and opens numerous doors. We recently donated $30,000 to the Calcasieu Parish Library Foundation to purchase AWE Early Literacy StationsTM for seven public libraries in the area. This summer, to further this commitment, we are partnering with the two organizations mentioned above to give away children’s books and bookmarks at each of their 11 locations throughout the parish. Our hope is to inspire family reading time, while sharpening reading skills.

Jack Coffman (two-year-old son of Dallin and Megan Coffman) explores one of Central Library’s new Early Literacy Stations (ELS) with Doug Gehrig. A recent $30,000 donation by McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana provided ELS systems for seven Calcasieu Parish Libraries.



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McNeese Alumnus Lands 2013 Pulitzer McNeese State University alumnus Adam Johnson has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction with his novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” set in North Korea. The Pulitzer committee cited Johnson’s book as an “exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” Johnson is a 1996 graduate of McNeese’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program and is currently an associate professor of English at Stanford University. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Arizona State University and a doctorate in English from Florida State University. Johnson has also been named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in

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Creative Arts for Fiction. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. He has also been the recipient of a Swarthout Writing Award, a Kingsbury Fellowship, Adam Johnson a Stegner Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper’s, Playboy, Paris Review, The New York Times and Best American Short Stories. His other books include the “Emporium,” a short-story collection, and the novel, “Parasites Like Us.” His books have been translated into 16 languages. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former McNeese MFA professor Robert Olen Butler taught Johnson and praised his former student. “I know of no American writer who is more deserving of the Pulitzer Prize than Adam Johnson. His innate brilliance was clear to me from the moment I read his application to McNeese. But brilliance alone does not make a great writer. He also had a remarkable work ethic, a ravenous engagement with life experience and an ever-deepening wisdom about the human condition,” said Butler. “I am proud of Adam. And I am proud of the McNeese creative writing program, which remains one of the finest in the country.” Amy Fleury, McNeese’s MFA director and former classmate of Johnson at McNeese, said, “Not only do I admire Adam as a writer and human being, but I’ve also enjoyed knowing him as a friend for almost 20 years. I wasn’t surprised that he won the award. His book is just that good. I am delighted and happy for my friend.” She said Johnson was a visiting writer last year as the MFA program celebrated its 30th anniversary. “Who better than Adam to help us celebrate this occasion? He embodies the best of what our program is all about.” Dr. Jacob Blevins, head of the McNeese Department of English and Foreign Languages and another former classmate of Johnson, said he could not be more proud of his dear friend and alumnus. “Adam’s winning the most prestigious literary prize in America speaks of Adam’s talent and incomparable work ethic. But it also confirms that McNeese’s MFA program has always played an integral role in the development of the raw talent that comes here to study. Adam is now in the company of those other great Pulitzer winners like Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner, Morrison and McNeese’s former fiction writer Robert Olen Butler.” Dr. John Wood, founder and former director of the MFA program for 25 years, said Johnson’s win was great news. “We all knew from the start that Adam was one of the finest students that we ever had in the program and that great things were before him. So, he wins the Pulitzer and the Guggenheim. No telling what’s next for Adam. Nothing would surprise me.”

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Straight Answers to Your Questions on Industry and the Environment

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With all of the industry located near the various waterways we have in our area, what effects are they having on our water? Industries clean the water before it reaches the environment.

Sometimes advisories are issued for drinking and swimming, but they are related to biological waste hazards from homes and businesses, not industrial processes. Stringent guidelines are in place to monitor the impact local industry has on our waterways. The regulations continue to tighten and industry is consistently meeting the guidelines. The treatment processes at local industries result in clean water, which is lab-tested to verify compliance with regulations. These labs are certified by the DEQ to avoid any perceived bias. One of the reasons Louisiana is known as a sportsman’s paradise is because of our rich waterways, and we understand that everyone – including industry – plays a role in maintaining good water quality.


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Avery Appointed Larry Avery, co-owner of Gulf Island Shrimp Seafood and Big Easy Foods, has been appointed to the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board by Governor Bobby Jindal. The board’s Larry Avery purpose is to help strengthen and revitalize the Louisiana seafood industry, to identify threats, and execute strategic plans to overcome them. Avery will serve as a Seafood Processors Representative on the board, which is comprised of 14 appointment members from the commercial seafood, crawfish, and alligator industry in Louisiana.

CSE Names New Positions

were Celeste Morris for creative writing, Kennari Rachal for visual arts, Sarah King, Emmie Lancon and Wesley Guidry for vocal music, Katelyn Chargois for dance, Candace Miller for theatre and Margaret Lie for instrumental music. Each student received a $500 scholarship, while those in the vocal trio were awarded $200 each. For more information about events benefiting The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital call 337.494.3226.

L to R: Celeste Morris,; Kennari Rachal, Sarah King, Emmie Lancon, Wesley Guidry, Karen Drewett, Daffodil Tea cochair; Katelyn Chargois, Jan Thielen, Daffodil Tea co-chair; Candace Miller, Margaret Lie, Juli Gani, Daffodil Tea cochair; Patsy Manuel, Daffodil Tea co-chair; Debbie Lewing, scholarship patron.

Amerisafe Announces Promotion

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The Mortgage Lending and Business Lending departments of CSE Federal Credit Union would like to congratulate Peggy Wright, Jim Swift and Tammy Powers on their new positions. Peggy Wright has been named CSE’s Mortgage Tammy Powers Lending Manger; Jim Swift joins as our Member Business Lending Officer and Tammy Powers as CSE’s new Member Business Lending Assistant. For further information, call (337) 477-2000.

Memorial Hospital Honors Students of the Arts The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital honored local seniors for their accomplishments in the six art disciplines. The six students chosen 58 www.thriveswla.com

Kelly Goins, Senior Vice President of Underwriting at Amerisafe, Inc., announced the promotion of Laura Blackmon to Regional Vice President of Underwriting. Blackmon Laura Blackmon holds a Louisiana Property and Casualty license, is a Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP). In her new role, she will lead her region in reviewing, assessing, and optimizing operational and management processes.

Lewis Named Residential Sales & Leasing Coordinator Melissa Lewis is the new residential sales and leasing coordinator for W.G. Realty Company, L.L.C., the real estate agency responsible for leasing and selling Melissa Lewis property in Walnut Grove, a new traditional neighborhood development Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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CPSO Assistant Warden Graduates Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Assistant Warden for the Calcasieu Correctional Center and CPSO Honor Guard Team member, Jeffrey B. Miller, graduated from the 252nd Session Jeffrey B. Miller of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He was one of 268 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy.

Memorial Welcomes New Employer Health and Wellness Manager Jessica Carlson, a Lake Charles native with nearly 10 years of experience in the health care industry, joined the staff of Lake Charles Memorial Health Jessica Carlson System as Employer Health and Wellness Manager. For more information, call Memorial’s Employer Health and Wellness line at (337) 494-2992.

Ken Francis Promoted Lake Charles Coca-Cola Bottling Company United has announced the appointment of Ken Francis as its new Vice President of Sales, replacing Larry Stout who retired in March. Ken will oversee sales and operations for Lake Charles Coca-Cola and has started transitioning into his new role.

Hixson Recognized Medical Economics Magazine has recognized John Hixson as one of the 2012 Best Financial Advisors in the country. Hixson, a certified financial planner with Financial Management Professionals, Inc., was the John Hixson only advisor in Southwest Louisiana to receive this honor and only one of three in Louisiana overall. May 2013

Robinson Dental Group Welcomes Dr. Steven Park Tim Robinson, DDS, and his staff have welcome Dr. Steven Park to Robinson Dental Group in Lake Charles. For more information about Robinson Dental Steven Park, DDS Group visit www. robinsondentalgroup.net or call (337) 474-3636.

Local Financial Representatives Receive Industry Honor

been accepted to Louisiana State University where he plans to study Business or Engineering.

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Westlake High School Competes at State Rally

Clevric “Ric” Manuel has joined the leadership team as General Sales Manager for Highland and Prien Cemeteries and Hixson Funeral Homes. Manuel comes from AdLink, LLC, where he Ric Manuel serves as Vice President. He has over a decade of experience as a Regional Sales Manager and Account Executive for Fortune 500 companies, where he was awarded the 1999 Account Executive of the Year.

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The Westlake High School (WHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the 2013 FBLA State Conference. WHS had 24 students testing in various business categories. First place and qualifying for National Conference in Anaheim, CA this summer were Maxwell Reeser in Personal Finance, Rysa Wing, Kemberly Moseley, and Carly Ryder in Digital Video Production.

Financial Advisors Kevin Cooley, Shane Liggio, David Girola and Marty Derouen with the Lake Charles office of Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana, have qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), an international, independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers. Further information can be found at www.northwesternmutual.com.

Financial Management Professionals Welcomes New Advisor Financial Management Professionals (FMP) has welcomed Daniel Frick as a new advisor in the Lake Charles office. Dan will be Daniel Frick responsible for providing advisory services, investment management, and financial planning to new and existing clients.

Mitchell Named Branch Manager City Savings Bank has announced that Lori Mitchell has been named vice president and branch manager of the DeQuincy location. Mitchell has worked in the financial industry since 1980 and Lori Mitchell has experience in branch management, consumer lending, commercial lending, compliance, loan review and appraisal review.

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Brame Named V.P. of Jeff Davis Bank’s McNeese Branch

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Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has hired Gail Brame as a commercial lender and vice president of the McNeese branch in Lake Charles. Brame, a Lake Charles native, has 24 years of banking experience.

Jerry W. Jones Jr. joins Imperial Calcasieu Regional Planning and Development Commission (IMCAL). He serves as Economic Development Planner. IMCAL is a development commission that serves a Jerry W. Jones Jr. five parish area through state, parish, and municipal governments in Southwest Louisiana. Grant Bush, Executive Director of IMCAL and the staff welcomes Mr. Jones to IMCAL and Southwest Louisiana.

Local Artist’s Paintings Part of National Exhibitions

Westlake High School Selects Student of the Year Lake Charles artist, Sue Zimmermann, has three paintings accepted into two national juried exhibitions. Zimmermann’s painting, Once They Opened Doors, was selected by juror Cindy Agan for the 43rd International Exhibition, sponsored by the Louisiana Watercolor Society. Morgan Heflet

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Get your Feet Ready for Summer

by Kristy Armand

If summer heat shifts your fashion focus to your feet, then it’s important to get in step with smart footwear and footcare before the season begins. “There are definitely certain types of foot problems that we see much more of in the summer,” says . says Dr. Tyson Green, foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. The culprit? He says summer footwear and warm-weather activities lead to a variety of problems, including heel pain, arch pain, sprains, and other conditions. While high heels and strappy sandals may seem like the obvious source of foot pain and injury, Dr. Green says flip flops – which have become the everyday summer shoe of choice for many – actually cause more problems. “Many people believe wearing flip flops is a way to give their feet a break, but the opposite is true.” To fully understand why this type of footwear is so bad for your feet, he says you have to think about 60 www.thriveswla.com

the mechanics involved with every step you take. Our feet bear our full body weight and play a big role in maintaining our balance. Each time your foot hits the ground, the arch is supposed to be “locked” to absorb shock. That’s why good footwear is structured with an arch support. Flip flops, however, have a spongy sole, so when the foot hits the ground, it roles inward, and this locking mechanism is released, and the arch flattens. “This is called pronation,” explains Dr. Green. “It can lead to pain in the heel, the arch, the toes and in the forefoot, and the development of ‘flat feet,’ which can contribute to many other musculoskeletal problems, including hip and back pain.” In addition, Dr. Green adds that flip-flops, and other flat and/or flimsy sandals with minimal structure, don’t hold the foot in position like most Thrive Magazine for Better Living

shoes do, which forces the wearer to overuse tendons and muscles in the foot and ankle to hold them on. This is often the cause of tendinitis and ankle sprains. “This doesn’t mean you can’t wear flip flops at all, but they should be worn only for short periods of time,” cautions Dr. Green. “And try to choose one of the newer styles that do include some arch support.” Flip flops are not the only summer foot risk. Those pampering pedicures intended to keep your feet looking their best for sandal weather can have unintended results if caution is not used. Pedicures are becoming increasingly popular. A recent American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) survey of women ages 18-49, found that nearly 50% had received a professional pedicure by the age of May 2013

twenty-five. And while pampering and grooming your feet promote good foot hygiene, Dr. Green says this is only true if you choose your salon carefully. “The most important factor to consider is how they sterilize their equipment. It should be treated in an autoclave,” stresses Dr. Green. “This is the same type of sterilization process used in medical facilities and is critical for preventing infection. The way you’ll know if a salon uses autoclave is if a sealed pack of instruments is opened when they begin your treatment service.” He advises skipping the foot soak, which is a very common source of fungal infections. “Unless you know for certain that the foot tub is cleaned with an antibacterial solution after each client, don’t put your feet in.” says Dr. Green. “Smoothing rough skin with a pumice stone or emery board is fine, but don’t allow a pedicurist to use a razor for this purpose. This can lead to cuts and infection. And don’t have your cuticles trimmed. Your cuticles are the nails’ last defense and should only be gently pushed back.

Cutting them provides an opening for bacterial and fungal infections.” Other tips for safe pedicures include: • Trim nails straight across, following the natural shape of the toe. Rounding the edges can lead to painful ingrown toenails. • If you are having a manicure and pedicure done at the same time, separate instruments should be used for each to prevent the spread of bacteria. • Do not apply polish is your toenails are discolored or cracked. “It’s well worth taking the time to properly care for your feet,” adds Dr. Green. “If you expect them to take you through a fun-filled, active summer, you need to keep make sure they are ready for the job.” Learn more about putting your best foot forward this summer from Dr. Green at a free community seminar on May 16 at Center for Orthopaedics. Call (337) 721-2903 or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Dental Implants: What your smile could be missing

Your mouth is the most critical component of your outward appearance. Transcending all cultures and backgrounds, a smile can denote amusement, relief, gratitude and triumph. It can represent happiness and even pride for its owner. Unfortunately, smiling doesn’t come easily for everyone. Some are self-conscious about missing or diseased teeth. Many are uncomfortable with the idea of dentures or a bridge or have experienced discomfort due to dentures or a bridge. Dental implants are a great solution for some, helping you regain a strong, healthy bite—often in as little as one or two trips to the dentist. “Dental implants can be a more convenient and stable option for tooth replacement,” says Dr. Steven Park, a dentist at Robinson Dental Group in Lake Charles. “Implants are the closest thing to regaining the natural tooth—providing a more natural feel that not only makes a patient feel more physically at ease, but also helps them regain confidence in their smile.” A dental implant is an artificial root that is inserted into the jaw to replace the tooth, mimicking its original, natural structure. The implant consists of three pieces—an anchoring root, an abutment and a crown. Many dental implant procedures are performed in the dentist’s office. Various forms of patient sedation may be used including oral and/or intravenous sedation as well as nitrous oxide. Each surgical procedure is different depending on the clinical situation as well as the preferences of the patient. 62 www.thriveswla.com

The traditional form of implant placement was a three-stage procedure. Robinson Dental Group is pleased to offer a more advanced one-day procedure to its patients. The new procedure allows for a more convenient, faster and cost-effective method to replace missing teeth with dental implants. The precision of the procedure is advanced by the latest 3-D dental imaging technology, the i-CAT® scanner. This scanner provides highly accurate and detailed three-dimensional views of the anatomy of a patient’s mouth with a highresolution, real-time scan of bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways and sinuses. “An i-CAT scanner gives us the ability to place an implant with the utmost precision,” says Dr. Park. “Its detailed scans are used to identify the precise surgical position and depth for the implants allowing for greater patient comfort and shorter treatment time than traditional implant procedures. The scanner also allows our patients to better visualize and better understand the implant process.” Dr. Park lists the following as benefits to dental implants: • Can replace one or more missing teeth • Can be customized to fit your personal needs. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

• Can provide a long-term solution for tooth replacement. • Do not rely on other teeth for support. • Can enhance food choices. • Can improve speech. • Can improve self-esteem. Dr. Park says, “If you are in good health, have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant—you are probably a good candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history and conduct a thorough dental examination to determine if you are a good candidate.” For more information on dental implants, visit robinsondentalgroup.net or call Robinson Dental Group at 337 474-3636.

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I Took a Stand for Beautiful Legs

“Now that my spider veins are gone, I feel better about myself.” ~ Theresa Needham

Theresa Needham doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t have spider veins on her legs. “I don’t know if I got them from an injury, I just don’t know how they happened.” The unsightly veins made her shy away from wearing skirts, dresses or shorts. “It honestly looked like someone took a purple marker and drew on my leg. I got tired of hiding my legs and called the Vein Center.” Fortunately for Theresa, her spider veins didn’t pose a health risk, and she underwent a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure called sclerotherapy. Since having both legs treated, her spider veins are a thing of the past and she is back to wearing all the cute new leg-baring clothing she’s added to her wardrobe. Call the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana at (337) 312-8346 to learn about treatments that can help you have healthier, more beautiful legs.

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A team of care professionals monitor a patient after placing a ThermoSuit on him.

A Big Chill Could Help Save Heart Attack Patients’ Lives by Erin Kelly

For heart attack victims to achieve meaningful survival, physicians have long been faced with the challenge of treating a malfunctioning heart while trying to minimize neurological damage caused by decreased oxygen flow. A new form of therapeutic hypothermic treatment has proven to be an effective method to get the job done. The ThermoSuit allows physicians to bring the patient’s body core temperature to about 90 degrees within twenty minutes—a critical achievement to successful long-term recovery, according to Michael Turner, MD, with Imperial Health’s Cardiovascular Specialists and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. “We’ve long been able to resuscitate a heart and keep a person alive, but often they would lose some cognitive function,” Dr. Turner said. With the ThermoSuit, a patient’s core body temperature can be cooled quickly to slow the body’s metabolism and therefore reduce damage to the brain. Physicians are then able to treat the heart while maintaining 64 www.thriveswla.com

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as much neurological support as possible. “In the past physicians have infused iced saline into veins, which is an invasive approach that required special monitoring, but the ThermoSuit is non-invasive.” It is also far more successful than previous methods, with seven out of 10 patients achieving cognitive recovery in clinical trials, compared to three out of 10 patients in similar crises without ThermoSuit treatment. Cooling body temperature has been proven to slow down metabolism, decrease inflammation and prevent the rapid release of harmful neurotransmitters, giving the patient a greater May 2013

opportunity for meaningful recovery and preventing long-term damage to the brain and body. According to Dr. Turner, the ThermoSuit is like a child’s swimming pool that conforms to an adult body, filling with iced saline as the patient is under incubation, typically on a respirator and unconscious. Once the body has been cooled to the desired level, the water is drained and the patient is covered with a cooling blanket to keep the temperature steady as physicians treat the heart. The Thermo Suit is applied within minutes after a patient has undergone CPR and defibrillation before arriving at the emergency room. “It is their absolute best chance of survival of a cardiac arrest without neurological damage,” Dr. Turner said, noting that the treatment was developed by Dr. Robert Freedman, a practicing interventional cardiologist in Alexandria, and is now used in hospitals nationwide, including St. Pat’s. “This method was extensively tested and has shown to be the simplest and the fastest way to reduce body temperature. The speed is critical. I’ve personally had six or seven patients walk out of the hospital with little or no brain damage whose outcome would have been much different without it.” According to the American Heart Association, heart attack kills about 40 percent of its victims any given year. Chances of survival and recovery often

depend on how quickly the heart can be started and what treatments can be utilized to decrease negative effects from oxygen deprivation. The ThermoSuit addresses both of those concerns. He noted that heart attack survivors are often in situations where they can be treated immediately, whether through CPR or defibrillation. It is these patients who eventually appear at the ER and have the benefit of the ThermoSuit. That is why it is vital that families know how to perform CPR—particularly those families with loved ones at increased heart attack risk—or have access to a defibrillator. He also said public access to defibrillators in well-populated areas, such as sports arenas or shopping malls, have also proven effective. Dr. Michael Turner is a physician with the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Regional Heart Center, which offers the thermosuit and the latest in heart-saving technology. For more information, log on to www.christusstpatrick.org/hearthealth.

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Judging by current and projected trends in technology, future comforts in the digital age will more closely resemble an episode from “The Jetsons” than the Norman Rockwell paintings of yesteryear.

Trending Technology for Future Comforts by Christopher LeBlanc

for the home There are several new and exciting technologies on the market which allow us to be connected, secure and in control, even away from home. Lowe’s Iris cloud-based home hub system allows access to home lighting, televisions, thermostats and door locks from anywhere via smartphone or tablet. Local electronics experts at Bailey’s Audio also offer a similar system called Control 4. This system offers the additional perk of in-depth control of television channels, audio, and smart TV apps like Pandora and YouTube. Other automated home systems include the Nest smart thermostat. This system has the capability to learn your temperature preferences and your schedule. It sets itself to climate control your homes when you are present, and remains dormant when you are not. Downloading the Nest app allows users to get detailed monthly statistical energy usage readouts, along with suggestions for parameters to save more on utilities. The average savings for users is around 20 percent per month. Meanwhile, televisions are getting clearer, slimmer and smarter. Current television trends include device integration with smartphones and tablets, as well as larger screens with higher resolutions than ever. Touchscreens, voice command systems, and motion recognition are all in the works for the TVs of the future. 68 www.thriveswla.com

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in the car Car technology is following a similar pace into the future. Google has joined forces with Ford Motor Company to develop a selfdriving car, which is slated for release in 2017. The companies are still working out kinks in the software and developing system reactions to jaywalkers, unexpected traffic events and other road hazards. However, the future of the project looks bright as test models eclipsed 300,000 miles without a single accident in 2012. Current offerings like parking guidance and assisted steering/breaking systems are becoming more standard for automakers worldwide.


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Control 4™ allows you to use your computer, Ipad, or Smartphone to control not only your Home Audio system, but also your Door locks, lighting, and Thermostat.

In the realm of tablets and laptops, the screen is the point of focus in more ways than one. The virtually un-scratchable Gorilla Glass is becoming a mainstay in tablets, smartphones and laptops alike. Meanwhile, Samsung is currently developing paper-thin flexible cellphones and tablets. These offerings will be lighter and more break-resistant while still upholding industry standards in terms of operating capacity and screen clarity. Popular current computer options include extremely high resolutions and an attempt to bridge the gap between laptop and tablet. These hybrid interfaces offer swiveling tablet stands and touchscreens along with more traditional keyboard and mouse accessories

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Community Contributor$ Delta Downs Donates to United Way Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has made a contribution of more than $58,000 to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana. L to R: Tammy Abraham, Delta Downs executive secretary; Carol Core, Delta Downs director of operations; Nora Popillion, entertainment & public relations manager; and Becky Ainsworth, resource development associate, United Way of SWLA.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Sponsors Imperial Calcasieu Museum’s Event

L’Auberge Sponsors ReALLIEty Challenge with Donation L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles sponsored the ReALLIEty Challenge with a $6,687 donation. The event, a 3.5 mile obstacle course, contributes to The Mission Continues, a not-forprofit dedicated to honoring and empowering U.S. veterans by finding them employment once they return to civilian life. L to R: Willie Dartez, assistant casino manager; William Belcher, director of resort services; Allie Davis, owner of Project Fit and organizer of ReALLIEty Challenge; Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Wendi McGee, casino manager.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles presented Imperial Calcasieu Museum with a sponsorship of $2,500 toward their annual fundraiser, Boogaloo.

Choupique Baptist Church Sunday School Children Donate Socks Choupique Baptist Church Sunday School Children donated socks for those in need. For more information, visit care-help.org.

L to R: Keith W. Henson, L’Auberge Casino Resort senior vice president and general manager; Julie Ragusa, L’Auberge Casino Resort vice president of marketing; Greg Wise, Boogaloo director; Guy Richards, board vice president and chair of Boogaloo; Chris Shearman, Boogaloo director.

Foundation for Fairplay donates to Merryville High School

Foundation for Fairplay Donates to Singer High School

The Foundation for Fairplay (F3) donated $677.50 in athletic equipment to Merryville High School. To learn more about F3 or to make a donation, call (337) 494-3226.

The Foundation for Fairplay (F3) recently donated $902.81 in athletic equipment to Singer High School. To learn more about F3 or to make a donation call (337) 494-3226. L to R: Singer baseball coach, Michael Streams; softball player, Taylor Hollie; baseball player, Bjorn Cavazos; principal, Teresa Harlow and Memorial Sports Medicine Trainer, Sherie Bates.

L to R: Merryville catcher, Coy Harrington; head baseball coach, David Weldon; player, Nick Ardoin and Memorial Sports Medicine Trainer, Sherie Bates.

Citgo Supports Junior Achievement

Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG family Donates Sempra Energy’s Cameron LNG family donated $2,500 to The Leadership Center of Family and Youth. For more information, contact Family & Youth at (337) 436-9533.

Citgo supports Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana by making a $2,000 donation to be used to provide Junior Achievement programs to Sulphur High students.

L to R: Stevie Trahan, external relations manager for Cameron LNG; Maria A. Faul, vice president of development for Family & Youth; David Duplechian, vice president of advocacy for Family & Youth.

L to R: Gary Foster, manager of financial services, Steven Mitchell, engineer, Erin Green, engineer, David Wilburn, accounts payable supervisor.

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McDonald’s and Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac Supports Softball League McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana and Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac donated $14,000 to The Lake Charles Softball League. L to R: Ryan Navarre of Billy Navarre Chevrolet Cadillac; Tammy LeBlanc of Lake Charles Softball League; Doug Gehrig, owner and operator of McDonald’s of Southwest Louisiana.

Foundation for Fairplay donates to La Grange High School The Foundation for Fairplay (F3) donated $5,042.72 in athletic equipment to La Grange High School. To learn more about F3 or to make a donation, call (337) 494-3226. L to R: LaGrange Head Baseball Coach, Rodney Lloyd; catcher, Alphonse Ardoin; player, Isaac Thomas; and Memorial Sports Medicine trainer, Sherie Bates.

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Style & Beauty


Sense What Does Your Fragrance Say about Your Personality? by Allie Mariano

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Some people love earthy, spicy scents, and some love light floral scents. Did you know that these choices could say something about your personality? The scent you choose can be the first thing someone notices about you and can be the key to understanding someone a little better.

• Green scents, like hyacinth, are a favorite among adventurers and those who like to be outdoors. These people have characteristics like willingness to accept risk and the ability to make strong commitments. They also like to be active and take initiative.

Here are some ways that scents reflect your personality: • Floral scents tend to reflect femininity and romance. In particular, freesia and jasmine are scents chosen by dreamers who are idealistic.

• Patchouli, sandalwood and lavender are all chypre scents, which are a favorite among practical types. These people are sensible and down to earth and approach life without any nonsense. They can also be professional and self-assured.

• Happy, enthusiastic people lean towards floral scents mixed with a little fruitiness. Apple, peach, and blackcurrant are favorite scents of spontaneous people who like to have fun. These people thrive on change and motion.

• Amber and vanilla are considered Oriental scents that are warm, sweet, and spicy. Intense and sensitive people enjoy these scents. They are introspective and reject superficiality. They often have intense relationships, but are happy in their own company.

• Earthy, powdery scents are the favorite of more bohemian types. PowderyAldehydic notes reflect an artistic spirit: someone who is independent and a little unconventional.


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Pretty Ponies How to By Allie Mariano

Snazz-Up Your Ponytail

The ponytail is one of the most casual hairstyles out there. It’s a default look when you don’t want to be bothered with your hair or you’re making a quick trip to the gym. However, this spring a fancier ponytail is a very popular style. Here are a few ways to dress up the look for work, so you can stay comfortable and professional:

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Pull your hair into a high, high ponytail and curl the ends to create a cascading look. This style is pretty and feminine and adds volume to your hair. Begin a French braid that weaves across the crown of your head. Then, pull the rest of your hair into an elastic hair band. The braid creates a funky, summer look that dresses up the ponytail. A low, side ponytail with gentle waves is another feminine look. Make a swoop with your hair across your forehead to make a continuous, draping style. Make a very straight and dramatic side part. Then, sleek back the sides to make your ponytail look more formal. The neat side part adds some professionalism and interest to the look. Wrap some of your hair around the hair band. Pull a piece from the underside of your pony and wrap it around the elastic. You can wrap it longer to make it more dramatic.


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Create a bump by teasing the hair on the crown of your head. Spray it to hold it in place and smooth over the top with a brush. Pull all of your hair into a high ponytail. This look is very trendy and can be worn with or without bangs.

Dress up a plain ponytail with a pretty clip or barrette. Use an elastic to tie up your hair, then attach the clip to the pony tail holder.

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EYE SPY Spring and Summer Style

Long gone are the days when wearing glasses was considered a “fashion don’t.” Cutting-edge fashion has found its home in the world of eyewear, injecting the trendiest influences into this must-have accessory for both women and men. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the most popular frame and sunwear trends for spring and summer from Optics Unlimited at The Eye Clinic.

Modern shapes with eye-catching details are popular this year, and there are plenty of styles to choose from. One of the hottest trends in sight are statement sunglasses, available in a huge assortment of shapes, sizes and colors, and bling. Natural beauty is another popular style element this season, with nature-inspired patterns, earthy tones and organic textures finding their way into frame designs.

A new wave of retro style has emerged in eyewear. These styles combine classic eyewear shapes and styles of the past with advanced technology in lenses and frame materials.

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Embrace the

Baby Bump

The fashion world has made leaps and bounds in the category of maternity wear. No longer should we see the floor length, shapeless dresses that adorned our mothers during their pregnancy. Depending on your normal body shape and how your body reacts to the pounds of pregnancy you should be able to have fun with maternity clothes instead of dreading them. Our culture now embraces the ‘baby bump,’ letting that be a focal point in dressing rather than masking it as best you can. Which also means that there are a lot of women that wear their normal wardrobe most of their pregnancy and just change a few things here and there.

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

Whitney Manns is the owner of WM Wardrobe Consulting. For more information, visit WMwardrobeconsulting.com

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Leggings and jeggings are pregnant mothers’ favorite ‘normal’ wardrobe fashion concept that works through these 9 months.

Let Lycra become your friend. This material is very clingy and form fitting. You can grab a form fitting t-shirt, add a maxi shirt and a cute necklace to have an adorably comfortable outfit

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Do you like the look of the snug baby bump dresses but need to be a little more polished? Throw one of your blazers over it to help give the outfit more detail.

I know we all don’t want to just look like we have ‘put on a few pounds’, we want people to know that we are pregnant! Use a belt to cinch in above your belly to give definition to your bump in a regular shift dress or shirt dress.

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This Summer!

Fashion divas, take note: suffering for the sake of fashion isn’t a healthy decision, particularly when it comes to your feet. Learn how to make the best choices for your feet when it comes to summer fashion, and how to prevent and care for the most common female foot problems at this free community seminar. Our foot and ankle specialists, Dr. Tyson Green and Dr. Kalieb Pourciau will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of female foot problems, including nail care, calluses, bunions, heel pain, hammer toe, arch pain and more.

Summer Foot Care Seminar Thursday, May 16, 5:30 pm l Center for Orthopaedics 1747 Imperial Blvd., Lake Charles Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested.

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We’ll be giving away Two Foot Pampering Treatments! Dr. Tyson Green & Dr. Kalieb Pourciau foot and ankle specialists

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Mark Your Calendar! Golf Tournament Scheduled LARC’s Acadian Village will host the 2nd annual Golf Fore! Golf Tournament fundraiser on May 10. The tournament will begin at 12:30pm at Les Vieux Chanes golf course in Youngsville, LA. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30am. Registration for a team of four is $500; individual players are $125. For more information, call (337) 981-2364.

Window on the West Opens at Historic City Hall during Art Walk

Care Help of Sulphur Offers Hand Sewing and Repairs Class On May 8th from 10-11:00am, Care Help of Sulphur will host a hand sewing and repairs class. April Nunally will be on hand to teach everything from April Nunally how to thread a sewing needle to how to sew on a button. The class is free and open to the public. For more information, visit care-help.org.

SpringHill Suites to Host Art-ini After Hours SpringHill Suites by Marriott and the Arts Council of SWLA will host an evening of local art, live music, and business networking at Art-ini After Hours on May 16th, from 5:30 - 7:30pm. For details, call (337) 439-2787.

Rock for Autism Scheduled Paul Groves and Mirage will “Rock for Autism” at L’Auberge Casino and Resort on May 26. The fundraiser will benefit Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana. Corporate sponsorships and tables are available. For more information, call (337) 436-5001.

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After a two-year hiatus, The Black Crowes are returning to the road in 2013 with their “Lay Down with Number 13” world tour. The tour will be stopping in Lake Charles on May 23 for a show at L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles. For more information, visit llakecharles.com.

Artisan’s Fair – Christmas in July Looking for Vendors

Safe Sitter® Babysitting Classes Scheduled West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will offer two sessions of the Safe Sitter® babysitting class for girls and boys age 11 to 13. Classes are scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, July 18. The cost to attend is $35. To register, call (337) 527-4361.

The Black Crowes Scheduled at L’Auberge

Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center has announced the arrival of a new exhibition, Window on the West: Views from the American Frontier. It will open on April 26, during Spring Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. For more information, call (337) 491-9147.

Get Your Kitchen in Shape Get Your Kitchen in Shape, designed and hosted by the Nutrition and Food Science Program of McNeese, provides families with a fun, hands on experience of preparing a healthy, nutritious meal together. Classes will be offered from 5:30 - 8:30pm on the following dates: Thursday, May 23, 2013 Thursday, June 6, 2013 Thursday, June 20, 2013 Thursday, July 11, 2013 Thursday, July 18, 2013 Thursday, August 29, 2013 Registration is required. For more information, please contact Eljeana Quebedeaux at (337) 475-5700.

The 3rd Annual Artisan’s Fair – Christmas in July is looking for vendors for the event to be held at Immaculate Conception Church Fellowship Hall in Sulphur on July 12 and 13. Items must be made by the artist, with some exceptions. Contact Debbie Russell at gdaruss@msn.com for entry forms and information.

Delta Downs Announces May Lounge Entertainment Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has announced the entertainment line-up in the Gator Lounge for the month of May. All shows in the Gator Lounge are free and open to the public. For more information, visit deltadowns.com. 5/3-5/4 Reluctant Saints 5/10-5/11 BB & Company 5/17-5/18 Frank Gomez 5/24-5/26 LA Express 5/31-6/1 Timmy Dugas & Zydecane

Women & Children’s Hospital to Host Healthy Woman Derby Party Women & Children’s Hospital (WCH) will host their next Healthy Woman event on May 11 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lake Charles Country Club. The topic for this spring signature event is a Healthy Woman Derby Party – Heels, Hats and Horses featuring author and cooking expert Liz Edmunds; aka The Food Nanny. To register and purchase your $20 ticket for this event, please go to women-childrens.com/healthywoman.

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New name. New look. New opportunities. That’s what the merger of PPG commodity chemicals with Georgia Gulf means for our community. We are the same workers, managed by the same people, but we are now Axiall, a name that reflects our strategic position at the intersection of chemistry and progress. And while our name is new, the core values that PPG has always stood for remain the same. As Axiall, our commitment to our employees, our community, safety and the environment are stronger than ever. The future for Southwest Louisiana has never looked brighter. Our region is poised for unprecedented development and economic expansion. Axiall, is destined to be a strong part of that growth for years to come as we forge a new path in the chemicals’ industry, using innovative technology to make better products for everyday use. Enhancing life through applied chemistry May 2013

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Make plans to head out to the final weekend of this unique festival. Visit www.contrabanddays.com for additional event details. Friday, May 10, 2013 5:30 PM: Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge

Musical Entertainment 6:00 PM: Jo-el Sonnier 6:45 PM: T-Graham Brown 8:15 PM: Charlie Worsham 10:00 PM: Kentucky Headhunters

Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30 AM: Contraband Days 5-Miler – Capital One Building 10:00 AM: Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge 10:00 AM: O’Reilly Auto Parts Car Show 11:00 AM: Children’s Pirate Costume Contest – LCCC Amphitheatre 12:00 PM: Contraband Days BBQ Cook-off Judging Begins 2:00 PM: Strut Your Stuff Powerboat Exhibition – Seawall 5:30 PM: Contraband Days Boat Parade – Seawall 10:15 PM: Fireworks - Seawall Continued on p83

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Axiall Corporation Donates to McNeese Axiall Corp. has donated $5,000 to McNeese State University through the McNeese Foundation to be divided between the colleges of business and engineering and engineering technology.

Corral Dr. Thomas Laehn Relases First Book

Dr. Thomas R. Laehn, assistant professor of government at McNeese State University, has released his first book titled, “Pliny’s Defense of Empire,” which was simultaneously printed Dr. Thomas R. Laehn in both the United States and Great Britain by English publisher Routledge.

Civil Engineering Students Win First Place McNeese State University civil engineering students, Amit Sharma, junior, Anon Pandey, senior, and Kenneth Unkel, junior, won first place in the surveying competition at the recent 2013 Deep South Regional American Society of Civil Engineering Student Conference at Southern University in Baton Rouge. The ASCE student chapter also placed third overall among the 14 universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee competing in various events, according to faculty adviser Dr. Jay Uppot.

Six Faculty Members Win Pinnacle Award Six McNeese State University faculty members are recipients of the 2013 Pinnacle Excellence Awards established by Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. – the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles - to recognize the best teaching professor in each of the McNeese colleges—business, education, engineering and engineering technology, liberal arts, nursing and science. Pinnacle Entertainment Executive Vice President of Regional Operations Geno M. Iafrate, and McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams presented the educators with their awards totaling $30,000 during a ceremony.

L to R: Dr. Musa Essayyad, dean of the college of business, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college of engineering and engineering technology, Jon Manns, Axiall plant manager, and Patricia Prebula, vice president of the McNeese Foundation Board of Directors

Sitting L to R: Dr. Michelle Haj-Broussard, Burton College of Education; Dr. Deborah I. Holder, College of Nursing; Dr. Jeffrey Totten, College of Business; and Darren Alcock, College of Science Standing L to R: Dr. Philip C. WilliamsWilliams, Dr. Faye White and Dr. Deborah King, collaborators, Burton College of Education; Martha P. Hoskins, College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Ning Zhang, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Dr. Charles Watson, collaborator, College of Science, and Geno M. lafrate

Best Impressions Modern Day Manners & Everyday Etiquette by Rose Klein

Q: I work with someone who is very long-winded, often bringing personal information into business discussions. This happens in meetings where I can tell our clients are irritated at times also. Is there a polite way to cut them off without seeming rude? A: I suggest you take this person aside before your next meeting and remind him/her of the “KISS” principle: Keep it short and sweet. Everyone’s time is valuable and clients will respect you more for conveying your message without wasting their time.

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Q: I have a relative who never remembers to pay his share of joint family gifts. I really don’t think he is cheap, or that he’s trying to get out of it. I think he just forgets. But it puts the rest of us in an awkward position of asking, and then he’s embarrassed and we feel bad. Is there a better way to handle this? A: Let him purchase the gift and then the rest of the family can pay him!

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