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18 In This Issue

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18 Evacuating with Four-Legged Family Members 20 Why You’re You - The Ingredients that Make a Personality

Money & Career 28 Growing Business in the Lake Area

30 Late to the College-Savings Game? Start Now 33 Battling Burnout

Regular Features 9 Horoscopes 1 34 Business Buzz 49 By the Numbers 5 0 First Person: with Skip Bertman 56 Who’s News 76 Ready to Wear 78 Community Contributors 79 Solutions for Life! 80 McNeese Corral 82 Happenings

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Places & Faces 54 From Nurse to Chief Executive 55 Lake Charles Native Releases New Graphic Novel

Mind & Body 60 Creating Wellness in the Workplace

64 Adolescent Heel Pain Hallmark of Sever’s Disease 68 Teens Have a Clear Choice for Straighter Teeth

Style & Beauty

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74 Put Dark Circles to Rest 75 Uniformly Stylish

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Back to School

Sharpened pencils and shiny new notebooks, along with the iconic smell of brand-new crayons can only mean one thing: It’s back-to-school time. Thrive magazine has all the latest tips for how to make this a successful school year, whether you’re a teacher, parent or student.

Moving Toward a Education

Digital

Students are beginning to use iPads and other technology as early as kindergarten to preview library books or play educational games. Sarah Leonards, an administrative coordinator at the Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana, says her three children use technology in and outside of 6 www.thriveswla.com

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school. “I think first grade is a good starting point for technology use because there are so many apps and websites to strengthen their knowledge.” My Math, SuccessMaker, and Starfall are a few of the resources her children use. My Math is a simple app that allows students to do math problems in a Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Say good-bye to old-school flashcards and hefty three-ring binders. More and more classroom materials are getting a digital makeover. flashcard format. SuccessMaker is a software made by Pearson that follows Common Core Standards for K-8 reading and math instruction. It can be adapted to many different learning styles, whether a student is special needs, at-risk, or gifted. Starfall is a comprehensive phonics-based reading and August 2013


language arts curriculum. The program’s fun and imaginative approach to learning gets kids excited and actively involved in reading and writing. Another resource that Leonards’ children use is Louisiana PASS, which students all over the state utilize. Through interactive lessons in Newton’s Math Classroom, students in grades one through eight learn the basics of multiplication and division as well as the more difficult areas of fractions and decimals. The Reading Runway for pre-kindergarten through third grade allows students to learn about sounds and pronunciation, define words, and practice reading and summarizing texts. While iPads and other tablets are becoming hugely popular in education, there are other products available as well. The Google Chromebook is a less expensive alternative that classrooms are looking to for the more traditional laptop approach. Live Binders are digital binders that allow students to collect resources for large projects through bookmarking and pinning digital material. However, many popular apps are made specifically for iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Some apps that the American Association of School Librarians named as the best of 2013 look more like works of art than simply educational tools. Cinderella is an app that engages readers through lively illustration and an interactive approach to reading traditional fairy tales. Ansel & Clair’s Adventures in Africa follows two “intergalactic explorers” as they travel and collect information about Africa. Engineering and physics apps like Tinkerbox and SimplePhysics encourage students to stretch their imaginations and build anything from tree houses to complex robotic machines. With apps like these, the possibilities for digital education really do seem endless!

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Advice

for Success from Teachers

by Jody Carroll

Recently, Thrive posed a question to area teachers: “What is the one thing you wish parents knew in order to help their kids do their very best in school?” The feedback was interesting, and communication, establishing a “team” for success and teaching routine and responsibility proved to be top priorities. Here’s some expert advice from local teachers to help your child get the most out of their school year.

Communication

Communication between teachers and parents affects students greatly. When the student realizes that the teacher and parent are communicating and both want what is best for them, the student will usually put in more effort. It’s important for parents to stay on top of their child’s progress in school. Whether the child seems to be struggling or doing fine, it’s a good idea to check in periodically with the teacher. This can be easily done through a simple note or quick email. Teachers love to see parents eager to be involved in the child’s success. Lastly, communicate to your child’s teacher if life changes may affect their school day. Change happens. Teachers don’t need specifics, but knowing that your child may need some extra love and patience because they are going through something difficult is helpful when their teacher is trying to adjust to attitude, mood or concentration issues to meet their student’s needs.

Teamwork

Through consistent teamwork, children will be able to reach their full potential. Children need to see that their parents support their teacher. If they don’t, they will be more apt to play sides and cause strife in the learning process. What is important to a parent should be highly regarded by the teacher, and what is important to the teacher should likewise be important to parent and student. A team effort is needed on student focus and discipline alike. A teacher’s influence pales in comparison to the influence a child’s parents have on them. By giving students a good foundation at home based on hard work and a disciplined, respectful attitude, parents are setting a positive foundation for success before their child even sets foot in the classroom. Encouragement from parents is important. It can make a child strive for success if they know their parents, teachers, and other classmates are counting on them to achieve to their highest potential.

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Responsibility and Family Support

Have the supplies requested by the teacher so your child won’t feel behind from the beginning without the correct school supplies. During the school year, reinforce the skills taught at school that day by making sure the homework is completed daily and your child is prepared for the next school day. Teachers know what it takes for your child to pass, and assign homework as reinforcement. Make sure your child completes it and check over their work. Just because they say it’s done doesn’t mean it’s done correctly. Structure and routine are so important, so be sure to get your child to school on time and do homework, eat dinner and go to bed about the same time every day. It makes a huge difference with their focus and attitudes. Parents should be sure to teach the 3 R’s (Show RESPECT, Follow RULES and Be RESPONSIBLE), way before their child sets foot in the classroom. Each year the child’s responsibility needs to increase. For example: copying their assignments down, bringing their needed books home and returning papers back to school. Showing support and encouragement for your child while still teaching them to take responsibility for their actions will benefit them throughout their school years and beyond. Finally, help your child become a successful reader by making academics a priority. Sports and other extracurricular activities are important, though far too many kids struggle academically because of too little sleep and/or study time. Make sure your child is reading and playing math games all summer so when the school year rolls around, they won’t be subject to “brain drain” from no skill building.

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The Parent-Teacher-Student Triangle of Success A child cannot succeed in learning on their own. The responsibility is a shared effort, or a “Triangle of Success.” Parents, teachers and students must work together towards common goals for the child because when there is lack of communication between parents and teachers, the chances of the child responding with negative behavior is highly likely. By creating a workable union between these three entities, a child will not be hindered by the common disconnect between home and school. Communication is definitely, first and foremost,

the key to any student’s success. A teacher may have a preference for interaction through e-mail, telephone, by appointment or a drop-in visit at the end of the school day. Parents need to be open to adjusting their schedule to be available to their child’s teacher. Parents may not be able to immediately meet with their child’s teacher, so teachers need to give more than one possible conference option. Courtesy and respect from parent, teacher and student are a must to keep the flow of communication lines open. Lastly, a

common goal, and that goal being student success, must be established at the beginning of the school year and made priority by all members of the triangle. By following these key responsibilities and making communication, courtesy and goal setting top priorities by all, the chances for a school year filled with accomplishments will soar to new heights. Here are some top responsibilities of each member of the “Triangle of Success.”

Parent

• Teach them life lessons. Learning responsibilities start at home. • Listen to teacher’s suggestions about homework, studying, etc. • Communicate changes/problems that could affect your child in school. • Be realistic in their expectations of what teachers can accomplish. With a struggling child, change is gradual, and most successful when the parent helps at home too.

Student

• Show you can be responsible. Do your best when given a job. It’s a privilege to be given a responsibility! • If you aren’t getting it, speak up and ask your parents and teacher if they can explain or teach the concept/skill in a different way. • Express any emotional, concentration, or academic issues you may be experiencing to both your parents and teacher. When you all work together, adjustments can be made to ease learning during transitional times in life. • Don’t give up! Be open to help from both your parents and your teachers! They are part of your team. Reach for success and don’t get frustrated. Stay focused and be willing to try new learning styles.

Teacher

• Give them responsibilities like classroom jobs and running errands. • Communicate to parents the best learning styles for their child. You know your students! • Parents know their child best. Any concerns communicated by them should be used to make necessary adjustments to the child’s school experience when necessary. • Remember that each student’s success depends partly upon your ability to teach/guide him/her. Keep in mind each individual’s strengths and weaknesses and encourage parents to be mindful of these at home too when helping their child with home learning.

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Achieving Success with ADHD Students

by Christine Fisher

Most environments that are set up for studying are quiet and focused with distractions kept to a minimum. In other words, opposite of what stimulates a student with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For students with ADHD, school can present a challenge. Staying on task, listening to the teacher, reading the assigned chapter, focusing on a test, and turning in homework -- these may not come naturally to most students with ADHD, but there are strategies parents can use for their children to achieve success in the classroom. “First of all, we recognize that some tasks are difficult, such as sitting still, concentrating and listening quietly,” said Albert Richert, Jr, MD, pediatrician with The Pediatric Center of Southwest Louisiana and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “Most of the time the child wants to do well and it’s frustrating for them to get reprimanded over and over. It’s important for parents and teachers to understand that a neurological deficit, not unwillingness, is what

hinders a student from learning in a traditional way.” ADHD is a common disorder among children. Louisiana has one of the highest rates, as 14 percent of school-aged children are diagnosed with it. Boys are more likely than girls to receive the diagnosis. “Parents need to know that there are many strategies for success with an ADHD child. A structured environment with supportive parents along with a pediatrician who will address the symptoms with both lifestyle modifications as well as medication, when indicated, can produce a competent, well-adjusted child, who happens to have ADHD,” explained Dr. Richert. Teachers often do their best to guide a classroom full of students, but parental support is crucial for success; especially with an ADHD student. A parent

can dramatically improve a child’s odds for learning successfully.

Stay organized.

Chaos can run rampant unless the parent reigns in the disorder. Buy brightly colored folders and label them clearly, “Homework”,“Signed Papers”, etc. Use these throughout the year for transporting paperwork to and from school. The child will become used to looking for the yellow homework folder, or the orange signed papers folder. “Establishing routines will help them be more structured,” said Dr. Richert. Set up one place for homework each night. It can be the dining room table, a desk, or a chair, but have it be a quiet place with few distractions. Choose a place where a parent can easily check on progress. Keep the television off and conversations to a minimum.

Allow fun.

Children with ADHD are spontaneous; go with it and let their imagination free. Let them act out stories, come up with alternative endings to familiar stories, or make up their own story. “Give them a break from having to fit into a structured environment. Allow them to express themselves, within reason, without hearing ‘It’s time to be quiet’ or ‘Settle down’. Everyone needs a little time each day to just be themselves,” explained Dr. Richert.

Provide support.

Praise is important to all children, but especially to those with ADHD. It is an excellent motivator to help students focus and pay attention. “If your child is competitive, work that to your advantage by offering small incentives for successfully finishing a task,” offered Dr. Richert.

Encourage preparation.

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If you use the folder idea for their school papers, talk about it with them and show them the folders and how they’ll be used. “Get them comfortable with routines ahead of time so that they have a better idea of what is expected of them,” said Dr. Richert.

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Work with teachers.

Staying in contact with the teacher is an important key for parents of a student with ADHD. Your child may forget to let you know of an assignment, or you may need to let the teacher know if medications get adjusted. Establishing an easy way of communicating, whether it’s a quick phone call or email, will be beneficial throughout the school year. Meet with your child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year. Let them know you’re providing strong support for success at home. Attend school functions and special events as often as possible so that you can observe your child in the school setting.

Stay positive.

Teach your child how good it feels to achieve a goal; let them feel successful. Look for ways to be an encouragement, even if it is celebrating small successes. Plan for your child’s success this year by looking ahead to potential obstacles and finding ways to overcome them. There will always be challenges that arise, but handling many things ahead of time will keep anxiety to a minimum for both the parent and the student.

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Back to School

Etiquette

by Rose Klein

The beginning of school can bring with it many circumstances that pose a dilemma for parents. Here’s some great advice on the best way to handle some of these situations:

Q: I work full time and don’t have time to participate in the school’s parent organization. I’m being pressured by other parents, many of whom don’t work as many hour as I do. How do I handle this?

A: As one who works outside the home 40 hours or more a week, you may not be able to chair

something, but all of you are giving up free time to help at your child’s school. Find out what needs to be done and select something you can handle. As long as you are participating and doing your fair share, the other parents will probably cease pressuring you. Also, don’t assume that because other parents don’t work outside the home, that they can do a bigger share of the school duties. They likely have their own busy schedules to juggle.

Q:

Four families carpool with the parents driving. One of these has a teenage son who just got his driver’s license and they now want him to drive when it is their turn. A couple of us are not comfortable with a new, inexperienced driver taking on that responsibility. What do we say?

prepared to share the carpooling among three families.

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the other days of the week due to commitments you have. Or, if you would rather not have other children at your home after school on a regular basis at all, tell the other parents your children have busy schedules with homework and other activities, and you are unable to watch their children.

A: Schedule a meeting with your daughter’s teacher and hear what he/she has to say. Ask for

My wife and I are divorced and we’d prefer to schedule separate teacher conferences. Is this unreasonable?

Please tell me what to say to my daughter’s teacher who sent home a note saying my daughter has been disruptive in class. I find that hard to believe as she is so quiet at home.

specific examples. Her teacher may have different rules for the students while in school than you do at home. Your daughter may be testing the boundaries including trying to impress her fellow students. Hear what the teacher has to say and then talk with your daughter about the meeting, explaining that the rules of the classroom will have to be respected.

Q:

I am a stay-at-home Mom, and other parents assume it is okay for their kids to come to my house almost every day after school. I have things to do and have not agreed to this responsibility. How do I stop this?

A: You need to be honest with the parents, A: You need to be honest about your feelings letting them know when their children are and make sure whomever represents the remaining families does so respectfully and notes that the other three families agree on this. If this family cannot handle your position, you need to be

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A: You and your ex-wife need to do what is in the best interest of your family and especially

your child or children. Call the teacher or principal or write a note informing him/her of your divorce and state your request. This information about your family may be helpful for the teacher to know in the event she notices a change in your child’s mood or behavior at school. However, when it comes to co-parenting your child, you and your ex-wife need to make it a team effort and there may be times when the teacher needs you to work together with him or her to best help your child. In addition, keep in mind that teachers have many parents and students to work with and their time for multiple parent conferences may be limited.

welcome. For example, tell them that you are happy to have the kids at your house on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but you are not able to watch them

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to keep their food-allergic child safe at school. “Prevention starts at home. Once the parent becomes aware of a food allergy they should work with their child’s physician to develop and Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP). This plan should include reports from their child’s physician and/or allergy specialist that details the child’s allergy and medication program.” The Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP) developed Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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parents teach their child how to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to communicate clearly as soon as a reaction begins.” Once the child is old enough, they need to be taught how to read labels and to avoid sharing food with classmates. “Parents of children with food allergies also need to stress the importance of washing their hands before and after eating,” adds Dr. Rasberry. “They should also teach their child how to politely say ‘no thank you’ when offered food that is not from home.” Finally, they key to a safe and successful school year for a food-allergic child lies in a collaborative partnership between the school, family and medical personnel. “These three groups need to work together to make sure a safe and healthy learning environment is in place for this child,” Dr. Rasberry says. “This will allow the child to make a safe transition from their home into school. The parents play vital role in providing the school with detailed medical information and medication as needed and educating their child on the allergy. The school plays a vital role in making sure their personnel are educated and responsible about preventive measures and trained to recognize signs of a reaction and react appropriately.” For more information, contact Dr. Rasberry at (337) 474-2856, or visit www.imperialhealth.com.

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Smarts for Parents

by Katie Harrington

Keeping up with the ever-changing social media landscape is a daunting challenge. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram seem to change all the time and new social networking outlets are constantly popping up. Being a part of this scene has become a must to keep in touch professionally and personally, but what do you do as a parent when your child approaches you about creating their own social media footprint? How do you keep them safe online? “Tweeting and sharing your thoughts on Facebook have become a part of daily life,” says Kevin Richard of Family & Youth Counseling Agency. “The stakes become higher though when a child wants to step into the online world. “ According to Richard, it is a parent’s responsibility to parent around the technology. “First and foremost, parents need to be familiar with the sites themselves. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter all require children to be at least 13 years old to join because of regulations put in place by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.” This act limits companies from collecting 14 www.thriveswla.com

personal information about children under the age of 13. According to a Consumer Reports study, despite Facebook’s terms-of-service, a whopping 7.5 million children under the age of 13 are on Facebook. “Parents need to ask their children regularly if they or their friends have accounts,” Richard says. “When you buy your child their first cell phone, one of the conditions needs to be that they are not allowed on these sites until they are 13 and you approve it.” Richard adds that if you’re tempted to make an exception and allow them on these sites before Thrive Magazine for Better Living

they are of age, consider the message you are sending. “For one, you are saying it’s okay to break the rules and lie because you are allowing them to fudge their date of birth. You also need to consider whether they are mature enough to behave safely and responsibly online and decide what you will do to monitor their activity, such as friending them.” Once they reach 13, it’s important that you sit down together to set up the account and that you use all the privacy restrictions available. Also, don’t give unnecessary information like cell phone numbers. “This is also the perfect opportunity to have August 2013


your first talk with them about what not to post, such as your home address, their location and inappropriate pictures,” Richard adds. “Instruct them never to friend anyone they don’t know and never share their password.” Parents should regularly spot check their child’s account and see what they are posting, who their friends are and who they are following. “Figuring out how to do this can be a touchy subject,” says Richard. “When they are 13, it’s easy to insist on having their password, but an older teen may see this as a violation of their privacy. In this case, it’s important to remember that you are the parent.” It’s also key to set some parameters to prevent overuse according to Richard. “If your child starts to obsess over how many times their photos or posts are liked or retweeted, it’s time to step in. Watch your own behavior too and make sure you are setting a good example by not texting or checking your accounts during inappropriate times.” Finally, it’s important to stress to your children that there are long-term consequences to what is posted. The posting of inappropriate images of themselves or others could be considered criminal activity. “They need to know that it really boils down to how they wish to portray themselves to the world,” Richard says. “Once something is posted online, it’s very difficult to make it go away. Colleges and employers now routinely check social networking sites and do Google searches on applicants.”

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As the kids pack up their backpacks and head into the classroom for a new school year, parents may want to be on the lookout for just how heavy a load their child is packing into their backpack. A report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that more than 21,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms and doctor’s offices each year stem from backpack-related issues.

“Heavy backpacks can cause a growing frame to experience temporary backaches, joint pain, muscle strains and headaches,” says Dr. Patti Bray, a chiropractor at Ward Chiropractic. “Choosing and wearing a backpack correctly is as important as forming a healthy routine for back to school.” Dr. Bray offers these pointers for selecting the correct backpack: • Make sure it’s lightweight and fits between the shoulder blades and waist. • Select a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps. • Chose an option with a

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Home & Family | Back to School padded back and multiple compartments. • Most importantly, do not let the weight of the backpack exceed 15 percent of the child’s weight. Another area of back-toschool health concerns involve student athletes. “School sports-related injuries have become increasingly more common,” says Dr. Jeremy Ward, an Active Release Technique (ART) certified chiropractor at Ward Chiropractic. “Broken bones occurring during contact sports like football and basketball are easily detected, but soft tissue injuries affecting muscles, tendons and ligaments may not be as easy to see.” According to Dr. Ward, the impact of contact sports and repetitive motion on the body is evident when you think of a sport like football. “These

players are constantly running into each other, slamming each other into the ground and weaving and bobbing to avoid tackle. For a baseball, softball or soccer athlete, however, the toll taken on the body may not be as obvious.” The cutting motion soccer players use to get around other players and the diving to slide and repetitive motions used by a baseball or softball player to throw the ball or swing a bat can take their toll on these athletes. “Untreated overuse injuries can diminish performance levels over time,” adds Dr. Ward. “For a baseball player, the speed of a pitch slows down, a football player may miss the standard tackle and a soccer goalie may find themselves watching as the ball they are diving to stop escapes into the net.” ART can separate, release and stretch connective tissues

to help restore the vascular and lymphatic circulation of the injured area. “Overuse injuries can cause inflammation of the joints and degeneration from bones out of their correct positions can cause friction and sheering of joint tissue,” Dr. Ward says. “Our goal with ART is to increase range of motion, strength and flexibility while eliminating pain and discomfort. These treatments can also help prevent re-injury. For more information, call Ward Chiropractic at (337) 990-5497 or visit www.ward-chiro.com.

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Evacuating with Four-Legged Family Members by Katie Harrington

“Having an evacuation plan is a given when living along the Gulf Coast,” says veterinarian Dr. Randy Farr, with Farr Veterinary Hospital. “But one stress for many people is the best way to incorporate plans for the their pet or pets into their plan.” He says it’s important to remember that your pets can’t just be left behind when you evacuate. “If it is not safe for you or your children to stay, then it’s not safe for your pet to stay either. In the case of a direct hit from a hurricane, your home will more than likely lose electricity and water for several hours to several days. A pet cannot be left alone to fend for themselves in this situation.” If an evacuation is ordered, Dr. Farr says you won’t be able to count on boarding in your trusted local facility – they will likely be evacuating as well. You’ll need to make plans to keep them with you or board at your destination. “Not all Red Cross shelters accept pets so this is something that must be considered. If you know what city you are heading to, your vet may be able to give you a list of reputable boarding facilities in the area,” Dr. Farr says. “Some hotels accept pets. Check ahead of time and keep a list of those that do updated for your evacuation destination. Call and make arrangements as soon as you think you may be evacuating.”

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Hurricane season began in June, but residents of Southwest Louisiana know the most active months of the season are still ahead of us.

The next thing to plan ahead for is supplies. Just as you prepare with flashlights, batteries and first aid kids for the human members of your family, you also need an evacuation supply kit for each of your pets. Dr. Farr suggests the following for your pet supply kits: • Enough canned (pop-top) or dry food to feed your pet for three to seven days • At least 7 days’ worth of bottled water for each pet • Pet feeding dishes • Pet toys • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash • Copies of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier and blanket; ideally you should have one for each pet • Recent photos of your pets in case you get separated and need to make “Lost” posters • For cats, scoopable litter • Disposable litter trays (Aluminum roasting pans are perfect for this) • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up • For dogs, crate liner • Pet first-aid kit

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“Remember, food, medications and bottled water need to be rotated out of your emergency kit every couple of months,” adds Dr. Farr. “If they aren’t, they may go bad or become useless. It’s also important to store your kit is a cool, dry place.” Finally, Dr. Farr says it’s important keep your pet’s identification tags and vaccinations up-todate and to remember that evacuating will be just as stressful for your pet as it is for you. “A new environment and the stress of evacuation is going to upset your pet’s regular routine. It’s normal for them not to sleep as well as they normally do or to have restroom accidents that they normally wouldn’t have. By being prepared and patient , you can minimize their anxiety over the situation.” For more information, contact Farr Veterinary Hospital by calling (337) 474-1526 or visiting www.farrvet.com.

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Horoscopes Cancer

(June 21-July 22) Keep an open mind this month and expose your shell to new experiences. You’ll discover new interests and be filled with creativity. Call that old friend you’ve been thinking about, you’ll be glad that you did.

Leo (July 23-August 22) Happy Birthday Leo! You’ve been through a lot of ups and downs this year, particularly with friends and family, but so far it has also a year been full of new faces, places and experiences. This month will be a nice break. Things will start to slow down allowing for some piece of mind, if you let it. Every lioness needs her time to reflect, but just make sure not to spend too much time going backward, because you may not land on your feet. Keep moving forward. Changing the mane will help--experiment with a new hairstyle. You are about to go through a number of changes—a true metamorphous, but don’t fret. This is the year you will discover your roar. Virgo

(August 23-September 22) Well all know you love the smell of fresh pencils that comes with along back-to-school time. August will be a busy month for you. Explore a new career, hobby or tackle that exciting project at work. Your diligent efforts will be rewarded, but be careful who you tell. An old pal may surface looking for a loan.

Libra

(September 23-October 22) This month the scales are balanced in your favor. Listen to your intuition, don’t second guess yourself. Your first guess will be the right one, just make sure to keep track of your finances. It will be easy to get carried away and break the bank.

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Scorpio

(October 23-November 21) Make sure to soak up those last moments of summer. You won’t want the sting of missing any possible adventures. It’s time to take a quick getaway, enjoy some good barbeque and make some memories with friends and family. This is also a good time to start exploring other career opportunities.

Sagittarius

(November 22-December 21) This is not the time to make any grave decisions, instead if you haven’t gone on vacation yet, aim your sights toward taking a trip before the summer is through. If you can’t get away, satisfy your yearning for a journey by visiting a local museum or other attractions. Make relaxation your target this month. Don’t forget to check your oil, you may run into some car trouble.

Capricorn

(December 21-January 19) It’s been a busy and fun summer, but now have some catching up to do. It’s time to focus on some home improvement projects or other tasks you have been putting off. Lower your horns. You may run into a problem with a loved one, but any urging or any pushing will only make it worse. Let go and let them find their own way. Their choices may surprise you.

Aquarius

(January 20-February 18) You will be overflowing with energy this month. You love the start of a new phase and back-to-school time is right up your alley. Stay focused, use this surge to try a different workout routine or start a new project to indulge your creativity. Be careful not to go overboard though, it may be a long swim back to shore.

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Pisces

(February 19-March 28) The end of the summer is always chaos for you. This year swim against the normal current by getting organized ahead of time. You’ll thank yourself later. However, don’t let this consume you, now is also a good time to meet new people, and you may even stumble upon someone special.

Aries

(March 21-April 19) August will be a time of great clarity both socially and at work. Go after that new opportunity you have been eyeing. The stars are in your favor. However, make sure not to ram your good fortune down anyone’s throat, if so you may find yourself alone in the pasture.

Taurus

(April 20-May 20) August is a great time to jump over that fence that has been holding you back. Last month brought about new social opportunities, now it’s time to change your atmosphere. Try out a new look, reading something totally different, dining at a new restaurant or spruce up that living room. Be on the lookout for exciting new prospects.

Gemini

(May 21-June 20) This month take advantage of that break in your normally hectic schedule and go an adventure. The twins thrive on new faces and places. It’s time to go on a journey, even if it is just around the corner. Don’t let your indecisive nature hold you back. You’re headed in the right direction.

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Why You’re You The Ingredients that Make a Personality

by Erin Kelly

The idea of having a baby sister was exciting for six-year-old Traci Campbell at first. She even brought little Haley Brooke for show-and-tell. After about a month, however, the novelty wore off and Traci came up with a better idea: Send the baby back to wherever it came from. “We’ve been fighting ever since,” says Traci, now 22. It’s all good-natured. They love each other and look out for one another and do all the things that sisters are supposed to do – they just clash. The only thing they seem to have in common is mutual perplexity for the other sister’s way of doing things. “Traci always has to know what everybody is doing—super nosy,” Haley, 16, says. “Who cares what everyone is doing every second of the day? Also, she cares what people think too much. You don’t have to look like a runway model to get donuts.” And don’t get Haley started on her sister’s room: “ Chaos and clothes everywhere. Drives me nuts!” Meanwhile, Traci finds Haley’s penchant for perfectionism exhausting. “Haley has to always be perfect. Perfect grades—in all the clubs and an officer—plays sports, goes to workshops, never misses church. She never wants to let anyone down.” The sisters readily admit that they approach the world from starkly different directions—Traci is loud and outgoing, Haley is shy and reserved. Traci loves to shop, Haley would rather go fishing. Traci speaks her mind, Haley Traci and Haley Campbell

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takes a while to warm up to new people. Haley considers herself overly selfaware, Traci considers herself forward and vocal. The Campbell sisters both grew up in the same house, with the same parents, in the same loud, family- and calendar-driven environment, marked by occasional family vacations and lots of weekend traveling. So how did they end up on opposite sides of the personality spectrum? The foundation of what creates the foundation of personality and individuality has confounded scientists for centuries. Even today, the answer to the personality question is complicated and controversial. A century ago, Freudian psychology would have you believe that Traci and Haley’s personalities are different because of what’s going on in their unconscious mind: their instinctual conflicts, neurotic insecurities, the way they were treated by their parents (if one was punished more than the other, for example), and things their parents said or didn’t say over the years. Although that may seem like a logical explanation for the differences across the spectrum—after all, no two children have the exact same parental experience, even if they’re in the same family – personality researchers now almost uniformly agree that our personality traits are created via a complex mix of direct experiences and genetics. In other words: It’s more likely that Traci was born an extrovert, just as her little sister was born an introvert. Their personalities may have tweaked and evolved based on their experiences, but the fact that Traci can comfortably walk into a party alone was something she was probably born with. “It wouldn’t be a problem for me,” she says, of walking into a social event where she didn’t know anyone. “I’d grab a drink, walk up to someone and introduce myself—especially if they happen to be some cute, unattached guy.” And what would Haley think of walking into a party alone? “Complete freak-out mode. I would have to find the one person I knew so I could stand by them. If they left early, I would leave,” she says. “Actually, I would probably never walk into the party to begin with.” Current research suggests that extroversion/introversion are one of five core personality traits that are generally accepted by researchers as part of the five-factor theory of personality. According to modern research, the foundation of personality is based on five key traits: neuroticism (the tendency to experience negative emotions, like anger or depression); agreeableness (the tendency to be compassionate and cooperative, rather than antagonistic); extraversion (the level of energy created externally, such as through social interaction); conscientiousness (the ability to practice selfdiscipline and aim for achievement); and openness (an appreciation for new experiences and creativity). In the late 1990s, researchers Livesley, Lang and Vernon conducted a twin study to determine how genetics influenced each of the personality factors. The research, published by the Journal of Personality, indicated that genetics and environment have almost equal influence in making us who we are. Felicite Toney, 24, believes that she and her older brother Justin both inherited their differing personality traits from their parents, “but we developed our personalities from nurturing, not necessarily from our family alone, but friends and teachers as well. I think my brother’s teachers influenced him tremendously. For me, I read a lot as a child, so I was influenced by words.”

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Felicite’s love of creativity, her numerous tattoos, and her vegetarianism indicate a tendency toward “openness” (one of the big five), which could also explain the fact that she prefers meditation over church and would rather study several religions, rather than commit to one—or any, for that matter. Meanwhile, Justin is a Christian who reads the Bible. He’s a computer guy who knows how everything works; Felicite can barely operate a modem. He’s more Star Trek; she’s more Freddy Krueger. Felicite Toney He know how to cook, “and I’ve burnt tea,” Felicite says. ideas. Justin is messy and stubborn, “I’m all talk. I have ideas, but don’t know Felicite is tidy and easy-going. how to put them into action,” Felicite says. Just as with the Campbell sisters, Felicite Justin Toney “My brother does. He’s so successful. I don’t and Justin grew up in the same house with know how he does it.” the same parents, but their mix of genetics Based on the University of Minnesota and environment provided them with a research, the answer could be found in different set of big-five traits. Justin’s lateral prefrontal cortex. “(Felicite) has the personality of my If Justin’s brain was studied, his lateral father, always making conversation with prefrontal cortex would likely be larger than everyone,” Justin says. “I guess I mirror my his sister’s, because this is the area of the mother.” brain that deals with executive behavioral Another reason the Campbell sisters and control and planning—the ability to the Toney siblings wound up on opposite conceive ideas, make plans, develop tasks, sides of the aisle: brain power. and see them through. Same for Haley. The root of all those perfectionist ideals that drive Traci crazy could be blamed on an active lateral prefrontal cortex. That being said, Traci admits that she no longer wants to send her sister back. “We argue all the time, (but) I’ve cried several times in the last few years, realizing that my baby sister is growing up.” The fact that it doesn’t take much to make head-strong Traci cry is yet another A researcher from the University of personality difference, Haley notes. Minnesota found that brain structures were related to each of the big five personality factors. If Felicite and Traci’s brains Want to see how you factor in the big five? Visit our website for a link to the Big Five Personality Test. were scanned and studied, for example, researchers would likely find that their orbitofrontal cortexes were larger than their siblings’. Why? The oribitofrontal cortex deals with the brain’s “reward centers,” and extroverts tend to seek rewards more readily than their introverted peers. Felicite says that if she walked into a party alone, she’d focus on socializing and finding friends. All casual. Justin, who works in broadcast media and as director of BayouCon, says he’d prefer to “work the room” and avoid small talk. For him, it’s about the networking. Felicite is perplexed by her brother’s ability to conceive and execute

“Felicite has the personality of my father, always making conversation with everyone. I guess I mirror my mother,” says Justin.

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let’s get physical

by Erin Kelly

The inheritance of certain physical traits is a complex genetic process. To understand why one person has blond hair and blue eyes and another has brown hair and green eyes, you have to investigate the busy world of DNA molecules. If you were able to look inside any one of your body’s 50 trillion cells, you’d find a complicated universe centered by a nucleus. Inside that nucleus are 46 molecules called chromosomes, which are made up of bundles of genes. Twenty-three of those chromosomes came from your mother. The other 23 came from your father. The 25,000 genes in these 46 chromosomes are a complex instruction manual for the construction of You. In some instances, the version of a gene you get from one parent may block the expression of the version of that same gene you received from the other parent. Here’s a closer look at how a few physical traits are determined by this genetic coding.

EYE COLOR We inherit two copies of the “eye color gene” from our father and two copies from our mother. Brown eyes are a dominant gene that tell the eye to produce large amounts of melanin—hence why brown is the most common eye color in the world. To inherit blue eyes, which are far less common, both parents need to carry the recessive blue gene. For example: Let’s say your father has one dominant brown gene (B) and one recessive blue gene (b), and your mother has two brown genes (BB). The likelihood that you’ll inherit blue eyes (bb), is highly unlikely. However, if your father has blue eyes (bb) and your mother has one brown gene (B) and one blue gene (b), your chances have improved dramatically. The best way to determine eye color is

not only look at the parents, but the family history, as well. Two browneyed parents could still have a blueeyed child, but each parent would have to carry the recessive blue-eye gene (in which case, both parents would be Bb). In this case, there are typically other members of the family with blue eyes. To determine eye color, visit Stanford University’s Eye Color Calculator at http://genetics.thetech.org/ online-exhibits/what-color-eyes-will-your-childrenhave.

HAIR COLOR The inheritance of hair color is perhaps even more complicated than that of eye color. Hair color is determined by a vast array of genetic codes that range from dark (black) hair to very light blonde hair and everything in between. It is even possible for two brown-haired parents to have a red-haired child, even when none of the grandparents have been redheads. That’s because the recessive red-hair gene can stay hidden for many years— sometimes even centuries. If you have red hair, rest assured that someone in your family tree had red hair before you, even if no one remembers them.

DIMPLES Dimples most often occur on both cheeks. A single dimple is rare. Dimples are inherited traits that pass from one generation to the next. If both parents have dimples, there is a high likelihood that their child will have dimples (50-100 percent chance). If only one parent has dimples, a child has a 50 percent likelihood of getting dimples. If neither parent has dimples, it is highly unlikely (close to zero percent) that a child will have them.

LEFT-HANDEDNESS About 10 percent of the population is lefthanded. The gene that determines left-handedness was discovered by researchers at Oxford University in 2007. They found that left-handedness appears only on a gene inherited through the father.

Sometimes the genetic apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Thrive recently held a “Double Take” look-alikes contest to find out which two family members in Southwest Louisiana look the most like each other. Entries were submitted and posted to Facebook where our followers voted on the duo they felt resembled each other the most.

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Oh no! Recovering from a Mistakenly Sent Text

1st Call her.

Yes, we mean right now. Push aside the urge to send that ‘OMG, I am so sorry text.’ This makes it obvious that you are hiding. If you reach out and call her, she will be more open to hearing your apology. Once you get her on the phone, it’s time to swallow your pride. Be sure to own up to the mistake and reiterate how much you value the relationship.

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So you just hit send on a ranting text to your friend or mother-inlaw. The problem is, the text was about her! Before you let panic set in and have a meltdown, take some deep breaths and realize it happens to all of us. Here’s what to do to make it right:

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give her some space.

We are more likely to be brutally blunt via text so it might take her some time to recover from the emotional beat-down she is feeling. If she needs time to cool off, wait a week before reaching out again, but this go-round, don’t call. Send her an e-mail, apologize again and ask if you can talk over lunch, your treat. This approach gives her time to think and she’s less likely to slip into a defensive mode.

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3rd be straight.

Don’t wait for her to bring up the elephant in the room. Own up to your text while explaining that you were frustrated with her but you handled it poorly. Then, gently explain what made you send it and promise, in the future, to discuss any frustrations you may have with her in the future instead of griping to someone else. If she still can’t move past it, you’ve done everything you can do and it may just be time to move on. August 2013


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Local business owners Kristy Armand, Patricia Prebula and Rick Richard judge The Pitch.

Growing Business in the Lake Area

by Chris LeBlanc

The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is a worldwide organization dedicated to aiding fledgling businesses. Recently, the benign effects of the NBIA have been felt in the Lake Area. The Southwest Louisiana Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center was founded by the NBIA, McNeese State University (MSU), and the Southwest Louisiana Business Alliance as a joint effort to “grow” businesses in the five parish region surrounding Lake Charles. Businesses housed in the center will be given support and guidance during their inaugural years, a period which is the most 28 www.thriveswla.com

volatile for upstart businesses. Prior to the opening of the SEED Center, its founders were tasked with finding candidates who exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and innovation required to have successful business undertakings. Professor of Management at MSU, Dr. Keith Credo, came up with an innovative solution to this problem. “I decided to organize Lake Charles’ first ever ‘Business Pitch’ competition as a way to not only attract top-notch tenants to the business incubator, but also to increase public awareness about the Thrive Magazine for Better Living

SEED Center,” Credo said. The contest, which will be held annually, is divided into four separate categories: College and University, High School, Open and Community, and Technology. Winners of each division are awarded $1,000 in prize money, donated by the Angels of SWLA (a local nonprofit organization designed to aid the development of economic and entrepreneurial excellence), along with six months of free rent in the SEED Center, sponsored by MSU and the Business Alliance.

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Of the more than 30 contestants in the three categories aside from “High School” (there were no entrants), seven finalists were named. These finalists were then judged by area business “celebrities” who chose the winners. The winners of each category are as follows:

College Derek Champagne’s “Fit for Business” plan. “Fit for Business” involves saving on healthcare costs for businesses by providing wellness programs for employees. Champagne plans to utilize nutritionists and trainers to create diet programs and workout regimes unique to each business.

Open and Community Vy Nguyen’s “Bookstop.com” plan. “Bookstop.com” is a vision of a market for students to buy and sell textbooks, which are relevant to specific universities, online. This website would provide an alternative platform, insulated from the markups of university and area brick and mortar textbook vendors.

Technology Matt Lundmark and Tyson Queen’s “Shopforme.com” plan. A fully digital grocery purchasing experience is the plan for “Shopforme.com.” Lundmark and Queen’s business model describes a program which would allow customers to purchase groceries from area grocers via computer, tablet, or smartphone. These purchases would them be bagged and reserved for later pickup.

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Late to the College-Saving Game?

Start Now

by Erin Kelly

All across the county, college freshmen are moving into dorms, learning their way around a new campus, and spending money – a great deal of money – as they begin this exciting new chapter of their lives. If you’re the parent of one of these college students, you’ve entered a new chapter of expenses that you may or not have been prepared for. While it’s true that it’s best to start early, the reality is that many parents don’t think about setting aside away money for college until college is within reach. “The recent economy has made it difficult for families to prioritize things like college funds or retirement accounts. Although most parents understand their value and know they should be saving something, they don’t always consider it feasible,” said Denise Rau, certified financial planner and president of Rau Financial Group. “Once the reality hits, there’s an urge to either panic or stand still, but the best option is to see a trusted financial advisor, discuss your options, and start saving. Just because you’re late in the game doesn’t mean you’re too late to do anything.” Conventional wisdom might imply that you should choose in high-risk investments that offer the best chance for a quick, hefty return—after all, you want to make the most money possible in the least amount of time, right? Well, not exactly, Rau says. “Obviously, most investors want to make a lot of money in a little time, but if it were possible to accurately determine exactly how a high-risk investment will perform, they wouldn’t be considered high risk. When you approach your college-savings strategy, don’t think of it as playing catch-up. Think of it as making the wisest decisions for now,” Rau said. “In most cases, that means building a well-diversified portfolio that suits your timeline, whether it’s four years or two. When college gets closer, it’s usually wise to take fewer risks because you won’t have time to make up the difference if you suffer a loss.”

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Discuss savings plans or prepaid tuition program options with your advisor. One of the more popular options is the 529 plan. But as with any investment strategy, it has its pros and cons. The 529 plans permit generous contributions and offers enticing tax benefits, but they also have high expenses and may include substandard investment choices. “The key is to make careful selections, with the help of someone you trust,” Rau said. “Not all investments are created equally. What worked for your neighbor may not work for you. Investments are a personal commitment and shouldn’t be made without careful consideration of all the information.” Rau further notes that some prepaid tuition plans may be inflexible. “That being said, they are a common choice because of the benefits they provide, and are something you should consider, particularly if you are able to start them when your children are younger.” For those who are late savers, Rau stresses that “starting late is still better than never saving at all. Anything you save will help you offset college costs and help you send your child off with a little extra peace of mind.” For more information about college saving and investing plans, contact Rau Financial Group at (337) 480-3835.

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Debt is not Always a Four-Letter Word

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Debt is often categorized as “bad” by consumers, but all debt is not created equal, and can’t be lumped together under one label.

Credit cards? Usually bad. Home loan? Probably good. Business loan? Typically good. Car loan, college loan, vacation loan? Depends. Some of your debt is probably invested in things that will increase in value, like a home or business. That’s good, according to Lyles McDaniel, Senior Vice President at Lakeside Bank. “There is no standard answer when it comes to financial planning, home budgeting, or debt. Consumers have been taught that credit cards are bad, but that’s not always the case. Although they are probably not the best source of debt, sometimes credit cards can prove useful financially. One of their greatest benefits is that they can help you increase your credit score. They can also hurt your credit score tremendously if you don’t manage them wisely.” McDaniel says the key to keeping your credit card debt on the fair side of financing is to make sure that you use them sparingly and never rely on them for everyday expenses, like groceries. If you keep the balance low, pay the balance in full each month (or as close as you can get), and pay on time, you prevent your credit card debt from going “bad.” One form of bad debt is debt that is used to pay for something consumable that offers no 32 www.thriveswla.com

potential for growth. That’s why credit cards have traditionally been considered “bad.” “There are other forms of bad debt, certainly. If you borrow money for use on something that offers nothing tangible in return, that’s usually not a good idea. Some people take out loans for vacations, but generally that’s not a smart thing to do,” McDaniel said. “Obviously vacations provide an emotional, mental and even physical reward, but the important rule to follow is to not go into debt if you have nothing to show for it. Also, if you’re taking out a loan for a vacation, obviously you can’t afford the vacation in the first place.” A reasonable litmus test for debt is to ask yourself if the item being financed will last longer than the loan itself. Whereas a vacation loan might be a poor choice for becoming indebted, student loans are often considered wise choices because of the increased earning potential from an advanced education. Likewise, McDaniel says if you finance a car for five years or less, it can be considered a form of good debt because the car will probably be in good Thrive Magazine for Better Living

shape after you’re finished paying for it. “Finance a car for a longer length of time, and the story can change.” McDaniel says home loans are another obvious form of “good debt” because once your home is paid off, you’ll own it out-right and have the potential to earn more money from it if you sell it. The same applies for business loans, because this type of loan should help you earn more money and be more financially stable once it is paid off. “Good debt usually doesn’t develop because a consumer decides to accumulate debt just for the sake of building a credit portfolio,” says McDaniel. “Typically, good debt is a natural process that is borne from wise financial decisions for the future.” Call Lakeside Bank at (337) 474-3766 for more information on any personal finance issue, or visit www.lakesidebanking.com.

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Burn Out by Kristy Armand

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Overwhelmed? Stressed out? Exhausted? Beaten down? You’re not alone. According to a survey of workers across the United States, living and working in a state of burnout has become the norm. In fact, experts say stress and exhaustion are so common that most people fail to recognize the signs. The national study was completed by ComPsych and it found that: • 63% say they have high levels of stress at work, with extreme fatigue and feeling out of control • 39% cite work load as the top cause of stress • 53% take frequent “stress breaks” to talk with others; 36% say they just work harder • Almost half cite stress and personal relationship issues as the most common reason for missed work Chauntelle LeJeune, LMFT, LPC, Therapist with Solutions Counseling & EAP, explains that “burnout” refers to a state of “overwhelming exhaustion – mental, emotional and physical. “It is caused primarily by work pressures and the struggle to balance those with the demands of home and family. Personality – how you respond to stress – is also a factor. We’re talking about more than just every day stress when we use the term ‘burnout.’ This state is characterized by overpowering unrelenting stress over a long period of time, which can lead to negative effects on your physical and mental health.” LeJeune says there really is no one cause of burnout, but it typically starts with job stress and escalates from there. “The core feeling is one of little or no control over the stress-causing situation,” She says other causes include lack of recognition for efforts, vague expectation, excessive demands, unchallenging or monotonous activity, peer pressure, lack of social support, limited time for relaxation and sleep deprivation. “Awareness of the causes of burnout and managing those is critical, but it’s important to also be aware of the signs that burnout impacting multiple areas of your life in a negative way,” says LeJeune. “Many people frequently dismiss or rationalize these away, telling themselves they just need to work harder and things will eventually get better, but that doesn’t always happen. And the more they focus on being a good employee, a good parent, a good spouse and a good friend to others, the more they lose focus on what they need to do for themselves in order to have a healthy, happy, well-balanced life.” August 2013

According to LeJeune, there are ways burnout can have significant mental, physical and behavioral effects. Warning signs to look for include: • A pervasive sense of failure and self-doubt • Loss of motivation and interest in your job, hobbies or family • A very negative, irritable and impatient attitude • Feeling detached and distant from the rest of the world • Frequent distraction and an inability to focus • A pattern of memory loss - forgetting where you put things or what you are doing • Extreme exhaustion and lack of energy, feeling completely drained • Loss of appetite and/or interest in intimacy • Frequent/unexplained illness • Chronic headaches, back and neck pain, muscle and joint aches • Increase in conflicts both in the workplace and at home • Change in personal hygiene • Extreme procrastination and lack of responsibility • Abusing alcohol, drugs, or food as a way to cope with life • Insomnia

“Realize it is necessary to make some changes, possibly drastic ones, depending on the causes and severity of burnout. Talk to a trusted friend and/or seek professional help. Also, make arrangements to take some much-needed time off if at all possible. If you don’t take steps to recover, the damage will only continue and the effect on all areas of your life will worsen. Solutions offers individual counseling and business EAP services. For more information, call Solutions at (337) 310-2822 or visit www. solutions-eap.org.

The time to deal with job stress is when it starts, before you reach a state of burnout. “It is much easier to avoid burnout, than to recover from it,” says LeJeune. “Make an effort to adopt a more balanced lifestyle and protect your boundaries. Say no to unreasonable demands on your time by others, decrease outside commitments and regularly disconnect from technology. Use your vacation days to take a real break. Take care of yourself by getting regular exercise, eating right and getting enough sleep – these are the things that give you the mental and physical strength to cope with the stressors in your life.” If you are experiencing the signs of burnout listed above, LeJeune says it’s critical not to ignore them. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! Start Walking Calcasieu! City Challenges

L to R: Mayor Chris Duncan, Sulphur; Mayor Lawrence Hennigan, Dequincy; Mayor Carol Ponthieux, Iowa; Mayor Kenny Stinson, Vinton; Mayor Dan Cupit, Westlake; Mayor Randy Roach, Lake Charles.

The Partnership for a Healthier SWLA and local mayors want to encourage residents to join the challenge to Start Walking Calcasieu! Each of the six Calcasieu Parish Mayors will host walks in their respective cities. All the cities will be competing to get the most residents to participate in the initiative. To get involved, visit healthierswla.com/ dare-to-be-healthy/city-challenge-start-walkingcalcasieu/.

Center for Orthopaedics Launches Ortho Express Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, has introduced a new service to ensure that anyone who has a musculoskeletal injury can be seen by one of their specialists within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. It’s called OrthoExpress and is designed to provide convenient, responsive access to expert care for sports injuries, broken bones, joint injuries, sudden back or neck pain, work-related injuries and any other musculoskeletal injuries. Call (337) 721-7236 for more information or visit www.centerforortho.com.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Held Ribbon Cutting for Opening of OBG-1

Sowela to Launch Continuing Education Courses

The courses are short-term, non-credit classes about specialty topics that meet on nights and weekends. They allow people to explore personal interests and learn specific skills without examinations or extensive time commitments. 
All Continuing Education courses are open to the public and no prior educational experience is required. For more information, call (337) 421-6964.

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Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has officially changed its name to JD Bank. The new name reflects how its customers commonly refer to the company. Serving southwest Louisiana for more than 65 years, JD Bank offers full-service personal and business banking with 18 branches. For more information, visit www.jdbank.com.

WCCH Earns Another “A” in Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits once again recognized West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital with an “A” Hospital Safety Score. To see WCCH’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Prestigious Reader’s Choice Award Honors L’Auberge

Clothing Concierges is Now Open Clothing Concierges is now open in Alterations Plus at 121 West College Street in Lake Charles. The store offers a unique clothing shopping experience for men, and is owned by David Trahan and Joseph Walls, both previously with Gaidry’s. For more information, call (337) 474-3800 or e-mail clothingconcierges@gmail.com.

Jeff Davis Bank Changes Name

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Sulphur Mayor Chris Duncan along with several Sulphur City Council members, representatives from the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce, and Chamber SWLA were on hand for the occasion. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 312-1000.

Lake Charles Charter and Southwest Louisiana Charter Academies to Expand Busing The Board of Trustees of Lake Charles Charter Academy and Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy have contracted with Student Transportation Specialists of McKinney, TX to provide expanded bus transportation for both schools beginning in August 2013. Applications are currently being accepted at both schools for enrollment in the fall. Visit www.lakecharlescharter. org or www.swlouisianacharter.org to apply online.

Lake Charles Memorial and LSU Health Systems Finalize Moss Regional Partnership

L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles and L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge have earned the prestigious Best of the South 2013 Reader’s Choice Award from AAA Southern Traveler Magazine. The annual readers’ poll ranks the South’s best places to visit, dine, gamble, have fun and enjoy memorable experiences.

Sasol Advances U.S. Ethane Cracker and Derivatives Project Sasol has announced a series of engineering and technology provider appointments as it continues to advance front-end engineering and design (FEED) of its world-class ethane cracker and derivatives project. Fluor Corporation is the main FEED contractor for the ethane cracker and derivatives project.

Hobo Hotel Inc. Receives Grant from ASPCA Hobo Hotel, Inc. has announced the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) which will go towards funding its spay/neuter program. Spaying and neutering of cats and kittens is one of the primary goals of the Hobo Hotel. For more information about the Hobo Hotel, or to contribute or volunteer, call (337) 493-2428.

The public-private cooperative endeavor agreement between Lake Charles Memorial Health System and Louisiana State University Health System has gone into effect, officially bringing Moss Regional Hospital’s inpatient and emergency services to Memorial. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Magnolia LNG Receives Overwhelming Support Magnolia LNG received wide support for its planned Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project at a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) public scoping meeting held in Lake Charles. For more information on Magnolia LNG or to view letters of support filed with FERC, visit www.magnolialng.com. Center for Orthopaedics and Beauregard Memorial Hospital Team up for School Athletes in Beauregard and Vernon Parishes The Beauregard and Vernon parish school boards have chosen Center for Orthopaedics (CFO), an affiliate of Imperial Health, and Beauregard Memorial Hospital as their exclusive providers of sports medicine services for high school athletes. CFO will provide athletic trainer coverage for each school’s athletic events and work with the coaches and student trainers on injury prevention and concussion protocols. In addition, Beauregard and Vernon parish athletes will have access to sports clinics and a wide variety of assessment and educational opportunities throughout the year. For more information , call (337) 721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com.

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Chennault Airshow

Flying High in SWLA Skies A family-friendly local tradition is returning to the Southwest Louisiana skies. It’s the Chennault International Airshow, which will be be flying high Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29, at Chennault International Airport.

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The airshow will offer roaring aircraft, thrilling air stunts and a nostalgic array of aircraft of all vintages. The attractions include the last flying B-29 Superfortress bomber in existence, the AeroShell Aerobatic team; The Canadian Air Force CF-18; a national exhibit spotlighting the revered Red Tail Squadron of World War II; the Flash Fire Jet Truck from Darnell Racing; stunt flights in an authentic Soviet MiG-1F7 jet; and aerobatics and wingsuit action by Pemberton Aerosports, described as “the X Games act of airshows.” There also will be flights and ground displays of aircraft and exhibits that salute Southwest Louisiana’s military heritage and Chennault’s own rich history. continute on p38

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Nationally acclaimed Rob Reider is the airshow announcer. Food and beverages will be sold — and vendors, the McDonald’s Kid Zone and the AT&T Photo Pit also will be available. Gates open each day at 10 a.m. with the show starting at 1 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are $12 each and $5 for children ages 6-12 and may be purchased online at chennaultairshow.com. Tickets at the gate will be $15 each or $7.50 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Family packs and corporate chalets also will be available. For tickets, sponsorship information, or details on how to be a vendor or volunteer, visit chennaultairshow.com or the airshow’s Facebook page. Megan McLellan is the airshow director. Randy Robb is president of the nonprofit airshow’s community board of directors.

Save the Date!

Ladies, mark your calendar for the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Fall Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2013 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Since the Commission Incorporated in 1994, they have sponsored this dynamic, one-day event that is attended by nearly 2,000 women from Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The conference features an array of workshops and lectures on topics designed to assist women in furthering their careers and managing their health, family, social and legal issues. This fun-filled, all day event also includes a popular Marketplace with over 150 vendors and an exciting and entertaining luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Leigh Anne Tuohy – The woman who inspired “The Blind Side”. For more information or tickets, visit www.womenscommissionswla.com.

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Welcome to football season in the South, or as many people think of it: “tailgating season.” Down here, tailgating isn’t just a way to kill time an hour before kickoff. It’s an all-day ritual; a reunion, cook-off and fashion show that keeps us coming back year after year. If you’ve never been to a southern tailgate, you’re in for a real treat! Take these tips on how to make the most out of your experience no matter which college on the I-10 corridor you visit.

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McNeese State University Mascot: Rowdy the Cowboy Colors: Royal Blue and Gold Stadium Name: The Hole What to wear: From t-shirts to dresses, anything goes when cheering on the Cowboys. Where to tailgate: Tailgating is any and everywhere around Cowboy Stadium. Those hardcore fans begin their tailgating the Thursday night before a big game while the rest of the fans show up early Saturday afternoon. Special Traditions: Horse & Rider Since 2007, the “Horse and Rider” statue comes to life every Saturday during football season. After the statue comes to life, the horse, Moondancer, and the Mystery Rider march down Common Street to Cowboy Stadium. During pre-game, Moondancer and the Mystery Rider take the field and scan the crowd intently. It is at that time that the Mystery Rider is making it known that he is watching you, making sure you are a Cowboy fan. Jolie Blon In 1970, McNeese named “Jolie Blon” McNeese’s official fight song. This popular Cajun waltz is often referred to as the “Cajun National Anthem.” The McNeese band began playing the song in 1951 under Band Director Eddie See. Bringing the Wood “Bringing the Wood” is a football saying that stands for big hits and big plays. The Cowboys started the tradition a few years back, of bringing out an actual piece of wood to honor a player that demonstrates the act on that particular week. Rowdy the Cowboy In 1982, “Rowdy” was born. He likes to do back-flips, crowd-surf, and ride his trusty ice chest down the hill into The Hole at football games.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette Mascot: Cayenne Pepper Colors: White and Vermillion Red Stadium Name: Cajun Field What to wear: Anything red. Occasionally there are black out games but almost always people are in red t-shirts, hoodies, and even the die-hard college students paint themselves red. Where to tailgate: Tailgating takes place right outside of the stadium and wraps itself around and down to the practice football area. Since you’re in Cajun Country, you will always find someone making a jambalaya and family and friends gathered around playing games like washers. Special Traditions: Fighting Song and Ragin Cajun Chants When visiting Cajun Field, be prepared to take part in a number of chants and the traditional fight song. At every touchdown, the fight song is played and ends with a very loud and passionate, “GO U-L!”

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Coach Hud Faces A more recent tradition that has formed since winning two consecutive bowl games is printing Coach Mark Hudspeth’s (Coach Hud) face on signs and holding them up during games. Some people even bring rope to hold up because Coach Hud’s motto is “Never let go of the rope!”

Southern University Mascot: LaCumba Jaguar Colors: Gold, Columbia Blue Stadium Name: A.W. Mumford Stadium What to wear: Anything blue and gold with some type of SU paraphernalia. Where to tailgate: You will see tailgating going on all around campus at an SU football game. From cook offs and family and friend gatherings, to fraternities making their signature frat punches, you’re sure to find something for every Jaguar fan to enjoy. Special Traditions: Family Affair Since Southern University is a HBCU (Historically Black College and University), heritage is an important tradition, and many families have a number of SU alumni that will attend each football 42 www.thriveswla.com

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Mascot: Mike the Tiger Colors: Gold and Purple Stadium Name: Death Valley What to wear: It’s definitely a fashion show when going to an LSU football game. From casual to the dressiest of outfits, Tiger fans will be sporting the purple and gold from head to toe, every way they can. Where to tailgate: LSU recently earned the top spot on the national “Bleacher Report’s” 2013 list of top 25 college football tailgating schools. When in Death Valley, diehard fans start at Tiger Stadium and take over the entire campus, forming a temporary community that becomes the fifth largest city by population in the state.

game. From young to old, everyone goes out to support the Jaguars. Marching Jukebox One of the biggest highlights of Southern University is the band, “The Marching Jukebox.” Even if the game isn’t going well or the season isn’t the best, people will still attend for the band known as “The best band in the land.”

The stadium holds 92,400, but there are usually at least 120,000 fans tailgating. Many begin tailgating near the stadium on Wednesday night before Saturday games and cook all the way through game time. Special Traditions: Mike the Tiger Mike the Tiger is the official mascot of LSU and serves as the name of both the live and costumed mascots. The “real” Mike the Tiger lives in a habitat right outside of the stadium and can be seen at every home game. The mascot has been known to visit tailgaters before the game, and enters the stadium with the cheerleaders. Victory Hill Before each game, thousands of fans line up along the bottom of Victory Hill waiting to get a glimpse of the football team (attired in suits and ties), head coach Les Miles, the Golden Girls dance line, Mike the Tiger, the cheerleaders and the Golden Band from Tiger Land marching to the stadium. Fans and foes alike eagerly anticipate the four notes of the band’s pregame salute when it sounds on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Tiger Bait Visiting team supporters are known to be heckled by LSU fans that chant, “Tiger Bait! Tiger Bait!” This often incites confrontation between hot-headed followers, but visitors who take the jeers and jaunts with a sporting disposition will be invited to join in on the tailgating and spirit of Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

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Tailgating Recipes Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs 6 hot dogs 6 hot dog buns 12 tooth picks (2 for each hot dog) 6 strips of bacon

The Best Sloppy Joes 2 tablespoons, vegetable oil
 2 medium onions, chopped
 2 ½ lbs. ground beef
 2 tablespoons, tomato paste
 2/3-cup BBQ sauce
 1/2-cup ketchup
 1/4-cup Worcestershire sauce
 1/4-cup soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
 8 to 12 buns Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 2. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they start to turn translucent. Add the beef and cook, stirring until the meat begins to brown, about 10 minutes. 3. Drain the grease and stir in the tomato paste. 4. Add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. 5. Spoon sloppy joe sauce onto rolls and serve.

Directions: 1. Heat grill to medium-low heat. 2. Wrap each hot dog with one strip of bacon and secure with a toothpick at each end. 3. Cook hotdogs on the grill, rotating so that all sides cook evenly. When the bacon is lightly crisp, remove from the heat. 4. Serve with your favorite condiments.

Buffalo Chicken Dip 1-1/2 cups cooked and shredded chicken 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup Ranch dressing 1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Blue cheese crumbles (optional) Directions: 1. Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. 2. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm. Mix in shredded cheese. 3. Pour into a shallow dish or pie pan and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles and microwave it until the cheese melts. 4. Serve with chips or vegetables for dipping.

Classic Deviled Eggs 1 dozen hard-boiled eggs, peeled 2 tablespoons, sweet pickle relish or chopped bread and butter pickles 2 tablespoons, bread and butter pickle or sweet relish juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 pinch of cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons, mayonnaise Paprika, salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Boil eggs 2. Slice eggs lengthwise and pop out the yolks, being careful to keep your egg white intact. 3. In a medium-sized bowl, mash yolks with relish, pickle juice, mustard, cayenne and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Fill each egg and then dust with paprika. 5. Chill until ready to serve.

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Spicy Chex Mix 1/4-cup butter or margarine 1 tablespoon, Worcestershire sauce 1 1/4 teaspoons, seasoned salt 2 to 3 teaspoons, red pepper sauce 3 cups Corn Chex cereal 3 cups Rice Chex cereal 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal 1-cup mixed nuts 1-cup pretzels 1-cup bite-size cheese crackers Directions: 1. Heat oven to 250 degrees. 2. In ungreased large roasting pan, melt butter in oven. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt and pepper sauce. Gradually stir in remaining ingredients until evenly coated. 3. Bake uncovered 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool, about 15 minutes. Store in airtight container until ready to serve.

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one, sturdy folding table is a must. Where else are you going to proudly display the cornucopia of food to be served over the course of the celebration?

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t 3. Spirit Gear. This one seems obvious, but home or away, you should be decked from head to toe in your team’s colors. Be proud of your school spirit! 4. Flags & Banners. You’d

be hard pressed to find a more moving sight than that of rows upon rows of the home team’s flags gently whipping in the breeze outside the stadium on game day.

5. Entertainment. Whether you break out a game of washers or plan to simply pass the pigskin around, be sure to have something fun to occupy your time. Also, if there are other games on that you or your guests will want to watch, consider bringing out a computer with the capability of live streaming (you’ll need Wi-Fi access) or a television.

9. The Grill. How else are you

going to cook up a feast? If you aren’t grilling as is common in these parts, then you’ll likely need a burner and propane tank to cook up that gumbo or jambalaya, cher!

10. Sausage & Boudin. Come on, it’s Louisiana so this one should be as obvious as the chairs and table. There’s no better pre-game appetizer than a savory sausage or the meat and rice delicacy known as boudin.

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6. Trash Can. No one likes a litter bug so be sure to bring a trash can or large trash bags so you can take care of your waste products. Remember, be proud of your campus and do your part to help keep it clean.

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Businesses Bleed Blue and Gold photo courtesy of Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau

When fall rolls around, nothing beats heading out to your favorite college football stadium to cheer your team to victory. Sporting your team’s colors with pride and being surrounded by other dedicated fans can lead to an electric atmosphere. In southern towns and cities, pre-game tailgating makes game day a day-long affair, and it’s not just college students who are spending their fall weekends on campus. It’s hard to walk through a tailgate area or a football stadium without seeing the tents or banners of local businesses. The traditions of a college football program tend to run deeper than just current students. Alumni typically feel a strong connection long after graduation and gladly throw their business’s support behind the program. At McNeese State University the Petrochemical Athletic Association is a huge supporter of all the school’s athletic endeavors. The group hosts a tailgate party near the Alumni Center for its members prior to the start of each home football game. This membership organization, in addition to showing their school spirit at McNeese Athletic events, has also donated more than 800,000 to the program since 1997. One local bank has taken their school spirit to the next level by becoming the official bank of McNeese State University athletics. “At 126 years old, IBERIABANK thrives on tradition, and there’s no greater tradition in

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Southwest Louisiana than McNeese State University. It is the heart and soul of our community,” says Chelsi Nabours Barfield, public relations coordinator, Southwest Louisiana for IBERIABANK. “Countless associates are alumni and Phil Earhart, IBERIABANK’s SWLA president, is part of the McNeese Student Mentor Program and the Business Advisory Council. Our branch on the corner of McNeese & Ryan streets is fully decked out in McNeese décor – if that’s not a strong connection, I don’t know what is!” In addition to an annual donation of $100,000 to the athletic department, the bank shows their school spirit at the various athletic events held on campus. “We bring our cooking rig to Cowboy Corral and cook for tailgaters at the homecoming game,” Nabours Barfield says. “We give out cold bottled water and koozies at the Student Tailgate before each home football game and assist the different teams in their fundraising efforts, including participating in the golf tournaments, as well as selling tickets to the volleyball team’s Tailgate Party and the basketball team’s Lyrics & Layups.” Hosting a tailgate party is a great way for local business to not only show their school spirit, but also a great way to show client appreciation. The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosts tailgate parties for their clients and community members each season.

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“In Southwest Louisiana, McNeese State University football games are a big deal,” says Megan Hartman, senior marketing manager at the CVB. “And with all the homegrown Cajun and Creole cooks in the area, tailgating before the games is another opportunity for gathering with family and friends to enjoy a good meal.” According to Hartman, their tailgate event even helped garner some national media attention for the area. “Fellow tailgater and CVB Board Member, Annette Richey, won the Honda Generators Tailgate Giveaway for ESPN and was featured on the SEC Network.” Richey shared with ESPN “How We Tailgate” rainy day photographs from an MSU tailgating party where slip-n-sliders donned the CVB’s rain ponchos as they slid across the makeshift blue tarp/slip-n-slide. The tailgating experience has helped bolster a connection between tourism and the university. “The CVB has a strong connection to McNeese State University through collegiate sports, fraternities and sororities, and associations that hold meetings and events in Southwest Louisiana,” Hartman adds. “Our sales department coordinates quarterly sales calls with all of the departments to keep our services and meeting facilities top of mind to those planning future conferences and events and also assists McNeese State athletics with their rooming needs for visiting teams.”

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hen then-LSU Athletic Director Bob Brodhead named Stanley “Skip” Bertman as LSU’s head baseball coach in 1983, no one could have predicted the monumental impact it would have on college baseball at LSU and across the Southeastern Conference. In his 18 seasons as head coach at LSU, he led the Tigers to seven SEC titles and five national championships. As LSU Director of Athletics, he led one of the greatest periods of facility growth and athletic accomplishment in the history of the institution. He is a member of the LSU Athletic hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports

Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The school retired his jersey, named a street after him and earlier this year, named its baseball field in his honor. Still a very active, very visible spokesperson for LSU athletics, Bertman took time to talk with Thrive about his career, diaper changing stations, Les Miles and the keys to success outside of sports.

Who were your mentors? I had a good mentor named Max Sapper, who was a former professional player and was way ahead of his time. He knew more about baseball in the 1950s than most people do today. He coached our summer league team (in Miami) and he particularly liked me. I coached in the system that he provided for youth leaguers and I took his job when he passed on. I was also fortunate to coach at the University of Miami for eight years under Ron Fraser. Ron was not a guy content with mediocrity. He did some amazing things on the field as well as off the field. He taught me a lot about promotions, he taught me a lot about off-the-field obligations that the coach has. Then finally when the job opened up at LSU, I was ready not just to coach the X’s and the O’s of baseball but I was ready to get into the community and teach the people how good baseball really was, how affordable it is and most of all, what kind of kids play baseball. They’re good students and they’re very friendly and very community-oriented kids. Baseball wasn’t on most people’s radars at LSU before you arrived in 1984, let alone had much success on the field. What were your keys to success? I thought there was a lot of potential here. There was a tremendous amount of mediocrity that people not only accepted but that’s the way they wanted it. Nobody asked too much of you. Win 25 and lose 25, maybe have a good year. The first team I had, I told them we were going to go to Omaha one day, where the national championship is. They thought that was only for people from New York or California but certainly not someone from Louisiana. They accepted the mediocrity. Slowly but surely, they started to fall off the team when they realized that I would demand that they go to school and play baseball, that I would check their grades or go to their class and find out if they actually attended. But more than that, I would practice for hours – hard – and they weren’t quite used to that. So most of them dropped out and I was able to recruit my own kids. I did have an advantage: I had an athletic director, Bob Broadhead, who was years ahead

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of his time. He was from Miami also. He saw what I saw: My god, this place has so much potential! He was too fast with it and the mediocrity people just beat him down. They got rid of him. I had a booster group and they said, What do you need? And I said the first thing we need to do is diaper changing stations in the bathrooms. I said if mama can’t bring the baby, we can’t bring the rest of the family. I played at every school in Louisiana. Wherever we went, we drew the biggest crowd. I was hoping that the AD (athletic director) would see that this could be profit-making. You were LSU’s athletic director when you hired Paul Mainieri as baseball coach. What advice did you give him when he arrived at LSU? Paul Manieri was an easy pick for me. He was ready to do it. You had to be ready for this. The pressure here to win is unrealistic for football

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and baseball. Paul realized it immediately. I told him, Paul, this is a place where you have to go out and talk to the people. They should know you personally. You should work, like I did, with some charitable group every single year. You should raise money on your own every single year. You should have a booster committee. Not only has he won but he’s a great community member. I think in a lot of places, you can have an axe murderer and the people wouldn’t care as long as he won. Here, they expect you to win, to have no disciplinary problems, graduate every kid and be a good community member. And I’m glad I had a part in helping with that.

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Places & Faces You were AD when you hired Les Miles. What did you see in Les? In Les, I saw some stability. Number one, he had young children. He wasn’t going to go anywhere. I knew that he loved Baton Rouge and that his wife would love Baton Rouge. Number two, he already coached in the NFL and he wasn’t interested in the NFL. Once you’re here, if you’re a good coach and you’re successful, this is one of the best places in the United States. This is why Les is here eight, nine years later, and he’s going to be here another 10 years until his kids finish college. That’s what we need. What do you find are common denominators in successful people, both in and out of sports? There are no secrets of success. The secrets are you get there early and you stay late. You have a sense of urgency. Attention to detail, pride in yourself and pride in your product. Motivate yourself and motivate other people. All football coaches know the same amount. Nobody outcoaches anybody. The successful coaches just get the kids to believe and buy in more, and I think that’s what leaders do in business: They get the people to buy in. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon; you just have to learn from your mistakes and you have to be not afraid to try things. You have to be willing to learn how to lose without being defeated. Skip Bertman will be a the special guest speaker at the faculty dinner for the 4th Annual Musculoskeletal Symposium held in Lake Charles at L’Auberge Casino Resort. The event is sponsored by Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health. The Symposium is on August 17 and is open to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Visit www.centerforortho.com for more information.

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New Incarnation for Historic Lake Charles Property Many long-time residents of Lake Charles remember the home located at 1025 Broad St, as the once popular restaurant named Scarlet O’s. Today the former home of Governor Sam Houston Jones is aptly called The Governor’s Mansion and is serving the community as an event venue and reception hall. Sam Houston Jones, the only Louisiana governor to come from Lake Charles, lived in the house with his wife Louise Jones and their children Jimmy Boyer, Willie Boyer, Jelks Boyer and Bob Jones from 1937 until they made the move to Baton Rouge in 1940. The family eventually returned back to Lake Charles and took up residence in the house from 1944 until 1951. In addition to once housing Scarlet O’s, the property has also been home to Dagostino’s, a nightclub, a fraternity house and a Mobil Oil filling station.

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Not many people start out as a runner at a hospital then end up as its CEO, but that was the career path Janie Fruge’, RN, BSN, MBA, followed at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur. She became the CEO on July 1, replacing Bill Hankins, who is now vice president of business development. In Southwest Louisiana, Fruge’ is the only CEO with a nursing background along with a business degree, giving her a unique perspective as she deals with the needs of patient care as well as overseeing the administrative side of a hospital. Her interest in healthcare began when she was seven, when medical missionaries visited her church. “Both my brother and I were influenced by that visit. His career path led him into interventional cardiology and mine to nursing,” she said. While a nursing student at McNeese State University, Fruge’ held several positions at WCCH; these roles would later prove helpful. “I learned to read physicians’ and other providers’ handwriting while I was a ward clerk,” she said. “The ER taught me to quickly assess a situation, multitask and handle high stress environments. During my time as a floor nurse, I cultivated my organizational skills. Every position has given me valuable skills to prepare me for the next step.” She moved to a leadership role at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, where she was an Emergency Department nurse manager for five years. She returned to WCCH as patient care director, then was named chief nursing officer/chief operating officer and groomed for two years for the chief executive officer position. “The transition has been seamless. Serving as the COO over the past two years allowed me to be involved in all aspects of operations,” Fruge’ said. She says her longevity at WCCH has been invaluable. From board members to employees, to physicians and the administrative team, they’ve worked 54 www.thriveswla.com

together “through some of the toughest economic and regulatory times our nation and our community have seen. Through it all, we’ve had the support and trust of our community members – something money can’t buy – and something for which we are very grateful.” Being in an administrative role wasn’t specifically on her radar, but excelling was. “I’ve always strived to learn and leave the door of opportunity open for new challenges and roles,” she said. Fruge’, who also holds master’s degrees in business administration and nursing, said her nursing background has been beneficial in her newest role as CEO. “In an administrative capacity, you have to see the same issue from multiple points of view. Being a nurse has allowed me to understand and anticipate the needs of physicians and other clinical practitioners, which is extremely important as the federal government moves toward pay-forperformance. Healthcare is constantly evolving and having a clinician serving in an administrative capacity can be highly beneficial.” The hospital has seen unprecedented growth in the last 10 years, from expansion of the physical building and new physicians and services to receiving accolades for patient safety. Most recently, WCCH received its second “A” grade for the Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, and was recently named as a Blue Center of Distinction for Hip and Knee Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. While the communication and multitasking skills she learned as a nurse come into play each day as an administrator, the direct patient care is something she misses. “Caring for the healthcare needs of others is a privilege,” Fruge’ said. “I look for opportunities to interact with patients through rounding in the hospital, but now my role is to inspire others to provide exceptional care to our community.”

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Jones, Ryker Receive Certification in Breast Health Navigation Brown to Serve as Moss Administrator Larry Graham, CEO and president of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System has named Bernita Loyd Brown as Administrator of the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic. She has also served Bernita Loyd Brown as a diabetes dietician, clinical nutrition and dietary manager, director of nutritional services and assistant vice president of business development.

Dr. Bill Lowry Named Medical Director for Tri Parish Rehabilitation Hospital Dr. William Lowry, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial William Lowry, MD Health, has been named rehabilitation medical director at Tri Parish Rehabilitation Hospital in Rosepine. Dr. Lowry will lead the medical staff and be responsible for overall quality of treatment for the 20-bed hospital.

Lakeside Bank Appoints IT Officer Matt Fruge was recently named the Information and Technology Officer for Lakeside Bank. He joined the bank in 2012 and has over nine years of experience in the financial and banking industry. Matt Fruge Originally from Church Point, Fruge holds an associate degree in computer engineering and is a graduate of the Louisiana Banking School of Supervisory Training and Excel Business Leadership in Acadia Parish. He is a also a certified electronic technician. In his new role at Lakeside, Fruge is responsible for managing the information technology compliance and security needs of the bank.

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West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has announced that Angie Jones, RN, and Rhonda Ryker, BSRT (R)(M), radiology technologist, received the designation of Certified Breast Patient Navigator through the completion of the National Consortium of Breast Center’s Breast Patient Navigator Program. For more information on the breast health navigator program at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, call (337) 528-7320. Robbins Promoted to Directory of Security Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles has announced that Beverly Robbins has been promoted to Director of Security. Beverly graduated from Del Mar Technical Institute in Beverly Robbins Corpus Christi, Texas, as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Prior to entering the security field, Beverly spent ten years at Louisiana Home Health Agency.

Dr. Kalieb Pourciau Presents at State Conference Dr. Kalieb Pourciau, a foot and ankle specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, was a guest speaker at the recent annual Louisiana Podiatric Medical Association’s Dr. Kalib Pourciau annual conference held in New Orleans. His presentation covered lower extremity injuries and advances in treatment options.

Merchants & Farmers Bank Hires Castille Ken Hughes, president and CEO of Merchants & Farmers Bank, has named Russell Castille as Vice President of Commercial Lending for the Lake Charles/Sulphur area market. Castille comes Russell Castille to Merchants & Farmers Bank with 13 years of banking experience in the Lake Charles area. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Hinton Joins Clinical Staff of Imperial Health Urgent Care Center Nurse Practitioner Noel Hinton, MSN, APRN, CFNP, has joined the clinical staff of Imperial Health Urgent Care Center in Lake Charles. Hinton is Noel Hinton, MSN, APRN, CFNP a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with 15 years of experience.

Marty DeRouen Receives National Awards Marty DeRouen, a Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor based in Lake Charles, has received the company’s Life Impact and Silver Top 50 awards based on Marty DeRouen an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security. DeRouen joins an exclusive group of representatives across the country who have achieved recognition.

Terrell Achieves Membership in Million Dollar Round Table Barry Terrell, Jr., CFP, ChFC has achieved membership in the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Barry Terrell Jr., CFP, ChFC Financial Professionals. Terrell is a 16-year member of MDRT. For more information, contact Terrell at (337) 477-8271.

2013 CITGO Scholarship Award Recipients CITGO Petroleum Corporation has awarded scholarships to six high school graduates who are dependent children of company employees or retirees, including two children of Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex employees. The two local students selected as 2013 CITGO scholarship recipients were Scott B. Miller of Iowa, La., son of Steven Miller; and Sarah T. Pantely of Vidor, Texas, daughter of Christopher Pantely.

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Tammy Peloquin was named assistant vice president, loan officer and branch manager of the new First National Bank DeRidder location in Moss Bluff, 1838 N. Highway 171. For more information, call the Moss Bluff location

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Colletta Named Port of Lake Charles Asst. General Counsel The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District has announced that Thomas Colletta, Jr. has been named assistant general counsel and deputy director of navigation Thomas Colletta Jr. and security. For more information on the Port of Lake Charles or its Board of Commissioners, call (337) 493-3513.

Morgan Joins Healthy Image Team Kay Morgan has been named business development director for Healthy Image, a local marketing agency. Morgan, a DeRidder native and McNeese State University graduate, has Kay Morgan 17 years of experience in the marketing, public relations and business development fields. For more information, visit www. ehealthyimage.com, or call (337) 312-0972.

Dr. Patrick Fontenot Joins Menard Eye Center Menard Eye Center has announced the addition of Dr. Patrick Fontenot to its practice. Dr. Fontenot is a Lake Charles native and licensed optometrist with extensive experience. For Patrick Fontenot, OD more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 478-4733.

Mayor Roach and City Council Sworn-In Office

Eight doctors graduated from the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital (LCMH) and Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC) Family Medicine residency-training program. This year’s graduates include: Drs. Matt Courville, Mandy Crow, Andrew Davies, Tommy Gould, Lynda Mbah, Lan Minh Pham, Danielle Rushing and Josh Whatley. L to R: Drs. Andrew Davies, Lan Minh Pham, Tommy Gould, Lynda Mbah, Josh Whatley, Danielle Rushing, Matt Courville and Mandy Crow.

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles Announces Management Promotions On July 1, Mayor Randy Roach and the Lake Charles City Council were sworn-in office for the 2013 to 2017 term. City Council members sworn-in office were: Mary Morris, District A; Luvertha W. August, District B.; Rodney Geyen, District C; John Ieyoub, District D.; Stuart Weatherford, District E; Dana Carl Jackson, District F; and Mark Eckard, District G. Mayor Roach was sworn-in for a fourth consecutive four year term.

Heart of Hospice Welcomes Roberts

Bill Monk Recognized Bill Monk, managing partner for the Stockwell Sievert Law Firm, has been recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA ratings of attorneys, as a highly recommended attorney with a broad ranging practice including Bill Monk a strong element of environmental litigation. For more information, contact Stockwell Sievert Law Firm at (337) 436-9491.

Eight Graduate from the Memorial/LSUHSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Rev. Jody Robert

Heart of Hospice has announced that Rev. Jody B. Robert, a Lake Charles native, has joined the staff of Heart of Hospice as Community Relations Manager/Chaplain. For further information, call (337) 855-5154.

Heart of Hospice Welcomes New Associate Medical Director Heart of Hospice has announced that Dr. Susan B. Ieyoub has joined the staff of Heart of Hospice as their Associate Medical Director. Ieyoub, a native Susan B. Ieyoub, MD of Lake Charles, is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her practice is located at Internal Medicine Clinic of Lake Charles. For further information, call (337) 855-5154.

Stephanie Miller Vincent

Kim Martin

L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles has announced the promotions of Stephanie Miller Vincent to Director of Food and Beverage and Kim Martin to Director of Credit, pending regulatory approval.

Knowlton Named Executive Vice President Avon H. Knowlton has been promoted to Executive Vice President of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. Knowlton has served as the 2011 Louisiana Avon H. Knowlton Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives President and a board member for the last 4 years, and is a board member for Fort Polk Progress.

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Places & Faces New Officers Lead the Port’s Board of Commissioners

Terro will be responsible for managing the daily operations of the center where she will assist in the development of exercise programs and oversee staff members.

realize their true potential through education and spiritual enrichment. For more information, call (337) 309-7349.

Ballard Named WCCH Employee of the Quarter

Two WCCH Physicians Represent State at Conference

John LeBlanc

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Jody George, MD

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Daryl Burckel, MD

John LeBlanc, Cameron Parish representative, was elected president of the seven-member Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, which operates the Port of Lake Charles. Also elected was Elcie Guillory, Legislature appointee, vice president; Barbara McManus, secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Daryl Burckel, assistant secretary-treasurer. For more information on the Port of Lake Charles, call (337) 439-3661 or visit www.portlc.com.

Tudor Named Rising Star Among Healthcare Executives Becker’s Hospital Review has recognized Nathan Tudor, CEO of Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder as a “Rising Star” among healthcare leaders under the age of 40. The Nathan Tudor publication named 25 healthcare executives under the age of 40 who have excelled as healthcare leaders.

Jody George, MD, family medicine physician with The Family Practice Center of Southwest Louisiana, and Jason Fuqua, MD, family medicine physician with Calcasieu Family Physicians of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, were two of four physicians from Louisiana that recently traveled to Kansas to represent the state at a meeting for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. George and Dr. Fuqua are part of the National Congress of Specialty Constituencies, an organization that is heavily involved in assisting in the development of healthcare policy. The two provide input on national healthcare policy, in addition to sharing ideas on how the medical community can adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare.

Alliance Expands Communications The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance has announced the addition of Eric Cormier to their communications team. Eric will serve as Special Projects Eric Cormier Manager/Assistant Communications Director, and will tell the story of the Alliance, Chamber and our projects and programs.

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WCCH Names Burns Unit Manager West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) has announced that Shelley Burns, RN, has been promoted from the position of house supervisor to third floor surgical/medical patient Shelly Burns, RN care unit manager. In her new role, Burns will be responsible for the supervision and implementation of nursing care and all related activities of the unit.

Children’s Theatre Attends 2013 International Thespian Festival The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC), Kerry A. Onxley, Artistic Director attended the 2013 International Thespian Festival. Abigail Guillory and Jillian Engel participated with Onxley at the Festival. CTC has been attending the Festival since 1987.

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Dynamic Dimensions Names New Wellness Coordinator Dynamic Dimensions of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has announced the recent promotion of Sheena Terro to wellness coordinator of the center’s Moss Bluff location.

Jason Fuqua, MD

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) recently named Bill Ballard, biomedical L to R: Yolanda Doucet, president technician, as of WCCH Partners, Bill Ballard, its third quarter biomedical technician, and Janie Employee of the Quarter. In his current position, Ballard is responsible for ensuring the maintenance and proper functioning of the hospital’s biomedical equipment and other electrical related apparatus.

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Creating

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Kristi Evans, health educator at L’Auberge unveils a new display, reminding employees to make heart smart choices.

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A healthy lifestyle is contagious, and when individuals begin a program to exercise and change their eating habits, and in turn, lose weight, others see that success and want to experience it. That’s according to Kristie Evans, a registered dietician who serves as a full-time health educator for L’Auberge Casino Resort. The American Heart Association has recognized L’Auberge for four straight years for its successful workplace wellness program and for encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its employees. Evans said L’Auberge team members spend many of their waking hours at their work, “and wellness at their fingertips is a perk,” she said. The AHA’s recognition cited L’Auberge as a FitFriendly worksite, in a program designed in part to recognize employers who create physical activity programs in the workplace. L’Auberge has implemented such activities as healthy cooking demonstrations, lunch-and60 www.thriveswla.com

learn programs where medical personnel discuss health issues, and annual health fairs. It has held its own version of The Biggest Loser called L’Auberge Loses Pounds. The resort recently launched the Heart Smart program to raise awareness of eating healthy. “L’Auberge Lake Charles has really been a trailblazer to offer healthier items in the cafeteria,” Evans said. Heart Smart items that follow AHA guidelines relating to calories, sodium and saturated fat are available. Workplace wellness programs encourage other employers to offer similar programs. “I’ve seen where more and more companies are coming on board, especially in our community,” Evans said. PPG offers it’s employees six different options Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Heart Smart Kicks off. A healthy eating and wellness program is rolled out through out Pinnacle Entertainment’s Team Member Dining Rooms.

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L’Auberge Loses Lbs is the 1st Place Team in a program led by trainers from Project Fit.

to choose from in regards to workplace wellness according to Janelle Johnson, HR Manager for PPGLake Charles. “Our wellness mission is to promote a culture of health for employees and their families by providing information and activities that support healthy lifestyle choices. With this in mind, employees are given six options and they can participate in as many as they like and provide supporting documentation. Each option is worth $50 to their pocketbook and an employee could potentially earn as much as $300 each quarter.”

The options offered include the following:

Option 1: Know Your Numbers Employees (or family members) have their blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose/blood sugar, and BMI checked.

Option 2: Health Risk Assessment Employees (or family members) complete a Health Risk Assessment.

Option 3: Nutrition Employees (or family members) must track their nutrition for one week and then participate in one other nutrition related activity from a list that is provided.

Option 4: Stress Management Employees (or family members) must complete two stress management related activities from a list that is provided. (ie, tracking blood pressure for two months, lunch & learn, etc.)

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Option 5: Exercise Employees (or family members) must complete three exercise related activities from a list that is provided. (ie, team/individual sporting event, fitness club, etc.)

Option 6: Health Screenings Employees (or family members) must complete three health screenings from a list that is provided. (ie, annual eye exam, dental exam, flu shot, etc.) “PPG has long recognized the importance of partnering with its employees and their families to promote a culture of health,” Lauren Cormier, PPG compliance engineer, said. “We meet this wellness mission by providing information and activities that support healthy lifestyle choices. It’s understood that promoting a culture of health is an investment in our company’s greatest asset, our employees.” She added that healthy co-workers are happier and more engaged in their work. “Companies with wellness programs are able to attract the most talented workers. Also, a healthy workforce contributes to lower healthcare costs for both the company and employee. With worksite health promotion, everybody wins – the company, the employee, and their families”. Matthew Welsh, Southwest Louisiana regional director of the American Heart Association, said several other companies in the area have received the Fit-Friendly workplace designation. Those include Isle of Capri – Lake Charles, Lyondell Basell, Inc., Sasol North America, Lake Charles Charter Academy, Grace, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, and CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Mind & Body | Workplace Wellness Participants in Beach Body Boot Camp, a six week boot camp held at Touloulou’s Beach for L’Auberge Team Members, was a resounding success.

Gary Gould (L) and Pat Provost (R) attend a “Benefits of Oranges” wellness seminar at PPG.

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Welsh said individuals and companies need to understand the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle. “America is facing a serious health crisis,” he said. Less than 1 percent of the population meets the AHA criteria for ideal cardiovascular health. However, in an American Heart survey, 39 percent of the population rated themselves as being in ideal health. Worksites that have implemented a worksite wellness program generally sees improved employee health and wellness, reduced health care costs and other costs associated with chronic disease and disability, reduced absenteeism and increased production, and reduced turnover. Laura Bolton, risk manager with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, said the parish has had a wellness program in place for quite some time, but earlier this year, the jury took an extra step by opening Health Connection, a medical and wellness clinic for parish employees. Previously, the parish was finding that even after completing blood profiles on individuals and giving them education on how to follow up, the employees were not following through – for a number of reasons: It was inconvenient, there was no time, or August 2013


they didn’t want to pay the co-pay. Dr. Van Snider is the clinic physician, and Charles McLemore is the nurse practitioner. Employees and their dependents may use the clinic as a primary care facility and the co-pay is only $5. Employees can also earn points based on their fitness levels, and when they accumulate enough points, they will see a decrease in their insurance deductible, Bolton said. The parish has been self-insured for over two decades, and parish officials are optimistic that by improving the health of its employees and their dependents, health care costs will be reduced. Evans, of L’Auberge, said workplace wellness programs can make a difference in the health of individuals, but it will take time to see major changes in a society where obesity and other health issues are so prevalent. “It’s going to take time for this to evolve,” Evans said. “There are lots of ways to approach the problem. But thanks to workplace wellness programs, there are more people talking about healthy living; we are making an impact. We are moving forward for future generations.”

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Now Seeeing Patients The Eye Clinic proudly welcomes

Dr. Charles Thompson, Ophthalmologist Dr. Thompson is from Lake Charles and earned a Bachelor of Science in general studies from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a Medical Degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He completed a medical internship at Earl Kemp Long Hospital in Baton Rouge and an ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Thompson also did a fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery with the Eye Consultants of Atlanta. In addition to general ophthalmology, Dr. Thompson has a special interest in cornea conditions and treatment. He will be performing cataract surgery, various corneal surgeries including partial and full thickness corneal transplantation, and laser vision correction surgery at The Eye Clinic.

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Adolescent Heel Pain Hallmark of Sever’s Disease

Lucas’ xray shows where the Achilles tendon inserts on to the back side if the calcaneus. At his age, the bone hasn’t finished growing so the growth plate is still open, and the Achilles tendon pulls on the epiphysis of the heel bone which puts sheer stress across the growth plate inflaming it. This is what caused his pain.

When 10-year-old Lucas landed on his feet after a basketball trick shot, an intense pain settled into his heel and the back part of his Achilles. He hadn’t twisted his foot and nothing appeared to be broken, but after a week, the pain was still there. Parents Barbara and Mike VanGossen took him to Joseph Kulaga, D.C., at the Center for Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, where X-rays revealed that something was amiss. Dr. Kulaga, who suspected Lucas had Sever’s disease, referred them to the Center for Orthopaedics, where he saw foot and ankle specialist Dr. Kalieb Pourciau. After a thorough examination, Dr. Pourciau told Lucas’s parents that he agreed with Dr. Kulaga’s suspicions— Lucas had Sever’s disease. “He didn’t want to call it a fracture, but the separation in his growth plate on his heel was very obvious when he pointed it out to me on the x-ray,” Barbara said. “Dr. Pourciau put a boot on him. After a week, we went back and the inflammation was gone.” According to Dr. Pourciau, heel pain is the most prominent symptom of Sever’s disease, a condition that is directly related to overuse of the bone and tendons in the heel. “Thankfully, there’s no evidence that shows any long-term disability related to Sever’s disease, which typically occurs in children. Symptoms usually appear around

age nine to 11. The reason children approaching adolescence are adversely affected is because the heel bone grows quicker than the leg. Since the bones and tendons are still developing, they can be more sensitive to weight-bearing. This is particularly true in children like Lucas, who are extremely active,” Dr. Pourciau said. Lucas is involved in baseball, football, wrestling and “a whole lot of typical boy rough-housing,” Barbara said. The symptoms associated with Sever’s usually regress after the foot is at rest or the bones finish growing. Lucas’s symptoms subsided after wearing the boot, which is common. “Treatment usually involves elevating the heel, resting the foot, using the R.I.C.E. method—rest, ice, compression, elevation -- and daily

icing or heating therapy,” Dr. Pourciau said. He adds that Sever’s can be prevented by maintaining good flexibility and conditioning, and wearing quality, well-fitting shoes, but “it can still develop through overuse, even if you stretch daily and wear good sneakers, especially if you’re physically active.” In cases of severe, lasting pain, a cast may be necessary—but so far, Lucas has been able to stay cast-free.

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For more information on Sever’s disease, or any musculoskeletal concern, contact Center for Orthopaedics at (337) 721-7236 or visit www.centerforortho.com.

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Helping Cancer Patients on the Every day thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society hopes to change that by bringing a proven program to the Lake Charles area. Road to Recovery provides transportation to and from treatment for people fighting cancer. “Transportation is a critical need of so many patients, and we recognize that this barrier can mean the difference in a patient’s successful recovery from cancer,” says Shimeka Chretien, Health Initiatives Representative for the ACS. “We are committed to finding long-term solutions and resources to help cancer patients adhere to their treatment schedules.” Road to Recovery has been a great success in

the Lafayette area since 2011. Since then, ACS has trained around 50 volunteers while providing more than 1,700 rides. “When we first started Road to Recovery, it was slow rolling,” Chretien recalls. “Now, volunteers seek us out.” The American Cancer Society has a vast volunteer network in which individuals can make a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteers can help with the Road to Recovery program by serving as volunteer drivers or coordinators. Drivers can work whenever it is convenient for them, one day a week, during the daytime or evening. Rides are offered Monday through Friday and the amount of time volunteers

commit is totally up to them. Drivers must attend training, have a valid driver’s license for the state of Louisiana, a safe, reliable vehicle, proof of automobile insurance and a good driving history. Driver coordinators help schedule the rides. “It goes without saying that this program is very rewarding for the volunteers,” Chretien says. “The patients that are receiving the ride are so appreciative. This program helps to sustain life and help patients reach for another birthday.” To learn about volunteer opportunities with the Road to Recovery program, call 1-800-227-2345.

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Discovering Hearing Loss in Babies by Christine Fisher

Cooing and babbling from infants are part of normal development. They mimic the sounds they hear. Imagine for a moment if their world was silent. Without hearing sounds, they would have nothing to pattern after and their language skills wouldn’t progress. That’s the reality for nearly 12,000 babies born each year in the United States, according to the National Institute on Deafness. It is one of the most common birth defects. Because hearing is a fundamental part of learning, universal newborn hearing screening programs are available in every state. In Louisiana, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program oversees screenings on all infants who are born in a hospital or a medical facility. “A baby’s hearing ability is checked before they leave the hospital,” said Jake Cavanaugh, Au.D., audiologist with Hearing Solutions of Louisiana and medical staff member of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. “The test is painless and easy but it can identify if there is a problem and give the parents a recommended follow-up date. The screening usually takes about 10 minutes and can be done when the baby is sleeping.” Without newborn screening, children with hearing impairments often are not diagnosed until two or three years of age, causing many to lose ground in their development. “The goal of early screening, combined with follow up testing, if needed, and treatment, is

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to help children with hearing impairment to develop language and academic skills on their level and equal to their peers,” said Cavanaugh. Hearing impairment can be inherited or it could be the result of illness or injury before, during, or after birth. About 90 percent of babies with hearing impairments are born to parents with normal hearing, according to the March of Dimes. “It is very important for parents to receive the report from the hearing screening. If for some reason they don’t receive it at the hospital, they should follow up with their child’s pediatrician within one month,” Cavanaugh said. “Babies with hearing difficulties should be seen by a specialist as soon as possible to avoid developmental delays.” Cavanaugh said parents should be alert to any signs of hearing problems, such as: • Not turning toward the sound of a voice by six months of age • Lack of babbling by 12 months of age • Failure to startle at loud sounds • Not using single words by 18 months Research shows that if a child’s hearing loss is remedied by six months of age, it will prevent subsequent language delays. Being sure that your baby’s hearing is as it should be will help them in every aspect of learning and development. For more information, or to schedule a hearing evaluation, call Hearing Solutions of Louisiana at (337) 528-7842.

Hidden Heart Attacks

by Erin Kelly

Most of us have a preconceived image of what a heart attack looks like. We imagine shooting pains in the arm, a clutching of the chest, gasps of air, and an urgent 911 phone call. But research has increasingly shown that quieter, less overt symptoms are more common among older adults—and just as deadly. It’s known as a “silent heart attack.” According to a new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, silent heart attacks were twice as common among older patients when compared to immediately recognized attacks, and equally fatal. “Obviously, a recognized heart attack presents serious consequences in the short term,” said Thomas Mulhearn, MD, cardiologist with Cardiovascular Specialists, an affiliate of Imperial Health. “But silent heart attacks are just as dangerous in the long-term. Why? Because patients tend to ignore the symptoms and, if left untreated, those symptoms can eventually become quite serious.” The classic symptoms of heart attack include chest pain, radiating pain in the arms, nausea, shortness of breath and sweating, but for victims of a silent attack, symptoms are vaguer and often mimic common conditions like a cold, the flu, or indigestion.

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That’s not to say that older patients should panic if they feel like they have a cold or the flu, Dr. Mulhearn said. “ In many cases, a cold is a cold. But if the symptoms linger for a long time without explanation, and you find yourself constantly fatigued and feeling generally terrible, it’s time to visit a doctor, especially if you have a history of heart disease, personally or in your family, or experience other symptoms, like tightness in the chest.” He noted that patients with diabetes, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure should take lingering symptoms seriously. “Smokers, too,” he added. Of the clinical group outlined in the Journal study, 26 percent of patients with diabetes had silent heart attacks, compared with 11 percent who had clinically recognized heart attacks. “If you feel terrible for a long period of time and don’t know why, and if you know your risk factors for cardiovascular disease are high, it’s best to talk to your doctor rather than shrug off the symptoms, as many elderly patients and their caregivers are likely to do,” Dr. Mulhearn said. Call Cardiovascular Specialists for more information about any heart health concern at (337) 478-3813, or visit www.csswla.com August 2013


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Teens Have A Clear Choice for Straighter Teeth by Katie Harrington

While today’s image-conscious teenagers realize that straight teeth are important to overall appearance, they still dread having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to their teeth to achieve the beautiful smile they desire. down and talked with him and got a 100 percent A nationwide survey of 12-to-17 year-olds conducted for Align technologies by global insights commitment from him and he didn’t disappoint us.” The Invisalign Teen product combines the firm Kelton Research, found that over half of teens (54%) believe metal braces would make them more benefits of Invisalign with new features like blue Compliance Indicators that are designed to self conscious, and one in two teens (50%) would gradually fade as the aligner is worn, Eruption Tabs smile less. that accommodate the growth of secondary molars, “Not everyone is born with straight teeth, so and other features that address clinical needs for many teens, wearing braces is inevitable if common to teen patients. they want to improve the appearance of their “The compliance indicators are a great feature smile,” says Craig Crawford, DDS, with Crawford that helps us and parents monitor whether the Orthodontics. “The good news is that teens have a aligners are worn properly,” says Dr. Crawford. “I new, less-noticeable choice for straightening their also like the improved hygiene for a patient that teeth by using Invisalign Teen, a clear, removable option previously available only for older teens and is possible with the removable aligners. Patients can brush and floss their teeth properly without adults.” any brackets, wires or bands obstructing them. While not the best option for everyone, he says This promotes healthier gums and can discourage Invisalign Teen are often a more aesthetically plaque, gum disease and tooth decay.” appealing to teens, but is also often a better fit for According to Fisher, the real challenge came when their busy lifestyles, which are typically filled with he first started with the product 10 months ago. sports, music and other activities. “It’s like having traditional braces in the sense that According to the American Association of each new set you put in hurts. It’s just like getting Orthodontists, patients ages 12 to 17 represent your braces tightened so you really have to be more than half of the over two million orthodontic disciplined enough to make yourself keep them in, case starts in the U.S. each year. Until now, only even though it hurts for a few days.” a small number of orthodontists have routinely The Invisalign aligners are made of a high-quality, treated teenagers with clear aligners due in large medical grade plastic and are essentially invisible part to concerns about patient compliance and the fact that many teens are still experiencing the natural eruption of permanent teeth during orthodontic treatment. For 18-year old Fisher Hamilton, who is currently wrapping up his Invisalign Teen treatment, the choice to use these removable aligners over traditional braces was a no brainer. “I did a lot of research,” Hamilton said. “I knew by the middle of my junior year in high school that I wanted to fix this gap in my teeth before going off to college but I didn’t want traditional braces. It took some time for me to convince my parents that this was the route I wanted to go though.” Fisher’s dad, Bruce Hamilton, says they were definitely leery of going the Invisalign route. “It takes great discipline to use Invisalign. With traditional metal braces, they are just there and the kids can’t take them out but with Invisalign, he had to Before After be totally responsible for his care. We sat 68 www.thriveswla.com

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when worn. The aligners are similar to a retainer, but instead of holding teeth in proper alignment like a retainer, these corrective aligners gradually reposition the teeth. The patient receives three sets of aligners at each orthodontic visit, and each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks before switching to the next one. This process continues, along with orthodontic visits about every six weeks, until the teeth have reached their final alignment. According to Dr. Crawford, the Invisalign Teen treatment period varies from nine to 18 months and the cost is comparable to that of traditional metal braces. With no interest financing options available the costs are very manageable. For more information about Invisalign Teen, call Crawford Orthodontics at 478-7590. Free evaluations are available.

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Hip Replacement Procedure Offers Faster Recovery Though still uncommonly used in the United States, the popularity of the anterior approach for total hip replacement is rapidly growing because of its definite advantages for patients—less pain and a faster recovery time.

“The anterior approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility because the muscles are spared during the surgical procedure,” says Dr. Thomas Axelrad, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Orthopaedic Specialists, a part of the Memorial Medical Group. “I work between the patient’s muscles and tissues without detaching them from either the hip or thighbones, sparing the tissue from trauma.” Keeping the muscles intact may also help to prevent dislocations. With the anterior approach, the surgeon uses one small incision on the front (anterior) of the hip as opposed to the side or back. Since the incision is in front, the patient avoids the

pain of sitting on the incision site. The normal incision is about four inches, but may vary according to a patient’s body size. With the anterior approach, the patient lies on their back during surgery. X-rays taken during surgery with a fluoroscope ensure correct position, sizing and fit of the artificial hip components, as well as correct leg length. Evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist begins following surgery. Studies have shown that patients who undergo the anterior hip approach require less pain medication and have function restored more quickly compared to traditional hip procedures. Patients are immediately allowed to bend their hip freely and avoid cumbersome restrictions

Addicted to Do you equate stress with success? In many cases, people struggle to manage an overwhelming amount of work because, in their mind, it validates their worth to the company. “People are experiencing an addiction to stress,” said Dale Archer, Jr., MD, psychiatrist, president of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry and author of the best-seller Better than Normal: What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional. “If they aren’t drowning in paperwork on their desk, running from meeting to meeting, or shuffling their kids from one activity to another, they feel inadequate.” That surge of energy felt as a deadline approaches can become habit-forming. Stress stimulates adrenaline, cortisol and another hormone known as dehydroepiandrosterone; the rush makes people feel alert, productive and needed. “Signs of stress overload include not sleeping well, weight gain, aches and pains, irritability, a 70 www.thriveswla.com

after surgery. They are also instructed to use their hip. Patients may go home after developing independence in walking with crutches or a walker, as well as capabilities in basic day to day activities. “We always look for ways to minimize pain for our patients. This procedure does that,” Dr. Axelrad says. “They get back on their feet and out of the hospital quicker, usually spending just two days in the hospital after surgery.” For more information call Orthopaedic Specialists at (337) 494-4900.

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detachment to work and current projects, and an overall negative attitude,” Dr. Archer explained. “In essence, they lose excitement, passion and positive feelings toward their job.” In some cases, stress can be a good thing. It jump starts the mind to solve problems quickly; but when the stress continues, those elevated hormones begin wreaking havoc, depleting the reserves of B vitamins, and causing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels to increase to unhealthy levels. “It’s obvious that ongoing stress is harmful to our health and productivity, but many people are stuck on stress overload,” said Dr. Archer. Stepping off of the stress cycle can be done, but it takes a conscious effort. Dr. Archer suggests these steps to regaining control of your life: Clean your desk. Organizing your space gives you a sense of control. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Create a to-do list. Ease your mind by taking a few minutes and putting what’s in your mind on paper. “The very act of writing it down helps to reinforce it,” said Dr. Archer. Checking off things as they are accomplished gives a sense of satisfaction. Pace yourself. Next time you’re due for a meeting, add a few extra minutes to get from point A to point B, instead of sending one more email or making one more phone call. It can change your attitude. Focus on priorities. The internet, email and social media can help us accomplish more than we thought possible, but it can also waste time if we’re not careful. Take care of yourself. A healthy mind and body will handle stress better than someone who doesn’t get enough sleep, eat right or exercise.

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A New Option in Pediatric Dentistry Most children are a little apprehensive about a visit to the dentist. Pictured through a child’s eyes, even the most welcoming environment can provoke distress, with unfamiliar sights and sounds accompanying treatments that feel uncomfortable and frightening, in spite of every measure taken to reassure and comfort. That’s why Sanders Pediatric Dentistry now offers in-office intravenous (I.V.) sedation for those children who are extremely apprehensive about dental treatment or whose maturity level or temperament makes it difficult to them to cooperate during a procedure. Dr. Ric Sanders, pediatric dental specialist, says in the past, the only pediatric sedation options in Southwest Louisiana were oral treatment in the office or general anesthesia in a hospital or surgical center. “This new service makes in-office dental treatment possible even for the most fearful child. “I.V. sedation is recommended for young children who require major treatment, very anxious children, and children with special needs.” Dental treatments are performed in Dr. Sander’s treatment room. The medication is administered

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by Dr. Justin Koch, a board certified anesthesiology experienced in caring for pediatric patients, through a small I.V. port. “The child is able to relax quickly with their parent holding them,” explains Dr. Koch. “Then Dr. Sanders is able to perform any needed procedures. We monitor them continuously and are able to adjust the anesthesia if needed at any time. The child wakes up without any memory of the experience and without any side effects from the sedation.” For Elizabeth LeBlanc, having this in-office option was the perfect option for her three-yearold daughter Gretchen. Gretchen had some decay on her front teeth that needed to be crowned to prevent breakage and possible abscess. “You always worry about any procedure your child is undergoing, especially if anesthesia is involved, but I trust Dr. Sanders and his team so much,” says LeBlanc. “Gretchen is so comfortable here, so I was relieved we could have the work done in his office instead of at a hospital. The whole thing took about 20 minutes and she woke up with a beautiful smile.” “Without this option, we would have to do the treatment in a surgical center or spread treatments

over multiple appointments because many young children are not able to hold still long enough for us to safely complete everything we needed to do.,” says Dr. Sanders. “Now we can take care of everything in a shorter time period right here, and they don’t leave our office dreading their next appointment.” For more information, call Sanders Pediatric Dentistry at (337) 433-KIDS or visit www.lc-kid-dentist.com.

REVERSE THE DAMAGE After months – or years – in the damaging summer sun, your skin is ready for some attention. The Aesthetic Center offers a range of skin care treatments and home care products to remove the signs of sun damage from your skin. Our skin care specialists will evaluate your skin and concerns, and recommend the rejuvenating treatments and products you need to restore a healthier, more youthful appearance. Call (337) 310-1070 for more information or to make an appointment.

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Health Risks Rise with the Heat for Older Adults by Kristy Armand

The high temperatures and humidity that typically hit hardest in August during the long Southwest Louisiana summer are something most people dread, but take in stride. However, for older adults, this type of weather can be much more than a seasonal annoyance. Health concerns – or just the normal physiological changes of aging – can make it difficult for older adults to cope with higher temperatures. “Heat-related health problems begin to develop when the temperature exceeds 90 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two or three days,” says Phillip Conner, M.D., Family Medicine Physician with the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Medical Group Internal Medicine Associates. “When this is combined with very high humidity, the risks to older people increase even more.” There are a number of physiologic reasons why the heat poses more serious problems for older adults. “Their ability to sense heat is impaired,” explains Dr. Conner. “Younger people are able to quickly discharge excess body heat, but this ability

is often compromised in older people, largely due to poor circulation. Sweating, the other major method the body has for discharging heat, can also be impaired in older people.” Certain medications can interfere with the body’s functions in high temperatures, and these are typically medications taken by older people. For example, Dr. Conner says many medications commonly taken for high blood pressure and heart disease are diuretics, meaning they remove salt and fluid volume from the body. “When combined with increased perspiration caused by the heat, diuretics can lead to dehydration, which, in turn, can lead to discomfort, confusion, damage to major organs, and even death in severe cases.” Most healthy individuals will naturally replenish their body’s fluids when they get thirsty. But Dr. Conner explains that for many older adults, the thirst mechanism is not as finely tuned as in younger people. And for those seniors who have suffered from a stroke, Alzheimer’s or another brain disease, their thirst mechanism is even less likely to

direct them to consume enough fluids. “Drinking at least six, eight-ounce glasses of fluid each day will help prevent dehydration.” Dr. Conner advises checking in on older family members frequently during very hot weather, especially those who are frail or suffering from any chronic health conditions. “Make sure they’re drinking enough fluids, their homes are properly ventilated and their mental state is normal. Confusion is a sign of heat exhaustion and dehydration, both of which can lead to serious complications. If they have fever or exhibit behavioral changes from the heat, get medical help for them immediately. They may be suffering from a heat-related illness.”

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Taking a Closer Look at Contacts for Kids

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Preteens, specifically children aged eight to 12 like soft contact lenses, and according to a new study by contact lens manufacturer Vistakon, are capable of wearing them responsibly. “Parents and even some eye doctors are sometimes reluctant to consider contact lenses for children younger than 12,” says Dr. Chad East, optometrist with The Eye Clinic. “They worry that fitting kids with contacts takes too long, and that younger chilren will have trouble learning how to use the lenses correctly.” Now new results from an ongoing study at Ohio State University and the University of Houston suggest that eye doctors and parents shouldn’t worry. Researchers found that younger children are just as responsible with their lenses as older teens when using disposable soft contact lenses. “This study found that fitting younger children for contact lenses was nearly as easy as fitting teens,” says Dr. East. “It took about 15 minutes longer to teach the younger children the right way to insert and remove the lenses. But the kids showed they understood the instructions very well. This reflects what we see here at The Eye Clinic when working with younger children and contact lenses.” A separate, three-year study conducted by the Indiana University School of Optometry found children ages 11-13 able to handle contacts well and understand the use of their care systems to maintain clean, comfortable lenses. Researchers said the biggest boosts in this age group were in terms of satisfaction with their improved vision and also with participation in activities. Children and teens

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reported that it was much easier to engage in sports, dance, and other extracurricular activities while wearing contact lenses. Additional research published in Optometry and Vision Science, found that children aged 8 – 11 felt more confident about their personal appearance, athletic competence, academic confidence and social acceptance when wearing contact lenses instead of glasses. “Contact lens technology has seen great advancement in flexibility and safety over the past decade, and there’s no reason younger children shouldn’t have the opportunity to benefit from these advances,” says Dr. East. “But that doesn’t mean this is the right choice for every child. The most important factor for safety and success with contact lenses and children is parents’ accurate assessment of their child’s sense of responsibility.” He advices parents to take a look at how well their child’s level of maturity when it comes to other responsibilities like household chores, caring for pets and completing homework. “If they handle these tasks responsibly, then they should be mature enough to follow the instructions for wearing contact lenses as well. With a little bit of time and education, most younger children can be responsible contact lens users.” For more information about contact lens options, call The Eye Clinic nearest you or call 1-800-526-5223. Information is also available at www.theeyeclinic.net.

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Style & Beauty

Tired of looking like you’re tired?

Put Dark Circles

to Rest by Kristy Armand

An estimated 50 percent of adults experience “raccoon eyes” from time to time. Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with the Aesthetic Center in The Eye Clinic, says dark circles under the eyes are one of the most common complaints she hears. “Many people who have this problem don’t understand why it happens because that feel they get plenty of rest,” says Garcia. “But contrary to what most people believe, fatigue is not the primary reason for the problem. Dark circles can actually caused by a variety of factors.” She explains that the skin under the eyes is the thinnest on the body. The many blood vessels in this area can show through the delicate skin, contributing to the appearance of dark under-eye circles, especially if the vessels become dilated.

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Causes for this include: • Genetics • Lack of sleep • Sun exposure • Increased fluid retention • Smoking • Aging • Extreme weight loss To reduce the appearance of dark circles, Garcia advises getting the recommended eight hours of sleep, and sleeping with your head slightly elevated. “It’s also very important to keep this delicate skin moisturized – day and night,” says Garcia. “Try to use a physician-grade eye cream containing nourishing antioxidants that help protect and

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rejuvenate the skin. These include green-tea, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.” Other preventive measures include using sunscreen daily, drinking plenty of water and not smoking. Garcia says some people, especially those whose skin coloring makes dark circles more visible, may not be able to ever completely alleviate the problem. “You can, however, minimize the appearance with a good concealer,” says Garcia. “She recommends a natural, mineral-based product and says a yellow-based concealer works best.” For more information about treating dark circles, or any skin care concern, call the Aesthetic Center at (337) 310-1070 or visit facehealth.net.

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Stylish

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School dress codes dictate what students can and cannot wear to school. It can seem difficult to be yourself when you are in a sea of navy blues, hunter greens, khakis and whites. However, there are many ways to express individuality while still following the school guidelines. School officials often draw the line at accessories or styles that appear “distracting” to other students. The key is to choose one thing that reflects your personality, rather than piles of jewelry and accessories. Many schools only allow collared shirts and khakis in limited color options. Stick to the school guidelines, but mix it up a little. Rather than wearing white and khaki everyday, try a green shirt with navy pants. Layering your shirts in the allowed colors is another way to switch things up. Your choice of shoes is another opportunity to distinguish yourself from others. Schools may not allow sandals or flip-flops, but some comfortable, stylish shoes can make your outfit your own. Changing your shoe style day-to-day can be fun. Plus, a variety of shoes will be nicer on

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your wallet than a variety of every article of clothing. If jewelry is allowed, find pieces that reflect your style. One funky necklace or bracelet can look interesting without being too distracting. Or you can create your own, unique hairstyle. A little hair product or the use of a curling iron, paired with a cute headband or barrette can go a long way. Again, pick one thing that will be interesting and make it your own. If you wear glasses, pick out a pair of frames that only you can pull off. When it is cooler out, a trendy jacket or sweater can distinguish you from the crowd, and so can a colorful scarf. Finally, the most important way to be yourself is to focus on activities and extracurriculars that you enjoy. Having a great time doing what you love is the best way to maintain a sense of self. When you develop your talents and passions, your individuality will shine through even the most drab of uniforms.

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to Ready Wear

arm party

Arm Party, arm swag, arm candy, stacking Whatever you want to call it. Having fun with piling on the bracelets is where its at in accessory trends!

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.

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For those beginners, have fun with textures and color when it comes to picking pieces. Adding different styles creates interest within the stacking. Keep in mind that an odd number is more eye catching than an even number of bracelets. If you’re like me, the more the better! I always add the bracelets to the wrist with my watch, I just like how it simplifies the look to just one wrist versus wearing the watch on one wrist and jewelry on the other, but this is just my personal preference. The Arm Party is where you can mix in fun accent colors to your outfit and depending on the occasion, there are a variety of ways to pull it off. For Business, it is probably best to keep the bracelets to a minimum just to avoid distraction with the noise that goes along with stacking all of the jewels. For evening cocktail or dressier events, eliminating a watch and just doing a dainty bracelet helps to add a little sparkle and accents but not to take away from the dress or evening outfit. One thing to keep in mind is that too much of anything can be overwhelming. So if you are having fun with stacking on a bunch of arm then try to keep the other accessories you use to a minimum. Like maybe a fun dangle earring and no necklace or with a simple non-statement necklace. There are definitely different levels to mastering this trend, from simplistic to fashion risk-taker. Test out a few different options and see which works best for you.

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Finding Solutions for Sensitive Skin by Christine Fisher

Blotchiness. Red Patches. Burning.

For people with sensitive skin, these are run-of-the-mill occurrences. Facial Plastic Surgeon Harold Bienvenu, with the ENT and Aesthetic Center at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital explained it as moody skin. “Some skin types can take almost anything and it doesn’t cause a reaction,” he said. “Sensitive skin isn’t as easy-going. You have to be careful what you do to it; it’ll flare up if exposed to certain chemicals, treatments, ingredients, too much sun, not enough water. The list is long.” While there’s not a clinical definition of sensitive skin, it refers to skin that tends to get blotchy, red, and/or itchy in response to products, treatments or environmental conditions. Since it affects more than half of women and a third of men, there are thousands of people who deal with it every day. In the quest to calm down their sensitive skin, some people may do more harm than good by using too many products. “People who truly want to take proper care of their skin, combat signs of aging and promote youthful, healthy skin will be most satisfied seeing a qualified cosmetic specialist for guidance and an ongoing program that adjusts to changes of the season, hormones, age, and environment,” explained Dr. Bienvenu. These skin care ingredients should automatically send up a red flag of warning: alcohol, beta hydroxyl acids, retinoids and lanolin. Many skin care products use fragrance to mask the chemical smell that often exists; which could cause irritation. Choose fragrance-free options whenever possible. Simplicity is often the best route. “Too many products will overwhelm the skin, but a few highquality products will produce clean, healthy skin,” Dr. Bienvenu said. Foundations, powders, bronzers and blushes can also affect the skin. Mineral makeup is made with August 2013

few, if any, preservatives; making it a good choice for sensitive skin. “We can calm down the skin, reduce the redness and promote healthy skin by using the right products and treatment,” said Dr. Bienvenu.

For more information about the treatment of sensitive skin, or any cosmetic procedure, call the ENT and Aesthetic Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital at (337) 439-2040.

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Community Contributor$ Isle of Capri Donates to Ethel Precht Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, Lake Charles has donated $5,000 to the Ethel Precht HOPE Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation provides support to local women undergoing breast cancer treatment. L to R: Jan Wilburn, Paul Hutchens, Ethel Precht, and Christinne Guidroz.

Third Annual Sand Sculpture Contest Held By L’Auberge The Third Annual Building for Bucks Sand Sculpture Contest was held at Touloulou’s Beach Bar & Grill at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Fourteen nonprofit organizations competed in this year’s event, each receiving a $350 donation for participating. In total, L’Auberge Casino Resort donated $8,150 to local nonprofits.

1st Place – Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue

2nd Place – Shannon Cox Counseling Center

Tournament of the Stars Provides Scholarships Tournament of the Stars held its annual scholarship fundraiser where $8,000 in scholarships was awarded to ten local high school students from the area high schools. L to R: Recipients of the 2013 Israel McReynolds Scholarship Fund: Cole Lavergne, Alexis Nezat, Haleigh Johnson, Gregory Perkins, Megan Polk, Shelly Stacy, Courtney Jacobs, Morgan LaBove, Rhionna Brown, Taylor Edwards.

Coushatta Casino Supports Family & Youth’s Dinner Coushatta Casino Resort offered an in-kind donation of $11,000 in support of Family & Youth’s Dinner at Mi CASA, hosted by Sam and Denise Hebert. Dinner at Mi CASA is a fundraiser event held in the home of a member of the community. L to R: Julio Galan, CEO of Family & Youth, and For more information, call members of Coushatta Casino Resort’s culinary team of Crystal Hurst, Kizzy Burns, Tina Jack, 1-800-584-7263. Donald White, Louise Lafleur, Shana Johnson, and (back row) Chef Tracy Ceaser, Eric Tezeno, Chef Roman Siegel, Chef James Hamilton, Gary McCarley, and Lyle Fruge.

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Sasol Donates to Calcasieu Council on Aging Sasol North America donated a total of $14,461 to the Calcasieu Council on Aging (CCOA). Because of the group effort of ECHO employees, Sasol’s contribution will assist with the annual fans for CCOA drive, L to R: Tony Carter, S&B Safety; James Boudreaux, which provides box fans to Sasol Behavior Based safety facilitator; seniors in Calcasieu Parish in Trent Hastings, ECHO project coordinator; Jackie Green, CCOA executive director; Jim Reeves, preparation for the summer heat.

IBERIA BANK, the 126-yearold subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, collected and donated over 1,000 non-perishable food items to local nonprofits by partnering with the Krewe du Bon Coeur for their first annual summer food drive. Donations collected at IBERIABANK branches were given to Catholic Charities and Harbor House.

Hospital Foundation Receives Grant from Cameron LNG Cameron LNG awarded the Foundation of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) with a $6500 grant for the provision of numerous health programs and services for the residents of northern Cameron Parish and west Calcasieu Parish. For more information on the activities funded by the grant or to donate to the WCCH Foundation, contact Debby Nabours at (337) 527-4144.

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“Someone had to tell her how terrible her hair looked!” “I’m going to let him know what a jerk he is!” “I told her if she would just lose a few pounds, she would be so pretty.” Are you one of those people? Do you “help” people by pointing out their flaws or shortcomings? And do you feel like you are doing the world a service when you do so? I confess, I used to be one of those people. After all those years of training in counseling, I kind of thought it was my duty to tell people things about themselves they had not yet recognized. I mean, I had all this knowledge, I could see all these patterns, and this person did come to me for help, right? Wrong. Let me save you some time on your journey. Learn from my mistakes: Just because you see it, doesn’t mean you say it. Not everyone wants to know everything about themselves. Some people are content to be oblivious. Or, they really already know it and they choose not to change it. In a friendship, the damages can be painful and permanent. When “sharing” observations with a friend, many times the approach is pretty jarring. It often happens in the middle of a fight, where the words are not chosen wisely. And, as we all know, telling someone what we really think of her is something that can never be taken back. Fortunately, I’m a pretty quick study. I learned early on that if I focused on what the client came in for, and good things started happening, I had a pretty good chance of that client being willing to hear me when I gently suggested he may want to take a look at this other area of his life. The same goes for you: stick to the topic at hand. If asked for advice or your opinion, discuss only that subject and share it only if it is going to be received well.

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fret over it all night. I tend to follow Dear Abbey’s advice I view myself as extremely observant. in this area: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it I notice lots of details. I am good at helpful? If you ask yourself these three reading body language and sensing the questions before you say anything, you emotional temperature of a situation. I will often decide not to open your mouth can think of lots of improvements that at all. If you don’t know for sure that it can be made. What I also have to do is is true, then it is gossip. If it tears down be quiet about it until the time is right, someone, then you must be the kind of person who feels better only when others knowing the time may never be right. feel bad. Not good qualities. I think the last question bears some discussion. Is it helpful? Which to me means, “Is it fixable?” It does no good to bring up something that can’t be changed. If you don’t like your partner’s mother, be quiet about it. He can’t change who his mom is, and it does no good to harp on it. If your adult child is making bad choices, do 3x2=6 not take every 11 = 7 opportunity to 4+ remind her of it. Eventually she’s going to stop coming to you because of the negative experience. I use the “is it helpful” question for even little things. I will always tell you if you have lipstick on your teeth – you can do something Call or come about it. I will by to talk with one of our friendly sales associates not tell you if and receive a price quote today! you are missing a button on your jacket and we are 4841 Lake Street, L.C. already at our destination. You can’t do anything about it, except

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Broussard Group Donates to McNeese Foundation The Broussard Group LLC of Lake Charles has donated $5,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for the McNeese accounting program in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in the College of Business.

McElroy, Quirk & Burch Donates to McNeese Foundation McElroy, Quirk & Burch has donated $2,000 to the McNeese State University Foundation for the McNeese accounting program in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in the College of Business.

L to R: Dr. Bruce Swindle, department head, and Ken Broussard and Beth Jacobsen Broussard, who are both partners in the firm.

Department of Visual Arts to Host Exhibition The McNeese Department of Visual Arts will host the Foundation Design Juried Exhibition July 8–Aug. 30 in the Abercrombie Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University. The exhibition will feature student work from Basic Design and Art and the Computer classes, which are foundation courses taught in the department of visual arts.

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Amy Fleury Releases Poetry Collection Amy Fleury, associate professor of English and director of the McNeese creative writing program, has released a new collection of poetry titled, “Sympathetic Magic,” published by the Southern Illinois University Press.

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Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club Donates to McNeese

L TO R: Vickie Wicks, Rotary benefit chair, McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams and Anne Miller, Rotary president.

The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club donated $10,000 from the proceeds of its annual auction to McNeese State University for the Greater Lake Charles Rotary Scholarship Fund, which was established with the McNeese Foundation in 1992. To date, the club has donated almost $460,000 for the endowed scholarship.

McNeese Alumni Association Donate to Establish Scholarships

L to R: McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams, Blake McCaskill, alumni association president, and Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president for the foundation.

The McNeese State University Alumni Association has donated $35,000 to establish the McNeese Alumni Association Scholarship #6 and the McNeese Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship #7 through the McNeese Foundation.

McClelland Selected as Tech Athletic Director McNeese State University Athletics Director Tommy McClelland has been selected to become the next athletic director at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. McClelland has led the athletics department at McNeese since 2007. McNeese will immediately begin the process of forming a search committee and will be looking for someone with a shared vision who will be able to embrace the distinct McNeese culture and traditions and who can build upon the athletics department’s momentum and strong foundation that McClelland has championed.

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Mark Your Calendar! Care Help of Sulphur To Host Upcoming Life Skills Classes Classes are every second Wednesday of each month 10-11:00am. For more information or to sign up, call (337) 528-2273. August 14 April Nunally, How to Make a Pillow Case Dress September 11 Liz Brown-Fall Gardening

Care Help of Sulphur’s 2013 Back to School Program Care Help of Sulphur is preparing for another school year with anticipation of assisting 400 Sulphur students Pre-K through grade 12 with required uniforms and basic supplies. Applicants must be a resident of Sulphur and meet the income guidelines. For more information or to donate, call (337) 528-2273.

Shakespeare Workshop The Children’s Theatre Company will present MIDSUMMER FUN! as part of the next Summer Starz Series. This theatre workshop teaches children the language and ideas of William Shakespeare. For registration Abigail Guillory prepares information, contact the for CTC’s Shakespeare’s Fun theatre at Workshop. (337) 433-7323 or visit the website at www.childrenstheatre.cc.

Lake Charles Film Festival Seeking Submissions The second annual Lake Charles Film Festival will take place October 4-5 at Historic Central School in Lake Charles. The festival is currently seeking entries for films that have been completed after January 1, 2011 and are under 151 minutes long. More information and submission forms are available on lakecharlesfilmfestival.com. The deadline for entries is September 1.

Free Social Media Seminar Scheduled The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau presents “Get Social” on August 14, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room. It is a free social media, interactive seminar for partners in tourism to help further their respective markets in the new digital age. There will

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be two sessions offered: a beginner’s session from 8:30-11:30 am and an advanced session from 1-4 pm. For more information about getting social and how to register, visit www.visitlakecharles.org/social.

from L’Auberge. For more information or to preregister, call (337) 312-8291.

Delta Downs Announces August Lounge Entertainment

Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps is currently recruiting volunteers for their annual program, which will begin on August 19. Members are expected to complete 460 hours and, upon completion, will receive a scholarship that can be contributed toward college or the payment of student loans. The scholarship is valid for seven years. Members will also receive a stipend while serving. For more information about Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps, call (337) 491-8735.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel has announced the entertainment line-up in the Gator Lounge for the month of August. More information is available on the web at www.deltadowns.com. Leon Chavis August 2-3, 9pm – 1am BB & Company August 9-10, 9pm – 1am Alter Ego August 16-17, 9pm – 1am City Heat August 23-24, 9pm – 1am LA Express August 30-31, 9pm – 1am

Arts & Crabs Fest to Offer Feast of the Senses The Arts Council, the Lake Charles/ SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Southwest Beverage, and KVHP/FOX29/ the CW have announced the 4th annual Arts & Crabs Fest to take place on August 17th, 5pm-8pm, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum. A limited number of $25 tickets are available at www. artsandcrabsfest. eventbrite.com.

Details Announced for 4th Annual Musculoskeletal Symposium The fourth annual Musculoskeletal Symposium, sponsored jointly by Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, and the Woman’s Foundation, will take place on August 17, from 8:30am – 4pm at the conference center of L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. The program is open to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers and students in these fields. The registration fee is $75 and special group rates for overnight accommodations are available

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Historic City Hall Hosts “Abraham Lincoln: The Image” The City of Lake Charles will host “Abraham Lincoln: The Image” at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center. The opening reception will take place on August 2 from 5:30-8 pm; all ages are welcome at no charge. The exhibition will hang through October 12. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Night Catechism 3 to Appear in Lake Charles ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Late Night Catechism 3 will be performed at the Lake Charles Civic Center on August 11. After teaching countless students about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Blessing of the Sick, including her own version of the Newlywed Game. To purchase tickets, call the Lake Charles Civic Center Box office at (337) 491-1432.

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