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For the fourth consecutive time, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital is the recipient of Grade A honors for safety, thanks to our physician-led team. This “A” Grade was given by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national organization using publicly available data to apply letter grade safety ratings to hospitals nationwide. The Leapfrog Group reviewed all aspects of safety, including injuries, accidents, preventable medical errors and infections. To view results, please visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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Contents 6

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In This Issue

Regular Features

Wining & Dining

6 First Person with Jon Manns 1 20 Who’s News 26 Business Buzz 62 McNeese Corral 63 By the Numbers 64 Happenings 66 Solutions for Life!

6 Culinary Kids 8 Ember Celebrates Summer with Menu Updates 10 Summer Kick-off Cocktails

Places & Faces 12 A Fresh Look at Local Landmarks 18 Surviving the Walking Dead Escape Money & Career

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Gamers Growing Strong 24 Reaching a Higher Score in Video Game Music

Home & Family 28 – 35 Special Section: Perfect 36 The New Family Tree 38 Boys vs. Girls: Who’s the Math Whiz?

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Tips for Travelers

Style & Beauty

Watch for Coming to America in July!

50 Women’s Swimsuit Trends 51 Look Cool While Staying Cool

Our July issue will feature inspirational stories of people who have made America their home. If this describes you or someone you know, please share with us at edit@thriveswla.com.

Mind & Body 54 Massages: Not Just for the Pampered 56 Midwives Provide Knowledge and Nurturing During Childbirth 59 Exercise is Best for Back Pain

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PATRICK COLLINS IS MIXING A LITTLE SWEET, A LITTLE SALTY, AND A WHOLE LOT OF FUN INTO WHAT HAS BECOME HIS FAVORITE WEEKEND BREAKFAST FOOD. I didn’t exactly come up with the idea myself. I was watching a show on Cartoon Network called “Adventure Time.” The main character is a dog. He started singing a song about bacon pancakes. I immediately knew that I would love them because I believe bacon can go with anything - I mean ANYTHING! It’s one of my favorite foods. Bacon pancakes really are super easy to make. Just follow the directions on your favorite pancake mix box. We fry five strips of bacon for the small batch of pancakes. I like to make sure the bacon is extra crispy because it’s cool to have a crunch in your pancakes. After the bacon cools, crumble up the bacon in your pancake mix. I like to make the bacon pieces small but use lots of them. Make your pancakes like normal. And voila! Make sure you add your favorite syrup. The bacon

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flavor is epic with the sweet syrup. Every time our family makes them we sing the song. It’s a jingle that will get stuck in your head. You can find it on YouTube (search “bacon pancake song”). And you can impress your friends. For my 10th birthday we had a sleep over. We made bacon pancakes for breakfast. My friends still talk about how cool they are. Enjoy, and sing the sweet weirdness of bacon pancakes loud and proud!

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American Kobe beef carpaccio is available on Ember’s appetizer menu.

Ember Celebrates Summer with Menu Updates photos and story by Katie Harrington

Handmade crab cakes with remoulade sauce .

Ember Grille & Wine Bar of L’Auberge Lake Charles is known for a menu that offers consistently well-prepared, fresh meals. From seafood and game creations to beef straight off their wood-fire grill, there’s no shortage of options. With a change of seasons upon us, Ember has freshened things up by making changes to their menu. According to General Manager Stephen Tyson, seasonal menu options and fresh cocktail options will become the norm. Salads like “The Wedge,” featuring pear tomatoes, chives, Maytag Bleu Cheese and Nueske’s bacon, offer a light way to start things off. While delectable appetizers like Ahi tuna tartare, handmade crab cakes with remoulade sauce, American Kobe beef carpaccio and Osso Bucco with black truffle ravioli set the stage for savory steaks and fish dishes as main courses. The Ember Prime “Tomahawk” is definitely a site to behold. The 40-ounce rib eye is cooked on the wood-fire grill and carved tableside. If you are more of a surf lover, then the wild salmon served with leek fondue and roasted vegetables, or the pan-roasted fish plated with succotash and Romesco sauce, may be right up your alley. For the connoisseur of game meats, Ember offers a stuffed rabbit loin that features rabbit 8 www.thriveswla.com

tenderloin wrapped in Pancetta and served atop a potato puree. Be sure to save room for sides like truffled mac n’ cheese or crawfish man n’ cheese. And, if you’re still hungry, world-renowned Pastry Chef Bill Folse offers up some of the most creative and tasty desserts around. Dishing up savory meals made from the freshest ingredients is something Ember prides itself on. Room Chef Mark Chapman says pushing the envelope to bring customers a unique experience is always the goal at Ember.

Stuffed rabbit tenderloin wrapped in Pancetta is served atop a potato puree.

Reservations are recommended and a private dining room capable of seating 14 is available for private party bookings. For more information, call 395-7565 or visit www.mylauberge.com. This honey nut churro is just one creation available from world-renowned Pastry Chef Bill Foltz.

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Summer Kick-off Cocktails by Chris LeBlanc

Although we all must shed our childish trappings at some point in our lives, there are a few holdovers of childlike innocence that seep their way into the adult cultural lexicon. One such holdover is the romantic vision of summer. Following college, most of us don’t get extended breaks during the warmer months. But that doesn’t stop us from waxing philosophic about the old days of sandcastles,

waterparks and family vacations. It also doesn’t curb the visceral excitement that the sound of an ice cream truck conjures. We may lose a bit of innocence as we age, but there is one bonus about being an adult in the summertime… delicious summer cocktails. So dress down, warm up and enjoy.

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1 June Bug

Do you ever wonder why they’re called “June” bugs when they always seem to come out in May? Maybe it’s because mayflies have that month locked up, but we digress. This drink has literally nothing to do with its beetle namesake, but it’s delicious and it sounds neat. - ½ Glass Sprite - ½ oz. Orange Juice - ½ scoop orange sherbet - 1 shot citron vodka Blend, serve over ice, garnish with orange wedge.

This is a personal twist on the old favorite. But a word of caution, this refreshingly sweet wine cocktail will sneak up on you. - 2 bottles sweet red wine - ¼ bottle triple sec - 1 Red Delicious apple (sliced) - 1 Granny Smith apple (sliced) - 1 can pineapple chunks (with juice) - ½ cup blackberries - ½ cup strawberries - ¼ cup sugar - mottle berries in sugar Mix ingredients in large pitcher. Let the mix refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

2 Berry Bourbon Lemonade

There are two types of people, those who like bourbon and those who don’t. Both should try this drink. - 1 shot bourbon (don’t skimp, get the good stuff) - ½ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice - 1 oz. mixed berry syrup - Blend ¼ cup berries (strawberries and blackberries work best) and 2 oz. simple syrup until smooth. Chill before using. - ½ glass lemonade Shake, serve over ice and garnish with berries.

3 Icebreaker

At the risk of sounding like a “York Peppermint Patty” commercial, this drink is reminiscent of a cool alpine breeze. - 1 shot white rum (Note: If you’re feeling like Johnny Depp in “Rum Diary,” try spiced rum) - 1 oz. lemon juice - 1 tbsp. simple syrup - 6-8 mint leaves Mottle mint leaves in syrup, shake all ingredients, serve over ice, garnish with mint sprig.

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This is a personal twist on the old favorite. But a word of caution, this refreshingly sweet wine cocktail will sneak up on you. - 2 bottles sweet red wine - ¼ bottle triple sec - 1 Red Delicious apple (sliced) - 1 Granny Smith apple (sliced) - 1 can pineapple chunks (with juice) - ½ cup blackberries - ½ cup strawberries - ¼ cup sugar - mottle berries in sugar Mix ingredients in large pitcher. Let the mix refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled.

6 Big Kids’ Root Beer Float

It’s a root beer float… but better. Need we say more? - 1 scoop vanilla ice cream - 1 bottle Abita root beer (cold, very cold… frosty even) - ½ shot bourbon Stir bourbon into root beer, pour over ice cream. Don’t bother with a garnish, the delicious froth is enough.

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by Ann McMurry photos by Shonda Manuel and Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau

Southwest Louisiana has great potential for historical preservation, with its grand architecture providing a rich history of the area, according to Adley Cormier, advocacy chair for the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society.

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The Great Fire of 1910 destroyed more than 100 structures in downtown Lake Charles, but the architecture that predates the fire tells the story of Southwest Louisiana, Cormier said. The lumber boom of the 1800s is reflected in the architecture as it played a major role in the design and building of homes and businesses in the area. “It is the graphic evidence of what makes this area different,” he said. “It’s nice to have some evidence of our past with us.” After the fire, the people showed their determination and their resiliency, much like they did later after Hurricanes Audrey, Katrina, and Rita. “They were determined to come back stronger, bigger and better,” Cormier said. Three major structures – City Hall, the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – were in visual proximity of each other, and each of them individually contacted the widely respected New Orleans-based architectural firm of Favrot and Livaudais to rebuild. “They all had the intention to build something sturdy, something monumental,” he said. The three structures serve different purposes and have different styles, and all are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The rebuilding after the fire speaks to the town’s ability to leave the 19th century and begin the 20th century with a bang, Cormier said. The architecture reflects the mind set of the people, telling the 19th century history but with a vision toward the future. “It made a statement about being efficient and modern,” he said. June 2014


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Places & Faces | Landmarks Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles The City Hall of 1911 faced Ryan Street and was surrounded by spacious grounds covering the entire block, with a price tag of $75,000 for the building and the improvements to the grounds. The facility was later used as the City Court building. In more recent years, the facility was extensively renovated, and in 2004, it opened its doors as the City of Lake Charles’ public art gallery and cultural facility. The Historic City Hall Arts & Cultural Center has showcased traveling exhibitions from around the world, in addition to regional and local artists.

Lost Landmarks From courthouses to churches, and from parks to bridges, numerous landmarks in Southwest Louisiana speak volumes about the area’s history, natural resources, and culture. However, some of the area’s great buildings no longer exist, because their value wasn’t recognized soon enough. The Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society has placed markers on three lost landmarks: • Ball’s Auditorium, the corner of Enterprise Boulevard Extension and St. John Street, Lake Charles. Reginald Ball Sr. operated a trade school which helped returning World War II African-American veterans obtain jobs through training in the crafts. When the facility was no longer needed in that role, it was used for community activities, concerts, and other events. Ball’s Auditorium hosted entertainers such as Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Tina Turner, and the Temptations. • The Majestic Hotel, corner of Bilbo and Pujo streets, downtown Lake Charles. Emma Micci was the proprietor of the Majestic, and it attracted the Eisenhowers, Kennedys and other national names. The hotel survived the Great Fire of 1910, but was eventually demolished in 1965 for parking. The hotel was an important part of social, political, and cultural life in Calcasieu Parish. • West side of the 800 block of Ryan Street: the site of the Arcade, Miller Building, Paramount Theatre and Weber Building. The Arcade was the premier venue for concerts, plays, vaudeville, and other performances. It held performances by Houdini, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Barrymores. The Paramount Theatre was a popular movie house, one of more than twenty now demolished, which included the Lyric, the Pitt, the Delta, and the Palace. The Miller Building was a three-story structure that housed offices and shops. In 1978, the entire complex was listed on the National Register, but a fire virtually demolished the facility seven years later. The Weber Building housed professional offices, and was the center of Western Union communications in this area.

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The Calcasieu Parish Courthouse 1000 Ryan Street, Lake Charles Across Ryan Street, at the corner of Ryan and Kirby streets, Favrot and Livaudais designed the new parish courthouse, and it continues to be a focal point of downtown Lake Charles. North and south annexes were added to the building over 50 years ago, and a major restoration process took place in the early 1990s. The courthouse was originally built by the Texas Building Company of Fort Worth at a cost of $184,237. Its construction was completed on July 2, 1912. Its copper dome crown and massive columns add richness and beauty to the structure, and inside, a marble imperial staircase leads to the main courtroom. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 935 Bilbo Street, Lake Charles To replace the Catholic Church and rectory, Favrot and Livaudais decided upon a Romanesque-Lombard styling in a deep red brick. The new Immaculate Conception features rounded arched windows and a distinctive bell tower. Dedication of the new Immaculate Conception Church was on Dec. 18, 1913. The building cost nearly $100,000. The firm of Favrot and Livaudais designed additional new structures in Lake Charles, including Central School and the Ward Schools, Lock Park Pavilion, several private homes, and the Calcasieu Marine National Bank.

Calcasieu Marine National Bank 844 Ryan Street, Lake Charles When Calcasieu Marine National Bank opened in 1928, it was noted for its elegant magnificence, yet its extreme simplicity, and that description still holds true today. The architectural firm of Favrot and Livaudais designed the bank. The Empire of the Seed, with president Oliver G. “Rick” Richard III, restored the impressive structure, which is a threestory limestone-faced building designed in the neo-classical style. Calcasieu Parish is depicted in various ways, with a large eagle with spread wings, a symbol of the parish, topping the parapet, and the frieze with medallions showing the different types of settlers in Calcasieu. The bank’s interior is well preserved and features marble walls, Corinthian pillars and intricately worked column capitals with an eagle on each elevation.

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All Saints Episcopal Church, currently Grace Church of DeQuincy 200 Hall St., DeQuincy At a glance, All Saints Episcopal Church in DeQuincy has all the markings of the lumber era of Calcasieu Parish. The original cypress remains on the structure and the original cypress pews are used inside the church. But the church was actually built in Pattersonville (now Patterson) for $2,800 in 1885 as the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. After the membership dwindled and the building sat unused, the DeQuncy Episcopal congregation bought the building for $200. The building was dismantled, moved to DeQuincy, and reconstructed in 1942, and was consecrated in January 1946. A Eucharistic service, a chancel memorial window, a Bible and prayer books have been preserved. With pointed arches throughout the church and relatively steep gable roofs, All Saints Episcopal Church is significant as an important example of a late 19th century /early 20th century Gothic Revival church. The church is owned by the Episcopal Diocese but has been home to Grace Church of DeQuincy, a mission church of Grace Church of DeRidder, for the past 15 years or so. Allen Parish Courthouse 400 W. 6th Avenue, Oberlin In 1912, Allen Parish chose Favrot and Livaudais to design its courthouse for the newly formed parish. Brick and terra cotta was used in the construction of the classical revival structure, which still sits on land which was purchased for $1. The courthouse, completed in 1914, still has the original stained-glass skylights in the courtroom. The Allen Parish Courthouse is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Henning Cultural Center, 923 Ruth Street, Sulphur The Henning Cultural Center is a focal point of Sulphur’s town square, which also includes the Heritage Square Pavilion, The Grove, the Brimstone Museum, and the relatively new 900-square-foot building next to the museum which is believed to have been part of the sulfur mines. The Cultural Center was once home to the prominent Henning family, and it houses traveling exhibits and works by local artists throughout the year. The two-story home, which was built in 1910, has large verandas on each floor. It features 15 rooms with high ceilings and double walls, with oak floors downstairs and pine floors upstairs. The Brimstone Museum, built in 1915, was the Southern Pacific Railway Depot, and it was used extensively to carry passengers and cargo to the small sulfur mining community. Sulphur’s rich history, which includes the story of Herman Frasch and the Frasch mining process, is a permanent exhibit at the Brimstone.

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Because of our access to raw materials, abundant water supply for the manufacturing process, rail lines, a skilled workforce and our port, we were a natural choice for petrochemicals.

Back in the early 1900s, area leaders took note of the Union Sulphur Company, the largest sulfur mine in the world at the time, and the flourishing oil fields nearby. These leaders took the steps necessary to expand the Port of Lake Charles into a deep-sea channel, and Southwest Louisiana began attracting industrial business in the 1930s. In the early 40s, we were primed and ready to produce fuel and supplies for World War II. Following the war, industrial areas were created by government to encourage additional industry growth. Today, Southwest Louisiana is home to more than 25 industrial plants. Thousands of local residents over the years have built the industrial complex we have today. We salute our retirees who have been part of the economic engine fueling Louisiana.

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hen Jon Manns, assumed his newest post at what was then PPG’s Lake Charles facility on July 1, 1974, he gained more than just a job. He gained a new plant family and a

new home. Growing up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Manns says he always knew he wanted to be an engineer, he just wasn’t sure what type. Ultimately, it was the job opportunities available to chemical engineers that became the deciding factor in his career path, and he earned his degree at Iowa State University. How has the industry changed throughout your career – what are the biggest changes you have seen? My first thought for this question is how technology has changed over my time in the industry. Now, that may seem like an obvious response since we were transitioning from a slide rule to a calculator when I started at PPG - Lake Charles in 1974. But, it has been amazing to see the dramatic improvements we have experienced over the years in monitoring/controlling the processes, troubleshooting variations in the system and collecting data. Today, a mechanical engineer can link up at home and view a graphical output from a pump shaft spinning at 3600 RPM and determine that the increased vibration on the pump is being caused by changes in the lubricating oil conditions. What are you most proud of in your career? It may surprise people to hear that what makes me the most proud has nothing to do with technology or career achievements. I’m proud of those things, of course, but I’m most proud of being part of an organization (PPG Industries-Lake Charles, now Axiall Corporation) that is so committed and engaged in helping in the community, both directly and in encouraging its employees to get involved and volunteer. That’s been very rewarding on both a personal and professional level. What did you wish you had known as you started out? This is going to sound like a non-answer, but I benefitted greatly from having complete clarity that I didn’t know anything. This recognition facilitated my drive to learn as much as possible. I never stopped asking questions. Early on, it was very apparent that I got the most valuable knowledge from the plant operators and mechanics. I have always appreciated and valued the atmosphere in the plant that made me feel comfortable to ask questions and efforts of the plant workers to patiently explain things to me. What advice would you give someone just entering the engineering field today? This is an easy answer. I try to meet with all the new engineers we hire into the plant (about 20 per

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In his 40 years with PPG/Axiall, Manns has worked at many of the company’s facilities around the country. While open to the idea of living and working at various locations, Manns says he always hoped to end up back in Southwest Louisiana. In 2005 he was presented the opportunity to return to what he has always considered home when he became plant manager at the Lake Charles facility. He just retired on June 1, but isn’t going far. He’s serious about the Lake Area being home. Manns spoke with Thrive before his retirement about his years working for a leading industrial company and what’s next for him.

year) and one of the reasons is to have the chance to share this with them. My opinion – there are 4 simple things to focus on to be successful here: 1) Always keep safety as your top priority. 2) Have a strong work ethic. 3) Drive yourself for continuous learning. 4) Develop good people skills (and use them). What are the challenges ahead for industry in our region? You’ve seen numerous stories about the unprecedented industrial growth we are looking at in the area. This is a huge positive opportunity for SWLA; however it has to be managed. My biggest concern is the ability to meet the demand for skilled workers to fill the jobs. I’m encouraged by the appropriate response to the growing needs by Sowela and ABC training center. However, one element that continues to be overlooked is that once a student completes these training classes successfully there is still a gap to close with getting experience to be a skilled craftsman. The common path for this development is an apprentice program. This, normally, is a three-year program to take these graduates from Sowela or ABC training and develop them into a journeyman craftsman. In our area, there are only two chemical companies that have apprentice programs, Axiall Corp and Grace. This has got to change. What’s ahead for you? I’ve been working with a group of friends that work as volunteer hole marshals at the US Open for the last five years and it has been a great, fun experience. So, this summer, I’m lined up to work as a hole marshal for five different PGA tournaments. Beyond that, I’ve long had interest in writing a book about some of my humorous work experiences. I plan to organize my materials and thoughts on how to develop this. I have no idea if it will be of interest outside of people that work in industry but we will see.

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Based on the hit TV show, The Walking Dead, a thrilling, beliefsuspending event is currently on tour: The Walking Dead Escape. Two local twenty-somethings experienced the zombie obstacle course recently in Baton Rouge. Erica Fisher and Cody Lindsey were two of the hundreds who descended on the River Center Arena to be immersed in The Walking Dead world, navigating throughout as zombies or survivors. Fisher and Lindsey chose both. “That way, we could go through the course first as a survivor, then as a zombie,” said Fisher. “As survivors we dodged the walkers throughout the obstacle course, maneuvering through shipping containers, climbing fences, jumping over barriers to avoid getting ‘infected’ by the zombies.”

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She said being a survivor was her favorite, since she was more in control of the timing. “I ran faster than I ever thought I could! The event organizers did a great job creating a believable atmosphere. At one point, we had to run through a bus, jumping over seats, because walkers were all over the inside of the bus. It was crazy and so much fun!” The goal was to get through the obstacle course without getting touched by a zombie. At the end of the course, survivors went to a decontamination zone to have experts assess their level of infection. After the survivor mode, Fisher and Lindsey went through the makeup stations to be readied as a walker, or zombie. Professional makeup artists transformed them into the undead, and then they received their zombie training. “They gave tips on how to be more zombie-like,” said Fisher. “Everyone stayed in character and made it a great event for the survivors, who were part of the next wave of people to go through the course. It was a great experience if you’re a fan of the show.” The TV show is based on a group of people who have gone through an apocalypse and must survive in a world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. In the show, various groups throughout the country band together, traveling to different sites for safety. The show airs on AMC and is in its fifth season. Ratings are strong, with 16.1 million for its season four premiere, making it the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history. For a list of tour dates, visit www.thewalkingdeadescape.com.

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Because WE Care REACH provides mentoring programs for junior high and high school students who are at risk and are not college bound. Axiall employees have dedicated themselves to help make a difference in a young person’s life by being positive role models and providing mentorship, guidance and educational awareness. Each year, REACH hosts a “Back to School” and Shadow Day program for these students.

Established over 22 years ago, Axiall Partners, a group of employee volunteers committed to supporting community programs, has donated thousands of volunteer hours to support local non-profit agencies such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Abraham’s Tent, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics and many other worthwhile causes.

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Axiall Lake Charles Welcomes New Plant Manager Axiall Corporation has announced the retirement of Jon Manns, plant manager of the company’s two Lake Charles facilities. Jim Rock will succeed Manns as Jim Rock plant manager beginning June 1. Jim began his career in Lake Charles in 1977. He has held various positions in engineering, maintenance, operations, and environmental, health and safety. Jim relocated to West Virginia in 2007 to take the position of plant manager of the corporation’s Natrium facility.

Memorial Sports Medicine Receives Partner in Tourism Award Two individuals with Lake Charles Memorial Sports Aaron McDonald and Jamey Rasberry Medicine received the Partner in Tourism Award from the Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Partner in Tourism Award is given to individuals that go above and beyond to help bring in visitors to SWLA. Aaron McDonald, an athletic trainer with Lake Charles Memorial and Jamey Rasberry, Director of Sports Medicine at Lake Charles Memorial received the award.

Kleinschmidt Receives PRPC Certification Johnnie Kleinschmidt, a physical therapist at Lake Charles Memorial for Women received the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Johnnie Kleinschmidt Rehabilitation Institute. Kleinschmidt is a member of the inaugural class 20 www.thriveswla.com

to receive this certification and the only physical therapist in Louisiana to hold this distinction. Her office can be reached by calling (337) 480-7208.

IBERIABANK Names Vice President of Business Banking Iberia Bank has announced the recent promotion of Kyle Duplantis to Vice President of Business Banking for Southwest Louisiana. Duplantis has Kyle Duplantis been with the company for over a year and has strong business banking and consumer lending experience. His office is located at 2911 Ryan Street. He can be reached by phone at (337) 312-7107

First Federal Bank announces Promotions

Executive Recruiter. Due to Candace’s quick study she has been promoted to Account Executive and will begin recruiting for approximately 10 major clients located throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.donrivers.com.

Danielle Nester Wins 2014 Art Battle The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the winner of the 2014 art battle, which was held during the annual Spring Danielle Nester Art Walk in downtown Lake Charles. Local artist Danielle Nester, who was a first-time participant in Spring Art Walk and competed solo in the art battle, garnered the most votes and was named the 2014 art battle champion. Nester also sold numerous paintings at the event and went on to be featured at the Arts Council’s Artini After Hours on Thursday May 1 at SpringHill Suites by Marriott. For more information, call (337) 439-2787.

Lake Charles College Prep Hires Principal Jeff Lee

Mike Clifton

Ricky Foreman

Eric Mire

Charles V. Timpa, President and CEO of First Federal Bank of Louisiana has announced the following promotions: Jeff Lee has been promoted to Senior Vice President, and Mike Clifton, Ricky Foreman, and Eric Mire have been promoted to Vice President. Amy Hooper and Heidi Howard have been promoted to Bank Officer.

Candace Corner Promoted to Executive Recruiter Don Rivers, President of Don Rivers and Associates of Lake Charles has promoted Candace Corner to Thrive Magazine for Better Living

Deborah Frank, a native of Lake Charles and LaGrange High School graduate has been hired as founding principal of Lake Charles College Prep. Most recently, she served as president/headDeborah Frank of-school at St. Louis Catholic High School where she previously served as the principal.

Blanchard Joins Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc. Kimberly Gothreaux Blanchard, a native of Lake Charles, has joined Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc., as a REALTOR. Blanchard graduated from St. Louis High School Kimberly Gothreaux Blanchard and studied Family and Consumer Science at McNeese State University. For more information, call (337) 474-2185. June 2014


Tavius Clark Named Recipient of PPG Lake Charles Scholarship Tavius Clark, a Barbe High School senior, has been awarded the 2014 PPG Lake Charles Scholarship. The son of Danny and Lucretia Dawn Clark, Tavius will attend Tavius Clark Louisiana State University in the fall and will major in petroleum recovery. He was selected based on his grade point average, participation in extracurricular activities and his community involvement. For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Rachal Receives CHRISTUS Physician Group Promotion

Local Financial Advisor Receives Industry Honor Marty DeRouen, Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, Marty DeRouen independent association of nearly 19,000 leading life insurance producers. For more information, visit www.northwesternmutual. com.

Local Software Developer wins Prestigious Microsoft Award

Onxley Named 2014 Outstanding Teacher Kerry A. Onxley,

Microsoft named local software developer Rion Williams as a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for 2014. Rion Williams The MVP award is Microsoft’s highest honor and is awarded to outstanding leaders in the tech community for their exceptional expertise, contributions to the technical community, and passion for helping others. Rion is currently the Senior Software Developer at Structure X, a Systems Integrator and Information Technology firm based out of Lake Charles focusing on the Healthcare field.

Alice Perez, RN of the Year

Angela Granger, Home Health Professional of the Year

Bryan Lambert, Support Person of the Year

Emily Babineaux, Healing Touch Award

Robin Marshall, Nurse Aide of the Year

Tonja Gaspard, LPN of the Year

Volunteer of the Year Announced

Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC) has honored Alvin Credeur as Volunteer of the Year. Credeur, who retired from the United States Army after 27 years of service and served in both Vietnam and Desert Alvin Cedeur Storm, has volunteered his time and efforts at Lake Area Medical Center since 2011. Over the years, Alvin has offered volunteer support in various areas of the hospital, including: the emergency department admitting area, surgery waiting room, information desk and Senior Circle program, just to name a few. For more information, call (337) 475-4002.

CHRISTUS Physician Group has announced the promotion of Krista Rachal to Executive Director, Physician Services – Louisiana. In this new position, Krista Rachal Rachal has primary administrative responsibility and provides executive direction for multiple regional physician practices in Northern Louisiana, Central Louisiana and Southwestern Louisiana.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Announces Nurses Week Award Recipients

founder and artistic director of The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) was named the 2014 Excellence in Education Outstanding Teacher by the Delta Kappa Kerry A. Onxley Gamma Society. Delta Kappa Gamma Society is an international women’s fraternity, founded in 1904 at Syracuse University.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital celebrated the hospital’s registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, and support personnel curing National Nurses Week May 6-12. As part of its celebration, Brenda Quesnel, chief nursing officer, presented the awards. The recipients were selected by other nursing staff members for going above and beyond his/her role, and for consistently demonstrating the values of WCCH in their daily practice. Annually, the “WCCH Healing Touch Award,” in memory of the late Nancy Weidner, RN, is presented to a nurse who provides an exceptional patient experience and who promotes excellence in his/her field. Emily Babineaux, RN, Medical/Surgical Unit, was awarded with this honor.

Dr. Fastabend and Credeur Attend National Symposium Carl Fastabend, M.D., and Brian Credeur, N.P., both with the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, attended the Venous Symposium. The symposium, held in New York City, covered all aspects of venous disease and presented the latest in vein therapy and advanced treatment protocols. The symposium, in its fifth year, is considered one of the premier international vein meetings. For more information on the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana, call (337) 312-VEIN (8346). Carl Fastabend, MD June 2014

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Money & Career

by Katie Harrington

GAMERS GROWING STRONG Computer and video games have come a long way from Pac-Man and Frogger, and so have those who play them. Over the last two decades the video game business has gone from a cottage industry selling to niche customers to a fully grown branch of the entertainment industry appealing to players of all ages and backgrounds. Take the release of Halo 4 in October of 2012. Microsoft’s space-themed shooter game earned $220 million in sales on its first day of release, beating out the opening-day numbers of any Hollywood blockbuster ever. In 2010, the video game market was worth $56 billion, more than twice the size of the recorded music industry, nearly a quarter more than the magazine business and about three-fifths the size of the film industry, counting DVD sales as well as box office receipts. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, a consulting firm, video games will continue to be the fastestgrowing form of media over the next few years, with sales rising to $82 billion by 2015.

WHAT’S DRIVING THE GROWTH? It all boils down to who’s playing today. The stereotypical image of the gamer—teenage, male and probably on the nerdy side—has hardly changed in the last 20 years, but it’s not entirely accurate anymore, if it ever was. According to Entertainment Software Rating Board, the average gamer of today is 34 and has been playing computer/video games for the last 12 years. The group also reported that 40 percent of all gamers are female. Another report from the Entertainment Software Association pegged the average gamer at age 37 and says that 42 percent of gamers are female. One explanation for the age shift is that these are the adults of the first video-gaming generation— thirty-somethings who grew up with arcades and

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the first home consoles. Women, the elderly and middle-aged consumers are being drawn into video games by the likes of FarmVille, Angry Birds and Candy Crush. The everincreasing computing power of mobile phones has put games in the pockets of people who would never think of spending hundreds of dollars on a dedicated console or computer. Smartphones pack more power than the original PlayStation and the games are a big part of the appeal. Besides the fact that it’s fun to jump over canyons without any real fear of getting hurt, playing a video game actually makes us feel happier. Dopamine, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of euphoria, is released when we have an array of choices with unpredictable results, making it feel great to have the controller (and the story) in our hands.

The Economics of Gaming Like all media businesses, the video/computer game industry is changing rapidly. The difference, however, lies in the fact that this industry has not only welcomed change and innovation, but thrived on it. From 2005 to 2009 the gaming industry’s real rate of growth was more than seven times the real rate of growth for the entire economy and in 2012, computer and video game companies posted revenues of nearly $21 billion. A 2010 Economics Incorporated report revealed that entertainment software companies employed—directly and indirectly—more than 120,000 people in 34 states. California, Texas, Washington, New York and Massachusetts accounted for 71 percent of these jobs, but Louisiana isn’t closed off to the opportunity to create jobs in this industry. In July 2011 Louisiana State University and

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Electronic Arts broke ground on the 94,000-squarefoot Louisiana Digital Media Center. Along with the capability to house 600 video game development workers, the center is also home to LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology. With digital media software development in position to become one of the state’s top growth industries, lawmakers have also been eager to invest in the facility.

GAMING GOES MAINSTREAM Spectators were on hand to watch professional gamers compete in the Lake Charles Scion eSports Thanksgiving Open. At one point during the tournament, 41,000 people were viewing the tournament stream on Twitch.

One of the most unexpected ways this industry has capitalized on opportunity is through professional video game players and Internet streaming services. The best players can earn six-figure incomes by participating in what is known as eSports—video games played professionally in front of a crowd. The popularity of eSports is astounding. SuperData Research conducted a study of this particular industry segment and found that more than 71 million people watch competitive gaming

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bigger than Hulu, which as of July 2013, was reaching about 30 million unique viewers per month. To put Twitch’s success in perspective, the company is enjoying more prime time eyeballs than MTV, SyFy, AMC and TNT. Also, more than 75 percent of its audience is between 18 and 49.

Amatuer gamers compete in the Lake Charles Scion eSports Thanksgiving Open.

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worldwide, with half of those coming from the U.S. In fact, more viewers are tuning in to watch people play video games that mimic U.S. sporting events. In October of last

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year 32 million people watched the League of Legends Season 3 World Championship and 18,000 more packed the sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles to watch it live. For comparison’s sake, in 2013, 26.4 million viewers watched the BCS National Championship, 26.3 million tuned in for game seven of the NBA Finals and 14.9 watched the MLB World Series. Twitch, a video game broadcast service that streams live and recorded content, is where viewers are catching these games. By the end of 2013, more than 45 million monthly unique viewers were watching an average of 106 minutes of Twitch content per day. This is 12 billion minutes per month. These numbers make Twitch

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Further cementing the legitimacy of eSports is the fact that even the U.S. government recognizes these players as professional athletes and is now issuing visas to foreign competitors traveling to the United States to play. Also, Major League Gaming and ESPN recently announced that they are teaming up for an eSports event at X Games Austin this month. For the first time in history, MLG Pro Gamers will be awarded X Games medals and MLG’ Pro Circuit competition will be showcased alongside sports like skateboard, BMX, Moto X, Rally and Stadium SUPER Trucks and renowned musical performers.

GO FIGURE – The average salary for an entertainment software industry employee is $90,000 per year. – Approximately six computer and/or video games were sold every second of every day in 2012. – The number of video games sold in the United States in 2012 topped out at 188 million. – Purchases of digital full games, digital add-on content, mobile apps, subscriptions and social network gaming generated $5.9 billion in revenue in 2012.

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Reaching a Higher Score in Video Game Music

by Christine Fisher

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The University of Chichester was the site of the 3rd Annual Ludomusicology Video Game Music Conference in England.

Thanks to today’s video games, orchestral music is reaching a new audience. Musicians in the classical music world are hitting the right notes, so to speak, and opening a new world to gamers, who might not otherwise listen to music influenced by Beethoven or Mozart. Full orchestras are recording scores in studio for video games, a far cry from the monotone blips of Pong, the rudimentary tennis game of the early 70s. From video game concerts to the release of gaming sound tracks, music in video games is introducing the multitudes to music by classically trained composers. Renowned musicians with the San Francisco Symphony, the Houston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, have played scores and given concerts devoted to video game music. As the world of video gaming has matured, the musical scores for epic games such as Medal of Honor or Legend of Zelda have begun to rival scores written for films. Conferences are being held across the world specifically about music in video games. A local McNeese graduate, Andrew Fisher, was invited recently to speak at the Ludomusicology Video Game Music Conference at the University of Chichester in England. This was the third annual ludomusicology conference. “Ludo” is Latin for “to play”; ludomusicology is known as the study of gaming music. Fisher is currently a student at Texas State University, pursuing a graduate degree in music theory. His presentation was about one gaming music composer, Kazumi Totaka with Nintendo. Totaka has hidden a 19-note melody in dozens of games over 20 years isuch as Luigi’s Mansion, Yoshi’s New Island, Mario Paint, and more.

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The song is played unexpectedly at obscure moments in the game or when the player achieves certain levels. For example, in Yoshi’s New Island, on the world map, the player can go to the part of World 6 with volcanoes, wait for five minutes then the song will play. In Mario Paint, the player can touch the O in the word Mario on the main screen. The O explodes like a bomb and the song begins. “It’s a fun secret in many of the Nintendo games composed by Totaka,” Fisher said. Fisher’s thesis advisor told him of this conference and encouraged him to submit a proposal to be considered as one of the presenters. “I was honored and completely surprised,” Fisher said, when he learned he was chosen to speak. “The conference itself was great. I’ve grown up playing video games, and because I also love music, the topic was a natural fit. It was inspiring to see other people with the same interest and be able to learn more from them.”

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Money & Career All you need to know to stay in the know! CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club Recognizes as AHA Fit Friendly Company

Robinson Dental Group Opens Moss Bluff Office

Decentralized Arts Funding Grant Applications Available

Robinson Dental Group has announced the opening of its newest dental office at 180 Gloria Dr., Ste. 400 (off Hwy. 171, near Fred’s Pharmacy). The Moss Bluff office is open Monday- Friday 8am-5:00pm. For more information or to set up an appointment, call (337) 429-5057.

The Arts Council of SWLA has announced the application for the Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) is available online for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. This competitive grant program is funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and administered annually by the Arts Council. The deadline to apply is June 30. Guidelines and applications can be downloaded online at www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org. For more information, call (337) 439-2787.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Kicks Off $4.5 Million Expansion Matthew Welsh, AHA regional director; Ellen Papania and Dustin Guidry with CHRISTUS Athletic Club and Donald Lloyd II, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, administrator.

CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club – Lake Charles was recognized by the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Worksite Program for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. The program is also meant to encourage other companies to participate and demonstrate similar physical activity practices for their employees.

Southwest Louisiana Recognized by Lt. Gov.

Erica McCreedy and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne

The Arts Council of SWLA was recognized by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development for its work to promote and expand the arts in the five-parish region. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.

Starks Mayhaw Festival Named Top 20 Event

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital has begun a $4.5-million expansion to the CHRISTUS Regional Cancer Center. The project will greatly improve the capabilities of the CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Cancer Center, making it the first in the region to offer treatment options such as Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation that are currently unavailable in Southwest Louisiana. For more information and treatment options available, call (337) 491-7569.

CVB Honors Partners in Tourism during National Tourism Week

Kyle Edmiston, assistant secretary for the Louisiana Office of Tourism, presented the award to Pat Louviere, Elton’s wife.

The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau honored partners in tourism who have made significant contributions to the tourism industry in Southwest Louisiana. For more information on honored partners, log onto www. visitlakecharles.org or call (337) 436-9588.

Family & Youth Receives Standards for Excellence Certification

Buddy Hamic, Family & Youth Board of Directors chair; Leslie Harless, Family & Youth Board of Directors past- chair; Julio Galan, Family & Youth president & CEO.

The Standards for Excellence Institute in Maryland, one of the largest state associations of nonprofits in the US with over 1,400 member organizations, awarded Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc. (Family & Youth) with the Seal of Excellence as part of their Standards for Excellence program. The Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector (Standards) evaluates principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability in nonprofit program operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising.

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Memorial’s Cancer Center Receives National Achievement Award

Michael Dees, chairman of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB; Evelyn White, with the Starks Mayhaw Festival; Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB.

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) honored the Starks Mayhaw Festival as a Top 20 Event for the second quarter of 2014. For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588, or visit www. visitlakecharles.org. 26 www.thriveswla.com

The Lake Charles Memorial Cancer Center was granted the Commission on Cancer (CoC) Outstanding Achievement Award for 2013. Memorial is one of 74 cancer programs in the United States and the only cancer program in Louisiana to receive the award. For more information on program standards, visit www.facs.org/cancer/ index.html.

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Sowela’s Practical Nursing Class 139 was honored in a pinning ceremony. Class 139, an especially close knit group of 17, was honored by family and friends for their accomplishments and completion of study over the past seventeen months. Nursing Class 139 is the last group of students to graduate before the new 35,000 square foot Nursing and Allied Health Building opens on the Lake Charles campus later this summer. For more information about Sowela, visit www.sowela.edu. June 2014


Southwest Louisiana’s Second Annual Top 20 Restaurants Contest Results

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The Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) held the second annual Top 20 Restaurants online voting contest in honor of National Tourism Week where individuals could nominate and vote for their favorite places to eat in Calcasieu Parish. Culinary delights are a major draw for tourism, and people are passionate about food. There were 232 restaurant nominations made by the public with 4,521 votes cast, beginning one month prior to National Tourism Week, May 3-11. The restaurant that received the most votes is Steamboat Bill’s on the Lake. Second place is Luna Bar & Grill followed by Pat’s of Henderson for third place. Other restaurants that made it to the Top 20, in alphabetical order are 121 Artisan Bistro, Casa Mañana, Coyote Blues, Darrell’s, El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant, Ember Grille & Wine Bar at L’Auberge Casino Resort, Harlequin Steaks & Seafood, Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen, Logan’s Roadhouse, O’Charley’s, Outback Steakhouse, Pitt Grill Sulphur, Pujo Street Café, Seafood Palace, Sha Sha’s of Creole, Texas Roadhouse and Tony’s Pizza.

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Perfect Pets

Some are fluffy and soft while some are slimy and slithery. No matter what shape or size your pet comes in, one thing’s certain. They are just as much a member of your family as your own children. This month we feature some of our reader’s perfect pets along with some great tips and the latest on raising and caring for pets of all types.

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Is Your Pet Therapy Dog Material? by Jody Bradley

For patients with life-threatening diseases, mental illness, or traumatic circumstances, there are organizations that train and register therapy dogs to be used as companions. From disaster relief centers to nursing homes and hospitals, these animals support patients through the tremendous struggles. If you have a dog that could provide therapy for someone in need, Bons Chiens Dog Training might be an ideal place to start the journey. For autistic patients, therapy dogs encourage communication. Petting and walking a pet can even lower the blood pressure of you and your animal. Bonds made between pet and patient can be very “therapeutic” for the pet owner as well. If you are considering volunteering yourself and your pet as therapy workers, there are some things you’ll need to consider. Are you willing to follow the organization’s rules? Can you handle interacting with people in sometimes

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difficult situations? Is your pet friendly and not prone to barking or snapping at people? If your answers are “yes”, you and your canine companion may be realistic candidates for Pet Therapy. Britney Blanchette from Bons Chiens welcomes owners and pets to consider training for therapy services. She uses strictly all positive and force-free training. After training, Britney refers them to Dr. Dog’s Pet Therapy, a branch of the SWLA Chapter of the Louisiana Humane Society, for evaluation. If you do choose to help patients with type of therapy, be sure to have provisions set up that protect you and your pet. Consider limited work hours and routine pet health screenings. For more information, contact Blanchette at 422-4703 or visit usdogregistry.org to register your service dog, emotional support dog, or therapy dog, and find out about the laws to protect your pet regarding this service and the disabilities that are covered.

Kayla Rigney and her poodle Millie, a therapy dog, visit the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.

The Dr. Dogs group make regular visits to local hospitals to bring cheer to patients.

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Is your family considering a new pet? If so, adoption or pet rescue may be an option for you. There are several benefits to adopting a rescued pet. It is an opportunity to rehabilitate and give a home to an abandoned animal in your local community and by providing a responsible, loving, safe home for a rescued pet, you are giving them a chance at a new life, free of cruelty, abuse, or neglect. In addition, when you adopt, usually your adoption fee includes vaccinations and spaying/neutering of your new family friend. Check out these options below if you’re thinking of expanding your home with a loveable companion. • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Adoption Center (or CPAC) 439-8879 www.cpac.cppj.net/ • Petco 474-2711 • 4 Paws 318-251-3647 www.4pawssocietyinc.com • LAPAW Rescue 478-PAW4 www.lapaw.org • www.Petfinder.com for online listings in your area • Animal Angels 527-1452 • Bel’s No Kill Animal Shelter 480-0069 • Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue 713-854-1859 • www.animalshelter.org/ shelters/Louisiana.asp

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Payton Bond brushes a horse under the direction of Stephanie Darbonne, therapist.

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Combining therapy and horses for developmentally challenged children Pets bring joy and comfort; they’re fun to play with and teach kids important life lessons. These things, and more, happen daily at the Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital. Horses are used during occupational therapy for patients with various forms of physical and mental challenges. Most of the patients at the center are between the ages of two and 18. Occupational therapy addresses performance in a variety of environments to help patients engage in various tasks, enhancing their well-being and quality of life. “Our horses aren’t just pets nor is the therapy simply a pony ride,” said Stephanie Darbonne, occupational therapist. “Our horses are a vital tool during the therapy we provide. As therapists, we’re trained to use therapeutic use of self to promote change in our clients,” she explained. “I believe at our center, we facilitate the same using the horse as an unconditional support partner. Many of our patients have autism, ADHS, or developmental delays. They learn many skills such as self30 www.thriveswla.com

awareness, empathy, communication, both verbal and non-verbal, not to mention motor skills, thanks to interaction with the horse.” Currently, there are three horses at the riding center, donated by individuals in the community. Darbonne said the horses are carefully evaluated before being part of the therapy program. “They’re older horses, gentle and patient,” she said. “Many kids don’t easily participate in traditional therapy exercises. Using the horse as a foundation and a tool, we have fun and engage the client.” The center is located in Sulphur, off of Old Spanish Trail; the campus is tucked away on a few acres of land, providing a quiet, natural setting. The calm environment is soothing for patients, many of whom find it difficult to be around crowds and too much noise. That was the case with Payton Bond, one of the riding center’s clients. According to her mother, Tammy, she could barely leave the house. “We couldn’t go to the store, or to church; crowds and the noise were too much for her.” Payton, 16, was diagnosed with autism at the age Thrive Magazine for Better Living

of two. She was non-verbal and had low social skills. “I felt like we were at a dead end. I didn’t know how to help her progress,” Tammy said. She found out about the riding center while researching options and Payton began therapy at age six. During the beginning days, the therapists concentrated on helping Payton feel safe and validated. After they gained her trust, the teaching could begin. And that’s when Payton began to blossom. “Autistic children often have a tendency to have strong protective reflexes such as fight or flight, or fear and paralysis. When the individual has hypersensitivities to sensory input, such as sound, they can withdraw into themselves whenever the reflexes are triggered,” Darbonne said. “We created bonding with Payton and the horse and centered treatment around her becoming aware of her triggers. We developed strategies to empower her to comfort herself and counteract these reflexes. By brushing the horse, for example, she learned how the horse would react while being brushed. Her sensitivity decreased as she learned to comfort June 2014


herself the same as she would comfort the horse. Her vision, balance, and coordination have improved as we have progressed her occupational therapy treatment in this holistic environment. Depending on the child’s needs, the horses can be used effectively to help them progress.” Hippotherapy, or therapy involving horses, is often used because the horse’s gait is similar to a human’s, and it is used in occupational therapy sessions at the facility. Its rhythmic movement is a good tool for developing torso strength, control, and balance. Hippotherapy has been in practice for over 30 years. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital was the first hospital in the country to own a therapeutic riding center, which opened in 1993. Today, Payton can communicate through short sentences as well as texting. She enjoys playing Wii games and helps out at her aunt’s office each week by sorting papers. The child who could barely leave the house is a young lady, now able to sing in front of her church. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when Payton sang,” said Tammy. “It’s miraculous how far she has come. She improves every day. I’m a proud mom.” Thanks to the dedication of the therapists and staff at the riding center, patients are able to achieve milestones with the help of a few gentle, four-legged friends.

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Children with challenges are invited to West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital’s Camp Smiling F.A.C.E.S. (Fishing, Arts & Crafts and Equestrian Skills) for a week of activities and fun. The camp will be held June 23 – 27 at WCCH’s Genesis Therapeutic Riding Center, 866 Landry Lane in Sulphur. It is designed for children age four through 14. The cost to attend is $75. Registration is required. Call (337) 625-3972 for more information. Deadline to register is June 13. June 2014

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Home & Family | Perfect Pets

When There’s a Little Extra to Love by Christine Fisher

Keeping your pet at a healthy weight As Americans are gaining pounds, so are our pets. Studies show that nearly half of adult dogs and cats in the United States are overweight. Even though a chubby pet can look cute, carrying around extra weight is likely causing health problems, such as stress on the heart, or conditions such as cancer or arthritis. Their energy level dips and they don’t feel like playing as much. In addition, carrying around extra weight will shorten the pet’s life span by an average of two years. While your veterinarian will check the weight of your dog or cat during visits, there are ways you can tell if Fido is maintaining a healthy weight. “When looking down at your pet, you should be able to see a distinct ‘waistline’, the place where the body narrows just behind the rib cage and in front of their hindquarters,” explained Randy Farr, DVM with Farr Veterinary Hospital. When looking at your pet from the side, their abdomen should be slightly tucked up behind the rib cage. Also, you should be able to feel their ribs. Just as with humans, one of the ways pets gain

weight is due to their diet. “Pets become members of the family, and we often treat them to human food,” explained Dr. Farr. “This is one of the biggest problems for maintaining a healthy weight in your pet. Feeding a pet table food can change the nutritional balance found in the pet food and cause stomach problems.” Too many treats can also be the culprit for extra pounds. If there are several people within the household, each one may be giving treats throughout the day; those can add up. “It can work well to have a treat jar designated for your pet. Someone in the family fills the treat jar each day with the number of treats allowed for that day. If the pet gets a treat, it comes from that jar. Once the jar is empty, the pet has had his daily allowance,” suggested Dr. Farr. Feeding the right amount is important, but knowing the right type of food for your pet’s species, age and size is also key. Check with your vet about recommended brands and formulas and how often to feed them.

The Pet Name Game

Playtime is important, especially those with a few pounds to lose. A daily, brisk walk is a great place to start with most dogs. For cats, encourage them to chase a ball of yarn or a toy. Giving them the opportunity to move about each day will help keep them healthy. Keep an eye on the weight of pets so that they can continue to be active and healthy for years to come. For more information, call our office at 474-1526.

by Jody Bradley

Welcoming a family pet into your home is a major decision, but what will you name it? From dogs to cats, we all search for a name, waiting for the one to cross our ears or eyes that truly reflects how we see our companion as an individual of their own. Interesting enough, many of the most popular pet names are human names. Here are the current top pet names:

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Consider this before selecting your pet’s moniker. • Don’t choose a name that is similar to a command, such as “Bo”, as it sounds too close to the command “No.” • Choose a unique name that mimics your pet’s personality traits or physical features. • Consider naming your pet using a name from your childhood - Perhaps a childhood pet name, or a familiar city or location, for example, Dallas.

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Remember to have fun when choosing a name for your new family member. Don’t rush into a decision. Finding the name that best suits your four-legged friend can be a challenge but well worth the effort. “Dog” Resources: Dogchannel.com Rover.com Youpet.com Dogtime.com Magacy.com “Cat” resources: Catnamesmeow.com Vetstreet.com Westhartfordpetsitters.com Cuteness.com

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Pet-ty Cash:

The cost of raising a pet Sure, they’re cute and bring a lot of joy to our lives, but what are the ongoing costs of raising a pet? In 2012, the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy came up with these estimated costs of ongoing pet ownership. Large Rabbit Cat Dog

Small Dog

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Annual Total $875 $730 $670 $580 $200 $35 Food

$235 $190 $115 $55 $75 $20

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Treats & Toys $75 $40 $25 $40 $25 $0 Miscellaneous $80 $15 $30 $50 $15 $15

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Home & Family | Perfect Pets

Winners!

by Katie Harrington photos by Shonda Manuel

Thrive recently held a Facebook contest to see which of our readers had the Perfect Pet. Our fans have spoken and we are pleased to present you with the top three Perfect Pets.

first place: halo the Pit Bull

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On November 13, 2013, Renee Smith with Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue stumbled upon a heartwrenching rescue. Halo, who was only three months old, had been severely beaten and shot in the head three times. Over the last six to seven months, Halo has come a long way. He will celebrate his first birthday on July 9 and is happy and healthy considering his rough start. Today he lives with his loving family at the rescue and will one day become a therapy dog to educate others about animal abuse. You can keep up with Halo by visiting his Team Halo Facebook page or following @teamhalo3 on Instagram.

Tanzie is an African spurred tortoise, also called the sulcata tortoise, who was purchased from a local pet store in 2003 to be a classroom pet. At the time she was smaller than a tennis ball. Today, she weighs in at about 100 pounds and according to her owners, Steve and Vickie Holder of Sulphur, she is not done growing yet either. Tanzie lives in the Holder’s backyard and her favorite foods include romaine lettuce, pineapple, bellpeppers, strawberries, watermelon and hibiscus flowers.

second place: tanzie the Tortoise

lder Steve Ho

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New Hope for Senior Dogs by Katie Harrington

An older dog may not bring the happy, energetic chaos into a home that a puppy does, but that doesn’t mean that senior pets don’t enrich lives in other ways. Karen Kinslow, founder of 4 Paws Society Senior Dog Program, says that senior dogs are the often overlooked ones in shelters. “These dogs may be a little slower, may have a few aches and pains, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a shot at living out the rest of their lives in a nurturing environment.” It was this thought that led Kinslow to begin the program about a year and a half ago. Depending on the breed, a senior dog is one that is seven or more years old. “With this program we take in elderly dogs and through various means, finds homes to place them in that will provide a loving home for the animal,” she says. “We provide the food and medicine for the dog.” With these supplies being providing, this program makes it possible for senior citizens and others living on a fixed income to have a pet, something that according to Kinslow is a win-win situation. “Thanks to numerous research studies we know that every time you pet a dog your endorphin levels go up and your blood pressure goes down.”

Senior dogs available from 4Paws Society:

Lucille

third place: diesel the French Bull Dog

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Since 4 Paws Society is a nonprofit organization, they rely on donations and grants to help fund programs like the Senior Dog program. “We have people donate the proceeds from their garage and bake sales to us,” Kinslow adds. “We even had a little girl who was about 10 donate the proceeds of her lemonade stand. That turned out to be about $100.” Another way to help 4 Paws Society is to make a donation to their veterinary bill at Downtown Animal Hospital in Lake Charles. “Our vet bill runs about $2,000 a month so every little bit helps,” says Kinslow.

For more information on the Senior Dogs Program or 4 Paws Society in general, call (337) 287-3553 or visit www.4pawssocietyinc.com.

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Diesel is a happy little fellow at nine months old. His owner, Amy Ardoin, says he loves kids and napping. He’s got quite the penchant for snoring loudly and is an expert at being lazy. Diesel’s specialty is chasing cats but don’t let his tough exterior fool you. Ardoin says his cry sounds like a baby’s cry. Diesel is quite the handful, but his human family loves him anyway.

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Home & Family

Bringing Children Home by Kristy Armand

Each day, an abused or neglected child is removed from an unsafe home and placed in Louisiana’s foster care system. They remain in the system until their home environment is safe—but for many, that never happens. Of the 4,000 children currently cycling in state foster care, about 350 are ready to be adopted today. More than 60 of them are in Southwest Louisiana, right here in our community. These children have harrowing stories. They may have been abandoned or neglected. They could have been sexually or physically abused. Whatever their story, each of them shares a dream to find a loving, permanent family. It’s hard to hear statistics like this and not have some type of emotional reaction. Hard not to wonder where these children sleep at night? Who takes care of them? What will happen to them? But for most of us, our attention will be distracted by something more immediate in our own lives and we’ll forget about these kids who are just waiting to find a home. But when KPLC reporter Britney Glaser heard these statistics, she didn’t get distracted. She decided to get involved – personally and professionally. She and her husband of two years were starting to think about starting a family and adoption was something they were looking into. “We do plan on having children of our own, but we also feel called to adopt a child in need. There are so many children in need of a good home – I just didn’t realize there were so many right here in our community.” As she looked at the various options – foreign, domestic, private – some one mentioned foster care adoptions. Like many people, she assumed that children in foster care were not available for adoption, or if they were, it was long process, filled with legal battles and potential heartache if a child was returned to their birth parents. But she discovered that although many children are in foster care temporarily until their parents are able to care for them, there are hundreds of children in the foster care system, which is managed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), whose parental rights have been terminated and who are legally ready to be adopted. “That was an eye-opener for me and I knew it would be for others. We had done a series at KPLC in the past that profiled some of these kids, but I wanted to do more, something ongoing, and 36 www.thriveswla.com

that’s how ‘The New Family Tree’ got started.” Glaser approached the DCFS with her idea, which would involve showcasing the children who were available for adoption, but also telling other stories about the process, families who had adopted children this way and doing follow-up on the children, which will be a key factor in the program’s success. While reluctant to get the children’s hopes up, the DCFS staff welcomed the outreach that KPLC’s visibility would provide. As the people on the frontlines working with these kids, it is heartbreaking for case workers to watch months pass without one adoption inquiry. “It hurts,” said Kara Ortego, a DCFS child welfare specialist “You know that they just want to be loved and you just wish that it would happen quicker for them. They want to be part of a family and we want that for them more than anything.” Glaser explains that making an adoption inquiry through DCFS is simple, and does not come with any obligation. The parent or parents would have to complete an orientation and background check, and then become certified as foster parents, which involves 21 hours of classes. This is followed by a home visit. The average cost for this process is $500. Once approved, they are eligible to be matched with a child available for adoption. The child will first be placed in the home as a foster child for six months before the adoption is finalized. The state provides counseling and support services to assist with the transition. In addition, all court costs relating to the adoption process are covered by the state, and many of the children qualify for a stipend to help with the expenses of raising a child.

Glaser and her husband are in the process of completing the certification classes. “I wish I could adopt them all. Getting through each story with these kids is tough, but it’s important for everyone to meet them, and to see that they just want what we all want: parents to love them and a home to call their own.” For more information about any of the children available for adoption through DCFS, call 337-491-2470 or 1-800-814-1584.

Quick Facts on Adopting a Foster Child • Minimum age is 21. • Single people can adopt. • Many of the children in state custody are considered “special needs,” which is defined as the following: older child, race/ ethnic background, sibling group, medical conditions, physical/mental/emotional handicaps. • Children in foster care are there as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. • The certification process typically takes 90 days to complete. Once matched with a child, the process to legally adopt a child takes about one year.

Follow Britney Glaser’s “The New Family Tree” series at www.kplctv. com. Thrive will also be featuring the children she profiles each month.

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Ke’vontre For some children, the chances of being adopted are much more slim— specifically, African American boys ages eight and older. That’s where 8-year-old Ke’vontre falls. Ke’vontre, who loves basketball and does well in school, has already seen his younger sister and brother get adopted into other families. Now he waits for that same dream to come true. When asked what kind of parents he’d like, he says, “I don’t care if they’re nice or mean. I will just listen to them.” Ke’vontre currently lives with Easter Belizare, his 79-year-old foster mother. She says he has a “beautiful personality” and is a “great little boy.”“He’s a wonderful reader and he can spell just about anything you ask him to spell,” Belizare says.

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Boys vs. Girls: Who’s the Math Whiz?

by Jody Bradley

play a part in a child’s success,” says Martha. According to records from a parish assessment program called Successmaker, 5th grade girls were recently in the lead in math achievement at Vincent Settlement Elementary. These students were quickly up to the challenge when a “Math Quiz Bowl” of sorts was proposed and approved by Principal Julee Spann. Using computer-based test scores to determine the elite, three sets of boys and girls were chosen to complete in a challenge of “trigonomic” proportions. Various math genres were tested in a rigor of skills and speed. From geometry to multiplication to exponential conundrums, boys and girls competed for the title of “Math Whiz”. Round 1: Girls ruled. Their wits far outweighed the boys countless attempts to avoid defeat. Round 2: The comeback kid. Boys took this one hands down. The girls failed to hold the reigns. The stakes were high for both in the final round. Round 3: Girls rule, boys drool. In a death match, girls pulled out strong in the end. Question after question, girls hit their target. In the end, the girls took the prize. Though the boys fought hard, the girls earned the title of “Math Whiz” for this challenge. So, who is really smarter when it comes to math? It’s about skill. It’s about speed. It’s about computation Whether it’s for a new car, boat, motorcycle, r.v. or a and rationalization, spring vacation, you’ve got the power in your pocket. accuracy and deductive

Recently, teachers at Vincent Settlement Elementary in Carlyss tested a popular belief that boys are better at math than girls. Statistics were gathered, student data was taken into account, and a challenge was proposed. The results were surprising. Recent research shows that girls and boys take entirely different avenues when calculating math. Girls tend to take a slow and accurate approach, while boys favor a faster method by recalling quick from memory. In elementary school, the girls’ method appears to benefit them. However, as students age, the boys prove to surpass the girls in mathematic computations, according to a study by LiveScience.com in July 2013. Martha Dalton, owner of Mathnasium, a local math tutoring organization for students, agrees that girls seem more cautious with calculations at an elementary age, while boys seem to rely more on mental math, but doesn’t really see a difference in success. “It depends on the child, not their gender. Background, age, educational opportunities – all

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Tips for All Travelers by Erin Kelly

SINGLE PARENT FAMILIES

Disney World may be considered the pinnacle of family travel for American parents and their kids, but the world has many destinations and many types of travelers. When tickets are booked and cars are tuned for summer travel this year, some of those vacationers will be single parents, solo explorers, and couples. Before you set off on your next adventure, you need to know: What kind of traveler are you? “There are a number of questions and considerations that go into the early planning stages for travel. Where have you traveled to before? Are you celebrating a special occasion? Do you have a passport? Assuming you’re traveling with a group, what are the age ranges of those traveling with you, adults as well as children?” says Carla Caccavale Reynolds of Liberty Travel, a global leader in travel planning. “Finding out what you want most of your experience—Just fun and sun? Culture? An extraordinary culinary experience?—is also important. And, of course, budget is often a deciding factor to narrow the field.” 40 www.thriveswla.com

Most family vacation tips are geared toward two-parent groups, but that excludes a large segment modern families. Concerns about money, safety, and harmony may discourage many single parents from traveling alone with their kids, but according to Family Vacation Critic, the travel industry has recognized this growing segment of the population and has tailored more vacation options to appeal to them. When you book a cruise or an allinclusive resort destination, you’re certain to cross paths with more two-parent families than single parents, but don’t let that get you down. If you find it too discouraging, search for travel deals for single parents. Also: Consider traveling with another single parent, like a sibling or a close friend. Because most travel arrangements for

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Tips for All Travelers absolutely free and, what’s more, is that we have access to some of the best deals and inside tips to make the vacation experience exceptional and memorable,” Reynolds says. Other tips for single-parent vacationers: Consider a vacation rental, suggests Family Vacation Critic. There are no single supplements and you’ll have more room than the typical resort or cruise ship. The kitchen can also cut down on dining-out costs. Vacation rentals aren’t just for beachfronts anymore, either—you can find them in most common destinations, waterfront or otherwise, as a hotel alternative. For a fun, low-budget adventure, consider a national park. No matter where you live, there’s probably one nearby. If you and your kids aren’t outdoorsy, no worries. These places typically cater to all types of travelers. Better yet, cabin rentals tend to be affordable.

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Single parents certainly aren’t the only ones who have to worry about harmony. For couples traveling without kids, vacationing together serves as a relationship milestone. If you’re heading out this summer with your one-andonly, consider these tips from Budget Travel: • Set a pace. Don’t jam-pack your schedule. If you’re only staying three days in New York, for example, you don’t want to schedule a trip to Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Met, and everything else within those 72 hours. Not only will you be exhausted, but you won’t be able to enjoy any of the sites. Instead, work together to pick out the key things you want to see and do. Slow down and enjoy the moments. • Go solo. Just because you’re traveling as a couple doesn’t mean you have to be together every waking moment. If your partner wants to visit the old ruins and you’d rather walk through the marketplace, consider going your separate ways for a few hours one afternoon. Then you can regroup and share your independent adventures. 42 www.thriveswla.com

• Communicate. If you’re tired or cranky, say so. Talk to each other so you can work together for a memorable trip. • Indulge. You may not have the means to eat a luxurious dinner every night, but try to indulge somewhere if possible—even if it’s a trip to a special chocolate shop for overprized fudge.

THE SOLO ADVENTURER Traveling alone can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be intimidating. Single travel has many perks—you can make your own schedule, take your time, see whatever you want to see, indulge where you want to indulge. But it also has its downsides. Safety is the foremost concern of the solo vacationer, according to Independent Traveler. You don’t have the luxury of a companion to watch your back, which means you have to watch your own. This is where preparation comes in. Know as much as humanly possible about your journey before you arrive. This is where a travel agent can help, according to Reynolds. Will you need to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel? If so, how long will it be, and what is the expected fare? What’s the check-in time at your destination? If you don’t want to be taken for a ride by the taxi driver, know estimated fares beforehand and ask the driver before you get into the car about how much it will cost. If the two numbers are vastly different, pick a different cab. This is especially true when traveling internationally. Domestic travelers can go online to check estimated fares for virtually all major cities. If you want to know how much it will cost to get from the Statue of Liberty to Tavern on the Green, you can find out online. Once you’ve arrived and you’re milling around your destination, walk with purpose and confidence. Don’t give off any vibes that you’re lost or confused. Carry identification in more than one place, and stay around public places— especially at night. Independent Traveler also suggests that you tell a friend or family member your planned itinerary, avoid looking like a tourist, and check maps and transportation schedules before you leave the comfort and safety of your hotel room. Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Tips for All Travelers FAMILIES Traveling with kids is a daunting task, but it can become almost unbearable if you’re not prepared. Best Western International provides these tips for families venturing out this summer: • Go over basic safety information, rules, and procedures before you go. • Travel light and remember to pack essentials in your carry-on bag, if you’re flying. If you’re driving, have the essentials in arms’ reach, rather than the trunk. • Bring childproofing supplies, such as electrical outlet covers and baby gates • Bring along a basic first aid kit • Make sure your children know what to expect at the airport, on the road, at the hotel, and other relevant and applicable locations. • Set ground rules for curfews and safety issues. Make sure your children know what to do if they get lost. Have an agreed-upon place to meet if needed. • Dress your kids in distinctive or brightly colored clothes to make them more visible. • Write down your contact information on an index card and place it in your kids’ pockets to make contacting you easier

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Travelers visit the French Quarter for its wild nightlife, fascinating history, and beautiful architecture. While hotels abound in the Quarter, New Orleans Hotel Collection’s Audubon Cottages provide a unique experience. Located on Dauphine and Toulouse Street, the seven one-of-a-kind cottages provide a comfortable and charming retreat in the city.

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“This is the kind of place that is more exclusive. It’s smaller, and it is not a hotel lobby environment,” said Director of Sales and Marketing Marc Becker. Each one or two bedroom suite has access to a private or shared courtyard, the heated saltwater pool, and the Garden House. One exceptional amenity is the property’s French Quarter butler. The butler provides a “heightened level of personalized service” in order to meet guests’ needs. This can range from picking up something from the corner store to intuiting that Sangria might be a poolside necessity. “There aren’t many hotels like that,” says Becker. The cottages are named for the 19th century ornithologist and naturalist John James Audubon. Audubon lived in the first cottage while he finished writing his famous Birds of America series. He did much of his work in his studio, which is now cottage seven. Today, many celebrities choose to stay in the cottages for their retreat-like quality, away from the crowds. When Elizabeth Taylor came to New Orleans, she chose to stay in cottage three. Broadway star Patty Lupone was recently a guest during the NOCCA Broadway series. But the cottages are not just for celebrities. Becker notes that the cottages are very popular with family groups, who come in for weddings or family vacations. “It’s so much more personal and cohesive,” he says, “right in the middle of the French Quarter.” Whatever your reason for visiting New Orleans, the Audubon Cottages give guests modern amenities and conveniences in a wonderfully relaxing retreat, just a short walk away from everything the city provides.

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Don’t Get Robbed of Vacation Fun Protect money while traveling “I think we can all agree that nothing ruins a vacation quicker than financial trouble,” said Christa Comeaux, Assistant Vice President with Lakeside Bank. “Of course, you can’t go on vacation without taking some credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks with you, but it pays to do some advance planning to minimize the chance of theft.” She says that carrying money on vacation is a balancing act between safety and utility. “Storing money in a difficult to access place deters thieves, but when it comes time to pay for something, you still want to be able to get to it without having to remove layers of clothing or playing hide-and-seek with a bag’s hidden pockets.” Comeaux recommends that travelers avoid taking large amounts of cash on their trip. “Instead, plan on using credit cards, traveler’s checks or a pre-paid gift card that can be used in

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Keep small bills handy for tipping.

Make copies of all vital information, including copies of your credit cards and pertinent travel documents. Keep a copy separately from the bag you are carrying with you, and leave an extra copy with someone you trust back at home. “Then if your cards are stolen, you can quickly access the information you need to cancel the card,” says Comeaux.

Don’t let your credit card out of your sight. “This means you may have to actually follow someone to a register, but it’s worth it,” Comeaux says. “In fact, this is a good rule to follow in general, even when in your home town.”

If possible, research popular “pickpocket” techniques of your destination. Certain destinations are sometimes known for particular thievery methods and areas in which this type of crime is more common, particularly among tourists.

Don’t pack any valuables, such as jewelry or money, in checked luggage. Store extra valuables and cash in hotel room safes. Don’t carry cash all in one place. Use various pockets on your clothes

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A CSC Eagles competitive squad takes on a competitive team from Baton Rouge Soccer Club in a recent league match.

WORLD CUP MANIA by Katie Harrington

For the millions who play and billions who watch soccer worldwide, it’s more than just a game with two goals, 22 players and one ball. It transcends borders and cultures and helps forge new affiliations and identities. From June 12 to July 13, the national teams of 32 countries will compete in 64 matches in 12 Brazilian cities for the 2014 World Cup. The rewards of being a champion in the world’s most popular sport goes far beyond a trophy. The universality of soccer lies in its simplicity— the game can be played anywhere with anything, and the next great player could be anyone. All you need to play is a ball or any round object for that matter. It’s a sport played at every skill level, age and gender and in virtually every country in the world. It crosses every national divide and impacts countless aspects of the world’s culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts. For perspective, consider that 203 nations attempted to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. There are fewer countries in the United Nations. In America, sports like baseball, basketball and American football may still rule the roost, but soccer is making headway. Major League Soccer has added nine new clubs since 2007, two of which will begin play in 2015. With 18 seasons in the books, the league’s average attendances now rival those of the National Hockey League and NBA. There’s plenty more room for growth too. In 2012 the US Youth Soccer Association reported

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more than three million registered players. Louisiana accounted for 26,684 of these aspiring athletes. Locally, Calcasieu Soccer Club (CSC), the area’s largest soccer organization, is experiencing growth and hoping the World Cup will help bolster numbers as well. “As the soccer kids of the late 1980s and 1990s are having kids, we are seeing a renewed love of the game in our area,” said Paul Burgess, league administrator for CSC. “World Cup years are always beneficial to local clubs as well. It’s hard not to want to get out on the field and play after watching the excitement and passion of the game unfold on TV for a month.” Hoping to capitalize on this new interest, Burgess says the club is hoping to educate a whole new generation of soccer players and parents. “As our number of youth players rise, we want to make sure we have an adequate number of coaches at the ready. We want to implement a curriculum for player development that provides a positive experience for our payers and their parents.” In an effort to start young players off on the right foot, CSC implemented the Screamin’ Eagles program this past spring. Meant to be a fun, but educational experience for three and four year olds, the program was a success for the club. “We had 40 little ones turn out to participate in this five week program,” Burgess adds. “Our goal with this program is simple. We want to introduce the kids to the basics of kicking the soccer ball Thrive Magazine for Better Living

along with basic agility skills, all while having fun.” In addition to the Screamin’ Eagles and youth recreational soccer programs, CSC is also finding success at the competitive soccer level. More than 150 players from the ages of 9 to 18 are representing Calcasieu Parish at the state and regional levels. “Our Eagles Soccer Program is for the player who is interested in taking their game to the next level,” Burgess says. “These players are selected through a tryout process and play about 10 months out of the year. They will go on to play high school soccer in the area and many will even go on to play at the collegiate level.” In the last three years, the Eagles program has brought home multiple state and league championship titles in addition to several tournament championship titles. Finally, for the adults, CSC offers a men’s 7 v 7 league and a co-ed adult recreational league. These two leagues play three seasons a year (fall, spring and summer) and are open to those 16 and older. Registration for the fall youth recreational and Screamin’ Eagles programs opens June 23 and continues through July 26. The season will kick off on September 6. To learn more or register, visit www.cscsoccerclub.org.

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Women’s Swimsuit Trends 2014

by Ellen Frazel

Women’s swimwear this season is full of fun bursts of flair, bright colors, and unique cuts. Strappy bikinis are very in: tops with large crisscross straps, backs with a few lines of thick horizontal straps to accentuate the look from behind, or bottoms with stylized straps instead of traditional string ties. Bandeau tops with ruffles or fringe are popular, and neon colors are all the rage. Underwire bikinis are huge, especially in long line bikinis with a cropped cami tank. This cropped top offers more coverage while also creating a sleek, streamlined effect. You can even pair these tops with highwaisted bottoms for a full retro look. Donna’s Lingerie and Swimwear on Ryan Street is a great place to shop locally for the perfect swimsuit. Owner Donna Mier has been in business for 32 years and knows how to fit women with the most flattering options for their bodies. “Bra support tops made to fit are what most people are looking for right now,” Mier said. Moving away from triangle bikinis, many women 50 www.thriveswla.com

are looking for a top that functions more like a bra. According to Mier, Donna’s Lingeries offers sizes up to a G cup in women’s suits. She said the brand Sunsets is popular because you can buy tops and bottoms in different sizes. This trend seems to have caught on in most stores, because as Mier points out, “No woman is completely proportional.” Buying tops and bottoms separately has also spurred the trend of mixing and matching. Free yourself up by buying one or two pairs of solid colored bottoms— black, white, or a flashy neon color—and then you can find multiple tops to pair with them. Mier said that bottoms you can wrap and tie in different ways are also great for people who like to change things up. If you’re looking for more coverage, skirt bottoms are great, or try the tank top style with regular bikini bottoms. Monokinis with open or sheer Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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Looking Cool While Staying Cool by Ellen Frazel

This season, men have embraced bold patterns and bright colors. Neon sneakers or colorful Converse are in for casual footwear. Two sides of the pattern spectrum, floral and camo, are both huge this season, so men, don’t be afraid to sport some floral patterned shorts or shirts. You can always go back to the trusty camo. Maybe you can even take the patterns to a new level and try a vintage printed shirt inspired from art or nature. With this look, go for a collared, short sleeve shirt with a slim, comfortable fit. Pair with simple beige shorts or long jeans you can roll up at the legs. If patterns and bright colors aren’t your bag, try classic summer whites, grays, and nudes. All-white outfits are popular right now, or you can pair a white polo or button down with very light gray cotton shorts or slacks. If you’re going out, try some bright-colored loafers, brogues, or derby shoes. A pop of color will accent your outfit well. If you’re looking for something different, breathable beige knitted shirts will keep you looking fashionable in the heat. A nude linen blazer is always a go-to if you need a light jacket. Vintage Americana like bomber jackets and old baseball jackets are also very

stylish right now. Look for a vintage jersey of your favorite baseball team to go with it. Field jackets in camo are an option for men that like to keep it more rugged. Large stripes and other nautical items are great for a day outdoors or on the beach. Pair a simple big-striped tank top with bright yellow or red shorts. Boat shoes or espadrilles, like canvas TOMS, are great options for footwear. Get funky with your swim trunks: floral, polka dots, and bright prints are fair game. Round tortoiseshell sunglasses are popular right now, or go with classic black sunglasses or aviators. Whatever you’re wearing, be bold and creative!

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Deleting Dress Code Dilemmas Invitations to various social and business functions dot your calendar. There’s the company crawfish boil that calls for casual, the client dinner requiring business casual dress and the wedding requesting your come dressed semi-formally. What does it all mean though? This handy chart will help you delete your dress code dilemmas.

CASUAL Casual means there really is no dress code. Grab something comfortable and go!

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T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes are appropriate. Step it up a notch by pairing khakis with a polo shirt or Henley.

FOR HER:

Pair your favorite jeans with a comfortable tee or dress it up a bit with a stylish top, jewelry or even a blazer. Depending on the event, footwear can range safely from tennis shoes to heels or boots.

BUSINESS CASUAL This is what many people would typically wear to work at the office.

FOR HIM:

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A pair of nice khakis teamed up with a polo shirt or other collared shirt is a simple solution. Dress shoes or loafers are appropriate.

Dress pants or khakis with a fashionable top is appropriate. A casual skirt is a good option as well. Dress it up with heels, jewelry and other accessories.

SMART CASUAL Also called dressy casual, this is a mixture of casual, business casual and business dress.

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Take this opportunity to pair denim with a sport coat. Khakis, trouser, vests and ties are other great options to bring into this mix.

FOR HER:

Your safest bet is nice slack or a skirt, but a nice pair of dark jeans dressed up with a collared or otherwise dressy top can work. A blazer adds an extra touch of class.

BUSINESS/FORMAL The word informal may be a little misleading because it does call for a bit of formality. Business and Informal attire is more sophisticated than smart casual, often calling for suits, ties and dresses.

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A business suit with a tie is the safest bet, but you can also opt for nice slacks with a sport coat and tie.

Select a business suit or business dress with heels.

SEMI-FORMAL A touch fancier that business attire, semi-formal is just a notch below formal tuxedos and fancy gowns.

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Pick a dark suit with a long tie.

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It’s time to break out that little black dress. More women will opt for a classy, short evening dress. Dressy separates are also okay.

FORMAL / BLACK TIE / BLACK TIE OPTIONAL These dress codes are pulled out for the fanciest of events so expect to be surrounded by a crowd of tuxedos and full-length gowns.

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A tuxedo with all the frills (vest, cummerbund, cufflinks, etc.) is your safest path. For Black Tie Optional a black suit, white shirt and conservative tie are acceptable.

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Remove any doubt by selecting a long, floorlength evening dress. A very fancy dress that is not floor length may also suffice.

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MYTHS In a society obsessed with the quest for a youthful appearance, we’re bombarded with so many messages about skin care that it can become very difficult to separate fact from fiction. Tana Garcia, skin care consultant with The Eye Clinic’s Aesthetic Center, says it’s very easy for consumers to get mislead by misinformation or hype about the latest trendy products. “It’s only natural to want a quick fix, or see someone who looks youthful and want to do what they are doing. Unfortunately, what works for one person might not work for another, and a healthy, youthful appearance is usually the result of good skin care habits, not one specific product or treatment.” The following are some of the most common skin care myths the specialists at the Aesthetic Center hear from their clients. Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free. When you “scrub” your face, you’re taking off some of the protective oils and barriers, which can lead to irritations and breakouts. A gentle cleanser is best for your skin. Oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer. Even if your skin is oily or acne-prone, the right moisturizer for your skin type will keep your skin smooth and supple and provide a protective layer. If you’re already using an acne treatment, a moisturizer is especially important. The right moisturizer can help counteract the drying, irritating effects of acne formulas, To avoid adding more oil, look for moisturizers with key

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Massages: Not Just for the Pampered Benefits include boosts in brainpower, improved sleep, and reduced stress by Erin Kelly

Massages have long been viewed as one of life’s luxuries—a pastime reserved for the pampered. But studies have increasingly shown that massages aren’t just lagniappe topped with a shoulder rub. Research indicates that massages soothe anxiety and depression, promote restful sleep, and quash headaches, not to mention their accepted ability to ease sore muscles. “There are emotional, physical and mental health benefits to massage. Yes, it’s a way to unwind after a long day, week, or month, but it’s also more than that. The effects can be lasting far beyond the time spent on the massage table,” says Brittany LaBauve, licensed massage

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therapist and owner of Audubon Health in Lake Charles. “Massage reduces levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, so it’s been shown to improve move and boost serotonin and dopamine, which promote feelings of calm and joy. It lowers blood pressure for the same reason.” The benefits of massage have been shown to be as strong as those reported for exercise, yoga and even medication, according to the Group Health Research Institute. Health magazine added another benefit to the list: improved sleep. Research has shown a link between massage and brain waves associated with deep and restful sleep.

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“It also increases white blood cells, which are used to fight disease,” LaBauve said. It seems there’s no downside to getting a relaxing massage. LaBauve notes that although some populations may require specific needs—those who are pregnant, obese, or with certain health concerns, for example—just about anyone can take advantage of a therapist’s chair or table. “Professional therapists will go through the client’s health history to make sure that the service is individually tailored to personal concerns, issues and needs,” LaBauve said. Other benefits found by recent studies: • Relieved muscle and back pain, including pain associated with migraine. • Alleviation of tension headaches and underlying stress after just thirty minutes. • A reduction in common PMS symptoms, including bloating and mood swings. • Increased alertness. According to the Touch Research Institute, a 15-minute chair massage can boost your brainpower. LaBauve is a licensed massage therapist, specializing in a variety of massage techniques. She is certified in prenatal massage. For more information, call (337) 415-9770 or visit www.audubonhealth.com.

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Midwives Provide Knowledge and Nurturing During Childbirth by Christine Fisher

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH ARE MAJOR MILESTONES IN A WOMAN’S LIFE. DECIDING WHOM SHE WILL TRUST AS A HEALTHCARE RESOURCE IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION. A GROWING NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE CHOOSING THE PATH THAT HEARKENS BACK MANY GENERATIONS; THEY’RE OPTING FOR A MIDWIFE.

For centuries, notable women in the community assisted in births; providing comfort and care during pregnancy and delivery. Women counted on the knowledge and nurturing characteristic of the midwife, who was continuously present throughout labor and delivery. Today’s midwives take that same traditional approach to pregnancy and birthing, offering expertise and skill along with the individualized support. “Midwifery is an excellent option for women who are looking for a personalized plan of care for pregnancy and delivery,” said Allison Hansen, certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner with OBG-1 of West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH). Certified nurse midwives are trained in both nursing and midwifery and are certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. Many midwives practice alongside ob/gyn’s, as is the case with Hansen. She practices alongside Dr. Ben Darby and Dr. Scott Bergstedt daily at OBG-1 of WCCH. Midwives approach each birth with the mindset that it is a natural event, working with the mother on how the pregnancy and delivery impacts her not only physically but

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also emotionally. They encourage mothers to play an active role in their care, a viewpoint welcomed by women who choose midwifery. Hansen provides prenatal care for her patients. In that time, she gets to know their preferences, how they handle discomforts or concerns during pregnancy, and how they would like to approach delivery. “Medication is entirely the woman’s choice,” she explained. “Many of the moms I work with decide to deliver with little or no medication. Some may try to go without and then decide on medication during labor; that’s understandable. Each situation is unique. I work with moms to prepare them for the labor process, so they understand what is happening.” She delivers in hospitals, as opposed to other midwives who may deliver only in homes. Working from the premise that the simplest approach is often the best one, midwives go back to basics, especially as they assist during labor. Through massages, breathing techniques, and various positions, they promote a calm, soothing atmosphere. Women in a high-risk pregnancy, or who are pregnant with multiples, should likely be

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seen by the midwife in collaboration with an ob/gyn. Should problems arise during delivery, Hansen has the full resources of the ob/gyn team at OBG-1 of WCCH for consultation or backup medical care. In some European countries, midwives are the norm. In the United States, the field of midwifery continues to grow. In 2012, certified nurse midwives attended almost 12 percent of vaginal births. In 2000, the average was about nine percent. “It’s a symbiotic relationship. These women are in the driver’s seat when it comes to their healthcare and they want to use resources who will work with them throughout their pregnancy,” explained Hansen. “We involve nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and stress reduction techniques throughout the pregnancy to boost the mother’s overall health, which in turn, will benefit the baby.” For more information on the midwifery services offered at OBG-1 of WCCH, call (337) 312-1000 or visit www.obg1ofwcch.com.

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Bone Cement Helps Treat Arthritis A procedure called subchondroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure designed to access and treat bone defects by filling them with a substitute “bone cement” material known as Accufill. Accufill is basically calcium phosphate, the principle form of calcium found in milk. “The people who will benefit most from this bone cement are adults of any age who have arthritis associated with bone marrow edema, essentially a bruise inside the bone. Many times, arthroscopy is just not enough. Often patients are too young or don’t want to have a total knee replacement. This is a bridge between the two procedures,” says orthopaedic surgeon Chief of Surgery at Lake Charles Memorial, Dr. Brett Cascio. People with arthritis often develop an associated bone edema where the irritated bone becomes painful. The bone cement is injected right under the arthritis and displaces this edema. Preliminary clinical studies have shown that a subchondroplasty is more effective in resolving pain than scoping the knee.

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The procedure leads to healing as the bone cement is re-absorbed and replaced with new, healthy bone. It also comes with a very low complication rate. Lake Charles Memorial is one of about 30 sites throughout the United States participating in a clinical trial sponsored by Zimmer to prove the effectiveness of subchondroplasty. Also participating in the study is orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Robert Duarte. “It is a multi-year trial where we follow patient progress after having a subchondroplasty,” says Dr. Duarte. “We collect data on patients, which will be combined with data from the other trial sites across the country. They will then combine the results and be able to tell who is being helped by the procedure and who it is helping the most.” A subchondroplasty is a same-day procedure for knees, hips, ankles and shoulder arthritis patients. It takes about 20 minutes for the bone cement to harden and patients are able to walk with crutches and put weight on that joint immediately. The procedure also

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Spreading the Word about Tobacco Use Dangers

by Elona Weston

THE U.S. HAS BECOME BETTER INFORMED ABOUT THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO USE, BUT IS THAT MESSAGE BEING HEARD WORLDWIDE? The U.S. has become better informed about the harmful effects of tobacco use, but is that message being heard worldwide? Recently, “World No Tobacco Day” was held on May 31 in an effort to make people -everywhere -- aware of the dangers of tobacco use. Its purpose is also to shed light on tobacco companies’ marketing practices. It’s is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations’ public health arm. According to WHO, around 6 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses each year. Of that number, WHO officials say more than 600,000 are non-smokers who die from breathing second-hand smoke. Sherry Forest, a neonatal nurse practioner who lives in Lake Charles, has researched smoking and its effects. Forest completed her graduate work on smoking cessation for expectant mothers and she continues that work post-graduate as a

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coordinator for a grant issued by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center. Over the last three years, she has organized community events that support the grant’s goals. Forest said tobacco companies are targeting younger generations and overseas markets in an effort to grow market share and maintain profitability. She said selling tobacco products that are candy-flavored and selling products as affordable singles are just a few of the marketing tactics geared toward youth. She said in any market, especially third-world markets, children and teens are “highly receptive” to advertising. “We have to make people aware of these tactics. It’s all about raising awareness,” she said. “If we create a tobacco-free generation, we will have won the battle.” The health toll of tobacco is projected to

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be 8 million per year by 2030, with 80 percent of these deaths in the third world country’s targeted by the tobacco companies. This year, WHO is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco as an effort to help curb usage. The United States isn’t immune to young people and tobacco use. Each day, more than 3,000 kids try their first cigarette. But Forest said raising awareness is working -- even at home. She said the 2013 preliminary data shows a decrease in youth tobacco use in Louisiana. “This is something the community can really get behind,” she said. Forest plans on continuing to do research on the effects of smoking “with or without” grant money. “We can make a difference here,” she said. “And that would be really hard to give up.”

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Exercise is Best for Back Pain AN ESTIMATED 75 TO 85 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WILL EXPERIENCE SOME FORM OF BACK PAIN DURING THEIR LIFETIME. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS PEOPLE MISS WORK AND THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF JOB-RELATED DISABILITY. According to Dr. Craig Morton, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Center for Orthopaedics, an affiliate of Imperial Health, low back pain is the most frequent reason patients see him. “Not surprisingly, those with back problems fear exercise will lead to greater damage and more pain, so they avoid it. But numerous studies have found that exercise is actually one of the most effective interventions and preventive measures for low back pain.” In one recent study, for example, researchers studying airline workers who were unable to work because of low back pain found a structured program of exercises, with gradually increasing exertion levels, got them back on the job faster than simply lying in bed did. In addition, Dr. Morton says a person in good physical shape is much less likely than the average person to injure their back during work or daily activities. Unfortunately, there are very few resources available to guide people to the right type of exercise to address this dilemma. That is why Dr. Morton and personal trainer and fitness specialist Carl Comeaux, MS, CI-CPT, have worked together over the past two years to develop RehabZone, an exercise program designed specifically to address the needs of people who suffer from low back pain. “Our goal was to create a program that would be easy for anyone to follow and stick to,” says Dr. Morton. We tested the pilot program with a group of my own back pain patients, and incorporated their feedback and results into the final product.” He explains that the RehabZone exercises are gentle and progressive movements focused on stretching, stabilizing and strengthening the core muscles, which support and stabilize the spine. The workouts are done in the comfort of your own home, and no special equipment is required. The 3-DVD RehabZone program features 12 progressive workouts specifically designed to create a stronger,

healthier back and core. It addresses the three major components of an effective physical fitness program: flexibility, stability and strength. The program is divided into three phases, each with four workouts that become more challenging. Participants progress through phases at their own pace – there is no set schedule. “Upon completion of all three phases, you should reach a level of core strength that will not only help reduce back pain, but also help prevent injury, which is the ultimate goal,” says Dr. Morton. The RehabZone DVD set and instruction manual is available for purchase at the Lake Charles office of Center for Orthopaedics and online at www.TheRehabZone. com, along with additional information about the program.

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Learn more about the benefits of exercise for low back pain from Dr. Morton at a free seminar at Center for Orthopaedics on Thursday, June 26, at 5:30 pm. Call (337) 721-2903 or register online at www.centerforortho.com.

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Mind & Body

Color Blindness Has a Gender Bias by Kristy Armand

ABOUT 7 PERCENT OF THE MALE POPULATION CANNOT DISTINGUISH RED FROM GREEN, OR SEE SHADES OF COLOR DIFFERENTLY FROM THE REST OF THE POPULATION – A CONDITION COMMONLY KNOWN AS

COLOR BLINDNESS. “People who have this condition are usually capable of seeing color, so the term ‘color blindness’ isn’t very accurate. Although there is a very small population who see no color at all, most men afflicted with color vision problems primarily have difficulty with shades and varieties of red, green and blue,” said ophthalmologist William Iglinsky, MD, with The Eye Clinic. “Many people believe that those who are color blind see swapped colors – like seeing a blue apple or a purple banana – but that isn’t the case.” Less than one percent of those affected by color blindness are women. It is commonly believed that the prevalence of color vision problems in men is due to a genetic error that occurs on the X chromosome, of which men have only one. According to the Hughes Medical Institute, more than 95 percent of all variations in human color vision involve the red and green receptors. When these don’t function properly, it results in color vision problems.

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As with most any condition, the severity of color vision problems ranges from minor to major. In the most severe cases, a person can only interpret black, white and gray, although this is very rare. Dr. Iglinsky said most color vision problems are inherited, but some are caused by aging, injury, or disease. The most common diseases to cause color vision deficiency are Parkinson’s disease, cataracts, and Kallman’s syndrome (a failure of the pituitary gland). Reduction in color vision is also a common side effect in some antiepileptic drugs. “If the condition is acquired through disease or injury, the problem can sometimes be corrected, but obviously it depends on the type of disease and injury,” he said. “Inherited color blindness cannot be treated or corrected.” Children afflicted with color vision problems can sometimes have difficulty with learning and reading development, so Dr. Iglinsky said it’s important to diagnose color vision deficiencies as early as possible so the condition can be managed. “This is one more reason eye exams in early childhood, before school begins, are so important. Color vision is one of the many things we check at this age.” Color vision problems can also make it difficult to drive, complete some daily tasks, and can create limitations in career choices, but Dr. Iglinsky noted that most individuals with the affliction are able to compensate well, especially if they learn ways to work around the inability to distinguish specific colors. “There are special lenses available that are designed to enhance color perception, but that may not be a viable option for everyone. It’s important to discuss this option with a qualified ophthalmologist,” Dr. Iglinsky said. Call The Eye Clinic nearest you, or 1-800-826-5223 for more information or to schedule an evaluation if you have concerns about color vision.

BATTLING LOW BACK PAIN?

You may avoid exercise for fear physical activity will worsen the problem and cause more pain. You might be surprised to learn that exercise can actually help improve and prevent back pain. The key is finding the right type of exercise program. Dr. Craig Morton, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, in partnership with personal trainer and fitness specialist Carl Comeaux, MS, CI-CPT, have developed RehabZone, a DVD exercise program designed specifically to address the needs of people who suffer from chronic low back pain. Join Dr. Morton at this free community seminar to learn how the right combination of gentle, moderate exercises can help you successfully move past the pain. Demonstrations will be provided, and the RehabZone DVD set will be available.

Beat Back Pain with Exercise Thursday, June 26, 5:30pm

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McNeese Beta Gamma Sigma Awards

Online and Certificate Programs Offered

Helene Bergman, a finance major, received the 2014 Distinguished Senior in the College of Business award at the recent Beta Gamma Sigma initiation ceremony at McNeese State University.

Degree and certificate programs are available for an array of online students interested in undergraduate and graduate programs. Registration for the fall semester is underway through August 18. For more information, contact the Office of Electronic Learning at 337-562-4220 or adultlearn@mcneese.edu.

Orientation Sessions Set

L to R: Guest speaker, Jonathan Howard, of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Bergman and Dr. Bruce Swindle, Beta Gamma Sigma chapter president.

Graduate Fellowship in Environmental and Chemical Sciences Offered The Chemistry and Physics Department is currently taking applications for a graduate fellowship through the Doré School of Graduate Studies and Extended Education that leads to the Master of Science degree in environmental and chemical sciences. The fellowship is available for a currently certified Louisiana high school or middle school teacher to begin studies for the fall 2014 semester. The recipient will be awarded a $26,500 graduate level fellowship funded by the Board of Regents’ Support Fund. The fellowship includes tuition, most fees and a stipend award for fall 2014, spring 2015, summer 2015 and summer 2016. For more information, call (337) 475-5781 or email jsneddon@ mcneese.edu.

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Five orientation sessions are offered this summer for incoming freshmen for the 2014 fall semester at McNeese State University. All first-time freshmen are required to attend a one-day orientation, which includes a campus tour, skits from McNeese Blue and Gold Peerleaders and information about the first year of college. Each orientation will be held from 8am-3pm in F.G. Bulbert Auditorium on the following dates: June 13, June 26, July 9 Students must register in advance for the orientation date they plan to attend. For more information, call (337) 475-5135.

MFA Graduate Finalist for Pulitzer Morri Creech, a 1998 MFA alumnus, was one of three finalists for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for poetry with his book, “The Sleep of Reason.” The Pulitzer Prize committee cited Creech’s book as “a book of masterly poems that capture the inner experience of a man in midlife who is troubled by mortality and the passage of time, traditional themes that are made to feel new.”

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Creech, an assistant professor of English and writer-in-residence at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, said he “was shocked.”

Fall Registration Underway Registration for the fall semester is underway through August 18. Students can go online to www.mcneese.edu and click on the “Current Students” tab and select Banner Self-Service under Registration to begin the process. Fall classes begin August 25. For more information, call 337-475-5356.

Partnering with Parish and City on Projects McNeese State University is partnering with the city of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to protect and improve the quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. Both of these projects are directly connected to a grant McNeese received from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce in August. Funding from that $102,590 EDA University Center grant has created an innovation hub at McNeese that supports regional outreach efforts.

Summer Engineering Academy Hosted The College of Engineering will offer a summer engineering academy July 14-August 1 for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing science and engineering careers. Classes will be offered from 8am-4 pm, Monday through Friday in Drew Hall. Cost is $1,400 per student and includes on-campus housing, meals, transportation and lab supplies. For more information, contact Kiritsis at nikosk@mcneese.edu or at (337) 475-5875.

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Mark Your Calendar! Imperial Calcasieu Museum announces Branch Out Summer Art Programs This year’s programs consist of Art Focus and the Branch Out Art Camp, all sponsored by Citgo. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. For more information please contact the Imperial Calcasieu Museum at: (337) 439-3797 or impmuseum@bellsouth.net.

Art Focus June 16 – 20 (Painting class) and June 23 – 27 (Printmaking class). Classes are daily from 1-3:30pm and are open for students who have completed grades 3 through 8. Class sizes are limited to 20 children per session. These classes are an in depth instruction of the different techniques of painting and printmaking based on architectural studies done by various master artists.

Branch Out Summer Art Camp July 7-11, 14-18, and 21-25. Classes are daily from 9-11:30am. Classes are open for students who have

completed grades K through 8 and are limited to 50 children per session. The daily curriculum will consist of drawing painting, printmaking, sculpture and more based on the study of Asian art making techniques.

Lake Charles Community Band Announces June Concert Series Every Monday in June, the Lake Charles Community Band will perform its annual June Concert Series, with concerts slated to begin at 7pm at the outdoor amphitheater at the Lake Charles Civic Center. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will move indoors to the second floor mezzanine of the Lake Charles Civic Center. For more information, call (337) 528-2215.

Arts Council and SpringHill Suites Featuring Local Artists Ten local artists will be featured in the lobby of SpringHill Suites by Marriott as part of the new artist spotlight series. Co-presented by the

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SpringHill’s art month and it offers area visual artists another platform to promote their work. The Arts Council and SpringHill have announced the artists and their respective feature dates: June 5-11, Jonathan Nutt June 12-18, Miriam Abuzied June 19-25, Cade Herman June 26-July , Geoff Russell and Rena Dereig For more information about the artist series, contact the Arts Council at (227) 439-2787. SpringHill Suites by Marriott is located at 1551 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

L’Auberge Announces 2014 Liquid Society Lineup L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles has announced the 2014 lineup for Liquid Society. The 2014 season features 13 dynamic acts; tickets are $10 or $25 per show. Doors open at 7pm with live music to begin at 8:30pm. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster.com. June 12, Velcro Pygmies, 80’s Rock Covers June 19, Counting Crows with Toad and The Wet Sprocket, Alt. Rock June 26, Any Frasco, Blues/Rock July 3, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Blues/Rock July 10, The Flamethrowers, Rock July 17, Chubby Carrier, Zydeco July 24, Neon Trees, Alternative Rock July 31, TBA August 7, Molly Ringwalds, 80’s Cover August 14, Weezer, Rock Haven to Host Chalk Paint 101 Haven Home Furnishings, located in the Palm Plaza shopping center in Lake Charles, will host Van Gogh 101 Chalk Paint classes on Saturday, June 7, and Saturday, June 14. Each class will last from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and are limited to eight people. The fee for the class is $125 with a $60 deposit due upon reserving a space. The fee includes class materials and lunch. The Van Gogh 101 Chalk Paint classes will teach students a variety of ways to distress a newly painted piece of furniture. For more information or to reserve a space, call Haven at (337) 433-2001. To keep up with the latest arrivals at Haven and future classes, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShopHavenHome” www.facebook.com/ShopHavenHome.

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Chick-fil-A of Lake Charles Big Trout Bonanza Tournament Chick-fil-A of Lake Charles will host the first annual Big Trout Bonanza fishing tournament directed by Ron Castille, Saturday, June 21 at Calcasieu Point Landing, 3955 Henry Pugh Rd. Proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Bonanza is an open fishing tournament and each person in a boat must be a paid contestant. Each contestant is responsible for his own catch, and the fish must be caught in public waterways in the Calcasieu River System between 6 a.m.—3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. Legal permitted fishing areas are from the Saltwater Barrier south to the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may fish up to but not beyond 100 yards on the outside of the Cameron Jetties. Contestants may navigate through the Intercostal waterway to travel north and south

but may not travel to the east or west in the Intercostal Waterway. Cash prizes will be awarded, with payouts ranging from $100 to $1000. Hourly weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. at Calcasieu Point Landing. Registration is $150 and will be available until June 19 at Cajun Tackle, 2640 Country Club Road. Late registration is $165 and will be at Calcasieu Point Landing on the day before and the day of the event. Contestants must have a valid Louisiana fishing license. Participants 16 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and pay a registration fee of $10.

All major credit cards accepted

For additional information, please email bigtroutbonanza@gmail.com or like the event on Facebook.

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Ladies, mark your calendar for the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana’s annual Fall Conference. This year’s keynote speaker is Emmy award nominated TV host, attorney, best-selling author, and former New York City homicide prosecutor, Star Jones! For more information or tickets, visit www.womenscommissionswla.com.

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Are you On Fire or Burned Out? As thoughts turn to the lazy days of summer and summer vacations, I find myself increasingly worried about all the people who aren’t planning to take vacations. These people are working so hard and so many hours, and they look at me strangely when I suggest a vacation. “I can’t get it all done as it stands, how could I possibly leave for a week?” (Insert incredulous “How dare you!” stare.) Oh, I dare. I dare to suggest that getting off the hamster wheel for a break might actually make you more productive. I dare to remind you that this is just a job: it’s what you do, not who you are. I dare to believe that well spent time off is what makes the work worth it all. I have friends and clients alike who are moving from being on fire for their job to getting dangerously close to burn out. How do you know if you’re becoming a crispy critter? Here are three signals: Overcompensation. One of the beginning stages of job burnout is working longer hours, bringing work home, and working on weekends. We believe, “If I can just get caught up, everything will be fine.” Sometimes that works, things settle back down and the cycle begins again. However, if no amount of invested time seems to be helping you tame the work monster, it’s time to re-evaluate. Also, if the cycle is occurring faster and faster, with less “normal” time in between “crisis” time, it is time to re-evaluate as well. Confusion. Why didn’t working more hours solve the problem? How are you ever going to get caught up? You begin to feel powerless. You begin to lose selfconfidence. Now you are working long hours, but being unproductive. You truly are the hamster on the wheel to

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nowhere, running as fast as you can. Well then, forget it. Might as well find an escape. After all, your stress level is so high and all you want to do is leave your problems behind. Gambling, alcohol and drug abuse, compulsive shopping – surely one of those will help you feel better, right? Body Messages. At some point, your body will start trying to rescue you from yourself. Those migraines you’ve been having? That back you keep throwing out? That stomach of yours that is always upset? That is your body telling you to “stop the madness!” Did you know that 80% of all visits to the doctor are related to stress? That’s because we don’t take action to bring balance back into our lives until our bodies start to give out on us. Listen to your body! So, we have established that you are on your way to some serious burnout. Now what? Take a look at what needs to happen next: 1. Focus. It’s time to hone in on what is going on here: what you are doing is not working. It’s time to focus on options so you can get your life back. Do you need to set better boundaries at work, like leaving at a certain time (no matter what), or delegating some of your duties to others? Is it time to consider moving away from this job or this field altogether? You may choose to stay in the situation, but just realizing that you have options very often helps you feel more in control.

who never says “no.” It’s time to get focused on other areas of your life, areas that are grossly unbalanced at this point. Remember those people you live with? Spend some time with them. Remember that gym membership you’ve been paying for? Go. Put down the fried comfort food and put something in your body that will actually give it fuel. Focus on getting yourself healthier, stronger and more balanced. 3. Reintegrate. What have you learned from this experience? Do you need some skills (boundary setting, conflict resolution, balance achievement)? Is it time to remove yourself from the situation? Is it time to recommit to your current job, but with some new understanding about yourself and your work environment? Remember, we are doomed to keep repeating lessons until we have learned the lesson and changed as a result. If you go back into the same situation with the same approaches, you will get the same results – burnout. NOW are you ready to plan a vacation???

2. Depersonalize. This isn’t a “what’s wrong with me that I can’t handle it” situation. The reality is that the best work horse always gets worked to death. It’s natural for companies to take advantage of the employee

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