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to making this first issue of Topeka Health & Wellness Magazine a success also are instrumental in contributing to the health and wellness of Topekans! Thank you to (from L-R) Laura Burton, Communications Coordinator with Midland Care Connection; Kevin Doel, Marketing Director with Topeka Health & Wellness Magazine; Karon Lee, Marketing Director with GreatLife Golf & Fitness; Eric Enns, Owner of Canada Drug of Topeka; Triny Lindsay, owner of CAGE Gymnastics; and Sam Gonzales, co-owner of NuSound Hearing Center. Photo-bomber on the treadmill is Connor Doel. Thanks to photographer Melody Heifner for contributing her talents to our premier issue’s cover.

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Healthy Snacks Can Be Helpful for Weight Loss By Amber Groeling, RD, LD Registered Dietitian

ener (if using). Blend until smooth.


Nutrition per serving: Calories 240; Fat 5 g; Carbohydrate 45 g; added sugar 0; Protein 13 g; Fiber 10 g; Sodium 145 mg; Potassium 1038 mg; Vitamin C (102% daily value), Vitamin A (64% DV), Magnesium (31% DV), Calcium & Potassium (30% DV), Folate (28% DV).

id you know snacking can help you lose weight and get ready for shorts and tank top weather? Snacking is a way to keep your metabolism burning calories, and it provides an opportunity to include all the important food groups in your diet. Snacking can also keep you from overeating at your next meal, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And if you’re an athlete, healthy snacks can help meet the increased calorie and nutrient needs of maintaining/gaining lean body mass. The key? Snacks full of quality nutrition, not added sugars and processed foods. Keep your snacks under 200 calories each for an average adult, or between 200-300 calories for athletes, and limit snacks to when you are physically hungry. Think of snacks as mini-meals that contribute nutrient-rich foods.

Fiber and Protein: the perfect pair for snacks Fiber and protein provide a winning combination to keep you feeling full and satisfied until the next meal. Focus on whole food sources of fiber and protein like fruit and nuts. These foods provide your body essential nutrition along with filling fiber and protein.

Healthy Snack Options Here are some healthy snack options, which include a good source of protein and fiber: • ¼ cup nuts, such as pistachios, and a piece of fruit • 1 small apple or other fruit spread with natural peanut butter or almond butter • Carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumber or celery sticks with Greek yogurt dressing or hummus

Source: Adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

• Greek yogurt with 1 cup of berries • Peanut butter smoothie: Blend 6 oz. Greek yogurt, one banana and 1 tablespoon peanut butter • Fresh fruit or vegetables with ½ cup lowfat cottage cheese • A hard-boiled egg with a small piece of fruit or ¼ cup nuts • Spread celery sticks with a light cheese wedge. Top with raisins. • Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Go Green Smoothie Serves 1: about 1-½ cups All you need ½ cup Hy-Vee unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup Hy-Vee nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1 cup baby spinach or baby kale 1 small banana, preferably frozen ½ cup Hy-Vee frozen pineapple chunks 1 tbsp Hy-Vee HealthMarket chia seeds, these help with fullness 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup, honey or stevia (optional) For added protein add a scoop of vanilla protein powder – either whey or vegan 4-5 ice cubes for a thicker smoothie All you do: Add almond milk and yogurt to a blender, then add spinach, banana, pineapple, chia and sweet-

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Diabetes and Hearing Loss

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By Belinda Gonzales • Nusound Hearing Center


iabetes and hearing loss are two of America's greatest health concerns. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Many studies have been done to try to find the overlap between the these two large groups. In November of 2012, HealthDay News reported findings from a group of researchers. Their study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and found that people with di- body, might explain why the link between diabetes abetes may have a higher risk of hearing problems and hearing loss is so strong. than those without the ailment. Across these studies, neither age nor noise exposure explained the connection between diabetes and hearing loss but the 2012 study specialists stated that there could still be other explanations for the link such as medications that many diabetics take. What I found most interesting about the article was Dr. Zonszein's statement that "primary care doctors may not even ask diabetic patients about their hearing."

His explanation was that because diabetes is tied to a large range of complications that can include heart disease, kidney failure and more, primary care physicians "usually focus on bigger-picture things such as The researchers combined the results from thirteen overall blood sugar control, diet and weight control." past studies and found that impaired hearing was twice as common among people with diabetes com- Unfortunately, this puts the burden of monitoring pared to those without. Although hearing loss is hearing loss on the patient themselves. Many paoften associated with the aging process, the effects of tients state that they never even knew that medical older age did not explain the link with diabetes. In conditions such as diabetes could effect their hearing fact, the connection between diabetes and hearing and thought if it was a concern their doctor would loss was actually stronger among people who were have mentioned it. 60 or younger. One of the specialists suggested that it may be a good Dr. Joel Zonszein of Montefiore Medical Center in idea for people with any form of diabetes to have New York City noted that this finding was consistent their hearing tested. This was suggested not just bewith the idea that poor blood sugar control, which cause of the link to diabetes but because studies show damages blood vessels and nerves throughout the that hearing loss may increase the odds of depression

and dementia, which adds an even greater load to the burden of diabetes. Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it. This is exactly why NuSound Hearing Center recommends everyone have their hearing screened every ten years after graduating high school, then every year after the age forty or once a major medical diagnosis such as diabetes is given. At NuSound Hearing Center, hearing evaluations are provided as a community service; there is no charge. The evaluation takes approximately one and a half hours and the results will be sent to your primary care physician. If a hearing loss is detected, our team of specialists will partner with you, your family, and your physicians in choosing the best course of action. Whether hearing aids, hearing protection, phone or TV assistance, or yearly monitoring, NuSound Hearing Center will customize a treatment plan for you. NuSound Hearing Center understands the importance of your health and wants to help you make the best of your life. Call today to schedule your yearly evaluation.

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Gymnastics – What is it really about?

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the American College of Sports Medicine to be a safe, beneficial and fun activity for children.

By Triny Lindsay – CAGE Gymnastics, Owner


ust the word “gymnastics” conjures up images of past Olympians, death defying tricks on the high bar or seemingly effortless tumbling on the balance beam. The 4 inch wide balance beam. What does all this mean for the toddler who likes to jump on the bed, flip over the end of the sofa and climb out of the crib like a monkey in a tree? There are numerous reasons for children to be involved in gymnastics. Obviously, it’s an outlet for energy and a way to safely learn how to flip, climb, swing, jump and more. Some of the more overlooked benefits of gymnastics include the following: Studies show that children learn cognitive skills more effectively in an environment that includes the body as well as the mind (Barrett, 1998). Gymnastics and early childhood movement education is directly attributed to developing neurological pathways in students and promoting reading readiness. While the preschool gymnastics teacher runs about and plays with the little

Gymnastics also contributes to the immediate economic vitality of your local community; gym owners pay rent, employ people, pay taxes and purchase goods.

kids in her class, she is preparing her students for successful experiences in school; children who have participated in movement education activities have longer attention spans, increased communication skills, general problem solving skills and improved self-esteem.

For me, gymnastics is not just a sport. It’s a lifestyle. From the itty-bitties to the teen-agers, gymnastics teaches how to: • • • • • • •

deal with fear set goals listen to your body deal with frustration reap the reward of hard work block out distractions and so much more….

In a study of school-aged youth, researchers found that the risk of substance abuse by adolescents is decreased by physical training programs These are life skills that children take with them that incorporate life skills. Better school atten- far beyond the doors of the gym. dance, lower anxiety and depression, and decreased use of tobacco and alcohol were all reported after a twelve week physical training program (Collingwood, Sunderlin, Reynolds & Kohl, 2000). Recreational sports activities, including gymnastics is a key to balanced human development and has been proven to be a significant factor in reducing alcohol and drug use (Williams, 1994). Many studies have reported the benefits that moderate impact activities such as gymnastics have on the development of bone density and the prevention of osteoporosis. Plyometric exercises (also known as jump training) like tumbling and vaulting have been determined by

Triny Lindsay

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Life-giving sun can be damaging to skin PRE-CANCEROUS LESIONS AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

gers when you rub your skin). Finally, Melanomas are derived from the melanocytes which are the cells that give your skin its pigment or color.

By Joseph Gadzia, MD KMC Dermatology


he sun is the life-giver on our planet. It provides the light and the warmth that we need to survive. It also, however, gives off two types of radiation that penetrate the atmosphere, clouds and the layers of our skin. That radiation is in the form of UVA and UVB waves.

These non-visible forms of light interact with the DNA of our skin cells, causing damage to the genes that control how often a cell divides and multiplies. When these cells are irrevocably damaged, the cell loses the ability to control itself and it repeatedly divides while ravaging nutrients and space from the nearby normal cells. If the damaged cell also starts losing its anchors to the skin, it can start migrating to other areas of the body in the form of “metastasis”. Depending on the type of skin cancer, this can be rapidly fatal, as the cancer kills off the normal cells in other organs and stops their proper function.

In next month’s issue of Topeka Health and Wellness I will explain the three types of cancers, and how they are prevented and treated.

various methods to remove these to help reduce the chance of progression to cancer. Such modalities as “freezing” the lesions with liquid nitrogen, application of chemotherapy creams, and treatment with phototoxic chemicals are the most common methods used, and are usually done with minimal downtime. There are many types of skin cancer that are different based on the type of cell from which the cancer is derived. The three most-common types of skin cancer are: 1. 2. 3.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Melanoma

BCCs are derived from cells in the hair follicles. SCCs are derived from the squamous cells (the cells you see with your eyes and feel with your fin-

The damage done by the sun, however doesn’t always lead directly to cancer. Sometimes there can be an early form of damage called ‘pre-cancerous lesions’, or medically termed as actinic keratosis. These lesions are often better felt than seen, and present as rough, sandpaper-like spots on the skin. They can also be very noticeable as thick red scaly spots on the skin. These types of pre-cancers can be readily treated by your dermatologist without surgery. We have

Close-up of actinic keratosis skin lesion

Dr. Joseph Gadzia, MD Joseph Gadzia, MD, completed medical school at the Medical Center of Delaware, and completed his training in dermatology at KU School of Medicine. He is a boardcertified dermatologist with the American Board of Dermatology. KMC Dermatology sees patients with skin conditions like acne, skin cancer, eczema, psoriasis, and more.

KMC Dermatology and MedSpa 2921 SW Wanamaker Dr. Topeka, Kansas 785-272-6860

Stop procrastinating and start exercising! Topeka Health & Wellness


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eel younger, live longer. It's no slogan — these are actual benefits of regular exercise. People with high levels of physical fitness are at lower risk of dying from a variety of causes, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

What the Benefits of Exercise Mean for You There's more good news. Research also shows that exercise enhances sleep, prevents weight gain, and reduces the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and even depression. "One study found that when breast cancer survivors engaged in exercise, there were marked improvements in physical activity, strength, maintaining weight, and social well-being," explains Rachel Permuth-Levine, PhD, deputy director for the Office of Strategic and Innovative Programs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. "Another study looked at patients with stable heart failure and determined that exercise relieves symptoms, improves quality of life, reduces hospitalization, and in some cases, reduces the risk of death," adds Dr. Permuth-Levine. She points out that exercise isn't just important for people who are already living with health conditions: "If we can see benefits of moderate exercise in people who are recovering from disease, we might see even greater benefits in those of us who are generally well."

Members of GreatLife Golf & Fitness exercise in one of the company’s many fitness facilities. 3. At least twice a week, supplement aerobic exercise (cardio) with weight-bearing activities that strengthen all major muscle groups.

Making Exercise a Habit

The number one reason most people say they don't exercise is lack of time. If you find it difficult to fit extended periods of exercise into your schedule, keep in mind that short bouts of physical activity in 10minute segments will nonetheless help you achieve health benefits. Advises Permuth-Levine, "Even in the absence of weight loss, relatively brief periods of exercise every day reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease." Set realistic goals and take small steps to fit more movement into your daily life, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking to the grocery store instead of driving. "The key is to start gradually and be prepared," says Permuth-Levine. "Have your shoes, pedometer, and music ready so you don't Exercise Basics have any excuses." Physical activity doesn't have to be strenuous to proTo help you stick with your new exercise habit, vary duce results. Even moderate exercise five to six times your routine, like swimming one day and walking a week can lead to lasting health benefits. the next. Get out and start a baseball or soccer game When incorporating more physical activity into your with your kids. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, life, remember three simple guidelines: have a plan B — use an exercise bike in your home, 1. Exercise at moderate intensity for at least 2 scope out exercise equipment at a nearby commuhours and 30 minutes spread over the course nity center, or consider joining a health club. The of each week. trick is to get to the point where you look at exercise 2. Avoid periods of inactivity; some exercise at like brushing your teeth and getting enough sleep — any level of intensity is better than none. as essential to your well-being.

Remember that physical fitness is attainable. Even with small changes, you can reap big rewards that will pay off for years to come. (Originally published at

For more information about fitness and exercise options at GreatLife in Topeka, contact: Karon Lee at (785) 640-6340.

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Thoughts on “Football Fitness” from the Koyotes

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By Darcy Childs, Kansas Koyotes

also special-order items and even ask if they can be cooked. At Wendy’s, one player I know will add a plain beef patty to a bowl of chili to get his protein intake up.


hrough many years of working with indoor professional football players I have come to realize one thing about their athletic abilities. While many athletes are born with certain skills and talents there is one common denominator to all great athletes: hard work. Other than that the ways athletes train are as numerous as the athletes themselves. Whether you're training for a competition, or a couch potato trying to get back in shape, athletic training can benefit everyone. There are three main components to any fitness program: exercise, nutrition and proper rest. Strides can be achieved with any exercise program, but lasting results and athletic training require all three aspects to achieve success.

Koyotes players helping Hartford High Just keeping an accurate food diary has helped School students in proper lifting techniques. many players trim down or bulk up to their optiPhotos by Amanda Glasgow mum playing weight. Knowing what you put into your body on a daily basis greatly reduces binge snacking. There are many calorie counter apps that can help you keep track of your progress.

The first component is exercise. To achieve your fitness goals you must find a program that works for you. Aerobic exercise like running, walking, or cycling works well for some while resistance training involving weights and calisthenics - such as pushups, crunches, or lifts using only your body weight - works better for others The football players I have worked with over the years combine all forms of exercise. Most do position-specific exercises. Wide receivers and running backs concentrate on speed exercises such as leg lifts and presses to build up their leg strength. Linebackers will concentrate more heavily on upper body strength to improve their tackling abilities. This season the Koyotes, particularly the offensive and defensive linemen, are working with a local Aikido Master, Gary Boaz, to help build their strength, and they are learning to use their opponent's strength against them. One key is to find a program that you enjoy. Whatever your preference, you must do something every day. I have seen players doing pushups and sit-ups in the office just to make sure they get some work in every day.

Supplements such as Whey and Casein Protein can help meet your nutritional needs but there is no substitute for protein from natural sources like beef, chicken and quinoa for example. A great substitute for sour cream on a baked potato is plain Greek yogurt, which is protein packed with probiotic benefits.

The transient nature of playing football makes it hard to eat well. Many players stay in hotels during the season, so home-cooking is not possible. It is still possible to eat well, even in fast-food restaurants. Most restaurants these days publish Secondly, nutrition is vital to your fitness goals. their nutritional information online. The players

Lastly, rest is an often overlooked but vitally important component of your health plan. Some of the best players make sure they get 8-9 hours of sleep each night during the football season. Scientists have found that sleep decreases the appetite, increases the body’s ability to burn calories and increases muscle mass. All these factors aid in your general health and well being. For years athletes have put together strength and conditioning programs to fit the needs of their respective sports. Like these athletes, if we put forth the effort to learn and implement a fitness plan that covers all three components exercise, nutrition and proper sleep - we too will achieve any goals we set for ourselves.

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Midland Care: Nurses Offer Hope, Comfort, Support

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y 10:00 on an average morning, Topeka nurse Jodi Holzmeister has already spent hours in a part of the health care system that most of us rarely see. As a hospice nurse, Jodi is dedicated to end-oflife care, helping patients manage symptoms in their final months and die peacefully.

Like many family members served by hospice, she came away from her experience with a greater understanding of the benefits of hospice care, writing “I would love a place like yours for me when the time comes.” Midland Care is the most experienced hospice provider in the area, having provided care for more than 35 years. Although people can now choose between many hospice providers in Northeast Kansas, many families prefer a notfor-profit provider over a for-profit company. Midland Care is Medicare certified and is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner) and NHCPO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization). Midland Care is the only program in the area to offer an inpatient facility, The House at Midland Care, if symptoms become too difficult to manage at home.

“For my patients, I provide comfort care,” Jodi explains, “to manage symptoms so that people can have peace. I also provide support for the family and help educate them about the dying process so they know what to expect.” Working in hospice care requires a special person. Many assume the work of hospice nurses is always difficult or heartbreaking, but Jodi says that although there are sad moments, “there are so many things I love about this work. I value simply being there at end of life, which is so important for my patients and for their families.” One of Jodi’s favorite things about working in hospice is the opportunity to serve people at home. Although Midland Care offers The House at Midland Care, an inpatient hospice facility for patients with symptoms that cannot be managed elsewhere, most of Midland Care’s patients are served in their own homes or senior housing communities. “I like providing home care because it gives me the opportunity to get to know my patients and develop long

Anyone with questions about hospice care may term relationships with them and their fami- contact Midland Care anytime, 24 hours a day, lies. It’s not like working at a hospital where 7 days a week at 1-800-491-3691 or online at you see someone at one shift and may not see them again. You truly get to form relationships.” Other Midland Care staff agrees that although working in hospice care can be challenging, there are times of sadness, times of joy and everything between. Midland Care CEO Karren Weichert shares “we love serving our patients and their families. Our passion is helping people meet health care challenges that would otherwise decrease their quality of life. We laugh, cry, sing, play games, eat cookies and hold hands right alongside the people we serve, and we’re extremely grateful for their trust in us.” Patients and families of nurses like Jodi are grateful for the support. One woman recently wrote that her family member “had the best care – love and understanding, he was happy. I thank you for the great care you all gave him. I knew he was in the right place to the end.”

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What does that mean?

nect also can provide a transportation connection from home to Brewster Place.

By Eileen McGivern, BSN, RN Vice President of Strategic Community Initiatives and Director of BrewsterConnect


uch has been written in the media about the wave of baby boomers that will be needing care and assistance in the coming years. The senior industry is faced with the huge task of how to care for these people and with the high costs of construction, building more buildings may not be the best solution! It is reported that 85% of seniors say that they do not want to move to a retirement community or assisted living facility. In fact, they don’t want to move at all! The adage, “what is old is new again” may apply. In past generations, families lived and died in the same home. Often elderly parents and grandparents moved in with family members or younger family members moved to live with the aging parent. Changes in society often prevent this from happening as many couples both work outside the home. How to support our loved one’s successful aging can become a dilemma. ing from one level of care to another as individual needs change, starting with independent living, to Brewster is always looking for ways to assist seniors assisted living, and on to skilled nursing care setting. in living their best life right now, with a plan for the We can also provide additional supports on our future. Brewster Place offers the traditional retire- campus to help residents maintain their independment community continuum of care options: mov- ence without moving to a higher level of care. Brewster also recognizes that people want to remain in their homes but desire a connection to other seniors. BrewsterConnect is a membership program designed to connect active seniors to wellness and socialization activities to help people stay healthy and independent while staying in their own homes. BrewsterConnect members have access to Brewster Place exercise equipment rooms, fitness classes, arts and crafts, interesting lecture series and intellectual programs, as well as activities and outings to community events and points of interest. BrewsterCon-

In addition, technology systems can be utilized to keep seniors living in their homes safe and connected to loved ones through our BeClose technology system. And, as a member of BrewsterConnect, one also has access to a preferred vendor network that provides an array of services such as lawn care and snow removal, computer and small appliance repair, handy man service and more. Just one call to BrewsterConnect is all that’s required to get connected to a reliable service provider, many of which offer discounts to BrewsterConnect members. Additionally, BrewsterConnect members have access to case management services available on an hourly basis. These services may include accompaniment to doctor’s appointments or procedures and on-going symptom management. So how will “Aging in Place” look for you? What plans have you made and what discussions have you had with your families? Thinking about our homes and how we can make them more “aging friendly” can provide some lively discussion. Many of our homes are where raised our children and we are tasked to now make our once “baby-proofed” home to an “age-proof” home. Brewster continues to be on the cutting edge of successful aging. If you have questions, call us.


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The Second Leading Cause Of Cancer-Related Deaths

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olorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 129,000 new cases of colorectal cancers in 2015. Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

1. Lifestyle related: Smoking and excessive alcohol use are related to increased risk. Diets high in red meat and processed meat appear to increase risk, whereas diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains seem to be protective against colorectal cancer. Inactivity and obesity, and Type-2 Diabetes seem to increase risk of cancer, more in men than women. 2. Age: Those who are older than 50 seem to be at a higher risk, as nine out of 10 patients diagnosed are over age 50. 3. Family History: Having a family history of colon cancer or previous history of colon polyps carry an increased risk. Certain inherited genetic syndromes also increase the risk of colon cancer. Having a previous diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis also increases risk for colorectal cancer. 4. Ethnicity: African Americans especially carry an increased risk of cancer.

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Tests to Diagnose Colorectal Cancer

The best prevention of colorectal cancer is through tests to diagnose like endoscopic studies such as Colonoscopy or Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, imaging studies like Air Contrast Barium Enema, CT colonography, or stool studies like fecal occult March Is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so blood testing, fecal stool DNA or fecal immuno- what are you waiting for? Call Kansas Medical chemical testing are available for diagnosis. Clinic to schedule a colonoscopy. Colonoscopy is the only technique that is able to detect both cancers and polyps, and remove or sample tissue at the same time. Screening for Colorectal Cancer Screening saves lives by preventing and finding cancers early. Death rates from colorectal cancer have dropped over the last 20 years, largely due Colorectal Polyp removal

to screening. Colon cancer starts as small growths called polyps that can eventually grow into cancer Signs and Symptoms over years. These can be identified during testing, Early cancers can be asymptomatic. Rectal bleed- especially with colonoscopy. If found when small ing, blood in stool, unintentional weight loss, can be removed completely to prevent cancer weakness and fatigue, change in bowel habits or from forming. If they are large, they can be samstool caliber that lasts more than a few days can pled and surgically-removed treating cancer at an be symptoms of colorectal cancer. early stage. Because not enough people are getting tested, only about four in 10 are diagnosed at an early stage. Early stage cancer detection has a 5year survival rate of 90 percent. Who needs to be screened for Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal Cancer Stages

• Anyone with a family history of inherited genetic syndromes that cause colon cancer • Anyone with a personal history of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

• Everyone over the age of 50 • Anyone with symptoms of rectal bleeding, blood in stool, unintentional weight loss, change in stool habits and change in stool caliber • Anyone with family members with colon cancer or colon polyps

Dr. Balaji Datti, MD

Balaji Datti, MD, completed medical school at Siddhartha Medical College, NTR University of Health Sciences, India. He obtained a Masters degree in Public Health at West Virginia University and completed Internal Medicine residency training at LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, where he also completed a fellowship in both Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is BoardCertified in Internal Medicine and Board Certified Gastroenterology and is trained in EGD, Colonoscopy and ERCP. He is currently accepting new patients.

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that the answers are local. We can solve the problems the county to increase walking and biking through with the choices we make, and the way we structure an improved built environment that includes Comour communities." plete Streets. HHN has also developed the Community Health Improvement Plan to address obesity, Supporting active living and healthy eating at the city access and knowledge of health care, and infant morand county level can have a tremendous impact on tality in Shawnee County that will be released in Kansas communities. From supporting economic April 2015. development by attracting residents, business and tourists, to connecting local producers (sources of “It is our goal to see a positive change in the future fresh, local, and healthy foods) and growing local of Shawnee County by convening partners on health economies, there are important benefits to creating issues, facilitating the conversation and advocating healthy environments for Kansas families. A few sug- for change,” said Lissa Staley, HHN Leadership gestions from the report include: Member and Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Health Information Librarian. Increasing Access to Healthy Food: To arrange interviews with Heartland Healthy The “Increasing Access to Healthy Food” report is • Establishing a local Food Policy Council available at, and the “Increas• Nutritional Standards for food served in gov- Neighborhoods Leadership Team, please email Lissa Staley: ing Walking & Bicycling report” is available at ernment spaces and public places • Incentivizing new grocery stores, farmer’s marAbout the Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods kets and mobile Food Businesses "Health problems in Kansas are not set in stone," said Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods’ mission is to Mary Marrow, staff attorney for Public Health Law Increasing Walking and Biking: mobilize the community to take action on health Center. "Each community has the power to support • Creating a community Bicycle and Pedestrian priorities so that policy, environment, and practice lifestyles that are more physically active and provide influences a culture shift toward health and wellness Master Plan greater access to healthier food. These reports show • Requiring safer road/sidewalk design for driv- for everyone in Shawnee County. ing, bicycling and walking • Implementing safe routes to school initiatives for children

oday, 30 percent of Kansas adults are obese, which increases their risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers such as endometrial, breast and colon. Communities throughout the state are finding new solutions to create healthy schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. Two new reports funded by the Kansas Health Foundation and conducted by the Public Health Law Center (PHLC) provide local Kansas government important recommendations and direction on how to impact two major determinants of health for a community: increasing access to healthy food, and increasing biking and walking.

These reports are supported by a $2.2 million grant Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, which is a statewide effort to support more than 20 counties for the health and wellness of all citizens, with the ultimate goal of using policy change to improve each community.

HHN Leadership recently held meetings in downtown Topeka to explain HHN initiatives Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods (HHN) is a HCI to local leaders. grant recipient that is working with partners across

CONTACT: Lissa Staley Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods

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Why Run? body, you also discover things about your inner self.

nearly a pound a week. Just as important, running--like many forms of exercise -- is a great cure for stress, emotional strain, even mild depression. You'll likely find yourself with fewer headaches and more energy, patience, humor and creativity. Studies have found that healthy adults who exercise regularly are generally happier than those who don't.


And running, quite simply, is convenient. You don't need any elaborate gear. No special playing field or apparatus. No need to juggle the schedules of others. Just a pair of shoes and the inclination to get out the door.

Many say they are at their most creative and lucid, even meditative, during their runs, as the worries of the day slip away. Confidence increases as you push your own limits, meeting goals and often surprising yourself by exceeding your own expectations. Running is a sport of discipline, sometimes of sacrifice, and always of self-reliance. You may surprise yourself with your capacity for all three. The personal rewards can be quite powerful.

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Advances in the Cure for Balding: Platelet Rich Plasma


ost think of platelets as the component of blood that coagulates wounds. However, the function of platelets is for more than just forming clots. When activated, they secrete cytokines (proteins) and growth factors, acting as an integral part of wound healing. Because of the platelet's important function, concentrated preparations of plasma have been used in various fields as an attractive therapy for many conditions.

Platelet Rich Plasma - or PRP - is a preparation taken from a patient’s own blood, in which the platelets are enriched in concentrated plasma. The therapy was originally used for injections into damaged joints in the orthopedic field. Now it is being used by cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons for overall facial rejuvenation. Recently, hair specialists have been trialing the therapy in patients who are balding. Animal studies show that PRP increases dermal papilla cells, which are decreased in individuals with balding. Potent hair growth stimulators, Fibroblast growth factor-7 and Beta-catenin, are also increased by PRP treatment. In addition, mice treated with

who have not seen great results with minoxidil and young men who may not be suitable candidates for finasteride or hair transplantation. Although, PRP seems to be a promising advancement in the field of hair loss, there have not been many published, large human clinical trials for its use as a treatment in balding. Therefore, many hair specialists have not adopted its use widely because the amount of benefit is unclear and most PRP have quicker transitions into the growing importantly, there is no consensus on how often the injections should be given or at what concenphase of hair than untreated mice. tration. When used as an adjunct to hair transplantation, hair follicles pre-treated with PRP can demon- In conclusion, Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP injecstrate better density and graft survival. The theory tions are an enticing new treatment for balding. is that the platelets are secreting growth factors, In the future, PRP treatments may act as an adleading to stem cell activation from the surround- junct to more well-studied treatments, such as minoxidil, finasteride, and hair transplantation, ing hair follicles. as opposed to primary therapy. Because of the improved hair growth seen with hair transplantation and the above-mentioned KMC HAIR CENTER animal studies, hair specialists have started using 913-631-6330 PRP as primary treatment for male and female 6333 Long Ave., Suite 360 pattern balding, as well as alopecia areata. PRP Shawnee, KS 66216 treatment is particularly attractive for women

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The ABCs of catching your ZZZs

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A recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation ( revealed that two out of every 10 Americans sleep less than six hours a night. People sleeping too few hours report being drowsy at work and too tired to exercise or eat healthy.

Sleep deprivation can also affect our personal sleep apnea–affecting your sleep. safety. Nearly 40 percent of Americans sleeping too few hours have driven while drowsy at least Should your doctor give you a good bill of health, there are some steps you can take to assure you once a month in the past year. get enough sleep every night. • Stick to a regular “Getting enough sleep every day is as important bedtime schedule, including weekends; to your health as eating healthy and being physi• Exercise regularly earlier in the day; cally active,” says Dr. Woodie Kessel, a member of • Avoid alcohol, nicotine and the Sleep in America task force. caffeine before bed; • A mattress with good support is imporIf you are having trouble sleeping, talk to your tant. If yours is 10 years old, it’s probably doctor. There may be medical disorders–like time toreplace it.

Is it a cold or the flu?


The symptoms of a cold – which include fever, fatique, and a dry cough–are similar to those of the flu. Here are a few key differences between the common cold and flu to help you select the proper treatment.

Fever at or above 100 degrees is uncommon in adults and older children if it’s a head cold. With flu, high fever is common and can last three to four days. Headache and muscle aches are symptoms of a cold or flu, but with flu, the pain can be severe. Tiredness is mild if you have a cold, but with flu, this symptom can come on suddenly and last two or more weeks. Runny nose and coughing is common for both illnesses.

With a cold, the patient just treats the symptoms. If it’s flu, patients can get an antiviral flu medicine in the first two days of the illness, this treatment can reduce the

severity and duration of influenza. Annual flu shots also reduce the risk of getting the illness.

The best defense against cold or flu is hand washing in warm, soapy water. Get plenty of rest, eat well, exercise and quit smoking to boost your immune system. For more information, see your doctor or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site,

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HEALTH FAIR 2015 Saturday, March 28th

Big Gage Shelter House from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sponsored by Topeka Youth Project • Georgianna “George” Wong, Executive Director We all know the negative impact that unhealthy lifestyle choices have on individuals and the community in lost productivity and increased costs. When we learned Topeka is the 8th fattest city in America we knew TYP could help address this problem by helping engage youth directly, making them active participants in managing their health and advocates within the family for making healthier choices. With this goal, we are partnering with St. Francis Health Center and Washburn University School of Nursing to bring a day of health information, demonstrations, and screenings to area residents. Our focus is on engaging youth and families with fun events, a 1K family run, demonstrations, information, and contests. Area businesses and non-profits will also have an opportunity to promote their healthy lifestyle messages and organizations. We are offering business vendors and non-profit organizations an opportunity to sponsor this exciting community event. As a non-profit serving Topeka’s youth for over 30 years, we want to help other non-profit organizations get their messages out to the community.

Call now about half-price vendor booths for non-profits.


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Healthy Event Calendar for Greater Topeka To list an event in this calendar, email it to MEDICARE MONDAYS – First Monday of every month starting July 7, 1-3pm. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Menninger Room 206), 1515 SW 10th. Senior health insurance counseling. For info: 5804545 or TRAIL LIFE & AMERICAN HERITAGE GIRLS TROUPS - Every Mon. 6pm, Cornerstone Community Church, 7620 SW 21st. Faith-based scouting programs are kids age

5-18. Register online at For info: 478-2929. LADIES’ EXERCISE- Tuesday evenings 7-8 pm & Friday mornings 8-9 am, First Baptist, 129 w 15th St., Lyndon. free active supportl: fat burning, strength, fitness. Contact Sheri 207-0380 or

First Assembly, 500 SW 27th St. This program points members to God’s strength & creates a compassionate support group that helps members stay accountable in a positive environment & delivers faith-based health & weight management instruction. To join or start a new group, contact Jan Norris, 9720582 or or visit

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------------------------------------------------ March 2015 • Page 25 HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE HEARTLAND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS – 2nd Mon., 11:45am-1pm. Promoting neighborhood well-being by mobilizing people, ideas & resources. 233-1365. SAFE STREETS COALITION MEETING – Mar. 4, 11:45am1pm. Great Overland Station. For info: 266-4606 or UNVEILING/RIBBON-CUTTING PARTY - March 5, 4-6 pm, at GreatLife Golf & Fitness at Shawnee Country Club, 913 SE 29th St. The new Topeka Health & Wellness Magazine will have a Ribboncutting at 4pm, Unveiling of first issue, followed by entertainment & demonstrations of various ways to achieve healthy living & eating! There will be healthy snacks & drinks to enjoy! Advertisers will be taking part with booths and tables to show their products & services NO I.D. 3 STARLITE SOUTH – Mar. 7, Starlite Skate Center, 301 SE 45th St. $10 to enter, $8 with canned good. MUSIC MAKERS - Mar. 21, 13pm, NOTO Arts Center, 935 N. Kansas Ave. Fro kids 5-11 and an adult. A class for parents and kids to create handmade musical instruments and participate in music making CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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------------------------------------------------ Topeka Health & Wellness HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE fun. $30. Presented through a partnership between the NOTO arts center and the expressive therapies program at Valeo BHC and made possible in part by Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission who receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Part of the Creative Wellness Series - The power of the arts for health and happiness. No previous art or Irish Fest 5K Fun Run - Mar. 14, 9am, at 8th & Jackson

music experience needed. Contact Cara Weeks at 783-7558, Enroll at 2ND ANNUAL DERBY DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT – Mar. 22, 2pm, Logan Elementary, 1124 NW Lyman Rd. $20 to play, includes team t-shirt, a snack, and bottled water. Co-rec, all guys, and all girls divisions available. 6-8 players per team. $2 for spectators. Kids 3 and under free. For info: MOMS EVERYDAY EXPO – Mar. 28, 11am4pm. West Ridge Mall. For info:

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3rd ANNUAL BRIGHTER FUTURES HEALTH FAIR” - Mar. 28, 10am-2pm, Big Gage Shelter House. Fun events, 1 K family run, demonstrations, information, & contests. Many area vendors will promote healthy lifestyle messages, products & organizations. For booth info call Topeka Youth Project 273-4141

ADVENTURE'S IN LEARNING- SPRING SESSION - Apr. 10, 17, 24 & May 1, 9am-12, First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave. Shepherd's Center of Topeka's program for those over 55. Participants choose from four different classes on health, religion, news & current events, people & places, community, the arts, and library wisdom, offered at 9am. At 10:00 brunch is served. At 10:30, second class begins. At 11:30, participants choose between a musical performance in the sanctuary or exercise in the gym. For info: 2670248 MS WALK 2015 – Apr. 11, 7am. Lake Shawnee. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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------------------------------------------------ Topeka Health & Wellness HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE SEVENTH ANNUAL HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 5K RUN/WALK AND PANCAKE FEED – Apr. 11, Crestview Community Ctr; Shunga Trail. Registration 88:45, 5k at 9, Fun Run at 9:10. $20 Registration includes t-shirt and pancake feed ticket. Prizes for top three runners. $5 donation for pancake feed, 8:30-11. BRIDGE2BRIDGE 5K – Apr. 18, 10am. $25 pre-registration before Apr. 17, 8am. $35 at-event registration, 9am. BALLET MIDWEST'S CINDERELLA - Apr. 18 at 8pm & Apr. 19 at 3pm, Topeka Performing Arts Center. Two performances featuring talented, local dancers; a delightful, comedic ballet following the grace of the beautiful Cinderella and the antics of the silly stepsisters! An enchanting event for the whole family to see this charming fairytale come to life as Cinderella's dreams come true! Relive the magic and happily ever after! If the shoe fits...wear it! Tickets available through Barbara's Conservatory of Dance, TPAC Box Office, & Ticketmaster. $10 Student, $14 Senior, $18 Adult, and $50 Family Pack (2 adults & 2 students)

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Fun Fair open 9:00 am - 3:00 pm near Big Gage Shelterhouse! Praise Bands & Dance Troupes will perform! Craft stations, Facepainting, Easter Photos, Games & more! • Magician T.A. Hamilton performs live on stage! Food, drinks & snacks available! Easter Egg Hunts at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm in AnimalLand Playground! For booth & parade information: or Presented by

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HEALTHY EVENT CALENDAR CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE ZUMBATHON - May 1, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church basement, 201 NE Chandler. Fundraiser to benefit Midland Care ( Hospice) Suggested donation $5. Vendors welcome: $10 - pay in advance thru

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LIFEHOUSE'S 21ST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - May 22, 11am Registration, 12:30 shotgun, Shawnee Country Club. 4 person scramble includes: Carts, Green fees, Prizes, Player gifts, Lunch, and Refreshments! $75/person, $300/team.

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