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Get in the Pink of Things October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tyler Avery

The pink ribbon is a well-recognized symbol of breast cancer awareness month.

UHS Communications Intern

According to a 2008 study, breast cancer is the most frequently found cancer in women world-wide. For this reason, the month of October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout Tallahassee, the rest of the U.S., and even overseas, efforts are made to raise awareness through the use of the color pink. Notably, University Health Services has replaced the standard nurse and doctor gloves with pink counterparts for years. Beginning this year however, forms and paperwork will also be printed on pink paper. Likewise, local newspapers the FSView & Florida Flambeau, as well as the Tallahassee Democrat are printing their respective October 4 issues on pink paper. The Democrat has been encouraging other local businesses to “go pink,” as well via Facebook and

other means. FSU Seminole athletics teams will promote the cause as well with pinkhued apparel. Fans at the “Paint it Pink” athletic

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events will receiver c o m m e m o r at i v e T-shirts upon donations of $10 or more. On top of all of this, the National Football League has been running an October “Crucial Catch” campaign since 2009 that involves players, coaches, and referees wearing pink equipment that is later auctioned off for charitable benefit. In the United Kingdom, a “Wear It Pink” campaign has raised over $35 million (USD) over the past decade to help save lives. The battle against breast cancer is fought globally. No country, state, city, or person is alone in the fight to prevent and, with any luck, eventually cure this harrowing disease.

In this issue… Poore Retirement.............2 New Leaf Farm Tour.......4 The Power of Walking.....5 Living Well Apps.............6 Health Observances........6 Roast Chicken Recipe......7 New Employees................8 Word Search.................. 10

Mary Ellen Poore: Over a Decade of Healing University Health Services nurse retires after thirteen years of dedicated service Kristin Carlton UHS Communications

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” --Barbara Bush Mary Ellen Poore Sitting down with Mary Ellen Poore is not an easy job, Small and full of energy, she fidgets in her chair as she sits down to talk about the next stage of her life: retirement. “Don’t make me talk about sad things,” she says, “I’ve been crying all morning!” To take her mind off ‘the sad things’ I ask M.E. to give me 5 words that describe the thirteen years spent in student health at FSU: Awesome! Happy Fulfilling Life-long friendships Privileged Thirteen years is a long time in one place and Mary Ellen insists it’s the people and the students that make it so worthwhile. “No matter what, people come and go, but it is always the people that make this job so special.” Over the years she has enjoyed connecting to the students that come in and has even coined a term for them: repeat customers. Fall 2012

“[Students] come in and you see some of them every year, freshman year to graduation. I love the population; seeing them and taking care of them-it’s a very nurturing role to be in on campus.” So what does someone who is always full of energy at work, do in retirement? Immediate plans include a trip to Orlando and the Georgia Mountains in October and then some volunteering as a classroom aid in her grandchildren’s classes. Mary Ellen has 4 grandchildren: Nathan (9), Kylie (7), Sofia (7) and Alyssa (2 ½). The older children attend Roberts Elementary and Mary Ellen looks forward to being able to go on field trips and help out as needed. The biggest planned event however is an RV trip out West. Top of the list for Mary Ellen and her husband (who has been retired for the past year) is the Grand Tetons in Yosemite and the California Redwoods. After that, they’re not sure where they might go, but they do know that they would like to travel the United States and have some fun along the way. We sincerely hope you have a fabulous time in this next stage of life Mary Ellen. Enjoy it! About Mary Ellen: (tidbits from coworkers)

“No notebook is big enough to write down all the wonderful things about Mary Ellen. You can’t beat her!” –Linda Palmer

helped me out as a new employee. She has GREAT leadership qualities!” –Pam Wessling

“I hate for her to go. She has been wonderful begin“Very nice, very willing ning to end. Doesn’t matto help; always has a smile ter how busy the floor was, a hello…she will be greatly she made patients feel welmissed around here.” come. She never forgets an -Raybeth Kuyper occasion; she always had a little something for every“We don’t let her go plac- one.” es on her own so she doesn’t –Virginia Cardenas slip and fall.” –Ginger Stewart “She’s always been very helpful. She’s a great teach“Mary Ellen trained me. er-I remember her helping If it wasn’t for her, I would me out when I was a new not be the person I am.” Nurse.” –Ylonda Brown –Simona Middleton “I love her to death and I don’t want her to go!” –Danielle Deprelle

Mary Ellen approves of the new comfortable chairs at the Nurses station in the Priority Clinic...even if she doesn’t often sit in them!

“I love her, I’ll miss her, and I don’t want her to leave.” –Kelly Dykes

“One of the best Nurses I’ve ever worked with and “She is always a positive she will be greatly missed.” person and able to make –Anna Klassen everyone feel comfortable. And she gets the work “She is such a dear! Ca- done!” pable, compassionate, or–Sarah Teresa Haskell ganized and makes sure patients get what they need.” “She is my sweet little –Lissa Weddington Catholic lady-gosh I’m going to miss her! She has kept “One of the best and lov- us grounded in our faith.” ing Nurses; can’t imagine –Deb Cole this place without her.” – Meena Shahane “She mothers all of us and she is crazy about her grandkids. She is always bringing us treats during the holidays. She whipped me into shape and really

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The grandkids! (Left) Nathan (9) and Kylie (7) and (Right) Sofia (7) and Alyssa (2 1/2) Page 2

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Local Farms to Open to Public for Tours

The Power of Walking: Little Steps, Big Reward

New Leaf Market Co-op announces fifth annual Farm Tour for late October

Just 10 minutes a day could change your weight and your well-being. Here’s how.

Tyler Avery UHS Communications Intern

The New Leaf Market Coop 5th annual farm tour takes place October 20 and 21. the event, consisting of 31 different North Florida and South Georgia farms, makes for a day or two of free, wholesome family entertainment. New Leaf’s effort to stimulate interest in local farming makes it possible for consumers to connect with the farmers and other producers. “Buying local,” their brochure argues, “keeps your dollars in our community and bolsters the local economy.” The individual farms each offer an inside look at farm life and sell fresh, organic goods. Complimentary refreshments are available at some locations, as well. The tours highlight specific aspects of the varying farms. Many of the farms include workshops for the guests— Full Moon Farm & Apiary at Tupelo’s Bakery & Café offers a workshop in beekeeping, for example. Another case of interactivity for guests is at the Clear Lake Farm in Lamont, Florida. Clear Lake is part of the saturday tour “Tallahassee to Live Oak,” and offers fishing by the lake. Equipment for fishing is not supplied, though bait worms are available. Another stop in the “Tallahassee to Live Oak” tour is The Grassroots School Gardens. This is the single closest farm to the city of Tallahassee, though its tour extends to Live Fall 2012

Oak, Florida. The Grassroots School Gardens offers projects and activities for children throughout the day, and organic goods are available for sale. If you are seeking a full tour but aren’t looking to travel far, the tour that extends the least distance from Tallahassee is the “Quincy/Havana Saturday tour,” located approximately 20 minutes from Tallahassee. Made up of four local farms, this tour is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with separate tours beginning every hour, on the hour. Goods and meals are available for purchase on this tour. Customizing tours is welcome on either day of the event if the suggested tours aren’t suitable to guests’ desires. It is suggested that guests bring coolers, as fresh eggs, produce, and more will be available for purchase at many of the farms. Likewise, guests should consider bringing water and the necessary supplies for the weather, such as sunscreen or an umbrella. For more information, visit New Leaf Market at 1235 Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee, Florida and pick up an event brochure, visit the New Leaf website at, or call at (850) 942-2557. Also, be sure to “like” New Leaf Market Co-op on Facebook for up-to-date news regarding this yearly event.

Kelly Bothum

Minn., says some of the biggest health winners are couch potatoes who transition from being totally sedentary to moderately active. “If they only had one thing to do, the average person can get a whole lot of benefit out of walking,” Joyner says. “The first two miles of brisk walking are most critical.”

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Owner Jay Fraleigh leading a tour at Gro-Eco Veggies and Fruit, LLC in Madison, FL; 2011 Farm Tour.

Photo by courtesy of Google Maps Two of the closer tours to the city of Tallahassee (purple star in bottom right corner). Though there are pre-planned tours, guests are welcome to visit any open farms in any order.

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If it seems as if more people are hoofing it for their health, it’s true. More than 145 million Americans count walking as part of their physical activity, according to a report last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 15 million more people walking than in 2005. All regions of the country reported an increase in walking, but the most walkers were found in the Northeast and West, home to walk-able urban centers such as New York City and Los Angeles. But despite the increase in footfalls, only about 48% of Americans report they meet the recommendation of at least 2½ hours of moderate physical activity a week, according to the report. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle has another downside: a greater risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure that threatens our longevity. “Our society has been conditioned to be inactive. We rely on all these modern conveniences. We end up being slug-like,” says Marianne Carter, a registered dietitian who directs the Delaware Center for Health Promotion, which encourages residents to adopt healthier living habits. That’s where walking comes in. “People think in order to get physical activity, they have to be back in the exercise mode. Fall 2012

Deskbound dilemma Most of us don’t think of our desk chair as being bad for our health. But if you’re planted in one eight hours a day at work, it might be. Several studies, inThey don’t realize that walk- cluding one by the American ing is almost the perfect activ- Cancer Society, have found ity,” says physician Joan Dorn, that sitting for more than six chief of the CDC’s physical ac- hours a day has the potential to tivity and health branch. “A lap shorten our life span. Of course, this doesn’t mean around the block is better than not taking that lap. Most of us we should ditch the chairs in can find 10 minutes if we really the conference room or institute an office Olympics to try.” Walking requires little other counteract the effects of those sedentary hours. But it’s worth than a pair of shoes and can thinking about opportunities fit in the busiest of schedules. to get desk workers out of their Just 30 minutes of regular brisk chairs during the work day to walking — about the pace if blunt the effects of sitting. you are trying to reach a bus Wilmington bank executive before it pulls away — can help Rebecca DePorte keeps a pair lower your cholesterol, risk of of sneakers at work in case she stroke and some cancers, and has a few minutes of free time it can improve your cognitive to sneak in a quick walk. Alfunction and blood pressure. If though she works out at least 30 minutes is too much, con- four or five times a week, Desider breaking it up into three Porte still looks for ways to be 10-minute chunks during the active while at work, even if it’s day for the same benefits. running down the hall to anAnd you don’t have to be a swer her phone or talking facesuper-athlete to reap the ben- to-face rather than sending an efits. Physician Michael Joyner, email. an anesthesiologist and spe“I definitely make a point to cialist in exercise science with get up and go places,” said Dethe Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Porte, 51, who usually runs or Wellness Wire Photo by Getty Images/Alistair Berg, via Walking doesn’t require special equipment or even much time, yet the benefits can be life-changing.

works out with a trainer when she’s not in the office. “I throw on the sneakers and head out, even if it’s around the corner to the store.” Small efforts can make a big difference, Dorn says. Something as simple as mapping out a path around an office building can encourage strolls. Even noting how many laps around the corridor equal a quartermile can provide encouragement. But for some employees, a fitness break isn’t an option. For them, a treadmill desk or FitDesk — an exercise bike with an attachable table so you can work on a laptop while pedaling — are the latest spins on the idea of combining work and physical activity. Severin Nelson, 29, found the FitDesk after searching for something that would let him be active while studying for the bar exam and working as a freelance tax consultant. After a year of pedaling 90 minutes a day, the Utah man is down 44 pounds without making any big changes to his diet. Best of all, he’s not distracted while tapping away on his keyboard. “After a while, you kind of forget. An hour goes by and I’m still pedaling,” says Nelson, who weighed 311 pounds. The hardest part for most of us is getting started, Dorn says. But there’s potential in the challenge. “There’s always a chance that once people get to a comfort level of walking for 10 minutes, they might think about trying 11 minutes,” she says. “That first step, it’s really worth it.” Page 5

Health Observances September

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month National Cholesterol Education Month September 26: National Women’s Health & Fitness Day September 27: National Gay Men’s HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day September 29: Family Health & Fitness Day


Technology Reminder:Medical Records October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month National Breast Cancer Awareness Month National Bullying Prevention Month Physical Therapy Month October 16th-22nd: Alcohol Awareness Week october 21st-27th: National Respiratory Care Week October 15th: Latino AIDS Awareness Day October 16th: World Food Day October 19th: Mammography Day

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By Fax: Fax # : 850-644-2737 In Person at the front desk of any Clinic:

HIM Staff will collect the forms left at the front desks.

Note: In the event that a staff member in the clinical area has taken action on the request, it is critical to indicate that it has been done using the Office Use Only box located at the top of the form. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,

provides that an individual has a right to receive information about disclosures made through a covered entity’s electronic health record for purposes of carrying out treatment, payment, and health care operations. We must insure all releases are documented within the patients chart.


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Easy to use: takes less than 10 seconds from opening the app to getting a reading. Place your finger gently over the camera. Hold it steady for at least 10 seconds. Your current heart rate will be shown on the display. Instant heart rate uses your phone’s camera to detect pulse on your fingertip. A technique used by medical pulse oximeters now available on your smart phone. It works by tracking color changes in the light that passes through your finger. This app constantly evolves and in the process improves on ease of use and adds new features. This app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. With over 4M downloads and more then 40k five star reviews. See your every heart beat on the monitor like in ER rooms. Measure your heart rate instantly. Place the tip of your index finger on iPhone’s camera and in a couple of seconds your Heart Rate will be shown. Instant Heart Rate will beep with your pulse. A real-time chart will show your every heart beat. For more information visit iTunes or Android app stores or go to:

University Health Services Health Information Management Office PO Box 3064178 Tallahassee, FL 32306-4178

When the Medical Records Release Form is left at the front desk: - Verify ID with photo ID - Initial in the top right hand corner of the form that ID was verified - Indicate which form of ID was provided (i.e., Driver’s License, University ID etc.)

Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

American Diabetes Month Lung Cancer Awareness Month National Healthy Skin Month Great American Smokeout: FSU observes on November November 4th-10th: Radilogic Technology Week

‘Instant Heart Rate’ by Azumio (available on Android and iPhone) Cost: $.99 with a Free version available

A Medical Records Release Form may be submitted: By Mail:

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There’s a lot to love about this lemon, rosemary and garlic-infused roast chicken dish. But my favorite part is the wonderful way its leftovers can be transformed into other glorious meals later in the week. In fact, whenever I make this for my family, I double the recipe. It takes no extra time or effort, and it makes the following days’ lunches and dinners a breeze. Tuscan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables • 6 Roma tomatoes (about 1 pound total) • 3 medium zucchini (about ½ pound each) • 1 bulb fennel • 3 Tbs. olive oil • ¾ tsp. salt • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, skin removed (about 2½ pounds) • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced (about 4 tsps.) • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest • 1 Tb. fresh lemon juice • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 Tb. chopped fresh rosemary or 1 tsp. dried, crumbled Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise into quarters and remove the seeds. Trim the zucchini tips and cut in half crosswise. Then cut each piece in half lengthwise twice if the piece is thin and three times if it is thicker, so that the pieces are relatively uniform. Remove the outermost layer of the fennel bulb and discard. Cut the bulb in half so that each half retains part of the stem end. Cut each half into 8 thin wedges so each wedge is held together by a little piece of stem. Put the vegetables in a large baking dish. Toss them with 2 Tbs. of the oil and ¼ tsp. of the salt. Arrange the chicken pieces in the pan with the vegetables. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 Tb. oil and ½ tsp. salt, the garlic, and lemon zest and juice. Rub the mixture into the chicken in the pan. Season with pepper to taste. Roast for 30 minutes, then give the vegetables a stir and add the rosemary. Return to the oven and roast until the chicken is just cooked all the way through and the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, 15 to 25 minutes more. Yield: 4 servings Per serving (1 piece of chicken and 1½ cups vegetables): 410 calories, 15g carbohydrates, 56g protein, 13.5g fat (2g saturated), 5g fiber, 132mg cholesterol, 637mg sodium Here are some tasty ways to make the most of this two-(or three!) for-one meal deal: Chicken and Vegetable Pesto Paninis. Shred the chicken and slice the vegetables, then layer them on a crusty whole-grain baguette spread with some prepared basil pesto. Top with shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Lemony Couscous Salad. Chop the chicken and vegetables and toss with about 4 cups cooked, cooled whole-wheat couscous. Add some torn fresh basil leaves and coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves. Toss with a simple dressing of extra-virgin olive oil (about 2 Tbs.) and the juice of half a lemon; season with salt and pepper. Chicken Minestrone Soup with Orzo. Dice the chicken and vegetables. Cook a large, diced onion and two minced cloves of garlic in a soup pot in a little olive oil. Add some dried oregano and basil, 4 cups of low- sodium chicken broth and a 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes with its juices. Bring to a boil, then stir in ½ cup orzo or other small pasta, the chicken and vegetables, and simmer until the pasta is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Welcome Aboard! We have had several additions to the UHS staff since the last newsletter. Due to varying schedules and increased activity in the new building, we are introducing new folks in stages. If you haven’t already, please be sure to say hello and introduce yourself when you see these folks around the building!

David Battle (OPS) Health Information Mgmt

Joe Lerro (OPS)

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Jasmine Jacobs, RN

Marisha Ash, RN

Margaret Carr (OPS)

Madeline Rodnight (OPS)

Primary Care

Mariesa Davis, RN Nursing Supervisor, Primary Care

Celena Harper, RN Primary Care

Anna McLaughlin, RN

Steven Eells(OPS)

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Tamara Konyukhova(OPS)

Myeisha Scott (OPS)

Haley Joray (OPS)

Krystlen Lata(OPS)

Dana Lowers (OPS)

Lauren Wade

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Bethany Kloster Wellness Sport & Spine Clinic

Brian Farrell, D.C.

Asha Fields Brewer, D.C.

John Van Tassel, D.C.

Langley Payton

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Reneitra Grover (OPS)

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Michelle Summerfield (OPS) Central Registration

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Rebecca Hertz (OPS)

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FSU University Health Services employee newsletter