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REPORTS + Central Florida Y secures grant
United Health Foundation is funding a $1.7 million grant for the YMCA of Central Florida, and the purpose of the HealthierLifeRX program is just as the name implies: To build healthier communities and improve people’s health. The three-year pilot program aligns with the Y’s strategic focus to empower the community through healthy living. In partnership with the medical community, including existing relationships with major health care systems Florida Hospital and Orlando Health, the Y’s HealthierLifeRX initiative will help improve the health of the community and empower participants to take control of meeting their health and wellness goals, set together with their physician. “At the Y, we’re not in the health care business, we are in the prevention business, and that is what this collaboration is about,” said Dr. Beth Kollas, YMCA’s executive director of health strategies. The goals of the HealthierLifeRX pilot program include decreasing the participating individuals’ risks for chronic disease conditions and reclamation of health and improving the overall health
of the community, as well as reducing the per capita costs of care. Through self-referral or physician referral, patients enrolled in HealthierLifeRX will have access to evidencebased programs that include chronic disease management, disease prevention, weight management, healthy eating and exercise. The program also leverages mobile and cloud-based technologies to enhance engagement between patients and lifestyle coaches and to encourage daily activity to help participants, and community members, reach their health goals.
+ W.O. Orthopaedics joins Jewett clinic West Orange Orthopaedics will join Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic group effective July 1. Drs. W. Kevin Cox, Jose A. Torres, Matthew D. Hurbanis and Randall T. Rust will join with Jewett’s team of 26 physicians to provide the communities of West Orange and Kissimmee with a full range of orthopaedic subspecialty care, including sports medicine, joint replacement, foot and ankle care, surgery and rehabilitation of the hand, pediatric orthopaedics, and care for spinal injuries and conditions.
TOURNEY RAISES $73,000 FOR CHC Golfers raised more than $73,000 for Community Health Centers at the organization’s 13th annual CHC Golf Tournament, held April 27, at West Orange Country Club. The money raised will support the CHC’s initiative to expand dental services in the Tavares and Eatonville communities. In the past three years, the tournament has raised more than $225,000. In
previous years, the money raised was used to upgrade X-ray services to digital at the Winter Garden and Apopka centers and fund the purchase of optometry equipment in Winter Garden. Sponsors included Sullivan Benefits and Welbro Construction (Healthcare Champions); Florida Hospital and Labcorp (Eagle Sponsors); Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems (Putt for
Serving the community since 1966, West Orange Orthopedics’ two office locations are expanding by joining Jewett Orthopaedic Clinic. The Ocoee office is located at 596 Ocoee Commerce Parkway, and the Kissimmee office is located at 601 E. Oak St., Suite A, in Heritage Square. “For years, we have respected and worked with Jewett physicians to help many of our patients, and we’re so pleased that we will now be able to call them partners,” Cox said. “For our patients, we’re still in the same offices with the same familiar faces they know and trust, and we accept the same insurance plans. Now, we’re just part of a bigger group, allowing us to care for the families in our community even better.” In addition to increased access to subspecialty orthopaedic care, patients will gain access to an online patient portal available to manage appointments, pay bills and receive health information and updates. “The experienced physicians at West Orange Orthopaedics are so well respected in the community and loved by their patients, and we are thrilled to have them join our team,” said Jewett President Dr. Michael V. Jablonski. “They share our commitment to providing the most advanced, personalized and convenient orthopaedic care, and this merger will allow us both to enhance the level of care we can provide to the ... West Orange and Kissimmee communities.” Cash Sponsor); Seacoast Bank (Hole in One Sponsor); and Brighthouse Network Solutions, Champion Services of Florida, Cuhaci & Peterson; Orlando Health, Patterson Dental, Shaw Air Conditioning & Heating, Swann Hadley Stump Dietrich & Spears and VW Realty (Birdie Sponsors).
For more information, visit jewettortho.com or to schedule an appointment in the West Orange or Kissimmee offices, call (407) 654-3505 or request an appointment online.
+ Want to work at Florida Hospital? With Florida Hospital’s Winter Garden campus scheduled to open later this year, the hospital has launched a website to coordinate prospective employees. Those interested can visit workatwintergarden.com to see current openings, learn more about the hospital and submit a form to learn when more opportunities are available. Florida Hospital’s 97,415-square-foot, threestory Winter Garden facility is located across from Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves. It will be Florida Hospital’s ninth campus in Central Florida.
+ Health Central to host sitter classes Health Central Hospital will host two sessions of Safe Sitter classes for aspiring babysitters this summer. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 and 20 and July 17 and 18, in the Gleason Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Cost is $25 for Orlando Health team-member children and $50 for nonteam member. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, hands-on class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. For more information or to register, visit healthcentral. org.
+ CHC’s Ham-Ying receives recognition Community Health Centers Vice President/Chief Medical Officer Dr. J. Michael HamYing received the Alfred L. Bookhardt, MD Award for Health Equity by the Florida Department of Health-Orange County. The annual award
recognizes an Orange County physician for his or her dedication to increasing access to health care with a goal of achieving health equity in Central Florida. “We are very happy that Dr. Ham-Ying has been recognized for his contributions to reducing health disparities in Central Florida,” said Community Health Centers President and CEO Margaret Brennan.
+ YMCA partners with insurer
The YMCA of Central Florida entered into a collaboration with Florida Blue, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, to provide free preventative diabetes care to policy holders who have pre-diabetes or are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The coverage will be provided through enrollment in the 12-month YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. “To have a partner like Florida Blue makes such a bold statement and is an unbelievable story of their commitment to making Central Florida a healthier community,” said John Cardone, YMCA of Central Florida vice president of health strategies. This collaboration supports the Accountable Care organization model set by the Affordable Care Act, where a set of health care providers — including primary-care physicians, specialists and hospitals — work together collaboratively to accept collective accountability for the cost and quality of care delivered to a population of patients. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program resulted from a study by the National Institutes of Health. It showed how healthier eating, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight could lead to better health in participants and an overall reduction of new Type 2 diabetes cases. Programs such as the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program have been shown to prevent or delay new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58% and as much as 71% in adults over age 60.
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+ Orlando Health earns top ratings
When it comes to hip replacement, knee replacement and treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, physicians at Orlando Health represent some of the best in the nation. Their care in these specialties has been rated high performing, according to the newest “Best Hospital” rating program from U.S. News & World Report. Only 8% of U.S. hospitals evaluated for COPD treatment were rated high performing. Highperforming knee- and hip-replacement hospitals represented just 10% and 11%, respectively. Orlando Health’s pulmonary program offers clinical trials and procedures that are unavailable elsewhere in the area. For example, 10 years ago the practice started doing electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopies to detect cancer at Stage 1. And it was one of the first in the state to perform the bronchial thermoplasty procedure to help asthma patients. For the Common Care evaluations, U.S. News & World Report used multiple sources of data, including inpatient Medicare claims from 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 as well as various outcomes measures. For more information, visit orlandohealth.com.
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LIFE-SAVING SKILL Through its PediaSwim program, SouthWest Aquatics in Winter Garden is working hard to keep West Orange-area kids — and even infants — safe around the water. STEVEN RYZEWSKI SPORTS EDITOR The lesson has just ended, and baby Jack Danger is wearing a big smile across his face. The son of Jessica and Matt Polstein, of Windermere, isn’t even a year old yet — his first birthday is June 16 — but the infant already has a head start on many of his peers so far as water safety is concerned. Jack Danger Polstein has been taking lessons through the PediaSwim at SouthWest Aquatics in Winter Garden for two weeks now and can float and turn over with no trouble. Indeed, though infant swim lessons have been around for years; it is a niche within the aquatics world that is growing in popularity. Locally, families around West Orange are increasingly getting their babies in the water as soon as is reasonable for safety reasons and to lay a foundation for life in an area where the water is so integrated. “It’s important because we live in Florida and kids are always around water situations,” Jessica Polstein says. “Specifically, we have a backyard pool, and we wanted him to be safe.” The main idea behind infant swim lessons is to give peace of mind to parents that their young child can save him- or herself should an accident happen. In an area with so many homes ADDRESS: 205 Windermere Road, that have pools, the terrifying possibility that a child could Winter Garden wander near a pool and fall PHONE: (407) in when no one is looking is 905-0999 at the heart of the lessons. WEBSITE: south“Everything (PediaSwim westaquatics.com teaches) is based on, ‘If the
child falls into the water, what are the things they should do?’” says Joy McGinty, owner of SouthWest Aquatics. PediaSwim is the brainchild of McGinty. She has been teaching swim lessons in the Greater Orlando area since 1992 and opened her facility on Windermere Road in 2008. The popularity of McGinty’s infant swim program, which progresses from teaching the child to hang on to the wall and how to float to the basics of horizontal swimming, has led to instructors from places as far as the Netherlands and Australia coming to Winter Garden to observe and learn. Options abound for parents looking to give their infant a leg up on water safety and the basics of swimming, and where SouthWest is one of the more popular facilities in West Orange, there is also the option of having the lesson come to you. Darl Bonnema, a swim instructor with more than three decades of experience who formerly worked at Bay Hill Country Club’s pool as well as Windermere Prep and the National Training Center in Clermont, now goes home-to-home most days from sun-up to sun-down to give lessons. Where some providers of infant swim lessons utilize shorter sessions of 10 to 15 minutes, Bonnema specializes in longer, 30-minute lessons that he says allow the child to progress quicker. “The advantage to (home lessons) is that people don’t have to dress the kids up and take them,” he says. “I go to their house, and they can learn in the pool that they’re going to be swimming in.
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They develop a confidence in the water. … After that, you just build on their abilities and build on falling in the water; falling in face down and turning to your back. It gives them a better understanding of the water and what body position they need to be in in the water.” Infant swim programs usually progress from floating to falling in and turning over to avoid drowning and then the basics of horizontal swimming. Although popular, the lessons can be a little intense on the first day when parents allow the instructor to submerge their infant — often for the first time in the young child’s life. “The first day was a little mind-boggling because you’re seeing your baby in a water situation, and you have to trust the trainers,”
Polstein says. For providers of infant swim lessons, alleviating that fear through demonstrations, easy access to sessions and reputation is an important part of the business model. “As an instructor, it’s my job to make sure the parent is comfortable — because if they’re not comfortable the child senses that,” McGinty says. The general philosophy shared by McGinty and Bonnema on how early to get an infant started with the lessons is that, as soon as a child can crawl or walk, he or she should begin. After all, that mobility is what creates the possibility for trouble. Although many of the children are about 9 months old, the capacity for infants to learn and retain the skills can be surprising.
“I have found that parents, especially with their first child, they don’t really realize what their kid can do and what they can learn,” Bonnema says. Beyond safety, the mobility possibilities created by the water and the muscles that the children strengthen can have added benefits. “There are core motor skills that (the infants) are developing — strength that they are developing,” Maureen McGinty, Joy’s daughter and an instructor at SouthWest, says. “Babies really can’t do a whole lot outside of the water. But in the water, they’re able to kind of become more mobile.” Although the first day was a bit nerve-wracking, Jessica Polstein watches Jack Danger’s lessons now with confidence. More importantly, the Windermere couple knows that, in addition to the other safety precautions they have around their home, their child — himself — is equipped with safety skills. “Seeing him in action gives me more faith that he’s capable of way more than I thought he would ever be capable of when he started at 11 months,” Polstein says. To schedule private lessons with Bonnema, call (321) 945-1421.
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Certain fruits and vegetables can help you reach your daily water quota without having to drink so many cups. Try adding these raw ingredients to salads, sandwiches, smoothies and other recipes for a hydration boost at mealtimes. 1. Cucumber: 96.7% water 2. Iceberg lettuce: 95.6% water 3. Celery: 95.4% water 4. Radishes: 95.3% water 5. Tomatoes: 94.5% water 6. Green bell peppers: 93.9% water 7. Cauliflower: 92.1% water 8. Watermelon: 91.5% water 9. Spinach: 91.4% water 10. Strawberries: 91.0% water Statistics from health.com
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HEALTH With the hottest months of the year just around the corner, staying hydrated is of particular concern. But it’s also important to pay attention to the harmful chemicals that your water or its containers likely contain.
CATHERINE SINCLAIR STAFF WRITER Dizziness. Fainting. Swollen tongue. Lethargy. Dehydration can result in any of these symptoms. The highest temperatures and humidity levels of the year have arrived in Central Florida, and it is time to get serious about water intake. “It’s absolutely essential to stay hydrated in the summertime, especially because the heat and humidity we have here in Florida has a tendency to dry us out quicker,” said Carole Farace, a registered and licensed dietician who serves the Southwest Orlando area through her practice, Naturally Nutrition. Farace recommends a
minimum of eight glasses a day for the average adult, but the true requirement varies from body to body. Those with a bigger frame would need more than eight glasses. “Children are a little bit different,” Farace said. “They don’t require as much, but they’re more active, and because they’re so active, it’s important for them to keep drinking.” She said it is important to make sure children who are playing a sport or engaging in another physical activity have access to water the entire time they are participating. For anyone with kidney issues or other restrictions, and for parents of children of any activity level, Farace encourages consulting a
physician to determine hydration needs. BPA AWARENESS Carrying around a water bottle is a good way to remind yourself to sip continually. But most bottles — and even the water itself — could contain a chemical that scientists are continuing to recognize as toxic. Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical commonly used in plastics, and it has been getting a lot of national attention in recent years. The public has been warned not to leave water bottles in a hot car or to
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.5 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight
Hydration is of particular concern for those with active lifestyles. Chrissy Elliott, senior program director for the Dr. Phillips YMCA, offers these tips for a safe workout: • Carry a reusable water bottle with you to meetings and outings so that you can start hydrating at least two hours before exercising. • Drinking water during exercise will cool and energize you because it helps regulate body temperature. • By hydrating your muscles during a workout, you can prevent cramps and sprains. • Know your body. If you feel dizzy, have dry mouth or feel extreme muscle fatigue, take a water break. • When in doubt, drink more and switch out sugary drinks for plain water. • Continue hydrating after exercise to replenish moisture lost through sweat. • If you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
The Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences conclude that adult women need 11.5 cups of water daily, while men need about 16 cups. However, the exact amount depends on a person’s size, weight, activity level and, yes, where he or she lives. In general, an individual should consume .5 to 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight. For example, a 150-pound person would need 75 to 150 ounces of water per day.
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microwave food in plastic containers, because heat is what releases BPA from plastic. Fred vom Saal, an endocrinologist and professor at the University of Missouri, is known as the nation’s leading individual source on BPA. His research team was the first to conclude about 15 years ago that the chemical has effects on animal and human health. “We stumbled onto the fact that bisphenol-A, which is used as the base material to make the hard, clear plastics … that in fact, it was a very potent estrogenic chemical,” vom Saal says in an interview with the West Orange Times & Observer. “Chemicals in plastics that are leaching out of plastic products into water supply … at low doses, within the range of what we find in people, they are capable of causing an immense amount of harm.” BPA mimics hormones and disrupts the endocrine system, causing illnesses such as testicular dysgenesis syndrome and reproductive cancers. It also has developmental effects on children and fetuses. “If you go out and monitor people, and you look at a mother’s BPA levels during pregnancy, it’s related to her children’s characteristics after birth, such as learning impairment and aggressiveness, and ADHD-type symptoms,” vom Saal says. THE CONTROVERSY The FDA approved BPA as a safe chemical in 1963, before technology was available that could test its true safety. Because it has been declared safe, there is no legal obligation for plastic manufacturing companies to inform consumers that BPA is in their products.
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Since vom Saal’s work gained renown nationwide, there has been some controversy among scientific disciplines on whether BPA can be proven as a toxic chemical. Some toxicologists have rejected vom Saal’s work because BPA’s risk cannot be assessed with standard toxicological studies. There is no available control group because no one is completely unexposed to BPA anymore. But it is also unethical to expose a person or fetus to a high dose of BPA and compare his or her results with the average public. However, vom Saal backs the results of his research and believes more and more disciplines will see the validity in his findings over time. “The toxicological community has, over time, had to basically acknowledge that the kinds of things we
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have published are indeed possible,” he says. LIMITING YOUR RISK In this age, there is no way to eliminate anyone’s exposure to BPA, vom Saal says. But with awareness and caution, it is possible to limit your exposure and, therefore, your risk for disease. Carrying a reusable water bottle is a great way to remind yourself to hydrate. However, if the bottle is plastic, there is a high likelihood that it contains BPA. Even if the product declares itself to be “BPAfree,” it might not necessarily be safe. For example, some products contain Bisphenol-S as a substitute for BPA. By replacing BPA’s methyl group with a sulfate group, the chemical is transformed to BPS, which functions in plastics the same way that BPA does. But it also has
There is a common myth that caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and certain teas, have a dehydrating effect. However, the effect is so minimal that the water in the beverages makes up for it, and the net effect is hydration. Caffeine has mild diuretic properties, but it does not cause an overall loss of fluids.
the same endocrine-disrupting properties as BPA. “Right now, my assumption is that there is no safe plastic product,” vom Saal says. “To say something is BPA-free, that’s great; you got BPA out of it. But what have they replaced it with? And the answer is that there’s no way to know that, because it’s all confidential information.” Vom Saal recommends a stainless-steel water bottle with no plastic lining. Glass, although fragile, is also a safe alternative. IN THE WATER Tap water is also a common source of BPA. Water that is taken from ground level is likelier to contain contaminants than water that is sourced from below the ground. “It’s a huge problem in Florida, where you don’t have really deep aquifers at this point,” vom Saal said. Water pipes can also contribute to BPA levels in tap water if they are made of or lined with plastic material such as PVC. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a No. 3 plastic —
one of the classifications that contain relatively high levels of BPA. To offset the chemicals in tap water, vom Saal has installed carbon filters on all of his faucets at home. “They’re very inexpensive,” vom Saal said. “Everybody really should be doing that.”
Vom Saal recommends a stainless-steel water bottle with no plastic lining. Glass, although fragile, is also a safe alternative.
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The Physiological Facts The journey to restoration begins with understanding that ED is caused by real, physiological factors — not simply “performance anxiety” or the result of an unhealthy relationship. “With the exception of prostate cancer surgery, ED is rarely caused by just one factor. The greatest drivers are hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol,” informs Dr. Hornsby, author of the book A Doctor’s Guide to Erectile Dysfunction. “In their late 40s, men experience andropause, which is similar to female menopause and can trigger various medical problems that contribute to ED. Upwards of 65 percent of men will experience the condition in their lifetime.” These statistics are high, and they aren’t black and white. Because erectile dysfunction occurs with various levels of severity, Dr. Hornsby advocates a customized treatment approach that is unique as each patient.
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HOT WHEELS ZAK KERR STAFF WRITER In the bustle of life, adults often fall into routines, some from when they wake to when they return to bed. Adding the transportation of a child to that routine leads to death by hyperthermia — heatstroke — at least as often as any other cause, says John Mulhall, of Orange County Fire Rescue Community Risk Reduction Service. “Looking at the statistics, we still see that the majority of these hypothermia cases tend to be over 50% the caregiver forgot the child,” Mulhall says. “People say, ‘What? I’d never forget my child.’ But the reality is we’re busy; we’re distracted; we get into routines. So often, the storyline is Parent No. 1 takes the child to school or wherever every day, and this day, Parent No. 2 did.” In 2015, four children have died from heatstroke — two in Northern Florida — and even the northernmost contiguous states see child deaths from overheating every year among them, according to noheatstroke.org. In 2013, Florida became one of 20 states with a law against leaving children unattended in vehicles, the site says, for no period of time when the motor is on or the child is in distress or danger, and never more than 15 minutes. But especially in the Florida summer, by that point, damage already can be done. “When you get into a car parked outside, consider how warm it is compared to outside,” Mulhall says. “Another thing is children tend to heat faster by biology than adults.” Diane Summers, program manager of the communications team for Orange County Animal Services,
says a 70-degree day can quickly produce a 90-degree vehicle. “If it’s 85 outside, within 10 minutes it can reach 102 in the car,” she says. “Unless it’s imperative, we don’t recommend traveling with (pets). Some say crack the window an inch or two, but it’s (negligible). You need to leave the AC running. This is Florida.” Summers cited an example of a chihuahua that suffered from its owner leaving it in a car for 20 minutes with cracked windows while grocery shopping. Even on days Floridians perceive as cool, cars will become hot, and distractions can strike anyone, Mulhall says. “A guy ran in to get his cell-phone charger and fell asleep in one case,” he says. “We have house fires — your aunt calls when you have the stove on, and next thing you know, there’s a house fire. What’s stopping running in for five minutes from turning into 50 minutes?” On average, 35 to 50 children die from hyperthermia each year in the United States. Mulhall doesn’t recall any in Orange County, but he did attend an event in Florida at which a parent whose child died of hyperthermia spoke. It was a good, genuinely caring parent who made a tragic mistake, he says. Orange County Fire Rescue has a protocol in place to try to prevent the worst from happening. “We kind of assess the situation from outside as fast as possible,” he says. “The dispatcher will poll the person calling 911 to get the situation. Maybe mom will get out of the car, lock the doors and the car is on with the airconditioning going. But if we come in and the child is exhibiting symptoms of
A child can develop hyperthermia — heatstroke — in mere minutes inside a car under the hot Florida sun.
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hyperthermia, we’re going to smash windows and give it medical care. There are also local services who provide free locksmith services if there is a child in such a situation.” Mulhall says nobody should wait long to call 911 when seeing a child or pet alone in a car, and stats show this can and does happen to people of all demographics. Among pets, some are
more susceptible to heatstroke, but any pet that seems to be suffering from heat should be bathed in cool water to reduce body temperature, Summers says. This includes injuries to paw pads from walking on hot asphalt. Although academics have studied built-in reminders for cars, differences have been infinitesimal, with simpler reminders often working best.
“Some put a stuffed animal in the carseat when a child is not in it, and they put the stuffed animal in the front seat as a reminder,” Mulhall says. “Put something in the back seat — like a phone, purse, briefcase, even shoes — something to force you to turn around to that car seat and make sure no one’s there.” For more information, visit noheatstroke.org.
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Time to show off MEET THE DOC: your beautiful feet Dr. Ricardo Ogando The weather in Central Florida is getting warmer. You want to wear pretty sandals. You want to go to the beach and lie out at the swimming pool. Only one problem: You’re embarrassed about your bunions, your hammer toes or your By Dr. Richard fungal toenails. M. Cowin, This time of year, I hear Laser Foot Surgery the above concerns many Specialist times each day. Believe me, I understand. I didn’t leave a busy practice in the Chicago area to relocate to Orlando because I enjoyed shoveling snow and scraping ice off the windshield of my car. So what can you do? Most people believe correcting painful and unsightly foot problems such as bunions and hammertoes requires general anesthesia, a lengthy procedure performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgery center, a long incision, the insertion of pins and screws, and a case and a pair of crutches. Fortunately, I brought something else with me from Chicago — training in minimally invasive foot surgery. These procedures are performed in the
office under a local anesthetic, although oral sedation is available, as well. These procedures can correct even severe bunions, hammer toes and other problems through incisions as small as 1/8 inch, which only require one stitch to close. No pins, wires or screws are needed, and patients walk out of the office on their own two feet wearing a surgical shoe. Because the incisions are so small, it’s difficult for your friends and fellow beach-goers to even tell you had your foot problems treated once your feet have healed. Fungal toenails are another unsightly but very common foot problem. They love heat and humidity, so I see a lot more of them here than I did when I practiced in Chicago. Rather than taking oral medications (which are known to have possible liver side effects) or having toenails permanently removed, the ClearChoice laser is a great tool because the treatment is usually painless, so there’s no need to provide patients with local anesthesia. Also, there are no bandages and there is no “down time” after treatment. The number of treatments varies from three to five, and they are done once a month. Patients also apply a clear, topical antifungal medication to their toenails between treatments. Once treatment is finished, many of our female patients enjoy selecting some of their favorite colors of antifungal-infused toenail polish, which helps to keep the fungal infection from coming back. Dr. Richard M. Cowin is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. His practice, Laser Foot Surgery Specialist, is located at 7932 W. Sand Lake Road, Suite 106, Orlando.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Dr. Ricardo Ogando now leads Health Central Hospital’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center in Ocoee. ZAK KERR STAFF WRITER While Dr. Ricardo Ogando grew up in the Dominican Republic, he developed a small curiosity that turned into a fascination with how things work, including the human body. “I always had an inclination to scientific stuff,” Ogando says. “The only thing out of high school that got my curiosity was health science, and that’s the path I followed that felt like it could be the best.” After completion of medical school and marriage, that path led Ogando and his wife to the United States, initially New Jersey, where he underwent training. He graduated from internal medicine and then went to a small town in Michigan for almost two years, before a friend called him to tell him Orlando Health was looking for a doctor, Ogando says. It has been almost four years since Ogando began practicing medicine in Central Florida, and he has developed experience in residency, cooperation with a pharmacy and patient care. For the last three years, he has been working full-time in the specific field of wound care. He is now the medical director of the Health Central Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “Basically at this point, what we’re doing is getting the program rolling, revising the program,” Ogando says. It’s really a good opportunity for us and the community to serve its needs. I live in
West Orange, and we need that type of home care, hyperbaric medicine. We’re trying to make awareness of the unit and the services we provide.” One issue Ogando frequently encounters is troubling ulcers, which he says sufferers have a higher fiveyear mortality rate for than those with breast cancer. “It’s very important to get that out of the way before bad things happen,” he says. “We want to build a center of excellence to get people the treatment they need. We’re just making the team work. We’ll get all of our things in time and get people what they need.” Particularly susceptible patients in Ogando’s realm include those with chronic diagnoses, the elderly and anyone with immune deficiency problems or similar barriers, he says. With any size of open wound in any part of the body — but especially in the lower extremities — these groups in particular should seek immediate medical attention to avoid complications that can progress in the body rapidly, he says. “We see a big range of patients,” he says. “They come from everywhere. If there is anyone in the medical community with medical problems, there should be a way to overcome those barriers.” The opportunity to develop this center he oversees and put guidelines into proper practice excites Ogando most about his job, and he hopes his management of
Dr. Ricardo Ogando wants the community to be aware of his unit as a resource for wound care.
his team will be a positive influence on it and the community, he says. He even wants to be able to reach other providers in the area to help them reach more patients and save more limbs and lives. “We just want to reach out and let people know that for wounds, there is a health center with a full-time wound-care provider,” he says. “People tell us they’ve never heard of a wound doctor and they’ve been dealing with a wound for months or more than a year because they didn’t know what to do about it, that there was something different. We want to make sure people know we’re there to help them. There are other things that wounds can do other than go away. We want to help heal them.” Ogando and his wife have two children, a boy and a girl.
We want to make sure people know we’re there to help them. There are other things that wounds can do other than go away. We want to help heal them.
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TEA TIME Consumers are guaranteed a fresh cup — and a healthy drink — every time when they buy loose-leaf tea.
READING THE LEAVES CEYLON STAR — This black tea from Sri Lanka makes a classic flavor that is smooth, crisp and familiar. It has a rich, dark color, clear body and a smaller leaf than many Ceylon teas. CHINA JASMINE — A classic cup of China green tea that has been naturally scented by jasmine blooms. The combination brings a sense of serenity. ORGANIC SENCHA — This green tea is prepared in the traditional Japanese style. It has the sweet grassy character valued in Japanese-style teas. The smooth flavor makes it easy to drink. LAVENDER SPRING — White teas are enjoyed for their floral notes. Add natural lavender flowers, and y ou have an uplifting and relaxing cup. ORANGE BLOSSOM — Curls of orange zest adorn the rich tone of the rooibos leaf when dry. When infused, the rind imparts a splash of citrus that comes together with the crispness of rooibos. RASPBERRY MINT — A well-balanced herbal blend that includes raspberries and raspberry leaves, as well as peppermint, chamomile and a touch of hibiscus for body and color.
AMY QUESINBERRY RHODE COMMUNITY EDITOR If you are in the mood for a fruity drink, AntiquiTEAs has a Mango Mayhem black tea with mango cubes, blueberries and flavoring cornflowers. If you are looking for a pick-me-up beverage, go for the Jet Lag Awake specialty blend, with its spearmint, gynosternia leaves and green mate. How about a tea that doubles as a dessert? Try the Chocolate Mint rooibos, which includes organic cocoa nibs, peppermint, rose petal and chocolate and mint flavors. AntiquiTEAs is located on the north end of the new Plant Street Market, in downtown Winter Garden. Co-owners Marc Baudendistel and Darrin Sutton sell 42 different types of teas and blends, each with natural ingredients and a distinct taste. Loose-leaf samples are available for testing aromas. For folks who are used to store-bought teabags or bottled tea and aren’t familiar with loose-leaf teas, the entrepreneurs will take the time to explain their products, such as the differences between white, green and black teas and what rooibos, tisane, oolong and herbal infusions are. “In the most natural state, you get the most benefits,” Baudendistel said. Once sugar is added, it starts reacting and negating the tea’s benefits, he said. He suggested putting in a drop or two of honey or Agave syrup. White tea is in the most natural state and is uncured and unfermented. It has the least caffeine and the most antioxidants.
An AntiquiTEAs brochure offers this information from WebMD: “One study showed that white tea has the most potent anti-cancer properties compared to more processed teas.” Black tea is made with fermented tea leaves and has the highest caffeine content. Studies have shown that black tea could protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and could also reduce the risk of stroke, according to WebMD. Oolong tea is partially fermented and has less caffeine than black tea. Green tea is made with steamed tea leaves and has a high concentration of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), WebMD states. “The tea’s antioxidants can interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries; burn fat; counteract oxidative stress on the brain; reduce the risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases; reduce risk of stroke; and improve cholesterol levels.” Yerba mate tea is full of antioxidants and vitamins and does not produce the caffeine-related crashes that some people experience with coffee. Rooibos (also known as red tea), tisanes and herbal infusions do not have caffeine but are still high in antioxidants. Rooibos is a flavorful African herb that has a natural sweetness to it, Baudendistel says. WHAT MAKES IT A TEA? According to Baudendistel, all true tea comes from
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AntiquiTEAs co-owner Marc Baudendistel shows eight of the 42 types of loose-leaf teas available at the new shop at Plant Street Market in Winter Garden.
one plant called Camellia Sinensis. The method of processing will result in different flavors. At AntiquiTEAs, the herbal teas are called herbal infusions or tisanes because they do not contain this plant and, therefore, are not actual teas. Because of space limitations at the market, Sutton and Baudendistel have no room to blend their teas, so they purchase it already blended by tea masters in Canada and Nebraska. When selecting their menu options, the local owners
attended many tastings and learned where all the ingredients are grown. When making their decisions, they included some flavors that tie in with the area’s history (like the Orange Blossom rooibos and the Citrus Vanilla Cooler fruit tisane). There are a few throwbacks to Baudendistel’s childhood in Toronto, too, such as the Canadian Maple black tea. The loose-leaf tea is sold by the ounce at AntiquiTEAs. Baudendistel said one ounce has six to eight spooonfuls, which will produce 12 to 15 cups of tea.
IF YOU GO AntiquiTEAs WHERE: Plant Street Market, 426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays CONTACT: (407) 3478916 or AntiquiTEAs@ yahoo.com WEBSITE: antiquiteas.net
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Every weekday morning, a group of seniors walk laps together at West Oaks Mall for fitness and friendship.
George and Mercy Lopez are part of a team of volunteers who help the walkers check in at the mall every morning.
ONE STEP AT A TIME HEALTH CENTRAL WALKERS WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays through Fridays WHERE: West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Registration table is located in the food court. COST: Free INFORMATION: (407) 296-1496
CATHERINE SINCLAIR STAFF WRITER West Oaks Mall doesn’t officially open until 10 a.m. on weekdays, but the doors to the food court open two hours early to welcome a group of seniors who congregate there for health and socialization. When the mall opened in the late 1990s, Health Central Hospital started the Health Central Walkers. It is a free program that enables participants to walk laps yearround, in an air-conditioned space, while making friends and earning awards for their accomplishments. The program took a hiatus in recent years but started back up in late 2014. Now, a typical weekday sees about 50 walkers between 8 and 10 a.m. at the mall. “We have all kinds of walkers that come in,” says Mercy
Lopez, who volunteers at the registration desk every Monday. “Some of them have been walking since the mall opened.” Most of the walkers range in age between their 60s and 80s, but some are even more seasoned—into their 90s. Others are younger family members of longtime walkers, who visit to spend some quality time with their relatives. The program is open to participants of any age, whether they are just stopping by or signing up long-term. Each lap is three-fourths of a mile. Most walkers do three laps at a time, but others do more or fewer. Everyone is allowed to set his or her own pace. Kattie and Curtis Pollard started walking at the mall last year and then stopped for a while because of health
concerns. They returned recently. “It’s cool, and it’s level — we don’t have to worry about stumbling,” Kattie Pollard says. She says it was also nice to be able to walk at the times the program offers, instead of having to wake up too early to walk when it is still cool outside. Another benefit for the walkers is that security personnel are always present to ensure their safety. Walkers come and go throughout the morning, but there are often a number of them who stay past 10 a.m. to talk and enjoy coffee together. For every 50 miles (67 laps), walkers earn a certificate for their achievement. These are awarded at a free breakfast for the walkers every second Tuesday of the
month, from September to May, at the mall food court.
PARTNERSHIPS Health Central Hospital sponsors the walking program, but it is not the only community organization involved. Staff from the Dr. Phillips YMCA are on-site during walking hours to offer free blood-pressure screenings, and weight and height checks. They also provide pedometers for the walkers. Four days a week, a group from Alliance Supports Corp participates in the program. Alliance Supports Corp, founded by Paul Durand, is an Apopka-based nonprofit organization that arranges community-service opportunities for adults with special needs, as part of a day program for them. “We’re sort of a different option if you have a disability,
if you’re not quite ready to get a job,” Durand says. “I want to do stuff that matters to the community and change the way that people think about disabilities.” Alliance Supports Corp has been walking at the mall since 2003. Durand says it helped the members of the organization by boosting confidence and helping them establish cognitive functions. At the monthly Health Central Walkers breakfast, Alliance Supports Corp holds a food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. This initiative started 10 years ago. Joining the walkers also has provided members of Alliance Supports Corp with key element of healthy living: friendship. “The walkers sort of adopt us as their friends,” Durand says. “Not only does walking and exercising give you confidence, but having friends gives you confidence, too.” Whenever someone from Durand’s group is absent for a few days, someone from Health Central Walkers inevitably asks whether that person is OK. There is true concern for one another’s well-being, he says. “That’s what walking at the mall is. … Very loving people, and they care about each other,” Durand says.
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FRAMED BY FEELING
CATHERINE SINCLAIR STAFF WRITER When people go through tragedies, they often respond creatively, whether they are aware of it or not. After the death of a loved one, family members might start to piece together memory books of photos and mementos. Monuments are constructed after wars and disasters. “An intrinsic part of us is that we make things,” says Sarah Milam, a registered art therapist who works in Ocoee. “We automatically have the innate desire to create, and that itself helps us to grow and is good for our quality of life.” Milam’s clients are of all ages, but the majority are children and teenagers. Some have suffered tragic events. Others struggle with anxiety, problems at school, self-esteem issues or stressful situations at home. As a licensed mentalhealth counselor, Milam’s goal is to help these clients process their emotions and work through their circumstances. And as an art therapist, she believes not only that the act of creating is therapeutic but also that the artwork her clients create can reveal much about how they are feeling inside. “Because I’m also a counselor, I don’t necessarily require that we’re going to do art, but it definitely helps with kids and teens, or even adults, who are willing to do it,” Milam says. “And eventually, once we get to know each other … they become more open to it.” In May, Milam started offering her services at GradePower in Ocoee, which is a space she shares with a speech pathologist, a licensed school psychologist and academic tutors. “We can make sure we’re meeting lots of needs in one spot,” Milam says. “I’ve always been in a situation
When paired with traditional counseling, art therapy can help clients work through emotions and difficult circumstances in many different ways.
Art therapist Sarah Milam began offering her services in Ocoee in May.
where I’ve worked on a team with people from different disciplines, which is great, because then you’re not only looking through your lens. You’re getting the opinion and perspective of professionals from other fields who might recognize something that you don’t see.” WHAT TO EXPECT When Milam starts working with a new client, she interviews him or her — as well as the parents, if the client is a child — to learn all about the history of the issue the client wants to address. She also establishes goals with the parents. After that, each session is
GET IN TOUCH ADDRESS: Ocoee office: Grade Power, 286 Moore Road PHONE: (850) 843-0774 APPOINTMENTS: (407) 797-4111 EMAIL: sarah.milam email@example.com specifically tailored to the client’s needs and goals. From the artistic exercises she helps children work through, to the choice of materials, she uses art to help them process and overcome their difficulties. If Milam wants to emphasize thoughtfulness and
structure, she may give a child something rigid to work with, such as a box of colored pencils. But if she hopes a child will dig deeply into his or her emotions and release them, she offers something messier, such as paints or clay. “That’s always in the back of my mind — what I’m choosing and who I’m choosing it for,” she says. “And then of course, what issues we’re working on, and what are the goals.” Milam sometimes works with children at their schools, if the school has requested her service. For example, she works with one 4-year-old boy at his preschool. On the
playground, she gives him social-skills support and can intervene if a conflict arises. But while she is onsite, she also can meet with him one-on-one in a classroom, guide him through an artistic exercise and discuss how his art relates to what happened on the playground. Milam also uses art therapy with children who have special needs. Artistic expression can help them work on social skills, motor skills and sensory tolerance. In these ways, it functions similarly to occupational therapy. “Like counseling paints with a broad brush, so can art therapy,” Milam says.
Milam earned her master’s degree in art therapy from Florida State University in 2009. She later completed her counseling licensure. She completed one practicum at FSU’s counseling center, working with college students, and another at an eating disorder clinic near Tallahassee. Her first jobs after school were at a center for juvenile delinquent boys and at an in-patient child psychiatric facility. About a year ago, Milam moved to the Orlando area to start her private practice. She has given presentations twice at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual national conference, and she will be presenting this fall at the Florida Art Therapy Association conference.
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To publicize your event in our Health Calendar, please send by mail: 720 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787; or by email: email@example.com. Photos are welcome. FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Safe Sitter Classes — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 and 20 and July 17 and 18, in the Gleason Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Safe Sitter is a medically accurate, hands-on, class that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 13 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. Cost is $25 for Orlando Health teammember children and $50 for non-team member. For more information or to register, visit healthcentral.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Kidney Smart — 9 to 11 a.m. June 25, in the Bradford Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Learn from expert educators about kidney function and causes of kidney disease. To register, call 1-888-695-4363 or visit KidneySmart.org/Class.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 Dining with Diabetes: Taste and Learn — 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute 2415 N. Orange Ave., Suite 501, Orlando. Dining with Diabetes’ live cooking demonstrations include techniques, tips and tastings presented by local chefs Edwin Cabrera and Michele Jachim. Vegetarian options are discussed. Free. For more, visit floridahospital.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 16 Understanding Health Insurance: From Coverage to Care — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16 and Aug. 20 at the West Oaks Branch Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road, Ocoee. As part of the Af-
fordable Care Act and the start of the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013, thousands of Central Floridians are newly insured. However, understanding how to actually use health insurance can be confusing. Certified navigators are offering this information session to help individuals and families understand their benefits, connect with the services that are covered by their insurance and understand their financial responsibilities. (407) 835-7323.
SATURDAY, JULY 18 CPR Certification Heart Saver/AED Classes — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 301 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Instruction provided by Rural/Metro Ambulance, in support of the communities served by the Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department. Register in advance by sending your name, address and phone number to Larry.Marshall@ rmetro.com or calling (407) 578-3636.
CLASSES & GROUPS AARP Driver Safety Program — 9 a.m. to noon on select dates at the Health Central Park auditorium, 411 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Cost for the twoday class is $12 for AARP members (must bring membership card) and $14 for non-members. For additional information and to register for the class, call AARP, 1-888-227-7669. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support — 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, in the second-floor conference room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial
Drive, Ocoee. Group is open to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. For more information, call (407) 8431910. Cardiac Rehabilitation Program — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (by appointment) at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Cardiac patients, such as those who have suffered heart attack, those with stable angina and those who have had open-heart surgery, are encouraged to participate in this program. A physician’s referral is required. Joyce McIlroy, (407) 296-1599. Chair Yoga — 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Seniors can experience the many health benefits of yoga at no cost. The routine is safe and gentle with low-impact stretching and breathing exercises. (407) 656-4155. Childbirth Educational Class — held weekly in Health Central Hospital’s Gleason Room, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. These classes are designed to prepare expectant parents for the childbirth experience. Participants are encouraged to bring at least two pillows, a blanket, a coach, a drink and a snack. Registration is required, and classes are free for Healthy Start and MomCare participants. Visit healthystartorange.org to register. Diabetes Education Classes — Health Central Hospital’s Diabetes Center instructors are trained in the latest diabetes treatments. Attendees must have a physician’s referral and call to reserve a spot in each class. (407) 296-1447.
Gentle Yoga — 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. Four-week sessions begin May 5, June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4. This class is great for beginners and involves stretching, strengthening exercises, breathing techniques and relaxing meditation. Ages 16 and up are welcome. The cost is $6 per class for residents; $7 for non-residents. For the entire session, $20 for residents; $24 for non-residents. For more information, call (407) 656-4155. Health Central Walkers — 8:30 a.m. daily, at the West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, No. 728, Ocoee. Walkers meet at the food court entrance. Put on a pair of walking shoes and join friends and neighbors for a brisk stroll. The group also hosts a monthly breakfast. Attendees are asked to bring at least one canned food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Donations may be dropped off at the Community Relations department, fourth floor, Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Jane Austen Book Club — 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month, in the Bradford Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. No reservations required. (407) 296-1497. SHINE — 10 a.m. to noon the third Monday of the month in the Bradford Room at Health Central Hospital, 10000 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee. Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drugs? Are you new to Medicare and not sure what options you have? The Florida Depart-
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N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. For more, visit returntogoodhealth.20fr. com. Take a Hike — free hiking program takes place the second Saturday of every month, at the Oakland Nature Preserve, 747 Machete Trail, Oakland. (407) 9050054. Weight Watchers — weighin begins at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. There are tremendous benefits to losing weight, and Weight Watchers can show you how to do it and keep the weight off. (407) 6564155. Zumba — 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, at the Jessie Brock Community Center, 310 N. Dillard St., Winter Garden. (407) 6564155.
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