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BY PAM EUBANKS Twenty-five-year-old Amanda Goddard shifts her 2-month-old son, Kenny, in her arms, taking extra care not to pull on the cords attached to his nose and body that monitor his vital signs. At only 3 pounds, 10 ounces, Kenny has grown more than a pound since he was born two months premature. “I’ve stayed every single night,” Goddard says. “I haven’t left, except to eat, and I left twice for a doctor’s appointment. I’m very pleased (with my experience).” Goddard’s perspective is one administrators at Sarasota Memorial hope to replicate, in terms of creating a positive birthing experience for women. “Women are the deciders of care within the family,” says Dr. Kyle Garner, the hospital’s chief of obstetrics and gynecology. “This is the first hospital experience for most females. It’s a joyous occasion. They develop a relationship (with us when they give birth here). If they have a good experience, people are more likely to return.” At SMH, doctors deliver more than 3,000 babies annually. In fiscal year 2013, obstetrics, including neonatal intensive

Amanda Goddard holds her son, Kenny Chambers, who was born two months premature at 2 pounds, 8 ounces. Goddard and her son have stayed in a private room in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit since Kenny was born. care and high-risk pregnancies, accounted for 12% of admissions into SMH. Of those admissions, about 50% were covered by Medicaid, which typically does not reimburse hospitals and doctors for the full cost of past care. In total, SMH lost more than $15 million on Medicaid cases last year, hospital spokeswoman Kim Savage said. Last year, Sarasota Memorial also absorbed the $1.5 million cost of its new OB hospitalist

program to offer on-site obstetrician services 24/7. Although the hospital does not consider the business of birth a “money maker,” SMH has dedicated three of six medical floors of its new $250 million, nine-floor Courtyard Tower, which opened in September, to mothers and babies. It boasts separate levels for labor and delivery, mother-baby recovery and neonatal intensive care. Each new space was designed

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+ HOSPITALS OFFER NEONTAL SERVICES Sarasota Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Sarasota to have an obstetrical unit and the only hospital in a four-county region to have a Level III neonatal intensive care unit in its obstetrical unit. In Manatee County, only Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and its sister hospital, Manatee Memorial, have obstetrical units. Both hospitals are equipped to delivery babies in emergency situations, with intensive care equipment on-site, although neither has a neonatal intensive care unit to which newborns can be admitted. Manatee Memorial is taking steps to develop a Level III intensive care nursery, which would make it only the second such facility in a four-county area; only Sarasota Memorial has such an existing unit. with process — workflow of physicians and nurses and patient visitors — in mind. The labor and delivery floor also is equipped with more tools for natural childbirth — birthing balls, large tubs and showers in which to labor. Pam Beitlich, director of women and children’s services for SMH, says the offerings are part of a larger strategy. “The community has asked for this kind of care,” Beitlich says. “By providing that care, we can elevate the quality of care in the region.”

Breastfeeding Crying is a late sign of hunger, so mothers should look for cues, such as their baby sucking on his fingers, fidgeting or frequently putting his hands to the mouth. Mothers should offer milk at least eight times in a 24-hour period.

Sleep Infants should sleep on their backs to decrease incidences of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The crib should be empty of blankets, pillows and bumper pads.

Baby skin care Keep skin care simple by using products with the least amount of ingredients. Parents shoud change diapers as soon as possible and can add a diaper cream or ointment to act as a barrier between the baby’s skin and irritants.

Solids Infants can start eating solid food between 4 and 6 months of age. The texture of your baby’s first foods should be extremely smooth — practically dripping off the spoon. If you prepare your own food, you should strain, puree or finely mash the food and then thin it with liquid, if necessary. Serve new foods one at a time for three to five days to make sure your child is not allergic.

Teething The gumming action of chewing provides counter pressure to relieve the aching pressure as your baby’s teeth come in. Bumpy rubber teething rings work well. You also can try offering a frozen, wet washcloth or frozen fruits, such as a banana, in a feeder mesh bag (to prevent large chunks from coming off and choking the child). You can run your finger along your baby’s gums or administer pediatrician-approved pain medication or ointments, as well. — Charlene Chirillo, childbirth education facilitator/ lactation support for Sarasota Memorial Hospital

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For people who provide care to elderly loved ones, finding time to fulfill other obligations may seem impossible, but local resources focus on the caregiver. BY AMANDA SEBASTIANO For professionals in the caregiving business, such as resident assistant Rosario Spires, taking care of the elderly brings enormous satisfaction. For some of the 20 patients Spires oversees at The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch who require assistance, Spires bathes them, brushes their hair and picks out their clothes. “We are a family here,” Spires says. “I look at them when they walk by me, and I think, ‘There goes my mom, there goes my dad.’” Spires remembers the difficulty of juggling family life and taking care of residents full time when she joined The Windsor’s staff in 2008, after recovering from an illness. For individuals less experienced than Spires who have taken on the role of caregiver for a loved one, or may in the future, the situation can seem impossible at times, says Paula Falk, director of the Senior Friendship Centers’ Caregiver Resource Center and Adult Day Service in Sarasota. Falk meets with first-time caregivers, most who have jobs and families and have assumed complete responsibility for their elderly parents’ well-being. She

Rosario Spires, a six-year resident assistant at The Windsor of Lakewood Ranch, loves working with her elderly patients — whom she calls her “mommas and papas.” She is pictured with Gerry Haller. also leads classes, such as Powerful Tools for Caregivers, which helps its participants care for loved ones without letting caregiving consume their lives. After more than 15 years of working with families to provide resources for providing care to their elderly loved ones, she swears by one exercise. She asks the new caregivers to draw a circle and write the name of the person for which they care

within that circle — an exercise Falk calls the circle of care. Branching out from that inner circle are other circles filled in with responsibilities, such as as banking, medical, transportation and other needs of the care receiver, and the names of which individuals will tend to those needs. The results are often the same. “If your name is written all over the necessities, then guess what? You’re in trouble,” Falk says. “When

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you begin as a caregiver, you may feeling vulnerable, individuals only be doing a couple of those closest to them should never things, but you keep adding more hesitate to discuss with them the and more tasks over time. You need problems they see, Falk says. to figure out a way to get your name “I live in the real world; I know out of all those circles.” people are private and resistant,” To provide quality Falk said. “I had a family care to loved ones while come in recently who was “There’s maintaining personal worried about the safety obligations, Falk of an elderly loved one. so much stresses brainstorming. The adult children were information so worried their parents Take time to talk with siblings, the care would be upset with them out there receiver and other asking for help) that about taking (for family members to they ignored obvious care of the discuss whether it’s problems.” time to start helping the The caretakers mean care receiver. receiver with certain more to the care receivers We also need than just someone who tasks. Having a plan — one that designates to take care of takes care of them. warning signs and plans “She’s the light of my the giver.” for how to respond to life,” The Windsor resident those signs — is crucial, Gerry Haller says, while — Paula Falk, Falk says. rubbing Spires’ back. “I Senior Friendship Once a loved one watch her run around this Centers requires care, put a place, and I just want to team together and go over and hug her. She divide the duties. works so hard.” Having a support system in The Senior Friendship Centers’ place creates a better chance Caregiver Resource Center offers for caregivers to maintain good a range of classes, which focus on relationships with their loved ones, bringing caregivers together to while getting them the proper care, share best practices, while providing Falk says. them with resources. The center, Also, for the working caregiver which has locations in Sarasota who wants their loved one to have and Venice, also lists schedules of social time and quality supervised support groups and other resources care, Falk suggests the Senior on its website, friendshipcenters. Friendship Centers’ program, The org. Living Room. The adult day service The Windsor of Lakewood invites caregivers to bring their Ranch also offers an Alzheimer’s loved ones to the facility, where disease support group and care assistants oversee activities, monthly discussions on age-related such as creating art and performing issues. For more information, visit cognitive games to keep the seniors’ legendseniorliving.com. minds active. At the end of the day, “There’s so much information out care receivers return home. there about taking care of the care Although most care receivers receiver,” Falk says. “We also need can feel a loss of control and dislike to take care of the giver.”


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Corporate wellness becomes a priority  The Founders Club

Area businesses demonstrate that a healthy workforce provides value to the workplace.  Grapevine Communications Then, depending on their baseline fitness level, teams receive two weekly personal training sessions at Studio South. The team also gets unlimited access to Studio South, including group classes. At the culmination of the event, the teams compete in a “Challenger” relay, which tests the skill and strength participants gained during the six weeks. Last year, Grapevine’s team lost more than 30 pounds combined. “It really is a great morale booster,” says Vest, who will participate for the second time. “It’s a team-building opportunity. And, for me, it was starting point to get healthier.” Massaro-Fain and Fain usually allow their employees to leave the office early to make the late-afternoon training sessions. “You can’t get more encouraging than your bosses handing you the opportunity to get fit on a silver platter,” says Miranda Spinner, public relations and media manager. “Anytime you feel better and healthier, your productivity goes up and carries into the workplace.”

“It can backfire to aim incentives like these at people who already exercise,” Gallagher says. “That’s why we incorporate the group fitness classes, which are less intimidating and more social.” Separate from the challenge, and new this year at The Founders Club, Gallagher is leading wellness events for club staff at no cost. In late February, she led a stress-reduction talk, sharing tips about maintaining worklife balance. She runs one-on-one health care investment sit-downs and offers personal tips about less obvious issues, such as posture. “Usually, business people have to take time away from work to manage their health,” Gallagher says. “This is an in-house way to improve employee well-being.”

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Jenny Gallagher is the unofficial spokesperson for people who belong to a golf club but don’t play golf. “It’s a larger group than you think,” says Gallagher, a resident and member at The Founders Club. “A lot of the ladies here don’t play golf, and people want other outdoor alternatives.” Last year, after pitching the idea to Hugh O’Donnell, the general manager at the club, Gallagher, who owns two wellness businesses, kicked off The Founders Club Fitness Challenge for golf club members. “It’s an incentive for people to be more active and social and to become more of a community,” Gallagher says. Throughout the month-long competition, which began Feb. 1, members earn stars based on their daily fitness activities, which can include anything from walking to participating in free group fitness classes at the club. Members give themselves stars on an honor system. The person who earns the most stars wins a one-hour massage, private tennis and golf lessons and yoga, cycling and Pilates sessions. Other challenges include inches lost and pounds lost competitions.


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The flying pigeon, or also known as the pigeon, works the body’s muscles. This position opens the quads, chest and shoulders. Unlike the floor yoga’s pigeon, which can put too much weight on the knee, the flying pigeon does not.

Although most yoga participants have found peace on the floor, many yoga-lovers and newcomers are taking their love for yoga to new heights. BY HARRIET SOKMENSUER

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Aerial yoga, or flying yoga, is a relatively new form of yoga that has students holding poses in a hammock in the air. With their bodies off the ground, participants stretch and strengthen their muscles and skeletal systems without the weight of their bodies adding pressure to the movements. Owner and founder of Sarasota’s CircuSoul, Kerry Tice, says aerial yoga is a great way to work the entire body while having fun. “There’s not a system of the body aerial yoga doesn’t affect,” he says pointing out that with the support of the hammock, advanced poses such as the pigeon are more

accessible to beginner students. After an hour-long class, Tice says he sees a difference in his students. When a person is upside-down, the body’s blood pressure decreases, cardiac vascular wellness increases and the brain’s reticular activating system is affected, which helps with sleep cycles. He says students walk away less stressed, physically and mentally, and have more energy. There are three locations in Sarasota that offer aerial yoga, and Tice says the trend is growing steadily. “All of these health benefits are happening in the background while we’re having a great time,” Tice says.

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Known also as the plow pose in floor yoga, the mosquito is an inverted pose that brings deep core awareness. In floor yoga, this pose can compress the neck vertebrae, however, with the hammock’s support, this pose is safer and more accessible to beginners than the traditional floor pose.

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Zucchini comes in many varieties, but each kind has only 20 calories per cup, making zucchini a great choice for weight-loss, diabetic or cardiac eating plans. The vegetable is a great source of folate, which is important for cell division and DNA synthesis and preventing birth defects. It’s also a great source of Vitamin C, with 35% of the daily value in just one cup. Other nutritional benefits of zucchini include B vitamins, such as thiamin and B6, and potassium and manganese, which are essential for cellular function and electrolyte balance in the body, Mathis says.

QUINOA WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES

With the spring season comes the chance to feast on plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Florida. This recipe showcases that sentiment with ingredients that are flavorful, but low in calories, fat and sugar. “I am always on the lookout for recipes like this one with a variety of fresh, seasonal vegetables and loads of antioxidant nutrients,” says Pam Mathis, a registered dietician and a licensed wellness coach. “This one includes a high protein whole grain, as well, so it is a winner in my book.” The recipe also can easily be adapted to include tofu, beans or a meat. The inclusion of quinoa increases protein content, as well.

eggplant

A member of the nightshade family, eggplant contains powerful antioxidants called phenols, free-radical scavengers that can prevent cancer and heart disease by protecting the integrity of the cell. “It is a good source of a broad array of nutrients, including fiber, folate, potassium, manganese, vitamins C, K and B, phosphorous, copper and magnesium,” Mathis says. “It’s not particularly high in any one in particular, but it is a great source of valuable trace minerals that help the cells function more efficiently. Potassium and magnesium, as well as folate, are essential for healthy heart function.”

— Pam Mathis, MEd, RD, LD, CWC, is a registered dietitian/ nutritionist and wellness coach in Lakewood Ranch. She can be reached at (941) 907-3757.

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1 small eggplant, peeled and diced into three-quarter-inch pieces 1 red pepper, diced 3 small zucchini, diced 2 small yellow squash, diced 1 8-ounce package of baby portabella mushrooms 1 8-ounce package of cherry tomatoes 1 red onion, peeled and diced into 1-inch pieces 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups quinoa

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Urgent Expansion EXPOSING EXPOSING Urgent-care facilities, which have grown in number nationally, are establishing a more significant presence in the area. BY DAVID CONWAY

When should I go to an urgent care center? The following ailments are generally treated at urgent-care centers: • Sprains, strains • Earaches and fractures • Bronchitis • Eye injuries • Sinus infections • Lacerations and • Skin rashes burns • Urinary • Colds and flu problems

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Health conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and many others usually show no symptoms until it’s too late. That’s why it’s important to detect them early. Dr. Eric Folkens greets visitors on opening day of his fourth urg ent care walk-in clinic, located on U.S. 41 in Sarasota.

seeing their primary physician. According to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s website, patients are seen within 30 minutes of arrival at its four urgent-care centers. “I think the convenience aspect of it is why we’re able to open these places up,” Folkens said. “We definitely fill a need for people.” Folkens says urgent-care centers, typically open late into the evening and on weekends, offer a degree of convenience. The Sarasota-Manatee population might be particularly well tailored to facilitating a growth in urgent-care centers. Folkens said that if people are on vacation, new to town or unable to meet with their usual doctor, they are more likely to use urgent care. Between the influx of part-time residents and increased visitors during tourist season, urgent-care centers see a spike in activity. “The high influx of vacationers — yearround vacationers and snowbirds — is definitely big,” Folkens said. “Our volume almost doubles during these months out of the year.”

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Eight years ago, Dr. Eric Folkens went to five different banks asking for a loan to open an urgent-care facility. Only one said yes — which was enough to get his dream off the ground. “It wasn’t easy to begin with,” Folkens said. “A lot of sleepless nights; a lot of debt.” Folkens pushed through the rough early days, and his preservation paid off. On March 1, he opened his fourth urgent-care clinic in the Sarasota-Manatee area, Sarasota Urgent Care Walk-In Clinic, located on U.S. 41 near Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Folkens’ growth over the past decade underscores a larger national trend that shows an increased interest in urgent-care facilities. There are roughly 9,000 urgent-care centers in the country, with about 600 new facilities opening each year, according to the Urgent Care Association of America. As the name suggests, these centers focus on immediate care for those who want to avoid the typical wait associated with an emergency room and who are willing to forego

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Health + Fitness CA LEN DA R

CLASSES & SEMINARS Cost Considerations in Caring for a Person with Dementia Throughout the End of Life: What You Need to Know — takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, March 14, at USF Sarasota-Manatee Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. This program, presented by Pines Education Institute of the Pines of Sarasota, is for caregivers, friends and family members and anyone affected by issues of dementia. RSVP is required. Visit dementiacost.eventbrite.com, or call JoAnn at 365-0250, Ext. 1114. Wellness Empowerment — takes place from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Center for Building Hope, 5481 Communications Parkway, Lakewood Ranch. Juliet Mathison will offer participants a variety of self-help methods to relieve stress and restore body/mind balance and harmony. Participants can learn safe, gentle methods to practice at home for reinforcement and enhanced well-being. Call 921-5539 to register. 5th Annual Victory Over Stroke — runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the H2U Cortez Center, 6670 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. This annual stroke educational event for Manatee County includes distinguished speakers, free health screenings, exhibitors and lunch. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call 1-88-359-3552.

Nutrition and Cancer — takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. Robin Shapiro presents information about how various foods can trigger an immune response that may not be obvious. Learn steps to take to possibly identify the specific food. Call 921-5539 to register for the program. Dr. Oz: ‘Women’s Health: Prevention of Cardiac Disease with Proper Nutrition’ — takes place at 2:15 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Hyatt Regency, Sarasota, 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. The Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Presents OZ+YOU, a fundraising event featuring TV personality and host, Dr. Mehmet Oz. Oz will present “Women’s Health: Prevention of Cardiac Disease with Proper Nutrition.” Proceeds benefit Sarasota Memorial Health Care System’s Department of Cardiology. General-admission tickets cost $100; reserved tickets and sponsorship tables for a luncheon with Oz cost $250. Visit smhfoz.com or call 214-765-0064. Able Challengers Spring Symposium — takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota. This symposium offers education and support for the physically challenged and includes vendors, speakers and demonstrations. The

First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay — begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail. The race course will remain open for four hours (18 minute-mile pace) to accommodate walks, as well. Relay teams may enter, too, with one team member running approximately 6 miles and the other team member running approximately 7 miles. Entry price until race day is $105. To register, visit sarasotahalfmarathon.com.

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EVENTS Spring Blood Drive — takes place at various times March 13 and 15 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital Waldemere Auditorium, 1921 Waldemere St., Sarasota; March 18 at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, 5880 Rand Blvd., Sarasota; and March 18 at the University Parkway Care Center, 5350 University Parkway, Sarasota. All donors will receive a free T-shirt, an entry into a drawing to win a new Kindle Fire HD, a wellness check, a cholesterol screening and the opportunity to earn a $25 restaurant gift card. Call 917-7986. Run to Remember Event Rally — runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Pines of Sarasota, 1501 N. Orange Ave. Enjoy chili and margaritas while learning more about the Pines Run to Remember with other participants. All proceeds benefit the Pines’ Alzheimer’s patients and education institute. For more information, call 356-0901. 5th Annual Life in the Son 5K/10K — takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at First Christian Church, 7601 Clark Road., Sarasota. Registration closes Wednesday, March 19. Entry fee for the 5K race costs $25; and the 10K costs $30. For information, visit fccsarasota.com. 6th Annual Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K Run/Walk and Kids Dashes — takes place at 6:45 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. W., Bradenton. Registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $30; and the Kids’ Fun Run is $10. Visit active.com for more information. Spring Expo: Embrace a Life of

Health & Wellness — takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton. This expo includes free screenings, evaluations and health information for all ages. Meet physicians, specialists and representatives of wellness-related businesses. Children also can meet Olaf at this event. Hosted by Lakewood Ranch Community Activities and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Call 757-1530. Sarasota 5K Color Vibe — takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Cost is $40 per person by March 31; price increases until day of registration, which is $50. Entry price includes official Color Vibe T-shirt, Color Vibe color pack and Color Vibe prize. Visit thecolorvibe.com/sarasota.php# for information. Run to Remember 5K for Alzheimer’s — takes place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road. Race in a 5K or walk 1 mile for Alzheimer’s. The morning event includes a kids tent with clowns and healthy snacks. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. with the 5K starting at 7:30 a.m.; 1-mile walk begins at 7:40 a.m. To register, visit PinesRunToRemember.org. Pinwheel 5K Run & 5K Elite Fitness Challenge — takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at Nathan Benderson Park, 2500 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. Registration closes Friday, April 18. Registration for the 5K or the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk is $25. Visit active.com for more information.

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+Picture of Health: RON NERI

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n June 2012, Ron Neri finally decided to see a doctor. His hip had been in pain for years, and, so, following the advice of one of his friends, the then 69-year-old had a doctor check it out. It turns out his left hip was “ bone on bone.” Arthritis had degraded the joint to the point that his left leg was about an inch shorter than his right one. The only solution, according to his doctor, was a hip replacement. “It was affecting my golf game,” Neri jokes. Hip replacements are usually major operations, but Neri was active within a few weeks. Neri credits his quick recovery to a fitness regimen he had started more than two years prior to the operation under the direction of his personal trainer, Bryan Lieberman, who is the personal training director at Crunch Southside on Bee Ridge Road and specializes in training people with disabilities. Lieberman’s training improved the condition of Neri’s hip, helped him drop

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Two years after his hip replacement operation, Ron Neri is still training with Bryan Lieberman and claims that he feels “better than ever.” “I went back to Bryan right after my rehab, and it just keeps getting better,” Neri says. “I recovered very quickly.” At 5 feet, 9 inches, Neri weighs 172 pounds — down from a high point of more than 200 pounds that he reached prior to his work with Lieberman. He also says that working out improved his cholesterol levels and other markers of health. “I don’t take any medication for cholesterol or blood pressure,” Neri says. “I credit it to the working out.”

AGE: 71 NEIGHBORHOOD: Silver Oak REGIMEN: Daily routine includes stretching and at-home workouts prescribed by his trainer, Bryan Lieberman. He also works out with Lieberman twice a week at Crunch Gym on Bee Ridge Road. The hour-long workouts focus on lowerbody and core strength, as well as flexibility. DIET: High in protein with lots of fruits and vegetables. He credits his diet for weight loss and improved energy and mood, although Neri admits that working out also allows him the flexibility to enjoy a cheat meal from time to time. “I’m Italian,” Neri says. “So, when I splurge, I like pasta.” FAVORITE WORKOUT: Neri prefers lower-body exercises such as squats over the core work that Lieberman makes him do. Outside of the gym, Neri’s favorite activity is golf.

weight and helped his health. And, although the workouts ultimately were not able to turn back the clock on the arthritis, Neri’s newfound strength, flexibility and health allowed him to bounce back and recover stronger than before. LOOKING GOOD, FEELING GOOD Lieberman says resistance training is able to “turn back the clock” on his clients’ aging, by correcting muscle imbalances and aches and pains born from years of sedentary careers or from injuries that never properly healed. Lieberman emphasizes the benefits of resistance training for the elderly, citing medical studies, which indicate that older people can double their muscular strength in as little as two weeks with a well-planned resistance training program. Neri credits his workouts with improving the arthritis in his back, negating the need for cholesterol and blood pressure medicine, as well as his quick recovery from the hip-replacement surgery. “It makes me feel younger,” Neri says. “It works for me.” Neri also explains that, due to his workouts, he was able to skip the typical conditioning period most hip-replacement patients have to go through in preparation for the surgery. “It made getting the hip replacement significantly easier,” Neri says. Neri also admits that the benefits of working out extend beyond the health of his muscles and joints. “It’s also mental,” Neri explains. “It makes you feel better; your mind is clearer. It makes you feel better all over.” OVERCOMING INERTIA Neri lives in Sarasota with his wife, Georgia, 71. They moved to the area in 2004 from Con-

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