Dr. Peter Marincovich Explains The Importance Of Trust And Communication

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doctorPeter Marincovich, PhD, CCC-A, owner and lead audiologist at Audiology Associates in Northern California, recently wrote an article published in which he emphasizes the value of trust and communication between doctors, staff, and patients. After incorporating this care philosophy into his practice, Dr. Marincovich and Audiology Associates have achieved better relationships between staff with almost no turnover, as well as excellent patient satisfaction.

Dr. Marincovich founded Audiology Associates in 1984 and he is currently celebrating 30 years in business. Dr. Marincovich explains his philosophy on creating the perfect audiology practice, “Trust and communication—making a human connection—are essential ingredients for any successful relationship. Trust within a business environment must begin with top management and then permeate the organization. Having a well-conceived plan designed to build rapport and camaraderie among staff and patients, through an organized process to improve interpersonal communication, pays dividends in terms of employee longevity as well as client loyalty over time.

The plan we eventually adopted resulted in measurable improvements in patient satisfaction, going from 81% to 97% within five years. It reduced staff turnover from 8% to less than 3%—and to zero in the past two years. It also produced greater staff/patient connectivity, and higher patient retention rates measured by follow up records at our three locations in Santa Rosa, Mill Valley and Mendocino. These improvements did not occur overnight and required a concerted effort to learn more effective ways to interact and communicate. So, how did we get here?

About eight years ago, after establishing my practice some 22 years earlier, I felt something was missing. We were doing things over and over again the same way and expecting different results. Staff turnover was high and patient satisfaction was less than desired. We were not where we needed to be as a team. I also realized that things were not going to change unless I changed and became aware of what I needed to know. In an attempt to resolve these issues, I attended leadership training workshops, read more than 30 books and listened to management CDs in my car.

‘Beyond the Language of Trust’ was chosen as the headline of this article because it builds on one of the many books I read entitled, ‘The Language of Trust: Selling Ideas in a World of Skeptics’ by Michael Maslansky, Scott West, Gary DeMoss and David Saylor. This book focuses on effective ways to communicate with clients, customers and patients on their terms to gain their confidence. While these recommendations are excellent, they address only half of the equation.

Our goal was to go beyond external guidelines to include internal communications as a prerequisite to building effective team and patient relationships. Our plan evolved over several years through many team meetings during which we defined our vision, mission, as well as team values—and my values—that led to a revitalized culture.

I wanted to take it to the next level and really understand what I should be doing and, in the process, help our team become more effective. This approach involves helping the team seek out new opportunities and career paths, while giving them tools they need to succeed. As a leader, I also had to know when to get out of their way and let them do the things you brought them in to do—by making them better decision makers.

Our team has fully embraced this philosophy. They see my passion and know it comes from a good place. Furthermore, they knew that in order to give back to the community and improve patient experience they needed to grow. This led to a creative way of engaging and empowering the staff, while significantly enhancing patient satisfaction.

Good communication takes effort. You have to work at it. It starts with developing an honest, interactive communication process among team members. One reason why people don’t speak their minds is because it is often easier and less threatening to say nothing, or because they fear repercussions or possible rejection if they do.

Throughout my career I’ve found that effective communication begins with mutual respect, transparency and communications that both inspire and encourage others to do their best. Information is something you give out, but communication is what you achieve by getting through and engaging the receiving party. To embrace open communication as part of your culture, you have to talk about it, praise it, nurture it, and reward it. And, as a leader, you have to become the living embodiment of effective communication and deliberately demonstrate it everyday.

As I learned to become more proactive, I found that what I needed to do for myself was to have clarity of purpose and then establish systems and processes that would produce the same desired outcome for the team as they helped inspire in me. As our team developed, we focused on producing a simple visual communications chart to use a linear model to show paths of communication. We also learned to ask questions, ask referral sources, ask each other and equally important, ask our patients. Finally, after systems and processes were in place, I became committed to ensuring clarity by repeating, reviewing, creating stories and just talking about what was important.

The first step involved meeting with each team member and discussing goals as part of organizational development. We focused initially on individual staff goals. We identified career path interests and talked about how they envision reaching their goals. The last step was to integrate their personal desires and aspirations with financial aspects of the practice and how this understanding can help them achieve their objectives. By communicating to my staff that I value their involvement in Audiology Associates to do good not only for the company, but also for themselves, I effectively sent a message to the team that I care for them in a meaningful, helpful, value-added, leadership way.

The second step involved having everyone complete a self-assessment identifying strengths and non-strengths. Strengths and weaknesses surfaced, and I learned what my staff fears. Some individuals like to communicate, others less so, and I learned to take a more nuanced approach in my attempts to communicate with each individual person. In addition, I learned more about their behavioral characteristics, their perceived limitations and what motivated them.

I also learned to use different communication modes for different staff members based on listening to their responses and being intentional about learning exactly who I was working with as I gleaned their perceptions of the process. I’ve learned that some of my staff benefit most from a sit-down meeting with a formal agenda to review. It’s not that everybody doesn’t benefit from this approach, but some other staff members communicate best in more casual ‘water cooler’ conversations and chats on the fly.

Together, we created our vision, mission, values, tenant and our credo as a collective group. The entire process took about a year and was well worth the effort. The hardest part, and probably the most significant, was in determining our values. Once our core values were determined, we discussed further how these values translate to our practice. My staff and I developed metrics, benchmarks and goals for the practice as a whole. To this was added a process for discussing each month where we are in relation to our goals. When this was completed, we shared the final product with the entire team, discussed the overall plan and obtained their buy-in. Not only did open communication add clarity, it also produced contingency conversations with options if alternatives were required to achieve initial objectives.

In result of our team efforts, patient appointments are now set up in the office with various members of the staff assisting with different aspects of the process. Job descriptions are coordinated with state requirements. We call it our 30/30/30 system. I divided many 90-minute appointments into three, 30-minute segments. During the first two segments assistants and support staff see patients and provide initial services. The final 30-minute segment is reserved exclusively for the audiologist. This not only frees up one hour of audiologist scheduling time, but it engages the staff and helps them expand their capabilities beyond the formal job description. Team members are directly involved with patients at varying levels and they become a larger part of the hearing health care delivery process.

The success of the 30/30/30 system led to a redesign of the office. Our lab was previously situated in a somewhat closed-off area separate from the rest of our workspace. Now the lab is the center of the office with open access to patients, providers and other staff moving about more freely.

When it comes to benefitting the patient, our exclusive MA5P METHOD™, (personalized Assessment, Active listening, Adaptation, Assistive technology solutions, Aftercare and hearing loss Prevention), reconnects patients and dialogue with them about ways they can achieve a lifestyle that may not have been possible without these comprehensive clinical services. In addition, we established Key Performance Indicators so we would have an ongoing system for evaluating where we are as a business and how well we are communicating with each other and our patients.

A side benefit of working through the various aspects of developing an effective communications plan allowed us to focus on our team, and the assembly of teams within the team. We identified our entire staff as giving us a strategic advantage. We conducted administrative, tactical, strategic and developmental meetings with team members. Individuals participating in these teams were identified as coordinators, leads, captains, ambassadors as well as those with aspirations to move up within the practice.

All of this planning and careful implementation led to the development of our new communications culture we call Beyond the Language of Trust—which has become a culture among our own internal decision makers and staff members. In leading our employees through this process, I also gave them tools needed to succeed, and trust them to make informed decisions in keeping with our overall strategy and business plan. At the same time they now trust me. However, the most important outcome is that they trust me to trust them.”

Peter Marincovich, Ph.D, is certified with Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Dr. Marincovich founded Audiology Associates in 1984 and is currently celebrating 30 years in business. Audiology Associates offers three convenient Bay Area locations in Santa Rosa, Mendocino, and Mill Valley. Dr. Peter Marincovich spearheads the practice with a holistic approach that focuses on patient centered care and hearing loss prevention, the latest diagnostics and comprehensive rehabilitation. For more information about Audiology Associates and Dr. Marincovich, visit us at http://www.audiologyassociates-sr.com/ or call 707-523-4740.

The Importance Of Omega-3 And Omega-6 Acids

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peanutbutterA healthy diet contains a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 acids help reduce inflammation, and some omega-6 acids tend to promote inflammation. The correct balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is essential if you want to be the healthiest you can be.

Both omega-3s and omega-6s are essential fatty acids that your body can’t make, so you have to acquire them through your diet. Omega-3s and -6s compete for some of the same modification machinery. So if you eat an over-abundance of omega-6s, they interfere with your body’s ability to use omega-3s. Too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 are among the causes for many diseases in modern society. Let’s talk about how we can get the right amount of intake.

We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. Omega-6 fatty acids are essential nutrients, abundant in the Western diet; common sources include safflower, corn, cottonseed, and soybean oils.

For now, experts on both sides of the issue agree that eating sources of omega-3 fats, mostly fish, is important, but many people aren’t getting the recommended levels of it. The current recommendation calls for two servings of a fatty fish such as salmon a week, as well as mackerel, herring, halibut and sardines. Shrimp, scallops and snapper also contain omega-3s. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, omega-3 fats can help lower your cholesterol levels. Choices for vegetarians include flaxseed oil which contains about 55% omega-3 fats. Canola oil has about 10%. Soybean oil is about 7% omega-3 fats. Walnuts, olives, avocados and leafy green vegetables are also good sources of omega-3s.

“Omega-3 favorably affects a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and at the top of the list is reducing the risk of sudden death from heart attack,” said Penny Kris Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Pennsylvania State University.

Omega-3 concentrations are highest in the brain and nervous system. The fatty acids are necessary for optimal functioning of the neurons, protect cells, decrease cell death and improve nerve transmission. Emerging research indicates omega-3s may boost levels of the brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine, decreasing depression and violence.

“In 5 out of 6 of the clinical trials where people were given either a placebo or omega-3 fatty acids, on average, the symptoms of depression have been reduced by about 50 percent,” said Joseph Hibbeln, a psychiatrist at the National Institutes for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

“If you eat too much omega-6, as is the case with today’s American diet, this promotes inflammation, blood clotting and constricts blood vessels,” said Artemis Simopoulos, president of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health and the author of “The Omega Diet” (Harper Collins, 1999). “When your cells contain equal amounts of omega-6 and omega-3, as was the case with early humans, this promotes less inflammation, less constrictive blood vessels and prevents clot formation, all important functions in preventing many diseases.”

Research has shown that the imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 hormones increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and dying of a heart attack. It also increases the risk of developing a psychiatric disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity. Chronic inflammation caused by excessive omega-6 hormones increases the risk of every immune-inflammatory illness ranging from atherosclerosis, arthritis, and asthma to type-2 diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. Omega imbalance can even result in bone loss, and increase the rate of cancer growth. So, what can we do to make sure the omegas are in check?

For most people it is easier to start by reducing some of their dietary choices. Try to limit these top sources of omega-6 fatty acids:

· Peanut and other nut butters

· Chips and buttered popcorn

· Take-out, and packaged foods

· Fried, battered chicken or fish

· Margarine and vegetable shortening

· Salad dressings … best choices are ones made with olive or canola oil

· Vegetable oils … best choices are olive, macadamia nut, and canola oils

Here are some suggestions on how to boost your omega-3 intake:

· Include as much fresh food as possible

· Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables

· Read the labels – even if you are buying nuts, read the label look to see if they are processed with vegetable oil (corn, soy, cottonseed, grape seed, sunflower, safflower, etc), which loads them up with omega 6

· Aim for variety

· Eat seafood a couple of times per week

· Use Soya beans and tofu as meat replacements

Like most things in life, balance is everything. Most importantly, don’t completely avoid your necessary omega-6 intake, rather avoid any processed and packaged food for all types of health benefits and indulge in the variety of any fresh veggies, fish, and snacking on walnuts and fruits.

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The Importance Of A Healthy Imagination

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By Lorne Holden

kidsjumpingWhen we think of children’s health, it is natural to think of good nutrition, plenty of fresh air, exercise and the power of stable loving connections. But there is an aspect to a healthy child which is often not addressed – the healthy imagination.

In a world where our kids are more hooked up to technology every day and where images and ideas pour at them from all corners of their lives, what is happening to their world within? What is happening to their own “inner search engines” that can solve problems, invent new solutions, sit with great curiosities?

Now is the time to stand by this part of your child’s well being. A healthy imagination is crucial for a child to be able to think their way out of a pickle, invent an answer to a conundrum or whisk away a stress.

Consider adopting these simple methods to help keep your child’s imagination alive:

1. Celebrate curiosity and questions. Let your kids know that to simply sit with a question without the pressure to answer it, is a great way to get the imagination up and running. Ask questions out loud in the spirit of musing – such things as “I wonder if there was ever a cow that had stripes like a zebra. Can you imagine what that would look like?”

2. Invite your child to use their imagination to help themselves in times of sorrow or discomfort. For example, if they have a headache at a time when lying down is not an option, ask them if there’s something they can imagine that would help them? Perhaps thinking of a baby polar bear softly using her paw on the child’s head? A fairy putting a cold cloth on the place that hurts?

groupkidswbg3. Use your own imagination frequently so that your child can model the practice for your child. Say out loud things that arrive in your mind. “I wonder if there were ever clouds that were another color than white…” etc.

4. Play word games. Ask you child to make a new word from a word they already know. Some examples might be: confused can become confuzle-ating. People can become Popelini’s. Roots can become cachoots.

5. Invite them to build, draw and paint things that come right from their minds, not from the world around them. Or have them make an art project leaping off something they know and somehow making it new.

Keep the process light and fun. Imaginations that are stirred tend to invite more, great stirrings and before you know it, your child may surprise you with a wild, original thought of their own. Encourage and celebrate these wonderful moments. Today’s children are the creators and problem solvers of tomorrow. Let’s help keep their minds fresh and alive.

– Lorne Holden is an award winning artist and author of the bestselling book “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done,” which is available at makeithappenintenminutesaday.com and by request at any local bookstore.

The Importance And Benefits Of Yoga For Children

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By Anthony Smith

boytouchingtoesFrom hot yoga to power yoga to dog yoga, it seems that yoga is everywhere these days and we Australians are more than happy to embrace it. In fact more people take a yoga class each year than play Australian Rules Football.

The advantages of yoga for adults are well known, which is why we keep going back year after year. But yoga’s benefits are not just restricted to stressed-out adults with tight lower backs. In fact, yoga offers a wealth of benefits to children, from young toddlers through to teens.

It is not surprising then that kids yoga has taken off around the country. Seen as a viable alternative to (or complement to) joining the local sporting team, tai kwon do, or even French lessons, young people around Australia are taking up regular yoga practice in fun supportive environments. Here are 5 important reasons to consider seeking out regular yoga classes for your child.

Enhances concentration: Focus and concentration is a natural by-product of a child learning to move his or her body through the various poses, he or she acquires focus and concentration. It helps develop their attention span, which helps school performance and behavioural issues.

Confidence: Learning to master any skill is great for your child’s self-esteem. Children are naturally flexible and it is easy for them to enjoy poses early on, helping them to believe in their abilities and provide motivation to go on. Yoga also teaches persistence and patience as a path to success.

Positive body awareness: As children are still growing and developing yoga is a fun and safe way to improve co-ordination and body awareness, teaching kids to tune in and listen to feedback from their bodies as they move through the postures. Alison Potts, owner and director of Brisbane Yoga Tree says yoga helps children get in touch with movement in a culture dominated by digital screens. “We’re in a time now where kids are getting fewer opportunities to do what comes naturally to them – that is, running around and getting energy moving through their bodies, really feeling who they are in their physical selves, head to toes, “ she says. “Yoga gives kids an experience of their whole selves – it is dynamic, energetic and centred on their whole selves. That’s why kids love yoga – because the reward they get from it is what their natural bodies already crave.”

Relaxation and stress relief: The practice of yoga is a natural anti-dote to every day stress in kids’ lives. The relaxation benefits help with sleeping patterns and keeping kids calm. Breathing and meditation also goes hand in hand with yoga and these tools empowers kids to find ways to cope with and manage their own stress, creating positive habits for life. Ms Potts recommends meditation to tackle childhood pressure from social media and feeling the need to fit in. “Meditation is a powerful practice for children, rooting them in the present and allowing their real self to connect with them. Calm and relaxation are the obvious benefits but the feeling of being deeply connected to one’s own power is immeasurable.”

Kind social interactions: Inside the yoga class, kids are nurtured by the non-competitive environment and differences are encouraged and celebrated. In this atmosphere, tolerance and kindness flourishes.

Strength and flexibility: Like all forms of exercise, yoga helps keep kids active, building strength and maintaining flexibility. Yoga helps maintain healthy joints and growing bones.

Yoga is for children of all ages. Yoga for kids, especially very young kids, are fun and upbeat. Kids are engaged with singing and stories woven through the yoga movements so it really feels like play while they are still getting all the benefits of the practice.

– Anthony Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of an Australian childcare management company, Guardian Early Learning Group. As a parent himself, Anthony recognises the importance of providing children with physical activities which encourages self-confidence, and positive body awareness in a safe and nurturing environment.

The Importance Of Feeling Safe – Part 2

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By Bob Livingstone

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

familywalkSteps to Feeling Safe:

• The very first step is to recognize that safety does indeed exist and that you are deserving of it.

• Think about the moments when you have felt safe and write about them. When you are feeling frightened, turn to your journal and focus on it. For example, if you remember feeling relaxed and warm laying on the beach, bring up a memory of that and allow it to flow into your fears.

• Be aware that we all have different parts of us inside. Some parts may be identified as children, punitive adults, loving women, caring men and those that carry wisdom. These parts become fragmented and don’t connect when you are not feeling safe. When you are feeling scared, look inside and find which part is being triggered. Once you find your place of wisdom and caring parts; have them communicate reassuring, loving messages.

• It is important to get enough sleep, eat well, exercise regularly and hang out with those who really have your best interest at heart.

• Terminate relationships with those who belittle you and are not trustworthy.

• Discover what unconditional love really means and apply it to yourself-accepting that you are not perfect and that is OK.

• Seek out psychotherapy to help face, work through and heal from not feeling safe. EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Sandtray Therapy are two modalities that can help you learn to feel safe.

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

The Importance Of Feeling Safe – Part 1

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By Bob Livingstone

womanMany of us have that anxious feeling running through our bodies on a regular basis. That feeling comes in a variety of states; from intense five alarm bells loudly ringing to fear running in the background of our thoughts. When this happens, folks can withdraw socially, rely on substances or get caught up in drama to escape this feeling of impending doom.

We walk through life fearful of looking at what causes this overwhelming worry. We believe that we are just anxious because one or both of our parents is a worrier. We accept as true that we are in fear because we have been traumatized at one or more points in our lives. We think there is no relief for this state, so we do our best to grind it out and survive. We also have the mindset that actually facing this agony will create more pain making it more difficult to survive.

In reality, we don’t feel safe much of the time and that lack of safety is the major trigger for all the fear that washes through us. Many of us have no real concept of what being safe means.

Many of us have not received reassurance from our parents that no matter how horrible your life was going, you would eventually not just be ok, but thrive. That sense of hope and faith was never instilled.

When I look at how lovingly my friends/neighbors look at their children as they hold them, I realize that my parents never gazed into my eyes in such a passionate way. I imagine feeling loved that fiercely provides a child with warmth, self-confidence and security.

Feeling wanted leads to feeling safe. Being safe is the absence of beating yourself up or feeling that all that is good in your life is a moment away from vanishing forever.

Feeling safe is not having that soon to be falling off a cliff feeling and not worried about being criticized by those surrounding you.

Feeling safe is not having that soon to be falling off a cliff feeling and not worried about being criticized by those surrounding you. It is the ability to find the safe space inside yourself that was pushed away when you were a child. That safe space is naturally there when we are born, but we learn to lose our path to this place through the abuse and neglect of adults who are supposed to care for us.

Feeling safe means being self-assured and ditching the self-doubt. It means waking up in the morning and deeply knowing that you deserve to live in a safe space and have the happiness that it brings.

Feeling safe is the ultimate goal of psychotherapy or any other means of self-exploration.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article…..

Bob Livingstone is the author the critically acclaimed Unchain the Pain: How to be Your Own Therapist, Norlights Press 2011, The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise, Pegasus Books, 2007 and Redemption of the Shattered: A Teenager’s Healing Journey through Sandtray Therapy, Booklocker 2002. He is a psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker in private practice in The San Francisco Bay Area and has nearly twenty five years experience working with adults, adolescents and children.

The Importance Of Dental Health

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By Dana Smith

brushteethDental health occupies a vital role in determining the overall health of the human body. It refers to the healthy functioning of the teeth and gums which should be free from bacterial infection, cavities and bad breath. People who seldom rinse their mouth after consuming junk food and sweets are susceptible to tooth infections, loss of tooth, decay and gum problems. Today there are many dental offices in the neighborhood for effective dental treatments. The Anchorage dental clinic offers all types of dental treatments and specializes in a dental emergency.

Importance of Brushing and Flossing

Regular brushing and flossing of the teeth is very essential to maintain dental hygiene and health. Doctors recommend regular brushing at least twice a day. Both adults and children are advised to brush their teeth once in the morning after waking up and at night before going to bed. In most cases, both children and adults brush their teeth hurriedly which can lead to poor dental hygiene. Cavities, plaque, bleeding gums and so forth are some of the most common dental problems faced by most of the people today. When faced with dental problems, most people approach emergency dentist in Anchorage to obtain best treatments.

Dietary Practices

For effective dental health, it is quite important to abstain from consuming alcohol, unhealthy snacks, sweetened dishes and drinks. It is also pertinent to include a lot of dietary fiber in your diet along with fruits, vegetables, legumes, fish and so forth. It is also important to avoid the consumption of food with high sweet content. While searching for expert dentist, Anchorage clinics are often recommended for its exemplary care and assortment of dental procedures.

toothbrushpasteRegular dental checkup

To ensure overall dental health, a regular dental checkup is recommended by the dentists. It is important to consult a dentist to evaluate dental problems such as cavities, bleeding of gums, tooth misalignment and so forth. Visiting an emergency dentist is one of the best options for all types of dental health problems. Most of the clinics in the Anchorage area offer a cozy atmosphere to the patients and address their issues in a gentle manner. Various dental health care programs such as whitening of the teeth, dental implants, veneers, sedation dentistry and so forth are offered to the patients. Emergency dentistry services are also offered at most of these dental offices.

Today, various dental insurance plans are offered, which makes it easier to avail the best services at affordable prices, to ensure dental health care. Dental health care plans are also offered online at an affordable price rate. It is very important to maintain a high standard of oral health in today’s fast paced environment to ensure healthy teeth and gums.

– Dana Smith is a niche blogger; she is currently works for Anchorage Midtown Dental. Contact for right now if you have suffered an emergency dentistry treatment in Anchorage.

The Importance Of Keeping Your Kids Active And How To Do It

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By Melody Reed

boyrunningWith child obesity becoming such a problem around the country it is more important than ever to keep your child/children active. Of course staying active is only half the battle as maintaining a healthy diet is equally important to the overall fitness of a child. However, for now we will focus on why it is so important to keep your son or daughter active and the ways in which you can do it.

Benefits of an Active Lifestyle

There are so many benefits that a child can receive from engaging in an active lifestyle. The primary, and most obvious, are the physical health benefits a child gains. Along with battling childhood obesity, physical activity helps a kid build muscle and stronger bones. Staying active can even help children prevent future health issues as it leads to lower cholesterol and blood pressure along with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While these physical health benefits have been well documented, there are also some non-physical perks a child can gain from staying active. It has been shown that kids who stay physically active are actually more likely to stay alert and successful in school. There are also emotional benefits to be gained; as a child can build self-esteem through success in physical activities such as sports. Although you may know about all the wonderful rewards of an active lifestyle for your kid, it may still be difficult to get them motivated and keep them active. Here are a few tips that can help you be successful.

familyfunSet a Good Example

As with most other aspects in life, your child will tend to emulate you. This is why it is important that you set a good example for your kid by having being active yourself. You don’t have to live in the gym to do this, simply show your child that you too are staying active and moving. If you spend most of your day in front of the TV then your son/daughter is likely to do the same. Setting this example will not only motivate them to be active now, but also set good habits for the future.

Provide Opportunities for Kids to Stay Active

You want to give kids as many opportunities as possible to be active. One way to do this is to get them involved in sports and other physical activities. It is important that you find something that they are interested in or find fun, because this will increase the chance that they stick with it. You should always provide praise for success in any activity as it will inspire the child to continue to strive for acknowledgement. Another easy way to provide opportunities is to get outside. There are many more opportunities for a kid to be active outside and they are more likely to want to be active.

Make Activities Fun

This may be the most important aspect of motivating a child to be active. This is because keeping activities interesting and fun is what keeps a kid committed to them. One way you can do this is by involving the entire family. Getting the whole family involved shows the child that the activity is fun and everyone wants to do it. Another way to keep things fun is to have your kid bring a friend along. You can also allow your child to pick the activity. Putting them in charge gives them a chance to do something they enjoy doing and it doesn’t feel like you’re forcing them to do it.

fruitswhiteHealthy Diet and Vitamins

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, it is also very important that your child maintains a healthy diet. A healthy diet, along with physical activity, will go a long way towards your child’s overall health. As far as vitamins and supplements go, I would suggest supplements for vitamin D above all others. There are not many foods with high levels of vitamin D and this leads to many kids having deficient levels of it. These supplements can be important because vitamin D helps build strong bones and protects against cancer.

Keeping your child/children active can seem like a difficult task; but it’s very important and these tips can help make it easier. It is recommended that a child engages in physical activity for least one hour every day and doing so will promote a healthier lifestyle. If you pair this with a healthy diet and the proper supplements you should have a strong and healthy child.

– Ten years ago, Melody Reed made a lifestyle change and decided to lose 80lbs. Now she tries to promote healthy lifestyles in adults and children with Eden Pond who supplies (health supplements).

The Importance of Meditation

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By Jeff Gitterman

brainthinkingI recently read an article about Max Planck, who won a Nobel Prize for his work with atoms. After years of study and research, Planck eventually said that he could only know one thing—that some invisible force holds together energy to create this minute solar system, and he must assume, based on his research, that some higher intelligence is behind this force.

Quantum physicists today will often tell us the same thing, sometimes in rather mind-twisting statements, but these ideas are not just the esoteric territory of the scientific fringe, as many scientists have believed that the world can be understood in terms of energy for some time. In 1632, Galileo published A Dialogue Concerning Two Chief World Systems, which included his principle of relativity, which states that the fundamental laws of physics are universal in all fixed situations. Others, such as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, continued to build on the work of Galileo, which eventually led to the discovery of Einstein’s famous theory of relativity in 1905. E=mc2 states that energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, and that energy and mass are transmutable.

The idea that everything in this world is made of energy is also something that has been known to spiritual mystics for millennia, particularly in the Eastern traditions. Over the past thirty years, as we’ve seen a greater synthesis of Eastern and Western thought, many ancient teachings of the East have gained a wider acceptance in the West, especially as science has begun to validate some of these key spiritual insights.

According to many Eastern systems, our minds are the greatest obstacle to better understanding the world and connecting to the larger energetic system that surrounds us.

According to many Eastern systems, our minds are the greatest obstacle to better understanding the world and connecting to the larger energetic system that surrounds us. If we take a moment and look within, most of us will notice a voice inside our heads that is talking so fast we can barely concentrate on anything. Sometimes I ask people in my seminars to give me an image that describes this. “A six-lane highway,” one person said. “An endless to-do list,” said another. Other images include an orchestra without a conductor or a traffic jam at a busy intersection. Almost without exception, people come up with images that represent chaos, confusion, fragmentation and lack of integration. In this day and age, when our minds are bombarded with so many distractions, it’s no wonder we can’t keep still.

Generally speaking, there are two ways our minds work. If we have a project or task to solve, we can engage our mind to help us accomplish our goals. A scientist figuring out a lab experiment, a mathematician working out a complex equation, and a writer creating a novel are all utilizing the mind in this way. When we engage our minds in problem solving, our minds are working for us.

All too often though, we aren’t engaging our minds productively. Rather, our minds are engaging us—running around in multiple directions, depleting our energy and not really accomplishing anything. It’s just trying to keep us hooked—on it. When we lose our attention to the endless stream of thoughts that continually run through our heads, we’re no longer using our minds—rather, our minds are using us.

The first step in learning to harness the power of our attention is to become aware of how it moves. To do this, we need to find a way to disengage from the endless stream of thoughts that preoccupy us. This is one of the fundamental reasons people practice meditation, in all its many forms.

yogaposeWhen I use the term meditation, I don’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged on a cushion, but rather participating in any deliberate activity that teaches you to disengage from a compulsive relationship to the stream of thought. There are numerous books that have been written over the years on the subject of meditation and how to disengage from the thinking mind or, more simply put, how to stop listening to the voice inside your head. It’s important that you find a method that works best for you.

The benefit of learning how to disengage our attention from our thought stream is that we can then apply our minds more readily towards constructive things, such as completing goals and connecting with other people. It creates space within us—an opening that allows more energy to flow into us. In this seemingly paradoxical way, having more space in our minds allows us to accomplish more and more things in the world.

Adapted from Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity
© 2009 Jeffrey L. Gitterman – Published by AMACOM Books
All rights reserved – A Division of the American Management Association.

– Jeff Gitterman is an award winning financial advisor and the founder and CEO of Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC. www.gawmllc.com. He is also the co-founder of Beyond Success, www.BeyondSuccessConsulting.com, a consulting firm that brings more holistic values to the world of business and finance. His first book, Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity, was recently published by AMACOM.

In 2004, Jeff was honored by Fortune Small Business Magazine as “One of Our Nation’s Best Bosses.” He also serves as chairman of the advisory board to the Autism Center of New Jersey Medical School, an organization that raises significant monies each year for autism research and support services.

The Importance Of Bone Health And How It Relates To The Overall Health Of Your Body

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By Steven Madison

skeletonHow much do you really think about your bones on a daily basis? Probably not much. After all, unless there’s a serious problem, our bones are invisible to us – and that’s a good thing.

No one wants to wake up every day worrying about whether or not they’ll be able to run around or concerned about the delicate organs inside their body not having enough protection. In fact, the health of our bones can impact practically everything we do.

Unhealthy Bones, Unhealthy You

You’ve probably heard of osteoporosis, a bone condition that you can develop later in life. It makes your bones weaker and causes them to deteriorate, leading to lots of unpleasant problems. But those are just vague statements – what does it really mean in terms of your health?

Moving around will hurt. Weak bones make it harder to play sports, exercise, and in more extreme cases even walk around normally. You’ll feel more pain in your joints and sitting, standing, and staying in certain positions for long periods of time can cause even more discomfort. And one problem leads to the next, because…

Muscles will weaken. It stands to reason that if moving around causes you pain, you’re not going to do it as much. Unfortunately, this becomes a cycle of deterioration and speeds up the entire process. To make matters even worse, we already lose muscle naturally as we age, so this just causes an extra loss on top of that.

overweightbusmanYou’ll get fatter. Another part of the deterioration cycle. When weakened bones keep you from moving around and exercising the way you would like, there’s a good chance that it will cause you to put on extra fat because your body won’t be working as hard to lose it. And this is despite the fact that deteriorating bones can lower your overall weight. They won’t be as dense, but you will look like you’re heavier than you were because of all the extra fat. Plus, all of these changes can exacerbate the final problem by ruining your balance.

Brittle bones mean broken bones. The worst thing about the weakening of your bones caused by osteoporosis is that the loss of density makes your bones brittle. Take a slight stumble or accidentally bang your wrist into something and you might be facing way more than a bruise or even a sprain – brittle bones tend to shatter far more easily. That’s why so many older people suffer from broken hips and the like. If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know that it often means months of painful recovery. For older people, that period tends to be longer, and some of the aches and pains stick with them for the rest of their lives.

What can you do so stop this from happening? First you need to understand your bones.

How Bones Work

Bones live and grow just like we do. Our bodies break down old bone and make new bone throughout our lives in an endless cycle.

This cycle, however, isn’t the same at every age. It’s incredibly important to take care of your bones when you’re younger because, up until we turn 30, our bodies are making new bone faster than they break down old bone. That means we gain bone mass more easily, which means that our skeletons will be stronger.

The more bone mass you have by age 30, the better, because everything deteriorates more rapidly at that point – the loss of bone density is inevitable. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things to fight against the loss.

Get lots of calcium and vitamin D. In order for your bones to grow and become strong, calcium and vitamin D are vital because they are what your bones “eat,” for lack of a better term. Drink milk, eat other dairy products like yogurt and cheese, and add salmon to your diet to shore up your reserves of vitamin D and calcium.

mancartoonsmokingStop drinking and smoking. It is believed that alcohol hampers your ability to absorb calcium, so having two or more drinks a day makes osteoporosis more likely. Likewise, research suggests that tobacco use weakens your bones as well.

Take control of your eating disorder. Bulimia, anorexia, and even stomach and weight-loss surgery can contribute to the loss of bone density and weaken your overall skeletal structure. Seek professional help and get the condition under control as soon as possible.

Run, dance, play. Our bones are meant to support our weight, so the best way to keep them strong is to give them plenty of practice. Engage in physical activities where your bones have to bear your weight like tennis, hiking, walking, dancing and jogging.

– Steven Madison writes about human anatomy and a wide range of health topics for Anatomy Now’s website.