National Rise In Patients Seeking Headache Relief

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woman TruDenta, the creator of a diagnostic and treatment system for chronic headaches and other jaw-related symptoms, has reported a nationwide rise in the number of patients seeking relief from chronic head pain, neck pain, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, jaw pain, tinnitus, and vertigo.

“This year we have seen a 52% increase in the number of patients our practices have treated. Our network of over 300 doctors and their teams in 47 states are changing lives every day,” says John Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer.

According to TruDenta, this increase could be a positive indicator of a greater public awareness of the varied root causes of chronic pain, as well as a sign that headache and TMJ sufferers are increasingly dissatisfied with the side effects and low efficacy of temporary solutions like medication or injections. Finding proper treatment for chronic headaches is difficult for many patients, and like all chronic pain it puts those struggling with it at greater risk of depression and other illnesses. A study in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain found that patients suffering from migraines were 60% more likely to develop depression than patients without migraines.

The complicated nature of headache disorders means that they are often dismissed or misdiagnosed, leaving many chronic headache and migraine sufferers unaware that their pain could be caused by slight misalignments in their jaw and teeth. TruDenta’s diagnostic and therapy system uses state-of-the-art precision measurement to identify these imbalances, coupled with a drug-free and painless treatment system derived from sports medicine. If a patient’s pain is being caused by dental imbalances, TruDenta’s holistic and science-based approach can completely resolve their symptoms.

About TruDenta
TruDenta is a comprehensive medical therapy system designed to resolve headaches, migraines, tinnitus, vertigo, jaw pain, and other symptoms associated with underlying temporomandibular joint (TMJ) imbalances. The TruDenta approach is derived from sports medicine, and uses a series of proprietary diagnostics and gentle therapies utilizing FDA-cleared technologies to pinpoint and resolve the root causes of dental imbalances. Released during the Summer of 2011, TruDenta is now in use at dental offices in 47 states and Canada.

Citations:
Modgill, G., Jette, N., Wang, J. L., Becker, W. J. and Patten, S. B. (2012), A Population-Based Longitudinal Community Study of Major Depression and Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 52: 422–432. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2011.02036.x

National Nutrition Month® Tips

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healthillustrated“Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” during March’s National Nutrition Month® by working toward consuming fewer calories, making informed food decisions, and participating in a daily exercise routine.

March is National Nutrition Month®, an annual nutrition education and information campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The 2015 theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” which promotes the consumption of fewer calories, informed food decisions, and daily exercise for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, reducing risks of chronic diseases and promoting overall wellness.

Whether a person is new to physical fitness activities or a pro, nutrition can seem complicated. Many nutritionists create intense and detailed food regimens for their clients, but a solid nutrition program can be simple and still very beneficial. For those wanting the most from a diet and fitness routine, the following tips may help:

1.Daily balanced diet. For consistent performance at the gym or with a sport, the body needs a regular supply of quality energy for the muscles. A few daily essentials for meeting the body’s needs include: a balanced breakfast; carbohydrates for fuel; and proteins and fats appropriate for a person’s individual body-type and fitness goals.

2.Day of the workout. For those tackling a workout first thing in the morning, be sure to have a light breakfast like fruit, toast, and/or an egg. For those who workout in the evenings, have a lunch that easily digestible but includes complex carbs. Pasta, fruits, vegetables or a salad with lean meat (chicken or fish) are good examples.

3. Immediately prior to workout. About 30 minutes before an intense workout, eat a light to moderate snack and drink some water. The amount of food a person should ingest depends on the length and intensity of their upcoming workout. Longer, harder activities may require the individual to eat an energy bar or large banana.

4.During workout. Necessary hydration varies from person to person, but a good rule of thumb is to intake 8 to 10 fl oz of water every 15 minutes while exercising. For those working out longer than 90 minutes, carbohydrates will likely need to be replenished as well, making a sports drink more of an ideal choice.

5.Post-workout hydration. After a workout, water needs to be replaced in the body according to how much a person has sweated. The more perspiration, the more hydration required. To be absolutely precise, check body weight before and after the physical activity. For every pound decrease, a person should drink about 3 cups of water.

6.Post-workout food. Glycogen stores should be replenished within two hours after an intense workout. Research shows that a 4-to-1 ratio of carbs to proteins is the ideal post-workout nutrition combination. The nourishment can come in the form of solid food, a liquid shake, or a combination of the two.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

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brushteethFebruary is National Children’s Dental Health Month. According to Smiles Park Avenue Dental, roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth.

If there’s one thing that all dentists have in common, it’s that they regularly see young patients with tooth decay. According to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (published Aug. 26, 2005), roughly 41 percent of children age 2-11 have had decay in their primary teeth, while approximately 32 percent of children ages 9-11 have decay in their permanent teeth.¹

Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal at New York-based Smiles Park Avenue Dental, a practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, notes that there are many foods that can help or harm a child’s teeth. Here are the good and the bad:

THE GOOD: Here are some foods, even “junk foods,” that can help a child’s oral health:

* Dark Chocolate. The super dark treat can actually brighten a child’s teeth. Tannins (antioxidants found in cacao) prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth while also neutralizing the microorganisms that cause bad breath

* Unsweetened hulless popcorn. This treat acts as a natural tooth detergent in addition to being highly nutritious and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Its calcium phosphorus supplies valuable minerals and roughage and helps to exercise the teeth.

* Chew gum with xylitol. It helps reduce bacteria which lead to tooth decay. A few pieces of a gum such as Dentyne Ice leave no plaque-causing sticky residue, changes the chemistry in a child’s mouth and can actually help keep cavities away.

* Cinnamon flavored gum. Cinnamon helps to reduce bacteria in a child’s mouth. So gum like Orbit Cinnamon flavor may very well help inhibit growth of cavity causing bacteria.

* Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies. These treats stimulate saliva, which prevents dry mouth. A dry mouth allows plaque to build up on teeth faster, leading to an increased risk of cavities.

* Sip sugary drinks through a straw. This helps children to limit the amount of contact the sugar has with the teeth.

* Yogurt snacks. Foods that provide calcium and phosphates, such as yogurt snacks and milk and cheese can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

* Juice boxes. Add water to the juice drinks to dilute the sugar.

* String cheese. Some foods neutralize acids which cause cavities such as pears, apples and dairy, especially cheese.

* Raw nuts. These provide calcium and phosphates that can strengthen the tooth’s surface.

THE BAD: Here are some food-based causes of tooth decay in children:

* Drinking from a bottle. When children drink from a bottle, the liquid sloshes around their teeth and gums, and any drink with sugar in it will increase the chance of decay. So only put milk and water in a bottle. At bedtime, it’s especially important to put only water in the bottle. That’s because prolonged exposure to the sugars in milk can cause cavities too.

* Sippy cups. Limit the amount of time that a child has a sippy cup in her mouth, especially if it is filled with juices which are high in sugars and acids. Try diluting the juice or substituting water instead.

* Gummy vitamins. Many children consume their sweet or gummy vitamins after they brush their teeth, so the sugar remains on their teeth all morning.

* Sour candies. High acid levels in these treats can break down tooth enamel quickly.

* Sticky candies. Candies like gummies and dried fruits linger on the teeth, giving the bacteria extra time to cause damage.

* Long-lasting sugars. Lollipops and cough drops allow the sugar to remain in the mouth for a prolonged period.

* Starchy foods. Foods like French fries, white bread and pretzels easily lodge between teeth and are quickly converted to sugar by the pre-digestive saliva.

* Powdery candy. Candies which dissolve quickly and contain nothing but sugar, can lead to cavities by changing the mouth pH and giving the bacteria pure sugar to feed on.

* Acidic foods and drinks. Such as soda and fruit juices eat away the healthy enamel of teeth.

The foods that damage teeth have been shown to damage overall health, and the foods that are favorable to teeth tend to be favorable to health. No surprise. This is just one more reminder of why it is important to teach children early on the importance of eating well and avoiding sugars.

For additional information please go to http://www.SmilesParkAvenueDental.com

Reference:

1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 26, 2005, http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5403a1.htm

“Be Heart Smart” Campaign During National Heart Month

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heartshinyFebruary is American Heart Month, and Northern California Medical Associates (NCMA) Cardiology is kicking off its “Be Heart Smart” campaign to do its part to spread heart health awareness. Since 1975, NCMA Cardiology has focused on educational outreach in addition to providing a comprehensive range of cardiac services from highly trained, elite physicians.

Heart disease has been the number-one killer of Americans for the past 80 years. In 2015, it isn’t news to most people that heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in the United States. It also isn’t news to most people that heart disease is preventable. The shocking news is that even though people know the risks of heart disease and that it is preventable, the incidence of heart disease and related deaths continues to grow. According to the American Heart Association, one in seven deaths is related to coronary heart disease, and one in nine is caused by heart failure. In light of the growing problem, February has been deemed “Heart Month” in America. NCMA Cardiology has launched its “Be Heart Smart” social media campaign this month as a means to help people realize the power of preventative healthy living to reverse the trend of rising heart disease.

While there are some risk factors that can’t be controled such as age, gender, heredity, and race, people can significantly mitigate their risk for heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. With its campaign, NCMA Cardiology hopes to reach as many people as possible and to cause them to stop and think about their hearts when making health-related choices. NCMA cardiologists have identified seven interrelated goals that will help people reduce their risk for heart disease. In essence, the “Be Heart Smart” campaign is about (1) managing diet and weight, (2) exercising regularly, (3) quitting smoking, (4) reducing stress, (5) keeping blood pressure in the healthy range, (6) managing cholesterol levels, and (7) controlling blood sugar.

First and foremost, managing diet and weight is the most important step towards minimizing one’s risk of heart disease. NCMA Cardiology strives to redefine the meaning of ‘diet’ in popular culture. One’s diet encompasses everything he or she ingests over a lifetime. Alternatively, when one ‘goes on a diet,’ this most likely means the dieter is resisting the foods that he or she prefers to eat for a set period of time for the sake of losing weight. This type of dieting is not an effective way to sustain weight loss, as once the diet ends, the person rewards themselves with the unhealthy foods they resisted while dieting. To truly have a healthy diet, NCMA cardiologists recommend eating smaller portions at meals, and snacking on vegetables and fiber-rich whole grains during the day.

While obesity poses one of the most serious threats to heart health, it isn’t the only factor for increased risk of heart disease due to a poor diet. Everyone’s body processes food differently. Although it is unlikely, some people can appear slim and fit while sustaining themselves on potato chips and soda pop. This does not change the fact that these people are increasing their risk for heart disease through their diets. What foods are really the best for your heart? Recent studies have shown that the “Mediterranean diet” can reduce the risk heart disease by about 20% in both men and women.

“Just taking a walk in the morning or the evening will put you on your way to better heart health.”

After maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly is the next most important step towards reducing hearth health. Not only will living a sedentary lifestyle reduce muscle strength and endurance, it will also contribute to metabolic problems such as high blood sugar and cholesterol. Much scientific research has gone into how much exercise is enough, and today’s leading experts recommend getting at least 60 minutes of continuous, moderate aerobic exercise each day of the week. NCMA cardiologists recognize that this recommendation is more than what many Americans are willing to do or have time for, so they level with patients and tell them the raw facts—true up until the extreme, the more cardiovascular exercise people get everyday, the more they reduce their risk for heart disease. While 60 minutes a day brings about excellent health benefits, even just 20 to 30 minutes of continuous, moderate aerobic exercise five days a week has been shown to reduce the risk for heart disease by 30-50%. Just taking a walk in the morning or the evening will put you on your way to better heart health.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that smoking dramatically increases your risk of cardiovascular heart disease. Like it says on every cigarette box today, smoking causes heart disease. Smoking accelerates the progression of heart disease in people predisposed to having it, and drastically increases the chances of it developing in people who would otherwise be at a very low risk. In conjunction with the Northern California Center of Well-Being, NCMA offers smoking cessation classes. Even if a smoker isn’t ready to quit, it is important to talk to a NCMA physician about smoking habits in order to gain access to all of the resources, clinics and classes offered through NCMA.

healthyheartWhen it comes to reducing stress, it is important to clarify what kind of stress is most necessary to reduce for the sake of improving heart health. Reducing physical stress such as exercise, for example, should not be thought of as an effective means to reduce one’s risk of heart disease. Emotional stress, such as work-related, relationship, and financial stresses, has long been suspected and recently confirmed to increase one’s risk for heart disease. These types of stresses, however unpleasant or dangerous, cannot always be avoided. Reducing stress, therefore, is ultimately about finding ways to relax when confronted with stressful situations. No two people will ever react to the same type of stress the same way, so it is also important for individuals to determine the stresses that affect them most.

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and off-balance, volatile blood sugar levels are all relatively common in our society and can significantly increase one’s risk of developing heart disease. While the best way to mitigate these risks is through exercise, healthy eating, and not smoking cigarettes, treatment may require management with drug therapy and careful monitoring by a physician. Other contributing factors other than lifestyle choices such as genetics and metabolic disorders are often unavoidable and may warrant even closer care by a doctor.

Improving heart health and reducing the risk for heart disease doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Simply making an effort to be conscious of heart health in day-to-day living can go a long way. To start, NCMA Cardiology encourages everyone to pick two or three goals on the “Be Heart Smart” list to go after. In addition, keeping regular appointments with a cardiologist before any serious heart issues arise is the best way to stay on top of heart health.

NCMA Cardiology is comprised of 14 cardiologists, two cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, and one electrophysiologist—all board-certified in their fields. Since 1975, the group has focused on sub specialization within cardiovascular health to provide services by the most highly trained and experienced physicians and staff. In accordance with its practice of providing comprehensive cardiovascular health care, NCMA offers HeartWorks, pacemaker and defibrillator clinics, anti-coagulation clinics, congestive heart failure clinics, pulmonary hypertension clinics, lipid clinics, and an adult congenital heart clinic in addition to general check-ups with cardiologists. NCMA’s HeartWorks Cardiac Rehabilitation Center provides each patient with a personal diet and exercise plan supervised by a team of physicians, nurses, and cardiac exercise specialists.

NCMA Cardiology provides cardiac care in three counties, with 11 offices, located in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Gualala, Ukiah, and Lakeport. Visit our website at http://www.ncmahealth.com for more information on NCMA health services and contacting NCMA offices. Please call (707) 573-6166 to schedule an appointment with NCMA Cardiology, and visit NCMA’s Facebook page to follow the “Be Heart Smart” campaign.

YMCA’s National Role In Combatting Childhood Obesity

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twokidsunAs highlighted by the Afterschool Alliance’s recent report, the number of children participating in afterschool programs continues to grow. So, too, does the need to ensure that afterschool programs are fostering opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

With the ever-growing childhood obesity epidemic — there’s a national movement underway to encourage a healthier lifestyle in children outside of school hours – and the YMCA has taken on a pivotal role in this space – even influencing some of the first legislation enacted around issue.

It is through the Y’s Healthier Communities Initiatives program where the Y is able to create such change working in collaboration with other community leaders to ensure that healthy living is within reach to the kids in those communities.

The Y has been instrumental in influencing:

· The first legislation of its kind: The California State Senate passed legislation creating a voluntary recognition program for afterschool programs implementing healthy eating and physical activity standards that were initially created and implemented by the HOST coalition, of which YMCA of the USA was a founding partner.

· 15,698 positive transformations in early childhood and afterschool programs across the country

· 470 changes in early childhood or afterschool programs to ensure food and beverages offered are healthy

· 410 changes in schools to ensure that food and beverages sold to children before, during and after the school day are healthier

· 373 changes in schools that have helped incorporate physical activity before, during and after school hours

· 101 schools to expand participation in the USDA free or reduced breakfast or afterschool snack program

kidseatinghealthyThese changes are rooted in the Y’s incorporation of a set of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity standards into all Y childcare and afterschool programs which:

· Establish a minimum of expected physical activity for children of different ages enrolled in Y programs;

· Define food and beverages offerings, including designating water as the primary beverage during snack times and offering fruits and vegetables as snack options;

· Limit the amount of screen time (watching TV, playing video games, using computers);

· Encourage breastfeeding of infants in Y care; and

· Commit Ys to conducting parent education to encourage healthy behaviors at home.

The standards are based in part on years of research supported by collaborations with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), University of Massachusetts at Boston, the Healthy Out of School Time Coalition (HOST) and the National Institute for Out of School Time (NIOST). Through these collaborations, the Y has learned the most effective ways to create healthy environments in out-of-school time settings – and has been influential in encouraging healthy lifestyles in children across the country.

Study Finds School Lunches From Home Not Up To National Standards

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kidseatinghealthyIn a study of lunches brought from home at elementary and middle schools in the Houston area, researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that the lunches did not meet National School Lunch Program guidelines. Their report appears in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Most studies focus on the foods provided by the schools; but many children bring their lunches from home. Lunches from home should contain healthy foods and help children meet national dietary recommendations,” said Dr. Karen Cullen, professor of pediatrics at Baylor and senior author of the study.

Researchers examined lunches that were brought from home by 242 elementary and 95 middle school students. Nutrient and food group content of the lunches were assessed and compared with current National School Lunch Program guidelines. Per-serving prices for each item were averaged.

The study found that lunches from home had more sodium and fewer servings of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and milk. About 90 percent of lunches contained desserts, snack chips and sweetened beverages, which are not permitted in reimbursable school meals. The average cost of an elementary lunch from home was $1.93 and $1.76 for the intermediate school students.

“These results suggest that lunches from home may be an important area in need of budget–friendly interventions,” said Cullen.

Michelle L. Caruso from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services also took part in the study.

The study was funded in part by federal funds from the USDA/ARS under Cooperative Agreement No. 6250-51000-053. The work was also supported by grant RO1HD068349 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development.

National Foundation For Infectious Diseases Supports 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week

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newsThe National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) emphasize the need for strong recommendations from all healthcare professionals as a key step to increase annual influenza (flu) vaccination rates.

In support of 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 7 to December 13), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) call on all healthcare professionals to strengthen efforts to educate parents about the importance of annual flu vaccination for children age 6 months and older.

Each year in the U.S., approximately 20,000 children under 5 years of age are hospitalized from flu-related complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were reports of more than 400 flu-related deaths in children over the last four years. Forty-seven percent of last season’s reported 109 pediatric deaths occurred in children with no prior health problems.

“In general, the overwhelming majority of the children who die from influenza are not vaccinated and nearly half have no prior health problems,” said Carol J. Baker, MD, CIIC Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “Parents need to be reminded every year about influenza vaccination, and research tells us that healthcare professionals have the greatest influence over parents’ vaccination decisions. With flu season upon us, now is the time for healthcare professionals to make their voices loud and clear to parents.”

While influenza vaccination rates among children have increased over the past five years, Dr. Baker stresses that more work is needed to ensure all children are protected against influenza each and every year. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected.

Help #FightFlu – Give the Gift of Health
In an effort to heighten awareness around the upcoming holiday season, NFID launched a social media campaign including a series of shareable visuals around flu and pneumococcal disease prevention. While humorous, these visuals convey a serious message. Each year in the U.S., tens of thousands needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. The worst gift you can give for the holidays is one of these infections, such as influenza or pneumococcal disease. Getting vaccinated can help you protect your own health and the health of your loved ones. For more information, visit nfid.org/gift-of-health.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Created by NFID in 2007, the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) is a coalition of more than 30 leading medical, public health, and parent organizations brought together by NFID to help address and improve influenza immunization rates among children. For more information, visit preventchildhoodinfluenza.org.

La Peer Health Systems Recognizes National Physical Therapy Month

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newsExperts at the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills honor physical therapists during Physical Therapy Awareness Month.

Physical therapists are being honored this October during National Physical Therapy Month. The purpose of this event is to recognize the important role these professionals play in helping patients recover from joint surgery.

“Physical therapy perform a critical role in helping our patients regain their physical health and mobility,” said Dr. Joseph Isaacson, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, a division of La Peer Health Systems. “The right program is essential to restoring range of motion and strength after joint surgery.”

Dr. Isaacson specializes in treating patients with congenital abnormalities and small stature. He also specializes in joint reconstructive surgery in young adults.

“Many of the cases we work are the results of sports injuries,” added Dr. Jason Snibbe, the Medical Director of La Peer’s Joint Surgery Center of Excellence. “For athletes, physical therapy is an absolutely crucial part of rebuilding physical fitness and returning to the previous level of performance.”

Dr. Snibbe also treats patients for hip and knee conditions at La Peer’s Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant physician for many Los Angeles area sports teams including the Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Mighty Ducks, LA Avengers, and Galaxy.

Throughout the year, La Peer Health Systems participates in a number of other awareness programs including Prostate Cancer Awareness in September and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness in March.

About La Peer

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer’s unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

To learn more about La Peer Health Systems, visit http://www.lapeerhealth.com.

National Physical Education And Sport Week, May 1-7

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“Let’s SHAPE America through Dance”

kidsexercisevectorMay kicks off on a high and active note with National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7. It’s part of the annual national month-long celebration of physical education and physical activity, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. We hope you will join us in shaping America. It all starts with school communities like yours! Coinciding with this year’s theme, “Let’s SHAPE America through Dance,” we’ve put together four free dance routines with fun lesson ideas to get students on their feet! Help us reach our goal of getting 100,000 students to participate!

Take your pick!

* The ever popular SHAPE America dance that made its debut in St. Louis at the National Convention

* Two Let’s Move! flash mob/dance routines

* Fuel Up to Play 60 Dance specially produced for ACES Day, May 7

Consider presenting your dance routine(s) during a special school or even community-wide event to help showcase how your school supports and values a physically active environment. Then, use our downloadable template press release to share with the local media.

We’ve also put together a few national resources to help you raise the standard of your PE program throughout the year as well as an opportunity to join us in our advocacy efforts stemming from this year’s legislative ask surrounding the PHYSICAL Act.

Don’t forget to share the fun and excitement of your May events on social media using hashtag #NATPEWeek and tag @SHAPE_America. Plus, visit our special webpage to get details on how to participate in a fun contest to win a SHAPE America swag bag full of goodies!

Visit National PE and Sport Week to get started!

– Submitted by Paula Kun, SHAPE America

March Is National Kidney Awareness Month

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newsMarch is National Kidney Awareness Month;

Consider the ‘Gift of Living Donation’

Father Who Donated Kidney to His Own Son Shares Message of Hope and ‘Giving While Living’

97,000+ in the U.S. are Currently on a Waiting List for a Kidney Transplant
But Only About 20 Percent Will Receive an Organ

March is National Kidney Awareness Month, March 13th is World Kidney Day and the non-profit organization Gift of Living Donation (The GOLD) wants to educate the public about “giving while living.”

While there are more than 97,000 people with end-stage renal disease currently on a waiting list for a kidney transplant in the U.S., only about 20 percent will receive the life-saving organ. Approximately 3,000 people are added to that list each month … with the average wait being six years. Each day, approximately 18 people on this list die and another five are removed from because they have become too ill to receive a transplant.

The non-profit organization was launched in 2013 by Rick Antosh, who donated a kidney to his own son, Keith, in 1996. Commented, Antosh, “Demographic changes and the rise in obesity in our country – and hence in high blood pressure and diabetes – has led to an enormous demand for kidney donation, one that cannot solely be met by donations made after death. There is a viable remedy, one that will save lives—by tapping a supply presently underserved by any media attention. I am here to personally tell you that it is a solution that permits both the donor and the recipient to lead normal, healthy lives.”

To date, more than 100,000 living donations have been made to family members and friends. The first donation occurred in in 1954 by a Massachusetts man in his 20s (who lived to be 79 years old) to assist his brother. The life span of a living donation kidney exceeds the life span of a donation after death by almost double.

About The GOLD:

The Gift of Living Donation foundation (The GOLD) is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing education about living organ donation and the critical need going unmet in this country for kidney transplants. While more than 97,000 people with end-stage renal disease are on a waiting list, only about 20 percent will receive a life-saving organ. And the need is only increasing, with about 3,000 being added to that list each month. The GOLD, headquartered in Edgewater, N.J., was launched by Rick Antosh, who donated a kidney to his own son in 1996. For more information, visit: www.giftoflivingdonation.org

– Submitted by Vicki Greenleaf