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Julie Beck, RD, LD, Clinical and Wellness Dietitian at Southeastern Med, recently discussed the causes, frequency, and impacts of childhood and adult obesity, as well as the health effects of sugary drinks with eighth graders at Meadowbrook Middle School. Pictured are (l to r): Hope Bradshaw, Science teacher; Dalton Craver, William Huff, Julie Beck, RD, LD; Joe Roux, Mara Saintenoy, Hunter Wheeler, and Kohl Trott.

As part of Meadowbrook Middle School's Learning Opportunities by the Utilization of Community-Based Organizations program, Julie Beck, RD, LD, Clinical and Wellness Dietitian at Southeastern Med, spoke to 8th graders at the middle school on September 17 about nutrition and obesity.

During the presentation, Beck discussed the causes, prevalence and impacts of childhood and adult obesity and reviewed healthy eating tips with the students. Beck also spoke about the health effects of sugary drinks.

"Sugary drinks are the greatest source of added sugars in the American diet and the number one source of calories in teens' diets," Beck said. "Processed beverages with added sugar have lots of calories, but almost no nutrients. Regular soda, fruit drinks, sweetened teas, coffee drinks, energy drinks or any other beverage where sugar has been added are all considered sugary drinks."

According to sugarydrinkfacts.org, drinking large amounts of sugary drinks can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and just one 8-ounce sugary drink every day increases a child's odds of becoming obese by 60 percent.

In an exercise to help the students visually see the amount of sugar in their favorite beverages, Beck asked them to calculate the sugar content in several beverages into teaspoons then measure that amount in an empty container.

"Just one, 20-ounce bottle of regular soda has about 16 teaspoons of sugar," Beck said. "An 8-ounce serving of a fruit drink has 110 calories and seven teaspoons of sugar - the same amount found in an 8-ounce serving of a full-calorie soda or energy drink. A 12-ounce can of full-calorie soda typically contains 10-11 teaspoons of sugar. Full-calorie iced teas, sports drinks and flavored waters typically contain three to five teaspoons of sugar per 8-ounce serving. Measuring out the sugar so that they can see it is a great way to visualize the actual amount of sugar in the drink."

Below is a list of some sugary beverage alternatives to reach for instead of a full-calorie soda or sports drink:

  • 100 percent juice without added sugar (up to 8 ounces per day);
  • Low-fat or fat free milk;
  • Water with a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber or watermelon;
  • Unsweetened iced tea;
  • Low-calorie sport drink.

The concept of utilizing many different types of community resources in the health education classroom at the Meadowbrook Middle School has drawn a lot of state and national attention. It has been presented across the state at several different professional development conferences, including the Ohio School Improvement Institute; the Career-Based Intervention Conference; and the All-Ohio Career and Technology Conference. It has also been nominated twice for the Magna Award, which recognizes outstanding educational practices on the national level. This concept will be highlighted at the upcoming Capital Conference and Student Achievement Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in November.

Rusty Roberts is the health educator at Meadowbrook Middle School. He was recently selected to oversee a statewide educational council that will recommend curriculum development and course content in health education. Roberts also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the National Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Cincinnati.

xray strokeStroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. But fast treatment can reduce the chances of lasting injury.

How can you tell if you or someone around you is having a stroke? Think FAST.

F is for face. Do you have a facial droop or uneven smile?

A is for arm. Are you experiencing numbness or weakness in one of your arms? If you hold your arms out to your sides, does one drift downward?

S is for speech. Is it slurred or hard to unintelligible?

T is for time. Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.

Death and disability from a stroke can be prevented with early intervention, but prevention is the real key.

Take stock of your risk factors, and talk to your doctor about steps you can take to prevent a stroke, including quitting smoking, lowering your cholesterol, and embracing a healthier diet.


Did you know that you can save or improve up to 50 lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation?

Nationwide, nearly 120,000 men, women and children – including 3,000 Ohioans – are currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants. More than 6,000 people die waiting every year. The larger the donor registry, the better the chance these people will live.

Many types of organs can be donated, including:

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Skin
  • Eyes

If you’re not already an organ and tissue donor, it’s easy to become one. You don’t have to be in perfect health – even people with poor eyesight can still donate their corneas.

You can register to become an organ and tissue donor at your Bureau of Motor Vehicles when you renew your driver’s license, or you can visit DonateLifeOhio.org.

You can also register to become an organ donor, right here at Southeastern Med. Chaplain James Story can facilitate all manner of end-of-life planning, including living will development and other advanced directives regarding your care. Contact the Pastoral Services Department at 740.439.8190 for more information.

salad1Do you find it hard to cook three meals a day? Is your schedule so busy that it's difficult to make healthy choices? 

Sometimes, it’s a lot easier to go out for breakfast or lunch because we just don’t have enough time to make breakfast in the morning or pack a lunch for the day, but eating out frequently can lead to bad habits in our diet and cause future health problems.

Even with a busy lifestyle, we can still make smart choices that lead to better health.

Planning ahead and preparing your meals in advance can be helpful. Take a few minutes each night to set aside your breakfast and pack your lunch for the next day.

According to ChooseMyPlate.gov, meals should consist of 50% fruits and vegetables, 25% protein and 25% percent grains. It is important to choose lean sources of protein such as chicken, turkey or fish, and whole grains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice.

Here are a few ideas for a quick and healthy breakfast:

  • Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a banana
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • Cottage cheese with fruit
  • Breakfast burrito with eggs, reduced-fat cheese, and vegetables wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla

And here are some tasty suggestions for a convenient, healthy lunch:

  • Whole-wheat pita with mixed greens, grilled chicken and light Caesar dressing, baby carrots, and a piece of fruit
  • Salmon lettuce wraps with light sesame Asian dressing, whole grain crackers, low-fat plain yogurt mixed with an orange
  • Tomato and cucumber salad with reduced-fat feta cheese, olive oil and vinegar, and tuna salad on whole-wheat bread, and an apple
  • Grilled chicken on a bed of romaine with shredded carrots, reduced-fat cheese and light vinaigrette, and a pear
  • Garden salad with canned or leftover salmon, tomato, cucumber and light vinaigrette, a whole grain roll, a bunch of grapes, and a glass of skim milk

These are just a few options that taste great and are easy to grab on the go. Even with a busy lifestyle, you can still make good food choices every day that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.

These tips brought to you by Mike Banchek, a student of dietary sciences at Stark State College.


spicesResearch shows that taste is the biggest reason people choose one food over another, but healthy food doesn't have to taste like cardboard.

Here are five tips for adding more flavor to your meals while maintaining their healthy profile.

1. Keep time. Spices and dried herbs are only as good as their shelf life. This chart details the optimum storage time for spices in a variety of forms.


Seasoning Storage Time

 Whole 2-5 years
 Ground Spices 6 months – 2 years
 Leafy Herbs 3 months – 2 years
 Dehydrated Vegetables 6 months


2. Bring on the condiments. Add flavor with quality condiments, such as horseradish, flavored mustard, chutney, tapenade, or salsa.

3. Get smoking. Grill vegetables or roast them in a 450° oven to give them a sweet, smoky flavor. For added flavor, brush them lightly with oil and season with herbs such as dill or garlic.

4. Add garlic. Garlic can help lower high blood pressure and relieve the symptoms of atherosclerosis. Include it when sautéing vegetables, add it to pasta sauces, or include it in marinades.

5. Pep it up with peppers! Use red, green and yellow peppers of all varieties – sweet, hot and dried – to round out the flavor of any dish. A dash of red pepper flakes will kick up the spice factor, and could also relieve headaches and joint pain.

How to you add flavor to your favorite dishes?

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These tips brought to you by Chelsea Masters, Registered Dietician, Licensed Dietician.

eat right1It's March, which means it is National Nutrition Month®! This year, the American Dietetic Association wants us to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right."

Eating the right foods doesn't mean giving up flavor, nor does it mean that you have to exist only on carrots and celery. You don't even have to give up your favorite foods. With just a few adjustments, your everyday food choices can be healthy and tasty, too.

For instance, the double bacon cheeseburger and fries with a chocolate milkshake at the beloved local drive thru has 1,894 calories, 91 grams of fat, and 206 grams of carbohydrates. Even a healthy-sounding crispy chicken salad with ranch dressing and a sweet tea contains 1,366 calories, 81 grams fat, and 121 grams carbohydrates.

Both meals are nearly your whole day's calories in just one meal.

So, how does one go about enjoying good food without undoing his daily dietary intake in one sitting?

Make your meals at home.

This gives you control over the ingredients and the preparation, so you can significantly reduce the calories and fat content.

Give the cheeseburger a home makeover using ground turkey and a single patty, substituting seasoned sweet potato fries, and choosing a glass of chocolate milk. New meal total: 666 calories, 24 grams of fat and 118 carbs.

For the salad option home fix, using grilled chicken and a light ranch dressing and opting for a water with lemon reduces the calories to 505 calories, the fat to 25 grams fat, and the carbs to 15.

These meals still taste great, but they won't put a huge dent in your daily caloric intake. Even when you can't cook at home, you can still make smart choices when dining out. Check the menu for calorie counts, or look online for the nutrition facts. Avoid dishes that include words such as creamy, fried, buttery, and rich.

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These tips brought to you by Chelsea Masters, Registered Dietician, Licensed Dietician. 

  1. Do not place blankets under the child or between the child and the harness straps. The soft, fluffy material will compress during a crash rendering the child much less restrained and can result in ejection from the seat. After market products such as head rests are not permitted. A rolled receiving blanket may be used for head support.
  2. This is also true with sweater and jackets. Use a lighter weight sweater or jacket on the child and then place blankets over the harnesses. The blankets with arms work well in the car; they stay in place and leave the child’s arm free.
  3. Objects left unsecured in the passenger compartment become missiles when brakes are applied quickly and in a crash. Objects travel at the rate of the vehicle until they come in contact with a solid object. This means the ice scraper you laid on the dash will continue to travel at 70 miles per hour during a crash on the interstate until it strikes you, your child, or other solid. Even at a slower speed these flying objects can result in severe injury.
  4. Carry extra supplies for use if you should become stranded in the snow, blankets, mittens, water, formula, food and toys to keep children occupied. These supplies should be kept in reach, but secured with a seat belt, cargo net, or other method.
Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers
Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers pictured (l to r) Joshua Knott, MA, ATC, CSCS; Amy Zalenski, MAE, ATC, LAT; Angie Nelson, ATC, LAT; and Michael Marston, ATC, LAT

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 4, 2011 – It may be funny when a cartoon character gets bonked on the head, but it’s not so funny when it happens in real life. Feeling confused or dazed for a little while, having poor concentration or being knocked out after getting hit in the head are all symptoms of a very serious head injury called a concussion.

In recognition of March as National Athletic Training Month, Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers warn parents, coaches and teen athletes about the seriousness of sports-related head injuries.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Athletes who sustain concussions usually recover without lasting health problems by following certain precautions and taking a breather from sports. But a child with an undiagnosed concussion can be at risk for brain damage, disability and even death.

“Concussions can be complex injuries to assess and treat because symptoms do not always emerge right away and sometimes can persist for weeks or months,” said Amy Zalenski, MAE, ATC, LAT, CES, Certified Athletic Trainer at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. “Even without a loss of consciousness, it’s important for the athlete to be under close watch for symptoms of a concussion.”

Be a Safe Patient – Prepare a Personal Medical Information Record

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 2, 2011 – Take a moment to consider what might happen if you were left unconscious in an accident and needed emergency medical treatment. Everyone from the EMTs to emergency room physicians would need immediate access to your accurate medical information.

In recognition of March 6-12 as National Patient Safety Week, Southeastern Med encourages everyone to take a few minutes to prepare an up-to-date medication and allergy list. In an emergency, this one little piece of paper could help save your life.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Jan 10, 2011 – Every winter it happens – people hurting themselves shoveling snow from their sidewalks and driveways with injuries ranging from minor aches and pulled muscles to fatal heart attacks.

Shoveling snow is physically stressful. The bending, lifting and twisting motions can take a serious toll on the body, and back injuries are among the most common injuries. According to the Weather Channel’s Web site, shoveling snow is equivalent to lifting weights. The average shovel of snow weighs 16 pounds and the average driveway requires 100 shovels to clear it. That’s 1,600 pounds of snow to clear one driveway.

Shoveling can be made more difficult by the weather. The risk for hypothermia, a decrease in body temperature, is increased if one is not dressed correctly for the weather conditions. According to the American Heart Association, the cold air also makes it harder to work and breathe, which adds extra strain on the body, especially the heart. When exposed to the cold, the body’s natural reflex is to tighten arteries and blood vessels. That, in combination with the physical demands of snow shoveling that cause the heart to pump blood faster, is a recipe for a heart attack.