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Tree of Angels Program helps grieving parents cope with holidays

While the holidays are a time of celebration and happy memories, for parents who have lost a child, the stress of the holidays takes on an entirely different meaning.

To help these families cope during this season, Southeastern Med's Parents' Grief Support Group will host its annual Tree of Angels program on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in Southeastern Med's cafeteria. Parents and family members who have lost a child of any age are invited to attend.

The evening will begin with the families gathering to socialize for a covered-dish dinner. Meat and potatoes will be provided. A candlelight service and tree decoration will follow the dinner. Parents and family members are encouraged to share a poem, story, picture or song that holds a special memory with their child.

Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share and their own ornament for the tree. Parents may also bring a toy to donate to the Guernsey County Secret Santa program in memory of their child.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Dec. 1 by calling Wendi Miller, RN, at 740-439-8868.

New "JUSTWALK™" A WALK WITH A DOC Program

[CAMBRIDGE, OHIO] ––Southeastern Med will host the first of Guernsey and Noble County's "JustWalk™" Walk With a Doc walking program on December 4th at 9am. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Barbara Roth and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Dr. Roth is a retired physican from Remar-Med Inc. At the upcoming walk, complementary blood pressure checks and coffee will be offered to all participants.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. "This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country," said Shelly Thompson, Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Director. "I'm very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people." We are very thankful for the assitance and coordination with the City of Cambridge Parks and Recreation Department!

Southeastern Med encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and please call 740-435-2946 to pre-register for the first walk. Future walks will be announced via the Walk with a Doc website, www.walkwithadoc.org. and Souteastern Med Facebook page

"Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Southesastern Med. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Southeastern Med is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community", said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Date: December 4th, 2014 and January 22,2015. Bi-monthly walks will be held after that.

Time: 9 am

Location: 1101 McFarland Drive, City of Cambridge Armory. Weather permiting we will walk outside varying distance if weather is inclement walk will take place inside the Armory.

Why walk? There's no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks or many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits, as well:

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

Cambridge joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk With a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. "Just Walk™" Walk with a Doc has over 100 active programs across the country and around the world.

For more information about Southeastern Med or the Walk With A Doc program, please call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2946.

Southeastern Med is commitment to the health of our community through providing community education and wellness opportunities to maintain and improve your health.

November is American Diabetes Month

It is the leading cause of kidney disease, blindness, and amputation, yet nearly 25% of people who have it don't even know it. Chances are that you or someone you love has been affected by diabetes in some way. Even if you haven't been affected by diabetes, you need to know that diabetes is the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century, and it continues to grow in epidemic proportions. Nearly 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. The death rate for diabetes has continued to grow since 1987, contributing to two top causes of death, heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes means that your blood sugar is too high. Your blood always has some sugar in it because the body uses sugar for energy. It's the fuel that keeps you going, but too much sugar in the blood is not good for your health.

Your body changes most of the food you eat into sugar. Your blood takes the sugar to the cells throughout your body. The sugar needs insulin to get into the body's cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin helps the sugar from food get into body cells. If your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work right, the sugar can't get into the cells, so it stays in the blood. This makes your blood sugar level high, causing you to have diabetes.

Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, but lowers than the diabetes range. It also means you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes and even return to normal blood sugar levels with modest weight loss and moderate physical activity.

There are two main types of diabetes that occur in both men and women of all ages and races. Type 1 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, but it's a lifelong condition. If you have this type of diabetes, your body does not make insulin, so you must take insulin every day. Treatment for type 1 diabetes includes the administration of insulin, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes – about 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. In type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin, but the insulin can't do its job, so sugar is not getting into the cells. Treatment includes taking medicine, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. You're at an increased risk for developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older.
  • Are overweight.
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • Ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).

The exact causes of both types of diabetes are still not known. Type 1 diabetes tends to show up after a person is exposed to a trigger, such as a virus, which can start an attack on the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. There is no one cause for type 2 diabetes, but it seems to run in families, and most people who get type 2 diabetes are overweight.

It's important to note that there is no cure for diabetes at this time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is doing research in hopes of finding cures for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Many different approaches to curing diabetes are being studied, and researches are making progress.

"According to the Community Health Needs Assessment for Guernsey County, completed in July 2013," states Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE, "nutrition, obesity and physical activity as well as heart disease and stroke are within the top six health conditions to be focused on within our community. Although diabetes was not listed within the top 6, it can be a result of obesity/decreased physical activity and can contribute to heart disease and stroke." Chris Veselenak, RN, CDE adds, "By improving your blood sugar and A1c levels, you can decrease the risk of developing the devastating effects of diabetes such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and amputations."

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may benefit from participating in Southeastern Med's Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. The program consists of a comprehensive healthcare team coordinated by Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE (Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator) and Julie Beck, RD, LD (Registered/Licensed Dietitian). After scheduling an appointment, you will meet privately with a registered dietitian or diabetes educator who will provide education about diet, meter usage, and insulin, if necessary. You will attend group education classes and have the option of participating in a supervised exercise program.

The Group Lifestyle Balance Program is also available to those who have pre-diabetes and/or are overweight to prevent the onset of diabetes. To learn more about Southeastern Med's Diabetes Self-Management Program, Group Lifestyle Balance, support groups, or in-house services, call 740-435-2946.

Also check out the American Diabetes Association website for this year's theme: "America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes"! Choosing a healthy, active lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do to manage or prevent diabetes. Get tips for cooking nutritious and delicious food, and for being more active, from the American Diabetes Association at http://diabetesforecast.org/adm.

SEORMC Offers 30-year Knee Replacement

VERILAST knee technology outperforms traditional replacement implants

Traditional knee replacements can last for 10 to 15 years under normal use conditions, but the implant can break down over time, meaning patients will require a second surgery to maintain their comfort and mobility.

As an increasing number of young, active patients are experiencing the need for knee replacement, we looked for knee replacement technology engineered for endurance. We found the LEGION™ Cruciate Retaining Knee made with VERILAST™ Knee Technology – a high-performance knee replacement tested to simulate 30 years of activity.

In rigorous lab testing, the LEGION™ knee replacement device took 45 million steps to simulate 30 years of movement. After five million steps, it experienced only two percent of the wear a traditional knee replacement would experience in about three years' time. In 30 years of simulated activity, it outperformed traditional knee replacements by 81%.

If you're considering a total knee replacement, talk to your physician about the LEGION™ Cruciate Retaining Knee made with VERILAST™ Knee Technology to see if it's right for you.

Southeastern Med Purchases New Equipment with Donated Funds

Cardiac Rehab Equipment
Pictured are Southeastern Med's Cardiac Rehab associates (standing l to r) Kelli Haney (Exercise Physiologist), Jerica Selock (Physical Therapy Assistance), Michelle Carter (Exercise Physiologist and Department Coordinator), Debbie Snyder (Registered Nurse), Kim Orr (Respiratory Therapist), and Lisa Peters (Clerical Specialist) (sitting) Dominic Crock, Physical Therapist and the Department Director.

Through generous donations, Southeastern Med's Cardiac Rehab Department recently purchased a new upper arm bicycle for patient use. In the past, donated monies have been used to purchase educational materials as well as other fitness equipment such as a seated rower, a BioStep and a NuStep machine. Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab donations directly help individuals in our community by improving their health through education and exercise.

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs serve people recovering from a serious cardiac disease or are living with a chronic respiratory disorder. The staff individually designs the patient's program to meet their needs. "We have an awesome staff and they are very dedicated to provide the best care they can for each patient. Many people come in as a patient, but leave as a friend," states Dominic Crock, the Department Director. Typically, those experiencing cardiac and pulmonary problems begin the program through a physician referral, but to find out more information, please call (740) 439-8297.

Any group or individual wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to Southeastern Med's Family of Friends Guernsey Health Foundation may specify which department within the medical center for which they want the funds to be used. For more donation information please contact Jeannie Wilson, Southeastern Med's Director of Marketing, by calling (740) 439-8188.

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