July 9, 2012

Knight Time is the Right Time

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By Bill Clements

Some 17 years ago while preparing for an industry event, sildenafil a very good friend of mine who was performing at the event, told me “Gladys Knight is one of the greatest of all time, she’s a legend”. This friend was performing several songs at the event, all from Knight and I was curious why her. “If I were your Woman” and of course “Midnight Train to Georgia”. I remember never having paid that much attention to them prior to this time but definitely thinking they were great songs. They were already classics then and still hold up today for sure. Interestingly it was at this time 17 years back (1995), that Knight was about to get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight & The Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Recently the newest “cast” members for the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was announced with Gladys Knight being one of them.

Check out the full article HERE

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Harrison Ford at 70

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Article Courtesy of Bill Clements

The movie legend who made Han Solo and Indiana Jones beloved film characters (and most certainly household names) is 70 as of July 2012. Born yes, generic Harrison Ford (he actually has no middle name) in 1942 in Chicago, pharm Illinois Ford went from meager beginnings in a regular middle class home, patient pulling down less than stellar marks in school, to becoming a film icon starring in movies that combined, have grossed nearly 6 billion dollars worldwide.

What’s he up to these days?

Find out HERE

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HEALTH TIPS – Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Services

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DIABETES

  •  Obtain a monitor to check your blood sugar
    Goals are: Fasting                                       70 – 120
    1 to 2 hours after eating                          160 or less
  •  Do not skip meals.
    Eat within 90 minutes of waking up and then again every 4 to 5 hours (even if it is a “mini meal”: an apple and a piece of light cheese.)
  •   Eat at some protein each time you eat anything.
    Protein digests slower and will slow down blood sugars going too high.
    This will also help you feel full which may help with weight loss
  •   Work in 30 minutes of exercise/ activity.
    Exercise is invisible insulin. It make your body use glucose.
  •   Know your carbohydrates and be consistent with the amount you eat.
    Carbohydrates are grains, stuff starches (which include: corn, ask peas, potatoes, and dried beans), fruit, milk and yogurt, and sweets.
    Goals: Men 45 – 60 grams at meals
    Women 30 – 45 grams at meals
    (For all – keep to 15 to 30 grams at snacks)
    15 grams of carbohydrate would be approximately ½ cup of the above foods

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

  • Work in 20 to 30 minutes of exercise/ activity every day
    As your blood flow increases with exercise, this widens arteries and veins and will later result in a lowered blood pressure.
    The results will last for the rest of the day
  • Limit sodium to 500mg to 600mg at each of your three meals during the day.
    Most of the sodium we get is from eating out and prepared/ convenience foods
    Limit eating out/ take out to once or twice a week
    Limit canned or boxed foods/fresh foods and some frozen foods are lower in sodium
  • Monitor your weight. Lose weight if you need to (a fair amount of us do =D)
  •  Try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Talk to a doctor if you are finding this difficult
  • Take a 15 – 20 minute break each day to quiet you mind and manage stress. Try reading, puzzles, prayer/ meditation, a hobby, music, daydreaming, bird watching, etc.
  • Use herbs and spices to season foods instead of salt (try Mrs. Dash, vinegar, onion, garlic, etc).

ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

  • Start with a ½ plate non-starchy vegetables and fruits at lunch and dinner.
    Work in a fruit with breakfast or try adding vegetables to an omelet.
    Plant foods do not have cholesterol and very few contain saturated fats.
  • Work in 20 – 30 minutes of activity/ exercise every day.
  • Use mostly white meats: fish, skinless poultry, pork loin, pork chop.
  • Work in beans twice a week. The fiber helps to lower cholesterol.
    Try seasoning with onion, peppers, and olive oil or smoked turkey necks instead of bacon or fatback.
  • Work in fish twice a week (baked, broiled, grilled, “oven fried” versions) Limit frying it in oil.
  • Avoid trans-fats and hydrogenated oils.
  • Work in 2 teaspoons a day of heart healthy oils: canola, olive, peanut.
    Nuts and avocados are heart healthy oils too.

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM PRIOR TO AND AFTER SURGERY
It is possible to speed your recovery and healing from surgery with healthy snacks and meals. Before you have surgery include

  • Protein that helps the body repair itself and fight infections. Choose lean sources: beans, eggs (particularly the whites), fish, skinless poultry, pork loin and pork chop, soy, and a few nuts.
  • Whole grains like brown rice, high fiber breads / cereals, and pasta.
  • Foods rich in vitamin C: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, kale, kiwi, oranges, papaya, green/ yellow/ and red peppers, sweet potato, strawberries, and tomatoes
  • Foods rich in beta-carotene: apricots, asparagus, beef liver, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, guava, kale, mangoes, collard and mustard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, yellow and winter squash, sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon
  • Foods rich in Vitamin E: almonds, broccoli, hazelnuts, kiwi, mango, peanuts and peanut butter, pecans, spinach, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and walnuts
  • Foods rich in zinc: eggs, nuts, seafood, seeds, wheat germ, and whole grains (especially fortified cereals)
  • If you take a multivitamin choose one that gives you B12 and iron, both of which help form bone marrow and new blood cells.
  • If your appetite is low, try a supplement like: a regular or sugar free instant breakfast drink you mix into low fat milk, Ensure with Revigor, Boost, Resource, or Glucerna if you have diabetes.
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A New Online Resource for Male CareGivers

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The number of men who are stepping forward as family caregivers is growing and now they have a place where they can go to talk with each other and get answers. Homewatch CareGivers is launching the Male Caregiver Community forum – an online destination for men who care for their loved ones.
“Everyone pays attention to adult daughters, diagnosis because they often carry the brunt of caregiving opportunities, treat but men are getting more involved, cialis ” Leann Reynolds, president of Homewatch CareGivers, says. Reynolds says the forum came out of a growing trend in the family caregiver community. The number of male caregivers is increasing. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, up to 44 percent of caregivers are men. That’s compared to only 19 percent in 1996. However, Reynolds says many men are not as comfortable at providing personal care as women. According to research, 40 percent of men use outside assistance – like an in-home-care service provider. Reynolds says the new forum is a place “where men can ask questions and get answers from each other and from experts.”
This forum gives men an opportunity to talk about caring for their loved ones in a comfortable environment. Men generally don’t sit around watching football and talking about dealing with their loved one’s dementia. But we’ve discovered that once they get started talking about it – they have a lot to say. “No one else is doing this,” Reynolds says. She says the forum will help men find the solutions they are looking for and provide them a support network. “This is about including a previously unrecognized and underserved group of caregivers in the dialogue,” Reynolds says. However, she’s quick to point out that none of the content is designed to exclude female caregivers, and women are welcome to participate and answer questions as a part of the community. “Men tend to look for practical solutions and direct ways to solve problems associated with caregiving, while women are more emotional in their approach,” Reynolds says. “Men also ask for help sooner than women and this gives them a place to go to ask their questions.”
To learn more, visit www.malecaregivercommunity.com.

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