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How California got a reputation for healthy living | Press Play

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation? Lyra Kilston explores that in her new book “Sun Seekers: The Cure of California.” She argues it all started in the 19th century with tuberculosis.

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Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy receives Healthy Living Award


SAN ANTONIO – They say everything is bigger in Texas, which makes it the perfect place to share big ideas, like Geisinger’s food as medicine approach to health care. The concept, highlighted through Geisinger’s Fresh Food Farmacy program, was recently honored with a Health Living Award at this year’s Viva Fresh Expo in San Antonio.

The award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in educating consumers on the importance of health and nutrition, especially when it relates to incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their daily diets. The award’s goal is to support a key Viva Fresh Expo mission to empower the produce industry to take an active role in promoting health lifestyles with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Michelle Passaretti, MSN, RN, CCM, senior director of innovations at the Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation, presented about the Fresh Food Farmacy at this year’s expo. She focused on how the food as medicine approach put medical research into action to combat diabetes, pre-diabetes and high obesity rates.

“Geisinger takes a fundamentally different approach to health care by investing in programs like the Fresh Food Farmacy,” Passaretti said. “By making fresh food available where people need it the most, we empower patients to adopt healthy eating habits by making food part of the prescription for their medical treatment.”

Through partnerships with local food organizations, and primarily the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Fresh Food Farmacy provides fresh, healthy food to patients and their families for up to 10 meals per week. Patient education is also an important factor in the program, which addresses two key factors including food insecurity and uncontrolled diabetes.

Since launching in 2016, data from Fresh Food Farmacy patients shows an average 2-point drop in HbA1c level in patients, along with lower weight, blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol. Data also shows a collective $1.5 million in health care savings for Geisinger patients who have participated in the program.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the produce industry for the work we are doing here at Geisinger,” Passaretti said. “The Fresh Food Farmacy team is passionate about how we care for our patients and the data shows how a program like ours can truly make an impact and a difference in the lives of our patients in the communities we serve.”

The Fresh Food Farmacy in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, currently has 250 patients enrolled. A second location opened in March in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with a third location expected to open in the summer in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. For more information on the Fresh Food Farmacy click here.

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Healthy Living: Rewiring The Brain

The human brain has the remarkable ability to rewire itself, it’s called neuroplasticity.

Now, researchers are studying whether retraining the brain will help athletes and military servicemen and women, protect damaged joints. 

Courtney Hunter explains in Healthy Living.

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Dustin Grooms’ lab a $750,000 grant to continue to study virtual reality ACL rehabilitation.

Beginning in September, researchers will test 30 military patients who have had ACL reconstruction and follow their progress over three years using virtual reality and other methods of physical therapy.

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How California became a symbol of healthy living | Press Play

California is known as the capital of health and wellness fads. But when and how did the Golden State get that reputation? Lyra Kilston explores that in her new book “Sun Seekers: The Cure of California.” She argues it all started in the 19th Century with tuberculosis.

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Healthy Living: 3D human cell model could unlock answers in cancer fight

If you have taken a drive through South Lake Union in Seattle, chances are you have passed by the Allen Institute for Cell Science.  Now researchers behind those walls have released the first comprehensive 3D model of human cell division called the Integrated Mitotic Stem Cell.  The hope is that detailed 3D models will give scientists a baseline to study cells and eventually lead to a better understanding of diseases like cancer.

“We want to understand the cell and all of it’s parts and how they come together while the cell does it’s thing,” said Susanne Rafelski, Ph.D., Director of Assay Development at the Allen Institute for Cell Science. “In the case of mitosis we’re interested in how the structures get coordinated and move around each other and direct each other to permit the cells to divide.”

Rafelski likens the process to understanding a city and how to get around.  Take Seattle for example… if you want to understand the city, you look at landmarks like factories and power plants, but you also need to know where Greenlake and Amazon are located.  In addition you have to take into account the location of schools, parks and traffic flow.  The more you know about that city, the easier it is to get around.  The same is true for a human cell and by understanding the structure, you can map out why things happen when they do.

The new images provide a holistic view of a cell as it divides, a process called mitosis.  Rafelski and her team believe it could unlock answers into why some people get cancer and others don’t.  Which is why researchers at the Allen Institute for Cell Science are sharing their data with scientists around the world.

“Every little bit helps,” said Rafelski.  “We can bring our data to those great minds so they can see those things even we can’t imagine they would see.  That’s really exciting for us.”

Rafelski also has a personal motivation in the research.  She lost her mom to cancer and hopes that her findings will help lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the future.

If you would like to learn more about the Integrated Mitotic Stem Cell click here.

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Healthy Living in Downtown Billings part two | Enjoy Billings


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Healthy Living: Breaking Up With Your Phone

You have met your perfect partner—they wake you up in the morning, remind you of important meetings and help you make new friends.

Then you realize you can’t do anything without them, your phone is ingrained into every aspect of your life.

Here’s some tips on how you can put some much-needed space between you and your phone in today’s Healthy Living.

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Healthy Living: Easing Amputation Pain

Two million people in the United States are living without a limb.

Now, surgeons at Ohio State University and other top centers in the country are performing a surgery called targeted muscle reinnervation, or TMR, to rewire the body.

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter explains the procedure that is lessening or eliminating limb pain for patients. 

Dr. Valerio and his colleagues at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center say TMR was traditionally performed months or years after the amputation.

Dr. Valerio says when TMR is done at the same time, most patients will be off pain medication within three months.

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Healthy Living: Washington leads way in curbing teen tobacco use

Ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the state of Washington is helping lead the way in curbing teen tobacco use.  In April, the state legislators passed a bill which Governor Jay Inslee signed, raising the legal age to buy tobacco in Washington from 18 to 21-years-old.

Dr. Ari Gilmore with Pacific Medical Centers believes this will help some teens from picking up the dangerous and addictive habit.

“Over 90-percent of adults who smoke regularly started before the age of 21,” said Dr. Gilmore.  “Additionally, it’s going to get to that new vaping that’s going on and reduce the access to that because that’s what people are trying and unknowingly getting hooked on before they really know the health implications.”

Dr. Gilmore says the health risks caused by nicotine are reversible almost immediately.  He says when someone stops smoking, their blood pressure goes down and within months the lungs begin to repair.  Once nicotine is out of the body, Dr. Gilmore says heart function improves and cancer risk over time is reduced.

Another concern about teen tobacco use centers on e-cigarettes and vaping products.  Dr. Gilmore says the nicotine in these products is highly addictive and teens often don’t realize the health risks.  Experts say vaping products are harmful to young developing brains and can have long term health implications much like traditional tobacco products.

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Heart Attack Survivor Looks to inspire Healthy Living

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – On January 12,2014, Sam Keirns came inside from shoveling snow. He described it as a “cold day” in a “very very cold winter.” He couldn’t quite catch his breath. As time passed, the discomfort did not go away and Sam had his wife take him to the hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and “essentially died.” Tuesday night, he was alive and sharing his story.

“I guess I’m here to implore people to be their own health advocate,” Sam said. ”There’s wonderful doctors here in Fort Wayne who are ready, willing and able to help you, but you have to get to them so you have to take control, know what your numbers are, if you will, and take control of your own heart health to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.”

Keirns was part of a panel who spoke at the inaugural Heart of Gold Gathering put on by the American Heart Association. The panel included two other survivors as well as physicians who took questions from the audience. The main goal of the night was education.

“I think the main thing we want people to take away is why we have some physicians here speaking,” said Florence Bear, the American Heart Association’s Director of Fort Wayne Socials. “That’s preventative factors that they can use in their everyday lives, as well as warning signs.”

Sam spoke to a crowd of about 120 people about a night his wife said she “wouldn’t wish on anyone.”

“We’re way too young for this,” Sam’s wife Jenna Keirns said. “But I will say it sort of knocked us over the head and encouraged us to be healthier.”

Sam said he has cut out tobacco use from his life and is now eating healthy foods and exercising on a regular basis.

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