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Healthy Living: Study shows people traveling abroad not receiving proper vaccines

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and with it, fabulous family vacations.

But a new study shows people traveling abroad may not be getting the proper vaccinations.

If any of your upcoming travel plans include trips abroad, make sure to squeeze in a doctor’s visit before you go.

According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, between 2009 and 2014, more than half of international travelers who were eligible to receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine did not.

Measles was eradicated from the U.S. in 2009, but remains common in other parts of the world, including Western Europe.

Travelers who did not get the vaccine put themselves at risk of infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel notices for several other vaccine-related health issues.

Hepatitis-A is a risk almost everywhere in the world.

Yellow Fever is prevalent in parts of South America and Africa.

Malaria is an issue in parts of South America, Africa and Asia, and while there’s no Malaria vaccine, there is medicine travelers can take to prevent it.

Cholera has been noted in Mexico, Haiti, parts of Asia, parts of Africa and Yemen.

There are a variety of resources for people wondering whether they need vaccinations before they embark. The CDC’s travel health notices are a great resource, as is the state department’s website.

Both display specific information based on the destination.

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YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

Photo by Samantha SmithYMCA staff members pose with the YMCA sign at the Healthy Living Expo.

YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

Photo by Samantha SmithLocal vendors sell handbags at the YMCA Healthy Living Expo.

Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:42 pm

YMCA to continue Healthy Living Expo series

By SAMANTHA SMITH  – Staff Writer 

Herald Argus


MICHIGAN CITY — Since April 2015, Michigan City resident Amelia Lasky has been teaching yoga at the Michigan City Elston Branch of the La Porte County Family YMCA.

Once she was promoted to Wellness Coordinator earlier this year, she decided to do something more with her new position to promote the Michigan City YMCA and get people to come in after they had to close down their pool last year, which reopened on May 20.

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Age Well Community Council Launches Healthy Living Website

From the City of Danbury: The Age Well Community Council of Danbury, formerly the Aging In Place Council of Danbury, will host a “reveal and recognition” event to celebrate the launch of Age Well CT, the official healthy living website for resources, news and events for older adults in Western Connecticut; and recognize the generous support provided by a number of contributing foundation and community supporters.

The new site, will be introduced with a brief demonstration for community leaders and residents from Danbury and neighboring partner communities including: Brookfield, Newtown, New Milford, New Fairfield and Woodbury.

Age Well CT will offer residents a one stop experience to find resources and events that promote healthy aging and strong connections to communities. The site also features a Caregiver Center complete with planning and FAQs. Residents’ ability to more easily access a multitude of areawide community resources, that are trustworthy and reliable, make healthier aging more attainable.


  • The Honorable Mark D. Boughton, Mayor – City of Danbury
  • The Honorable Dianne Yamin, Judge, Danbury Probate Court; Co-Chair, Age Well Community
  • Council
  • Reverend Leroy Parker, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Danbury

Supporters: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Savings Bank of Danbury, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Date/Time/Place: Tuesday, May 30 @ 1 p.m.; New Hope Baptist Church 10 Dr. Aaron Samuels Blvd., Danbury

Specialized training sessions will be held for local residents at 1 p.m. at these senior centers on the following dates: Elmwood Hall, July 12; New Fairfield, July 13; Brookfield, July 14; Woodbury, July 19; New Milford, July 26; Newtown, July 27

For questions, please contact: 860-314- 2225. Public is welcome to attend.

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St. Tammany Healthy Living for May 24, 2017

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit

FIT AS A FIREFIGHTER: Children ages 8-12 who would like to learn how to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle may benefit from the Fit as a Firefighter nutrition and fitness summer camp to be held Monday through Friday, June 5-9. The fee is $110. Applications must be completed before registration, which is by appointment only; the packets are available at For information, call (985) 280-8529.

ME AND MY TOT TIME: Parents and grandparents will discuss child development issues and parenting tips while their children enjoy playtime with other children Wednesday in the Community Outreach Center, second floor, Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. The 9:30 a.m. session is for toddlers who have just begun walking up to 30 months, and the 11 a.m. session is for ages 31 months to preschool. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

BABY AND ME TOBACCO FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539. 

BABY AND ME: Parents of babies who are not yet walking will share issues and insights about parenting at 10  a.m. Thursday in the Community Outreach Center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

BREAST-FEEDING CLINIC: Lactation consultants will offer free support and encouragement from 9:30  a.m. to noon Saturday in the Florida Avenue conference room at Slidell Memorial Hospital, 1025 Florida Ave., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-8585 or visit

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Community Outreach Center, second floor, Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Classes are free, but registration and medical release are required. (985) 280-6600.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator. Sessions at the Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be May 30 and June 6.  Sessions at the Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., are from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next sessions will be June 13 and June 27.

NEWBORN CARE: Feeding, diapering, swaddling and bathing are among the topics to be covered during a newborn care class from 7  p.m. to 9  p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To make a reservation, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., first and third Fridays of the month, Women’s Center for Healing Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The next meeting will be June 2. (985) 892-8111.

CALLING IN ‘THE ONE’: Life coach Carolee Laffoon will lead a series of discussions on becoming more open for love to enter your life, beginning with a session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the Women’s Center for Healing Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The program is centered on the book ”Calling in ‘The One’: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life” by Katherine Woodward Thomas. The cost is $160, but participants may pay as they are able. For information or to register, visit or call (985) 892-8111.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: Caregivers may benefit from a basic life support course to be held from 8:15  a.m. to 12:30  p.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and use of an automated external defibrillator. The cost is $35 for the class, plus a $20 deposit for the book. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

BREATHWORK: Patricia Stout will lead a “Coming Home to the Breath” program from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Women’s Center for Healing Transformation, 71667 Leveson St, Abita Springs. The cost is $75, but participants may pay as they are able. For information, call (985) 264-8089. 

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: A support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers will meet from 5:30  p.m. to 6:30  p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Discussion topics include nutrition, social services, rehabilitation therapy and medical management. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

SIBLING CLASS IN COVINGTON: A class for children ages 3-8 who are about to be big brothers and sisters will be held from 10  a.m. to noon Thursday, June 15, in the Pelican Room at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The children will watch a video about what it will be like to have a new baby at home and will practice with dolls or stuffed animals they have brought. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

SUICIDE INTERVENTION TRAINING: St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide will present a course in applied suicide intervention skills training from Thursday, June 15, through Friday, June 16, in Covington. The program provides training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include people concerned about family or friends, emergency service workers, counselors, teachers, ministers, mental health practitioners, law enforcement workers and community volunteers. The course is free, with a $35 registration fee. For information or to register, visit or call (985) 237-5506.

MEDICINE WHEELS: Energy healer and intuitive Elaine Grohman will present a program on how ancient medicine wheels can provide a deeper understanding of ourselves from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 23, at the Women’s Center for Healing Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The cost is $65, but participants may pay as they are able. For information, call (985) 264-8089. 

WRITING FOR HEALING: Life coach Carolee Laffoon will lead a program on how telling our stories can restore wellness in our lives from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the Women’s Center for Healing Transformation, 71667 Leveson St., Abita Springs. The cost is $25, but participants may pay as they are able. For information or to register, visit or call (985) 892-8111.  

TOTAL JOINT CLASS: A physical therapist, surgical nurse, case manager and orthopedic nurse will discuss preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing total joint replacement surgery at 1  p.m. June 20 in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

LAMAZE CHILDBIRTH CLASS: Relaxation and breathing techniques for natural childbirth, signs and symptoms of labor, and postpartum care will be discussed during a Lamaze childbirth class to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Participants should bring a pillow and blanket. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

BREAST-FEEDING CLASS: The benefits and process of breast-feeding, including positioning and latching, will be addressed during a class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 15, in the Magnolia Room at Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To register, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

PREPARING FOR CHILDBIRTH: When to come to the hospital, pain management and complications in pregnancy are among the topics that will be discussed during a childbirth preparation program from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

GIRL TALK: Preteen and teen girls will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty during the Girl Talk session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Deborah Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $10 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

BABY-SITTING TRAINING: The two-day Safe Sitter program will be offered July 25-26 in the Pelican Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. Class hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. The class is recommended for ages 11-13; topics include CPR and choking rescue. The cost is $75. To reserve a spot, call (985) 867-3900 or visit

NORTHSHORE BIRTH OPTIONS: Jen Kamel, founder of VBAC Facts, will present a workshop on vaginal birth after cesareans from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Staybridge Suites, 140 Holiday Blvd., Covington. The workshop is being organized by Northshore Birth Options. The cost is $125. Participants will receive 6.6 nursing continuing education hours. For information, or to become a sponsor, email For tickets, visit

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What is Magnesium Spray?

Magnesium spray is certainly making its rounds in the health and wellness world right now, but if you haven’t yet been clued into its benefits, you might be wondering why on earth you’d want magnesium in a spray bottle. It’s no secret that magnesium is good for you. But what you might not know is that just because you consume magnesium, there’s no guarantee that you’ll absorb it properly and reap its benefits. Here’s what you need to know.

Health Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is a super important mineral for human health. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it’s particularly vital for the health of the kidneys, muscular system and heart. It plays an important role in activating enzymes that keep everything functioning properly.

Magnesium deficiency can lead to all manner of health issues, including muscle twitching (when you get that little eye twitch, it is often because of a magnesium deficiency), feeling stressed, muscle soreness and poor sleep.

Why Magnesium Spray?

Many health gurus claim that modern-day humans are often deficient in magnesium because of the lack of the mineral in modern soil. For this reason, a lot of people supplement with magnesium on a regular basis.

However, when it comes to nutrients, absorption is just as important as consumption. You can consume magnesium on a regular basis, but if it’s not being absorbed properly by your body, you aren’t going to reap its many benefits.

“It has been found that magnesium, despite being available in many dietary sources, is not best absorbed orally,” explains Dr. Axe. Magnesium taken orally is affected by a number of elements in your gut, and can also act as a laxative, which reduces the amount of time the mineral can be absorbed in the body.”

By applying magnesium to your skin, it can be absorbed transdermally. For many people, this is actually more effective than taking an oral supplement.

How to Make Your Own Magnesium Spray

You can purchase magnesium spray online, but it’s also perfectly easy to DIY it at home. It’s also sometimes referred to as magnesium oil.

Wellness Mama, a popular natural lifestyle blog, recommends combining half a cup of magnesium chloride flakes with half a cup of distilled water. You can spray it directly on your skin, pat it in, and enjoy the effects of a healthy magnesium boost.

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Faith and healthy living the secret to 100-year-old’s success

From left to right, Diana Laverdiere, granddaughter, Kenneth Day, 100, Rachel MacPhee, daughter, and Dennis Day, son, at Day’s 100th birthday party. TARA VOCINO PHOTO
From left to right, Diana Laverdiere, granddaughter, Kenneth Day, 100, Rachel MacPhee, daughter, and Dennis Day, son, at Day’s 100th birthday party. TARA VOCINO PHOTO

Appropriately, 100 people, including immediate family, friends, selectboard members, and police officers, came out for Sterling resident Kenneth Day’s 100th birthday party at the Senior Center last Thursday.

“I don’t preach religion to anyone, but this is my theory,” Day said when asked what his secret is. “My dad died in the war, and I never met him, so the Lord had to take me by His hands. That’s why I’m here today.”

Although he comes from a Methodist background, which is a mainstream Protestant denomination, Day is an active member of First Church in Sterling, a Unitarian Universalist church. He attends services weekly there.

Day said his faith is a deciding factor in his prosperity as well as proper diet and light exercise.

“Most people wouldn’t eat what I eat,” Day said. “A big factor in people staying healthy in old age is what you eat and how much you eat.”

Day said he ate cereal, a half of a banana, and drank a cup of coffee before his birthday party. He added he eats a snack along with drinking a glass of water before he goes to bed.

Day’s daughter, Rachel MacPhee, said her father has always been active, walking the track near the Senior Center, riding a stationary bike at home, and using 5-pound weights.

U. S. Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Worcester) wrote a letter to Day, saying he has always believed that it is essential for each generation to understand and recognize the contributions to society of those who have come before.

“As you celebrate today, I hope you will take the time to remember that you are part of an extraordinary generation, which helped guide America through times of calm and crisis, and our country is better off because of your contribution to our American story,” McGovern wrote.

McGovern added it is an honor to pay tribute to such a special milestone.

MacPhee said she had a flag flown over the U.S. capitol in Washington, D.C. in her father’s honor.

A former duck farmer for 40 years at Pine Crest, which is now a golf course, Day estimated he raised half a million ducks. He sold to The Old Mill in Westminster and used the feathers for down, which he called “the best insulation.”

Day’s friend of 10 years, Weymouth Whitney, 79, of Sterling, called Day an “inspiration” and a “living example” health wise.

“He’s an inspiration to all of us who are sneaking up to his age,” Whitney said. “It’s nice to see someone living well and maintaining their health. If you do it on purpose, that is the secret. Everyone has accidents or misfortunes, but if you do what you should daily, you’ll live to be like Ken.”

Whitney said those who eat right, live right, and in turn, feel great.

MacPhee said Day has an excellent memory and an impressive driving record with no dents or speeding tickets, knowing his limits and choosing not to drive at night. His niece, Amanda, recently moved in downstairs to provide care as needed.

Day replied that he feels fortunate not to have the sicknesses that others endure at his age or even younger. He has been a Senior Center member for at least 35 years, staff said.

“I think I look 100,” Day joked.

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DaVita Honors Commitment to Healthy Living during Employee …

DaVita consistently ranks as one of the healthiest employers and top workplaces in Denver. In 2016, the company ranked in the top five of the extra-large company category for Denver Business Journal’s list of Metro Denver’s Healthiest Companies for the fifth consecutive year. 

DaVita’s World Headquarters offices in Denver have two fitness centers available to DaVita teammates. In addition, the company partners with Global Fit and Cigna Healthy Rewards to offer discounted national and local gym memberships to teammates.

To honor its dedication to healthy living year-round, Village Vitality offers a range of programs intended to help improve the health, well-being and fulfillment of DaVita teammates. These programs include:

  • Vitality Points – Vitality Points is DaVita’s voluntary wellness program that encourages wellbeing while rewarding participants for taking an active role in their health. Teammates and spouses enrolled in a DaVita medical plan complete Healthy Actions to earn Vitality Points. DaVita offers this program to help teammates identify potential health risks, find resources and tools to live healthier lives and save money on their health insurance premiums.
  • We Are Well - The We Are Well Award is an annual award presented to teammates who have dedicated themselves to achieving their health goals. Teammates who share a compelling story about doing the right thing for their health are given the opportunity to win free health insurance for the year. Among the requirements are: working toward achieving better health, fulfilling personal goals, overcoming health or fitness obstacles or inspiring others.

Learn more about DaVita’s award-winning culture at

About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and DaVita Medical Group. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of March 31, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,382 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 189,400 patients. The company also operated 162 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Medical Group manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Washington in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of December 31, 2016, DaVita Medical Group’s teammates, employed clinicians and affiliated clinicians provided care for approximately 1.7 million patients. For more information, please visit

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Dole’s Cars 3 promotion looks to drive healthy living

Dole’s Cars 3 promotion looks to drive healthy living

May 23, 2017

Dole is taking its message of healthy living to the North American open road this summer with a program geared toward engaging families on their road trips and summer vacations with tools that create healthier meal and snacking options. Fuel Up with Dole kicks off May 25 with road-tested character-inspired recipes, vacation nutrition tips, a family photo contest with prizes and other fun activities inspired by Disney●Pixar’s Cars 3, arriving in theaters June 16.

Dole’s largest collaboration with Disney to date, the Fuel Up with Dole healthy-living initiative celebrates Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 and launches May 25, National Eat More Fruits Vegetables Day, and runs through Sept. 4 in the U.S. and Canada. Cars 3 characters Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm, Miss Fritter and Smokey will be featured on nearly 400 million Dole bananas, pineapples, salads and berries in U.S. and in Canadian supermarkets throughout the summer with a dedicated microsite, digital interactions, blogger and social programs complementing the in-store fun.

A highlight is the Fuel Up with Dole Ultimate Family Road Trip Contest, which asks family road warriors to submit their best healthy vacation photos for an opportunity to win one of 21 prizes including a customized 10-day RV road trip across the U.S. and Canada.

The nutrition experts at Dole and the Dole Nutrition Institute also worked closely with Disney to create original fruit and vegetable recipes inspired by Cars 3 characters, Lightning McQueen (Lightning Berry Smoothie) and Cruz Ramirez (Pineapple Pit-Stop Smoothie), plus other new Cars 3 characters.

“Fuel Up with Dole” is the next chapter in a multi-year nutrition collaboration between Dole Food Co. and The Walt Disney Co. aimed at helping parents encourage their kids and families to make healthier food and lifestyle choices. The campaign kicked off in fall 2016 with a campaign centered around Disney’s Moana and in March launched There’s Beauty in Healthy Living in honor of Disney’s Beauty the Beast.

“After successful campaigns centered on Moana and Beauty and the Beast, Dole is excited to take the next step in our relationship with Disney by helping parents when they need it the most — during summer vacation and on the annual family road trip,” Bil Goldfield, director of communications for the Dole Food Co., said in a press release. “We know that fruits and vegetables are the body’s highest performance fuel source, so we thought joining Cars 3 was the perfect way to showcase how easy it is to take healthy summer living on the road when you fuel-up the right way.”

According to contest rules, U.S. and Canadian residents who submit their best healthy vacation photo and caption between May 25 and July 19 will be eligible to receive one of 21 summer travel-themed prizes. The entrant submitting the best photo as deemed by a panel of Dole and DNI judges will create their own 10-day, nine-night road trip itinerary for four people to any destination they choose in the U.S. and Canada. The prize includes use of a Cruise America RV with kitchen and bedding upgrades; a daily food, dining, gas and campground allowance; U.S. National Parks and Parks Canada annual passes; and one-way or round-trip airfare for four to the starting and/or ending city of their choice.

Dole is also throwing in two Fuel Up Day Packs, consisting of a Fast Forward Cars backpack filled with vouchers for free Dole fruits and vegetables, and other healthy surprises; and a copy of Dole-opoly, Dole’s own version of Hasbro’s Monopoly.

Ten first- and second-prize winners, each, will receive Fuel Up Day Packs and family four-packs of movie tickets, respectively.

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Healthy living recognition event Thursday | News |

The Pittsburg County TSET Healthy Living Program is hosting a free luncheon on Thursday, May 25, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at The Venue in downtown McAlester.

The luncheon is to recognize valuable members and organizations that are making a difference through various health and wellness initiatives in the community.

Pittsburg County TSET Healthy Living Program Wellness Coordinator Michelle Mabray said she is very excited for the event on Thursday that will recognize the hard work the community has done to help raise awareness of healthy living.

“We have greatly increased our partnerships with more than 75 organizations who are implementing health and wellness initiatives in schools, businesses, child-care facilities, non-profits and cities across Pittsburg County,” Mabray said.

The event will feature keynote speaker Charles Marohn, the president of Strong Towns and author of “Thoughts on Building Strong Towns” and “A World Class Transportation System.”

Mabray said Marohn will be presenting a selection of projects that are low cost with a high impact on the community.

“One of the best messages from Strong Towns is that strong citizens are vital to create strong towns,” Mabray said.

Mabray said lunch will be provided by Pete’s Place during the event.

For more information contact Mabray at 918-470-2020.

Contact Lacey Sudderth at

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Healthy Living: Help for women’s pelvic floor disorders

In women, the pelvic floor consists of muscles, bones, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that attach to the pelvic bone and sacrum.

Like a sling or a hammock, the pelvic floor supports the pelvic organs, spine and pelvic girdle and assists with urinary, sexual and defecatory function.

A pelvic floor disorder (PFD) happens when the pelvic floor becomes weak or injured, which can result in various symptoms such as impaired voiding or defecation, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction.

The most common types of PFD are pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence.

Symptoms of PFD includes urgent and frequent need to urinate, a hard time starting to urinate or completely emptying the bladder, leaking urine when laughing, coughing or with exercise, painful urination, frequent urinary tract infections; pain or pressure in the rectum or vagina, bulging in the rectum or vagina, pain or straining during bowel movements, pelvic muscle spasms and painful intercourse for women.

Several conditions may cause PFD. These conditions include: pregnancy and childbirth (with risk increasing with each additional birth); being overweight; constant straining during bowel movements; and repeated heavy lifting.

Other contributing factors include age (the pelvic floor can weaken with age in some women), genetic predisposition or having radiation treatment or surgery in the pelvic region, both of which can damage the tissues and muscles there.

The National Institutes of Health states that more than one third of women in the U.S. have a PFD. It’s often a debilitating condition and can adversely affect quality of life. The good news is that PFD is a treatable condition; a physical therapist can help.

The physical therapist will tailor an individualized treatment plan to help alleviate the symptoms.

Common treatments are exercises and biofeedback to re-educate and train muscles of the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles and joints; bladder training; relaxation technique; and dietary and lifestyle modifications.

Other treatments are manual therapy, therapeutic exercise for stretching and strengthening, hot and cold therapy, and a home exercise program.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of PFD, you should talk with your primary care provider or gynecologist, who can refer you to a physical therapist with specialized training in treating PFD.

Lilybeth Ly is a Day Kimball Healthcare physical therapist with specialized training in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. She practices at Day Kimball Healthcare Center in Danielson.  


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