For those rushing out the door on the way to Grandma’s house for the holiday, here’s the most important safe-travel tip we can offer. In three words:
Wash your hands.
When it comes to recovering his health after a lifetime of smoking, Gary Hagen has discovered that it takes a village.
For Hagen, that “village” has been the staff in the pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department at United Hospital System’s Kenosha Medical Center campus.
No one asks for Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia.
No one would willingly sign up for a disease that erodes one’s mental and physical faculties to nothingness. But on Nov. 10, 40 people in Kenosha did sign up for a dose of dementia.
Editor’s note: Jamie Morgan, 38, of Pleasant Prairie, has lost 210 pounds over a four-year period and recently competed in a figure competition. We asked her to share her story by answering some questions for Focus on Fitness.
After spending almost 30 years overweight or obese, I fell into a depression after the sudden loss of my mother in 2004. It compounded several emotional issues from my past that were never addressed. Before I knew it, I was deep within an endless cycle of private binge eating coupled with a socially reclusive and sedentary existence. So, after someone close to me asked me to seek counseling, I began my journey to health.
Everyone knows what it’s like to be afraid.
A snake slithers unexpectedly across the path ahead, and your body automatically responds. You spring backward should it strike. Your heart pounds, muscles tense, breath quickens. You begin to perspire. All attention is on the snake.
The fall session of Keys to Healthy Living health fair event to be held Thursday at Gateway Technical College promises to be a conduit to making healthier choices.
The event will also bring an integrative medicine specialist from Milwaukee to speak on “The Wisdom of Food.”
Josephine Mata, 74, doesn’t travel all the way from the north side of Racine to Kenosha lightly, but she’s happy to make the trip to receive an innovative diabetic neuropathy treatment at Dr. Cynthia Cernak’s office.
“My feet were bothering me. They were puffy and numb. Now they’re feeling good again. I can get up off the chair now,” Mata said.
Rapidly evolving technologies are changing the conversations people are having with their eye doctors. Particularly when it comes to the topic of cataracts.
“Ten years ago it was a very short discussion,” says local ophthalmologist Dr. I. Paul Singh. “The short answer was to have surgery that just removed the cataracts,” he said.
Sixty years ago, an American who made it to 65 could expect to live an additional 14 years. Today, Consumer Reports notes, it’s 19 years. So how do we grow older healthfully so that we can actually enjoy those extra years?
No matter whether you’ve just hit 50 or are well on your way toward the century mark, there are strategies that can help you stay healthy, keep you socially and intellectually engaged in the world around you and create a living situation that is comfortable and safe.