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    2 LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD / Health Line of Northern Colorado Thursday, May 17, 2012 ...

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    The 411

    on H2O






    Page 16



    Kids need the

    right nutrition to

    maintain energy

    Page 14

    Spice It Up

    Peppers do more than

    add heat to meals

    Page 12

    Beat the Heat

    Tips, tricks to

    survive the summer

    Page 17

    Uncommon Sense............................................pg 8

    Get t with kids...............................................pg 10

    Health Calendar..............................................pg 20

    Health Briefs...................................................pg 21

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  • Clink, glub, glub, glub, ahhh.

    Take a moment to sip on some ice-cold

    water, allowing it to freshen the senses

    and ready you for the summer months.

    With so many cold, delicious drinks to

    choose from, water can rarely be the

    drink of choice. Its easy to forget how

    important it is to drink enough of it on

    a daily basis, too.

    We know water is essential for

    the human body, but what exactly

    does it do for us? Christine Bennett,

    a registered dietitian with House and

    Heart Nutrition, LLC in Longmont, says

    water is essential because it helps

    our bodies to function properly. We

    need water to transport nutrients and

    oxygen around our bodies (blood) and

    to remove by-products of metabolism

    from our bodies (urine), she says.

    We need water to make enzymes to

    digest food and for our metabolism,

    to moisten the respiratory and gastro-

    intestinal tracts and also to maintain

    body temperature.

    Drinking enough water daily is worth

    the gain, not in weight, but in health.

    The benets are endless from improved

    skin tone to weight management to

    supporting the conduction of electrical

    impulses that maintain heart function,

    Diana Bunker, a certied nutritionist in

    Longmont says.

    A large amount of calories con-

    sumed on a daily basis are from the

    uids we drink from soda to juice to

    hot or cold coee drinks. Often these

    drinks dont keep us feeling full for very

    long, so we have consumed the calories

    and are looking for another snack soon

    afterward, Bennett says. The list of

    what water provides to the body goes

    on and on.

    With summer in full force, stay-

    ing hydrated is particularly important.

    Because the body uses water to

    regulate body temperature, not staying

    adequately hydrated can put an excess

    amount of stress on the body, Bennett


    With so much information out there,

    its hard to know how much water we

    should drink, and what the benets can

    be. Simply drinking water is one of the

    best ways to consume it. While we do

    consume a fair portion of our daily uid

    intake through the foods we eat, gulp-

    ing it down is just as easy.

    And everyone has heard the eight

    glasses a day requirement. Although

    that seems like the right amount for

    everyone, its actually not as accurate

    as we think. The best rule of thumb:

    When youre thirsty, drink uids. Bun-

    ker provides specic guidelines: Ideally

    we should be drinking half of our body

    weight in ounces daily. For example, a

    150 pound person should consume 75

    ounces daily, which is a good rule of

    thumb for everyone.

    Changing habits overnight is often

    unrealistic. Bennett and Bunker recom-

    mend starting with small, attainable

    goals. Keeping a water bottle close

    by is a gentle reminder, Bunker says.

    However, the good thing about

    changing habits is that you can

    easily exchange one habit for another.

    Strike a deal with yourself: I can

    drink the soda after I drink a half cup of

    water, Bennett says. Another way

    might be to think about all the uids

    youre going to consume that day and

    try to switch one or two of those to

    water. This might feel more achiev-

    able than cutting out juice or soda all


    For the person who doesnt enjoy

    drinking water, its most likely due to

    its taste. Fortunately, a water lter can

    make all the dierence. In addition,

    because a lot of people have teeth

    sensitivity to cold, Bunker recommends

    drinking room temperature water,

    which can help water go down a lot

    easier. And if you drink juice or other

    avored beverages, try mixing the

    avored beverage with water so you

    achieve the increased water intake,

    while tricking your taste buds in the


    For all the things water does to

    keep our bodies healthy, think twice

    the next time you reach out to crack

    open the top of a soda pop can or

    avored beverage. Instead, grab your

    water bottle or glass and take a swig

    your body will thank you.

    Healthy Hydration

    Dominique Del Grosso

    For the Reporter-Herald

    The 411 on H2O

    Ideally we

    should be

    drinking half of

    our body weight

    in ounces daily.

    For example, a

    150 pound person

    should consume

    75 ounces daily,

    which is a good

    rule of thumb for


    - Diana Bunker,

    certied nutritionist

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  • Ask the Experts:

    Varicose Veins

    I have veins in my legs that are discolored and painful.

    What are these and how are they treated?

    Varicose veins are superficial veins that are dilated and bulge under the skin. They can

    be blue or purple in color and are often found behind the knees and in calves and thighs.

    They can cause swelling, aching in the legs and damage to the skin leading to open wounds.

    Varicose veins are treated with a laser procedure to seal the vein.

    Spider veins are tiny blood vessels below the surface of the skin.

    These are treated, via injection, through a method called

    sclerotherapy that causes the vein walls to collapse.





    Maurice Lyons, D.O., Cardiovascular Surgeon

    Kenneth Richards, M.D., Cardiovascular Surgeon

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    1800 15th St., Suite 340, Greeley

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  • Heres a new spin on the saying, If you

    snooze you lose.

    What if the lose part applied to your weight?

    No, its not as simple as going to sleep and

    waking up slimmer. Alas.

    But a recent Harvard study does suggest that

    people who get a good nights rest nd it easier

    to resist overeating especially when it comes

    to gorging on high-calorie foods like ice cream,

    cheeseburgers or French fries.

    We all know the temptation: Youre drowsy

    during the day, get hungry and head to the

    snacks aisle or a vending machine for junk food or

    a candy bar.

    Daytime sleepiness was positively related

    to greater hunger and elevated preference for

    high-calorie foods, concluded the study, led by

    researcher William Killgore, an assistant professor

    of psychology at Harvard Medical School.

    MRIs of study volunteers showed why. Sleepier

    people had less activity in the self-control part of

    the brain the prefrontal cortex. Thats the area

    that puts the brakes on and slows you down

    from doing things you shouldnt do like eating

    too much fattening, unhealthy food, says Killgore.

    If youre sleepy, youre more likely to reach

    out and take a few extra bites of food or go for

    that extra dessert or say yes to something you

    wouldnt have, says Killgore.

    New preliminary ndings show that women are

    even more inclined than men to overeat and to

    prefer junk food when they get sleepy during the


    People think theyre so busy that, if theyre

    going to chintz on something,

    theyre going to cut out some sleep. And thats

    one thing they shouldnt do, says Killgore. It

    aects our ability to control food intake.

    Twenty or 30 years of doing that is going to

    make us larger and more unhealthy.

    New study nds:

    If you snooze you lose ... Weight?

    Ellen Warren


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  • Dear Dr. Beth: When a mature

    woman chooses to live life on her own

    what are the challenges both mentally

    and physically she must adjust to? It is

    a process and an interesting journey.

    How do you stay positive as best you


    Dr. Beth: When a mature woman

    chooses to live life on her own, there

    are a tremendous number of challenges

    and rewards associated with this transi-

    tion. Some of these challenges are

    expectable and anticipated; others are

    entirely unexpected, and may be either

    negative or positive.

    Most women who choose to live

    on their own due so because of their

    decision to leave a marriage or other

    committed relationship and live alone.

    This usually involves a shift to support-

    ing themselves nancially and living

    their lives on their own terms rather

    than having to compromise their needs

    to live with a husband or partner. Often

    this decision is made in order to move

    out from under the shadow of a mar-

    riage in which she has had to give up

    signicant parts of herself being in the


    The adjustment challenges are

    numerous and often quite dicult

    mentally and physically. Physically and

    pragmatically, this is often the rst

    time a woman has lived alone or on her

    own for many, many years or ever. I

    have heard many women speak of the

    challenge of dealing with a quiet house

    whether the partner they were living

    with was positive or negative, noisy

    or quiet, it is a big deal to learn to

    become accustomed to being the only

    person moving around in a house or

    coming home from work or an evening


    Many women have been in rela-

    tionships where the many activities

    required to run their lives were shared

    between them. Many women feel

    overwhelmed by the need to gure

    out how to accomplish these neces-

    sary household tasks on their own

    without someone with whom she can

    share those burdens. Limited nancial

    resources also frequently complicate

    and challenge.

    You are right in discussing this

    transition as a journey. Here are a few

    ideas that can help you along the way.

    First, if you have the luxury of really

    choosing the timing of going on your

    own, it is very helpful to learn and

    practice some of the practical skills

    you will need before moving out onto

    your own. Learn about the nances of

    running a household,

    how to x basic things

    that go wrong in your

    apartment or house,

    and who to call if you

    cant x it yourself. It

    is also really important

    to connect with other

    women and men on a

    social, friendship basis

    so that you have

    other people to call

    and to do things with


    As you mentioned

    in your question, this is a process and

    a journey. Dont expect everything

    to run smoothly or to be immediately

    rewarding although some parts of

    the process might be really freeing and

    joyous immediately.

    Every day will not be joyful and

    satisfying, but this happiness tends to

    occur more and more frequently over

    time. A lot of that shift comes about

    as a result of recognizing your likes and

    dislikes and making your life both in

    and out of the home reect your needs

    interests and tastes. It isnt always an

    easy journey, but it is often a journey

    well worth taking.

    Dear Dr. Beth: My partner has a

    problem with buying from every sales

    person that calls. She also tends to

    trade work for money owed her and

    gets into trouble every time with lack

    of quality work. What can I do to help

    her save money and make better deci-

    sions? I dont want to try and change


    Dr. Beth: This is a huge issue for

    couples. Societys conventional wisdom

    tells us that nances, sex and children

    are the primary sources of conict for

    a couple and the reason that many

    relationships break up. First, it is im-

    portant to realize that you really dont

    have the power to change your partner.

    You can invite her to change, you can

    talk to her about the patterns you

    notice in her decision-making and how

    her choices aect you and aect your


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  • relationship.

    Bringing up this subject and discuss-

    ing it are healthy things to do; how-

    ever, repeating the message frequently

    is a form of nagging and never really

    makes the relationship better. Your

    partner make take some of your feed-

    back and make some changes and that

    would be great, but she make take very

    little of your input or perhaps not use

    any of it and that can be extremely


    You can support your partner in

    making better decisions and sharing

    your own experience and expertise

    with saving and budgeting money, but

    it is not within your power to actually

    change your partner and you really

    dont sound like to want to change her


    Some practical steps you can take

    to manage the situation include try-

    ing to have a constructive discussion

    about the topic and see how far the

    two of you can get on your own. You

    can also hire a nancial counselor or

    therapist to help the two of you get on

    the same track with respect to money.

    Some couples choose to separate their

    nances or live apart due to the fact

    that one person may be making choices

    that prevent her from fullling her -

    nancial commitment to the relationship

    and the way her decisions adversely

    aect you. Often, this is not easy to

    accomplish. If the two of you are stuck

    or ghting frequently, working with

    a couple therapist can sometimes be

    very helpful as well. You can also help

    her by giving her encouragement and

    support for the changes she is willing

    to make.

    Few issues in a relationship are as

    emotionally loaded as disagreements

    about the handling of family nances.

    It is possible to learn to live with your

    partners problem with money, but may

    eventually decide that you are not will-

    ing to continue to deal with this after a

    certain length of time.

    Let me be clear: your partner really

    can get the help she needs and make

    signicant changes in her behavior. It

    isnt hopeless. But your role in this pro-

    cess is quite limited and often the most

    constructive thing you can do is stay

    out of way. Let her come to terms with

    this issue on her own and nd a place

    of personal emotional balance within

    the relationship that you can sustain

    regardless of what your partner does or

    doesnt do.

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  • Next time youre around children, take a moment to

    observe their behavior.

    Kids run everywhere. They climb trees, wrestle friends,

    bounce basketballs and swim in pools. They make up

    games with ever changing rules and only stop long enough

    to examine a scraped knee or get something to drink.

    Doesnt that sound like fun?

    Indeed, it does - at least according to a new survey by

    the American Cancer Society.

    Forty percent of women surveyed said they would be

    more physically active if exercise felt less like work and

    more like play.

    Gym workouts can be monotonous and uninspiring;

    tossing a Frisbee or speeding down a waterslide is fun.

    Today, the American Cancer Societys Choose You

    movement is launching its 100,000 Acts of Play Chal-

    lenge. The eort is aimed at getting women to let go of

    a little adult responsibility for awhile and enjoy being like

    children again.

    It is essential to nd a way to bring the power of play

    and physical activity that you enjoy back to your day,

    says Colleen Doyle, the societys nutrition and activity di-

    rector, in a news release. There are so many options: Play

    tag with your kids, jump rope with a friend or even Hula

    hoop at the oce. The important thing is to get moving

    and have fun.

    Choose You is sending teams to New York, Los Angeles

    and Washington. The teams, acting rather like ash mobs,

    will erupt into a urry of seemingly spontaneous play,

    inviting passers-by to participate with nostalgic childhood

    toys, including the 80s famed Skip It, Hula hoops, hoppity

    hop balls and double-Dutch jump ropes, according to the


    Staying active can improve heart health, increase t-

    ness and limit the risk of certain cancers. Although the

    Play Challenge is focused on womens health, both sexes,

    adults and children, can benet from playtime. Make it a

    family aair.

    After each play session, go online to www.chooseyou.

    com/play to share your fun. Choose You hopes to have

    100,000 entries on the site by the end of May. By then,

    maybe youll feel like a kid again.

    Ladies, its time to play

    Ken Raymond


    Get active simply by playing with your kids

    It is essential to nd a way to bring the power of play and physical

    activity that you enjoy back to your day There are so many options:

    Play tag with your kids, jump rope with a friend or even Hula hoop at the ofce.

    The important thing is to get moving and have fun.

    10 LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD / Health Line of Northern Colorado Thursday, May 17, 2012 ...

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    Michael D. Roller, M.D. Craig R. Clear, M.D. Robert R. Quaid, M.D

    Healthy Legs, Healthy You!

    Do you suffer from bulging, painful varicose

    veins in your legs? Maybe you notice that your

    legs ache, swell, or feel heavy and fatigued,

    especially by the end of the day? All of these can

    be signs of vein disease caused by faulty valves in

    your veins. If left untreated they can lead to more

    serious health issues such as blood clots, venous

    hemorrhage, or skin ulcerations.

    The veins in your legs have to work hard against

    gravity to get the blood back to your heart using

    one-way valves. When these veins become

    stretched, the valves weaken and are unable to

    completely close, resulting in increased vein pres-

    sure. It is this increased pressure that is the source

    of the problems.

    Factors that contribute to

    venous disease are:

    Family history



    Multiple pregnancies

    Prolonged periods of standing or sitting


    Conservative methods of treatment are to avoid

    sitting or standing for long periods, the use of

    compression stockings, regular exercise, and

    controlling your weight. If a patients symptoms

    do not improve with conservative measures then

    a physician may recommend a consultation for

    treatment known as Endovenous Laser Treatment,

    or EVLT.

    EVLT is performed by the comprehensive vein

    specialists at The Vein and Laser Center of North-

    ern Colorado. This group uses the most advanced

    laser delivery system, VenaCure 1470, which

    provides the patient with a manageable post

    procedure recovery period, allowing the patient

    to return to work the following day. Procedures

    are done in the office in less than 2 hours, and are

    typically covered by insurance.

    Complimentary screenings with a limited ultra-

    sound are an option to see if you are a candidate

    for EVLT. The Vein and Laser Center invites

    you to call with your questions or to schedule a

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  • Its vegetable season and this year

    its about spicing things up. Peppers,

    not only add avor and heat to what

    you are cooking, but they are packed

    full of health benets too.

    The focus has really been on

    tomatoes the last couple of years,

    says Anne Zander an extension agent

    of family and consumer science at

    the CSU Extension of Boulder County.

    Now more and more people are fo-

    cusing toward peppers in their home

    garden, because they are realizing

    their benets.

    Peppers, whether they are big,

    small, sweet or spicy, are rich in vita-

    mins and minerals. These avorful and

    spicy vegetables are not only high in

    Vitamin C, but are a great source of

    beta carotene, potassium, folic acid

    and ber.

    Aside from their many health-

    related benets, they also oer avor

    and color to dishes and are easy to

    use. This versatile vegetable can be

    eaten raw, cooked, baked, roasted,

    stewed, pickled and even stued.

    You name it or have a recipe it can

    probably be done.

    And to add to their greatness.

    Peppers, all kinds, grow great in the

    hot, Colorado climate. Kim Jackson,

    annuals manager at The Flower Bin

    in Longmont, says peppers love the

    sun. Our climate is known for the

    hot peppers, especially Anaheim and

    jalapeno, she says. They just love

    our hot summer days ... any kind of

    pepper does.

    With a little soil amending, a

    monthly fertilizer, regular watering

    and six to eight hours of sun, growing

    a pepper should be easy.

    Zander says like any vegetable,

    adding peppers into your diet is

    always a good idea. They are full of

    vitamins and minerals and are low in

    calories, while lling you up. But she

    cautions that people new to using

    peppers should work them into their

    diet slowly and try all dierent kinds

    to discover what you like best. It

    is also a good idea to make sure to

    wear gloves when cooking with hot

    peppers, because the oils can transfer

    to your hands very easily.

    Be adventurous and start o

    with a small amount, Zander says.

    Usually the smaller the pepper, the

    hotter they are.

    Zander says getting cre-

    ative with peppers is the fun

    part. While they can easily

    be cut up and stored in the

    refrigerator for snacking and

    cooking, peppers can really

    be added to any dish. Ideas

    for fresh peppers include

    salsas, marinades, vinai-

    grettes for salads, avored

    oils and vinegars.

    Just remember the

    longer they (peppers) sit

    (in a dish) or in a avored

    vinaigrette it will get

    stronger and spicier,

    Zander cautions. That is

    why the tasting part is so


    While most who are new

    to peppers begin by adding

    bell peppers, which are

    often the least spicy and

    more sweet, it is easy to

    start trying other peppers

    by just substituting one

    in place of a bell pepper in

    dishes you like.

    For more tips or information

    on storing, canning or freez-

    ing peppers for year round

    use, contact Anne Zander at

    303-678-6238 or [email protected]


    Spice It Up

    Peppers add more than

    heat to your favorite dishes

    Summer Stair


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  • Invented by Wilbur Scoville, the Scoville Heat

    Index ranks peppers in order from mildest to hottest.

    It starts with zero being the mildest and goes over

    1,000,000 to indicate the hottest peppers. Heres

    information on more widely used types.


    Bell Peppers, which can be red, yellow, green or

    orange, arent hot peppers. They are very common

    sweet peppers. Since this type of pepper has no heat,

    its Scoville Heat Index is zero.


    Also known as pimento peppers, cherry peppers are

    heart-shaped and are about 4 inches long and 3 inches

    wide. These peppers are actually very mild, scoring about a

    500 on the Scoville Heat Index.


    Another mild type of pepper is the Anaheim pepper. This

    pepper is usually maroon in color and has a long, skinny

    body. While the Anaheim pepper usually has a Scoville Heat

    Index around 1,000, some varieties can have a rating as

    high as 5,000.


    The jalapeno is one of the most common types of

    peppers in the United States. Many people like this type

    of pepper because of its spicy yet not overwhelming taste.

    Jalapeno are usually either red or green and are about 2 to

    3 inches long. Their Scoville Heat Index is typically around

    5,000, however jalapenos can range anywhere from 2,000

    to 8,000.


    The Serrano pepper is similar to the jalapeno in its look,

    but this pepper is much hotter. On the Scoville Heat Index,

    the Serrano Pepper can be between 10,000 and 25,000.

    This pepper is usually small (around 2 inches) and green in



    The Cayenne pepper is another hot pepper (be-

    tween 25,000 and 50,000 on the Scoville Heat Index)

    that is popular with those looking to add heat to food.

    Red in color, the Cayenne pepper is generally dried

    and used in powder form. Additionally, this pepper has

    been used in natural medicines for hundreds of years

    due to reported healing attributes.


    Grown in Thailand and neighboring countries, the Thai

    pepper is a type of pepper that can be classied as very

    hot. With a Scoville Heat Index of between 50,000 and

    100,000, these peppers are sure to leave your taste buds

    wanting relief. The Thai pepper is one of the smallest pep-

    pers, measuring in at less than 1 inch.


    Of hot peppers that are commonly used, the Habanero

    chili is recognized as the hottest. This pepper, which can be

    any color from green to yellow to pink, is usually only around

    3 centimeters in length. The Scoville Heat Index for the

    Habanero chili can range from 150,000 to 350,000.

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  • T-ball, soccer, softball and tennis

    are in full swing, and young athletes

    need nutritious foods for top-notch


    In order to properly fuel their bod-

    ies for sport, youngsters need to eat

    a daily diet that focuses on adequate

    calories, particularly in the form of

    carbohydrates, to support exercise and

    growth, and adequate protein, says

    registered dietitian Mary Wilson.

    A board-certied specialist in sports

    dietetics and director of the Didactic

    Program in Dietetics at Eastern Ken-

    tucky University, Wilson recommends

    that parents follow the 2010 dietary

    guidelines for Americans and Myplate.

    gov for feeding their active young-


    The best foods for young athletes

    are: carbohydrates from whole grains

    (breads, cereals, pasta, brown rice),

    fruits, vegetables, and low-fat milk

    and yogurt; and protein from legumes,

    nuts, seeds, low-fat milk, yogurt

    and cheese, poultry and lean cuts of


    Registered dietitian Jill Kindy, the

    mother of two young athletes ages

    9 and 11, says planning is important

    in providing healthful foods for young

    people. Kindy, health education coor-

    dinator at the University of Kentucky,

    recommends keeping non-perishables

    such as granola bars, cheese and

    crackers, dry cereal or trail mix in the

    car, so theyre available to eat when

    kids are heading to the park after


    We sometimes travel with an

    insulated bag/cooler with an ice pack,

    so we can have items like string cheese

    or cold drinks. This way, you wont

    get stuck running through the drive-

    through and ending up with a high-fat,

    high-calorie choice. If you do end up

    at fast food, go for the grilled chicken,

    a sub sandwich, and apples and fruit

    instead of french fries.

    Kindy, who also is a sports dietetics

    specialist, suggests that youngsters

    eat something that is mainly carbohy-

    drates before a game or practice that

    lasts longer than an hour. During a

    lengthy activity, children can eat fruit,

    bagels or granola bars, and they can

    drink sports drinks.

    After strenuous activity, its good

    to replenish losses shortly after the

    competition or practice ends like

    within 30 to 60 minutes, Kindy says.

    This meal or snack should contain

    some carbohydrates and some protein.

    Snacks can be chocolate milk or peanut

    butter crackers or low-fat cottage

    cheese and fruit.

    For a meal after the game, young-

    sters should eat lean protein, starch

    and vegetables, with the plate being

    about three-fourths rice or pasta and

    vegetables or fruit, and one-fourth


    If your plate looked like a clock,

    from about 12 to 4 should be protein

    (lean meat, chicken, sh) and from 4

    back around to 12 should be starch

    and vegetables, she says. Also,

    remember to drink enough to replenish

    uid losses.

    Consuming adequate uids is

    important to prevent dehydration,

    Wilson says.

    Urine color can be a convenient

    way to monitor hydration, Wilson

    says. Urine should be pale yellow.

    Dark urine indicates dehydration and

    shows that an athlete needs to drink

    more uids before, during and after


    One of the best insurance policies

    for adequate nutrition during competi-

    tion is eating well on a daily basis dur-

    ing the season, Wilson says.

    Parents can help by ensuring that

    these healthful foods are readily avail-

    able, helping kids learn to plan ahead

    to fuel workouts and competitions,

    and, of course, serving as a role model

    for children with respect to nutrition,

    she says.

    Just as important as what active

    youngsters eat is when they eat.

    Meals and snacks should be spaced

    Sharon Thompson


    To be successful, young athletes need good nutrition

    Providing the right fuel

    14 LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD / Health Line of Northern Colorado Thursday, May 17, 2012 ...

  • throughout the day, so en-

    ergy is available to muscles

    when needed, she says.

    An athlete who trains or

    practices at 4 p.m. should

    eat breakfast, lunch, and

    possibly a light snack before,

    followed by dinner after the


    For a 6:30 p.m. practice,

    the athlete should eat break-

    fast, lunch and a light dinner

    or substantial snack about

    4 or 5 p.m., followed by a

    substantial snack or light

    meal after practice, she


    As the season continues,

    the young athletes will head

    into tournaments that can

    last all day. Athletes should

    stick to familiar, well-tolerat-

    ed foods, focusing on

    carbohydrates and lean

    protein on the day of

    competition, Wilson says.

    Most exercisers can eat a

    snack one to three hours

    prior to a competition. This

    pre-competition meal/snack

    is especially important for

    morning competitions.

    For daylong competi-

    tions, planning is crucial to

    ensure that adequate car-

    bohydrates and protein are

    available during the event.

    Good choices to have on

    hand include fresh

    and dried fruit, crackers,

    yogurt, sandwiches, cheese,

    granola bars and peanut


    Wilson advises young-

    sters to stick to the normal

    sports diet (plenty of whole

    grains, fruits, vegetables,

    low-fat milk products and

    lean protein) during the

    week before and day before


    Kindy says the pre-game

    meal cannot undo a bunch

    of unhealthy eating that you

    do the rest of the week. If

    you eat well all the time,

    then you will be practic-

    ing at your optimum, which

    ultimately should mean that

    you are competing at your


    Meals and snacks should be spaced throughout the day, so energy is

    available to muscles when needed.

    - Mary Wilson, registered dietician

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  • Sunny days, warm breezes, outdoor

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    a spring in your step. Unfortunately,

    some summer situations can also slow

    you down unless you take precautions

    to prevent injury to your feet.

    In summer, your feet may be

    exposed to risks that dont occur in

    winter, such as cuts and abrasions from

    walking barefoot on the beach where

    broken shells or sharp debris may lurk,

    burns from hot sand or too much sun,

    and pain or blisters caused by ill-tting

    ip-ops or sandals that lack support.

    Knowing how to prevent and treat

    summer-specic foot problems can help

    ensure your summer fun stays on track

    this year, says Joseph Caporusso,

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    APMA oers some advice:


    You may enjoy the sensation of

    the ground on your bare feet, but avoid

    walking barefoot. Not only does going

    barefoot expose your feet to the risk

    of sunburn, plantar

    warts, athletes foot,

    ring worm and other

    infections, bare feet

    are at risk for cuts,

    puncture wounds

    and other injuries,


    Apply sun-

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    feet, especially the

    tops and fronts of ankles to prevent

    sunburn. If you do get a burn, clean

    the area and apply burn ointment if the

    area is red.


    Jellysh stings are a possibility

    at many beaches. Wearing swim shoes

    into the water can help protect your

    feet if you step on a jellysh. If you get

    stung, leave the water immediately and

    watch for signs of an allergic reaction,

    such as swelling in the mouth, diculty

    breathing, nausea, vomiting or diar-

    rhea. Seek immediate medical attention

    for these symptoms. For less serious

    stings, use seawater to wash the af-

    fected area, which will help deactivate

    the stinging cells. Applying vinegar for

    about 30 minutes can help with pain,

    but shaving cream, soap, or a paste of

    sand/mud and seawater can be substi-

    tuted in a pinch.


    If you experience a cut or punc-

    ture on your feet, clean your hands

    with antibacterial soap before you

    clean the injury. Clean the wound and

    apply direct pressure to stop the bleed-

    ing, if necessary. Once the bleeding is

    stopped, apply antibiotic ointment to

    aid in healing and prevent infection.

    Flip-ops with soles that bend

    or twist freely oer no support or

    stability. Choose a ip-op style that

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    provides arch support, which cushions

    the foot and improves stability.

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    Staying cool this summer

    Dominique Del Grosso

    For the Reporter-Herald

    Thursday, May 17, 2012 LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD / Health Line of Northern Colorado 17...

  • The feeling warms your skin, beads of sweat roll down

    your sun-kissed forehead and while smacking your lips

    together, suddenly realizing your mouth is drier than

    normal, youre in need of something cold. Lethargically,

    mustering all the energy possible, you shue to the

    kitchen, ip the faucet to its on position and stare

    blankly as the clear liquid lls the glass. Plopping down on

    the couch, you take a gulp. Ah. Gazing back up, the ceil-

    ing fan hypnotizes your mind as it spins round

    and round, and the breeze it creates grants little relief.

    Sweltering temperatures the summer heat is upon us.

    Chilly to the bone weather is a distant memory, as

    thoughts of how hot it feels consume your mind. Beating

    the heat entirely is tough, but keeping as cool as possible

    doesnt have to be.


    Even though the summer heat can be brutal at times,

    exercising during the right part of the day, wearing the

    right kind of materials and fueling your body with healthy

    foods and uids can make the temperatures more


    Being outside or exercising during the hottest part

    of the day is never the best idea, a no-brainer. Exerting

    energy during that part of the day can make any outside

    workout more challenging, less productive and potentially

    dangerous. Chad Parish, the sports performance director

    of an athletic training program called No Limits Sports

    Performance at Longmont Athletic Club, says exercising

    at any time other than early morning is hard on the body.

    Morning would be the best because of the lower tem-

    peratures. Extreme heat taxes the body tremendously,

    especially in the typical dehydrated state that most

    people are in, he says.

    Even early evening exercise is doable. Although the

    air may still feel a bit warmer from the days heat, once

    the sun starts to set, the sun wont blaze directly on

    your body as you exercise, making it equally physically

    possible. In addition, Colorado weather cools o a bit

    starting in the early evening, so exercising during that

    time is a nice way to take advantage of some of those

    beautiful summer nights.

    Kim Walker, president of outdoor DIVAS in Boulder,

    says there are two important things to remember when

    it comes to the heat and exercise: Drink plenty of water

    and listen to your body.


    Its a scorcher, and getting dressed can be a

    nightmare, because no matter what, sweating is

    inevitable. Allowing the body to sweat, its natural

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  • cool. Knowing which materials to wear can make all the dier-


    Lightweight clothing is ideal for summertime. And for any

    type of activity where you might be working up a sweat, synthet-

    ic, quick-dry apparel is mandatory, Walker says. Cotton will hold

    moisture, and once you stop aerobic activity, the wet material

    keeps that moisture right next to your skin.

    Beyond the clothes, accessories can make a dierence, too.

    Sunglasses are essential. Our (Colorado) sun is so strong and

    keeping our eyes protected is essential, Walker says. Opting for

    a face shielding, skin-protecting hat is a good choice as well. Any

    hat will do, but generally the lighter weight, breathable materi-

    als are best. The most important thing a hat can oer is to keep

    sunlight directly o your face.


    Christine Bennett, a registered dietician with House and Heart

    Nutrition in Longmont, says watching for signs of dehydration are

    critical to keep safe in summer heat.

    To understand the benets of staying hydrated, we need to

    understand the negative eects of dehydration. Dehydration

    puts extra strain on your heart, because the blood is a bit thicker,

    your heart needs to work harder to pump that blood around

    your body, she says. In the summer months, this is particularly

    important. The body uses water to regulate body temperature,

    so without adequate water, you can increase your internal tem-

    perature and put additional stress on your organs to function.

    Other signs and symptoms of dehydration include: headaches,

    dizziness, fatigues, irritability, weakness, cramping and constipa-

    tion, Bennett says. The moral of the story, stay hydrated to stay


    As the summer heat approaches, set your alarm clock for

    the early a.m., slather on sunscreen, throw on you lightweight

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    Health Line Calendar

    Breast-Feeding Support Group

    When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

    (except holidays), 10-11 a.m.

    Where: McKee Medical Center

    Cost: Free. No need to register

    Contact: 970-669-9355

    Bright Beginnings for Infants

    Bright Beginnings is designed to celebrate the birth of

    new babies and provide families with health, safety,

    development, play and community resource information.

    When: May 21, June 18, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Where: Family Birth Center Conference Room, 3rd Floor

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-495-7526 to register

    Total Joint Education

    Physical therapists and occupational therapists prepare

    patients for surgery. This program is coordinated

    through your physicians oce as part of the surgery

    scheduling process.

    When: Thursdays, 3 p.m.

    Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-635-4172 to register

    Breast Cancer Support Group

    When: TBD

    Where: McKee Cancer Center lobby

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-622-1961

    Caregiver Cancer Support Group

    When: TBD

    Where: Call for locations

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-635-4129

    Caregivers Support

    For caregivers of elderly adults. The group focuses on

    providing support and education about community

    resources and behavior issues, particularly for people

    with Alzheimers and memory impairment.

    When: Third Thursday of the month, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

    Where: First Christian Church, 2000 N. Lincoln Ave.,


    Cost: Free. Care of elderly adult family members or

    friends is available through Stepping Stones Adult Day

    Program during meeting times at no charge.

    Contact: 970-669-7069

    General Cancer Support

    When: TBD

    Where: McKee Cancer Center lobby

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-635-4129

    Man-to-Man: Prostate Cancer Support Group

    Where: McKee Conference and Wellness Center

    When: TBD

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-622-1961

    Soulplay Art Therapy

    People whose lives are touched by cancer experience

    the benets of expressing themselves through art. No

    art experience needed.

    When: TBD

    Where: McKee Cancer Center Conference Room

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-635-4129

    Blood Pressure Screening

    Have your blood pressure checked by a wellness


    When: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Where: McKee Wellness Services,1805 E. 18th St. Suite

    6, Loveland

    Cost: Free

    Contact: 970-669-9355

    Blood Tests

    Wellness services oers low-cost blood screenings open

    to community members; some immunizations are also

    available upon request and availability. Please fast 12

    hours prior to blood draw. Payment is due at time of

    service. Insurance billing is not available.

    When: By appointment only. June 5, 19, 20, 7-9 a.m.

    Where: McKee Wellness Services, 1805 E. 18th St.

    Suite 6, Loveland

    Cost: Varies

    Contact: 970-669-9355

    Spirit of Women

    Spirit of Women provides health information for

    women in all stages of life. We host innovative events

    featuring timely health education topics for women

    and Spirit Business Partners. To learn more about

    events through McKee Spirit of Women, visit

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    Weekend Warrior Wisdom

    As part of home safety month, McKee Spirit of Women

    will help you take action to increase safety at home

    inside and outside.

    When: June 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Where: Home Depot, 1100 Nickel Drive, Loveland

    Contact: 970-203-6631 to register

    20 LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD / Health Line of Northern Colorado Thursday, May 17, 2012 ...

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    Health Briefs

    McKee Medical Center Foundation receives $75,000 grant

    from Komen

    The McKee Medical Center Foundation has accepted a

    grant for $75,000 from the Denver Metropolitan Ali-

    ate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide money for

    breast cancer treatment for uninsured and under-insured

    women across Northern and Northeastern Colorado.

    Gale Coddington, MSW, oncology social worker at Mc-

    Kee Cancer Center, and Brooke Vander Wal, grants writer

    with the McKee Medical Center Foundation, accepted the

    award April 19 at the Denver Metropolitan Susan G. Ko-

    men for the Cure 20th Anniversary Celebration in Denver.

    The treatment grant will ensure that under-insured,

    uninsured or women who do not have other resources will

    have access to breast cancer treatment at McKee, North

    Colorado Medical Center, and Sterling Regional Medical

    Center. The oncology social work navigators will identify

    and qualify women for the treatment grant and assure

    they receive the full range of services in the continuum of

    care as developed by the Larimer County Womens Health

    Coalition. This project will allow these women to receive

    the care they deserve as they struggle to recover from

    breast cancer and all the medical ramications of their


    Overall, the Komen Denver Aliate is awarding $2.5

    million to 15 organizations in Colorado this scal year.

    McKee, NCMC, East Morgan among Banner Health

    hospitals recognized for complete electronic medical

    record adoption

    Seventeen Banner Health facilities have achieved Stage

    7, the nal stage in the adoption of electronic medical

    record as acknowledged by HIMSS Analytics, a wholly

    owned nonprot subsidiary of the Healthcare Information

    and Management Systems Society. HIMSS Analytics moni-

    tors and recognizes levels of EMR adoption and meaningful

    use in hospitals in the United States, Canada and other


    In Colorado, the three Banner Health hospitals to

    meet this achievement are East Morgan County Hospital

    in Brush, North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and

    McKee Medical Center in Loveland. HIMSS lists no other

    Colorado hospitals as having achieved this level of EMR


    The Stage 7 recognition by HIMSS Analytics is a

    compelling example of Banner Healths emergence as a

    national leader in health care. Banner Healths 17 Stage

    7 hospitals are among only 82 hospitals in the nation at

    this top level of EMR use. Banner is also recognized by

    Thomson Reuters as a Top Five Large Health System in

    the nation and as a Top Leadership Team/Large System

    by HealthLeaders magazine.

    In order to obtain the nal stage in the EMR adoption,

    hospitals must be paperless and be able to share clinical

    information with other health care facilities, networks, clin-

    ics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, health

    care organizations also can store and analyze data to use

    to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

    HIMSS Analytics surveyors conducted an on-site review

    of Banners EMR technologies at Banner Good Samaritan

    Medical Center located in Phoenix. Because nearly all

    Banner facilities have the same level of EMR adoption and

    usage, surveyors were able to judge facility capabilities

    across the system based on their ndings at Banner Good

    Samaritan Medical Center.

    Four more Banner Health facilities will achieve Stage 7

    this summer once they have implemented using bar-cod-

    ing technology for patient identication and medications

    administration. The remaining facilities will achieve Stage

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    nurse-midwives at Banner Women

    First have been providing care to area

    women at all stages of their lives.

    The philosophy of the group of five

    midwives is simple: supporting choices

    of women.

    Everyone is different, says Patti

    Valasek, one of the CNMs at Banner

    Women First, located across on 18th

    Street just south of the hospital.

    The biggest benefit we provide is a

    great deal of education. We are

    advocates for our patients and can

    offer generous amounts of time spent

    with our patients to connect with

    them and meet their specific needs.

    While the term midwife is

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    delivery, the CNMs at Women First

    provide a host of health care services

    for women including well woman

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    ceptive counseling, prescriptions,

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    prenatal, labor and delivery care.

    Providing expert care during labor,

    delivery, and after birth is a specialty

    of midwives that makes them unique.

    All of the CNMs are masters degree

    prepared registered nurses who

    have graduated from an advanced

    education program accredited by the

    American College of Nurse-Midwives.

    In addition to Valasek, the clinic

    boasts over 90 years of combined

    midwifery experience from CNMs

    Linda Davison, Cindy Dean, Janelle

    Komorowski and Carolyn Bottone-


    It is a misconception that we

    only provide birthing services, says

    Valasek. We have many patients who

    come to us for support during preg-

    nancy and continue their care with us

    throughout their lives.

    Another misconception is that

    midwife services are used primarily

    by women who choose to have home

    births. In fact, the CNMs at Women

    First only do hospital deliveries and

    work very closely with the physicians

    at OB/GYN Associates and McKee

    Center for Womens Health. We

    have a good relationship of trust

    and mutual support with our physi-

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    expertise and enjoy working with the


    The midwives manage their labor

    and deliveries at McKee unless there

    is a complication or a cesarean

    section is required. In that case,

    they assist the physician and provide

    support to the patient and family.

    Currently, the CNMs deliver approxi-

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    at McKee each year.

    Another benefit is that their

    patients have access to amenities

    provided by McKee to their laboring

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    deliveries. Peanut balls are peanut

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    research has shown can reduce labor

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    requiring a c-section.

    Another misunderstanding of

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    during delivery. This is not the case

    as patients are educated about

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    decision. According to Valasek,

    Women Firsts epidural rate is similar

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    Our main goal is to develop a

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    Taking Appointments

    June 1 in Loveland

    Is excited to bring

    CNM care to Loveland

    and the surrounding


    delivering at Medical

    Center of the Rockies.

    In-Office Services






    Genetic Counseling


    Caring for All

    Women Always

    2500 RockyMountain Ave

    NorthMedical Building Suite 150

    Loveland, CO 80538

    John Carlton, MD

    Tina Downes, CNM

    Robert Burke, MD

    Susan Bush, CNM



    Announcing Retirement Summer 2012


    Dr. Jennifer Reeve

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  • Ask the Expert:


    My child has been short of breath and tired lately.

    Are these warning signs of RSV?

    Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RVS) is a common and frequent cause of

    respiratory illness in young children. Its highly contagious and spreads

    through schools between late fall and early spring.

    Adults and older children may experience flu-like symptoms. Infants or

    small children may have trouble breathing and eating, act unusually

    lethargic and irritable, and may become blue in the lips and fingernails.

    Most cases are not life-threatening and can be treated like a cold.

    Serious cases can lead to pneumonia and bronchitis.

    Prevention can be managed by frequent hand-washing and

    through the quarantining of children with symptoms. Talk with

    your pediatrician for more information.





    McKay Marler, M.D.


    Loveland Pediatrics

    2555 E. 13th St. Suite 130

    Appointments (970) 663-5437

    Banner Medical Group

    McKee Medical Center


    To find a Banner Health physician in your area, visit www.bannerhealth.com/COdoc

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