Senior Living / Health & Fitness Focus
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:21Mike Ryan (left), chief executive officer at Hillsboro Community Hospital, hands a plate of biscuits and gravy to Ken Johnson, respiratory therapist. Ryan was serving breakfast to employees early Monday morning as a kickoff event for the observance of National Hospital Week. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, hospital staff and the public are invited to a tailgate in the east parking lot; the public can eat for $5 with the money going to Relay For Life. A drawing will be held for two...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 11 May 2010 19:19Developing healthy food habits isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Even during summer, a season with fresh fruits and vegetables in abundance, many people still grab a bag of potato chips before choosing that crunchy red apple as a snack.
Recently, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index issued a health report revealing that well over half of Americans —as many as 63.1 percent of U.S. adults—are overweight or obese. The study suggests this trend of Americans’ expanding waistline is still rising.
With a wide array of healthy food choices at our fingertips, how is it that the majority of Americans still choose less healthy alternatives when it comes to feeding themselves and their families?
“Consciousness is key to making...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:52After more than a decade of service to the Hillsboro Senior Center, Kermit Ratzlaff, president of the board, retired in early January.
Replacing him as president was Ray Matz with Charles Rempel serving as vice-president.
To honor his contributions to the center, a celebration is planned from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 19, at the center, 212 N. Main St.
In addition to the many challenges over the years, a lot of positive things have occurred as well, Ratzlaff said.
One of the most important aspects of any non-profit organization is the volunteers.
“It has been satisfying as a board member to see and know all the volunteer help that was given (at the center),” he said. “We also have a good director and a good composition...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:51QI’m getting heartburn a lot since I turned 60. Is more heartburn something that comes with more years?
AMore than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million Americans experience heartburn daily. Heartburn is more common among the elderly.
Heartburn two or more times weekly may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. See a doctor if you have heartburn too often. The doctor can test for GERD.
In the upper GI series, you swallow a liquid barium mixture. Then a radiologist watches the barium as it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach.
Another test is an endoscopy, in which a small lighted flexible tube is inserted into the esophagus and stomach.
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 13 April 2010 18:49With the arrival of spring, millions of Americans are looking forward to getting outdoors—from the garden to the golf course.
But for many, the forecast isn’t always sunny as chronic knee pain limits the mobility and quality of life for the 27 million sufferers of osteoarthritis.
Arthritis affects people of all ages. Fifty percent of people 65 years and older have arthritis. Younger people have a lower risk, yet still make up half of all people affected.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a condition that causes “wear and tear” to your joint cartilage. Joints are the critical parts of the body that allow us to be active.
Osteoarthritis develops after years of constant motion and pressure in the joints. As...
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