Category: Senior Focus

Dudley enjoying job as Hillsboro Senior Center director
Dudley enjoying job as Hillsboro Senior Center director

Dudley enjoying job as Hillsboro Senior Center director

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Hillsboro Senior Center director Mary Dudley (center) spent time talking to other ladies at a special coffee and doughnut gathering Friday morning. The event was recognizing Good Friday. Seated in the foreground is Frances Rempel and Vernice Ratzlaff is on the other side of Dudley. Betty Gayle, head cook, is in the kitchen.

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Hormone changes trigger menopause

Q When does menopause really begin? A A woman reaches meno?pause when a year has passed since her last period. Menopause, like many of the changes in a woman?s body through her lifetime, is caused by changes in hormone levels. Menopausal transition, called ?perimenopause,? is the time when a woman?s body is close to menopause. Periods may become irregular. A […]

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Healthy Geezer- Constipation a common complaint

Q When my husband misses his daily BM, he complains that he?s constipated. Don?t you think that?s a bit of an exaggeration? A Your husband is not alone. A lot of people believe they are constipated if they don?t go every day. The clinical definition of constipation is any two of the following symptoms for at least 12 weeks (not […]

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Stress a contributor to bad eating habits
Stress a contributor to bad eating habits

Stress a contributor to bad eating habits

HealthDiet.jpg When stressed, often we turn to comfort foods to make us ?feel better.? But those foods aren?t always the most nutritious.   Every year, more than 95 million Americans suffer from at least one digestive health issue. Many of these issues may be brought on by increased stress and poor diet choices. Stress is a part of everyone?s life, […]

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Walk Kansas takes first steps Sunday

The 2009 Walk Kansas program officially began Sunday at the Marion Gynasium and Aquatic Center. Twenty teams are registered in Marion County, a few less than last year, according to Nancy Pihl, who is directing the program as county extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Over the next eight weeks, the teams, along with others from across the state, […]

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Healthy Geezer- Cataract removal one of the safest surgeries

Q I have to have cataract surgery and I?m a little frightened. Should I be? AI don?t know anyone who isn?t a little frightened by surgery of any kind, but cataract removal is one of the safest and most effective types of surgery. It?s also one of the most common operations performed in the United States. About nine out of […]

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Parents:Help your child have a healthier body image
Parents:Help your child have a healthier body image

Parents:Help your child have a healthier body image

HealthBodyImage.jpg Children who hear their parents criticize themselves for being too fat will be more likely to think poorly of their own bodies.<p> With spring around the corner, kids, tweens and teens across the country will doff sweaters for tank tops and jeans for shorts. And, as a parent, you may feel more conscious than ever of our society?s preoccupation […]

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2009 Walk Kansas program will kick off March 8

For many in Kansas, participating in Walk Kansas?a Kan?sas State University Research and Extension health challenge ?signals spring, said Walk Kansas coordinator Sharolyn Jackson. The 2009 program will begin March 8 and continue to May 2. Last year, Walk Kansas involved 24 teams across Marion County; participants combined to log more than 11,000 miles. Over the eight-year history of the […]

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Biggest Loser weighing in for third round of the fight
Biggest Loser weighing in for third round of the fight

Biggest Loser weighing in for third round of the fight

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Jeanne Rziha, co-coordinator with Anna Woods of the Biggest Loser program, shows the report participants received when the body composition analyzer calculates numerous data about them, including body mass index, body fat percentage and total body fat mass.?

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Rziha checks the body composition analyzer in preparation for this week?s weigh-ins.

Monday and Wednesday of this week participants will have their initial weigh-in to start the third edition of The Biggest Loser competition in Marion County.

Sponsored by Greenhaw Pharmacy and Woods Wellness, The Biggest Loser is intended to promote a healthier lifestyle and provide motivation.

?Hopefully, people are motivated to really jump on board with their health goals,? said Anna Woods, who organizes the program with Jeanne Rziha of Greenhaw Pharmacy.

This will be the second competition in which males and females are divided into separate divisions. Rziha said that last summer the females lost the most weight overall and that if there had not been divisions, the top three winners would have been females.

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Five easy ways seniors can help their health
Five easy ways seniors can help their health

Five easy ways seniors can help their health

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Daily monitoring can help you and your doctor bring your blood pressure levels down to 120 or lower, which is recommended to avoid risks of stroke or heart attacks.

You?ve worked hard your entire life to earn your retirement, and now you should enjoy it. But you won?t be able to actively socialize with friends, family and neighbors, enjoy spending time on your hobbies or taking trips to see the grandchildren if you don?t maintain good health and a good quality of life.

The average life expectancy is now 78 years, plenty of time to enjoy your golden years. You don?t need to see a doctor every day to stay healthy; with the guidance of your physician, there are many ways you can take care of yourself at home.

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