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Weighing in on Obesity Part 2, Falling Down

"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!"

Remember that fairytale? Grimm Brothers were probably not thinking in terms of weight as more in terms of prosperity.

This past month I had a fall. Literally and figuratively. While biking to work one day, I fell off my bike. No major damage, just a little sore. When I did get to work, the boys (Toto and Joe) both remarked that if I had not been working out so much I may not have gotten up so quickly. More positive reasons for more healthier living. Eventually I had to go home so getting back on the bike was a must.

The main thing is that I got up and dusted myself off and continued. How many times have I stopped because of fear of failing or falling?

Since my workout regimen started almost a year ago, I developed bunions, boils, blisters, callouses, bruises, brainstorms, and pinched nerves. Not one of these conditions has stopped me; it may have set me back a little, but never ever stopped my quest to be and stay healthy, and active.

"All the Kings Horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again."

I always wondered if the Grimm brothers had lived today, would they be able to write that part of the verse?

Not! You have this ability to put yourself back together again, I did; it is a struggle and it is not going to happen over night. But when you give yourself the time, (and you are worth that) and put in the effort, amazing changes can start to happen.

My time started with a visit to my local gym, where I met Mike Karban, my personal fitness guru. He owns and operates Totally Toned at Miller's Gym. I started off with weight training 3 days a week for one hour, after a few weeks we started to add cardio. Add to that all the dog walks and riding my bike to and from work and still putting in close to 55 hours of work a week, and to date, I have taken off 100 pounds.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 PM, 07.11.2010

Manor Care passes survey with flying colors

Manor Care Euclid Beach was recently the subject of an intensive quality indicator survey.

For those unfamiliar with this facility, Manor Care Euclid Beach is a post-hospital post-acute care center dedicated to serving patients who need short term rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. Located behind McDonald’s on Lakeshore, they have over 200 employees, with one of their managers being employed there for over 30 years.

The quality indicator survey is an unannounced 3 day process to measure compliance with federal standards and state regulations. A large part of the survey is interviews, not only with the employees but also with the patients, and the families of the patients.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

Exercising to improve your Bottom Line

Hello, my name is Mike Karban and I am the owner of Totally Toned Personal Training. Got a question for you, how is your bottom line these days? Carrying some extra junk in that proverbial trunk? If you’re like most Americans, your exercise ‘routine’ could use a little tuning up, but what if you’re not ready to go back to the gym? it’s been how long, exactly?!? Or perhaps you want to refine your form at home first, then graduate to those hard-to-hide-from mirrors that line your local gym? 

Another question. Have you relied on exercise fads in the past, such as the Atkins’ Diet, the 8…no 7-minute workout videos, or how about that slick sauna suit (complete with vacuum to suck out the fat, I guess)?  How many such fads we have seen come and go throughout the years? Belts that vibrate the belly fat away, dumbbells that ‘shake’ your muscles into shape, or food plans that enable you to drop that pesky exercise component all together yet still lose weight. There are bulky, expensive and even alien-looking machines ready to take up space and collect dust once their novelty wears off. And who can forget Richard Simmons’ sweating to those oldies, Suzanne Somers’ Thighmaster, or those legwarmers n’ leotards Jane Fonda wore so well in the 80s?  

Not to dismiss all exercise ‘fads’ per se, my aim here is to remind you that overall individual lifestyle changes, such as good nutrition and tapping into your inner drive and motivation, are the real ‘secrets’ that make or break any fad or workout routine. If it worked, the reason it worked was because it was something you got excited about, which in turn got you up and moving. And perhaps because you felt you were on an exercise program, you started watching other facets of your life, such as how much/what you ate, and how active you were. The moral here is that it is up to you to take control of your body, and no machine can do it all for you. Invest in each step toward reaching your goals, more so than just relying on that next big thing that promises to ‘make’ it happen, and take pride in the results you’ll see in your attitude, body, life overall. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

Define this time of the year for you

This time of the year can have different meanings for each one of us. Traditionally, it is categorized as a time for family gatherings and finding the perfect gift. For others this may be a time of sorrow and may mean a period of unresolved pain, loneliness, family friction, reminders of loss, or not being able to provide during this difficult financial period.   

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

Hospice of the Western Reserve

At the corner of East 185 Street and Lakeshore Boulevard you will find the Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR), nestled along the lake. So what, exactly is a hospice? If you’re like me you may think of this as a dingy ward, some place where gray and shaky old people wheeze out their dying breaths. Utterly depressing. Turns out that is a grave distortion of reality - a huge misunderstanding. The building you can see is but the tip of a much larger iceberg. True, the building we’re discussing houses 42 terminally ill patients but the vast majority of the six thousand odd clients of  HWR live at home or in assisted living. Though most hospice patients are physically weak, this is by no means a place of gloom and misery. A hospice can actually be a very happy environment.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:14 PM, 11.11.2010

Euclid Hospital sock hop gives back to the community

Poodle skirts and root beer floats, not scrubs and lab coats, filled the Euclid Hospital cafeteria when the clocks were turned back for a 1950's themed sock hop where employees donated pairs of socks to benefit the Euclid Public School District. 

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Hospice of the Western Reserve partners with worldwide education initiative for Voices for Hospice

October 9 is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. For the fifth time, Hospice of the Western Reserve is helping to educate underserved populations about hospice and palliative care in conjunction with this international initiative.

During world Hospice and Palliative Care Day, people from around the world plan and participate in Voices for Hospice – events dedicated to increasing access and understanding of hospice and palliative care. This year, the focus of these events is “Sharing the Care” and how local healthcare providers and individual hospices work as a team to provide the necessary care to those facing a serious illness and their families.

Locally, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Voices for Hospice on October 9 from 11:30 to 2, at McGregor Home at 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland. This free luncheon will feature Keynote speaker A. Gus Kious, MD, President of Huron Hospital. The event is free and open to the public and reservations are recommended by visiting HospiceWR.org/voices or calling 216-916-5517.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Huron Hospital opens specialized care unit for elderly

The soft lighting, no-skid floors and overall atmosphere of calm are among the first indications that this division of Huron Hospital is geared to the unique needs of a unique population.

Indeed, elderly members of the community are the focus of care in this new Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit. The fourth floor unit, which provides specialized and individualized care, began accepting its first patients in August 2010.

“This unit is in keeping with our tradition of providing quality care to the elderly,” says Keyvan Ravakhah, M.D., chairman, Department of Medicine, Huron Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital. “Now, instead of being in different sections of the hospital for different services, we’ll be able to give them comprehensive medical and rehabilitative care in one location.”

Patients are referred to ACE by their physicians after being treated in the hospital for chronic diseases and other ailments. The 13-bed unit is designed to simulate a home environment for patients, to help offset any disorientation or confusion they may experience as a result of being admitted to the hospital. Rooms are private and more spacious.

In addition to being under the care of personal physicians, day-to-day treatment plans will be developed for individual patients for physical, occupational and speech therapy. The personal plans are developed and implemented to by an interdisciplinary healthcare team assigned to the unit. Their goal is to return patients to lives of independence, or self-reliance, as soon as possible for as long as possible.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010

Step by Step: After an aneurysm, Tara Kuchenbecker recovers and becomes an inspiration to others

May 14, 2009, is a day that Tara Kuchenbecker can remember as vividly as if it were a television show she had recorded on her DVR, because she can remember it at any time. It was a Thursday evening. Tara and her husband, Ken, were relaxing at home after work. Ken headed to the backyard to chop wood for their fire pit. Tara picked up the phone to call her mother to talk.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:02 PM, 09.03.2010

Hospice of the Western Reserve announces plans for the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center

For many decades, the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center stood as a beacon of peace, prayer and reflection on the shores of Lake Erie, not far from the Hospice House grounds. Last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve was presented with an opportunity to purchase the property. Although the purchase of the Center was unplanned, Hospice of the Western Reserve recognized it as an opportunity to preserve the legacy of the historic property. Also identified was the prospect of extending the Vista Walk and restoring the property to a beautiful green space from which the community, patients, and family members would benefit.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:55 PM, 07.02.2010

Lubrizol Employees Volunteer at Hospice of the Western Reserve

Thursday, June 10, employees from The Lubrizol Corporation’s locations in Wickliffe, Avon Lake and Brecksville spent the day working for Hospice of the Western Reserve as part of the company’s 4th annual “Building Bonds” day. Nearly one hundred volunteers came to Hospice House to clean up and landscape the former St. Joseph Christian Life Center property, provide administrative support and host an ice cream social for patients and families.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 1:24 PM, 07.02.2010

Senior Information and Wellness Fair, June 23

The Senior Information and Wellness Fair will be held Thursday, June 23 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Lake Shore Golden Age Center, 16600 Lake Shore Blvd.

City Departments and Community Agencies will distribute information on services and programs available for senior citizens. Free glucose and blood pressure screenings will be available.

The Fair is hosted by Councilman Michael D. Polensek of Ward 11 and The Cleveland Department of Aging and The Cleveland Department of Public Health.
 
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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.05.2010

Collinwood graduate opens new local fitness center

In an effort to help promote better health, a Collinwood High School graduate recently opened up a local fitness center called TMAB Fitness.

Tracey M. Brown, a 2000 grad, is the person behind the new business.

The services provided by TMAB Fitness are based on three tiers of training: intergrated, core, and private personal training. 

Brown was born and raised on the east side of Cleveland. She is an alumna of Collinwood High; known for the infamous “Lady Railroaders,” where she was a proud participant. She moved away after graduation and acquired a number of skills while traveling. Being an athlete at heart, Brown stuck with her habitual state of working out six days a week.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:12 PM, 05.14.2010

Weighing in on obesity

This story is not new or startiling by any means, I am obese, and have been for at least the last 30 years. I might be lucky, only because I do not have diabetes, and my cholesterol, at last check in August of 2009, is in the normal range.

What I do have, however, is the ability to change the course that I took to get here, and that is not easy by any means. Not easy in the sense that change is difficult in the big picture but easy in small steps.

The first small step I took was looking into different forms of weight loss. There are a million ways to lose the weight, but in reality only one way to keep it off. Weight Watchers, Nutri System, Bariactric Bypass, the Gazelle, Ty-bow, Yoga, Pilate's, South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, Lap-band, Diet M.D., Ballys ect....

In September of 2009 I signed up at Millers Gym with a personal trainer, Mike Karban, you may have read about him in the column "Getting to Know You" back in December of 2009. I have this love/hate relationship with him, because you see I love the results but hate the work, but as long as I am getting the results, the work I so dearly hate, is going to get done.

The work-out started out fairly simple, squats, crunches leg lifts. But oh, was I fooled, the day after the first work-out I almost didn't get out of bed, my legs felt like lead weights, not to mention the rest of my body, but I persevered. I showed up every session, Mike wrote down everything that I did, and now, when I look back at where I am and where I was, the results are pretty AWESOME!

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:41 PM, 05.02.2010

Mary Mavec Opportunity School

Ask people in and around Euclid about Mary Mavec Opportunity School and many are not really sure what the school is all about. The school has always operated quietly, without a lot of fanfare. But if you ask Peter, one of the school’s clients, he will tell you that Mary Mavec Opportunity School is the place he goes every weekday to work, learn and hang out with his best friends.

It has been this way for more than 60 years. Mary Mavec Opportunity School is an adult center especially for clients over the age of 22 who have developmental disabilities. The school offers opportunities to work and participate in a variety of activities that encourage independence, life-long learning and growth.  

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 8:38 AM, 04.27.2010

ManorCare cares for the community

HCR ManorCare has taken the caring attitude they have with in their centers and extended it out to the community. ManorCare Health Servicesis a leading provider of short-term, post-acute services and long-term care. The company's nearly 60,000 employees provide high quality care for patients and residents through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, hospice and home care agencies.

Recently, Manor Care made a large monetary contribution to the Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland (GAC). The mission of the GAC is to provide outstanding programs and supportive services that enhance the quality of life and independence of older persons. As stated by James Armour, President and CEO of the GAC, "The Golden Age Centers are like a family to those to those who don't have one."
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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 7:33 PM, 04.05.2010

Health Watch

I would like to introduce a new section, called Health Watch.  It does not need to be a column, just a box with current health information-- where anyone can submit items of interest. 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 1:13 PM, 03.12.2010

Advanced Treatment for Neurological Patients: Neuro Day Hospital Rehabilitation Program

Providing a full continuum of care is what Euclid Hospital strives to do for their patient’s everyday. When a patient has an illness, injury, trauma, surgery or any other health incident, and needs to recover to the highest level of function possible, they go through many stages of need. Euclid Hospital provides care for all these stages including an extremely unique rehabilitation program known as the Neuro Day Hospital Rehabilitation Program.

The program is designed for individuals with neurological impairments who no longer require 24-hour inpatient medical care but still require intensive rehabilitative therapy. Patients attend the program for three days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for about six weeks. During these six weeks, patients receive nursing services, recreational therapy, psychological services, speech therapy, and physical therapy, along with other services.
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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 5:08 PM, 03.08.2010

Hospice honors teen volunteer

Hospice of the Western Reserve, for the first time, is recognizing a teenage volunteer with the Chair’s Award. Dewon Hudson, of South Euclid, received the award during the 32nd Annual Meeting at St. Josephat Arts Hall. The Chair’s Award recognizes outstanding contributions that further the mission of Hospice of the Western Reserve. At 16, Mr. Hudson is the youngest person to receive this honor.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 11:45 AM, 03.12.2010