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GYM: Sliding Back Lunge

By Staff

Sliding Back Lunge Start in an upright position with the ball of one foot on a paper plate.   With your hands free, drop the foot on the paper plate back in a controlled manner. Focus on keeping your core engaged and the body in an upright position. A mirror is helpful to watch for a loss of alignment. Hands should remain free, not touching your core or leg.   Focusing on your forward leg, drive into the floor while maintaining an upright position and return your back leg ...


Habits to live by

By Erin McIntyre

After 35 years, it’s finally time for this sister act to come to a close. Sister Faye Huelsmann and Sister Pat Lewter have helped thousands of people improve the quality of their lives, given them the tools to have healthy relationships, and helped families grow closer. And now they’re leaving the nonprofit counseling center they started in Grand Junction in 1981. Sister Faye, who is 76, and Sister Pat, who is 81, retired from the Counseling & Education Center last ...

Managing stress, fatigue key to avoiding back injury

By April Schulte-Barclay

Back pain is a common affliction in today’s world, and conditions like degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and sprained and strained muscles are often to blame. Standard of care for the treatment of back pain ranges from physical therapy, acupuncture and massage to steroid shots, surgery and more.  However, there is usually more to your back pain than meets the eye. In fact, over-stress and fatigue can leave you especially vulnerable to back injuries and pain, which ...

Health and Welnness briefs: Aug. 9, 2016

By Staff

Walk from Obesity set at Las Colonias Park The Walk from Obesity and Fitness Fun Run will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at Las Colonias Park, 715 Struthers Ave. The event is presented by St. Mary’s Hospital’s Bariatric Program. Online registrations are $10, and registration after Sept. 6 will be $25. On-site registrations will be $35 and begin at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Contact the local event leader Maria Polen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email ...


GYM: Workout - Finish work

By Staff

WORKOUT — Finish work After completing, the two-part workout from the previous weeks, finish with these two moves: ■ Bird Dog Alphabet. ■ Core Strengthening Set. Tip: Start each exercise with your non-dominant side.   Bird Dog Alphabet Start in a crawling position with your core engaged. Holding a light weight in your right hand, extend your right arm and the left leg. Your shoulders and hips should remain level and within the same plane. With your right ...

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Sponsored Content: Fulfilling the promise of pregnancy

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Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Pregnancy is a time of promise. It can also be a period of problems. From the earliest months of pregnancy, when a fetus is still the tiniest form of new life, two specialists at St. Mary’s Hospital increasingly can minimize the problems and boost the promise. Dr. Amy Gagnon and Dr. Albert James Schaefer specialize in one of the fastest evolving fields of health care — Maternal-Fetal Medicine. They are trained for three ...


GYM: Workout Part 2

By Staff

Workout — Part 2 After 3–5 minutes of a warm-up activity — marching, light jogging in place, arm circles — complete the following exercises. We’ll continue this workout next week. Complete two rounds of these exercises in the order given: ■ Offset Balance Shoulder Abduction — 8 per side. ■ Resisted Single Arm Overhead Press — 12 per side. ■ Monster Walks — 1 minute. ■ Forward Lunge Curl Press — 12 per ...

What do migraines tell you?

By April Schulte-Barclay

According to The Migraine Research Foundation, it is estimated that migraine headaches plague 38 million women, men and children in America each year, rendering them unable to function normally in their daily lives on a regular basis. Migraines are a neurological condition that can cause symptoms such as searing head pain, visual changes, nausea, numbness and tingling and an extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine-like symptoms are not to be taken lightly and should be checked  ...


Rehab Row

By Charles Ashby

Sometime next year, the Grand Valley will have not one, but two new surgical rehabilitation centers. Funny thing is, though, both of those skilled-
nursing centers are being constructed not far from each other. Both are being built on Patterson Road, one near the intersection at First Street, and the other a few blocks to the west near 25½ Road on the same side of the street. Both are being built by developers that specialize in health care buildings, with one owned by a ...


GYM: Workout, Part 1

By Staff

Workout — Part 1 After 3–5 minutes of a warm-up activity — marching, light jogging in place, arm circles — complete the following exercises. We’ll continue this workout next week. Complete two rounds of these exercises in the order given: ■ Swiss Ball Lateral Raise — 15 per side. ■ Side Plank Lateral Leg Raise — 12 per side. ■ Hip Dips — 20 per side. Swiss Ball Lateral Raise With both feet anchored against a wall ...


Blood lines

By Charles Ashby

There’s always a need for more blood. The only place that collects blood for all the hospitals and medical facilities in the Grand Valley has a pretty good supply for now, but that could change tomorrow, or the next day, or the next. “We’ve had a high outpouring of support over the last few days as people have seen the high need messaging we’ve had out to the community,” said Danielle Martin, donor recruiter for St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center, 750 ...

Health and Wellness briefs: July 19, 2016

By Staff

Earlier bedtime for kids may fight weight gain Preschool children who are in bed by 
8 p.m. are far less likely to be obese during adolescence than children who stay up late, a study has found. Their risk of teenage obesity is half the risk faced by preschoolers who stay up past 9 p.m. The research analyzed data gathered on nearly 1,000 children born in 1991 whose bedtimes were recorded when they were 
4½, and whose height and weight were recorded at age 15. The ...


G.Y.M. Offset Balance Shoulder Abduction

By Staff

Offset Balance Shoulder Abduction Part 1 — Start in a standing position with your feet together and your arms at your sides, a relatively light weight in your right hand. Raise your right arm to a horizontal position. If a line were drawn straight down the center of your body that line should not bend or shift while doing this exercise. Lower your arm to your side. Repeat this exercise slowly eight times on each side remembering to focus on keeping your core engaged while ...


Deciding the future now

By Charles Ashby

HopeWest is hoping to find new ways to get patients and their families to plan ahead for their health care needs. Through a $300,000 grant the hospice and palliative care nonprofit group received last week, Hope-
West hopes to help up to 4,000 people in the Grand Valley to do just that over the next two years. The money, given to HopeWest by the Colorado Health Foundation, is to create a comprehensive advanced care planning initiative. “At the heart of this initiative is our ...

Health and Wellness briefs: July 12, 2016

By Staff

Cardiologist will teach cooking class at St. Mary’s Join cardiologist Dr. Maria Anderson for a six-week plant-based nutrition and cooking course to treat chronic illness with healthy food. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from July 26 through Aug. 30 at the St. Mary’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, 12th Floor. Classes include nutrition education, cooking demonstrations, food samples and a trip to the grocery store to learn label reading and healthy shopping. Fee is $89 ...

Grief could strike more than your emotional heart

By April Schulte-Barclay

Do you have a nagging cough that will not go away no matter what you try? Are you experiencing frequent colds and other infections more than you used to? Is your skin acting up in unusual ways that the doctors cannot explain? The potential cause of your symptoms may surprise you. The cause may be unresolved grief. Perhaps you have experienced a profound sense of loss, such as the loss of a loved one, that leaves your heart and soul wandering in a daze and questioning everything in your ...

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Sponsored Content: Surgeon breaks stereotypes by repairing hearts

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A reader information feature brought to you by St. Mary’s Medical Center and The Daily Sentinel Nancy Lofholm For St. Mary’s Medical Center Dr. Sara Pereira was hooked when she first saw a human heart restart and begin pumping blood anew at the end of a cardiac surgery. Pereira had planned to go into pediatrics, but assisting in an open-heart surgery as a medical student, and seeing a repaired heart come back to life, changed her course. She went through the grueling ...


GYM: Improve your strokes

By Staff

IMPROVE YOUR STROKES These exercises can be helpful for improving your swim as well as maintaining overall fitness. Full engage plank intervals — Being able to effectively anchor the core for the working muscles to effectively anchor and work from is critical for a streamlined stroke. Start in a prone position with your elbows directly under your shoulders. Bring your feet together and tuck your toes in toward your knees. Press into your elbows to engage the upper core. ...

Mammograhy in 3D: Valley hospitals switch to machines of future

By Charles Ashby

These aren’t your grandmother’s mammography machines. Thanks to digital technology and the advent of faster computers, the new norm when it comes to these machines that are used to detect breast cancer is three dimensional. That is to say, 3D mammography has improved doctors’ and diagnosticians’ ability to detect breast cancer, said Dr. Roy Erb, a radiologist at St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. Thanks to a grant from the El Pomar Foundation with help from ...


GYM: Resistance Band Lateral Step

By Staff

Resistance Band Lateral Step Start with a resistance band stretched under the arch of each foot with your feet close together. This requires that you stretch the bands to initiate the exercise. Your hands should be palms up and thumbs out with your shoulders down and back. As you step to one side maintain a vertical body position. The tendency is to lean away from the direction of the step, which is not the most effective activation for balance and stability training. Step to one ...

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