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"From hairstylist to hero."
When Mike went in for a haircut, he didn’t know his life was about to change forever. Lisa inspired health in Mike and Mike continues to inspire patients, family and friends to this day.
KEEP THE PIT IN AVOCADOS TO KEEP THEM FRESH, GREEN AND DELICIOUS
Tired of your avocados turning into avo-brown-os? Thanks to an enzyme in avocados called polyphenol oxidase, avocados turn brown when exposed to oxygen. Need a tip? Leave the pit in your avocado half to reduce exposure and drizzle lemon juice before placing it in a plastic bag in the fridge. That way, the avocado is always greener on the other side.
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Healthy as a Hummingbird — How Tena found a nest of support and care
For years, Tena and her husband have helped study hummingbirds at Rocky Mountain National Park. But Tena’s arthritis in her left hip was limiting her love of working with the tiny birds. She put off a hip replacement until she took a fall on the dance floor at a wedding. That’s when she decided it was time.Three of Tena’s friends suggested the doctor who had treated each of them. Tena then got a new left hip and a new chance to continue her work. A physical therapist worked with Tena at her home for weeks following the hip replacement, monitoring and supporting her exercise and diet.Six weeks after her procedure, Tena was back to working with the hummingbirds. She now has a healthier diet and better exercise routine than ever before, which improves her wellness overall. Thanks to the support of her husband, friends, doctor and physical therapist, Tena was able to continue her work with the little birds she loves.
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A Unique and Healthy Cycle - Mike K.
I feel it’s important to have a goal and have fun while working out. I am 53 years old. I get bored easily working out. Lifting weights and running isn't my thing. I need to have more fun with my sweat. I've ridden a unicycle since I was a kid. These days the unicycle has come a long way. They come in all sizes and shapes. And they are much more comfortable to ride. In the past few years I have purchased 4 different unicycles. On my 36-inch-wheeled Uni, I rode across the state of Colorado. From Kansas to Utah! (a life goal). My other favorite unicycle is the "Muni" or Mountain Unicycle. It's basically mountain biking on one wheel! It's a great challenge and a ton of fun. One thing about a unicycle unlike a bike is that you cannot coast and a brake is rarely (if ever) used. I try to ride once or twice a week: one mountain day and one 15-mile day on my 36-inch uni. Mix in some yoga and I'm happy…a little weird…but happy.
How a little poodle became a big hero
Sherry never thought of her poodle Pip as a hero. But one night, after arriving home from work, Sherry sat on the couch and Pip jumped up onto her lap, alerting her to a lump in her breast.
Sherry called for an appointment the next day and soon enough, Sherry had a care team of doctors, a nurse navigator and several others caring for her through treatments and emotional predicaments. Plus, her little poodle for comfort and love.
Through this trying experience, Sherry has been inspired to help others dealing with similar issues. Sherry is feeling better every day, thanks to what she calls the “beautiful and caring hearts” of her care team and, of course, thanks to a surprising little rescue dog named Pip.
How Jamie found a home away from home
Jamie had undergone a bilateral mastectomy in 2012 and thought the cancer was over. But in May of 2013, her doctor discovered another lump that needed to be removed. In order to get the treatment she needed, she couldn’t stay in the home that she and her husband were building in Fort Garland.
That’s when the nurse navigators jumped into action to make her feel comfortable away from home. They set her up with a hotel room, post-surgery clothing and gift cards for specific items needed for her recovery.According to Jamie, they also gave her the support and care she needed during this difficult time.
Jamie’s health team became more of a family to her. With their encouragement and compassion, Jamie found exactly what she needed to feel loved, supported and right at home.
Healthy in the Long Run - Mark E.
High cholesterol runs in my family and I started statins in my mid-30s. It was well controlled until I reached 40, when my cholesterol started to go up again. My doctor simply told me to start exercising more regularly or increase my dosage. I’m not big into medicine, but know it serves a necessity particularly for people like me. I’m not overweight; I eat moderately well; and I'm in decent shape, but could never get to a place of exercising habitually. The medicine, however, was simply not enough. So I set out to start running on a regular basis. For over 3 years now, I run 3-4 times a week and my running has really gone up a notch in just the last 6 months. I've recorded over 40 miles each month and almost hit a personal best of 50 miles this month. I’m happy to say that I've hit a point that I actually don’t feel right if I don’t run. It hasn't been easy but it does feel good. I've lost around 10 lbs., and most importantly, my cholesterol is maintained without increasing my dosage.
7 easy ways to sneak in a workout
No time for a workout? Here’s how you can fit some fitness into everyday activities!
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These 5 foods have more potassium than a banana
Potassium. It’s more than just bananas’ claim to fame. This important nutrient is good for your muscles, nerves and heart. So make sure you get enough K in your day (4,700 mg) with these 5 foods that have even more than the old standby.
Healthy is a Team Sport
When Julliana, a cardiac nurse, needed to improve her health, she found a team that inspired her to the finish line. Working together, Julliana and her colleagues inspire health in each other and in their patients.
From Small Steps to Big Marathons - Alicia P.
Just two days ago, I ran the Chicago Marathon. It was my fifth marathon and I ran my personal best time. It's interesting to reflect on how I told my husband just four years ago that I would never, ever in a million years run a marathon. It was just something I never thought possible for myself. But sure enough, I started with small steps. I ran a few 5Ks, then worked up to 10Ks and half marathons. I think when imagining something large and impressive, we often forget the smaller steps that take us to that end goal. It's really important to focus on the everyday. Don't discount the healthy meal for dinner or the two-mile run as progress. It's all progress. It's those baby steps that help us to achieve the bigger goals. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.
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"Dr. Toni Green — Cheatwood"
At Centura Health, our mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities. From our doctors to nurses to pharmacists, researchers, technologists and even marketers, our mission guides us in all that we do.
How being outdoors means being healthy
You’re getting exercise! Spending time outside means spending less time inside, doing stationary activities like watching TV and being on the computer. You’re fighting disease! Getting some sun means getting some vitamin D, which fights diseases, supports the immune system and strengthens bones. You’re happier! Natural light elevates mood and makes you smile, relax and cheer up.
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Say Hello to your new Therapist
Zeke is more than just a friendly schnauzer. He’s an important member of the Centura Health team. It may not be traditional, but it is inspirational.
Back in the Saddle — How Kelly’s unique support team put her back on top
Kelly has always been an active person. A mother of four and an owner of a Colorado Springs ranch, she was always on the move. Between taking her kids to and from school, church and music lessons, and taking care of her animals on the ranch, Kelly was too busy to notice her back pain. But over the next few months, Kelly’s back pain worsened. She finally got an MRI and discovered she had a herniated disc. Her doctor set her up for surgery to repair her nerve damage; he removed part of the disc affecting the nerve.In the 12 weeks following the surgery, Kelly’s support team, made up of Kelly’s parents, husband, four children, two horses and two goats, were with her every step of the way. It was time for the kids to take care of mom, with the three oldest helping with meals and cleaning. Following those three months, Kelly’s physical therapist and her doctor stepped in to start her physical therapy. With the help of her untraditional support team, Kelly’s back is back in the saddle once more.
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