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Healthy Food is a Slam Dunk with the Northern Arizona Suns!
Your Healthy Kitchen, YRMC’s cooking and nutrition program, headed down the road in November to the Prescott Valley Event Center, to cook and visit with the Northern Arizona Suns! Six talented NAZ Suns players and their trainer, Jervae Odom, graciously took time out of their busy schedules to talk about what it takes to be a professional basketball player, prepare a healthy snack, and even goof around a bit on the court! It takes a lot of hard work and talent to make it onto an NBA G-League team like the Northern Arizona Suns. The guys on the team have been playing basketball since they were kids – many starting as young as five years old! According to Jervae, “These guys are professional athletes, who train and play hard everyday. It takes a lot of talent to make it this far.” Nutrition plays an important role in the lives of professional athletes, and the NAZ Suns are no exception. This year, as part of an agreement with Gatorade, the team is working with a sports dietician – learning to navigate and purchase healthy foods from the grocery store; choose well from fast food and sit-down restaurants while eating on the road; and prepare meals and snacks for long-lasting energy. Jervae notices when the guys are eating well. “Good nutrition really makes a difference in a players’ performance. These guys need around 4,000 calories a day, and we teach and encourage them to make good choices”. Whole grains, lean proteins, fruit, nuts, and vegetables are commonly incorporated into meals, smoothies and snacks. “We are all fans of peanut butter and jam on whole grain bread”, adds Jervae. Six NAZ Suns players joined us to make homemade ‘Not a Sugar Bomb Suns Granola’, chop fresh fruit, and serve it all together with plain, unsweetened yogurt for a wholesome snack. While sugary foods (like many types of store-bought granola) can provide a quick burst of energy, they also often trigger a ‘crash’ later on. Pro ball players can’t afford to feel fatigued, so this granola contains lots of high fiber nuts and seeds, healthy fat and just a little honey for sweetener. We also spiked it with anti-inflammatory, cinnamon and cacao (raw cocoa powder) for added flavor and sweetness, without added sugar! Not a Sugar Bomb Suns Granola Not a Sugar Bomb Suns Granola To learn more about cooking simple, fresh, delicious meals, check out all of our videos at yrmchealthconnect.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen. YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen is one of the many ways Yavapai Regional Medical Center, your local not-for-profit healthcare provider, supports health education and wellness in Yavapai County.
A Cowboy Writer Grows Up in Prescott
Sometimes Warner Dixon’s love of the Old West makes him wonder if he was a cowboy in a past life. Dixon grew up in Prescott’s Mountain Club area just a mile from downtown. His parents – both teachers – raised Arabian horses on the property. “I had an utter fascination with those horses,” said Dixon. “My sister and I would sneak out of the house and run up the hill to the stables. We’d climb through the bars of the corral and try to shimmy up the horses’ legs. And you know, those horses never moved. It’s like they knew if they stepped on us, they would hurt us.” Once their mother realized they were playing around the nearly 1,000 pound animals, the children’s fun would quickly end. “She’d run out of the house hysterical and lift us off of the horses,” Dixon recalled. “Those horses would look at my Mom like, ‘Well, it’s about time.’ Then they would snort and walk over to the water tank for a drink.” Discovering a Treasure Dixon was born in 1943 at Prescott Community Hospital – later re-named Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) – the same year the hospital opened in a celebration presided over by Arizona Governor Sidney Osborn. Recently, while rummaging through the attic of his mother’s Prescott home, Dixon discovered a treasure. “My Mom had kept the receipt from my birth at the hospital,” he said. The cost was $6.50 a day for the 10-day hospital stay and the delivery room charge was $20. Dixon, a novelist who has published two books, could appreciate the significance of his find. “I was moved that she had kept it,” he said. “And I also thought I was a pretty good bargain.” Prescott Life Inspires Book Dixon, a cowboy-at-heart, left the Prescott area for only three years. It turns out his adventures growing up in Prescott inspired his writing. His first book – County Law and Cowboy Coffee – was greatly influenced by those Arabians and the other horses in his life. “I’ve had an unusual life,” he said. “I look back on it and I smile.” Share Your Memories of YRMC Do you have a story about YRMC for its 75th anniversary celebration? Visit us here to share your memories.
For Fresh Food and Fun, Visit the Winter Farmers Market in Prescott and Prescott Valley!
Looking for vibrant, fresh, delicious, nutrient-packed produce? The Prescott Farmers Market has it, even in the winter! Our local farmers get creative when the weather turns chilly to bring flavorful greens; pungent garlic, onions and leeks; savory winter squash; tender potatoes; brightly-flavored herbs; the sweetest carrots; perfect parsnips; brilliantly bold radishes, and much more to the market from October through April, in Prescott and Prescott Valley. Abundant sunshine and mild daytime temperatures are great for growing crops, but freezing nights make winter farming a challenge. Greenhouses, frost blankets, and backup heaters are just some of the tricks local farmers use to keep tender plants alive. However, those cold nights also provide some surprising benefits: freezing temps help make winter roots, greens and herbs more delicious! Bright, Fresh Multi-Colored Bell Peppers! Vegetables grown in the winter have much more flavor than the very same crops grown in warmer months. Carrots, beets, parsnips and other root vegetables taste sweeter. Greens develop a stronger, more robust flavor that pairs well with lots of pungent garlic. Salads become hearty when blended with winter vegetables, nuts, and fruits. For delicious, winter salad ideas, check out this segment with Your Healthy Kitchen on Sandy and Friends! An Abundance of Butternut and Heritage Cushaw Squash, and Decorative Gourds The Prescott Farmers Market offers more than just produce! If you work up an appetite while filling your basket with cold-weather goodness, there are vendors selling homemade whole grain breads and pastries, local pecans, hot tamales, sizzling samosas and freshly brewed coffee for satisfying mid-morning snacks. The market also features fresh flowers, locally made, warm, wooly slippers, mittens and scarves; finely crafted wooden cutting boards and spoons; soothing lavender products; goat milk soaps, t-shirts, and more for unique holiday gifts. Keep an eye out for Santa too – he is scheduled to visit the market on December 9th! Fresh-Cut FlowersShopping at the Prescott Farmers Market is also a great way to spend time connecting with friends, old and new, while supporting local families and farms. The market is open from 10-1 on Saturdays through April 28th, in Prescott at the YRMC Pendleton Wellness Center, 930 Division Street, and on Tuesdays through April 23rd in Prescott Valley at the Harkins Theater parking lot. The market accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program) benefits and is a proud provider of Double Up Bucks, a nationwide program designed to make nutritious produce more affordable for SNAP recipients. For more information, check out the Prescott Farmers Market website at Prescott Farmers Market, call 928-713-1227, or stop by the Information Booth at the market in Prescott or Prescott Valley
Yavapai Food Neighbors and the Power of One Green Bag
Did you know that one out of three kids living in Yavapai County wake each day unsure of getting enough to eat? Food insecurity (lack of access to enough nutritious food to support an active, healthy life) also strikes one in five Yavapai County adults and one in seven seniors. If you are looking for a way to help, consider joining the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project. It’s an effective, highly successful community program that makes it easy to share food with hungry neighbors by providing regular food donations to local food banks, year-round. Food banks are lifelines for individuals struggling with hunger, and donating food is one of the ways concerned individuals can lend a hand to those who suffer with food insecurity. Unfortunately, food banks struggle with periods of feast and famine: enjoying large donations of food around holidays, but turning hungry people away when donations dwindle and no longer meet community needs. The Yavapai Food Neighbors Project aims to fix that problem by filling food bank shelves with nutritious food year-round. Project donors simply fill one reusable grocery bag with non-perishable, nutritious food and leave it on their doorstep on the second Saturday of every even-numbered month. That’s all there is to it! Volunteers pick up the bag, leave the donor a new bag, and take the food to a central collection area. The food is then sorted and distributed to local food banks, or to child hunger programs, like the Weekend Backpack Program, which sends kids home from school with supplemental food for the weekend. Many kids suffering with food insecurity have little to eat when they are not at school, and rely on the National School Lunch Program for a large portion of their weekly calories and nutrition. The Yavapai Food Neighbor Project is one of four projects managed by the Yavapai Food Council, a non-profit organization that helps feed hungry people throughout Yavapai County. The project started in August 2013 as a pilot program and is now part of the National Food Neighbors Project and partner to the original Food Project, which started in 2009 in Ashland, Oregon. In the video below, Amy Aossey, Executive Director with the Yavapai Food Council, takes time from a busy (and windy) local collection to describe the project and to praise the ‘amazing group of volunteers’ who contribute to its growth and success. The project has grown from one collection site in 2013 to five, including sites in Prescott and Prescott Valley. According to Bob Painter, Yavapai Food Neighbor Project District Coordinator, concerned individuals throughout Yavapai County have donated 383,963 pounds of food to the Food Neighbor Project since the first collection in the Verde Valley in 2013. That roughly equates to 14,000 pounds of food per month and a total of 320,000 meals for hungry neighbors. Prescott donors supplied over 6,000 pounds of food during the June 2017 collection, continuing a trend of record-breaking donations. Food donations are typically low during the spring and summer, so that extra food was a boon to Prescott area food banks. According to 2014 data, Yavapai County has a food insecurity rate of 17%, which is higher than the national average. One green bag, filled with non-perishable, nutritious food, can help fill food bank shelves and nourish more than 36,000 people in Yavapai County who are unsure of getting enough to eat each day. For more information, or to volunteer with the Yavapai Food Neighbors Project, visit http://yavapaifoodcouncil.org/emergency-food-programs/food-neighbors-project/ or call 928-254-8172.
Circulatory Problems and Non-Healing Wounds? Help is Here Thanks to YRMC’s New Vein Center
People who suffer from circulatory problems in their legs know the condition is painful, debilitating and complicated. “Circulatory problems are very dangerous and limit how people live and enjoy their lives,” said Anil Kumar, MD, FACCP, RPVI, Medical Director of Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s (YRMC’s) Vein Center. What causes these circulatory problems? A condition called chronic venous insufficiency is linked to circulatory problems in the legs. “Chronic venous insufficiency is a problem for millions of Americans and is the number one reason why people have hard-to-heal wounds on their lower extremities,” stated Dr. Kumar. “YRMC’s new Vein Center is dedicated to addressing vein health and the complicated health problems associated with these vein-related circulatory problems.” Dr. Kumar is uniquely qualified to lead YRMC’s Vein Center. He is Board Certified in Vascular Medicine and in therapies to improve circulation in the veins. He is also a member of the American College of Phlebology, the professional society for physicians who treat vein disorders. Dr. Kumar and YRMC’s Vein Center staff partner with experts from YRMC’s Wound Care program to help people with hard-to-heal ulcers and wounds – a result of poor circulation. If the patient needs it, an Infectious Disease physician is available for consultation and treatment. The Vein Center also works with YRMC’s Diabetes Education program – recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education – to help patients better manage diabetes, another reason for poor circulation in the veins. YRMC’s new Vein Center is located at: YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center 3262 North Windsong Drive Prescott Valley, Arizona 86314 (928) 759-5890 “YRMC’s Mission is to offer advanced medical care that meets the needs of the communities we serve,” said Anthony V. Torres, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at YRMC. “We know many of our residents suffer from chronic, painful and dangerous venous circulation problems in their legs. The Vein Center provides a family of solutions to address these circulatory issues. We’re here to help people throughout our region who are living with this complicated malady.” Treatment at YRMC’s Vein Center begins with a comprehensive clinical assessment followed by a dedicated ultrasound study to identify venous reflux issues and to rule-out deep vein blood clots. Depending on the results of the ultrasound, Dr. Kumar may recommend conservative treatments that include: Wearing compression stockings Elevating feet at prescribed levels Avoiding “dangling legs” in what are called dependent positions Calf muscle exercises If there is no improvement in the circulation following these conservative therapies, Dr. Kumar may prescribe additional minimally-invasive office-based treatments that include venous ablation, sclerotherapy or microphlebectomy. “Together, YRMC’s Vein Center and Advanced Wound Care teams provide the synergy needed to help people with circulatory issues and non-healing wounds,” Dr. Torres said. “Our approach is designed to help patients with non-healing wounds avoid debilitating amputation.” For more information, talk to your primary care physician or contact the Vein Center at (928) 759-5890.
Your Healthy Kitchen Travels to India with the Shoe Chef
Perry Erwin, owner and lead chef at Shoe Chef Unlimited, stops by the Your Healthy Kitchen studio to share his authentic Tofu Tikka Masala recipe with Rita Carey Rubin, Registered Dietician, Diabetes Educator and host of YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen. Shoe Chef Unlimited is a mobile catering business that serves Prescott and surrounding areas. Erwin, a Le Cordon Bleu culinary graduate and yoga teacher, describes how his travels to India have greatly influenced the recipes he prepares. He says that Indian cuisine is all about balancing spicy, sweet and savory seasonings. “Many people think that Indian food is very spicy and hot. That’s a big misconception,” says Erwin, “A lot of it is savory and sweet.” Erwin brought this Tikka Masala recipe home from his extensive travels to India, where he also studied yoga. The recipe, like yoga, is all about balance. “Each spice that’s in this recipe has a health benefit. It creates balance in our bodies. It creates stability and wellness, plus it’s very tasty,” he says, “It’s easy to make, and it great either hot or cold.” You can download The Tikka Masala recipe here, along with Perry’s Curry Mixture and a delicious Yogurt Sauce: Tofu Tikka Masala Perry’s Curry Mixture Yogurt Sauce for Tikka Masala Learn more about cooking simple, fresh and delicious meals and check out all of our videos and recipes at yrmchealthconnect.org. You can also follow us on Facebook at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen. YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen is one of the many ways that Yavapai Regional Medical Center, your local not-for-profit healthcare provider, supports health education and wellness for the citizens of Yavapai County.
Conserving Your Blood for Faster Recovery, Better Results
Pioneers … innovators … leaders, these words describe the medical professionals who introduced Patient Blood Management (PBM) to Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) as well as to healthcare organizations throughout the world. Why is PBM important to our community? First, YRMC sponsors Arizona’s only PBM program. Its goal is to prevent unnecessary blood transfusions by applying scientific and safe medical-surgical techniques. These techniques decrease bleeding, prevent anemia and speed recovery for patients. PBM Experts Gather PBM proponents from YRMC and organizations around the globe gathered recently for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) Annual Conference. SABM is a growing, international society dedicated to improving patient health through blood management. SABM’s Annual Conference focused on how PBM programs are improving patient outcomes by taking steps that reduce exposure to the risks associated with blood transfusions. YRMC Leads in PBM I was proud that my YRMC colleague, Jared Head, AGACNP-BC, Hospitalist, presented an excellent example of this to SABM Annual Conference attendees. He spoke about harnessing a substance produced by the kidneys to promote the production of red blood cells. This substance is preventing blood transfusions in YRMC’s open heart surgery patients. YRMC is also part of SABM’s leadership. Pierre Tibi, MD – Medical Director of YRMC’s James Family Heart Center and the hospital’s PBM Program – serves as the President of SABM. Additionally, during the SABM Annual Conference, I took the SABM certification exam. This one-day course and exam gave me the information and tools needed for best practices in the field of PBM. It reinforced for me that PBM improves patient outcomes and shortens the amount of time people spend in the hospital. YRMC Puts PBM into Practice Here are a few ways YRMC’s PBM program helps patients by reducing unnecessary transfusions: Administering iron therapy as well as Vitamins B6, B12, K and Folic Acid to people in outpatient settings. Using blood-conserving techniques and medications to promote healthy clotting before and during surgery. Decreasing patient blood loss through fewer blood draws and taking smaller amounts of blood during draws. I’m proud that YRMC is a Hospital Affiliate of SABM. I’m even prouder that as PBM pioneers, we are offering our patients the latest and best medical care. To learn more about PBM, email Dale Black, YRMC’s Patient Blood Management Program Coordinator. By Selina Bliss, RN, RN-BC Yavapai Regional Medical Center Professional Development Council Patient Blood Management Program and President of the Arizona Nurses Association
To Give or Not to Give: Here are the Questions to Ask
Charitable giving is frequently mingled with more emotion than information. In fact we often seek just enough information to validate our emotions and then we give—hoping our contribution will be wisely used. “It’s good to have an emotional tie to the organizations and causes we support,” said Robbie Nicol, MBA, CFRE, Executive Director of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation. “However, your financial support should be thoughtfully considered and thoroughly researched. You’ve worked hard to provide for yourself and family and are fortunate to have the means to help others. You want your donation to make a difference.” To ensure your donation will matter, view yourself as an investor. Savvy investors do their homework and invest only when they are confident they understand the potential return on their investment. Savvy donors give with the same knowledge and confidence. The following are questions to ask when you are considering a charitable donation. These will help you make a sound decision about what are highly emotional and very important choices. Can the charity communicate who they are and what they do? Organizations that can explain who they are and what they are striving to accomplish, are united in their purpose and focused on making a difference. For example, YRMC’s Partners for Healthy Students is dedicated to providing healthcare services to children and their families in rural Yavapai County communities. If a charity struggles to articulate its mission and its programs, it will probably struggle to deliver those programs. The stakes are too high and there are too many organizations that know exactly who they are, what they do, and why they are needed. Make sure the organization you want to support is one of them. Do the charity’s programs make sense to you? If you support the mission of an organization, ask yourself if its programs also make sense to you. You believe in the cause, and you hope for the end result, but is the organization working toward that result in a way that seems logical to you? Can your charity demonstrate the progress it has made (or is making) toward its goal? Good intentions are not enough to warrant your charitable support. Ask the leaders of your organization for examples of how they’re making a difference. Good organizations relish the opportunity to share results. Can you trust your charity? The overwhelming majority of charities in this country are responsible, honest and well-managed. To ensure the organization you want to support is worthy of your trust, you can: Request an annual report Speak with staff members Ask other donors about their experience One source that can help you make an informed decision about the charitable organizations you support is Charity Navigator*. In addition to providing information on thousands of not-for-profit organizations, you’ll find a series of articles with helpful tips for donors, such as: Top 10 Best Practices of Savvy Donors and Tips for Older Donors. For more information about the YRMC Foundation and charitable giving, contact (928) 771-5686 or visit our webpage. *Please note there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. The YRMC Foundation and YRMC have not yet been reviewed by Charity Navigator.