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Osteoporosis Prevention: Calcium and Beyond for Healthy Bones
Osteoporosis is a silent disease that affects millions. In fact, the National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that nearly half of American adults over age 50 are at risk of osteoporotic fractures in the hip, spine or wrist. This includes 50% of women and one in four men. That’s why it’s so important to know what to do to keep your bones healthy and strong. Bone is living tissue (just like your muscles, skin, and hair), which goes through regular periods of building up and breaking down. However, bones typically reach peak density and strength by the third decade of life. After age forty, bones start to break down more than they build up. Women take a big hit and lose bone density rapidly during and up to 10 years after menopause, while men lose bone more gradually over time. Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to protect your bones at any age. Enjoying meals filled with bone-building nutrients is a great place to start. Calcium and vitamin D are important, but so are a host of other vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals – those health-protecting compounds that give plants their color and taste. Some nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, and protein become part of the architecture of bones, while vitamins C, E, and phytochemicals slow the breakdown of bones via anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium, vitamin K is required for protein synthesis, and potassium appears to reduce the loss of minerals from bone by maintaining a healthy body pH. Physical activity is also important, as it stimulates bones to become denser and stronger, while also improving balance and muscle strength. After all, the stronger you are, the less likely you are to fall and break a bone. Join me here, at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Your Healthy Kitchen, to learn more about the links between diet, lifestyle and strong bones plus how to make a delicious bone-friendly breakfast burrito! Recipe: Scrambled Tofu with Mediterranean Flavors The best advice for preventing osteoporosis is to build strong bones from an early age, with nutrient dense foods and plenty of physical activity. However, there is a lot you can do throughout your life to give your bones a healthy edge. Enjoy delicious meals packed with bone-friendly nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phytochemicals and vitamins E, C and K. A Mediterranean-style diet is a great place to start. Know your vitamin D status and talk to your doctor about supplements if your blood levels are low. Surprisingly, many people are vitamin D deficient — even those who love the outdoor life in the sunny Southwest! Get into a healthy routine of regular physical activity that includes strength building exercises. Walking, dancing, hiking, jogging, playing tennis, and other activities that are weight-bearing seem to be best for building bone density and strength. Strong muscles also stimulate the build up of bone while improving balance and reducing your risk of falls. Know your risks and talk to your doctor about assessing your bone status and strength. A history of smoking, excessive alcohol use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, genetics, medications, and some chronic health conditions can increase your chances of developing osteoporosis. Remember to check out all of our informative cooking tutorials and recipes at yrmchealhconnect.org. Our nutrient-packed recipes are created or curated for ease of preparation, affordability, and delicious taste! You’ll find plenty of ideas there for meals and snacks that protect and build healthy bones. You can also follow me on Facebook, at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, where I regularly post photos and videos of the meals I make at home, plus share links to my favorite food and gardening destinations on the web.
We Can Do This
COVID-19 admissions are increasing at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center and in nearly every case, over 99 percent, the person admitted was unvaccinated. Whatever we do, we don’t want to lose another life when a simple shot could have saved it. And we don’t want to jeopardize whatever normalcy we recently regained, like reconnecting with friends and family. If you haven’t received your vaccine, we are still offering them FREE at the locations listed below. If you are still undecided about the vaccine the best possible source of information is your doctor. Not politicians, not the media, not Joe Schmo with a social media account. Your doctor knows your medical condition and history and is best qualified to advise you. Doctors can also suggest reliable sources where you can research the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. It’s true a lot of unreliable information is floating around out there, including all kinds of myths about the vaccine. Everything from vaccines make you magnetic, they make you infertile, they rewrite your DNA, they contain a secret chip so the government can track you. In this article doctors debunk those myths. Community First As we begin to see COVID-19 infection rates increase once again, officials say the outbreak is now a more localized crisis in communities where people haven’t rolled up their sleeves. Communities, unfortunately, such as ours. Let’s do it. “We can minimize the local resurgence of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated,” said William Lockwood, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Yavapai Regional Medical Group. “In unvaccinated communities where people are gathering without masks and social distancing we will witness surges, hospitalizations and untimely deaths. We don’t want to go backwards just as life is returning to normal. The vaccine is proving safe and effective, with benefits far outweighing any potential risks.” Get Your FREE Vaccine Vaccines are free at the following Yavapai Regional Medical Group (YRMG) vaccination sites. An appointment is necessary. You can schedule your appointment online by visiting www.yrmcvax.org. If you have a YRMC CareConnect Patient Portal account, you can schedule it here. Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Primary Care Offering the Moderna vaccine; 18 years of age and older 7700 E. Florentine Road, Building B, Suite 101 Prescott Valley, Arizona (928) 442-8710 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Primary Care Offering the Moderna vaccine; 18 years of age and older 474 N. State Route 89 Chino Valley, Arizona (928) 636-5680 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Primary Care Offering the Moderna vaccine; 18 years of age and older 7700 E. Florentine Road, Building B, Suite 202 Prescott Valley, Arizona (928) 442-8710 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Internal Medicine Offering the Moderna vaccine; 18 years of age and older 3120 Clearwater Drive Prescott, Arizona (928) 771-3704 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Occupational Medicine Offering the Moderna vaccine; 18 years of age and older 1050 Gail Gardner Way, Suite 100 Prescott, Arizona (928) 777-0700 Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Ponderosa Pediatrics Offering the Pfizer vaccine; ages 12 through 18 only 2120 Centerpointe West Drive Prescott, Arizona (928) 778-4581
Must-Know Self-Defense Tips (With Demonstrations) for Seniors
Fear of the dark isn’t unique to kids. Recent research shows that nearly half of older adults don’t want to leave their homes at night. The reason: Concern they could be robbed, assaulted or worse. In fact, two-thirds of seniors are convinced that they someday will become crime victims. “Fear of crime contributes to loneliness and isolation among older people,” says Jill Potter, RN, ACSM-CEP, AACVPR, CRP, Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “That isn’t good for our bodies or our brains. It’s important for people to be physically active and socially engaged as they age.” A sixth-degree black belt in two different martial arts styles, Potter understands that knowing self-defense techniques gives people the confidence they need to get out and enjoy life. She teaches “Self-Defense for Seniors” through YRMC’s Preventive Medicine and Wellness. While in-person classes are on break, you can sample Potter’s self-defense techniques during this Healthy Conversations video. Awareness and Prevention Your best defense against crime, as Potter emphasizes, is awareness, awareness, awareness. Here are tips from Potter on how to put awareness into action in a variety of situations: Walking – Whether you’re out for exercise or meeting friends for dinner, walk with confidence and scan the environment as you move (this means not talking on your phone or texting). Parking – When you arrive at your destination, make a mental note or take a photo of where you parked. If you arrive in the late afternoon or evening, park in an area that will be well lit when you return. Returning to your vehicle – Prepare before you head to your car: Do I have my keys ready so I don’t have to dig through my purse or pockets? Is my dominant arm free? Do I feel comfortable? “That gut check is really important,” Potter says. “Trust your instincts. If something feels off, go back to the store or restaurant and ask if an employee can walk with to your car. Most businesses will be glad to do this.” Responding to a Threat If you are threatened, rule number one, according to Potter, is not to panic. That’s a tall order. However, Potter steps through how most people – no matter their strength or age – can manage dicey situations. With the help of fifth-degree black belt, Dave Hagen – a fellow member of Prescott Family Karate – Potter demonstrates two types of techniques during this Healthy Conversations presentation. They are: Friendly – For a situation that is uncomfortable but not extremely threatening. Non-friendly – For a truly threatening situation. “Everyone deserves to feel secure,” emphasizes Potter. “Sharing strategies that increase confidence and safety are the goals of this Healthy Conversations presentation and the ‘Self-Defense for Seniors’ class.” Check out Healthy Conversations for other topics and subscribe to YRMC HealthConnect for monthly summaries of healthcare news from Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center.
YRMC Foundation Honors Granville Community for Many Years of Generous Support
The Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) Foundation honored Universal Homes and Prescott Valley’s Granville community for 22 years of generous support during a private ceremony at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center at the east campus in Prescott Valley on Tuesday, April 27. Joe Contadino, Founder and President of Universal Homes, and John Amos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, during the unveiling of the commemorative display at YRMC east in Prescott Valley. During the ceremony, a commemorative display was unveiled bearing a special message for hospital patients and guests that reads, “Our Granville community welcomes you to this place of healing and health. Together may we all enjoy health, peace and happiness.” Among those attending the event was Joe Contadino, Owner and President of Universal Homes, along with key members of his team and members of the YRMC Foundation and Dignity Health, YRMC leadership. Speaking on behalf of YRMC was Chief Executive Officer and Foundation board member John Amos. In his remarks, Mr. Amos recounted how instrumental Mr. Contadino was to the establishment of the Prescott Valley campus and how his continued support has contributed to its continued growth. Mr. Contadino and Universal Homes was a lead donor in the YRMC Foundation’s $8 million capital campaign to help fund the Medical Center’s construction. Since opening in 2006, the support of Universal Homes and our community has enabled the continued expansion of campus programs and services including the Breast Care Center, Family Birthing Center, Infusion Center, Advanced Wound Care services, and the Vein Center. Universal’s support of the YRMC Foundation continues today. Just as it has for many years, with every new Granville home sold, Universal Homes makes a donation to the YRMC Foundation in the name of the new homeowner. In closing, John Amos stated, “We are extremely grateful to Joe for his vision, his strong sense of community, and for his concern and commitment to the health and well-being of others.” To learn more about the YRMC Foundation, please contact the Foundation office at (928) 771-5686, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit yrmcfoundation.org.
YRMC’s New Health and Wellness Center: Smart and Patient Friendly
“Smart buildings” use technology to share information between the building’s systems. The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), for example, know what’s happening with the security and lighting systems. And the other way around, too. So, what would you call a building that uses both smart digital solutions and low-tech patient friendly features? The team at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) calls it the Health and Wellness Center. Due to open in late 2021 on the campus of YRMC West, the Health and Wellness Center is both smart and accessible to all. “Patient accessibility and convenience are key to every discussion surrounding the construction of the Health and Wellness Center,” says Ken Boush, Director of Marketing and Communications at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. “This has led us to very sophisticated and intuitive technology. At the same time, we’re incorporating features that people who are not comfortable with technology can use.” An App or a Paper Map—You Choose To understand how this something-for-everyone strategy works, let’s look at the patient registration process. “You will be able to register for your appointment within our system if you have a smart phone, flip phone or even no phone,” says Michael Forry, Director of Construction at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center. People with smart phones can download an app before they arrive at the Health and Wellness Center. Using the app, they’ll complete their registration forms online. They’ll also access a digital map for step-by-step directions to their destination. No smart phone? Head to a kiosk for an easy registration process. And, with the push of a button, you can print a map to your provider’s office. The Health and Wellness Center, due to open late in 2021 at YRMC West in Prescott, has something for everyone: digital registration (and the traditional option), convenient parking adjacent to your provider, healthy dining and more. Patient Friendly Parking Registration kiosks will be available on all three levels of the building. For example, patients visiting Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Group, Cardiology (YRMG) can park on the second floor of the parking garage. They can then head across a skybridge to registration, and next to YRMG Cardiology on the same floor. “It’s a very patient friendly set up,” Forry says. “The enclosed skybridge links every level of the parking structure to the Health and Wellness Center.” The parking structure was also designed without ramps so patients and visitors won’t have an uphill climb to reach their destination. This will be especially helpful to people who have mobility issues. Convenience Continues When developing the Health and Wellness Center, YRMC’s leadership combined specialty, diagnostic and therapeutic services for patient convenience. The following services and YRMG clinics are currently slated to be part of the new facility when it opens: 1st floor Laboratory Services Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Services Respiratory Therapy Pre-Operative Office YRMG Vascular Surgery YRMG Orthopedic Surgery 2nd floor Cardiac Imaging Services YRMG Cardiology Preventive Medicine and Wellness 3rd floor YRMG Neurology YRMG Oncology Pharmacy Infusion Therapy (This is in addition to the current Infusion Therapy location at YRMC East in Prescott Valley.) Beyond Zoom! The Health and Wellness Center includes a state-of-the-art teleconferencing system for secure, virtual communication among providers. “We’ve created a world-class clinical collaboration space,” Forry says. “It will support communication between the providers on the two YRMC campuses, between our providers and doctors at Dignity Health, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, or with a medical team on the other side of the globe.” On the Lighter Side The Bistro restaurant – located on the first floor of the Health and Wellness Center – will serve grab-and-go meals, a variety of salads, delicious smoothies and other healthy options. Diners will be able to enjoy their selections under an outdoor patio with a covered canopy. The Health and Wellness Center incorporates several other outdoor spaces. Weather permitting, Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation therapists may work with individual patients and host stretching or other low-impact classes under a 4,500-square-foot covered deck. YRMC-sponsored community events will take place in that same area. “We’re also creating an outdoor walking area with gradual inclines that are designed especially for physical therapists to work with patients,” Forry adds. “This will be located between the Health and Wellness Center and Prescott Medical Imaging.” Community Spaces The first floor of the Health and Wellness Center includes these community-focused features: A demonstration kitchen for YRMC’s cooking classes – A fully equipped kitchen will serve as a set for YRMC’s online cooking show, Your Healthy Kitchen. Heart healthy cooking and diabetes friendly food-prep classes may also take place in the demonstration kitchen. A community room for health education presentations – This community education room includes partitions to divide the area into smaller classrooms. “We’re creating usable space throughout the building,” Forry says. “That even includes the main lobby which can be incorporated into the community room for even larger events.” Green Construction The Health and Wellness Center is using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) construction industry standards. LEED assures that a project is designed, constructed and can be maintained in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. “YRMC’s leadership took this approach because of their desire to be good neighbors and good stewards of our resources,” notes Forry. “It was a huge commitment. It was the right thing to do for our community.” It’s also in keeping with YRMC’s “smart” approach to the entire project. Want more news about the Health and Wellness Center and other YRMC happenings? 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DEXA: Are Your Bones Healthy?
Osteoporosis is called a silent disease because it’s often not detected until a bone fracture occurs. But your body may be talking to you long before that happens. Loss of height over time and back pain may be signs of bone loss. “Osteopenia is the beginning of osteoporosis,” says Sierra-Amber Mabry, RT, Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI) at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC). “Osteoporosis causes low bone mass and makes you more susceptible to spontaneous, non-trauma fractures.” An estimated 10 million Americans, 80 percent of them women, suffer from osteoporosis. An additional 44 million Americans have osteopenia, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. How DEXA Works Screening for bone density – how strong your bones are – is the only way to determine if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia. The imaging experts at PMI in Prescott and the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, YRMC East in Prescott Valley use advanced dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) technology to: Measure bone density and loss Assess risk for bone fractures Screen for osteoporosis, osteopenia and other bone-related health problems YRMC’s imaging facilities use Hologic equipment which scans your hip bones and lower spine, or your forearms. These exams are painless and use a much lower level of radiation than standard X-rays. “The radiation from a DEXA scan is lower than the amount of radiation you receive in a single day from background radiation sources like the sun and the environment,” says Mabry. Getting Ready for Your DEXA A DEXA scan takes a total of 20 minutes from the changing room to the exam room. During the exam, you lie on your back as the scanner passes over your body. Your radiologic technologist will place a sponge block under your knees to alleviate lower-back discomfort. “Unlike an MRI or a CT scan, DEXA scans are open,” Mabry explains. “The DEXA X-ray table doesn’t have an enclosed tube, which can make some people feel claustrophobic.” If you’re scheduled for a DEXA, Mabry recommends that you: Bring the DEXA order from your provider Wear comfortable clothing Leave your jewelry at home Don’t take calcium pills for 24 hours prior to your scan “We’ll ask you to change into a gown for your DEXA exam,” Mabry says. “The purpose of this is to ensure we have uniformity for every exam so that we don’t have to repeat your scan. It also saves you time if you arrive in clothing you can change in and out of quickly.” Understanding your DXA Scan Results Your DEXA scan results are sent to your physician within 24-48 hours after the exam. Your results are available to you within 72 hours on YRMC Care Connect, YRMC’s patient portal. DEXA scan results are presented as a “T-score” and fall into the following ranges: +1.0 to -1.0 = normal bone density -1.0 and -2.5 = osteopenia or low bone density -2.5 or below = osteoporosis “Lots of people don’t know that osteopenia and osteoporosis are treatable,” Mabry says. “Your doctor can give you medication and your bone density can improve. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer a non-trauma fracture in the future.” You can also speak to your physician about other ways to improve your bone health, including: Consuming a calcium-rich diet Taking calcium and vitamin D Doing weight-bearing exercises (walking, jogging or light aerobics, for example) Giving up smoking Avoiding alcohol or consuming alcohol in moderation For more information about the DEXA exam, visit PMI’s website or the Breast Care Center’s web community. To find out if you should undergo a DEXA scan, speak to your physician.
Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives: Teaching People to Cook and Eat Well for Life
Earlier this year, I joined a group of physicians, dieticians, public health professionals, chefs, and research scientists who gathered virtually at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley, California for the 17th Annual Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Conference. For three full days we were treated to intriguing presentations by the best nutrition researchers in the country; entertaining cooking demonstrations by CIA-trained chefs; and inspirational discussions about creating a nationwide healthcare system that teaches people how to cook and eat well for life. Why all the fuss about teaching people how to eat? According to Dr. David Eisenberg, Director of Culinary Nutrition and Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, studies suggest that 20% of all premature deaths are preventable with a diet featuring prominent portions of vegetables, leafy greens, fruit, whole grains and beans. In other words, if Americans ate delicious plant-forward meals more often, fewer premature deaths from cancer, heart disease, and diabetes might occur. A plant forward meal packed with fiber, nutrients, and flavor! Multiple presentations at the conference featured members of The Teaching Kitchens Collaborative, a diverse group of health-focused chefs and food-focused healthcare providers who help physicians, schools, YMCAs, health departments, and others plan and produce cooking demonstrations in a variety of community settings. Their goal: show as many people as possible how to affordably cook and eat well at home. Other presenters shared a wealth of knowledge on cutting edge nutrition research and the negative effects of childhood food insecurity on lifelong health and well being. In this latest video from YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, I share highlights from the conference plus intriguing research that might inspire all of us to eat more fermented foods! New evidence suggests that two or more daily servings of fermented foods (including sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and more), may reduce inflammation and prevent chronic disease by supporting the microbiome, or the collection of bacteria that live on and within us. Tempeh Sloppy Joes Recipe For more information on the connections between your health and the microbiome, check out The Good Gut, Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health, by Erica and Justin Sonnenburg, PhDs. Although the topic is complex, the Sonnenburgs present the links between our health and the health of our bacterial buddies in a friendly, easy to read fashion. You can learn more about Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives and the upcoming 2022 conference live in Napa Valley at healthykitchens.org and the Teaching Kitchens Collaborative at teachingkitchens.org. Be sure to check out all of our entertaining and informative health, nutrition and cooking videos at yrmchealthconnect.org. Simply click on the blog and Your Healthy Kitchen to explore the wide variety of foods and flavors featured there! Follow me on Facebook too, at YRMC’s Your Healthy Kitchen, where I share photos and videos of the meals I make at home, review new food products, and share some of my favorite food and health related sites on the web.
Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound Takes Major Leap Forward
Remember when television migrated from analog to digital in 2009 and a few years later made the leap to high-definition television? With each generation, the images were crisper, the colors more vibrant, the monitors sleeker. The world of diagnostic ultrasound is having a similar moment, thanks to high-definition imaging technology like the Hologic SuperSonic™ MACH 30 Breast Ultrasound. This is good news for patients of the Breast Care Center at Dignity Health, Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) and Prescott Medical Imaging (PMI), where the technology was recently introduced. “It’s very stressful to be called back for additional testing after a screening mammography,” says Kathi Hoffer, Imaging Operations Manager at the Breast Care Center. “But the availability of this state-of-the-art diagnostic technology – and our excellent imaging team – reassures our patients that we will get the most accurate results.” Some physicians are also recommending the Hologic breast ultrasound to screen patients who are at high risk for breast cancer. More Details, Less Time Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body. How is the Hologic breast ultrasound different? First, it was designed specifically for breast tissue. It takes this a step further with an option to “customize” the exam according to the patient’s breast tissue. “If the woman has fatty breast tissue, dense breast tissue or cysts, for example, the Hologic breast ultrasound has specific modes for each of those,” explains Hoffer. “This allows the ultrasound technologist to gather images with exceptional clarity and detail for the radiologist to interpret.” The Hologic breast ultrasound images are also enhanced by a specially designed transducer, the handheld device used by the ultrasound technologist. Traditional ultrasound transducers pick up soundwaves from a single direction. The Hologic’s transducer records soundwaves from multiple angles. Ultrasound technologists and patients both benefit from the Hologic’s new touchpad. The device is user friendly and reduces the amount of time the exam takes. A Consistent Image Ensuring the availability of the Hologic breast ultrasound at both the Breast Care Center and PMI is part of YRMC’s commitment to imaging continuity. “It’s important that women undergo their annual breast screenings and any related breast studies at the same center,” Hoffer says. “If you’re using different equipment, it’s difficult to tell if changes in the breast tissue are related to the machine or the mass that’s being studied.” Brought to You by the YRMC Foundation The Hologic breast ultrasound technology was funded by a generous donation from the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation. “The YRMC Foundation is honored to make this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool available to patients of the Breast Care Center and Prescott Medical Imaging,” says Dave Barrett, Chairman, YRMC Foundation Board of Trustees. “This gift demonstrates how important YRMC Foundation donors are to expanding and improving healthcare throughout our community.” For more information about Hologic breast ultrasound and other breast imaging services, speak to your physician. You may also contact the Breast Care Center or Prescott Medical Imaging at (928) 771-7577.