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APRIL IS NATIONAL
STRESS AWARENESS
MONTH
An Akron Beacon Journal Advertising Special Section
Your Health Calendar
RISK FACTORS FOR
TESTICULAR CANCER
TASTE OF HEALTH
• Having had an undescended testicle
• Having had abnormal development of the testicles
• Having a personal history
of testicular cancer
• Having a family history of
testicular cancer (especially
in a father or brother)
• Being white
Learn about the importance of
breast and prostate screenings
while our dietitian teaches you
how to prepare the foods you
love in a healthier way.
The presentations include:
How to do a self
breast exam
The importance of
prostate exams
Healthier ways
to prepare meals
POSSIBLE SIGNS OF
TESTICULAR CANCER
Alternative foods to eat
• Swelling or discomfort in
the scrotum
• A painless lump or swelling in either testicle
• A change in how the testicle feels
• A dull ache in the lower
abdomen or the groin
• A sudden build-up of
fluid in the scrotum
• Pain or discomfort in a
testicle or in the scrotum
Recipes and ways to safely
prepare foods.
Participants will be given
food, recipes, giveaways, education materials, and prizes.
Space is limited and
reservations are required.
When: Today
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Summa Center at New
Seasons, 1493 South Hawkins
Avenue, Akron
Cost: FREE
Call: To make reservations call
1-800-23SUMMA
DON’T LIVE WITH
JOINT PAIN
Health talk for adults, ages
45-65, who have been dealing with joint pain. Gerry
Faust, former head football
coach, found a worn out joint
greatly hampered his life. Ask
Coach Faust’s surgeon, Phillip
Lewandowski, M.D., questions
about joint pain and joint
replacement surgery. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres
will be provided.
When: Tomorrow
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center Conference
Room, 3975 Embassy Parkway, Montrose
Cost: FREE
Call: For more information or
to reserve your spot, call 855728-4660
DIABETES CARE: GETTING
READY FOR SPRING
The outpatient diabetes education and self-management
program at Summa Barberton and Wadsworth-Rittman
Hospitals focuses on seven
self-care behaviors that are
essential for improved health
status and greater quality
of life. Attend the Diabetes
Support Group for additional
support and continued education.
When: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Where: Summa Barberton
Hospital, 155 Fifth Street NE,
Barberton
Cost: FREE
Call: To make reservations call
1-800-23SUMMA
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APRIL IS
TESTICULAR
CANCER AWARENESS
MONTH
Information from the National Cancer Institute
Testicular cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells
form in the tissues of one or both testicles. The testicles are two eggshaped glands located inside the scrotum (a sac of loose skin that
lies directly below the penis). The testicles are held within the scrotum by the spermatic cord, which also contains the vas deferens and
vessels and nerves of the testicles.
The testicles are the male sex glands and produce testosterone and
sperm. Germ cells within the testicles produce immature sperm that
travel through a network of tubules (tiny tubes) and larger tubes
into the epididymis (a long coiled tube next to the testicles) where
the sperm mature and are stored.
Almost all testicular cancers start in the germ cells. The two main
types of testicular germ cell tumors are seminomas and nonseminomas. These two types grow and spread differently and are treated
differently. Nonseminomas tend to grow and spread more quickly
than seminomas. Seminomas are more sensitive to radiation. A
testicular tumor that contains both seminoma and nonseminoma
cells is treated as a nonseminoma.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men 20 to 35
years old.
DETECTING AND
DIAGNOSING
TESTICULAR CANCER
The following tests and
procedures may be used:
Physical exam and
history: An exam of the
body to check general signs
of health, including checking for signs of disease,
such as lumps or anything
else that seems unusual.
The testicles will be examined to check for lumps,
swelling or pain. A
history of the patient’s
health habits and past
illnesses and treatments
will also be taken.
Ultrasound exam: A procedure in which high-energy
sound waves (ultrasound)
are bounced off internal
tissues or organs and make
echoes. The echoes form
a picture of body tissues
called a sonogram.
markers are used to detect
testicular cancer:
• Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)
• Beta-human chorionic
gonadotropin (-hCG)
• Lactate dehydrogenase
(LDH)
Tumor marker levels are
measured before radical
inguinal orchiectomy and
biopsy to help diagnose
testicular cancer.
Radical inguinal orchiectomy and biopsy: A procedure to remove the entire
testicle through an incision
in the groin. A tissue sample from the testicle is then
viewed under a microscope
to check for cancer cells.
(The surgeon does not cut
through the scrotum into
the testicle to remove a
sample of tissue for biopsy,
because if cancer is present, this procedure could
cause it to spread into the
scrotum and lymph nodes.
It’s important to choose
a surgeon who has experience with this kind of
surgery.) If cancer is found,
the cell type (seminoma or
nonseminoma) is determined in order to help plan
treatment.
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery)
and treatment options.
THE PROGNOSIS AND
TREATMENT OPTIONS
DEPEND ON THE
FOLLOWING:
• Stage of the cancer
(whether it is in or near
the testicle or has spread
to other places in the body,
and blood levels of AFP,
-hCG, and LDH)
• Type of cancer
• Size of the tumor
• Number and size of retroperitoneal lymph nodes
Testicular cancer can
usually be cured but its
Serum tumor marker test: A treatment can cause perprocedure in which a sam- manent infertility. Patients
who may wish to have
ple of blood is examined
to measure the amounts of children should consider
certain substances released sperm banking before
having treatment. Sperm
into the blood by organs,
tissues or tumor cells in the banking is the process of
freezing sperm and storing
body. Certain substances
it for later use.
are linked to specific types
of cancer when found
Source: www.cancer.gov
in increased levels in the
blood. These are called
tumor markers. The
following three tumor
Your Health Calendar
Continued from page D1
23RD ANNUAL MATURE SERVICES
MATURE WORKERS’ JOB & CAREER FAIR
When: Thursday, April 11
Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Akron Fairlawn Hilton, 3180 W.
Market Street, Akron
Cost: FREE
Call: 330 -762-8666, Ext. 160
BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS
A unique workshop taught by veteran dads.
When: Saturday, April 13 or May 11
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Where: Health & Wellness Center – West
Cost: $25 when you use code “WelcomeBaby” or $50 regularly
Call: 330-344-6868
Online: akrongeneral.org/welcomebaby
BARIATRIC CENTER
INFORMATION SESSION
Led by Surgeon and Medical Director
Walter Chlysta, MD, FACS, sessions
give an overview of the different types
of weight-loss surgeries offered and the
support provided by Akron General’s
Bariatric Center. Will also discuss the
risks, benefits and possible outcomes
of surgery. Post-operative patients will
share their experiences.
When: Tuesday, April 16
Where: Akron General Medical Center,
Conference Center Auditorium
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Call: 330-344-2462
• Excess amounts of tissue in
the airway •
• A narrow airway or other
physical abnormality of the
nose or throat •
Other risk factors for developing sleep apnea include
being overweight or having family members with a
diagnosis of sleep apnea. Like
other sleep disorders, people
who suffer from sleep apnea
often experience daytime
sleepiness; however, there are
some more serious health
issues that are often associated with sleep apnea, including irregular heart rhythms,
high blood pressure, stroke
and heart attack. That’s why
it’s important to talk to your
doctor if you’re experiencing
sleep apnea symptoms.
DINING WITH DIABETES
This cooking school is for individuals
with diabetes or those who are interested in learning how to cook for someone
with diabetes. Includes cooking demonstrations, taste testing and healthy meal
planning presented by certified diabetes
educators and a professional chef.
When: Wednesday April 17, 24
Where: Akron General Medical Frasche Classroom
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $10 for the program
Call: 330-344-2462
STOP COUNTING SHEEP
Answers and treatment options for common
sleep disorders
By William J. Novak, MD, Akron General neurologist
BEFORE BABY FAIR
Tour the New Life Center, visit various
information booths, enter a raffle for
gifts and enjoy refreshments and free
parking at this FREE maternity health
fair. Informational seminars begin at
1:15 p.m. in the surgical waiting area.
When: Sunday, May 5
Where: Akron General Medical Center
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Call: 330-344-2462
SPINAL CORD INJURY
SUPPORT GROUP
Provides education and support to
people with spinal cord injuries and
their families. Light refreshments are
provided and parking is free.
When: Second Monday of each month
Where: Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation
Institute, 405 Tallmadge Road,
Cuyahoga Falls
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Call: 330-436-0966
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
For survivors and families.
When: Last Wednesday of the month
Where: Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation,
3625 Marsh Road, Stow
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Call: 330-346-0060
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP FOR
BRAIN INJURY
When: Third Thursday of
each month
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation,
Skeen Room, 405 Tallmadge Road,
Cuyahoga Falls
Cost: FREE
Call: 330-436-0955
FREE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
EDUCATIONAL LECTURE SERIES
Learn all the latest about nutrition and
fitness from a registered dietitian and a
fitness instructor. Topics include eating
for energy, time-efficient workouts, how
to get rid of body fat and more -- 30
minutes for nutrition topics, 30 minutes
for fitness topics. A healthy snack will be
served, so please register.
Time: 6 -7 p.m. all locations
Cost: FREE
When/where: Second Tuesday of each
month, Health & Wellness Center –
West, 4125 Medina Road, Montrose
When/where: Third Tuesday of each
month, Health & Wellness Center –
North, 4300 Allen Road, Stow
When/where: Fourth Tuesday of each
month, Health & Wellness Center – Green, 1940 Town Park Blvd.,
Uniontown
Call: 330-665-8100 (West), 330-9453100 (North), 330-896-5000 (Green)
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AQUATIC
EXERCISE CLASS
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: Health & Wellness Center – West,
4125 Medina Road, Akron
Cost: $60 for 8-week session. Scholarships
are available through the MS Society.
Call: 330-665-8200
CHOLESTEROL SCREENINGS
Akron General Wellness Services
provides low-cost cholesterol screenings throughout the community on
a regular basis. Schedules with dates,
times and locations are available at the
front desks of the Health & Wellness
Centers – West, North or Green. For
the most current screening schedule,
please call Maureen Nagy, Wellness
Services at 330-665-8148.
Sleep is a vital part of life.
It’s a restorative process that
is critical to the body’s overall
well-being. According to the
National Sleep Foundation,
at least 40 million Americans
report having some type of
sleep disorder; however, less
than 20 percent actually seek
medical treatment.
On average, adults need
between seven and nine hours
of sleep each night. Inadequate sleep, over a period of
time, is associated with physical and mental health issues,
including obesity, diabetes,
heart disease and depression.
In addition, lack of sleep can
lead to difficulty concentrating or remembering facts,
daytime sleepiness and a
tendency to be on edge or irritated throughout the day.
Sleep issues can have
several root causes, from
neurologic to psychological,
to respiratory and behavioral.
Some of the most common
sleep disorders include
insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea.
Visit akrongeneral.org/sleep
if you’ve been experiencing
sleep issues and would like to
take a free online sleep quiz.
INSOMNIA
Insomnia is one of the
most common sleep disorders. Oftentimes, people with
insomnia have trouble getting
a restful night’s sleep and will
complain of inadequate rest
or poor sleep quality. Some
of the symptoms of insomnia
include:
• Difficulty falling asleep
• Waking frequently during
the night and having difficulty falling back asleep
• Daytime sleepiness due to
lack of sleep
• Difficulty paying attention
or concentrating
While some patients
struggle with insomnia on a
long-term basis, others will
experience intermittent bouts
of insomnia or transient,
short-term episodes. There
are several factors that can
cause insomnia, including
stress, anxiety or depression, as well as certain types
of medications and drugs,
including alcohol and nicotine. There are also physical
stressors that can trigger
insomnia, including chronic
pain, dementia, menopause,
chronic lung disease, heart
failure and neuropathy.
William J. Novak, MD, is a
neurologist at Akron General.
He is fellowship trained and
board certified in sleep
medicine.
REDUCING INSOMNIA
If you suffer from insomnia
for more than a few days, you
should talk to your healthcare
provider about your sleep
issues and available treatment
options. Also, there are some
things you can do at home to
reduce insomnia, including:
• Maintain a regular schedule •
• Establish a nightly, bedtime
routine •
• Avoid caffeine, alcohol and
nicotine •
• Exercise regularly (several
hours before bedtime) •
• Take naps, if needed, in the
afternoon and for less than 30
minutes •
• Keep your bedroom cool,
dark and quiet and free from
bright lights •
RESTLESS LEG
SYNDROME
As many as one in 10
American adults suffer from
restless leg syndrome (RLS).
Typically, patients are unable to fall asleep because of
unpleasant sensations in one
or both legs that range from
tingling to crawling, pulling
or painful sensations. Some
people report feeling similar
sensations in their arms, as
well.
Symptoms of RLS
As you can imagine, these
sensations make it difficult
to remain still and fall asleep.
Symptoms often occur when
a person sits for a prolonged
period of time or lies down,
and can include:
• The need to move legs in
order to get relief •
• Worsening of sensations
when lying down or trying to
fall asleep •
• Experiencing the most
discomfort late in the day and
at night •
Your healthcare provider
may order some tests or a
sleep study to determine if
you have RLS. If diagnosed,
there are several treatment
options available based on
your personal health history,
age and extent of RLS. Treatment can range from behavioral changes to medications
depending on the patient.
Treatment options
Your doctor may order tests
to determine whether you’re
suffering from sleep apnea. If
diagnosed, there are several
treatment options available,
including:
• Behavioral changes, including losing weight and avoiding alcohol and tobacco •
• Nasal continuous positive
airway pressure (CPAP), a
mask that forces air through
the nasal passage during sleep •
• A dental device to reposition
the lower jaw and tongue •
• Surgery to remove blockages
or growths in the airway or to
correct any abnormalities •
TAKE THE STEP TOWARD
BETTER SLEEP
If you or a family member
is experiencing sleep issues
or has any of the symptoms
discussed here, it’s important
to talk to your healthcare provider about your sleep issues,
as treatment may help reduce
or eliminate symptoms. Your
healthcare provider can refer
you to a sleep specialist, such
as a neurologist, psychiatrist
or pulmonologist, depending
on the type and root cause
of your sleep disorder. Don’t
miss out on another night’s
sleep.
This information is meant
for educational purposes only
and should not be considered
specific medical advice.
SLEEP APNEA
Sleep apnea is a serious,
potentially life-threatening
condition that affects an
estimated 18 million Americans. This sleep disorder is
characterized by involuntary
breathing pauses, or “apneic
events,” during a night’s sleep.
With each event, the brain
sends a warning signal to
resume breathing, which in
turn results in the fragmentation of sleep and may cause
the person to wake up, cough
or gasp, leading to a night of
interrupted sleep. Common
symptoms associated with
sleep apnea include snoring,
irregular breathing patterns
while asleep, dry mouth,
morning headaches and/or
daytime sleepiness.
Causes of sleep apnea
Sleep apnea occurs when
the airway becomes blocked
during sleep. There are several
mechanical and structural
problems that could cause the
blockage, including:
• The relaxation of throat
muscles, the tongue or the
soft palate •
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WHEN DRINKING IS A PROBLEM
By David Gannon, PhD, Psychological and Family Consultants
If you had a drinking
problem would you recognize it? Many people
believe that they would.
However many people
learn to function just
enough in their daily lives
that they fail to recognize
their problem with alcohol.
If you still have a job, don’t
drink beer in the morning
and never got a DUI, there
can’t be a problem. Right?
Not necessarily. Alcohol
dependence is a progressive condition that is often
disguised by denial of the
person with the problem.
One objective guideline
for men suggests that it is a
problem if you have more
than 14 drinks per week
or more than four drinks
per occasion. For women
the guideline is more than
seven drinks per week or
more than three drinks per
occasion.
drinking? Your employer
may suspect that you are
drinking too much based
on your attendance problems, mistakes, missed
deadlines or declining job
performance, but he may
not know that the cause is
alcohol. And you are having trouble paying those
bills even though you
make enough money.
Consequences of
alcohol abuse
The numbers are a
guideline, but the consequences are a better indicator of a problem. Notice
if alcohol use is resulting
in adverse consequences
in your life. These consequences can be legal, such
as DUI convictions, disorderly conduct or domestic
violence charges. It could
come in the form of relationship problems, such as
one or more divorces, conflict with your spouse over
alcohol use or multiple
failed relationships. Maybe
you are now experiencing
physical problems, such as
stomach or liver problems.
How about those low
moods or anxious feelings
you are having? Could
they be related to your
Examine your daily behavior
It is also important to
examine your daily behaviors. Has alcohol use
has become so routine
that it seems normal to
drink large quantities for
every occasion including
celebrations, social gatherings, business meetings or
for no reason at all? Has
your tolerance for alcohol
increased to the point that
you can drink more than
others and still appear
to be functioning? Have
you noticed that all of
your activities seem to
revolve around drinking? You don’t want to
do anything that does
not involve drinking. You
say that you drink just to
“take the edge off.” Maybe
you don’t want people
to know how much you
drink, so you hide the
bottles or beer cans.
How is your drinking affecting others?
Your drinking has an effect on the people around
you. Those who care
about you are concerned
because they have begun
to recognize that alcohol is
the real problem. Perhaps
they have tried to discuss
your drinking but you get
angry and defensive, even
when you are sober. Your
personality has changed
and is unpredictable. You
are often irritable with
them. Sometimes you
apologize to them and
promise to quit drinking. You really mean it.
But you have made that
promise many times before. You have never kept
it for very long. Even your
friends who do not drink
or who are light drinkers
now avoid you. They can’t
handle your intoxicated
behavior when they are
around you. Now you
surround yourself with
the people who drink
just like you do.
At times you feel such
guilt that you drink to
feel better about yourself. It doesn’t work.
You feel even worse and
weak for not controlling yourself. At other
times your defenses get
so rigid that you blame
your wife, boss, friend,
neighbor, police or
life for your drinking.
Sometimes you may
rationalize by explaining that your excessive
drinking was appropriate because you were
stressed, depressed, worried or just because you
like the taste.
Step one: Admit you have
problem
There is hope for
people with an alcohol problem. Recovery
begins the day you acknowledge the problem
and seek help because
you want to get better.
Be honest with yourself
and others. Admit that
your life has become
unmanageable. You are
a great person and deserve to be free from the
chains of alcohol. Just
ask for help. We are all
waiting for you to take
that first step.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP
TO RECOVERY
The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug
Addiction and Mental Health Services
Board funds and/or supports a network of
organizations that offer a variety of services
that help individuals in recovery. For a list
of the providers in that network, call
330-762-3500 or toll-free 1-877-604-0006,
visit the ADM Board at 100 West Cedar Street
in Akron, or go to www.admboard.org/
serviceproviders/php
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SPINE FUSION SENSOR TECHNOLOGY COMES TO AKRON
Orthodata, Inc., a
Kentucky biomedical company, has
relocated its headquarters to Akron.
The Akron BioInvestment Funds has
provided financing
to Orthodata in support of its effort to
commercialize a new
spine fusion sensor.
The innovative diagnostic system allows
surgeons to accurately assess the success of spinal fusion
and eliminate the
need for unnecessary
exploratory surgery.
At the same time, the
spine fusion sensor
accelerates patients’
return to work after
surgery. The Akron BioInvestment
funding has enabled
Orthodata to attract
additional backing
from various private
sources throughout
the country, totaling
$1.1 million.
In return for the funding, Orthodata has relocated
its operations, which includes
research, development and
commercialization, to Akron.
Orthodata is now headquartered in the White Pond
Crossing Development, off
White Pond Drive. Initially the
company will have three or
four employees, but plans to
expand as needed.
“Being a Northeast Ohio native, I am excited to be spearheading the development of
our transformational technology in Akron, Ohio,” said Ric
Navarro, Orthodata president
and CEO. “We have interest
and support from leading
spine surgeons at the Crystal Clinic and MetroHealth
System and look forward to
working with the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron.
Our spine fusion sensor, the
IntelliRod, will lead to lower
costs, less radiation exposure
for patients and new postoperative diagnostic data for
surgeons.”
OrthoData Inc., founded
by renowned spine surgeon
Rolando M. Puno, M.D., and
professors from the University
of Louisville, is developing an
implantable microelectronic
spine fusion sensor. With
over 400,000 spinal fusions
in the United States in 2010,
the number of patients with
continuing post-op pain is
estimated as high as 30 percent
in lumbar fusion cases. In a
significant number of these
patients, ruling out pseudoarthrosis is key to determining
the next course of treatment.
The current aggregate cost of
this determination is over $1
billion per year in the United
States.
The IntelliRod system will
provide objective postoperative
data complementing surgeon
data currently collected from
flexion extension X-rays and
costly CT scans. The system
is expected to be of particular
benefit to the high-risk fusion
population including the elderly, diabetics, smokers, obese
patients and workers’ compensation patients. The company
is currently seeking additional
capital to complete animal
studies and pilot human trials.
“This is exactly why the city
created the Akron
BioInvestment Funds, LLC –
to attract companies like
Orthodata,” said Akron Mayor
Don Plusquellic, “companies that help build out our
biomedical infrastructure and
draw research and talented
graduates from our area
universities. The net result
is more jobs for our citizens.”
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FOUR TIPS TO HELP YOU REDUCE STRESS AND RELAX
ideal for centering and focusing. In addition, meditating
in the morning is an excellent
way to start the day, allowing
you an opportunity to take
deep breaths and prepare both
your mind and your body
for the challenges of the day
ahead. Not into meditation?
Then simply take a short
morning stroll in the park or
listen to some relaxing music.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, it’s easy to feel stress and
anxiety during the day. While
everybody goes through stress,
continuously being “stressed
out” can cause mental and
physical ailments. Unhealthy
and frequent doses of stress
can also increase blood pressure. The good news is that
you can take control with
simple relaxation strategies
for reducing stress and anxiety
during the day. Here are a few
practical and easy-to-use suggestions.
Start your day off right
Meditation can be practiced
any time of day, but many
relaxation experts point to the
early morning hours when
you first rise as the best time
to practice this daily spiritualbody ritual. No matter what
kind of meditation you do, the
morning is a time when you
have a relatively clear mind—
Visualize a relaxing you
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? For decades sports
psychologists have touted the
benefits of using visualization to improve performance,
but you can do the same for
handling stress. Start by thinking of a very specific area that
is stressing you out or has the
potential to do so. Then imagine it as if it is taken care of in
the best possible way, without
stress or anxiety. See yourself
calm and in control of the
situation. Allow yourself to visualize this scene until you are
motivated to begin working
on that project or household
chore without experiencing
negative feelings. You just
might find your visualizing
even helps you get organized.
Try an instant
relaxation strategy
Whether a traffic jam,
screaming kids or a meeting with the boss, there are
moments when stress has a
chokehold on us. Here are
some ways to instantly destress at a moment’s notice:
• Stop whatever you’re doing
and take three deep breaths.
• Visualize a time when you
felt happy and peaceful.
• Focus on a small part of your
body, such as the sensation of
your big toe against your shoe.
• Press your hand against your
chest, close your eyes and feel
and hear your heartbeat.
Keep a consistent
sleep schedule
Our bodies are like a finetuned Swiss watch, functioning
to the rhythms, patterns and
cycles of our daily lives. One
of the most critical timing patterns is our sleep schedule. The
consistency of when we go to
sleep and when we awake can
affect how well we slumber.
For deep, restful sleep, it’s best
to wind down with a relaxing activity, such as reading
or listening to relaxing music
before bed. Most importantly,
end and start your day at the
same time. While you may be
tempted to sleep in on weekends, come Monday, you may
find you won’t sleep as well.
Source: www.medicalmutual.com
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but it will get easier as you
start to form new habits of
managing stress.
HELP FOR
STRESS
EATERS
By April Moss, RD, LD
When stress hits, we may
find ourselves scavenging
our kitchens in hopes to find
some comfort in our favorite foods. Going to food in
a time of stress is natural.
Not only are we conditioned
from birth that food makes
all things well, but our bodies
also ramp up production of
the hormone cortisol during
times of stress, which, studies
suggest, increases our appetite.
While it may be our natural response, food is not a
solution to stress. And with
April being Stress Awareness
Month, it’s a great time to
take inventory on how you
manage your stress.
If food is your comfort in
a time of stress, start by keeping a journal. Write down
how you feel emotionally before, during and after you eat.
Then, review your journal
and evaluate your stress status. Most of the time, we tend
to feel guilty after stress eating because we overconsume
less nutritious food options
like cookies, potato chips and
ice cream. There is room in a
healthy diet for these items,
but when consumed often
and in large portion sizes they
can contribute to weight gain.
Find new ways to
relieve stress
After you’ve reviewed your
journal and assessed your
stress level, the next step is
to try a new way to relieve
the stress. Some healthy
ways of managing stress include exercising or physical
activity, talking with someone, or even doing a word
puzzle or playing a video
game. It’s also a good idea
to look for outside support.
When you’re experiencing stress and find yourself
wanting to go to the kitchen,
why not call a friend or
family member? Or better
yet, since you got up to walk
to the kitchen, why not just
keep going and take a walk
outside?
Depending upon the cause
of your stress, you might
even want to reach out to
a professional counselor.
It may be difficult to avoid
going to the kitchen at first,
HEALTHY EATING
YOGURT AND FRUIT
PARFAITS WITH
MAPLE GRANOLA
Yield 6 servings
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 55 minutes
Make extra brown rice to use in this creamy dish that’s
equally good for breakfast and dessert.
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup golden raisins
3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 cups blackberries
2 cups raspberries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Place oats in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Combine 1/4 cup
maple syrup and butter in small heavy saucepan and bring
to a boil. Pour over oats; stir to blend well. Bake 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally.
3. Remove pan from oven and add raisins; stir to blend.
Return to oven and bake until mixture is golden and
crisp, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Cool granola
completely in pan.
4. Gently toss strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,
blueberries and remaining 3 tablespoons maple syrup
in large bowl. Divide fruit mixture among 6 parfait cups.
Sprinkle each parfait with granola, dividing equally.
Top each with 1/3 cup of plain yogurt and serve.
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Keep nutritious foods
on hand
Of course, no one is perfect
all the time. So, what can you
do when you find yourself
stressed and looking for comfort food? Chances are good,
you’ll eat what’s available.
The key is to keep nutritious
snacks on hand like:
• Fresh-cut fruits and vegetables with hummus, nut butter
or a low-fat dip
• Whole-grain crackers and
low-fat cheese
• A yogurt parfait with low-fat
yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit,
and low-fat granola
• Whole-grain pita chips and
fresh salsa
• A whole-grain tortilla wrap
with pizza sauce (2 tbsp.) and
a low-fat string cheese microwaved for 30 to 60 seconds
Control your portions
To help keep portion sizes
moderate, prepare a single
serving of your snack. Before
you eat, put back any additional food so that second
serving isn’t immediately accessible. Better yet, when you
first bring groceries home,
portion the food into single
servings. Then you won’t
need to muster the will power
to put the rest away during a
moment of weakness.
Stress is inevitable. How
you manage it will determine
its impact on your health.
Making healthy food choices,
discovering activities that help
you manage your stress, and
involving the appropriate outside resources will help you set
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TACKLE KITCHEN SPRING-CLEANING AND
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF FOOD POISONING
Tips from HomeFoodSafety.org
Spring is just around the
corner, which means flowers, warmer weather and, of
course, spring-cleaning. The
Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics along with ConAgra
Foods encourages Americans to give their kitchens a
thorough cleaning with tips
from the Home Food Safety
program’s www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
“Spring-cleaning is a great
opportunity to give the
kitchen a good food safety
check and cleaning, especially
refrigerators and freezers
where raw meat, poultry and
seafood are stored,” says Karen
Ansel, registered dietitian and
Academy spokesperson.
She shared simple steps
from www.HomeFoodSafety.
org to help reduce cross
contamination in the kitchen
and minimize the risk of food
poisoning:
Kitchen surfaces
“Illness-causing bacteria
can survive in many places
around the kitchen, not just
on hands alone,” Ansel says.
“Unless people wash their
hands, utensils and surfaces
the right way, they could unintentionally spread bacteria
to their food and family.”
Keep countertops clean by
washing them with hot soapy
water before and after preparing food. Clean surfaces and
utensils with a solution of 1
tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon
of water.
Keep kitchen surfaces such
as appliances, countertops,
cutting boards and utensils
clean with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item.
Keeping cutting boards and
surfaces clean and following
proper sponge safety to help
prevent cross-contamination.
Refrigerator
“Everything that comes in
contact with food must be
kept clean all year long to
reduce cross-contamination,
including the refrigerator,”
Ansel says. “Spring is the perfect time to clean up and set
regular cleaning routines.”
Check that the refrigerator
temperature is set to below
40° F. Download the Refrigerator Safety Checklist and
Refrigerator Cleaning Guide
for additional information.
Keep the refrigerator clean at
all times; this is a good time to
look for unnoticed spills and
remove lingering odors. Wipe
up spills and clean surfaces
with hot, soapy water and
rinse them well.
To keep the refrigerator
smelling fresh and help eliminate odors, place an opened
box of baking soda on a shelf.
Avoid using solvent cleaning agents, abrasives, and any
cleansers that may impart a
chemical taste to food or ice
cubes, or cause damage to the
interior finish of your refrigerator. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Shelf life
“Whether in the pantry or
refrigerator, it’s important to
make sure food items haven’t
spoiled,” Ansel says. “Remember – when in doubt, toss it
out!”
This is a good time of year
to use or throw away foods
that are losing their quality or
have spoiled, for both refrigerated items and non-refrigerated items in the pantry. For a
detailed listing of the shelf life
of foods, as well as a kitchen
safety quiz, download the free
app, “Is My Food Safe?”
Make spring the time to
begin new food safety habits.
Once a week, make it a habit
to throw out perishable foods
that should no longer be
eaten.
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providing solutions for easily
and safely handling food in
their own kitchens. More
information can be found at
www.homefoodsafety.org,
www.eatright.org and www.
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While a sponge is helpful
for wiping up kitchen spills
and absorbing liquid quickly,
it can also absorb harmful
foodborne pathogens along
the way. Sponges are still a
good kitchen tool if you keep
the following do’s and don’ts
in mind.
• Do clean sponges daily. Toss
sponges in the dishwasher with
a drying cycle, or microwave a
damp sponge for one minute
to kill 99 percent of bacteria,
yeasts and molds.
• Do replace sponges frequently. Even if you clean your kitchen sponge daily, remember to
replace it frequently. If your
sponge starts to smell at any
time, toss it out immediately.
• Do store in a dry location. It’s important to not
only wring out your sponge
completely after each use and
wash off any loose food or
debris, but you should also
store it in a dry location.
• Don’t wipe up meat juices.
Cleaning up spills from
ground beef or poultry with a
• Sponge can increase your
chances of spreading harmful foodborne pathogens.
Instead, use a paper towel or
disinfectant wipes to clean up
meat juices.
• Don’t use sponges on countertops. Germs and bacteria
can spread from the sponge
to your countertop, so use a
paper towel or disinfectant
wipes to clean counter tops
instead.
• Don ’t ignore dishcloths.
While less porous than spong-
es, you should still launder
dishcloths frequently as they
can also harbor harmful
bacteria. Remember to wash
dishcloths in hot water and
dry them on high heat in the
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themselves with their own
versatility when it comes to the
potential for changing careers.
Study supports positive
impact of Job Club
STRESS AND THE
UNEMPLOYED
OLDER WORKER
OVERCOMING STRESS
AND ACHIEVING JOB
SUCCESS
By Kathleen McLaughlin,
marketing and communications
manager, Mature Services Inc.
Whenever someone publishes a list of the top stressors
in life, you are sure to see moving, changing jobs, divorce and
death on the list. Loss of a job
can quickly bring a person face
to face with all of these stressors. On any day in a Mature
Services Job Club session the
only one we don’t deal with is
death, although even that risk
is there.
Job loss and the older
worker
While stress is one of the
major obstacles facing any job
seeker, the loss of confidence can
be more damaging than stress.
For older workers who suddenly
lose a job they have held for
many years, being unemployed
is unknown territory. These
individuals have worked all their
lives and are accustomed to taking responsibility for themselves
and their families. Adding to this
initial stress for some is the realization that the job itself, which
once helped to define them, has
also faded from the economic
landscape.
It’s a new marketplace, and
jobs that have not gone offshore
have been affected by a combination of technology and other
pressures. Newer management
models have eliminated many
mid-level jobs. With sweeping
changes in all industries and
a shift to a more technologycentered workplace environment, it’s no wonder the average
unemployed 60-year-old is
overwhelmed and stressed.
Granted, this would seem to
paint a dismal picture for the
unemployed, especially the older
worker, but the truth is there are
jobs out there – good jobs and
good employers who value the
strong work ethic and loyalty
of mature workers. The trick to
connecting good older workers
with good employers is helping
job seekers deal with the stress of
their situation by increasing their
confidence. That is where Job
Club comes in.
About Job Club
Job Club is an intense threeweek course designed to help
older workers assess their skills,
determine what their new job
goals will be and provide them
with the tools to secure that job.
During the first week the
major task is to aid participants
in discovering how to identify
what stressors are holding them
back; it might be anger or hurt
at losing a job, dismay at how
long it is taking to get a new job
or frustration with the complexity of job seeking in a digital
world.
The second week is devoted
to moving past those stressors
to assess their talents and isolate
areas where those talents can be
applied to transition them into a
new job.
By week three they have begun
to build a concrete plan, learned
how to navigate the Internet,
practiced interviewing, rewritten their resume and surprised
People who complete our
Job Club are very successful in
finding work, and we believe
it is because the increase in
confidence outweighs the negative effects of stress. Although
we had plenty of anecdotal
evidence, we are working with
interns from the University of
Akron to quantify that evidence.
In the first study, completed
in October 2010, the researchers found a clear and measurable improvement in the
participant’s level of confidence
in a number of areas. This improvement built over the course
of the three-week-long sessions so that by the end, despite
still dealing with stress, their
confidence and optimism level
scored the highest. Further reports confirmed these findings.
We are now in our third year
of the study and are looking
forward to the next report.
Very little work had been
done in this area, and the
results of these studies have
provided some of the first
quantitative proof that programs like Job Club can make
a significant difference for the
older job seeker. These findings
have been presented at conferences and published in national
journals.
Ultimately, the success of Job
Club rests with the individuals
themselves, who must apply
what they have learned. We
believe that the reduced stress
and increased confidence that
comes from their participation in Job Club is one of
the reasons so many of our
participants do get jobs. And
their letters and phone calls to
share news of their new jobs
bear this out.
About Mature Services
Mature Services Inc. is a
nonprofit organization that
serves older adults through
a variety of programs. The
Job Club is offered thorough
the Employment 7 Training Solutions program and
is funded by the Workforce
Development Act through a
grant from the Summit County
Department of Job and Family
Services.
Job Club is offered free in
Summit County to anyone 50
or older regardless of income.
For more information, or to
register contact Don Zirkle,
Training and Placement Supervisor, 330-762-8666, Ext. 174 or
register online at http://www.
matureservices.org/ets/jobclub.
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Mature Services Inc. presents...
Mature Workers’ Job & Career Fair
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11
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Free parking and admission
Unique stressors of older adults
Fact: Many older adults find themselves unemployed after 10, 20, 30, even 40 years of loyal
service to the same employer.
Fact: When the nation’s economy took a nosedive, older adults were disproportionately
affected, many losing not only their jobs, but also the savings they counted on for retirement.
Fact: Older adults are the largest segment of the unemployed, and they remain unemployed
longer.
Fact: Adults who are part of the baby boom generation often find themselves taking care of
older parents and helping out younger children who have hit hard times. The fastest growing
family group in Ohio is that of grandparents taking care of grandchildren.
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