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Fit City Paris is joining forces with Fit City Tyler’s coalition and their regional weight loss challenge – Lighten Up East Texas.
Lighten Up East Texas is a regional weight loss challenge, created by the Fit City Tyler coalition, in which individuals, teams and communities can compete to lose weight and improve their health. There is no cost to participate.
Sponsored in part by Allen Samuels Tyler and the Brookshire Grocery Company, participants from all over East Texas can join together to create a healthier East Texas community.
Participants will receive entries into a grand prize drawing for every 5 percent of weight that is lost, which is calculated from an official starting weight and a final weight that is obtained at the end of the challenge.
Participants can enter from now until March 31, or they can choose to register at any Lamar County public weigh in location:
Participation in Lighten Up East Texas is also available to any company or nonprofit organization that would like to enroll their workforce into the regional weigh loss challenge and can have a private weigh-in for their employees/customers at their location.
The grand prize drawing will be a new 2014 Dodge Dart, donated by Allen Samuels Tyler. Other great prizes will include $5,000 in Brookshire’s gift cards, usable at any Brookshires and any Super1Foods location in East Texas.
“Our goal for this event is to encourage East Texans to take control of their health, to make smart and healthy choices, to make time for physical activity and to ultimately lose weight in a healthy way,” said George Roberts, chief executive officer of NET Health and co-chair of the Fit City Challenge. “This is a great way for Paris and Lamar County to get healthy as a community.”
Individuals from across East Texas are encouraged to participate.
For more information, please visit www.LightenUpEastTexas.com.
“Each year, heart disease claims the lives of more women then breast cancer and lung cancer combined. Also a greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men”.
Despite these facts, heart disease in women has not yet gathered much attention or concern. Two thirds of women do not even give their heart a second thought until well into their 50s. More worryingly, research shows that when younger women have a heart attack, they are more likely to die than men of the same age.
It may be because most of the time, women are more concerned about the hearts of their male spouses believing that their man is a “heart attack” waiting to happen and do not anticipate problems with their own hearts until much later to seek help.
Moreover evidence shows that most family practitioners do not look out for heart disease in female patients in the same way as they do for men.
To complicate matters further women’s symptoms of heart disease can be different than the classic male crushing chest pains. It is because women have blockages not only in their main arteries like men but also in their smaller arteries- a condition called (Small vessel heart disease).
A common heart disease symptom in women is pain or pressure in the chest but it does not appear to be as severe as it appears in men.
Sometimes women may have a heart attack with symptoms unrelated to chest pain. Such as shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or vomiting, shoulder or back pain, abdominal discomfort, neck discomfort, unusual fatigue or dizziness.
As a result of these subtle symptoms women end up in the ER much later after experiencing much heart damage.
So what are the risk factors for women with heart disease?
Though the common risk factors for coronary artery disease in both men and women are:
Yet women should watch out for the following risk factors.
Depression makes it difficult for women to maintain a healthy life style and follow a recommended treatment. Mental stress affects a woman’s heart more than a man’s heart.
Women of all ages should take their heart disease seriously. Women under the age of 65 with a family history of heart disease should pay careful attention to their risk factors of heart disease and should get themselves rechecked every 1 to 2 years.
It is a myth that women in their 20s cannot have heart attacks. Any woman over the age of 40 is entitled to heart health check with their family physician.
Women should exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, eat a diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt and should follow their prescribed medications like blood thinners and aspirin carefully along with medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
By Ayesha Shafiq, eParisExtra columnist
Ayesha Shafiq is Director of Paris Cardiology Center, wife of Khalid Shafiq M.D. and mother of their 2 children. She’s been the director of Paris Cardiology Center for 11 years. She holds a Masters in International Relations and runs management with the help of 22 employees.
As part of Paris Regional Medical Center’s ongoing mission to help the people of Paris live healthy lives, we’re proud to introduce the first of many Live Life to the Healthiest e-newsletters, brought to you by Paris Regional Medical Center. These bi-weekly newsletters will include information about what’s going on at Paris Regional Medical Center and in our community, doctor and nurse spotlights, guest posts from local health care experts, and health and wellness tips to help you live a healthier life.
If you have ideas for what you would like to see in an upcoming e-newsletter or have health care questions you want answered, please let us know. We love hearing from our fellow community members and want to be your resource for everything health care – after all, you’re the reason we do what we do.
Paris Regional Medical Center Becomes Baylor Scott & White Health Affiliate
We are very excited to announce a new five-year affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the state. This partnership will provide us with advisory expertise, continuing medical education opportunities, and enhanced emergency preparedness capabilities.
The affiliation will help us expand our expertise in several areas, including cardiology, digestive diseases, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services (high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care unit services), and will allow us to implement additional quality and safety programs throughout the hospital. For our community, this means less travel to Dallas for Baylor-caliber health care. Now, we have access to one of the state’s – and the country’s – top-tier health systems right in our own backyard.
In the coming weeks, we will host an event to help us welcome our new Baylor partners at the hospital, and we’ll be sure to let you know more as those details are finalized.
Did You Know? Many of PRMC’s own physicians were trained at Baylor Scott & White Health.
It is with honor that we welcomed U.S. Congressman Ralph Hall to Paris Regional Medical Center on Friday, January 17. During his visit to the hospital, we toured some of our most recent advancements, including our surgical suites and our emerging robotics surgical program, as well as met with members of our Medical Staff and key community leaders.
Born in Fate, TX, in Rockwall County, Congressman Hall has served Northeast Texas with distinction since 1980. Throughout his public service, Congressman Hall has always maintained a keen interest and active involvement in the health care industry, and we are pleased he visited with us to see the progress made during the last 18 months and to see firsthand the investments we have made in our community’s health and wellbeing.
Did You Know? At age 90, Congressman Hall is the oldest serving member of Congress and one of only two World War II veterans currently serving in Congress.
In early December, Paris Regional Medical Center’s da Vinci Surgical System arrived. The da Vinci “robot” will allow our surgeons to perform routine and complex surgeries using just a few small incisions – helping to speed up healing time for our patients.
Additionally, the da Vinci technology features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments, which enable our surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. Surgeons can use the da Vinci robot in the treatment of several conditions, including colorectal cancer, coronary artery disease, endometriosis, kidney disorders and cancer, obesity, prostate cancer, and throat cancer.
Physicians across the world have successfully used the da Vinci system in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date – we’re eager to join them in the use of this innovative technology.
Technology like this requires a significant investment, but it’s one we’re more than willing to make, as it allows patients to have access to the most advanced treatment options without traveling out of the region for care. Access to advanced technologies, like the da Vinci robot, lets people get back to their families, their homes, their work, and their lives much more quickly – and that’s why we do what we do.
The da Vinci Surgical System is just one of many investments we have planned at the hospital for the coming year and will help to keep PRMC a top-tier provider in the state of Texas.
Did You Know? Even though it is called a “robot,” the da Vinci system cannot move or operate on its own – the surgeon is in complete control 100% of the time.
The New Year promises new and good things for the Paris Regional Medical Center family, and we hope the same for your family as well. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming e-newsletter, please contact Kristi Head, Director of Marketing/Community Relations at Paris Regional Medical Center, at Kristi.Head@parisrmc.com.
Wide spread accounts of the flu throughout the nation and in Texas have resulted in some areas reporting that they are now running low on the flu vaccine. Dr. Kyle Jones, MD wants the people in Lamar County to know that they have a good supply of Flu Shots available at their offices.
Office is located at 1055 Clarksville Street in Paris. You can 903-785-4600 for more information.
A representive at Salas Minor Emergency, located at 1655 NE Loop 286, said that they are currently out of the flu vaccine, but should have a new shipment in either this evening or by tomorrow.
According to statisticbrain.com, 45% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions. The #1 New Year’s Resolution for 2014? Lose Weight. (Followed by get organized; spend less, save more; enjoy life to the fullest; stay fit and healthy).
No real surprise there. Every January 1st gyms are full of people who want to lose weight. By the end of February, the crowds are gone. Again, statistics show that only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their resolutions. Why? How do you stick to your resolution?
First, experts say you need to make good resolutions. Follow the SMART goals strategy. Make sure you are setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. For example, rather than say “this year I want to lose weight.” Set a resolution that is SMART: This year, I will lose 12 pounds – 1 lb. per month.
Next, come up with a plan of how you will achieve your goal. If you are trying to lose weight, rather than trying to stick to a diet (which never work because most are not sustainable and are too constrictive) come up with a list of foods you will eliminate from your diet. Here are five that are guaranteed to help you shed pounds if eliminated: soft drinks, white bread, sugar, cheese, and fried foods. Anyone trying to lose weight knows that what you eat is half the battle (actually more than half) but you still need to incorporate exercise.
If you are new to exercise – start small. Set a goal to walk two miles a day (that’s roughly 30 minutes). Try a yoga class. Everyday Yoga has classes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Classes are an hour long, open to all levels and are just $5 per class with no registration or membership fees. Classes are held at the PCT Centre at 115 Clarksville Street (next to That Guys Coffee downtown Paris).
Or join a gym. Snap Fitness offers 24 hour access without staff, or another choice is Anytime Fitness, also open 24 hours, but fully staffed during the day. They offer group classes like boot camp, spinning and a combination Pilates/strength training class as well as personal training. For more information and class times, visit their website at anytimefitness.com.
Scientists say that visualizing success can be a powerful motivator. So focus on what you want to look like daily. The buddy system is another proven way to have a better chance at keeping your resolutions. Sharing your goal with a buddy can not only make it more fun to go workout, but that person can also help keep you accountable.
It’s a new year, make it a good one.
By Jenny Wilson
Jenny Wilson is a certified yoga instructor and owner of Everyday Yoga. She also teaches Pilates and strength training classes at Anytime Fitness.