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Exercise & Eating Right.

Keys To Your Healthy Weight Success – Physical Activity & Eating Right:

Healthy Weight Week 2018


  • Walking briskly
  • Light yard work
  • Cycling at a casual pace


  • Jogging/running
  • Swimming laps
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Most competitive sports


  • Make sure to eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Eat regular meals in moderate portions.
  • Reduce (don’t eliminate) certain foods.
  • Make changes gradually.
  • Know your diet (eating) pitfalls.
  • Balance your food choices over time (throughout your day).
  • Remember:  foods are not good or bad – you can enjoy anything in moderation.


10 Ways To Make Exercise A Habit.

Make Your Workout Something You Can’t Do Without –

Healthy Weight Week 2018

  1. Do a variety of activities you enjoy – a variety of activities will ensure you always have something you can do, regardless of weather or time of day.
  2. Commit to another person – you are more likely to stick with your workout because you have companionship and don’t want to let the other person down.
  3. Make exercise a priority, not an option – it has to become a part of your routine that is non-negotiable.
  4. Exercise first thing in the morning – some benefits include:  getting your workout done before your busy schedule for the day starts, working out before your household wakes up, and getting your workout in before excuses find a way to creep in.
  5. OR Exercise on your way home from work – do not go home first…bring your gym clothes with you and change at work.
  6. Exercise even when “you’re too tired” – you will feel better, you will be energized, and you will have a sense of accomplishment once you’re done.
  7. Log your activity – seeing what you accomplish, or what you want to accomplish, will help encourage you to do more.
  8. Be aware of all indicators of progress –  think non-scale victories like;  sleeping better, thinking more clearly, or having more energy.
  9. Walk with a pedometer – if walking is your form of exercise, track your progress each day with a pedometer.
  10. Reward yourself – accomplishing a goal or a week of workouts deserves a reward — try a non-food related reward.

Healthy, Lifelong Habits.

Healthy Weight Week 2018


  • Celebrating health lifestyles that prevent eating disorders and weight problems
  • Promotes a time for people of all sizes to live actively, eat well, and feel good about themselves
  • Focuses on dropping “the diet” and picking up a few healthy habits instead

What Is The Concept Behind Healthy Weight Week?

  • Dieting is harmful to your self-esteem.
    • You diet because you see yourself as overweight.
  • Dieting becomes a punishment:  deprivation, restricting calories, and avoiding certain foods and celebrations.
  • If you are always hungry, feel deprived, and view yourself as “fat” – packing on the pounds will become EASIER – exactly what you are trying to prevent.

What Exactly Is A “Healthy” Weight?

  • “Healthy” weight is different fore everyone.
  • Uncontrollable elements affect weight for each individual:
    • height
    • bone density
    • body type – endomorph, mesomorph, ectomorph
    • body composition – innate ratio of body muscle to fat
  • A realistic weight goal is one that is unique for each individual – and attainable.

Goals For Healthy Weight Week:

  • Use a smaller plate instead of focusing on calorie counting.
  • Work on establishing a positive body image and a healthy relationship with food.

**Stanford University School of Medicine found that 63% of study participants who had a positive body image were more successful at losing and maintaining weight for a year compared to a 26% success rate for those who were discontent with their bodies.

Tips For Healthy Weight Week:

  • Hide your scale.
  • Do not look at height or weight charts.
  • Avoid body mass index (BMI) calculations.
  • Love yourself.
  • Love your body.
  • Change your thinking.

Focus During Health Weight Week:

  • Accept your weight – embrace who you are.
  • Select realistic health guidelines for yourself.
  • Focus on positive lifestyle changes.
  • Appreciate yourself.  Create positive relationships with family, friends, and food.
  • Change your thoughts – erase negative thoughts and begin positive self-talk:  “I am beautiful.”
  • Enjoy your eating experience by eating a variety of foods.  Do not diet or obsess on food, weight, or calories – eat when hungry, stop when full.
  • Move your body.
  • Relax – take time out for yourself.

Enjoy how you feel after Healthy Weight Week?  Don’t Stop – make those lasting lifestyle changes!

The Sight Stealing Disease.

January Health Awareness – Glaucoma Month

  • More than 3 million people in the U.S. have glaucoma – which is projected to increase by 58% by 2030
  • Currently 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma.
  • Glaucoma is the “sneak thief of sight” – there are no warning symptoms – and once vision is lost it is permanent
  • As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing
  • Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness
  • More prevalent among African American and Latino populations – 6-8 times more common in African Americans than in Caucasians

Glaucoma Is…

  • A group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without any true warning.
  • Most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and elderly – but can affect a person at any age, in reality.
  • Vision loss caused by damage to the optic nerve (the optic nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires) which carries images from the eye to the brain.
  • Not currently curable.  Medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss.

What Are the Main Types of Glaucoma?

Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma

  • most common form
  • happens when eye drainage canals become clogged over time
  • inner-eye pressure (intraocular pressure, IOP) rises due to fluid not properly draining
  • most people have no symptoms/no early warning signs
  • can cause a gradual vision loss – develops slowly
  • usually responds well to medication if caught early

Angle-Closure Glaucoma

  • also known as acute glaucoma or narrow angle glaucoma
  • more rare and very different from open-angle
  • eye pressure usually rises very quickly
  • happens when drainage canals are blocked or covered over
  • the iris is not as wide and open as it should be – outer edge bunches over the drainage canals when the pupil enlarges too much/too quickly
  • symptoms may include:  headaches, eye pain, rainbows around lights at night, and very blurred vision
  • treatment usually involves surgery

Normal-Tension Glaucoma

  • also low-tension or normal-pressure glaucoma
  • the optic nerve is damaged even though eye pressure is not very high
  • higher-risk populations include:
    • people with a family history of it
    • people of Japanese ancestry
    • people with a history of systemic heart disease such as irregular heart rhythm
  • cause of this glaucoma type is unknown
  • has to be diagnosed by observing the optic nerve
  • most doctors treat by reducing eye pressure as low as possible with medications, laser treatments, and conventional surgery

5 Common Glaucoma Tests

Have eyes examined regularly –

  • before age 40 – every 2 to 4 years
  • age 40-54 – every 1 to 3 years
  • age 55-64 – every 1 to 2 years
  • after 65 – every 6 to 12 months
  • anyone with high risk factors should be tested every 1 to 2 years after age 35

Before a glaucoma diagnosis is made, 5 factors must be checked:

  1. Inner eye pressure – Tonometry
  2. Shape & color of the optic nerve – Ophthalmoscopy (dilated eye exam)
  3. The complete field of vision – Perimetry (visual field test)
  4. The angle in the eye where iris meets cornea – Gonioscopy
  5. Thickness of cornea – Pachymetry

Regular glaucoma check-ups include 2 routine eye tests:  tonometry (inner eye pressure) and ophthalmoscopy (shape/color of optic nerve)

Make Lifesaving A Habit.

January Health Awareness – Blood Donor Month

Blood is typically in short supply during the winter months – especially in January due to:

  • Holidays
  • Travel schedules
  • Inclement weather
  • Illness

A reduction in donor turnout can = blood shortages around the country.

Each day 21,000 people receive blood products from a Red Cross Donor.

Thinking About Donating?  The Need Is Constant – The Gratification Is Endless.

Types of Donations –

Blood (or Whole Blood) Donation

  • Most common donation type
  • Approximately 1 pint of “whole blood” is given
  • The blood is separated into transfusable  components – red cells, plasma, platelets, and/or cryoprecipitated AHF
  • This donation process takes about an hour, but actual donation time is about 8-10 minutes
  • You are eligible to donate “whole blood” every 56 days

Platelet Apheresis Donation

  • Platelet donations are only collected at select American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers.
  • During this donation, an apheresis machine collects the platelets and some plasma, and returns the red cells and most of the plasma back to the donor.
  • Platelets are a vital element of cancer and organ transplant treatments, as well as many surgical procedures as they help prevent massive blood loss.
  • A single platelet donation collected by apheresis can equal 1 or several transfusable units, while it takes about 4-6 whole blood donations to make a single transfusable unit of platelets.
  • The donation takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Plasma Apheresis Donation

  • Plasma is collected simultaneously with a platelet donation.
  • During plasma apheresis donation, the blood is collected by a machine – separating the plasma, red cells, and platelets – and returning the red cells and/or platelets back to the donor.
  • Donors with Type AB blood can only give red cells to other Type AB recipients, however, they are the universal plasma donors.  The “right type” of donation for AB donors may be an apheresis donation of plasma or plasma and platelets.
  • This donation takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Power Red Donation

  • Power Red donations are also done with the help of the apheresis machine where red cells are collected, but most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor.
  • Red cells are the most transfused blood component, and certain blood types are often in short supply.
  • Power Red from Type O donors and donors with Rh-negative blood types plan a very important role in maintaining blood supply levels.
  • Donors need to meet slightly higher hemoglobin and body height/weight requirements in order to be able to give a Power Red.
  • Power Red donations take approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation – and allows you to give 2 units of red cells.
  • Donors are eligible to give Power Red every 112 days.



1st Annual Hallettsville Bags for Bingo

Bags for Bingo Sponsors

On November 2, 2017, a coalition of Hallettsville-area healthcare providers hosted their first annual Bags for Bingo event at the Kocian Building on the Courthouse Square. The sold out event placed 180 highly-enthusiastic women against each other for 20 games of bingo, the winners of which were awarded designer handbags donated by each of the coalition partners.  It was a night of great fun and camaraderie, and when the evening was over the coalition netted $4,000.00 for this year’s beneficiary, Peter’s Place in Hallettsville.  Peter’s Place, located at 506 N. La Grange St. in Hallettsville, is a non-profit day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Hallettsville area.

The success of this inaugural event would not have been possible without the outpouring of generosity from many donors. Planning is already underway for next year’s event, with high hopes of making the event bigger and better every year.  A big thank you goes out to Denise Drozd who donated her time as Bingo caller for the night and Joel Wagner who was the event emcee.

Coalition partners (event hosts) include: Advanced Home Health Services, Lavaca Medical Center, Complete Hometown Physical Therapy,  Hallettsville Pharmacy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency of Lavaca County, Hospice of South Texas,  Lavaca County Chiropractic, Williamsburg House, Hunter Pharmacy Services, Carol Allen Advocare, Genesis Hallettsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Helping Hearts Sitter Service.

Donors for the event include: Hoffer’s Drive-In, Brookshire Brothers, Complete Hometown Physical Therapy, Cole’s Theatre, Sweet Chic Boutique, The Country Touch, It’s All About You, Lavaca Medical Center Health & Wellness Center, Heritage Day Spa & Salon, Morton’s, Collen Guevara – Scentsy, ForEverlast, Jo’s Green Hut, CH Graphics, Vintage Aero Crafters, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency of Lavaca County, Carol Allen, and Anna Frazer.

Thank you do all of the donors, including those who brought door prizes the night of the event.