If you’re going to snack on chocolate, go dark. It’s long been held that dark chocolate provides health benefits (and is significantly better for you than milk chocolate, based on sugar and caloric differences alone), but a recent study sheds more light on exactly why you should choose dark chocolate when you get a craving.
The study (to be published in the March 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal) shows that dark chocolate helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels. Both of these health conditions–arterial stiffness and white blood cell adhesion–are known factors that play a significant role in atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up inside the arteries, which can lead to further heart complications). Researchers conducting the study also found that increasing the flavanol content of dark chocolate did not change this effect. Flavanol (a naturally occurring antioxidant found in various types of plants, in particularly, the cocoa plant) was previously thought to hold part of the key regarding dark chocolate’s health benefits.
The study looked at 44 middle-aged, overweight men who consumed 70 grams of chocolate per day over a period of four weeks. Researchers noted indicators of vascular health both before and after the trials. The results found that a four week dark chocolate intake increased flow-mediated dilation by 1% and decreased augmentation index by 1%. In short, dark chocolate promotes vascular efficiency. Even if the improvement is marginal, it allows chocolate lovers to indulge with less guilt.
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Cameron Memorial Community Hospital and Before5.org is pleased to be offering the next Grandparenting Class for area community members on Saturday, February 22. As the Baby Boomer generation becomes grandparents, senior adults are living longer, more active lives. Today’s grandparents are often challenged by new cultural norms and modern parenting trends. Changing with the times to influence the next generation can help grandparents be the wise adult who is consulted and valued in a new way.
The Grandparenting 101 Class is for new and not-so-new grandparents and great-grandparents who want to learn the latest information on basic infant care and child safety and development. Topics covered will include: the basics of child and infant CPR; the basics of child and infant choking; the basics of child and infant first aid and early childhood development.
In the childhood development portion of the class, Diane Shoppell from Before5.org will teach attendees about “The Whole Child” which includes an in-depth discussion about the five areas of a child’s development; “How Children Grow and Learn” which is an overview of the principles of child development and how adults can support optimal brain development through intentional quality interactions with children; and “Keeping it Simple” where attendees will learn easy and practical parenting and grandparenting strategies that can be woven into busy lifestyles that foster healthy development in children. The course will close with open discussion, where attendees can share their successes and struggles with grandparenting.
The class will be offered at the hospital on February 22, 2014. The class runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and costs $15 per couple, which includes a manual from Before5.org and the Dekko Foundation and all handouts. You must be registered to attend.
For more information about the Grandparenting 101 Class or to register, contact Andrea Walchle at 260-667-5303.
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital will offer their Safe Sitter® course for young teens 11 and up at the hospital Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Safe Sitter® student Abby Coffing demonstrates how to help a baby that is choking.
Over 500,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why and where injuries can happen so they can be prevented. The cost of the course is $15. Call 260-667-5303 to register your son, daughter or child’s babysitter or register online at http://www.cameronmch.com.
The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue.
To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.
For more information about this course offering at CMCH or the Safe Sitter® organization, contact Andrea Walchle at 260-667-5303.
The Cameron Hospital Foundation is currently accepting applications for nursing and allied health scholarship grants. The Foundation will be offering four scholarship grants of $1,000 each, with two being awarded to students planning to attend nursing school and two being awarded to students pursuing any other medical field (Allied Health Professions).
Applications are available in the guidance offices of each of the four public Steuben County high schools (Angola, Fremont, Hamilton, and Prairie Heights) and on the Cameron website. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 7, 2014.
The Cameron Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1988 with the mission of enhancing the quality of healthcare for the people within the service area of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital by seeking and allocating philanthropic funds.
The purpose of the Foundation is to obtain funds through charitable giving, administer those funds, and allocate them for the delivery of general healthcare in the hospital’s service area. These funds are used for the purpose of enhancing patient care, health care research, providing health-related education, and purchasing clinical equipment and facilities.
For more information on these scholarships, call Laura Lutterbeck at (260) 665-2141 ext. 5337.
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A recent article on the New York Times website indicates that people benefit from exercise–regardless of when they begin a regular exercise plan. “Offering hope and encouragement to the many adults who have somehow neglected to exercise for the past few decades, a new study suggests that becoming physically active in middle age, even if someone has been sedentary for years, substantially reduces the likelihood that he or she will become seriously ill or physically disabled in retirement,” reports the article.
If you’re thinking about transitioning from couch potato status to that of a get-up-and-mover, here are some tips.
- Meet with your healthcare professional first. Have a routine physical, make sure your body is ready to begin an exercise program, and talk over any concerns you have with your doctor.
- Find an activity you enjoy. The reason most people don’t stick with exercise is that it becomes a chore for them. If you find an exercise activity you enjoy, you up your odds of sticking with it. This may take some trial and error, but don’t give up! Try various activities based on your interests and abilities. If you enjoy nature, consider walking/jogging/hiking. If you have knee problems, look into something low impact and knee-friendly like biking or swimming. If you’d prefer something more social, a sport that involves a partner might be more your speed.
- Once you’ve found something you enjoy doing, set goals. For those transitioning into an exercise program after a lengthy period of inactivity, you may need to work your way up to these benchmarks. Start slow, and don’t compare your success against others’.
- Invest in the proper equipment and/or apparel. Those on their feet should have properly fitting shoes and reflective gear if hitting the pavement at night, for example.
- Stay on track. There are several mobile and desktop apps to remind you to keep at it. Many of them even help you track your progress towards your goals. If you need an extra push of encouragement, find a fitness app or use a calendar to maintain motivation.
- Reward yourself! Once you meet your goals, treat yourself to something–splurging on something for your wardrobe, a movie, or maybe even a massage. Try to keep it non-food-based (especially if you are watching your diet while exercising).
You’re never too old to begin taking care of your body, but the earlier you start, the healthier you’ll likely be. Build exercise and activity into your daily routine. The great thing about making positive changes? You can start RIGHT NOW.
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With the temperatures in Indiana being some of the coldest on record, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital wanted to remind you that frostbite is a real, dangerous medical condition. Over-exposure to cold temperatures can lead to localized damage to the skin, and the colder the weather (including wind chill), the quicker the damage can occur. Sometimes, this damage happens without you even knowing it, making it especially important to be vigilant about frostbite in freezing temperatures.
Be on the lookout for the following signs of frostbite:
1) Cherry red skin coloring that may be painful (to the touch or have a throbbing, aching pain).
2) Stark white skin coloring coupled with numbness.
3) White/gray skin coloring with numbness and a feeling of a firm/waxy/blistery skin.
At the first sign of frostbite, take caution so it does not progress to a worse stage. There are several things you can do to prevent frostbite and treat the early stages:
- Dress in layers and if your clothes get wet, change immediately. Wear mittens, socks (two), hats and scarves that cover the ears.
- If you start to see early stages of frostbite, use warm (not hot) water or a washcloth to warm the area. You can also use warm blankets or just move to a warmer environment. A “pins and needles” sensation, severe pain, itching and even burning are all common signs when the affected area is rewarmed and blood starts to flow again.
- Do not rub or massage frostbitten areas in an attempt to rewarm them. That can actually be more harmful. Excessive movement of frostbitten tissue can cause ice crystals to form in the tissue that will cause further damage.
- Avoid outdoor sports activities, such as camping or hiking in freezing temperatures.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking constricts blood vessels and increases the risk for frostbite.
- Avoid alcohol. The common misconception is that taking a sip of alcohol will warm you up. On the contrary, it drops your body temperature. In addition, being intoxicated will inhibit your sensitivity to cold and reduce awareness.
If you suspect advanced stages of frostbite or your body is unresponsive to measures of reviving it, seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. Extreme frostbite may result in nerve damage, impairment, or amputation.
Kevin Jones, CMCH’s new Fund Development Director
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Kevin Jones as Fund Development Director for the Cameron Hospital Foundation. Jones began his position on January 8, 2014.
Jones will direct and oversee all the fundraising activities of the Cameron Foundation. He will work with the Foundation Executive Director to establish a comprehensive fundraising campaign and set both annual and project goals. “We are very happy to have Kevin join the Cameron team,” said Laura Lutterbeck, Cameron Foundation Executive Director. “He brings a wealth of experience which will help us move forward as we plan for the future.”
Jones comes to Cameron with over twelve years’ experience in planning, executing and overseeing major gifts, planned giving and capital campaigns. “This is an exciting time at Cameron, and I am happy to be a part of a vital team that is not only building a new hospital, but bringing updated healthcare to the people of Steuben County and beyond,” said Jones. “Involving the community and securing their support is a challenge I welcome.”
Jones and his wife Kasey live with their son in Angola.
For more information, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 5337.