If you have spent any time in home health care physical therapy, you can't help but notice the less then ethical practices that are depleting our Medicare dollars faster than they can be replenished.
I know, our government may not have their focus right but this is not a political blog here...
I'm focused on helping home health care PT's raise the bar if you will. Deliver the golden standard to the golden years. It seems the work ethic is slowly ebbing away...we must… Continue
Added by Marcia Oliver on January 22, 2010 at 10:49am —
While New Year’s resolutions are made with the best of intentions, they’re usually forgotten by mid-February. If this first sentence describes your own experience I'd like to suggest to you a no-resolution plan for change
this coming year.
How could that work?
New Year’s resolutions tend to be big plans—commitments to a “project” that are often unrealistic because they impose impracticable demands on our tendency to stick to old habits. Try as we might,… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on December 28, 2009 at 7:30am —
There are many compelling reasons to exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. It improves mental health, fosters strong muscles and strong bones. It also makes most participants happier and improves our looks.
Physical activity also burns calories. In the past few decades exercise has therefore become one arm of the two pronged approach to combat overweight and obesity. Exercise is the calories expended in… Continue
Added by Ayala laufer-Cahana MD on November 9, 2009 at 6:00am —
Remember, you are not too old to exercise
! The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued the guide – Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute of Aging
Being physically active does not become less important with age. Remaining active into your senior years has many benefits. Here are just a few of the… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on September 29, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Successfully losing weight and maintaining the weight loss requires several different factors all working together. Get a team of experts behind you to successfully to achieve the long-term weight loss you desire.
So, who do you need on your weight loss team?
1. Doctor – A step many skip!
2. Nutritionist – I'm happy to work with you:)
3. Personal Trainer – I’ll share a few options.
4. Support Group – If you’re a member of… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on August 11, 2009 at 12:00pm —
Let’s do a quick review. Step 1 of a diet to lower LDL cholesterol is to reduce saturated fat intake, step 2 increase soluble fiber, and step 3 increase plant sterol intake. The fourth step does not involve diet, but is an important part of maintaining a low LDL cholesterol level.
Here is the fourth of four options for lowering LDL cholesterol:
Inactivity can cause higher cholesterol levels. Increase physical activity to increase HDL, lower LDL, and… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on July 21, 2009 at 11:00am —
Okay, in the previous two posts, we've covered how much activity is needed and I mentioned different intensities requiring different time commitments.
A simple measure of your workout intensity is the talk test. If you can carry on a conversation while taking a breath every 3-4 words, you’re probably at a moderate intensity level. If you are working out hard enough that you can only say a… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on February 24, 2009 at 8:00am —
As I previously mentioned, The Health and Human Services Department sets physical activity guidelines after reviewing a good decades worth of research related to physical activity and health.
This report encompasses everyone from the age of 6 and up. Let's go into a little more detail on the adult guidelines.
Adult Physical Activity Guidelines… Continue
Added by Lisa Nelson on February 19, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Yesterday I read a post called Exercise is Good Medicine from Carole Carson's blog. She talks about the "Exercise is Medicine" campaign which calls on doctors to "assess and review every patient's physical activity… Continue
Added by Blake Hagen on November 3, 2008 at 2:52pm —
Yesterday I had a nasty headache that I couldn't seem to get rid of. It lasted through the night and I woke up this morning with my head still aching. Nothing I tried was working so I tried something else -- an 18 mile bike ride. Yup, my headache is gone now. I don't know why or how, nor do I care. I'm just glad it's gone!
I guess exercise is good for us.
Have a good weekend and get some physical activity in. Watch some football too.…
Added by Blake Hagen on September 5, 2008 at 11:23am —
One of the huge benefits of regular physical activity is the way it helps us handle stress and other emotional aspects of our lives. We all have things that get us worried or stressed –whether it’s family, work, school, our health, or anything else. Regular exercise can help.
Here’s what Dr. Stephen Aldana, professor of lifestyle medicine at BYU, had to say in his book The Culprit and the Cure:
“A review of 34 studies showed that sedentary individuals who started engaging… Continue
Added by Blake Hagen on August 28, 2008 at 10:45am —
Many of us have been reeled into watching in awe as athletes from around the world compete in the Summer Olympics in Beijing. It's amazing to think of how much time, training, and preparation each Olympian has invested for their chance to prove that they're the best.
How many times as a kid did you watch the Games and throughout the day and evening pretend that you were an Olympian and try to imitate what you saw on tv? Take some of that childhood imagination and translate that into… Continue
Added by Jen@PatinaEsprit on August 11, 2008 at 9:00am —
It's been a while since I've been here. New job, huge learning curve. Paperwork is now on a laptop, driving everywhere a road lies it seems.
Home Health Care Physical Therapy. It's not easy these days. There seems to a new generation of patients who care more about you just being there (connection) than they actually do about getting well. This does not surprise me.
But what is scary is the times ahead that are coming. When doctors will be able to fire their patients for… Continue
Added by Marcia Oliver on July 7, 2008 at 4:30am —
In an article posted by the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, PE classes enabled marked improvement in the general health of its child participants.
They showed improvements in their bone mineral density, aerobic capacity, blood pressure and flexibility.
But there… Continue
Added by Lisa Newton on June 30, 2008 at 5:07am —
OK… REM sleep will have to wait for now.
I picked up some spinach today to make yummy spinach soup. The bag, like most bags of fruits and veggies has this little 5 a day logo on it. Of course, they are talking about health and wellness… something America really needs right now. I looked at my own diet today and maybe got 3 in… and I eat pretty healthy but, like I’ve said before, always on the run. Gotta prioritize, get the American Dream out of my heart, not just my head and realize… Continue
Added by Marcia Oliver on May 1, 2008 at 2:25pm —