Health365 eNews
September 2014 • Volume 5, Issue 10

Health Insurance Marketplace Options Now Available

Beginning October 1, 2013, individuals across the entire county will be able to sign up for new health insurance options under an open enrollment program made available by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as it is frequently referred to.

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A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.

Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu immunization is too much trouble or costs too much. Or, they swear that a flu immunization will make them sick or make them more likely to catch the flu—or even colds.


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You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.

Unfortunately, some people think that getting a flu immunization is too much trouble or costs too much. Or, they swear that a flu immunization will make them sick or make them more likely to catch the flu—or even colds.

Seasonal influenza—the flu—is caused by one of several strains of influenza viruses (type A or B) that infect the nose, throat and lungs, making life miserable for a week or two for many people—and deadly for some. Flu season can begin as early as October and peak anywhere from late December to early April, according to the CDC.

Immunization facts

Your best defense against the flu is to get immunized. Depending on your age, you can do that in one of two ways:

  • With a flu shot, given with a needle. This form of the vaccine contains killed virus and is approved for all people older than 6 months of age.

  • With a nasal-spray vaccine. This form contains live, weakened flu viruses that can’t cause the flu. This form is approved for healthy people ages 2 to 49 years, except those who are pregnant or have diabetes, a weakened immune system, heart problems, or chronic respiratory disorders, such as asthma. Check with your doctor to see if this form of the vaccine is right for you.

A flu vaccination is most important for children 6 – 59 months; adults ages 50 and older; anyone with a chronic disease; anyone who lives in a nursing home or other long-term care site; health care workers; and people who are in frequent contact with elderly adults or the chronically ill. The CDC says children between ages 6 months and 8 years who were never immunized or received only one dose of vaccine in the previous year should get two full doses of vaccine, one month apart.

Doctors also advise flu shots for women who plan to be pregnant during flu season. The CDC says flu shots are OK for breastfeeding mothers.

Even if you don’t fall into one of the above groups, however, you are still a candidate for the vaccine if you want to avoid the flu.

Talk with your doctor first

Some people shouldn’t be vaccinated for the flu before talking with their health care provider, the CDC says. These are reasons to talk with your doctor:

  • You have a severe allergy—such as an anaphylactic reaction—to chicken eggs.

  • You had previously developed Guillian-Barré syndrome in the six weeks after getting a flu shot.

  • You currently have an illness with a fever; you should wait until symptoms improve before getting the vaccine.

Children younger than 6 months of age should not be immunized against the flu, because the flu vaccines haven’t been approved for that age group.

Other prevention steps

Flu viruses are spread by contact with droplets sneezed or coughed from an infected person. Inhaling the droplets is the most common route to getting the flu, but many people also become infected by touching objects on which droplets have landed. You can spread the virus to others before you feel sick yourself. The CDC says you are infectious a day before symptoms begin and up to five days afterward.

You can protect yourself against the flu by doing simple things like washing your hands before eating and not putting your hands near your face or in your mouth. You don’t need special cleansers when washing your hands; washing for at least 20 seconds with ordinary soap works fine. If someone in your family has the flu, you can keep surfaces clean of the virus by wiping them with a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water.

The other effective means of flu prevention is humidity. The flu bug exists in higher quantities in dry nasal and oral passages, which is one reason why flu epidemics occur in dry winter months. By raising the humidity in your workplace and at home to keep your nasal passages and mouth moist, your body will be better able to flush out the flu bug.

Rooting out rumors

Don’t believe the rumor that a flu shot can give you even a mild case of influenza. It’s impossible. Neither form of the vaccine–by injection or nasal spray–contains a form of the flu virus that can give you the flu. The injected form of the vaccine is made from particles of dead flu virus cells, and the nasal spray contains live viruses that have been damaged so they can’t cause a major infection.

When you are injected with the flu vaccine, your body reacts as if it has been infected with the actual living virus and makes antibodies that provide immunity against the real virus. These antibodies remain at high levels for only six to nine months. These waning antibody levels are one reason why you need to be revaccinated each year.

The main reason you should be revaccinated yearly is that the flu virus is constantly changing and evolving into new strains. Each year the CDC attempts to predict which flu strain will be predominant. The CDC works with vaccine manufacturers to produce the specific vaccine that will combat the predicted strain.

Check out the Flu Quiz to test your flu knowledge.

Get a flu shot

To help you get through flu season without getting extremely ill, Fort Medical Group primary care clinics are encouraging their patients to call very soon to make an appointment to receive a flu shot, which reserves a dose for them for the season. Flu shot appointments are available at some clinic will be available throughout October.

Locations to schedule a seasonal flu shot are:

Medicare and most insurance plans cover the cost of a seasonal flu vaccine. If you are unsure of your level of coverage, please check with your insurance carrier. Fort HealthCare participates in most insurance plans, including Dean Care, Dean Care Gold, Unity, Physicians Plus, Mercy Care, Humana, United Healthcare and more. For a complete listing, visit FortHealthCare.com/Insurance.

Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue. Annual outbreaks of seasonal flu usually occur during the late fall through early spring. In a typical year, approximately 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu and approximately 36,000 flu-related deaths are reported.

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Knowing Matters

One in eight women either currently has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96 percent. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram. The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. In addition, monthly breast self-exams are strongly suggested.


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One in eight women either currently has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer exceeds 96 percent. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram. The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. In addition, monthly breast self-exams are strongly suggested.

At Fort HealthCare, we use the best available imaging technology referred to as "full-field digital mammography."" This offers greater power to detect subtle breast tissue changes ultimately enhancing the ability to detect breast cancer early.

Because early detection is so critical, Fort HealthCare partners with the UW Health Radiology department for reading and interpretive services. That means that radiologists, specializing in breast health, will review your mammogram. You get the same care and service you would get at a larger facility while staying close to home. And, your results can follow you electronically at UW Health and Meriter facilities.

Free Mammograms for Un- or Under-insured Women

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Women aged 45 — 64 (with some funding for ages 35 — 44) who meet income requirements, can be enrolled in WWWP for breast and cervical screenings. For women in this category, age 40 — 49, Fort Memorial Hospital Foundation Vouchers are available to use for a free mammogram. For more information on WWWP or Memorial Hospital Foundation Vouchers , please contact the Sandee Schunk at the Jefferson County Health Department at (920) 674-7193.

State-of-the-Art Care

Fort Memorial Hospital is a Pink Ribbon facility, recognized as providing excellence in breast health paired with exceptional commitment and support to the women of our community.

When something is found during these routine screenings, it can be a confusing and scary time. To help ease this stress, Fort HealthCare provides a Breast Care Coordinator to provide knowledgeable guidance, support, and education to women in all stages of breast care in our new Healing Breast Care Center. Our coordinator, Tammie Turley, RN, BSN, MSRN, is available to provide education, support, and to assist patients with scheduling further treatment.

Save the Date for the Fort HealthCare Healing Breast Care Center Open House at Fort Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, October 29th from 3-6 p.m. More information will be coming soon. Email us if you would like an invitation sent to you!

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Family Fun

Fall is a great time for families to spend extra time together in the crisp autumn air, and October always provides a plethora of activities to do. Don’t miss out! Check out our list of local family friendly fall activities to do this October.


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Fall is a great time for families to spend extra time together in the crisp autumn air, and October always provides a plethora of activities to do. Don’t miss out! Check out our list of local family friendly fall activities to do this October.

Busy Barns Adventure Farm

Plan a trip to Busy Barns Adventure Farm, right here in Fort Atkinson. Located on Highway 12, the farm has more than enough to keep your family having fun for hours. Busy Barns combines entertainment with education to create a unique atmosphere full of fun activities including hayrides, pumpkin patches, a trivia corn maze, petting zoos, discovery areas and more. To plan your trip or for more information, click here.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park

Explore the great outdoors during Jellystone’s Howl-o-ween weekends. Join the Rec Rangers for arts and crafts, contests, and trick-or-treating around the campfire. The not-so-scary atmosphere is perfect for the little ones to enjoy. Have teenagers to entertain too? Send them over to Dr. Scary’s Haunted House located in Jellystone Park. This heart racing walk through will be something they’re sure to remember!

Rummage Sales and Farmers Market

Walk the streets of your neighborhoods visiting rummage sales and see what treasures you can find. Get the kids engaged by making a scavenger hunt! Be creative and walk with them from house to house as they look for things that they can cross off the list (Mickey Mouse toy, Barbie doll, clock, purple blanket, etc.). When you have finished take them down to the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market (or other local markets) for face painting, hayrides, a bouncy house and more! For more information, or to take a look at other events, click here.

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Take the Let's Do This! Pledge

In keeping with Fort HealthCare’s Mission to improve the health and well-being of our community, we offer a web-based portal to wellness. Here you’ll find almost endless opportunities to learn about wellness, nutrition and medical conditions. You can sign up for a class or recreational event, watch a motivational video and even make an on-line pledge towards a healthier you. "Taking the Pledge" is making a promise to become healthier and join in with other like-minded individuals in the community. So come along on this journey — you’ll feel better, your family will feel better and you may even enjoy your newer, healthier lifestyle.


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In keeping with Fort HealthCare’s Mission to improve the health and well-being of our community, we offer a web-based portal to wellness. Here you’ll find almost endless opportunities to learn about wellness, nutrition and medical conditions. You can sign up for a class or recreational event, watch a motivational video and even make an on-line pledge towards a healthier you. "Taking the Pledge" is making a promise to become healthier and join in with other like-minded individuals in the community. So come along on this journey — you’ll feel better, your family will feel better and you may even enjoy your newer, healthier lifestyle.

What do you get?

With your new member welcome packet, you will receive:

  • Subscription to the monthly Let’s Do This! Dozen eNews

  • Free goodies

  • 50% off a Fort HealthCare fitness class

  • A cookbook packed with delicious, healthy recipes

  • Recipes

  • Continuous access to great health-related online information

Are you in? Come on — let’s do this! Visit FortHealthCare.com/LetsDoThis to get started today.

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A healthy snack—when your munchkins have the munchies!

You can hardly watch the news without seeing an ad for a new food product masqueraded as a "healthy," "all natural,"" snack.  More often than not, there is nothing natural or healthy about those foods.  With childhood obesity rates skyrocketing, it’s important to teach your kids how to make healthy choices, and what better way than to let them make nutritious snacks that are easy and delicious!


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Spin to Win Poker Pedal

Fort HealthCare, in partnership with 2 Rivers Bicycle & Outdoor, are hosting the Spin to Win Poker Pedal, a poker-run style bike ride to benefit the Rock River Free Clinic in Jefferson.


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Fort HealthCare Dermatology's Robert Glinert, MD Completes Fellowship Training; Lectureship

Fort HealthCare dermatologist, Robert Glinert, MD, spent the last year completing Fellowship training in Cutaneous Oncology (skin cancer) from Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. His advanced training elevates his knowledge in the identification and treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers for area patients. Dr. Glinert returned to Fort Atkinson in July, and is delighted to be home.


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Fort HealthCare Cardiac Rehabilitation Program receives renewed certification

Fort HealthCare is pleased to announce the recertification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). With this accreditation, Fort HealthCare is again recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of patient care.


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Wound & Edema Center receives Center of Excellence award

The Fort HealthCare Wound & Edema Center in Johnson Creek was recently awarded the Robert Warriner III, MD Center of Excellence Award by Healogics, the largest national wound healing company. The award is based on high patient satisfaction, exceptional healing rates and outstanding clinical outcomes for 24 consecutive months. Healogics partners with more than 500 hospitals across 44 states who utilize advanced wound healing techniques to treat patients with chronic wounds.


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Fort HealthCare Frosty Rock Challenge slated for November 16

The inaugural Fort HealthCare Frosty Rock Challenge 5k & 12k will be held on Saturday, November 16. Beginning at the Fort HealthCare Therapy & Sport Center in Fort Atkinson, participants will have a choice between a 5k road course run or walk and a 12k mixed course run. The 12k race commences at 9:00 AM and is followed by the start of the 5k at 9:15 AM. Registration begins at 7:30 AM.


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140 Students Attend Fort HealthCare's Camp 911

140 students attended Fort HealthCare’s third annual Camp 911, a one-day program for kids, focusing on safety, prevention techniques and increasing awareness of health and wellness.


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Wound & Edema Center, Johnson Creek, Appoints Program Director

Fort HealthCare has named Bridget Thomas, MAPR, MAC, as the program director of the Wound & Edema Center in Johnson Creek. Thomas joined Fort HealthCare in 2009 as a marketing specialist and has been responsible for marketing the clinic’s services since that time.


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Upcoming Events
Fort HealthCare is proud to sponsor a number of community events. All year long, you can find a number of health and fitness related events and classes for the whole family. Check out Health365Events.com to find more activities throughout the community.
October 11 Boot Camp Express
October 11 Cardio Kickboxing Express
October 11 Wound Conference 2013: "Venous Ulcer Disease: Identification, Management and Treatment"
October 16 AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED
October 16 Pediatric Life Support (PALS) - Recognition Course
October 18 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Certification - Renewal Course
October 19 Spin to Win Poker Pedal
October 24 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Certification - Renewal Course
October 29 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Certification - Renewal Course
November 1 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Certification - Renewal Course
November 2 Happiest Baby On The Block
November 4 Basic Life Support (BLS) for HealthCare Provider Certification - Recognition Course
November 5 Rusty Hinges
November 6 AHA Heartsaver Family & Friends CPR
October 30 Having Healthy Babies
Recipes

Chocolate Yogurt Mousse with Vanilla Cherry Compote

Submitted by Lisa Ashwill, Registered Dietitian



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Submitted by Lisa Ashwill, Registered Dietitian

Prep time: 10 Minutes
Ready in: 50 Minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

  • 1 1/4-oz dark chocolate with cherries, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh or dried unsweetened seeded cherries

  • 2 tsp raw honey

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 2 sprigs mint

Preparation

  1. Line a sieve with two sheets of paper towel. Place over a bowl and pour in yogurt. Place in refrigerator to drain for 30 minutes. Discard excess liquid from bowl. Transfer drained yogurt to a bowl and whip vigorously with a whisk.

  2. Place chocolate in a clean, dry heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a simmer. Place bowl with chocolate over simmering water and melt, stirring occasionally. Whisk chocolate into yogurt and vigorously whip until smooth. Pour into two serving dishes. Refrigerate until needed.

  3. In a small saucepan, bring cherries, honey, vanilla and 1/4 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cherries have softened, about 5 minutes. To serve, top yogurt mixture with cherry topping and mint. Serve mousse chilled and cherry topping lightly warmed or at room temperature.

Nutrition

  • Nutrients per serving (1/2 of recipe): Calories: 185, Total Fat: 6 g, Sat. Fat: 4 g, Carbs: 18 g

  • Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 15 g, Protein: 8 g, Sodium: 27 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

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