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September 2014 • Volume 6, Issue 5

May is Better Speech & Hearing Month

For over 75 years, May has been designated as Better Speech and Hearing Month—a time to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments to include those of hearing, speech, language, swallowing  and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable in our society—the young, the aged, the disabled and the poor.


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For over 75 years, May has been designated as Better Speech and Hearing Month—a time to raise public awareness, knowledge and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments to include those of hearing, speech, language, swallowing  and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable in our society—the young, the aged, the disabled and the poor.

Daniel Webster said, “If all my possessions were taken from me with the exception of one, I would choose to keep the power of communication for with it I could soon regain the rest.” Speech-Language Pathology (Speech-Language Pathologists) and Audiology (Audiologists) are the professions concerned with the prevention, identification and treatment of communication impairments.  After earning a master’s degree, passing a national examination, and serving a yearlong clinical internship, these professionals are eligible for certification in the form of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Both professions were rated among the top 50 for job satisfaction in recent Jobs Rated Almanac.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports that approximately 43,000,000 people in the United States suffer from a speech, voice, language or hearing impairment. Almost 28,000,000 suffer from a hearing loss. Approximately 10% of children have moderate to severe communication impairments, including speech production/articulation, stuttering, and language-learning disabilities to include significant reading problems. Approximately 1,000,000 people in the US have aphasia- a language disorder resulting from brain damage usually caused by a stroke.

An estimated 28 million Americans have a hearing loss that can be treated, yet fewer than 7,000,000 use a hearing aid. You could be one of them.  Now is a good time to take stock of your own hearing and seek help if you think you may have a problem.

Speech and language disorders take many forms such as articulation, speech, voice, stuttering, aphasia and oral language problems.  They may be from learning based, acquired, or the result of accidental injury or illness at any age.  Speech and language disorders can limit academic achievement, social adjustment and career advancement.  “Fortunately, most people with speech and language problems can be helped,” according to Kathy Pazak MS/CCC of the Rehab Department at Fort HealthCare.  “Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach people with speech and language problems strategies to help them communicate. Patients may not fully regain their capacity to speak or understand, but a skilled speech-language-pathologist can help them achieve an improved quality of life.

For your convenience, the speech-language-pathologists at Fort HealthCare evaluate and treat speech, voice, swallowing, cognitive and language disorders in children and adults at our 3 outpatient clinics Monday through Friday.  If you think you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation by a trained communication/swallowing specialist, seek help at one of our outpatient clinics. The speech pathologist will assist you with your concerns.

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Bike to School

Thank you to everyone who participated in the May 13th Bike to School event!  There were over 100 students that rode their bikes, and numerous parents, staff, and volunteers that helped to get them there safely.  Thank you to Fort HealthCare and the Cambridge Wellness Collaborative for sponsoring healthy snacks for the riders.


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Thank you to everyone who participated in the May 13th Bike to School event!  There were over 100 students that rode their bikes, and numerous parents, staff, and volunteers that helped to get them there safely.  Thank you to Fort HealthCare and the Cambridge Wellness Collaborative for sponsoring healthy snacks for the riders.

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Joint Camp

Since the inception of Joint Camp, our volunteers are here for us through rain, sleet and snow and their dedication is to be commended. To show our appreciation, a home cooked lunch was served by the Center for Joint Replacement staff on March 14th. We look forward to many more years of their friendship and service.


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Since the inception of Joint Camp, our volunteers are here for us through rain, sleet and snow and their dedication is to be commended. To show our appreciation, a home cooked lunch was served by the Center for Joint Replacement staff on March 14th. We look forward to many more years of their friendship and service.
 

Our volunteers are : Virginia Epps, Jane Derus, Nellie Hackl, Roy Nelson, , Pat Dresang, Beth McCulley, Sandy Peardon-Cook, John Hill, Arlene Newhouse (not pictured: Dan Belz)

By Vicky Kamuchey

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National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.


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May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

As a national sponsor, the League provides resources to help you plan an event in your area, and each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

The theme for 2013 was “Where will the ride take you?” — and we focused on the many ways bicycling can be a tool to personal empowerment, social justice and community development. Click here to read inspiring stories and profiles from our 2013 web series.

Bike Technology that could change how we view biking to work

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Camp 911

Camp 911 is a day-long event that provides children in grades 4-6 information on safety, prevention and various other health and wellness topics. This program takes place at Fort HealthCare and stations include CPR, First Aid, K-9 Unit, Railyard fitness, smoke house simulation, ambulance tours and Medflight.


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Camp 911 is a day-long event that provides children in grades 4-6 information on safety, prevention and various other health and wellness topics. This program takes place at Fort HealthCare and stations include CPR, First Aid, K-9 Unit, Railyard fitness, smoke house simulation, ambulance tours and Medflight.

The dates of this event are Tuesday June 17th and Wednesday August 13th.

The cost of the event is $20 per child and is limited to 70 participants.

Registration is available online at http://www.forthealthcare.com/wellness-classes-sessions.php?class=311 or by calling (920) 568-5475.

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Employee Health and Fitness

Global Employee Health & Fitness Month is an international observance that promotes healthy behavior changes, leading to lifelong habits.


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Global Employee Health & Fitness Month is an international observance that promotes healthy behavior changes, leading to lifelong habits.

Making better food choices, engaging in more physical activity and taking part in health screenings are probably the first things that come to mind when discussing behavior changes; another important behavior change that can be made in the workplace is proper food safety while eating at your desk.
Give bacteria the pink slip the next time you eat at your desk by following these safety tips:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot, soapy water before and after eating. If you can’t wash your hands at the time, keep moist towelettes or anti-bacterial hand cleaner at your desk.
  • Keep perishable foods properly refrigerated below 40°F within two hours of making your workplace meal. Keep in mind the clock starts the minute you make your brown bag meal at home, not when you walk into your office.
  • Don’t let any of your lunch leftovers go unrefrigerated for more than two hours.
  • If you carry your lunch in a reusable tote, don’t forget to wash it regularly.
  • If you bring leftovers for lunch, make sure they are reheated to a safe temperature of 165° F.
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Summer Boot Camp

Look to see whats coming for this Summer’s Boot Camp at Fort HealthCare

For class dates and times go to forthealthcare.com/Classes


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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.
June 19 Healthy Community Summit
June 11 Diabetes Seminar
June 17 Camp 911
July 9 Jefferson County Fair - July 9-13
July 18 Tomorrow’s Hope
May 28 AHA ACLS Renewal Course
May 16 BLS Renewal
May 19 Having Healthy Babies
May 24 On My Own at Home
May 21 PEARS
June 3 Aqua Zumba
June 23 Beginning Yoga
June 4 Body Blast
June 19 Boot Camp
June 23 Boot Camp
June 24 Boot Camp
June 23 Cardio Kickboxing
June 23 Core Balance Stretch
June 4 Glutes and Abs
June 19 Glutes and Abs
June 24 Glutes and Abs
June 18 Lower Body Sculpt
June 19 Lower Body Sculpt
June 24 No Nonsense, Low Impact
June 28 On My Own At Home
June 4 Skinny Arms
June 23 Skinny Arms
June 18 Step Aerobics
June 9 Zumba
June 10 Zumba
June 11 Zumba
June 12 Zumba
May 27 BLS Renewal
Recipes

Squash Soup

What You Need

3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) chicken broth
½ cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
 



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What You Need

3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) chicken broth
½ cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled

Make It
HEAT oil in large heavy saucepan on medium heat, add onion and garlic; cook and stir 4 min. or until tender.
ADD squash and broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 40 min.
POUR soup, in batches, into blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Ladle soup into 7 individual bowls. Top each serving with sour cream and crumbled bacon. Serve with RITZ Crackers, if desired.

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