My family’s life turned upside down shortly before Thanksgiving 2011. Dad had a major stroke and too much time passed before he was correctly diagnosed, meaning he missed the window for getting treatments that might have diminished the effects of the stroke. That was mistake No. 1. Dad, an extremely active 80 year old, suddenly faced life in a wheelchair, which for him was a death sentence.
Beautiful weather is finally upon us, the kids are anxious for school to be out, it’s time to get active. Both kids and adults should get at least one hour of physical activity a day. Think you can’t squeeze that into your already hectic life? Think again. Consider activity as quality family bonding time instead of a chore you have to do. Here are some ways to fit physical activity into your family time.
Many of us will be throwing a great Memorial Day cookout or a weekend getaway to start off this Summer. Memorial Day signifies the beginning of a season; a time of grilling, baseball and sun tans. Cookouts and travel can sometimes spell disaster for those of us trying to stay healthy. Here are a few tips to keep on track this holiday weekend.
1. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables! Summer is a great season for fresh, local ingredients. Try a new fruit or vegetable this weekend.
If your child plays sports, you have probably been asked to bring a halftime snack or a treat for after the game. Many parents take the easy, unhealthy route and bring chips, cookies, fruit snacks or sports drinks. Such treats provide zero nutritional value and can sap kids’ energy.
Of course, kids love those salty and sugary snacks so you may feel pressured to bring them. Here are some options that are kid-friendly, easy to make and delicious enough to refuel and recharge the whole team.
Instead of fruit snacks, try:
I saw the first plump, fuzzy bumblebee of the season the other day. I’m not one to be scared of bees; in fact, being a gardener, I appreciate and respect them very much. But I do manage to upset a few every year, who let me know by stinging me. Actually, it’s usually the wasps that get me. The bees seem to be a little more forgiving.
The Rev. Whit Stodghill, M.Div., BCC
Norton Hospital Chaplain
When we were kids, my brothers and I had pet hamsters. There was one named Boog, after the famous player for the Baltimore Orioles, another named Johnnie, after the great Baltimore quarterback Unitas. I named mine Billy Jean King, after the tennis champion.
Steering clear of hospital re-admission
No one wants to spend time in a hospital. Unfortunately, for seniors the risk of re-admission after a hospital stay is greater than other age groups.
According to the federal government, between 12 and 20 percent of seniors with Medicare are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days after an illness. Within 90 days, upwards of one-third of those patients are re-admitted.
Kicking cancer to the curb
It had been in high school, over 10 years ago, when I had last seen Angela Roberts. It wasn’t under the greatest circumstances that we reconnected, but she was still the same as I had remembered — a smile from ear to ear and the most positive and friendly person you could imagine.
Participate in National Walk Day
All in favor of kicking old man winter outta here, stand up! National Walking Day is April 1 — just in time to jumpstart our launch into spring. National Walking Day is recognized by the American Heart Association as a time to encourage walking as a way to get moving.
Recent news about Angelina Jolie has me thinking of my mother. At first glance, a rich and famous celebrity and a working-class waitress from rural Kentucky would seem to have little in common. However, both have much to teach us about being informed and taking control when challenging health decisions need to be made.
My mother, Fern Dreffs, used to tell my three sisters and me, “You can’t control a lot of what happens, but you can control how you choose to react to what happens.”