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Knowledge is power!

Katie RouthRinggold County Hospital and the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic are here for you when you’re sick, injured, and in need of quality health care. We’re also here for you when you’re not sick! We are your source for healthy living information and your partner in good health.

Katie Routh is happy to be back to her hometown of Mt. Ayr. A registered dietician, she works with Ringgold County Hospital patients both in and out of the hospital. While they’re in the hospital, she assesses their nutritional states and ensures that the food they’re eating is appropriate and assisting in their recovery. She takes a holistic view of her patients and recognizes that nutrition is an important part of the healing process. Her services are also available to outpatients and she works regularly with diabetics and those wanting to lose weight. “I enjoy helping people overcome their struggles,” she said. “It’s great being able to teach and show people that it’s possible.”

Health-CoachLeslie Dredge-Murphy is also helping Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic patients meet their healthy living goals. Her services are free to clinic patients and together they work to define individual success. Whether it’s weight loss, disease management, increased exercise capabilities, even quitting smoking, she is a coach and partner to help each patient meet their goals. “It’s all driven by our patients,” she said. “We can work on anything that’s holding them back from living a healthy life. We’re really promoting preventive care. It’s important to encourage healthier lifestyles.”

Walking is the easiest form of exercise to stay fit. It’s convenient because it can be done almost anywhere and anytime, whether you’re walking to class or down the street. In comparison to other exercise methods, walking puts less strain on the lower back and creates less stress on your joints such as your hips, knees, and ankles. Because it doesn’t require expensive equipment, walking is available to everyone. You can use your walking time as a social event and catch up with friends and family members. Along with physical benefits, walking can improve your mood, relieve stress, and alleviate depression.

Physical benefits of walking:

  • Aids in weight loss; burns body fat
  • Strengthens bones; reduces risks of bone fracture and lessens severity of osteoporosis
  • Strengthens heart and improves efficiency
  • Improves overall fitness
  • Lowers blood pressure; reduces cholesterol levels
  • Improves efficiency of lungs
  • Raises metabolism even while you rest
  • Helps control appetite
  • Increases energy

So don’t wait, get marching!

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Health Fair April 16

Join us at Ringgold County Hospital for a Health Fair on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00-noon to celebrate our 65th Anniversary. Meander along Route 65 – the Highway to Health, enjoy free presentations, healthy snacks, a bounce house and train rides for the kids, and a meal from 11:00 a.m. – noon with proceeds going to the Employee Fund Committee.
Stations will include:

  • Hearing Testing/Screenings – Audiological Services, Inc./Dr. Michael Webb
  • Vision Screenings – Family Vision Center/Dr. Joel Weis
  • Developmental Screenings 0-5 yrs – Parents as Teachers
  • Car Seat Safety Checks – Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (FREE car seat replacement for qualifying families while supplies last – funded by Child Welfare Decat Project)
  • Rethink Your Drink – MATURA WIC/MCH
  • Blood Typing – LifeServe Blood Center
  • Hazardous Plants & Animals – County Conservation Board
  • Reading Nutrition Labels – Hy-Vee Mt. Ayr
  • K9 Demonstration – Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office
  • Healthy Snacks – Iowa State University Extension Outreach
  • Driving Kindness – HCI Care Services
  • Seniors on the Move – Ringgold Co. Senior Activity Center
  • Wellness Events in Ringgold County – Ringgold Co. Wellness Coalition
  • Explore the Trolley – Southern Iowa Trolley

Ringgold County Hospital will also be offering mini education sessions:

  • Blood Pressure Checks – Mount Ayr Medical Clinic
  • Hand Washing Station – Infection Control & Prevention
  • Seat Belt Safety – Emergency Care Department
  • Senior Insurance – SHIIP Coordinator
  • Vein & Artery Diseases – Surgery Department

Check back for additional information as it becomes available. Organizations interested in being involved in the health fair can return the following form prior to April 1: 2016 Health Fair Form

New Dietary Guidelines

New dietary guidelines were unveiled recently that called on Americans to cut down on meat, salt, and sweets. The new guidelines recommend consuming less than 10 percent of one’s daily calories from added sugar—including that found in seemingly healthy foods, such as yogurt. Limiting saturated fat was also recommended—a chief source is meat. Eating less meat is associated with reduced cases of heart disease and stroke, the report said. The report also singled out teenage boys and adult men as eating excessive meat and other proteins, and said they “need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs and increasing amounts of vegetables or other under consumed food groups.”

But for many people, the report said, eggs are a good source of nutrition, and not as big a worry on cholesterol as previously believed. Americans are also advised to eat more fruits and vegetables and work out more. The recommendation on sodium is now 2,300 milligrams per day for healthy adults and 1,500 milligrams per day for those with high blood pressure or those in danger of developing high blood pressure. The number of Americans at risk of developing high blood pressure has increased over the past five years. Now, two-thirds of the population is at risk. Back in 2010, only half the population was at risk. The increase in people with high blood pressure is another reason to “know your numbers.” Everyone is encouraged to stop by the RCH lobby between 7-10:00 a.m. February 15-19, 2016 for free blood pressure screenings.

Source: American Heart Association

Coach’s Corner

Leslie Dredge-Murphy
Advice from Leslie Dredge-Murphy, Health Coach at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic

It’s a new year, why not try on a new attitude? Since it’s February, let’s focus on loving your life and yourself! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Create a “positive” or “grateful” journal and try to capture at least three things each day.
  • Volunteer! When you’re helping others and giving back you feel great. The more you give, the better you feel!
  • Challenge yourself by setting a goal. Achieving goals can boost your confidence and make you feel more in control of your life.
  • Set aside some “Me Time.” Do things you truly enjoy, just because. Whether it’s reading, going to a movie, spending time with a best friend, or taking a walk, recharge yourself with some time spent on you!

Don’t miss FREE Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Screenings
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday
February 15–19
RCH Lobby

Feeling Better Than Ever

2016 George Haidsiak

Cardiac rehab helped George get back to work

For George Haidsiak, the “new normal” is actually better than ever. “I feel wonderful!” he reported on a cold day in January. His story begins when he experienced chest pains and was rushed to the hospital. “They did an enzyme test, and sure enough, I’d had a heart attack,” he explained. “They took me to Des Moines to see a heart specialist. Luckily, it was a very small obstruction that affected only about 10% of my heart. After trying to do an angiogram, which didn’t work, I was told that I could go back to my normal activities.”
A lifelong farmer, currently managing about 90 head of cattle, George has been active all his life. But like anyone in his 60s, over time he had begun to “take the easier roads when doing things.” His “normal activities” included plenty of physical labor, but not necessarily constant work for extended lengths of time. When Jennifer England from Ringgold County Hospital’s cardiac rehab department contacted him, he was skeptical at first. “The doctors had cleared me for normal activity, so I didn’t think I needed rehab. But I agreed to come in and talk to her. I thought it sounded very interesting so I decided to start the program.”
George’s rehab focused on exercise and nutrition education. He began with 2 ½ miles per hour walks on a treadmill for about 20 minutes. Along with the walking he did stretching and weight lifting and other muscle-building exercises. By the time he finished his 16-week program he was up to 3 miles per hour for at least 40 minutes. “I could really feel the difference,” he said. “As it got more strenuous, I kept
improving.” He’s continued the exercise program at home. “When I’m doing chores and working on the farm I don’t get tired or winded like I used to.”

After four months of cardiac rehab, George doesn't tire as easily

After four months of cardiac rehab, George doesn’t tire as easily

Because of his overall health and the condition of his heart, cardiac rehab was recommended, but not mandatory for George. It was the convenience of Ringgold County Hospital and the quality of the staff that made the difference for him. “If they’d wanted me to do rehab in Des Moines, I just wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “It’s a two-hour drive and not economically feasible. But this worked out perfectly for me. Jennifer was superb.”
George’s “new normal” really is better than ever. “I feel wonderful. It’s been worth it. Whenever someone asks me how I’m feeling I tell them I’m doing great. I’ve never had another chest pain. I am very lucky.”
For more information on Ringgold County Hospital cardiac rehab program, contact Jennifer England at 641-464-3226.

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