December 2014 Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the December issue of Healthy Living News. We understand how chaotic the holiday season can be and sincerely appreciate that you’ve chosen to share some of your valuable time with us. We’re confident you’ll find something in the pages of this month’s jam-packed issue that informs, inspires, or entertains you.

As many of you know, my family recently experienced both the beginning and end of life’s journey, with the birth of our first granddaughter, Emma, and the passing of my father, Robert O’Connell—both of whom have a presence in this month’s issue. Baby Emma appears on the cover, helping to set the mood for holiday cheer, and as a tribute to Dad, we’re rerunning one of his favorite installments of Reminiscing with Robert O’Connell, which originally appeared in the December 2009 issue (p. 12). Many thanks to all our friends and readers who sent cards and emails in celebration of Emma and remembrance of Dad!

Also in this issue, nurse practitioner Joanna Heck, of The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers, shares her insights on oral chemotherapy (p. 6); Tracy Tran, a UT doctor of pharmacy student, and Dr. Michelle Mangan, a clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at UT, answer some common questions about prescription insurance (p. 22); ProMedica physician Kerri Simo explores the impact of Hepatitis C among baby boomers (p. 9); and pediatric nurse practitioner Cherie Csehi-Sexton discusses the brand new Mercy Health Center at OCS (p. 26), which recently opened on the campus of Clay High School. This innovative school-based health center is the first of its kind in our region and represents an exciting collaboration between Mercy and Oregon City Schools for the betterment of our community.

Of course, that’s just scratching the surface of the diverse content in this month’s issue! And remember, if you’re inspired to take advantage of any of our advertiser’s products or services, be sure to tell them you saw it in HLN!

On behalf of everyone here at Healthy Living News, I’d like to wish you and yours the very best this holiday season! Until next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!

Reminiscing with Robert O’Connell | Christmas in Annecy, France

Editor’s note: This installment of Reminiscing with Robert O’Connell originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Healthy Living News. Robert recently passed away at the age of 83, and we wanted to honor his memory by running a prior column that reflects his spirit and love of family. We think he would have chosen this one.)

Our favorite Christmas, as a family, was in 1972 in Annecy, France. I was fortunate to have been able to obtain a sabbatical leave for a school year from my teaching job at Ottawa Hills. Our son, Kevin, was an eighth grader, and our daughter, Anne, was a third grader.

Warm-water exercise improves health and mobility

Water exercise can offer multiple benefits for people at any age or fitness level. Water allows our bodies to be buoyant, so the experience causes less stress and impact on the joints than land exercise. This makes aquatics an ideal activity for those with arthritis or back problems as well as those who are recovering from orthopedic surgery or stroke. Some pools are saltwater, creating greater buoyancy and allowing a person to move even more fluidly in the water. As a result, more calories are burned using less exertion.