September 2015

Kevin O'Connell

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the September issue of Healthy Living News. As the image on our cover suggests, it’s time to get ready for the 22nd Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure, to be held Sunday, September 27 in downtown Toledo. In fact, this issue marks our 19th consecutive year as a proud sponsor of Race for the Cure, a vital event that brings hope to so many area residents whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. For more details, see the article on page 5.

This issue is also packed with information—and, we hope, inspiration—for folks in our community whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s disease, including an article on the groundbreaking deep brain stimulation procedure, now offered locally at UTMC (p. 11); a profile of the services and events offered by our friends at the Parkinson Foundation of Northwest Ohio (p. 9); and a look at how exercise helps ease Parkinson’s symptoms courtesy of Central Park West (p. 12).

And that’s just scratching the surface of this jam-packed, 56-page issue. You’ll also find timely advice on being “allergy-alert” as kids head back to school from Toledo Clinic allergist/immunologist Dr. Binod Thakur (p. 23), expert perspectives on the exciting collaboration between ProMedica and Harbor that’s helping to integrate medical and mental health services in our community (p. 30), observations on the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma from Cindy Sutton, CNP, of The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (p. 7), and insights on ovarian cancer—“the cancer that whispers”—from Mercy gynecological oncologist Dr. Jennifer Rhode (p. 42).

In addition to Race for the Cure, we’d like to draw your attention to two other upcoming events. The first is a diabetes health fair presented by Endocrine Specialists, to be held Saturday, October 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, please see their ad on page 38. The second is a lecture series titled “Focus on Lymphedema Prevention and Management,” to be held Thursday, October 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom on the UT Health Science Campus. To learn more, see the ad and article on page 14.

Unitl next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!

ProMedica and Harbor partner to integrate medical and behavioral aspects of chronic disease care

When treating any patient diagnosed with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, addressing the physical impact of the disease is only one-half of the equation. The other half is dealing appropriately with the mental-health issues that often go hand-in-hand with chronic illness. However, under traditional care models, the medical and behavioral aspects of disease treatment tend to be compartmentalized and fragmented, making it difficult for patients with mental-health needs to access the services that lead to optimal outcomes.

Don’t get stuck in your comfort zone

When you’ve been running the same course at the same pace for a long period, the route and scenery become boring and you might feel as though you’re on “auto pilot” during your run. Most runners experience these same feelings at one time or another during their training. Challenging yourself daily with your running program will help minimize your “comfort-zone” tendencies. Here’s how:

Autumn skin spruce-up

Very few individuals realize that 80% of their facial appearance with aging is due to sun exposure and subsequent skin damage. All the brown spots (“age spots”), broken blood vessels on the face, fine lines, and sagging skin are caused almost entirely by sun! What about the “worry lines” between your eyes, deep smile lines, upper lip lines (lipstick runs uphill), and your sagging jowls and neck? These unfortunate changes caused by prior sun exposure can be improved dramatically with pain-free, non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Handler.