You and Your Health and Safety
Health Awareness Offers Programs
at Center City And Ford Road
Center City campus Health Awareness programs include National Heart Month
observances and the kickoff of two new programs. Ford Road employees can
take advantage of a new program, as well as programs on osteoporosis and
CENTER CITY CAMPUS
- Heart Month ­p; on Thursday, February 1, Wednesday, February 14,
and Thursday, February 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the east Atrium cafeteria,
Jefferson's cardiac clinical nurse specialists will offer information and
answer questions about your heart health.
- Feel Like a Million ­p; registration: Monday through Friday, February
5 through 9; classes: Monday, February 12 through Friday, March 29. Fee:
$5. Also at Ford Road. This fun-filled, motivating eight-week stress management
program will help you feel your best. Using a financial theme and a variety
of physical, mental, emotional and social activities that you practice on
your own, you'll learn to cope better when the inevitable stress-producer
hits. This self-paced program even allows you to earn incentive prizes.
Look for the announcement and registration form in interoffice mail or call
6319 for more information.
- Eating Well With Diabetes ­p; five Wednesdays, February 28, March
6, 13, 20 and 27; noon to 1 p.m; 202 College; fee: $50; registration deadline,
Friday, February 23. Healthy eating is the first step in taking better care
of diabetes. When you couple conflicting information about this condition
with your unique lifestyle and food preferences, eating right can be a difficult
juggling act. This five-week class taught by a registered dietitian will
make you better able to control your daily food choices while aiming for
better control of your blood sugars. Topics include: the relationship between
nutrition and diabetes, overview of basic diet goals and principles, the
importance of self-monitoring, balancing food groups, food sources of carbohydrates
and their effect on blood sugar, carbohydrate control, sugar ­p; not
a poison, fiber ­p; a friend, cutting back on fat, label reading, food
preparation and meal planning. Preregistration is required. To register
or for more information, call 6319.
FORD ROAD CAMPUS
- Feel Like a Million; see description above.
- Osteoporosis ­p; Friday, February 9; noon to 1 p.m.; Boardroom; free
John L. Abruzzo, MD, director of the Jefferson Osteoporosis Center, will
address advances in preventing, detecting and treating this brittle bone
disease, including bone density scanning, estrogen replacement therapy and
newly approved medications. To reserve your seat or for more information,
- SleepWell! Program ­p; Monday, February 5; noon to 1 p.m.; Boardroom;
free. You need a good night's sleep to keep yourself productive, safe and
healthy. If you're among the one third of adults not getting their necessary
sleep, you'll want to hear Karl Doghramji, MD, medical director of Jefferson's
Sleep Disorders Center. Dr. Doghramji will help you understand what constitutes
"normal" sleep, determine whether you have a sleep problem, provide
you with simple self-care techniques and discuss when to seek professional
help. To reserve your seat or for more information, call 6319.
Adult Vaccinations Can Help Save Your Life
If you thought adulthood meant the end of immunizations, think again. Kenneth
R. Epstein, MD, internal medicine, says that you're never too old to be
at risk for serious illnesses. Below are the immunizations Dr. Epstein recommends
Adolescents and young adults ­p; hepatitis B if in high-risk group (check
with your physician); primary series of tetanus-diphtheria if there is no
documentation of childhood vaccination and then a booster shot every 10
years; measles-mumps-rubella if there's no evidence of live-virus immunization
against measles after the first birthday, physician-documented measles infection
or laboratory-proven immunity.
Age 25 to 64 ­p; annual flu shots if in high-risk group (check with your
physician); tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years; measles-mumps-rubella for
adults born after 1956 who have no evidence of live-virus immunization against
measles after their first birthday, physician-documented measles infection
or laboratory proven immunity.
Age 65 and over ­p; annual flu shots; tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years;
pneumococcal vaccine, given once in a lifetime to protect against pneumococcal
pneumonia, the most common type of bacterial pneumonia.
For Your Heart's Sake, Heed These Warning
February is American Heart Month, and this year's campaign focuses on the
early warning signs of a heart attack. Incidentally, heart disease is the
number one killer of women, so females also need to be aware of symptoms
that signal their heart is in distress.
"The most prominent symptom of a heart attack is pain, tightness, pressure
or ache in the chest, neck, jaw, back or arms," says Jefferson cardiologist
Albert N. Brest, MD. "Rest does not make the pain go away, and if it
occurs in association with any of the following symptoms, go immediately
to the nearest emergency room," urges Dr. Brest. These symptoms include:
The sooner you seek treatment, the less damage to your heart muscle and
the better your chance of surviving. Chest pain that occurs during exercise
and subsides when you stop exerting yourself, may mean a coronary artery
is partially blocked and a heart attack could be lurking in your future.
See your doctor for a complete check-up if you suffer chest pain or shortness
of breath while exercising.
- Faintness, dizziness, weakness, excess sweating
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- A feeling of severe indigestion
Rethinking Weight Gain
Your bathroom scale may be the best barometer of heart disease risk, according
to a recent study that rebuts the acceptability of midlife weight gain.
The study, which focused on women, showed that even gaining as little as
11 pounds after age 35 increases heart disease risk. Weight gain, not merely
obesity, joins the list of heart disease risk factors: high blood cholesterol,
high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of heart disease and harmful
habits, such as cigarette smoking and sedentary living. Jefferson cardiologist
Marc L. Schwartz, MD, says that women whose weight has been creeping up
every year should see their doctor to discuss their risk of developing heart
disease, especially if they have other risk factors.
Women whose doctors advise them to lose weight should take a sensible approach,
cautions Jefferson registered dietitian Cheryl Marco, RD. Stay away from
crash diets. Adding physical activity to your life, along with a diet rich
in carbohydrates and fiber, will boost your metabolism and help you lose
weight gradually and safely.