You and Your Health and Safety
Health Awareness Plans Informative
Now that spring is in the air, celebrate the new season by learning more
about how to get and stay healthy with these seminars sponsored by the Health
Awareness Program. Unless otherwise noted, you can register for all classes
at the Health Awareness Program offices, Suite 100, 1015 Chestnut Street,
or call 5-6319 to reserve your seat.
Heart Healthy Eating Program
Making heart healthy eating part of your lifestyle is a crucial step towards
preventing and treating high blood cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
Come to these sessions presented by registered dietitians from Jefferson's
Dining With Heart program to learn how to handle all types of eating situations,
including meals at home, restaurant eating, social situations, the workplace,
and eating on the run. Class dates are Tuesday, May 7, 14 and 21, from noon
to 1 p.m. Preregistration is required and there is a $35 fee for the series.
Eat and Learn at Carolina's Restaurant
Carolina's Restaurant, one of Jefferson's Dining With Heart restaurants,
is sponsoring a monthly speaker's series from 7 to 9 p.m. at Carolina's
suburban location, 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor. Preregistration is required
and there is a fee for the meal. This month features:
For more information or to register, call Carolina Restaurant's Denise Bennett
at 1-610-293-1000 or the Health Awareness Program at 5-6319.
- "Sports Nutrition" ­p; Learn how what you eat and drink
influences your physical performance from Jefferson Hospital's John McShane,
MD, director of primary care sports medicine and team physician for the
Philadelphia Eagles, and Barb Whedon, RD, outpatient dietitian, department
of nutrition and dietetics. They will cover the nutritional concerns of
athletically active people and address topics such as fluids and hydration,
what, when and how much food to eat for optimum performance, and supplements
on Tuesday, May 7.
- "Understanding the Myths and Facts About Menopause" ­p;
Let Joan H. Zeidman, MD, from the department of obstetrics and gynecology
at Bryn Mawr Hospital, a member of the Jefferson Health System, separate
menopause fact from fiction. She will discuss subjects including the relationship
of menopause to heart disease and osteoporosis, managing menopause symptoms,
and hormone replacement therapy on Tuesday, May 21.
"Sun Sense Is No Nonsense" - free seminar
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Join Kenneth E. Wasserman,
MD, clinical instructor of dermatology, to learn the causes, prevention
methods and treatment options for skin cancer on Thursday, May 2, from noon
to 1 p.m., room 203, Jefferson Medical College.
"Healthy Snacking for Kids" - free seminar
Feeding children healthy food is very challenging with the abundance of
snack foods available in grocery stores. Let Maureen Boccella, RD, department
of nutrition and dietetics, give you options for healthy snacking using
homemade treats as well as store bought convenience foods, on Wednesday,
May 8, from noon to 1 p.m., room 203, Jefferson Medical College.
Stroke Awareness Month Activities
The Health Awareness Program, together with the department of neurology's
Stroke Center, is offering the following events in recognition of Stroke
Awareness Month in May.
On Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15, pick up information on stroke risk
and prevention at the Atrium booth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"What You Need to Know About Stroke" - This free lecture, presented
by Toby R. Mazer, MPH, program administrator/coordinator for the Stroke
Center, will cover stroke risk, prevention and the latest treatments on
Tuesday, May 14 from noon to 1 p.m., room 105, Bluemle Life Sciences. Call
the Health Awareness Program at 5-6319 to reserve your seat at the lecture.
Getting the Most From Your Pelvic Exam
Women on their way to the gynecologist's office for a pap smear or for treatment
of a vaginal discharge should keep in mind that douches, spermicides and
over-the-counter medications for yeast infections can camouflage symptoms
and affect test results, making it difficult for your doctor to make an
accurate diagnosis. Hee Ok Park, MD, a Jefferson gynecologist, advises women
not to use any kind of vaginal medication or douche for at least two days
before a pap smear or other pelvic exam and to refrain from intercourse
on the morning of the exam and the night before.
Wrist Guards Don't Protect Skaters From Fractures
Protective gear for rollerbladers may not be that protective at all. Jefferson
researchers, led by orthopaedic surgeon Peter Sharkey, MD, found that wrist
guards do little to prevent fractures of the wrist and forearm when a skater
falls forward on outstretched hands. Wrist guards do serve a purpose, however.
Like knee pads, they prevent abrasions. While the choice of whether to wear
wrist guards when rollerblading is up to each individual, there's only one
choice when it comes to protective head gear ­p; always wear a helmet.
Females: Hormones Can Cause Poor Sleep
Women, are you in the dark about how quality of sleep is vulnerable to fluctuating
hormones? Early in the menstrual cycle when progesterone levels are low,
women get less deep, restorative sleep. Mid-month ovulation triggers high
levels of progesterone, making women sleepier. For PMS sufferers, the opposite
occurs. Elevated progesterone levels may actually cause changes that disrupt
sleep. Progesterone levels then plummet with the onset of menstruation,
setting off a night of insomnia for some. Menopause brings little relief.
Lack of estrogen in the later years results in hot flashes, triggering several
awakenings during the night, says Sharon Schutte, MD, a specialist at Jefferson's
Sleep Disorders Center.
Changes during pregnancy, such as the increased need to urinate at night,
disrupt normal sleep patterns and sleep quality, and thus sap daytime energy.
By the twelfth week, pregnant women get less of the deep sleep that restores
the body, less dream-state sleep that rejuvenates the mind and spend more
time awake at night. Through the second trimester, many women seem to adapt
and feel better. But in the third trimester, sleep fragmentation and wakefulness
Relax With a Free Spring Concert
Need to get away from it all for a while and just be entertained? A free
concert may be just what the doctor ordered. Come to the annual spring concert
of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir and Orchestra on Friday, May 10
at 8 p.m. at Jefferson Medical College's McClellan Hall, 1025 Walnut Street.
The choir will perform W.A. Mozart's Requiem, with additional works by George
Gershwin and other American composers. Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, professor
of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Jefferson, is the founder and
conductor of the choir, which is composed of physicians, nurses, students,
employees, alumni and spouses within the Jefferson community. This concert
is free and open to the public. For further information, call 215/545-3322.
Safe and Healthy Travel Strategies, Part 2
In March, Jefferson's Travel Medicine Staff offered travel tips to help
you stay healthy when flying or sailing to your vacation spot. This month,
they serve up health hints you should consider once you're at your vacation
destination to make sure you return with happy memories, not an illness.
- When flying across time zones, allow one day for your body clock to
readjust for every time-zone change. Despite varying research results and
disagreement by medical experts on dosage recommendation, some frequent
flyers swear by melatonin pills to help counteract the effects of jet lag.
Save your money, says Valerie Godzieba, CRNP, RN. You can acclimate your
body to time-zone changes more naturally by eating and sleeping according
to local time.
- Your body needs time to adapt to high altitudes in order to minimize
the symptoms of altitude sickness, characterized by nausea, headache, fatigue
and insomnia.Tobacco, alcohol and excessive food aggravate altitude sickness.
- Take food and water precautions to guard against Hepatitis A, typhoid
fever and traveler's diarrhea when traveling outside the U.S. Drink bottled
beverages only, served straight up (ice is a potential source of contamination).
Avoid food sold by street vendors, as well as raw and uncooked foods, including
green salads and cold salads. Be sure that all dairy products have been
pasteurized. Toast your trip with beer or wine; alcohol in mixed drinks
doesn't kill organisms.