Fit and Healthy

April 4, 2011

Valle Verde (Arizona, USA) helps the local community to become fit and healthy
Families are being encouraged to get fit together, thanks to an ongoing program sponsored in part by District 5500 Rotarians. Eighteen months ago, Valle Verde Rotary Club partnered with the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona to form the Sahuarita Health & Wellness Committee. This led to an approach to the Town of Sa- huarita with the idea of starting a continuing health and fitness pro- gram, which was subse- quently embraced by the Parks & Recreation Department. In 2010 this partnership led to the successful Harvest your Fitness Fall Challenge, designed to encourage Sahuarita- area children and parents to exercise by providing an achievable eight-week training program for the 5k walk/ run event at the Sahuarita Pecan Festival. It also in- cluded incentives to complete the program. Inspired by the success of this event, the Rotary Club is now helping to sponsor the Step into Spring Get Fit Challenge.

The Challenge includes a step contest and prizes for the top adult male, adult female and youth participants who the most steps recorded on their pedometer. The program runs for six weeks where pedometer steps are recorded at each Saturday session – the last session is March 26 – and where local fitness experts offer their help.
And thanks to the sponsorship of Valle Verde Rotary Club, which has received a District Sim- plified Grant for this program, it is free to all participants.
―I think it will give other clubs the idea of making their communities a healthier place to live,
said Gary Friedman, Valle Verde’s Foundation Chair and a member of the Health & Wellness Committee.
For more information about the program visit http:// www.ci.sahuarita.az.us/index.php/town-departments/ parks-a-recreation/harvest-your-fitness.html

Heart Health

March 21, 2011

“A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

- Mohandas K. Gandhi

For some timeI have been meaning to read Jill Bolt Taylors “My Stroke of Insight” and made a conscious choice to read it during “Heart Health” month. I would be remiss to let February go by without speaking about stroke and it’s dramatic impact on ones life. Changing your lifestyle can greatly reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease but nothing I have to say on the subject can do justice to the insider view that Dr Jill Taylor provides. It is near miraculous that someone who devoted her entire life to studying the brain would suffer an event of this magnitude and recover completely to tell us about what happened. The attached link from TED is well worth watching on so many levels and is just a brief taste of what the book has to offer. Missing from the video is how those of us caring for and friending the person experiencing a stroke can be most helpful. I highly recommend the book.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight.html

Another area that cannot be ignored is the effect of stress and anger on the heart. There is ample evidence to support the role of hostility in developing heart disease. The heart has always been associated with emotion. Words like “hard hearted”, “cold hearted”, and “open hearted” come to mind. When we watch a movie that elicits positive emotions we call it “heart warming”. Take some time this month to examine what is in your heart? It may have more effect on your cardio vascular health than you imagine. Consider stress management options that include some form of activity like walking, dancing or yoga and you will help your heart in two ways simultaneously!

Vitamin D

February 21, 2011

HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

On Thursday, February 17, the committee heard presentations by Dr. Robert Heaney of Creighton University in Nebraska and Carole Baggerly, of GrassrootsHealth, a public health promotion organization from California. The two presentations explained the connection between adequate blood serum levels of vitamin D and decreased incidence of chronic disease and illness. Dr. Heaney showed that the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation for daily vitamin D intake is too low, and has not caught up with current science. GrassrootsHealth’s message was to make vitamin D awareness, testing and supplementation a public health initiative, and estimated that the State of Alaska could save thousands of lives and millions of dollars by doing so.

“Vitamin D and Your Health,” Saturday the 19th I hosted a public health fair with a GrassrootsHealth presentation to both the public and local Juneau healthcare providers. Cancer Connection, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), Rainforest Naturopathic Clinic, Bartlett Regional Hospital, the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, and the Division of Public Health’s Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion were all represented at the event. Each had an information booth on a wide array of preventative health and wellness information. This included anything from diabetes, heart disease and cancer prevention to injury and suicide prevention. The event was successful, considering heavy snowfall in Juneau, and that many in the audience had good questions for Carole Baggerly after her vitamin D presentation. I want to thank my staff who put in many extra hours to make this event happen, and especially my intern, Crystal, who did so much of the coordination and was in charge of all of us on this project.

From Representative Paul Seaton, Homer, Alaska Rotarian

From Bangladesh

January 18, 2011
Good morning, Hope you are fine, I am Ahsan Samad, President of Rotary Club of Jessore Central, R I District 3280, Bangladesh. Here is attached MULTI DISTRICT HEALTH FAIR & CULTURAL PROGRAM 2011 Photo. We jointly organized with Rural Re-construction Foundation, Jessore, Bangladesh, Rotary club of Green city Madhamgram, Rotary club of Central Calcutta, Rotary club of North Calcutta, Rotary club of Calcutta Old City, Rotary club of Bidhanngar, Rotary club of Kabitirtha Calcutta, Rotary club of Calcutta Laban Hrad & Rotary club of Calcutta Elgin, R I District 3291, India. Here 1st & 2nd January 2011 we serve totally 2476 patient. We organized 2 camp, 1st camp in Rural Re-construction Foundation, Ramnagar, Jessore, Bangladesh & 2nd camp in Pajiana Digree Collage, Panjia, Keshabpur, Jessore, Bangladesh. 1st camp open by Deputy Commissioner of Jessore, Bangladesh & Cutural program open by Polish Super Jessore, Bangladesh. 2nd camp & Cutural program open by UNO Keshabpur, Jessore. News paper & TV Channel already cover the program & its also create Rotary image. Thanks

Rtn Ahsan Samad

President

Rotary cub of Jessore Central

R I District 3280, Bangadesh.

MERIDA’S HEALTH FAIR

January 13, 2011

Here’s a great opportunity to find some warm sun in February. Contact Ruby or David.

HI DEAR FRIENDS,

WE HOPE YOU´RE FINE AND WE INVITED YOU TO OUR HEALTH FAIR IN MÉRIDA 25-26 FEBRUARY

WE MISS YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEE YOU SOON

SINCERELY

RUBY AND DAVID GONZÁLEZ

Distrito 4200

Calle 23 # 180 x 8

Col. García Ginerés C.P.97070

Mérida, Yucatán. México

Tel. (999) 920 16 01/ 920 15 46

China Health Fairs – what’s coming?

October 14, 2010

China Health Fairs will be held in three villages in the LongChuan District of Yunnan Province, China.
October 16th – Nongguan Health Village in Zhangfeng Town

October 17th – Guangson Health Village in Jinghan Town

October 18th – Manmao Heath Village in Chengzi Town

The objective of this series of health fairs is to provide villagers with overall basic knowledge about health with particular focus on HIV/AIDS prevention education, the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse – including tobacco, women and children’s healthcare, cardio-cerebral-vascular disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and the correct application of medicines.

The Chinese are planning educational entertainment by organizing games and plays related to each subject to make it easy for the villagers to understand.

Rotary’s is very appreciative of the HuaQiao Foundation which is providing the administration, recruitment and education of volunteer students to assist Rotary in making these health fairs successful.

All the best,

Patricia Fiske

Denver Mile High Rotary

China Health Fair Organizer comment

June 4, 2010

Dear friends,

I am David Hao who is the project organizer of China Health Fairs so that I can provide more details.

As the China Yunnan Health Fairs was hold on 3-5 April 2010, there were 100 people came to the hospital to get the medical test so it is 300 in total. What’s more, there were more than 500 people enjoyed our health education what was hold in hospital, school and village.

Thank you

David Hao
Huaqiao Foundation Volunteer

Merida, Mexico Health Fair

May 12, 2010

Hajra Wilson

The VI Merida Health Fair 2010 organized by the 5 Rotary Clubs of Merida, Yucatan was held on 16th and 17th April 2010. In spite of the inclement weather, the Fair was well attended.

Friday 16th April, the students from 6 public schools in Merida were bused in to the Poliforum Zuma Arena. The whole arena was turned into a “great doctors office” where free health services were provided. The entire space was made available for the adults, students, families and senior citizens.

The Health Fair offered the following services: dentistry, cholesterol tests, glucose, triglycerides, blood pressure, bone density, mammography, physiotherapy other clinical analysis. Several university departments were on hand to provide many services. It provided valuable experience for the students, who were very please to be included.

The Lions Club of Merida assisted with eye exams and eye glasses were provided to those in need.

Juanita Castro, a resident of the Colony South Plan de Alaya, who was one the recipients of some of the tests. “I heard about the Health Fair and arrived and discovered there was no waiting and all the young people were very polite. I was seen quickly and received very good treatment and advice, besides it was free. Visiting a doctor in his office is very expensive and the wait times are much longer,” she said.

The students attended seminars on drug prevention of legal and illegal, the effects of alcohol also birth control. There also seminars on sex education. There were also seminars for adults on similar subjects and abused prevention, nutrition.

The Regional Coordinator, Ruby Riverio Gonzales states that “there is a great need for us to continue holding this health fair annually so that we may provide for those in need, who would not otherwise receive medical advice”.

The Rotary booth manned by the local Rotarians from the 5 clubs and Hajra Wilson, Rotary Club of Cambridge North, District 7080. The “bionic’ baby was used to teach the young students on caring for young infant. This booth had also several displays on effects of smoking, “Little Annie” was used to teach CPR and as always toothbrushes and tooth paste was distributed. Canadian dentists from the Cambridge North Club, Canada very kindly donated.

Plans are already on the way for the next Health Fair.

Health Fair in Celaya, Mexico

May 7, 2010

ESTAMOS EN ESPERA DEL GRUPO PARA LA FERIA DE LA SALUD EN CELAYA GUANAJUATO EN EL MES DE OCTUBRE LOS DIAS 8 9 10 . lA FERIA EN LA QUINTA FERIA Y EL OBJETIVO FUNDAMENTAL ES INCREMENTAR LA CULTURA DEL PREVENCION Y EN PARTICULAR ACCIONES PARA PREVENCION DE LA OBESIDAD QUE TENEMOS CINCO AÑOS TRABAJANDOLAS Y SIN EMBARGO SOMOS EL PRIMER PAIS DEL MUNDO EN INCREMENTO DE OBESIDAD INFANTIL.
ESPERAMOS NOTICIAS DE USTEDES PARA RECIBIRLOS COMO SE MERECEN . ESTAMOS A SUS ORDENES EN EL CENTRO DEL PAIS A 3 HORAS DE LA CAPITAL DE MEXICO IGUALMENTE TENEMOS AEROPUERTO INTERNACIONAL ENEL BAJIO . DR- MARIANO GONZALEZ PEREZ

162 Colorado Health Fairs

May 7, 2010

Jim Goddard, President and CEO of 9HealthFair in Colorado reports: It looks like we will have seen over 85,000 people at this year’s 162 fair sites by the end of May. We piloted the offering of Vitamin D screening and at those nine pilot sites about 20-25% of attendees chose to pay for this new screening. We continue to offer free pap smears (about 2300) along with over 20 other free screenings. We have kept our prices the same now for almost 10 years for the three main screenings for which we charge (blood chemistry; blood count; psa for men). We began offering the new immunochemical colorectal cancer screening take-home kit for a charge in 2008 (about 5-10% of attendees purchase this kit).

Congratulations to Jim, his staff, his Board, and to all the citizens of Colorado who have benefited from these life saving and changing services. For more information contact Jim at: mailto:jim.goddard


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