Nurse's week

Happy May! As we welcome spring with new bright green grass and colorful, fragrant flowers; it’s time to celebrate two important events. The first of which was Nurses Week (May 6 – 12th).

Nurse’s week  celebrates the many accomplishments of this notable profession. President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation on March 25, 1982 proclaiming May 6, 1982 to be “National Recognition Day for Nurses.” The week ends on May 12th, which is the birthday of the world’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale.   While nursing has changed through the years and our roles expanded, nursing is still ranked by Gallup as the most trusted profession.

This year’s theme is:  “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Many healthcare organizations recognize the value nurses bring to the healthcare arena by acknowledging their nursing team and recognizing those who have gone above and beyond.  There are over 3.6 million nurses in the United States who serve to heal, educate comfort, console and lead.

The second event I want to highlight is Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th.  It’s a day where we take the time to acknowledge our mothers and show them how much we appreciate them.  This year make a commitment and have a healthy care conversation with your mom.  Our moms are so busy taking care of others, they forget to take care of themselves.

Women are disproportionately impacted by joint pain and arthritis.  Physician diagnosed arthritis is more common in women and women of color suffer more severe joint pain. Physical activity helps relieve joint pain and improve physical function and can break the vicious cycle.

So this Mother’s Day, forget the chocolate and take a walk with your mom.   It could lead to a longer healthier life for you both.

 

National Minority Health Month

Why I Believe: Tamara Huff

  Orthopedic Surgeon Tamara Huff is an engaging surgeon in Waycross, GA. She is an ardent supporter of creating ways to engaging patients in their health care. Why are you committed to the Movement is life Caucus?   I believe I can contribute and help the Hispanic and Latino Community to get health care and improve […]

Why I Believe: Jannifer Harper

Dr. Jannifer Harper is a board certified Internist and Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at Anthem and shared with us her reasons why she is part of the Movement is Life Caucus and our efforts to fight health care disparities

Why are you committed to the Movement is life Caucus?   I am committed to the Movement is Life Caucus because it is our future.

Why are fighting disparities important? To improve the health of our country’s population to in order to leave a healthier generation for our children.

What is one way to fight unconscious bias? You have to spend time with people who are different than you.

Since the caucus is about movement, can you tell us one thing you do in your health and wellness journey? I enjoy walking and using various fitness apps to track my food intake.

What is one health and wellness resource you value? I value relationships like the ones I have with my family.

 

Why I Believe: Kristine Lohr

Kristine M. Lohr MD, MS is a professor of medicine and a rheumatologist at the University of Kentucky. We asked her a few questions about why she is a member of Movement is Life Caucus.

Why are you committed to the Movement is life Caucus? Many of the patients I see would benefit from the outreach of the Movement is Life Caucus.

Why are fighting disparities important? I’ve always worked at safety net healthcare institutions and I am concerned about the potential and adverse effects of current and future health policies.

Since the caucus is about movement, can you tell us one thing you do in your health and wellness journey? I get a lot of benefit from riding my horse, playing with dogs learn yoga and focusing on spirituality.

 

Why I Believe: Erik Santos, MD, PhD

Recently we sat down with Dr. and PhD. Erick Santos an Orthopedic Surgeon from Corpus Christi Texas to discuss why he is a proud member of the Movement is Life Caucus and their efforts to fight health care disparities. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he is former United State Air Force flight surgeon.

Why are you committed to the Movement is life Caucus?   I want to end health care disparities having seen them first hand as a surgeon in South Texas.

Why are fighting disparities important? Fighting discrimination and advocating for the good of my patients is the right thing to do. By eliminating disparities we bring better health to all.

What is one way to fight unconscious bias? Education, communication and transparency are key. It will also be important to know that sharing will also work to get the message out.

Since the caucus is about movement, can you tell us one thing you do in your health and wellness journey? I exercise three-four times per week and walking four miles on the treadmill.

What is one health and wellness resource you value? I think a great resource is the website: www.ortholnfo.org.

 

 

Can Exercise Help You Tolerate Pain?

New York Times health blogger Gretchen Reynolds shares the results of a new study indicating that regular exercise may alter how a person experiences pain. The longer we continue to work out, the new findings suggest, the greater our tolerance for discomfort can grow.

Scientists have known that strenuous exercise briefly and acutely dulls pain. As muscles begin to ache during a prolonged workout, scientists have found, the body typically releases natural opiates, such as endorphins, and other substances that can slightly dampen the discomfort. This effect, which scientists refer to as exercise-induced hypoalgesia, usually begins during the workout and lingers for perhaps 20 or 30 minutes afterward.

Pain threshold is the point at which we start to feel pain. Pain tolerance is the amount of time that we can withstand the pain, before we cease doing whatever is causing it. The study found that volunteers who exercised had no change to their pain threshold but did have increased pain tolerance.

According to the lead researcher on the study, the findings “could be meaningful for people struggling with chronic pain.”

Read the entire article here.

 

6,000 Steps Per Day May Be Enough for Those With Knee OA

Researchers from Boston University have found that walking reduces the risk of functional limitation associated with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study, in part funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health), was just published in Arthritis Care & Research. The researchers measured the daily steps taken by nearly 2,000 people with—or at risk for—knee OA. All participants were part of the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study; each person had his or her walking measured for seven days and their functional limitation evaluated two years later.

Bottom line: Dr. Daniel White said, ” … despite the common popular goal of walking 10,000 steps per day, our study finds only 6,000 steps are necessary to realize benefits. We encourage those with or at risk of knee OA to walk at least 3,000 or more steps each day, and ultimately progress to 6,000 steps daily to minimize the risk of developing difficulty with mobility.”

Read the entire article in Orthopedics This Week.