Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blood Drive at Fauquier Hospital June 28

On Thursday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fauquier Hospital will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive in its Sycamore Room.
Barbara Crierie, with Community Outreach, said, "We will be accepting all blood types, but Type O-, O+, A- and B- are especially needed at this time. Type O is always the most in demand and summer is the most challenging time for blood donations."

Donors will receive a $10 Target gift card, while supplies last. Remember to drink plenty of water and bring a photo ID.

Fauqueir Hospital Nurses Tell Their Stories

View Fauquier Health’s newest videos, which highlight our wonderful nurses. Annie Scube, R.N. (above), Karen Chapman, R.N., and Monica Hornaur, R.N., tell their stories at (Click on the Employees tab.)

Children Encouraged to Get Moving

John Ferguson, fitness instructor at the Fauquier Health Wellness Center, faced a sea of brightly colored T-shirts and eager faces Tuesday afternoon when 150 children from kindergarten to fifth grade gathered in the gym at P.B. Smith to try their hand --and feet -- at Zumba. The children attend Fauquier Community Child Care’s summer camp.

John used simple steps, lively music and lots of energy to encourage the kids to move -- and that was the point.

Fauquier Health has entered into a partnership with FCCC, Piedmont Pediatrics, Old Town Athletic Club and the Piedmont Community Foundation to create a program called Let’s Get Moving. The program is being piloted at FCCC’s three summer camp locations.

Each location has a yoga and a Zumba session from Wellness Center instructors each week, and the teen camp also gets a lesson in Parisi Speed School through Old Town Athletics. (It helps kids move more effectively and therefore, more confidently.) In addition, Aren Dodge, Wellness Center dietitian, holds healthy eating classes on Fridays.

Each location also received an activities box with 400 ideas on how to get active. Old Town Athletics purchased two of the boxes and Fauquier Health purchased the third. Camp counselors are putting the boxes to good use. The equipment to play the games described in the boxes -- balls, jump ropes, hoops, scarves and parachutes -- was purchased with a $5,000 donation from Piedmont Pediatrics. $1,500 from the Piedmont Community Foundation is covering other program costs.

Elizabeth Henrickson, manager of Community Outreach, says that the health system wanted to do something to combat childhood obesity after learning that an estimated 22 percent of local children are overweight or obese. “We sought out local partners because this is a community issue. It’s been great. I heard that the boys were hesitant about yoga,claiming it was ‘just for wimps,’ until Denise (DeCarlo Yantz) challenged them with ‘Oh yeah? Try this pose!’ They loved it!”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dr. Katz says, "De-junk Yourself"

This is a video presented by Dr. David Katz (and his children) and the Turn the Tide Foundation. It's fun and silly. Your kids may like it.

It got me thinking. Every family struggles to some extent with getting kids to eat right. I have three children and my trio is no exception.

My oldest decided to become a vegetarian when she was 8 (she has always been very socially conscious). She is now 23 and on her own; she is a farmers market aficionado and knows what hummus is.

My son, at 20, is cooking for himself for the first time this summer. We bought him groceries during a visit recently -- I kept putting vegetables in his cart and he kept taking them out. Fruits, yes. Veggies, no. He has started texting me with requests, though: "Mom, how do you cook a pork loin?" "Can you send me the recipe for that chicken with mustard sauce that you make?" "Can I have that extra crock pot we have in the garage?" I have hopes that he will learn the value of healthy eating, mostly because he is a college student and is too broke to buy fast food.

My 15-year-old astounds her friends by shunning soda and demanding fruits and vegetables at every meal. She'll make herself a protein shake for breakfast, to accompany some scrambled eggs or leftover chicken from the night before. We pack her lunch with healthy foods every school day and she snacks on tomato and mozzarella salad, a banana with peanut butter or some trail mix. I would love to take credit for her good habits, but her track coach gets all the kudos. He talks with his athletes about healthy eating and she (literally) eats it up. Thank you, Coach Carter.

There is so much information about how what we eat affects how we feel, now and for years to come. Share this video with your kids. Maybe it will inspire them to "de-junk" themselves.