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Wellness Center Focus - Delay Physical Immobility Print E-mail
Friday, January 14, 2011 03:34 PM

It's inevitable that our bodies are going to slow us down at some point. But why not do what you can now to put that off for as long as possible? Jane Brody shares the advice of Mark Lachs, director of geriatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, in a recent New York Times article: "If you begin a daily walking program at age 45, you could delay immobility to 90 and beyond. If you become a couch potato at 45 and remain so, immobility can encroach as early as 60."

Even if you are well into your retirement, it's not too late to get started. Many studies have confirmed the positive impact of strength training exercises on seniors' balance and ability to accomplish day-to-day activities.

Two important pieces of advice include:

  1. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities, including dementia.
  2. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of seniors who are frail, or who have diseases that accompany aging.

For more information on staying healthy or any of our disease management programs, contact the Wellness Center at (504) 849-6868.

 
EJGH Wellness Center Program Spotlight Print E-mail
Monday, January 10, 2011 09:06 AM

Did you know that the EJGH Wellness Center offers an innovative Cancer Wellness Program?

Recent studies have shown that regular exercise during treatment and after remission can have a profoundly positive effect on a cancer patient's likelihood to have a recurrence. In addition, exercise has been proven to relieve stress and elevate mood, two important components of recovery. With these factors in mind, EJGH has created a three-phase approach for its Cancer Wellness Program.

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Exercising to Your Own Beat Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 09:45 AM

If the old adage, "Move around more. Eat less," makes you think weight loss isn't rocket science, you may be surprised to learn how exact a science it can be. As it turns out, not all caloric burn is created equal. For example, exercising at lower heart rates can burn more fat than exercising at higher rates. But does that mean taking a slow stroll is a better weight loss regimen than jogging at a quick clip? Not really.

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EJGH Earns Second Consecutive AHA Gold Performance Award Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 04:12 PM

East Jefferson General Hospital is excited to end the year with a heart healthy, award-winning program. We were very proud a year ago when the American Heart Association examined our cardiac heart failure program and gave us their highest honor – the Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for our outstanding clinical outcomes in treating patients diagnosed with heart failure. EJGH was the only hospital in our area to receive this award in heart failure.

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