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Jennifer Edwards
Staff Writer
Obesity is taking a toll on the health of
Americans of all ages. More and more
often, diseases previously associated with
aging are showing up in younger people.
Among them, one of the chief concerns
is the onset of Type II Diabetes, which can
have serious consequences from blindness
to amputation if it is left unchecked.
Pre-diabetes is a condition which occurs
when blood sugar levels are higher than
normal but not yet high enough to be diag-
nosed as diabetes.
There are 79 million people in the
United States who have pre-diabetes.
Many of the people getting diagnosed with
this condition now are young people who
tend to live a fast-food lifestyle.
Preventing, or at least delaying, pre-dia-
betes from progressing to diabetes can take
place with the help of simple lifestyle
changes, says Jennifer Femrite, diabetes
educator at New River Medical Center.
Learning how to exercise and move the
body, eat better and manage stress pays off
when people see the results of their efforts,
feel better and empower themselves to pre-
vent a potentially life-threatening condi-
tion, she says.
Taking steps to prevent Type II diabetes
include encouraging children to eat low-fat
foods which are rich in nutrients, like
whole grain cereals, fruit, vegetables, dairy
products and lean protein like chicken or
fish. (Sounds like school lunch).
Limiting sugary foods and beverages
like pop, fruit juice and iced tea can help.
Read labels on prepared foods and sauces.
Avoid anything that says it contains corn
syrup, which can be found in an amazing
variety of items one would not suspect to
contain sugar. In fact just about anything
that ends in ose likely is a sugar. This
includes fructose, lactose and sucrose and
should be avoided.
Staying active, spending less time in
front of the television, computer or playing
video games and moving around helps pre-
vent obesity and the onset of pre-diabetes.
Activities can be as simple as mowing
the lawn, bowling or walking the dog. The
important thing is to get moving and keep
moving on a regular basis.
Years ago, people naturally spent more
time outside and participating in strenuous
activity. Diabetes wasnt something people
worried about much when day-to-day sur-
vival was far more labor-intensive.
Parents used to send their children out-
side to play but these days there are more
fears and more children only play organ-
ized sports if they play games at all.
If parents think their child may be over-
weight and at risk for pre-diabetes should
begin by taking them to the doctor or a reg-
istered dietician to determine what their
fitness goals should be and how to get
there. It is very important for children to
get enough calories and nutrients while
they are growing and developing.
Motivating children to stay on a stricter
diet and exercise plan can be a challenge
when convenience foods are so handy and
so prevalent and they dont feel sick, but
the benefits are worth the struggle.
NRMC offers diabetes education classes
on a regular basis, which are free to the
community. The classes are designed to
encourage individuals or families to take
charge of their health. The next class
is Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. Contact Casey Ocken at
(763) 271-2304 for more information, or
online at
casey.ocken@newrivermedical.com
I Can Prevent Diabetes! is a 16-week
class for people who have already been
diagnosed with pre-diabetes. It is a com-
munity- based lifestyle change program
which offers education support and
encouragement to participants. This class
costs $160 and meets weekly Wed. from
Feb. 6 to May 22.
Preventing diabetes
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January is Radon Action Month
according to the Environmental
Protection Agency. Health agencies
throughout the United States have
joined forces to promote awareness of
the leading cause of lung cancer for
non-smokers. The American Lung
Association, Centers for Disease
Control, and National Cancer Institute
all agree that radon is a National health
problem and encourage radon testing
during the January awareness drive.
Radon is a naturally- occurring,
invisible and odorless radioactive gas.
One in 15 American homes contains
high levels of radon. Millions of
Americans are unknowingly exposed
to this dangerous gas. In fact, a recent
study by Harvard University ranks
radon as Americas leading in-home
hazard. By taking simple steps to test
your home for radon and fix if neces-
sary, this health hazard can be avoided.
Radon gas is not isolated to certain
geographical areas or home types.
Radon problems have been detectred
in homes in every county of the U.S. It
caused more American fatalities last
year than carbon monoxide, fires and
handguns combined! If a home hasnt
been tested for radon in the past two
years, EPA and the Surgeon General
urge you to take action. Contact your
state radon office for information on
locating qualified test kits or qualified
radon testers.
The federal commitment made by
EPA, the General Services
Administration, and the departments
of Agriculture, Defense, Energy,
Health and Human Services, Housing
and Urban Development, Interiors and
Veterans Affairs will focus efforts on
radon reduction and mitigation in
homes, especially those of low-income
families, many of whom do not have
the resources to make the simple fixes
necessary to protect their homes and
loved ones. Learn more about the
Federal Radon Action Plan at
www.RadonPlan.org.
Last year, the federal consortium met
with key leaders in the public health,
environmental and private sectors to
launch the federal radon action plan
that includes both immediate and long-
term steps to reduce radon exposure.
Learn more about national radon
action month at:
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January is designated
National Radon Action Month
Living Well...January 12th, 2013...Page 5
By Ken Francis
Staff Writer
Staying in shape is on the minds of a lot
of people these days.
Working out is one of the most popular
New Years resolutions. But winter in
Minnesota isnt the easiest time to go on an
early morning jog. And bicycling through
ice and snow is out of the question.
But there are plenty of good health clubs
and fitness centers in the area that offer
just about any type of activity to get in
shape.
And its more convenient than ever.
Todays fitness centers have longer hours,
personal trainers to help clients make the
best use of their time, specialized classes
and even daycare areas for the kids.
People are looking for that convenience
factor, says Dawn Larson, area manager
at Anytime Fitness in Big Lake. People
are in here all hours of the night. Todays
lifestyle isnt nine-to-five anymore.
Anytime Fitness is open 24/7, 365 days
a year. Members have a key card to gain
entry, where they can use any of the equip-
ment. The center has lots of cardio and
strength-training equipment, an open area
for group training, a large area of free-
weights and a classroom equipped for vir-
tual training, for those whose schedules
keep them from attending the regular fit-
ness classes. They
can work out
under the direc-
tion of an instruc-
tor on video.
Its fitness on
request, says
Larson. People
can pick from 60
different classes.
A screen drops
down and the pro-
jector comes on.
Its just like a live
class. Its becoming very popular.
Anytime Fitness members can also work
out at any of 2,000 locations nationwide
once theyre a member for 30 days.
Kitty Baltos, director of the Monticello
Community Center, says the center is a lot
more than just a fitness center. Along with
a full range of cardio equipment, exercise
equipment and free-weights, the center has
an indoor walk/jog track, a rock climbing
wall and a multi-functional swimming pool.
The center has fitness instructors to help
members reach their fitness goals, and a
variety of instructional fitness classes for
people of all ages: Zumba, Killer Core,
Fit Continued on page 6
Staying fit is easier than ever
ANYTIME FITNESS in Big Lake is open 24/7 and has every type of
cardio and body strengthening equipment needed for a full-body workout.
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The center also has specialized classes,
swimming lessons and a play area for kids.
People can sign up for individual classes
and have the option to pay a daily fee to
use the fitness center without becoming a
member.
The center is ideal for every member of
the family because of all the different
activities.
We have everything other health clubs
have, says Baltos, but more for the kids.
Fitness Evolution in Monticello also has
a Kids Club, so people can do their work-
out while someone is babysitting their kids.
Its convenient to have everything they
need in one spot, which is important
because most people dont have a lot of
time, says Janel Swanson, who owns the
center with her husband, Todd.
Fitness Evolution has a wide range of
cardio and body strengthening equipment
and free weights.
Members also have the option of using
the swimming pool, tanning beds and
singing up for a number of fitness classes.
The center also has racquetball courts and
a basketball court.
We pretty much have anything they
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people have in their fitness routine, the bet-
ter because theyll stick to it longer.
The center has fitness trainers who can
work with beginners through advanced
athletes and show them how to get the
most out of their workout.
Swanson says whenever she gives some-
one a tour, she makes it a point to show that
the center is for everyone, not just body-
builders.
A lot of people are intimidated. Theyre
afraid that what theyve seen on TV is
whats going to be whats in a health club.
Its not, she says. People think fitness
clubs are just for people to look good. But
thats just a side effect of health and fit-
ness.
In fact, many members of fitness clubs
are senior citizens who are taking advan-
tage of Medicares Silver Sneakers pro-
gram.
Larson says there are 1,100 seniors in
the Big Lake and Becker area who are eli-
gible for the program, which offers a 100%
free membership.
There are also reimbursements from
health insurance plans that cover most of
the cost for club memberships for those
who work out regularly.
So most people cant make excuses that
it cost too much anymore, says Larson.
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Submitted Article
Cardiovascular disease is the leading
killer of Americans, affecting one in three
people, according to the American Heart
Association (AHA). And, the problem
may be getting worse, as a new study from
the AHA predicts that those who have
heart disease are expected to increase to
more than 40 percent of Americans by
2030.
This prediction doesnt have to be reali-
ty.
One of the major risk factors for heart
disease is high cholesterol, which may be
lowered by eating a heart-healthy diet and
exercising.
Heart disease runs in my family so I
understand first-hand the role that genetics
play in cholesterol and overall health. But
maintaining a heart healthy diet and
choosing foods that may actively help
lower cholesterol are the simplest, most
effective things people can do for heart
health, says Dr. Travis Stork, ER physi-
cian and co-host of the TV show The
Doctors.
To help educate people on easy ways to
reduce cholesterol, Dr. Stork has teamed
up with Cheerios to share helpful tips.
Food Choices Are Key
Because heart health risks can be modi-
fied by diet, eating foods low in saturated
fat, trans fat
and choles-
terol is
important.
And, the
soluble fiber
in oats,
known as
beta glucan,
has been
shown to
help lower
cholesterol. Beta glucan is found in famil-
iar foods such as Cheerios cereal and oat-
meal, and helps rid the body of some LDL
or bad cholesterol. It acts like a sponge
in the digestive tract to soak up choles-
terol, helping to naturally remove it from
the body.
To garner benefits from beta glucan, it is
recommended that you eat three grams of
soluble fiber daily from whole grain oat
foods, which has one gram per serving.
Eaten as part of a diet low in saturated fat
and cholesterol, this may reduce the risk
of heart disease.
Other foods that may actively help lower
heart disease risk include certain fish, such
as salmon and tuna, that are high in a
good fat.
And foods containing at least 0.65 grams
per serving of plant sterol esters, eaten
twice a day with meals
for a daily total intake of
at least 1.3 grams, also
may reduce the risk of
heart disease when eaten
as part of a heart-healthy
diet.
When doctors tell
patients they have high
cholesterol, they often
receive information about
the things they cannot or
should not eat, says
Susan J. Crockett, PhD,
RD, FADA and leader of
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people with the simple
things they can do that
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According to a new study by the
Centers for Disease Control, less than 33
percent of U.S. adults are eating enough
fruit, and less than 27 percent are getting
their recommended daily vegetable serv-
ings. The average American diet con-
tains many "empty" calories that can
lead to obesity and even malnourishment
due to lack of crucial nutrients, like fiber
and calcium, according to the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
Food is the fuel our bodies need to
keep them functioning properly. But
even if your eating habits aren't perfect,
there are many small changes and short-
cuts that can make a big nutritional
impact.
Get Good Bacteria
Yogurt with live and active cultures can
help with digestive tract problems, such
as stomach upset, constipation and diar-
rhea. However, downing two to three
cups of yogurt a day can be difficult, if
not redundant.
Instead, many are choosing to take one
to two probiotic supplements a day. In
order to be effective, a probiotic should
contain billions of live microflora and
"good" bacteria.
The Powerful Little Red Fruit
Sixty percent of women experience uri-
nary tract infections (UTIs), usually
caused by the invasion of E. coli bacte-
ria. While experts often recommend
drinking cranberry juice, you'd need to
drink about eight glasses a day to get the
benefit from the cranberry. Since cran-
berry juice can be very tart and is often
loaded with sugar and calories, drinking
so much of it can be difficult.
Fortunately, you can now get all the
benefits of eight glasses of cranberry
juice and more in a new natural supple-
ment, now available at stores without a
prescription. One tablespoon of Cystex
Liquid Cranberry Complex with
Proantinox packs the healthful benefits
of eight glasses of cranberry juice with-
out the bitter taste, sugar and calories.
More than just cranberry concentrate, the
clinically-proven formula is bolstered by
other ingredients that support bladder
health and help prevent recurring UTIs,
and is lactose-, sugar- and gluten-free.
Kid-Friendly Fiber
According to new guidelines from the
American Academy of Pediatrics, a four-
year-old child should consume 25 grams
of fiber daily, while an 11-year-old boy
needs at least 31 grams. However, par-
ents often struggle to get kids to eat their
vegetables and other high-fiber foods.
Clever substitutions can help do the
trick. Children now have fiber supple-
ments tailored to their small physiques
and finicky taste buds. For example,
Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies are a deli-
cious, dentist-approved daily fiber sup-
Most aren't getting proper nutrition
plement designed to help kids, ages 2-11,
boost their fiber intake when they aren't
eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Three gummies per day add 6 grams of
fiber to a child's daily diet, the equivalent
of 21 spears of asparagus.
Something Fishy
If you don't like fish but want the benefit
of omega-3 acids, which are believed to
reduce the risk of heart disease and boost
immune health, consider daily omega-3
supplements. For kids, a healthy alterna-
tive is flaxseed, which can be sprinkled
into cereal, oatmeal or yogurt.
Each person's health and nutritional
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care professional before adding supple-
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Submitted Article
Carbon monoxide (CO) incidents increase
by more than 10 percent during the winter
months and is often called the silent killer.
CO is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas
and when inhaled, it enters the blood
stream preventing proper absorption of
oxygen, which can lead to illness and even
death. According to the National Fire
Incident Reporting System, municipal fire
departments across the country respond to
more than 60,000 CO incidents each year.
Typically, CO is created when fuels
such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas,
propane, oil or methane dont burn com-
pletely, said Tim Boettcher, master serv-
ice technician for CenterPoint Energys
Home Service Plus. Home heating and
cooking equipment that burn fuel inade-
quately can be sources of carbon monox-
ide.
According to the Minnesota Poison
Control Center, there are thousands of
deaths each year as a result of carbon
monoxide, making it the leading cause of
death due to poisoning, said Perry Ebner,
Minneapolis Fire Marshall. Additionally,
our response to non-fire related CO inci-
dents increase by 10 percent during the
winter, so the time for prevention is now.
CenterPoint Energy together with the
Minneapolis Fire Department reminds the
public of important safety tips about how
to recognize the symptoms of and avoid
CO exposure:
Physical symptoms of CO exposure can
resemble the flu causing headaches, nau-
sea, fatigue, confusion and dizziness that
disappear when a person breathes fresh air.
Unusually high indoor humidity with per-
sistent heavy condensation on walls and
windows and soot or water collecting near
a burner or vent
Stuffy or stale indoor air.
If you suspect CO exposure, leave the
area immediately taking your pets with
you and tell others to do the same. Once
you are safely away from the area, call 911
to report the suspected CO incident.
Treatment for CO exposure is fresh air
or oxygen. Severe exposure requires med-
ical attention. Do not return to your home
or building until the source of the problem
is discovered and corrected.
To prevent CO build up:
Purchase a CO detection device with an
audible alarm and digital display and
install it no more than 10 feet from each
sleeping quarter, as required by law. Fuel-
burning appliances, equipment and com-
bustible engines all produce CO that can
reach dangerous levels if improperly oper-
ated or maintained.
Have fuel-burning equipment regularly
checked by a qualified technician (most
manufacturers recommend annual check-
ups).
Never operate an automobile, lawn
mower or any combustion engine, barbe-
cue grill or similar equipment in an
enclosed area such as your home, garage,
tent, fish house, trailer or place of busi-
ness, even with the door open. Any pollu-
tants in the air from the garage, such as a
car engine running, can travel into the
structure and CO can accumulate.
Never leave a fire smoldering in a fire-
place.
Check frequently for visible signs of
problems, such as high indoor humidity
and soot or water collecting near a burner
or vent.
Equipment that uses natural gas should
produce a clear blue flame. A yellow or
orange flame may indicate a qualified
technician should check for a potential
problem with the equipment. When natural
CO Continued on page 11
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Carbon monoxide exposure incidents
increase 10 percent during winter
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gas equipment is properly operated and
maintained, it usually will not produce CO.
Provide adequate combustion air for all
your appliances.
Be certain fuel-burning equipment prop-
erly vents to the outdoors.
Keep vents, fresh air intakes and chim-
neys clear of debris or other obstructions
and check for vent pipes that have gaps,
leaks, spaces or are rusted through.
Never attempt to heat a room with a nat-
ural gas range, oven or clothes dryer
For more information about natural gas
safety, visit
www.centerpointenergy.com/besafe or call
612-372-4727 or 1-800-245-2377.
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Snow or ice formations on or near the
natural gas meter can cause potentially
dangerous conditions. Accumulation of
snow and ice can affect proper operation
or ventilation of the regulator, which
could cause over-pressurization. Natural
gas regulators are designed to maintain a
constant pressure, ensure safe delivery of
natural gas and vent natural gas safely to
the atmosphere. If blocked, pressure may
build up creating a dangerous situation
and cause appliances to fail. CenterPoint
Energy would like to remind the public of
important winter natural gas safety tips:
Keep the meter area and a path to the
meter clear of snow and debris.
Do not use a snow blower or shovel
near the meter or attempt to remove ice
from the meter yourself. You can use a
broom to keep the snow cleared around
and on top of the meter and piping.
If there is ice on the meter, or one or
more of the following conditions exist,
call 612-321-5200 or 1-800-296-9815:
Snow or ice formations are visible
above the meter
Meter is located below a downspout
Overhang or eave does not fully extend
over the meter
Meter is located below a roof valley
without a gutter
Meter is located below an exterior water
spout
If you suspect you have a natural gas
leak, leave the area immediately on foot
and tell others to do the same.
Do not drive into or near a gas leak or
vapor cloud.
Do not use electric switches, telephones
(including cell phones), or anything that
could cause a spark.
Once safely away from the area, call the
CenterPoint Energy emergency gas leak
hot line at 1-800-296-9815 and 911 to
report the location and description of the
leak and CenterPoint Energy will send a
trained service technician immediately.
For more natural gas safety tips, visit
our website at CenterPointEnergy.
com/besafe.
Living Well...Saturday, January 12th, 2013...Page 12
When was the last time you took your child
to the doctor when they felt good?
Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sherbctc -Sherburne County Child and Teen Check Up Program.
Well-child check-ups are recommended at the following ages: 2-4 weeks, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 years
and every other year thereafter.
Regular visits for shots and check ups, when your child is healthy, will diminish the number of irregular visits needed
when sick. It will also give you a chance to ask the questions you forgot to ask when your child was sick.
A well-child check-up should include: information about good physical & mental health, a complete physical exam, checks
on development and growth, hearing check, vision check, lab tests as needed and shots as needed.
For questions regarding well-child check-ups, help finding a doctor or dentist,
help arranging transportation or an interpreter,
Call Sherburne County Health & Human Services!
Ask to talk to a Child &Teen Check-up staff person.
763-765-4000 1-800-433-5239
The Kids Klinic can help. Call the above number.