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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017

Utilizing Movement Video
Analysis in Physical Therapy
What is Movement Video Analysis?
Video analysis is a tool used to assess movement patterns
and analyze biomechanical form. It is a cost- and time- effective alternative to laboratory motion analysis. It is commonly being used to increase performance by identifying
mechanical flaws and aide in injury prevention. A trained
clinician with proper equipment can capture the video with
a video camera or tablet and then analyze with a specific
software program to identify potential locations and time
for error to occur. Physical therapists are utilizing video
analysis as an adjunct to standard treatment to help identify faulty patterns and address during rehab with patients.
Coaches and athletic trainers are also using video analysis
to assess individual athlete or whole team performance.
Any athlete in any sport can benefit from movement video
analysis. Common movement patterns that are assessed are
running form, throwing mechanics, swinging mechanics,
jumping and landing mechanics.

What are the benefits of using
Movement Video Analysis?
Immediate biofeedback - the specific software allows clinicians to capture, analyze and share with the athlete and/
or patient. They are able to look at the film together and
clinician can break down biomechanics step by step.
Injury Prevention – with the ability to break down biomechanical form, the clinician can find any kinesthetic dysfunction that with repetitive sports may eventually lead to
an injury.
Vector Application to Video – the software allows therapist
to add vectors and angles to pinpoint where the “breakdown” is occurring in the kinematic chain. It is also beneficial to help obtain quantifiable data, which offers more
specific biofeedback for the athlete or patient. This data can
be used over time to track progress when working on correcting faulty movement patterns.

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What kind of Movement Video
Analysis is available?
There are many types of video analysis, but at Ortho Montana we currently use two different types of software.
Sports Metrics Software – Analyze jumping and landing
Studies show, in young female athletes, increase in lower
extremity strength, specifically hips, will decrease your
chance of a knee injury. With decrease in hip strength this
can lead to improper knee alignment, known as a valgus
position (knees in). With repetitive and loaded forces, this
could predispose an athlete to a lower extremity injury.
When assessing hip, knee and ankle alignment with our
Sports Metric digitizing software, less than 60% knee separation indicates a dangerous functional knee position. This
therefore, increases your risk of a knee injury, such as an
ACL tear or patellafemoral pain syndrome. 60-80% separation is moderate risk and 80% or greater indicates low risk
of ACL injury. This program obtains the specific numbers
and analyzes level of risk.
Dartfish Software – Analyze running,
jumping and throwing mechanics.
Studies show that 65% of all runners experience some
level of a running injury each year. Common injuries
include: hip pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and/or achilles
tendonitis. Dart fish is used to evaluate biomechanic form
in a more dynamic fashion, helping to diagnose current impairments, or to help prevent overuse injuries that routinely
occur with long distance running.
What do Physical Therapist’s look for
during RUNNING Video Analysis?
• Abnormal shifts in spine or pelvis
• Pelvis, leg, and torso rotation
• Abnormal deviation of the knees
• Abnormal shoulder and arm motion
• Abnormal pronation or supination of the ankles or feet
• Posture, cadence, and foot strike
For more information please contact:
Kristine Peterson, DPT at our heights location at 896-1397
Jaimee Turley, DPT at our west end location at 238-6535 or
Please check our websites for upcoming
Running Analysis clinics:

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Billings Clinic
and calling
9-1-1 saved
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Grass Range Rancher, Tom Lowry, and his wife
Donna had a plan to call 9-1-1 if either one of
them was experiencing heart attack or stroke
symptoms. Tom was put to the test last summer
when he experienced heart symptoms while
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Fortunately his 9-1-1 call to the Grass Range EMT
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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017

10 smart swaps to make
baking and cooking healthier
Healthy cooking: Ingredient substitutions and smart food swaps
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temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods.
However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family.
How can you enjoy amazing foods while bumping up the health
"Remember, when you're cooking or baking, you're in control.
With a few smart ingredient substitutions and food swaps, you
and your guests can enjoy favorite dishes and get more vitamins
and nutrients," says Lyssie Lakatos.
Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, both registered
dietitians, are known as the "The Nutrition Twins." Together,
they share their favorite strategies for cooking healthier, including
clever ingredient swaps you won't even detect in the finished dish.
Eggs: When baking, eggs are a common ingredient, but not
all eggs are created equal. Opt for Eggland's Best eggs, locallysourced eggs that come from hens fed an all-vegetarian diet consisting of healthy grains, canola oil and supplements like alfalfa
and vitamin E. As a result, they have 10 times more vitamin E,
five times more vitamin D, three times more vitamin B12, two
times more omega-3s, 38 percent more lutein and 25 percent less
saturated fat compared to ordinary eggs.
Sour cream: Swap full-fat sour cream for plain Greek yogurt
in recipes, dips, sauces and garnishes. Plain Greek yogurt tastes
surprisingly similar to sour cream but offers higher levels of
Butter in cooking: Cooking smart means choosing healthier
fats and using them in moderation. Instead of butter, try olive oil.
While 1 tablespoon of butter has about 7 grams of saturated fat,
olive oil only has 2 grams of saturated fat.
Butter in baking: Oil can cause
baked goods to get soggy, so a better butter alternative is applesauce or
pumpkin puree for half of the calledfor amount. The addition of applesauce
or pumpkin puree reduces the fat content while keeping baked goods moist
and delicious.
Bacon: Bacon adds flavor to any
dish, but a ton of fat. To get the flavor-boost
of bacon without the excess fat, try using
Canadian bacon, lean prosciutto or turkey
bacon. Whether beside scrambled eggs for
breakfast or crumbled into a casserole, these

tasty alternatives will satisfy.
Salt: Use less salt and add herbs to recipes to get succulent
flavor. Whether fresh or dried, herbs satisfy the palate and add
beauty of any dish. Have fun mixing and matching herbs to customize a recipe perfectly to your taste.
Sugar: All those amazing glazes and desserts require sugar, but
you need not rely solely on refined white sugar. For baked goods,
lessen sugar and add vanilla or cinnamon to intensify sweetness.
For glazes, try alternatives like maple syrup or fruit purees.
Breading: Classic comfort foods often require breading. For a
healthy alternative to traditional white bread crumbs, try wholegrain bread crumbs, rolled oats or crushed bran cereal (or a
mixture of them all.)
Flour: Rather than using entirely all-purpose refined white
flour for recipes, try swapping half of the amount with wholewheat flour. You'll still get the desired consistency out of baked
goods, but you'll be eating more whole grains.
Lettuce: Iceberg lettuce is a popular option for salads and
recipes, but to get more important vitamins (and more flavor),
use arugula, collard greens, spinach, kale or watercress instead.
Insider tip: try buying a bag of mixed greens to enjoy a variety of
nutrient-dense alternatives.
Want to start your day out with an indulgent, satisfying breakfast that features some of these smart cooking ideas? The recipe
on the next page serves as a great breakfast and has vitaminpacked Eggland's Best Eggs, sweet potatoes and turkey bacon. For
more recipes visit

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Stuffed Sweet
2 Eggland's Best eggs (large)
2 sweet potatoes
2 strips turkey bacon
⁄4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


1 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
⁄2 teaspoon pepper


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Wash and scrub your sweet potatoes. Place on a baking sheet,
pierce each potato a few times with a fork, and drizzle with
extra virgin olive oil.Place in the oven and roast for 45 minutes.
When sweet potatoes are finished, slice them in half lengthwise
and let them cool.
Scoop a bit of 'meat' out from the sweet potatoes to make room
for the filling.
In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, place two strips of
turkey bacon. Cook until bacon begins to brown and crisp up.
Place a napkin on top of a small plate. When bacon is finished,
place onto napkin to let grease soak out.
Rinse the skillet and place back on the burner over medium heat.
Place eggs in skillet and cook on medium-low for just a few
minutes; ~3 minutes. Be sure not to overcook these eggs as
they will continue cooking after removed from heat, and will be
placed into the oven later on.
Break eggs into four equal parts. Place each into the hollow parts
of the sweet potatoes. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper.
Break bacon apart with your hands into small pieces. Sprinkle
over the eggs.
Sprinkle cheese over top. Set your oven to broil on high. Place
potatoes in the oven and broil for three minutes or until cheese
is melted.

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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017

3 ways families can
reduce everyday expenses
The costs of raising a family can be considerable. In its 2014
“Expenditures on Children by Families” report, the United States
Department of Agriculture estimated that parents in middleincome households with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend
$245,000 raising a child up to age 18. While estimates regarding
the cost of raising children in Canada are widely varied depending on the source of the approximations, it’s fair to assume that
raising children in Canada can be costly as well.

sume considerably less energy without reducing light output and
last far longer than traditional bulbs. Parents can also reduce the
temperature on their water heaters. Manufacturers may set water
heater temperatures as high as 140 F, and it requires considerable
standby heat to keep waters at that temperature. Lowering your
water heater temperature to 120 F won’t make showers any less
enjoyable, but you might notice considerable energy savings over
the course of the year.

Thanks to the costs of food, housing, childcare and education,
many parents find themselves looking for ways to trim their everyday expenses and create more room in their budgets. Fortunately,
such cost-cutting can be done without forcing parents to alter
their lifestyles dramatically.

2. Conduct an entertainment audit.

1. Consume less energy.
Reducing energy consumption does not mean parents and their
children will spend their nights in darkened homes illuminated
only by candlelight. Technology has made it easier than ever
before to cut energy costs around the house. If you don’t already
have one, install a programmable thermostat at home so you are
not paying to heat or cool your home while no one is there.
Though their price tag might be higher than traditional light
bulbs, energy-efficient lightbulbs also can cut costs, as they con-

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Home entertainment options have expanded considerably
in the 21st century. Many families still pay for cable or satellite
packages, but they’re now also paying for streaming subscriptions
to services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. Audit your entertainment consumption, determining whether your household
relies more on cable/satellite service or streaming subscriptions.
Consider reducing your cable/satellite package to the basic plan,
if not cutting the cord entirely. If your family is less reliant on
streaming subscriptions, cancel those subscriptions to save money.
If you rely on both equally, consider cutting one for a month to
see if you can live without it. With so many entertainment options
available, chances are you won’t even notice the missing service.

3. Become a smarter food shopper.
Frequent trips to the grocery store waste gas, add unnecessary
wear and tear on your vehicle and increase the chances you will
make impulse purchases. Try to get all of your grocery shopping
done in one weekly trip, using a list so you are less likely to make
impulse purchases. Make the most of sales by buying sale items
with longer shelf lives, such as cereals, in bulk.
Saving more money is a goal for many families. While saving
more often means making sacrifices, those sacrifices do not always
necessitate drastic lifestyle changes.

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How to pay off your
mortgage before maturity
Homes are the most expensive purchases
many people will ever make. While home
ownership can be rewarding, first-time
homeowners may experience some sticker
shock when shopping for homes and calculating their potential mortgage costs. But as
expensive as home ownership can be, there
are ways for homeowners to pay off their
mortgages long before those loans reach


ay extra each month. Factors like home
value, property tax and your mortgage
loan interest rate determine how much your
monthly mortgage payment will be. But
there’s still room to save. According to the
Chase extra payments calculator, homeowners who borrow $200,000 (after making an
initial 20 percent down payment of $50,000
on a home valued at $250,000) at 4 percent

interest and pay $4,000 annually in property taxes and homeowner’s insurance can
save more than $26,000 in interest over the
life of the loan by paying as little as $100
extra per month. In addition, including an
additional $100 each month will trim 59
months, or just about five years, off the life
of your loan.


top paying PMI. If your initial down
payment was less than 20 percent of
the value of your home at the time you
purchased it, then you were likely required
to pay private mortgage insurance, or PMI.
PMI may be costing you a couple hundred
dollars per month, but once your mortgage
balance falls below 80 percent of your
home’s appraised value, you can ask your
lender to stop charging PMI. While it might
be nice to pocket those PMI costs for a

rainy day, continue paying that money each
month so you can shorten the life of your


ave your home reassessed. While homeowners would like to think the value
of their homes is always on the rise, some
homes decrease in value over time. If your
home is reassessed at a lesser value, your
property taxes will decrease. Put the money
you’re saving on property taxes toward your
monthly mortgage payment each month.


efinance your mortgage. Refinancing
to a lower interest rate can lower your
monthly mortgage payment, but be sure
that the costs to refinance do not exceed
the savings you will earn. Apply any money
you save from refinancing to your monthly

Singing is good for your health
If you sing along to songs in the car or
belt out a few tunes in the shower, you may
be doing yourself quite a bit of good. Various formal and informal studies point to
singing as a great way to boost both mental and physical health. Though the people
around you may prefer you not belt out a
few tunes, there are numerous reasons to
sing and sing often.
Evidence points to singing as having
psychological benefits, and singing also
increases oxygenation in the bloodstream.
Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music
Education at the Institute of Education,
University of London, has studied the
developmental and medical aspects of
singing for more than 30 years. Welch consistently advocates for singing, saying it can
serve as an aerobic activity that promotes a
healthy heart.
Singing can help to alleviate stress by
releasing oxytocin, a natural stress reliever,
into the blood. Stress has a number of
adverse effects, and any steps taken to help
relieve stress can lighten one’s mood and
release tension.
Singing, particularly group singing, can
lessen feelings of depression and loneli-

ness. In their paper “Psychological and
physiological effects of singing in a choir,”
researchers at the Abant Izzet Baysal University in Turkey noted that singing relieves
anxiety and contributes to quality of life.
Group singing may sync the heart rates of
participants and could actually serve as a
type of guided group meditation.
Yet another study, this one from researchers in the Department of Music at
the University of Sheffield in the United
Kingdom, indicated that you don’t even
have to be a good singer to reap the
benefits of singing. The study found that
singing “can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound
produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.” That means no one need
be afraid of singing their favorite songs,
even if they fall out of tune. The benefits
can be worth the few awkward glances that
come your way.
Singing is more than just a social activity
or a popular pastime. It’s a way for people
to improve their health in an easy and enjoyable way. Those who start singing may
see their stress subside and their overall
well-being improve.

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Routinely update
cosmetic collections
Cosmetics are not only designed to help individuals improve their appearance, but they also can be used to treat various ailments and conditions. Millions of people enjoy the benefits that cosmetics can provide,
and while cosmetics are largely considered female products, they can be
used by men as well.
Makeup, skin creams, ointments, and many other items can be found
in homes across the world. It’s not uncommon for people to keep beauty products long after these items are past their prime without realizing
that these products have shelf lives. According to Jessica Wu, MD, an
assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California, most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and
stable for a limited time. Failure to routinely update makeup collections
can result in products not working to their potential and even threatening health, as bacteria can hide away in containers and cause infections.
The best way to avoid any issues is to regularly go through cosmetic
products, tossing out old merchandise and buying new items when
necessary. This can be done every few months or at the start of the new
year. The following is a listing of the shelf life of many popular items
and when to replace them.


nopened products: If you have some cosmetic products that
haven’t yet been opened, they might remain stable for a couple of
years at room temperature, according to chemists at Cosmetech Laboratories in New Jersey. Air can cause formulas to oxidize, and germs can
be transferred to products when they are touched.


ye products: Mascara and eyeliners make contact with the eye,
an area of the body that is sensitive and vulnerable to infection.
These items should be discarded every three to six months to prevent
the formation of bacteria. Eyeliner pencils have longer shelf lives than
mascaras because they’re being sharpened.


oundation: Liquid foundations last around a year, and storing them
in a cool, dark place will help them last even longer. After a year,
the foundation could separate and its consistency may change. When
applying foundation, avoid using your fingers, which can cause bacteria
to build up more quickly.


ody brushes and loofah sponges: Acne and infections on the body
may be a result of products and beauty items that are kept in the
shower. Constantly being wet and in a warm, dark place makes these
items the perfect breeding grounds for bacteria. Discard these items
every few months, and make sure they’re washed out and allowed to
dry completely after each use.


ip gloss and lipstick: People run the risk of mouth sores by using old
lipsticks and lip glosses. Bacteria can easily be transferred from the
mouth to these items. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to discard lip
products between six months to a year after purchase. What’s more, color changes can occur and the products’ quality may begin to degrade.
If makeup and other cosmetic products have been sitting around for
a while, it’s likely time to buy a new collection to maintain safety and

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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017

How to improve alertness
during the workday

A long workday can be both mentally and physically draining.
As a result, office workers and professionals whose jobs are more
physically demanding than office work may find themselves less
alert at the end of the workday than at the beginning.
A loss of alertness as the workday draws to a close might be
unavoidable. But professionals whose sense of alertness begins to
dwindle in the thick of the workday might need to take steps to
improve their alertness to protect themselves from injury and to
ensure the quality of their work does not suffer.


void caffeine in the late afternoon. Some professionals rely
on caffeinated beverages such as coffee or energy drinks to
combat afternoon drowsiness. While that afternoon caffeine fix
might provide an immediate, if temporary, jolt of energy, it might
also affect a person’s energy levels the following day. A 2013 study
published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that
caffeine consumed as early as six hours before bedtime can significantly disrupt sleep. Professionals who reach for a cup of coffee
in the late afternoon might get a sudden boost of energy, but
their energy levels the following day might be lower due to a poor
night’s sleep.


void high-fat foods at lunchtime. Foods that are high in fat
should always be avoided thanks to their connection to a
host of health problems. Such foods also negatively affect energy
levels when consumed in the middle of the day. The University of
Rochester Medical Center notes that the body digests and absorbs

high-fat foods very slowly. That means workers who eat high-fat
foods for lunch won’t get the afternoon energy boost that low-fat,
healthy lunches will provide.


nack healthy. Professionals who find themselves needing a
snack in the mid- to late-afternoon can sate their hunger and
give themselves an energy boost by snacking healthy. Avoid snacks
like potato chips that tend to be high in fat and low in nutrition.
Foods that are high in fiber and/or protein can provide a longer
energy boost and quell the afternoon hunger pangs at the same
time. Fresh fruit and Greek yogurt fit the bill.


hange your workout schedule. Regular exercise improves
short- and long-term health while also increasing daily energy levels. Professionals who include exercise in their daily routines yet still suffer from a lack of alertness in the afternoon may
need to alter their workout schedules. A 2011 study published in
the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found
that participants who were assigned afternoon exercise programs
during work hours reported increased productivity versus those
who were not assigned afternoon workouts. If working out in the
afternoon is not feasible, avoid working out too late at night, as
the National Institutes of Health note that exercising within two
to three hours of bedtime can disrupt sleep, ultimately having a
negative impact on energy levels the following day.
Professionals who find their alertness levels waning in the afternoons can combat such drowsiness in various ways.

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Strategies to
get back in a
good mood
Adults know that life has its ups and downs. While it’s important not to get too down when things don’t go as planned, no one
is immune to bad moods. But just because bad moods are a fact
of life, that does not mean they cannot be combatted.
While bad moods are nothing to get too worried about, if such
moods overstay their welcome, speak with a physician. According
to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the most
common mental disorders in the world, affecting an estimated
350 million people across the globe. There are various types
of depression, and no two people are affected in the same way.
That’s an important distinction, as those who know someone with
a history of depression may not recognize signs of depression
in themselves if those symptoms don’t mimic the signs they’re
familiar with.


olunteer to help others. While more research is necessary
before a definitive connection between volunteering and
improved mental health can be established, researchers in England analyzed data from 40 published papers and found a link
between volunteering and lower levels of depression. The review
also found that volunteers reported increased life satisfaction and
enhanced well-being.
Periodic bad moods are a part of life, but there are ways to
limit their lifespan and get back to feeling good as quickly as possible.

But bad moods are not always indicative of depression. In
those instances when a bad mood is simply a bad mood, you can
try a handful of strategies to get back in a good mood.


xercise. Numerous studies have shown that exercises enhances mood. Anxiety about a life event or stress at work are two
common contributors to bad moods. According to the Anxiety
and Depression Association of America, studies have shown that
exercise can elevate mood and do so quickly, with some researchers suggesting that a 10-minute walk can be just as effective at
relieving anxiety as a 45-minute workout. Studies have also shown
that exercise can help combat stress by reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration and enhancing overall cognitive


gnore alcohol or limit your consumption. Many people feel an
alcoholic beverage relaxes them, and feeling relaxed can help
improve mood. That initial feeling of relaxation is the result of
alcohol affecting the chemical balance of the brain by depressing
the part of the brain that governs inhibition. That’s why alcohol
is categorized as a depressant. While that initial drink may feel
like you’re on the way to a better mood, as alcohol begins circulating in the body, your stress levels may actually increase and
your bad mood may even intensify. If you find yourself in a bad
mood, resist turning to alcohol to improve mood, and limit your
alcohol intake to a single drink during those times when you’re in
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5 bold steps to
reshape your life

(BPT) - Time to reflect back on 2016 and set your sights on
2017. How did the year progress, and what did you accomplish?
Maybe your goals included: A new promotion, a new car, a bigger
house, better health or more meaningful relationships. Did they
Has that time come to raise the bar and make a
fundamental change?
At first glance it may seem impossible, but nothing changes
unless you take control. Maybe 2017 is the year you start living
life more on your own terms - and start today by employing these
five tips:


ive a life that is true to you. Wrestle with this one. Dig deep.
Is it work? Then make passion for that work front and center.
Is it skill building? Then tackle an online class in a skill you need,
or just want to explore. Is it where you live, or who you are shar-

ing life with or want to share it with? Stare it down and chart one
bold step toward change. The biggest regret at the end of life's
journey is abandoning your dreams. And for most people it's just
pure fear that they weren't good enough, so they "turtle shell" up.
Stop. No retakes. One mantra: Live Life Now. Repeat: This is
Your Life. Find what is true to you and take one tangible step.


easure your time and where it is spent. Time is like the
sand in the hourglass of life. Once it's gone, it's gone. Manage it like money. Every person walking this planet has the same
exact number of hours in a day. Think of it as currency. How
are you spending it? Seriously, take out the pen, paper and write
down for one week how that most precious commodity was spent.
Then change the allocation and budget time toward accomplishing that change you want, and maybe even desperately need.
Own your hour glass of life and take control.

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ocus on your people. Ask yourself a tough question: Who are
the people you care about most? Who do you impact, and
who impacts you? These are the people that matter most in your
life. Don't be afraid to shift the balance of your time in their favor.
You'll be a better friend, and you'll inherently feel stronger and
more impactful. Your support network grows stronger, as do you.


eel good with what you wear. This may seem contrite, but
what you toss on that skin of yours not only speaks volumes
about you, but also puts you into a certain mindset. If clothes
make the man, what do yours say about you? Change some
items in your wardrobe and feel good about what you wear. For
example, the Madda Fella menswear clothing line projects the
chill vibe of Key West, yet works well in the boardroom or out on
the boat.

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ind your inspiration point. What place inspires you? Where is
that one spot in the world that motivates you above all others?
For Madda Fella CEO and founder Michael Louden, it is Key
West. "When I am there, in the sun, in this gorgeous slice of the
world, I change perspectives... see a bigger world." he says. "You
owe it to yourself to do something meaningful with your life, to
make a difference." Find your place. You'll find it is just what you
need to recharge your batteries, revive your spirit and strengthen
The holidays are a wonderful time to bring into focus the year
ahead. Don't be afraid to think big and to start now. Set the
ground work for change today and you'll make 2017 your most
legendary year yet.

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If you’re considering skin rejuvenation, consider Dr. Cook’s
• First to bring Halo’s™ hybrid technology to Montana
• Completed advanced BBL™ training with Dr. Patrick Bitter, Jr.
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Healthy, Glowing Skin Starts Here
• Call Velum Skin & Laser Center at 406.656.1244 to schedule a
complimentary consultation. Patients are warmly greeted immediately seated in a private treatment room.
• Have the surface and sub-surface of your skin photographed
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• Meet with Dr. Cook and her staff to review your unique complexion profile and discuss treatment options and skin care products based on your individual results.
• Schedule an appointment for your custom skin treatment.

• Board Certified Internal Medicine for over 25 years

Prevent Sun Damage

• Practicing Medical Dermatology for more than 10 years

• Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with minimum 30 SPF every
day of the year – and reapply throughout the day.

• Complimentary consultations with VelumTM professionals, Dr.
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System to create custom treatment plans

• Wear UV clothing and UV rated sunglasses.

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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017

Keeping it Healthy – 15

Opioid addiction still a major health threat
Addictions to opioids such as heroin, morphine and prescription pain relievers continues to affect people from all demographics. According to the World Drug Report 2012 from the National
Institute on Drug Abuse and United National Office on Drugs
and Crime, between 26 and 36 million people abuse opioids
Opioids can lead to physical dependence and possible addiction, which is why legal versions of opioids are carefully monitored and prescribed. Opioid addiction can cause long-term
changes to the biological structures of the brain and affect brain
function, according to the Association of American Physicians.
Opioid abuse is on the rise. A 2013 study titled “Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific
mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013” and published
in the Lancet found that use disorders resulted in 51,000 deaths
worldwide in 2013, up from 18,000 deaths in 1990. While there’s
no single underlying cause for this increase in opioid abuse, some
say the greater number of prescriptions written for medications
such as codeine, oxycodone and similar pain relief pills, and
greater social acceptability of these drugs have contributed to the
spike in opioid-related deaths.
Data from IMS Health’s National Prescription Audit indicates
that, in the United States, the number of prescriptions for opioids
like hydrocodone and oxycodone escalated from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013.

Opioids are highly addictive because they can produce a sense
of well-being and euphoria in addition to the pain-blocking
benefits for which they are designed. The National Institutes of
Health says opioids act by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found on nerve cells in the brain, spinal
cord, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs in the body. When
these drugs attach to their receptors, they reduce the perception
of pain; however, they can also produce drowsiness, mental confusion and nausea. Many opioid abusers develop a tolerance over
time, requiring them to use more and more of the medication to
reach the same level of efficacy.
When individuals addicted to opioids can no longer gain access
to prescription pills, many turn to illegal means to satisfy their
addictions and cravings. Many simply segue to heroin, which is
cheaper and, in some communities, easier to obtain than prescription opioids. Many communities have seen heroin use spike
considerably in recent years. Heroin is even more dangerous
because of the transmission of other diseases through the sharing
of intravenous syringes.
Opioid abuse is a problem affecting communities across North
America. Shedding light on the epidemic can inspire people to
support legislation designed to combat opioid abuse and addiction and prevent future generations from succumbing to opioid

Gluten free at Chuck E. Cheese’s
When your child attends a Chuck E. Cheese's birthday party
or your family visits “just for fun” the last thing you want to
worry about is food allergies. That’s why Chuck E. Cheese's has a
gluten-free individual-sized pizzas.
The gluten-free options were initially tested in the Chuck E.
Cheese’s Minnesota restaurants and are now available at more
than 500 locations across the United State and Canada. This
includes the Rimrock Village location in Billings, MT and on
Nodak Drive in Fargo, ND.
"When we began this process, it was important that we focused
on doing gluten-free the right way and making our product accessible even for guests with strict gluten intolerance," said Joe Elliot,
Chuck E. Cheese's vice president of Research and Development.
"With the gluten-free menu we're launching nationally, we believe
we have dramatically reduced the chances for cross contamination in our gluten-free products."
"Given that gluten-free products are something we've wanted
to offer for the last few years, it feels very gratifying to deliver
a product that reflects our commitment to providing even our
guests with strict gluten intolerance with a product that still tastes
great and expands the Chuck E. Cheese's experience from games
to food and fun for so many families,” Elliot said. "It's a great
example of how we're working toward consistent quality across
the board to make all facets of guests' visits more enjoyable.”

Chuck E. Cheese's gluten-free pizza arrives at restaurant in presealed packages from a dedicated, certified gluten-free facility. It
remains sealed while being cooked and delivered to the table. It is
opened and served with a sealed personal pizza cutter to an adult
in charge of your family’s table.
In addition to the new gluten-free menu, Chuck E. Cheese’s recently updated its traditional pizza recipes to include a thin crust
option; and the salad bar has been expanded - featuring over 40
items including fresh-cut veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses, lots of
toppings and dressings plus pasta salads.
In consideration of other food allergies, Chuck E. Cheese’s
provides a comprehensive online listing of each ingredient for
all menu items at and frequently asked
Jeff Bryson, Co-Manager at Chuck E. Cheese’s in Billings
recently said, “We want every guest to enjoy their experience at
Chuck E. Cheese’s ” Sarah Sloan, Co-Manager said, “We want
every child to feel special on their birthday and not ‘miss out’ due
to a food allergy.”
Chuck E. Cheese is located at 100 24th Street West in Billings
and opens at 10 am daily. For additional information about parties, fundraising opportunities or gluten-free details. call, 406656-4171.

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Billings Area News Group • January 12, 2017