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					FALL 2002                                                                                                           Volume 5, Issue 2

                            CAMBRIA COUNTY:
                            SWING INTO SPRING,
                                   2002
           Cambria County residents laced up their sneakers and took
control of their personal wellness during the months of April, May and
June. A total of 197 individuals in the county enrolled in the 12-week
Swing Into Spring, 2002 program, and joined the national battle lines                          During this past spring and summer, participants in
to fight the ongoing wars against obesity and poor nutrition. The goal              Armstrong County Memorial Hospital’s (ACMH), Armstrong Takes
of this program was to help motivate those who wanted to make                       Action: Taking Health to Heart program stepped up to the challenge
permanent behavioral changes, and help create lifelong healthy habits               and found their way to better, healthier living. A total of 422 residents
for all who participated. This was 3 months of good nutrition, fitness,             of Armstrong County who engaged in this twelve-week program aimed
fun and prizes with the intent to hopefully lower risks for                         at improving overall health through sustained physical activity and
cardiovascular disease. Swing Into Spring, 2002 was a project made                  good nutrition choices. The program, which was held from April 1st
available through local organizational members of the Cambria                       through June 24, 2002, was coordinated through the hospital’s
County Family                                                                       Community Relations Department and sponsored by the ACMH,
Resource Initiative/Collaborative Board. The program was conducted                  Armstrong Health and Education Foundation, the ACMH Medical Staff
in cooperation with Community Health Challenge and the                              and ACMH Auxiliary.
Pennsylvania Department of Health, and was coordinated through The                             The fitness goal recommended for participants was 30
Family Center in Johnstown.                                                         minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week, all at once or in 10-
           Participants were encouraged to choose fun activities such               15 minute segments. Participants were asked to keep track of their total
as walking, swimming, jogging, dancing, gardening, playing a sport,                 time spent engaging in physical activity by completing monthly logs.
or doing any other aerobic activity. Participants were required to                  They were not restricted to any one physical activity, but rather were
complete biweekly logs and record the total time spent exercising.                  encouraged to pick fun activities, done at their own pace, and that
They also logged in their servings of fruits and vegetables, servings of            would fit into their lifestyles.
calcium-rich foods, and number of glasses of water consumed each                               The nutrition goals were to increase fruit and vegetable intake
day. Nutritional guidelines promote “five a day” servings of fruits and             to 5 servings or more daily, eat “three-any-three” servings of calcium a
vegetables, three or more servings of calcium-rich foods, six or more               day, drink six glasses of water daily, and substitute 1% or skim milk for
glasses of water a day, and 1% or skim milk for lower fat                           whole and 2% milk, to lower fat intake. Participants were asked to also
consumption. Swing Into Spring, 2002 encouraged all participants to                 keep a monthly point total and log to keep track of these daily
enhance and maintain these healthy lifestyle behaviors.                             behaviors.
           Mary Schroyer, Executive Director of the Family Center and                          Prizes and a variety of incentives were awarded to those who
Director of the Cambria County Family Resource Initiative, reflected                participated throughout the twelve-week period...including gifts like
on highlights of Swing Into Spring, 2002. “As the State Health                      water bottles, t-shirts, insulated lunch bags, CD cases and other unique
Improvement Plan partnership for Cambria County, the Collaborative                  grand prizes. Michael Podrasky, Director of ACMH Community
Board was anxious to work together on a health-related project that                 Relations Department and Armstrong Health and Education Foundation
focused on serving residents of our local communities, while meeting                admits, “The prizes and incentives in this type of program are very nice
some of their health care needs. Swing Into Spring, 2002 built into                 to have, but it is a lot nicer to see 420-plus residents of Armstrong
its structure a lot of the State’s health initiatives that truly met the goal       County care about their personal health enough to participate in our
for us locally. Numerous health care and business providers came                    program and make heart-healthy choices. The hospital, foundation,
together on behalf of the community. We had excellent participation                 auxiliary and medical staff have all stepped forward to sponsor
and we saw positive healthy behavior changes among many of the                      Armstrong Takes Action. It is always very encouraging when reliable
participants. We also had a great 1% or less milk campaign kick-off.                partners come together like this and support a program that yields such
A lot of people put out a lot of hard work and we managed excellent                 positive outcomes for our community. Our thanks to CHC and the
results in our first year. The program is replicable and hopefully we               Pennsylvania Department of Health for the role they played in serving
can sustain the program in years to come.”                                          Armstrong County on this project.”
           CHC recognizes the hard work and dedication of all                                  Replacing unhealthy habits with healthy ones can
Collaborative Board members, organizations, sponsors, prize donors                  significantly decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. CHC is
and others who made Swing Into Spring, 2002 a Cambria County                        pleased to be a partner in this initiative and we applaud Armstrong
success.                                                                            Countians for “taking health to heart.”




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                                                 EATING VEGETARIAN
                                                             By Jennifer Sali
                                                             Health Educator


 WHAT IS A VEGETARIAN DIET?
          A vegetarian diet is based on plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, seeds, and nuts. There are three
different types of vegetarians:
♦ LACTO-OVO vegetarians who eat eggs, yogurt, cheese, and other milk products as well as plant foods
♦ LACTO vegetarians who eat dairy and plant foods but not eggs
♦ VEGANS who eat only plant foods

          There are both pros and cons to eating a vegetarian diet. It is a healthy way to eat, but it does take more planning to
make sure you get all the nutrients you need. Nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 may be deficient and
must be replaced by non-meat sources. Keep in mind that certain people such as children, teens, pregnant and lactating women,
women past mid-life, the elderly, and vegans may have special needs, and may also need to add supplements to their diets. Most
vegetarian diets are high in fiber and low in fat and cholesterol which can:
♦ Lower your risk of heart disease
♦ Lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels                                               GOOD SOURCES OF
♦ Help maintain a healthy weight                                                                 IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS
♦ Decrease digestive problems, including bowel diseases and colon cancer                         FOR THE VEGETARIAN
                                                                                                 DIET:
THE DIET OF NO TASTE                                                                             PROTEIN
          There is widespread belief that a vegetarian diet must be devoid of taste, but, in     •     Dried beans, soybeans
reality, vegetarian meals are delicious, especially when several varieties of grains, fruits            & lentils
and vegetables are combined. Vegetarian cooking can become a culinary adventure                  •     Tofu
when people discover the wide variety of herbs and spices they can use.                          •     Peanuts & peanut butter
                                                                                                 •     Milk, yogurt & cheese
          To promote cardiovascular health, one should include plant foods as a staple of        •     Rice & barley
the diet. Whether you adopt a diet of this nature fully or in part, eating vegetarian
can be a heart-healthy choice!                                                                   CALCIUM
                                                                                                 •     Milk, yogurt & cheese
                                                                                                 •     Fortified soy milk
                            BUTLER ROAD RACE:                                                    •     Green leafy vegetables
                                                                                                 •     Dried figs
                   KICKS IT UP ANOTHER NOTCH                                                     •     Fortified orange juice
           From start to finish, this year’s Butler Road Race organizers have much to
 take pride in. It was, without doubt, another successful year for the annual Butler
                                                                                                 VITAMIN B12
 Road Race-Going the Distance for Scholarships.
                                                                                                 •     Milk, yogurt & cheese
           On the warm Saturday morning of June 22, the starting gun rang out on Main
                                                                                                 •     Eggs
 Street of Butler for the 27th time in 27 consecutive years. Once touted as the Butler
                                                                                                 •     Fortified soy milk
 10-K, this annual event has a long history of recognition among local and international
                                                                                                 •     Fortified soy burgers
 running circles. Now, over the past nine-years, the Road Race has evolved into a 5-
                                                                                                 •     Fortified cereals
 mile competitive run and a 2-kilometer run and health walk. Whereas, the original
 Road Race was one set aside for competitive running, today’s version not only holds
                                                                                                 IRON
 true to the competitive sport, but also is strongly supportive of long -distance walkers
                                                                                                 •     Dried beans
 who wish to participate and walk for health.
                                                                                                 •     Vegetables
           This year ,327 five-mile runners and 225 two-kilometer run/walkers followed
                                                                                                 •     Whole-grain & enriched
 the large white painted footprints to the finish line, and pounded the pavement to help
                                                                                                       breads & cereals
 support local students’ education...now the primary goal of Butler Road Race Inc., the
                                                                                                 •     Baked potato with skin
 non-profit organizer of the annual event.
                                                                                                 •     Dried fruit
           Mike Franko, Road Race Director, advises, “Butler County has raised the bar
                                                                                                 •     Nuts & seeds
 another notch. In our ninth year of the scholarship program, the Road Race has now
 raised $145, 250 through local support. All of these proceeds from the race are
                                                                                                 ZINC
 distributed annually through academic scholarships to graduating cross-country
                                                                                                 •     Dried beans
 runners from the nine Butler County high schools. Butler has a lot to be proud of. ”
                                                                                                 •     Milk, yogurt & cheese
           Butler Memorial Hospital is the premier sponsor for this annual event. Once
                                                                                                 •     Wheat germ
 again CHC was pleased to fulfill its role as both a sponsor and volunteer on race day.
                                                                                                 •     Nuts & nut butter
 We salute the organizers for their goal to improve the health and well -being of Butler
                                                                                                 •     Pumpkin & sunflower
 County communities.
                                                                                                       seeds
                                                                                                 •     Wild rice

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                                        A MANAGEABLE HEART RISK
                                              By Penny Bodenhorn, Health Educator

                                  Stress is a well-known risk factor that can cause cardiovascular disease.
There is no escaping stress in today’s world of constant activity and over-extended schedules. We cannot avoid stress in our lives,
but we can manage it.
          Stress is the body’s way of responding to its environment. It is not always bad events that cause stress. Things such as a
new job or marriage can also cause stress. Stress is an intricate part of everyone’s life. In order to live well with the many
stressors we face each day, we need to ensure periods of relaxation.
          The body’s basic response to stress, both positive and negative, is to try to return back to normal as soon as possible.
When the body is exposed to a stressor, hormones such as adrenaline may surge, heartbeat and blood pressure will increase and
blood sugar levels will rise. This response is referred to as the “fight or flight” response. If this response continues for too long,
diseases and disorders may result. Irritability, depression and anxious feelings may also occur. Problems with other lifestyle
habits such as eating, drinking, and smoking may result. What management techniques work for you? Here are some helpful
hints to consider to manage the stressors in your life:

♦   Take time to relax                                                           ♦    Laugh
♦   Exercise regularly                                                           ♦    Stretch
♦   Learn to adapt to changes                                                    ♦    Get a massage
♦   Learn to take action whenever possible                                       ♦    Use deep breathing techniques
♦   Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine, fats and sugars                              ♦    Use progressive muscle
♦   Do not smoke                                                                       relaxation techniques
♦   Give time to something or someone you believe in
                                                                                 *For more information on these topics,
♦   Get away for the weekend                                                     contact CHC @ 724-283-9955
♦   Meditate


        NEW FOCUS IN THE MON VALLEY
     LIFESTYLES OF THE FIT AND HEALTHY                                                       SAVE A HEART
                                                                                           SATURDAY PUTS CPR
          Monongahela Valley Hospital and SHIP partner, Mon-Vale Advances
Total Community Health (MATCH), have moved forward to their next step in                      TO THE TEST
the evolution of cardiovascular programs in the mid-MonValley. “After two
successful runs of Step Into Fitness, we applied what we have learned from our                       Through a strong collaborative
program outcomes”, says Anita Leonard, coordinator of Lifestyles of the Fit and            partnership and the support of numerous
Healthy. “Step Into Fitness told us that we must continue our quest for                    community sponsors, MonValley
increasing physical activity in our communities, but that we also need to place            graduated over 80 local residents who
more emphasis on obesity and stress risk factors. Lifestyles of the Fit and                put their CPR skills to the test. Save a
Healthy does this very well.”                                                              Heart Saturday- One Minute Matters,
          Lifestyles of the Fit and Healthy is a personalized quarterly                    held on April 27th at the Monongahela
educational program that teaches and supports individuals who want to manage               Valley Hospital Education Conference
their nutritional behaviors, increase physical activity and decrease stressors in          Center, was a one-day program offering
their daily lives. The 8-week program is limited to 20 persons who are                     community CPR to local residents and
interviewed for readiness before they enter the classroom. A nutritionist,                 certifications to professionals who
psychologist and physical therapist represent the faculty/counselor team for each          sought advanced instruction. MonValley
group and also offer focus for follow-up support groups.                                   EMS coordinated the instructional
          Leonard reports that Lifestyles of the Fit and Healthy completed its             programs. Save a Heart Saturday was
third program this past summer. She states “We’ve got some interesting pre-test            a product of several months of planning
data from our screening and questionnaires so far. Our 6-month and 12-month                by the Cardiovascular Task Force at
posts should give us even more valuable information. We hope to see some                   Monongahela Valley Hospital. The
sustained behavior changes and positive clinical outcomes over the two-year                American Heart Association, MonValley
period of this research project.”                                                          EMS, Monongahela Valley Hospital and
          CHC conducts its cardiac risk assessments as a component of the                  Community Health Challenge
program’s screening process, and we have also maintained our role to analyze the           represented the primary partnerships for
pre and post data collections. Thanks to the hospital and MATCH for your                   this very successful event.
confidence in us.



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         SRU INTERNS ALWAYS RISE TO THE                                                                    OUR VISION...
                                                                                                           The Community Health Challenge of
                OCCASION AT CHC                                                                            Southwestern Pennsylvania will be recognized as
                                                                                                           a growing health resource that serves as a coalition
                                                                                                           of health professionals from many western
          Over the years, CHC has been blessed with excellent students from the                            Pennsylvania organizations. The Community Health
Community Health Program at Slippery Rock University (SRU) who choose to serve                             Challenge will remain dedicated to the promotion
their internships with us. In January, we were fortunate to have Erin Bulger join our                      and coordination of community-wide education to
                                                                                                           help reduce the specific risk behavior associated
ranks. She was with us throughout the semester, and was a constant lifesaver, helping us                   with cardiovascular disease and other health-related
with our ongoing projects...especially with our physical activity and nutrition initiatives                illnesses. It is the intent of the Community Health
in Armstrong and Cambria Counties. With graduation from SRU this summer, Erin is                           Challenge to motivate individuals and organizations
now attending occupational therapy school at the University of Pittsburgh.                                 to move toward lifestyles, programs and activities
Congratulations, Erin!                                                                                     which will lower coronary and other health-
                                                                                                           associated problems. Through the technical use of
          Thanks also to Jennifer Sali and Penny Bodenhorn, community health majors,                       health risk assessments, given interventions and by
who have worked with us throughout this past summer to keep our projects moving                            promoting the use of community health resources
forward. Jennifer and Penny were graduated in August. CHC misses their high energy,                        and services, the Community Health Challenge will
enthusiasm, friendship and helpfulness.                                                                    generate a synergy of higher interest in
                                                                                                           cardiovascular disease and other health risk
          To all our interns past and present, we appreciate you! To the Allied Health                     reduction for residents and organizations of western
Department at SRU, thank you for the opportunities our collaborative partnership creates,
and for considering CHC as an internship site for community health majors.

CHC IS A NON PROFIT COMMUNITY HEALTH PROVIDER. IF YOU WOULD LIKE
TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO CHC OR VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME AND
EXPERIENCE, PLEASE CALL US AT 724-283-9955.(United Way Code #3290)




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  Department of Health and Centers for Disease                                           Pennsylvania is funded in part under contract
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