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Mary Faltus, MSN-Ed, RN, elected as Mountain Region Director to North Carolina Nurses Association

Mary Faltus, MSN-Ed, RN, was recently elected as the Mountain Region Director to the North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA).  Faltus had been serving as Mountain Region Treasurer for the past two years. As Mountain Region Director, Faltus will preside over all meetings of the region, appoint committees with the approval of the Board of Directors and serve as an elected member of the North Carolina Nurses Association Board of Directors, a position that is elected by NCNA members.  She will also serve as chairman of the Region Board of Directors of the NCNA. "Participation in the regional and state activities associated with the American Nurses Association will give Mary the opportunity to be influential in legislative and practice changes for the profession of Nursing.  Her voice will represent the special needs and attributes of Western North Carolina nurses in advocating at the national level for continued patient care improvements into the future," said Pat Ashe, Chief Nursing Officer at Pardee. Faltus has been with Pardee for 12 years and is the Staff Development Coordinator for the Education Department.  She has been a member of the NCNA since 2005 and is also a member of The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Eta Psi and Omicron Delta, North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, National Nursing Staff Development Organization and the Transcultural Nursing Society.

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Here comes the Holidays

Remember to enter your weight every Monday at Submit Your Weight And remind your friends that it’s never too late to Sign Up Here Come the Holidays. Are You Ready? From Halloween through New Year’s Day, we are continually tempted by cookies, candy and holiday parties. And we are fearful that we will gain weight. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Statistics show that most Americans tend to gain from 1 pound to 10 pounds over the holiday stretch, and even those of us with strong willpower can be tested. Plus with all the holiday demands and the urge to stay inside because of winter weather, most people don’t take the time to exercise. So, inactivity increases at the same time calorie intake rises, setting you up for an increase in weight. But, fear not, it’s possible to maintain your weight and to eat healthfully through the holidays. Here’s some advice from WebMd that can hopefully help you prepare for the holidays! Practice Mindful Eating
  • “Be conscious of what you eat and how much”, says Karmeen Kulkarni, MS,RD, BC-ADM, CDE, president of health care and education for the American Diabetes Association. “Allow yourself some special treats on the holidays but have moderate servings”
  • Be realistic, this is not the best time for weight loss. Try to maintain, not gain.
  • Always look for opportunities to move. For example, take a brisk walk whenever you get a few minutes; stand up and move around while you’re on the phone call; and walk to a co-worker’s desk instead of emailing them.
Manage Stress and Emotions
  • One way to keep stress is to ask for help. Example: Host a potluck holiday meal instead of cooking dinner. Or serve it buffet style instead of having a sit-down meal.
  • Learn to say “no,” to activities and food that aren’t in your best interest.
  • At social events, don’t fill silence with food. “Many people will eat and drink any beverage because they don’t know what to say or how to act,” says Roger A. Clemens, DrPH. Instead, he recommends making an effort to really get to know people, beyond superficial small talk: “When we do that, we actually have the tendency to eat less,” he says.
  • Another way to deal with emotions is to make sure exercise remains a priority in your life. Remember, exercise can be a great stress reliever.
Plan in Advance
  • Eat a little before you go to a holiday gathering; hunger can undo the best intentions.
  • Also, avoid sources of temptation whenever you can, says Bethany Thayer, RD. After visiting a buffet, leave the room that’s filled with food. If there are sweets in the office break room, don’t go there.
  • If you’re traveling for the holidays, pick up some healthy, portable snacks at the grocery store before you leave so you’re less likely to be tempted by unhealthy options.
  • Think about what really matters during this busy time of year, and plan accordingly. “Figure out what you absolutely have to do, because there always are some obligations,” says Janet R. Laubgross, PhD, a clinical psychologist. Then let go of the rest.
  • Also, schedule a brisk walk or hike after a holiday party or meal. “Five minutes of exercise is better than 20 minutes of nothing,” says Janet R. Laubgross, PhD, a clinical psychologist.
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Local Events Click here for Pardee Hospital’s November Event Calendar Great health screenings, fitness classes and more… 2011 NC Farm Bureau/Times-News Gutter Ball Classic Thursday, November 10, 2011 5:30pm Hendersonville, NC Call 828-692-1413 for more information 5th Annual Super-Hero Race 5k Saturday November 12 Asheville, NC More info 3rd annual Downtown Mountain Mile Saturday November 19 Asheville, NC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Managing Back Pain with Physical Therapy FREE Monday November 21, 2:30pm – 4:30pm Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center – To register call 1-866-790-WELL (9355) Don’t forget to check out the great offers that you receive with your Lighten Up 4 Life Perks Card Lighten Up 4 Life’s current 16-week challenge began September 5 and runs through December 16, 2011. It’s never too late, you can register at anytime.
Remember the Lighten Up 4 Life team that loses the greatest percentage of weight over the 16-week program September 5 – December 16, 2011will wins prizes. In order to win, you will need to Submit Your Weight every Monday online at Lighten Up 4 Life.

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Pardee Hospital spreads awareness about Period of Purple Crying

During the month of November Pardee will be helping to raise awareness of the Period of Purple Crying, which is the normal period in an infant’s development when they cry more than any other time, sometimes inconsolably. Pardee is providing babies with purple hats and parents with informational DVDs to prevent infant abuse. Pardee Auxiliary members and community knitters and crocheters have helped to knit over 45 purple colored baby caps. These caps will then be distributed to new babies in the month of November to raise awareness of Period of Purple crying. The national campaign, titled “Click for Babies”, encourages participation through the clicking of knitting needles. It is a North America initiative sponsored by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome that is organized across the state through a collaborative effort with UNC – Chapel Hill who has donated DVDs to give to new parents. Each new mom watches the DVD while in the hospital and receives instruction on what normal newborn crying patterns are and how to cope with it. This program provides life saving information about normal infant crying and the dangers of reacting to that crying in frustration by shaking or abusing an infant.

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Pardee Hospital Foundation’s Women Helping Women raises $130,000 for uninsured women in the local community

Pardee Hospital Foundation hosted its annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on October 14 at Kenmure Country Club.  Over 250 attendees came together to celebrate survivorship and to see how their collaborative gifts touch so many lives. Pardee Foundation’s Women Helping Women Committee successfully raised over $130,000 from the generosity of 72 sponsors and attendees.  The Pardee Hospital Auxiliary made a special gift with a generous contribution of $15,000.  Other major gifts included Teddi Segal as Lead Sponsor, Mary Mason and Eleanora Meloun as Diamond Sponsors, and AVL Technologies, Carolina Village, Tom and Sue Fazio, Hendersonville Radiological Consultants, P.A., Lake Pointe Landing, Mission Healthcare Foundation, and UNC Health Care as Gold Sponsors.  Women Helping Women funds will be used to provide financial assistance for uninsured women for their healthcare needs at Pardee Hospital. Specifically, these needs address diagnostic screenings and procedures for cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and other critical women’s health needs. This year, attendees saw first hand how their gifts had assisted women in our community. Committee Chair Sharon Koffman shared that since 1998, Pardee Foundation’s Women Helping Women Committee has raised over $1.6 million for equipment, facilities and services for uninsured women in our community.  Nearly 1,000 women have received financial assistance from these funds for diagnostic treatments and procedures at Pardee.  A video was also shown, featuring several fund recipients and various patients of Pardee services, highlighting the impact the Women Helping Women assistance has made. Three women were recognized as the newest honorees in Women of Hope.  Mary Taylor is a breast cancer survivor, Nancy Thomas survived a heart transplant, and Jean Steer survived both uterine and breast cancer.  Pardee Hospital Foundation is pleased to honor women in our community for sharing their stories of courage, determination and will - as they have faced cancer and other diseases - in their lives and in the lives of their families.  The Women of Hope is a community display honoring some of the women in our community who have experienced cancer and other women’s health issues.  View these and other survivors by visiting the display at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The featured speaker, Jessica Melore, shared her inspirational story of overcoming adversity.  A survivor of a massive heart attack, leg amputation, and cancer, she survived for nine months on an experimental battery-operated mechanical heart assist device before receiving a life-saving heart transplant.  Jessica went on to graduate from Princeton University and was named one of Glamour magazine's "Top 10 College Women of 2002".  Pardee Hospital Foundation was established in 1996 to fund services, equipment and capital projects for Pardee Hospital. Pardee Foundation also serves as the charitable gift and grant receiving entity for Pardee Hospital. The foundation is dedicated to supporting excellence in healthcare through fundraising efforts. For more information, call the Pardee Foundation at (828) 696-4666.

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Pardee Lifeline offers free installations for the month of November

Pardee Lifeline, a system that summons help immediately at the touch of a button, is offering free installation for the month of November. The service is ideal for those with high-risk medical conditions, chronic illnesses or individuals with limited mobility.  Lifeline offers other services as well, such as a speakerphone function allowing individuals to answer the telephone without using a handheld receiver and the ability to leave reminders of important things to do throughout the day.  Lifeline operators are available to answer questions or provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Lifeline also retains pertinent health history and information on who to contact in the case of an emergency, when an individual is unable to provide this information. Subscription to this service is available for a low monthly fee, based on the types of options selected.  To take advantage of this free installation, call  (828) 692-9061 and use coupon code TE2.  .  This is a total savings of $90.50.  To take advantage of this offer, call (828) 692-9061 and use coupon code TE2.

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