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Suzanne Hall, M.D., to speak about shoulder issues at Pardee Health Education Center

Suzanne Hall, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Appalachian Orthopaedics, will hold a free discussion about shoulder issues on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This discussion will include information about how shoulders work, as well as arthritis, severe rotator cuff tears, total shoulder and reverse shoulder replacements. “Early and correct diagnosis of shoulder problems can mean the difference between successful treatment and persistent problems. Many problems can be treated simply.  Learn how your shoulder works and what the warning signs are that indicate the need to see a shoulder specialist,” said Suzanne Hall, M.D. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration to attend is required by calling 1-866-790- WELL (9355).

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Roger W. Freed, D.C., to speak about headaches at Pardee Health Education Center

Roger W. Freed D.C., a chiropractor with Laurel Park Chiropractic Center, will hold a free discussion about the five most common headaches on Monday, Feb. 27, from 12:30- 2 p.m. at the Pardee Health Education Center, located in the Blue Ridge Mall. This discussion will include information about causes of the most common headaches, with an emphasis on tension and chronic daily headaches as well as standard treatment protocols. There will also be discussions on evaluation, conservation treatment procedures and steps to prevention. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required to attend by calling 1-866-790- WELL (9355).

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Pardee’s Footsteps to Fitness Walking Program starts a new year

Pardee Hospital’s Footsteps to Fitness program will begin Monday, Jan. 2, to kick off a new year of healthy lifestyles. Footsteps to Fitness is a walking program that began 13 years ago to keep members of the community active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Participants will keep a log of their walking minutes throughout the year while enjoying various prize incentives. Participants at any fitness level are welcome to join and can walk anywhere they choose. Enrollment fee is five dollars for the full year and includes a log book. Footsteps to Fitness  begins taking registrations on Jan. 2. Enrollees must register in person at the Pardee Health Education Center.

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Pardee Hospital to host community blood drive

Pardee Hospital will host a community blood drive for the American Red Cross on Wednesday, Dec.14, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Jamison Conference Room on the first floor. In order to donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and not have donated blood in the past 56 days.  Walk-in donors will be accepted, but those with appointments will be seen first. Appointments are required by calling (828) 696-4225 or emailing Judy Bolster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Donors should enter the hospital through the main entrance on Justice St.  All donors are entered for a chance to win two domestic roundtrip tickets on Delta Airlines.

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Lighten Up 4 Life

Remember it’s never too late to sign-up & if you’re already registered, it’s never too late to come back! Sign Up Now How To Stay Motivated – Even When You Want To Quit! Have you had a bad day or a bad week? You’ve eaten too much and you didn’t exercise? Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated each and every day and never mess up, especially when the scale doesn’t seem to move in the right direction…. Here are some simple tips from Tricia Kelly, exercise specialist, Mission Health:
  • Make the commitment-it’s a decision that you make every day; keep a journal to encourage yourself, write a contract to yourself, write up your personal list of reasons for exercising, keep them handy and look over them when you feel like quitting
  • Set goals to work towards; think small, attainable goals; and make them measureable so you know when you reach them
  • Make it possible by preparing ahead of time; pack your gym bags; set out your snacks the night before; plan the day to include exercise
  • Foster discipline-make it a habit; create a ritual for yourself for starting your workout; have a regular set day and time; be honest with yourself about what hinders you and take steps to address it
  • Be flexible-allow yourself some leeway; don’t have an “all or nothing” attitude-you will just end up frustrated and quitting; have a back-up plan
  • Have fun with your routine-make it an enjoyable time (or as much as it can be); find an exercise buddy, find an activity that you like; use music that stimulates you; reward yourself with something other than food!
Don’t  Forget: Stay Accountable To Yourself & Your Team! Here are some wonderful tools to help you stay motivated and accountable. Click here for WebMd’s Food & Fitness Journal, by logging your food and exercise daily, you can stay on top of how many calories you’ve consumed as well as how many you’ve burned. And Click here for great calorie counters. Lighten Up 4 Life’s Recommended Exercise Video 10 Pound Slimdown : Yoga For this slim down video and to learn more about exercise, click here Lighten Up 4 Life’s Exercise Page Lighten Up 4 Life Recommended Recipes Tomato and Bean Burritos, Asian Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise, Chicken Parmesan Pizza, Light Filet of Fish Sandwich, and Chocolate Truffle Bars You’ll find these recipes and more on the Lighten Up 4 Life Recipe’s Page Click here to Share Your Recipes on Lighten Up 4 Life’s Facebook Page
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