Heal your mind and body through restorative yoga

The SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center will host a Restorative Yoga class from 4 to 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 22.

Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body,
others target specific areas, such as the heart or the lungs.

Restorative Yoga provides healing for the mind and body. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury, or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.

Participants must bring a Yoga mat, blanket, pillow and two Yoga blocks. Some Yoga mats and blocks are available at the LIFE Center. Participants should stay through the whole session and not leave the room early, as the final relaxation is very important and should be completed without interruptions in the room.

The event is open to ages 14-18 if accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The class is limited to 16 people. To register, please call 740-356-7650.

SOMC announces use of SPiN Thoracic Navigation System

Southern Ohio Medical Center announced today their acquisition and first use of the SPiN Thoracic Navigation System by Veran Medical Technologies. This system aids physicians in the early detection of lung cancer, which is the key to saving our patients’ lives.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, killing more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.   The good news is that with early detection, the survival rate increases from 15% (stage IV) to as high as 92% (stage I).

The SPiN Thoracic Navigation System is the only system in the world that allows physicians to accurately access small lung lesions via multiple approaches. This assists physicians in detecting lung cancer earlier and without the need for multiple hospital visits for diagnostic procedures.

Starting this year, Medicare and all private insurance plans cover lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals. To learn more, visit somc.org or call 740-356-LUNG.

SOMC announces Lung Health Navigator

SOMC provides a Lung Health Navigator to meet the needs of our community and lung-patient population, serving as a free resource to combat tobacco addiction, lung disease and provide information about available lung screenings.

The Lung Health Navigator guides the patient through the full continuum of care by:

• Referring high-risk patients for early detection low-dose CT screenings

• Analyzing information and taking action to facilitate patient wellness and healing

• Collaborating with the patient and the patient’s family to ensure they are receiving the best care possible

• Coordinating patient care between specialties • Facilitating physician recommendations for patient care to ensure understanding and compliance

• Helping patients with financial needs find resources for assistance

• Providing educational and emotional support

• Providing facts – not opinions – for treatment advice

For more information about SOMC’s Lung Navigator, and how it may help you, contact Jenny Woodyard at 740-356-LUNG.

Get ready for the Paint It Pink 5K with Train to Run

Not sure if you’re ready to run the Paint It Pink 5K? Time is on your side! Start taking advantage of SOMC’s Train to Run program to prepare your body for the Paint It Pink 5K on October 17.

Train to Run takes place on Tuesdays at 6:35 pm and Wednesdays at 6pm at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. It is a beginner level course and perfect for those who have never completed a 5K.

The program is lead by Steven Taulbee, running coach and group fitness instructor at the SOMC LIFE Center. It is free to LIFE Center members and just $5 per session for non-members. Any changes due to weather will be posted on the SOMC LIFE Center Facebook page.

For more information, call the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

CrossFit Alpha Pack offers breast cancer awareness WOD

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.12.20 AMThe CrossFit Alpha Pack will be adding a special “Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Of The Day” on October 14, in honor of breast cancer awareness month. The exercise will take place during the 5:30 am, 8:00 am, 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm workout sessions.

The “Breast Cancer Awareness Workout Of The Day” consists of seven rounds, in recognition of the fact that 7% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide are under the age of 40.

It will include:

12 toes to bar, in honor of the 12% of U.S. women who will develop breast cancer;

13 burpees, in honor of the 1.3 million women worldwide diagnosed with breast cancer every year;

And 28 air squats for the 2.8 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the United States

The exercise is open to anyone age 14 and over. LIFE Center or Alpha Pack membership is not required.

The CrossFit Alpha Pack Den is located at 1202 18th Street, next to the SOMC Friends Center.

For more information, call 740-356-7650, email CrossFitAP@somc.org or visit CrossFitAlphaPack.com.

Paint It Pink t-shirts on sale

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 3.08.59 PMThe 2015 Paint It Pink t-shirts are now available for purchase. Shirts are being sold at the SOMC Cancer Center, as well as on SOMC’s Main Campus in the Gift Gallery.

Paint It Pink Shirts are $10 each.

The shirts are part of SOMC’s campaign to increase breast cancer awareness during the month of October. As part of this campaign, businesses and community members are encouraged to wear pink on October 16.

Other Paint It Pink activities include free breast cancer screenings on October 13, a Paint It Pink 5k run/walk, 10k run, 10k bike and 1-mile survivor walk on October 17 and a Paint It Pink Celebrity Softball Game at Branch Rickey Stadium on October 17.

More information about these and other events can be found in this newsletter.

Photos from previous Paint It Pink events can be found on SOMC’s Facebook page, located at facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter. This year’s participants are encouraged to submit their own photos, as well as show their support by using the hashtag #PIP15 on both Twitter and Facebook.

SOMC Development Director Kara Redoutey earns CFRE designation

SOMC’s Director of Community Relations and Development, Kara Redoutey, recently received designation as a certified fund raising executive.

CFRE designation is given to individuals that pass a rigorous written examination testing their knowledge, skills and abilities as a fundraising executive.

“Achieving CFRE designation is something that means a lot to me,” Redoutey said. “I take a lot of pride in the work of the SOMC Development Foundation. I believe this experience will be a benefit not only to myself and the Development Foundation, but also to the community that we serve.”

In addition to passing a written exam, CFRE designees also agree to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights. CFRE is considered to be the premier global credential for career fundraisers.

“The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,” Jim Caldarola, immediate past chair of CFRE International, said. “The CFRE credential demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Kara Redoutey to herself, the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.”

The SOMC Development Foundation’s mission is to make a difference by identifying the community’s health and wellness needs while bridging the gap between those needs and the cost of the solutions. The Development Foundation raises and invests funds to help SOMC to deliver exceptional care, programs and services, and to fulfill the hospital’s mission to make a difference in the communities served.

For more information, or to support the SOMC Development Foundation, visit somc.org/development.


Tips to get you off your seat and on your feet

By now you are probably aware that prolonged sitting is bad for your health, but you may not realize how easy it can be to correct the problem. Here are seven tips you can follow to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting down and improve your overall health.

  1. Stand up and move around every 35 to 40 minutes, or at least once every hour. The human body was designed to move continuously, so your goal is to spend as much time as possible in motion.
  1. Be an Egyptian God at work. What that means is to mimic the posture of hieroglyphic Egyptians while you’re at your desk. Keep your spine straight, with your legs and forearms horizontal. The top of your computer monitor should also be at the same height as your height. This will also help eliminate pain in your back and neck.
  1. Get out of the habit of always driving or taking public transport. If your destination is within walking distance, just walk.
  1. If you are at a job where you choose how to divide up your break time, don’t spend it all at once. Instead of taking an hour all at once, take your break 20 minutes at a time.
  1. Look into the possibility of getting an adjustable desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing. Or, just make a point to stand up at your desk every now and then.
  1. Create non-sitting areas in your house where you can do things comfortably while standing up.
  1. Get into some hobbies that require you to move around. Stop “liking” things on Facebook and start liking something in the real world. You just might discover that there are plenty of things out there that don’t require sitting down.


Sitting is the new smoking

Even if you eat healthy and exercise, there’s probably one unhealthy habit you still haven’t been able to break. In fact, you may be doing it right now.

It’s sitting, and it’s a lot worse for your health than you realize.

On average, we spend 9.3 hours a day sitting. If that number is surprising, it shouldn’t be. If you have a desk job, that’s all you do while you’re at work. Then, after work, most people kick back and relax by… sitting some more.

It’s an unhealthy habit so prevalent and so common that we don’t even question it. It’s something so ingrained that we don’t even question how much we do it, or whether or not it’s bad for us. That’s what has led some to label sitting as “the smoking of our generation.”

But sitting for prolonged periods of time is undoubtedly bad for us.

People who sit for more than 23 hours a week are now thought to have a 64% greater risk of dying from heart disease. It also leads to increased back and hip pain and decreased metabolic health, which is the precursor of type 2 diabetes.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, sitting too long also makes you age faster.

Sitting for hours on end is the very definition of an inactive lifestyle, something that we have long understood to be bad for our health. The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to correct. If you have a job that requires you to be seated, just make a point to stand up at least once an hour and stretch. You should also consider filling your day after work with physical activities to help counteract the 9.3 hours a day we spend sitting and the 7.7 hours a night we spend in bed.