Dr. Jessica Suber hopes for ‘star power’ in DWOS

Suber1WebAlthough she will be competing in next year’s Dancing With Our Stars competition, Dr. Jessica Suber is clear about one thing: She is not a professional dancer.

“Typically, I dance like Elaine off of Seinfeld so I don’t know why they picked me,” Dr. Suber joked.

Of course, as a “star” in the competition, Dr. Suber isn’t expected to be a professional. However, it turns out her “pro” partner, Jared Jenkins, isn’t one either.

“When I first met him, he thought he was the star and I was the pro,” Dr. Suber explained. “I said, ‘I thought I was the star and you were the pro!’ So then we kind of joked about that and we decided we don’t need a pro. What we lack in experience, we’ll make up for with ‘star power.’”

Suber2WebThis isn’t the first time the SOMC plastic and reconstructive surgeon will step outside of her comfort zone to support a good cause. In October, she participated in SOMC’s Paint It Pink Celebrity Softball game. As a softball player, she proved to be a quick study in what turned out to be a great experience. She expects similar results from Dancing With Our Stars.

“I’m excited to be a part of this. I was very impressed by all the money they made last year and how many lives they were able to touch,” Dr. Suber said. “I’m looking forward to doing my part to raise money for the cause this year.”

The actual competition will take place in March, but Dr. Suber’s supporters can begin voting for her now. Since the event is a fundraiser, the public “votes” through donations. Every dollar given in Dr. Suber’s name will count as one vote for her to win the competition.

To support Dr. Suber, follow this link and click “Donate.” https://www.crowdrise.com/dwosORV2016/fundraiser/jessicasuber

Disc Golf available at Earl Thomas Conley Park

SOMC Community Health and Wellness is making a nine-hole “Disc Golf” course available to the community for free at Earl Thomas Conley Riverside Park.

Disc golf is a game played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc, or Frisbee®.

The sport was formalized in the 1970’s, and shares with “ball golf” the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).

A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the “hole.” The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is called a Pole Hole® an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw has landed.

The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. The hole is completed when the disc makes it into the basket.

Disc golf shares the same joys and frustrations of traditional golf, whether it’s sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

LIFE Center offers full slate of fitness opportunities

Resolving to get in shape next year? The SOMC LIFE Center can help you make it happen. From January to March, the LIFE Center will be hosting a series of group fitness classes that will help you get the results you’re after.

Early risers are invited to participate in “BootCamp with Steven” at 5:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. This is a high-intensity strength and cardio workout. It incorporates body-weight exercises, weighted and cardio exercises. The format will change frequently and, when weather is appropriate, it may be held outdoors.

On Tuesdays at 2 p.m., the LIFE Center features “Gentle Yoga with Tina.” This is a beginner-level course. It goes at a slower pace and incorporates the optional use of a chair, which makes it yoga poses progressively more accessible. Yoga can help reduce stress and improve circulation – as well as address challenges that results from health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis and fibromyalgia.

On Wednesdays at 6:46 p.m., the LIFE Center will host “Kickboxing Burner with Steven.” This class is a combination of cardio, boxing and martial arts that provides a total body workout. It will improve your strength, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.

And as always, those looking to improve their health are invited to become part of the CrossFit Alpha Pack. CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams. It is designed for universal scalability, making it perfect for committed individuals regardless of their level of experience.

The CrossFit Alpha Pack meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m., as well as on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

New smoking cessation classes begin Jan. 11

The first smoking cessation classes of 2016 are scheduled to begin on January 11 at the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC partners with the American Lung Association to offer the Freedom From Smoking program, which helps anyone wishing to kick the tobacco habit.

The classes are free to participants and all materials are included.

To register, or for more information, call 740-356-2552.

A healthy resolution that won’t wear you out

Life is busy, especially around the holidays. We go straight from the hustle of Christmas shopping and holiday parties to the grind of setting and keeping our New Year’s resolutions.

As special as this time of year can be, it is also rather exhausting… which is why you might consider making this resolution for 2016: Get more sleep.

Sleep is not just a luxury. It’s something you need, and failure to get enough of it can have serious consequences on your health. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. As much as a resolution like “Get more sleep” might feel like a copout, it isn’t. It really is a serious step towards living a healthier, happier life.

But how much sleep do you need? Adults of all ages should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Teenagers need a little bit more and should get nine to ten hours. School-aged children, meanwhile, should get at least ten while pre-schoolers need between eleven and twelve.

As for newborns, they would ideally spend between 16 and 18 hours a day sleeping.

But as you probably know, falling asleep isn’t always as easy as it sounds. If counting sheep isn’t enough to put you out, try following these tips:

Go to bed at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning.

Sleep in a quiet, dark and relaxing environment. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold.

Make your bed comfortable – and ONLY use it for sleep. Do not lay in bed to read, watch TV or listen to music. If you only sleep in your bed, you will become psychologically programmed to become sleepy when you’re in it.

Remove all TVs, computers and other “gadgets” from your bedroom.

Avoid large meals before bedtime.

If, despite following these tips, you still struggle with sleeping, it is possible you may suffer from a sleep disorder. If you believe this to be the case, contact the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center at 740-356-8822.

The secret to a resolution you can keep

In 2016, there will be more people who make a New Year’s Resolution than watch the Super Bowl. According to research by the University of Scranton, more than 90% of those people will fail.

Why is that? The problem may not be their commitment – it might just be their goal setting.

The key to making a resolution you can keep is keeping it simple. Be realistic and understand that sticking to a small improvement is better than failing at a drastic one. Rather than setting one huge goal for the year, try setting several that are small and obtainable.

Your resolution should also be tangible and tied to achievable metrics. For example, saying you are going to “lose weight” or “go to the gym” is just vague enough to be trouble. How are you going to lose weight? What kind of exercise routine will you be doing? Leaving those questions unanswered just gives you a built-in excuse to quit. Instead, resolve to avoid potato chips for six weeks – or to attend a weekly spin class.

By setting clear, measurable goals, you can keep your resolutions from feeling overwhelming. It also makes it easier to know when you are starting to slip.

CrossFit intro class offered for beginners

Starting any new exercise practice can be overwhelming, but entering a CrossFit gym can be particularly nerve-wracking.

To better integrate you, CrossFit Alpha Pack is offering a Foundation Class on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm.  Rather than throwing you right into CrossFit classes your coaches will get you started in an introductory classes to make sure you know how to safely execute the many CrossFit movements regularly seen in WODs (Workout Of the Day). These include the more basic, yet critical, exercises like the squat, deadlift and press, as well as more complex Olympic weightlifting movements, including the clean and jerk and the snatch.

Regardless of your own athletic background or ability the Foundation Class will help you come up to speed on performing a safe and effective CrossFit WOD.

For more information, contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650 or visit CrossFitAlphaPack.com.

Merry Mohawks visit SOMC Hospice

Northwest Christmas WebA group of students from Northwest Elementary School’s “Safety Patrol” recently visited SOMC Hospice to spread some holiday cheer. The students visited the facility on December 14, delivering Christmas cards and candy canes to patients and their families. They students, who were accompanied by their advisor, Ronda Sissel, also sang Christmas Carols.

The group was made up of fourth and fifth students. For more information about SOMC Hospice, follow SOMC on Facebook or Twitter.

‘Burg cheerleaders donate to Compassion Fund

Burg Cheer WebThe cheerleaders of Wheelersburg High School recently donated $1,500 to SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Pictured here are members of the high school cheerleading squad alongside staff at the SOMC Cancer Center.