Free volleyball tournament begins February 1

The SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center will hold a free volleyball tournament for interested participants at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 4.

The tournament will be double elimination. Teams must have six people on the court at all times and can consist of up to eight members. Teams may practice from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 18, 21, 25 and 28 at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. The team seeding will take place Monday night before the first match.

The tournament is free and open to everyone; you do not need to be a current LIFE Center member to participate. Teams must register no later than 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

Registration will require the names

of all players and a signed waiver for non-members of the LIFE Center.

The winning team will receive a prize pack from the LIFE Center. To learn more information, please call 740-356-7650.

SOMC Home Health Services ranked as “elite”

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Home Health Services was recently announced as one of America’s “Home Care Elite,” meaning it ranked in the top 25% of agencies in the United States. SOMC has achieved has received this honor in seven of the last ten years.

“This is a testimony to the caliber and caring of our Home Care staff,” Director of SOMC Home Health Services Karen Thompson said. “I am thrilled that they have once again received this recognition for their very important work.”

Agencies are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

SOMC Home Health Services is the first hospital-based care agency in Ohio and received Medicare certification in 1966. SOMC Home Health Services are available in Ohio’s Scioto, Adams and Pike counties as well as Kentucky’s Lewis and Greenup counties. SOME Home Health Services also operates an office in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

For more information about SOMC, visit or

SOMC Receives Gold Level Healthy Worksite Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC) for their outstanding healthy worksite practices, receiving the Gold Level Healthy Worksite Award for 2015.

The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. All applicants are reviewed and evaluated by members of the HOBC, and winners are recognized at either the Gold, Silver, or Bronze level.

A total of 68 Ohio employers were named healthy worksites for 2015.

“Poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” Dr. Mary DiOrio, medical director of the ODH, said. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by creating healthy work environments for their employees.”
Applicants are scored on how well their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.

“In terms of health and wellness, SOMC strives to be the leading example not just to our employees, but for other employers and the community,” April Sanders, manager of SOMC Employee Health and Wellness said. “We work to encourage a healthy community that will result in our children and their families living long and happy lives. We’re glad to be making strides both in and outside our workforce.”

The Healthy Worksite awards are sponsored by Provant, a leader in population health management strategies and customized worksite wellness services that support employee well-being and productivity and healthcare cost containment. For more information about the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, please visit

New fitness classes offered in 2016

If you’ve made a resolution to get in shape in 2016, be sure to check out the following new classes being offered at the Portsmouth and Wheelersburg LIFE Centers.


BootCamp @ 5:30a Monday & Wednesday

High intensity strength and cardio workout. This class will incorporate strength and conditioning body weight exercises, weighted exercises, and cardio exercises. Expect the format to change frequently and to feel the burn!

Gentle Yoga @ 2p Tuesdays

Beginner level. Slower pace with a range of modifications to make poses progressively more accessible. Yoga can help reduce stress, improve circulation, build community connections, and address challenges that result from chronic health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.

Kickboxing Burner @ 6:45p Wednesdays

Combination of cardio, boxing, and marital arts to provide a total body workout that improves strength, aerobic fitness, speed, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

Restorative Yoga @ 2-3:30p first Sunday of each month

Limited to 16 participants. $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Prior registration is suggested as classes fill quickly. January, February, March and April are currently full; registration for May, June, July and August sessions will open in February 2016.


KICK! @ 5:35p Tuesday and Thursday

Beginner to Intermediate level. Combines kickboxing moves with cardio, balance, strength, flexibility, and core in an Interval format and you have KICK!

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.”

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.