Northshore Eye Care Welcomes Innovations By Building On Family Values

Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 2.47.42 PMNorthShore Eye Care was founded in January 2017 by one of the most trusted names in eye care, Ophthalmologist, John Costin, MD. Some of the area’s most respected eye care physicians are part of this growing group of eye care experts with offi ces located in Avon, Avon Lake and Sandusky.

Dr. John Costin was born and raised in Lorain and returned there after his medical training. Prior to launching NorthShore Eye Care, he served as Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Institute. His son, Bryan Costin, MD, is also an ophthalmologist with the practice, providing care for adults and children. Both graduated from Case Western University Medical School and chose to remain in the area to practice medicine.

The large medical practice was built by developing personal relationships with patients and the staff of caregivers who support the physicians and patients. Daily you will see Dr. John Costin greeting patients in the waiting room, introducing patients to the staff, and thanking patients for the honor of serving them. Every member of the NorthShore team can tell you a story about how John helped and supported each of them in their personal life. “We are a family taking care of our friends and neighbors. I am just continuing the core lessons taught to me by my dad and mom,” said John.

Although the two work together on a daily basis, they are first and foremost members of a close family and friends whose mentoring relationship works both ways. Bryan has learned from his dad both professionally and personally. He and his other two siblings were raised on a horse farm in Wakeman. It was there that John and his wife taught each of their children the value of hard work, discipline and respect. “My father has always inspired me, through his dedication to medicine and education and his love of community. He simply loves to help people and always treats every patient like they are a part of our extended family,” Bryan said. John’s inspiration comes from his own upbringing where he worked for his father’s carpet-cleaning business. His father taught him the value of a long day at work. “My father taught me the importance of providing for my family and staying active, which is what I plan to do,” said John.

Business relationships can be complex, especially for fathers and sons. Bryan and John approach the business differently at times. But you will not find a more effective, respectful and collaborative relationship than the one between these two. Although John loves technology and continues to learn, Bryan, by virtue of his generation, brings a perspective on technology and innovation to the office that didn’t exist
30 years ago. Bryan is a leading expert in the anatomy of muscles in the area of the eye and uses targeted Botox therapy for procedures. He has developed care processes that help patients avoid in-hospital
procedures. By performing some procedures in-office, he helps patients to avoid the higher cost and inconvenience of a hospital stay.

“The secret is listening and compromise. For the most part, we agree on business decisions. I have pushed back at times when offered a different perspective. We’ve made adjustments on both of our parts
but we’ve learned when to back off and when to push. It has ultimately helped the business and more importantly our patients,” said John.

The two have brought their strengths together to form a dynamic practice. John and Bryan, along with the other 15 experts in this multi-specialty group, enjoy the comradery that exists in their offices and each have reputations for providing optimal service to their patients. NorthShore Eye Care offers a comprehensive range of eye care services for conditions including cataracts, drooping eyelids, macular degeneration, eyelid cancer, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, excessive tearing, and more. “It really is a special thing to go to work every day with my son,” said John. “I know he and these other well-respected professionals in the practice share my values and will continue the legacy I’ve built. I’m very lucky.”

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CVS Health Takes Major Step to Address Chemicals of Consumer Concern

Parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors will be removed from extensive line of store brand beauty and personal care products.

CVS Pharmacy (NYSE:CVS), America’s leading retail pharmacy, took a major step forward in advancing its efforts to address chemicals of consumer concern by announcing the removal of parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors across nearly 600 beauty and personal care products from its store brand CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, and Blade product lines. The Promise Organic line of store brand products also does not contain any of these ingredients. CVS Pharmacy will stop shipping store brand products that don’t meet these standards to distribution centers by the end of 2019.

As a company driven by its purpose of helping people on their path to better health, this latest action is a significant milestone in its journey toward more sustainable products that satisfy consumer expectations. “We are committed to providing our customers with the safe, efficacious products that they are looking for,” said Cia Tucci, vice president of store brands and Quality Assurance at CVS Health. “We listened when customers voiced their desire for products that still provide the benefits they need with fewer ingredients of concern. Today’s announcement is a natural step in the evolution of our comprehensive approach to chemical safety.”
While all store brand products have always been subject to stringent standards of safety, quality and environmental responsibility and – at a minimum – meet all federal and state requirements, customer feedback has driven this move to eliminate parabens, phthalates and the most prevalent formaldehyde donors.  In addition to listening to customers, CVS Health has also engaged with industry experts and key advocacy groups to ensure that product quality can be maintained through this transition. Over the past several years, CVS Health has engaged with the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) coalition and its Mind the Store campaign, an organization working to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, strengthen the understanding of chemicals of consumer concern and inform opportunities for retailers to advance chemical safety in consumer products.
“This announcement is an exciting milestone not only for CVS Health, but for retailers and the role they play in driving change toward safer consumer products,” said Mike Schade, Mind the Store campaign director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. “We applaud CVS Health for the action it is taking today and we look forward to continued collaboration ahead.  We hope other retailers will follow suit.”The evolution of CVS Health’s chemical policy builds off a foundation laid over the last decade to advance its chemical management efforts. In 2007, the company became the first major drugstore to establish a Cosmetic Safety Policy in 2008. Since then, CVS Health has made substantial progress toward sustainable chemical management, including the launch of the WERCSmart tool in 2013 to ensure suppliers register ingredient information for all chemical-based products. In 2016, CVS Health became the first major pharmacy chain in the country to become a signatory of the Chemical Footprint Project.

“Our consumers expect both transparency and quality when it comes to ingredients in the products they use,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of CSR and philanthropy at CVS Health. “This is an important step, and we look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to address additional chemicals of consumer concern and focus on more product categories in the future.

For more information on CVS Health’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, visit: www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a coalition that represents over 450 organizations and businesses united by the common concern about toxic chemicals in homes, places of work, and products used every day. The coalition fights for reform of outdated toxic chemical laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace and educating the public about ways to protect one’s family from toxic chemicals.
About CVS Health
CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com
About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

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Is independent living the right choice for you?

When you’re an older adult, any housing change can seem like you’re losing your independence. However, as the name suggests, independent living is more about making your life easier than giving up your independence. Sometimes, acknowledging your limitations—that you’re unable to manage the upkeep of your existing home, for example—and accepting some assistance now may help you maintain your regular independent routine for longer.

Is independent living right for me? – 4 Questions to ask yourself

1. How easy is it for me to maintain my current home?

Maintaining a home may be a longstanding source of pride for you, but it can also become a burden as you age. Perhaps your home has a large yard which requires constant maintenance, or maybe it’s becoming more difficult to clean those extra rooms that are rarely used. If your home is difficult to access, such as on a steep hill or up several flights of stairs, it may be harder for you to leave your home as often you’d like, leading to more isolation. Or increased crime may mean that your neighborhood is now too dangerous to walk around safely.

Some of these challenges may be partially remedied by hiring outside help, remodeling parts of your home, or by other family members lending assistance. However, if you’d like a place that does not require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, independent living may give you more freedom and flexibility in the long run.

2. Is it difficult for me to connect to friends and family?

The more isolated you are, the greater your risk for depression and other mental health problems. You may have a difficult time getting out of the house, perhaps due to trouble driving or increased mobility issues. Or your friends and neighbors may be busy with other work or family commitments, or the neighborhood may not be easy to get around. While the phone and Internet can help, nothing can take the place of face-to-face human connection.

Independent living facilities can give you a built-in social network of peers, while many also provide structured activities such as sports, arts, or field trips.

3. How easy is it for me to get around?

You may live in an area where you have to drive to attend social activities, visit friends, and shop. If you find yourself less comfortable with driving, you may find yourself relying more and more on public transportation or family and friends to get around. It may be harder to visit others, go to activities you enjoy, or keep doctors’ appointments.

As well as onsite amenities, many independent living or retirement communities also offer convenient transportation options to outside activities.

4. How is my health (and the health of my spouse)?

It’s important to consider your current and future health. For example, if you have a health condition that makes it difficult to stay active and will most likely worsen with time, it’s good to consider your options carefully. It’s also important to consider the health of your spouse if you are married. Can you manage the activities of daily living, such washing, showering, and eating? Can you manage your finances? Can you manage medications and doctor appointments?

If you see needing only minor assistance with activities of daily living, independent living may be right for you.

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Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies

3 Questionable Ingredients Found In Oral Health Care Products

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

Yet, when it comes to mouthwash, they will let their children take a product that contains harsh substances – some of which have been shown to linked to serious health problems.

“There has been a surprising lack of attention to mouthwash and how it affects children,” says Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), a bacteriologist, dentist and developer of TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse. “Effects of potentially unhealthy ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.”

Many ingredients in some commercial mouthwashes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Here is a look at some of the harmful substances that may be found in our children’s mouthwash products:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This harsh detergent leads to canker sores and causes microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissue. Because it dries out the mouth, it can also allow for the rapid reproduction of bad breath bacteria. 

• Saccharin. This sweetener is found in drinks, candy, cookies and medicines. It has also been shown to cause bladder cancer when tested on laboratory rats. In humans, it can cause allergy-related symptoms, skin disorders, nausea and diarrhea.

• Artificial Colors and Flavors. Studies by leading health researchers have found a link between children’s use of artificial colors and flavors with learning disabilities and hyperkinesis (hyperactivity and inability to concentrate).

Katz suggests that all consumers – especially parents – take the time to read labels and understand what is going into their children’s bodies. Spending a few extra minutes reading these labels, and understanding what the substances are could be a life-saving decision.

About the Author
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com) received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website   offers a free online bad breaths test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

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REJUVENATION TIME: An Overlooked Key to Unlimited Energy & Productivity

438 million:  at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.  is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become  at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.

During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD. This concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With over-training and overworking, we burn out and eventually
collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.

I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot people they need some help!

1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time o and thinking we areslackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!

2. Schedule it. What gets scheduled gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…

3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time o spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.

Begin your Rejuvenation Time
Call us at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com
to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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Earth Day: Near-Zero Emission Clean Diesel Technology an Environmental & Economic Achievement

Earth and North America from SpaceIn honor of this past weeks National Earth Day…

Washington, D.C. – The following is an Earth Day statement from Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum, a Washington-based nonprofit association.

 This year, people in more than 190 countries will commemorate Earth Day and the world’s environmental accomplishments and agenda for the future.

In looking back at significant accomplishments in the past few decades, it’s important to recognize one of the major environmental achievements that has contributed to a cleaner environment while powering the global economy – clean diesel technology.

The transformation to near-zero clean diesel technology is a result of our commitment to protect and enhance our environment, conserve our resources, and improve our quality of life.  Today, this is a daily reality for the leaders in clean diesel technology – the companies that provide the world with the most advanced and powerful engines, equipment, machines and vehicles, and fuels.  Clean diesel technology has significantly reduced emissions, increased efficiency and improved the everyday lives of people throughout the world.

From tending farms that help feed the world, building roads and clean water infrastructure that connect communities, powering a commercial truck for taking goods to market, or moving a fuel efficient personal car, diesel technology is enabling progress and prosperity in the cleanest possible manner.

 Diesel’s Near Zero Emissions Levels Help Achieve Sustainability

Thanks to the innovation and billions of dollars of research and development, engine, vehicle and equipment manufacturers today produce new diesel engines and equipment to meet all the needs of tomorrow’s sustainable world.  This includes a wide range of engine sizes with emissions at near zero levels, improved fuel efficiency, and a capability to utilize a wide range of renewable biodiesel fuels from an array of feed stocks.

Here are the results of this successful effort: 

    • A 98 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from new commercial diesel trucks and buses.
    • A 97 percent reduction in sulfur in new diesel fuel.
    • A 90 percent reduction in PM and 50 percent cut in NOx emissions from new farm and construction equipment.
    • A 30 percent higher fuel efficiency than gasoline cars and pickups.

So why is this important? Diesel is the predominant power source in key sectors of the global economy including the technology of choice for over 90 percent of all global trade – for road-building, industrial development farming, moving goods to market and providing essential public services.   Today’s diesel technology does more with less, more work with fewer emissions, using less fuel. 

Additionally, most diesel engines today can run on high-quality blends of biodiesel with little modification as well as next-generation, drop-in renewable diesel fuels which offer even further benefits.  According to the U.S. EPA, biodiesel is classified as an “Advanced Biofuel” capable of reducing greenhouse gas emission by at least 50 percent.  Renewable diesel fuel is derived from the same feedstocks as biodiesel.

The world’s economy depends on diesel power today, and diesel engines have transformed to meet the needs of the global economy, environment and climate for a sustainable future for all tomorrow.

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The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean-diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information visit www.dieselforum.org.

Source: Diesel Technology Forum, 5291 Corporate Dr Ste 102, Frederick, MD, 217032875, United States

Applications Now Being Accepted for Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic

Hospitals Encouraged to Nominate Patients for Nationally-Renowned Training Program for Women Living with Heart Disease

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has announced that applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 WomenHeart Science & Leadership SymposiumThe Symposium is taking place October 6-October 9, 2017 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The application deadline is July 31, 2017.

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The four-day Symposium brings together dedicated female heart patients and provides a rigorous training for them to be WomenHeart Champions — patient volunteers who work in their local communities to lead support network meetings with heart disease survivors and/or participate in other WomenHeart education and advocacy activities.

“Education, advocacy and support are at the core of the fight against heart disease in women. WomenHeart Champions trained at this prestigious program are equipped to improve awareness, increase action and lead peer support efforts in their local communities,” said Mary McGowan, CEO of WomenHeart.

McGowan referenced research that underscores the impact of peer support in helping women improve their heart disease outcomes.

“So many women experience feelings of fear, anxiety and isolation following a heart disease diagnosis. However, women who regularly attend a support group led by a trained peer leader are more engaged in their health care and experience lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression,” she said. “This is just one example of the real impact made by participating in the WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium, and we’re so proud to see the difference it makes in each WomenHeart Champion‘s local community.”

Members of WomenHeart’s National Hospital Alliance are encouraged to nominate patients that they believe would be would be best suited for this leadership opportunity. The organization is also seeking nominations from hospitals not currently affiliated with the National Hospital Alliance, as well as directly from women living with heart disease. Patients are asked to complete a short survey to begin the application process.

WomenHeart was founded in 1999 and the Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic was founded as an integral part of WomenHeart in 2002. WomenHeart currently boasts more than 800 WomenHeart Champions and 97 WomenHeart Support Networks that reach more than 10,000 women heart patients nationwide every year.

WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance
The WomenHeart National Hospital Alliance is currently comprised of 40 member hospitals. It is a unique partnership between WomenHeart and member hospitals throughout the country who are dedicated to advancing women’s heart health in their community. The National Hospital Alliance was developed by WomenHeart to ensure that women heart disease patients in every community have access to information, education and patient support services.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the nation’s only patient centered organization serving the almost 48 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease – the leading cause of death for women. WomenHeart is devoted to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and the nation’s only patient support network solely for women living with heart disease. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, healthcare professionals, and health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. To join or donate, visit www.womenheart.org.

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10 Things to Do with a Finnbin Baby Box Once Baby Grows Out

Finnbin is a baby box company inspired by the Kela (Finland social security program) maternity package that grants a kit to all expectant or adoptive parents who live in Finland. Finnbin goal is to make life easier for new parents by helping them prepare for their baby by introducing great brands with quality products and providing babies with a safe place to sleep. They are excited to bring this beloved and age-old Finnish tradition to families throughout the U.S.
Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 8.43.03 AMWhile your baby may only be able to sleep in his or her Finnbin box up to six months, that doesn’t mean you need to ditch the box once your baby graduates to the crib. Here are the top 10 ideas for what you can do with your Finnbin box after the baby moves out of it:

  1. Keepsake box: use it to keep memorable items you’ll always want to remember the early days with your baby. A favorite hat, blankie, or boox. You can add to it as your little one grows up.
  2. Next-size-up clothing: use the box to put the next side up clothes that your little one may not quite fit into yet, but will soon. That way they’ll be organized and easy to access once a growth spurt comes along.
  3. Cleaning supplies: Keep your cleaning supplies, sprays and soaps out of reach for kiddos but placing them in the box and putting in a pantry or on a high shelf. This also makes it easy when you’re in cleaning mode to bring all your supplies in a quick and organized way.
  4. Road trip survival box: If you’re packing up the kids and hitting the road, put all the things they’ll want in the box and make it easy for them to access in the backseat so you can have a little sanity up front.
  5. Art box: as your baby gets bigger and begins to make art, this is a perfect box to collect those one-of-a-kind treasures to keep for a long time.
  6. Important files: The box fits multiple file folders and as your child grows, you’ll accumulate materials along the way (birth certificate, hospital records, school files, etc…). This is a recognizable and large enough space to store all the important docs needed for your child.
  7. Game night: Keep your board games, cards, dice and other game night essentials in the box so not pieces are lost and it’s easy to take down for a fun night of games.
  8. Toy box: Quick! Guests are coming over and you have a hundred mini-race cars all over your living room. Grab your box and use it for quick toy storage that can hide a mess in a matter of minutes.
  9. DIY galore: Crafting is a great activity as your child gets bigger and keeping all those DIY materials in one place will ensure you have a mess-free home! From paper to popsicle sticks to googly-eyes, keep them in your box and know when you take it out, fun lies ahead.
  10. Magazine storage: keep magazines and newsletters in the box to easily access when you have a little downtime (ha!) to catch up on reading. When the magazines start to overflow the boxes that’s when you throw out what’s in there and start over.

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Rejuvenation Time: An Overlooked Key to Unlimited Energy & Productivity

438 million:  at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity.  is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.

Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become  at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.

During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD.  is concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With overtraining and overworking, we burn out and eventually collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.

I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot of people they need some help!

1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time off and thinking we are slackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!

2. Schedule it. What gets schedule gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…

3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time off spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.

Begin your Rejuventation Time – Call us at 440.835.9090 or go to www.maxstrengthfitness.com to request your free initial consultation and demo workout today!

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PREVENTING OVERUSE INJURIES AND HOW TO TREAT THEM

While practice makes perfect, practicing too hard or training incorrectly can lead to overuse injuries. Caused by a repetitive stress to a muscle, bone or tendon, overuse injuries can be subtle and develop over time. You may begin to feel chronic pain even at rest. Common examples include tendinitis, shin splints or bursitis.

Overuse injuries happen to people of all ages, but can be especially common for student athletes when they take on too much, too soon, or have poor form. When the body does not have enough time to recover, the breakdown of tissue happens faster than the buildup that occurs when exercise is done properly.

“Growing bones can be less resilient to stress, putting children and teens at increased risk,” said Aaron Wolkoff, DO, Orthopedic Specialist and Medical Director of GO Ortho. “Student athletes should avoid excessive training programs, be sure to get a yearly physical, and avoid specializing in one sport before they reach puberty.”

Overuse injuries can be prevented by keeping good form and listening to your body when something starts to hurt. “You must practice proper technique and give your body ample time to rest,” said Dr. Wolkoff. To relieve minor aches or sprains at home, Dr. Wolkoff recommends icing and elevating the injury. You may also try a compression wrap or take ibuprofen for the pain.

AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE ER

If the pain from an injury seems unmanageable, many believe they need to go to the emergency room. But the ER is primarily designed to serve life-threatening emergencies. An urgent care center may be able to help you, but you will likely be seen by a generalist—not an orthopedic specialist. In both cases, you will walk out with a referral to have a second appointment with a specialist.

Fortunately, there are orthopedic urgent care centers such as GO Ortho. GO Ortho is an independent practice that cares for a wide range of orthopedic conditions from acute pain resulting from a break or overuse injury, to chronically painful conditions like arthritis. This facility is staffed by orthopedic specialists and accepts walk-ins and same-day appointments. This enables patients to get in with a specialist to take care of their pain much sooner than typical orthopedic offices, which may not have an open appointment for weeks.

Because you are seeing an orthopedic specialist, conditions are more accurately diagnosed and properly treated. GO Ortho staff are trained to provide sophisticated treatments, advanced orthopedic imaging, and outfit patients in the latest in slings, braces, casting and other support devices.

“Our goal is to change the delivery of medical care. We help families avoid the hospital or emergency room to receive the immediate care they need, directly from a specialist,” said Dr. Wolkoff. There is also a significant monetary savings to the patient since a GO Ortho visit is charged as a regular orthopedic office visit and not as an ER/emergency level visit that may come with a high cost to the patient. GO Ortho see patients age one and up and accepts most major insurance carriers.

“While we do advocate going to the ER when you are faced with a severe medical problem, most orthopedic pains and conditions are not life threatening and are best treated by an orthopedic specialist. The fastest way to see one is to go to GO Ortho,” said Dr. Wolkoff. GO Ortho is located at the Hillcrest Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 410. Learn more at www.godoctornow.com.

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