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NYNY Final Team Totals

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

NYNY Final Team Totals

Thanks to everyone who participated and promoted the 2017 NYNY! We are one step closer to making Jamestown, ND, a healthy and active place to live and we have YOU to thank for that! Below are the final points for each team. The teams that are in bold are the teams that accrued the most points for that division. Large Business Division Overall Score Building Healthy Lifestyles in Unison 115.7 Chafing the Dreams 118.2 Farmers Union Fighting Farmers 118.1 Jamestown Noridian 120.8 JRMC 123.6 University of Jamestown 72.1 read...

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Staying active in cold weather!

Posted on Mar 2, 2017

Staying active in cold weather!

McKenzie Kiefer, UJ student, Central Valley CHP coordinator North Dakota winters do not always provide temperatures that allow us to engage in physical activity outdoors, which leads many to a state of hibernation. About 53.8 % of North Dakotan’s report that they do not get the recommended amount of physical activity and cold North Dakota winters do not help motivate people to increase activity. Luckily walking is an activity that can be done just about anywhere and has been proven to be a great way to meet activity goals! read...

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NYNY: Finding the Time

Posted on Feb 24, 2017

NYNY: Finding the Time

By Emily Hoffman, JRMC Exercise Physiologist “Those who do not have time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby in 1800s Lack of time is the number one excuse for lack of activity that I hear as a fitness professional from clients and patients alike. In our 2016 NYNY survey, 67% of respondents blamed a busy work schedule and 49% blamed the time demands of family members as top obstacles in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As highlighted in the previous two weeks’ articles, both a low activity level and spending too few minutes exercising categorize individuals in the ‘sedentary’ category receiving no physical benefit. Not only is it a lack of benefit, but a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for heart disease and attributes to numerable chronic diseases. read...

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Get Steppin!

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

Get Steppin!

Emily Hoffman, JRMC Exercise Physiologist Pedometers are nearly becoming a thing of the past as our options for fitness trackers are seemingly endless through technological advances. Whether you have a fitbit, an iWatch, an activity app on your smartphone or a trusty pedometer, the number of steps we take each day is a meaningful number to track and can determine activity level. Last week we highlighted physical activity as a vital sign and the relation of time spent in exercise each week to your health status. This week we are adding a layer and considering distance as a determinant of activity level. Research conducted by Ball State (Jones et. al JCRP 2007) identified steps taken per day to reach a quantifiable activity level: read...

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Physical Activity as a Vital Sign

Posted on Feb 9, 2017

Physical Activity as a Vital Sign

Emily Hoffman, JRMC Exercise Physiologist At each doctor visit we are measured for height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and body temperature as these are important indicators for current health status. We are not usually questioned about our participation in physical activity, or our regular exercise routine. A research hot topic is that physical activity is our next vital sign as it is another strong indicator of current health status.  The new vital sign has already been added to routine visits at several major healthcare systems in the United States. The National Physical Activity Plan and the Exercise is Medicine initiative are strong supporters of the new healthcare vital sign. The physical activity vital sign, sometimes referred to as PAVS, would ask two questions: read...

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New Year New You- The life changer

Posted on Feb 6, 2017

New Year New You- The life changer

Becca Gussiaas, MS, SLP-CFY  A few years ago you would not have recognized Becca Gussiaas. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, she led a busy lifestyle that left little room and time for health improvements. After a health screening at JRMC showed she was at risk for high cholesterol, Gussiaas knew it was time to start making some health changes. In the summer of 2015, she decided it was time to start. She slowly started making time for workouts, and then added a diet change. “I went vegetarian for a bit, I really enjoyed it because it helped me focus on what I was putting in my body,” said Gussiaas. read...

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