July 14, 2015
You have a chance to become someone’s hero on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 9am – 4pm. Once again TOI has partnered with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to hold a blood drive. There is an emergency need for all blood types. TOI employees plan to make their donations in honor of Riley Hardy.
Riley Hardy, age 3, lives in Trenton, FL. Riley was brought to TOI’s attention by a fellow TOI employee; he is the son of her very close friend. On March 20, 2015 Riley was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). He has three years of treatment to undergo, starting with nine months of chemo. Riley will also need frequent blood transfusions during this three year period.
How can you help?
You can help Riley by donating blood at our upcoming blood drive on Wednesday, July 15! For every donation made in his name it counteracts the cost of his future transfusions! Remember, Riley will be receiving multiple transfusions throughout his therapy. When you donate blood (does not matter what type you are) please make sure it's in Riley Hardy's name! To learn more about Riley and other ways you can help, please click here.
You can find the Blood Mobile in TOI Gainesville’s parking lot located near the Physical and Hand Therapy entrances. Each donor will receive a LifeSouth t-shirt and a cholesterol screening.
July 1, 2015
Millions of people will celebrate our nation's independence on July 4th with traditional parades, food, fireworks and fun. While participating in these festivities, many unknowingly let their guard down. Please remember to keep you and your family safe this 4thwhen using fireworks.
Below are firework safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
- Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
- A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.Never give fireworks to children.
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
- Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never relight a firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
TOI wishes you all a fun and safe 4th of July!
June 22, 2015
The kids are out of school, the temperature has already reached 99 degrees, and it rains just about every afternoon; it's officially summertime in Florida. Despite the hot and rainy weather conditions, most of us will still venture outside to engage in summertime activities. We want to keep you and your family safe and injury free this summer, so check out TOI's Top 5 Summertime Health Tips.
1. Stretch. The more prepared muscles and tendons are for an activity, the more protected you are from getting hurt.
2. Replace your shoes. Select the proper shoes for an activity and replace them often to prevent foot, ankle and knee pain.
3. Look before you dive. To prevent spinal injuries, never dive headfirst into unfamiliar bodies of water.
4. Protect your head. Always wear a helmet while biking, skateboarding or horseback riding and make sure children do too.
5. Go easy on your joints. Swimming is a great exercise for summer and helps prevent over-heating.
Remember; if you do get injured, don't let them go untreated. The Orthopaedic Institute offers same or next day appointments to help you get back to your summertime fun!
June 11, 2015
Do you sit for long periods of time? If so, it’s time to take a stand. Literally. Stand up! Here’s why…
Whether you have a long commute, a desk job, or you binge watch a TV series over the weekend, sitting for long periods of time is simply bad for your health. The fact is most Americans spend more than half of their lives sitting! New research shows this sedentary behavior is linked to an increase in our risk of major health issues such as cancer and type 2 diabetes. Even more alarming is that even if you exercise regularly, but still sit for prolonged periods, you still have an elevated risk of future health problems.
Despite these disturbing facts, there’s still hope. Here are some tips on ways to limit sitting and its impact*:
- While working at a desk, be sure to get up for one to three minutes every half-hour or so and move around.
- While watching TV, stand or exercise during the advertisements (and no, don't go stand at the open fridge or the pantry).
- Monitor how much you sit, and try to reduce it by realistic increments every week. You should aim for two to three fewer sedentary hours in a 12-hour day. A wearable monitor can help establish a baseline and assess progress toward a goal.
- Know that getting regular exercise is good for you regardless of what you do for the rest of the day: It will not only help reduce your sedentary time, it should lower your risk of illness and improve your survival prospects if you have no alternative to logging long hours in a chair.
*Tips from Dr. David Alter, senior scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
May 4, 2015
During National Nurses Week, TOI would like to extend a special thanks to our nurses, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. All nurses deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care while encompassing the principles of ethical practice in the nursing profession.