February 8, 2016
Join The Orthopaedic Institute (TOI) on February 9th, 2016 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at The Waterfront Inn at The Villages for the Winter Wellness Fair! The event is FREE to the public.
Come learn more about TOI! Our very own Dr. Lloyd Kim M.D. will provide a presentation on “Injections for Musculoskeletal Problems” from 11:30am-12:00pm. The Winter Wellness Fair will also feature free screening, interactive exhibits, demonstrations, product sampling, music, and more from local businesses around the area.
We hope to see you on February 9th, 2016 from 9:00am to 1:00pm for the Winter Wellness Fair at The Waterfront Inn at The Villages.
Do not pass up on your chance to learn about the health services in your area!
February 3, 2016
Florida has seen snow flurries in the 2016 winter season. Although the weather conditions are not ideal for us to engage in outdoor activities, most of us still do.
To prevent injury and prepare you for your outdoor activities, we have come up with TOI’s TOP 5 Winter Health Tips to keep you and your family safe and injury free this winter.
- Stretch and Warm up. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are susceptible to injury when not properly prepared for an activity. Getting good stretches and warm up routines for the winter months can help prevent injury.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Select the proper clothing for the activities you are doing in the winter months. It is important to wear layers when exercising in the winter. This allows you to take off layers to prevent overheating.
- Watch your step. To prevent slipping always watch your step. During the winter months ground conditions can become icy and slippery, especially in the early morning or late evening hours.
- Drink plenty of fluids. It is just as important to stay hydrated during exercise in the winter months as the summer months.
- Know the Signs of Hypothermia. The risk of hypothermia increases as the winter months arrive.
Signs of Hypothermia include:
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Confusion and memory loss
- Drowsiness or exhaustion
- Slurred or mumbled speech
- Loss of coordination
- Slow, weak pulse
Despite the tricky weather here in Florida, make sure you follow these tips to stay healthy and safe this winter season. Spring is right around the corner!
By: Scott Mollman
January 18, 2016
Ok, so Joyce isn't the kind of ninja you’re thinking; but she’s just as fierce! Joyce, a.k.a. @ninjamomma_chan and her teammates will be competing on the show Team Ninja Warrior, premiering January 19th at 8/7 central on Esquire Network. So get loud for Joyce and TeamTNT and show some love on social media, using @ninjamomma_chan, #TOIHealth, #TeamNinjaWarrior, and @ninjawarrior.
In the recent article, The Women of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Challenge Gender Stereotypes, it stated: “Joyce Shahboz was one of the first women to compete on the American Ninja Warrior course and has been participating since season four. At 44 years old, she is also the oldest woman “to make it to Vegas and to the 5th obstacle.” One of the reasons to love American Ninja Warrior is because it represents athletes of all ages. Shahboz told me, “There are things I can do now that I couldn’t do 3-4 years ago and I’m 44 as of today!” Read the full article here.
About the Show
The physics-defying obstacle course competition American Ninja Warrior hits a whole new level with Team Ninja Warrior, where for the first time ever, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two. ANW's Akbar Gbajabiamila and Matt Iseman host some of the greatest past Warrior competitors as they race head-to-head in a newly designed, but equally punishing, dual running course that incorporates speed, superhuman agility, skill and strategy.
December 30, 2015
With the new year here, many people have made New Year’s resolutions to better their health. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half are still on target six months later.
- Lose Weight - The fact that this is perennially among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it is to commit to. But you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. Also, plan for bumps in the road. Use a food journal to keep track of what you eat and have a support system in place. "Around week four to six...people become excuse mills," Pam Peeke, MD, says. "That’s why it’s important to have someone there on a regular basis to get you through those rough times."
- Quit Smoking - Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success. "It’s one of the harder habits to quit," says Merle Myerson, MD, director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at St. Luke’s andRooseveltHospitals, inNew York City. "But I always tell people to think of how much money they will save."
- Cut Your Stress - A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen—insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more. Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress, says Roberta Lee, MD, an integrative medicine specialist at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City. "Stress is an inevitable part of life," she says. "Relaxation, sleep, socializing, and taking vacations are all things we tell ourselves we deserve but don’t allow ourselves to have."
- Volunteer - We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association. And guess what? Happiness is good for your health. A study found that people with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. Other research suggests that positive emotions can make people more resilient and resourceful."Someone who makes this sort of resolution is likely to obtain a tremendous personal benefit in the happiness department," Kanaris says.
- Cut Back on Alcohol - While much has been written about the health benefits of a small amount of alcohol, too much tippling is still the bigger problem.
Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures.
Chronic heavy drinking boosts your risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast.
- Get More Sleep - You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood—and appearance. But sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize.A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And sleep is crucial for strengthening memories (a process called consolidation).
- Travel - The joys and rewards of vacations can last long after the suitcase is put away. "We can often get stuck in a rut, and we can’t get out of our own way," Kanaris says. "Everything becomes familiar and too routine." But traveling allows us to tap into life as an adventure, and we can make changes in our lives without having to do anything too bold or dramatic.