Columbus Senior Center Diabetes Class

The Columbus Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a fun and interactive wellness course teaching participants about diabetes and pre-diabetes. Montana ranks 8th in the country in diabetes rates with 8.8% of people diagnosed (Americas Health Ratings)

Did you know…..

29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.

Diagnosed:21.0 million people.

Undiagnosed:8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed). (CDC)

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Profile of the Week: Strong Women

Strong Women

The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Women begin to show decline in muscle mass beginning at age 30 and if this condition is not reversed, women will have reduced strength and other severe consequences as they age. Women need to maintain a healthy level of muscle mass at all ages for optimal health through weight lifting two or more times per week,  but only 17.5% of women meet these recommendations. The Strong Women program, developed by Tufts University, is designed for women to increase muscle strength by strength training for 2-3 sessions per week for fourteen weeks. This strength training program is now being offered through MSU Extension offices in Montana, and the results have been inspiring.  Participation, improved functional strength and balance, and a strong sense of camaraderie and achievement are positive outcomes for Montana’s rural women. These trainings are conducted by Extension educators who have been certified to teach Strong Women programs.

About Strong Women:
The StrongWomen™  program is an evidence-based strength training program developed by the staff of  the Hancock Center at the Friedman School at Tufts University. The primary objective of the StrongWomen™ Program is to help communities nationwide to implement safe and  effective strength training programs for midlife and older women.

Who should attend trainings:
* Professional and community leaders who are working with a non-profit and are interested in the fields of public health, nutrition and exercise or wellness should attend.

* Potential program leaders should be regularly lifting weights/strength training, be in good physical health, and be able to collaborate with local agencies or organizations to provide the Strong Women program in their community.

 

For a list of all locations and contact information, click here

Columbus Walk With Ease and Arthritis Exercise Classes

Columbus Walk With Ease and Arthritis Exercise Classes

 Columbus has started a new program designed for individuals suffering with pain and mobility issues.

MSU Extension and Stillwater County is offering a Nordic Walking/Walk with Ease class for individuals suffering from pain and mobility issues.  Nordic Walking (or walking with poles) is an excellent workout for anyone and greatly reduces joint impact.  The class will begin October 8th and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5 pm at Columbus Middle School.

An Arthritis Exercise Class will also begin in Columbus, with two different sessions per week.  The Monday/Wednesday class starts on October 7th and meets from 4-5 pm at Columbus Middle School. The Tuesday/Friday class will meet from 11 am-12 pm starting October 8th at the Columbus Senior Center.

These gentle exercise classes are designed for anyone, not just those suffering from arthritis.  For more information or to pre-register call 322-8035.

 

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Stillwater Gets Fit

Stillwater County Public Health Department launched Stillwater Gets Fit in February 2010 to mirror the activities of the statewide Shape up Montana program. However, Stillwater Gets Fit brings a local flair to the competition, adding custom nutrition and physical activity ideas to specifically cater to the population of Stillwater.

Participants in Stillwater Gets Fit pay a $5 per team member fee in addition to the $15 per team member for Shape Up Montana. Teams then report miles to Jill Grim, RN at the Stillwater Public Health Department. These miles are then reported in the Stillwater County News weekly, fostering friendly competition within the county. The winning team at the end of the competition is then eligible to choose their “cause” of choice within Stillwater County, and the money raised will go to that charity.

In addition, brief newsletters offering links to websites featuring healthy recipes, exercises and healthy life tips is sent out weekly to participants. These easy, down-to-earth ideas are meant to accommodate the lifestyles of participants.

By making the competition more local, teams of families co-workers, neighbors, bible study groups, etc. are motivated by the progress of each other, and are encouraged to help Stillwater County Get Fit!

Stillwater Gets Fit also hosts an annual health fair with a variety of services and information from around the county. A variety of health screenings is available to local residents at a minimal cost.  Those low-cost screenings include blood profiles, blood pressure checks, glucose checks, a mobile mammography unit, bone density scans and flu shots including H1N1.   Local health care professionals will be on hand providing information, conducting screenings, and answering health related questions.  Educational sessions/demonstrations are offered.  The Health Fair saves the consumer thousands of dollars in health care costs due to the low-cost screenings as well as saving lives through early detection.  Abnormal screening results are referred to primary care physicians for further review.

The 2013 Health Fair will be on Saturday, October 12th at the Stillwater Pavillion. To be a vendor at the 2013 Health Fair, contact Jill Grimm at JGrim@stillwaterhospital.org.

Rural Health Success Story Contest 2012 Runner-up: Stillwater County 4-H Exchange

According to the Montana Department of Human Services, the number one cause of death in Stillwater County is heart disease. There is also an increase in teen and childhood obesity due to lack of exercise and lack of the consumption of healthy, nutritious foods. Across the board, these statistics are consistent with most teens across America.

 

The goals of the Stillwater County 4-H Exchange – Youth Health and Wellness Project is to encourage healthy food and nutrition choices using Montana grown foods, engage in a physically active lifestyle, enhance positive body image, and become physically active in a social setting.

 

Stillwater County 4-H Teen Leaders  participated in an interstate exchange program with Gratiot County Michigan during the summer of 2012.  4-H delegates from Michigan  arrived in Stillwater County Montana in June of 2012. Then in June of 2013, Stillwater delegates will travel to Michigan. During Michigan’s stay this summer, we educated them on the subject of Montana Agriculture and the foods grown here, as well as increased their awareness of the need to promote healthy lifestyles.

 

The 4-H Exchange program in Stillwater County has been in existence for over 18 years, however attempts to make the program a more “health conscious” one have never before been proposed. Much of the hosting time in the past has consisted of riding in buses or cars to locations outside the county with little chance for times of cardiovascular activity other than walking and little chance of eating healthy, nutritious, locally grown foods. We have changed that aspect of our program by spending more physically active times and providing healthier food choices within the boundaries of our own county. Delegates from Gratiot County Michigan and Stillwater County delegates participated in an overnight visit to Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch where they engaged in activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, skiing, riflery, archery, volleyball, basketball, paintball, climbing wall, canoeing, mountain boarding, and a low ropes course. They also ate a variety of locally grown, healthy foods during their overnight stay.

 

Those involved are: Stillwater County 4-H Teen Leader’s Exchange Club members, Beartooth Mountain Christian Ranch Staff members, Gratiot County Michigan 4-H Exchange, and employees of the Stillwater County Farm Services Agency.

 

Lisa Terry

Stillwater County Extension Agent

 

 

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Rural Health Success Story Contest 2011 Winner: Stillwater County Health and Wellness Fair

Stillwater Health and Wellness Fair

“According to the Stillwater County Health Profile provided by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, the leading cause of death in Stillwater County is cancer.  The second leading cause of death is heart disease. 

Health care in Stillwater County consists of one local, thirteen bed, hospital, two rural health clinics, two nursing home/skilled care facilities, one home health agency, one public health nurse, two registered sanitarians, two physicians, one nurse mid-wife, one physician’s assistant, two dentists and two dental hygienists.  There is a shortage of mental health professionals though there is a Mental Health Center with a Mental Health Board which meets every three months. Lisa Terry, the Family Consumer Science agent is a member of that board.  Health and nutrition education are key in developing the healthy lifestyle changes that are needed in order to reduce the rate of cancer and heart related deaths.  There is a need for an increase in routine physical examinations in order to increase early detection. There is also a need for raising awareness of the various health related services and resources available to county residents.

The Health Fair Committee, of which the family consumer science agent is a member, provides leadership on the planning and implementation of the Stillwater County Health and Wellness Fair. We have received positive feedback through personal contact, phone calls, emails and newspaper ads regarding the belief that the fair  reinforces the goal of educating the public to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. The Health and Wellness Fair is a collaborative effort of the MSU Extension Agent, Stillwater County Public Health Nurse, Stillwater County DES Coordinator, and the Columbus Health Mart Pharmacy. We also received a donation of printed brochures from the RHI which helped tremendously with our advertising effort.

The goal of the Stillwater County Health and Wellness Fair consists of four areas: 1) To raise awareness of the various health related resources and services available to county residents 2) Provide low cost health screenings to local residents which will play a role in early detection 3) For residents to adopt healthy lifestyle changes as a result of the information, services and demonstrations provided 4) Implement a plan of action in the event of wide-spread illness.

A variety of health screenings is available to local residents at a minimal cost.  Those low cost screenings include blood profiles, blood pressure checks, glucose checks, a mobile mammography unit, bone density scans and flu shots including H1N1.   Local health care professionals will be on hand providing information, conducting screenings, and answering health related questions.  Educational sessions/demonstrations are offered.  The Health Fair saves the consumer thousands of dollars in health care costs due to the low cost screenings as well as saving lives through early detection.  Abnormal screening results are referred to primary care physicians for further review.

We use mass media with the help of Columbus IGA to provide researched-based health related information to our constituents.   The Family and Consumer Science Newsletter online also can be utilized to access the information by Stillwater County residents.  Residents gain knowledge on developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles. These lifestyle changes include making healthy food choices, implementing a fitness program, receiving low cost health care screenings and gaining knowledge of the prevention of diseases.

Held in October 2011, the fair attracted over 500 participants which is double from the previous, initial year in 2010; 148 took advantage of health related screenings.  Low cost screenings included blood profiles, blood pressure checks, glucose checks, blood sugar checks, bone density scans, hearing tests, and flu shots including H1N1.  Emphasis for the year was placed on children and teen health and fitness.  Over 100 children and teens participated in a fitness obstacle course, climbing wall, Wii fit activities, a health occupations puppet show, dental and hearing screenings, and a visit to the Ronald McDonald Mobile Health Unit.  A vendor waiting list for next year has already been established.  Participant surveys were used to evaluate program effectiveness.  Over 100 surveys indicated excellence in programming efforts and that they would attend again next year.”

Submitted By:
Lisa Terry
Stillwater County Extension Agent
Montana State University