Are you Fed Up?

After watching the movie, Fed Up, a recommendation from my brother, I was almost in tears and then anger, both emotions that have led me in a constructive way to create a program and continue writing my workbook 30 Days to Wellness. I want to be part of the solution. I always try to do be good to my body, it has endure much and it has given me so much more. The least I can do is give it a plant-based diet, a nice workout and a calming point of view.

Join the Challenge: Processed Food Detox for 10 days. It’s time to take care of our bodies in a way that most food manufacturers do not want us to take care of ourselves. Heck, I’m even guilty of it… As a Pepsi drinker and a two cookies a day eater, it will be a challenge for me. I’ve shown you in the past, choose fresh vegetables and fruits and I have even turned vegan and found vegan cookies, but for the health of the world, it is my responsibility to involve more people into change. This is a change for the 2020 generation. The recommended guideline is to reduce sugar consumption from processed food to less than 10% of the total energy intake per day. And to further reduce it by 5% about 6 teaspoons per day.

My wish list is for people who are nutritionally malnourished to get better food options, for people who are inactive to get 30 minutes of activity everyday, for people who are stressed and anxious to meditate for 5 minutes daily. It has helped me and it can help you too.

It’s all preventable. Start today…

Join the Challenge: Processed Food Detox for 10 Days. When you contact me, I will send a PDF of 20 recipes that you can cook in less than 30 minutes.

Stages of Change to Start Movement

Applying Stages of Change to Start Movement

We have adapted the Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Change, developed by Drs. Prochaska and DiClemente, to identify how to proceed if you want to implement change in a specific area of your life. In this case, we demonstrate: exercise. The model can be applied to better nutritional habits, to abandon a harmful or challenging habit, to start a new career, to regain a lost relationship, etc.

Challenges that might make it difficult to get started: past failed attempts, lack of support, low self belief, stuck in the past, unable to find time, but with some guidance those challenges can become hurdles that can be jumped to proceed forward towards your desired outcome.

Applying Stages of Change to Start an Exercise Program

Stages of Change when adopting an exercise program

Stages of Change when Adopting an Exercise Program

From Values to Vision

Webster’s Dictionary
noun vi·sion \ˈvi-zhən\
: the ability to see : sight or eyesight
: something that you imagine : a picture that you see in your mind
: something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious or supernatural experience

For our purpose, to explore in the class From Values to Vision, we will look at the meaning of “something that you imagine : a picture that you see in your mind” 

Sample of a Vision Board

Are you curious about growing your awareness, develop a new skill, live a healthier life style, challenge yourself in a new sport, excel in a favorite hobby, gain physical mobility, improve your wellness, or create new connections? So often, people seek a change but are unaware of taking the time to look first at what they really want before starting into action of making a change. One way to get started is to re-evaluate your values. What top five or ten values are a “must have” in your life? Once you develop a sense of those values you can start with The Vision Board to help you set the stage to how and what you want in your future and the behavioral changes that you might need to implement to get to your vision.

Our next Class will be held on May 30th 2015. For more details fill the contact form. or text (775) 241-8405. $40 per person, sliding scale available. Bring magazines and/or images that inspire you, other materials will be provided.

Rehabilitation services under Medicare

WHAT YOU CAN DO – CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK FOR THE HEALTH LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT.  CALLED THEM LAST WEEK?  DO IT AGAIN. Senator Mike Lee: (202) 224-5444 and Senator Orrin Hatch: (202) 224-5251

THE CURRENT SITUATION

In March, the House of Representatives passed a package to repeal and reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while only extending the Medicare therapy cap exception process until December 31, 2017, missing the best opportunity for a permanent solution in 18 years. When the Senate returns next Monday, it will be looking to finish work on SGR legislation.  Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is leading an effort to allow an amendment to the SGR package which would fully repeal the Medicare therapy cap once and for all.   AARP and a number of patient and consumer organizations representing millions of patients and beneficiaries are joining our fight to support this effort and we are calling on all advocates to call their Senators NOW.

Although APTA supports passage of necessary SGR reform, we believe it is essential to include a permanent repeal of the therapy cap in final legislation- without doing so is a missed opportunity for a long-term solution and puts beneficiaries in a dire situation when this extension expires.  Without SGR as a legislative vehicle in future years, necessary therapy for beneficiaries’ who need it most will be threatened.  We need your help to weigh in with your legislators to ensure a full repeal of the therapy cap is included in any final permanent SGR deal. It is of vital importance to act now to put this issue to rest and protect the Medicare beneficiaries we serve.

WHAT YOU CAN DO – CALL YOUR SENATORS AND ASK FOR THE HEALTH LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT.  CALLED THEM LAST WEEK?  DO IT AGAIN.

Senator Mike Lee: (202) 224-5444

Senator Orrin Hatch: (202) 224-5251

MESSAGE:

  • Senator Cardin is pushing for an opportunity to offer an amendment to fully repeal the therapy cap. I strongly urge you to support his effort and to vote for this critical amendment.

TALKING POINTS:

  • Since Congress established the arbitrary cap on Medicare outpatient therapy services, Congress has acted 12 times to prevent the cap’s implementation. This issue has historically moved through Congress along with legislation on the SGR.
  • Without combining full repeal of the therapy cap with full repeal of the SGR, the impact will fall on the 1 million beneficiaries impacted by the cap each year.
  • The therapy cap policy has already been examined by Congress for reform: In the 113th Congress, a permanent solution to the therapy cap was agreed to with provisions to repeal and reform the therapy cap included in Senate Finance SGR legislation which was supported by the therapy stakeholder community.  This negotiated language is included in the proposed amendment.
  • An extension of the therapy cap, rather than using this opportunity for full repeal, is short-sighted and puts Medicare beneficiaries in a dire situation when the extension expires.
  • Continual extensions of the therapy cap exceptions process costs significantly more in the long run than addressing a permanent solution NOW.

Please call your Senator NOW and ask them to support allowing this amendment to be considered as part of the SGR package next week.  Be sure to also ask your Senator to vote yes on the amendment.