Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Weekly beginner and youth running group starts Thursday, June 6

 

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Join beginner and youth runners for a weekly training group!

The group will train together 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 6, at Children's Park in Sioux Center. Note: Due to construction going on at Children’s Park, park your vehicles either along the street or at Kinsey Elementary.

Join a weekly running group at 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays at Children's Park in Sioux Center
 to train for the second annual Healthy Heroes
Run & Walk slated for Saturday, Sept. 21.


The goal will be to help people train to run the 5-kilometer race (3.1 miles) for the second annual Healthy Heroes Run & Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21. Participants in the weekly running group will receive free entry into the race.

Anyone who wants to learn about running and take their first steps toward running are encouraged to attend. All ages from 6 years old to adults are welcome.

“Taking that first step toward running for health or to accomplish a goal – like a race – can be scary and a bit intimidating,” said Stephanie Van Ruler, nurse health coach at Promise Community Health Center, which is organizing the Healthy Heroes event in partnership with Sioux Center Health. “We want to encourage and show others that anyone who moves is a runner. It is not about how fast or long you go; it is about being brave enough to try. Join us for positive encouragement and fun!”

Van Rulerwho will lead the running group sessions along with Missy Clabaugh, a local attorney, and Vicki Schrock, a registered nurse from Promisesaid they will offer running and training tips – with the first few weeks focusing on pacing and breathing while running. Each week will vary depending on the age of the participants.

The sessions will last about 30 minutes.

“We hope to instill a love for moving and running and an awe for the amazing ways our bodies can move and function,” Van Ruler said.


SAVE THE DATE!
The second annual Healthy Heroes Run & Walk event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. To register, visit healthyheroes2019.eventbrite.com.




Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dr. Lassen shares six bits of advice for Men’s Health Month

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Men die five years younger than women on average.

Men are more likely than women to die for nine of the 10 leading causes of death, whether it be heart disease, most cancers or even non-disease causes, such as suicide and accidental injuries.

Men also are less likely to see a health provider for regular physical exams or to have health insurance.

These statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that men tend to be less healthy, are less concerned about their health and face significant risk factors.

For Men’s Health Month in June, Dr. Del Lassen of Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center shares the following advice for men to consider:

1. DON’T SMOKE.

Dr. Del Lassen
“In terms of risk factors for your overall health, it just so far outweighs and overshadows most every other risk factor if someone is smoking. The evidence is so monumental. If anything, you need to stop smoking. See us. See someone. There are ways that we can help you with that,” Dr. Lassen says, noting that both medication and non-medication approaches can be used.

2. GET  YOUR LIPIDS AND BLOOD SUGAR CHECKED.

“If you’ve never had your lipids checked, get that done. Get a baseline. Know where you’re at. Know where your good cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels are,” Dr. Lassen says.

“Know if you have blood sugars that are borderline. Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic in this country. We can do a test called A1C, which tells us what your blood sugar has been doing for the past 120 days.”

3. GET CONSISTENT EXERCISE.

“You do not need to be a marathon runner. You do not need to spend $5,000 on an exercise machine. You do not need to do crazy things. Take a walk, but do it on a consistent basis. Aim to get that walk in five out of the seven days. Get consistent exercise,” Dr. Lassen says.

4. REMEMBER YOUR PROSTATE.

“There is much controversy in terms of how often and what way you need to screen for prostate cancer. That will probably continue to be controversial,” Dr. Lassen says. “But pay attention to your urinary symptoms and, certainly, if you are age 50 or above, talk to your health-care provider about what’s appropriate for screening for your prostate. If there is a history of prostate cancer in your family, do it sooner than age 50maybe even age 40. But talk to your health-care provider.”

5. REMEMBER YOUR COLON.

“Colon cancer continues to be a big deal. It’s a killer,” Dr. Lassen says. “A colonoscopy certainly is a definitive measure for looking at the colon, but there are certainly ways other than a colonoscopy to do some screening for potential polyps that can lead to colon cancer. Again, talk to your health-care provider. Many of these things are easy to do in the home.”

6. REMEMBER YOUR SKIN.

“Skin cancer and sun damage impact a lot of people, so remember your skin,” Dr. Lassen says. “Summer is on us. Cover up appropriately in terms of a hat and clothing and use of appropriate sunscreen. Keep an eye on your skin and have somebody else keep an eye on your skin. If you notice that there are changes, get it looked at.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
Promise Community Health Center is open during the following hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. To schedule an appointment, call Promise at 712-722-1700 or visit Promise's website at https://www.promisechc.org/services/set-up-an-appointment.aspx.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Janelle Padilla enjoys helping people as Promise CHC receptionist

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Janelle Padilla loves meeting and helping people.

Janelle Padilla is serving as a new bilingual
receptionist at Promise Community Health
Center in Sioux Center. She loves meeting
new people and meeting their needs.


That makes her excited about taking on a different type of role than she has had in the past as a new receptionist at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

“I’m a great people person. I absolutely love talking to new people,” she said. “I hope to bring happiness and reach people’s needs.”

Janelle, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, grew up in Sioux Center and graduated from West Sioux High School in Hawarden in 2015. She then worked for Groschopp in Sioux Center, 2015-19.

Now at Promise, she’s impressed by what she’s seen so far.

“I love how Promise is willing to help people,” she said, noting that not all health clinics go to the lengths that Promise does to address people’s needs. “Promise is a great place. The staff is super nice. The environment is super great, too.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center serving the northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision, behavioral health and family planning services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE ABOUT JANELLE:
Janelle Padilla lives in Le Mars, IA. She is engaged to Ryan Emerson. In her spare time, she loves taking her dog, Riley, on long walks; going boating; hanging out with her friends and family; and working out.