Positivity Power

339The email below, originally sent from Deborah Leblanc, Vice President of Patient Care Services at DMC Sinai Grace Hospital, to her employees, neatly illustrates the power of positivity.

I laughed when I read that October 27th is “Cranky Coworker Day”, yet I know it’s no laughing matter. My mama used to say, “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” That’s what a cranky coworker can do, isn’t it? So what do we do about “bad apples” who “rot” the morale of our workplaces?

First, confront them, kindly, to address what you perceive as a negative attitude, then ask what they see as the cause. Sometimes there is a stress or pain in their lives we didn’t know about and we can offer help. Their attitude may improve when they know you care.

Other times, people are simply into “stinkin’ thinkin” for no apparent good reason! That’s when it is a challenged for us to maintain positive attitudes. Past eSips reminded us how to do that by incorporating positive thinking, visualization and humor into our daily lives to affect our health and happiness, at home and in the workplace.

Remember, we are always mentoring, whether we want to be or not. We need to help each other stay positive, build each other up, and work happily together as a team. That’s why negative thinkers should never orient new employees, because “stinkin’ thinkin'” can be contagious!

Deborah Leblanc, BSN, MM, NEA-BC
Vice President, Patient Care Services
Sinai-Grace Hospital

Steps for transitioning to a Soda Pop free 61 days

If you are joining your DMC family and the many community partners in taking on the 61 Day Challenge, here are a few tips to help with your transition to being Soda Pop free for the remainder of the year.

Step 1

Start with asking yourself the BIG question:

Why did I volunteer to not drink pop for 61 days?
• to save money?
• to reduce the caffeine?
• to reduce sugar intake?
• to avoid high fructose corn syrup?
• to limit carbonation intake?
• to limit exposure to the teeth-staining dye?
• to see it you lose weight?
• to limit your acid intake?
• because it was the right thing to do?

All of the above answers are great reasons to decide not drink pop for the 61 day challenge. Below are 8 additional reasons why your decision to participate was the right one.

Step 2

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage, willingness to change and decision to get better; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready.”

Understanding that this will NOT be an easy challenge is very important. Just as important as understanding that you have friends, family members and co-workers that will also be taking the 61 challenge or supporting you along the way. We will also be providing various types of support (e.g., blogs, cooking options, websites/link, etc.) to help you get through the 61 days.

Step 3

Estimate your current soda pop consumption. Knowing the approximate number of ounces of pop you drink each day will be important for the next step. It would be a good idea to also record when, why and where you drink pop. Do you drink pop at lunch time? Do you drink on your way to work? Do you find yourself drinking when you’re stressed? Do you only drink pop at home?

These answers will help you develop a strategy to avoid your exposure to pop. For instance, if you only drink pop when you are at home, consider not adding it to your grocery list. Not having it available to drink when you crave it is a sure way to avoid it.

Step 4

Make yourself a weaning schedule.
For example, your goal could be to reduce the amount of soda pop you drink 50% by October 19th, 75% by October 26th and then have very little to no soda pop on October 31st. Just in time to start off the 61 day kickoff with ease.

To help with this, make sure you only have the cash/coins in your pocket to purchase a reduced amount. It is important that your family, friends and co-workers support you by not drinking pop in your presence. Besides, they should be participating in this challenge with you anyway!

Step 5

Prepare for caffeine withdrawal. As you know, caffeine is a drug and you may experience withdrawal symptoms for the first few days of November. You may also feel a bit tired during this short period if you were dependent on the sugar and caffeine for energy.

Step 6

Choose your substitutions wisely. Continue to drink the same or similar amounts of fluids but make sure to NOT replace the soda pop with high sugary drinks. This would eliminate the benefits you expect to experience after completing the 61 day challenge.

Stay tuned for recommendations or healthy substitutes for soda pop.

Join us by following the campaign on Twitter at @PagingDrEadie.

Fried Foods: Facts About Cholesterol

The following article is from Dallas Health and Fitness News on AmericanTowns.com:

This year, the State Fair of Texas opened on Sept. 27, but many of the fried treats regularly served were being touted as can’t-miss fair features before opening day. Dr. Washburn, on the medical staff at Centennial Medical Center, in Frisco, discusses the importance of monitoring fried food intake and how to enjoy fair treats without risking your health.

Q: What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat that plays an essential role in the structure of our cells and in the synthesis of many hormones inside the body. It is necessary for life.

Q: What is the difference between good and bad cholesterol?

Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, contains a large portion of cholesterol and a small portion of protein. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol, contains more protein. LDL is the major carrier of cholesterol within the bloodstream.

Q: What is considered a healthy cholesterol level?

Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood. A desirable level would be below 200 mg/dL. Borderline high cholesterol would be around 200-239 mg/dL and high cholesterol about 240 mg/dL and above.

Q: How does fried food affect your cholesterol levels?

Fried food can contain high amounts of LDL cholesterol, and if our cells have an excess of cholesterol, our arteries can become clogged, which is a major risk for heart attacks and strokes.

Q: What are some of the long-term effects of fried food consumption?

High cholesterol can affect all of the arteries in our body. If it damages the arteries supplying the brain it can cause strokes. Fat and cholesterol can also be deposited in the liver leading to chronic liver dysfunction.

The major concern with fried foods is the caloric intake. Typically these foods are higher in fat, which ultimately leads to weight gain. The damage caused by high cholesterol pales in comparison to the damage caused by obesity and the long-term health complications that accompany it.

Q: Is there a healthier way to enjoy fried foods?
If you want to have a deep fried meal, choose vegetables or a leaner meat like fish or poultry. Use a plant-based oil like vegetable, canola or peanut oil. After frying, drain the food to remove as much of the oil as possible. The best way to avoid cholesterol related health complications is through prevention. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid smoking. You should also have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked regularly.

Feel free to share your thoughts about this article in the comments section below. And join us in our upcoming 61 Day Campaign, where we will be giving up soda pop and fried food for the months of November and December. It’s set to kick off Oct. 31. You can follow the campaign on Twitter at @PagingDrEadie.

Dr. Reginald Eadie

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Please note that the views expressed by Dr. Eadie through PagingDrEadie.com are that of the individual only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Detroit Medical Center.

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Emergency Manager needed to address Detroit’s healthcare crisis

An Emergency Manager was assigned to the Detroit Public School System in response to a financial deficiency in the hundreds of millions of dollars, along with a declining student enrollment. An Emergency Manager was also granted to the city of Detroit as our city’s challenges grew and the whispers of bankruptcy became a widespread dialogue. eadieroof

The intent was to provide financial and operational stability to the city and its public school system so that its citizens and their posterity can enjoy a life of peace and blessings. These Emergency Managers are expected to mitigate and rectify catastrophes.

Under the direction of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, in order to form a more perfect Detroit, we must also promote the general welfare of our citizens. I am afraid, however, that we have forgotten about the failing health of Detroiters. I suspect that we fail to remember that our beloved city is one of the nation’s most obese. We seem to disregard an alarming fact that Detroiters are more likely to die from certain conditions, such as breast and prostate cancer. Some of us mistakenly overlook the rising rate of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure in the Motor City.

There is also an Emergency Manager available to address our city’s healthcare crisis. This Emergency Health & Wellness Manager, who has the ability to correct the tragedy within our city is …YOU!

It is you who possesses the innate ability to make the change our community so desperately needs. It is you who can agree to gain a better understanding of your family history and then exercise the discipline of dealing with and avoiding early disease and death. If necessary, it is you that has the ability to lower the community’s Body Mass Indexes that equate to being overweight or obese. You can reshape the community culture to one where healthy foods and regular exercise play an integral part of our family matters.

The Emergency Health & Wellness Manager lies within the hearts & minds of every single Detroiter. While most Emergency Managers have well-known names, multiple degrees and many years of corporate experience in managing finances, you certainly don’t need any of this to prove successful. What you will need however, is a strong commitment and a Health & Wellness partner.

I visualize this partnership helping the citizens of Detroit and the employees of the Detroit Medical Center accomplish the following:

• Learn your ideal Body Mass Index. Get there and stay there.
• Understand your family medical history and your risk of acquiring hereditary conditions.
• Change your way of thinking and your choice of foods.
• Change your level of activity.
• Educate your family, friends and community on the importance of proper eating and the importance of exercise.
• Maintain this new way of life.

Let’s get started right away. First off, accept the role as one of our city’s Emergency Health & Wellness Managers and join us in our upcoming 61 Day Challenge, kicking off at Sinai-Grace on Oct. 31, to change our way of thinking and our choice of foods. Stay tuned. Together, we can be the change we wish to see in our city.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter at @PagingDrEadie.

Dr. Reginald Eadie

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Please note that the views expressed by Dr. Eadie through PagingDrEadie.com are that of the individual only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Detroit Medical Center.

“Like” DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sinaigrace or follow us on Twitter at @DMC_SinaiGrace. Visit our website at www.sinaigrace.org. Find us on Instagram at dmcsinaigrace, and check out our extensive video library on YouTube at www.youtube.com/sinaigrace.