DMC message reaches international audience at Clinton Health Summit

23982753623_2d65a81a43_hOn Monday, Jan. 25, DMC’s mission of healthier communities reached an international audience as Dr. Reginald Eadie joined a distinguished panel hosted by former President Bill Clinton. Tenet Healthcare CEO Trevor Fetter was among the guests at The Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Summit and made opening remarks

Monday’s session was titled: The Quest for Longevity and Our Rising Death Rates. The panel centered on several elements that affect health, including equal access, environment, happiness, and also personal choice.

Introducing Dr. Eadie as one reason why Detroit has a bright future, Clinton turned the discussion to some of the initiatives underway at DMC.

Dr. Eadie talked about how the 61 Day Challenge has helped DMC employees and community members take control of their health. He also discussed the intensive medical and nutritional support that will be needed to address the health concerns resulting from the Flint water crisis. Most importantly, Dr. Eadie described the approach he believes will bring the health message home for the masses. He called it “education through explanation.”

“It was a privilege to be the voice chosen to share with the nation some of the great things we are doing here at the DMC and in the metro area to improve the health of the community,” Dr. Eadie said. “It was validation that some of the things we are doing are best practices. In addition, I was able to learn what others are doing across the country. It was also a reminder that Detroit is not unique, and we like other parts of the country still have a lot of work to do.”

Dr. Eadie explained to the audience how getting out into the community and educating people to the importance of health insurance helped bolster the numbers of people signing up for affordable healthcare. He talked about how patient education has helped DMC as a pioneer Accountable Care Organization bring down the astronomical costs of caring for patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Eadie also made a direct connection between the success of the 61-Day Challenge and educating people about what a habit like excessive sugar consumption actually does to the body.

It was an idea that clearly impressed Clinton, who returned for further discussion on Dr. Eadie’s “education through explanation” concept. Dr. Eadie also identified reduced obesity rates as the one thing he believes would save more lives.

Joining him on the panel were Dr. Ellen Meara, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute; and Dr. Dan Buettner, Author and National Geographic Fellow.

DMC’s Social Media Team live tweeted the session and captured these PHOTOS.

Watch the full panel and other Health Matters Summit Highlights HERE.

Mo Minard: 39 Lbs. Lighter and “Feeling Great,” As the DMC Health Challenge Continues in 2016!

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Now that the 2015 version of the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge has gone into the record books, it’s time to step back for a moment and count our blessings.

Starting, of course, with the remarkable saga of the DMC’s own Imana “Mo” Minard – the skilled and dedicated MSN-RN who in recent years has managed the Emergency Department and Clinical Decision Unit here on the midtown campus of the Detroit Medical Center.

Some background: When the 2015 Challenge (“Less Sugar, More Steps, Eat More Fruit!”) kicked off last Halloween, Mo Minard made headlines by announcing that she’d taken the “Pledge” to improve her health by avoiding empty calories from soda pop, candy, doughnuts and other junk foods, while also exercising more.

She meant it, too.

After only six weeks of her new regimen, the upbeat and enthusiastic Ms. Minard had lost 24 pounds and reported that it was “getting easier all the time” to say no to the French fries and the chocolate-with-caramel candy bars that had helped to trigger her unhealthy obesity in recent years.

And guess what?

Ten weeks after the launch of the third annual DMC Challenge, Ms. Minard says that she has now lost 39 pounds . . . and that she’s determined to drop an astonishing 100 pounds of flab by the time this year’s Challenge gets underway in late October.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear a round of applause for Mo Minard!

Interestingly enough, the hard-working DMC ER manager says she’s also been greatly encouraged by the interest other Detroit-area residents have been showing in her successful weight-loss and exercise gains.

“I’ve really been amazed by the responses I’ve been getting,” Mo told me the other day. “In recent weeks, I’ve gotten more than 500 responses on my Instagram page, with many people saying they’re interested in learning more about the health benefits to be obtained by saying no to sugar and yes to exercise.

“The response has been so exciting, in fact, that I just changed my Instagram page [address] to: mo_is_melting_away!

Ms. Minard also says she’s now more convinced than ever that “education is the key to improving health” . . . and that the yearly DMC Challenge is rapidly becoming a powerfully effective program throughout the Detroit area for people who understand that eating better and exercising more are essential elements in a winning strategy to reduce our risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

“The journey I’m on is a journey toward a healthier life,” says Ms. Minard – and as a medical doctor and hospital president, I can tell you for sure that those words of hers are music to these ears.

Here’s wishing Ms. Minard – and all the rest of us – a happy and healthy 2016, as we keep on watching what we eat and taking more steps each day.

To learn more about the DMC Challenge and how you can continue to benefit by eating better and exercising more during 2016, just click on www.dmc.org/61days.

Congrats to Mo Minard and Kelley Marks For Meeting the DMC Health Challenge!

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Six weeks down and two to go!

That’s how much time remains in the third annual DMC 61 Day Health Challenge . . . during which hundreds and hundreds of Detroit-area residents have been doing a great job of “taking in less sugar, taking more steps and eating more fruit.”

Among those determined health-seekers are several hundred members of the Detroit Police Department – which is now partnering with the DMC in its own yearlong program to eat better and exercise more in order to better serve the citizenry in 2016.

But the ranks of this year’s Pledge-takers also include two outstanding professionals whose powerful stories can serve as an inspiration to us all.

Let me start with the hard-charging Imana “Mo” Minard, MSN-RN, currently the manager of both the DMC’s Emergency Department and its Clinical Decision Unit.

Six weeks ago, Mo Minard “went public” with a vow to successfully complete the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge by losing a significant amount of the extra weight she’s been carrying around for years.

Guess what?

Mo has already shed 24 pounds – and she says that the “good eating and exercise habits” she’s picked up during the Challenge are going to be part of her daily life from now on.

“It’s been going really well,” says Mo, “and it’s also getting easier each day. I’ve been tempted at times – just the other day I lost a dear friend at a hospice, and I was grieving over it, and I realized that I wanted a chocolate bar with caramel. But I didn’t give in. I sat at my desk and I said: let me put a piece of sugarless gum in my mouth instead of that candy bar.

“I was proud of myself for that and I’m going to keep on avoiding empty sugar calories and exercising every day from now on.”

These days, Mo says she’s feeling newly empowered and upbeat and she told me just last week that she expects to be “down a hundred pounds” by the time next year’s Challenge rolls around.

Like Mo Minard, the high-spirited and fiercely determined Kelley Marks has also been meeting the Challenge successfully in recent weeks. Mrs. Marks, who owns a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Wayne State University and is currently raising three children with her husband of 12 years, took the Challenge Pledge in early November . . . and has already lost 29 pounds.

“I have been sharing my story in the hope that it will be a blessing to somebody,” says Mrs. Marks, now 37. “In early November when I took the Pledge I weighed 406 pounds and I knew that I needed to confront my weight problem. With the help of the Challenge – and also with lots of prayer – I have already lost 29 pounds and I feel absolutely great about that!

“I didn’t think I could do it but I am doing it. I have a lot of people around me who are very supportive and that has also helped a lot. I think that over-eating and being overweight starts in your mind – and I think of my struggle to change that behavior as The Battle of the Mind. I am now starting to win that battle and it’s a wonderful feeling.

“I am going to continue the Challenge into the next year and I truly believe it is going to help me learn to find enjoyment in something beyond chocolate – and losing all this weight is going to help me get much healthier in my life!”

As a physician and a hospital president, I can tell you that the DMC Health Challenge stories now being told by Mo Minard and Kelley Marks are sweet music to these ears.

Here’s wishing them and the rest of us a joyful – and a sugar-free – holiday season, as the DMC 61 Day Health Challenge enters the homestretch and zooms toward New Year’s Eve!

To learn more about the Challenge and how you can take part, just click on www.dmc.org/61days

Drinking Too Much Water – What Are The Risks To Young Athletes?

The most recent submission to the New York Times’ Well Blog is a very timely one. In it, Gretchen Reynolds casts an eye over a recent report on overhydration which suggests that young athletes are perhaps being forced to drink too much water.

With at least three young athletes known to have died since 2008 because of drinking too much fluid, Dr. Kevin Miller, co-author of the overhydration report, set about investigating this problem.

 

Dr Miller’s advice is simple:

The key, he said, is for athletes to drink when they feel thirsty — not before and not after they feel sated. “You do not need to ‘stay ahead of your thirst,’ as many people think.”

You can read more about the risks of drinking too much water in the New York Times’ article HERE.

Let’s Learn About Viola

Yesterday, USA Today ran a moving piece on the truly amazing story of how the city of Detroit is honoring Viola Liuzzo. The story of Liuzzo, a civil rights activist deserves to be better known than it is.

From her remarkable life, to the celebration of what would have been her 90th birthday, through to Wayne State’s awarding of their first posthumous honorary doctorate of law degree, I feel that we should all take a moment to learn more about Viola.

Read more in the USA Today’s article on Viola Liuzzo HERE

More Warnings About The Dangers of Drinking Soda…

I recently came across yet another prescient reminder of the dangers of drinking soda pop in an article entitled How Soda Destroys Your Body. The article has a very informative “infographic” that describes the many ways that soda can be damaging to your health, from increasing the risk of diabetes to accelerated aging.

Be sure to check out the article here:  www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/soda-destroys-your-body and share with those trying to give up soda pop.