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Category : Healthy Living

Healthy Conversation Symposium teach students and faculty about healthy lifestyle – Daily Helmsman

To promote healthy living and market its program, the University of Memphis School of Health Studies is hosting a lineup of symposiums over the course of the school year titled the Healthy Conversations Symposiums.

The first symposium featured topics such as running, training, nutrition and injury prevention. The symposium was hosted Oct. 2 by a panel of experts headlined by Max Paquette, Deidra Nelson, and Mark Temme. Max Paquette is a professor at the UofM as well as a private distance running coach, Nelson is a dietitian and nutrition coordinator for the UofM, and Temme is the director of rehabilitation for OrthoSouth.

The symposium followed a discussion-style format with the panel answering questions from the audience. Nelson was in the spotlight for the majority of the night, as much of the audience had questions regarding nutrition, dieting and eating properly on race day. Paquettes piece focused more on training methods and how to best optimize yourself for race day, and Temme spoke about recovery, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Megan Ryan, a second-year biomechanics graduate student and former cross country runner at the UofM, attended the symposium to learn more about the topic.

I feel like its always beneficial to further your knowledge, even on topics youre very familiar with, Ryan said.

Ryan said although it was a great way to start the discussion, she felt it was a little unfocused.

I would have liked to talk more about running and training specifically, Ryan said. It is so hard to cater to everyones interests in an hour and a half when the running world has so many factors that affect it.

Paquette said the idea behind the symposiums is to utilize the expertise of the school of health studies faculty and to educate the campus community on a number of topics regarding healthy living. He also said the level of expertise among the faculty at the UofM might be under utilized.

Often academics just stay to ourselves in our own studies, so we dont share our information to the people in the area, Paquette said. You can have the best resources in the world, but if nobody actually gets to hear about it, its useless.

Although the audience was filled with mostly recreational and elite runners, several non-runners also attended the event. One of the non-runners in attendance was Cecilia Fay, a second-year journalism major. She attended the symposium looking for new ways to get in shape.

I dont consider myself to be a runner, Fay said. Although the panel was well put together, the information wasnt anything that applied to me, so it wasnt something that I cared about.

Also among the audience was professional distance runner Lauren Paquette. Paquette is currently the 32nd fastest female 5,000 meter runner in the world, as well as panelist Dr. Max Paquettes wife.

The goal is to strengthen the running community, but I think we could get more people out, Paquette said. I think breaking it up into different seminars would be good.

Tracy Shipp, the marketing and communications manager for the school of health studies and the coordinator of the Healthy Conversations Symposiums, said there will be another Healthy Conversations symposium this semester, followed by two more in the spring. The next symposium will be held in November and include a cooking demonstration.

It wont be as big of an event, but it will be hands on, Shipp said. We try to cover everything that the school of health studies contains which includes nutrition and sports science we have a little bit of everything.

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Breast cancer survivor promotes healthy living through Sadie Strong organization – WGRZ.com

BUFFALO, N.Y. Sharon Sanford is not shy about a diagnosis that left her afraid, but not alone. Sanford was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma which had spread to her lymph nodes in October 2017.

A year after her diagnosis, Sanford founded Sadie Strong, faith based not-for-profit to promote early detection of breast cancer and healthy living in Buffalo.

"I wanted to be able to give back to women who may be going through the same thing," Sanford said.

"Early detection is really key for your survival," Sanford add.

Her cancer was detected during her annual routine mammogram. It was a surprise because she had no family history.

The journey was tough from telling her husband and children about her cancer diagnosis to losing her hair.

Sharon Sanford

Her youngest son was a senior in high school. She made it a point to attend all of his football and basketball games.

Sanford is the Associate Athletic Director for the University at Buffalo. Teams showed support.

Sharon Sanford

Sanford and her husband of 28 years fought the battle together.

"He was really scared because the thought of losing his wife the mother of his children that plagued him everyday," Sanford said.

Sadie Strong, in partnership with the Community Health Center of Buffalo, will hold the first annual Health & Wellness Community Fun Day!

It will be on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bennett W. Smith Senior Family Life Center at 833 Michigan Avenue in Buffalo near the medical campus.

Programs include line dancing, a chair yoga class, health screenings, a Zumba fitness class, ask-the-doctor workshop, stress management workshop, health and advocacy information, healthy eating and meal prep seminar, prizes and giveaways.

S. Sanford

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Vaping Illness Put Her In The ICU: Now She’s Raising Awareness Of The Risks : Shots – Health News – NPR

Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she's now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

Piper Johnson used to vape regularly in high school. After surviving vaping-related lung illness, she's now working to raise awareness of the risks of the habit.

Piper Johnson was all packed and ready to drive across country with her mom to start college when the 18-year-old noticed a pain in her chest. She took an Advil and hoped the pain would go away.

It didn't. During the drive from her hometown of New Lenox, Ill., near Chicago, to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., she realized something was very wrong. "I kept feeling worse and worse," Johnson says. She developed a high fever, felt extremely lethargic, and noticed a rapid heart beat.

In Greeley, she went to the emergency room. Doctors gave her steroids and antibiotics. They did an X-ray and detected fluid in her lungs, she recalls. They told her that she had a type of pneumonia.

When her oxygen levels dropped, she was moved to the ICU. "I was terrified," Johnson recalls. "I was laying in my bed sobbing because it hurt so bad to breathe," she says. She stayed in the hospital seven days.

Piper Johnson is one of the more than 1,000 people diagnosed with vaping-related lung disease this year. The first cases were reported this spring, and the outbreak continues to grow.

The cause of the outbreak is still not clear. The majority of patients acknowledged vaping THC, and many used a type of counterfeit vapes called Dank Vapes. But, this outbreak has also called attention to the wider epidemic of teens vaping nicotine.

Teen vaping has risen sharply since 2017. The latest data from the Monitoring the Future survey shows that 25% of high school seniors admitted to vaping in the previous 30 days in 2019, up from 21% in 2018 and 11% in 2017.

Johnson has now joined a group of young activists who are working to raise awareness of the risks of vaping, and to pressure the industry and the government to do more to keep kids safe.

Johnson and dozens of other young people demonstrated outside Juul's office in Washington, DC., Wednesday, as part of a day of action organized by the non-profit group, Truth Initiative. Similar rallies took place around the country.

NPR reached out to Juul for comment about the rally, but did not get a reply as of the time of publication. In August, Juul announced new measures to combat underage vaping, including working with online retailers to enforce strict age-verification policies. The company banned online sales to people under 21 back in 2017, but youth vaping has continued to rise dramatically.

Johnson says she first tried vaping during her sophomore year of high school. By senior year, she was hooked.

"I was vaping Juul brand, off-brand pods, some disposable vapes," Johnson recalls. Some weeks, she'd go through two to three Juul pods a week. (Each pod contains about 20 cigarettes' worth of nicotine that's a pack). "It's highly addictive," she says.

Piper Johnson and a group of other young activists and former vapers marched Wednesday morning to Juul's Washington, D.C., offices on F Street. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

Piper Johnson and a group of other young activists and former vapers marched Wednesday morning to Juul's Washington, D.C., offices on F Street.

By the end of high school, she was also vaping THC occasionally. She says most of her peers were vaping, too. "We were all convinced it was safe," Johnson says. "It's so common and widespread, it's ridiculous."

But, then Johnson got sick.

Though she is feeling better now, she says she's still not back to 100 percent. And it's unknown if there may be long-term repercussions of the illness.

For Johnson, getting sick was a wake-up call. Not only has she stopped vaping, she can't believe she ever got hooked. And she wants to help other people quit too. "It makes me mad," Johnson says, that so many teens are vaping.

She says when she hears about vape cartridges from the street "getting into kids' hands" she realizes there's a lot of work to do to raise awareness about the risks of vaping.

"It's super dangerous," she says. She'd like to see tighter regulations of vaping products. "That's why I'm trying to fight this,"

Johnson says she thinks the habit is completely inconsistent with her generation's approach to healthy living.

"We're really the generation of, like, vegetarians, organic foods, mental-health days and self-care- days, " Johnson says. But when it comes to vaping, she says, "we're pumping our bodies full of chemical without even knowing what it does to us."

Wednesday's rally Johnson is part of wider campaign organized by Truth Initiative, encouraging teens and young people to stop vaping.

The group's "Tested on Humans" campaign, calls out manufacturers, including Juul, for using humans "to test their products in real time," according to the group's press release. Truth Initiative points out that no one knows the long or short-term health effects of e-cigarettes.

"People fail to realize that you're deeply endangering yourself by doing this stuff," Johnson says.

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