About Me

My work in helping organizations build worksite health promotion programs is one that is very rewarding and one I plan to continue for a very long time.

The story of how I got involved in worksite health promotion is quite long but I am going to do my best to give you the condensed version.

Growing up in a rural community there really isn’t an overwhelming amount of things to do to keep you busy. Sports seemed to spark my interest and were a better alternative than boredom and I continued to be quite involved throughout my grade school and high school years.

Playing collegiate volleyball was a dream turned reality.  After my playing days were over, I was determined to pursue a career in athletics or sports of some sort. I decided to major in Physical Education and Health as that was one of my favorite courses in high school. It all seemed to be so interesting so I enrolled in a graduate program and completed my Masters Degree in Exercise Science.

During my experience, I became quite involved in employees wellness at the university and later became a full time wellness coordinator for several years.

Following this position, I moved into a rehabilitation hospital that outsourced occupational health and wellness services to employers wanting services to support their own wellness programs. I served as the program’s manager and gained a lot of great experiences and understand the opportunities I now have with my wellness career.

Today—I never dreamed that I would own my own business but I am so thankful for the knowledge and experiences I have otherwise none of this would be possible. I created this website to teach others, for free, about worksite health promotion and how to go about starting a program.

I do hope that this website has helped you find the information you are looking for either for worksite health promotion or your own personal health.

How did I go about creating this website?

I absolutely LOVE to connect with people from all walks of life so be sure contact me or sign up for a free consultation.

I very much look forward to hearing from you!

Type 2 Diabetes Epidemic

According to the latest diabetes statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, of which almost 6 million don’t know they are diabetic. In addition, at least 57 million Americans have prediabetes, a state with an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In 2007 alone, 1.6 million adults were newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The implications of the diabetes epidemic go far beyond the disease itself because diabetes affects the occurrence of other serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in industrialized societies.

Inflammation Contributes to Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes involves inadequate insulin secretion and resistance to the action of insulin. Recent data indicates that inflammation is an important factor in the development of both insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. The importance of inflammation is demonstrated in part by the fact that production of inflammatory mediators is increased under conditions of obesity and insulin resistance. The actions of these inflammatory mediators promote pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and render peripheral tissues resistant to insulin through mechanisms that remain unclear.

Inflammation Is the Key to Obesity-diabetes Link

Obesity is one of the biggest risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. However, the presence of inflammation is key. Recent studies suggest that obesity without inflammation does not result in insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes.

When a person becomes obese, they develop steatosis (increased fat in the liver), which leads to macrophage infiltration into the liver. Obesity also leads to macrophage accumulation in fat tissue. Macrophages are key players in the immune and inflammatory responses.

When these cells get into fat or liver tissue, they release cytokines, which are chemical messenger molecules used by immune and nerve cells to communicate. These cytokines cause the neighboring liver, muscle or fat cells to become insulin resistant, which in turn leads to Type 2 diabetes.

Inflammation Promotes Diabetic Complications

It is well known that diabetic complications are responsible for the vast majority of diabetes-related deaths and inflammation has been linked with all diabetic complications.

Cardiovascular disease: Inflammation results in vascular damage leading to atherosclerotic plaque formation and increased risk for myocardial infarction and stroke.

Renal insufficiency or end-stage renal disease: Infiltration of inflammatory cells into the renal microvasculature causes the development of diabetic nephropathy.

Retinopathy: Inflammation causes retinal vasculature damage and leads to blood vessel breakdown and macular edema, the main cause of vision loss in diabetes. Clinical studies also show that increased inflammation is associated with the more severe forms of diabetic retinopathy.

Control of Inflammation May Reduce the Risk of Diabetes

Current recommendations to prevent Type 2 diabetes center on lifestyle modifications, such as diet and exercise. Clinical trials have established the efficacy of lifestyle intervention, as well as pharmacologic interventions that target glycemic control and treatment of other cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obesity. However, diabetes still developed in a substantial percentage of individuals who received intensive intervention in these trials.

Because inflammation promotes insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, balancing inflammatory response may therefore offer a novel approach to the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

FlameEz Remedies Relieve Inflammation in Diabetes

Nutrients, herbs, and herbal remedies have been used to reduce glucose levels in diabetes. FlameEz-Glucose, however, is the only natural remedy formulated to relieve chronic inflammation in diabetes. The active ingredients of FlameEz-Glucose work synergistically to balance the immune response and relieve systemic inflammation. The formula works as a powerful total body cleanser to remove toxic substances, i.e., inflammatory cells and their metabolites and debris.

Stye Eye Camping Catastrophe

This article provides information about a stye and how to get rid of an eye stye. I will never forget the first time I experienced an eye stye. I was on a camping trip in a mostly forested area. The first couple of days everything was fine until the night of the third day my right eye was really hurting and it was affecting my vision. The two previous days we had been doing a lot of hiking and sporting activities. We had spent the days totally outdoors except for when we slept in our tents. Since we were with friends that we hadn’t seen in a while we were staying up late at night as well.

The stye totally ruined the camping trip. I tried to continue with the planned activities, but it was constantly annoying me, it was starting to swell up more and become very red. The camping trip was over for me and I went home to rest my eye. It turned into what looked like a large pimple on my eyes, and it continued to be painful. Finally, on the sixth day it busted and the infection came out. I couldn’t believe how it took a week to totally get back to daily life. Be very careful if you ever have a stye and have to drive because it can seriously affect your vision. So hopefully some of this information can help you if you ever happen to get one of these as well.

As always this is not intended to be any type of medical advice. This is just something that happened to me. You should always consult your doctor before any treatment.

OBAMACARE AT ITS WORST

This week the controversy over the health care law popularized as “Obamacare” will reach the Supreme Court. THIS SHOULD BE FUN

Florida and 26 other states filed claims that Obamacare is unconstitutional and while I agree that Obamacare is unconstitutional let is not forget that is it also a horribly constructed law that will eventually bankrupt this great nation.

As you read this, I ask that you imagine a future in which the US government runs our healthcare systems. Think about how dysfunctional the DMV and the US Postal Services are and then imagine our health care systems being controlled by the US government’s obvious business slogan “HURRY UP AND WAIT.”

Now, why is everyone is such an uproar about the shit storm that Obamacare will rain down?  Let us take a look…

#1 Obamacare mandates that by 2014 every American MUST have government approved health insurance, and those who do not, will be fined. Obamacare allows the government to tell you what you MUST spend your own money on.  – Sweet, I am glad to know Obama sees the United States Constitution as a list of suggestions that can be ignored at his discretion.

#2 Obamacare forces insurers to accept all applicants and Forbids insurance companies to deny insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions or high-risk lifestyles. – This provision is no big deal except for the fact that it is a HUGE deal that will potentially collapse and bankrupt the industry. By forcing insurers to accept all applicants they will undoubtedly have to raise the price of insurance and premiums and/or cover less medical care across the table.

WHY IS THIS? Because insurance is a business and there is no way to make money by covering all of the health costs for people with pre-existing conditions or high-risk lifestyles. I know this sounds bad but the facts are the facts.

Insurance companies will not be allowed to reject anyone, which means that either our health insurance costs and premiums will go up in order to subsidize people with pre-existing conditions and/or they will lower the amount of care we are currently entitled to with insurance – Thanks a heap Obama

#3 The ‘Government Option’ of Obamacare mandates that people who cannot afford private health insurance will be covered by the government. Oh and when I say ‘the government’ will be paying for it,  I mean you and your tax dollars will be paying for it. The taxpayers will be footing this bill. – This is why President Obama hasn’t been using Obamacare in his re-election campaign.

WHEN TRYING TO GET RE-ELECTED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IT IS NEVER IDEAL TO HAVE A 1 TRILLION DOLLAR ENTITLEMENT PROGAM ON YOUR RECORD

#4 Obamacare requires Employers to provide health care coverage for their employees. This will hurt small business the most. Businesses will have to spend more money on insuring their employees, which will cost them money and require them to cut back on employees so that they can afford insurance for the remaining ones. SPOLIER ALERT, employers who do not provide coverage WILL BE FINED! – This is the opposite of WINNING

#5 Obamacare threatens to CUT OFF FEDERAL AID to states that do not comply with its demands for expanding the federal-state Medicaid program for low-income people. — REALLY? I guess Obama is operating under the whole “Do as I say, whether you agree with me or not, or else I will threaten you and everyone who lives within your state lines.”  — Yes, because threats always work out so well.

ALAS, LET ME LEAVE YOU WITH THIS TOKEN OF WISDOM. It has been going around the Internet for some time, but I think DrewM.’s originated it:

Health care in the US is covered by three main systems– Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Two of these systems are bankrupt, and will be unable to make payments beyond 2017. The third is solvent, and can make all of its payments for the foreseeable future.

Obama’s plan is to take the one system meeting its obligations and fold it into the two systems that are bankrupt.”

Interview with Dr. Denise Faustman

by Paul Chaney

I have an interview scheduled this afternoon at 2 eastern with Dr. Denise Faustman, the research scientist who has found a cure for type 1 diabetes. Permission was not granted for an audio interview, so I will turn my conversation with her into a series of posts. If you have questions you’d like me to address with her, leave a comment. I’ll do my best to get them in.

Has the group addressed to isolate the specific population of the spleenocytes that confer the regenerative property? How can you explain the presence of stemcells capable of skewing to beta cells in spleen? What prompted her to check speencytes for this regeneration than using bone marrow cells ?

Is it possible spleen harbors stem cells capable of regenerating even neuronal cells, which will help th patients suffering from neuronal degeneration like Parkinson disease?

How far the studies in mice stretchable to human?

Still flying high

We are still so excited from about receiving our referral yesterday. We were exhausted last night when we finally made it to bed. Today we sent off our paperwork to say we would take the assigned baby and pledged on a written letter that we would be good parents. Man, if everybody had to do what we did to get this child, i don’t think there would be so many babies! It appears our travel group is advocating to travel the day after Christmas instead of the 2nd of January. It sounds good to me. The sooner the better. It is not like the weather is going to change. (Gansu is one of the coldest areas of China!) There is a group of adoptive families getting ready to leave in a few days to the same province and welfare home. So we will soon be learning about the area and the trip from some experienced folks. Thanks everybody for sharing in our excitement.