Archive | July, 2011

Calling All Runners! LMC To Host Free Training Lecture

Lace up your sneakers! Lexington Medical Center will host a free lecture called “Training Techniques for Runners” at its Health Directions facility in West Columbia on Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m. The featured speaker will be Robert Barrilleaux, wellness manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

Lexington Medical Center is the title sponsor of the Governor’s Cup Road Race, a half-marathon, 8K run and 4 mile walk, scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2011 in downtown Columbia. The upcoming lecture is the first in a series that the LMC Governor’s Cup Committee and Health Directions will present to help runners prepare for the LMC Governor’s Cup.

Speaker Robert Barrilleaux holds professional certifications from organizations including the American Council on Exercise, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association and National Academy of Sports Medicine. His professional experience includes special population programming, sports rehabilitation, preventative corrective exercise programming, athletic programming and corporate wellness programming.

In his August 4th lecture, Barrilleaux will talk about stretching, muscles and the importance of wearing the right shoes.

Health Directions, the wellness component of Lexington Medical Center, is located at 3225 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, about ½ mile from the intersection of I-26 and Sunset Boulevard toward Lexington.

The 7:00 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited so interested participants must call Health Directions at 803-791-2113 to reserve a spot.

LMC: First in Southeast with New MRI Technology

New MRI at LMC

Lexington Medical Center is one of only approximately eleven hospitals in the United States with a new MRI machine that can produce the most superior imaging possible for patients, allowing doctors to diagnose conditions faster and more effectively.

Our hospital began using the Siemens Magnetom AERA in June. We are the first hospital in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee to have it.

An MRI, which stands for Magnetic Resonance Imagining, scans using strong fields and radio waves to produce highly detailed pictures of the human body and all of its tissues. The test allows you to see abnormalities such as tumors, problems including bleeding in the brain, diseases of the heart and large blood vessels, joints, the spine, liver, kidneys and spleen, along with sports-related injuries and breast cancer.

Called the “next generation” of MRI, the new Magnetom AERA has a much higher resolution than older equipment. That means it can produce higher quality, crisper, sharper images. It can identify small tumors earlier. For cardiovascular care, the Aera is equipped with two innovative new features: The first, called Twists, uses a small amount of special MRI contrast dye to image the blood vessels and watch as they fill in real-time. The second, called Native, produces high quality images of blood vessels without dye. Additionally, software called Blade allows clear imaging of some structures even if the patient is moving during the exam.

The new machine is larger than older equipment, able to accommodate a large variety of body sizes, shapes and conditions. And, a super-short magnet allows many studies to be completed with the patient’s head outside of the bore, making patients more comfortable and reducing their anxiety.

Importantly, the new MRI completes scans faster, too. That means patients will spend less time waiting for a test and that they will receive their results and diagnosis faster.

Losing Weight and Maintaining Weight Loss Require Different Strategies

by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager

Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce

The weight loss success of the new Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce, is an example of what can be achieved by healthy eating, getting more exercise, and adopting a “can-do” attitude. No fad diets, pills, potions, or gimmicks! Weight loss is achieved by eating less and moving more. It may take time but it is time well spent improving your health and well-being. I can’t think of a more worthy investment.

A recent study revealed that strategies that work during weight loss are different than strategies that work for maintaining weight loss. This is important because many people struggle to maintain their lost weight. He’s what the researchers from Penn State University learned:

Strategies Associated with Weight Loss are:• Participate in a diet program
• Look for information about weight loss, nutrition, or exercise
• Limit sugar intake
• Plan meals beforehand
• Think about how much better you feel when you are thinner

Strategies Associated with Maintaining Weight Loss are:• Eat plenty of low-fat protein
• Follow a consistent exercise routine
• Avoid skipping meals
• Reward yourself for sticking to your eating plan
• Remind yourself why you need to control your weight

For more information about the results of this study, click here.