TAMC shares inspiration for women’s health

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

TAMC professionals encourage women to develop healthy routines that include physical fitness.


Leanne Thomas

Tripler Army Medical Center
Public Affairs
HONOLULU — Women’s health is the Tripler Army Medical Center message during the month of May.
TAMC encourages all women to make their health a priority during this month.

Most women are familiar with the routine recommendations from health care professionals, such as visit your doctor for a wellness exam, get active, eat healthy, avoid unhealthy behaviors and pay attention to your mental health (including getting enough sleep and managing stress).

Finding the motivation to take the first step to improve your health is not always as easy as it sounds, so some members of the Tripler staff shared how they make health a priority in their lives.

Prioritizing
“My upbringing helped me to understand how important it is to eat healthy and exercise. My parents also taught me that exercise not only improves your physical fitness, but also works your mind,” said Lt. Col. Hope M. Williamson-Younce, battalion commander for Tripler’s Troop Command. “I run every morning before work, and I push myself a little more every day because this helps me to stay disciplined.

“I feel motivated and empowered to make my health a priority when I see other members of the Tripler ohana up every morning running and working out at Tripler with me. I also often think about a saying, which explains how there are 1,440 minutes in a day, so it is important to take at least 60 minutes out of the day for yourself,” she added.

Age-wise strategies
Aleda A. Ziegler, medical support assistant at TAMC Child & Family Behavioral Health, explained what empowers her to make health a priority in her life: “Being able to keep up with my grandkids!”

“As we get older, our bodies change, and I want to feel good,” said Ziegler. “I set small goals for myself and take it from there. Just last weekend, I taught my granddaughter how to ride a bike at the park, and it was a great feeling for me to share that experience with her.”

1st Lt. Lorraine M. Gonzalez, adjutant to the TAMC commander, found inspiration to live a healthier lifestyle with a battle buddy during a field training exercise.

“It started with just me and my battle buddy, and it grew to a group of us (women) motivating each other to work out at the gym after the field hours,” said Gonzalez.

“It was difficult because all we wanted to do after our duty day was shower and sleep, but after an intense workout, we felt so good. Seeing new muscles develop and watching my overall body appearance change helped me to become even more motivated to continue,” Gonzalez added.

“When I got home, I started working with a personal trainer to take my fitness to the next level, and I started training to compete in the Sting Ray Classic Women’s Body Building Competition,” Gonzalez continued. “I won second place in the woman’s short class, but what I learned most from this experience is how critical diet and nutrition is for the body. What you eat has a direct impact on your strength, energy, weight control and mental capability.”

Whether it is scheduling your annual wellness exam, adding more physical activity to your daily routine or improving your eating habits, now is the perfect time to find your inner source of empowerment and join women across the nation for support to be the healthiest version of you.

Health Info Options
At Tripler, a great way to get started and learn more about your health is to schedule your annual wellness exam. Visit the Tripler Patient Education Center or connect with TAMC’s registered dietitians.

Tripler Army Medical Center. (Courtesy photo)

Appointments
As a beneficiary, TRICARE covers well-women exams annually for all women under 65 years at no cost. To access health care and make appointments at Tripler, visit https://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/information/makingappointments.html.

Kiosks
All TRICARE beneficiaries can also use the Patient Education Center kiosks to research any health issues they are interested in.

Patient Education Center
“Patients and family members are able to utilize the TAMC Patient Education Center and participate in interactive learning programs and also take home many resources, such as DVDs and information pamphlets,” said Joseph Washington, Tripler’s Patient Education Center coordinator. To learn more about the Tripler Patient Education Center, visit https://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/offices/patient_education/default.htm.

Nutrition Care Division
Tripler’s Nutrition Care Division is a resource to connect with Tripler’s registered dietitians and learn more about the latest nutrition educational events and opportunities. Visit the Nutrition Education Outreach page at https://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/services/NutritionEducation/intro.htm.

 

TAMC Tips

Prevent Poisonings

A poison is any substance that is harmful to your body when eaten, inhaled, injected or absorbed through the skin.
Any substance can be poisonous if enough is taken; however, it only takes a few minutes to help prevent poisonings.
•Put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222) on all phones. Program it in your cell phones.
•Keep medicines, household cleaners and other toxic products out of children’s reach – in locked or childproof cabinets.
•Monitor the use of medicines, especially those prescribed for children and teenagers.
•Take medicines as directed.
•Keep medicines and chemical products in their original bottles or containers.
•Follow directions on product labels.
•Turn on a light when you give or take medicines.
•Never share or sell your prescription drugs.
•Dispose of unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs.
•Never mix household products together. For example, mixing bleach and ammonia can result in toxic gases.
•Put on protective clothing – gloves, long sleeves, pants, etc. – if you spray pesticides or other chemicals.
•Turn on the fan and open windows when using household cleaners and other chemical products.

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