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4 The Sun, Wednesday, September 28, 1994 Home checkup urged Dr. Philip D. Feliciano New doctor starts practice in Mac Consistent with McMinnville Community Hospital's promise to recruit needed physicians to the community, Dr. Philip D. Feliciano, a vascular and general surgeon, has begun practicing medicine here this month. Dr. Feliciano earned his bache- lor's degree in biology from Stan- ford University and his medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he also worked as an assistant professor of surgery and medical director of surgical critical care from 1991 to 1993. Dr. Feliciano finished a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Iowa this year before moving to McMinnville with his wife, Maya- nee, and their daughter, Hannah. Dr. Feliciano will share office space with Dr. Francis Kenyon and Dr. Ted Nyquist at 2115 McDonald in McMinnville and can be reached by calling 435-0431. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the Fellow American College of Surgeons. Aging conference on tap at OSU On Saturday, Oct. 15, the third Aging Family Members conference will be held at the LaSelis Stewart Center on the Oregon State Univer- sity campus. Registration forms are available by calling the Polk County office, 623-8395. Registration is $10 for the first registrant in a family and $6 for each additional family member. Pre-registration by Oct. 5 is required. The conference will be keynoted by former OSU Extension geronto- logist Dr. Vicki Schmall. Sally Huffman will wrap up the conference with her presentation on "'How to Retire Throughout Life." Children need snacks to grow and play. Food labels can help you make healthy choices that are lower in fat, says Pat Swan, OSU Extension home economics specialist in Polk County. Most foods had their new labels in May. Use the "Nutrition Facts" section to compare the fat and calories in similar serving sizes of different snack options. For exam- ple, you'll find that bagels are a better choice than doughnuts. Sub- stitute whole-grain muffins or slices of banana bread for cream-filled snack cakes. By serving baked apples or apple- sauce with cinnamon, you can sat- isfy your family's taste for a fruit dish without offering a slice of hi h-fat apple pie. Another healthy Despite the fitness boom, some people needlessly fear that they might wear out their hearts by exercising, warns a Stanford Medi- cal Center cardiologist. "There is absolutely no truth to the old saw, 'Your heart has only a certain number of beats, so don't waste them,' " says Dr. John Cooke, associate professor of medicine (cardiology) and director of the Stanford vascular medicine pro- gram. Basically, says Cooke, the more one's heart beats, the healthier it will become. "Generally, it's better to err on the side of too much exercise rather than too little," says Cooke. A Reasonable exercise pro- gram tends to increase the size of the coronary artery, improving Are the "middle-years" really prime time? Some say "yes" while others aren't so sure, explains Pat Swan, OSU Extension agent in Polk County. Some fear that after 40, there is nothing left but withering away into old age. That may have been true 50 years ago, but today the life expectancy is 75. People who take care of them- selves and who have parents who lived into their g0s and 90s can expect to live years beyond 75. A series of publications, In the Middle Years, published by OSU Deadline for classified ads is 5 p.m. Monday. Call 843.2312. Group Consultations Family Training Nicotine Diversion & Cessation McMinnville Recovery Counseling (503) 434-5866 , , ,,,, ,,, ,,,,, ii i t i II,H ii ii iiilu i ii dental school graduate and has been practicing for the past 10 years. Our office has a caring attitude to help you with your dental needs. We look forward to c.arlr~ for you. Office to open October t, 1994. Located at 8th and 99W (Z07 E. 8th Street) in NkJVtinnville. Saturday appolnm~ents available. We look forward to caring for you. • Relines • Repairs • Free Consultation • Full Upper & Lower Dentures Starting at Jon Stout .to.st Mc MINNVILLE DENTURE CENTER Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 472-0990 By Appointment 0nly 145 E. 3rd St. li II I Ill IIll Illlllllll IIlll I I alternative is pudding made with low-fat milk and sprinkled with graham crackers. Carolyn Raab, OSU Extension foods and nutrition specialist, sug- gests serving pretzels, bread sticks, low-fat crackers or rice cakes instead of potato chips or cheese puffs. Or make your own tortilla chips by cutting tortilla shells into pieces and bakingat 425° F for three to five minutes. Serve with salsa rather than high-fat cheese. If your children ask for popcorn, use a hot-air popper. Add zing with grated parmesan cheese or a dash of chili powder instead of melted butter and salt. Finally, fill the cookie jar with lower fat cookies such as ginger snaps and whole-wheat fig bars. blood flow and contributing to health, the cardiologist says. "Your heart is a muscle, and like the other muscles in your body, it is strengthened through exercise," he adds. Nevertheless, a few words of cau- tion are in order: "If you have been sedentary for a long time, or have any questions about whether you're healthy enough to exercise, it would be smart to see a physician for a physical checkup. Also, activities such as walking, jogging, swimming or bicycling--where you can start slowly each time and gradually build up intensity--may be more beneficial for nonathletes and beginning exercisers than activities such as basketball or weight lifting, which are intense and can raise blood pressure." Y Extension Services discuss "Changing and Growing," "Facing Adulthood" (the years to come) and "Sexual Fulfillment." Each topic is 25 cents and is available by sending your money and list of the topics you would like to OSU Extension Service, Polk County, PO Box 640, Dallas, Or 97338. How can you tell if your home has air pollutants that are potentially dangerous or are responsible for symptoms you already have? The OSU Extension Service has a publi- cation that can help. Some people mistakenly blame their health problems on the latest pollutant they read about in the paper or hear about on TV. An OSU publication, Does Your Home Have an Indoor Air Problem? includes a simple survey to help you identify possible pollutant sources in your home and whether your symptoms may be related. Answers to the survey also may lead to solutions to the problem. Even normal, indoor air contains thousands of microorganisms, pani- cles and gases. If they reach high concentrations, they can seriously affect your health. Common indoor pollutants include: • Dust mites, skin panicles (dan- der) from pets, bacteria, viruses, mold and mildew that thrive in homes with high relative humidity levels in winter. may be able to reduce indoor mois- ture levels, for example, by installing a ground cover in the crawl space, venting the crawl space and running efficient and quiet exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. Test your home to confirm the presence of a suspected pollutant. Low-cost monitors for some indoor )ollutants are available at home centers, hardware stores and by mail. If you can't identify the source of the problem, the next step is a more detailed investigation. You can hire a firm that specializes in indoor air quality analysis. That can be expen- sive. Be sure the consultant has experience in diagnosing problems in homes Health System A division of Legacy Visiting Nurse Association We invite you to stop by our office every Thursday 10 am - Noon for a free blood pressure check. Providing Home Health & Hospice Services 472-0488 To Our Community Since 19841-800-782-1492 419 East 6th Street MeMinnvillc • Byproducts of combustion, including particulates and gases (carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides) from tobacco smoke and malfunctioning or improperly installed wood, oil and gas appli- ances. • Volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde and chemi- cals from new home furnishings, cleaning products, paints and glues. • Radon, a widely-occurring radi- oactive soil gas that can enter build- ings through cracks and holes. Health risks range from irritating symptoms such as watery eyes and headaches to cancer or even death from exposure to high concentra- tions of some pollutants. Children, the elderly, tobacco smokers and people who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, allergies or pneumonia are at greater risk from exposure to certain pollutants. Radon poses a hazard over many years of exposure. Exposure to high levels of microorganisms, carbon monoxide and volatile organic com- pounds in indoor air present an immediate risk and require swift corrective action. • Aerobics • Tanning • Sauna • Personalized Weight Training • Step Aerobics • Organized Group Weight Training Includes: Weights, Aerobics, Body Sculpting, Hot Tub, Sauna, Showers. New Merabcrs Only, Exp. September 30, 1994 Save $20 No initiation Fee TANNING (members only) BODY SCULPTING With Bands and Free Weights Come try your first class FREE Mon-Wed-Fri at Noon • Tues-Thu~ at 6:30 am In many cases, indoor air quality problems are easy to correct. You O OOO TM .q A Sheridan FireMed Ambulance Membership means savings to you] Emergency Ambulance transport by either a Sheridan Ambulance, Life Flight Network helicopter or another program state wide is expensive to provide. A Sheridan FireMed membership makes sense when you consider that the average charge for a Sheridan transport is $700, excluding hospital services. Insurance only covers an average of 40-80% of a total Sheridan Ambulance bill. Commonly, health insurance plans do not cover the full cost of a needed emergency transport by ground or air. For those with no insurance the cost can be prohibitive. Those who do have coverage discover that the cost can be prohibitive. Those who do have coverage discover that health insurance usually pays only 40% to 80% of a bill. Why should I become a Sheridan FireMed member? Consider the difference between $40 and a Sheridan Ambulance bill of $700. By becoming a Sheridan FireMed Member your annual membership fee prepays any deductible or other portion of the Sheridan bill that would not be covered by insurance or Medicare. Most deductibles are $100 to $1,000 depending on your insurance plan. One of the Sheridan FireMed benefits is that you do not pay any deductibles or out of pocket expenses. What if I am on Medicare or f'L ed income? The FireMed program is especially important for persons on a fixed income who otherwise might have to absorb the portion of the bill not covered by Medicare or commercial insurance. Those with Medicare supplemental policies or standard health insurance also should know that insurance policies often pay only a portion of a transport bill, which makes a Sheridan FireMed Membership beneficial to everyone and all households. Who created Sheridan FireMed? Sheridan FireMed was created for all residents living in our city by the Sheridan Fire Department and Ambulance Service to make ambulance care as affordable as possible for the citizens they serve. The Sheridan FireMed is a membership program. It is not insurance. It steps in to fill the gap left by a variety of insurance coverage. Sheridan FireMed is an affordable membership program. It is not a separate ambulance company or group of ambulances. Any resident served by Sheridan Ambulance may join. We hope you do. OOO A Service of the SHERIDAN FIRE DEPARTMENT Offer ends October 31, 199,t