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Healthy Living: Lisfranc Injury – 9 & 10 News

A Lisfranc injury, or fracture, is named after the French doctor who first described it in the 1800s.

These days, Lisfranc is more common among athletes who are up on their toes like soccer players, gymnasts and dancers.

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter explains how orthopedic specialists are working to keep athletes in the game.

Dr. Gunn says that fibroid embolization is currently being vastly underutilized and less than 50 percent of women are being counseled about the treatment option, even though many more women would qualify for the treatment.



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Steps to healthy living

This time of year is my favorite time of year. Why you might ask? Because I get to do SNAP-Ed’s Steps to Health program at Butler Avenue with the third graders! The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) serves limited resource individuals and families across North Carolina. SNAP-Ed is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Service and works in collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Humans Services, Division of Social Services.

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to assist those eligible for food assistance to eat smart and move more. SNAP-Ed works to help participants make healthy choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate. NC State University’s SNAP-Ed Program is Steps to Health. Steps to Health provides nutrition education programs for preschoolers, kindergarteners, second grade students, third grade students, adults, Latino families, and older adults. The Steps to Health program is delivered by county-based NC Cooperative Extension Agents across North Carolina as well as SNAP-Ed Educators from NC State University.

If you have a third grader who goes to Butler Avenue, you may have received some “homework” that your child has told you Ms. Sydney said you have to do. This “homework” is a way for the students to share what they learn in class with their families. Each week we cover a new topic. We start off with the MyPlate, where students learn what the different food groups are and how they should be incorporating them in their diet. In this section we stress that half of their plate should be fruits and vegetables.

We also cover physical activity, more details about the various food groups, how to read nutrition labels, and making smart beverage choices. At each session, a lesson is presented and following the lesson, students get to participate in a taste test. The goal of the taste test is to get them to try new foods or maybe foods they’ve had before but to try them in a different setting. This makes the idea of trying something new more exciting. We tell the kids that all of the food is purchased at a local grocery store, Food Lion, and they are able to go shopping and pick these things up if they really enjoyed them. We hope this helps them make healthier food choices.

I love working with the children because they are so eager to learn something new. I am always surprised by all they absorb during our short time together and love hearing about the foods they are eating more of at home! I am also very fortunate to have an enormous amount of support for this program. The Clinton City Schools nutrition staff, Jeff Swartz and Rita Corbett, assist with the delivery of the program. Each week, Jeff and/or Rita assists with each lesson when able and helps the students to understand how the foods they eat at school tie into the MyPlate guidelines. We also could not provide this program as effectively without the support of the Butler Avenue team. Principal Turlington, the cafeteria manager, Angie, and all of the 3rd grade teachers have welcomed us into their space and provide assistance with the program in whatever way possible. I hope to reach more schools with this program in the future. Please let me know if you would like me to bring this program to your school, or if you want to know more about the Steps to Health program, please call the Sampson County Extension office.

By Sydney Johnson

Contributing columnist

Sydney Johnson is an area family and consumer sciences extension agent, with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. She can be reached by calling the Sampson County Center at 910-592-7161 or by e-mail at

Sydney Johnson is an area family and consumer sciences extension agent, with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. She can be reached by calling the Sampson County Center at 910-592-7161 or by e-mail at

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Phonte talks ‘No News Is Good News,’ healthy living, divorce and marriage

Phonte – (Photo Credit: Chris Charles)

Phonte has resurfaced from a seven-year hiatus sounding fresh and rejuvenated with his latest release, No News Is Good News. This project takes over where Jay-Z’s 4:44 leaves off. What you hear is adult rap. You hear a grown man eloquently rapping about grown man things like taking care of yourself, being healthy in life and love color the album. As rap goes through its midlife crisis, No News is Good News serves as its soundtrack.

We spoke to Phonte recently about his latest project, living healthy and being happy with his life.

The new project is so dope. For some reason, you sound rejuvenated and fresh. Why do you think that’s the case?
I took seven years to live. I took time to live. A lot has happened between 2011 until now. I am a believer in just giving yourself time to live and have new experiences to write about. If I sound rejuvenated, that would be part of the reason why.

There are a few songs that resonated with me on the project. “Expensive Genes” probably resonates the most because I recently had a physical and I have a lot of changes to make when it comes to my health. Why do you think health is important to talk about now?
I think it’s for a lot of reasons. I think that hip-hop is still a young art form and people don’t really understand how young it is. We are just now seeing what old age in hip-hop looks like.
For a long time, hip-hop was like the guy who lived fast and didn’t expect to live to see 21, but now he’s 40 and he’s like, “Oh sh–! I made it. What do I do now? Where is our retirement?” So with a record like “Expensive Genes” and this being the first generation of truly aging hip-hoppers, [I was saying] something that truly spoke to us. It spoke to me. I’m working on my health. I go see my doctor and get my physicals and the changes I’ve made have made my health better.

What are your thoughts on the climate that rap is currently in now?
I think we live in a Netflix culture of rap. Whatever you want is there for you on demand. Whatever kind of hip-hop you’re looking for is there for you. The biggest thing we are in need of now are filters. You just have to know where to go and where to look for what you want. I’m at a point in my life where I’m able to access the music that I like and that’s all that matters. I’m able to get the records of the cats that I listen to and I appreciate. The stuff I don’t like pretty much doesn’t exist to me. 

Do you think someone can age out of rap?
I think we are the first generation that will find out. We will see what that looks like. I think it depends if there will be an audience there when you get older. I have a cousin who loved New Kids On The Block, but is she bumping that now? If they come out with an album, will she buy it? I don’t know. I think we are the first ones that will see if there is a ceiling to hip-hop and if there is an age limit, what that will look like.

The Tall Black Guy-produced “Sweet You” is the song I keep on repeat from the new project. Emotionally, you sound so clear and deliberate. It sounds like you are singing to your wife. Talk about that.
“Sweet You” is definitely a record that is for my wife and our marriage. There was a big shift that happened to me from 2011 till now. In 2011 when I released Charity Starts At Home, I was going through a divorce. I tell people all the time when it comes to marriage, specifically when I talk to brothers, it’s really about who you are. What I mean by that is that you could have a Porsche or a hooptie out in your driveway, but if you don’t know how to drive, it doesn’t matter. When I talk to brothers, I specify that we are in the driver’s seat; that doesn’t mean that you are the ruler or you rule over your woman. What it means is that if you don’t know where you want your life to go as a man, you are going to cause any woman that comes into your life pain and confusion. My wife is fantastic, she is amazing. I think I’m in the place where I am now because I am the best version of myself. If I met her ten years ago, it would have been a different story because I was not ready for her. I’m ready.

Why are you so transparent and honest in your music?
I’m not a very good liar. I have to write about what I know. But, everything is not for sale; there are some things that I don’t talk about. My family knows the stuff I share is personal but it’s not privileged. I would never betray someone’s trust in that way. I just write what I know and the truth as I see it and hopefully it resonates with other people. My thought is, if you can see yourself in this project, then I have done my job.

What words of encouragement do you have for those who are following their dreams?
It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey. I do some voiceover work now and I read a book from this one voiceover artist and he says he wakes up every morning and he’ll audition for stuff, and he may or may not get the job and he mentions that he looks at it like he went fishing. So, if you go out on your boat, the story is not about I caught this fish or I caught that fish; the story is about the process of fishing. Embrace the process. I wish someone would have shared that with me when I was younger. If someone would have told me that The Minstrel Show was the beginning and not the end, it would have saved me so much heartache.

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Kanu begins ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ campaign for women

Amara Kanu, fitness coach and wife of ex-football superstar Kanu Nwankwo, is set to begin a ‘Healthy Lifestyle’ forum for women.

The 31-year healthy living expert and author, disclosed this on her IG page, adding that the initiative was to equip women to better balance their roles as wives, mothers and builders.

Fitness coach, Amara Kanu

“Women are celebrated this month of the International Women’s Day, and I like to celebrate them because they are so strong, and share my experience as a fitness and wellness coach with them.

“As a woman, I know the changes that the body, mind and self-confidence can go through due to pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, emotions, and oh yes, the constant cravings we all encounter.

“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again.

“All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system,” she said.

According to the fitness enthusiast, the wellness sensitisation forum, tagged “An Afternoon with Amara Kanu”, will begin on March 18 in Central London in the UK.

She added that it was also scheduled to hold  on April 6 and 15 in Lagos and Abuja and thereafter proceed to other cities.

She said the initiative was to expose people, especially women, to the healthy living lifestyle, and share her experiences about how she remained positive and healthy while balancing being a wife and a mother of three.

Newsmen recall that Kanu  released a fitness book, “Healthy Living with Amara Kanu’’ in 2017,  which has been well-received as it guides people of all ages and gender on how to maintain a total healthy lifestyle daily.


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Healthy Living: Lisfranc Injury

A Lisfranc injury, or fracture, is named after the French doctor who first described it in the 1800s.

These days, Lisfranc is more common among athletes who are up on their toes like soccer players, gymnasts and dancers.

In Healthy Living, Courtney Hunter explains how orthopedic specialists are working to keep athletes in the game.

Dr. Gunn says that fibroid embolization is currently being vastly underutilized and less than 50 percent of women are being counseled about the treatment option, even though many more women would qualify for the treatment.



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St. Tammany Healthy Living for March 14, 2018 – The Advocate

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: A bereavement support group will meet at 3  p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the second-floor chapel at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6612.

BREAST-FEEDING CLINIC: Lactation consultants will offer free support and encouragement from 9:30  a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17, the Florida Avenue conference room at Slidell Memorial Hospital, 1025 Florida Ave., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-8585 or visit

TEEN HEALTH EXPO: The Slidell Women’s Health Alliance will present a free Teen Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 17 at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd., Slidell. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: Patricia Hart conducts free yoga classes for cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Slidell. The next class will be March 19. For information, call Hart at (985) 707-4961.

GUY TALK: Kevin Hedgepeth will discuss the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty for boys ages 10 to 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Community Outreach Center, second floor, Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Hygiene, skin care and healthy eating also will be discussed. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 per family. For information or to register, call (985) 280-2657.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT: The Council on Aging for St. Tammany Parish caregiver support program lets those caring for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related illnesses share their struggles and successes, guided by an experienced facilitator. Sessions are scheduled:

  • Slidell Senior Center, 610 Cousin St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month; the next session will be March 20.
  • Covington Senior Center, 500 Theard St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month; the next session will be March 27. 

For information, call (504) 339-1757.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE: The St. Tammany Council on Aging is providing free enrollment assistance for the Medicare Extra Help and the Medicare Savings programs. Extra Help assists people with limited income pay Medicare prescription drug costs such as premiums, deductibles and coinsurance. Medicare Savings helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay medical expenses and health care costs. To find out if you’re qualified, bring proof of income and Medicare insurance. The Lacombe session will be at 10 a.m. March 20 at the Lacombe Senior Center, 27397 U.S. 190.

SLIDELL AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP: Strengthening Outcomes with Autism Resources will meet at 9  a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the community outreach center on the second floor of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. For information, call Anne Galiano at (504) 812-9548.

WOMEN WARRIORS: Breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers will meet at 1  p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. For information, call (985) 280-6611.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: People living with cancer and their caregivers will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the second-floor chapel of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center, 1120 Robert Blvd. Remote participation is possible by calling (985) 280-8958 at 1  p.m. on group day.

SUICIDE INTERVENTION TRAINING: St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide will present a course in applied suicide intervention skills training from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 22-23 in Covington. The program provides training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants often include people concerned about family or friends, emergency service workers, counselors, teachers, ministers, mental health practitioners, law enforcement workers and community volunteers. The course is free, with a $40 registration fee. For information or to register, visit or call (985) 237-5506.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSPECTIONS: The St. Tammany Parenting Center is scheduling appointments for free inspections of child safety seats. Call (985) 898-4435. Inspections also are held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the Louisiana State Police Troop L headquarters, 2600 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville. Walk-ins are accepted, but appointments are appreciated. For information on the State Police program, call (985) 893-6250 or email

BABY AND ME TOBACCO-FREE: Slidell Memorial Hospital is holding smoking-cessation programs for expectant mothers on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment. For information or to request an application, call Ashlee Menke at (504) 733-5539.

OCHSNER EAT FIT: Dietitian Lauren Hulin will discuss the Ochsner Eat Fit program during a free Lunch Learn program at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd. To register, call (985) 280-2657.

MALL WALKERS: North Shore Square Mall, 150 Northshore Blvd., Slidell, will open for walkers at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, through a partnership with Slidell Memorial Hospital, to encourage people to walk with the advantages of the mall’s security, air conditioning and water fountains. For information, call (985) 280-8529.

SISTER SURVIVORS: The Sister Survivors support group for female cancer survivors meets from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the St. Tammany Cancer Center, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. For information, call (985) 276-6832.

COVINGTON GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: A general grief support group for adults who have suffered loss meets from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month in the Madisonville Conference Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, 1203 S. Tyler St., Covington. The next meeting will be April 4. There is also a meeting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5. For information, contact chaplain Daniel Vanek at (985) 898-4562 or

GIRL TALK: Girls ages 9-13 will learn about the physical, social and emotional changes of puberty during the Girl Talk session from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the first-floor conference room of the Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Building, 1150 Robert Blvd., Slidell. Presenters will include pediatrician Alice LeBreton and dermatologist Taylor Hilton. Teens must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $15 per family. To register, call (985) 280-2657 or visit

BETTER BREATHERS CLUB: The Better Breathers Club, a program of the American Lung Association, meets from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Magnolia Room of Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd., Covington. The next meeting will be April 12. The club is meant for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as their caregivers. To register, visit or call (985) 867-4390.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS: Gamblers Anonymous meets several times a week throughout the New Orleans area. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with one another that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. For information, call (855) 222-5542 or visit

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Kenny Martin: On the many blessings of healthy living

Kenny Martin
City Manager
Mt. Juliet

As humans, we sometimes take for granted healthy living or realizing how truly blessed we are to have our health. Normally, only after we’ve lost something we had before, like good health, do most of us realize the many blessings that come with good health.

For example, the gift of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and so on are often taken for granted if you still posses those abilities. But imagine for just one moment losing any ability you currently posses, like the ability to see or pick something up.

Try closing your eyes and walking around or picking up something without using your hands. It’s difficult, isn’t it? Now imagine losing those abilities forever. Only those born with debilities or those who have lost abilities truly understand the difficulties with becoming unhealthy or debilitated.

Each morning we awake feeling well and healthy should be considered a blessing daily. Our health is not any more guaranteed than tomorrow. Nothing is guaranteed. That’s why we must awake each and every day appreciating our health and life itself. We must also pray for those who are hospitalized or currently ill.

A friend of mine dealing with a serious health setback reminded me of just how fragile health and life are. His health setback reminded me of the many important things I sometimes take for granted each and every day.

A simple cold can make you feel miserable for days and maybe weeks, but cancer therapy, including radiation treatments and chemotherapy can make you sick and miserable for days, weeks, months, years and even the rest of your life. When you put simple illnesses into perspective with life-altering and changing medical events, you can now see the blessings of good health.

Many families this moment are enduring months and months of medical treatments for a family member or loved one suffering from a serious medical illness or debilitating health problem. I can assure you that they would love nothing more than to see their loved one healthy.

As we all know, life can be tough and distracting, but we must strive to stay focused and keep a positive attitude. A positive attitude has a way of keeping you happy and healthy. There are many blessings we take for granted that others will never, ever know.

In closing, please pray for those in need, those suffering from illnesses and those with medical setbacks and their families.   

Kenny Martin is city manager in Mt. Juliet.

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Healthy living workshops strive to help East Texans adopt sustainable lifestyle changes

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Unsolicited Senior Advice: Healthy living tips for the unhealthy

It’s midway through the semester and you still have a decent GPA. But no matter what you do, you can’t stop feeling sick.

Whether you work too much or party too often, your unhealthy habits are catching up to you and it’s time to make a change.

Here are some small ways to improve your health that won’t break the bank.

Put the drink down

Most college students like to go out and have a drink from time to time. The problem comes when people start spending their nights drinking instead of having a couple drinks here and there.

Consistent drinking can mess with your liver, your weight, and your sleep.

And even though you may pass out after a night of partying, alcohol can negatively impact your sleep. For one, it disrupts your REM sleep, leading to next-day drowsiness and poor concentration.

Waking up hungover, exhausted, and sick isn’t worth a night of partying. But if you insist on drinking into the wee hours, keep it to the weekends.

Get some sleep

If you’re in your mid 20s, you should be getting 7-9 hours of shut eye every night. Although, most students get 6 or less.

In my early college years, I’d either stay up until 3 a.m. or pull an all-nighter.

And while I may have finished that 6-page essay, I’d crash the next day and wake up wired and unable to fall asleep that night. (And the unhealthy cycle would continue.)

Avoid doing this for both your shortterm and longterm health. Even if you think you won’t face any negative side effects, your poor memory, inability to focus, and low energy levels tell a different story.

Make it a priority to go to bed at the same time every night. And if you absolutely *need* a nap, limit it to 20 minutes. Anything longer and you’ll slip into REM sleep and wake up hazy.

Put your phone down too when it’s time to call it a night. Odds are, you won’t remember what you read anyway and the screen’s “blue” light will keep you awake.

But if you can’t fall asleep without it, turn on the “warm” light setting so you don’t stay up longer than necessary.

Change your diet

If you’ve taken care of the first two habits, it’s probably time to take a hard look at your diet.

And while it’s difficult to eat healthy in college, it’s not impossible.

Believe it or not, the Caf does have healthy options for people, you just have to keep an eye on its daily menu and avoid the fried food.

Even if you don’t have much experience, try to cook your own food as often as possible. And if you’re in the underclassmen dorms, use the first floor kitchen.

When it comes to grocery shopping, look for what’s on sale and keep an eye out for coupons as well. Those dollars you save do add up over time.

Don’t eat out as much either. Buying Chipotle four times a week puts a strain on your wallet and your health more than you’d think.

Ryan Lynch is the business manager of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.

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Crescent City Healthy Living for March 14, 2018

CONFLICT RESOLUTION: Belief therapist David Rodriguez, president of the Therapon Institute, will present a seminar on conflict resolution in counseling from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Christian Fellowship, 5049 Ehret Road, Marrero. Topics include the source of conflict, the stages of a relationship, destructive approaches to conflict and barriers to communication. The seminar is for counselors, ministers, health care workers and those desiring to gain the tools necessary to improve their relationships. The cost is $99. For information, call (504) 328-2249 or visit

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP: Representatives of Home Care Solutions will give a presentation when the Big Easy Fleur de Lis Parkinson’s Support Group meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Esplanade I room of the first-floor conference center at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie. For information, visit or contact Sissy Roniger at (504) 237-2302 or

CO-DEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS: The Co-Dependents Anonymous 12-step group for people seeking help with relationships will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Aurora United Methodist Church, 3300 Eton St., New Orleans. For information on the self-help organization, visit

HELP WITH PRESCRIPTION COSTS: The New Orleans Council on Aging offers prescription assistance through its Aging and Disability Resource Center/Senior Rx helpline. The assistance is available to seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. Email or call (888) 922-8522 or (504) 827-7843. Have ready a Medicare number or insurance information, effective date for Medicare parts A or B, or Social Security number, along with a list of medicines. People with no insurance also may call.

WALKING GROUPS: Walking groups meet Saturdays at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, in City Park, and at St. Roch Park, 1800 St. Roch Ave. The City Park group, the AARP Soul Steppers, gathers at 9 a.m. The St. Roch group gathers at 9:30 a.m.

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