Getting healthy is good – Rushing into it is not

13962985_1257162230974986_5528540024474392626_oWatching the Olympic Games may inspire you to join a gym or a recreational sports team, but the experts at Coliseum Health System encourage you to ease into your new routine.

“Seeing the energy and excitement of events like the Olympics is pretty inspirational to all of us,” says Jarin Bostic, Exercise Physiologist at Coliseum Medical Centers.  “But what people sometimes forget is that these athletes didn’t just get up one day and run 100 meters in 10 seconds.”

Going to the gym, field or court and doing as much as you can, as fast as you can, is not a healthy or smart way to get in shape for anyone. Starting slowly, working new muscles and challenging yourself physically and mentally are the best ways to begin new physical routines without injuring yourself, Bostic advises.

Health experts at Coliseum Health System recommends taking these steps if you’re about to start doing physical activities that are new or different for you:

  1. Get a physical from your doctor. This will help you set appropriate goals and know your limitations in advance. It’s also important to make sure your doctor knows what your plans are, so they can give you the best advice on how to proceed.
  2. Eat right and hydrate. Feeding your muscles the right kinds of foods and keeping your body hydrated will help improve the quality of your life and your workouts.
  3. Don’t ignore your body. A certain amount of aches and pains may be expected, depending on the type of activities you’re doing, but any popping sounds in your joints, or sudden sharp pain in your body can be a sign of something more serious. Stop what you’re doing and see a doctor immediately if you suffer an injury.

“Getting into a healthy routine is wonderful,” Bostic says. “But don’t be afraid to try new things, adding or supplementing different parts of your workout. Find the right mix of interval cardio activities, stretching and strength training for you.”

Remember to follow the advice of your doctor when exercising. You should also check that equipment is working properly before using it. If you’re exercising in a public space, take precautions against getting athlete’s foot or other fungal infections.

Coliseum Medical Centers is now a Teaching Hospital

small121029col-heart0006Hospital Corporation of America’s South Atlantic Division and Coliseum Medical Centers is announcing the launch of graduate medical education (GME) training programs. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Institutional Review Committee has granted initial accreditation for Coliseum to provide internal medicine and psychiatry residency and fellowship opportunities to medical school graduates in July 2017. The programs are enhanced through an academic affiliation with Mercer University’s School of Medicine. Mercer University will provide faculty support, research opportunities, medical libraries, and simulation support.

The development of these new programs are result of a broader national commitment to creating best-in-class residency programs across the country by HCA. The programs at Coliseum are a part of an investment made by HCA to establish 150 new residency and fellowship programs over the next years, adding 2,500 new physician-training positions in 17 states.

Lance Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Coliseum Medical Centers, said, “Coliseum Medical Centers is proud of our new partnership with Mercer University’s School of Medicine.  As a community-based, academic medical center, residents will receive training from the most experienced specialists in middle Georgia. The goal of this program is to develop highly qualified physicians with hopes that they continue practicing right here in our community.”

Dr. John Lucas, Vice President for Graduate Medical Education, HCA South Atlantic Division, said, “The United States is facing a worsening physician shortage and many experts expect that by 2025 we will be short more than 90,000 physicians and providers. What is even more concerning is that there are just not enough residency slots in the nation for the number of medical school graduates every year. The development of quality residency and fellowship programs is paramount to ensuring that we, as a nation, have the capacity to care for our communities for decades to come.”

Coliseum Medical Centers intends to recruit 10 internal medicine residents and four psychiatry residents to begin in Coliseum’s new programs July 2017.  The hospital plans to add 10 additional internal medicine residents each year for a total of 30 residents and four additional psychiatry residents each year for a total of 16 residents. The programs will incorporate a variety of experiences that allow residents to focus on inpatient, specialty, and ambulatory patient care experiences. Additionally Coliseum plans to add residency positions in family practice and emergency medicine as well as a transitional year program in subsequent years with the goal of offering 100 residency positions by 2020.

“Among our most pressing health care challenges is ensuring an adequate supply of well-educated heath care professionals to meet the needs of people in this region,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood. “I could not be more pleased that Coliseum Medical Centers is joining with other leading hospitals around the state to address the urgent need for more quality residencies. These new residencies, coupled with the quality residencies at Navicent, will build on the momentum that already exists as we work together to make Middle Georgia a destination for patients seeking the highest quality health care.”


Wash your hands…the RIGHT way!

handwashingThis year, nearly 60 million students will enroll in elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. With the cold and flu season on the horizon, Coliseum Health System encourages parents teach their children to wash their hands properly before school starts.

Washing hands is easy to get the hang of, but not as simple as people might think. There actually is a right way to wash your hands, and your kids need to know that too. It may seem like a chore, but effective hand-washing is the easiest way to prevent the spread of disease and infection. This is especially important in places like school where children regularly come in close contact with one another. The process doesn’t have to be hard, and from start to finish can take less than 60 seconds.

The best way to wash your hands is with soap and warm water, scrubbing your hands together for 20 seconds or longer, lightly scratching your nails on each palm in the soapy water to get germs out from under the nails themselves, and then rinsing clean.  It’s a good idea to use your towel to turn off the faucet and open the door afterward, if you can.

Here are some tips for keeping hands clean:

  • Teach children to sing “Happy Birthday” twice while they wash their hands to be sure they wash them for the right length of time (20 seconds or more).
  • Don’t forget the soap! It is the soap combined with a scrubbing action that dislodges dirt and germs.
  • Use your paper towel or sleeve to turn off the faucet and open the door.
  • Add bottles of hand sanitizer to your car, purse, bag, and child’s backpack or lunchbox as a second option for when soap and water aren’t available.

Remember, washing your hands isn’t enough to stay healthy. Sleep, eating a good breakfast and regular exercise are always key elements to a healthy lifestyle no matter what your age is.