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Fitness Activity – What Counts?

Aerobic Activity – What Counts?
Aerobic activity or "cardio" gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. From pushing a lawn mower, taking a dance class, or biking to the store – all types of activities count. Try doing them at a moderate or vigorous intensity for at least 10 minutes at a time. (150 minutes per week recommended)How do you know if you're doing light, moderate, or vigorous intensity aerobic activities? For most people, light daily activities such as shopping, cooking, or doing the laundry doesn't count toward the guidelines. Why?

Your body isn't working hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you're working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell is that you'll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favorite song. Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity means you're breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.
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Absentee Shawnee Tribe "Certified Healthy"

As part of an effort to create healthy places in Oklahoma to live, work, learn and play, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the Oklahoma Academy, The State Chamber, and the Oklahoma Turning Point Council announced the annual award winners for the state Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs. This year, more than 570 applications were submitted from groups throughout the state, and over 480 award winners received the “Certified Healthy” status in the categories of Certified Healthy Businesses, Certi-fied Healthy Restaurants, Certified Healthy Schools, Certified Healthy Campuses, and Certified Healthy Communities. An awards ceremony honoring the winners was held in March.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe was awarded as one of the Not-for-Profit Businesses for Oklahoma Certified Healthy Business. Accepting the Certified Healthy Oklahoma award at the March Awards Ceremony were our Wellness staff: Sacha Almanza and Sidna McKane. Other tribal organizations were also awarded the Certified Healthy Oklahoma. 

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Fraud Alert for People with Diabetes

Criminals who plot to defraud the Government and steal money from the American people have a new target: people with diabetes.

Although the precise method may vary, the scheme generally involves someone pretending to be from the Government, a diabetes association, or even Medicare, calling you. The caller offers "free" diabetic supplies, such as glucose meters, diabetic test strips, or lancets. The caller may also offer other supplies such as heating pads, lift seats, foot orthotics, or joint braces, in exchange for the beneficiaries' Medicare or financial information, or confirmation of this type of personal information. Additionally, you may receive items in the mail that you did not order.

The call is a scam.

If you receive such a call, OIG recommends the following actions:
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Pharmacy News, June 2012

  • As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates a current photo ID is required for EVERY time ANY controlled medication being picked up.
  • Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations both fill prescriptions for members of all tribes, but outside prescription orders are restricted to Absentee Shawnee Tribal citizens with established charts.  
  • If you would like to receive a text message to your cell phone when your medications are ready for pick-up, please alert the pharmacy staff and provide us with a current cell phone number.

The following are a few tips to help us be more efficient in our delivery of  pharmacy services to you:
  • Present insurance cards each time you pick up or drop off a prescription
  • Keep us informed of changes in address, phone number and other contact in-formation.
  • Let the Pharmacy staff know if the prescription is going to be picked up or needs to be delivered.
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Little Axe Health Center News

The grand opening of the new clinic at Little Axe was a huge success. Our guest speakers were Absentee Shawnee Gov. George Blanchard and IHS Area Director Kevin Meeks. We were also blessed to hear the Shawnee language spoken by tribal elder Isaac Gibson, Sr. He opened up the grand opening with a prayer in his native language. We also had the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Veteran’s Association raise the flags and the Scissortail Drum group performing. Thank you to these two groups who made the day even more special. Other special guests were representatives from the AST Health Board of Directors, the Norman Police Departments, Nabholz Construction Company, BancFirst, Childers Architects, and ADG Project Management Group. We also had visitors from the tribe, local businesses, members from other tribes’ health programs, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this day very special not only to the employees of the health program but to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe. 

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Afraid Of The Dentist?

Be careful not to avoid the dentist too much because, in my opinion, there is nothing worse than a toothache. The pain is so intense and noth-ing seems to make it go away . Some people have said “I would rather be in labor than have a severe toothache.” 

Fortunately, most toothaches can be prevented by visiting your dentist for regular check-ups. Unfortunately, many people wait until they have a severe toothache before going to the dentist. 

In my dental career, I have noticed that the two major reasons that most people avoid the dentist are finances and dental fears and phobias.
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Employee of the Month - Ms. Marla Throckmorton

Employee of the Month - Ms. Marla Throckmorton - April 2012

Marla Throckmorton has served as the Clinic Administrator for the Shawnee Clinic. She has transformed the Clinic  into an outstanding model of how health care services can be delivered into an effective, caring and compassionate manner.   The number of patient visits have increased 100% over this time last year. She has been a leader in implementing the “Improving Patient Care (IPC)” model of care and as a result on February 14th, 2012, the AST Health System had been selected by the Indian Health Service to participate in this Program.  One of the very few tribal programs, nationwide, who have been selected.  She also serves as co-chairman of the “Customer Service Taskforce” and has been instrumental in the implementation of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for the AST Health System.   Marla displays outstanding leadership skills and is important part of our AST Health System management team.

New clinic close to completion

The new clinic at Little Axe is nearing completion. The last of the touch up work is being completed and furniture and equipment are being delivered on a daily occurrence. There is a lot of activity at the new site and many new employees are being hired to staff the facility. The planned first day to start seeing patients will be Monday, April 30, 2012. Because of the need to move employees from the current location to the new clinic, the old clinic at Little Axe will close during the week of April 23-27th. This includes the pharmacy. So please plan accordingly with any refills. We will be moving all medications from the old clinic to the new clinic and pharmacy staff will be doing an inventory of the current medi-cations. All the pharmacy staff from Little Axe will be involved with the move. If you have medication to pick up, please make plans to pick it up before April 23rd. We will not be able to allow patients in the clinic during that week due to movers coming in and out moving supplies and employees from one building to another. During the closing of the old clinic, you will be able to call the Shawnee clinic for urgent care. Any chronic or follow-up appointments will be rescheduled for another time.
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Tooth Sensitivity

Most Common cause of tooth sensitivity in adults is the exposed tooth roots due to receding gums. Do your teeth hurt when you eat something cold or hot?  When you breathe in really cold air? Then you might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity happens when the vulnerable under layer of your teeth-the dentin- is exposed. This allows the tubules that run from the dentin to the nerve to carry pain sensations.  

  • Brushing too hard
  • Receding gum line allowing the root to be exposed
  • Excessive  use  of  tooth  whiteners  and  abrasive  toothpaste
  • Mouthwash or foods with high acidity
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