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AST Public Health Nursing Department Programs and the Caregiver Program & Injury Prevention Program Co-Host Elders in Two Educational Events

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The AST Fitness Program would like to extend an invite to all tribal members looking to increase their levels of physical activity and learn more about fitness and exercise. The AST Fitness Facility at the Resource Center is fully equipped with state of the art treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary cycles, dumbbells, isolation strength machines, and a cable machine. Our facility is also equipped with freestanding striking bags, medicine balls, exercise balls, fitness mats, resistance bands, BOSU balls, and other various exercise apparatus for your preferred workout. The AST Fitness Program currently provides free fitness classes to all tribal members. Classes include: Kickboxing, Circuit Training, Chair Exercise, Tai Chi, Boot camp, and Aerobic Fitness. The AST Fitness Program is here to help you get started on increasing your levels of physical activity and exercise. We invite you to come visit our fitness facility and see what our fitness program can provide for you.
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Little Axe Absentee Shawnee Resource Center
Aerobic Dance- Monday & Wednesday 6:05 a.m. - 6:50 a.m.
Cardio Kickboxing-Tuesday & Thursday 6:05 a.m. - 6:50 a.m.
Circuit Training 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
As we all know it is a busy and competitive world out there, many people find it hard to find time for physical activities. We all know we need to exercise to be able to maintain good health. Aerobic Dance, Cardio Kickboxing, and Circuit Training at the Resource Center aim to replace traditional indoor exercise equipment with a full body workout that is less time consuming and fun!! Aerobic Dance, Cardio Kickboxing, and Circuit Training are effective total body workouts that last just 45 minutes.  These classes offer many benefits:
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Recipe brought to you by the AST Diabetes and Wellness Program.  Click to view the flyer


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Visit our new, convenient drive-thru at the Little Axe location for refill drop off or pick up!! 
  • As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates that a current, state issued photo ID be on file for both the patient and the representative picking up for EVERY fill of ANY controlled medication. 
  • Deliveries of controlled medications will no longer be allowed.
  • Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations 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.
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Are you dizzy? Feel unsteady or have ringing in your ears? Do you have difficulty riding in the backseat of  a car? Is it difficult to walk a straight line or balance on one foot? You may have a vestibular problem.  These symptoms can be caused by an inner ear problem, pathology in the neck, Menier’s Disease, labyrinthitis or benign parosysmal positional vertigo. 
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Elders' fear of falling may not be just a fear during the winter months.

As elders prepare for the winter months, sometimes the cold weather can be enough to slow  anyone down. Generally, if someone has fallen or injured themselves, they develop a fear of doing it  again. While it is okay to fear injury and make yourself aware of your surroundings, what most people  don’t realize is they will limit their physical activity more than just increasing their awareness. This in  turn can cause you to actually lose your muscles because “If you don’t use them you lose them!” Your  risk of falling is increased as your balance and mobility decrease. Some ways to stay active when it’s  cold outside is to exercise in your favorite chair at home or exercise at your kitchen counter. 

Some Tips for at home exercise: 
1.) Tai Chi videos  
2.) Use Strength Bands  
3.) Chair exercise videos (All available through the Injury Prevention Program) 
4.) Practice NOT holding on to furniture and the wall while walking through your house 

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The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma held their 70th SemiAnnual General Council Meeting at the  AST Little Axe Health Center on November 10, 2012. The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System, AST  Tribal Programs and visiting health booths had a great time visiting and meeting AST Tribal members  and their families, while providing health information and screening. According to evaluation results  the Health Fair and Fun/Run Walk was a success. Thank You for the opportunity for allowing the Health  Departments and others to share important health information. 

AST Fall Health Fair Evaluation Results 
Nov 10, 2012 
N = 62 

1. How would you rate the health fair in general?  

a. Excellent = 78%  
b. Fair = 19%  
c. Poor = 3%

2. Do you plan on making any personal health changes as a result of what you learned  today or screening that was provided to you?  

a. Yes = 63%  
b. No = 37% 

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Beginning on Dec. 31st, there will be new clinic hours for both clinics. The Shawnee  Clinic will be open 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Little Axe  Clinic will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Both clinics  will continue to be closed on the first and third Wednesday afternoons from 12:00 pm to  5:00 pm for staff meetings, conferences, and trainings. The pharmacies will only be  closed on the first Wednesday afternoons but will remain open on the third Wednesday  afternoon. These changes were necessary due to the lack of patients requesting the early  morning times in Little Axe and the later times at both clinics. We appreciate all of you  for understanding the changes we are making. We welcome five new employees to the clinic staff. In Little Axe we have a new  Behavioral Health Director and a new counselor. Dara Thorpe is our new director. She  has been with the tribe before and we welcome her back. We know she is going to be a  great asset to the department and has already made so many terrific changes and we have  seen great progress since she came on board last month. Our other new employee in that  department is Cindy Honeycutt.
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 Many people are diagnosed with diabetes everyday. When first diagnosed some go through a  range of emotions.  Some experience anger, denial, or depression, while others refuse to let diabetes define them.  

Like everything we set our minds to and try to overcome, diabetes requires hard work and patience.  Just ask Cynthia White , Absentee Shawnee Tribal Member, about the changes she has made to help her control diabetes.  Here is her story... 
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