The purpose of the Diabetes and Wellness Education Department is to inform Native Americans on healthy lifestyle changes through education and awareness. Our primary goals are to prevent or slow the progression of diabetes and prevent complications from diabetes and to improve the lives of those affected by diabetes.
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
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.
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.
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.
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