This month’s photographer spotlight is on Jeffrey Box, the Clinic Director in our Boise Maple Grove outpatient clinic. Jeff’s great photo of a lone tree in a barren winter landscape in Yellowstone National Park was selected for the month of February in our calendar.
Jeff took his winning photo while on a photo workshop in February 2011. Capturing the scene involved traveling deep into the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park to an area that is only accessible by snowmobile. Jeff used a Canon EOS Rebel camera with an 18-200mm lens with a polarizing filter to capture the magical scene.
Photography has been a hobby of Jeff’s since he was a teenager. Over the years he has used many cameras including an old 110 instamatic and a polaroid before finally investing in a high quality 35mm SLR camera that helped to grow his photography skills. His favorite subjects are landscapes and the outdoors but he is working on becoming a better action photographer as well.<
Great work on the photo, Jeff! We hope to see more photos from you in our next photo contest and calendar!
You can begin to manage your blood pressure by following a few basic steps:
• Keep a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Learn how to lower stress
• Quit smoking
Now that you’ve made a good start, here are ways to get even healthier:
Checkups. See your doctor for regular checkups. This way, your doctor can make sure your blood pressure stays at a healthy level.
Food choices. Think carefully about the food you eat. You can get healthier by eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You should also try to eat foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt.
Be sure you know the right way to take your medicine. That includes whether a medicine should be taken with or without food.
You will also want to know when, and how often, to take your medicine. Make sure it is safe to take with any other medicine you might need. Your doctor can help you with the right things to do.
Tell your doctor about:
• Side effects you experience from any medicine
• Over-the-counter medicine you take for colds or allergies
• Herbal or home remedies you are using
Taking too many different kinds of medicine may cause problems.
By taking these few steps you will be able to stay safe and healthy.
Each month we’ll be spotlighting the monthly winning photo from our 2014 calendar and staff photo contest. This month’s spotlight is on Andrew Keenan, one of our great Physical Therapy Aides in the Boise, Idaho area. Andrew’s photo of skiers climbing through a frosty mountain forest won the January 2014 slot in the calendar.
This great photo was just one of many Andrew submitted to the contest, most of which were taken during his big adventures in the mountains around Boise and throughout the northwest. Andrew’s interest in photography is purely recreational and he takes his shots with a simple Canon point and shoot camera.
His winning photo was taken on a day in late January as he and his friends were climbing to the top of Sherman Pass. There were 7 inches of fresh snow on the ground and they didn’t see another soul the entire day. That sounds great, Andrew! Thanks for entering your photos, we hope to see more from you next year!
Here is a quick reminder on ways to prevent viral infection and foods to help rebuild your immune system. Your body will love you for it!
You can help prevent viral infections by developing good habits. As mothers or teachers used to say, practice good hygiene…
• Wash hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before eating.
• Keep commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, phones and remote controls clean and sanitized.
• Don’t share personal items like pens, phones or utensils.
• Cover coughs and sneezes in public as a courtesy to others.
• Proper use and disposal of tissues can also prevent the spread of airborne illness.
• Eat a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants to keep the immune system healthy and functioning well.
The typical duration of a viral infection is about two weeks. Post-infection, it is important to build back up the immune system. Vitamin-rich foods such as oranges, carrots, green beans and strawberries are all good choices. Drinking plenty of fluids also helps to ‘flush out’ the system. Limit sweets, as they raise acidity in the body, making it an environment prone to pathogens. Beginning or resuming a mild exercise routine is also important to return the body to optimum health. Of course, getting sufficient rest is also vital throughout the entire process.
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