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November 2011

In This Issue
Be Thankful For Your Health
5Qs: Jordan Couchon, PT & Colorado Fan
The Health Benefits of Being Thankful
Think About It...
Clinic News
Staying Active Tip - 3 Bloat Busters
Did You Know?



Welcome to STAYING ACTIVE, the newsletter that helps promote health and wellness. We hope you enjoy the topics we present. 


Be Thankful for Your Health
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The first thing that comes to mind for most people around the Thanksgiving holiday is probably a table piled high with good food, a house full of family and friends, and lots of football. Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to consider all of the blessing in our lives. While being thankful for family, prosperity, and a roof over our heads tend to be at the top of the list for most people, there are a whole host of other things that we should not forget about-namely just being thankful that we are alive. 


As physical therapists, we recommend making a concerted effort to wake-up and be thankful for the health that you do have and the physical challenges and adventures that await you. If the opportunity arrives itself to IMPROVE your health, by all means IMPROVE it. Regardless of how much money you have in the bank, it will not matter one bit if you are too sick to enjoy it. 

We loudly scream "THANK YOU BODY" for what you do every day!  


If you want to do something to truly thank your body, consider a daily walk, an exercise class, a massage, or just taking a day to rest. 

5 QUESTIONS for Jordan Couchon - PT & Colorado FanJordan

1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Elmira, New York with my parents, Doug and Linda, and my brother, who is two years older than me. The rest of my extended family is spread out from Michigan to Denmark. I started college at Syracuse University as an Exercise Science major. In 2006, I transferred to Daemen College of Buffalo, New York for its Physical Therapy Program. Once I visited Colorado, I fell in love with it immediately and the decision to move here was easy.


2.What are your hobbies?  

Playing/watching sports, specifically football, basketball, baseball, and golf. I enjoy biking, hiking, and skiing especially since moving to Colorado. I enjoy movies, good eating, and select TV shows. Ultimately you can get me excited about just about anything fun, active, or creative. 

3. What did you want to be when you grew up? 

When I was 3 I wanted to be superman. Once I realized I couldn't fly, I wanted to be a doctor because I knew I wanted to work with, and help, people. Around the age of 16 I knew I wanted to be a physical therapistAs cliché as it sounds, it was when I was a patient that I decided this would be the perfect career for me. I was rehabbing from a nasty high-ankle sprain with a small fracture I experienced during a basketball game.


4. What are you thankful for this season?

I'm thankful for my family and their health, and my great friends. Also the family and friends that have/will travel halfway across the country to visit us, eliminating any chance of being homesick. Also I'm thankful for my new Colorado home and all the great people I've met here thus far. Last, but certainly not least, I'm thankful for the opportunity to learn, grow, and practice physical therapy alongside a great group of people at PTIS.


5.What is your top advice for taking care of one's health?

  • My top advice is for people out there is to consider all the unexpected twists, turns, and hardships concerning our health that we have little/no control over, and to put value and importance on the many aspects of our health that we can easily control, making them a priority.



    The Health Benefits of Being Thankful


    turkey funnyBeing thankful and counting your blessings this Thanksgiving may help you mentally and physically -- recent research shows it's healthy to be grateful.

    Depending on your view of history, the holiday of Thanksgiving is either a commemoration of an event that changed North America for the better or for the worst; but the idea of Thanksgiving itself -- of reaching across the table, of being thankful for the good things that have happened throughout the year, particularly around the harvest time -- actually has a very important scientific basis in making us all feel better, both mentally and physically. 

    Jeffrey Froh, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University talks about research into the scientific biological basis of Thanksgiving itself. 

    Froh's research focuses on being grateful as a continuing behavior, and the benefits that accrue by doing that: "The one particular study that we did was we had students count blessings, which is essentially focusing on the things they were thankful or grateful for, and we had them journal that daily for two weeks." 

    "We followed them up three weeks later to see the benefits, and we found that students who counted blessings reported feeling more optimistic, more satisfied with their lives, more school satisfaction -- and actually, the trend for being more satisfied with school not only occurred immediately after the experiment, but actually lasted up to three weeks later." 

    There's a broad literature emerging in science and psychology that is attempting to measure the benefits of certain consistent behavior, like praying and being thankful, and there are some surprising findings. 

    Froh: "It's beyond feeling good, and beyond happiness ... we found that grateful kids tend to report less physical complaints; bit also in the adult literature ... they found that grateful people who counted blessings were more likely to exercise, more likely to report better sleep; less likely to report these physical complaints. There's even some research done, we're looking at, when you have a sense of appreciation your heart rhythms are more coherent and smooth, which of course is healthy."




    Be thankful for your health. 
    You may have more or less problems with your body, but you are here, 
    you are breathing, you are alive. 


    Food Drive for The Gathering Place
    We have begun our annual food drive for "The Gathering Place". 
    This organization has been around for along time helping a wide variety of people at different stages of their lives ( 


    We are collecting donations at the Pearl Street clinic until Friday, November 18 and the Skyridge clinic until Tuesday, November 15. Please donate if you can.  
    Successful School Supply Drive

    The school supply drive in September was a great success. Here is a photo of what was collected for donation to Bishop Elementary School.

    school supply drive


    Lisa Nicholls Has Joined PTIS 
    Lisa Nicholls has joined PTIS as a receptionist at the Pearl Street office.




    bloatThere are few feelings that are more uncomfortable than being bloated. Pants don't fit right, there's some unidentified pressure emanating from somewhere behind your belly button, and even sitting can be unpleasant. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are three ways to use your body to banish the bloat.

    Get Moving

    You may not exactly feel up to it, but a brisk walk around the block can help you digest. Just 10 minutes of cardio can get your metabolism moving. A recent study conducted at MIT found that a small bout of exercise can boost your metabolic rate for nearly an hour. Jumping jacks, skipping or even running up and down a flight of stairs can help stimulate the lymphatic system, which is responsible for removing excess water and fluids from the body. 


    Do the Twist
    Performing gentle spiral stretches can massage the internal organs and literally ring the organs out. The action helps the abdominal muscles to relax, while simultaneously flooding the area with fresh blood to alleviate discomfort. To do: Sit on the edge of a straight-back chair with feet on the floor, hip-distance apart. Interlace your hands behind your head and keep elbows wide. Take a long inhale to grow taller, and on an exhale twist to one side as if you could wring all the air out of your lungs. Note: Keep your knees and hips still. Return to center as you inhale filling the lungs; exhale twisting to the other side. 


    Drink Up
    Most people mistakenly believe that water causes them to bloat. The truth is that your body functions more efficiently when it's hydrated and water helps flush out sodium and extra fluids quickly. Aim for drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day. Add a twist of lemon for a bigger bloat-busting boost. 



    turkeyThe Mile High United Way's 38th Annual Turkey Trot is November 24th.   
    Why don't you consider participating for your health!
    See this link for more information: 
    Thank you for your interest in health and wellness. We believe Staying Active is important for WORK.SPORT.LIFE. 

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