Issue No. 35
December 2016

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday: Put Yourself in Charge 

By Judy Mitnick, MS, RD, CDE, Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Performance

It's that time again: the time for parties, the time for family and friends, the time for food ... and more food, and more food. It's no wonder people often feel like someone else takes control of their eating during this time of year.
Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise
More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active.

Advanced Care Planning

"Being Mortal" Community Event

On November 3rd, approximately 115 community members and healthcare professionals gathered for a screening and discussion of "Being Mortal," the New York Times best-seller by Atul Gawande. This event was a collaboration between Bon Secours Health System, Inc., Richmond AgeWave, Senior Connections: The Capital Area Agency on Aging, and the VCU Department of Gerontology.

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Exercise Video

BURPIE - American Family Fitness

Provider Spotlight

9600 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23229

Dr. John Clore is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. For more than 30 years, he has focused his career on the diagnosis and management of persons living with diabetes and the training of providers who care for diabetes. His future efforts will build on this experience by expanding and improving the inter-professional care of diabetes in the community and across the Bon Secours Health System.

What do you enjoy most about being an endocrinologist?
There are many different and enjoyable aspects to endocrinology, but for me, understanding why people develop diabetes and hopefully how it can be prevented and treated has been my life's work. The opportunity to meet with individuals affected with diabetes and their family members to discuss the barriers which may prevent them from having better glucose control and then together developing new treatment strategies is a privilege which I do not take lightly.

Why did you choose Bon Secours Health System?
Bon Secours is a health care system that is clearly committed to its mission. I have been struck by how integral that mission is in every patient interaction and every strategic decision. I wanted to be a part of that mission. The care of individuals affected by diabetes requires a holistic approach and I could not have imagined a more perfect setting for innovative diabetes care than Bon Secours.

What do you enjoy outside of your work?
Although it could be considered work, interacting with the local and national diabetes community is for me an opportunity to stay connected. I also enjoy staying active, either with long rides on my bicycle or exercising inside when the weather is not amenable. And I have a growing crop of grandchildren who bring me joy and amazement every day.

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Slow Cooker Harvest Beef Stew
Let the slow cooker do all the heavy work for you in the American one-dish recipe. Just toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker and come home to a piping hot stew, perfect for a cold winter's day.

  • 1 lb. bottom round beef roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large Russet potato, cut into �-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into �-inch dice (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups peeled, thinly sliced carrots
  • 10 oz. packaged, frozen pearl onions
  • 14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added, diced tomatoes
  • 14.5 oz. canned, low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 10 oz. packaged, frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  1. Cut the bottom round beef roast into 1-inch cubes and add into a 4-to 6-quart slow-cooker bowl. Chop the potato into �-inch dice, adding to the beef cubes, along with the flour. Use a spoon to stir mixture together.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into a �-inch dice and thinly slice carrots. Add the sweet potato and carrots into the slow cooker bowl over the meat. Top with the pearl onions, diced tomatoes, beef broth, water, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cover the slow cooker with a lid and cook until beef is tender, about 10 to 12 hours on low heat or 5 to 6 hours on high heat. Right before serving, stir in the frozen peas and dried parsley. Cover and let peas cook, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve.

Stay Active: 
Check out these fun upcoming events!

CarMax Tacky Light Run
Saturday, December 10
Midlothian Mines Park
13301 N. Woolridge Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23114
This 6k course shows off Midlothian's best display of tacky lights - you just wait! The most run-derful event of the year! RVA holds the bragging rights for tacky holiday lights, a festive craze that has made our city a holiday destination. Join us in revamping this Richmond tradition with the CarMax Tacky Light Run in Midlothian on December 10. Gather your friends and share the fun!

Dominion GardenFest of Lights: Living Color
November 25, 2016 - January 9, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
Nightly 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
A holiday tradition featuring more than half-a-million twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, model trains, holiday dinners, firepit with s'mores and hot chocolate (for purchase); nightly family activities & more. The region's ultimate holiday extravaganza!

YMCA 10k Training Team
Saturday, January 21 - Saturday, April 1
YMCA member or not, training for the April 1 Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k with the YMCA 10k Training Team may be just what you need to help you get to the finish line, meet some new running buddies and get motivated to be fit and active. This is a program for all levels of runners and walkers. With help from motivational coaches and teammates, we can work together to conquer 6.2 miles!

HealthFair Preventive Screenings
Multiple Dates
Many Convenient Locations
Bon Secours has partnered with HealthFair to improve the cardiovascular health of the Central Virginia community. Take advantage of a series of tests to screen for major risk factors of heart attack, stroke, and aneurysm all offered in a private, convenient mobile health center in less than one hour.

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