SparkPeople Doctors Direct Healthcare Team Messageboard This is a place for all of DDHC members to come for Information and support and resources. SparkPeople Doctors Direct Healthcare Team Messageboard HOW ARE YOU DOING? I cannot believe it is almost HALLOWEEN! This year seems to have flown by. How are you doing with your health goals and plans for the year? do you have a plan for getting through the holidays without gaining weight or maintaining your weight? <BR> My plans: only bake what is necessary for the amount of people so no left overs at my house. <BR> buy no candy for the house <BR> if it isnt home made, i dont eat. and the truth is i am too tired to bake, so it works out. <BR> limit myself to one p... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:23:08 EST fitness buddy <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=102 </link> <BR> <BR> Hello there everyone. I hope you are doing great. I read this wonderful article and thought it might be of some use to you. If you are looking for a fitness buddy or accountability partner, this might be just the thing. Debbie Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:03:45 EST Fitness band video's are on one page <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1227 </link> <BR> If you are looking for a work out that can be done with minimal equipment and doesn't require great balance and such, then resistance bands are for you! Go the link above and try out some of the video's. <BR> Debbie Thu, 31 May 2012 14:24:20 EST Peripheral artery disease <link><BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=352 </link> <BR> You know, if the arteries in your legs are having problems, the arteries in other parts of your body is having problems as well. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:29:26 EST February Okay people <BR> <BR> Its February:::: <BR> <BR> I began this journey in August because of a scare with high blood sugar <BR> <BR> I am down in weight from 214 to 187 and still good on eating habits and exercising. I have increased in time and intensity to now i am 60 minutes on the treadmill three days a week and weights three days a week.. <BR> <BR> How are you doing with your plans to change? <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 08:11:53 EST January January is a time we set new goals and often fail at them because they are unattainable for long periods of time.. <BR> <BR> I suggest setting smaller goals that are achievable.. Spark assists us with making one change at a time. using fast break goals and peer led support groups.. <BR> <BR> Join in and post, we are here to support each other... <BR> Since begging Spark I have dropped weight and made some great changes... <BR> Down 214 to 190... and still going strong you can do this too..... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:29:49 EST December <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=337 </link> <BR> Read the article, then copy and paste the post test and send to me in either email or sparkmail. Thanks and i look forward to reading your answers. <BR> 1. Name the three strategies for before party survival. <BR> 2. Name one word on a menu that alerts you to a poor food choice. <BR> 3. How many calories can you burn using a snow blower? <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas to you all! <em>444</em> <BR> Debbie Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:29:07 EST IRON DEFICIENCY AND DIET <link><BR>a-z_detail.asp?AZ=263 </link> <BR> Health information on diet and low iron levels. very good information. <em>419</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:31:25 EST HOLIDAY SURVIVAL This month, i am doing one article for all three conditions. It goes hand in hand with the class i gave on site in October. I hope it will help you make it through the holidays without losing sight of your health goals and that you are able to put your health as a priority in the craziness! Read the article, copy and paste the post test and send it to me in either sparkmail or email. Take care and I hope that you have a Wonder Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for having met all of you! God Bl... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 09:10:10 EST October Cholesterol <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=39 </link> <BR> Take the cholesterol quiz and copy and paste your rewards page to me in either sparkmail or email! Good luck! Debbie Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:26:52 EST October High Blood Pressure No post test this month in High blood pressure, i just want you to verify that you have read over the health screenings and when they are due. Just copy and paste this and send to me in a sparkmail or email so i know you read the article! Debbie <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=906 </link> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:24:46 EST October Diabetes <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=831 </link> <BR> REad the article, copy and paste the post test in an email or sparkmail and send to me. You may discuss the article in the forum, but don't answer in the forum! Thanks. Debbie <BR> 1. Name three complications from diabetes <BR> 2. What is the name of the complication in the stomach from high blood sugars. <BR> 3. Can high blood sugars complicate pregnancy? <BR> 4. Does high blood sugars contribute to heart dis... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:21:41 EST September Financial Management<BR>cles.asp?id=1131<BR>cles.asp?id=1130 <BR> This month is a bit different. I dont have an article and I don't have a quiz for you. I have attached two printable budget sheets. one is a spending log and one is an actual budget worksheet. <BR> If you do this goal and you want credit for it, just copy and paste this into a sparkmail or email and send it to me. I hope that these two worksheets will help you t... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:19:10 EST September Nutrition<BR>etail.asp?health_day=656439 <BR> Read the article, copy and paste the questions into either email or sparkmail and send to me. Dont answer in the forum, but feel free to discuss the article in the forum. <BR> 1. How much of the population consume sweetened drinks on any given day? <BR> 2. Who drink more, men or women? <BR> 3. How many calories do the American Heart Association recommend you limit your calories from sweetened beverages? <BR> 4. N... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:18:38 EST September High Blood Pressure<BR>es.asp?id=1622 <BR> Read the article, copy and paste the questions into either sparkmail or email and send to me! Feel free to comment on the article in the forum. <BR> 1. What is "moderate alcohol consumption"? <BR> 2. Name two benefits of moderate consumption. <BR> 3. What are risks of drinking too much? <BR> 4. Who should not drink alcohol? <BR> 5. Given all that you have read, do you think alcohol really has a benefit for heart disease? <BR>... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:17:44 EST September Cholesterol<BR>les.asp?id=858 <BR> REad the article, copy and paste the questions into sparkmail or email and send to me. I know this isn't specific to cholesterol, but being active and finding ways to feel good and have fun is really important to improving your cholesterol levels. I wanted to challenge you to find ways to apply this to your own life. <BR> 1. Name an activity you can do outside with small children that involves moving. <BR> 2. Name two vacatio... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:16:58 EST September Diabetes<BR>etail.asp?health_day=656439 <BR> Read the article, copy and paste the questions into either email or sparkmail and send to me. Dont answer in the forum, but feel free to discuss the article in the forum. <BR> 1. How much of the population consume sweetened drinks on any given day? <BR> 2. Who drink more, men or women? <BR> 3. How many calories do the American Heart Association recommend you limit your calories from sweetened beverages? <BR> 4. N... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:16:20 EST Cholesterol <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=126 </link> <BR> Read the article, copy and paste the post test into either an email or sparkmail. Please don't answer in the forum, however feel free to comment or discuss! <BR> 1. Eggs used to be on the bad list for persons with high cholesterol, why was that? <BR> 2. Which nutrients do people who eat eggs have higher amounts of? <BR> 3. How much protein is in one egg? <BR> 4. What is the deal with choline? <BR> 5. Why are... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:05:16 EST Diabetes <link><BR>articles.asp?id=1603 </link> <BR> Read the article, copy and paste the post test into an email or sparkmail. Please do not answer in the forum, but you may discus in the forum! <BR> 1. Define a free food in a diabetes meal plan. <BR> 2. name three free foods. <BR> 3. some foods are free only if they are consumed in _____________. (fill in the blank) <BR> 4. Was there any foods on the free list that surprised you? Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:04:41 EST High Blood Pressure <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=297 </link> <BR> REad the article, then copy and paste the post test questions into either an email or sparkmail. Please do not answer in the forum, however you can discuss this in the forum! <BR> 1. Add fresh herbs when in cooking? <BR> 2. Dried herbs should be kept: _________ <BR> 3. Name an herb good for use in French Cuisine: <BR> 4. What does it mean if you can't smell and herb after you rub it between your fingers? Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:03:59 EST getting started New... My name is Kawren I have much weight to lose and diabetes to work around.. I am pre-diabetic and allergic to artificial sweetener. Challenges are a big part of my life.. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to learning healthy habits and losing weight. <BR> <BR> I am married with three children and work full time as a computer lab assistant. recently completed my associates degree when I decided to go back to school after the age of 43 <BR> "what was I thinking" kept me going to finish.. Fo... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:29:10 EST Anemia and A1c I learned something quite interesting, according to , persons with B12 anemia or iron deficiency anemia, can have an A1c higher than expected. This is often due to the red blood cell’s having a longer than normal life span. For the past 4 months, I have been trying to figure out, why did I have a borderline A1c of 5.7 that then went up to 6.0. but at the same time, my b12 level plummeted and then my hemoglobin and hematocrit also plummeted. So I think that the a... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:25:12 EST JUNE DIABETES<BR>es.asp?id=819 <BR> READ THE ARTICLE, THE COPY AND PASTE INTO SPARKMAIL. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH SPARKMAIL, I WILL ACCEPT IT IN EMAIL! DO NOT REPLY TO THIS IN THE FORUM. <BR> 1. Physical activity can help you improve your blood sugar control, lose ________, and reduce your risk of ____________, peripheral artery disease and nerve problems that are often associated with diabetes. <BR> 2. Name three benefits of exercise for persons with Type Two D... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 15:15:02 EST THE KEYS TO GETTING MOTIVATED TO MOVE MORE <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=584 </link> <BR> if you know me, then you know i rarely wax poetic about a simple article. But this article really touched a neve inside of me. It made me think about the days when i was at my heaviest. When i would give up over and over and over again. It seemed like each day was a day to give up on, rather than a day to start fresh and new and make new good choices. I hope you will read this article and find it as mind changi... Fri, 13 May 2011 10:20:29 EST JULY CHOLESTEROL ARTICLE AND POST TEST <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=800&page=2 </link> <BR> REad the article, then copy and paste the questions into sparkmail and send to me. DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS IN THE FORUM! YOU GET NO CREDIT FOR FORUM POSTED ANSWERS. <BR> 1. in a general sense, what effect on cholesterol does regular exercise have? <BR> 2. The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise for at least how long on most days. <BR> 3. In the study in the New England Journal of med... Fri, 13 May 2011 10:14:48 EST June cholesterol education and post test<BR>icles.asp?id=799 <BR> 1. What percentage of your cholesterol is made by the body and what is made from diet? <BR> 2. What foods contain dietary cholesterol? <BR> 3.What type of fat is the most heart healthy? Name three examples <BR> 4. What type of fat is almost as healthy ? Name three examples <BR> 5. There is a special group of fats, the Omega's, what is so special about them and where can you find them? <BR> 6. TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL: You shoul... Fri, 13 May 2011 09:19:38 EST Are you at Risk? <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1609 </link> <BR> Thought provoking article. after reading it, i hope you will look over your risk factors and make some changes today! Wed, 11 May 2011 13:29:22 EST connection between smoking and high blood sugars Learned something interesting this week, was reading about the connection between nicotine and blood glucose levels. Nicotine, not the other stuff, actually raises blood sugars! This is important for people with diabetes who smoke and are also struggling to get their sugars in range. If they smoke and also seem to be fighting with their sugars, its time to look at those cigs! Also, the nicotine in the gums and patches do the same thing, so if they are being used to quit, you want to get off t... Wed, 4 May 2011 09:38:33 EST Nutrition education for May!<BR>icles.asp?id=372 <BR> COPY AND PASTE THE POST TEST INTO SPARKMAIL, ANSWER AND THEN SEND TO ME. PLEASE DON'T ANSWER IN THE FORUM! <BR> 1. what is a healthy range for each nutrient for men and for women: <BR> a. Carbohydrates <BR> b. Fat <BR> c. Protein <BR> <BR> 2. Why is there a minimum for protein that you are recommended to stay above? what would possibly happen if you went below this amount? <BR> 3. Why do they always stress a diet filled wit... Mon, 2 May 2011 14:27:51 EST IPOD NANO Hello to you all! I hope you are doing well. I am having a very busy season right now, between Lent and all that it brings, to work and parenting. It seems again, to be a season of not enough hours in a day! <BR> I recently bought a new car, and it has the much sought after ability to sync and play music from an ipod or Mp3 device. So, i had to get a new ipod. <BR> I know, its as good a reason as any right? <BR> My husband recommended the ipod touch, as it allows you to buy and load music s... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 09:11:37 EST DIABETES EDUCATION AND RESOURCE <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1588 </link> <BR> PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS THE CLASS FOR MAY!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Post test <BR> 1. List two purposes in between snacks provide. <BR> 2. Name 3 considerations to take before choosing your snacks. <BR> 3. List the calorie range and carbohydrate range that are general guidelines for snacks for diabetics. <BR> 4. List 3 snacks that meet those guidelines, you may use the ones straight from the article or come up wit... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 08:58:22 EST Portion Distortion Quiz <link><BR>_start.asp?quizid=32 </link> <BR> So, what is your take on portion control and how you decide how much you put on your plate? Give this test a try and see how you rate! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:38:44 EST Do you have a new goal for the new year? I do not like New Year's Resolutions. I think they are a set up for failure. So This year, i am setting some healthy goals for the entire year. I am working on my overall healthy habits, choosing to stay away from red meat as much as possible. getting whole grains in my diet each day, and finding ways to get more fresh fruits and vegetables. How is your goals coming along and what are you planning to work towards? Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:54:49 EST What's for Lunch? Do you eat lunch at work or at home? What do you normally have for lunch? Do you even call it lunch or dinner? What did you used to eat that you have changed? What are some tricks you use to eat healthy lunches? Do you have any dietary restrictions that you are trying to overcome? Any suggestions for the rest of the group? <BR> My answers: i eat LUNCH at work. I usually have either a Progresso soup, the light ones, or a freezer meal, my favs are Lean Cuisine or W.W. or tuna salad. I have sta... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:06:58 EST I love shoes! I have two pair of converse sneakers now. I love them so dearly. It is hard for me to make any shoe more wonderful than another, but the converse are so light on my feet. When i walk at home, i feel almost as if i am barefoot. This has really become my go to pair of shoes for any events that involve walking, scrabbling up and down surfaces etc. I also discovered that if i stick to either black or purple for shoes and outfits for working out, my stuff matches regardless of my size! How cool is... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:40:41 EST New to Spark? Here's some help!<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=571 <BR> <BR> This link is to a page with all the tutorial video's for navigating and getting the best out of Spark. If you can't access the features, how do you get the most out of it? Let me know if you have any questions. Debbie Fri, 10 Sep 2010 14:20:33 EST Goals for the FALL As kids head off to school, the weather slowly changes to cooler temperatures, and our minds turn towards football games and leaf raking, what are you goals going to be for wellness and your Health? <BR> Do you aspire to lose a few pounds? <BR> Do you want to increase the time you spend in the gym or exercising? <BR> Is your goals to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet? <BR> Or perhaps you want more time to devote to spiritual persuits or devotions? Whatever the goal, taking care of ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:03:46 EST If you have a desk job, this article is for YOU!<BR>e_deskdefying_workout_plan <BR> <BR> I have a desk job, and like many of you, I struggle with being active and taking care of myself. This article seems to have been written with me in mind, is it for you to? Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:33:11 EST New Members are welcome to post something Please tell me your goals for your health this month and next month. Is it adding more fruits to your diet? Avoiding fast food? Trying a new sport? Talking to your doctor about a goal for your blood sugars? <BR> My goal this month is to plan out my meals, one week at a time and put them together as much as possible on the weekends, so i can make them during the week and avoid the take out delima as much as possible. There have been some times where i have had to utilize the drive thru and I ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:06:26 EST Link to article between Diabetes and Heart Dz<BR>_news_detail.asp?health_day=640501 <BR> <BR> This informative artible discusses the importance of preventing diabetes if possible, working towards good control if already diagnosed and heart disease. It is a really interesting article and just really emphasized how the two are linked. I encourage you to give it a read. Debbie Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:12:07 EST sugar in the diet Do you know what is a healthy or "normal" amount of sugar in a diet? the numbers are depending on your calorie counts. <BR> The Hunt for Hidden Sugar <BR> How Much of the Sweet Stuff is Hiding Your Foods? <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> Ready for a little experiment? Grab that jar of sugar, a measuring spoon, a plate and a can of regular soda. Then, dump one teaspoon of sugar onto the plate. Repeat ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:16:16 EST goal for June Ok team! It's time to set a goal for yourself for June. What are the most important things in your live? What are your priorities? If you only had time for ... what would it be? What gives your life meaning? My challenge to you for June is to define these things and just write them down. Make them real in your eyes. Next, look at your life and define what your time is reflecting as your priorities. Write down what you spend all your time on, how you divide your time, what you do all day, how ... Fri, 28 May 2010 11:18:32 EST Sarah's in the house Hey everybody! I am glad to be here. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 20:51:23 EST What was the healthy highlight of your weekend ? My highlight was biking 8 miles with my family! That was the longest I have been for this year so far !!! That was the best 1.5 hours of the weekend. <em>332</em> <em>309</em> <em>332</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:03:44 EST My Surprise Praise Report !! I have been working since October of 2009 to become more aware of my choices and to become healthier for myself and my family. I had noticed the we all in the house had gained some extra pounds. AGGG !! When I started this process I remembered that when my husband and I started dating, just 6 years ago, he taught me the love for Mountain/Trail Biking. That activity alone gave me an outlet to burn not only calories but a healthy way to release the stress we all endure. I missed that and se... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:40:22 EST Are you giving yourself credit ? If you have been wandering around Spark, reading articles, are earning the sparkpoints at the bottom? If you drink water during the day, instead of calories, are you logging it in? do you blog or journal or post a message to a friend? All these things earn you spark points! You do not exist in a vaccuum! Get credit for what you have done. Also, if you have not designed a spark page yet, i encourage you to do so. I cant give you a goodie if i can't go to your page! be creative and have some fu... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 10:29:17 EST cholesterol, what do I need to know? How much cholesterol should i get in a day? do I need any in my diet? If i have problems with my cholesterol already, how much should i get in my diet? According to the 2009 Dietary Recommendations for Adults: <BR> KEY RECOMMENDATIONS <BR> Consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids and less than 300 mg/day of cholesterol, and keep trans fatty acid consumption as low as possible. <BR> Keep total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming fr... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:34:33 EST Hi, my name is Debbie I am a registered nurse for the past 15 yrs. I have worked in many areas, ER, Psychiatry, Case Management, L&D, general nursing. I love doing Disease Management. It is so wonderful to meet new people and talk to them about their health. I used to weigh over 200 pounds. I was pretty unconcerned about my weight until my father died from the complications of stroke. He had untreated high blood pressure and familial high cholesterol. He was on medication, but it wasn't doing the trick and he neve... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:47:09 EST Let Me Introduce Myself My name is Lori and I've been involved in Sparkpeople on and off for over a year now. Eerye70, my dearest friend in the whole wide world (who I've known for most of our lives) invited me to join Sparkpeople way back then and now this Team in support of my health goals. Recently (and coincidentally with the DDHC push to involve people with this tool), I have renewed my interest as I have decided to shed a few pounds (okay so like 28 pounds). I love the menu planning tools they have here. I... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:48:50 EST Introduction: Good day to you all! <BR> My name is Kim. I am here to help DDHC members become and stay as healthy as possible. You may reach me via our website at: or at Doctors Direct Healthcare, at ext.#238. Welcome to our "Doctors Direct Healthcare" Spark Team! <BR> <BR> I am a RN at DDHC and absolutely love my job. My Mom is a nurse and I followed in her footsteps, enjoying making a difference in people's person at a day at a time. I am very bles... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:01:01 EST You are a blessing to me! Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Stacie, known in the office as "The Diva". It is common for offices who call with questions to ask for our last inital of our last name. After saying D as in Dog several times one day, another nurse suggested I say "Diva". Well it has stuck and has livened up and confused many over the DDHC phone lines. I love it!! <BR> <BR> I am from the foothills of North Carolina and have been blessed to be apart of Doctors Direct Healthcare for three years as an RN, Diseas... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:18:49 EST