Seton’s Ignite Women’s Health Helps Local Women To Energize, Enlighten & Enjoy

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center Williamson Your Local Color.ComSeton is getting geared up for a new year of wellness education sponsored by Ignite Women’s Health. Their signature event that kicked off this year was their Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy health fair expo. Held this past weekend, it was a kind of girls-afternoon-out where ladies from our community can get pampered, catch a fashion show and learn how to live a more healthy life.

This annual event has its roots in the Ignite Women’s Health 5K running event that started in 2008.  However, The Energize, Enlighten, Enjoy expo is only in its third year.   It has developed into a full blown health festival that features cooking demonstrations, health and wellness vendors passing out samples, chair massage, acupuncture, guided meditation, yoga and exercise classes. [Read more…]

Seton’s Ignite Women’s Health and the Professional Women of Williamson County Partner to Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month

vipink-celebrating-womens-health-join-us-pink-cha-83The month of October is a busy time for most people. We’ve just gotten our kids settled in for a new school year and we are beginning to gear up for the holidays. Busy women are always looking for a way to slip in a little social time and a little pampering. Ignite Women’s Health of Seton Medical Center Williamson and the Professional Women of Williamson County (PWOW) stepped up and gave local women a break from all of the typical fall hubbub by sponsoring and hosting VIPink. VIPink has become an important annual local event celebrated each year at this time to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to provide busy women with a place to relax, socialize and learn.


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Seton Williamson and Round Rock Parks and Rec Hosts The First Annual Trunk Or Treat Halloween Festival

Danielle Owns Smiling 2It’s that time of year again, folks. The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisp, the leaves are turning different colors and the fun stuff is starting to happen. Fall is the reward Central Texans get for surviving June, July and August. At last we can go outdoors with a relatively decent amount of clothing on and appreciate what a spectacular part of the world we live in. Last Saturday was just a beautiful fall day, and for me it was capped off by the Trunk or Treat event hosted by Seton Medical Center Williamson and the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department.

Trunk or Treat is a great response our community has made to the increasingly dangerous Halloween traditions that we used to enjoy. 1349750749_65480When I was a kid, my parents dressed us up, handed us a paper grocery bag and sent us out the door alone to wander the streets and knock on our neighbor’s doors and beg for candy. Crazy right? Nowadays, yes! First, we really don’t know who our neighbors are anymore and, after all of the headlines we’ve read, we’re not prepared to take those innocent risks anymore. So what do you do? Well, you put on events like Trunk or Treat that are safe and well controlled. Kudos to Seton and Round Rock.

LOGO copyThis really is a great story of cooperation between two local groups for the benefit of all. When I say all, I mean everybody. You see, originally this Trunk or Treat event was to be held at the Play For All Abilities Park built and managed by Round Rock’s Award Winning Parks and Recreation Department. The Play For All Abilities Park is a place where all children, regardless of any special need, have a place to join in and have fun. The Parks and Rec team wanted Trunk or Treat to be just as inclusive, so the Play For All Abilities Park was obviously the perfect setting. Sadly, the location plans changed when construction and maintenance at the Park prevented the use of the parking lot. Well, that just won’t do. [Read more…]

Free Cardiac Screening Community Service Provided By Seton Medical Center Williamson

Ignite Women's Health Seton WilliamsonSeton Medical Center Williamson opened it’s doors for a free cardiac screening event this past Saturday August 10th at the main hospital campus at 201 Seton Parkway in Round Rock. I got there early and the room where the screening was held was very busy. This is a free cardiac screening service provided by Seton on a quarterly basis.  It is an attempt by Seton to provide a health care outreach to any and all of your friends and neighbors who are 18 years or older, and want to know their heart score. There is no limit to the number of times you can participate, and this is a great way to keep track of those important heart risk numbers.

Many folks use this free service to monitor how well they are doing on their weight loss program.  Some insurance providers will only pay for one cholesterol screening per year, so this is a great way to stay up to date with your cholesterol numbers without an extra out-of-pocket expense.  The type of people who have taken advantage of this great Seton community service come from socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds, some with insurance and some without, because it is just the smart thing to do.

The process takes a little more than an hour and involves a blood draw for cholesterol (Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides) and a blood sugar test, a blood pressure test, a measure of your body fat percentage, and a Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment. After all of the testing and measuring is finished, and the lipid panel results are ready, a consultation with a Seton health care professional such as a Cardiologist, a Nurse Practitioner, a Physicians Assistant or a Cardiac Rehab professional is available to help make sense of the results. These folks will spend time going over the test results with you and help you understand what it all means and any actions you can take. [Read more…]

Seton Williamson’s Ignite Women’s Health Program Offering Women’s Cycling Wellness Program

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center Williamson is offering a cycling class through its Ignite Women’s Health program. This class is called the On the Trail to Wellness Cycling Program, and it is a twelve week program designed to meet the needs of anybody who wants to learn how to get the most out of your bicycle. You don’t have to be a star athlete to enroll, and although the program has already started, you are not too late to sign up.

I spoke with the coach for the program, Andy Oestrick, and she gave me a lot of details on the program. The class is designed for all fitness levels and can be tailored to your own individual needs. The class starts out with simple bicycle maintenance instruction, basic cycling skills, and some good advice about how to avoid injuries while you are on your bike. Along with that, you will get some basic riding instructions and coaching to make sure all of the cyclists are on the same page. This is all done as a group and in the safety of a parking lot.

Ignite Women's Health The class is designed to teach the cyclist true bicycling skills so that the rider can get the most benefit from this form of exercise. There will be road work, but Andy has designed the class so you can set and meet your exercise goals at your own pace. The program is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and Andy promises to be available for one-on-one attention if that is necessary. [Read more…]

Free Heart Healthy Screening From Your Neighbors At Seton Medical Center Williamson

Seton Medical Center Williamson - Very Important HeartsLooks like our friends at Seton Medical Center Williamson are really serious about helping Williamson County folks learn about their heart health. If you have been following my posts, you recently read about Seton’s great Heart Healthy CT Scan. This inexpensive CT scan is a great way to learn just how heart healthy you really are. From what I have learned about it, it sounds like a great deal and I am going to take advantage of this great service.

Another Seton community service for Williamson County citizens to take advantage of is Seton’s quarterly Cardiac Screening coming up this August 10th. It is totally free and open to all, but you’re going to have to call in and register for one of the open slots. It is a simple process, so if you’re interested, give Seton a call after you finish with this post.

The location of this Cardiac Screening is at the Seton Medical Center Williamson campus located at 201 Seton Parkway in Round Rock. Slots you can sign up for are available on designated Saturdays. The process takes a little more than an hour and involves a blood draw for a cholesterol (Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides) and blood sugar test, a blood pressure test, a measure of your body fat percentage, and a Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment.

After all of the testing and measuring is done, and your lipid panel results are available, you will receive a consultation with a Seton health care professional such as a Cardiologist, a Nurse Practitioner, a Physicians Assistant or a Cardiac Rehab professional. These folks will spend time going over the test results with you and help you understand what it all means.

I have heard it said that knowledge is power, but what I really believe is that knowledge in context is even more powerful. We all know that heart disease is a big problem in Seton Medical Center Williamson - Very Important Hearts America. So what? We know that there are certain simple tests we can take to get an idea just how heart healthy we really are. Okay! However, all of that information is useless unless we find out what it means to our own hearts. What does my own body say about my health risks? A lot of people get really sick because they don’t have the knowledge they need to change the way that they are living.

Seton Medical Center Williamson - Very Important Hearts This free Cardiac Screening provided by Seton Medical Center Williamson is a way for you to get that information, and it’s all about you and your personal heart scores. You can’t get any more specific than you. It’s no good knowing that high cholesterol can be a problem for you if you have no idea what your cholesterol numbers are. The same is true for your body fat percentage, your blood sugar levels, your blood pressure, and your BMI.

I was fortunate to be able to speak with Julie Davis, who is the manager of the Cardiac Cath Lab at Seton Medical Center Williamson. Julie and her cath lab team are the people that will be doing all of the Cardiac Screening. She was able to give me a few minutes on camera and provided a lot of detail regarding the whole Heart Healthy Screening process. Please take some time to watch the video so can get even more detailed information.

If you are interested in learning more about the free Cardiac Screening at Seton Medical Center Williamson please click here or call 512-324-2333 at Seton’s Community Outreach.


Seton Medical Center Williamson Offers Women’s Self Defense Course

Seton's Women's Self Defense ClassI always wonder in the back of my mind how safe my daughter is when she walks out the door to head off on her own. “Bye, mom and dad,” she says as she leaves. “Drive safe,” is my usual response. However, I always say a little prayer as I see the back of her little blond head exit the house. She’s a sophomore at UT now so she spends much more time away from us than with us. Most of the time I have no idea where she is or with whom she spends her time. I trust her – she’s smart – but I pray so much more now and trust angels are doing what I used to be responsible for. So far we have been blessed with her protection and we are so grateful. But you always pray because you know you have to.

There are a lot of bad people out there. This has always been true. I can’t function as her bodyguard like I once did when she lived with us all the time. I could make sure she was in her car seat or wearing a helmet when she was on her bike. That kind of interference is not appreciated so much anymore. I used to tell her about little things she could do to fend off an attacker (keep a sharpened pencil or a Bic pen within reach, ladies – it throws a guy off his aim when he has a pencil or pen hanging out of his eye ball) but most of the time she just patiently endures my personal safety lectures and does whatever she wants. Whatayagonnado?

Seton Medical Center Williamson is doing a lot to make a difference. They’ve started a brand new women’s self defense program that they offer right here on the Round Rock hospital campus. Mark Benitez of Round Rock ATA Martial Arts is the instructor, and he knows his stuff. He has been studying Martial Arts for more than 25 years and is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo. Mark was kind enough to give me several minutes on camera to explain just how the class is structured and what a prospective student might expect out of the class. [Read more…]

Seton Medical Center Williamson Cardiac Yoga

Seton Medical Center Williamson Cardiac YogaI have wanted to start taking yoga for a long time. Back years ago I thought that the best way to exercise was to put on shorts, a t-shirt and a good pair of sneakers and go out running and/or lift some weights. The older I get the less that appeals to me – as if it really ever did. I’m not lazy; I’m just not interested in exercising – right!!

Now that I’m in my 50s, I am a little more concerned about how old school forms of exercise will affect my knees and my feet. I really don’t want to hurt myself while I am trying to get healthier. In the past I have jumped into exercise too aggressively and ended up with a sprained ankle or sore muscles, and that usually ended my efforts for a while. It is for that reason I am starting to look at yoga.

I really don’t know that much about yoga other than what I have seen on TV or read about in a magazine, but it looks like something I can get my aging body to do. I don’t know. I’ll have to jump in and see how it goes. Well, maybe jump is not the right word. This is not your mom’s aerobic class she took in the 80s. There is no jumping in yoga.

I have been doing some research and from what I found out, yoga itself is getting a lot of favorable attention these days as a low impact form of exercise that is great for just about everybody. Yoga has its skeptics. From what I have read about of yoga, there are some people who say that, although yoga can increase your flexibility and help reduce the stress in your life, for a person to have a well-rounded exercise program, they need to include some form of aerobic training like running or biking, along with strength training like lifting weights. Not so fast says the Yoga Journal. They cite recent studies done at several major US universities on the benefits of yoga that indicate yoga provides improved cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength, body fat composition, as well as improving flexibility and reducing stress. I like that. I need all of those things. [Read more…]

Seton Medical Center Williamson Keeps an Eye on Very Important Hearts

Seton Medical Center Williamson - Very Important HeartsSerious as a heart attack!! That phrase used to get a laugh or two back before it got worn out and thankfully fell largely into disuse, but it was useful enough then to make a good point: If something was as serious as a heart attack, it was serious. Thank goodness people don’t use that tired, worn-out phrase so much anymore and thank goodness medical science has advanced so that a heart attack, although still very serious, is now not only largely preventable, but even if you have one, there are a lot of things that you can do to keep from having a second event or worse.

Seton Medical Center Williamson is doing a lot to help your friends and neighbors right here who have lived through a cardiac event. They put together a first class team of doctors, nurses and rehab specialist at the Seton Heart Institute. Seton Medical Center Williamson is also designated as a Chest Pain Center and has a nationally ranked Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Seton Medical Center Williamson was also certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a much sought after certification. It really looks like Seton Medical Center Williamson has it in for heart disease, and I am okay with that.

I have been talking a lot lately to Lydia Terry, who is the Community Care Outreach Coordinator for Seton Medical Center Williamson. Seton Medical Center Williamson - Very Important HeartsLydia points out that patient education programs like those that she is responsible for are going to become a larger part of the options available to healthcare consumers.  Physicians will be referring more people to programs like those offered at Seton and more people will be searching out these options as we all learn to be more proactive so we can prevent as well as cure.  Lydia has allowed me to visit a couple of Seton’s many outreach programs, and last week was my opportunity to sit in on a meeting of Very Important Hearts. Very Important Hearts is a support group Lydia has set up to help our friends and neighbors “prevent, treat and reverse heart disease.”  Very Important Hears is open to all and is a free service to our community provided by Seton.  [Read more…]

Ignite Women’s Health – Seton Williamson in Round Rock

Ignite Women's Health Seton Medical Center WilliamsonThis past March my mother, Marion Speasmaker, passed away at the age of 89. She had five kids and countless grand kids and great-grand kids. She was just tuckered out after a decades long battle with type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes is a lifestyle related illness. Who knows how many more years we would have had this amazing woman around if she had been involved with something like Ignite Women’s Health earlier on in her life?

What an amazing age we live in. It’s a time when we’ve all started to realize how much our health depends upon our lifestyle and that our lifestyle is our own choice. Wellness programs are popping up all over and that trend is just growing. Programs like those at Seton Medical Center Williamson and Seton Northwest Hospital are worth learning about and worth getting involved in.

I had the opportunity to visit with Diane Plaza who is the Program Lead for Seton Medical Center Williamson’s Ignite Women’s Health. The Ignite program started in 2008 with a 5K event that drew a large group of runners. However, that was just not going to work for Seton. Diane and her team decided that this program had to have a greater reach. It went from a one day 5k event to a 365 day a year wellness program. Ignite Women’s Health is designed to provide preventative wellness information, restorative health care ideas and basic information on healthy lifestyles to area women. The obvious goal is healthier women in Round Rock. [Read more…]