Nipal Bellmonde And The Epilepsy Foundation Makes Beauty From Ashes For Danielle

Heart and Sole Epilepsy 5K and Walk Your Local Color.ComLosing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. They’re supposed to bury us, not the other way around. Our kids represent a shining hope for our own future. What would be worse is having them there with you yet knowing that at any moment they could be taken from you and there is nothing you can do about it.

We live in a time of miracle cures. Diseases that used to be a death sentence can now be cured or they are at least treatable. What once took life away from us can now be managed so that there is the real hope that we can live full lives and enjoy all or most of life’s benefits. This is true for many illnesses but, unfortunately, for some conditions there is still much work that needs to be done. [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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Round Rock’s Own The Rockin’ City Rollergirls

Rockin City Rollergirls (3)We may not be as weird as Austin but Round Rock is certainly just as interesting. You’ve just got to dig around and keep your eyes open, but there are some really cool people who live, work and play here. I stumbled across the Rockin City Rollergirls at the Round Rock Centennial Celebration a while back, and I knew I had to post an article on our blog about them. I knew it would be personally interesting getting to know these warm and friendly women, and I wasn’t wrong. Warm and friendly, you say? Yep. But I thought Roller Derby women were supposed to be mean and tough. Well, I’m pretty sure they are tough after watching and filming their practice, but mean people don’t smile, laugh and kid around like the roller derby women I saw. These ladies were working really hard but they were having a great time.

roller+derbyWomen’s Roller Derby has changed a lot from the days when as a kid I watched the Bay Area Bombers skate in the late 60’s and early 70’s. There are a lot of similarities between then and now, but the attitude is totally different. In those days you kind of got the impression that it was all a little like professional wrestling with staged fights and lots of drama. It was a lot of fun to watch, and it was one of the few sports on TV during that dreadful period in the winter between the end of football season and the beginning of baseball. Today, it is a legitimate and very athletic sport that has gained enough credibility to be considered as an Olympic sport along with Roller Hockey and Roller Speed Skating. Skating and Roller Derby have come a long way.

Women’s Roller Derby leagues, both professional and amateur, are not only in all 50 states but they are world wide with hundreds of thousands of individual women participating in the sport. It’s not all women participating too. Men have their own league play, and even in Women’s Roller Derby, there are thousands of men who join in as managers, volunteers and referees, not to mention fans. The sport is one of the only full-contact sports open to women, and from what I saw; these ladies are not too shy to throw down. [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 Healthy Heart CT Scans in Round Rock

Seton Medical Center Williamson Offers Healthy Heart CT Scans in Round RockHow many of us are walking around on borrowed time? Well, no one really has the answer to that question, but you might have an idea that you’re not as healthy as you could be by answering these few questions. Are you a smoker? Do you have diabetes? Is your blood pressure higher than you or anybody else would like it to be? Do you have high cholesterol? Is your belly button a lot further away from your backbone than it used to be? Is enjoying pizza, beer, TV in your easy chair about as active as you get? Do you have a family history of heart disease and stroke?

If you answered yes to several of those questions, then it might be a good idea to take advantage of Seton Medical Center Williamson’s Heart Healthy CT scan. It’s quick, painless, right around the corner and it is very inexpensive at $49. No trick. From beginning to end that is the total cost. The amount of information you will get from the Heart Healthy CT scan is priceless in terms of peace of mind if your  numbers are good, and just as priceless if it helps you find out about a potential problem in time.

Remember the first sentence? I have always been told that time is what is really important when it comes to treating heart disease. The sooner you know you have a problem the more you can do to get yourself healthy, and the more your health care team can do to set things right if there is a problem that requires their help. It makes sense. [Read more…]

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…]