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The Trouble With TV… You Are What You Watch!

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When it comes to eating, you are what you watch.

We’ve all been guilty of mindless munching when sitting in front of the TV, but research from Yale University suggests that what you watch may impact how much you eat.

In the study, children and adults were shown a half hour of television with different sets of advertising in each.  Children aged 7 to 11 years who watched commercials for food ate 45 percent more snack food than the children who were shown the same programming but with commercials that didn’t feature food.  The children in the study didn’t go looking for the food that was advertised, but were interested in any snack food.

Among adults, those who saw advertisements for unhealthy snack food ate significantly more than those who saw spots for healthy food or good nutrition.  The really bad news?  Those habits continued even after the television was off.

Consumer and health groups that are concerned with America’s obesity epidemic—particularly among children—endorse government regulation of food advertising during children’s programming.  But many food marketers already self-regulate.  Frito-Lay, manufacturer of Doritos, Lay’s, Ruffles, Cheetos and Fritos, does not advertise at all during children’s programming, and General Mills, which makes Trix, Lucky Charms and other cereals, only advertises products with fewer than 175 calories and 12 grams of sugar per serving.

Both companies have joined the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, a voluntary group of companies that have pledged to shift the mix of advertising to children to include messages about healthy eating.  Other members include McDonald’s, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Hershey.

Take note of what is being advertised when your kids watch TV.  If there’s too much food advertising, consider turning the TV off or tuning in another program.  Be ready to counter triggered snacking with healthy options like yogurt and vegetables.

And watch your own compulsive eating, too.  Be aware of hunger triggers that have nothing to do with hunger like boredom, restlessness, and food smells. And you can now add food advertising to that list.

When reaching for the chips, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?”  If the answer is no, skip the snack, but also try to identify the trigger so that you’re aware of it the next time it tries to sabotage your success.  Knowing why you want to eat helps you get control of your snacking triggers.

For information and to find a physician in the mountains who can help with nutritional planning, contact Mountains Community Hospital at (909) 336-3651. Mountains Community Hospital is located at 29191 Hospital Road in Lake Arrowhead.


October is Physical Therapy Month!

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Improve mobility and motion with physical therapy.

Improve Mobility and Motion

No matter what area of the body ails you – neck, shoulder, back, knee – physical therapists have an established history of helping individuals improve their quality of life.

A physical therapist can help you move freely again without pain and discomfort and feeling renewed and ready to move on. They can even help you prevent an injury altogether.

For instance, a study of 1,435 NCAA Division 1 female soccer players demonstrated that those who participated in a physical therapy program had an overall ACL injury rate 41 percent lower than those who did only a regular warm-up prior to practice.1

Because physical therapists receive specialized education in a variety of sciences – physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), to name a few – they understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. They know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin) – to restore and maximize mobility.

Whether you are living with diabetes or recovering from a stroke, a fall, or a sports injury, a physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care. A physical therapist can help you achieve long-term results for many conditions that limit your ability to move.

Reduce the Risk of Injury

While playing a round of golf or picking up around the house may seem harmless, but these everyday activities can result in injury due to abnormal movement, stress on joints and strain on muscles.

Because physical therapists are experts in knowing how the body works, they are able to design personalized treatment plans to reduce the risk of injury whether in everyday activities or sports.

For example, women perform athletic tasks in a more upright position, putting added stress on parts of the knee such as the ACL, resulting in less controlled rotation of the joint. While men use their hamstring muscles more often, women rely more on their quadriceps, which puts the knee at constant risk. To combat these natural tendencies, your physical therapist may develop a treatment program to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as to counteract incorrect existing patterns of movement that may be damaging to joints.

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active and independent life. According to the National Aging Council, about one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. A physical therapist can help you prevent falls by designing an individualized program of exercises and activities with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and proper gait.

Balance may be improved with exercises that strengthen the ankle, knee, and hip muscles and with exercises that improve the function of the vestibular (balance) system.

Once a physical therapist has reviewed a complete medical history and conducted a thorough examination, he or she will develop a personalized plan of care. This may include a walking regimen with balance components such as changes in surfaces/terrains, distance, and elevations; Tai Chi (which emphasizes balance, weight shifting, coordination, and postural training); and aquatics classes geared toward balance and coordination. The physical therapist also may teach specific strengthening and balance exercises that can be performed at home. If necessary, the physical therapist will refer you to other medical professionals, such as an ophthalmologist or neurologist.

For more information contact Lake Arrowhead Physicial Therapy owned by Mountains Community Hospital at 909-337-0844.

29099 Hospital Road Suite 106 in the Medical Office Bldg next to Mountains Community Hospital. For more information, visit our website at


We do not stop moving

because we grow old…

we GROW old

because we STOP MOVING.


Have you stopped moving because of neck, shoulder, back, knee or ankle pain?


If so, please stop in and discuss with our staff how

Physical Therapy can help you get moving again!

Should You Lose Weight on Fad Diets?

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Mountains Community Hospital answers the question, "Should I lose weight on a fad diet?"

Fad diets of many varieties have been around for decades. And while people may lose weight on them, most fad dieters are prone to gaining back every lost pound almost as quickly as the weight comes off.

Throughout the years, thousands of companies have made millions of dollars promoting diet pills and drugs. But, unfortunately (a) most do little to help in the long-run and; (b) sometimes, the ingredients cause serious side effects.

The sad truth is that many people spend their lives trying to lose weight. Remember the old grapefruit and cottage cheese diet? How about the liquid diets like Slim Fast and Opti Fast, the Hollywood Juice Diet or the Cabbage Soup Diet?

The problem shared by many dieters who go on is that most diets limit nutrients as well as entire food groups like carbohydrates or fats. Since eating only two or three food groups is not practical for a lifetime, most people simply don’t stay on the associated eating plans. So they quickly regain their lost weight.

The physicians at Mountains Community Hospital encourage patients to lose weight when necessary cautioning the use of common sense. If you’re eating a high calorie diet but failing to exercise, you’re not likely to lose weight for the long-haul. Exercise for half an hour each day is encouraged. Swimming and/or walking are great ways to start.

The best way, but not necessarily the fastest way to lose weight, is to follow a healthy eating plan that includes the basic food groups that balance carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Each of these components provides something different that is vital to our bodies. Vitamin C protects against infection. Vitamin E helps support the immune system, etc. If you’re on a fad diet that eliminates necessary nutrients, you are, in effect, depriving your body of daily nutritional requirements.

In the last several years, many people have been jumping on the surgical weight-loss bandwagon, having procedures such as the Lap-Band or gastric bypass. These surgeries reduce the stomach to a fraction of what it was or bypass it completely. So they may work well for some. But drastic measures come with risks. Patients with serious diseases such as Diabetes need to seriously weigh the pros and cons about having surgery against potential complications and even life-threatening diseases.

According to WebMD, people who undergo gastric bypass surgery may lose more weight than their dieting counterparts. What’s more, “banding” tends to be safer than gastric bypass—at least in the short term.  If a patient has Diabetes and is taking a number of medications, he/she may need a more serious surgical intervention than what is afforded by a Lap-band procedure. Remember, surgical procedures are never “One Size Fits All!”

If you think you should lose weight, please discuss it with your Mountains Community Hospital physician. He or she can help you plan a diet and exercise plan that is safe and sane so you can live a long and healthy life.