Monthly Archives: July 2012

Relax, it’s Just Yoga

Jeanie StaskoJeanie Stasko is a Health Educator for Rex Wellness Centers who blogs about fitness, exercise & overall healthy lifestyle topics.

Last weekend I decided to make a commitment to myself that Yoga would become a part of my weekly routine. You’re probably thinking that scheduling another activity is the last thing you need. But in reality, it is scheduling a time for relaxation.

I can think of over a million things I need to do every day but in terms of benefiting my health, I should really make my yoga class a priority (and make it one for the rest of my family too). Read more…

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It’s a Brand New Day… Jennifer N.’s Story

Jennifer N.’s story is part of UNC REX Healthcare’s Brand New Day patient story series. After an indoor rock climbing accident, Jennifer nearly lost her left arm. But with Rex doctors and nurses by her side, she never lost hope.

My name is Jennifer Nicely and I am an athlete. I am a surfer, a runner, a swimmer. Most of all, I am a rock-climber. And three months ago, I almost lost my arm. I was bouldering at my gym late Wednesday night on April 4. In this form of climbing, when you fall, you land on a crash pad. I have taken falls countless times before. Falling is a very common part of climbing, and bouldering specifically. Unfortunately, what happened to me on this night can be considered nothing short of a freak accident. I took a bad fall essentially from the top of the boulder. When I came down my fall was uncontrolled and I had my left arm hyperextended in front of me. I landed on my hyperextended arm and basically bent it 90 degrees the wrong way. It was immediately obvious that I’d severely dislocated my elbow, but the internal damage would not be discovered until hours later, on the operating table. Nobody was anticipating the damage I had just done. Read more…


Walking: Make Every Step Count

Walking is perhaps one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy. Unlike other fitness activities that require special equipment or a membership fee, all you really need are a healthy pair of legs and feet, some good walking shoes and a safe place to walk.

If you’re new to fitness, you’ll probably start feeling some of the benefits—like a better disposition and improved stamina—pretty quickly. In one study, 18 overweight, sedentary women were given pedometers (small devices that count your steps) and instructed to take 10,000 steps each day. After just a few weeks of increased activity, the women reported a greater sense of well-being and were found to have lower blood pressure and better control of their blood sugar. Read more…

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Biggest Loser Casting: Behind the Scenes

Ashley HoneycuttAshley Honeycutt, RD, LDN is the Manager of Corporate and Community Services for Rex Wellness Centers. She blogs about nutrition, wellness & healthy living.

In case you missed the news, auditions for the Biggest Loser TV show were held at the Rex Wellness Center of Knightdale on July 14 – the same day as our facility’s Grand Opening celebration. I knew we had a busy day in store. Eager to get started, I arrived before 7am, ready to face the chaos. I knew that contestants would arrive early, but I didn’t expect there to be at least 200 people already in line as the sun was rising. Read more…

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Sunscreen: True or False?

Dr. David TsaiPost by David Tsai, M.D. of Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs. Dr. Tsai is the medical director at Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs. He is a board certified family physician with a focus on primary care and sports medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tsai, please call (919) 552-8911.

Summer is finally here and the sun has been scorching. Are you a master of the tan or a raisin ready to happen? Read on to find out which of the following statements are true or false.

  1. SPF (sun protection factor) indicates protection from UVA and UVB.
    False! SPF is only a rating on a sunscreen’s ability to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVB causes sunburn and skin cancer. UVA causes skin aging/wrinkles and skin cancer.
  2. SPF 30 is 2x’s better than SPF 15.
    False! SPF 15 products block about 94% of UVB rays, and SPF 30 products block 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 products block about 98% of rays.
  3. Read more…

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What a Pain in the……Jaw!!

Brian TrabulsiBrian Trabulsi, MPT, ATC is a physical therapist at Rex Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation in Raleigh.

According to the National Institutes of Health, upwards of 10 million Americans suffer from a common diagnosis of TMJ. Various types of jaw or facial pain are often grouped as TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is comprised of the temporal bone (in front of the ear) and the top of the mandible (jaw). This joint is actually quite complex consisting of an upper and lower compartment. When you open your mouth, the lower compartment spins or rotates followed by a gliding or sliding motion in the upper compartment as you continue to open. Read more…

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Mind Full or Mindful?

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

I was eating lunch at my desk about half a year ago, quickly wolfing it down in the 15 minutes before the afternoon session started. The following is a list of everything I was thinking and doing in that 15 minutes:

  • Eating (of course)
  • Answering patient messages
  • Refilling medications
  • Intermittently answering questions from passersby
  • Figuring out what to make for dinner
  • Making a grocery list
  • Charting patient notes from the morning
  • Making lists of gifts I needed to get for birthdays
  • Making a list of chores I needed to complete that evening
  • And on and on…

What did I eat? No idea. What did it taste like? No idea. What did I get done? Not much! I got a lot of partial stuff done, probably forgot to do some stuff. Also, at the end of my 15 minute break I felt stressed! Read more…

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