Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Patient Tour of Rex Cancer Center

Susan Shadle was diagnosed with stage II triple negative breast cancer in January 2010. But with the help of Rex Cancer Center and support from her doctors, navigators, nurses and loved ones—she has been in remission since September 2010. See the Rex Cancer Center through the eyes of a patient as Susan takes us on a tour of the facility and the care services it has to offer patients on their cancer journey.

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It’s Not Your Average Cup of Tea

Ryan ConklinRyan Conklin is a Chef Manager for Culinary & Nutritional Services at Rex. His mission is to bring healthy, gourmet cuisine to the Rex community & shed the label of “hospital food.”

If you’ve been reading this blog for any time now, you’ll most likely agree that it’s obvious that our team takes healthcare cuisine seriously. In addition, we are also always looking for ways that go beyond food quality to elevate the hospital dining experience.

Recently, we’ve instituted our Afternoon Tea, available to select patients on a daily basis throughout the hospital. The new system, developed by Ben Kesterson, the newest member of our leadership team, was designed to create yet another “wow” dining event for our patients and families. Read more…

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10 Ways to Maintain, Not Gain, This Holiday Season

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

The holiday eating season is upon us. Don’t panic. Here are 10 easy ways to enjoy the holiday season without gaining weight:

  1. Spend your time talking and socializing to avoid overeating and drinking. It’s easy to unconsciously nibble or pick at foods at the holidays. Step away from the food table. Even better, move the party out of the kitchen! Read more…
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Avoiding Post Race Doldrums… Turkey Trot Anyone?

Post by Rodney Jenkins. Rodney is a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a Business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School System. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and his graduate degree from N.C. State.

So, you trained for months and completed that race you trained so hard for. Mission accomplished and as that old car commercial goes, “Oh What a Feeling.” And it is a wonderful feeling to reach that goal and celebrate your accomplishment with family and friends. So, what’s next for you? If you don’t know, if you don’t have a plan, you may be falling into the dreaded post race doldrums. Read more…

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The End of Super-Sized Sodas?

From towering skyscrapers to giant, flashy advertisements in Times Square, everything in New York City seems big. But starting in March, when you visit a movie theater or restaurant in the Big Apple and ask for an extra large soda, you’ll be told you can’t go that big here anymore. Read more…

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10 Power Foods

Do you sometimes feel as if you need super powers just to get you through a busy day? Good nutrition is one way to help you stay energized and healthy. The right food choices help prevent chronic disease, keep cholesterol low and provide energy. Try to include in your diet these 10 foods that pack a power punch: Read more…

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I’m an Ironman!

Post by Rodney Jenkins. Rodney is a Group Exercise Instructor at the Rex Wellness Center of Garner. He is also a Business teacher, a soccer coach and an athletic trainer with the Wake County Public School System. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette and his graduate degree from N.C. State. He lives in Raleigh with his new bride, Angie. In his free time, Rodney enjoys traveling, hiking and outdoor photography.

When Saturday, October 20 rolled around, it was hard to believe that 30 weeks of training were done and my wife Angie and I were standing on the beach of the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach along with 800 ironman wannabes. Before getting to this point, I had three “tests” to pass.

After a wonderful honeymoon cruise to Scandinavia, it was time to test the pinched nerve in my shoulder. On August 11, we drove to Hillsborough for our first century bicycle ride (100 miles). It was a great experience and relatively pain free but most importantly, I knew that I could cycle the 112 mile ironman distance. Test number 1 was done. Read more…

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The Cage in the Corner

Post by Jessica Tucker, Operation Manager at Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield.

Ever wondered in fitness centers what the “cage in the corner” is all about? You have seen a few people using it, but are still unsure how to approach. Meet TRUEStretch®. This is an upright stretch unit developed by physical therapist, Gary Gray. All stretching is conducted in the upright position and is accompanied by helpful photos that help guide positioning. Read more…

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Fall is Functional

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

Has anyone else noticed this is the year of the acorns? My yard is absolutely littered with acorns! I love the fall season; it’s my absolute favorite time of year to be outside. But it’s like walking on marbles out there!

So my choice is to either rake up the acorns now, or pluck 10,000 little oak trees in the spring. I’m going to go with the rake.

Yard work is a killer workout. Actually, it’s a really functional workout. You’ve probably heard your personal trainer talk about making your exercise program functional. Read more…

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