Follow Your Heart and Join the 2012 MPS Heart Walk Team
START! Phoenix Heart Walk
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Tempe Beach Park
8:00 am: Registration
8:30 am: Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am: Start 5K American Heart Walk
10:00am: Heart Healthy Festival Begins
Help us achieve our goal and have over 500 MPS walkers at the event.
Teams have already been formed at the following schools and/or departments.
School/Department Teams Team Captain
Brimhall Bobcats Dennis Esparza
Bush Bobcats Lynette Smith
Curriculum Service Center Mary Jane Strickland
Eisenhower Generals Jean Shimon
Emerson Eagles Beth Marchen
Franklin NE Firebirds Tracey Marr
Franklin West Firebirds Meg Bowman
Team Guerrero Henry Yniguez
Keller Elementary Lynette Kaspor
Lincoln Cougars Dorothy O’Neal
Lowell Roadrunners Lora Potter
O’Conner Tasi Owen
Red Mountain Ranch Challengers Sandy Zimmerman
Roosevelt Rough Riders Krista Leichtman
Salk Striders Stephanie Wilkins-Johnson
Smith Sidewinders Brenda Hogan
Stevenson Stallions Emlyn Lydford
Westwood/Carson APE Donna Lovetro
Don’t see your school or department?
Join the general Mesa Public Schools Team with Kelly Kron as the Team Captain
Start a team and become a team captain at your site. Contact Kelly Kron at email@example.com for more details.
Register online by clicking HERE
Start Walking Challenge January Winners
Since December 1st, participants of the MPS-Start Walking Challenge logged over 6,680 hours of physical activity and walked 72,690 miles.
We are proud to announce the January winners:
Most Total Steps: Holly Yamakawa- Skyline High School
Most Total Minutes: Lisa Krone – Professional Development
Drawing Winners: Lisa Faber- Franklin Northeast Elementary
Pamela Peters – Pomeroy Elementary
Each winner will receive a $30 Visa Gift Card.
M.O.M. knows best!
Sign up for your annual mammogram provided by Mobile Onsite Mammography coming to a MPS location near you.
To make your appointment and verify insurance, please call
1-800-285-0272 or (480)967-3767 and have your insurance card available. Insurance coverage with United HealthCare, BCBS, Cigna, and other select carriers are accepted. Uninsured patients pay: $167.00.
M.O.M. offers the Full Field Digital Mammography and CAD Computerized reading and can now accommodate breast implant patients.
1407 N Alta Mesa
1630 E Southern Ave
Material Dist. Center
143 S Alma School
63 E Main Street
Curriculum Service Center
549 N Stapley Dr
1501 W Guadalupe Rd
Mesa Junior High
828 E. Broadway
Red Mountain HS
7301 E Brown Rd
4949 E Southern
1860 S Longmore Dr
Smith Junior High
10100 E. Adobe Road
Mountain View HS
2700 E Brown Rd
Move Toward a Healthier You!
Sign up for a brand new 4-part Nutrition Education Seminar Series
Debby Pool, MHN, is a nutrition educator, speaker, and advocate for better health through better nutrition. She delivers her message with passion, energy, humor and insight that transform the way you view health and nutrition choices. She will encourage and inspire you to take that first step toward better health.
When: Thursdays, March 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th
Time: 2 class times will be offered at 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.
Site: Administrative Services Center, Room 303, 63 E. Main St., Mesa
Cost: The only cost to employees is a $15.00 fee for class materials.
To Register: Please contact the wellness coordinator, Kelly Kron at 602-255-8510. Space is limited to 30 participants each class time. You are registering for the entire 4 part series. For 1 time classes, please see the online registration below for our Winner’s Circle Seminars.
Week 1: Health Assessment, Goals, and Nutrition Basics
In this session, we’ll review class objectives, take a personal health assessment and each participant will spend time discussing goal setting for what they would like to achieve in 2012. We’ll begin our review of all the basic nutrients that our bodies need for good health and gain a basic understanding of the role that each one plays.
Week 2: Nutrition Basics and Foods that are contributing to Poor Health
We’ll continue our review of basic nutrition concepts and spend time looking at the foods that contribute to poor health. The goal of this session is to gain a good understanding of the impact that different foods have in the body so that healthier choices can be made.
Week 3: Know Your Food Labels
One of the keys to better nutrition is knowing how to read and interpret food labels. In this session, we’ll review the basics of reading food labels and spend time looking at several examples to give participants hands-on practice.
Week 4: Portion Control, Eating Out, Recipes, and Online Resources
In this session, we’ll discuss proper portion sizes, how to make healthy choices when eating out, recipes, and other online resources to help you move towards a healthier lifestyle. We’ll close the session with participants developing their own personal plan for better nutrition.
Other Upcoming Wellness Seminars
All Seminars are FREE but require registration. Please click HERE to register.
Topic: Food for Optimal Fitness
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Site: Administrative Services Center, Room 303, 63 E. Main St., Mesa
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Description: One of the biggest issues people face when going on a fitness plan is not eating enough or not eating the right foods before and after workouts and before bed. I will teach you how to sandwich your workouts with the proper pre and post workout meals and how to set the metabolism up for fat burn while you sleep!
Nominate a Colleague for Wellness Champion of the Year
Do you know someone who exudes happiness with a healthy lifestyle…..a person who exemplifies wellness to those who know them?? For example, do they regularly walk, hike, work out, play sports or practice yoga? Do they cook healthy foods and bring in healthy snacks for co-workers? Does their healthy living incorporate a healthy attitude?
Most importantly, do they not only live a healthy lifestyle, but encourage healthy habits for their family, friends and peers, leading by example? Have they exhibited this healthy behavior over a long period of time, and inspired others toward healthier ways of living?
Please take a few minutes to tell us about this special individual and nominate them to receive the MPS-WIN! Wellness Champion of theYear Award.
Any Mesa Public School Employee who has demonstrated a commitment to personal wellness may be nominated. Past Wellness Champion of the Year recipients will not be considered. Past honorable mention winners may be re-nominated. Complete the nomination form and submit to the Employee Benefits Department. Nominations will be accepted from January 11 – February 24, 2012. Nomination forms are also available on the MPS-WIN! website. Two Honorable Mentions and one Wellness Champion of the year will be announced in March and featured in an upcoming Wellness Newsletter, the MPS-WIN! Website, and presented with an award plaque at the March 27, 2012 Board Meeting.
2012 Wellness Champion of the Year Nomination Form
Past Wellness Champions of the Year
2011: Janet Clark Mesa JH Cafeteria
2010: Dolores Ulibarri Special Education Department
2009: Doug Larish Mesa High School
2008: Yvette Rangel Westwood High School
Heart Healthy Herbs
Submitted by guest writer Kathleen Gould of Southwest Herb
These days we all seem to be under stress. Even if you have no symptoms and your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are within safe range, stress may be your downfall. Families, work, mortgage, children etc. are a part of all of our lives. It is more important than ever that we know about a handful of herbs and foods that have been proven to help prevent heart and cardiovascular problems.
Garlic (A food that is cheap, easy to use and readily available)
Christopher Hobbs, renowned botanist, herbalist & teacher, highly regards Garlic as the world’s most respected medicinal plant and says not only does it have thousands of years of historical medicinal usage, but it has also been the subject of numerous research studies published in 1,100 scientific articles, of which there have also been about 258 research studies on the cardiovascular effects of garlic, which represents a major amount of research. These studies show:
- Garlic can reduce the tendency of the blood to form life-threatening clots (possibly leading to heart attack or stroke) by adding as little as 2/3 of a clove per day to meals. The ability of the blood to destroy clots that may be forming is increased by 50 to 80% when using even 1 clove a day. The best advice about taking garlic seems to be--eat it raw, cook with it, take it as a supplement--but do use it every day.
- Garlic has only moderate blood-pressure-lowering effects, and it must be taken regularly for any significant benefits, but even the modest 7-10% that double-blind studies have shown can be helpful for people taking garlic for its other stronger effects.
Christopher Hobbs also says of Hawthorn: “The best known herb for the heart in western herbalism is Hawthorn. The extract of Hawthorn can increase blood flow to the heart muscle itself, helping to counteract one of the most common modern causes of death in industrial countries—heart attack, due to the lack of blood flow to the heart. Test have shown to improve the contractility of the heart muscle (which can lead to a stronger pumping action of the heart), steady the heartbeat (anti-arrhythmic effect), as well as increasing the heart’s tolerance to oxygen deficiency, such as might happen during stress or excitement, or in diseases where the arteries are partially blocked.”
James A. Duke, PhD, Former Economic Botanist with USDA Germplasm Resources Laboratory Scientific Consultant says, “An ounce of Hawthorn is worth a pound of cure. It's loaded with heart-smart oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs) and bioflavonoids, which can help keep your heart rhythm regular and prevent a variety of heart problems.
Got anxiety? The botanical name of Motherwort is Leonurus cardiaca. Leonurus – Lion, and Cardiaca – Heart. When we need the heart of a Lion. When we need to be calm yet strong. Traditionally used by midwives for a variety of purposes, including uterine tonic and prevention of uterine infection in women, many herbalists have used it throughout history with great success for the “emotional heart”. Motherwort doesn’t take the hurt away but instead allows us to step outside the stressful situation and observe from the outside so we are able to better deal with the situation.
According to Susan Weed, renowned herbalist and author: “Freaked out? Upset? Take a dropper full of Motherwort! Distressed about something that might happen? Or might have happened? Take Motherwort! Women with the premenstrual crazies take Motherwort. Frenzied children take Motherwort. Menopausal women take Motherwort. Motherwort heals the heart. It is, in fact, one of the world's best heart tonics. Its name means "lion hearted" or "strong hearted." Daily use helps new blood vessels grow to the heart.”
Although there are many other wonderful herbs that can benefit the heart and circulatory system, just start with these three and see for yourself the amazing healing that plants can offer. If you are new to herbal healing, check with a qualified herbalist on the herbs that may be right for you.
Kathleen Gould, Herbalist RH (AHG)
148 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
Tell Diabetes "Not Me"!
Find out about the brand new diabetes prevention program included in your UnitedHealthcare Benefits.
Are you living with Diabetes? Click HERE to learn more about the Diabetes Control Program
You may be at risk for diabetes, but that doesn't mean you're destined to get it. For many people, diabetes can be prevented and even potentially reversed. Committing to a healthier lifestyle—a better diet and more activity—may help you tell diabetes "NOT ME".
Want to start today? Our Diabetes Prevention Program will help you on the road to success. Specially trained lifestyle coaches and small classes will help you live healthier—and can either delay or completely prevent you from ever developing diabetes.
Here are some tips to help you on the road to success:
1. Lose extra weight—and keep it off. While you don't have to be overweight to develop diabetes, being overweight or obese increases your risk. But you don't have to go on a major diet in order to avoid diabetes. Even losing five percent of your body weight can reduce your risk significantly.
2. Get moving. Couch potatoes are more likely to gain weight and develop high blood sugar. So skip the sofa and take your show on the road. And forget about that "no pain, no gain" mantra: Simply walking for 150 minutes per week can help cut your risk of developing diabetes by more than half.
3. Keep tabs on your health. Team up with your doctor to ensure you're getting every support you need to avoid diabetes. Be sure you get a blood glucose test if you have risk factors for diabetes. (Not sure if you do? Answer six easy questions to find out with our diabetes assessment.) And make sure you're managing any other health problems you may have, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which can be contributing factors to developing diabetes.
4. When in doubt, make the healthier choice. Go for baked or grilled foods, not fried, and load your plate with dark, leafy greens instead of starchy sides. Keep in mind that even healthy foods—like lean meats, fish, veggies and fruits—can cause weight gain if eaten in excess, so make sure that you keep the portion sizes in check.
5. Bulk up on fiber. Whole grains and fiber are essential to a healthy diet, whether you're at risk for diabetes or not. But skipping refined carbs like white rice, white bread and regular pasta in favor of whole grain products like brown rice and whole wheat pasta can help lower the risk of diabetes by slowing down the release of these sugars into the bloodstream. That helps keep the blood sugar level at a more even keel.
6. Skip the saturated fats. Butter, mayo and other products may taste good, but they don't do your body any good—and can increase the risk of developing heart disease, in addition to diabetes. Switch over to the more heart-healthy olive and nut oils to get your fat.
7. Track your carbs. Sugars, starches and fiber won't cause diabetes, but they do raise your blood sugar level. To really help you see what you're eating, keep track of your carb eating, paying close attention not only to how many carbs you eat, but what types they are. (For instance, a few slices of whole wheat bread would be a better choice than a big slice of chocolate cake.) Ask your doctor for advice on your carb limits, and how to ensure you're eating the healthiest diet possible.
Once the first steps have become healthy habits, you can commit to a new lifestyle change to help you win the fight against diabetes. Want more motivation?
Check out our Diabetes Prevention Program, where trained lifestyle coaches can help you tell diabetes, "NOT ME."
DPP Research Group. New England Journal of Medicine. 2002;346:393
Seven Tips for People With Prediabetes to Avoid Developing Type 2 Diabetes, UnitedHealthGroup
Disney on Ice
Join the celebration as 65 Disney characters from 18 Disney stories come to life in Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at the US Airways Center from April 12-15. Mesa Public Schools employees may purchase discounted tickets for the 11:30 am show on April 14 and the 5:30 pm show on April 15.
The Wellness Newsletter is published for employees of Mesa Public Schools. The Wellness Newsletter is produced by the Employee Benefits Department. Questions and comments are welcome. Please write to Director of Employee Benefits, Judy Cato, Mesa Public Schools, 63 East Main Street #101, Mesa, AZ 85201-7422.