Regional Health Report _ December 2015

Hello, and welcome to the Regional Health
Report. I’m Ann Krebs. This monthly program highlights the world-class
health care provided at each of our Regional Health Command-Atlantic medical facilities
to Soldiers, their families, retirees and other beneficiaries. Resilience and recovery are key tenants of Warrior
Care. Resilience is the strength and courage Soldiers in transition exhibit when fighting
for their health. Recovery is the progress they make after sustaining wounds, injuries
or serious illness. Both resilience and recovery were on display at Fort Bragg, North Carolina,
where Soldiers gathered to work toward qualification for the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior
Games. Sergeant First Class Aisha Austin reports. “One of the great elements that makes our country who we are is the American Spirit I don’t think there is any one singular event that demonstrates the American spirit. than what is going to happen here this week” The 2015 Warrior Games Regional Trials for the Regional Health Command-Atlantic, took place At Fort Bragg, North Carolina November 2nd – 6th. More than 40 wounded, injured or ill athletes representing installations across the east coast competed for the chance to go to Fort Bliss, Texas in February 2016 to prove their medal and vie for a place on the Army team. Active Duty Soldiers and veterans participating in the regional games competing in one or several of the events which included shooting, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track and field, and swimming. Mike Thomas, retired from Active Duty 5 years ago and continues to work with the military as a Department of the Army civilian. He had open-heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement 8 months ago and hopes to inspire other Soldiers who face an illness or injury to compete as a way to not only rehabilitate physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. “I mean the Warrior Games are the wounded, ill and injured sick version of the Olympics. So every now and then all three events happen in the same year The Warrior Games, the para-Olympics and the Olympics. But this version of the Olympics, if you will, and it is governed by the US Olympic Committee Is a phenomenal way for those who have served in uniform, in all services, to continue to lead their lives and and to live full, healthy and productive lives through sport and competition.” While the competition was fierce, the competitors still cheered each other on. Each one facing a different challenge that brought them to compete in the Warrior Games. “Well this is my first time competing in anything like this with the military. I’ve been in 24 years. And its really an honor to be here to meet the other WTB’s. Everybody is really worth the integrity and comradery. And cheering each other on regardless of where we are from. So it has really been a great thing to participate in.” The coaches who evaluated each of the athletes, looking to see who might make it to the Army team Each brought their own experience with them to the games. Jason Kimball, the cycling coach, was a member of the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion after his was injured in 2007. He started cycling as a part of his recovery in 2010 and began coaching last year. “It’s huge, any change I get to give back to the athletes I obviously take that opportunity. I’ve been in their shoes. I know exactly what they are going through and any way I can help them I will.” For the Regional Health Report, I’m Sergeant First Class Aisha Austin. Active duty competitors are assigned to Warrior Transition Units, which offer recovering Soldiers the dedicated time and place to heal. The Warrior
Games Army Trials will be held in February Fort Bliss, Texas. Soldiers and veterans
selected, will compete in the D-o-D Games at West Point, New York,
in June. Medical facilities in the region are adopting
a pre-natal care system called Centering Pregnancy. The program features built-in support groups
that can have a positive effect on pregnancy. Master Sergeant Jason Alexander brings us
the story from Fort Bragg. In Centering Pregnancy expectant mothers meet in groups of 10-12 once a month. They are with the same women and the same providers throughout their pregnancy. “We found that this type of pre-natal care model serves as a great way of support for women coming from all kinds of backgrounds in terms of whether a spouse is deployed, if they are a single mother, if their is any kind of stress in ones life. Being able to look at 11 other women around them at the same time, that serves as support for the pregnancy.” Marceal Johnson has been a midwife at Womack for 20 years. Since 2010 she has led centering sessions. They come in and then after they get their tummy measured, they listen to their baby and then the conversation just starts. We will start with a subject and you know if someone asks a question I’ll just say…I don’t what what does everybody else think? What would you do? What do you think? and then it starts from there. There are a lot of myths out there that are settled in a group setting like this.” While centering pregnancy works well for first time mothers, those with child birth experience also gain from the program. “Having had a child before I probably would have come into my appointment and said .. ya ya I got it I gotta go. Ya know…But knowing that I was going to be here for 2 hours and look at birth from everybody’s perspective reminded me of different questions that needed to be asked and reminded other people of questions that they maybe didn’t think about.” The two hours sessions include one hour of pre-natal care and an hour of group discussion. And the dad’s get all involved and they are actually funny. “We can be like..Hey what about this? Oh didn’t even think about that.” “And then, especially for me cause I have no idea what’s going on.” Just one of the couple of dudes that were showing up and looking at each other and like is this really happening right now?” “Ok, because we are really freaking out to.” “Did they really just say that?” The preparation expectant parents get during centering is clear when the pregnancy comes to term. When I am on labor and delivery I can tell the women who have been in traditional care versus women who have been in centering. “Women who are in centering, they are very knowledgeable about the labor process. About how everything works, and what to expect once they do get into labor. Not only that, but I find that a lot of women who do participate in centering The amount of triage visits that we see in labor and delivery are significantly less because these women are well educated and they know when they need to come in and they know what is normal and what is not.” Young Jung Carlo, just 8 days old at the time of filming, was a product of the centering program. “The whole experience was actually amazing. I keep telling everybody it was a lot better than what I expected. You hear good things and you hear bad things, but I really don’t have anything negative to say from this whole experience.” For the Regional Health Report, I’m Master Sergeant Jason Alexander. There are more than three thousand babies born at Womack each year. Centering is also available at Fort Drum Medical Activity at Fort Drum, New York. And finally… It’s often said that single Soldiers and
those with busy lives have a difficult time maintaining a healthy diet. Two Soldiers at
Fort Benning, Georgia decided to something about the problem. They host “Cooking Light,”
a video program that highlights good nutritional opportunities that don’t take a lot of time
to make. Captain Kristina Yavorski (Ya-VOR-ski) and Staff Sergeant Dorothy Nee-Rivera feature
recipes are barracks-friendly. The Winn Army Community Hospital dietary dueo demonstrate meals that can usually be prepared using a microwave oven. To see the show, go to YouTube and search, “Cooking Light-Episode 5.” And that’s the Regional Health Report for
December. Join us next year for another show highlighting healthcare across the region.
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