MAKING THE BEST OF IT
Tips help take the stress out of holidays
The American Council on Exercise has come up with its "Top 10 Tips for Suriving the Holidays."
1. Don't set unrealistic exercise goals. Exercise 20 minutes a day instead of an hour.
2. Talk a friend or family member into exercising with you.
3. Take time for yourself. Set aside at least five minutes to relax.
4. Create more active holiday traditions. Instead of throwing a cocktail party, try ice skating or flag football.
5. Forget trying to lose weight. Try to eat smaller portions.
6. Drink water. It counters dehydration from travel or drinking alcoholic beverages and it may quell your appetite for food.
7. Spread out meals. Eat dinner early, then take a walk before having dessert.
8. Keep the number of alcoholic drinks to a minimum.
9. Don't aim for perfection. Enjoy the imperfections.
10. Laugh. It's a stress reliever.
Pharmaceutical official to discuss hepatitis C
Robert Seik, medical science liaison with Valeant Pharmaceuticals, will discuss treatment of hepatitis C from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Life Foundation, 677 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 226.
Patients, family members and professionals who work with people with the disease are invited to the free community forum.
Seik will discuss options for people who don't respond to treatment for hepatitis C. About half of those treated for the disease are nonresponders or "relapsers," according to the Hepatitis Prevention, Education, Treatment & Support Network of Hawaii.
The network and Infectious Consultants, Hawaii, are sponsoring the presentation. For more information, call 221-6204 or e-mail KenAkinaka@aol.com.
Author offers advice for healing after pain
Barbara Altemus, family therapist, life coach and author of "The Gift of Pain, Transforming Hurt into Healing," will present a free seminar from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Castle Medical Center.
"Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul: Keeping Yourself Healthy and Empowered" is the topic of the seminar, to be in the Wellness & Lifestyle Medicine Center auditorium.
Altemus will focus on how to become more empowered by setting goals for life-changing benefits.
Seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 263-5400 or register online at www.castlemed.org.
Electronic wheelchairs free for those in need
Senior citizens and disabled people who are nonambulatory can get a free electronic wheelchair from Wishes on Wheels.
The wheelchairs are available to those who cannot walk or are unable to operate a manual wheelchair sufficiently and safely enough to care for themselves in their residence, the agency said.
For those who qualify, there is no charge or additional expense for the chair to be delivered by a technician, who will make individual adjustments and show how to use and maintain the chair. Users must be able to operate a joystick controller on the armrest and understand basic instructions.
Applicants must get a doctor's approval and recommendation for a power wheelchair.
Call 800-823-5220 or visit www.threewishes2.com for details of the program.
Wishes on Wheels' main purpose is to provide another option to allow seniors and the disabled to remain independent in their homes.