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HEALTH " I B8 Wednesday, January 24, 2018 li i i i EMILY WELLS There's a remedy for holiday weight gain - grab your walking shoes KEARNEYSVILLE - The h01i, including local gyms and businesses, holiday season, may be challenging yourself to go a days are over, leaving fond memories of the lazy days spent with friends, family and of course all the delicious food! Unfortunately, for many Of us, we' re also left with an extra pound or two gained during this time. Holiday weight gain is no joke. On average, a person gains a pound between November and January, and research has found that the extra pound is usually not lost throughout the rest of the year. For a certain num- ber of community members, they took the steps to prevent the pound and some even shed a few by partici- paring in the "Maintain Don't Gain" program. "Maintain Don't Gain" is an annual challenge hosted by WVU Extension Service and made possible through multiple community partnerships. Participants "check in" to the program in November by weighing themselves at one of the designated weigh sites, Participants receive coupons forlim- Although the holidays and "Main- ited free access at local fitness centers rain Don't Gain" are both over, it's and over the next six weeks, a week- never too late to take charge of your ly newsletters packed with health and own health. The No. 1 New Year's res- fitness educational tips to inspire them olution is either to get in shape or lose to make healthy choices over the holi- weight, but many don't know where day season, to start. It's simple - start by walking. Following New Year's Day, par- Adding just 30 minutes of walking ticipants return to the same site and each day can add years to your life. "check out" of the program by again Use this as an opportunity to spend weighing themselves to determine if quality time with kids, spouse or oth- they have met their goal of maintain- er family members and walk togeth- ing weight. This year, the 14th year er. If you're not physically active, start for the program in Jefferson County, small- 10 minutes at a time, and focus we saw 64 percent of participants el- on your posture and breathing. You ther maintained or lost weight over the can then set short-term goals, which tittle further or walk a little faster. Work your way up to long-term goals over time, such as walking for an hour straight, jogging or participating in a 5K. Whatever your personal goal may be, remember a healthy lifestyle doesn't happen overnight! - Emily Wells is an extension agent with the WVU Extension Service in Kearneysville Shingles'. let it By BFIUCE HOROVITZ Kaiser Health News Shingles tried to kill me. Like an insidious invading army, the virus that more commonly causes chickenpox in children attacked the right side of my head, leaving me ,permanently deaf in my right ear, Shingles at- you the way it got me cally comes with shingles because it wasn't vis- ible. I'm a swimmer and that tiny rash was, at that moment, hidden behind ear-plug-induced earwax. The doctor tried but failed to remove the wax, so she was not able to look fully into my ear. She did not suspect the virus and told me to take ibuprofen three times daily and acetamino- phen as needed - and to rest. She failed to di- ~/!~i/!ll~/~i ~, ,;, agnose my unconventional form of middle-ear- based shingles that strikes only 2 in 1,000 shin- gles patients. '.most destroyed my vOice box, too, and it caused Bruce Horovilz (shown in thin family photo Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus wlth his wife, Evelyne, with daughters (no relation to genital herpes). After a bout of :my right eyelid and lower lip to temporarily Rebecca, left, and Rachel) had been on chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in your body :droop. vacation when he was sidelined by an two : It struck out of nowhere. One day I was in Outbreak of a rare form of shingles. ! for decades and reappears when your immune Ocean City, Md enjoying spring break with my system is likely less robust later in life. Stress :f y. The next day, I was knocking on my doc- and in clinical trials posted a 98 percent effective also may play a role in the onset, although that s tor s door in agony after feeling as though some-" rate for one year and 85 percent for two years, not medically proven, Sampathkumar says. ;one was repeatedly jabbing and twisting a butch- the company says. It is given in two doses. Shingles continues to affect me five years after ier knife inside 'my head. That pain was actual- Shingles will strike 1 in 3 Americans during. detection and quick action - seeing a doctor and my initial outbreak. For one thing, I'm exhaust- !ly an acute inflammation of the nerve endings in their lifetimes - most between ages 60 and 70. getting on antiviral drugs and oral corticosteroids ed, both physically and mentally, by 10 psn. :my eardrum. Folks in their 60s get shingles at roughly twice - may save days of pain and discomfort, each night. Even worse, I live with a nonstop, Now, five years later, having won my wretch- the rate as folks in their 50s, reports the CDC. Any suspicious rash on the face should be high-pitched tinging in my right ear, a condition ied battle with the virus, I have some advice for The vaccines are your best armor against the treated as soon as possible because of the risk of known as tinnitus, which I've taught myself to ;fellow middle-agers: Get the shingles vaccine, disease that has gradually but steadily increased shingles attacking the eye or ear, advises Dr. Pri- ignore. :Particularly if you've reached the big 5-0. among Americans, primarily because we are liv- ya Sampathkumar, an infectious-disease expert I've also learned how to strategically position The shingles shot used to be for folks 60 and ing longer. The new vaccine is expensive: about and associate professor of medicine at the Mayo myself in a room, car or dinner table so I can hear :up. But a new and more effective vaccine target $280 vs. about $220 for the old vaccine. Insur- Clinic. what's being said. I've learned the delicate art of ing the 50-and-older crowd was approved late ante providers generally cover the cost, but un- The most common complication of Sifingles aiming my left ear toward whomever is speak- 'last year by the Food and Drag Administration til now, have mostly limited reimbursements to is post-herpetic neuralgia, severe pain in the dr- ing - kind of like a cop aiming his radar gun at :and recommended by an advisory panel of the people 60 and up. That is likely to change with eas where the shingles rash occurs. About 1 in 5 speeding drivers. 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. the new vaccine being aimed atyounger people, people with shingles will get PHN, estimates the Besides the shingles shot, there are other things The old shot Zostavax (fr0rnMerck), made 'People should get the vaccine whether or not CDC. The risk of PHN also increases with age. that people 50 and older can do to fend off an with the live shingles virus, has been recom- they recall having had chickenpox because more I was 59 when shingles sucker-punched me. outbreak. Sampathkumar suggests paying close mended for those 60 and older since its approval than 99 percent of Americans age 40 and older My head felt like someone had just screwed it attention to three fundamentals: ample sleep, more than a decade ago. Given in a single dose, have had chickenpox, even if they don't remem- into an invisible vise. My body felt too weak to regular exercise and good nutrition. it reduces the risk of developing shingles by 51 ber the episode, says the CDC. be my own. And my brain had a hard time pro- That's worked for me -- for now. Doctors say percent, says the CDC. For most people, the first stage of shingles be- cessing any of this. shingles can return, though it's unlikely. I'm do- The new vaccine, Shingrix (from GlaxoSmith- gins as a slightly painful rash with tiny, clearblis- But I wasn't the only one caught off-guard, ing everything in my power to make sure that Kline), without live vires, targets folks 50 and up, ters around the chest or belly. This is when early My doctor did not see the telltale rash that typi- first ran-in was also my last. 238 W. Washington St. in Charles Town 304-725-3186 Volunteers needed to work in the food pantry 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays