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Live Healthy Sioux County offers incentives for teams to achieve weight loss and fitness goals

Members of the community are encouraged to gear up for a fun 100 days of challenge and inspiration as part of the “Live Healthy Iowa” initiative. A friendly competition among towns in Sioux County is part of a collaborative “Get Healthy Sioux County” program, where teams of 2 to 10 people can compete for prizes while getting in shape.

The Orange City registration dates are Tuesday, January 18, and Wednesday, January 19, from 7-9am, 11:30am-1:30pm, and 4-8pm at the Orange City Area Fitness Center on Highway 10 East. To sign up a team prior to these dates, call 707-9494 or email [email protected] Cost is $20 per person ($5 off with the HyVee coupon).

The fee includes prizes and incentives, a T-shirt, magazine subscription, weekly fitness and nutrition tips, free workouts at OC Fitness and Northwestern College student center on select dates, and free informative Lunch-n-Learns. The first 30 people to sign up will also receive a free pedometer.

Locally, this program is sponsored by Orange City Area Health System, together with the City of Orange City, Northwestern College, Orange City Area Fitness, Therapeutic Health Services, and Orange City Physical Therapy.

Stonerock Award given by Home Health Aide Digest
Laura Pluim, a member of the Orange City Home Health & Hospice staff, was named Home Health Aide of the Year by Home Health Aide Digest. According to the national publication, “Laura has distinguished herself, not just as a Home Health Aide who gives outstanding care, but as an example of lifelong commitment to home care.” Pluim was nominated by her supervisor Jeanne Jungers, Orange City Home Health & Hospice manager, and featured in the “Spirit Profile” of the July/August 2010 issue of the Digest. She received a Stonerock Award recognition plaque and a check for $400. “We were deeply impressed,” reported Nathan Unseth, publisher of the Digest, “not only by her humble confidence, but by her practical viewpoint, her versatility in dealing with home and hospice care, and her deep spirituality.” More information about Orange City Home Health & Hospice can be found at ocHealthSystem.org.

Orange City Area Health System doctor offers natural reproductive alternatives

Harrison Hanson, MD, a family practice physician with Orange City Area Health System, has completed the first phase of the FertilityCare™ provider education phase of the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System in Omaha, Nebraska. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is a standardized and scientifically based program that offers couples a high degree of effectiveness to achieve or avoid pregnancy.

“This system of fertility care is morally and ethically sound,” explains Dr. Hanson, “in a reproductive world where technologies often present such challenges to individuals.”

Women of any reproductive age — regular or irregular cycles, breastfeeding, coming off the birth control pill, infertility, pre-menopause — can effectively use the system.

“This is something every woman should know about her body,” shared one Creighton Model user and course participant.

During the first nine-day phase of the course that Dr. Hanson completed in Omaha, topics included artificial and Natural Family Planning methods, anatomy, physiology of the human reproductive system, and the psychological and philosophical aspects of sexuality. This education will include a supervised practicum, and another seven-
day education phase in Omaha in the spring. This unique program is offered by Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in affiliation with Creighton University School of Medicine. After the 13-month education program is complete, Dr. Hanson will be eligible to become an affiliate with FertilityCare Centers of America.

Dr. Hanson is part of the team of 15 family practice physicians and mid-level providers — and one of seven who provide Obstetrics care and services — at Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), which

includes four medical clinics, specialty clinics/services, a hospital, birthing center, surgical services, diagnostic imaging, two nursing homes, a senior living facility, and home health and hospice.  More information about OCAHS can be found at ocHealthSystem.org.