Physical Clinics planned
St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics has scheduled their sports physical clinics for 2010. They will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 3 at the Cottonwood Medical Clinic on Monday, June 7 at the Nezperce Medical Clinic and Tuesday, June 8 at the Kamiah Medical Clinic.
The $25 charge is payable at time of visit. SMHC donates $15 back to the schools to help support their athletic programs. No appointments are necessary and any student can be seen at any clinic regardless of the school they attend or the community in which they live.
“If students attend the sports physical clinics we’re offering at the beginning of June it is a true cost savings for them, plus their schools also benefit. SMHC does this as a public service,” said Stephanie Wagner, SMH Clinic Coordinator. “We can certainly perform the sports physical exams at any time in any of our clinics, but if a student has it done during one of our three established times we can offer the reduced rate and donate back to their school.”
According to the Idaho School Activities Association, students entering 7th, 9th or 11th grade and all new students must have a current sports physical form on file with the school prior to beginning team practices. Health history forms are available at each SMH clinic or through the schools. The clinics also have an immunization form and a form requiring a parental signature which authorizes a right to treatment and a HIPAA statement allowing the clinic to forward the information to the school. Immunizations will be offered during the sports physical clinics at no cost.
Students should fill out the front side of the Idaho Health Examination and Consent Form and bring that form and the others to the clinic. They should also bring a copy of their immunization history. Students should wear shorts and loose fitting clothing and bring their glasses or contact lenses.
Hospital campuses are tobacco free
St Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and their satellite clinics will become tobacco free next week on June 1st. Use of tobacco products on campus will no longer be allowed by patients, visitors or employees.
“We are joining the vast majority of health care facilities across the state and nation,” said Mary Curtis, CVHC Respiratory Therapist. “The decision was made for the health and safety of our patients. Our health care providers will work with their patients to discuss alternatives such as nicotine replacement therapies when inpatients are admitted to the facility.”
Smoking in cars in the parking lot or elsewhere on campus will not be allowed. There will be no designated smoking areas on any campus affiliated with SMHC or CVHC. The campuses have installed outdoor signs designating the area as a tobacco free zone and signs within the buildings will remind people that no tobacco use is permitted.
“We anticipate our patients and visitors will understand our reasons for implementing our tobacco free policy. We are concerned with the health and well being of our patients and staff. Protecting everyone from the effects of second hand smoke is one of many reasons for adopting the new policy,” said Faunda Butler, SMHC Respiratory Therapist.
Triathlon clinic offered
Christine Hauger-Knight, Groaners Fitness Center, is offering a free clinic for people interested in participating in the Fourth Annual Camas Prairie Triathlon being held in Grangeville August 13-14. The 90 minute clinic will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8 at the Super 8 Motel in Grangeville as part of the Our Health Our Community slate of forums. The public is invited.
“The clinic is not only designed for triathletes, but for anyone interested in learning more about sport training and the benefits of cross training,” said Knight, a professional athlete and fitness trainer. In December, she finished third overall female in the Tuscon Marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She is currently training for the World Duathlon Championship being held later this year in Scotland. Her website, www.ulbfit.com, lists her many athletic accomplishments.
Hauger-Knight’s workshop will include information on proper equipment, basic weight training, stretching for the multi sport athlete, recovery during training, brick workouts, race week nutrition and planning for your triathlon. “We’ll cover a bit of every thing and leave plenty of time for questions and answers for participants who are just beginning to train to those who’ve been involved in sports for years,” said Knight. “Hopefully, the clinic will keep people from making rookie mistakes whether it’s a person’s first triathlon or their fifth.”
“This is a golden opportunity for people who want to learn more about keeping their bodies in optimal physical shape. Christine will address nutritional needs, exercise to avoid injury and other pertinent topics,” said Gary McEwen, PT, Grangeville Physical Therapy. “She is very knowledgeable, has tons of experience and we’re fortunate to have her expertise available in our area. I hope people will attend this free clinic whether they plan on being in the triathlon or whether they just want to learn more about cross training.”
The August Camas Prairie Triathlon which includes swimming, biking and running is sponsored by Our Health Our Community which is a collaborative effort amongst Groaners Fitness, Grangeville Physical Therapy, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics and the University of Idaho Extension service.
The triathlon will feature a youth event on Friday, August 13th . The adult race will be held on Saturday, August 14th. Distances in the adult component are a 300 yard swim, an eight mile bike ride and a three mile run.
The triathlon training clinic will be held at the Super 8 Motel on Highway 95 at the intersection of Highway 13 in Grangeville. Registration forms for the August event will be available at the training clinic. The forms are also available from each of the local sponsors. Call Grangeville PT, 983-2241 or Groaners Fitness, 983-7070, for further information.