A snack to hike with – Brenda’s Power Bites

Brenda's power bitesNeed a portable source of fuel for a long hike or bike ride? Want a trail snack that isn’t simply candy in disguise? Brenda’s Power Bites are your solution! Recipe courtesy of Brenda Andreasen, instructor for TMC Wellness.

Ingredients

3 c oats (regular or quick cooking)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut (optional)
1/4 c roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2/3 c dried dates, finely chopped
2/3 c dried apricots, finely chopped
2/3 c dried cherries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c almond butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 c agave nectar (or honey)

Note:  Feel free to use any combination of dried fruit and nuts or seeds of your preference.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats and cinnamon.
  2. Use a food processor to chop the sunflower seeds and coconut. Add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Combine dried fruits and vanilla extract in the bowl of the food processor. Coarsely chop the fruit. (The extract will aid the blades in the chopping process.) Add fruit to dry ingredients.
  4. Add nut butter and agave nectar to the rest of the mixture. Combine well until mixture begins to stick together.
  5. Form mixture into 1 inch balls.
  6. Place balls in an air-tight container, separating layers with wax paper.
  7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow oats to absorb moisture.

Makes about 60  ½-ounce balls

Nutrition Information (per 2-bite serving)

Calories:  130
Total Fat:  6g
Saturated Fat:  1g
Protein:  3g
Potassium:  175mg
Sodium:  85mg
Carbohydrate:  16g
Fiber:  2.5g

5 Reasons why you need a primary care provider

5 reasons why you need a primary care physiciaWhy do you need a primary care provider?

You feel fine. No major illnesses, the occasional sniffle, and that niggling headache of course, and your mom just got diagnosed with high cholesterol, but you? You feel fine. You haven’t seen a doctor since you had to rush into urgent care that weekend two years ago.

The time to go to your PCP is when you’re sick right? You don’t have time right now.

WRONG!

Establishing a relationship with your primary care provider has all kind of benefits:

  1. Try getting in to see a provider quickly if you don’t have a primary care provider.
    They’ll want you to have had a new patient appointment to get a history and baseline information first. Those long appointments are usually at set times and not as flexible as regular appointments. Having a PCP established means the office is more able to squeeze you in for a quick appointment or call you back to discuss an issue and get you back on your feet and maybe back to work quickly.
  2. Back on the road to recovery
    A primary care provider can follow up and make sure you’re on the way to recovery following a visit to urgent care or an emergency room.
  3. Keep you up to date
    Whether it’s a new flu strain or new wellness screening guidelines, your primary care provider can help you stay current on vaccinations and preventive screenings maintaining your good health.
  4. A medical professional who looks at the whole you
    Your cardiologist is worrying about your heart rate, your neurologist your seizures, but who is looking at the big picture? Your primary care provider can oversee management of your overall health – your PCP  is able to see results from all specialists and able to get the big picture. And because your PCP has a relationship with you, he or she can help come up with a plan if you have complex medical needs. Which leads us to:
  5. Someone you can talk frankly with about your health concerns
    With a relationship that develops over time, a primary care provider can better understand what matters to you with respect to your lifestyle choices, health goals, etc. Building trust and a connection is an important piece of the relationship between a patient and a primary care provider. If you have a good relationship, it is easier to share those pertinent factors that you might be shy about otherwise.

Don’t have a primary care provider? Let us help you find one today! Call (520) 324-4900

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Make summer snacks fun, tasty and healthy

Summer snack 3Summertime brings vacations, warm weather and great food. The TMC and TMCOne Clinical Dietician Kallie Siderewicz offers some tips to make summer food fun, tasty and healthy.

Healthy doesn’t mean boring

Try a peanut butter and low-fat Greek yogurt dip for fruit. Ranch seasoning also gives Greek yogurt the yum factor for dipping veggies.

Other fun dishes include fruit kabobs, apples slices topped with peanut butter, coconut, and chocolate chips. A summertime favorite is fruit coated with frozen yogurt.

Cool off by infusing water or tea with lemon, lime, berries, oranges, mint, or rosemary.

Summer snackFor an adult beverage, try light beer, a glass of red wine or liquor mixed with water or diet soda.

High-calorie pitfalls

Before hot summer days have you reaching for a frozen coffee drink – remember that a small serving can have over 500 calories. Sodas and most sports drinks offer hard-to-burn calories with no nutrition.

For adults, mixed drinks usually combine alcohol and sugar, piling calories on top of calories.

Fruit salads made with fruit canned in heavy syrup can have as many calories as pie and cake, especially if you add marshmallows and whipped cream.

Don’t forget water

Water is the absolute best thing you can give your body. It hydrates, helps cleanse and cool. Another good reason to drink water – it can aid in weight loss.

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Kallie Siderewicz is a clinical dietician at the TMCOne Rincon location. She also provides nutrition services at Tucson Medical Center.

COPD: Sorting out misconceptions and medication mismanagement

“It’s like breathing through a straw.”

“Most days, I feel like a fish out of water gasping for air.”

“It takes me three times longer to accomplish everything due to shortness of breath and lack of stamina.”

Dr. William Abraham Board-Certified, Internal Medicine TMC One

Dr. William Abraham
Board-Certified, Internal Medicine
TMC One

That’s how some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, describe life with their condition. It’s one of the most common lung diseases and it makes it difficult to breathe. According to the COPD Foundation, more than 24 million Americans, including more than 343,000 Arizonans, have been diagnosed with it. There are two main forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis, which involves a long-term cough with mucus, and emphysema, which involves damage to the lungs over time. Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.

Smoking is the main cause of COPD, but in rare cases, nonsmokers can develop emphysema. Other risk factors for COPD include exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace, exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution, or frequent use of cooking fire without proper ventilation.

Symptoms include a cough, with or without mucus, fatigue, many respiratory infections, shortness of breath that gets worse with mild activity, wheezing and trouble catching one’s breath. There is no cure for COPD, but there are many things you can do to relieve symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse.

Medicines used to treat COPD include inhalers (bronchodilators) to help open the airways, inhaled or oral steroids to reduce lung inflammation, and anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling in the airways. But there are a lot of common misuses with these medications.

Dr. William Abraham is a board-certified internal medicine physician with TMC One who has more than 30 years of experience. He sorted out some of the misinformation about popular medications in hopes of getting you to breathe easier.

Rescue inhalers: When are you puffing “too much”?

Short-acting bronchodilators or “rescue inhalers” are commonly used when a patient becomes short of breath. These are usually albuterol, under the brand names of ProAir HFA, Proventil HFA and Ventolin HFA. The liquid form may also be put in a nebulizer. They are designed to bring quick relief and work by relieving spasms in the airways or bronchial tubes. For inhalers, doctors usually prescribe two puffs every four to six hours as needed for shortness of breath or wheezing. While these medications provide instant relief, it’s important to keep in mind that they can also affect the heart and cause an irregular or a racing heartbeat. Using a rescue inhaler as it’s prescribed tends to only help the lungs although it’s not uncommon for some patients to notice their heart beat just a bit faster.

With COPD patients, the problem develops when they are short of breath and their condition is quickly becoming so severe that they start using their rescue inhaler significantly more than is prescribed – sometimes every 5 to 10 minutes! These medications can become quite dangerous and induce potentially fatal, irregular heart rhythms.

Bottom line: Never use a rescue inhaler more than every four hours.

▪ Maintenance inhalers: Do they really need to be used every day?

Many patients with COPD also have long-acting bronchodilator and corticosteroid combination inhalers prescribed for them. The common brand names for these are Advair, Symbicort and Dulera. Unlike rescue inhalers, which provide instant relief, these medications become effective only when used over a long period of time. For example, the corticosteroid component must be taken for seven days in order to become completely effective! When used correctly, these inhalers can prevent severe wheezing and shortness-of-breath attacks or episodes when there is a lot more mucus produced than usual.

As a result, patients can absolutely feel the effects of these long-acting bronchodilator and corticosteroid combination inhalers. Since they find themselves needing their rescue inhaler less often, doctors say these maintenance inhalers have a good compliance rate.

Problems develop, however, when patients use their long-acting, combination inhalers once a day instead of the recommended twice a day in an attempt to save money. Keep in mind, the bronchodilator component is only effective for 12 hours. If you’re using one of these maintenance inhalers only once a day, that means that for half your day, your lung function will be significantly decreased while the medication is no longer active. Or, patients may only start using their long-acting, combination inhaler when they begin to feel sick and their breathing starts to suffer. By then, it’s too late in the game to be able to experience any real benefit.

Bottom line: All of these maintenance inhalers should be used every 12 hours every day in order to receive the maximum benefits of these medications.

▪ I was recently diagnosed with COPD. Realistically, what’s my quality of life going to be and is there anything I can do to slow down the progression of the disease?

Oftentimes, newly diagnosed COPD patients believe that they will gradually lose more and more lung function over the years. These patients also often think that how quickly they’ll decline is predetermined by aging and severity of the disease. A common misconception is that, eventually, their lung function will become so poor that simple breathing will become impossible. Realistically, however, there are many factors that determine how quickly someone’s lung function will deteriorate.

There are things COPD patients can do to preserve their lung function for as long as possible. Perhaps the most important: quit smoking. Studies show that patients with COPD who continue to actively smoke will have their lung function decline about twice as fast as patients who quit smoking. Regardless if you are diagnosed with mild, moderate or severe COPD, it is never too late to quit smoking. Even if your lung function is tempered by the disease, making it the best it can be will translate to a stronger ability to be active, and therefore, have a better quality of life.

Bottom line: Even if you have been diagnosed with COPD, it is never too late to quit smoking.

Dr. Abraham is available for same-day appointments including annual physicals
if you are finding it difficult to get in to your regular provider.
His office is located at 1396 N. Wilmot Road in Tucson, 85712.
Call (520) 324-2160 to make an appointment.

New report: Hispanics choose TMC over all other Tucson hospitals

HMO JPGThe Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently released the Hispanic Market Outlook for Southern Arizona. The inaugural report is the most comprehensive Hispanic market research report covering Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. According to the U.S. Census, Hispanics currently make up more than one third of Arizona’s population and by 2035 will be the majority of our state.

The Hispanic Market Outlook for Southern Arizona highlights where Hispanics are making a difference in areas like purchasing power, language and the media, birth rate, education, retail and health care just to name a few. This valuable information acts as a tool for local businesses as they work to expand operations and better serve their customers.

Health care highlights:

▪ Tucson area Hispanics represent one third, 67 percent, of adults receiving medical services. That translates to 245,749 Hispanics who have received any medical services in the past three years.

▪ In 2014, Tucson area Hispanics spent an estimated $370 million on health care services. That’s 18 percent of the total health care spending category.

▪ Hispanics used TMC more in the past three years than any other hospital.

▪ 39 percent of U.S. Hispanics are more likely than the U.S. population as a whole to be mindful of their healthy lifestyle and image. Looking good = being healthy.

“Tucson Medical Center’s Hispanic outreach initiatives have gained them first in market share in Southern Arizona,” said Lea Márquez-Peterson, president and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “As our community continues to grow, such outreach will be a strategic driver for TMC and other hospitals in the region.”

As Southern Arizona’s community nonprofit hospital, TMC is committed to improving the overall health of our local residents and promoting health equity. Part of that effort lies in supporting the needs of our Spanish-speaking patients within the walls of the hospital. In addition to Spanish medical interpreters on staff, TMC also has trained 90 bilingual employees for dual role interpretation.

TMC’s outreach efforts are focused on areas that are medically and economically underserved. Although those areas are spread throughout the community, TMC conducts a significant amount of outreach in areas with a predominately Hispanic population, including:

▪ Reaching more than 700 first graders at elementary schools such as Los Niños, Mission Manor and Cavett through Water Safety is for YOU!

▪ Providing booster-seat and bike-helmet education at three Head Start centers

▪ Distributing more than 80 booster seats at La Fiesta de San Augustin in 2014

“The Tucson Hispanic Chamber is proud to highlight TMC’s commitment to our community. Their work with children, families and seniors has been a focus in their Hispanic outreach efforts. We need more companies and industries to support the Hispanic community like TMC,” said Márquez-Peterson.

A special thank you to the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
for spotlighting this information about our community!

Need a primary care doc? TMC One welcomes new internal medicine physician

Dr. Katie Kellogg Internal Medicine TMC One

Dr. Katie Kellogg
Board-Certified, Internal Medicine
TMC One

Mutual trust and respect are two things Dr. Katie Kellogg believes are essential for a successful relationship between a patient and physician. Dr. Kellogg is an internal medicine physician who is new to TMC One. Her focus is on helping her patients prevent diseases and educating them on how to best manage their health. Dr. Kellogg is available to treat patients at TMC One’s Wyatt office, conveniently located on the TMC campus.

Learn more about Dr. Kellogg, her approach to caring for others and how a personal experience impacted her decision to go into medicine. 

What is your background? 

I was born and raised in Southern Colorado. I attended Colorado College for my undergraduate degree. I then went to the University of Colorado for medical school and training. I practiced with Kaiser for a year before moving to Montana where I practiced for five years. I am delighted to now be in Tucson.

What inspired you to become a PCP?

I wanted to become a primary care physician because I have a desire to care for the whole patient rather than focusing on one organ or disease state.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

I wanted to come to Tucson because I love sunshine and the opportunity to be outdoors all year.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

Like all of America, I think the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is obesity and the medical problems that accompany it including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk for many cancers.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you, both in medicine and also outside of work?

I enjoy working with patients to prevent disease as well as helping them to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure. Outside of work, I mountain bike, scuba dive, camp and ride dual sport motorcycles.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a practitioner before they get sick?

We often focus on disease control in our country. Prevention of disease and promotion of wellness should be more emphasized. Often, by the time people realize they are sick due to a chronic illness, irreversible damage has already been done. By working with a provider to monitor overall health early on, many of the complications related to chronic disease can be prevented.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

The most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career is when my grandfather was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when I was age 13. We were extremely close. We played Cribbage and I cooked him dinner at least once a week while he was ill. Watching the illness affect him so quickly and watching the Hospice team help him focused me towards medicine.

How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I like to work with my patients as a team. I like patients to feel they have some control over what happens with their health. I feel that mutual trust and respect are essential in the patient/physician relationship.

Dr. Kellogg is located at TMC One’s Wyatt office, 2424 N. Wyatt Drive, #100, on the TMC campus.
Valet parking is available! Dr. Kellogg is acc
epting new patients.
Call (520) 324-TMC1 (8621) to make an appointment.

An annual physical: Do you really need one?

Dr. William Abraham Board-Certified, Internal Medicine TMC One

Dr. William Abraham
Board-Certified, Internal Medicine
TMC One

You’re healthy. You take good care of yourself and have no real ailments. Do you really need to make an appointment for an annual physical? “Absolutely,” said Dr. William Abraham, a board-certified internal medicine physician with TMC One, formerly Saguaro Physicians. “There are a number of medical problems that do not necessarily cause symptoms or obvious physical changes that someone without medical training may not recognize,” said Dr. Abraham. “These problems can often be detected during a physical, which is why it’s so important to see your primary care practitioner once a year.”

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, for example, is referred to as “the silent killer.” It oftentimes goes undetected, and can lead to a heart attack, stroke and even kidney failure. But it can be detected during a routine medical exam. Diabetes, or high blood sugar, can also cause those complications along with an assortment of other potentially devastating ones. How is it detected? A simple blood test. Also in this category – high cholesterol. It never causes symptoms, but can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Oftentimes people may not realize they have high cholesterol until it’s too late and they have suffered something catastrophic.

A routine blood test can also detect anemia, which can be a sign of undetected bleeding, malnutrition, vitamin B12 deficiency or numerous other possible illnesses. And it can easily detect other metabolic abnormalities such as decreased kidney function.

A once-a-year check of your heart also makes getting a physical invaluable. “When a practitioner listens to your heart or performs an electrocardiogram, they can detect heart disease such as atrial fibrillation. This common, irregular heart rhythm increases the risk of stroke but can be treated with medication to reduce your risk,” explained Dr. Abraham.

Your primary care practitioner can also examine your skin at a screening exam – a good way to detect pre-cancers and cancers of the skin, particularly in areas that are hard for someone to see on their own body, like their back or the top of their head.

One part of the Affordable Care Act requires that insurance companies cover 100 percent of an annual physical so that no co-pay is required, even with high-deductible insurance policies. The only exception is Medicare and certain Medicare managed care plans. It’s best to check with your insurance company about your coverage.

Dr. Abraham has more than 30 years of experience and is available for same-day appointments including annual physicals if you are finding it difficult to get in to your regular provider.

His office is located at 1396 N. Wilmot Road in Tucson, 85712.
Call (520) 324-2160 to make an appointment.

Rosemary Duschene: Bariatric surgery and hard work lead to a new life

RosemaryRosemary Duschene had grown weary of her diabetes – and along with it, her daily regimen of multiple pills, multiple shots and multiple complications.

“I happened to catch a commercial that said bariatric surgery improves the diabetic condition,” she said.  “I had been a diabetic for 25 years, and it was just becoming totally unbearable.”

With support from her physicians and loved ones, she underwent the surgery just over a year ago, and now reports her diabetic regimen is down to just one pill per day – with the hope that even that one last pill could become unnecessary.

“Within one year’s time I lost 65-70 pounds,” Duschene recalled, noting the lifestyle change was “really not so difficult!  TMC made certain everything was perfect before I became a candidate for surgery.”

After the bariatric surgery to assist her weight loss, she was quickly back on her feet and active. “I wasn’t used to sitting around, and now I had all this added energy and less weight to carry around, so it was easy to get up and move.”

She had a dog to walk, so that was a great motivator – but the biggest energy stimulus has to be Duschene’s 2-year-old grandson, always ready for a trip to the park.

“I let him run, and he chases me, and I chase him…I want so much to be a part of his life.  It’s hard to keep up with a 2-year-old, but it isn’t so bad any more!  I don’t get so tired. It’s just really great to feel so good.”

A promise made to TMC employees leads to a true investment in their health

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TMC’s Optimal Results Fitness and Wellness Center is where the hospital’s operating rooms were located before they moved to the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower

You could consider a new place a success when it’s barely been broken in, and expansion plans are already underway.

That’s exactly what’s happening at Tucson Medical Center’s Optimal Results gym.

The fitness facility was the brainchild of TMC President & CEO Judy Rich.  She told staff at an employee forum early last year that if they could reduce their health care claims by $500,000, she would build them a gym on campus.

Employees reduced their claims, and Rich made good on her promise. 

But that’s just where the story begins.

When TMC’s new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower opened up in May 2013, the newly vacated operating suites in the main part of the hospital sat empty, providing ample space for the project: 5,000 square feet.

TMC Vice President, Community Benefit Division, Julia Strange, took over the reins for the project, and assembled a group of about two dozen employees who created the Gym Committee.  The group tackled things like membership, equipment, and policy/procedures.

Renovations began in June, and by September, Optimal Results was open for business, with an employee membership costing just $12 a month. 

TMC Employee Wellness Specialist Amy Mattox was brought on board to make sure the place was comfortable – yet inspiring – for all employees.  It’s a role she embraces with an extensive personal training background and experience working with people of all ages and fitness levels.  “We’re targeting a lot of people who haven’t been in an exercise facility for a very long time.  We’re trying to encourage these people to take control of their wellness and try fitness again.  At the same time, we’re trying to provide regular gym-goers with a clean place that features state-of-the-art equipment in which they can continue to challenge themselves.  We want to make getting in shape convenient for everyone.”

Speaking of convenience, Optimal Results is open 24/7 – perfect for staff who work early morning, night, or overnight hours.  For Judy Lesson, a Lead Transcriptionist who’s been with TMC for 20 years, it could not be any easier to incorporate exercise into her day.  “The gym is about two feet from where I work, so I really don’t have an excuse not to go,” she laughed. 

Judy Lesson TMC Lead Transcriptionist

Judy Lesson
TMC Lead Transcriptionist

Lesson’s lunch hour is now spent on the treadmill, doing strength training, or taking a group exercise class.  “I’ve done jazzercise for 30 years.  I’ve never been part of a traditional gym, so this is all new for me,” she said.  “I love doing different things, and I think every employee should consider taking advantage of what’s available to us.  It’s truly a win-win for everyone.”

Lesson is one of more than 600 employees who have become members in the two short months the gym has been open – a number that continues to grow – and continues to surprise Mattox.  “Membership is way higher than we thought it would be at this point.  We thought we’d be at 300, maybe 400 people by now – so to have 600 employees sign on to swipe their badge, and get ready to sweat – it’s fantastic,” she said.  “Employees are always surprised by how well equipped Optimal Results is.  I think people thought it was going to be similar to a small hotel gym.  When they come in and see how big it is, and see the amazing equipment we have, they get very excited very quickly.”

The synergy machine provides a Crossfit-style workout

The synergy machine provides a Crossfit-style workout

For now, the gym has two cardio rooms with treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, as well as a full free weight area.  There are plate loaded weights for strength training, as well as a room with stacked weights – in order to accommodate everyone.  There’s also a roomy multipurpose area where group classes happen, including yoga, Zumba, core class, and spin.  Another room has a large synergy machine in it.  “We’ve started a circuit class using this machine in which people get a Crossfit type workout,” said Mattox. 

Another weight lifting area will be created with the 700 square feet that will be added early next year.

Spin classes are popular among employees

Spin classes are popular among employees

“The best part is seeing so many people come in who haven’t used a fitness facility in many years, and being inspired to try exercise again – that’s enough for me,” said Mattox.  “These are people who – if this gym wasn’t right here for them, they would never go down the street and sign up at a traditional gym.  By providing this, and making it a perk of employment, we’re encouraging them to step outside the box a little bit.  They’re now making physical activity part of their daily routine, they’re healthier and happier for it, and they’re having a blast.”

It’s that enthusiasm that Mattox and other TMC leadership hope will spread like wildfire across the Tucson community.  They’re optimistic that by leading the way, and encouraging wellness among the 3,000+ employees at TMC, it will inspire Southern Arizonans to take control of their health, focus on preventative care, and get moving.

TMC to host a monthly farmer’s market, beginning next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, Sept. 3, TMC will host the first of many monthly farmer’s markets at LifeGain Park, behind the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower.

The market, which is open to the public, will run from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Featuring over 20 vendors from Tucson and Phoenix, visitors will be able to browse and buy tasty treats ranging from fresh, organic produce, to scrumptious pastries, fresh juices made on site, gourmet cheeses and grass-fed, organic and FDA-approved meats. There will also be various products offered such as candles, lotions and jewelry.

Additionally, if shopping makes you hungry, there will be build-your-own salads and paninis to munch on or bring home for a quick, healthy dinner.

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Milestone: Monday’s ‘Meet Me at Maynards’ will be MMM #200

Meet Me at Maynards, the weekly free social walk/run in downtown Tucson (with support from TMC!) , will celebrate its 200th consecutive Monday on Feb. 4, 2013. Here’s the full story from the MMM press release:

Meet Me at MaynardsMeet Me at Maynards (MMM) began on April 13, 2009, with a small group of volunteers. The event ‘stuck,’ growing each week and quickly becoming a fixture in downtown Tucson.  After outgrowing the patio space at Maynards Market and Kitchen, 400 to 600 “MMM Athletes” gather across the street at Hotel Congress each Monday (rain, shine and holidays) between 5:15 and 6:00 pm…They walk or run a route designed to show-off Tucson’s downtown and 4th Avenue. The MMM cheer of “GET OUT” expresses the goals to get out and exercise, get out and make friends and get out and support our community.  More than 18 local eateries welcome the participants with MMM discounts and provide gift certificates for the free raffle at the conclusion of each evening. Perhaps it is just a coincidence that downtown Tucson has come alive and vibrant in the past three years, but total attendance of 80,000 at MMM may have something to do with it.

MMM has partnered with six downtown fitness venues, including O2 Modern Fitness, Yoga Oasis and Armory Park Center and the Y, to offer discounted prices for alternative exercise opportunities, such as indoor cycling, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, gym workouts, etc. Classes correspond with the MMM schedule so that people can check in, do their chosen exercise and be back at Hotel Congress for the live band, awards and drawing.

MMM offers incentive prizes to those meeting milestone attendance – eight times earns a free MMM T-shirt, 15 a MMM running cap, 50 a MMM pin and 100 earns a much coveted royal purple Century Shirt. Several athletes and volunteers have attended more than 165 times:

  1. Doug Kluge                 191 visits
  2. Julie Kluge                   186
  3. James Passannanti       182
  4. Denise Leahy               179
  5. Marjorie Becklund       169
  6. Gary Carstensen          169
  7. Roma Krebs                 165

These athletes and volunteers proudly refer to MMM as “family,” creating a feeling of community and a sense of pride where they live and play. Although many may not have known much about downtown before, they now know where to see historic and beautiful sites, and where to park, eat and drink and be entertained. One example of their sense of pride is Trash Night on the third Monday of each month. Since its inception three years ago, at the suggestion of MMM Athlete Julie Kluge, more than 850 bags of unsightly trash have been collected. In fact, a frequent refrain is there is no longer enough trash to fill their bags

MMM is sponsored by:

  • Tucson Electric Power
  • Tucson Medical Center
  • The Running Shop
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Providence Service Corp.
  • Jim Click Automotive
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Tucson Orthopaedic Institute

Meet Me at Maynards was developed and is hosted by Meet Me Concepts, owned by Jannie Cox, her husband David Syverson and Randy and Tia Accetta.  Expanding the idea of healthy communities is a goal shared by the founders and volunteers.  Meet Me at Maynards will celebrate its fourth birthday on April 1, Meet Me at La Encantada will celebrate its first birthday on Wednesday, March 6th, and in Boise, Idaho Meet Me Monday is celebrating six months.

GET OUT!   www.meetmeatmaynards.com

 

Color Vibe at Tucson Medical Center

TMC got just a little more colorful on Saturday, Dec. 1 when Color Vibe came to town! TMC hosted this unique event with a two-mile circuit of its campus totaling 3.1 miles (a 5K run/walk). At strategic locations throughout the course, participants were pummeled with “magical color powder” made from food grade quality cornstarch using an advanced manufacturing process that has been custom developed for the Color Vibe Race Series. It is non-toxic, 100% safe, and also biodegradable. As with any substance, you will want to keep it out of your eyes and lungs.

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More than 3,000 Tucsonans of all ages showed up for this first-for-Tucson event ready for fun, decked out in tutus, fairy wings, colorful socks and more. When the day was done, they were a bit fitter and a lot more colorful than when they started.

“It was such a fun event,” said Julia Strange, Vice President, Community Benefit, for TMC. “I heard a number of people along the way comment that this was their first 5K – what a fabulous thing and such an amazing way to get enthusiastic about fitness.”

The event wasn’t just fun and games. Color Vibe donated over $6,000 to Girls on the Run of Southern Arizona.

Special thanks to Michael Rausch for the fabulous photos included in this blog. Mike is a long-time friend of TMC who moved out-of-state several years ago. He was visiting for the weekend and shot these amazing photos.


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