What: Fundraising Breakfast for Battle Ground HealthCare
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017– 8 a.m.–9 a.m.
Where: Heathman Lodge Vancouver
(We promise to have you out the door in an hour!)
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kristin at 360-213-3042 or Kristin@SimplePleasuresEvents.com.
Battle Ground HealthCare has been providing health, hope and healing since 2011. Focused on the whole person, we provide care that surrounds the patient through treatment, education and support, all designed to bring health, wellness and hope.
Battle Ground HealthCare has been serving the Clark County community since May 3, 2011. We offer medical, dental, rehabilitation and chronic pain services as well as vision referrals to individuals in our community up to 300% of the federal poverty level. These services are available to those ages 18–65+ who have no health insurance, health insurance that does not cover the service or who are unable to access those benefits.
Dear Friends of Battle Ground HealthCare,
Spring is a lovely time of year: the days are warm and sunny, birds are singing, trees and flowers are blooming. Spring is full of promise, hope, excitement, and new energy.
In 2016 we ended the year by providing a total of $105,000 worth of dental services (serving approximately 50 patients a month)!
Our newly added Rehabilitation Services which includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical massage, & chiropractic services is growing rapidly. We are averaging 40 visits a month over the various disciplines and we have a waiting list.
Our Chronic Pain Course is also experiencing growth. We have a waiting list of people who would like to get into the nine- week program. Our next class is starting April 25th. We are excited to see referrals coming in from Community Services NW, Molina HealthCare, Vancouver Clinic, individual, our ad in the Reflector, and other community partners. This course is making a difference in people’s lives!
Vision referrals are improving the quality of life of many of our patients who have not had the opportunity to ‘see clearly’ for years. Our community partners, Richardson Eye of Battle Ground and Watters Vision Care, Inc. have been partnering with us since November 2016 to bring much-needed vision exams and providing glasses and extended referrals if necessary to our patient’s comprehensive scope of care.
Our Medical clinics are growing as well. We are adding an additional monthly clinic so as to serve the increasing demand. We are delighted to be serving more families in the community since we have been blessed with some very talented bilingual volunteers.
Below is a story from Nancy and David who found the clinic and the benefit they have experienced through the integrated care and case management services:
Grasping a page from the Reflector in her hand, Nancy opens the door to the building and started down the hallway. Approaching the first person she saw she pointed to the article and said “Is this where I find this clinic? Can you help me?” Nancy and her friend David had been homeless and living in their car for two months after having moved here from another state. Their prescriptions were running out, their health deteriorating and they needed help to even cover basics like food. The article in the Reflector describing Battle Ground HealthCare and their new Rehabilitation Services program caught their attention and gave them a glimmer of hope. They were not disappointed. Nancy was able see a physician, physical therapist, chiropractor, join the chronic pain program, obtain glasses and get assistance with medications and obtaining health insurance benefits in Washington. David has been able to see the physician, physical therapist, obtain glasses, been referred for mental health assistance, join the chronic pain program and get assistance with medications. Both Nancy and David were also referred to the Adventist Community Services in the building to assist with food and clothing. David proudly came to the pain class a few weeks ago, with a wide smile stating “Look at these glasses. What nice frames. Now I can see.” Nancy was so grateful for the programs we were able to offer them, stating “Everyone has been so nice. This has really helped more than you can know.”
Spring brings smiles to our faces; it is a time of new awakenings, bright sunny days, a time of revitalization. Please help us to add a smile, the promise of hope, health and healing in the lives of those in our community who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to afford their health care premiums and are at or below the 300 percent of federal poverty level. Your gift can be made by mailing your check to Battle Ground HealthCare, 11117 NE 189th St. Suite 216, Battle Ground, Washington 98604 or you may also go to our safe and easy online donation page to make your gift now. (www.battlegroundhealthcare.org)
It is through your donation and support that we are able to continue our program which costs $12,000 a month to operate and make a difference “one person at a time”. Thank you for helping us build a healthier community. May you be blessed this Spring season as you have been a blessing to so many!
Susan K. Neal, MAOM, BSN, RN
At Battle Ground HealthCare clinic, we offer a Chronic Pain Management Class, called “Taking Back My Life” where patients suffering with Chronic Pain conditions learn how to better manage their symptoms and to improve their life. Next to classes on Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Mental Health, we offer nutrition information on a healthy lifestyle that has a positive effect on pain management.
More and more research shows that there is a strong connection between diet and pain. Mostly there is a link between diet and inflammation, which is our body’s response to injury or infection. While this normal immune system response is important for healing, sometimes inflammation can become chronic. Long-term inflammation is linked to several diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease, and it contributes to chronic pain.
Although the exact reason in unclear, it’s believed that certain foods offer protection against inflammation, while other foods might actually encourage inflammation.
Pro-inflammatory foods (contribute to increased inflammation): most processed foods as they are high in unhealthy fats, added sugars, preservatives and refined carbohydrates. Deep-fried foods, pastries, processed cereals, white rice, white potatoes, sugar, white breads and red meat are also pro-inflammatory foods.
Anti- inflammatory foods: these foods have anti-inflammatory or analgesic properties that can help relieve pain. They may include:
- Fish and other foods that contain omega-3 fats, like salmon, tuna, trout as well as soy-based foods, walnuts, pecans and ground flaxseed.
- Antioxidant-rich foods: colorful fruits and vegetables, such as leafy greens, avocados, beets and berries. Antioxidants can prevent, delay or repair some types of cell and tissue damage. Antioxidants include vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals, such as vitamin C, E, carotene, lycopene, and flavonoids. A wide variety of other foods are also rich in antioxidants, such as lentils and beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains, green tea and certain spices, such as ginger and turmeric.
Patients who follow a strict vegan or Mediterranean diet have seen a complete turnaround in their pain symptoms, according to pain management specialist William Welches, DO of the Cleveland Clinic. He says getting regular exercise, controlling stress and eating a healthy diet all work together to reduce inflammation and chronic pain.
Practically speaking, there are three basic things to know in order to eat a healthier diet and fight off chronic pain:
- Eat the rainbow: Consume 8-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
- Restrict dairy and simple grains: eat dairy products in limited quantities. When choosing grains, stay away from simple carbohydrates and refined sugar. Opt for whole grains, including barley, buckwheat, oats, quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat.
- Avoid red meat: Eat a more vegetarian type of diet with legumes (beans, lentils) and nuts as the protein source or add fish as your “meat” a couple times per week.
“Nutrition that supports a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods is the key to reducing inflammation and to chronic pain management”, Dr. Welches says. “Although there are no magic foods, putting the right combination of foods into your diet can produce remarkable results.”
Compiled by Anne J. Lamberton DrPH, MPH, RD with the help from the two following articles: “How an anti-inflammatory diet can relieve pain as you age” by Chronic Conditions Team of Cleveland Clinic, 11-6-2015 and “Nutrition and Pain” by Mayo Clinic, art. 20208638, 2017.
While usually eating fresh vegetables and freshly made wholesome entrees is preferable, there are times when it’s very convenient to have a readymade frozen meal in your freezer. During the winter months, there could be days where going to the store to buy your ingredients is difficult because of bad weather. At other times, the cook in the family might be sick or unavailable. In those times, having some extra food in the freezer is a quick and viable alternative. There are a several ways to fill your freezer:
- When you cook a meal, make a few extra portions, and freeze those. This works especially well for soups and for entrees. When you are already cutting up onions, carrot, and celery for a soup or entree, it really isn’t that much extra work to chop the veggies for a double recipe, and then freeze the extra. I almost always do this when I make lasagna, potpie and/or bean soups (like lentil or split pea soup, black bean soup etc), and the reality is that the dish tastes even better after it has been frozen, as the flavors have had an opportunity to blend.
- Purchase frozen vegetables at the grocery store and keep them in your freezer to eat with basic staples that you may have in your pantry like potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, whole grain pasta and brown rice. Plain frozen vegetables (not the ones with extra sauces) have no added salt or added fats and have good nutritional value. It’s convenient to have them available in your freezer.
- Purchase frozen entrees at the grocery store. When you do this, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Select a meal with 350-500 kcal per serving. To limit unhealthful fats, find frozen entrees with no more than 2 g of saturated fat and no transfat.
- Sodium content is probably the worst and most common offender in most frozen foods, so be on the lookout for sodium content. The average healthy person should consume no more than 2,400 mg of sodium per day. Read labels carefully and choose entrees with no more than 600 mg of sodium per serving.
- Look for entrees with at least ½ cup of vegetables, ½ to 1 cup of whole grains and a protein source of at least 14 grams, so that your meal will have the components of a well-balanced home cooked meal.
- Plate your frozen meal on a regular plate, and serve it with some fresh fruit, or a salad. Make your frozen entrée your own: i.e. if it’s a pasta meal, add some cut tomatoes, or fresh basil and some parmesan cheese. It will look and taste more like a home cooked meal, and can still a healthy but fast and convenient option.
- Remember that frozen foods in your freezer eventually will get freezer burn. The amount of time that you can keep foods in your freezer without it going bad varies. Bread products get freezer burn the quickest, and may taste bad after a couple months. Vegetables, entrees, and soups stay good longer. Store bought entrees have an expiration date on them, so keep an eye on that. When I freeze food myself, I always write the date on the food container with a sharpie, so when I look to take something out of the freezer, I know how long it’s been there.
By Anne Lamberton DrPH, MPH, RD
Some of the information in this article is based on “Healthier Frozen Foods” by Maura Keller in “Today’s Dietitian”, October 2012