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Life in Balance Decisions, Decisions The choices we make each day profoundly affect our health E ach new day brings a multitude of choices: What to wear? What to eat? When to take a break? When to go to bed? Because many of us lead such busy lives, we may not realize how our daily decisions add up to significantly affect our health today and over the long run. Vim & Vigor is designed to help you make smart choices, every day. We know that health advice seems to change all the time. But there are some daily habits that are tried and true. Try to make a habit of getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Sleep restores our mind and body but also helps us maintain our weight and even prevent heart disease. (See page 26 to make sure your day involves sleep-inducing habits.) Fill your shopping cart with fruits, veggies, nuts and other whole foods. The verdict is still out on whether taking a daily multivitamin is a good idea. But more evidence is showing that getting your vitamins from whole foods, rather than a pill or processed boxed foods, is your best option. (Turn to page 22 for other “healthy” habits that may not be so good for us after all.) Get up and move for at least 30 minutes. This can be a difficult choice to make, but sitting too long can undo all the good when you exercise. And if your job or hobby has you hunched over a computer or other device, it can lead to neck and back pain. (See page 52 for tips from a UVA spine specialist on how to combat these ailments in our technology-driven world.) If you haven’t already quit smoking, don’t wait any longer. And make sure the young people in your life don’t start. Mary Southall’s story on page 49 shows us how the choices we make early in life can have a profound effect on our health. Although she gave up smoking long ago, today she struggles to breathe as one of a growing number of women who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Most important, don’t ignore symptoms. Bob Donnelly of Lake Monticello, Va., had a suspicious-looking mole checked out by a dermatologist. It turned out to be a fast-growing melanoma. But caught early, the cancer hadn’t spread, so several weeks after surgery, Donnelly was back on the golf course, making a smart decision by wearing lots of sunscreen. Yours in health, Susan Kirk, MD University of Virginia Health System 2 Fa l l 2 013 A FAmily HeAltH mAgAzine From tHe University oF virginiA HeAltH system To update your address, send Vim & Vigor to a friend or access the magazine online, go to or call 888-882-9892. vice President and Chief executive officer, University of virginia medical Center R. Edward Howell marketing Director Chris Sullivan regional editor Kelly Casey regional Art Director Diane Butler ProDUCtion editorial VP/Content: Jeff Ficker Editor-in-Chief: Sally Kilbridge Editors: Erin Feeney, Matt Morgan, Ellen Olson, Tom Weede Copy Editor: C.J. Hutchinson Design Art Directors: Rod Karmenzind, Kay Morrow, Pamela Norman Production Senior Production Manager: Laura Marlowe Special Projects Coordinator: Jenny Babich Imaging Specialist: Dane Nordine Production Technology Specialists: Julie Chan, Sonia Washington Circulation VP/Business Intelligence Group: Patrick Kehoe Postal Affairs & Logistics Director: Joseph Abeyta Client serviCes Executive VP/Sales: Chad Rose, 888-626-8779 VP/Client Services & Strategy: Paul Peterson Account Managers: Carey Ballard, Gerry Kubek, Kirsten Markson, Barbara Mohr, Ryan Smeets ADministrAtion Vim & Vigor Founder: J. Barry Johnson Chairman: Preston V. McMurry Jr. Chief Executive Officer: Matthew J. Petersen Chief Operating Officer: Fred Petrovsky Chief Financial Officer: Clarke Rea PO Box 800224 Charlottesville, VA 22908 Vim & Vigor,TM Fall 2013, Volume 29, Number 3, is published quarterly by McMurry/TMG, LLC, 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602-395-5850. Vim & VigorTM is published for the purpose of disseminating health-related information for the well-being of the general public and its subscribers. The information contained in Vim & VigorTM is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. Vim & VigorTM does not accept advertising promoting the consumption of alcohol or tobacco. Copyright © 2013 by McMurry/TMG, LLC. All rights reserved. Subscriptions in U.S.: $4 for one year (4 issues). Single copies: $2.95. For subscriptions and address changes, write: Circulation Manager, Vim & Vigor,TM 1010 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - University of Virginia

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - University of Virginia
Life in Balance
Feeling Weighed Down?
Out of Rhythm but Not Options
Step It Up
Your Mightiest Muscle
Well, Well, Well
Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?
Is Your Shut-Eye Serving You Well?
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge
Anatomy of an ER Visit
Next-Gen Surgery
Attack from Within
Virtual Health
Struggling to Breathe
Heads Up
A Swing and a Hit

Vim & Vigor - Fall 2013 - University of Virginia