physical therapy and rehabilitation June 2020
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THE BEST PART OF SUMMER Better in a Stone Grill Many of my fondest childhood memories involve sharing big meals with my family. As a kid, we always ate well every holiday. That’s something my grandparents always made sure of. Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas all came with really good, big meals. This tradition of food also carried into our summers, when we were all about barbecue. Michigan doesn’t have a reputation for barbecue like other places in the country, but if you’ve been to Detroit, you’ll find no shortage of barbecue restaurants. From Texas-style barbecue to places serving up authentic Korean barbecue, it’s clear that people in Michigan love to grill meats. Even Flint has its fair share of barbecue places, usually influenced by some other part of the country. While the state of Michigan might not have its own style of barbecue, I think you’ll find something unique at every backyard barbecue that takes place through the summer. Bratwursts, country-style ribs, and grilled chicken breasts were always sizzling in my grandparents’ backyard. When I was young, my grandparents had a stone barbecue pit where they did all their barbecuing in the summer, with plenty of room for the whole family to hang out. This thing looked like a miniature house, complete with a stone chimney where the smoke could float out while my grandfather was grilling over the charcoal. I don’t know if that stone grill cooked meat better than other grills, but I do think that anything you have at your grandparents’ house is always good. It’s been years since I ate anything cooked on my grandparents’ stone grill. My grandmother passed away many years ago, and my grandfather now lives in a retirement home. We aren’t able to gather at my grandparents’ house anymore, but the family barbecues live on. Today, we meet at my parents’ house to cook up ribs and light fireworks on the Fourth of July. These cookouts are still one of my favorite summertime traditions. Food just tastes better when you eat it outside with the people you love. When I’m in charge, there’s always ribs and hamburgers on the grills. Those are my favorite summer foods. The secret to a great rack of ribs is all in the preparation. Get together a nice rub and make time
“I don’t know if that stone grill cooked meat better than other grills, but I do think that anything you have at your grandparents’ house is always good.”
to slow cook them. You can’t rush ribs and expect them to be good. Now, I’m not huge on sides — a good dish should stand on its own— but I will say that you have to have those King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls with your ribs. Those rolls are a must at every barbecue. After a rocky fewmonths, I’m really looking forward to some family barbecues. I hope you are all able to enjoy your summer, ideally with good company and great food hot off the grill.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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NASA Takes You on a (Virtual) Space Adventure Commercial space travel might still be the stuff of science fiction stories, but thanks to computer programs and augmented reality, your family can still experience what it’s like to explore space. NASA and other organizations provide a wealth of free resources that make space exploration come to life for stargazers and future astronauts alike. Take some time to explore a few of our favorites today.
EXPLORING DEEP SPACE VIA VIRTUAL REALITY On Jan. 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope concluded its 16-year mission researching exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system. This data was used to create Exoplanet Excursions, an immersive virtual reality experience that lets your family experience the Spitzer’s discoveries and control the telescope yourself. These incredible excursions are available on Oculus or Steam, so visit Spitzer. Caltech.edu/vr to start your adventure and explore deep space today! PLANET-HOPPING WITH NASA Have you ever wondered would it be like to stand on another world? Then “book” your next vacation with the Exoplanet Travel Bureau! This program takes you on digital tours of real exoplanets NASA has discovered. Though we don’t know what the surfaces of these worlds look like, artists have used scientific data to create 3D landscapes to explore. See them all, from Kepler-16b to TRAPPIST-1e, at Exoplanets.NASA.gov/alien- worlds/exoplanet-travel-bureau.
TOURING THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
First launched in 1998, the International Space Station is a multinational space research laboratory. Nineteen different nations have sent astronauts, cosmonauts, and space tourists to the space station to conduct scientific experiments. It’s truly the stuff science fiction dreams are made of! In 2012, Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams filmed a full tour of this amazing floating lab and even included a quick lesson on how to work out in zero gravity. “Visit” the space station for yourself at Bit.ly/ISSTour.
A Pain-Free Tomorrow OUR PAT I ENTS SAY I T BEST
“Horizon Physical Therapy is a great rehabilitation facility. The front desk staff is very respectful and helpful with scheduling your appointments to fit your needs. As for all the therapists, they’re great as well. My primary pain was my back; they made sure they targeted my pain areas and executed a game plan for the best possible results. Now that it’s my discharge date, I’m happy and very much well over 100% as far as my back pain. Thanks again to Horizon Physical Therapy and all of their staff.”
“Horizon Physical Therapy was awesome. They helped me feel
100% better than what I was doing at home. Thank you all at Horizon Physical Therapy. Have a great year.”
CHANGE YOUR BODY ONA CELLULAR LEVEL The True Power of Exercise and Alleviating Hypertension
yourself up to it. Don’t jump into a routine you’re not prepared for. Try exercising for 30 minutes at a time and prepare your day to block off enough time for exercise, hygiene, and rest. Start once a week, increase to twice, then continue until you reach five days a week. The frequency isn’t the only aspect you should consider. The intensity of your workout makes a big difference too. There are super simple ways to determine whether your intensity is right for you. Can you carry a full conversation or sing while exercising? If so, then it’s probably not intense enough. Can you carry a short conversation while exercising? If so, then it’s probably right on track. If you’re out of breath right away or have to stop because you’re so strained, then you may be putting too much stress on your body. You hear it all the time: Moderation is key. The same couldn’t be truer for your exercise. We hope you adopt some regular fitness into your routine!
Exercise keeps your body feeling great. Physical therapists rely on it all the time to help you recover. But did you know that its benefits can affect your health even on a cellular level by improving blood flow and blood pressure? Here at Horizon Physical Therapy, we see a lot of patients who struggle with hypertension, or high blood pressure. This potentially serious condition increases your risk for even more dangerous illnesses like heart disease. That’s why exercise is so important: It strengthens your body and your heart, as well as regulates your blood flow in a healthy way. You might find yourself dreading exercise sometimes, but don’t assume you have to jump on the treadmill every single day. Keeping your exercise at a moderate intensity and frequency actually gives you the best results. Besides the physical benefits, mental benefits also peak with moderate levels of exercise. A study involving 1.2 million Americans found that people with moderate exercise routines often experienced one and a half fewer days of “poor mental health” than others. Now, what’s considered a moderate frequency? We believe that at least 30 minutes a day and five days a week can give you the best results. It might sound like a lot, but there’s no harm in warming
Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes
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2 tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
8 Roma tomatoes
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
1. For marinade: In blender, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, vinegar, and basil. Cut 2 tomatoes into quarters and add to mixture. Cover and process until blended. Halve remaining tomatoes for grilling. 2. In bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Reserve remaining marinade. 3. Heat grill to about 350–400 F. Lightly oil grates. Grill chicken until internal temperature reads 165 F, about 4–6 minutes per side. Grill tomatoes until lightly browned, about 2–4 minutes per side. Discard remaining marinade. 4. Serve chicken and tomatoes with reserved marinade.
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Help Local Nonprofits in Challenging Times
THE BEST WAYS TO HELP LOCAL NONPROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
appliances? When you clean out your home and donate unused items, you benefit those in the community who need themmost.
Over the past several months, families, businesses, and nonprofits have had to navigate life in this challenging “new normal,”
VOLUNTEER In a time of social distancing, volunteering may be discouraged, but nonprofits still need volunteers to operate. The good news is that many nonprofits need volunteers for positions that maintain social distance, such as driving. Food banks and kitchens need drivers to pick up donations or ingredients from donors and to deliver food to people in need, such as the elderly or those with disabilities. ADVOCATE Even if you don’t have time or resources to give, you can become an advocate for important causes around your community. While it might not seem like much, sharing information about local nonprofits on social media can make a genuine difference. Nonprofits need exposure, which is greatly boosted through community support. Sharing useful information about nonprofits — or sharing their posts — increases their visibility so more people will take action.
and it can be hard to support your favorite
nonprofits when times are tough. Here are a few ways you can help these important entities, even when you don’t have
resources to spare right now.
DONATE While many people donate generously during the holiday season, remember that nonprofits need donations throughout the year, and different nonprofits need different things. A monetary donation can often go a long way, but never feel obligated to give money, especially when your budget may be tight. Instead, consider cleaning out your closet. What clothes, shoes, or other accessories can you part with? What about dishware or small
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