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May 9, 2017

Roberts Wesleyan College recognizes Laura Bond

Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., recognized UR Medicine | Noyes Health therapist and social worker Laura Bond with the 2017 Outstanding Field Instructor Award. Ms. Bond earned an MSW degree from Arizona State University and has been working at Noyes Mental Health and Wellness in Dansville for 14 years, supervising Roberts Wesleyan student interns for the last 6 years. She also provides clinical supervision for the other therapists at Noyes. “Laura was chosen to receive this award for her patient, kind and supportive demeanor, and the opportunities that she has provided for our students,” explains Laura Ribbing, head of Field Education for Roberts Wesleyan’s Masters in Social Work Program. “She is great at offering encouragement, advice and answering questions and is able to foster deeper learning, understanding and confidence in students. Students leave Noyes feeling confident in their knowledge and ability and are ready to make a difference.” “I enjoy helping people every day in my practice,” says Ms. Bond, “and I love teaching and helping students learn and gain self-awareness and insight in order to be better therapists.” UR Medicine | Noyes Health is the largest employer in Livingston County, and continues to grow and evolve to meet the healthcare needs of the region it serves. As a diverse and broad-based healthcare organization, UR Medicine |Noyes Health provides in-patient and out-patient services in two locations, Dansville and Geneseo, including general surgery, maternity care, mental health and wellness, orthopedics, dialysis and physical therapy. Facilities include a kidney disease and dialysis center and the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, a regional medical and radiation oncology treatment center in partnership with UR Medicine’s world-renowned Wilmot Cancer Institute.... Read More

May 9, 2017

Mental Health and Wellness Open House and Art Show

UR Medicine | Noyes Health’s Mental Health and Wellness team invites the community to an Open House and Art Show on Wednesday, May 17th from 5 to 7 p.m. at their new building, 9221 Robert Hart Drive in Dansville. Art work in a variety of media created by Noyes clients and staff around the theme “Art is Healing!” will be on display. There will be fun and interactive family activities and refreshments, including ice cream donated by Byrne Dairy. The event is free and open to the public. “Sometimes it’s hard to explain in words how you’re feeling,” explains Lynette Greene, Noyes Mental Health and Wellness manager. “Our two art therapists help their clients express themselves in a different way, and we’re delighted to be able to show off the amazing work they’ve done.” Noyes's more than two dozen mental health professionals collaborate with patients, their families, and the community to support wellness and recovery, and to make a profound difference in the lives of area residents-those struggling with life's everyday challenges, as well as those with severe and persistent mental illness. Services offered include individual, group and family therapy for adults, children, and families in a friendly and open atmosphere. PHOTO CREDIT: UR Medicine | Noyes Health art therapist Diane Stratton-Smith works with client Peggy Oltz on a collage of cut-paper photographs from magazines and catalogs, glued in layers to postcard-sized cardboard and laminated. Ms. Oltz’s work will be among the dozens of art works on display at the UR Medicine | Noyes Health Open House and Art Show on Wednesday, May 17 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ... Read More

May 9, 2017


A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2017 National Hospital Week theme “The Healing Heart of Healthcare.” The event theme is the centerpiece of a promotional campaign aimed at uniting health care facilities across the country during the May 7–13 celebration. “The theme of National Hospital Week this year, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Amy Pollard, CEO of UR Medicine | Noyes Health, said. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.” UR Medicine | Noyes Health is the largest employer in Livingston County, and continues to grow and evolve to meet the healthcare needs of the region it serves. As a diverse and broad-based healthcare organization, UR Medicine |Noyes Health provides in-patient and out-patient services in two locations, Dansville and Geneseo, including general surgery, maternity care, mental health, orthopedics, dialysis and physical therapy. Facilities include a kidney disease and dialysis center and the new Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center, a regional medical and radiation oncology treatment center in partnership with UR Medicine’s world-renowned Wilmot Cancer Institute.... Read More

May 4, 2017

Women’s Health

National Women’s Health Week is May14-20. It is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. The week also serves as a time to encourage women to take steps to improve their health. This is more important than ever as some of the statistics regarding women’s health are less than inspiring. A third of women over the age of 20 have hypertension, almost 39% are obese and 13% of women 18 years and older are in fair or poor health. All this leads to greater risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, one in five women has a mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder. The emphasis of the week, therefore, centers on eating healthy, paying attention to your mental health, engaging in safe behaviors, and getting active. Eight health tips for you or the women in your life: ① Get stress under control. Stress has significant health consequences from infertility to higher risk for depression, anxiety, and heart disease. Schedule in time with friends, exercise, and relaxation. Practice deep breathing during times of stress or when you need a “time-out.” Learn to let it go – ask yourself questions such as, “Will this matter tomorrow? Next week? next month?” ② Stop dieting and start working toward a sustainable, healthy lifestyle! Diets may take off quite a few pounds initially but are hard to sustain. The key is eating normal portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, smart carbs , lean protein, and fiber. Some simple steps include: eat whole grain bread instead of white bread and brown rice instead of white rice. Try whole fruit, like apples or oranges, instead of fruit bars or fruit-flavored snacks. Drink water, seltzer or unsweetened tea instead of energy or fruit drinks, soda, or specialty coffees. ③ Move more in a variety of ways. Women need a mix of cardio and resistance or weight bearing exercise at least three to five times per week to help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. A woman who exercises 30 minutes every day can lower her risk of dying early by 27% compared with someone who only exercises 30 minutes once a week. Exercise also improves mood and self-image. For many women, it is also a social outlet and stress reliever. Easy ways to add more movement include: Add walking to your commute. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Turn on your favorite music and dance. ④ See your doctor every year. Discuss fertility (fertility declines in the early 30s), birth control options/risks/benefits, pap test and mammogram frequency, weight management, and need for various tests and vaccines. ⑤ Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation leads to psychological problems, poor mental functioning, weight gain, and increased risk for heart disease. ⑥ If a smoker, quit. Smoking causes 80% of lung cancer deaths among women. Call Noyes Health at 585-335-4327 for smoking cessation information or 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487.) ⑦ Limit alcohol to one drink or less per day. Do not use illegal drugs or misuse prescription or OTC drugs. ⑧ Wear a seatbelt and turn off the phone while driving. Seatbelts lower your risk of dying in a car crash by 45% and cut your risk of serious injury by 50%. Women are also more likely than men to talk on the phone while driving. And studies show that people are two times more likely to crash or have a near miss when dialing a cell phone. Do not text and drive. IT CAN WAIT! Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have article suggestions or questions, contact Lorraine at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

May 4, 2017

E.A.R.S. Lifeline celebrates Older Americans!

May is Older American's month and the 2017 theme is, Age Out Loud!... Read More

April 30, 2017

Benefits of Spring Cleaning

True confessions, I am not the best housekeeper in the world. My home is basically clean but you may indeed find dust bunnies under the bed and well, my sock drawer looks more like a can of worms than foot apparel. I do try to be tidy but being super fastidious does not seem to be in my nature. Recently, I took one of those personality tests that at the end describes your style. Mine said, “fairly casual about exact standards,” which of course may explain my tolerance for a few crumbs on the counter and chipped paint on the baseboards. All this being said when springtime arrives, even I get the urge to spring clean. What is it about this ritual that soothes the soul and brings satisfaction? Beyond the benefits of eliminating dirt and dust, spring cleaning actually profits us emotionally and mentally. Spring cleaning, de-cluttering, and generally organizing your space is associated with improved mood, decreased stress, and heightened creativity. When we are surrounded by mounds of papers, overflowing closets, and chaotic countertops, we lose our sense of control. The brain perceives that work will never be finished. Interestingly enough it can even effect our eating habits. Cornell University researcher, Dr. Brian Wansink, found that people who leave cereal boxes, potato chip bags, and such on the counter weigh more than those with clean, clutter-free counters. John Fader, Ph.D., concurs in his Psychology Today article, The Psychology of Spring Cleaning, stating, “organization and order have been associated with choosing to eat more healthily, being more generous, and conventionality.” There is also a liberating effect when sorting out items and letting them go. Tidying up guru, Marie Kondo, in her book The life-changing magic of tidying up, states that unless an item sparks joy, we should let it go. Kondo addresses all sorts of categories to consider while tidying up including: clothes, books, papers, CDs, DVDs, skin care, make-up, accessories, electrical equipment, household supplies, kitchen goods, sentimental items, and photos. In every category, she makes the same suggestion. She proposes gathering all like items and then one by one picking up each item and assessing it. Kondo then explains that we should only keep those things that speak to our hearts. I recently went through this exercise with some of my archive boxes in the attic and threw out five boxes worth of stuff! Many of the items “sparked joy” when I was 16 but had long since faded from memory. Per Kondo’s advice, I thanked the item for the happiness it brought to me in the past and then said goodbye to it. Kondo does not advocate throwing away everything. I am keeping the love letters my hubby wrote to me in college. They are precious and still bring me great pleasure when I read them. But the high school graduation cards and the sixth grade research paper – well, it was time to say adios. And of course, there are simple benefits to garden variety spring cleaning. Scrubbing floors, washing walls, taking down and putting up curtains all burn calories. The movement keeps our joints limber. Doing these mundane tasks also helps relieve stress and frees the mind from other every day concerns. Whether you are methodically going through every nook and cranny in your house or just giving it a good basic once over, your mind, body, and soul will be better for it! Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have article suggestions or questions, contact Lorraine at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

April 22, 2017

Bring Out the Grill

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner so dust off the grill! It is time for the great American cookout - whip up a salad, slice a melon, and throw some veggies and meat on the grill. Sounds like a great idea, right? Over the last few years, however, there have been some confusing health reports about grilling. The concerns have centered around possible carcinogens in grilled meats. Yet a common sense approach with a few safety precautions will keep you enjoying the BBQ. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), there is not enough evidence to show that grilled meat specifically increases the risk for cancers. We know that cooking muscle meat such as beef, pork, fish or poultry at a high temperature like grilling (often done at over 300 degrees) creates chemical compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Both these chemicals can alter DNA and possibly lead to cancer. That being said the studies showing exposure to PAHs and PCAs causing cancer were performed on rodents. When fed a diet of HCAs or PHAs, the animals developed various types of cancer. The National Cancer Institute reports the doses of HCAs and PHAs used in these studies, however, were very high – equivalent to thousands of times the doses that a person would consume in a normal diet. Therefore, they caution against condemning grilling all together. Nevertheless, researchers looking at people’s diets and consequent health issues, found that high consumption of well-done, fried, and barbecued meats was associated with increased risks of colorectal, pancreas, and prostate cancer. In addition, evidence is clear that diets high in red and processed meats also contribute to colorectal cancer. So while there is limited evidence that the compounds formed during grilling cause cancer, a combination of lots of red and processed meats (i.e. – burgers and hotdogs every night) plus grilling is most probably a bad combo pack. The great grilling conundrum comes down to this - it is what you choose to cook, not necessarily how you cook it that matters. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the AICR, and the NCI recommend the following for summer grilling and optimal health: Grill less meat and more veggies and fruits. Grill 4 -ounce size portions of meat (about the size of your palm) and try grilling peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, or even romaine! Go lean. Grill chicken, turkey, or fish more often than red meats such as hamburgers or steaks and try to avoid processed meats such as sausage and hotdogs all together. Marinate meat. Marinating meat before grilling can decrease the formation of HCAs. Precook meat. If you are grilling larger cuts, such as half chickens, reduce the time your meat is on the grill by partially cooking it in the microwave, oven, or stove first. Trim the fat. Trimming the fat off your meat reduces flare ups and charring. Cut meat into small pieces. Try making kabobs alternating meat with lots of veggies. The smaller pieces cook quickly, reducing the amount of time exposed to the high temperatures. Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville, NY. If you have questions or suggestions for articles, contact Lorraine at 585-335-4327 or ... Read More

April 22, 2017

Look Good Feel Better

Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite, and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good Feel Better is a FREE program that teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment. The workshop includes skincare, makeup application, nail care and accessory style tips. Every woman will receive a complementary makeup kit to take home. The next Look Good Feel Better session is on Monday, May 15th from 10 am to noon in conference room D at Noyes Health Hospital in Dansville. Registration is required, please call 1-800-227-2345. ... Read More

April 13, 2017

Spaziergang this Spring!

Years ago, I lived in Germany as an exchange student. When I arrived at the Hamburg airport, I did not speak a word of German. Fortunately, my host family patiently taught me the language and customs of their country. When my host mother could tell I was getting worn out and stressed from translating and attempting to communicate, she would often ask, would you like to go for a "spaziergang," which loosely translates to a leisurely stroll. Traditionally, this would often occur in the late afternoon, early evening, or on a Sunday afternoon. We would head out to the local park and walk along the river or to one of the many wooded trails in the forests surrounding the small German village where we lived. Over time, I came to realize that "spaziergang" meant more than a walk. It meant a time to take your mind off things, to relax, to laugh and chat with family and friends, to appreciate and notice the world beyond yourself. It taught me early on the therapeutic value of walking outdoors. I always felt better physically, emotionally, and mentally when we returned from our strolls. What constantly amazes me is how science ultimately confirms what generations have known for decades or even centuries. In this case, that walking has multiple benefits. It is absolutely one of the best forms of exercise, but it is also good for the mind and soul. Recent reports from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Health, and Berkeley Wellness all agree that walking for fun and fitness can reap huge benefits for old and young alike. Here are some of the highlights from those reports: Metabolic benefits and lower risk for chronic disease. Mile for mile, brisk walking can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease as much as running. Healthy arteries. Sitting for long periods has many adverse effects on the body including an increased risk for cardiovascular disease over the long term. But taking short (5-minute) walking breaks every hour or so can prevent this sitting-induced arterial stiffening. Blood sugar control. Walking after meals helps control blood sugar in inactive older people with pre-diabetes and diabetes. Walking for 15 minutes half an hour after each of three daily meals was better for 24-hour blood sugar control than walking for 45 minutes in a single daily session. Less lower back pain. Various studies have shown that for people with chronic lower back pain, walking can be as beneficial as a strength-training program targeting abdominal and back muscles. Some studies indicate that walking outside is more beneficial than a treadmill as it engages the muscle groups differently. Creativity. Studies in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that students experienced a boost in creative thinking during and right after walking, compared to sitting. Walking, especially outdoors, “opens the free flow of ideas,” presumably via both physical and psychological effects, the researchers suggested. Improved mood and attitude. In a British study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, university office workers reported increased enthusiasm and relaxation and reduced stress after 30-minute lunchtime walks. Walking was done in groups, so the social aspect may have played a role. It counteracts the effects of weight-promoting genes. Harvard researchers looked at 32 obesity-promoting genes in over 12,000 people to determine how much these genes actually contribute to body weight. They discovered that, among the study participants who walked briskly for about an hour a day, the effects of those genes were cut in half! It helps tame a sweet tooth. A pair of studies from the University of Exeter found that a 15-minute walk can curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce the amount of chocolate you eat in stressful situations. And the latest research confirms that walking can reduce cravings and intake of a variety of sugary snacks. It eases joint pain. Several studies have found that walking reduces arthritis-related pain, and that walking five to six miles a week can even prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking protects the joints — especially the knees and hips, which are most susceptible to osteoarthritis — by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them. It boosts immune function. Walking can help protect you during cold and flu season. A study of over 1,000 men and women found that those who walked at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, had 43% fewer sick days than those who exercised once a week or less. And if they did get sick, it was for a shorter duration, and their symptoms were milder. Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at UR Medicine Noyes Health. If you have questions or article suggestions, contact Lorraine at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More

April 7, 2017

Safety in the Spring

The temperatures are warming and the spring yard work season is now upon us. The chore list is never ending - gutters to clean, lawn mowers to power up, windows to wash, remnants of fall leaves to rake, and weeds to pull. With all those tasks, you can count on sore muscles for sure and in some cases, injury. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 35,000 people injured themselves using a step ladder in 2010 and more than 127,000 were injured while operating a lawn mower. And those numbers do not reflect the strained backs, twisted ankles, sunburns, and other common injuries incurred while tending to the lawn, house, and garden beds. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offer the following tips to keep you healthy and fit as you gear up for the yard work season: Warm Up After hibernating through the winter, make sure you are limber before you tackle the yard. Some gentle stretches include trunk rotations for the back, bringing your knee up to your chest to stretch your lower back and legs, and reaching above your head with hands locked to stretch arms and shoulders. Take a short walk around the yard to loosen up the muscles and to survey what needs to be done. Dress to Protect Use insect repellant and sunscreen with sun protective factor of 15 or higher. Remember hazardous UV exposure is still possible on a cloudy or hazy day. Wear gloves and safety glasses to prevent exposure to harmful chemicals such as weed or insect killer. Wear a hat with a wide rim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck. Always check your clothes and body for ticks after working outdoors. Lift with Care – Think Before You Lift Heavy Objects To avoid back injuries, separate your feet, shoulder-width apart and keep your back upright and bend at the knees while tightening the stomach muscles. Lift with your leg muscles as you stand up. Know your limitations. Get help with items that are too big, heavy, or oddly shaped. Consider using a cart or wheelbarrow to move items, dirt, or debris. Ladder Use When washing windows, painting, cleaning gutters, and trimming trees, always place your ladder on a firm level surface. In addition: Never place a ladder on ground or flooring that is uneven, soft, or wet. Over-reaching or leaning too far to one side can make you lose balance and fall. Be aware of where you are on the ladder. Your bellybutton should not go beyond the sides of the ladder. Have someone spot you when you are on a ladder. Go slowly to make sure you touch each step solidly as you ascend or descend the ladder. Inside, be sure to use a sturdy step stool instead of the counter or furniture to reach high areas. Mowing the Lawn You can severely injure or kill a child with a lawn mower - in forward or reverse - with the blades engaged, or when objects are hit and thrown by the spinning blades. Be sure to wear proper footwear and eyewear as well as ear protection. Never give rides. A child may fall off the mower and into the spinning blades. Giving rides may also cause the child to be attracted to the mower, and the child may later approach without being seen. Use extreme caution in reverse. Keep alert for anyone who may enter the mowing area. Always look down and behind before and while backing up. Know where your kids are. Keep kids away from the mowing area. Have adult supervision to prevent them from approaching the mower before you have finished. Stop mowing if a child approaches the mowing area. Read safety instructions and remember to keep the keys to your mower away from children. Use the Right Tools and Take Breaks There will be less strain on your arms and back if you choose tools with larger, padded, or curved handles. Wear nonslip work gloves to prevent blisters and to add protection from sticks and thorns. When using tools with cords, be sure they are properly grounded and keep them from walkways to avoid tripping. Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Change positions often to avoid repetitive motions that can cause injuries. For example, if you are pulling weeds – pull for 10 minutes, stand, stretch, and change position. For more information about safety and healthy gardening, go to the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute site at or click on the CDC’s site at Lorraine Wichtowski is a community health educator at Noyes Health in Dansville. If you have questions or suggestions for future articles she can be reached at or 585-335-4327. ... Read More