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Healthy Lifestyles Online – January 24 Edition

Posted on January 22, 2017

LeConte’s Healthy Lifestyles is a health and wellness publication printed twice a month in local newspapers serving Sevier County and South Knoxville. And here online! We hope you find this information healthful.

Table of Contents

Cardiac Rehab Team Earns Certification
LeConte Wellness Center Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals
Resolving to Help Others
A Handy Way to Prevent Spreading Illness This Winter
Four More Ways to Stay Healthy This Season
Southern Chicken and Dumpling Soup
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Cardiac Rehab Team Earns Certification

Jay Jordan and Jon Dalton have been recognized for passing the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional exam.
Jay Jordan and Jon Dalton have been recognized for passing the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional exam.

Congratulations to Jay Jordan, cardiac rehab team leader, and Jon Dalton, cardiac rehab manager, who have both passed the Certified Cardiac Rehabilitation Professional exam. The CCRP, exclusively for cardiac rehabilitation professionals, is the only certification aligned with the published CR competencies.

The exam, which is administered by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, assesses proficiency via questions that evaluate knowledge of facts, concepts and processes required to complete tasks in the following areas:

  • Patient Assessment
  • Nutrition Management
  • Weight Management
  • Blood Pressure Management
  • Blood Lipid Management
  • Diabetes Management
  • Tobacco Cessation
  • Psychosocial Management
  • Physical Activity Counseling
  • Exercise Training

The exam is based on nationwide standards, and is awarded by the AACVPR Professional Certification Commission.

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at LeConte Medical Center has received national certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. For more information visit or call (865) 446-8500.

LeConte Wellness Center Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

LeConte Wellness Center logoLeConte Wellness Center offers one-on-one instruction or group training with professionally certified personal trainers whose education, experience and resources can help you reach your fitness goals.

If you are in need of extra motivation, weight management, strength training, or sport-specific training, our personal trainers can help through one-on-one instruction or by designing a program for you.

Personal training programs can be designed for:

  • Body shaping – Tone your body and see more definition.
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Weight management – Have a program designed to specifically target weight loss and maintenance.
  • Strength gain
  • Rehabilitation – We can help strengthen and bring you back to functionality after an injury.
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Updating old programs – If you aren’t seeing results or are just bored with your current workout, we can help.

Our personal trainers also lead boot camp-style workout group sessions at easily affordable prices. The LeConte Wellness Center is located on the second floor of the Pigeon Forge Community Center.

For more information visit or call (865) 908-9248.

Resolving to Help Others

Do your New Year’s resolutions include giving back to your community? Have you thought about volunteering? We’re always accepting applications for volunteer positions in the medical center and at our nursing home, cancer center, and thrift shop.

Do your New Year’s resolutions include giving back to your community? Have you thought about volunteering?After completion of the application and successful background and reference checks, volunteers will receive the orientation and training they need to work in their assigned area. From our volunteers we ask for a weekly commitment of four hours of service, for at least a year. Some of the benefits of volunteering at LeConte include a free meal for each shift worked, a discount at our gift and thrift shops, free annual flu shot and, most importantly, the joy of knowing that you’ve given back to your community by helping the patients and guests who come through our doors each day.

For more information about the volunteer opportunities at LeConte Medical Center, Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home, Thompson Cancer Survival Center – Sevier, or LeConte Volunteer Thrift Shop, or to apply online visit

If you would like to speak to someone in person about the opportunities available, or would like to set up an appointment for assistance with your online application please call (865) 446-8406.

A Handy Way to Prevent Spreading Illness This Winter

There are many ways to prevent spreading germs and disease, but experts say one of the easiest ways is also one of the most important: proper hand washing. This is especially true when people travel and get together for parties and other celebrations.

“This time of year it is especially important to prevent infection. January and February are usually the peak of flu season,” explains Amy Greene, nurse practitioner at Great Smokies Family Medicine. “Don’t shake hands with others if you can avoid it. Be sure to wash your hands before meals and after contact with other people.”

Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.


Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.

You can spread certain germs (a general term for microbes such as viruses and bacteria) by touching another person even casually. You can also catch germs when you touch contaminated objects or surfaces and then touch your face.

When people don’t wash their hands they can spread a number of illnesses, including the common cold, which accounts for roughly 22 million missed school days and 20 million sick days from work, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Although there is no way to completely get rid of germs, frequent hand washing can significantly limit the spread of viruses, bacteria and other microbes. Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) caution, however, that handwashing only prevents the spread of germs if it’s done properly.

The CDC offers the following hand washing guidelines:

  • Place hands under clean, running water.
  • Once wet, add soap and rub hands together until suds form.
  • Scrub on every surface for at least 20 seconds (the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice), including both sides, between fingers and under fingernails.
  • Rinse hands again under running water and dry with a clean dry towel or air-dry.
Amy Greene, NP
Amy Greene, NP

Of course, hands should be washed when they are obviously dirty, but to avoid getting sick, the CDC suggests that hands should always be washed before preparing food or eating; treating cuts or other wounds, handling medicine or caring for someone sick, or touching contact lenses.

The CDC also recommends washing hands after handling raw meat and poultry; using the bathroom or changing a diaper; touching animals or pet toys, leashes or waste; coughing, sneezing or nose blowing; treating wounds or caring for a sick person; carrying garbage, chemicals or anything that could be contaminated; or using public transportation.

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol can effectively clean hands.

Greene also recommends, “Try to avoid touching your face. Also, some folks have a habit of touching their face with their pens … don’t do that! And, remember, the flu shot does NOT cause the flu!”

Four More Ways to Stay Healthy This Season

Handwashing is important for your health, but here are a few other steps to take during flu and cold season:

Get a flu shot

Even though the best time to get the flu vaccine is in October or November, it’s better to get it later than not getting it at all. The young, elderly, and chronically ill are most at risk for complications from seasonal flu. An annual flu shot is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. Two things to remember: Flu shots don’t cause the flu, and getting a flu shot won’t protect you against the common cold.

Use tissues, then toss them

Don’t stuff them back in your pocket. Throw them away.

Avoid contact

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, the CDC advises. Stay home if you are sick to prevent spreading your illness. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.

Practice good health habits

The CDC recommends that you follow general recommendations to stay healthy: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Southern Chicken and Dumpling Soup

This is a lighter variation on a Southern classic, chicken and dumplings. What a perfect recipe for a cold winter’s night! The trick is to use a light, fresh noodle that doesn’t have to be pre-boiled.


  • 4 cups homemade or low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 can condensed low-sodium cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
  • 1 10-ounce bag of frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, green beans, peas, and corn), or 3 cups fresh vegetables
  • 6 sheets of refrigerated egg roll wrappers
  • 1 tbsp. parsley


Put chicken broth into a large soup pot and add onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add condensed mushroom soup and chicken. Heat thoroughly and add vegetables.

Slice each egg roll wrapper into three “wide noodles.” Add noodles three at a time to simmering soup. Stir gently so they don’t stick, and continue adding until all are in the pot.

Continue simmering for about 2 minutes. Ladle into 4 bowls, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Each serving contains about 353 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat, no trans fat), 58 mg cholesterol, 664 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugars, and 29 g protein.

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