Health, Medicine & Nutrition
Lt. Governor Simon promoting healthy habits during National Women’s Health Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Nelson   
Friday, 16 May 2014 12:30

CHICAGO – May 15, 2014. Whether it’s eating healthy, getting active or quitting smoking, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging women across Illinois to make their health a priority during National Women’s Health Week.

“By making a couple of small lifestyle changes, women can greatly improve their health,” said Simon. “Simple things like wearing a helmet while biking, getting more sleep or getting a breast cancer screening are easy ways to improve wellness. I hope women throughout the state will celebrate National Women’s Health Week by making their health a priority.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Women’s Health Week is an observance with the goal of empowering women to make their health a priority. National Women’s Health Week also serves as a time to help women understand what it means to be well. Simon will recognize the week at a Prentice Women’s Hospital luncheon at noon on Thursday.

To promote wellness, the HHS Office on Women’s Health recommends taking steps to improve physical and mental health by visiting health care professionals to receive regular checkups and preventative screenings, getting active and getting healthy. For more information helpful tips and statistics about women’s health please visit


Exercises for Strength Building PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:15

Neurosurgeon Recommends Building Muscle as
Best Protection Against ‘the Disease of Aging’
Offers 5 Exercises for a Solid Strength-Building Regime

If you want good health, a long life and to feel your best well into old age, the No. 1 most important thing you can do is strength-training, says Dr. Brett Osborn, author of “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,”

“Our ability to fight off disease resides in our muscles,” Dr. Osborn says. “The greatest thing you can do for your body is to build muscle.”

He cites a large, long-term study of nearly 9,000 men ages 20 to 80. After nearly 19 years, the men still living were those with the most muscular strength. (BMJ, formerly British Medical Journal, 2008).

Muscle is all protein – “nothing but good for you,” Dr. Osborn says.

Fat, however, is an endocrine organ, meaning it releases hormones and other chemicals. When a person has excess fat, he or she also a disrupted flow of excess biochemicals, which can increase insulin resistance and boost risk factors for stroke and high blood pressure, among other problems.

“Increased cytokines, an immune system chemical, for example, are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” Dr. Osborn says. “You’re only as old as your arteries!”

Strength-training has health benefits for everyone, he adds, no matter their size.

“Some fat is visceral fat – it’s stored around the organs and it’s even more dangerous than the fat you can see,” he says. “People who look thin may actually be carrying around a lot of visceral fat.”

So, what’s the workout Dr. Osborn recommends?

“Back to basics,” he says. “These five exercises are the pillars of a solid training regime.”

•  The squat is a full-body exercise; it’s the basic movement around which all training should be centered. Heavy squats generate a robust hormonal response as numerous muscular structures are traumatized during the movement (even your biceps). Standing erect with a heavy load on your back and then repeatedly squatting down will stress your body inordinately – in a good way -- forcing it to grow more muscle.

•  The overhead press primarily activates the shoulders, arm extenders and chest. Lower body musculature is also activated as it counters the downward force of the dumbbell supported by the trainee. From the planted feet into the hands, force is transmitted through the skeletal system, stabilized by numerous muscular structures, most importantly the lower back.

•  The deadlift centers on the hamstrings, buttocks, lumbar extensors and quadriceps, essentially the large muscles of your backside and the front of your thighs. As power is transferred from the lower body into the bar through the upper body conduit, upper back muscles are also stressed, contrasting with the squat, which is supported by the hands. Deadlifts are considered by some to be the most complete training exercise.

•  The bench press mostly targets the chest, shoulders and triceps; it’s the most popular among weightlifters, and it’s very simple – trainees push the barbell off the lower chest until the arms are straight. This motion stresses not only the entire upper body, but also the lower body, which serves a stabilizing function. This provides a big hormonal response and plenty of bang for your buck.

•  The pull-up / chin-up stress upper body musculature into the body. A pull-up is done when hands gripping over the bar; a chin-up is where hands are gripping under the bar. Nine out of 10 people cannot do this exercise because most simply haven’t put in the effort. It’s also been called a “man’s exercise, which is nonsense,” he says. There are no gender-specific exercises. Women, too, should aspire to enjoy the health benefits entailed with this pillar.

“There are no secrets to a strong and healthier body; hard work is required for the body that will remain vital and strong at any age,” Osborn says. “Always practice proper form and safety. Otherwise, the result will be the opposite of your goal, an injury.”

About Dr. Brett Osborn

Brett Osborn is a New York University-trained, board-certified neurological surgeon with a secondary certification in anti-aging and regenerative medicine, Diplomate; American Bard of Neurological Surgery, Diplomate; American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He holds a CSCS honorarium from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Osborn specializes in scientifically based nutrition and exercise as a means to achieve optimal health and preventing disease. He is the author “Get Serious, A Neurosurgeon’s Guide to Optimal Health and Fitness,”

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Written by Lori Elam   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:13

Governing Board of Directors Meeting

Scott County Administration Building

Room 638

May 19, 2014

2:00 PM

  1. Roll Call

  1. Approval of Minutes

  1. Advisory Committee Members


  1. Insurance


  1. Service Agreement


  1. Transition Plan


  1. HIPAA


  1. Legislative Update


  1. CEO Report


  1. Other Items


  1. Public Comment

  1. Adjournment

Quad City Health Initiative Chosen for National Study on Highly Successful Partnerships PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCHI   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:09

The Quad City Health Initiative (QCHI) is honored to announce that it has been selected to participate in a national study of highly successful partnerships that are improving the health of their communities.  QCHI was chosen as one of 10 partnerships to be studied from among 157 nominations nationwide.  The study entitled "Models of Collaboration Involving Hospitals, Public Health Departments and Others" is being conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.  The study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hospira, Inc. and Grant Thornton, LLP.

Health care expenditures in the USA have risen significantly in recent decades and presently consume nearly 18 percent of the GNP, a much larger share than other industrialized nations.  It is widely recognized that greater attention and more resources must be devoted to the promotion of healthy life styles, prevention of illnesses and injuries, and early detection and treatment of health problems.  Seventy-five percent of USA health care expenditures are related to treating chronic disease, while less than three percent is devoted to prevention and health promotion programs.  It is increasingly clear that a stronger focus on prevention and population health will require better communications and more effective collaboration among hospitals, public health departments, and other key parties within and outside the health field.  The need to accelerate positive change and the potential benefits of enhancing collaboration between hospitals and public health departments provided the impetus for this study.  The study seeks to identify, compare, and contrast exceptional models of collaboration involving community hospitals, public health departments, and other stakeholders who share commitment to improving community health and determine the key lessons learned from their experience.

At the end of April, researchers from the University of Kentucky spent two days in the Quad Cities interviewing members of the QCHI staff and Board.  "It was a true privilege to share our story and discuss all the factors that have contributed to the success of QCHI," says Karla Steele, QCHI Board Chair.  "Our community has demonstrated extraordinary creativity and commitment in working regionally across state and city borders to improve the health of our community.  Being chosen for this study highlights the impact that our Board members and volunteers have had on improving the health of the Quad Cities over the last fifteen years."    The University of Kentucky research team plans to summarize their findings in a paper to be released later this year.

The Quad City Health Initiative is a cross-sector community partnership working to create a healthy community.  A 25-member community Board oversees the organization which was established in 1999.  The Initiative seeks to be our community's recognized leader for creating collaborative action on health and abides by the core values of commitment, collaboration and creativity.  Major financial support of the Quad City Health Initiative is currently provided by the generous direct and in-kind investments of Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health Trinity. In the last year, additional financial support was provided by Deere & Company, KJWW, Davenport Eye Group, Mississippi Valley Health, Modern Woodmen of America, Quad City Bank and Trust, Royal Neighbors of America, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, ILLOWA Construction and Labor Management Council, United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Scott County Health Department, Rock Island County Health Department and Molyneaux Insurance.

For more information, please call 563-421-2815 or visit our website at

Governor Quinn Urges Senate to Pass Bill to Protect Pregnant Women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Monday, 12 May 2014 08:43

Celebrates Mother’s Day by Walking to Fight Breast Cancer

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today celebrated Mother’s Day by urging the Illinois Senate to pass House Bill 8, which provides job protections for pregnant women. The Governor called for passage of this important legislation to protect moms-to-be while walking alongside thousands of participants in the Susan G. Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure in Grant Park to show his support for mothers and grandmothers across Illinois. The walk is dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the fight against breast cancer.

“To those near, far or forever in our memories, we should each take time on this special day to honor our moms for their love and support,” Governor Quinn said. “Mother’s Day is the perfect way to celebrate the women in our lives and raise awareness for legislation to help provide protections for those who have protected us.

“House Bill 8 is an important bill for our expectant mothers that will help reduce discrimination in the workplace and provide peace of mind for the safety of their babies.

“This Mother’s Day I urge the Senate to pass this bill so I can sign it on behalf of Illinois’ moms,” the Governor said.

House Bill 8, sponsored by State Representative Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) and State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), would provide pregnant women with important worker protections such as limits on heavy lifting and assistance in manual labor; access to places to sit; more frequent bathroom breaks; time off to recover from childbirth and break space for breast-feeding. Studies have shown that, despite existing protections, pregnant women are too often forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable job modifications that would enable them to continue working. The Governor worked with Rep. Flowers and House members to pass the legislation and it is currently before the Senate.

Since the last time pregnancy workforce protections were addressed at the federal level in 1978, the number of women who work during pregnancy has continued to rise at a high rate. According to a report issued in 2013 by the National Women’s Law Center, nearly two-thirds of first-time mothers continue to work while pregnant and the majority of those work into the their last month of pregnancy. Unfortunately, as the number of pregnant women working has increased so has the number of pregnancy discrimination cases filed. A study by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows that, from 1992 to 2011, charges of pregnancy discrimination filed increased 71 percent.

Governor Quinn urges swift passage of HB 8 to ensure employers provide these reasonable accommodations for pregnant women and stop workforce discrimination. The Governor has been committed to protecting and empowering women in Illinois since taking office. Some of his initiatives include:

·         Fought for and signed a law amending the Equal Pay Act to give victims of underpayment more time to address their claims.

  • Launched the innovative Birth to Five Initiative in his 2014 State of the State address to expand access to prenatal care; early care and learning opportunities for every child; and strong parent support.
  • Leading the charge to increase the state’s minimum wage to at least $10 per hour – six in ten minimum wage workers in Illinois are female.
  • In his 2014 State of the State address, proposed a minimum of two days of earned sick leave per year for 2.5 million Illinois workers, 78 percent of whom are women, who have no sick leave.
  • Launched the first ever Women Owned Business Symposium.

The Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure honors and supports those who have battled breast cancer and continues the mission to save lives and end breast cancer.



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