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Study Reveals SilverSneakers Fitness Program Linked To Less Social Isolation And Better Health For Older Adults

Participation in an exercise program has significant social benefits that in turn magnify benefits for health, according to a new study from Tivity Health (NASDAQ: TVTY) and the MIT AgeLab. Results from the study show that members of SilverSneakers® the nation's leading fitness program for older adults, experienced less social isolation than those not participating in the program, leading to reduced loneliness and better overall health. The study, Reducing Isolation and Loneliness Through Membership in a Fitness Program for Older Adults: Implications for Health, was published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Social isolation has surfaced in the past few years as an important risk factor for chronic disease, dementia, and premature death. Being isolated poses a greater mortality risk than well-known risk factors such as obesity and high cholesterol and poses a similar risk to smoki

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After Surviving A Parachute Accident, Vet Heads Back To Class

When Andi Broom joined the U.S. Army, she was ready to leave her past behind—the old high school crowd, a few uninspiring semesters at UGA, and even the contents of her apartment.

“I joined the military without my parents knowing; I called from basic training, and my dad had to come up to Athens and get all my stuff,” she said.

The change was what she needed. A star softball player in high school, Broom tore her rotator cuff during her senior year, changing her prospects for an athletic scholarship. In the Army, she regained her stride. She was stationed at Fort Campbell on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky, home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, where she had many friends. She wanted to join them.

There aren’t many roles for women in Special Operations, but she applied and, after one deployment with a Navy SEALS unit, was recruited for an elite Special Operations

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What Is An HOC?

Hospitals, as you well know, operate around the clock.

Ever ask yourself who are the people behind the scenes, the ones taking charge and handling patient care, administrative duties and emergencies in the wee hours after senior leaders (presidents, vice presidents and the like) have finished their normal shifts, or when leaders are really busy with other hugely important hospital-related matters and need assistance?

Tip your hat to LifeBridge Health’s hospital operations coordinators. They’re an integral part of our care management team.

Being an HOC, in addition to extensive clinical and leadership experience, requires a very diverse skillset: critical thinking, effective communication with staff from multiple disciplines, strategic planning, troubleshooting, multitasking.

Lots of multitasking.

“We’re many times the ambassador between disciplines and have to know the leaders and

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Eric LeGrand Visits Team Members At Hackensack University Medical Center Who Saved His Life After Tragic Accident During Football Game

October 16, 2010 is a day that Eric J. LeGrand will never forget. At the time, he was a college football defensive tackle for Rutgers University. During a game against Army at MetLife Stadium, Eric suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

“I remember making that tackle and instantly I knew that something bad had happened,” said Eric LeGrand.

He was taken to the Emergency and Trauma Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center where doctors determined that Eric fractured his C3 and C4 cervical vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down.

“He spent more than three weeks at Hackensack University Medical Center, mostly in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit,” recalls Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “According to his health care team at Hackensack University Medical Center, Eric was very determined and very optimistic from the beginni

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