The Mi Encourager, February 2019, Volume 2 Issue 2 Medical Integration, News & Events

Upcoming in Medical Integration:

  • Mi Nutrition Class: February 12th 
  • Spotlight Speaker: Dr. Jay Rosen Ph.D. February 21st
  • Good Start Program: February 5th

The Good Start Program: Come for Knowledge, Come for Hope

The Good Start Program is provided by the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego to individuals recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease as well as to those looking for a greater understanding about what Parkinson’s is. Here you will learn about the importance of exercise and nutrition as well as what new research studies are currently happening. It will take place on Feb. 5th from 10:00am-12:00pm. Check their website for the location( Come have your fears alleviated and your questions answered!


Spotlight Speaker: Dr. Jay Rosen Ph.D.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Rosen to the Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center. He is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working at The Neurology Center, and he will be sharing some of his expertise on depression with us on Thursday February 21st from 12-1 pm in the Large Conference Room. Come learn about depression, its affects, and how to manage it. Snacks will be provided.


Parks & Rec

New Research for PD: part 2

Last month I informed you about two studies being done on Parkinson’s Disease. This month I would like to share two more studies that a person with Parkinson’s could choose to be a part of.

There is a study being performed at the VA in San Diego titled, ‘Lifestyle and Cognition in Parkinson’s Disease’, this study is looking to find a connection between fitness and cognitive response in those with Parkinson’s. This is an 18-month study that requires three check- ins during this time period. Participants can be compensated up to $210.

Another study called ‘Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment for Gait and Balance’ is being conducted at UCSD. Participation in this study will require you being placed in one of three groups, and your time commitment is determined by your group. This study is looking at how OMT, a hands-on treatment could affect gait, balance, and other Parkinson’s symptoms. This study does not offer compensation, but potential relief from Parkinson’s symptoms could be compensation enough.

If you are interested in either of these studies please request a flyer from your trainer or anyone in administration.


Food for Thought!

For the month of February, the Nutrition Class will be on Tuesday the 12th at 12:30 pm in the Large Conference Room. The topic for the upcoming month is “The Link Between Diet and Depression”. Come learn how managing a proper diet can help improve your mental wellness!


Bagels & Barbells

Bone Density

In the Strength program, one of the main focuses is increasing or maintaining bone density. Why is this a focus? symptoms. This study does not

Maintaining a healthy bone density reduces the risk of Osteoporosis or Osteopenia, low bone density, which puts an individual at a greater risk to develop Osteoporosis.

The most accurate method to find out your bone density is to have your doctor perform a BMD, Bone Mineral Density, test. This test compares your bone density to a healthy individual of same age and sex.

If the results come back indicating a low bone density there are a few methods to pursue. There are some medications to help prevent Osteoporosis but maintaining diet rich in Calcium and Vitamin D will also be preventative.

The Medical Integration Strength Program focuses on the third method of prevention: weight- bearing exercise. Certified trainers have done the research to create a program designed to increase bone density, all you have to do is show up and let them put you through the paces!


Brain Training

Brandon is constantly stretching your brains as well as your muscles in Mi Strength. Here is a brain twister I heard recently. “In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?” 


Valentine’s Day: The Origin Story

Valentines Day, a time for lovebirds to show their devotion and affection through exchanging chocolate, cards, flowers, and other lavish gifts. It is a day to celebrate love, and marked permanently on our calendars. But how did this tradition start?

There is a Medieval myth about a St. Valentine who lived in Rome under the reign of Claudius Gothicus. This Roman emperor banned marriage to keep men from having a reason to not join the army. In this story St. Valentine secretly marries lovers until he is caught, imprisoned, and killed. But there is not enough evidence to suggest this is the true story.

The events which have come to mark February 14th as the day of love, ultimately, have bleak beginnings. We have tangible evidence for the beginning of Valentine’s Day due to the efforts of Jean Bolland, a Jesuit scholar who began chronicling the lives of saints in 1643. It would not be until 1940 that “Acta Sanctorum” or “Lives of Saints” would be published by the Bollandists, an order of Belgium monks who took up Jean Bolland’s calling. Together they scoured the world for information on saints in the liturgical calendar, including St. Valentine.

It is from the Bollandists that we hear three different stories about a “St. Valentine” who died on February 14th. The earliest Valentinus to be recorded died in Africa with 24 soldiers, there is nothing more known about him. The next two earliest recorded Valentini share similar stories; they both lived during the era of Claudius Gothicus, 268-270 A.D., they both participated in religious debates with high ranking Roman officials which resulted in the officials and their families converting to Christianity through the healing of a child in their families, and both were ordered beheaded by Claudius Gothicus for their acts of healing. The only real difference between their stories is that one takes place in Rome while the other takes place in the province of Umbria. For this reason scholars believe these two Valentini might be the same St. Valentine. As word traveled of his act and death two versions of the same story emerged over time.

After that dark beginning, how could St. Valentine’s death day ever possibly stand for a day of love? This shift in perspective is credited to Geoffrey Chaucer, the author of “The Canterbury Tales”. Chaucer noticed that on the day of the February feast of St. Valentinus, a celebration of his martyrdom, birds would come together in their mating season. He described this in his “Parlement of Foules” when he wrote, “For this was on seynt Volantynys day. Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.”

Soon, European nobility began sending love letters to suitors during bird-mating season. The French Duke of Orléans was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415; during this time he penned a letter to his wife where he describes himself as “sick of love”, meaning ‘lovesick’, and his wife as his “very gentle valentine”. Even Shakespeare embraced this idea of love in February when Ophelia describes herself as Hamlet’s Valentine.

In the following centuries men and women began using February 14th as a reason to write declarations of love to each other. This was further encouraged by the age of industrialization when printed Valentine’s Day cards with sappy love poems and images on them hit stores everywhere. Hershey’s and Cadbury followed soon after to provide the perfect chocolate confection to win over your sweetheart. Which brings us full circle to our modern concept of Valentine’s Day. Although it may have had a tragic beginning, Valentine’s Day is now a day for people to express love freely, an ideal any of the St. Valentine’s monks would have endorsed! valentines-day-180968156/ origins-of-valentines-day



Pool Closure Reminder:

Just a reminder, the warm water pool is closed for the hour that Arthritis Foundation® Aquatic Class is scheduled from 1:00-2:00 pm as well as the hour that Aqua Rx is scheduled from 6:00-7:00 pm. Thank you for observing and respecting the space of these classes!

Referring Members:

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Riddle Answer from Brain Training:

The person was born in 2005 B.C.