The Mi Encourager March 2019 Uncategorized

Volume 2 Issue 3

Upcoming in Medical Integration

  • Mi Nutrition Class: Cancelled
  • Mi Strength Campfire: March 27th
  • Parkinson Outside the Box: March 16th
  • Parkinson’s Step-By-Step 5K: April 7th
  • Davis Phinney Foundation Sidekicks Program: May 11th & 18th


Parkinson’s Association Step-By-Step

Event Details:

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Check in: 7:30 am

Walk Begins: 9:00 am

Walk Ends: 10:30 am

Event Ends: 12 pm

Location: Liberty Station,  2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego, CA

Parking: Free Parking

Pets: Dog Friendly

How to Register or Donate:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click either “Donate” or “Register” on the right of the page and follow the instructions

Cost to Register: $50

*Donations are tax deductible and scholarships are available on a case by case basis with the event coordinators.

Team Name: Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center

Access Code: 1step


Grip Strength?

By: Ebony Haire

There are many measurements and tests used in Medical Integration here at the Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center to determine overall health, wellness and quality of life.  A very important test used in the initial assessment and throughout the Mi Strength Program is the measuring of grip strength. Why is grip strength so important? First, we need to understand how it is recorded.  

During an assessment, a handheld machine called a dynamometer is gripped to determine muscular strength of the forearm muscle group.  Specifically, this test records the maximum force or tension generated by these muscles in pounds or kilograms. The readout from this test is used as an indicator for upper body strength as well as overall strength.

As we grow older, our grip strength becomes weaker and this can begin to affect our everyday lives. Actions such as opening jars and turning door knobs become more difficult. In fact, there are many research studies that indicate a correlation between grip strength and life expectancy in older adults. In an international study, researchers found that an 11-pound decrease in grip strength results in a 17% increased risk of cardiovascular death, a 7% increased risk of heart attack and a 9% increased risk of stroke. It is because of studies like this that we put such an emphasis on grip strength.

In the Medical Integration Strength Program, we focus on increasing grip strength by performing weight bearing exercises like deadlifts or dumbbell exercises. Studies on grip strength are ongoing and new discoveries are being made every day. Our trainers are here to help you achieve the quality of life you are looking for, and increasing your grip strength is just one way they help you achieve that goal.


Food For Thought!

or the month of March, the Nutrition Class will be cancelled due to room conflicts.

We sincerely apologize for those who enjoy attending the Nutrition classes each month.

We will have the next Nutrition Class April 9th at 12:30.  Shawndee Yenche will be teaching us about “The Mediterranean Diet.” I look forward to seeing you all there!


Brain Training

Brandon is constantly stretching your brains as well as your muscles in Mi Strength. See if you can solve this brain twister!

“A 10 foot rope ladder hangs over the side of a boat with the bottom rung on the surface of the water. The rungs are one foot apart, and the tide goes up at the rate of 6 inches per hour. How long will it be until three rungs are covered?

The answer is at the bottom of this page!


Sidekick Program

By: Marty Acevedo

Consider joining others with Parkinson’s disease and students from local middle and high schools for an entertaining and intergenerational program.  Developed by the Davis Phinney Foundation with support from Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals, “Sidekicks” helps those of us with PD to share our stories with youth in a fun and creative way.  Four very interactive sessions build relationships between each partnership and offers opportunities for creative expression through various art projects.  The connections between those with PD and their youth partner last beyond the program as both learn from one another – through the wisdom of those with PD and the enthusiasm, openness, and acceptance of the youth.  

Sidekicks is conducted in four sessions where partners develop three separate art projects; the fourth session is a showcase of their artwork as the person with PD and their youth partner tell their stories and highlight the bond formed between them.  Sessions will be held on two Saturdays in May, May 11th and May 18th; there will be two sessions each day for a total of ~90 minutes to two hours each of the Saturdays.  This inspirational event will be held right here at Tri City Wellness & Fitness Center.

We are recruiting ten to fifteen people with Parkinson’s and the same number of youth/students.  If interested, please contact our very own Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador, Marty Acevedo at or by phone at 760-522-8145.  We promise you’ll have fun and you’ll learn more about this journey we share and, possibly, something new about yourself!

  • Dates: May 11th and 18th
  • Time:  1pm to 5pm (or less)
  • Care-partners/spouses are welcome!
  • Collaboration from Parkinson’s Foundation, APDA, Michael J Fox Foundation and PMD Alliance
  • Support and sponsorship from Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, North County Parkinson’s Support Group, and Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center


Parkinson Outside the Box

Get a fresh take on living with Parkinson’s from new medications to non-medical therapies, relationships and caregiver’s support.  The Parkinson and Other Movement Disorders Center at UC San Diego Health will share the latest information on treatments, resources and support for people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.

Topics Covered:

New FDA-approved medications, Intimacy, Nutrition, Alternative medicine, Physical therapy, and Caregiver burden.

Event Details:

Saturday, March 16     


Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall

5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121


Must register BEFORE March 8, 2019



Curious about Mi Strength?

Mi Strength Campfire

The Campfire event will be held on Wednesday, March 27th from 12-1. Its purpose is to encourage those already in the program and inspire others who are considering the Mi Strength Program.  All Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center members are welcome.

This will be an open time for any and all to come and share how the Strength Program, run by Brandon and Kunal, is helping them achieve their best wellness.

We hope this will be an opportunity to illuminate the purpose and structure of the Medical Integration Strength Program as well as who it is designed for.  Come find out why this program is designed for you!

Please sign up at the Service Desk if you are interested in attending.

Real s’mores will be served!



Referring Members:

When you refer a new member to any of the Mi Programs you will receive one month free for the program you are participating in . Take advantage of this offer and help us grow! Please let a Mi staff member know who you have referred by calling 760-931-3127.

Membership Questions?:Please contact Kathleen McCartney at 760.931.3149 or

Attention:Your Medical Integration membership covers two small group training sessions a week in your Mi program. If you should desire to participate in more than one program there will be an additional charge.

Riddle Answer from pg. 1:  Never. The boat rises as the tide goes up.