Olympic Inspired Workout!

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By: Stephanie Sforza and Sarah Hausmann, District 6 Health and Wellness Chairs

Feeling sluggish? Try this quick workout at home. It is inspired by the upcoming Olympic games. This workout will get you in the spirit of the Pyeongchang Athletes, and give you a break from the studying. It is also a great way to get a workout right from the comfort of your living room! The link is attached below!

 

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The Olympic-Inspired Bodyweight Workout

#HealthyHolidayEats

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By: Stephanie Sforza, District 6 Health and Wellness Chair

Hey all you snowmen and women!

Now that the semester has ended and you have (a little) more free time to focus on yourself, let’s talk about something really important – nutrition! This is a place where a lot of people struggle, especially with hectic schedules like ours, and the holidays definitely don’t make it any easier. If you’re not home yet, I’m sure a lot of you will soon be traveling to see friends and family for the holidays, which of course is accompanied by delicious and decadent food and drinks. And while enjoying all those yummy treats this time of year is a must, going back to school for spring semester carrying an extra couple of pounds is not! So here are some nutrition tips and tricks to help you navigate the holiday food scene and return to school ready to tackle the new year!

  1. Water: I know a lot of people get caught up on this one, but it’s one of the most important nutrition tips, especially during the holidays when there are treats EVERYWHERE. Studies show your body’s ability to utilize fat as fuel is restricted when you are in a dehydration state, and that your body can confuse the hunger signal and the “I need water” alert. So something to try is always drinking water FIRST. First thing in the morning… if you have a craving… if you’re wanting to stress eat or eat out of boredom… Drink water first to make sure you don’t confuse your body’s signals. Tip: On average, you should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day (ex. you weigh 150 lbs, you should hit 75 oz of water daily).
  2. Rank your food: Yep, you read that right. This is one of the most helpful nutrition tips I’ve learned over the years because it helps you break free of the cycle of deprivation and then overindulgence that we are all victims of sometimes. So at events, say a family Christmas party, survey the food table first before loading up your plate. Then pick two things that are a TEN for you (your favorite things out of everything available), and enjoy them guilt free!  Then fill up the rest of your plate with fresh fruit, veggies, lean protein, salad, and other healthy options. So instead of eating ALL OF THE DESSERTS, just pick your favorite two, then fill up on some real fuel!
  3. Food Swaps: Okay, listen carefully… I am NOT suggesting that instead of eating your grandma’s homemade apple pie you just eat an apple. No way! That doesn’t taste the same! But, there are some great food swaps that you can use to save yourself from extra calories and fats, and you’ll never know the difference! So here are a few of my favorites that you can try out during the holidays, and then keep using all year round.
    1. Replace sour cream with plain greek yogurt
    2. Switch mashed potatoes for cauliflower mash (don’t knock it ‘til you try it!)
    3. Use your favorite hummus in place of a cream cheese dip
    4. Try dark hot chocolate instead of eggnog (1 tbs raw cacao powder, 1 tsp maple sugar or stevia, 1 c unsweetened almond milk)
    5. Mix cocktails with sparkling water instead of sugary sodas or juices

To add a little fun, snap a picture of a holiday dinner with some healthy options, or a healthy holiday spread at your next gathering! Post to your Instagram account, and be sure to tag @asdadistrict6 and use #healthyholidayeats for a chance to win a prize!

I hope these simple tips and tricks can help save you from an overindulgence bellyache this holiday season, while still making sure you celebrate this time of year with the people (and food!) most important to you! Wishing you and yours happy holidays!

Mentors, Change and Dreams

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By: Beth Francis, District 6 Alumni Chair

Dr. Billie Sue Kyger is a 1983 graduate of The Ohio State College of Dentistry. During her career, she has witnessed many changes in the dentistry, and, as a woman, has had a unique perspective as women gain more of a presence in the profession. She has held many prestigious positions through the years such as ODA president and ADA 7th District Trustee. Please take a look at her journey and be inspired to see the progress we have made in the profession and to know the importance of organized dentistry!

Mentors, Change and Dreams

      The year was 1979. For the first time in history, a woman, Margaret Thatcher, was elected Prime Minister in the UK. Jimmy Carter was our US President. The year-end Dow Jones average was 838 and interest rates were 15.25%. A gallon of gas was 86 cents and the average annual income was $17,500. I just finished pharmacy school and worked as a part-time pharmacist for $11.00/hour which was really good money. Pharmacy was now seeing the beginning of their corporate takeover. My mother had passed away when I was 19 and my father retired as a school teacher with an annual salary of $13,500. I was starting dental school at The Ohio State University and did not know how I was going to eventually pay off my student debt. It was an exciting, but very scary time for me.

On that first day of dental school, I was excited, nervous, and determined to fully engage this new adventure. My class had 11% women and very little diversity. We sat in alphabetical order and I quickly made friends that I still cherish today. The academics were difficult, but manageable. My parents had strong work ethics and integrity which I valued and modeled. An organization called The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) gave a presentation in class and I quickly signed up. As a child in a strong political family, I understood the importance of playing a part in the future of our profession and helping to guide our outcomes.

Before long, I was our ASDA Trustee and then the ASDA Vice President. I still remember giving my campaign speech while I struggled with excess saliva due to my metal braces. My father was very proud of my accomplishments in ASDA, but always reminded me to me humble and remember my roots. He said that he would support me in whatever I chose to do, but I must do it well.

In addition to my father, I had another powerful mentor in my dental career. Dr. Ken Clemens, ADA 7th District Trustee, helped me understand the importance of looking beyond my personal microcosm of dentistry. He explained that to be truly effective as a leader, I must understand the big picture of where we are going and why. We must learn to listen to what our colleagues need and anticipate the best pathways to advance our profession.

Time passed quickly and I married a wonderful gentleman and dentist. We had two children who we adored and became involved in their activities and education. I still remained active in the Ohio Dental Association and served on the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs at a young age. I may have been the first woman to serve on that council. I still remember walking into the ADA in Chicago for that first time. To me, that was better than being my high school queen. However, when I walked into the room full of men on the ADA Council, they gave me a very startled look. I don’t think they actually knew what they were getting since my first name is Billie.

In 2002, I became the Ohio Dental Association President. Our state association went through some reorganization at that time and we were moving in a strong new direction. The executive committee was very engaged and we worked together towards some impressive legislative initiatives. The workforce models were beginning to change. Expanded Function Dental Assistants were gaining a strong presence in the dental office and technology was changing at the speed of light. I first heard of an electronic health record and thought that it would not be implemented for another ten or twenty years. In fact, we converted our own office to a full digital record in early 2005.

In 2003, I was asked to serve on the Ohio State Dental Board and ultimately became President. I first found this new responsibility rather difficult. My focus had always been organized dentistry and advancement of the profession. Then, my total focus became protection of the public. This forced me to return to Dr. Clemens mentoring about looking at the whole picture. In reality, serving on the dental board has created balance and a broader perspective in my career. Many of the complaints that we addressed were social in nature. Now, the opioid and heroin addiction have become the deadliest drug epidemic in American history. Dentists have changed their prescribing patterns and become much more aware of patient’s health histories. Workforce issues continue to be a high priority and the ADA is supporting state dental associations who are lobbying to retain optimal patient care by a dentist.

Of course, I had many bumps in the road to leadership. I won some elections and lost some elections. In difficult times, I reached out to my mentors, good friends, and family for guidance. While there were definitely some “tough love” moments and some sleepless nights, I learned from my mistakes, became stronger and even more passionate. Throughout all the years, I remained true to my core values of integrity, hard work and kindness to others.

The year is now 2017. Donald Trump, a non-traditional candidate, was elected as the US President. Barack Obama is the first African American to have served as president, but we have yet to elect a female as president. The stock market is on fire and has hit record highs of 23,500. Average interest rates are about 3.5% and the average annual income is about $55,775. Gasoline is $2.59 a gallon and the current US Healthcare system is badly broken. Dental school classes are now about 50% women and much more diverse. Dentistry is rated by US News and World Report as the Number 1 Profession which did not happen by accident.

Now, as an ADA Trustee, I am constantly trying to learn more, listen more, and move strategic decisions to measureable action. We have been looking within to improve ourselves and our outcomes. Most recently, the Board of Trustees has employed experts in business innovation to develop unique opportunities and additional ways to support our members. New dentists have different wants and needs. They often have student debt of $250,000 and higher and want portability of licensure and a balanced lifestyle. Also, dentistry is more consumer driven and large group practices are growing in popularity. Many dentists are not as busy as they would like to be and the ADA is developing a marketing plan to help patients find an ADA Dentist more efficiently. The challenges are endless and the opportunities are infinite. Change is all around us.

Dentistry has been and continues to be a great profession. Our ADA is the nucleus of the energy. We are watching your back, helping you in every way possible, and guiding your success. To paraphrase several philosophers, do what you love, love what you do, and do it well! This is our Dream and the ADA, the ODA, your local dental society and I are here to help.

Billie Sue Kyger, DDS

ADA 7th District Trustee

kygerb@ada.org

 

 

Try Lifting or CrossFit this Winter! ~ District 6 Lifts

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By: Sarah Hausmann, The Ohio State University, ’20

It’s nearly winter and our time for fun in the sun is dwindling but not to worry! We have some ideas for you! Lifting and CrossFit are great ways to stay physically and mentally healthy year-round. Lifting promotes fat free body mass, increased bone density and your ability to perform daily tasks, and it improves your quality of life.

CrossFit is a great way to work out within a community. Many gyms offer free introductory classes. Grab some classmates and try a free class this week! Fight the stress of finals by fueling your fitness goals with a new workout regimen.

Through December 15 district 6 will be running a contest. Post a photo on Instagram of you and your friends lifting or participating in a CrossFit class. Tag @asdadistrict6 and hashtag #district6lifts to win a prize! Happy lifting and remember success expands beyond the classroom. Go out there and crush some goals!!! Follow this link for helpful beginner’s tips. https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/5-benefits-of-weight-training

District 6/7 Presentations

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The District 6/7 Meeting provided a lot of great information to take back to each individual chapter. Many of the presentations we had the honor to hear also provided great information via a powerpoint presentation. I will be uploading each presentation in this blog so everyone will have access to them for their own chapter to use!

Welcome to the updated Website!

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By: Justine Bednarski, The Ohio State University, District 6 Trustee

Welcome to the recently updated ASDA District 6 Website! The Cabinet was recently slated in April and we have been working hard to plan a successful year. With the district website, we hope that chapter members can use this as a resource to see what each local chapter has been accomplishing this year, along with updates from National ASDA. We plan to have updated blogs about health/wellness, advocacy efforts, and local chapter events. If you are interested in writing about your local chapter, or have any interesting dental topics to blog about, please feel free to send contributions to our Website Chair, Samantha Lindsey at lindsey.267@osu.edu . #ASDAfever

UMich Catches ASDA Fever for the Second Time

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by Riley Schaff, University of Michigan (2017)

Aside the New Years Resolutions of UMich ASDA, January 2016 brought our chapter’s second-annual ASDA Fever Week, beginning on January 11th.  ASDA Fever Week is a weeklong series of events designed to engage our members in all aspects of our ASDA chapter.  Monday began with a group of 24 students attending the Washtenaw District Dental Society meeting, our local component of the ADA.  At this meeting, students listened to Dr. Alan Mead give a talk about addiction in the dental office, specifically pertaining to how to recognize and manage addiction amongst fellow members of the dental community.  Along with giving tips for dealing with fellow practitioners’ addictions, he offered some real life examples that illustrated how prevalent the problem is in our community.

Tuesday’s events included free bagels and coffee from the Michigan Dental Association before classes and clinic, as well as a MDA-sponsored lunch and learn with a panel of new dentists.  Students were able to

Wednesday brought an exciting event:  the semifinals and final match of our first-ever ping-pong tournament.  Popcorn was popped and a lecture hall was reserved to watch four D1s duke it out in the semifinals.  Alan “Skip” Faber ended up being crowned the champion, beating out around 40 other participants.  It was a fun way to spend our afternoon off from classes and clinic!  It was followed by a group of 13 students spending time sorting food from local grocers to be distributed to those in need in the Ann Arbor community.

An NLC-inspired “Personal Branding for you and your Practice” workshop was held on Thursday as a fun and interactive way to get students thinking about which niches of dentistry they want to focus on and which qualities of a clinician they’ll strive to embody. D1 Rachael Vernon said, “It’s easy to forget that we will be dentists in just a few short years, so it was fun to set time aside to focus on where we see ourselves long term.”  Thursday also saw ASDA members gathering at Ashley’s Pub for a competitive trivia night in the basement. Participants snacked on food and drink while answering questions on topics ranging from Greek literature to geography to pop culture in two “Sporcle”-style rounds. Ultimately, a group of D2’s dominated the night scoring 20+ points higher than the 2nd place team.

The week concluded with a Health and Wellness Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Social.  Focusing both on healthy body and healthy mind, it was a great wrap-up to a week filled with fun and engaging events.

Oral Health in the Himalayas: The Gift of Toothpaste

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by Nicholas Reece, University of Michigan (2018)

 

Not many people in the states know about the country of Bhutan. It is a small kingdom nestled in the Himalayas and sandwiched between the two powerhouses India and China. With a population of merely 700,000, the entirely Buddhist culture has been shielded from the developed western world until about 16 years ago in 1999 when they first opened their doors and allowed TV and Internet to penetrate the everyday lives of the citizens. Known most by foreigners for it’s Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product and it’s attempt to become 100% organic, Bhutan is the living example of a society that many in our fast-paced stressful world only dream of.

It was to this unique culture that I found myself traveling on August 22, 2015 for my Summer Recess. Cat O’Brien, a good friend who lives and teaches in Bhutan, invited me to visit her school. After hearing her stories and seeing pictures, I knew what a unique opportunity this was and looked for a way to take full advantage of it.

The Taft Room, our then haphazard storage room, was getting cleaned and consolidated at the same time that I was preparing for my trip. I took advantage of this and went to StuCo President Luke Aiura and asked for his help. He found a couple of unexpired cases of pediatric toothpaste that were in line to be discarded. I took these cases with me as a gift for Cat’s students. After hearing about the lack of hygiene awareness in Cat’s school, I knew these were a perfect gift.

I carried on 72 sample size pediatric toothpastes through four airports and thirty-four hours of traveling. After arriving and a four-hour car ride full of green Himalayan Mountainsides later, I found myself in the small village of Thinleygang, Bhutan. Feeling the ten-hour time difference, I ate a small dinner and immediately fell asleep.

The next day I woke up in the clouds and tried to orient myself to the time difference and the village before heading to school with Cat. She teaches English to two sections of Class 4, about sixty students total. Her students were very excited to meet another foreigner and even more excited to learn that I brought them gifts from the States. As I passed out the toothpaste the students had to be instructed by Ms. Cat that, “this is not chocolate, do not eat it.” I followed with a little oral health instruction on how and when to use the toothpaste along with what it does to their teeth.

Word spreads quickly in small villages and very soon after class I had other Bhutanese teachers approaching me asking for “Colgate” –their word for any brand of toothpaste – and even after reaching Cat’s house at the end of the day villagers continued to ask if I had any left.

In my short time in Bhutan I observed that oral hygiene is not a primary concern of their population. Due to their diet of almost entirely rice and organic vegetables, most of the adults do not suffer from very much tooth decay. The young children, however, who are growing up in an increasingly developed country with chips, chocolates, and sweets being imported from India are experiencing exponentially more and more oral problems.

As my trip drew to an end, I reflected on how rapidly the country of Bhutan is changing. With more food being imported from India, oral health will soon gain more attention. After about a month, Cat tells me that she has students telling her that they still have their tubes of toothpaste and that they share it with their brothers and sisters. I felt very privileged to visit this protected country and very happy to be able to raise a little awareness of oral hygiene in the village of Thinleygang. 

I would like to thank Cat, my guides during my trip, as well as the O’Brien’s and others that made this trip possible.

If you would like to learn more or support the organization Cat is involved with, please visit The Bhutan Canada Foundation at www.bhutancanada.org.