Posts made in January, 2013

Maximize Your Workout: Find Your Target Heart Rate

Exercising within your target heart rate zone is the best way to maximize the benefits of your workout. In this video segment, Mills-Peninsula exercise physiologist Brooke Benjamin shows you how to find – and stay – within your target heart rate.

Healthy Aging Circles the Globe

Pictured, left to right: Marie Pochyla, John Macalik and Jana Hrdinova.

The people of Nivnice, a small town in the Czech Republic, may speak a different language, but they share some of the same challenges in caring for an aging population as we do in the United States.

While visiting family in Nivnice this past summer, John Macalik, co-chair of the Patient/Family Advisory Council at Mills-Peninsula, stumbled upon an opportunity to speak at the town’s senior care facility. Macalik’s father grew up in Nivnice. Residents and staff of the Senior Charity Home of Nivnice, which houses and cares for about 20 seniors, wanted to learn more about how communities in the United States are supporting healthy aging.  Read More

Correcting Home Hazards – a Good Step in Emergency Prep

Still pondering your New Year’s resolution for 2013? If you need some inspiration, you might consider resolving to be more prepared for emergencies in 2013. A good place to start is at home, going room by room to identify and correct potential home hazards, according to Deborah Tauscher, emergency preparedness coordinator at Mills-Peninsula.

Secure it or move it

Have you fastened your furniture properly to walls? Tall furniture, mirrors, televisions, pictures and book cases are all vulnerable in an earthquake. Remember, do not hang mirrors or pictures over your bed. Relocate these items to safer locations. Read More

Checkups, Screenings Not to Miss

Leading a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise can go a long way in keeping you healthy and helping you age successfully. But there are also some good reasons to go see your doctor even when you are well, according to Evelyn Khoo, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula family medicine doctor. “Good preventive health care that includes regular checkups, vaccinations and screening tests can help detect and prevent health problems before you even get sick,” says Dr. Khoo. “See your doctor regularly for checkups so he or she can help you take the best care of your health.”

What Happens During a Checkup?

When you go for a physical exam your doctor will take your blood pressure and calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI), which measures body fat based on height and weight. These measurements can then be used as check points to detect any changes in your health. Your doctor will also ask you questions about your lifestyle and health including your and your family’s health history, diet, exercise routine, smoking and alcohol consumption,
sexual habits and medications you are taking. “All this information is very important so that your doctor can give health advice tailored for you,” says Dr. Khoo.

Your checkup is also an excellent time to ask any questions you may have about your health. Jot down your questions before your checkup so you have them handy during your time with your doctor.

Vaccinations – Part of the Health Equation

Evelyn Khoo, M.D.

Although you might think all the important vaccinations are completed during the early years of childhood, there are several you should have at different times of your life to prevent contracting dangerous illnesses or diseases. “Certain vaccinations do not give lifelong immunity; for example, you should get a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster every 10 years,” explains Dr. Khoo. “And don’t forget your annual flu vaccination – it’s the best way to protect you from getting the flu. Seniors will also benefit from getting the shingles immunization.”

It’s Personal – The Right Health Screenings for You

“Each person is unique and will have different health issues,” explains Dr. Khoo. “Your doctor will determine which tests you need based on your family and personal health histories. He or she should also discuss the advantages and risk factors of each test or screening so together you can make the best decision for your health. The reason for taking screening tests should always be to improve your chance of staying healthy.” Your doctor will screen for the health issues at different times of your life depending on recommendations from organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Recommended screenings for adult men and women currently include:

  • Aortic aneurysm (men only)
  • Cancers: breast and cervical (women only),
  • prostate (men only), colon
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis

“Many of these diseases are silent,” says Dr. Khoo. “Without a screening test you may not know you have them. But if we catch these diseases early, we can intervene and prevent serious health complications and even an early death. That’s why preventive care is so important.” Find up-to-date information on recommended health maintenance and disease prevention guidelines on our website at