The Benefits of Exercise

Exercise is Beneficial Today, thoughts of aging gracefully have been replaced by efforts to age successfully. As we age and look forward to longer life expectancies than past generations, we strive to age with good health. We try to eat healthy, limit our alcohol intake, stay physically active, stay connected with our friends and family and seek medical treatment when necessary. These are the right steps toward healthy aging. With good health, we can enjoy life and pursue new dreams and endeavors as we age. Good health includes both physical and mental well-being. A healthy mind contributes to a healthy body. The mind, like the body, benefits from low blood pressure, low cholesterol, nourishing food, a healthy weight, and physical activity. Regular physical activity helps to: Maintain and improve memory Maintain and improve mental ability Prevent dementia (impaired intellectual functioning) including Alzheimer’s disease Make us happy and prevent and alleviate depression Improve energy levels How does exercise do all that? Physical activity—whether it’s walking, running, swimming, dancing (we have a lot of choices)—helps to: Decrease heart rate Decrease blood pressure Decrease blood cholesterol Strengthen the heart and increase the flow of oxygen to the brain Improve reaction time Improve mobility If you are thinking about starting an exercise program, talk first with your doctor. Start slowly, take proper precautions (for example, walk in well-lit areas in sturdy shoes), and have fun. Remember, you don’t have to be athletic to benefit from regular physical activity.       The type of exercising you should do depends on your fitness level, age, etc. Again, you should always consult with your doctor...

February Community Newsletter

We Aspire for a Better You Welcome to the introductory issue of Aspire’s Community Newsletter! We want to share our objectives, ask for your feedback about the topics featured, and keep you up to date on our company news. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding medical care to the residents and communities we serve and utilizing state-of-the-art technology alongside compassionate and friendly patient care. Our services range from imaging, physical therapy, sleep diagnostics, oncology, and behavioral health. Employee of the Month Avie Johnson- Avie has worked with Aspire Hospital since November 2013 and has been through many changes at Aspire Hospital. She is a dedicated Patient Access Representative and has worked in multiple departments over the last year, including physical therapy and is currently with Huntsville Imaging. Not only has she learned new systems quickly, she’s always willing to help new hires. Coworkers say that Avie’s kindness is natural and patients from other departments still like to drop in to say hello. We appreciate you Avie! Making a Difference In the Month of January Aspire Hospital serviced over 500 Patients! We look forward to helping even more in February! Behavioral Health– 59 Patients Conroe Imaging– 325 Patients Huntsville Imaging– 282 Patients Sleep Center—33 Patients Physical Therapy—37  New Patients Cancer Center and Imaging—97 Patients Dustin Bessire, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Aspire Center for Rehab in Huntsville, recently got the opportunity to work with and treat Lane Johnson, offensive tackle of the Philadelphia Eagles. We wish Lane a speedy recovery! Physician Spotlight Anisa F. Gopalani, MD has been prac- ticing pain medicine for ten years. Dr. Gopalani’s medical education began...