Episode 1: Lee Health Solutions - Feel Educated and EmpoweredLiving the Healthy Life Podcasts
Brian Hubbard: [00:00] Welcome to the living healthy life podcast where we bring you the latest on health and wellness from the experts here at Lee Health. Discover what is happening in Lee Health and take away tips and inspirations to reach your ideal state of health.
Brian Hubbard: [00:24] Hello and welcome my name is Brian Hubbard and I am the manager for marketing and brand management at Lee Health. With me, is my cohost Carrie Bloemers, who is a registered dietician as well as the director of education and navigation at the Healthy Life Center at Lee Health Coconut Point. *laughter* A long title but well worth it! Hello Carrie how are you?
Carrie Bloemers: [00:43] Hi Brian, I’m here I am excited for our guest today.
Brian Hubbard: [00:46] Me too, I want to thank everyone out there for joining us today we are excited to welcome Rowe Hudson. He is the director of Lee Health Solutions. Rowe is a registered dietician and certified diabetes care and education specialist. He is here to tell us all about what Lee Health Solutions is and how that group helps educate community members about important health issues. So with all that said, welcome to the show Rowe!
Rowe Hudson: [01:10] Thank you Brian! Thank you Carrie! I appreciate the opportunity to be here.
Brian Hubbard: [01:13] Should be fun, I hope. So let’s jump right in! Uh I mentioned Lee Health Solutions so real quick right out of the gate… what is Lee Health Solutions and how does it help out the community?
Rowe Hudson: [01:23] Our primary purpose at Lee Health Solutions is really to help empower individuals to take a more active role in their health toward developing healthier habits and ultimately healthier lives and we accomplish this by providing self-management education programs to patients…well for patients on a variety of different health conditions.
Brian Hubbard: [01:42] That’s a lot of interesting stuff there. How did you find yourself in this role? How did you find this specialty because we always like to get to know a little bit about the people we have on? Where did that passion come from? What led you to this spot?
Rowe Hudson: [01:54] Well you know through a lot of life circumstances you kind of end up you know where you are but it originally started out that back in high school I really felt that my health could be better than it was at the time through different research opportunities I really looked at ways that I could improve my health. One of those ways being through adopting better nutrition habits. So by doing that I was able to lose weight, feel better, exercise more, all of those things and not only does that help you physically and you feel better physically but really mentally you feel a lot better and especially if you think of somebody at a high school age you know you’re still trying to find your own identity and it was really a definitely an emotional boost for me at that time. And so by having that level of success I really wanted to find ways to help others to achieve the same.
Brian Hubbard: [02:42] That’s inspiring! So you really lived this lifestyle you, you were a part of that, you found out that you had physical and mental benefits and boom here you are years later trying to help people.
Rowe Hudson: [02:52] Yeah! I mean it was just you know it was a wonderful experience and again just to be able to just help others achieve that and even greater than what I was able to achieve was something that I was really passionate about and continue to be.
Brian Hubbard: [03:04] And Carrie I know you’re a registered dietician as well so I wanted to see what you thought about that and if you’ve got similar experience.
Carrie Bloemers: [03:09] Absolutely! So fun fact here in this room Rowe hired me as a dietician on his team about… it was almost exactly eight years ago
Brian Hubbard: [03:18] Eight years, okay
Carrie Bloemers: [03:20] Eight years and three weeks
Brian Hubbard: [03:21] Okay!
Carrie Bloemers: [03:21] Just hit that anniversary
Brian Hubbard: [03:22] Not that you count!
Carrie Bloemers: [03:23] Yeah so I can relate to Rowe’s you know personal story there and just that’s you know from my internal knowledge of Lee Health Solutions that’s how the teams composed you know there’s some passionate, credentialed, experienced dieticians, diabetes educators, we’re really passionate about educating the community and working with their patients. We’re fortunate we have a dietician from Rowe’s team right at our Healthy Life Center in Coconut Point-
Brian Hubbard: [03:52] Okay
Carrie Bloemers: [03:53] -so she’s an extension of our team who is always ready and willing to answer questions even when people come up to our desk just for a little help and then to get scheduled from there as they need it so you know personally that’s why I’m here in this game too. I a hundred percent believe and have experienced the benefits of that healthy lifestyle… What you eat, how it makes you feel, your energy level-
Brian Hubbard: [04:18] Ah that’s so true
Carrie Bloemers: [04:19] -so there’s a whole team of people just like that
Brian Hubbard: [04:23] I want to come back to that about eating and having it make you feel a certain way because I could speak from personal experience on that I know everyone’s excited to hear my personal story. That was sarcasm! So I want to go back to Rowe, one of the things that we know to be true um is you talk about Lee Health Solutions and all of the stuff that it does. More health systems are really engaged with preventive medicine and preventive programs. The idea is to give community members that sense of power basically when it comes to health. So for Lee Health Solutions I’m guessing that means specific classes, programs whether that’s virtually or in-person especially with COVID I know the virtual programs have probably increased. Can you tell us a little bit about all of that?
Rowe Hudson: [05:03] Yeah sure. As Carrie pointed out you know we really do have the dedicated team of educators who really want to promote health and help individuals achieve the best that they can as it relates to their health and achieve their health goals. So our team primarily consists of registered nurses and registered dieticians that offer these different services and as you mentioned we do offer programs via Telehealth but also we do continue to offer programs in person with appropriate social distancing-
Brian Hubbard: [05:31] Gotcha!
Rowe Hudson: [05:31] -we have programs that address diabetes. We have programs that address pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes which is diabetes during pregnancy. We have programs addressing chronic disease and chronic pain and even living with HIV. We really want to try to help people where they are and help provide them with the tools to improve and that’s really what our overall goal is. One of our programs that we recently expanded is our medical nutritional therapy program again offering both in-person and virtually that allows individuals to meet with a registered dietician for a customized meal plan based on whatever their health condition is-
Brian Hubbard: [05:10] Right
Rowe Hudson: [05:11]-so for example if somebody has renal disease they can meet with a dietician who’s going to provide them with a specific plan for their condition. Or maybe someone has high blood pressure or somebody has celiac disease and they need to be on a gluten-free diet. Whatever the case may be they can meet with that individual one on one and really tailor the eating plan to what their needs are.
Brian Hubbard: [05:31] Are you finding that a lot of people a lot more people recently whatever the trend may be are, are signing up for these programs… they are successful, people are seeking you out for specific issues, your numbers are growing and that kind of thing? I guess the you know the point I’m trying to get at is you know it used to be everyone thought of the health system as a hospital you know you go when you’re sick. You’re talking more preventive stuff and getting people healthy habits. Are you seeing that trend take hold and how are you guys working with all that?
Rowe Hudson: [05:58] Yeah absolutely! I think even in the past I would say even five to ten years we’ve seen a lot more of an increase and a lot more interest in those areas for prevention where people truly feel that they have a role to play in their health-
Brian Hubbard: [07:11] Right
Rowe Hudson: [07:12] -and how we can help them in the roles is again what we’re trying to do so Telehealth definitely significantly increased our reach-
Brian Hubbard: [07:21] Right
Rowe Hudson: [07:22] -because now you had individuals that maybe for one reason or another they couldn’t come in and see us and having the Telehealth option has really helped boost attendance and participation.
Carrie Bloemers: [07:31] I can definitely see that. I remember patients trying to rush after work or before their work day and I just think of how huge that is for our community of all ages that then they have the ability and access to squeeze it in from wherever they are during their work day and to be able to then speak to the expert about their nutrition health concerns… That’s amazing! That’s a great benefit!
Brian Hubbard: [07:54] Right
Rowe Hudson: [07:55] And then also you know some individuals may be apprehensive about utilizing Telehealth, the Telehealth platform but we do have our team is very knowledgeable in it and we do work with individuals who maybe don’t have the same level of comfort. So really anyone who can’t come in and see us don’t let the lack of Telehealth experience be a reason that you don’t come and interact with us, we’re there to help you even with the technical side.
Brian Hubbard: [08:21] That’s a good point because like you said some people may not be comfortable with that kind of thing or maybe it’s not comfortable but they just don’t know how what to click and where to go and that kind of stuff uh which brings me to sort of my next point because of COVID because of the reach you guys are trying to do virtual events so let’s say I wanted to sign up for a virtual event now I think we all know when you’re in person there’s certain things you expect you know you’re going to get a handout, lecture, whatever it may be. How would a virtual event work, how does that sort of change or alter or improve the dynamic that you might have with a patient?
Rowe Hudson: [08:52] Well, they are still going to sign up with us the same way our, our main customer service representative still signs the participant up. The difference is if they are a program that requires program materials we make sure we schedule that appointment within enough advance notice so that we can mail out materials so in a lot of cases if it’s a booklet or something like that they’ll get it in the mail other times if it’s specific handouts those are things that we can e-mail to them so it really just depends on the particular program that the overall goal is to provide a service that is identical if not better than what you would get in person.
Brian Hubbard: [09:28] That makes sense.
Brian Hubbard: [09:29] Rowe and real quick what, what of this question is kind of for both of you, you’re you mentioned some of the programs that you have the pre-diabetes and all of that chronic pain and chronic disease which one of those and maybe it’s all of them which one of those are you seeing maybe the most concerned about the most interesting right now like maybe what’s your number one and two health concern for people at this region right now?
Rowe Hudson: [09:52] Well I think with diabetes just continuing to become really an epidemic and you know newly diagnosed diabetes is you know happening in a rapid increase. I think certainly diabetes is part of that but honestly through COVID a lot of people really wanted to know what they could do to boost their immune system-
Brian Hubbard: [10:09] oh okay
Rowe Hudson: [10:10] -you know to work off against COVID and especially true before the vaccines were available but even with the vaccines available people are looking at opportunities that they have control over to really improve their situation but really we see interest in all of our programs because people have different conditions and different concerns and so really our goal is to be able to provide a resource for them whatever their health condition.
Brian Hubbard: [10:33] That’s great! What, what do you think is behind the, the diabetes so you’re talking about it’s, it’s boosting, it’s growing, the numbers are off the…what do you, I mean I think I kind of know the answer to this but to hear it from the experts…What do you think is sort of the reason and what people, what would you advise people can do besides you know obviously you want them to reach out to you and you want them to sign up but what is some of the things that you’re, that you would advise about diabetes?
Rowe Hudson: [10:57] I think you know it’s lifestyle as Americans and there’s several components to that. It’s some of the obvious ones may be which would be more convenience foods, more processed foods which automatically are higher calorie, less nutrition in those foods, lack of activity, lack of exercise, so you, you are kind of hitting it on two sides, you’re putting less healthy food into the body which creates inflammation, obesity and those types of things-
Brian Hubbard: [11:25] Right
Rowe Hudson: [11:26] -and you’re not exercising which can help reduce some of that but the other piece of that is exercise also serves as a, as a stress manager. If you’re not able to manage stress and find mechanisms that you can employ that will really help bring your stress level down. In some aspects that could be equal to or worse than the eating and the exercise that you’re not doing. So we really, even though someone may come to see us and may think they’re only getting information on nutrition we’re also talking to them about those other areas so that they can really be successful in this so it’s a several pronged approach and I think just overall as Americans unfortunately the jobs that we are in, in a lot of cases, are very sedentary-
Brian Hubbard: [12:08] Yeah
Rowe Hudson: [12:09] -and then you may be mentally fatigued even though you’re not physically fatigued so it does make it more challenging but the idea that we, we try to impart to our participants again is that they have control over this and a little bit of planning upfront can certainly make a big difference.
Brian Hubbard: [12:24] Absolutely right, oh go ahead Carrie
Carrie Bloemers: [12:26] Yeah I would say you know Rowe just hit the nail on the head and I think as clinicians we, we’ve known this was going to happen like we know that diabetes is going to continue unless we make some drastic changes and I think at any age we have that ability to make that change to prevent the diabetes. One of the things is it’s not just one day you wake up with diabetes you know it’s that-
Brian Hubbard: [12:50] Right, that’s a good point!
Carrie Bloemers: [12:52] -behavior over years and years in our time and our habits that leads to that inflammation Rowe’s mentioned that we are all either fueling the disease or fighting it with our healthy behavior so really addressing it before and that’s what the diabetes prevention program you know that’s when you first might get that elevated blip on your lab results where you know you want to make that change now before you have that long-term damage so it’s just that you know we go back to it and that’s why we’re here in this show you know to talk about lifestyle and get those tools out there to the community.
Brian Hubbard: [13:29] So if someone gets a like you said a blood test and they see that the level is off or it’s too high or whatever is that usually the first sign someone will have if they might have pre diabetes or something like that? Or is there other signs that they might be looking for?
Rowe Hudson: [13:41] Well it really depends. In a lot of cases, it is but really some people can have signs even before that you know typical signs of diabetes you think about blurry vision, increased thirst, fatigue, and those can certainly be related to other things-
Brian Hubbard: [13:54] yeah
Rowe Hudson: [13:55] -um sometimes people don’t even have a clue their blood sugar is high until…we had several instances where people go and they want to get life insurance and they have to have a blood test and that’s the first indication that they have…they have diabetes. So again they had no symptoms so really it’s very, it’s very individualized as far as what people may or may not experience.
Carrie Bloemers: [14:17] And that’s the importance of having that primary care physician and-
Brian Hubbard: [14:20] Right
Carrie Bloemers: [14:21] -each of us going on an annual basis because they have routine labs that if we are an active participant in our health and in our health management we can have awareness of those numbers and if we see something happening over time then we make a change before we even hit that pre diabetes level so that
Brian Hubbard: [14:40] That’s the key! You gotta go to the doctor!
Carrie Bloemers: [14:42] It is important! You know I love blood work because it’s actually an inside, a snapshot of what is happening in your body otherwise you know there will be signs or symptoms or of these things that Rowe mentioned but it’s some hard data there
Brian Hubbard: [14:57] Do we need to say, I was just talking about this the other day we hate to tell people “you have to go to the doctor” but you’re really it’s not that you HAVE to it’s good you have to establish a relationship going to the doctor, it’s not a…it doesn’t have to be painful thing and this and that an ordeal you go to your primary care doctor to have a conversation to just talk about your life like you said going back to what you said about food and mental health so if you’re eating food and you may not know the connection but your like your starting to feel drained, you’re starting to feel stressed, there’s probably a…What are some of those foods that might make you feel feel a little mentally clogged?
Roe Hudson: [15:35] Well I mean a lot of your processed foods are high in sugar, salt, and fat and so that might initially after you eat it kind of give you a little bit of a high and you might feel good after it-
Brian Hubbard: [15:43] Right
Roe Hudson: [15:44] -um but you know you, you tend to come off that high relatively quickly and then you have a couple of options there where you can try to get through it or you eat more of those foods and-
Brian Hubbard: [15:56] Right
Roe Hudson: [15:57] -and it’s a vicious cycle and then over time I mean certainly that you know has several negative consequences
Brian Hubbard: [16:01] Yeah
Roe Hudson: [16:02] certainly psychologically would be up there as well
Carrie Bloemers: [16:05] Absolutely. Yeah, I think people also attribute a lot of guilt when they know they’re eating food that is not the best for us so then we get in that cycle of beating ourselves up so it just leads, it increases this mental load and you know that brain fog, that fatigue that just you know there really showing especially now there’s research going on related to COVID and that it spiked a mental health conditions or anxiety and you know looking at the food we eat and how that does make a difference of how we feel
Brian Hubbard: [16:35] You’re talking about the diabetes epidemic not to get off topic but again to that point there’s a mental health epidemic as well so when someone starts feeling that way what programs your experts, dieticians, whatever it may be you know once you’ve talked to your primary care doctor or they reach out to Lee Health Solutions directly however the case may be…your goal is to help them then identify that problem and fix that problem.
Roe Hudson: [17:02] Yeah we work with them to establish goals and we certainly want to learn a little bit more about them so we understand what, what is important to them. You know, some people might be interested in getting healthier because they want to get a new job and they want to feel better about themselves. A lot of people want to get healthier for family members- children, grandchildren, they want to be around. I do want to though make sure to be clear that if someone is experiencing any signs of depression, or any type of behavioral health related issues they really do need to follow up with their doctor first-
Brian Hubbard: [17:33] Right
Roe Hudson: [17:34] -contact the doctor, but certainly those are elements of you know how we eat and how we take care of ourselves that we would cover in our classes or our one on one consultations
Brian Hubbard: [17:44] And that brings up another point if someone goes to Lee Health Solutions, they call you, you get set up, can you take me through what maybe that first initial meeting is like?
Roe Hudson: [17:53] Yeah, it’s a one on one meeting. Let’s say for example, it’s a meeting with a registered dietician so what’s going to happen in that first meeting is they’re going to talk with that individual about what are their goals for this particular meeting. What do you want to be able to achieve, short term and long term? and then talk about you know what are they currently eating and then make some suggestions together with the, with the participant-
Brian Hubbard: [18:17] Right
Roe Hudson: [18:18] -on things that you know maybe they can approve on. It does no good for a dietician to say you know “here’s your eating plan, take it, have a nice day” or “here’s what I think you should eat and I’ll write it out for you” It has to be mutually established with that person because otherwise it’s not going to work.
Brian Hubbard: [18:35] That’s not fun
Roe Hudson: [18:36] It’s different from one person to another, that’s again the benefit of an individual consult.
Carrie Bloemers: [18:40] Yes. Yeah, I remember that as being in that role and people would. They’d ask for meal plans and it was part of that initial encounter where it’s that conversation of you know the meal plan might work for a month but that’s not something that meets your lifestyle where you are so it’s not going to be a long term-
Brian Hubbard: [18:48] Well it’s like if someone doesn’t-
Carrie Bloemers: [18:58] -sustainable
Brian Hubbard: [18:59] -have time to make the meal then we go back-
Carrie Bloemers: [19:00] -Yes, behavior!
Brian Hubbard: [19:01] -then we go back to where we were!
Carrie Bloemers: [19:02] mhmm, so it’s really finding out where that person is out and making changes that they can you know manage within their lives and lifestyles as well
Rowe Hudson: [19:14] But it’s also you know just like you just said you know they don’t have time to make the meals well again based on their lifestyle, that is something we are going to discuss with them so what opportunities are there for either meals that can be put together pretty quickly or opportunities for some grab and go meals that might be healthier choices versus going through the drive-through or something like that so again better understanding the person and their life and their goals is going to help us better prescribe something back to them that’s going to be most helpful.
Brian Hubbard: [19:44] It’s all about understanding your patients and clients, or whatever you call it as individuals. Everyone has their own struggles, everyone has their own lifestyle, that’s to me just sitting here listening to it you know that sounds like an energetic, positive thing that you’re already starting to get across.
Brian Hubbard: [20:00] And you guys mentioned briefly you said someone mentioned children a moment ago so we have two parents in the room. Rowe, you have two children, is that correct?
Rowe Hudson: [20:07] I do.
Brian Hubbard: [20:08] Do you mind telling us their ages?
Rowe Hudson: [20:09] Yeah, I have a sixteen-year-old and a fourteen-year-old.
Brian Hubbard: [20:11] oooooh they’re right at the golden years.
Rowe Hudson: [20:14] Yeah, good times.
Brian Hubbard: [20:16] And Carrie, you have three youngsters?
Carrie Bloemers: [20:17] Yep. I have six, four and a year and a half.
Rowe Hudson: [20:20] So, you guys live this professionally obviously your experts at that. Can you tell me quickly then how you live it at home with your family? Depending on your children, your spouses, whatever the case may be. How does that sort of work in your own household?
Rowe Hudson: [20:35] Well one thing I think you can’t do is be militant about the whole thing. So you know there is a balance to all of this.
Carrie Bloemers: [20:41] mhmm
Rowe Hudson: [20:42] However, I can’t stress enough if you, if you have little little ones and you have the opportunity…introduce them to healthy foods right off the bat.
Brian Hubbard: [20:51] Right
Rowe Hudson: [20:52] It’s not a rite of passage that if they’re one-year-old they need to be trying to taste what coke tastes like or ice cream
Carrie Bloemers: [20:58] mmmmm
Rowe Hudson: [20:58] -or things like that. They will have plenty of opportunities later in life. So I think when you can establish and increase their taste buds for things that might be healthier-
Brian Hubbard: [21:07] Yep
Rowe Hudson: [21:07] -that just works wonders. Now if you are already passed that point then you know just continuing to introduce healthy foods, try different things, try different ways to prepare things certainly help. So you know that’s what we try to do, we certainly try to have healthy foods available at most meals. No one’s a hundred percent perfect
Brian Hubbard: [21:26] Right
Rowe Hudson: [21:27] -but you know, only drinking water at your meals. It doesn’t have to be sugar beverages again there will be opportunities for that. So I think it’s developing habits young.
Brian Hubbard: [21:38] It’s important to stress it’s not that you’re cheating when you have something that may not be…you don’t have to like you said about the guilt-
Carrie Bloemers: [21:45] You don’t have to blame it on
Brian Hubbard: [21:46] -it’s okay to have a little something maybe you know that’s carb heavy or whatever the case may be
Rowe Hudson: [21:52] Or something sweet here and there
Brian Hubbard: [21:52] Yeah!
Carrie Bloemers: [21:53] Mhmm!
Brian Hubbard: [21:55] Carrie, what’s your experience in, in your place?
Carrie Bloemers: [21:57] So, so much of what Rowe is saying we’re living that and trying to introduce things but with family, as our kids get older the schedules get more complicated and I’m sure Rowe lives this with the older kids I think it’s being prepared and planning. So placing that importance on it so that you make some time so and we’re not perfect here at this. We always return to oh we didn’t plan any meals, we just went to the grocery, I don’t know what we’re going with this, and we’re pulling this and this and then that’s when we end up pulling out the chicken nuggets more routinely because we don’t have a plan! So yeah my kids have eaten chicken nuggets way more than ever during COVID but it’s then returning to what’s our day for planning before we go to the grocery, checking those items off, if it is a little meal prep over the weekend so we’re prepared for the week, let’s do it but we have to bring ourselves and hold ourselves accountable to that time after time so we’re not perfect and we all do this where we you know we launch something and we’re good at the routine and then we slip so it’s also just having some leeway with yourself but always returning and getting back to it.
Brian Hubbard: [23:03] Be kinder to yourself!
Carrie Bloemers: [23:05] Be kind!
Brian Hubbard: [23:06] It’s okay! You guys aren’t perfect, I’m not perfect like you said that’s a great. People go to experts sometimes and they think you know you guys live it this way and it’s this way but it’s really not. You guys are people too.
Carrie Bloemers: [23:15] We are.
Brian Hubbard: [23:17] And you would have, everyone has their own weaknesses, you probably like a food, I mean I’m full of food weaknesses myself
Carrie Bloemers: [23:22] mmmhmm. Yeah-
Brian Hubbard: [23:23] But it’s okay!
Carrie Bloemers: [23:24] -so I think that planning when you hit these family stages um I don’t know Rowe what you guys do, meal plan or
Rowe Hudson: [23:29] Yeah, I mean sometimes you know you have opportunities to make something in advance and freeze it even-
Carrie Bloemers: [23:34] mhmmm
Rowe Hudson: [23:35] -so there’s opportunities there but certainly we have convenience foods as well but again when you know, you know it’s crazy busy like you’re talking about… have those convenience foods that are a little bit healthier-
Carrie Bloemers: [23:46] Yes!
Rowe Hudson: [23:46] -so it’s just that much easier to-
Brian Hubbard: [23:48] Right!
Rowe Hudson: [23:49] -to have you know so pre-planning is a big part of it. The other thing you know never give up you know if you have a bad day, two bad days, two bad weeks, two bad months, don’t think it’s all over, this isn’t going to work for me.
Carrie Bloemers: [24:02] Right!
Rowe Hudson: [24:03] Maybe you haven’t quite yet found exactly the right thing that does work for you. So again, never give up and you know reach out and seek out help when necessary.
Brian Hubbard: [24:11] And that’s where Lee Health Solutions can come in and provide you that support. It’s okay to ask for help.
Rowe Hudson: [24:15] mhmm
Brian Hubbard: [24:16] These experts are here to help!
Rowe Hudson: [24:18] Yep! And one other thing I wanted to mention about that, we don’t meet with you one time and then say that’s it.
Brian Hubbard: [24:24] Right!
Rowe Hudson: [24:25] We want to see you back again because we want to see how you’re doing and help you through it maybe there was something that didn’t work for you. Well let’s talk about something else that we can change you know in that
Brian Hubbard: [24:34] It’s a relationship,
Carrie Bloemers: [24:35] Yes
Brian Hubbard: [24:35] -it develops and it’s like having a primary care doctor and you come back and you sort of nurture that
Carrie Bloemers: [24:39] Yes and what works changes over time, you know.
Brian Hubbard: [24:43] True!
Carrie Bloemers: [24:43] We are all growing, changing, developing our life stages change and
Brian Hubbard: [24:46] and you reach my age things start going south quickly so I see what you’re saying
Carrie Bloemers: [24:50] *laughter*
Brian Hubbard: [24:50] I think that’s what your kind of meaning, that’s what you mean,
Carrie Bloemers: [24:52] Yeah!
Brian Hubbard: [24:53] -develop, age, all that
Carrie Bloemers: [24:55] mhmm
Brian Hubbard: [24:56] Interesting
Carrie Bloemers: [24:57] Yeah and what works today might not be the thing that works next year and it’s like Rowe said not giving up and throwing it all out of the window it’s returning to that health because you know as you get older we don’t have and maintain our health then we’re not going to have that quality of life or enjoyment so we’re really you know our departments, our team here at Lee Health, our goal is to help you thrive and feel good and energized within your current phase of life.
Brian Hubbard: [25:21] That’s excellent, that’s I mean this is an exciting conversation I appreciate you guys. Is there anything else either one of you would like to add as we come up on time here don’t want to keep you guys here too long?
Rowe Hudson: [25:29] No, I think we’ve pretty much covered it but again you know the goal is to help individuals realize that they have an active role to play in their health. Certainly seeing the doctor helps and being on medications if they need to be helps but there is a role to play for everyone. We don’t just have to do what the doctor says only and only take medications. What you do through your activities of daily living and how you conduct your days can really either positively or negatively affect your health and again we want to help you adopt those positive lifestyle behaviors.
Brian Hubbard: [26:11] Rowe Hudson, Lee Health Solutions, thank you so much. That was fantastic! Reminder to our listeners:
You can reach out directly to Rowe Hudson and his expert team. The number is 239-424-3120. 239-424-3120. You can also find more information about Lee Health Solutions on our website www.leehealth.org. When you go to www.leehealth.org you can just search for Lee Health Solutions in the bar and it’ll pop right up usually. Of course, you can google that name as well. You’ll find more conditions and resources as well as well-written blog articles and info there. Rowe, there’s an email address as well, is that correct where people can reach out?
Rowe Hudson: [26:47] There is. The email address is our department name, all one word [email protected]
Brian Hubbard: [26:54] Excellent. Check the transcript for those numbers as well. So we appreciate you being here Rowe. Carrie, thanks again.
Carrie Bloemers: [27:01] Absolutely!
Brian Hubbard: [27:02] We hope you guys will tune back in for upcoming episodes. We’ll be interviewing experts around Lee Health so you can learn about what we do and how we strive every day to fulfill our mission to the community to provide the best care close to home. So thanks for listening everyone and have a great day!
Rowe Hudson, director of Lee Health Solutions, takes you through in-person and virtual events for diabetes, pain, medical nutrition—things you need to ward off future health complications.