Thursday, January 03, 2013
Dieting is about eating healthy

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

When the New Year rings in many people start to think about dieting. In most cases, the reason is to lose weight. However, we often forget that the main reason for dieting is to eat healthy. Some people will say that they are going on a vegetarian diet. They think that means avoiding meats. A true vegetarian diet is one in which a balanced meal of vegetarian offerings provides the appropriate nutrients. There is no guarantee that simply avoiding meats is a way to a balanced diet.
Our culture has led to dieting for all the wrong reasons. For example, the media suggests that being thin makes one more attractive. The implication is that being thin will get one more suitors. While that may be true on the surface, it is not true for the long term. What makes an individual really attractive is their personality. That is shaped by much more than appearance. Another example is the suggestion that people who are thin are more successful. It might make sense that an individual presents better on a job interview if they are not overweight. However, to be successful, one needs to do a good job. That has nothing to do with weight.
The goal of a diet needs to be eating healthy foods. That will translate into an appropriate weight as a result as opposed to as a goal.
While the food pyramid has changed over the years, there are some rules that still hold true. The first is to get a balanced diet. That means one that contains all the vitamins and minerals that you need. The second rule is to make sure you get the proper vitamins and minerals. A true balanced diet will assure that.
There are two food groups that then become the main part of any healthy diet. The first is the fruit and vegetable group. This provides most of the vitamins and minerals that we need. The second is the grain group. This provides more of the minerals that we need. Many of these foods are enriched with vitamins as well. This food group contains much needed fiber. There is a need for protein food. That might take the form of meat or dairy products. However, the need is such that the amounts do not need to be a lot.
For example, we could look at a hamburger. The toppings provide the needed vegetables. The bun provides the needed grain. The meat patty provides the protein. The problem is that the amount of meat compared to the other two food groups is high. Thus, while the meal is varied, it is certainly not balanced. If you have fries with it, you are adding more vegetables. However, the fat that they are fried in adds an unnecessary food to the diet.
Perhaps, there is a more balanced way of doing this. Decreasing the meat and the fat from frying will make the meal healthier. It will also decrease the total amount of calories. Thus a more healthy meal leads to decreased calories. Weight loss is a byproduct of the process rather than a goal.

Surguy receives award
Bayhealth Certified Wound Ostomy Care Nurse Wendy Surguy, BSN, RN, CWOCN, of Felton was named 2012 Heath Educator of the Year for Bayhealth Milford Memorial. She received the Carol Soots Award, named for a long-time Emergency Department nurse at Milford Memorial who passed away.
A Bayhealth employee for one and a half years, Surguy previously worked in Bayhealth's Wound Care Center. Now she assists with the plan of care for inpatients with chronic or non-healing wounds, ostomy education and product management, and caring for patients with continence issues.
Surguy received her associate's degree from Pike's Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colo.; her bachelor's degree in nursing from Wilmington University; and her certification as a Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.
She is enrolled in the family nurse practitioner graduate program at Wilmington University.

Breast Health Forum scheduled
Sussex County resident Tenya Waples says she would not be riding a bicycle today if she hadn't gone to the doctor when she found a lump on her breast. She was only 39-years-old; it was the encouragement of friends and family that sent her for diagnosis and treatment.
Tenya was treated at Beebe Medical Center's Tunnell Cancer Center.
"There is one thing I know for sure," she says following her treatment. "You have to do things you have never done before."
As we begin 2013, Tunnell Cancer Center reminds women of the importance of self-examinations starting at age 18 and annual mammograms after the age of 40. For those who cannot afford this important cancer screening test, or who do not know where to turn once they have felt a lump on their breast, they are asked to contact Beebe Medical Center cancer screening nurse navigator Debbie Campbell, RN, at 645-3169. Debbie can sign them up for the next monthly Breast Health Forum, to take place Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tunnell Cancer Center at the Beebe Health Campus on John J. Williams Highway (Route 24) in Rehoboth Beach. The forum includes a mammogram and breast health information. Pre-registration is required. Free transportation can be arranged to and from the screening site.
"We know that early detection is the key to saving lives," Debbie Campbell says. "With the New Year upon us, we encourage all women to make sure that getting an annual mammogram is on their list of New Year's resolutions, if they have not been getting them already."
Tenya Waples knows it too. Being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer made her realize the importance of every moment of her life.
"I've opened my eyes to new experiences," she says. Since her treatment, Tenya has learned to swim, bicycle and meditate.

Cancer Survivorship Conference
The Sussex County Survivorship Coalition has organized a conference for cancer survivors and healthcare professionals from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel.
"After Ringing the Bell: A Cancer Survivorship Conference," is offered at no cost but attendees must register by Jan. 11, by calling Jo Allegro-Smith at 645-9150, or emailing
The conference, for which healthcare professionals will be able to earn continuing education units, will focus on helping survivors transition from patient to survivor. It will help attendees to identify tools and tips and to create a core component of a survivor care plan.
Survivors and healthcare providers will learn how to identify post treatment emotional concerns as they integrate mind-body medicine in cancer survivorship care.
Lille Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, administrative director of both the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and the Johns Hopkins Survivorship Programs, will speak.

Clare Wilson, RN, MS, cancer care coordinator at Tunnell Cancer Center, and a certified well coach, will speak about Mindful Living. Other speakers will be: Sage Bolte, PhD, with Inova Health System's Life with Cancer Program; and Judy Pierson, EdD, a licensed psychologist in Rehoboth Beach. A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

Temporary closure of two WIC sites The Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced the temporary closure of the Seaford and Newark Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office locations from Jan. 7-11. The WIC Program is implementing a new data system, Delaware WOW (WIC on the Web) to better serve participants. The implementation will temporarily impact the program at two sites, the Shipley State Service Center (Seaford location) and the Hudson State Service Center (Newark location) and WIC will not be able to provide services at these two locations. All other WIC locations will be open during this time frame.
The Hudson and Shipley WIC sites will re-open on Monday, Jan. 14, for regular business hours utilizing the new data system.
The Shipley State Service Center in Seaford is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WIC is working hard to ensure a smooth implementation of the data system, not disrupt client services, and alert WIC participants to the closure. WIC peer counselors are conducting special outreach to participants with expected delivery dates during this period to promote breastfeeding and assure understanding of limited service availability during system transition.
For more information on the transition or temporary closing of sites, call WIC at 1-800-222-2189. To learn more about Delaware WIC, visit and enter "WIC" in the search field.

Diabetes educational program
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will hold a four-session diabetes educational program on Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the hospital. Registration is required and the cost may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-session program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. Family members/significant others are welcome to attend the weekly sessions. To register and for more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.

Free tobacco cessation classes
Make quitting tobacco your first resolution for 2013. Join Bayhealth for its next seven-week series of tobacco cessation classes and let us help you eliminate cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco from your life.
Classes start Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, and are held on consecutive Wednesdays: Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, and Feb. 6, 13, 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the Bayhealth Education Classroom on 208 W. Water St., Dover.
The program is free for all Delaware residents. Participants must be at least 18-years-old to register. Quit week is mid-way through the program.
To find out more, contact Terry Towne, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC, at 302-744-6724, or visit To register, call 877-453-7107.

Breathe Well facilitator workshop
The American Lung Association in Delaware invites all healthcare professionals and professionals trained in asthma management to join them for the Breathe Well, Live Well Facilitator Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 630 Churchmans Rd., Ste. 202, Newark. The workshop will train qualified health professionals to be Breathe Well, Live Well certified facilitators. Breathe Well, Live Well is an adult asthma management program from the American Lung Association.
The workshop costs $300 for the day, with breakfast and lunch included. For more information or to RSVP, call Nicole Goldsboro at 302-737-6414 or email at

Go Red for Women 2013
The Southern Delaware Go Red For Women will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Tickets, which are $35 each, include extensive health screenings, $10 gift card from Macy's, guest gift bag and lunch, entertainment that includes fashion show and silent auction. Table sponsorships are $1,000 and exhibitor sponsorships are $1,500. The event begins at 10 a.m. with lunch and the program starting at noon. For more information, visit

Parkinson's support group meeting
The Nanticoke Parkinson's Education and Support Group will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on the third Monday of each month, from 10 to 11:30 a.m in the ballroom at the Nanticoke Senior Center. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and stay for lunch and a social time after the meeting.

HIV/AIDS Support Group
A new support group for HIV/AIDS will meet every other Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in the Branford Lounge at Epworth UMC at 19285 Holland Glade Rd., Rehoboth Beach. The group is sponsored by Epworth UMC, CAMP Rehoboth, the AIDs Delaware and Delaware HIV Consortium. For more information, contact David at

Bariatric surgery info sessions
When diet and exercise aren't enough to help you lose weight and keep it off, support and tools are available to help you meet your goals. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery can be the key to helping you get rid of many obesity-related health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and joint pain.
The first step in the process is attending an informational seminar. The Bayhealth Bariatric Program conducts monthly bariatric surgery seminars for people interested in weight loss surgery. The next session will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Milford Memorial Hospital Conference Rooms A & B and Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Kent General Hospital General Foods Conference Rooms 1 & 2.
Learn more about the Bayhealth Bariatric Program including the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery (LAP-BAND¨), The Laparoscopic Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, and the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Find out about the risks, benefits and outcomes.
Meet the surgeons, and staff of the bariatric program and ask them any questions and see if you meet the criteria for bariatric surgery.
These seminars are free of charge and all are welcome. Register by calling the Bayhealth Bariatric Office at 430-5454 or register online at