Ultramarathoner sets goal for cancer cause

Posted by on Friday, July 31st, 2015

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For Ron Moore, becoming an ultra-marathoner happened over the years as he evolved from short-distance venues to longer —and much longer—races.

Moore, senior physicist in ProNova Solutions’ research and development division, ran his first marathon in 2005. He didn’t finish, thanks to an injured calf, but was back at it the following year, completing the Chicago Marathon in 2006. He transitioned to trail running, completing his first 50K in 2010 and upping the ante from there. He finished a 70-mile race earlier this year.

“I ran track and cross country through high school and college, and as I started losing speed, I just ran farther,” he says.

Moore is training now for his first 100-mile race, the Pinhoti 100 set in Alabama’s Talladega National Forest. But this time he’s not just running for his own accomplishment. He will be raising money for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, a Provision partner non-profit founded by the noted Olympic ice skater and cancer survivor. The foundation funds world class research and quality care with the goal of improving cancer survivorship.

The reason is personal: A few years ago Moore’s wife, Patty, was diagnosed with renal clear cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer.

Doctors discovered the tumor during a routine MRI, part of a regular screening because of her high risk for breast cancer, which runs in her family, Moore says. The cancer is found most often in men ages 50-70. She was in her 30s.

“The doctor said, ‘This is an old, white guy’s cancer,’” he says. “It was pretty hard because it was so shocking.”

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Garden fresh recipes for healthy eating!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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If you’re staying in Knoxville awhile, be sure to check out our local farmers markets for treats galore! Here are a few, simple recipes to tempt your palate.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Herbs and Capers

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups tomato mixture and 1 bread slice)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups assorted heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds assorted beefsteak heirloom tomatoes, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (1/2-ounce) slices sourdough bread, toasted or grilled

Preparation

1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl. Sprinkle tomato mixture with salt and pepper; toss gently. Serve with bread.

Source: Cooking Light

Up next: Peppery Grilled Okra and Watermelon Slices with Mint and Lime

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Wholistic care for cancer patients

Posted by on Friday, July 24th, 2015

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Note: This feature article will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine Corporate Wellness.

When Sandy Tracy was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year, the last people she felt like talking to about it were her co-workers.

“I don’t like people feeling sorry for me,” she says. “I just wanted to go back to everything being ok. I just wanted to go on with life.”

And yet, managing the stress of a life-threatening disease in the place where she spent most of her waking hours was difficult.

“Sometimes I just needed somebody to talk to,” she says.

Supporting employees diagnosed with cancer involves much more than treating a disease. Cancer affects family, finances, faith and myriad other facets of life as individuals struggle to cope with a new reality. Creating a wholistic plan to address psychological, spiritual and wellness needs can create a positive environment in which people can fight their cancer, ultimately improving both their personal health outcome and their contribution once they return to normal life.

“Life threatening disease affects the productivity of workers, and cancer tops the list,” says Brenna Shebel, vice president of the National Business Group on Health. The NBGH is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group focused on health-related interests of large employers.

According to NBGH, although less than 1 percent of those covered by commercial health insurance are diagnosed with cancer, claims account for 10 percent of all medical costs, and overall spending on cancer care grew by $63 billion between 1990 and 2008. In 2009, and companies lost $33.6 billion in productivity for full-time employees serving as caregivers to cancer patients, and cancer is the leading cause in long-term disability.

As a result, it’s crucial for companies to create thoughtful, comprehensive benefit packages addressing the varied needs of cancer patients, both to a company’s culture and its bottom line, Shebel says.

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