Jamestown Medical Building Construction Update

The rain over Memorial Day weekend made things a little slick for construction workers currently working on the Jamestown Clinic Building.

With the steel structure of the building complete, construction this week will focus on framing the exterior walls and doors. Cement blocks can already be seen going in around the building’s foundation.

Other projects expected to begin this week include:

  • roofing deck (a layer that ties the roof’s structural components together)

In addition to the building itself, earth is being moved and the parking lot is taking shape. The new lot’s lighting has been roughed in and the bases for light poles are ready for concrete.

Next:

  • curbs and grading around the building
  • more roofing progress
  • construction to begin on building’s northwest corner, including windows!
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JRMC Reminds Patients to Get Blood Pressure Checked Regularly

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. The focus of this observance is to increase awareness about the prevention and treatment of this life-threatening condition.  Jamestown Regional Medical Center wants to remind you to get your blood pressure checked out. High blood pressure usually has NO signs or symptoms. The only way to know you have high blood pressure is to get it checked. Go to a doctor or local health clinic to get your blood pressure checked at least once a year. It is important to check it more often if you have high blood pressure.

 

Learn how to read your blood pressure number: blood pressure is always given as two numbers, systolic and diastolic. For example, 120 over 80 is written like this: 120/80. The top number (120), systolic, tells you the pressure of the blood when the heart is beating. The bottom number (80), diastolic, is the pressure when the heart is at rest.  Know your number. Less than 120/80 is normal blood pressure. 120/80 to 139/89 is prehypertension (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure). Your blood pressure could be a problem. 140/90 or more is high blood pressure.

 

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers the following five tips to prevent and control high blood pressure.

  1. Eat foods low in salt and sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. Also, watch your calories.
  2. Fruits, vegetables, nonfat or low fat dairy products, cooked dry beans and peas, fish, poultry, lean meats, nuts, and grain products, especially whole grains, are heart-healthy choices.
  3. Take off extra weight by cutting down on calories, eating smaller portions, and being more physically active.
  4. Cut back on alcoholic beverages. If you drink alcohol during celebrations with your family do so in moderation. This means no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.
  5. Take your blood pressure medicine as your doctor tells you.

Source: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov

Stay Healthy, Even While on the Job

Now is a good time to implement healthy eating and physical activity into your work routine. A healthy eating plan and regular physical activity are important for increased energy and productivity.

 

 

Here are some ideas:

  • Bring healthy snacks, such as fruits or vegetables.
  • Sip on water throughout the day to keep hydrated
  • Walk during lunch
  • Choose healthy meals or bring your own healthy meals to work.
  • Find time to relax.

For more information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, consult JRMC’s registered dietitian at www.jrmcnd.com and visit www.eatright.org for more healthy tips.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. Many crashes occur because motorcycles are hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. It is important that motorists always make a visual check for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Throughout May, the National Safety Council will encourage motorists to share the road with motorcyclists and be extra alert when they are nearby.

Fatalities involving motorists and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008. The mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was 37 times greater than for passenger car occupants.

“Throughout spring and summer the number of motorcyclists on the road will increase. It is important for both motorists and motorcyclists to be aware of one another,” said David Teater, NSC senior director of Transportation Initiatives. “To better defend themselves, motorcyclists should follow the rules of the roadway and wear protective gear, including a Department of Transportation compliant helmet.”

NSC offers these tips for motorists and motorcyclists:

Motorists

  • Allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle.
  • Be extra cautious in intersections. Most crashes occur when a motorist fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.
  • Give a motorcycle the full lane width – never try to share a lane.

Motorcyclists

  • Avoid riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Position motorcycle in lane where you will be out of a motorist’s blind spot.
  • Use turn signals for every turn or lane change.

Source: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/MotorcycleSafetyAwarenessMonth.aspx