Tips for Staying Healthy in the Winter

February 15, 2019 -- Much of the United States has been experiencing a polar vortex of snow, ice and negative temperatures that keeps us inside – often snuggled up with a box of tissues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says common colds (there are millions of cases each year in the United States) are the main reason that children miss school and adults miss work. What’s more, the peak of flu season can occur anywhere from late November through March.

Why the spike in the winter? Germs actually travel faster in the cold air, and being inside more often makes it harder to prevent illness, said Theresa DeLorenzo, DCN, RD, director of Logan University’s nutrition and human performance program. To help us all stay healthy through the cold and gray months, Dr. DeLorenzo offers a few practical tips:

  • Get outside. Whether it’s a walk in the morning, on your lunch break or in the evening after work, try to spend some time in the fresh air each day – it can boost your mood and physical health.
  • Sleep. Your body needs at least eight hours of shuteye each night to help fight off sickness.  
  • Exercise. Join your local gym, take a spin class, walk or run outside, or follow a few fitness videos online from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t matter how you move your body – just that you are active. If you do hit up the gym, be sure to sanitize equipment before and after each use to decrease the spread of germs.
  • Stay hydrated. It’s a common misconception that you don’t have to drink as much water during the colder months as you would during the warmer months, but your body needs water regardless of outdoor temps. Aim to drink eight glasses a day.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Nutrients we receive from produce, such as vitamins A and C, help fight illness and strengthen the immune system, as does zinc, which is found in chicken, nuts and shellfish.  
  • Supplement with Vitamin D. During the winter months, anyone who lives above 30 degrees latitude (Boston and further north) is unable to synthesize Vitamin D from the sun. Since Vitamin D is not present in large doses in foods (fortified milk, shiitake mushrooms and eggs are a few good sources), Dr. DeLorenzo recommends supplementing with 400 to 1,000 IUs of Vitamin D from October to March. 

Meet Dana Wehrli, Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning

February 13, 2019 -- Dana Wehrli joined the Logan University team in October as the Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and has loved her time as a Leopard so far. “Everyone has been so kind to me. There is such a sense of community and belonging here that you can’t find anywhere else,” Dana said.

Bringing more than 20 years of experience in higher education to her current position, Dana has a passion for career development and helping students navigate the job search process.

At Logan, Dana is working to expand career support to serve all students, traditional and non-traditional, and ensure all students have access to the tools and materials they need to succeed at any time of day, any day of the week.

“The biggest change that I’ve seen in this industry over the last 20 years is the transition to web-based career services,” Dana explained. “Brick-and-mortar classes are great, but they aren’t realistic for every student. There is no ’one-size-fits-all’ approach to career services because there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of student.”

Because of this digital shift, Dana is constantly tailoring her materials and services to each individual student and his or her unique needs.

Dana can review students’ professional correspondences such as resumes, CVs and cover letters, and she can provide individualized coaching to assist students with navigating various types of interviews, and help students develop and implement a job search strategy.

Dana is available during regular business hours in her office on campus and can also be reached via email, phone or video conference.

“I try to make myself as available as I can for my students, because I know how important this process is for them.” 


Parker Seminars Feature Logan Alumni Speakers

February 12, 2019 -- Four Logan University alumni will be presenting at the upcoming Parker Seminars Feb. 21-23 in Las Vegas. 

  • Alicia Yochum, RN, DC, DACBR will be presenting a case-based lecture, reviewing a wide range of pathology from sports injury, arthritis, infection and neoplasm, all of which have come through practicing chiropractors' doors. Dr. Yochum will also address proper utilization of imaging. 
  • Troy Dukowitz, DC will teach DCs the proper steps necessary to move patients from back and neck pain to subluxation-based, wellness type models. He will discuss neuro-communication strategies to help empower patients to a better understanding of chiropractic and its implications in their lives. This program is presented to enhance the chiropractic practitioner's and staff's understanding of these tools to communicate vertebral subluxation in the context of today's health care setting while helping them to increase confidence delivering chiropractic care and their message. 
  • Jonathan Soltys, DC, MS, Cert. MDT will be presenting a three-part series on Practical Applications of McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, a system of assessment, classification, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. The assessment incorporates repeated test movements in various planes and static positions to determine the direction in which a patient needs to move and with how much force to begin (based on centralization of symptoms and changes to obstructed movement). 
  • Kevin Christie, DC, CEAS II will guide DCs toward achieving a thriving practice by implementing modern and ethical marketing strategies to grow their business. Additionally, Dr. Christie will provide a framework to implement a fully-involved marketing plan for your business or future practice. 
Best of luck to our Logan alumni and many thanks for exemplifying what it means to be a leader in chiropractic. 

For those attending Parker Seminars, please join Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald and Logan Vice President of Chiropractic and Alumni Relations Dr. Ralph Barrale for a Logan Alumni and Friends Reception. The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the Paris Hotel and will include complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. RSVP here and visit Logan's booth (406) during the seminars. 

Finding Success in Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Practices

February 4, 2019 -- Join Logan University and Logan’s Student American Chiropractic Association on Feb. 11 to learn more about finding success in patient-centered, evidence-based practices with Ray Tuck, DC and Lee Matthis, DC of Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, a large multi-clinic group practice in Virginia. 

A reception will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Purser Center with the lecture immediately following. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcome to attend this free event, however registration is required. Click for more information and to RSVP.

It’s the greatest time to be a chiropractor,” said Dr. Tuck. “With the need for more conservative options for pain, as well as an overall philosophy in health care centering around cost effectiveness and wellness, chiropractic has an opportunity to be one of the key elements in care delivery.”

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Tuck has been successful in replicating quality, patient-centered care through continuous evaluation and improvement in his clinic system of 18 doctors. “Once we were able to define quality and train our clinical team, we were able to create metrics to provide feedback to our group, enabling them to continuously improve while keeping the patient at the center of our activities―also known as patient-centered care.”

Dr. Tuck said he’s always respected the patient’s voice in care delivery and believes it has been the most critical piece of creating successful outcomes. “Key metrics, such as the patient’s perception of the care received and defined quality metrics on the care delivery while using best business practices, will position all caregivers for success in today’s and tomorrow’s health care world.”

For more information about Dr. Tuck and his team, visit tuckclinic.com.

Employment Opportunities at Logan

February 1, 2019 -- Logan is currently seeking applicants for a variety of positions, including online adjunct teaching opportunities. Our collaborative and supportive work environment allows faculty and staff the opportunity to make a difference in our students’ lives.  For a list of open positions, please visit our Human Resources page. Interested and qualified candidates may apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at Resumes@logan.edu.

Donor Snapshot: Dr. Brian and Ann Walsh

January 31, 2019 -- Brian Walsh, DC credits a chiropractor for saving him from having back surgery.

Inspired by the profession, Dr. Walsh decided to leave his career as an electrical engineer and began looking into chiropractic colleges.

“Logan just felt right to me right from the start,” he recalls. “The beautiful campus, the welcoming details of our first visit, the ergonomic classrooms—all of these things made it apparent this was the best choice for me.”

While he attended Logan, his wife, Ann, worked as an office assistant in a practice with three chiropractors in St. Charles.  There she learned how to manage a practice. After Dr. Walsh graduated from Logan in 1999, he and his wife moved back to their native Melbourne, Florida, and opened up their own practice, CARE Natural Wellness Center, focusing on chiropractic care, as well as nutritional therapy and wellness.

“We started our small, family-oriented, cash-based practice with the goal of helping people in our community get healthy naturally. I now see approximately 120 to 130 patients per week, ranging in age from one month old to 90 years old,” he says. “Our practice has steadily grown over the last 18 years, and I am now looking to hire two more practitioners.”

He thanks his instructors at Logan for an excellent experience. “They are committed to this profession and to the process of teaching,” says Dr. Walsh. “My wife and I enjoy giving back and we are big believers that if everyone gave a little, Logan’s needs would be fulfilled.”

Currently, Dr. Walsh is working to obtain his nutritional diplomate from the American Board of Clinical Nutrition. He has seen an uptick in digestive and immune system problems in the past few years and recognizes the importance of correct nutrition to alleviate these issues.

I believe in treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit. This is how you achieve the best results,” he says.  “While building a practice is important, I suggest doctors stay focused on the patients and helping them get healthy and stay healthy, as naturally as possible.”


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