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Health & Wellness
Fall 2013
The Garden City Telegram
2414 N. Henderson Drive, Garden City, KS 67846
(620) 272-9800
As Much or As Little as You Need
As with every aspect of life here at The Homestead, our goal is to offer what
makes sense for you - to provide as much, or as little, as you need.
Here residents find the health care services and personalized assistance they
need, offered in a comfortable home-like environment.
*Three nutritionally balanced, home-cooked meals each day
*Health Care Services provided 24-hours a day
* Housekeeping services & personalized assistance with dressing, bathing and medications
*Personal laundry and linen services *24-hour Emergency call systems
Executive Director
Becky Thomeczek, R.N.
Resident Care Coordinator
Southwest Oral &
Maxillofacial Surgery
Kurt F. Martin, DDS, MD • Ronald L. Roholt, DDS, MD • Craig E. Miller, DDS
• Removal of Wisdom Teeth • Dental Implants
• Removal of Diseased & Impacted Teeth
• IV Anesthesia • Providers for Delta Dental & BCBS
311 Campus Drive, Ste 101,
Garden City, KS 67846
208 W. Ross Blvd., Suite B
Dodge City, KS 67801
“Maintaining a healthy weight is
an important factor in preventing
cancer,” she said. “Being overweight
has been linked to breast cancer,
colon cancer and endometrial
cancer. Decreasing your intake of
red meat and processed meats is
also important because of its link to
colon cancer.”
What you drink matters, too.
“Let the majority of your fluids
come from water or tea and decrease
the amounts of sugary drinks,” Tull
Diet isn’t the only way to decrease
a person’s risk of cancer, Pepperman
noted. Exercising is another factor.
“It’s possible to lose weight just
through diet, but it’s not very fun,”
Pepperman said.
The general recommendation for
exercise is at least 30 minutes of
moderate exercise – whatever gets
your heart rate up – most days of the
It’s important to consult with your
physician or health care provider
before taking on a new exercise pro-
gram, especially for those who are
obese and may have special medical
While that’s not his area of exper-
tise, Pepperman emphasized that it
is an important factor that goes hand
in hand with diet.
For patients already diagnosed
with cancer, the recommended diet
is determined by a number of fac-
tors, including the type of cancer and
the treatment plan.
For instance, feeding tubes may
become necessary if the cancer is in
the throat or a place that impedes
After discovering someone has
cancer, the biggest diet goal is to help
the patient keep their weight steady
through treatment.
“We like people to maintain their
weight, neither lose or gain,” Pep-
perman said, explaining the cancer
competes for the nutrients they take
in through their food. Preserving
their muscle mass also is important
as they undergo treatment.
Once diagnosed with cancer,
“there’s an emotional piece,” Pep-
perman explained. Other parts of
treatment may be a higher priority
at first.
“Eating a healthy diet … that
comes later,” Pepperman said.
Oftentimes, chemotherapy will
decrease a patient’s appetite, making
it more challenging to eat. They may
have to add calories to their diet dur-
ing treatment.
“They might have to eat more to
maintain their weight, which is diffi-
cult,” he said. “Small, frequent meals
are easier to handle.”
During cancer treatment, getting
patients enough calories and protein
is the real priority, Pepperman said.
Most want to do all they can to heal,
but radically changing their diet may
need to wait until later in their treat-
ment plan.
More than 572,000
Americans die of cancer
each year, according to
The American Cancer
Society. An estimat-
ed one-third of those
deaths can be linked to
poor diet, too little ex-
ercise and being over-
weight. Research shows
that being overweight
or obese also increases
the risk of such cancers
as esophagus, pancreas
and kidney.
Battling a cancer diagnosis
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