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Classes to meet each Monday

Kevin Tackett is teach two courses this summer on Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training beginning June 1 on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.


PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) will offer Beginning Weight Training and Cross-Training courses this summer.

The classes will begin on June 1 and run through July 26.

“Anyone starting out in weight training needs to know how to do it,” said Instructor Kevin Tackett. “If you do not approach weight training correctly, you can get injured.”

The Beginning Weight Training class will meet each Monday from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the Prestonsburg campus.

“It’s important to remember that it’s never too late to start,” said Tackett. “No matter what your goals are, strength training is an important part of an exercise program.”

Cross-Training is a technique that involves using different types of exercise to provide variation, train for sports and/or reduce the risk of repetitive injury.

“Cross-Training is really for everyone,” said Tackett. “Sometimes trying something new can get you out of a rut.”

For more information, contact Tackett at (606) 471-2360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NIH study finds varied responses to calorie restriction in obese adults

For the first time in a lab, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found evidence supporting the commonly held belief that people with certain physiologies lose less weight than others when limiting calories. Study results published May 11 in DiabetesExternal Web Site Policy.

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba

Lead researchers Drs. Martin Reinhardt and Susanne Votruba stand next to the carbon dioxide and oxygen analyzers, and outside the whole-room indirect calorimeter. The analyzers measured the study participants’ energy expenditure while they were inside the calorimeter. Credit: Enrique Diaz

Researchers at the Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch (PECRB), part of the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, studied 12 men and women with obesity in the facility’s metabolic unit. Using a whole-room indirect calorimeter – which allows energy expenditure to be calculated based on air samples – researchers took baseline measurements of the participants’ energy expenditure in response to a day of fasting, followed by a six-week inpatient phase of 50 percent calorie reduction. After accounting for age, sex, race and baseline weight, the researchers found that the people who lost the least weight during the calorie-reduced period were those whose metabolism decreased the most during fasting. Those people have what the researchers call a “thrifty” metabolism, compared to a “spendthrift” metabolism in those who lost the most weight and whose metabolism decreased the least.

“When people who are obese decrease the amount of food they eat, metabolic responses vary greatly, with a ‘thrifty’ metabolism possibly contributing to less weight lost,” said Susanne Votruba, Ph.D., study author and PECRB clinical investigator. “While behavioral factors such as adherence to diet affect weight loss to an extent, our study suggests we should consider a larger picture that includes individual physiology – and that weight loss is one situation where being thrifty doesn't pay.”

Researchers do not know whether the biological differences are innate or develop over time. Further research is needed to determine whether individual responses to calorie reduction can be used to prevent weight gain.


APRIL 27, 2015

Book chronicles physicians in Lawrence County history since 1792

LOUISA, Ky -- Veteran newspaper reporter and columnist George Wolford, now semi-retired has completed a book he has written about the history of medicine in Lawrence County, specifically physicians.

The 171 page hard bound book is available for $20 at four Louisa locations. Only 250 have been printed. 

You can purchase 'Lawrence County Doctors' at the Lawrence County Library, the TRMC gift shop, Louisa Medical Clinic and Three Rivers Medical Clinic while supplies last.

Any profits from the sale of the book will be used to cover publishing costs and if there is any money left, a scholarship for a LCHS student will be awarded.

Louisa, Ky. – Three Rivers Medical Center is pleased to welcome the addition of nurse practitioner Sheila K. Short, ARNP, PMHNP – BC to its Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates staff.

Credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Short is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in treatment for the entire family to include psychiatric medication management and therapy/counseling.

Short received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Ashland Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Ohio University and her Master of Science from University of Kentucky.

She will be complementing the medical staff of Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, staffed by Corazon Chua, M.D. and Michael J. Light, M.D.

Three Rivers Psychiatric Associates, located in the TRMC Plaza, Suite 3, is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Referrals are not necessary (walk-ins welcome) and appointments are now being made, for all three providers, by calling 606.638.1154.


When federal health reform was introduced last year in Eastern Kentucky—a largely Republican area that has for years relied on the coal industry—Central Appalachia residents were skeptical of President Obama's health care system.

The jury is still out whether or not locals are calling the plan a success, Laura Ungar and Chris Kenning report for USA Today. Obamacare "has given many of the poor and sick a key to long-neglected health care. It's also brought skepticism and fear, and some business owners argue it's stunting their growth in a region that can't afford another economic blow."

On the plus side, "scores of newly insured residents, mostly covered by Medicaid, have sought care in hospitals, mental health centers and drug treatment facilities," Ungar and Kenning write. In places like Floyd County—which ranks second to last in the state's health rankings because of high rates of smoking, cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease—the uninsured rate of residents under 65 dropped from 19 percent to 10 percent by the end of 2014. (Family Search map: Floyd County)

"Overall, 5,403 Floyd County residents have enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA, while only 620 have bought private health plans on the state's 'kynect' exchange," Ungar and Kenning write. "Data from a recent state examination of the Medicaid expansion found it had brought $15.5 million in Medicaid payments to Floyd County in 2014, including $5.9 million to hospitals."

But many Floyd County residents echo the same complaints as in other parts of the state, "such as the tax penalty people must pay if they don't have insurance and the upcoming requirement that businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide affordable insurance or face a penalty," Ungar and Kenning write. "Hospitals report being squeezed financially. One insurance agent says the system remains difficult to navigate. Many who don't qualify for Medicaid or a sizable subsidy—and have been largely left out of the health care system—say their insurance has gotten more difficult to afford."

One insurance agent said "some residents who purchased private plans on the state exchange in 2014 found the monthly premiums rose sharply in 2015, causing some to drop out or reduce coverage," Ungar and Kenning write. Other residents who are waiting for their employers to provide health insurance could be waiting a long time.

"Archie Everage, who owns a chain of fast-food sandwich shops in Floyd and nearby counties that employ more than 80 full- and part-time workers, said he plans to pay a fine of $2,000 per full-time employee rather than provide insurance as the ACA requires," Ungar and Kenning write. "Paul Reffett, owner of ValueMed pharmacy, said the ACA has meant more work but less profits," with more customers getting prescriptions but paying with Medicaid instead of cash, "meaning low reimbursements instead of full payments."

Hospitals also say that with Medicaid handled by managed-care companies, reimbursements are slow in coming, Ungar and Kenning write. And more Medicaid patients means more slow payments. (Read more)

Written by Tim Mandell

Posted at 4/22/2015 02:14:00 PM