When Old Medicine Goes Bad

What does an "expiration" date on medicine really mean? Is it dangerous if you take it anyway? Less effective?

It turns out that date stamped on the label actually means a lot. It's based on scientific evidence gathered by the manufacturer showing how long the drug's potency lasts.

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How to Fight Frailty for More Life in Your Years

Who Does Frailty Affect?

About 5 percent to 10 percent of people over age 65 are frail, according to a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA).2 Most are over 80 years old and most are women, partly because women live longer than men. Smoking, depression, long-term medical problems and being underweight seem to increase the likelihood of becoming frail.

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April is National Humor Month | Physical Exam or Wellness Visit?

Celebrate National Humor Month with a smile!

By Chris Hammerlund

Visit www.patchadams.org to learn more

Visit www.patchadams.org to learn more

April being National Humor Month, it's a pretty good month to remember one of your Illinois neighbors, Hunter Doherty Adams. Never heard of Hunter Doherty Adams who lives in Urbana these days? Of course you have.

He's the real funny-faced doctor“Patch Adams” made famous by Robin Williams in the movie of the same name. Actually, Adams was made famous by himself long before Robin Williams came along.

Assured Healthcare Staff enjoying Laughter Yoga.

Assured Healthcare Staff enjoying Laughter Yoga.

He's devoted his life to caring for people who spend most of their lives in the rips of the health safety net. In the first 10 years of his official medical career, he treated 15,000 patients for free.
He was his own national health insurance plan. He's a doctor with different point of view.

This is sort of his month because Adams has always believed that humor was a tool to keep people healthy. But not a silly, feel-good sort of trick. An actual medically valid tool.

He's sort of a holistic medical holy warrior and though the movie that bears his name portrayed him as a mostly well-meaning eccentric, the real Patch Adams has spent his life as a tough - minded civic activist.

But his teams of volunteers still gather every year, load up their clown makeup, bright colored fright wigs and head off to a remote foreign locale to deliver medical expertise - and laughs.

The thing to remember about Adams is that humor is a not a casual affectation to him. It's a way to face health troubles and triumph over them. He believes the power of a large unrestrained laugh, a wide smile and an open heart can cure what some medicines can't. He's teaching us to take care of ourselves with laughter. Love is not a grim duty. It's joyous. And Adams has always taught that the healthy person is firmly planted in a community of shared joy, a family of care and a sense of happiness.

It's one of those ideas that seem “new age” now, but in 100 years the concept will seem so obvious that no one needs to defend it. Remember the days when we thought acupuncture was some goofy hocus-pocus?

Adams used his own funny faces to help conquer his own depression. And then he went global.

So this is his month in a real, meaningful way. But he won't keep it to himself because being funny is only real if your share it. Science already knows thatlaughter has positive physical effects.

One day science might prove that happiness is its own cure.
So, make yourself laugh and mean it.
Make someone you care about giggle.
It might be the best thing you can do for good health.

February 2017 Employees to Celebrate


Congratulations to our February Employee of the Month, Tricia E.

Tricia is a Pharmacist working at pharmaceutical company in Lake County in their phase one unit and has been with Assured Healthcare Staffing since 2009.
She recently received an award from our customer and this is what her manager had to say:
“I want to thank you for all your efforts required to complete the User Acceptance testing of a new PIMS pharmacy module a success.  Without your persistence and resilience the testing would never have been completed.  What a great example of Making Possibilities Real!”

Employee Birthdays and Anniversaries to celebrate!


Brandie F. • 2/1
Laurel O. • 2/2
Brenda W. • 2/2
Jennifer C. • 2/4
Jeanette H. • 2/15
Brianne B. • 2/18
Chantelle B.     • 2/26


Kourtney W. • 2/1/14
Debra A. • 2/9/15
Tracey O.V. • 2/15/12
Lorie B. • 2/26/07
Daniel F. Al. • 2/26/07
Keely J. S. • 2/26/07
Janet S. G. • 2/26/07
Jessica G. • 2/29/16


10,000 Steps to Better Fitness | Winter Wellness | January is Blood Donor Month


How to walk 10,000 “steps” to better fitness.

By Chris Hammerlund

The most useful suggestion for activity or exercise is the one that matches up to your life most naturally.

But that's the question with exercise isn't it? If your desire to exercise doesn't cause you to change your life, then how can it possibly make a difference? The underlying truth is that exercise seldom works if you simply drop an artificial exercise regime on top of a sedentary lifestyle expecting it to be a lifechanger. Something has to change. As in you have to change a little.

The hottest concept in fitness these days gradually morphs exercise into a natural part of your life - a slightly “new” life based on activity
It's called the “10,000 steps a day” program. Some corporations have adopted it for their employees, but anybody can use it.

Here's the theory. Even total couch potatoes take a predictable number of steps each day. Fit people do the same. The difference in the number of steps is not so much a function of exercise. It's a function of how they life their lives.

So, how many steps each day translate into the likelihood of fitness. The answer is about 10,000 which sounds like a lot. But even couch potatoes average about 2,000 a day. It takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile and so 10,000 steps is about five miles.

To reach 10,000, you don't have to quintuple the total from one day to the next. But add 500 steps every day. The object is to increase the daily rate. A good walk with the dog will work wonders. Buy a pedometer and track your steps. They'll add up.

So, here's the good part. There are hundreds of ways to “walk” by doing other fun things besides walking. Here some equivalencies of common physical events that translate into steps:

Aerobic dancing (low impact) - 115
Aerobics (intense) - 190
Aerobic step training, 4" step (beginner) - 145
Backpacking (no load) - 155
Backpacking with 10 pound load - 180
Backpacking with 30 pound load - 235
Badminton - 150
Basketball (game) - 220
Basketball (leisurely, non-game) - 130
Bicycling, 10 mph (6 minutes/mile) - 125
Bowling - 55
Canoeing, 2.5 mph - 75
Cross-country snow skiing (leisurely) - 155
Cross-country snow skiing (moderate) - 220
Cross-country snow skiing (intense) - 330
Cycling, 15 mph (5 minutes/mile) - 200
Cycling, 5 mph - 55
Dancing (fast) - 175
Gardening (heavy) - 155
Gardening (moderate) - 90
Golfing (with a cart) - 70
Handball - 230
Housework - 90
Ice skating (leisurely) - 95
Mopping - 85
Mowing - 135
Painting - 80

Ping Pong - 90
Racquetball - 205
Roller skating (moderate) - 150
Rowing machine - 180
Running 8 mph (7.5 minutes/mile) - 305
Running 10 mph (6 minutes/mile) - 350
Scrubbing the floor - 140
Scuba diving - 140
Shopping for groceries - 60
Skipping rope - 285
Snow shoveling - 195
Snow skiing, downhill - 130
Soccer (competitive) - 195
Squash - 205
Stair climber machine - 160
Stair climbing - 140
Swimming (25 yrds/minute) - 120
Swimming (50 yards/minute) - 225
Swimming (75 yards/min) - 290
Tennis (doubles) - 110
Tennis (singles) - 160
Vacuuming - 75
Volleyball (leisurely) - 70
Washing the car - 75
Water Skiing - 160
Waxing the car - 100
Window Cleaning - 75

OK, so I am NOT going to wash windows to get in better shape. That's worse than jogging.

Visit the American Red Cross website for more information and to learn how you can help.


10 tips for Winter Wellness

  1. Go for a walk even when the weather is really cold – your body has to work overtime to get warm and you may burn up to 50% more calories than you would on the same walk in summer! But remember, go a little slower until you get warm and keep up the hydration.
  2. If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in winter…just think of spring and how much harder it is to get back into shape rather than maintain your fitness throughout the winter.
  3. Be aware of tendonitis and stress fracture if you don”t exercise in winter and expect to pick up where you left off after a whole winter with no exercise.
  4. Instead of picking up a cup of hot chocolate to keep yourself warm, try a herbal beverage.
  5. Gain an interest in indoor sports as opposed to cycling and jogging outdoors. Don”t forget that swimming at an indoor pool is an option for a great cardio workout!
  6. The cold air and indoor heaters can dry out your skin. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day and use moisturizers throughout winter.
  7. Buy some indoor plants to soften up the dry atmosphere caused through heating. Indoor plants give off moisture and oxygen and the colours will brighten up a dull day outside.
  8. Caught a cold or flu? If the infection is above the neck (nose, throat) you could be OK to complete a low intensity workout. However, if you have symptoms that are worse than an average cold (chest congestion, muscle aches), exercise will only make you worse and delay your recovery. Rest is the best medicine.
  9. Wear the right clothes when exercising in winter. Polypropylene is the perfect fabric to wear underneath a tracksuit, which will provide great insulation but minimise moisture loss. Gore-Tex is a fabric used widely for providing protection from the rain and wind.
  10. Feel like sitting on the couch with a video and snacking on a cold, wet day? Reach for a protein bar or packet of soy nuts instead of high energy, high fat snacks.

Source: https://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/wellness/10-tips-for-winter-wellness/

January 2017 Employees to Celebrate


Congratulations to Employee of the Month Sandy M., RN!

The Assured Healthcare Staffing employee of the month for January of 2017 is Sandy Martin, who is an RN contracted at the SC Johnson facility in Bay City, Michigan.

Sandy has been an outstanding Occupational Nurse at the customer location in Bay City.  She started in a job-sharing arrangement, which then transitioned into a full time position. Sandy was able to quickly master the intricacies of the position and was able to work on her own. In fact, Sandy worked alone in the clinic for 2 months during a transition period.

Sandy was able to do this while maintaining very active outside of work.

We are very happy to honor Sandy as our employee of the month for January.  Sandy has shown the true Assured Healthcare Staffing spirit of customer service.

Lori R., RN

Lori R., RN

Congratulations to Lori R., RN on her retirement!

Lori retired as of 12/31/2016 and she will be missed! She was very smart, flexible, dependable, energetic, detailed and one of our best. We wish her a restful and wonderful retirement!

January Birthdays and Anniversaries to Celebrate!


Maureen A. • 1/13/2015
Barbara B. • 1/16/2015
Laura C. • 1/21/2016
Vickie H. • 1/2/2010

Clarice J. • 1/6/2016
Cinthia K. • 1/10/2016
Betsy W. • 1/7/2013


Marlene F. • 1/1
Evelyn G. • 1/3
Camille B. • 1/4
Hailey R. • 1/4
Eilish G. • 1/10
Monica D. • 1/11
Dawn G. • 1/11
Rosalba M. • 1/11
Keely S. • 1/13
Sandra S. • 1/13
Antoinette T. • 1/13
Eric M. • 1/15

Vickie H. • 1/21
Lorraine H.W. • 1/22
Wendy M. • 1/22
Tricia E. • 1/23
Ashley B. • 1/24
James S. • 1/24
Sherrie W. • 1/25
Sebrena A. • 1/26
Patrick H. • 1/26
Tracey J. • 1/26
Heather W. • 1/28
Lorie B. • 1/31