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m= STAFF REPORT - "Stepping Into Health," a com- munity program sponsored by the Catalina Island Medical Center, has a new diagnostic tool to assist patients with gaining valuable information and avoiding poten- tially hazardous health challenges. The DEXA scanner, which is used to measure bone density has been determined to be the most accu- rate and precise methods of mea- suring body fat. Why is that important? The body composition results gained from this new test can detect the levels and types of fats stored in the abdomen, waist, chest, upper arms, hips, and thighs. Two com- mon body shapes - "apple"and "pear" each have their own char- acteristics. "Apple" shaped men or women may have increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, m hormonal imbalances, some can- cers and sleep apnea. The over- weight "Pear" shaped patients are commonly plagued by mechanical problems like hip, knee and joint issues because of weight related stress on the lower half of the body. Fat distribution is also affect- ed by hormones, genetics, race, the type and amount of physical activity, nutrition and stress. For just $50 CIMC radiology techni- cian Dan Boyle can administer a painless 10-12 minute test with a DEXA scan. That is for body com- position only. It does not include bone density testing which is more likely to be covered by insurance but is more costly. The scanner, which costs over $30,000 was purchased for the hospital by the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation and is part of a new comprehensive program of pre- ventative care for patients seeking improved health and fitness. Tracy Matthews, Nurse Care Managerfor"Stepping Into Health" sees using the DEXA scanner as an important diagnostic tool to tailor effective profiles and indi- vidual healthy lifestyle programs. Patients remain clothed and lie comfortable on the scanning table. It's easy enough --- even d child could do it. More Catalina kids have diabetes and high blood sugar (pre-diabetes) than the national average. Intervention at school with information about nutrition and exercise will help. Because this test has an extremely low dose of radiation Matthews may also prescribe DEXA scans for obese youngsters as a baseline for their overall health evaluation. It's important to discover exactly how much of the body is made up of fat--and where that fat is stored. Patients who are at risk for diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, elevated sugar can take the results from a DEXA scan and be proactive. For more about a DEXA scan you should call your physician to ask for a referral. If you do not have a pri- mary physician you may call the Catalina Island Medical Center Group Medical office at (310) 510-0096 to make an appointment with a doctor. The "Stepping Into Health" program will continue to offer new Group Lifestyle Balance Classes including a Spanish-speak- ing group in early January. For more information contact Tracy Matthews or Rhonda Kalish at the : C,I.M.C. Group Medical Office i" at (310) 510-0096 or email tmat- thews @ cimedicalcenter.org. Meet Koko Knopper. She enjoyed Halloween with her humans, Bruce and Nancy KnolYper. Bruce is chief engi- neer to Avalon local KISL radio station. Do you have a pet you would like featured in the Islander's Pet of the Week feature? Send information and photo by e-mail to editor@thecatali- naislander.com Buoys & Gulls hires designer Wang Buoys & Gulls has commis- sioned award winning Hawaiian jewelry designer, Denny Wang, to create beautiful Catalina Island mother of pearl jewelry. Wang, who has been recog- nized for his fine work by the Hawaii Jewelers Association, started designing jewelry in 1981. The hallmark of all his pieces are workmanship, detail and quality. His innovative creations have won numerous awards and have been featured in newspaper and inter- national jewelry magazines. Wang has made Hawaii his home since 1974 and through his passion of jewelry design and love for the islands, he has created many fine lines of jewelry asso- ciated with Hawaii. His execu- tive line of Hawaiian jewelry has pleased many patrons. Other fine pieces featuring tropical flowers, whales, dolphins, marine life, Tahitian pearls and other gem- stones come alive in his designs. A special die was made that cuts out the shape of Catalina Island in each of the Buoys &Gulls mother of pearl discs. They are available as bracelets and necklaces, and some feature a tanzanite stone set in the location of Avalon. The mother of pearl is available in white, black, pink and yellow. The piece can help you or a loved one remember Catalina Island wherever you go. Each piece is hand made in the USA. Buoys &Gulls is located at 417 Crescent Avenue in Avalon. 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