Jordan_DaltonJordan Dalton is a 2010 graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Jordan joined the Principal Financial Group®, The Dakotas Business Center on April 1, 2012 as a Financial Services Representative and Princor Registered Representative. In his free time, Jordan serves on the Augustana Board of Trustees in the Young Trustee role. He is also the Vice President for Augustana’s GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Advisory Board. Jordan enjoys volunteering as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish South Dakota, and fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire. He is an active member of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council as well as the Sports and Recreation Committee. Contact Jordan at dalton.jordan@princor.com.

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15 in 15 Challenge: Week 8

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted by admin in Lifestyles - (3 Comments)

This week, take just 15 minutes each day to ‘unplug’ yourself from all electronics/applications and interact with the world around you!

Computer…cell phone…iPad…play station…handheld games…iPod…radio…

Facebook…Twitter…emails…Pinterest…internet…LinkedIn…YouTube…Call of Duty

These are all common devices and applications in which we are fully in-tune with at all times. Anything we do… anywhere we go…cyber world knows. I catch myself checking my e-mail several times a….minute and I realize how ridiculous that can be. It is almost as if I am waiting for a new message to pop in my inbox, probably the same way Pavlov’s dog waited for the bell to ring. It sounds extreme, but it is basic behavioral conditioning. Some people call it technology addiction, others just call it bad habits, reinforced by the jolt of pleasure we get with every new e-mail, message, tweet or feed. It is our brain’s reaction to originality, in other words, pure brain chemistry. However, this does not mean we have no control over it just because everyone does it. These behaviors are also maintained by a specific set of irrational beliefs and demands. We compulsively check our e-mail because we must know who said what, because we cannot stand the idea of being the last one to find out who got engaged, share some gossip or simply learn about some useless trivia.
Have you ever taken a step back to think about your surroundings? Who are you with? Where are you? What new things could you be doing? The world is full of opportunities if you choose to leverage them.

 

CPR….or C-A-B

February 21st, 2015 | Posted by admin in Lifestyles - (0 Comments)

To learn CPR properly, take an accredited first-aid training course, including CPR and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

Before you begin
Before starting CPR, check:
Is the person conscious or unconscious?

If the person appears unconscious, tap or shake his or her shoulder and ask loudly, “Are you OK?”

If the person doesn’t respond and two people are available, one should call 911 or the local emergency number and one should begin CPR. If you are alone and have immediate access to a telephone, call 911 before beginning CPR — unless you think the person has become unresponsive because of suffocation (such as from drowning). In this special case, begin CPR for one minute and then call 911 or the local emergency number.

If an AED is immediately available, deliver one shock if instructed by the device, then begin CPR.

Remember to spell C-A-B

The American Heart Association uses the acronym of CAB — circulation, airway, breathing — to help people remember the order to perform the steps of CPR.

Circulation: Restore blood circulation with chest compressions

  1. Put the person on his or her back on a firm surface.
  2. Kneel next to the person’s neck and shoulders.
  3. Place the heel of one hand over the center of the person’s chest, between the nipples. Place your other hand on top of the first hand. Keep your elbows straight and position your shoulders directly above your hands.
  4. Use your upper body weight (not just your arms) as you push straight down on (compress) the chest at least 2 inches (approximately 5 centimeters). Push hard at a rate of about 100 compressions a minute.
  5. If you haven’t been trained in CPR, continue chest compressions until there are signs of movement or until emergency medical personnel take over. If you have been trained in CPR, go on to checking the airway and rescue breathing.

Airway: Clear the airway

  1. If you’re trained in CPR and you’ve performed 30 chest compressions, open the person’s airway using the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver. Put your palm on the person’s forehead and gently tilt the head back. Then with the other hand, gently lift the chin forward to open the airway.
  2. Check for normal breathing, taking no more than five or 10 seconds. Look for chest motion, listen for normal breath sounds, and feel for the person’s breath on your cheek and ear. Gasping is not considered to be normal breathing. If the person isn’t breathing normally and you are trained in CPR, begin mouth-to-mouth breathing. If you believe the person is unconscious from a heart attack and you haven’t been trained in emergency procedures, skip mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and continue chest compressions.

Breathing: Breathe for the person

Rescue breathing can be mouth-to-mouth breathing or mouth-to-nose breathing if the mouth is seriously injured or can’t be opened.

  1. With the airway open (using the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver), pinch the nostrils shut for mouth-to-mouth breathing and cover the person’s mouth with yours, making a seal.
  2. Prepare to give two rescue breaths. Give the first rescue breath — lasting one second — and watch to see if the chest rises. If it does rise, give the second breath. If the chest doesn’t rise, repeat the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver and then give the second breath. Thirty chest compressions followed by two rescue breaths is considered one cycle.
  3. Resume chest compressions to restore circulation.
  4. If the person has not begun moving after five cycles (about two minutes) and an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is available, apply it and follow the prompts. Administer one shock, then resume CPR — starting with chest compressions — for two more minutes before administering a second shock. If you’re not trained to use an AED, a 911 or other emergency medical operator may be able to guide you in its use. Use pediatric pads, if available, for children ages 1 through 8. Do not use an AED for babies younger than age 1. If an AED isn’t available, go to step 5 below.
  5. Continue CPR until there are signs of movement or emergency medical personnel take over.

To perform CPR on a child

The procedure for giving CPR to a child age 1 through 8 is essentially the same as that for an adult. The differences are as follows:

  • If you’re alone, perform five cycles of compressions and breaths on the child — this should take about two minutes — before calling 911 or your local emergency number or using an AED.
  • Use only one hand to perform heart compressions.
  • Breathe more gently.
  • Use the same compression-breath rate as is used for adults: 30 compressions followed by two breaths. This is one cycle. Following the two breaths, immediately begin the next cycle of compressions and breaths.
  • After five cycles (about two minutes) of CPR, if there is no response and an AED is available, apply it and follow the prompts. Use pediatric pads if available. If pediatric pads aren’t available, use adult pads.

Continue until the child moves or help arrives.

To perform CPR on a baby

Most cardiac arrests in babies occur from lack of oxygen, such as from drowning or choking. If you know the baby has an airway obstruction, perform first aid for choking. If you don’t know why the baby isn’t breathing, perform CPR.

To begin, examine the situation. Stroke the baby and watch for a response, such as movement, but don’t shake the baby.

If there’s no response, follow the CAB procedures below and time the call for help as follows:

  • If you’re the only rescuer and CPR is needed, do CPR for two minutes — about five cycles — before calling 911 or your local emergency number.
  • If another person is available, have that person call for help immediately while you attend to the baby.

Circulation: Restore blood circulation

  1. Place the baby on his or her back on a firm, flat surface, such as a table. The floor or ground also will do.
  2. Imagine a horizontal line drawn between the baby’s nipples. Place two fingers of one hand just below this line, in the center of the chest.
  3. Gently compress the chest about 1.5 inches (about 4 cm).
  4. Count aloud as you pump in a fairly rapid rhythm. You should pump at a rate of 100 compressions a minute.

Airway: Clear the airway

  1. After 30 compressions, gently tip the head back by lifting the chin with one hand and pushing down on the forehead with the other hand.
  2. In no more than 10 seconds, put your ear near the baby’s mouth and check for breathing: Look for chest motion, listen for breath sounds, and feel for breath on your cheek and ear.

Breathing: Breathe for the infant

  1. Cover the baby’s mouth and nose with your mouth.
  2. Prepare to give two rescue breaths. Use the strength of your cheeks to deliver gentle puffs of air (instead of deep breaths from your lungs) to slowly breathe into the baby’s mouth one time, taking one second for the breath. Watch to see if the baby’s chest rises. If it does, give a second rescue breath. If the chest does not rise, repeat the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver and then give the second breath.
  3. If the baby’s chest still doesn’t rise, examine the mouth to make sure no foreign material is inside. If the object is seen, sweep it out with your finger. If the airway seems blocked, perform first aid for a choking baby.
  4. Give two breaths after every 30 chest compressions.
  5. Perform CPR for about two minutes before calling for help unless someone else can make the call while you attend to the baby.
  6. Continue CPR until you see signs of life or until medical personnel arrive.

Source: mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cpr

Fit3D ProScanner

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Fit3D captures a full 360 model of a human body, then automatically extracts hundreds of circumference, height, volume and length measurements.

  1. A user logs in with his or her secure account information to the ProScanner
  2. The Fit3D scan captures a full 360 model of a human body
  3. The Fit3D system then automatically extracts hundreds of circumference, height, volume and length measurements
  4. Once processed, the user will receive an emailed report with his or her 3D image, measurements, as well as wellness trends
  5. The user can login to fit3d.com at any time to interact with his or her 3D body scans, measurements, as well as add or edit additional wellness assessment data

Utilizing the Fit3D Scanner 

  • Upon joining GreatLIFE, your first Fit3D scan is free. You may schedule a time for your scan and sit down with a personal trainer to review your results if you would like. You also have the option to keep the screening private, if you wish.
    • A personal trainer will work with you to develop your personal plan to target any areas you are looking to work on—more work on your midsection, sit in a sauna more, decrease your carb intake, etc.
  • You may pay $10 per screen to have it done as often as you would like

Hear what the BeWell South Dakota team thought of their first experience:

TERRA: I will be honest with you all, being photographed half-naked for the sake of this blog had me terrified. But once I got in the room to get started and saw how quick and easy the process was I was immediately put at ease. For one, it was just me in the room and two; it lasted only 40 seconds as I spun around to create my avatar. What I found the most interesting is looking at yourself as a solid object, not focused on clothes, hair, or other imperfections, but only seeing the shape and how much space was consumed by your body. Seeing your profile and backside from that angle was very unique. I am excited to watch myself progress these next few months and see that shape change.

JASON: I was excited about this from the start. Lately, I have been doing a combination of weight training and cardio 5 days a week. I haven’t lost a pound. I think my body composition is changing, but the results aren’t obvious to me. The scanner will give me a baseline in which to measure the results the scale doesn’t divulge. I found the entire process very quick and easy. I created an account and stood on a revolving platform while a camera took digital account of every inch of my body. This process took less than 3 minutes. Within 10 minutes I had my own 3D Avatar, showcasing all of my problem areas, especially those the mirror doesn’t report. The image can be a bit eye opening, but I was fascinated at all the measurements it was able to produce. For instance, it not only reports your waist and hip circumference, but your legs, calves, biceps and neck as well. I am excited to see what my Avatar looks like in 4 weeks!

JEN: After a week-long wait in pure anticipation of what this screening was about to entail, I finally was in the Fit3D scanning room at GreatLIFE-Woodlake. I walked in and could see a computer, a scale and the screening platform. I began the screening process by developing my login information so that I am able to get screened more than once and track it on my own personal account. Once I was logged into the system, the computer took me step-by-step through what I needed to do: put my hair in a ponytail, take off all clothing and only screen in undergarments (I was in the room by myself with a locked door and the winder shade pulled), stand with my feet on the spots on the platform and hold on to the handlebars. Once I was on the platform, I stood there for about 60 seconds while I was slowly turned 360 degrees for the scanner to get a reading on my body. It beeped when I was done and so I stepped off the platform, got dressed and the process was complete! The whole experience was very simple and straight-forward. Upon completion of my scan, I was emailed a link to my online portal where I could see what my results were. When I choose to screen with the Fit3D again, I will be able to see my trending report on the website under my own personal portal.

KIM: I didn’t know what to expect when I agreed to take part of the Great Life 3D scanner testing.  After the trainer explained to us how they use the information from the screen, getting the results piqued my interest. The testing itself is rather simple; enter in your name and email. Enter your weight and height…and then stand on the scanner and hold on the bars. Push a button and you start turning around (don’t worry it goes real slow)…a minute later and you’re done. The real surprise was when I got back to work and checked my email. OH, GOODNESS! Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words! Seeing my avatar on the screen and my results has been a real motivator for me to step it up in the healthy eating/exercising area.  I’m especially motivated as often the scale doesn’t provide an accurate measurement of our body. Yet, the avatar shows exactly the areas of my body that needs some work on done. (I highly recommend everyone have a scan done, especially if you need a bit of motivation and want to track your improvements.

15 in 15 Challenge: Week 7

February 17th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Lifestyles - (3 Comments)

Take 15 minutes to give back to your community.

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests to an organization. This week’s challenge is to take 15 minutes to give back to your community.

Some ideas to get you started:

Time

  • Horsepower
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Banquet/Food Shelves
  • Hospital Work/Nursing Home
  • Blood Bank/Bone Marrow
  • Represent your employer at events like charity walks
  • After school programs
  • State parks/nature areas
  • Library
  • Service organizations

Talent

  • Meals for coworker/friend
  • Troops/Military Families
  • Gift Wrapping
  • Gardening
  • Home Repairs
  • Art classes
  • City choir/band
  • Coaching/officiating youth

Treasure

  • Back pack program
  • Coats for Kids
  • SOS program
  • Food Drives
  • Pay it Forward
  • Care packets for the homeless
  • Good Will/Thrift Stores
  • Charitable organizations
  • Local community and national foundations
  • Schools/libraries
  • Scout programs
  • Local sports organizations