World Diabetes Day

Introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, World Diabetes day is an international campaign directed at attracting attention and raising awareness of the metabolic disease, diabetes. With diabetes rates exponentially increasing across the world, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services believes this annual awareness campaign on November 14 to be more important than ever.

“When living with diabetes, you have to take it one day at a time,” Cooper Bolton, Angel MedFlight business development representative, said.

Diabetes occurs when a person has high blood sugar due to either the pancreas failing to produce enough insulin or cells being unresponsive to the insulin that is produced. While the disease is classified into four categories: type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes and “other specific types,” the generic term “diabetes” usually refers to diabetes mellitus.

Type 1 (diabetes mellitus) was traditionally termed “juvenile diabetes,” in relation to its early onset, appearing most commonly in children and young adults. Regardless of age, sex or physical characteristics, this is a lifelong affliction requiring daily injections of insulin in addition to close monitoring of food and sugar intake.

In recent years the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been increasing across the world and is now the most common type of the disease. Unlike diabetes mellitus, the onset of type 2 diabetes often occurs in later on in life. Although the exact cause of bloodstream sugar buildup is uncertain, obesity rates and “Western-style” diets are believed to be related to the onset of this condition.

During pregnancy, women undergo many interesting physiological changes. For two to five percent of these women, one of the many changes related to pregnancy include the onset of gestational diabetes. If left untreated it can damage the health of the fetus and can pose risks to the baby including malformations and anomalies. Fortunately, with careful medical supervision gestational diabetes is fully treatable. After delivery it is normal for the disease to improve or disappear entirely.

Other specific types of diabetes are conditions in which a person has many of the same indicators of more common forms of the disease but do not fully have any of them.  Among these are: prediabetes, latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA) and some cases caused by unresponsive tissue receptors and genetic mutations.

While manageable with attention and care, diabetes carries with it increased risk for long-term complications. Diabetes damages the capillaries, can lead to blindness, has the potential to cause chronic kidney disease and even amputation of a patient’s feet due to diabetic foot ulcers caused by neuropathy.

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services believes in the importance of education and awareness campaigns to help lower the prevalence of diabetes and other widespread medical conditions.

Providing premier medical flight capabilities for people all over the world is the first (large) step to world health. Capitalizing on the already strong foundation of domestic and international air medical transportation with community outreach and participation in public health days distinguishes a provider from an industry leader.

Obesity in America

Has it Become Socially-Acceptable?

Risky behaviors with the potential for negative consequences lurk in the midst of all societies. Cigarettes cause cancer and excessive drinking can result in liver disease. Warnings are posted on consumer labels, public health announcements are made and children around the nation are educated during health class. While the prevalence of these activities has diminished, they have not disappeared. What about obesity? Obesity rates in the United States have dramatically increased to the levels where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese. Why is obesity so prevalent? What can we do to live healthier lives?

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, the causes of obesity are numerous and spread throughout our society. The fundamental cause listed is a lack of energy balance—obesity equates to individuals consuming more calories than they are using. Inactive lifestyles, environment, health conditions, emotional factors, age, pregnancy and even lack of sleep all contribute to obesity. But how does our society reinforce these precursors?

Overweight Measuring Tape

Obesity has long been a part of our society. Looking back into the recent past we can recall jovial Hollywood stars such as Chris Farley, John Candy, Drew Carey and John Belushi who brought—and continue to bring—warmth to our hearts. Fast food restaurants litter our street corners with inexpensive meals stocked full of little more than grease and satisfaction. In grocery stores across the nation unhealthy foods, such as soda, are overwhelmingly less expensive than their healthy counterparts. The signs of social acceptance literally jump out at us.

Recent years have brought exponential increases in obesity rates throughout the United States. Using a person’s weight and height a number called the “body mass index” (BMI) can be calculated. In most people this number is directly correlated to their total body fat. An adult with a BMI of 30 or above is considered obese. In Arizona alone, 24.7 percent of adults admitted to being obese! This obesity can translate into serious health conditions such as: Type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, gallbladder disease and even some cancers. It is up you, to fight back against obesity and socially reinforced behavior.

Listed below are a few guidelines for living a healthy lifestyle and lowering your risk of illness and disease.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Exercise and join a group fitness class you enjoy!
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat healthy foods and cut down of processed foods.
  • Avoid food impulse buys (donuts, chips, etc.) eat some yogurt or grapes instead!
  • Eat small meals throughout the day (eat when hungry, stop when full).

As an industry-leader in air ambulance services Angel MedFlight strives to promote compassionate medical care and healthy lifestyles.  Being available 24/7 to our patient and client base extends beyond professional settings. It is important to exceed our own expectations for medical transport excellence by helping others better every facet of their lives and promote a healthier, more caring world.

For more information regarding Angel MedFlight or our emergency medical flight services, please call 877-264-3570 or visit our website at www.angelmedflight.com.

Have any tips for staying fit? Let us know!

Angel MedFlight President Selected to Phoenix Business Journal’s Forty-Under-40

Everyone at Angel MedFlight is thrilled to learn that our fearless leader has been recognized as one of the best young leaders in the Phoenix metro market.  Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight Founder and President, will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Phoenix Business Journal honoring 40 Arizona professionals under 40.

Phoenix Business Journal

2010 marks the 10th year of the Forty-Under-40 program – and its long run proves its value to the Business Journal readers, community and to those honored each year.  We couldn’t be more excited and proud of Jeremy for receiving this prestigious honor.

When Jeremy was nominated for the Forty-Under-40 Award he had to provide “his story” in 500 words or less!  With such a tremendous story, this was no easy task, but he got it done and we would like to share it with you.

Jeremy Freer’s Story:

(told in just 498 words)

In 1999, Jeremy Freer started his career as a part-time volunteer firefighter in Fredericktown, Ohio. Today, he’s President/Managing Director of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services.

After obtaining his EMT-paramedic certificate, working as a firefighter in Columbus, OH and working at a nearby medical center, Jeremy relocated to Arizona to attend Midwestern University and obtain his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. Jeremy applied for a critical care flight paramedic position soon after the move and was thrilled when offered his dream job.

Jeremy Freer, Angel MedFlight President

Jeremy went on to work for a few other air medical transport companies and has numerous stories about how he helped with life-saving missions to transport critical care patients to get them the medical attention they needed. This was his dream job, but something was missing. The industry overall seemed emotionless; as if the health care professionals were only focused on seeing a certain number of patients a day and only treating superficial symptoms. Jeremy knew there was a need for a more complete and compassionate care system for patients, and he decided he would be the one to make that happen.

Jeremy worked to expand his knowledge as a flight paramedic. He also began to study insurance law and decided that his air medical transport company would include an in-house legal team to further ensure patients received the care they rightfully deserved. Under Jeremy’s direction Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services is now operating and providing superior air medical transport services by taking care of every detail, bedside to bedside, with a team of flight nurses and an in-house legal team to help patients understand their insurance policies.

To Jeremy, it was a matter of doing what was right – starting this new company allowed him to provide critical care patients with a team of people who truly care and who work around the clock to lessen the burden and improve each situation.

Jeremy’s passion for the air medical business and helping people in need extends beyond medical crises. He believes in always looking for opportunities to give someone something that they never would have gotten otherwise without his help – this can be illustrated by Angel MedFlight existing and providing air medical transports to those in need; it can also be illustrated by Jeremy’s selfless commitment to giving to charity. Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Association of Arizona and has donated funds to several causes including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Stepping Stones of Hope in Arizona, HOPE Worldwide, and even the Fredericktown Community Fire District. In addition to the everyday community events, Jeremy has donated medical flights to those in need who were told they didn’t qualify for the service under their insurance plan and could not otherwise afford the flight; this was most recently done for a St. Joseph’s pediatric patient.

Serving patients throughout the world in need of critical medical care or donating to nonprofit organizations, Jeremy always finds a way to raise the bar and provide for the community.

CONGRATULATIONS JEREMY!


Straight to the Heart: American Heart Month

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  The most common type is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack.  Other cardiovascular diseases include arrhythmia, heart failure, congenital heart disease and peripheral artery disease (PAD).  Since 1963, Congress has required the president to proclaim February “American Hearth Month” to help raise awareness and urge Americans to join the battle against cardiovascular diseases.

Anyone, at any age, can develop heart disease.  “A build up of plaque in the coronary arteries over time can reduce or block blood flow to the heart, which may result in heart attack,” explains Rose Teskie, Chief Flight Coordinator at Angel MedFlight.  “But, people can reduce their chances of developing heart disease by taking a few simple steps to prevent and control factors that put them at risk and by knowing the signs and symptoms associated with heart attack.”

Risk Factors:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Inactivity

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort that lasts more than a couple of minutes, or that goes aways and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck or jaw.
  • Shortness of breath.  Feeling like an elephant is sitting on your chest.
  • Nausea, light-headedness or breaking out in a cold sweat.

Preventing Heart Disease:

  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Quit smoking.  If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Check your cholesterol.
  • Treat and manage your diabetes.

While heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, women account for nearly 50% of these deaths. There are many ‘Women and Heart Disease Campaigns’ to create awareness including Go Red for Women, The Heart Truth Campaign and National Wear Red Day.  Employees of Angel MedFlight invite you to participate in National Wear Red Day to show your support for women’s heart disease awareness, by wearing a red shirt, dress, tie, pants or just a pin on February 5, 2010.

For more information on heart disease visit the sites:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

American Heart Association

*** All Angel MedFlight nurse flight coordinators are licensed nurses and case managers.

Thankful Dad Wins Phoenix Suns Tickets

This holiday season Jason Geroux already had plenty of reasons to be thankful for his seven-year-old son Connor and now he can add one more – two more, in fact. Jason won two Phoenix Suns tickets compliments of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes event on October 31st in Tempe, Arizona, a charity event that Connor urged his family to attend.

Jason and his wife gave their son the opportunity to select a charity of his choice for their family to support.  Connor had learned about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at his school and was motivated to participate, raising money to cure a disease that affects millions of young people and children.

Jason Geroux Wins Two Phoenix Suns Tickets

The eight-member “Geroux Crew” joined the estimated 25,000 other walkers on the 5k course. As crew captain, Connor requested donations from his extended family and friends to support his selected charity, helping his team to raise more than $1,200 for the Arizona chapter of JDRF.

Jason is pleased that his son chose to participate in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes this year. As a professional event planner with the Spectrum Group of Arizona, Jason is an expert when it comes to non-profit events.

“The entire event was well organized and everything ran smoothly. They [JDRF] had a great group of vendors and corporate partners,” observed Jason.

Shortly before the 9:00 am start of the walk, the Geroux family toured through the tents provided by the event’s corporate partners, stopping at the Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance booth. In appreciation of all of the volunteers and participants, Angel MedFlight sponsored a contest to win two tickets to a Phoenix Suns game. Jason entered the drawing in hopes of taking his son to the game.

In response to the contest’s tremendous turn-out, Angel MedFlight provided an additional set of tickets allowing two names to be drawn. As the second winner, Jason earned two tickets to the Saturday, December 5th Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings game.

“People always wonder if anyone ever wins the contests at events like that,” Jason explained, flashing a smile. “And now I’m proof that they do.”


East Valley Volunteer Wins Phoenix Suns Tickets

“Once you know someone who is personally affected by diabetes, it really opens your eyes. You realize how devastating it can be for people so young – they’re just children,” explained Patricia Stricklin.

Patricia, a Keller Williams real estate agent in the East Valley, was one of more than 25,000 participants at the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on October 31st in Tempe, Arizona.  She walked the 5k course as part of a 20 member group named the “S.P. Posse” in honor of a friend’s daughter who suffers from type 1 or “juvenile” diabetes. It was the first time that Patricia had attended the event and she was impressed by the turnout.

Patricia Stricklin, with her two Phoenix Suns tickets

“It was wonderful to see so many people supporting such a great cause,” she said. “I will definitely be back next year.”

Following the walk, Patricia and fellow teammates enjoyed live music and strolled past tents provided by the event’s corporate partners, stopping at the Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance booth.

“In this economy, it was great to see so many corporate sponsors still willing to contribute to a valuable event,” Patricia observed.

In appreciation of all of the volunteers and participants, Angel MedFlight sponsored a contest to win two tickets to the Phoenix Suns, November 22nd game against the Detroit Pistons. Patricia completed her form and entered the drawing. Later that day, her entry was drawn as the winner.

Patricia plans to share her good fortune with a friend who is a U.S. veteran. Her generosity is especially appropriate with the national celebration of Veteran’s Day less than a week ago. Both women are Suns fans and are looking forward to the game.

“Thank you for the tickets. I really appreciate it. I know we’ll have a great time!” Patricia concluded.


Angel MedFlight Walks for a Cure

Employees of Angel MedFlight, along with their friends and family took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes at Tempe Town Lake on Halloween morning.  It was a great day for the event and all of the Angel MedFlight participants enjoyed coming together to support a great cause.  Take a look at our video from the event and follow this link to view pictures from the event.  

Angel MedFlight says “Boo! to Diabetes”

Employees of Angel MedFlight, along with their friends, family and pets, will join the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and 20,000 other walkers on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. for the Phoenix Walk to Cure Diabetes at Tempe Town Lake.

This year, JDRF is saying “Boo! to Diabetes,” and hopes to reach its fundraising goal of $2 million. Since 1970, JDRF has provided more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research worldwide. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and related activities.

“This is a terrible disease that impacts our friends, family members and clients,” said Michael Ward, Angel MedFlight’s Associate General Counsel. “We are proud to be a key sponsor of this year’s walk and to be joining so many others in the effort to find a cure.”

At the walk you’ll enjoy live music from local bands, free massages, face painting and magicians in the Kids Fun Zone and you can visit the Angel MedFlight booth for some free giveaways. Angel MedFlight will have a FREE drawing for two (2) Phoenix Suns tickets and a Phoenix Suns jersey.

To learn more about the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes and a few of its sponsors watch this video thi.sterlingproductions.com.

Register or volunteer for the walk by visiting www.jdrfdsw.org.

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