Monthly Archives: April 2014

Ministry’s Hannah Sutrick, APNP Certified to Perform DOT Exams

An upcoming change in regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding who can perform Department of Transportation (DOT) medical exams for commercial truck drivers means that only a few local providers are credentialed to provide this service. Hannah Sutrick, Nurse Practitioner at Ministry Door County Medical Center is one of them. “When we evaluate a driver’s health, we’re looking carefully at different factors including sleep quality, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels – all of which can affect a driver’s safety on the road,” says Sutrick.

Hannah Sutrick, APNP

Hannah Sutrick, APNP

In the interest of protecting drivers and others on the road, the DOT is changing requirements on how commercial licenses are granted.  Providers are now required to take a course and pass an exam before being able to perform DOT physicals, and are held accountable for the safety outcomes of their patients. “Our goal here at Ministry is to create a healthier community,” says Sutrick, “and keeping drivers and the public safe on our roads is an important piece of that.”

Sutrick is the lead health care provider at Ministry’s Occupational Health and Wellness Clinic, located across the street from Door County Medical Center’s Sturgeon Bay campus. The clinic offers a wide range of services to local businesses and their employees, including caring for work injuries, performing pre-placement physicals, and providing immunizations. “The bottom line is to help employees lead healthier lives, so our goal is to not only treat, but also to prevent illness and injury.” That takes time, says Sutrick. “One of the things I love about working at Ministry is that I can take the time to answer my patients’ questions and really work with them.”

Sutrick emphasizes that drivers with existing two-year licenses do not need to have another exam until their license expires. “But when the time comes to renew your license, be sure to make an appointment with a properly certified provider,” she says. The Ministry Occupational Health Clinic, 133 S. 16th Pl., is open Monday through Friday from 8-4:30. For an appointment, call (920) 746-0726.

From Mindless Eating to Eating Better: Size Matters!

by Carmen Schroeder, registered dietician, Door County Medical Center

Spring is here, and that means a renewed attention to fitness, health and – for many – the desire to shed a few extra pounds that might have been put on during our long, cold winter. As a registered dietitian at DCMC, I’m here to help.

Carmen Schroeder, registered dietitian, working with a patient.

Carmen Schroeder, registered dietitian, working with a patient.

Recently, I watched a webinar by Dr. Brian Wansink that really shed some light on how eating habits are just that…habits. Here’s the jist: plate, bowl and glass size influence how much we eat, more than we might care to admit! Comprehensive behavioral research on eating habits broke down some commonly-held myths:

Eating Myth #1

“Surely something as basic as the size of a bowl wouldn’t influence how much an informed, intelligent person eats.”  

The truth is that we eat with our eyes, not our stomach.  Most people miss the fullness cues that prompt us to stop eating. Transforming our environment, by doing something as simple as decreasing bowl, plate and glass sizes, can lead to better success in helping us determine when our meal is done than by counting calories or even listening to our bodies.

Eating Myth #2

“Sure, big bowls and plates hold bigger portions. But at least people know when they are full, and can stop before they overeat.”

Actually, studies show that 92% of the food that is self-served gets eaten, without regard to our fullness level.

External cues that tell us the meal is over include ‘my plate is empty’, ‘the TV show is over’, ‘lunch break is done’. For many, finishing the food on the plate – not feeling full – cues us to stop eating.

Visual illusions are hard-wired.  If plates and bowls are bigger, so are portions.  If glasses are short and wide, we drink more than if they are tall and thin.

Instead of eating from a package, portion food onto a dish.

Instead of eating from a package, portion food onto a dish.

To maintain healthy portion sizes, try these tips:

  • Change the size of your plates and bowls.
  • Use tall, thin glasses instead of wide, short glasses.
  • Avoid serving yourself from multiple serving containers, such as boxes of crackers, chips, or other snack foods.
  • Dish up a single serving of food on a plate or bowl, and then put the original container away.  Serve food from the stove rather than family style.

And remember, it is easier to change our eating environment than to change our minds!