Going beyond the scale - The InBody Experience at CCH

Do you eat right and exercise and the scale doesn’t move? Do you know increasing your muscle burns more calories? Do you know what you can do to maintain your ability to complete daily tasks at home?

Body Composition Analysis is a valuable tool that can help you understand the ratio of fat to muscle weight in your body. The Nutrition Services Department at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) now offers the InBody test to help individuals customize nutrition and lifestyle changes to reach health and fitness goals.

“Having adequate muscle mass is critical to health, longevity, and quality of life,” explained Emily Briggs, MS, RDN, CD and Manager of Culinary, Nutrition & Diabetes Services at CCH. “InBody measures your body’s muscle, fat and water to provide detailed information needed to make changes in diet and activity to optimize muscle mass.”

While the test is for everyone, there are three different target populations:

  1. Those wishing to improve athletic performance. Weight isn’t the most accurate marker of health and fitness. Body composition analysis gives you insights to know where to focus your workouts for peak athletic performance.
  2. Those who want to lose weight. We’ve all been there when the scale doesn’t move. The InBody can show that you’ve lost fat and gained muscle.
  3. The aging population. After age 50 you lose 1-2 percent of muscle every year. Those who lose muscle have a higher risk of falls and increased risk of fractures.

“This is a match made in heaven,” said Briggs. “This test brings nutrition and exercise together. If you are not pushing your muscles hard enough to maintain them when you hit a certain age, it is more difficult to maintain your muscle mass.

“If your body doesn’t have enough fuel, it will break down your muscle. Body composition analysis is a helpful tool in changing the mindset for diet and exercise – to fuel our bodies properly so we can exercise,” added Briggs.

Briggs and her team of dietitians promote the test to encourage a healthier, better quality of life. The more muscle mass you have, the less likely you are to suffer injuries, the more likely you are to continue to complete daily tasks, and the more calories you burn at rest.

“Muscle is metabolically active, so it consumes a lot of energy to maintain itself,” said Briggs. “The scale going up isn’t necessarily bad. Muscle weighs more than fat. As you are losing fat and gaining muscle, you might go up in weight.”


Who can take the test?

Anyone who is above the age of two, weighs at least 20 pounds and is able to stand upright for 30 seconds may take the test. The test is not available to those who have a pacemaker or are pregnant.

The first appointment is 30 minutes, which includes the initial five minute test and a consult with the dietician or nutritionist to review the results sheet and develop goals for diet, nutrition, and physical activity.

A follow up visit is encouraged once a month or once a quarter, to be able to appreciate the changes and meet goals.

During the follow up visit the previous results are compared to the current reading. The result sheet shows weight, lean body mass, and percent of fat mass.

“You can see it go up or down over time, which is very motivating for people,” said Emily.

In regard to physical activity, general recommendations are given regarding incorporating some type of weight training in a workout routine.

“We provide exercise bands and other information and resources developed by our athletic trainer here at CCH,” said Briggs. “We also have partnerships with local gyms so we can direct people to their local resources.”

To prep for the appointment:

  • Eat and drink normally up until two hours before the test.
  • Wear lightweight clothing on the day of the test.

At the appointment:

  • You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks. Your feet will be wiped with a disposable cloth that contains electrolytes, which help conduct the current. You will then be asked to step on the scale. Your height, age, gender, and identifying number are entered into the machine.
  • You will be asked to hold on to the handles for 30 seconds. When the time has elapsed, the machine prints out your results sheet.
  • At that time the dietitian will go through each item line by line, muscle mass and body fat in each arm, each leg and the torso. It breaks it down so that you can focus on the area where you need to increase muscle mass or decrease body fat.

“It’s great to have a baseline so you can see your progress,” said Briggs. “Come in when you are not feeling the fittest. We don’t judge. We are health professionals and it is conducted in a confidential area.”

Briggs first took the test last October at a food and nutrition expo in Chicago. “I saw what the results sheet looked like and saw the improved technology and said, ‘I need to get one of these for the hospital!’

The program is self-referral and self-pay starting at $25 for the first appointment. Appointment times are 8-4:30 Monday-Friday. Additional early and late appointments are scheduled as needed.

To schedule an InBody Composition Analysis or for more information, contact Sara Zook, RDN, CD, CHWC at 920-623-1545.


Columbus 4K students make and donate quilt

What has 20 squares, filled with the imagination and made with love? Answer: a quilt.

Sherry Quamme and her daughter-in-law Sudha Quamme had the unique experience of instructing a Columbus Elementary School 4-year old Kindergarten class in the art of quilt making during two special days in the month of November. The opportunity presented itself when Sherry and Suhda were approached by the teacher to be a guest presenter to the class.  

The purpose of the project was to make a quilt and donate it to the Columbus Community Hospital Emergency Department for a child. Each child made a 9-inch by 10-inch square and the squares were then sewn into the quilt.

The children were asked to draw whatever was important to them and to use the colors they liked. Once fabric square was complete, Suhda pressed them so it was sealed and ready for placement on the backing.

Because the sewing machine had a speed adjustment, each student learned how to use the sewing machine and the pedal, with assistance from Sherry.

 “Four year olds have enough coordination with their feet, eyes and hands to be able to do the sewing,” said Sherry. “It’s all in controlling the speed in how fast the machine sews.”

Sixteen children participated in the project.

Pictured are Sherry Quamme, the Columbus Elementary School 4K class that made the quilt, and LuAnne Reuter, CCH Emergency Department Manager accepting the quilt.


Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner - a lifelong love of healthcare brings her home

Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner A lifelong love of healthcare brings her home to care for the community

From the time she was a little girl growing up on the family farm, Kris Braker, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Prairie Ridge Health Clinic in Marshall, knew she wanted to be a nurse.

“Whenever we had a down cow, our vet would give them a dose of glucose intravenously, and I would serve as the IV pole,” Kris humored. “Many of my family members are nurses, so it has always been something I have been interested in as a career.”


The BIG Pink Ball Drop

25th Annual Golf Classic
A benefit for the Columbus Community Hospital Foundation
 2 Chances to win with each ball!
1st ball in or closest to the hole: 1/2 the proceeds
Ball farthest from the hole: $500
Max 1000 Balls
Winner Need Not Be Present to Win

Support and guidance offered for cancer patients and caregivers

Two support groups are available to cancer patients and their support persons through Columbus Community Hospital and the American Cancer Society. Cathy Butterbrodt, RNC, CBPN-I; ONC, Breast Health Nurse Specialist and Cancer Navigation Specialist at Columbus Community Hospital coordinates both groups.

Look Good Feel Better, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is a two-hour class aimed at teaching women (who are going through cancer) about skin care, make up, wigs, scarves, turbans, and nail care. The session is led by a trained cosmetologist, Brenda Swaagman.

“Each participant receives a kit that is customized to their skin tone,” explained Butterbrodt. “It is a fun laid back class, specific to women who have had or are currently going through cancer treatment.”


Guardian of Excellence Award for Physician Engagement

CCH’s success relies on engagement from all areas of the patient care team, including the medical providers. In 2017, CCH was one of only five hospitals nationwide to receive the Guardian of Excellence Award for Physician Engagement.

Press Ganey, a leading provider of patient team engagement benchmarks, presented CCH the award in recognition of achieving and maintaining a score in the 97th percentile in the nation in overall provider engagement. The accomplishment places CCH amidst an elite group of 3% of healthcare organizations in the nation.


Carol Black receives RWHC Rural Health Ambassador Award

RWHC Rural Health Ambassador Award presented to Carol Black of Columbus Community Hospital

The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) presented the Rural Health Ambassador Award to Carol Black, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, on June 7 at Columbus Community Hospital (CCH).

The award recognizes health care employees at RWHC hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their respective organizations, while making significant contributions to rural health. Each recipient demonstrates a history of fostering positive communication and relations within the hospital's respective service area by: serving on community boards/service organizations; taking advantage of volunteer opportunities; and supporting community health activities beyond the scope of the hospital.


Start the year right with these helpful hints from our Nutrition Services team!

Pictured (l-r) Rachel Selm, RD, CD; Sara Zook, RD, CD; Jessica Davidson, RDN, CD; Emily Briggs, MSN, RDN, CD; Stacy Biesel, RN, CDE

The Columbus Community Hospital Nutrition Services team wishes you a healthy and happy 2018. Start off the New Year by incorporating one of these salt-free seasonings to your meals, accompanied by a mocktail.


CCH receives Women's Choice Award

Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) is one of 17 Wisconsin hospitals to receive the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for obstetrics.

“The Women’s Choice Award has identified America’s Best Hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices,” said Rachel Svendsen, CCH Manager of Women’s and Childbirth Services. “Women account for 90% of all healthcare decisions for themselves and their family. We are honored to be among the elite in patient satisfaction in obstetrics.”


Promoting the Benefits of Breastfeeding Through Knowledge and Support

Pictured are Joan Young, RN, FNP, IBCLC, lactation consultant at CCH, and new parents Heather and Mark Solfelt holding their son, Wesley.

By: Patti Walker
Article Featured in Inspire Magazine
Whether she is talking about the benefits of breastfeeding, assisting new moms feeding their baby for the first time, answering questions over the phone, or meeting with mothers and babies on an outpatient basis, Joan Young, RN, FNP, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Columbus Community Hospital, is passionate about her job.

“Breast is best. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding and we learn more every day,” said Young, who has been educating women about the benefits of breastfeeding for over 30 years.