Congratulations to The Slimsons, the top point earner for New Year, New You challenge week one. The Slimsons includes two participants in the Friends & Family category.

NYNY is an eight-week wellness challenge. The challenge encourages participants to develop positive lifestyle changes.

NYNY is about exercising and eating right. It’s also about staying healthy. One way to improve or maintain health is through proper wound care.

JRMC is the first hospital in North Dakota to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT therapy helps fight infections, heal wounds and treat conditions. Conditions include diabetic ulcers, bone infections and radiation injuries.

“It is important to take care of a wound right away. Wounds that will not heal are prone to infection,” said Amanda Lausch, FNP at the JRMC Wound Clinic. “If not resolved, it can result in amputation or even death.”

Seek medical attention when noticing chronic wound symptoms. Symptoms can include limb swelling, limb weeping, tissue decay and neuropathy. Underlying causes, like constant pressure from being in a wheelchair or poor blood flow, can be to blame.

Keep moving this week and walk to your next community event. Attend a community activity outside of normal activities to earn five bonus points this week. In addition, participants earn extra points for the work-friendly Lose Your Lap exercises and the more intense High-Intensity Interval Training.

Team points are due by 8 a.m. on Tuesday.