Congratulations to team Absolutely Fibula-ous, the top point earner for New Year, New You challenge week three. Team Absolutely Fibula-ous includes seven participants from the Orthopedic and Podiatry departments at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

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

NYNY is about exercising and eating right. It’s also about staying healthy. This can be difficult when jumping or sneezing causes sudden bladder leakage.

Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control and often occurs in postpartum women and seniors. Stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or injuries are common causes.

JRMC Urologist, Dr. Robert J. Bates, said any activity that increases pressure on the bladder can cause vulnerability to urine loss, especially when the bladder is full. Stress incontinence is more common in women than men and occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken with age and childbirth.

“Kegel exercises can greatly improve the strength and function of the pelvic floor muscles,” said Dr. Bates. “These exercises can be done in the car, at work or at home.”

Practice your kegels at the next community event. Attending a community activity outside of normal activities will yield each participant five bonus points this week. In addition, attendees can 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.

Still having urine leakage? Contact the JRMC Urology team and schedule direct: (701) 952-4878.