JUNE 2019
On Sunday, we celebrate  Father’s Day, which naturally makes many of us   mindful of our earthly fathers. But, did you know that you also have a Heavenly Father? Think of the purest love you can imagine. Now multiply that love by an infinite amount—that is the measure of our Heavenly Father's love for us. In fact, He loves us so much, that He sent His only son, Jesus, to take on our sin, so that we might live holy and blameless with Him in eternity!

You see, before Jesus was born of Mary, He lived in perfect glory, intimacy, and unity with His Father and the Holy Spirit. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God desired you and I to share in that same love, intimacy, and glory. Jesus’ death and resurrection reveal to us the very desire of our Heavenly Father's heart, which is to be with us for all eternity. 

We are important to God because we are His children. No matter our flaws or mistakes, our infinitely compassionate Heavenly Father desires that we draw near to Him so that He can draw near to us. He knows and loves you, is mindful of you, hears your prayers and knows the desires of your heart. So, this Father’s Day, may you have joy knowing that your Heavenly Father has shown His love for you, not just in words, but also through the the most amazing gifts of love, forgiveness and, most importantly, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Summer means more time outdoors, BBQs, pool parties and the occasional getaway. And as easy as it might be, we really shouldn't ignore our health this time of year, as warm weather means extra exposure to the sun’s UV rays and hotter temps that can make us feel bloated and dehydrated. 

The good news? There are plenty of ways to balance fun with feeling our best from now all the way through Labor Day. 

Click HERE to check out 6 easy tips to keep your health in check, allowing for a successful summer!
Ways to Stay Active
in the Midsouth

One of the key factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is staying physically active. Staying active can mean much more than just another trip to the gym, though. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to feature a few fun ways to stay active in the Mid-South.

Typically known for it's BBQ and blues, the Mid-South also holds many beautiful parks, trails, and opportunities to aid in maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle.
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Staff Spotlight: Cody Heismann
The Smith Clinic is VERY excited to introduce our newest addition to The Smith Clinic staff, physical therapist Cody Heismann . Some of you may recognize Cody from his time with us as an intern....well, we were so impressed with him, that we decided to hire him! 

In an effort to get to know Cody a little better, below is a Q&A we did with him. 

Q: Where are you from?
A: I was born in Memphis but raised in the outskirts of it in Oakland, TN. 

Q: Education?
A: My undergraduate career was spent at University of Memphis, in which I attained my Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science in 2016. I then attended University of Tennessee Health Science Center to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. 

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: I probably have too many hobbies. I enjoy staying active while running with run groups, playing basketball and softball at Bellevue, and lifting weights at the gym. I have a dog that has tons of energy so we go to the dog park a lot. Outdoor activities are my favorite since you can enjoy fresh air and sunshine while kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. There are many local areas to do these at but I have recently gotten into traveling to find new and exciting views. 

Q: Favorite thing about Memphis?
A: Memphis has any and everything you want or need. Whether it’s rooting on our hometown Grizzlies or Redbirds, or hopping over to Beale St. after the game, running at Shelby Farms Park with my dog or kayaking the Wolf River, Memphis is full of various and fun ways to exercise or hangout with friends. 

Q: Favorite thing about The Smith Clinic
A: One of the things that sold me on the Smith Clinic is the family atmosphere you get when you enter the building. Everybody that works here makes you feel at home and they all care about you. One of my clinicals during PT school was here and I enjoyed every second of it. Micheal and Chris taught me many things about becoming a PT and can’t wait to work with them and the rest of the crew!

Q: Why did you chose PT as a career path?
A: I have always been involved in sports, exercise, and health. I realized in undergrad how important it is to have an active lifestyle to maintain your health. While working on my Exercise and Sport Science degree at U of M, one of my friends tore his ACL while wake boarding. After working with PT for a few months, he was able to avoid having surgery and got back into an active lifestyle. Seeing this progression made me want to work with people that are going through some sort of injury or pain and help them through it much like my friend’s physical therapist did for him. 

Q: Any additional thoughts?
A: I am excited that I get to start my career helping patients in a clinic that is already has a great reputation at doing so and with the same values and beliefs that I do!

Please join us in welcoming Cody to The Smith Clinic Family!
If you’re watching your weight or have a hard time keeping your hunger in check in the morning, you likely know how important protein is. While it’s easy for most of us to get enough of the nutrient at lunch and dinner, breakfast can often be a struggle.
Bagels, cereal, and smoothies don’t always pack a big protein punch. Not to mention, if you skip your morning meal, you’re not getting any protein at all.

Studies show that a high-protein breakfast habit has been linked to weight management or weight loss. This means you may eat less throughout the day, including in the evening. Protein also boosts alertness so you are productive and helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels so you have steady energy to face the day.

Ready to start your day off right? Try one of these high protein breakfasts next time you’re tempted to reach for the cereal box.

Oatmeal on its own is a delicious breakfast full of fiber and whole grains, but you can round it out and amp up the nutrition by adding flax meal, chia seeds, soy or almond milk, or protein powder. That's right, you can stir flavored or unflavored protein powder right into your oatmeal. Top with blueberries and almonds for extra fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins.

Another option to increase the protein in your oatmeal is to add a couple of dollops of Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with cinnamon for extra flavor. This packs 11 grams of protein per serving and is easy to take on the road with you.

If eggs for breakfast sounds boring, try individual frittatas. Mix whole eggs and extra egg whites together with sautéed vegetables. For even more protein, add some turkey sausage or cheese. Simply pour the mixture into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees until you can insert a knife in them and it comes out clean (in a standard-size muffin tin, that will be about 20 to 25 minutes). These are a perfect option if you're not a morning person, as they can be made ahead and then reheated quickly on your way out the door.

When it comes to increasing your protein intake, low-fat cottage cheese is an option many people overlook. The nutrition, taste, cost, and ease of preparation make it a great addition to your breakfast rotation. (Note: Low-fat cottage cheese has more protein per serving than full-fat, although both are great options.) We recommend filling a bowl with cottage cheese, mixing in some beans, and topping with tomatoes, paprika, salt, pepper.

Sometimes you just have to have something sweet for breakfast and with this simple dish you can have your protein and the taste you crave. Mix together cooked oats, natural peanut butter, dark cacao, and sweet banana. Top with yogurt or your choice of milk. YUM!

Click Here for even more protein packed breakfast recipes!