RISE Staff enjoys Best Years’ Mardi Gras 2018

Some of the RISE staff members attended this years’ Best Years Center Senior Mardi Gras Health Fair hosted at the Beaumont Civic Center


The Best Years Center are masters at

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while providing information, resources, and health vendors for all area senior citizens.

It’s easy to tell, the day provided much entertainment and as much information and







World Diabetes Day Event

Please join RISE, Beaumont Public Health, and other community partners for the upcoming World Diabetes Day Health Fair, where there will be many health services provided and a great deal of useful information to manage diabetes and care for your health.


World Diabetes Day

Did you know, per the American Diabetes Association :

Overall Numbers, Diabetes, and Pre-diabetes

  • Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
    • Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
  • Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
  • Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or 12.0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Prediabetes: In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
  • Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.

Diabetes in Youth

  • About 193,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.24% of that population.
  • In 2011—2012, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 17,900 with type 1 diabetes, 5,300 with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity

The rates of diagnosed diabetes in adults by race/ethnic background are:

The breakdown among Asian Americans:

  • 4.3% for Chinese
  • 8.9% for Filipinos
  • 11.2% for Asian Indians
  • 8.5% for other Asian Americans.

The breakdown among Hispanic adults:

  • 8.5% for Central and South Americans
  • 9.0% for Cubans
  • 13.8% for Mexican Americans
  • 12.0% for Puerto Ricans.


Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 based on the 79,535 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death. In 2015, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 252,806 certificates.

Diabetes may be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only about 35% to 40% of people with diabetes who died had diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate and about 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.

Cost of Diabetes

Updated March 6, 2013

  • $245 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012
  • $176 billion for direct medical costs
  • $69 billion in reduced productivity

After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

This is why RISE Center is partnering with Beaumont Public Health to promote awareness in the anticipation of World Diabetes Day. Please check out the flyer and plan to come out to the event for great services and information!


RISE Center Takes Part in First Annual Kite Festival Hosted by Beaumont Health Coaltion

RISE Center was pleased to take part this past Saturday in the first annual Kite Festival, hosted by the Beaumont Health Coalition


Academy Sports and Outdoors was a generous sponsor, by donating a basketball goal to the event, and making a health-conscious contribution to our local community. We appreciate you Academy!


Our own Executive Director, Jim Brocato, was in attendance to determine the winner of the drawing for the basketball goal at the end of the day. The winner has never owned a basketball goal and looks forward to getting quite a bit of use out of it.

The basketball goal got plenty of use throughout the day – from those who have used one years ago – and those who use one daily.



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The beautiful kites and games that were there were accessible to all. There were kites available for anyone who came and many community partners brought games and treats for the community as well.









RISE is looking forward to what next year brings!



RISE Center’s HIPAA Privacy Policy


Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.

Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • Get a copy of your paper or electronic medical record
  • Correct your paper or electronic medical record
  • Request confidential communication
  • Ask us to limit the information we share
  • Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared your information
  • Get a copy of this privacy notice
  • Choose someone to act for you
  • File a complaint if you believe your privacy rights have been violated

Your Choices

You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:

  • Tell family and friends about your condition
  • Provide disaster relief
  • Include you in a hospital directory
  • Provide mental health care
  • Market our services and sell your information
  • Raise funds

Our Uses and Disclosures

We may use and share your information as we:

•       Treat you

•      Run our organization

•      Bill for your services

•      Help with public health and safety issues

•      Do research

•      Comply with the law

•      Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

•      Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

•      Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

•      Respond to lawsuits and legal actions



Your Rights

When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights. This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.

Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record

  • You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
  • We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.

Ask us to correct your medical record

  • You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete. Ask us how to do this.
  • We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.

Request confidential communications

  • You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
  • We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.

Ask us to limit what we use or share

  • You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
  • If you pay for a service or health care item out-of-pocket in full, you can ask us not to share that information for the purpose of payment or our operations with your health insurer. We will say “yes” unless a law requires us to share that information.

Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information

  • You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
  • We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.

Get a copy of this privacy notice

You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.

Choose someone to act for you

  • If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
  • We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.




File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated

  • You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us using the information on page 1.
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
  • We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

Your Choices

For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.

In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:

  • Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
  • Share information in a disaster relief situation
  • Include your information in a hospital directory

If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.

In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:

  • Marketing purposes
  • Sale of your information
  • Most sharing of psychotherapy notes

In the case of fundraising:

  • We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.


Our Uses and Disclosures

How do we typically use or share your health information?

We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.

Treat you

We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.

Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.


Run our organization

We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.

Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.



Bill for your services

We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.


Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.


How else can we use or share your health information?

We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.

Help with public health and safety issues

We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:

  • Preventing disease
  • Helping with product recalls
  • Reporting adverse reactions to medications
  • Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
  • Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety

Do research

We can use or share your information for health research.

Comply with the law

We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.

Respond to organ and tissue donation requests

We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.

Work with a medical examiner or funeral director

We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.

Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests

We can use or share health information about you:

  • For workers’ compensation claims
  • For law enforcement purposes or with a law enforcement official
  • With health oversight agencies for activities authorized by law
  • For special government functions such as military, national security, and presidential protective services

Respond to lawsuits and legal actions

We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.



Our Responsibilities

  • We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
  • We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
  • We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
  • We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. If you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.

For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.

Changes to the Terms of this Notice

We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site.


Contacting the Privacy Officer:

You may exercise the rights described in this section by contacting the Privacy Officer identified below. They will provide you with additional information. The contact is:


RISE Center Executive Director

755 S. 11th St, Ste 101

Beaumont, TX  77701

Phone: 409-832-2599


Effective Date of Notice: September 1, 2016

Thankful for Those Leftovers, Now What?

After Thanksgiving, we sometimes have leftovers. That is a great time to use up that nutritious turkey for some delicious soups and other meals. Rachel, from the Southeast Texas Food Bank came to our Center to share some of her favorite ways to use leftovers and she gave them to us to share with you! We hope you enjoy!


Don’t Miss Our Cooking & Nutrition Class!!!


Don’t miss RISE Center’s Cooking and Nutrition Class on Monday, September 19th from 1:00 – 2:30 with Rachel & Fernando from The Southeast Texas Food Bank! They never disappoint with all of their yummy recipes and tips on how to have a healthy lifestyle!

Fernando Says, “Go Lean With Protein!”

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Fernando from Southeast Texas Food Bank joined us at the Center today to talk to us about the ins and outs of protein. (This information is courtesy of Fernando at Southeast Texas Food Bank and ChooseMyPlate.gov Protein is important to have in a nutritious diet, but Americans have access to more than their fair share of it. While protein is necessary, portion control is important. Here are some key things to remember:

The Protein Food Group is no longer called the “Meat and Beans Group”

The name change from “meat and beans group” to “proteins food group” was done as a reminder to get proteins from a variety of sources, such as:

  • Seafood
  • Lean Meats & Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Dry Beans & Peas
  • Soy Products
  • Unsalted Nuts & Seeds


How Much Protein Do We Need?

  • We should only get 5 – 6 1/2 ounce equivalents daily.
  • The protein choices that we eat should be lean or low-fat.


What Would Be Protein Equivalents by Ounce?

In general, 1 ounce equivalent from the Protein Foods group is:

  • 1 ounce of meat, poultry, or fish
  • 1/4 c. cooked beans
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds


What About Those Portion Sizes?

A portion size of meat is about the size of a deck of cards or 3 ounces.

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1 ounce of nuts or beans =

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What Are The Health Benefits of Protein?

  • Protein functions as “building blocks” in the body.
  • It is one of three nutrients that the body uses for energy (along with carbohydrates and fat).
  • Protein prolongs feelings of fullness.

What Are Other Nutritional Benefits of Protein?

Foods in the Protein Foods Group supply many nutrients including:

  • Protein
  • B Vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium


How to Make Wise Choices Involving Protein?

Start with lean choices:

  • Buy lean cuts of beef and pork
  • Choose extra lean ground meats
  • Buy skinless chicken parts

Keep it lean:

  • Trim visible fat
  • Avoid frying and use alternative cooking methods for meats
  • Drain off fat after cooking
  • Prepare beans and peas without added fats
  • Prepare foods without high fat sauces and gravies


What Impacts Can a High Fat Diet Have on You?


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Some choices in the Protein Foods Group are high in:

  • saturated fat

High intake of fats makes it difficult to control total calories consumed.

  • cholesterol

Raised levels of “bad” (LDL) blood cholesterol increases risk for coronary heart disease.

You Should Check Food Labels


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Read the Nutrition Facts label on processed foods, looking for amounts of:

  • saturated fat
  • trans fat
  • cholesterol
  • sodium


You Should Vary Your Choices…


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Adults should eat at least 8 ounces of cooked seafood weekly.

Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) contribute to prevention of heart disease.

Choices with high omega-3’s and lower level of mercury:

  • Salmon
  • Anchovies
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Pacific Oysters
  • Trout
  • Atlantic and Pacific Mackerel

Nuts and Seeds:

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Peanuts and certain tree nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Nuts are high in calories, so they should be eaten in smaller portions.

Use nuts or seeds to replace some of your other protein foods, not added on.

Choose unsalted nuts or seeds.

Beans, Peas, & Soy

  • Excellent sources of plant protein
  • High in fiber
  • Low fat, with no saturated fat
  • Low sodium
  • Choose cooking methods that don’t add fat and sodium

Vegetarian Diet

Getting adequate protein on a vegetarian diet is possible with the right variety and amounts of food.

Protein Sources:

  • Beans & Peas
  • Nuts, nut butters, and seeds
  • Soy products
  • Eggs (ovo-vegetarians)
  • Milk (lacto-vegetarians) – not part of the protein foods group!


What Can I Do to Manage My Protein?

  • For the next two weeks, focus on eating a variety of protein foods.
  • Find ways to replace high-fat protein foods you are already eating with lean options.
  • Start incorporating seafood into your weekly menu with the goal of 8 ounces each week.