Friday, August 17, 2018

5 Back-to-School Health Tips

It's that time again. Your kids are going back to school. Whether this is your kid's first year of kindergarten or they are starting the fourth grade - you can implement some healthy tips for your children as they go back to school. If you are looking for a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks to give your child his or her back to school shots, check out Central Ozarks Medical Center.


5 Back-to-School Health Tips


1. Make sure your child gets the RIGHT amount of sleep.

Your child is back in school and should be well rested for all of the activities and knowledge they are about to soak up.

2. Encourage your kids to wash their hands.

Germs are everywhere, even in school. There are fun ways to get your kids to wash their hand, such as having them sing the Alphabet song while they are washing your hands. That way you can help make sure they wash their hand for a long enough time.

3. Check your kid's backpack for comfort.

When your kids are back in school they may be carrying heavy textbooks in their backpacks every day. That can be very hard on their back if the weight isn't distributed right. Make sure that they wear their backpack with both straps over their shoulders.

4. Educate your kids on avoiding head lice.

Teach your kids about the dangers of head lice and how they can easily spread. Tell them to avoid:

  • Sharing helmets during sports activities
  • Borrowing someone else's hairbrush at school
  • Borrowing a friend's hat



5. Teach your children good hygiene.

Your kid is going back to school and will be around other children. You probably don't want them to feel embarrassed because they didn't practice good hygiene, so make sure they know how to do so. Here are a few tips:

  • Teach them to wash their hair at least once every two or three.
  • Teach them to bathe regularly.
  • Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Depending on the age of your child, if they have begun puberty, you may have them start wearing deodorant. 
  • Teach them to brush their hair every day.


Establish Your Family Doctor at Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our Family Practice Providers are often referred to as Primary Care Providers or Primary Healthcare Providers. Central Ozarks Medical Center Primary Care Providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments. If you are either looking for a new family doctor or you are a new family and are looking to establish your first family doctor, give one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. You will find their phone numbers below.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, August 10, 2018

5 Things You May Not Know About Fall Allergies

Fall is coming quick and technically starts September 22nd. Who's excited for fall this year? With all the fun fall-themed events, beautiful, colorful trees, and Halloween - what's not to love? The answer here is fall allergies. Fall allergies are no fun and if you find yourself experiencing symptoms you should see a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call Central Ozarks Medical Center to make an appointment. Keep reading for a few things you may not know about fall allergies.


5 Things You May Not Know About Fall Allergies


1. Back to school allergens are a real thing.
Children can be exposed to chalk dust and classroom pets which also can be allergens that take place in the fall. Talk to your children and help them to know what triggers their allergies so they can avoid suffering from allergies this fall.

2. It's possible to have both spring and fall allergies.
There are people who unfortunately get both spring and fall allergies, however, the severity of the symptoms and how often you get them may change from season to season.

3. Cold symptoms shouldn't last more than 5-7 days.
Cold symptoms and allergy symptoms can be very similar. However, if your symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, irritated eyes, scratchy throat, or headaches, persist longer than 5-7 days then it is likely they have been caused by some sort of allergen versus being cold related.

4. Weed pollen counts are highest between 5 and 10 a.m.
So be sure to keep this in mind in the mornings as you go outside to head to work or take your children to school.

5. Raking leaves can stir pollen and mold into the air and trigger allergy symptoms. 
You still shouldn't let your leaves pile up because it can cause landscaping issues, just have someone who isn't as fall allergy sensitive rake the leaves, keeping this in mind.


Fight Fall Allergies with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our friendly staff knows those fall allergies are no fun for anyone and we don't want them to ruin your Halloween or fall fun. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare in Central Missouri since 1979.  Our staff members are committed to leading the way to healthier communities and helping people beat their fall allergies is part of that. Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the healthcare status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller and Pulaski Counties. Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. To make an appointment at one of our health clinics in Central Missouri, call one of the phone number listed below.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, August 3, 2018

August is National Wellness Month!

August is National Wellness Month! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to spread the word and in honor of this special month, give you a few tips for practicing good wellness. One of which is to have a good doctor you can trust, if you are looking for a new doctor, give Central Ozarks Medical Center a call. In the spirit of National Wellness month, keep reading for a few stress relief tips.



Stress Relief Foods

Spinach
Spinach is known to contain folate, which produces dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that can tell your brain to essentially, "be happy."

Oatmeal
Aside from oatmeal already being a comfort food, it contains complex carbs, which can be digested slowly and not cause your blood sugar to spike.

Dark Chocolate
According to Health, dark chocolate can lower your stress hormones and antioxidants contained within dark chocolate can cause the walls of your blood vessels to relax, which can lower your blood pressure.

Turkey Breast
Turkey contains an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, which is a chemical that can make you feel happier.

Avocado
Avoid stress eating, by eating this superfood. While you don't want to overeat it, avocados can cause make you feel more full. Check out this great recipe for avocado toast we found online:

Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mashed-avocado-toasts-recipe-2009592

Mashed Avocado Toast

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Sea salt
2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
Red pepper flakes
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

Cut the avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and sea salt, to taste. Mash the ingredients together with a fork, keeping the texture slightly chunky.

Spread half the mash onto each piece of toast and garnish with some red pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.


Stress Relief Techniques

Listen to music.
Put on some soothing music and calm your self. Just take a few minutes to sit down and listen to some of your favorite songs. Your stress level can lower, leaving you more relaxed and ready to be productive.

Focus on your breathing.
If you are feeling stress at work, take a quick break to breathe deeply for about 5 minutes. Really focus on the process of your breathing and nothing else.

Go for a walk.
Exercising can help your body to release endorphins, making you feel happier. If you are at work feeling stressed, take a quick walk around the building or down the block and back.


Reduce Stress with Central Ozarks Medical Center

Beyond having excellent, Board Certified Providers, several recent studies have found that patients who regularly use community health centers, like Central Ozarks Medical Center, have lower total annual healthcare costs when compared to patients who use other primary care providers, such as HMOs, hospital outpatient units or private physicians. High healthcare bills can be stressful all on their own. On an average, these studies show that the cost associated with using a community health center is 22% to 33% less expensive than using other healthcare models. In addition to the savings is the quality of care and concern our providers at the Lake of the Ozarks will offer to you during each visit. With highly trained support staff, Central Ozarks Medical Center Providers can focus on only you and your health. Call one of our clinics listed below for your next appointment.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, July 27, 2018

Coffee: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Aww, the age-old question, is coffee healthy or not? Different facts have been coming out about coffee for many years that have led people to believe different things. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to point out the healthy factors of coffee and the precautions you should be aware of. For health-related questions you may have about how your diet is affecting your body, call your nearest health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks today.


Coffee: Healthy or Unhealthy?


Coffee Health Benefits

Some of the health benefits that come with drinking coffee can include but are not limited to:

  • Coffee can help you lose weight.
  • Coffee can lower your risk of diabetes
  • Coffee contains vital nutrients
  • Coffee can protect you from Alzheimer's 
  • Coffee may lower your risk of stroke or heart attack.
  • Coffee has been traced to lowering your risk for liver cancer
  • Coffee can reduce your risk of gout.
  • Coffe contains antioxidants
"Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Interested in making your own coffee in a uniquely, good way?

Check out this coffee recipe we found online:

Source: https://wellnessmama.com/5673/healthy-coffee/


Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

author wellness mama

yield 1 cup

A delicious and creamy coffee that packs a powerful nutritional punch!

Ingredients

1 cup brewed organic coffee, herbal coffee, or chai tea
1 tsp or more coconut oil (I usually put in 2-3 TBSP)
1 TBSP organic grass-fed unsalted butter
¼ tsp vanilla extract
a few drops of stevia extract (optional)

Instructions
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix on high speed for 20 seconds until frothy. Drink immediately and enjoy all the energy!

Coffee Health Cautions

With almost anything, if you consume too much of it, there can be side effects. Coffee contains caffeine and drinking too much caffeine can cause you serious harm, such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • A headache
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing issues
"Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it's hard to go back to sleep." - Fran Drescher



Be Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our mission is to:

  • Increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare
  • To improve the healthcare status of underserved and vulnerable populations in Camden, Laclede, Miller and Pulaski Counties 

Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, but how we do it that makes all the difference. Our health clinics in Mid-Missouri provide a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve. We pride ourselves on offering quality healthcare that works best with your financial situation. If you are uninsured and would like to look at insurance options we have Assisters to help you navigate the process, just call the COMC health clinic nearest to you.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dental Tips for Your Kids

As you can imagine, summer can be an ideal time to bring your kids into the dentist because they are out of school. Our dentists at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few helpful dental tips to teach your kids. If you are looking for a new dentist to bring your kid to, call the Richland Dental Center of Central Ozarks Medical Center at 573-765-2510.


Dental Tips for Your Kids


Tip #1: Assist small children with brushing their teeth.
For example, your child may not be able to reach the toothbrush or toothpaste, so get it down from the cabinet for them. Also, depending on how small the child is, you may need to do the brushing for them.

Tip #2: Set a GOOD example.
Your children are most likely looking up to you, so set a good example by brushing your teeth at least twice a day.

Tip #3: Set your child regular dental check-ups.
It is standard for children to go to the dentist for a regular check up once every six months. Find a dentist your child feels comfortable going to and book them a standing appointment.

Tip #4: Talk to your dentist about sealants for your kids.
Sealants can provide extra protection for your kids teeth. Sealants help keep food from damaging your teeth. If this sounds like something you are interested in getting for your child, the sooner the better.

Tip #5: Make tooth brushing FUN for your kids.
Here are a few ideas to try and make tooth brushing fun for your kids.

  • Let them pick out a fun, kid toothpaste to use.
  • Let them pick out an AWESOME toothbrush to use.
  • Allow them to pick out a song that is approximately 2 minutes long and let them play it while they are brushing their teeth (This is about how long they should brush their teeth for anyway.)
  • Reward them for brushing their teeth well, by making a fun toothbrushing chart and giving the gold star stickers each week they do so correctly. 
  • Let your kids practice by brushing your teeth.
  • Turn brushing their teeth into a fun game. 
  • Cheer for your kids when they are brushing their teeth, "Good job, sweetie!"
  • Let him or her practice by brushing his or her stuffed animals teeth



Interested in a New Dentist in Richland for Your Child?


The dentists at Central Ozarks Medical Center believe in a comfortable and great patient experience for all ages. Our Richland Dental Center offers the following services:

  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dentures/Restorative

It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 304 W. Washington Ave in Richland, MO. To make an appointment, please call 573.765.2510.



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573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, July 13, 2018

Healthy Summer Snacks for Your Kids

It's summer 2018 and you are busier than ever as a parent. Central Ozarks Medical Center understands that. It can be difficult to set aside the time to prepare healthy snacks for your kids. Keep reading for 3 healthy summer snack recipes for your kids. If you are in need of a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center.


Healthy Summer Snacks for Your Kids


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Source: https://www.superhealthykids.com/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/

 Serves: 4
 Prep Time: 5 m

Ingredients
4 medium – banana
1/4 cup – peanut butter, all-natural
2 cup – milk
1/4 cup – chocolate protein powder
1 cup – ice
1 tablespoon – honey

Directions
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.
For an extra creamy smoothie, freeze the bananas before using.

Nutrition Facts

NUTRITION PER SERVING% DAILY VALUE

Calories: 335 17%
Fat: 14 g 22%
Carb: 42 g 14%
Fiber: 4 g 16%
Protein: 14 g 28%
Sugar: 27 g




Oven-Baked Garlic-Herb Potato Chips

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/259423/oven-baked-garlic-herb-potato-chips/

¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, bruised
2 sprigs fresh oregano, bruised
1 medium russet potato
1 small sweet potato
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt or table salt

In a small saucepan, heat oil, garlic, thyme, and oregano over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. If garlic starts to bubble, turn heat to low. Remove from heat. Let stand at room temperature until cool. Remove garlic and herb sprigs from the oil. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the oil. (Store the remaining oil in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and use in place of olive oil in recipes.) Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; brush paper with some of the 2 tablespoons herb-infused oil. Scrub potatoes. Use a mandoline to slice potatoes ⅛ inch thick. Arrange russet potato slices in a single layer on one of the prepared baking sheets; arrange sweet potato slices in a single layer on the other prepared sheet. Brush tops of potato slices with the remainder of the 2 tablespoons herb-infused oil. Bake potatoes, one sheet at a time, for 24 to 26 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown, turning potato slices once halfway through baking. Check potatoes often during the last 2 to 3 minutes of baking since they will brown at different rates. Transfer any potato slices that are nicely browned to a clean piece of parchment paper on the counter. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve immediately.


Nutrition information
Serving size: 12 chips
Per serving: 80 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 4,022 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 84 mg sodium; 181 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (80% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings: ½
Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 fat



Granola & Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/263350/granola-yogurt-breakfast-popsicles/

1¼ cups low-fat plain yogurt
1½ cups chopped fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries)
4 teaspoons pure maple syrup, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons granola, large chunks crumbled

Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir granola and the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the granola mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

To make ahead: Store popsicles in the freezer for up to 1 week.
Equipment: Six 3-ounce popsicle molds

Nutrition information
Serving size: 1 popsicle
Per serving: 100 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 0 folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 50 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 76 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 36 mg sodium; 102 mg potassium
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: ½ fruit, ½ reduced-fat dairy, ½ starch

Pediatrics at the Lake of the Ozarks


From their first heartbeat, you want to give your children the best of everything…including the best medical care.  Child-focused healthcare and parent education is the practice of providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center from birth to 18 years of age. Our comprehensive services include well-child exams, diagnostic tests, follow-up of chronic problems, sports screenings, as well as evaluation and management of growth and health maintenance. To learn more, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing to Start a Diet

It's swimsuit season and you are extremely motivated to lose weight, but how will you go about it? There are healthy ways to diet and then there are also unhealthy ways to diet. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few questions to ask yourself when choosing to start a diet. If you are looking for a new health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks for your health-related needs, call Central Ozarks Medical Center.


Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing to Start a Diet


What has been known to ruin your diets in the past?

Learn from your past mistakes. For example, if you know you have little to no willpower when it comes to doughnuts, but your child loves doughnuts - try suggesting something with fewer calories that could also satisfy a sweet tooth, like a yogurt parfait.

How will you be able to fit this diet into your current daily routine, is it realistic?

Let's say you work more than 60 hours a week, but the diet you want to do requires a lot of cooking and meal planning. Will you really be able to keep up with that with your busy work schedule? If your answer is no, don't give up on losing weight, just find a new path.

Is this going to be a temporary diet or a lifelong change?

Will you be able to keep this sort of healthy eating up forever? When you choose a diet, choose something that fits into your life. You could lose weight in the beginning, but if you choose a diet that doesn't fit into your life and you only stick to it temporarily - there's a chance that you could gain all of that weight you lost back and more.



Do the foods you plan to eat on this diet sound good to you?

If they sound gross, then the odds are you won't stick to this diet. Save yourself the money and find a diet that doesn't make you want to gag.

Are you prepared for the possible negative feedback you will get from others?

If this isn't your first diet, there's a chance your peers may react negatively and say things like, "Are you really trying to diet again? You know you aren't going to stick to it." Stay positive, you may not be able to control what other people say around you, but you can control how it makes you feel. Stay strong and believe in yourself.

Be Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


We aim to lead the way to healthier communities and we believe that having a low income should not mean low or no quality of health care for you and your family. Beyond having excellent, Board Certified Providers, several recent studies have found that patients who regularly use community health centers, like Central Ozarks Medical Center, have lower total annual healthcare costs when compared to patients who use other primary care providers, such as HMOs, hospital outpatient units or private physicians. If you are interested in trying a new health clinic, give one of the Central Ozarks Medical Center clinics a call. Our phone numbers are listed below.


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573.765.5141 -- Richland
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573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties