Friday, November 17, 2017

Healthy Eating Around The Holidays

Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas won't be far behind. The holiday season has officially arrived. With the holidays brings some very delicious holiday dishes. While some of these dishes can be very tasty, there could be healthier options available that are just as tasty. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a comparison of a couple of holiday recipes we have found.  


Sweet Potato Casserole vs. Green Bean


Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/sweet-potato-casserole-3364945

Sweet Potato Casserole


Total:45 min Prep: 15 min Cook: 30 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Level: Easy
Ingredients

Filling:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for buttering the baking dish
3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large potatoes; about 1 3/4 pounds)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 large eggs

Topping:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Special equipment: a 2-quart baking dish

For the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 2-quart baking dish.

Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and the eggs in a large bowl. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

For the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, butter and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together. Stir in the pecans and spread over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer. Bake until mostly set in the center and golden on top, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/green-bean-casserole-slimmed-recipe-2009016

Green Bean Casserole - Slimmed


Total:1 hr 5 minPrep: 45 minCook: 20 min
Yield: 6 servings
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

3 to 4 medium shallots, in their skins
Kosher salt, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons
1 pound fresh green beans, stemmed, and halved crosswise
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups mushroom, vegetable, or chicken broth (see Cook's Note)
3 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup fresh bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Put the shallots (in their skins) on a small baking dish, roast until soft, about 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle, skin and coarsely chop the shallots. Set aside.

Bring a medium-large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add kosher salt, to taste. Add the green beans, and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Drain the beans in a colander and rinse with cold water. Transfer the beans to a large bowl.

In the same saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, season with 1 teaspoon salt, cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the mushrooms to the beans.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until golden, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Add the shallots, 1 teaspoon of the thyme, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the vegetables and stir to combine evenly.

Spray a 2-quart baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the pan. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of thyme to bread crumbs and scatter over the vegetables. Bake uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the crumbs brown, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note

There has been an explosion of prepared broths on the market. We particularly like the mushroom broth in the aseptic packaging. However, for this recipe, make sure you don't use an Asian-style mushroom broth. If you can't find mushroom, a vegetable or chicken broth is a suitable substitute.


When sauteing mushrooms, salt them right away--they will release moisture and you can use less oil - 1 cup fresh bread crumbs has less calories than 1 cup dried - Roasting whole shallots is an excellent way to cook them using absolutely no fat.


The Comparison


Let's look at what's actually in these 2 recipes. While the sweet potato recipe sounds delicious, you're looking at a high calorie side dish. The pecan topping alone brings a ton of calories to this recipe, most likely over 500 just in the topping. According to the Food Network, the green bean casserole only holds 187 calories per serving and that's the entire dish. Who doesn't love a good green bean casserole?

We hope you enjoyed these two delicious recipes and the comparison. Central Ozarks Medical Center wishes everyone a very happy holiday season. Our health clinics in mid-Missouri operate with the goal to lead the way to healthier communities. That starts with just one healthy eater at a time. 


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Friday, November 10, 2017

November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month. According to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention, 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1 in 4 don't know. These numbers are hard to see, but they are true. In honor of National Diabetes Month, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to bring more awareness to diabetes. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you some important information regarding diabetes, including more diabetes statistics and some key symptoms that could show someone might have diabetes.


Important Diabetes Statistics



Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:

  • 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes.
  • 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.
  • Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
  • 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
  • 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have prediabetes.
  • The percentage of U.S. adults with prediabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (39 percent), and Hispanics (38 percent).
Diabetes is a serious disease that can be managed through physical activity, diet, and appropriate use of insulin and oral medications to lower blood sugar levels.  Another important part of diabetes management is reducing other cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use.


Symptoms of Diabetes


Before we give the symptoms of diabetes, we must first distinguish a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes, otherwise known as juvenile diabetes, can't produce insulin. People with type 2 diabetes aren't able to use insulin the right way, which can lead to an insulin deficiency.

Source: American Heart Association



Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms


  • Blurred vision
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • In certain cases, there are no symptoms
  • Fruity breath or odor

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms


  • Sores that won't heal
  • In certain cases, no symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased urination, especially at night

Central Ozarks Medical Center, Leading the Way to Healthier Communities


We here at our Mid-Missouri health clinics strive 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. We believe in providing quality healthcare to patients with or without health insurance. We offer a sliding fee scale based on family size and income. We offer a wide variety of services and have been providing quality healthcare in Missouri since 1979. To schedule an appointment, call one of our locations listed below.



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Dental Care at the Lake of the Ozarks You Can Trust

Having a dentist at the Lake of the Ozarks you can trust is vital! A dentist is someone you will want to visit on a regular basis, so you need to feel confident in what they are doing. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few reasons why you need to visit the dentist on a regular basis and some information regarding the dental services we have available for you here at the Lake of the Ozarks area.


Reasons Why You Need to Visit the Dentist on a Regular Basis



1. Helps prevent major oral issues


If your teeth go unchecked for so long, there is a possibility you could have a major oral issue forming, such as:

  • Oral cancer
  • Gengivitis
  • Dental cavities
  • Tooth loss
  • Bacteria or viral infections



2. To keep your teeth clean


Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day helps to keep your teeth clean, but having a dental professional clean your teeth every 6 months or so is good idea. A dentist can show you the proper way to clean your teeth and perhaps help you to get those spots you have been missing.


3. Gives support on keeping your bad oral habits in check


There are many bad habits that people can tend to have when it comes to their oral health, including:


  • Chewing ice
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Eating hard sweets
  • Drinking red wine
  • Drinking coffee
  • Biting your nails
  • Smoking
These bad habits can lead to bigger issues. If you visit a dentist on a regular basis, the dentist can help treat those issues for you.




Dental Services at the Lake of the Ozarks



Our Richland Dental Center offers family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dentures/restorative services. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our Richland Dental Center is located at 304 W. Washington Ave. in Richland, MO. We have 3 oral health providers including Shayna Mattox, DDS, Evan Reynolds, DDS, and Kyle Shull, DDS. 

Dr. Mattox is part of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Mattox enjoys spending free time at the lake boating, water skiing and relaxing with Dustin and their German Shepherd rescue, Sophie. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry as well as a member of the Central Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and American Dental Association and has a professional working proficiency in Spanish. Dr. Shull loves helping his patients with all their dental needs, from getting out of pain to improving their smile. He enjoys treating people of all ages, from children to adults. 

Each of our dental providers enjoy what they do. Bringing more shining smiles to the Lake of the Ozarks area is their goal. To schedule an appointment with one of our dental providers in Richland, MO, call 573-765-2510.




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Friday, October 27, 2017

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to BreastCancer.org, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Also, about 2470 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men by the end of this year. These statistics are troubling to see. In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to make you aware of different things you can do to try and reduce your risk of getting breast cancer, along with some screening and early detection tips.




Actions You Can Take To Reduce Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer


Limit your alcohol consumption.


The more alcohol you consume, the greater your risk is of getting breast cancer. To be safe, generally the recommendation is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day. 

Try to avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.


Different medical-imaging methods use high doses of radiation. Certain studies suggest that there could be a link between breast cancer and radiation exposure. 

Get your exercise.


Being physically active on a continuous basis can help you maintain your weight, which can in return help reduce your risk of breast cancer. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should complete 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week in addition to strength training twice a week.


Do not smoke. 


Studies suggest that there is a link between smoking and breast cancer, especially in menopausal women.

Keep your weight under control.


Obesity or being overweight increases your chances of getting breast cancer, especially after menopause.


Screening and Early Detection 


If you are over the age of 40, you should get a mammogram. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have family members who have family members who have had breast cancer. If they had breast cancer before reaching menopause, your own risk of breast cancer could be higher than the average.

Do You Not Have Health Insurance and Are Struggling to Find Quality Health Care Because Of It?


Central Ozarks Medical Center is here for you. We keep the lack of insurance from being a roadblock to quality healthcare. Our mission is to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and to improve the health care 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. If you are in need of a health care professional at the Lake of the Ozarks you can trust, call one of our locations today to make an appointment. Our different locations and phone numbers are listed below.


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Friday, October 20, 2017

It's National Dental Hygiene Month!

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? Central Ozarks Medical Center has a dental center located in Richland, MO. Our professional dentists at the Lake of the Ozarks area would like to give some friendly dental hygiene tips in honor of National Dental Hygiene Month. In this blog, you will find 5 dental hygiene tips you can use for a more thorough clean.





5 Dental Hygiene Tips for a More Thorough Clean


1. Use the proper tooth brushing technique.

Just brushing your teeth in a very quick way doesn't always cut it. There may be left over food particles. Your teeth also may not look very polished. Start brushing your teeth at a 45 degree angle and use short back and forth strokes across the sides and tops of your teeth. Then, hold the brush at a vertical angle use several shorter strokes and focus on the backs of your teeth of the front anterior teeth since that's where plaque builds up often.

2. Brush your teeth often enough.

The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day.



3. Be sure you choose the right brush.


Pick a toothbrush that can reach into the crevices of your molars, where food and debris can often hide after you eat. The International Dental Health Association shows that most adults need a small or medium sized toothbrush for this purpose.

4. Floss in the proper way.

Use a piece of floss up to 18 inches in length. This can allow you to use a fresh area of floss for every few teeth without inserting bacteria you just removed.

5. Use the right mouthwash.

Mouthwash can go where toothbrushes and floss can't in order to get rid of the same debris that irritates the gum line and can cause gingivitis. Add using mouthwash to your daily oral care routine. Doing this can help you to get the most thorough clean you can, even when you are traveling. If you need a recommendation for mouthwash, consult with one of our experienced dentists at the Lake of the Ozarks.



Check Out Our Richland Dental Center!


Our Richland Dental Center is located at 304 W. Washington Ave in Richland, MO. It is open during 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday each week. The services offered there include family dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dentures/restorative services. To make an appointment with an experienced dental provider at the Richland Dental Center, call 573.765.2510.



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Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Helpful Tips to Deal With Your Menopause Symptoms

It's World Menopause Month. So many women deal with menopause in their everyday lives. It may be difficult, but it can be done. Whenever you enter into menopause, you may not realize what's happening to your body. In honor of world menopause month, Central Ozark Medical Center will explain the symptoms of menopause and give 5 helpful tips to deal with your symptoms of menopause.


Symptoms of Menopause


Symptoms you may experience that could mean you are entering into menopause could include:
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Irregular periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Mood swings
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory lapses
  • Dizziness
  • Weight gain 
  • Incontinence
  • Bloating
  • Allergies
  • Brittle nails
  • Changes in body odor
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Irritability
  • Panic disorder
  • Breast pain
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Burning tongue
  • Electric shock sensation
  • Digestive problems
  • Gum problems
  • Muscle tension
  • Itchy, crawly skin
  • Tingling extremities
  • Osteoporosis

5 Helpful Tips to Deal With Your Symptoms of Menopause


1. Eat Foods That Have Plenty of Calcium and Vitamin D


Hormonal changes that can happen during menopause can cause your bones to weaken. This can lead to osteoporosis. Foods high in vitamin D and calcium are linked to good bone health, so it's essential that you eat plenty of these types of foods. For calcium-rich foods, try eating foods or drinking liquids such as:

  • yogurt
  • milk
  • cheese
  • kale
  • tofu
  • beans
  • sardines

For foods with Vitamin D, try eating:

  • oily fish
  • eggs


2. Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Body Weight


It can be very common to gain weight during menopause. According to healthline, one study of 17,473 postmenopausal women found that those who lost at least 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of weight or 10% of their body weight over a year were more likely to eliminate hot flashes and night sweat.





3. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables


Eating lots of fruits and vegetable can help prevent many menopause symptoms. Fruits and vegetable can be low in calories, so that helps with weight loss and maintenance. Fruits and vegetables have also been known to help prevent heart disease. This is significant because the risk of heart disease tends to increase after menopause.



4. Avoid "Trigger Foods"


There are foods that can trigger hot flashes, such as foods or drinks that contain:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • foods that are spicy or sugary



5. Exercise on a Regular Basis


Regular exercise can lead to:


  • improved energy
  • improved metabolism
  • healthier joints
  • healthier bones
  • better sleep
  • decreased stress

Need a Women's Health Provider at the Lake of the Ozarks Who Listens to You and Provides Care for your Specific Needs?


Central Ozarks Medical Center Physicians recognize the unique medical needs of women and provide a variety of medical services designed with you in mind.   Through each stage of your life, COMC physicians tailor wellness and preventative care to meet you where you are. 


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Friday, October 6, 2017

3 Unique Benefits of Working in the Healthcare Field

Working in healthcare can be really rewarding. If you enjoy helping people and have a knack for learning more and more every day about the growing industry of healthcare, then it may for you! Our healthcare clinics in mid-Missouri are here to give you 3 unique benefits of working in the healthcare field.




3 Unique Benefits of Working in the Healthcare Field


1. Fantastic career stability and steady earnings

Healthcare facilities are known to be very busy, which means typically you will get to work full hours because you are constantly needed. This shows that you can make steady earnings while working in the healthcare field. In addition, there are typically plenty of opportunities to move up in your field when working in healthcare. Teamwork and great skills are very much appreciated in the healthcare field. So, as long as you work well with your team and do your job well, you typically have a better chance of moving up quickly.

2. Helping your community out

As stated earlier, careers in health care can be really rewarding. Not only are you helping patients but you are helping your community as a whole. For example, Central Ozark Medical Center aims to lead the way to healthier communities. Part of what goes behind leading the way to healthier communities is hosting events such as all of the free shot fairs we have going on right now. We don't charge for any of these services, we simply are giving people free flu shots who need it. We are currently in flu season so there is definitely a need for it right now.

3. A stimulating and fast moving work environment

Healthcare is constantly changing, whether a new cure is found or a new disease is discovered. There's always something new to learn. There will also always be those people who are ill and need your help. Typically, when they need your help, they need it quickly which can make for a fast-moving work environment that can keep you on your toes. If you are up for a challenge, then healthcare is for you!


Interested in Working for an Equal Opportunity Employer?

Central Ozarks Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and strives to deliver quality healthcare to our communities.  As a FQHC, we are non-profit and focus on medically underserved communities and bringing affordable healthcare to all. Call today to see what positions we may be hiring for.


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