Friday, October 12, 2018

Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out

Staying on a diet or just eating healthy can be really hard to do in social situations where you are asked to dine out somewhere. There is so much temptation around to cheat and it can be difficult to know what is ok and not ok to eat. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few healthy tips for dining out. If you ate something that just didn't quite sit right and you start to feel ill, call Central Ozarks Medical Center to make an appointment. We have health clinics throughout Central Missouri and our locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Eating Tips for Dining Out


Plan ahead.
Take a look at the menu before you leave for the restaurant. Most of the time you can find the menu online. Browse the menu for a healthy option, whether that be a salad or burger but with no bun. Planning out your meal this way can help you to avoid "impulse ordering" something unhealthy out of feeling anxious to just make a quick decision.

Ask to substitute.
Ask your server about substituting a salad for your fries or mixed vegetables for your fried potatoes. Cut down on calories where you can.

Eat a healthy snack before you leave.
Eating something healthy before you leave can help you to feel more full before you leave so you are less likely to order a bunch of food that can be bad for you.

Try ordering a couple of appetizers instead of a meal.
Sometimes you can find healthy appetizers on the menu, such as grilled shrimp or grilled chicken wings. If you are trying to eat low carb, ordering two appetizers like these can be a great option rather than ordering a full meal.

Drink lots of water.
Make sure to drink water before your meal and throughout your meal. Fill yourself up on water instead of french fries.


Eat Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


We know how hard it can be to eat healthy sometimes, but a healthy diet and regular exercise can be key to feeling good and losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight. Central Ozarks Medical Center provides a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve, including but not limited to:

  • Primary Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Behavioral Health
  • Women's Health
  • Senior Health
  • Dental Services

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. For more information, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or give us call at the health clinic nearest to you. You will find our phone numbers for each location listed below.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, October 5, 2018

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In honor of this special month, Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to bring some important breast cancer statistics to your attention. We believe in leading the way to healthier communities by providing quality health care at a fair price. If you find yourself needing a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks or are tired of paying too much for healthcare, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. We have several locations throughout the Lake area and they can be found on our website, www.CentralOzarks.org along with the contact phone numbers and directions.


Breast Cancer Statistics


According to the CDC:

Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is—

  • The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity.
  • The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women.
  • The second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native women.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics/index.htm

According to the BreastCancer.org:

  • Approximately 1 out of every 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes.
  • Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who was diagnosed with it.
  • Approximately 85% of breast cancers happen in women who have no family history of the disease. 

Source: https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

According to Susan G. Komen:

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in pregnant and postpartum women and typically occurs between the ages of 32 and 38.
  • The overall median age at diagnosis for women in the U.S. is 62 years. 
  • Race and ethnicity vary for women in the U.S.  who get breast cancer. 

Source: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html


Affordable Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks


Central Ozarks Medical Center offers a discounted fee to patients based on their household size and household income.  The Sliding Fee Program includes fees for medical, dental and behavioral health services.

To determine eligibility, COMC will need to ask you to bring in personal financial information.  Any information we ask from you will be strictly confidential.  None of your personal information, financial or medical, can be released without your written consent.  The information we are asking for is used solely to determine household size and household income.  Applications are effective for a one-year period.  Sliding Fee Discount Program participants must complete an application annually Discount Program applications must be completed, signed and approved prior to services being provided.  All participants are asked to notify COMC of income changes as soon as possible after the change occurs. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.centralozarks.org/financial.html or give us a call.



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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Active Aging Week!

The week of September 24th through September 30th is Active Aging Week. What does this mean? Active Aging Week is a week where seniors are encouraged to live their lives to the fullest by participating in new activities and engaging their interest in something they find they are passionate about. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks know that the number of individuals over the age of 65 is more than ever. This is partially due to the improved and specialized healthcare developed for adults in this age category. For senior health care at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have multiple locations throughout the area and you can find our locations and phone numbers on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. In honor of Active Aging Week, keep reading for a few ideas for healthy activities for seniors.


Healthy Activities for Seniors


Golfing
There can be a lot of walking in golf, but this can be the perfect activity for seniors to stretch their legs at. Whether you feel like playing the full 18 holes or would like to take it easy and just play 9, you are getting a good work out and also engaging in a social activity. Grab your friends and enjoy your retirement years out on the course!

Walking
The Lake of the Ozarks holds many beautiful trails to walk through, including the trails at Ha Ha Tonka State Park. There are several sights to see there including but not limited to the ruins of a turn of the century castle, the 12th largest spring in Missouri and adventurous caves. For more information, visit https://mostateparks.com/park/ha-ha-tonka-state-park.

Gardening
Gardening is physical work but can be very rewarding. Gardening can also motivate you to eat healthier and get your daily servings of greens each day.

Volunteering
There are so many volunteer opportunities at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether it be participating in a community event or at a local homeless shelter. This is not only a physical activity but can also be a great activity for you to meet new people and be social.

Playing board games or cards
Keep your mind sharp by playing games like Scrabble, Monopoly, or Bridge. This can also be a great social activity for you.


Senior Health Care at the Lake of the Ozarks


Take advantage of the health enhancements to make this stage in your life all you dreamed it would be. Central Ozarks Medical Center Primary Care Providers are sensitive to the aging process and the particular health concerns that can affect patients. Stay active as a senior and get the quality healthcare you deserve at a fair price at Central Ozarks Medical Center. For more information, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Halloween Health Tips

Who doesn't love Halloween? It will be here before you know it and while binge eating candy may be a hard habit to break for some people, there are ways you can have fun on Halloween without straying from your diet. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few Halloween health tips. If you are looking for a new dentist for your kids, call the Central Ozarks Medical Center - Richland Dental Center at 573-765-2510 today.


Halloween Health Tips


Eat a healthy meal BEFORE trick or treating.
Eat healthy before you go out so you aren't as tempted to eat a bunch of sweets and candy. You may not be as tempted because you are already full on healthy homecooked food.

Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of water can also make you feel full and less likely to eat a ton of Halloween candy. Aim to drink at least 8 ounces of water a day,

Walk from house to house.
Get some physical exercise and choose a neighborhood where you can safely walk from house to house rather than driving.

More Halloween Health Tips


According to the CDC:

  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o’lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/index.htm


Encourage Good Dental Health with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Check out our Richland Medical Center Location.

Services Offered:

Family Practice
OB/GYN
Osteopathic Manipulation
Pediatrics
Behavioral Health
          
Hours of Operation: 

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.*

*Extended hours are for established patients

ADDRESS

304 W Washington Ave
Richland, MO 65556

Our dental providers at the Lake of the Ozarks include Kyle Shull, DDS, Evan Reynolds, DDS, and Shayna Mattox, DDS. For more information on our dental clinic and our providers, visit www.CentralOzarks.org.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Importance of the Flu Shot

Flu season is coming up soon and why not prepare yourself and your family? According to the CDC, influenza activity tends to increase in October and November. Central Ozarks Medical Center is offering free flu shots at a few of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep reading for the important event details and reasons why you should get your flu vaccinations.


Central Ozarks Medical Center Flu Shot Fairs


Upcoming Flu Fairs:

COMC Richland: October 5th
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W Washington, Richland
7am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

COMC Camdenton: October 12th
Main Entrance
948 E US Hwy 54, Camdenton
8am—12pm & 1pm –4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 12th
Main Entrance
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach
8am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

• No appointments necessary
• Short intake form can be
completed on day of fair
• First Come/ First Served

Why Get a Flu Shot?

According to the CDC:

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.

While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Flu vaccination also has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
Also, there are data to suggest that even if someone gets sick after a vaccination, their illness may be milder.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm


COMC: Leading the Way to Healthier Communities


We truly believe in leading the way to healthier communities, one step at a time. 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. 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. Check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information on local Camden County health clinics.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, September 7, 2018

5 Healthy Fall Activities

Fall is coming soon and we have already given you a few healthy fall recipes we found online to try. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few healthy activities to go along with eating healthy this fall. If you are looking for a new doctor this fall, be sure to call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have 5 locations throughout Central Missouri, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information.


5 Healthy Fall Activities


Walk through a fun, pumpkin patch.
What could be better than taking your family to an awesome pumpkin patch this fall!? Not only are you participating in a festive activity, you are also burning calories while walking through the patch and lifting those pumpkins. Fell those endorphins and bond with your family this fall while enjoying this fun fall activity.

Go apple picking.
Not only are apples healthy to eat but you are also engaging in a physical activity just by going to a farm to pick them. Walking up and down the apple orchards and carrying your basket or bag filled with apples is a good physical activity to engage yourself in this fall.

Take a walk and experience all of the beautiful fall tree colors.
Go to a park at the Lake of the Ozarks or a trail near your home and just walk for a few miles or so. You can take in the beauty if fall by seeing all of the wonderful tree colors during the fall season. While walking is clearly healthy for you, this can also decrease your stress level. Take a break from work and just walk around the building or down the block.

Play in the leaves with your family.
Before you rake your leaves this year, call your kids over for some good family time in the leaves. Make piles of leaves and jump in them just like you may have done as a child yourself. This is another fun, physical activity that can be great during the fall season.

Play football.
While fall may mean "pumpkin spice" for some people, for others it may mean "football time"! Most high schools in the area start their seasons in the fall along with colleges and professionals. Engage in the football fun and arrange a game with your family and friends.


Don't Forget to Get Your Flu Shot This Fall!


Central Ozarks Medical Center has a few upcoming flu fairs this fall at some of our health clinics in Central Missouri. The best thing about these fairs is that you can get your flu shot for FREE! Here are the need-to-know details:

Upcoming Flu Fairs:

COMC Richland: October 5th
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W Washington, Richland
7am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

COMC Camdenton: October 12th
Main Entrance
948 E US Hwy 54, Camdenton
8am—12pm & 1pm –4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 12th
Main Entrance
3870 Columbia Ave, Osage Beach
8am—12pm & 1pm—4pm

•No appointments necessary
•Short intake form can be completed on the day of fair
•First Come/ First Served

For more information, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, August 31, 2018

3 Healthy Fall Treats

Fall will be here before you know it! The fall craze has hit the Lake of the Ozarks early, there are pumpkin spice products in the grocery stores to prove it. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to present you with a few healthy fall treat recipes we found online. In this spirit of being healthy this fall, stick to your annual routine of getting a checkup and call the Central Ozarks Medical Center clinic nearest to you. The locations and phone numbers are listed at the end of this blog.


3 Healthy Fall Treats


Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55596/healthy-apple-chips-recipe/

Apple Chips

INGREDIENTS
2 apples, thinly sliced
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Place apple slices into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Toss to combine.
Place a cooling rack onto a baking sheet. Lay apple slices onto the baking sheet so that no apples overlap. Cook for 2-3 hours, flipping apples halfway through.
Bake until dried out but still pliable. Serve.



Source: https://www.blessthismessplease.com/honey-roasted-pumpkin-seeds-cinnamon/

Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

Ingredients
2 cups raw fresh pumpkin seeds, washed and pumpkin goop picked off
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If your pumpkin seeds are wet from washing, dry them a bit on a clean dish towel or on paper towels. Place the pumpkin seeds in a medium bowl.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, oil or coconut oil, and honey. Microwave until the butter melts and the honey is runny. Pour the honey mixture over the pumpkin seeds and stir. Add the cinnamon and stir again.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over both ends. Dump the pumpkin seeds into the middle of the paper and place it in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the seeds and honey are a deep golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.

When the seeds are roasted, remove from the oven and stir again. Stir a few times as they cool to keep them from sticking in one big lump. Enjoy the seeds once they are cool enough to eat. Store uncovered for up to one week.



Source: https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2017/08/22/healthy-pumpkin-spice-latte-ice-cream/

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream 

Ingredients
1 cup (2440g) pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix!)
1 cup (240mL) 2% milk
1 ½ tsp instant coffee granules
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla stevia
½ tsp xanthan gum
generous ¾ tsp homemade pumpkin pie spice (see Notes)
¼ tsp salt

Instructions
The night before you plan on making your ice cream, place the bowl of an electric ice cream maker in the freezer. Freeze for at least 12-16 hours.

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 1 minute or until frothy and the instant coffee has fully dissolved.

Working quickly, remove the ice cream maker bowl from the freezer. Place it on the ice cream maker base, attach the paddle and the lid, and turn it on. With the ice cream maker turning, pour in the milk mixture. Let the ice cream maker churn for 15-20 minutes or until the ice cream is frozen and has reached your desired consistency. For the best texture and taste, serve your ice cream immediately.


Stay Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


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. We work toward this goal one step at a time. One part of being healthier is eating healthier. Our belief is that it is not just what we do here at our Mid Missouri health clinics, but how we do it that makes all the difference. For information on the different health services we provide, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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