Friday, October 18, 2019

Healthy School Night Snacks For Your Kids

Weeknights can be crazy when it comes to feeding your kids and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that. With all of the after school extracurricular activities, your kids likely have going on this year, it can be tempting to just run through a drive-through and get your kids something to eat because it's convenient but that's not always the healthiest option. Our Mid-Missouri health clinics are here to share a few healthy school night snack recipes we found online with you in this week's blog. Your child's health is important. To book an appointment with a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Source: https://www.foodfanatic.com/recipes/no-bake-granola-bars-recipe/

No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

Ingredients
2/3 cup Coconut Oil
2/3 cup Coconut Butter
2/3 cup Honey
2 1/2 cups Certified Gluten Free Oats
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips, Optional

Directions
Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil, coconut butter and honey. Whisk until combined and stir in the oats.
Press the oat mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Refrigerate until hardened, about two hours. When the granola is set, use the parchment paper to lift the granola bars from the pan. Slice into 20 bars.
If using the chocolate, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions. Drizzle or pipe the chocolate over the bars and refrigerate until set.
Store bars in the refrigerator.

Source: https://diethood.com/homemade-baked-banana-chips-recipe/

Homemade Baked Banana Chips Recipe

Ingredients
10 ripe, but firm bananas, thinly sliced
freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon is plenty)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 200F.
Cover a sheet pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
Toss the bananas in lemon juice.
Arrange the bananas in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours, flip the slices with a metal spatula, and continue to bake for 1.5 hours longer, or until desired crispness.
Remove from oven and transfer the chips to a wire rack.
Cool completely. The longer they cool, the crunchier they will get.
Store in an airtight container.

Source: https://www.tastingpage.com/cooking/clean-eating-banana-blueberry-cookies

Clean Eating Banana Blueberry Cookies
Makes About 15 Breakfast Cookies

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups of gluten free oats
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 cup of fresh blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350.
Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, flax, and walnuts and stir. Combine the oats and oil, and then gently fold in the blueberries.
Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter down for each cookie. Gently press down to flatten slightly. Place in oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and then put in tupperware container in the fridge for up to a week. Heat before serving.

Cereal Trail Mix

Source: https://www.whattheforkfoodblog.com/2015/09/13/cereal-trail-mix/

Ingredients
2 C Cheerios
1 C peanuts* (or almonds)
1 C dried cranberries
1 C banana chips
1/2 C mini chocolate chips (I used dairy free)

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and store in an air-tight container up to 2 weeks.


All of us here at our health clinics in Central Missouri hope you enjoyed ready about these healthy school night snack recipes for your kids. Again, your child's health is important! You should be able to trust your Pediatrician immensely. For a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot

It's that time again, unfortunately. Flu season has officially started. According to CNN, flu season typically starts in October and there have already been flu-related deaths reported. This is tragic. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few reasons to get your flu shot in this week's blog.


5 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot


1. The flu can be fatal in some cases.
Flu-related deaths have already been reported this year. The flu is no laughing matter, while it's not always fatal, the fact is that it can be. So, why not protect yourself from this potentially fatal illness by getting the best known defense against it, a flu shot?

2. If you got a flu shot last year, it won't help for this year.
Some people may think that one flu shot lasts forever, but it doesn't. The best thing to do is to check with your doctor on the type of flu shot you're getting and how often you should be getting it for it to be effective.

3. The flu shot is known as the best way to prevent getting the flu.
According to the CDC, getting your flu shot is the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu.
"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."

4. A flu shot for your children can keep them from being hospitalized for flu-related issues.
Children can get the flu too, it's not just an adult illness. Ask your doctor what the best shot for your child's particular age would be. According to the CDC, "Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exception."

5. Getting your flu shot can keep you from spreading the flu to someone else.
The flu can be highly contagious, unfortunately. This means if you contract the flu, you could be giving it to your children, your spouse or significant other, your friends, and possibly anyone you come into contact with.

Get Your Free Flu Shot with COMC Today


Here is the need-to-know information on our free flu shot clinics going on today:

COMC Camdenton: October 11th 
1652 N Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65065
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 11th 
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

Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics can't stress enough how important it is to get your flu shot. You could potentially be saving your life and others just by getting it. The flu, while not in every case, but in some, can be fatal and it's important to not forget that. To get your flu shot today stop by one of our health centers at the Lake of the Ozarks listed above. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Our phone numbers for each located are listed below.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

5 Important Factors To Know in Regard To Breast Cancer Awareness

It's October 2019 and in case you didn't realize, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month! In the spirit of it being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Mid-Missouri health clinics are here to give you a few important factors to know in regard to breast cancer awareness. For a reliable healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


5 Important Factors To Know in Regard To Breast Cancer Awareness


You can prevent your chances of getting breast cancer by:

1. BEING ACTIVE AND EXERCISING EVERY WEEK.
Doing this can help you maintain your weight, which can in return help reduce your risk of breast cancer.

2. DRINKING LESS ALCOHOL.
It's important to realize the more alcohol you consume, likely the greater your risk is of getting breast cancer. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to less than 1 drink per day.

3. MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT.
Obesity or being overweight increases your chances of getting breast cancer, especially after menopause.

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


5. BY AVOIDING RADIATION AND 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.

All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you found this blog enlightening and that it made you more aware of ways you can reduce your chances of getting breast cancer. In other news, Central Ozarks Medical Center has a few upcoming Flu Fairs and we'd like to share that information with you below:

Upcoming Flu Fairs:
COMC Richland: October 4th 
Medical Center Main Entrance
304 W Washington,
Richland  7am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Camdenton: October 11th 
1652 N Business Route 5, Camdenton, MO 65065
8am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

COMC Osage Beach: October 11th 
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

If you have any questions about any one of these fairs, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Contact the clinic at which the fair you are interested in attending will be held. All of the phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to start up to date on our latest news.


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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Healthy Fall Foods To Try

Fall has officially started and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks couldn't be more excited! Not only can fall bring the perfect weather for healthier outdoor activities such as running or biking, but it can also motivate some people to eat certain fall-themed flavors. In the spirit of fall, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to share a few HEALTHY fall-themed recipes we found online. In addition to eating healthy, we encourage you to schedule your yearly health check-up with a reliable healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, if you haven't done so already. If you are still searching for a doctor you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Our locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Fall Foods To Try


Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55760/healthy-chicken-casserole-recipe/

Harvest Chicken Casserole

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for baking dish
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, chopped
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1 lb. brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 c. low-sodium chicken broth, divided
6 c. cooked wild rice
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. sliced almonds

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"-x-13" baking dish with oil. In a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Add chicken to skillet and cook until golden and cooked through, 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then cut into 1" pieces.
Heat another tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, garlic, thyme, paprika, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup broth, bring to a simmer, and cook, covered, 5 minutes.
Place cooked rice in a large baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Stir in chicken, cranberries, cooked vegetables, and remaining 1/4 cup broth. Top with almonds and bake until dish is hot and almonds are toasted, 15 to 18 minutes. 


Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a44787/easy-spinach-lentil-soup-recipe/

Easy Spinach-Lentil Soup

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, plus more if desired
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, with juices
10 oz. lentils
2 tsp. fresh thyme
4 c. vegetable broth
4 c. baby spinach

DIRECTIONS
In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add carrots, celery, and onion and cook until beginning to soften, 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, coriander, and red pepper flakes, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, then season with salt and pepper.
Add tomatoes, lentils, thyme, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover partially, and simmer until lentils are tender and soup has thickened, 20 minutes. (If most of liquid has been absorbed, add in ½ to 1 cup more water.)
Stir in spinach and continue cooking until wilted, 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.

Source: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a23362341/sweet-potato-salad-recipe/

Sweet Potato Salad

INGREDIENTS
3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 lb.)
1 small red onion, thinly sliced into half moons
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. crumbled feta
1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley
FOR THE DRESSING
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground paprika
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes and red onion in oil then season with salt and pepper.
Distribute them evenly on sheet in a single layer. Bake until tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, make dressing: In a small bowl or in a medium liquid measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, mustard, honey, and spices. Gradually pour in oil, whisking constantly until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
Toss sweet potatoes with dressing, cranberries, feta, and parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you enjoyed reading about these healthy fall foods to try! We pride ourselves on leading the way to healthier communities. We encourage you to schedule your yearly health check-up with a provider at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on. Call Central Ozarks Medical Center today to schedule your appointment. All phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, September 20, 2019

Dental Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Teeth Brushing

Have you ever struggled as a parent to get your kids to brush their teeth every morning and every night? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks get it and we really understand. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to help! Our Richland Dental Center is here to give you a few dental tips to get your kids excited about brushing their teeth. To book your child's next dental appointment, call our Richland Dental Center today at 573.765.2510.


Dental Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Teeth Brushing


Give your child a cool prize for brushing their teeth.
What kid wouldn't be excited to brush their teeth each day if they knew they were going to get a prize each time? You can try prizes like:

  • Stickers
  • Quarters for their piggy bank
  • Toy cars
  • Bubbles
...etc. The point here is that you can give them something small and cost-effective and it doesn't have to be sweets (which could take away from the healthy teeth message you are trying to communicate).


Buy a cool toothbrush for your child.
There are so many kids' toothbrush options out there now. They have toothbrushes that light up, that are fun bright colors, that could have your kids' favorite superheroes on them and more! So go to your nearest store and let your kid pick their favorite toothbrush. This act alone could do wonders!

Buy fun flavored toothpaste for your kid.
Just think of all of the fun flavors of toothpaste out there. Your kid doesn't have to have the generic toothpaste in order to keep their teeth nice and clean. Make teeth brushing fun and let them pick their favorite flavor!

Be the toothbrusher that your kids look up to.
You can do this by setting an AWESOME example for your kids and brushing your own teeth regularly. Your kids may look up to you more than realize and this very thing could be what excites them about teeth brushing.

Cheer for your kids when they brush their teeth.
What kid doesn't want to be cheered for? Even if it's for something as simple as brushing your teeth, you could be making teeth brushing ten times more fun for you kid by simply cheering for them as they do it. Think about it, if you were a kid, wouldn't you get a kick out of watching your parents cheer every time you brushed your teeth?


Book Your Child's Dental Appointment Today With Central Ozarks Medical Center!


Here at the Richland Dental Center, we offer the following services:

  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dentures/Restorative

Our hours of operation include Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and we are located at 304 W. Washington Ave in Richland, MO. Give us a call today at 573.765.2510 to make the appointment.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Can I Improve Myself This Month?

If you have been looking for ways to improve yourself lately, specifically your health, this is the blog and month for you! Did you know that September is National Self Improvement Month? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks did and we are here to give you a few ways to improve your health this month. On the subject of health, if you haven't already established a regular provider and are trying to find a healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have been providing quality health care around the Lake of the Ozarks area since 1979 and are committed to leading the way to healthier communities.


Q: How Can I Improve Myself This Month?

A: Make a point to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Getting the proper amount of sleep every night can improve your health more than you might think. Not only can help you feel well-rested but it can also help you reduce stress and cut down on weight gain.

A: Make time for yourself to decompress each day.
Whether it's 30 minute or 2 hours, you can do wonders for your stress level, just by simply taking the time to relax. That can mean different things for different people. Your relaxation time may mean reading a book, doing some yoga, going for a run, taking a hike, or swimming laps. Whatever your relaxation time may look like, there are so many healthy options and you should take time to do this regularly.

A: Eat out less, make your own meals more.
You may resort to going to your nearest fast food establishment for a quick meal because it's convenient but just taking an hour every Sunday to prep your meals for the weak can do wonders for your diet! If you are trying to lose weight this year, this month could be THAT MONTH where you pull ahead. Just taking a little extra time to prep your meals may be the trick you need.


Improve yourself with Central Ozarks Medical Center and make sure you have a reliable healthcare provider you can call when you are feeling ill or just need to schedule your annual checkup. We accept all patients, with or without insurance. We pride ourselves in offering quality healthcare that works best with your financial situation. All locations are community practices, serving everyone from newborns to the elderly. Call today to make your appointment. We have several locations throughout the Lake of the Ozarks and Richland areas. All phone numbers and location addresses can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Happy Self Improvement Month!


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Friday, September 6, 2019

5 Fall Allergy Prevention Tips

Runny nose? CHECK
Sneezing and Coughing? CHECK
Watery eyes? CHECK

If you are currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may be dealing with fall allergies. Fall allergies can typically start in late August and last all the way through October. Ragweed pollen can seep into the air around this time and cause your fall allergies to start. We know what you're thinking, "I don't have time for that!" Don't worry, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to give you a few fall allergy prevention tips to get you through the season. If you're not so sure what you are experiencing is just allergies and would like a professional opinion, call today and make an appointment with one of our healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


5 Fall Allergy Prevention Tips


1. Take shower after you come in from being outside for a while.
Doing this can remove the allergens from skin quicker and hopefully keep you from getting allergy symptoms.

2. Keep the windows closed.
Leaving the windows open lets in that ragweed pollen and can turn your home into a fall allergy zone. It may be worth it to just shut all the windows and keep the outdoor air outside and keep the indoor air clean.

3. Cover yourself.
In the fall, it typically starts to get colder around here anyway, so cover yourself up. Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to try and prevent those allergens from getting on your skin. Be sure to wash your clothes thoroughly.

4. Change your air filter.
You should be changing your air filter on a regular basis anyway, but this can be very easy to forget to do. Changing your filter can help keep your air clean and prevent allergens from traveling through it.

5. See your doctor if you have questions.
What seems like allergies may not always be just allergies. The best thing you can do is to ask your doctor if you are in doubt. It doesn't hurt to ask.


Make Your Fall Doctor Appointments Today With Central Ozarks Medical Center?


If you have got all of the symptoms of fall allergies but you're still not sure one hundred percent sure that's what you have, you should contact your local Lake of the Ozarks doctor as soon as possible before your symptoms get worse. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality health care in Central Missouri since 1979. 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. Check out our website at www.CentralOzarks.org to see all of the services we provide where to nearest COMC clinic is in relation to you.


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