Thursday, June 20, 2019

3 Tips for Staying Healthy at Work

We can all get stressed at work sometimes and that can absolutely affect your health. We can also get into bad habits such as eating poorly at our desks and not getting enough exercise each day. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for staying healthy at work. If you are feeling sick and are in need of a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.

3 Tips for Staying Healthy at Work


1. Be mindful of what you are eating for lunch at work.
While in the middle of a very busy workday, it can be so tempting to just have a pizza delivered or run to the nearest fast food restaurant for a quick bite, but you could just be looking for the most convenient option because you are in a rush. A nice healthy alternative to this could be to meal plan. At the beginning of each week, plan your meal for the week, you could make a delicious salad or a nice sandwich for yourself and have it ready to go for your work lunch versus eating something less healthy. This could end up saving you time and money and calories.

2. Check your posture throughout the day.
If you work at a desk all day, you could be straining your back and neck by leaning forward too much. Don't be afraid to get up and walk around or do some light stretching throughout the day. This could end up saving you from having unwanted neck and back pain. Take care of yourself.

3. Manage your work-related stress in healthy ways.
Many people might say they "stress eat" and work can be that cause of said stress, but there are healthier ways of dealing with work-related stress, such as:

  • Go for a walk around the building.
  • Journal your negative feelings and vent in a healthy way.
  • Exercise on a regular basis throughout the week and enjoy the endorphins.
  • Schedule some "you time" each week whether you either take some time to read a good book, go to a spa, etc.


Need to Make An Appointment?


We understand that work can be stressful and at the end of the day your health is very important. If you are feeling sick and are in need of new Lake of the Ozarks doctor, check out Central Ozarks Medical Center. All of our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. Our goal is to lead the way the healthier communities and we have several health clinics throughout the Lake of the Ozarks area.


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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Things You Can Ask About When Trying to Find a New OB

Struggling to find the right OB or OB-GYN, as they are also referred to as can be really difficult. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few things to ask about when trying to find a new OB. If you are in the process of looking for an OB at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. You can learn more about our practice and providers on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org. If you have any questions, please give us a call.


Things You Can Ask About When Trying to Find a New OB


Flexibility with Appointment Scheduling
Ask about how long you have to book an appointment ahead of time and what their hours of operation are. Are they open on Saturdays ever or no weekends at all?

Whether or Not They Take Your Insurance
Here at Central Ozarks Medical Center, we accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.

Availability of the Doctor and How Often or When You Can Call With Questions
When you are pregnant, it is likely that you will have many questions along the way, especially if this is your first pregnancy. You may not always think to ask these questions during your appointments so ask if the doctor is available for phone calls and how often that may be.

The Experience Level of the Doctor
There are doctors with a high level of experience and there are doctors with little experience who may just be starting their careers. Then, there are doctors who are somewhere in the middle. This is important to know. This person is supposed to your guide throughout your entire pregnancy, so don't be afraid to ask about it when searching for a new OB.


OB Providers at the Lake of the Ozarks


Here at our Mid-Missouri health clinics, we say knowledge and preparation can be key to enjoying your pregnancy.  Our Lake of the Ozarks OB providers know that every birth is special and we are always privileged when chosen to guide a woman during their pregnancy and prenatal care. The ultimate goal the OB providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center is for your continued good health and the delivery of a healthy newborn. Our providers as well as their amazing staff of nurses will work to keep you informed and answer all of your questions from pregnancy confirmation to your post-partum check-up. We aim to lead the way to healthier communities and we would like for you to feel comfortable and at ease each and every time you interact with an OB at Central Ozarks Medical Center. To take a look at all of the OB providers at COMC, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org and if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, please give us a call, all our numbers and locations can be found on our site.


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Friday, June 7, 2019

Superstitions About Pregnancy - Are They True or Not?

Congratulations! You just got the BIG news that you are pregnant! There must be SO many things going through your mind right now. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks encourage you to find an OB you can trust as soon as possible. The Lake of the Ozarks OB providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center want you to know that we understand how alone you can feel if you are pregnant and unable to find the RIGHT OB. We have experienced OBs who will work to keep you informed every step of the way through your pregnancy. There are a lot of superstitions out there about pregnancy and our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to set the record straight in this week's blog.



Question: Does the shape and height of your belly have anything to do with determining the baby's sex?
Answer: People have been known to say, if an expecting mother is carrying high, then the baby will be a girl if they are carrying low than it will be a boy. This is not true. The shape and height of your stomach are justified by your muscle tone, uterine tone, weight gained, and the position the baby is in. The best way to tell the gender of your baby is to talk to your doctor about an ultrasound. Don't rely on superstition.

Question: Can the fullness of a pregnant woman's face determine the baby's gender?
Answer: Yes, every expectant mother gains weight during pregnancy, but every pregnancy is different. Some people may tell you your face is round, so you're having a girl. They may be correct, but it's just as likely they're incorrect.

Question: Does having heartburn mean you will have a hairy baby?
Answer: CNN also shows that in the second trimester of pregnancy, babies develop a coat of fine hair all over their bodies, called lanugo. Sometimes, in the third trimester, they shed it and eat it. A baby's first feces, in fact, can be digested remains of their own body hair.

Question: Can avoiding eating bananas increase your chances of having a girl?
Answer: CNN shows, in 2008 a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Basked 740 women who were pregnant for the first time to describe their diets leading up to conception. The women in the top third of the study, calorie wise, had boys 56% of the time, among the third that consumed the fewest calories, 55% had girls.


Want to learn more about a healthy pregnancy and meet some of the Lake of the Ozarks OB Providers at COMC? Make an appointment today and see all the phone numbers and clinic locations we have for you to choose from at www.CentralOzarks.org. Once again, if you just found out you are pregnant, congratulations!


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Friday, May 31, 2019

June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month!

Did you know that the month of June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks did. In this week's blog, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are going to point out the health benefits of eating certain fruits and vegetables in honor of this special month. To keep your health up and get your annual checkup booked for this year, if you haven't already, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have several health clinics throughout the Lake of the Ozarks area, all of which can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month!


Source: https://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Fruits

Fruit

Eating fruits have possibly been known to:

  • Reduce your risk of stroke.
  • Protect against certain cancers.
  • Keep your calorie count for the day down.
  • and so much more...

Vegetables

Source: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables-nutrients-health
"Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol. (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, and/or cholesterol.) 
Vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. 
Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Vegetable sources of potassium include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, white beans, tomato products (paste, sauce, and juice), beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, spinach, lentils, and kidney beans. 
Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories."


We hope you enjoyed learning more about the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. We hope you are able to work both fruits and vegetables into your daily diet so you can experience the health benefits for yourself. Speaking of being healthy, Central Ozarks Medical Center aims to lead the way to healthier communities. 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.

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
Learn more about us and visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



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Friday, May 24, 2019

Eat GOOD, Eat HEALTHY This Memorial Weekend

Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand how tempting it can be to eat a bunch of fried food slathered in grease on holiday weekends, but the reality is you don't have to do that to have something delicious and satisfying. Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics have a goal of leading the way to healthier communities and we are here to give you a couple of healthy recipes we found online to enjoy this Memorial weekend. To keep your health in check, you should consider having your annual checkup done, if you haven't already, call COMC for your next appointment. Our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



Source: https://www.cookingclassy.com/steak-kebabs/

Steak Kebabs

Ingredients

Marinade
1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c soy sauce
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp Dijon
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Kebabs
1 3/4 lbs sirloin steak (look for thicker steaks), cut into 1 1/4 inch pieces
8 oz button or cremini mushrooms , halved (unless they're really small, keep those whole)
2 - 3 bell peppers , cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces
1 large red onion diced into chunks (about 1 1/4-inch)
1 Tbsp olive oil , plus more for brushing grill grates
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
10 wooden skewer sticks soaked in water for at least 30 minutes

Instructions

For the marinade:

In a mixing bowl whisk together all marinade ingredients.

For the kebabs:

Place steak into a gallon size resealable bag. Pour marinade over steak then seal bag while pressing out excess air and massage marinade over steak. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to marinate 3 - 6 hours.

Preheat a grill over medium-high heat to about 425 degrees (partway through preheating clean grill grates if they aren't already clean). With veggies on cutting board, drizzle with oil and lightly toss to coat (I actually don't toss the onion because I like it to stay in chunks, when you thread the onion on layer in chunks about 2 - 3 slices so they don't burn up). Sprinkle veggies evenly with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. To assemble kebabs layer steak and veggies onto kebabs in desired order, work to fit 4 steak pieces onto each kebab. Brush grill grates lightly with oil. Place kebabs on grill and grill until center of steak registers about 140 - 145 degrees for medium doneness, turning kebabs occasionally, about 8 - 9 minutes. Let rest for a few minutes then serve warm.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy



Source: https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/blueberry-strawberry-jicama-salsa/

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa

Ingredients

 1 cup fresh blueberries
 1 cup diced strawberries
 1 cup diced jicama
 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
 2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapeno pepper stemmed and seeded
 Juice of 1 large lime
 Salt to taste
 Tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

In a medium bowl, combine blueberries, strawberries, jicama, cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice. Stir until well combined. Season with salt, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature or chilled.

Note-this salsa is also great with grilled fish or chicken. It is best eaten the day it is made.

We hope you take some time this Memorial Weekend to remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country and the freedoms we enjoy. Central Ozarks Medical Center hopes you enjoyed reading this blog and hearing about healthier options for the holiday weekend. Remember to schedule your annual health check-up, call on one of our health clinics in Mid-Missouri listed below.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

5 Reasons to WALK the WALK 🚶‍♀️

As you probably already know, walking is good for you, but do you know exactly how good? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to explain how good walking is for you by giving you a few reasons to walk as much as possible. If you are searching for a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks or just need a second opinion on a certain health issue you may be having, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have several locations at the Lake of the Ozarks and Richland areas and all of the phone numbers and locations can easily be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


WALK the WALK To...


To strengthen your heart and for a good source of cardio exercise.

Getting regular cardio exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy heart. Cardio exercise - such as walking - helps reduce high blood pressure (which lowers the risk of a stroke). It also helps increase levels of good cholesterol and decrease levels of bad cholesterol.

Give yourself more energy!

You might be surprised to learn that walking is an excellent way to boost your energy levels naturally. Every cell in your body benefits from the increased circulation and oxygen supply generated by going on a brisk walk. Though it may sound counter-intuitive, try to get outside and get moving the next time you're feeling drowsy.

To burn off calories and lose weight.

Walking is an excellent way to burn additional calories throughout the day, which helps boost your metabolism and makes it easier to lose weight. If you've been looking for an easy, low-impact way to up your activity level and potentially shed a few extra pounds, walking could be the perfect solution.


Decrease your chances of getting dementia.

Dementia affects thousands of aging adults in the United States. Characterized by increasing forgetfulness and loss of long-term memory, dementia can be a heartbreaking disease. Some studies have shown that seniors who walk a few miles per week are less likely to lose their memory as the years pass. It's never too soon to start!

To tone your muscles and enjoy a healthy body type.

By giving them regular exercise, walking is a great way to tone the muscles in your calves, thighs, and rear. If you focus on maintaining a straight posture while you walk, you'll also help tone your waist and abdominal muscles. Incorporating hills into your route will help you tone your muscles even more. (As an added bonus, keeping your legs toned will help prevent the appearance of varicose veins.)

Stay healthy and do your best to take care of yourself, part of that is scheduling your annual health check-up. Do so with a healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks you can trust. Central Ozarks Medical Center has been in the business of providing affordable, quality healthcare to this area since 1979. To learn about the different services we provide, visit www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

5 Brilliant Ways to STAY HYDRATED

According to the CDC via the Huff Post, in 2013 they found that 43 percent of Americans drink less than 4 cups of water per day! Lack of water leads to dehydration, which can in result lead to dry skin and sometimes even acne or wrinkles. It is important to keep in mind that there are more things that can lead to dehydration other than just not drinking enough water, such as vomiting, excessive sweating, or drinking too much alcohol. The main point our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to know is that it is vital you try to drink 8 glasses of water a day that are 8 ounces each. Dehydration can lead to health problems you don't want. If you find yourself in need of a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether you live here or are on vacation here for the season, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Keep reading for 5 brilliant ways to stay hydrated.


1. Set your timer for every hour you plan to drink water.
On particularly busy days, the hours may seem to pass without you even realizing it. Before you know it, the day may be half over - and you'll have barely drunk anything! Setting an hourly timer on your watch or phone and drinking a glass of water every time it goes off can be a helpful way to help you remember to drink throughout the day.

2. Drink at least 1 glass of water before you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Many people don't realize this, but thirst can frequently be mistaken for hunger. Drinking a glass of water before meals can help fill your stomach, making you less likely to overeat. Drinking a glass of water before reaching for a snack (especially a dehydrating one!) can be beneficial as well.

3. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water every morning.
Since we typically don't drink very much (if anything) during the night, most of us are dehydrated by the time we get up in the morning. Counteract this by drinking a full glass of water first thing in the morning - even before breakfast.

4. Drink water CONSISTENTLY throughout the day.
Thirst is your body's natural indicator of dehydration - by the time you feel thirsty, you're already at least a little dehydrated. Try to remember to drink consistently throughout the day, even when you don't consciously feel thirsty.

5. You can EAT your water too.
The foods you eat can impact your overall hydration level. Eating wet, moist foods (such as fruits and soups) can help you stay hydrated, whereas dry foods (such as nuts and chips) can actually contribute to overall dehydration.

Stay Hydrated With Central Ozarks Medical Center


Again, if you find yourself needing a physician at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether you are a full-time resident of the area or you are here on vacation, you should consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Our Family Practice Providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments. Call today for your appointment our locations and phone numbers are listed below.


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