Friday, January 19, 2018

Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids

While winter can be a fun time of year for your kids, between the snow days, making snowman, snow angels, and all of the other fun snow activities, safety in the cold - should still be a priority. Are your kids dressed warmly enough? Are they using caution while sledding and playing outside? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some tips to help keep your children safe during these colder winter months.


Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Kids


Safety Tip # 1
Dress them in layers.
Dress your children in warm layers to where they won't get cold right away when walking outside. They say to dress your children in 1 more layer then you would yourself, as an adult. Keep an eye on the wind chill too. Keep as much skin as possible covered to help prevent frostbite. This can include dressing your kids in:

  • mittens
  • waterproof boots
  • ear muffs
  • cotas
  • sweaters
  • ski masks
  • coveralls
  • and so much more!


Safety Tip # 2
Make sure they have all the safety equipment they need while ice-skating.
Ice skating can be a very popular activity do participate in during the winter, so don't be afraid to let your kids join in. Here are some things you can do to help make for a safer ice skating experience for your children:

  • Be sure their ice skates are tight enough to where they won't rub on their ankles
  • Consider having them wear a helmet
  • Make sure they understand all of the rules of the ice skating rink
  • Supervise your children while ice skating


Safety Tip # 3
Be sure your kids are supervised while playing outside in the snow.
Prevent your kids from wandering out on to the road or from "rough housing" by keeping a close eye on them while playing in the snow. Suggest a fun activity for you all to do together, such as making a snowman or  snow angels.



Safety Tip # 4
Make sure your children are taking frequent breaks inside from the snow.
Kids can get so excited that they forget to come inside and warm up, so remind them. You don't want them to catch a cold.


Stay Safe this Winter With Central Ozarks Medical Center


We are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. All of our locations are community practices and we serve everyone from newborns to the elderly. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family. To learn more about the health care services we provide or our sliding fee scale, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org or call one of our locations listed below.


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Flu Facts for You

It’s that time of year and flu season is in session. Having the flu is no fun, but there are certain things you should know. If you feel like you may have the flu, set up an appointment with one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks and let our friendly staff members help you through it. Here are some flu facts for you.


Flu Facts for You


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

We found a great article on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website that explains some key facts you should know about the flu.

How do I know if I have the flu?

You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:


  • fever*
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting


*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

What should I do if I get sick?

Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care.

If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician assistant, etc.).

Certain people are at high risk of serious flu-related complications (including young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions). This is true both for seasonal flu and novel flu virus infections. (For a full list of people at high risk of flu-related complications, see People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications). If you are in a high risk group and develop flu symptoms, it’s best for you to contact your doctor early in your illness. Remind them about your high risk status for flu. CDC recommends that people at high risk for complications should get antiviral treatment as early as possible, because benefit is greatest if treatment is started within 2 days after illness onset.

Do I need to go the emergency room if I am only a little sick?

No. The emergency room should be used for people who are very sick. You should not go to the emergency room if you are only mildly ill.

If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room. If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk of flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call your health care provider for advice. If you go to the emergency room and you are not sick with the flu, you may catch it from people who do have it.



What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?

In children


  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash


In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:


  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal


In adults


  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough


Think You May Have the Flu? Central Ozarks Medical Center is Here for You!


Our health care professionals in Camden County are here for your health care needs. Call one of our locations listed below to make your appointment today.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

5 Tips to Quit Smoking

2018 is here! The New Year can motivate you to better yourself. One way you can do that is to quit smoking. If this is what you have decided to do, congratulations on making such a great decision! Quitting smoking may be difficult and stressful at times, but there are some tips you can try that may make the process a little easier on yourself. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips to hopefully help you quit smoking.


5 Tips to Quit Smoking


Tip # 1
It’s a New Year, get a new hobby.
Finding a new hobby can help keep you busy and distract yourself from wanting to smoke. For example, perhaps try: 

Going to the movies
Reading a new book
Go for a walk 
Start doing yoga

The point is to just keep yourself busy. You can also keep your mouth busy by chewing gum. This may make you less likely to smoke.

Tip # 2
Name your reason for quitting smoking and make it strong. 
You probably have a good reason for quitting smoking, whether it be for family, a new baby, or friends; stick by your reasons. Remember it so much that you aren’t motivated to try and start smoking again.

Tip # 3
Stay away from anything that can trigger you to smoke.
Throw away all old cigarettes and try to avoid areas where you know there will be a ton of people smoking. If you are serious about quitting smoking, you probably aren’t going to want that temptation in your life.

Tip # 4
Start exercising more.
Exercising can also help keep your mind off smoking. Get a steady exercise routine going. Stick with it and this can motivate you even more not to start smoking again because you probably aren’t going to want to lose all the progress you’ve made on improving your body.




Tip # 5
Start eating your favorite healthy snack more.
Whether you love carrots, celery, apples, bananas, or broccoli, find a healthy snack you enjoy. When you quit smoking, your appetite can increase. Keep your mouth busy with eating your favorite healthy snack, when you start to crave a cigarette. 

New Year, New You! Stay Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Again, Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking. We hope these tips help you on your journey to a smoke-free life. Our health clinics in Mid-Missouri are committed to leading the way to healthier communities and that can happen one person deciding to quit smoking at a time. Smoking can cause lung cancer, COPD, dental issues, and all sorts of problems, so stick to your plan and stay confident in yourself. If you are in need of a new healthcare provider at the Lake of the Ozarks, call one of our clinics listed below. Happy New Year to all!


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Friday, December 29, 2017

Habits to Get Rid of in 2018

With 2018 right around the corner, you probably are looking for different ways to try and lose weight in the New Year. Don't over do it though. The key is finding the path to being healthy that works for YOU. In this blog, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to highlight a few habits to give up in 2018.




Habits to Get Rid of in 2018


Habit # 1
Not sleeping enough.
You should try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Not sleeping enough can lead to weight gain and unwanted stress.


Habit # 2
Obsessively calorie counting.
Yes, calorie counting can be a great tool, but it doesn’t cover everything. You could eat 500 calories of bacon and 500 calories vegetables and get 2 completely different results. Your body needs specific nutrients and it is possibly to calorie count too much.



Habit # 3
Sitting around the house every night, watching TV while snacking.
While everyone deserves a little relaxation time, you don’t want to get in the habit of being so inactive you never work out anymore. Try to make it a goal to work out at least 2 to 3 times per week. Sitting around snacking too much can lead to weight gain and increased stress level you don’t want.

Kind Reviews on Central Ozarks Medical Center


I have seen all 4 doctors in the Richland office during my pregnancy and would recommend ALL of them to anyone looking for a doctor. As a plus sized woman, I am always nervous about how I will be treated by doctors because of some very negative experiences I've had with other places in the past. However, the doctors in this office have been nothing but respectful, knowledgeable and helpful to me.


I like going to them way better than Lebanon and Phelps. They treat you like a person rather than a number. You get seen quicker than just sitting around half the night or day and I have 3 girls that were born at the lake and the Dr's came from central Ozarks medical center. They are awesome. I will tell everyone to go here.


My daughter has a severe food allergy. The Drs. Warren are great when dealing with her and her issues. They are compassionate and treat you like family. Dr. Warren part 1 (Barton) always asks what we are reading currently as he knows that is what we do. Dr. Warren revisited (Ashley) is eager to learn and doesn't claim to know all. I would never replace them and fight with my insurance when they try.



Central Ozarks Medical Center, Leading the Way to Healthier Communities


It is our goal, as quality health care providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, to try and lead the way to healthier communities. We know breaking a bad habit isn't easy, but it's worth a shot if it can lead to a healthier, happier you. We believe in providing quality health care to people with and without health insurance. To speak to one of our health care professionals, call one of our locations listed below. We'd like to wish everyone a happy New Year and good luck on breaking those unhealthy habits!


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Friday, December 22, 2017

5 Healthy Gift Ideas Around the Holidays

For all you last minute shoppers out there, don't worry, you still have time. You can even still get a few healthy gifts for your loved ones this year. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you 5 ideas for last minute healthy gift options for Christmas 2017. Help your family and friends start 2018 off right by gifting them something healthy that they can enjoy.


5 Healthy Gift Ideas Around the Holidays


Healthy Gift Idea # 1


Herbs & Spices

Getting your loved ones new herbs and spices for the holidays can encourage them to cook healthy meals more. Who wouldn't want to cook with some brand new, yummy spices?


Healthy Gift Idea # 2


Herbal Teas

A nice hot cup of herbal tea is a great gift idea that can go over well during these colder months. Pick up a tin of tea blends, just don't forget to check and see if they have sugars or sweeteners in the ingredients list.


Healthy Gift Idea # 3


Water glasses

Everyone should try to drink half of their body weight in ounces of water per day. What motivates someone more to drink water than a brand new set of water glasses?


Healthy Gift Idea # 4


Engaging board games

While this isn't a healthy food or drink option, board games can be healthy for your mind. Motivate your kids to challenge themselves by picking up a trivia board game to gift them this year.


Healthy Gift Idea # 5


Dark chocolate

If you are going to pick up chocolate for someone, pick up dark chocolate. Dark chocolate can actually be nutritious. It holds a fair amount of fiber and minerals. It just needs to be consumed with portion control in mind, like most foods. This can be a very easy gift to pick up at the last minute.


Central Ozarks Medical Center, Leading the Way to Healthier Communities 


We want to lead the way to healthier communities, one healthy gift idea at a time. 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.

Central Ozarks Medical Center provides 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. Call one of our clinics listed below for quality health care at a fair price.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why is Getting a Regular Medical Check-Up a Good Idea?

In today's world, there are so many people that are so busy they forget to take care of themselves. Between working 40 + hours per week and taking care of your kids, you can lose track of time pretty quickly. The thought of simply going to the doctor for a regular check up can easily escape your mind. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to highlight a few reasons why getting a regular medical check up is a good idea.





Why is Getting a Regular Medical Check Up a Good Idea?



Reason # 1
Your Family Health History


While you may be working out every week and eating right, your family health history can still have a significant effect on your health. Going to the doctor for a medical check up on a regular basis can help put your mind at ease. He or she can tell you where you may need to adjust your diet or workout routine.



Reason # 2
Prevention


You can seriously prolong your life simply by going in for a medical check up on a regular basis. You could be living with a disease, such as Type 2 diabetes, and not even realize it. Symptoms that are caught early can be easier to treat.



Reason # 3
Put Yourself at Ease


Going in for regular medical check ups can give you a sense of clarity and put your mind at ease. If you have had anxiety about that mole on your leg or about a slight pain you've had recently, regularly visiting your doctor can help calm your nerves.


Reason # 4
Ask the Questions You've Been Meaning to Ask


Ever wondered why your wrist clicks when you move it a certain way or why you've been having trouble sleeping lately? Your doctor can help. Having a regular medical check up gives you a time to ask questions like this. You can even make a list of questions you've been wondering about for a while, to ask your doctor. This way you don't forget.





Reason # 5
To Set Goals for Yourself


New Year's Day will be here soon and you are probably thinking about setting a goal to lose a certain amount of weight in 2018. Your doctor can help give guidance on how you should go about losing that weight and help you decide on what adjustments to make regarding your diet and exercise. Having a regular check up scheduled can help you to stay on top of your weight gain on a regular basis.



Schedule Your Regular Medical Check Up Today


If you are looking for a doctor you can trust, to see for a regular check up, Central Ozarks Medical Center is here for your health care needs. We accept patients with and without insurance. We offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. 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. We aim to increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care. We offer a broad set of services based on the needs of the communities we serve. For more information on the services we offer, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



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Friday, December 8, 2017

Unhealthy Habits to Avoid Around the Holidays

Christmas and New Year’s Day are so close and the excitement is stirring. With all of the excitement of the holidays stirring, bad habits can start. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to have a very happy holiday season, but also to stay healthy AND happy. If you are in need of a health care professional at the Lake of the Ozarks you can trust, call one of the Central Ozarks Medical Center locations listed at the end of this blog. Keep reading for information regarding unhealthy habits to avoid around the holidays.


Unhealthy Habits to Avoid Around the Holidays


Unhealthy Habit # 1

Snacking when you are bored
Who’s guilty of snacking in between arriving at your holiday destination all the way until dinner is ready? The holidays are such a fun time of year, but you don’t have to let your diet slip away. If you are going to snack then try going for the veggie or fruit tray versus the holiday sweets.

Unhealthy Habit # 2

Not sleeping enough
If you are hosting Christmas or a New Year’s party at your home, chances are you have been running around busy preparing for your holiday party. Don’t forget to sleep! You still need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night, even around the holidays.

Unhealthy Habit # 3

Overindulging on your holiday meal
Holiday meals can be really be delicious but don’t overdo it. Save your leftovers and eat them the next day versus trying to eat everything in one sitting. No one wants a stomach ache the day after Christmas.

Unhealthy Habit # 4

Forgetting to sanitize
Everyone is likely gathering together for the holidays, everyone from the newborns to the elderly. More people bring more germs, so don’t forget to sanitize. Sanitize your hands before and after eating. Always wash your hands after using the restroom. With all of the excitement around the holidays, you are likely rushing around and you could easily forget to wash or sanitize your hands. It only takes a few minutes, so make the time to sanitize.


Happy Holidays from Central Ozarks Medical Center!


Our friendly healthcare staff at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. If you are in need of quality healthcare that is affordable and you don’t happen to have health insurance, then we have you covered. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. All of our locations are community practices and serve everyone from newborns to the elderly. To make an appointment, call one of our health clinics listed below.


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573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties