Friday, July 13, 2018

Healthy Summer Snacks for Your Kids

It's summer 2018 and you are busier than ever as a parent. Central Ozarks Medical Center understands that. It can be difficult to set aside the time to prepare healthy snacks for your kids. Keep reading for 3 healthy summer snack recipes for your kids. If you are in need of a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center.


Healthy Summer Snacks for Your Kids


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Source: https://www.superhealthykids.com/peanut-butter-banana-smoothie/

 Serves: 4
 Prep Time: 5 m

Ingredients
4 medium – banana
1/4 cup – peanut butter, all-natural
2 cup – milk
1/4 cup – chocolate protein powder
1 cup – ice
1 tablespoon – honey

Directions
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately.
For an extra creamy smoothie, freeze the bananas before using.

Nutrition Facts

NUTRITION PER SERVING% DAILY VALUE

Calories: 335 17%
Fat: 14 g 22%
Carb: 42 g 14%
Fiber: 4 g 16%
Protein: 14 g 28%
Sugar: 27 g




Oven-Baked Garlic-Herb Potato Chips

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/259423/oven-baked-garlic-herb-potato-chips/

¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, bruised
2 sprigs fresh oregano, bruised
1 medium russet potato
1 small sweet potato
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt or table salt

In a small saucepan, heat oil, garlic, thyme, and oregano over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. If garlic starts to bubble, turn heat to low. Remove from heat. Let stand at room temperature until cool. Remove garlic and herb sprigs from the oil. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the oil. (Store the remaining oil in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and use in place of olive oil in recipes.) Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; brush paper with some of the 2 tablespoons herb-infused oil. Scrub potatoes. Use a mandoline to slice potatoes ⅛ inch thick. Arrange russet potato slices in a single layer on one of the prepared baking sheets; arrange sweet potato slices in a single layer on the other prepared sheet. Brush tops of potato slices with the remainder of the 2 tablespoons herb-infused oil. Bake potatoes, one sheet at a time, for 24 to 26 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown, turning potato slices once halfway through baking. Check potatoes often during the last 2 to 3 minutes of baking since they will brown at different rates. Transfer any potato slices that are nicely browned to a clean piece of parchment paper on the counter. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve immediately.


Nutrition information
Serving size: 12 chips
Per serving: 80 calories; 5 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 4,022 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 84 mg sodium; 181 mg potassium
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (80% daily value)
Carbohydrate Servings: ½
Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 fat



Granola & Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles

Source: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/263350/granola-yogurt-breakfast-popsicles/

1¼ cups low-fat plain yogurt
1½ cups chopped fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries)
4 teaspoons pure maple syrup, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons granola, large chunks crumbled

Stir yogurt, berries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Divide among six 3-ounce popsicle molds. Stir granola and the remaining 2 teaspoons maple syrup together in a small bowl. Top each popsicle with 1 tablespoon of the granola mixture. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze overnight.

To make ahead: Store popsicles in the freezer for up to 1 week.
Equipment: Six 3-ounce popsicle molds

Nutrition information
Serving size: 1 popsicle
Per serving: 100 calories; 2 g fat(1 g sat); 2 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 0 folate; 3 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 50 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 76 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 36 mg sodium; 102 mg potassium
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: ½ fruit, ½ reduced-fat dairy, ½ starch

Pediatrics at the Lake of the Ozarks


From their first heartbeat, you want to give your children the best of everything…including the best medical care.  Child-focused healthcare and parent education is the practice of providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center from birth to 18 years of age. Our comprehensive services include well-child exams, diagnostic tests, follow-up of chronic problems, sports screenings, as well as evaluation and management of growth and health maintenance. To learn more, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing to Start a Diet

It's swimsuit season and you are extremely motivated to lose weight, but how will you go about it? There are healthy ways to diet and then there are also unhealthy ways to diet. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you a few questions to ask yourself when choosing to start a diet. If you are looking for a new health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks for your health-related needs, call Central Ozarks Medical Center.


Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing to Start a Diet


What has been known to ruin your diets in the past?

Learn from your past mistakes. For example, if you know you have little to no willpower when it comes to doughnuts, but your child loves doughnuts - try suggesting something with fewer calories that could also satisfy a sweet tooth, like a yogurt parfait.

How will you be able to fit this diet into your current daily routine, is it realistic?

Let's say you work more than 60 hours a week, but the diet you want to do requires a lot of cooking and meal planning. Will you really be able to keep up with that with your busy work schedule? If your answer is no, don't give up on losing weight, just find a new path.

Is this going to be a temporary diet or a lifelong change?

Will you be able to keep this sort of healthy eating up forever? When you choose a diet, choose something that fits into your life. You could lose weight in the beginning, but if you choose a diet that doesn't fit into your life and you only stick to it temporarily - there's a chance that you could gain all of that weight you lost back and more.



Do the foods you plan to eat on this diet sound good to you?

If they sound gross, then the odds are you won't stick to this diet. Save yourself the money and find a diet that doesn't make you want to gag.

Are you prepared for the possible negative feedback you will get from others?

If this isn't your first diet, there's a chance your peers may react negatively and say things like, "Are you really trying to diet again? You know you aren't going to stick to it." Stay positive, you may not be able to control what other people say around you, but you can control how it makes you feel. Stay strong and believe in yourself.

Be Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


We aim to lead the way to healthier communities and we believe that having a low income should not mean low or no quality of health care for you and your family. 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. If you are interested in trying a new health clinic, give one of the Central Ozarks Medical Center clinics a call. Our phone numbers are listed below.


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Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Beverages to Be Aware Of

It's summer 2018! What are your plans this summer? Do you plan to be outside a lot? Whether you plan to spend most of your time boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, or biking, it's important that you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you find yourself feeling ill this summer, call Central Ozarks Medical Center. Consuming drinks that contain a lot of sugar can reduce the amount of liquid your body actually retains. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you about a few summer beverages you should be aware of.


Summer Beverages to Be Aware Of


Beer
Too much consumption of any type of alcohol is clearly bad for you, but did you know that beer can be a trigger for high uric acid? A high uric acid level can cause you to be at higher risk for high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, or diabetes.

Sweet Tea
Sweet tea can be such a treat in the summertime. However, certain sweet tea recipes are known to contain more than twenty percent sugar. That more than some sodas. Stay healthy this summer and consider either a low calorie sweetener or drinking unsweet tea.

Energy Drinks
It can be quite common to want to consume multiple energy drinks on a hot summer day, but drink with caution. Energy drinks typically contain lot of caffeine. Try to limit yourself to approximately no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day.



Fruit Juices
You'd think that a juice with fruit in it would be an automatic healthy drink, but this isn't always the case. Some fruit juices contain quite a bit of sugar and should be drank sparingly.

Sports Drinks
While sports drinks may contain a good amount of sodium and cal help you replenish your electrolytes, be aware of the sugar content too. Too much sugar can be bad for the enamel on your teeth.

Stay Healthy This Summer with Central Ozarks Medical Center

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 the following counties:

  • Camden
  • Laclede, 
  • Miller 
  • Pulaski  
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. We provide 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. Give us a call at the clinic nearest you for more information. All of our phone numbers are listed below.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

5 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling This Summer

Summer is officially here! Whether you are taking a fun, family vacation this year or traveling for work - your health should still be a priority. It can be difficult to eat and act healthy while traveling because you are on the go, but Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you some tips! If you are in the need of a new doctor, visit one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks or visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org for more information.



5 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling This Summer


Tip #1: Embrace yoga.
The beauty of yoga is you can pretty much do it anywhere, so when you are on the go, take a few minutes to relax with a yoga break. Yoga can not only stretch your cramped muscles but also help you sleep better, which brings us to our next tip...

Tip #2: Don't forget to SLEEP.
Yes, vacations or work trips may keep us busy, but it is still very important that you get 7 to 8 hours a sleep per night. Your body will thank you.

Tip #3: You can STILL eat healthy while traveling.
When you are choosing where to stay, try staying in a vacation rental or hotel room that has a full kitchen. This will allow you to make a quick grocery run and cook healthy meals for yourself while vacationing or on a break during your work trip. Bypass eating fast food every day and eat a nice "home-cooked meal."

Tip #4: Take a DIGITAL BREAK when possible.
In today's age of technology, it can be very easy to be checking your e-mail or social media channels way too much. Decrease your stress level and take a break from technology when you can.

Tip #5: Treat yourself when you have the opportunity.
If you are vacationing to a new place with your family, it can be very easy to just be on the go from one activity to the next the majority of the time. Take a minute for yourself and relax, whether it be with a nice glass of red wine or taking a walk down a beautiful scenic route Doing so can help decrease stress.


Suffering from Summer Allergies?

If you have symptoms that may be summer allergies, but you aren't sure, you should see a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our healthcare providers are committed to leading the way to healthier communities. 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. We have several health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks area. To learn where each one is and what services are provided at each location, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

COMC is Hiring!

Central Ozarks Medical Center has been providing quality healthcare in Central Missouri since 1979. Central Ozarks Medical Center’s staff members are committed to leading the way to healthier communities and we are seeking like-minded people who believe in our mission. If you are looking to have a self-rewarding career in healthcare, then this blog is for you. Our healthcare facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to feature our current job openings.


COMC is Hiring For:


Dental Assistant
Richland Dental - Richland, MO, 65556
Full Time
Responsibilities: Assist the Dentist with dental procedures. Responsible for the care and maintenance of dental instruments and equipment. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Assist the dentist with all dental procedures. See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

Substance Abuse Program Manager
Richland Medical - Richland, MO, 65556
Full Time
DESCRIPTION: This position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, supervising, and coordinating community-based behavioral health activities. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Responsible for development and implementation of planning activities and services as determined by consortium members; See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

Community Health Worker
Waynesville-, MO
Full Time
DESCRIPTION: The Community Health Worker will conduct in-reach, outreach and education activities to provide enabling services to individuals in order to connect individuals with appropriate resources in the community, develop resources where lacking, See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

LCSW/LPC
Camden County-, MO
Full Time
Responsibilities: As a Clinical Therapist, you must have the ability to cultivate positive and productive therapeutic relationships with patients while always maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. You must also be self-motivated; possess strong time-management See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

LCSW/LPC
Miller County-, MO
Full Time
Responsibilities: As a Clinical Therapist, you must have the ability to cultivate positive and productive therapeutic relationships with patients while always maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

LCSW/LPC
Pulaski County-, MO
Full Time
Responsibilities: As a Clinical Therapist, you must have the ability to cultivate positive and productive therapeutic relationships with patients while always maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. You must also be self-motivated; possess strong time-management and organizational skills; See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

Lab Assistant
Osage Beach - Osage Beach, MO, 65065
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Must be aware of and comply with required services and data, according to the Health Care Plan and the Quality Assurance Plan of Central Ozarks Medical Center. See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

Medical Assistant
Camdenton - Camdenton, MO, 65020
Full Time
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Will render professional quality health care to patients. Must be aware of and comply with required services and data, according to the Health Care Plan and Quality Assurance Plan of Central Ozarks M...See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

Family Practice Physician
Camdenton - Camdenton, MO, 65020
Full Time
Responsibilities: Consistent with COMC’s goals and objectives as defined by the Board of Directors, providing comprehensive medical health care to all patients within the limitations of the clinic’s space, equipment, and support personnel. See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)

OB/GYN
Osage Beach - Osage Beach, MO, 65065
Full Time
Responsibilities: Consistent with COMC’s goals and objectives as defined by the Board of Directors, providing comprehensive medical health care to all patients within the limitations of the clinic’s space, equipment, and support personnel. See more: www.CentralOzarks.org (Click the Careers Tab on the Far Top Right)



Please note that the job availability is subject to change. If you are interested in one of these positions, please call the appropriate clinic for more information. Phone numbers for all of our health clinics in Mid Missouri are listed below.


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

June is Men's Health Month!

June is National Men's Health Month and in honor of this month, our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give all you men out there a few helpful health tips. If you are unhappy with your current physician and would like to try reaching out to a new one, consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. All locations are community practices, serving everyone from newborns to the elderly. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size.


Men's Health Tips


Tip #1
Establish a regular doctor.
It's important that you establish a regular doctor for many reasons, including:

  • Primary care physicians can prefer to see their patients regularly to better prevent major health issues from happening
  • Regular, annual doctor visits can help motivate you to lead a healthier lifestyle

Tip #2
Don't obsessively calorie count.
If you obsess over the number of calories you are eating you could be missing out on the vital nutrients your body needs.

Tip #3
Get your sleep!
No matter how busy your job or personal life is keeping you, make sleep a priority. You should be getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Not sleeping enough can lead to stress and weight gain.

Tip #4
Destress and find a healthy hobby.
Exercising can produce endorphins within your body, which can make you feel happier. Here are a few examples of healthy hobbies you could start:

  • Biking
  • Jogging (5Ks, Marathons)
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Walking
  • Swimming

Tip #5
Strengthen your close relationships.
Women can be known to better at this than men, but making the effort stay in touch with close friends and family members can be good for your overall emotional health. Try talking to your closest friends or family members weekly or having a nice meal or grabbing a drink with a buddy every once in a while. Be social and happy.


Looking for a New, Regular Doctor?


Call one of our conveniently located health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks that is nearest to you. The phone numbers for each location are listed below. Central Ozarks Medical Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and strives to deliver quality healthcare to our communities. As an FQHC we are non-profit and focus on medically underserved communities and bringing affordable healthcare to all. We strive to lead the way to healthier communities. No health insurance? No problem. We accept patients with and without insurance and offer a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. For information on our Sliding Fee Discount Program and on the insurances we accept, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org/financial.html.

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Beat Summer Allergies with Central Ozarks Medical Center

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Can’t stop sneezing to save your life? Summer allergies are upon us, and this is the time of year that pollen counts are less than forgiving. It’s important to be prepared for this season and understand what’s going on around us and in our bodies. If you’re struggling with upper respiratory issues, be sure to call one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks to set up a visit. Our providers are qualified and caring, and if your problem is more than seasonal allergies, we will refer you to the correct medical facility to get you taken care of. In the meantime, Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to give you some tips to help you survive this season!


What Causes Seasonal Allergies?


In the spring and summer, trees, grasses and weeds release high amounts of pollen, a common allergen. To fight off the pollen you breathe in, your body releases chemicals, one called histamine. Unfortunately, our bodies typically overcompensate with the release of histamine, and that’s what triggers our runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezes. Seasonal allergies are also sometimes called hay fever. The most common allergens in the central Ozarks area are pollen and mold. Ragweed is the worst offender of all, producing record amounts of pollen each year. Second on the list is the mountain cedar, found only in Missouri and three other states. Bermuda grass is also a top offender, most commonly found on golf courses and in our parks and lawns. If your symptoms are persistent throughout the year, you might be allergic to something other than pollen.

Ways to Combat Your Sniffles


1. Keep your doors and windows closed.
Prevent pollen from blowing into your home by keeping your doors and windows closed as often as possible. Be sure to wipe down windowsills often after opening to prevent any pollen build-up. Using an air purifier or a dehumidifier will also help keep the air in your home as clean as possible during these months.

2. Stay inside on windy days.
Avoiding pollen is especially difficult on windy days. Keep an eye on your weather forecast and the pollen count and try to stay inside on those dry, windy days. The pollen count is typically highest in the morning. Since Bermuda grass gives off a high amount of pollen, save your golf outing for a calm, post-rain day.

3. Don’t hang your laundry outside.
If you like to hang your laundry outside during the summer months, try to avoid doing so. Hanging your laundry outside allows your clothes to collect pollen and potentially turn yellow. Be sure to always wash your clothes and shower after doing yardwork or spending time outside. The allergen easily collects on your clothes and in your hair.

4. Use a Neti pot or nasal spray.
Nasal saline irrigation is a great way to clear your clogged nasal passages. Many people report that using a Neti pot helps alleviate congestion and facial pressure. Nasal spray decongestants are a great alternative to using a Neti pot.

5. Take an antihistamine.
Antihistamines reduce and block the extra release of histamines in your body. Newer antihistamines have fewer side effects than older kinds, so when purchasing over the counter, avoid older brands. The main side effect of an antihistamine is drowsiness, so be aware when taking this medicine and try to take it before bed. As always, talk to your doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks to make sure it is safe for you to take an antihistamine.



Try one of these tips, or try all of them! Now that you understand what’s going on outside, hopefully you will have an easier time combatting your dreaded allergies and making the best of this season. If your allergy symptoms are still persisting, don’t hesitate to give Central Ozarks Medical Center a call. We have several conveniently located health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks in Richland, Camdenton and Osage Beach. For more information about our locations, visit www.CentralOzarks.org/locations.html. Stay safe and comfortable this summer!


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