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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573.765.2510 -- 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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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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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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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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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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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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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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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Benefits of Packing Your Child's Lunch

Summer vacation is over and school is back in session. From getting the essential school supplies, new clothes, and tennis shoes it's time to get organized for a great school year. Every time the new school year comes back around, you probably ponder whether you should pack your child's lunch or pay for school lunches this year. In some cases, your child may be asking you if he or she can start bringing their lunch from home. Even if it takes you extra time in the morning or evening, there are several benefits to packing their lunch this year. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to provide you with the benefits of packing your child's lunch this year, along with a few ideas to keep it healthy and convenient.


 You Control Their Nutrition

One of the major benefits of packing your child's lunch is that you control what your child is eating. When you pack their lunch you ensure that they are getting the proper nutrients that are crucial for physical and mental development. A nutritious lunch is key for learning and focusing in the classroom. If you have a picky eater on your hand and they don't like the school lunch that is provided, you risk them getting enough to eat which can be a learning distraction in the afternoons.

Start Healthy Habits Early

In addition to packing a healthy nutritious lunch, providing your child with a packed lunch teaches them healthy habits early. Starting healthy habits early on can reduce the risks of childhood obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions. If you pack your child a healthy lunch, you are instilling healthy eating habits early that will hopefully result in a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.

Cost Effective

Often packing a homemade lunch is more cost effective than buying school lunch. With planning, price checking, and buying in bulk packing their lunch is the cheaper options. Here are a few tips for keeping costs down.
  • Buy a variety of vegetables and divide them up in sandwich bags for the entire week. 
  • Purchase seasonal fruit that is on sale.
  • Always look at the sale ad and purchase fruits and vegetables that are on sale. Not only will you save money, but it will also give your child variety every week. 

Healthy Lunch Ideas

When it comes to packing a healthy lunch, choose a variety of colors and textures that appeal to kids. Finger foods work well for easy eating at lunchtime. Check out a few convenient and nutritious lunches we found online.



Source: https://familymaven.io/kidsactivities/recipes/15-back-to-school-lunch-ideas-RchOWFnvnUWeyP9azdqxmA/

Lunch #1

  • Apples with walnuts
  • Turkey rolls
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Strawberries & Blueberries

Lunch #2 

  • Hummus with carrots
  • Grilled Chicken strips
  • Red grapes

Lunch #3 

  • Ham & Spinach Pinwheel (wrapped in a flour tortilla)
  • Carrots
  • Banana chips
  • Orange

Lunch #4

  • Pepperoni wrapped in Turkey
  • Apples with cinnamon
  • Pistachios (or their favorite type of nut)
  • Red Grapes

Lunch #5

  • Cheese & Crackers
  • Turkey rolls
  • Apple slices
  • Applesauce or Chocolate Pudding

Annual Checkups at Central Ozarks Medical Center 

The start of the school year is a great time to take your child for an annual checkup. Have you established your primary health care provider at the Lake of the Ozarks? Central Ozarks Medical Centers has a team of doctors at the Lake of the Ozarks that are here to ensure the health and well being of your child. Annual checkups are a great way to promote and maintain the overall health and wellbeing of your child. Schedule your annual checkup with Central Ozarks Medical Center today!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

5 Back-to-School Health Tips

It's that time again. Your kids are going back to school. Whether this is your kid's first year of kindergarten or they are starting the fourth grade - you can implement some healthy tips for your children as they go back to school. If you are looking for a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks to give your child his or her back to school shots, check out Central Ozarks Medical Center.


5 Back-to-School Health Tips


1. Make sure your child gets the RIGHT amount of sleep.

Your child is back in school and should be well rested for all of the activities and knowledge they are about to soak up.

2. Encourage your kids to wash their hands.

Germs are everywhere, even in school. There are fun ways to get your kids to wash their hand, such as having them sing the Alphabet song while they are washing your hands. That way you can help make sure they wash their hand for a long enough time.

3. Check your kid's backpack for comfort.

When your kids are back in school they may be carrying heavy textbooks in their backpacks every day. That can be very hard on their back if the weight isn't distributed right. Make sure that they wear their backpack with both straps over their shoulders.

4. Educate your kids on avoiding head lice.

Teach your kids about the dangers of head lice and how they can easily spread. Tell them to avoid:

  • Sharing helmets during sports activities
  • Borrowing someone else's hairbrush at school
  • Borrowing a friend's hat



5. Teach your children good hygiene.

Your kid is going back to school and will be around other children. You probably don't want them to feel embarrassed because they didn't practice good hygiene, so make sure they know how to do so. Here are a few tips:

  • Teach them to wash their hair at least once every two or three.
  • Teach them to bathe regularly.
  • Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Depending on the age of your child, if they have begun puberty, you may have them start wearing deodorant. 
  • Teach them to brush their hair every day.


Establish Your Family Doctor at Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our Family Practice Providers are often referred to as Primary Care Providers or Primary Healthcare Providers. Central Ozarks Medical Center Primary Care Providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments. If you are either looking for a new family doctor or you are a new family and are looking to establish your first family doctor, give one of our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks a call. You will find their phone numbers below.


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573.765.2510 -- Dental


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Friday, August 10, 2018

5 Things You May Not Know About Fall Allergies

Fall is coming quick and technically starts September 22nd. Who's excited for fall this year? With all the fun fall-themed events, beautiful, colorful trees, and Halloween - what's not to love? The answer here is fall allergies. Fall allergies are no fun and if you find yourself experiencing symptoms you should see a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call Central Ozarks Medical Center to make an appointment. Keep reading for a few things you may not know about fall allergies.


5 Things You May Not Know About Fall Allergies


1. Back to school allergens are a real thing.
Children can be exposed to chalk dust and classroom pets which also can be allergens that take place in the fall. Talk to your children and help them to know what triggers their allergies so they can avoid suffering from allergies this fall.

2. It's possible to have both spring and fall allergies.
There are people who unfortunately get both spring and fall allergies, however, the severity of the symptoms and how often you get them may change from season to season.

3. Cold symptoms shouldn't last more than 5-7 days.
Cold symptoms and allergy symptoms can be very similar. However, if your symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, irritated eyes, scratchy throat, or headaches, persist longer than 5-7 days then it is likely they have been caused by some sort of allergen versus being cold related.

4. Weed pollen counts are highest between 5 and 10 a.m.
So be sure to keep this in mind in the mornings as you go outside to head to work or take your children to school.

5. Raking leaves can stir pollen and mold into the air and trigger allergy symptoms. 
You still shouldn't let your leaves pile up because it can cause landscaping issues, just have someone who isn't as fall allergy sensitive rake the leaves, keeping this in mind.


Fight Fall Allergies with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our friendly staff knows those fall allergies are no fun for anyone and we don't want them to ruin your Halloween or fall fun. 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 and helping people beat their fall allergies is part of that. 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. 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. To make an appointment at one of our health clinics in Central Missouri, call one of the phone number listed below.


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573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, August 3, 2018

August is National Wellness Month!

August is National Wellness Month! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to spread the word and in honor of this special month, give you a few tips for practicing good wellness. One of which is to have a good doctor you can trust, if you are looking for a new doctor, give Central Ozarks Medical Center a call. In the spirit of National Wellness month, keep reading for a few stress relief tips.



Stress Relief Foods

Spinach
Spinach is known to contain folate, which produces dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that can tell your brain to essentially, "be happy."

Oatmeal
Aside from oatmeal already being a comfort food, it contains complex carbs, which can be digested slowly and not cause your blood sugar to spike.

Dark Chocolate
According to Health, dark chocolate can lower your stress hormones and antioxidants contained within dark chocolate can cause the walls of your blood vessels to relax, which can lower your blood pressure.

Turkey Breast
Turkey contains an amino acid that helps produce serotonin, which is a chemical that can make you feel happier.

Avocado
Avoid stress eating, by eating this superfood. While you don't want to overeat it, avocados can cause make you feel more full. Check out this great recipe for avocado toast we found online:

Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mashed-avocado-toasts-recipe-2009592

Mashed Avocado Toast

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Sea salt
2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
Red pepper flakes
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Directions

Cut the avocado in half, remove pit, and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and sea salt, to taste. Mash the ingredients together with a fork, keeping the texture slightly chunky.

Spread half the mash onto each piece of toast and garnish with some red pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.


Stress Relief Techniques

Listen to music.
Put on some soothing music and calm your self. Just take a few minutes to sit down and listen to some of your favorite songs. Your stress level can lower, leaving you more relaxed and ready to be productive.

Focus on your breathing.
If you are feeling stress at work, take a quick break to breathe deeply for about 5 minutes. Really focus on the process of your breathing and nothing else.

Go for a walk.
Exercising can help your body to release endorphins, making you feel happier. If you are at work feeling stressed, take a quick walk around the building or down the block and back.


Reduce Stress with Central Ozarks Medical Center

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. High healthcare bills can be stressful all on their own. 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. In addition to the savings is the quality of care and concern our providers at the Lake of the Ozarks will offer to you during each visit. With highly trained support staff, Central Ozarks Medical Center Providers can focus on only you and your health. Call one of our clinics listed below for your next appointment.


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573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Friday, July 27, 2018

Coffee: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Aww, the age-old question, is coffee healthy or not? Different facts have been coming out about coffee for many years that have led people to believe different things. Central Ozarks Medical Center is here to point out the healthy factors of coffee and the precautions you should be aware of. For health-related questions you may have about how your diet is affecting your body, call your nearest health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks today.


Coffee: Healthy or Unhealthy?


Coffee Health Benefits

Some of the health benefits that come with drinking coffee can include but are not limited to:

  • Coffee can help you lose weight.
  • Coffee can lower your risk of diabetes
  • Coffee contains vital nutrients
  • Coffee can protect you from Alzheimer's 
  • Coffee may lower your risk of stroke or heart attack.
  • Coffee has been traced to lowering your risk for liver cancer
  • Coffee can reduce your risk of gout.
  • Coffe contains antioxidants
"Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Interested in making your own coffee in a uniquely, good way?

Check out this coffee recipe we found online:

Source: https://wellnessmama.com/5673/healthy-coffee/


Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

author wellness mama

yield 1 cup

A delicious and creamy coffee that packs a powerful nutritional punch!

Ingredients

1 cup brewed organic coffee, herbal coffee, or chai tea
1 tsp or more coconut oil (I usually put in 2-3 TBSP)
1 TBSP organic grass-fed unsalted butter
¼ tsp vanilla extract
a few drops of stevia extract (optional)

Instructions
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix on high speed for 20 seconds until frothy. Drink immediately and enjoy all the energy!

Coffee Health Cautions

With almost anything, if you consume too much of it, there can be side effects. Coffee contains caffeine and drinking too much caffeine can cause you serious harm, such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • A headache
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing issues
"Once you wake up and smell the coffee, it's hard to go back to sleep." - Fran Drescher



Be Healthy with Central Ozarks Medical Center


Our mission is to:

  • Increase access to comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare
  • To improve the healthcare 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. Our health clinics in Mid-Missouri 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, just call the COMC health clinic nearest to you.


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For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dental Tips for Your Kids

As you can imagine, summer can be an ideal time to bring your kids into the dentist because they are out of school. Our dentists at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few helpful dental tips to teach your kids. If you are looking for a new dentist to bring your kid to, call the Richland Dental Center of Central Ozarks Medical Center at 573-765-2510.


Dental Tips for Your Kids


Tip #1: Assist small children with brushing their teeth.
For example, your child may not be able to reach the toothbrush or toothpaste, so get it down from the cabinet for them. Also, depending on how small the child is, you may need to do the brushing for them.

Tip #2: Set a GOOD example.
Your children are most likely looking up to you, so set a good example by brushing your teeth at least twice a day.

Tip #3: Set your child regular dental check-ups.
It is standard for children to go to the dentist for a regular check up once every six months. Find a dentist your child feels comfortable going to and book them a standing appointment.

Tip #4: Talk to your dentist about sealants for your kids.
Sealants can provide extra protection for your kids teeth. Sealants help keep food from damaging your teeth. If this sounds like something you are interested in getting for your child, the sooner the better.

Tip #5: Make tooth brushing FUN for your kids.
Here are a few ideas to try and make tooth brushing fun for your kids.

  • Let them pick out a fun, kid toothpaste to use.
  • Let them pick out an AWESOME toothbrush to use.
  • Allow them to pick out a song that is approximately 2 minutes long and let them play it while they are brushing their teeth (This is about how long they should brush their teeth for anyway.)
  • Reward them for brushing their teeth well, by making a fun toothbrushing chart and giving the gold star stickers each week they do so correctly. 
  • Let your kids practice by brushing your teeth.
  • Turn brushing their teeth into a fun game. 
  • Cheer for your kids when they are brushing their teeth, "Good job, sweetie!"
  • Let him or her practice by brushing his or her stuffed animals teeth



Interested in a New Dentist in Richland for Your Child?


The dentists at Central Ozarks Medical Center believe in a comfortable and great patient experience for all ages. Our Richland Dental Center offers the following services:

  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Dentures/Restorative

It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 304 W. Washington Ave in Richland, MO. To make an appointment, please call 573.765.2510.



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For Appointments Call

573.765.5141 -- Richland
573.302.7490 -- Osage Beach
573.346.4446 -- Camdenton
573.317.9200 -- Stone Castle
573.765.2510 -- Dental


Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties