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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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Enjoy the Health Benefits of Asparagus During National Asparagus Month!

Did you know that the month of May is known as National Asparagus Month? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are happy to tell you that asparagus can actually provide quite a few health benefits, such as:
  • A low calorie count
  • Healthy pregnancy support
  • Antioxidants
  • ...and much more.
In honor of this special month, our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to share with you a few healthy asparagus recipes we found online. In the spirit of being healthy, contact a doctor you can trust for you and your family and consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. You can really benefit by establishing a family doctor. Central Ozarks Medical Center Primary Care Providers see patients of all ages for a variety of illnesses, injuries, and ailments. 


Healthy Asparagus Recipes


Source: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/272891/asparagus-leek-and-potato-soup/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=1079&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub

Asparagus, Leek, and Potato Soup

Recipe by: KendraVanHam

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and stalks cut into small pieces
4 medium leeks, sliced, white parts only and thoroughly washed
2 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, freshly minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups warm water
1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken stock
1 cube chicken bouillon
4 tablespoons sour cream, or as desired
1 pinch paprika, or to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Heat butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add asparagus, leeks, potatoes, shallot, and garlic. Cook and stir until potatoes are soft but not mushy, about 5 minutes.

Add flour to the pot with the vegetables and stir until thoroughly coated, making sure not to burn them. Add warm water, chicken stock, and bouillon cube. Bring soup to a simmer and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.

Carefully transfer hot soup to a food processor and blend to desired consistency. Ladle soups into bowls and garnish with sour cream, paprika, and pepper.

Source: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/228824/lemon-asparagus-risotto/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=1079&referringContentType=Recipe%20Hub

Lemon Asparagus Risotto

Recipe by: stefychefy

Ingredients

20 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Loose Lemons 1 Each
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions

Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add asparagus, cover, and steam until tender, about 5 minutes. Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces; set aside.

Heat chicken broth in a saucepan over medium heat; keep at a simmer while preparing risotto.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion and celery until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir in garlic and arborio rice; cook and stir until rice is lightly toasted, about 5 more minutes.

Pour white wine into rice mixture, stirring constantly, until liquid is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir chicken broth into rice, one ladleful at a time, allowing liquid to absorb completely before adding more while stirring constantly, about 20 minutes. Add asparagus and stir.

Remove from heat and mix in Parmesan cheese, lemon juice and lemon zest. Serve immediately.

Source: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/214931/oven-roasted-asparagus/

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Recipe by: swedishmilk

Ingredients

1 bunch thin asparagus spears, trimmed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
Loose Lemons 1 Each

Directions

Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

Place the asparagus into a mixing bowl, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss to coat the spears, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus onto a baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake in the preheated oven until just tender, 12 to 15 minutes depending on thickness. Sprinkle with lemon juice just before serving.



The goal at Central Ozarks Medical Center is to lead the way to healthier communities. We would like to encourage health in all aspects of life. To learn more about our healthcare facilities at the Lake of the Ozarks, visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Healthy Skin Care Tips for Boating Season 2019

Boating season 2019 at the Lake of the Ozarks is upon us! Throughout all of that fun, you are about to have, do NOT forget to protect your skin. While the sunshine can be very nice, it can also be harmful to your skin if you don't take the proper protective health measures. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few healthy skin care tips for boating season 2019. If you find yourself feeling ill and looking for a new doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have several Lake of the Ozarks health clinics and all of our locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Healthy Skin Care Tips for Boating Season 2019


Use ATLEAST SPF 15 Sunscreen.
It is SO important that you apply sunscreen to your skin multiples times throughout the day as most sunscreens don't last the whole day. This nice weather doesn't last the whole year here at the Lake of the Ozarks and it is very tempting to be out on the water the WHOLE day, which is fine, just make sure your skin is protected.

Limit your time in the sun.
As we said earlier, it can be tempting to be out on the water, the entire day, during boating season. However, that doesn't mean you have to be directly in the sun the whole day. You can put your shade up on your boat, if applicable, or you can cove out in a shady cove, or you can just take breaks and dock your boat and go inside for snacks, etc. and get out of the sun for a while.

Protect your skin with proper clothing.
You don't have to be exposed in a swimsuit only, the entire day. There are several longsleeved shirts to choose from, some of which are even meant for swimming. You can also wear sun hats. sunglasses, long swimsuit cover-ups, etc. The point here is to make sure your skin isn't exposed to the sun the whole day.


Take Care of Your Skin with COMC


We here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope you enjoyed these tips and that they come in handy for you during boating season 2019 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Getting a sunburn, no matter what degree it is, can be painful and ruin a valuable day of boating season for you. So, be mindful or your how much time you are spending in the sun, exposed. Also, as we are on the subject of health, stay healthy and get your annual check-up appointment made with a doctor at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on. Our phone numbers are listed below.


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Friday, April 19, 2019

How to Get Into Shape for Summer at the Lake of the Ozarks

Summer officially starts Friday, June 21 and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks cannot wait! The Lake area can be so pretty any time of year but especially in the summer. Boating is one of the many popular activities around here during the summer and our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to give you a few tips for getting into shape for boating season. Feel comfortable and be in shape when you get into your swimsuit this year! Part of being in shape is being healthy. Part of being healthy is making sure you are scheduling your annual health check-ups each year. To schedule yours with an affordable health clinic at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All of our health clinic locations and phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Go check out the local State Park.
The Lake Area is home to both Ha Ha Tonka State Park and Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Both of these parks offer multiple beautiful trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Hiking is a great way to get outside and breathe the fresh air while staying active.

Get your cardio exercise in.
If you're only traveling a short distance, why not take the opportunity to walk or ride a bike to your destination instead of driving your car? Walking and biking are excellent forms of cardio exercise. You can also park farther back in parking lots to give yourself an excuse to walk a greater distance. As an added bonus, you'll save money on gas!

Drink water before eating.
In our country, we commonly mistake the feeling of thirst for the feeling of hunger. As a result, it is not unusual for us to eat more food than we really need. Before reaching for snacks this summer, drink a glass of water to hydrate yourself. After that, you can evaluate whether or not you are actually hungry.

Eat fresh from the local farmer's markets.
Not only is visiting your local farmer's market a great summertime pastime - it offers numerous advantages as well. One, it allows you to get a little bit of mild exercise as you stroll past the various vendors. Two, it gives you access to fresh, healthy produce you can use to prepare your meals. Three, the produce available at farmer's markets is often priced much lower than comparable produce would be at the local grocery store.


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DID YOU KNOW? - On average, there are studies that show that the cost associated with using a community health center is 22% to 33% less expensive than using other healthcare models. Even better than the savings is the quality of care and concern our providers 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. Learn more at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stick To Your Weight Loss Goal with These Healthy Recipes!

Many of you probably chose to make New Year's resolutions at the beginning of this year to lose weight, right? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you stay motivated and to not give up! Keep reading for a few healthy recipes that can help you stick to your weight loss goal this year. In an effort to maintain your health, consider booking your annual health check-up, with of the Lake of the Ozarks health clinics of Central Ozarks Medical Center. We have several health clinics in the Lake of the Ozarks area and all phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Stick To Your Weight Loss Goal with These Healthy Recipes!


Source: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/avocado-crab-boats/

Avocado Crab Boats

Makes
8 servings

Ingredients
5 medium ripe avocados, peeled and halved
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
2 tablespoons minced chives
1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon capers, drained
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Lemon wedges

Directions
Preheat broiler. Place two avocado halves in a large bowl; mash lightly with a fork. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix until well blended. Stir in crab, 3 tablespoons cilantro, chives, serrano pepper, capers and pepper. Spoon into remaining avocado halves.

Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro; serve with lemon wedges.

Source: https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/parmesan-zucchini/

Parmesan Zucchini

INGREDIENTS
1 lb zucchini quartered and cut into sticks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray.
Place the zucchini in a bowl. Add the olive oil and toss to coat.
Add the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese and toss until zucchini is coated.
Arrange the zucchini spears in a single layer on the sheet pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned and zucchini is tender. Serve immediately with marinara sauce if desired.



Source: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sauteed-cabbage-recipe-1941878

RECIPE COURTESY OF INA GARTEN

Sauteed Cabbage

Ingredients
1 small head white cabbage, including outer green leaves (2 1/2 pounds)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Cut the cabbage in half and, with the cut-side down, slice it as thinly as possible around the core, as though you were making coleslaw. Discard the core.

Melt the butter in a large saute pan or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, salt, and pepper and saute for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and begins to brown. Season, to taste, and serve warm.

We hope you enjoy these wonderful healthy recipes we found online. Central Ozarks Medical Center wishes you the best of luck in your weight loss efforts! Our goal is to lead the way to healthier communities. To book your next annual health check-up, contact one of our health clinics in Mid-Missouri today.


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Friday, April 5, 2019

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month? Autism is a disorder that can make social interactions challenging along with repetitive behaviors. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few statistics and facts regarding autism you may or may not have known already, in the spirit of April being National Autism Awareness Month. Dr. Theobald-Hazel, our pediatrician, evaluates children up to 40 months, that might display signs of autism. To make an appointment, please call Central Ozarks Medical Center.


6 Autism Statistics To Be Aware Of


Source: CDC


  • Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having ASD.
  • A small percentage of children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are at greater risk for having ASD
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2%–18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
  • Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other will be affected by about 36-95% of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has ASD, then the other is affected by about 0-31% of the time. 
  • ASD tends to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions. About 10% of children with autism are also identified as having Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosisExternal, or other genetic and chromosomal disorders
  • Almost half (44%) of children identified with ASD has average to above average intellectual ability. 


Is Your Child Experiencing Signs of Autism? Meet Dr. Theobald-Hazel.



Kristen Theobald-Hazel, DO

Kristen Theobald-Hazel, DO, is a graduate of Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Kirksville, MO, as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Theobald completed her General Internship at the Moberly Regional Medical Center, Moberly, MO, and her Pediatric Residency at the Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO.

Dr. Theobald has been the collaborating physician for Kids Harbor I and II since 2012 and most recently practiced at Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, MO.  She joined the Central Ozarks Medical Center group of providers in July of 2015.

Dr. Theobald is Board Certified in Pediatrics through the American Academy of Pediatrics, which she has been an active member of since 2006.

During her free time, Dr. Theobald enjoys golfing, swimming and spending time with her family.


Spread Awareness of Autism with Central Ozarks Medical Center


The Central Ozarks Medical Centers’ Autism Clinic has demonstrated a commitment to welcoming individuals and families affected by autism. The Central Ozarks Medical Center’s Autism Clinic has completed required training with the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders to become an Autism Friendly Business. For more information, please visit our website at www.CentralOzarks.com. You will find a complete list of our providers and Lake of the Ozarks health clinics.


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Friday, March 29, 2019

We Aren't Joking, QUIT The Smoking!

Have you ever heard the phrase, "that is an unattractive habit"? Nothing can be truer when it comes to the habit of smoking. By now, you should know how bad smoking is for your health. As for it being an unattractive habit, smoking can lead to yellow teeth, bad breath, a raspy voice, and that's just barely scratching the surface of how bad smoking can damage your body. It is almost boating season at the Lake, the weather is getting better, and it gets darker later now. There are a ton of things to smile about, so don't ruin that smile by smoking. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips on how to quit smoking. Our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics understands how hard this habit can be to give up. Central Ozarks Medical Center believes in you! If you have been quite the smoker to where it is affecting your health in one way or another, contact your local Mid-Missouri health clinic for an appointment today.



Pick a favorite healthy snack and EAT IT!
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.

Exercise is your friend.
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.

Why have you chosen to quit smoking? 
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.

Do something fun.
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, or 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.

Avoid triggers.
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.



Our doctors at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to commend you on deciding to quit smoking. This may not be an easy task and you are stronger for choosing to take it on. Again, if smoking has affected your body to the point where you think you need to see a doctor, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. We have several health clinics throughout Mid-Missouri and our phone numbers and locations can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


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Friday, March 22, 2019

Tips for Avoiding Getting Sick in the Workplace

How often do your co-workers STILL come into work sick? This happens way more times than it should. Whether they feel an obligation to come in, despite their illness or they just have anxiety their work won't get done, whatever the reason may be, some people refuse to stay home when they are sick. Unfortunately, when this happens they could be risking getting their co-workers sick too. As someone who is not sick, but has to work with someone who is, what do you do? Your health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for avoiding getting sick in the workplace. If you find yourself getting sick, you should give yourself the quality, affordable healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks you deserve. Consider Central Ozarks Medical Center. Learn more about our affordable, quality healthcare services by visiting our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Tips for Avoiding Getting Sick in the Workplace


Get Your Flu Shot When You Can
According to the CDC, flu season can last as late as May. You should also note:

  • "Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated]."
  • "For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is again a recommended option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is otherwise appropriate. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals, 2 to 49 years old. There is a precaution against the use of LAIV for people with certain underlying medical conditions. All LAIV will be quadrivalent (four-component)."


Sanitize Your Desk and Your Entire Workspace
Wipe down your desk and surrounding work area with a disinfectant. While it may seem obvious to do this when you know a co-worker is sick, you should do it on a regular basis just to be safe. You could have co-workers who are sick but are showing recognizable signs yet.

Wash Your Hands Throughout The Day
Try and prevent yourself from getting your co-workers sick germs and wash your hand s frequently. You can also carry hand sanitizer and use that when you can't get up to wash your hands.

Avoid Biting Your Nails
Avoid spreading the bacteria and keep your hands out of your mouth. Break this habit now and try and avoid getting sick in the workplace.


Get the Quality, Affordable Healthcare at the Lake of the Ozarks You Deserve


You can't make the sick co-worker go home, but you can do everything in your power to avoid getting sick yourself. If you haven't already, consider getting a flu shot at your local Lake of the Ozarks health clinic. 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 you for 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. To learn more visit, http://centralozarks.org/financial.html.


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