Healthy Lifestyle
Possible Measles Exposures
  March 21, 2018 Possible measles exposures in the St. Louis area JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to notify individuals who may have been exposed to measles on March 13 or March 14, 2018. Known locations where exposures may have occurred on March 13 are The Magic House in Kirkwood, Missouri, Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Homewood Suites in Chesterfield, Missouri. The only known location where exposure may have occurred on March 14 is Homewood Suites in Chesterfield,...
Friday’s Hepatitis A Update
Butler County’s Hepatitis A cases have consistently increased over the past week. As of March 15, 2018, 58 confirmed cases have been identified; 58% of cases reported hospitalization, with cases ranging from 19-64 years of age. The majority of cases have been in people who use drugs and/or their close personal contacts. If you know someone who uses drugs or is a close personal contact of someone who uses drugs, please let them know he or she can get vaccinated at BCHD. Just tell the receptionists #Franksentme!  ...
Hepatitis A Outbreak Update
Hepatitis A case identified in Poplar Bluff, MO JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A case of hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at Huddle House in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The restaurant, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and Butler County Health Department, is investigating and is taking necessary control measures to decrease the spread of the illness. Members of the public who ate at the Poplar Bluff, Missouri Huddle House between January 3, 2018 and January 17, 2018 should consider speaking with their health care provider about steps...
Jump Into Water Fitness!
Regular exercise is vital for good health. Finding something you like is important or you won’t continue with it. If you’re struggling with finding a program that works for you, needing to mix it up a little, or looking for a change, why not try water fitness. Water fitness (or water aerobics) programs and classes can help develop flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and even deliver cardio-respiratory benefits. Other physical benefits include increased range of motion, improved balance and coordination, and a chance for some great relaxation. Exercising in water is different than land exercise. These differences create a great environment...
Fall Is the Time for Flu Shots
The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary in different parts of the country and from season to season. Most seasonal flu activity typically occurs between October and May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February. A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because...
The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast...
The Physical Fight Against Childhood Obesity
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Did you know… • Among Missouri’s children between the ages of 2 years to less than 5 years: -16.2 percent are overweight (85th to <95th percentile BMI-for-Age). -13.6 percent are obese (≥95th percentile BMI-for-Age). • The prevalence of obesity has increased over the past 30 years among American children. Obesity rates in 1980 stood at only 5%. You may wonder what has happened to make obesity rates in children increase so dramatically. Unfortunately, there are many contributing factors, from a more sedentary lifestyle to foods marketed that are high in fat and sugar. In...
1-2-3-4-5…FIT-TASTIC!
Choosing healthy habits is as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! One hour or more of physical activity each day can help you keep your energy up and reach or stay at a healthy weight. Tips: Break it up into shorter chunks throughout the day. Choose activities that make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Plan active family time like going to the park or zoo. Use active time as a way of socializing with friends. Two hours of screen time should be maximum. Less time spent watching TV, playing video games or texting means more time being active. Tips:...
Physical Activity at Home, Work, or Play
Adding activity into your day is possible. Choose activities that you enjoy. Adults should aim for at least 2½ hours or 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Every little bit adds up, and doing something is better than doing nothing. Most important—have fun while being active! 1. Take 10. Do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time to reach your weekly goal. Walk the dog for 10 minutes before and after work and add a 10-minute walk at lunchtime. 2. Mix it up. Start the week with a swim at the pool, take a yoga class during...
Make Your Swimming Season Safe
Recreational water illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. RWIs can also be caused by chemicals in the water or chemicals that evaporate from the water and cause indoor air quality problems. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Crypto (short forCryptosporidium), Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli O157:H7. Other common RWIs include skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. Children, pregnant women, and people with...
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