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Missouri State Parks Teach Outdoor Skills
Learn2 Camp Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but didn’t know where to begin? Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck!  Missouri State Parks is teaching families to learn to camp. This May and October, families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. In 500 words or less, tell why your family wants to learn to camp and you could be selected to attend one of three Learn2 Camp programs in state parks around Missouri. Camping...
What is Food Insecurity?
From Missouri Foundation for Health’s “Health Equity Series-Food Insecurity” There are four basic necessities in life: air, shelter, water and food. Food is not only necessary to function both physically and socially, but also plays an important economic role in society. Living with little or no food is a form of deprivation that impacts one’s health and well-being. Currently, there are two widely accepted definitions of food security that come from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The USDA defines food security as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Whereas, the FAO...
Fun and Healthy Valentines Treats!
Need to make your Valentines party treats healthy but yet still make them fun to eat? Try these creative names and appealing dishes for a start! Art for the Heart Apples: Carve a little picture into the skin of an apple and douse with lemon juice to keep from browning. Berry Good Yogurt parfaits: Mix up some yummy berries, and layer with granola and plain yogurt for a yummy treat. You Got Heart High-fiber cereal: Make this a treat by serving it in a creative way, like out of a cone or small box. Mix with dried cranberries or raisins...
Nutrition Counseling Now Available at Health Department
Robin C. Harwell, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Licensed Dietician and Certified Diabetic Educator, is now available for appointments the second Thursday of each month for free nutrition counseling with anyone dealing with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Counseling hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. No physician referrals are necessary. Appointments can be made by simply contacting the health department at 573-785-8478....
Flood Resources
Recent heavy rains have again pushed our area’s rivers and streams to their limits. Roads, homes, and businesses could be affected by the rising water. If you must evacuate: 1) Secure your home or business. Bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor, if available. 2) Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and disconnect electrical appliances. 3) Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location.If possible, make arrangements to stay...
2016 Missouri County Level Study to Begin
Approximately 52,000 Missouri adults will be randomly called to participate in the 2016 Missouri County-level Study beginning in early January. The study will produce county prevalence estimates of chronic diseases and conditions, risk factors, preventive practices, and access to health care among adults ages 18 and older. The study is funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health and conducted in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and the University of Missouri-Columbia Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center. Trained interviewers from the University will call landline and cell telephone numbers throughout the year. This is a...
Have High Blood Pressure? Know What’s In Your Cold Medicine
According to the latest Heart Insight newsletter from the American Heart Association, using cold medicine without reading the ingredients can be very dangerous for those who have high blood pressure. These medicines may have ingredients that increase blood pressure or increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Decongestants, a common ingredient in cold, flu and allergy medicines, can raise blood pressure, making it difficult to keep blood pressure in a healthy range. The American Heart Association says that people with high blood pressure should be aware of the medicines that can increase blood pressure or interfere with the...
Holiday Food Safety Quiz
Take this short quiz from Food and Health Communications and test your knowledge of how to handle the preparation of that frozen turkey you want to serve for your special holiday dinner. 1. The turkey in your freezer has been there a year. What should you do with it? a. Throw it out! b. Feed it to your in-laws. c. Go ahead and use it for your holiday meal. d. Leave it in there and buy another one for your holiday dinner. Answer: C. A turkey that has been kept solidly frozen for an entire year will be safe to...
Get SepticSmart To Save Money And Protect Water
(NAPSI)—During SepticSmart Week, September 21−25, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reminding homeowners of the importance of maintaining their septic systems. Maintaining a septic system every three to five years can prevent homeowners from spending thousands of dollars on repairs or replacement. Inspecting your system is not a do-it-yourself project for most. Putting an additive into your system will not detect or fix a malfunction. The best course of action is to go with a professional service provider every three to five years to inspect and pump your system. In addition to regular maintenance, here are some other things...
West Nile Virus Active in Missouri
The Office of Veterinary Public Health (OVPH) would like to remind everyone that late summer/early fall is the time of year when most human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) occur. West Nile Virus (WNV) is most commonly spread by bites from infected Culex species of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can be active until the first hard frost of autumn. In addition to transmission of disease through insect bites, WNV can also be transmitted through transplants of infected organs and blood products. WNV can cause febrile illness, encephalitis, and/or meningitis. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has received reports of West...
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