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Financial prescription: 5 tips to keep in mind while buying a health insurance plan

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Kitchen is the best hospital, food the best medicine (Health Tips …

“Finding a cure is always less lucrative than finding a treatment.” As science and technology grow at an exponential pace, it is pretty obvious that drugs and treatments will remain heavily incentivised.

It is an unfortunate reality that our pharmaceutical companies have been prioritising expensive drugs over cure. At a time when medical expenditure is becoming a major worry and is found to have a significant influence on social security costs, it will be worthwhile to reconsider our approach towards what we “eat”. Instead of paying attention to our diet when we are sick, let’s analyse the power of foods and their impact on our health.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) or lifestyle diseases have been rising at an alarming pace across the globe. Cardiovascular diseases like stroke, heart diseases, respiratory disorders and diabetes account for 80 per cent of these NCDs. Till a few years back, these lifestyle disorders more prevalent in the aging population and affluent societies. However, in low and middle income countries like India, where malnutrition is still not a completely solved problem, there has been a sharp increase in lifestyle disorders. The increase of these disorders among the younger population adds to the complexity.

An unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco have been observed to be the major contributing factors for most of these diseases. The good news is that 80 per cent of these NCDs can be prevented with slight modifications in lifestyles. There is evidence that adapting healthy dietary changes, physical activity and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco can help achieve the desired results.

Diet plays a major role in adapting a positive lifestyle. A person who is conscious about what goes in his diet could have a better control on overall quality of life. It is important to understand the value of our everyday diet in order to take the best decisions for our own well-being. You are what you eat.

Thanks to the existing knowledge, we are clear on what we have to eat. The basics of nutrition emphasise eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugars.

While what we eat is important, interestingly, how, when and where we eat has an influence on reaping the best of what we eat.

Fancy diet plans and trending super foods might sound exciting. But in order to sustain healthy habits, it is best to consider home as the destination point. Here are a few points to consider:

Decisions start at shopping: What we eat is not a dietary choice made at home, it is a decision made while shopping at a grocery/vegetable store. Pick the right place to shop, spend quality time on food labels and buy fresh. Healthy and tasty can go together by adding a wide variety of fresh produce to your diet. This can often be consistently followed in our home kitchen.

Discipline of time: Beginning from breakfast, the appropriate timing of each meal is vital for matching the body’s circadian rhythm. A healthy and timely breakfast is a great way to start the day on a positive note. Chrono-nutrition deals with correlating timing of diet with metabolic patterns of diseases. Evidence suggests that irregularity in eating meals is associated with a increased risk for metabolic syndrome — high BMI, blood pressure and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases.

Home remedies: From the common cold to cancer, weight loss to weight gain, there are many home remedies that can help the body perform better. There are plenty of options to serve the needful vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential elements through the right diet. However, it will be good to plan your dietary choices in consultation with your doctor.

Portion size and optimisation: Since there is a personalised approach to cooking, portion size can be optimised with minimal wastage of food.

Economical: When healthy food comes at economical value, sustenance is a great possibility.

Emotional health: Home food can bring the opportunity to enhance emotional wellness. Eating together around a common table is perhaps the best way to strengthen family bonding.

Professional help: Seek a professional support in establishing/supporting healthy dietary patterns at home.

Medical debt is considered the number one reason for personal bankruptcy today. Let us wake up to this reality and instead of falling prey to lifestyle compromises, together raise a toast to good health with a wholesome and hygienic meal made in the home kitchen.

(Dr Vijay Janagama is Director – New Initiatives, SuVitas Holistic Healthcare. The views expressed are personal. He can be contacted at vijay.janagama@suvitas.com mailto:vijay.janagama@suvitas.com)

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Healthy Discipline: Health officials offer healthy eating tips

VALDOSTA — While eating healthy may sometimes be laborious, health officials say it’s possible with discipline.

Holly Rountree is the nutrition services director for Georgia Department of Public Health South Health District and is a registered and licensed dietician.


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Health officials recommend fresh fruits and vegetables, such as cucumbers, for healthier meal options. 

Rountree agreed the most simplified way to change a diet is to ease into it rather than making multiple changes at once.

“I think sometimes you have to meet people where they are if that’s something that (they’re) used to having multiple times a day,” she said. “Taking it one step at a time can sometimes be the best approach.”

Lyndsey Tison is a nutritionist for the Lanier County Health Department and works part-time with Moody Air Force Base.

Rountree and Tison said setting goals will assist people in completing it much better than if someone, such as a nutritionist, sets the goals for them.

Tison recommends minimizing sugar intake, fast-foods and salt consumption.

“As you age, your taste declines; and therefore, people are more prone to add salt to food, which can also lead to high blood pressure which leads to heart attack and stroke,” she said.

If indulging in sugar is a habit for a person, Rountree said to reduce intake to one time per day. Tison said it’s OK to have sugar as long as it is in moderation.


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“Whenever you meet that goal, reduce it to three times per week,” Rountree said.

For those who “eat on the go,” Tison suggests checking the website of favored restaurants to research nutritional information of the menus.

“Every place now really has salads, and low fat dressings, and grilled options and fruit for a side,” she said. “You can make healthy options way more now than you could five (or) 10 years ago.”

For example, if Chick-fil-A is a person’s go-to fast-food place, Rountree proposes taking advantage of the healthier options rather than the fried foods.

She said a person could choose grilled nuggets instead of fried nuggets, a kale salad, water or diet lemonade.

Both health officials agree it’s better to cook at home than it is to consume fast foods.

“We like to say a good rule of thumb is have half your plate fruits and vegetables,” Tison said. “So when you look at your plate, you want half to be fruits and veggies, then your meat.”


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Fresh bananas sit at Farmer Brown’s Produce, 1500 S. Patterson St. 

Tison said some good meat choices include lean meats such as chicken and fish. Rountree said there are some lean beef choices, though red meats should be limited.

“Beans can be very filling and take the place of meats in some meals,” Rountree said.

Though she said canned goods with reduced sodium are fine for consumption, Rountree likes to buy frozen vegetables and microwave them.

This helps her cook dinner quickly.

“Frozen is a great choice,” she said. “They freeze while it’s at its peak of freshness.”

Health officials suggest oatmeal cups, smoothies, almond milk, boiled eggs and pieces of fruit for quick breakfast ideas.

While cholesterol may be difficult to manage for some, Rountree said utilizing vegetable or canola oils to fry foods is OK. Olive oil is safe to use while cooking, as well.

“Animal fats are the ones that you really need to limit, but there are healthy fats that you can find in nuts and seeds and olive oils,” she said.

She doesn’t recommend using lard, bacon grease or any animal fats to cook.

“If you were using olive oil instead of Crisco, then you’re making a better choice,” she said.

Rountree said while starches eventually turn into glucose, or sugar, they are safe to eat. She said potatoes are great sources of potassium.

Rountree said incorporating vegetables and fruits into a diet will not only decrease calories, fat and sodium but it will also increase vital nutrients.

“You’re increasing your vitamins and your anti-oxidants, which may lead to a decrease in heart disease, cancer (or) stroke,” she said.

Farmer Brown’s Produce is a local farmer’s market on South Patterson Street that offers fresh fruits and veggies.


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Health officials suggest fresh fruits are best when searching for healthy foods. The fruits can be found at Farmer Brown’s Produce, 1500 S. Patterson St.

Owner Rex Ethridge said the market has recently made changes to private label jams, jellies, preserves, salsa and pickled items.

“Farmer Brown’s has taken a good look at our ingredients, and when possible, we have removed the high fructose corn syrup, dyes and unnecessary ingredients so that we provide to our customer the healthiest version of some already tasty products,” he said.

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5 tips for the farmers market

It’s peak farmers market season and the stalls are overflowing with piles of attractively arranged yummy fruits and veggies. Buying local and eating organic sounds good, but there are so many choices, and it’s easy to overspend.

Here are five tips to help you get the most bang for your buck at the stalls this fall:

Is it really local?

Not all farm stands represent your local farmers. There are a few ways to tell. The market in our town features an online newsletter, and every week, they send out a list of farmers market vendors. Most have a link, and it’s easy to see which ones are truly local family farms. Other ways to tell if the vendors aren’t local include large produce distributor trucks, or produce that’s out-of-season, packaged in plastic, or from another climate. If you see any of those things, then chances are Big Agro is muscling in on the local food movement.

Is it really organic?

It’s okay to ask. Many farms use pesticides, for many reasons. Organic farming is hard. Natural produce is also natural-looking, and customers used to seeing perfect produce in the grocery store can be turned off by irregular shapes and harmless spots. Here’s the thing: flawless and shiny fruits and veggies are more likely to contain pesticide residue, as well as be coated with chemicals like petroleum jelly and mineral oil.

Does it matter if it’s organic?

There is evidence suggesting that pesticides not only interfere with fertility, but also are harmful to the developing brain. For women desiring pregnancy, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and young children, it’s a good idea to avoid pesticide residues in food by choosing organic. (The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has a good review on this topic.) But some plants accumulate more chemicals than others. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) has researched pesticide accumulation in various conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, and has published lists of the most contaminated that should be avoided (titled The Dirty Dozen), as well as the least contaminated and safest (The Clean Fifteen). Here’s a summary of both lists for late summer/early fall: Stick to only organic tomatoes, apples, peaches, sweet and hot peppers, but feel comfortable with conventional sweet corn, eggplant, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Do I have to spend a lot of money?

No! If you have a plan and a set spending amount, you’re less likely to bust your budget. My family and I go the market with a $20 limit, and a strategy (which I’ve also written about on my own blog). Buy only a few items, such as produce that is in peak season, high-quality cheeses, or hard-to-find specialty products. Have a plan for how you will use your bounty: I often go in with a specific recipe in mind. There are also bargains to be had: look for fresh herbs, which tend to come in bigger bunches and cost far less than at the grocery store. Some stands will also have markdown items, such as perfectly ripe tomatoes with squishy spots, or bruised peaches. I’ll snatch these up and make marinara sauce and peach cobbler!

How do I find a market?

The United States Department of Agriculture features the National Farmers Market Directory. Check it out!

Not sure what to make with what’s in season? Here are a couple of simple recipes that use only a few ingredients:

Simple Southwestern Salad

This bright, light salad lets sweet corn, flavorful tomatoes, and fresh cilantro shine. This goes very well with grilled food or your next taco party. What we do: When we make sweet corn on the cob, we make extra, so that leftover can be used in salads like this. Cheating is OK here too: If sweet corn is not in season, you can use plain frozen corn niblets.

Instructions

  1. Put the corn kernels, tomatoes, cilantro, lettuce, and lime juice in a bowl and toss very well. The goal is to get everything coated with lime juice.

  2. Add the olive oil and salt and toss. Serve immediately.

Lemon-Marinated Kale and Carrot Salad

This simple salad is rich in flavor and nutrients. Better yet, it can (and should) be made ahead, so it’s the perfect choice next time you’re invited to a potluck, picnic, or barbecue. If you’d prefer a vegan version, omit the Asiago and add in an equal amount of toasted nuts of your choice.

Instructions

  1. Put the chopped kale, grated carrots, and lemon juice in a very large mixing bowl and mix together. There is no need to “massage” the kale, as is often called for in kale salad recipes. Just ensure it is well-coated with the lemon juice. Cover and let sit for at least thirty minutes and up to overnight.

  2. Just before serving, toss with the olive oil and then sprinkle with the cheese. Serve.

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Tips to avoid sudden infant deaths, achieve better mental health

Algoma Public Health (APH) officials presented a snapshot of the Sault and Algoma population’s overall physical and mental condition, contained in their ‘Algoma Community Health Profile, September 2018’ at a gathering of community stakeholders held at the APH building on Willow Avenue Thursday.

The area’s infant mortality rate was 7.5 per 1,000 births between 2000 and 2012, higher than the provincial number of five per 1,000.

“There are two main causes of infant mortality that we saw,” said Dr. Jennifer Loo, Algoma Public Health associate medical officer of health, speaking to reporters after Thursday’s presentation.

“One was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the other was extremely low birth weight, which is often related to prematurity, where babies are born a little too early, they’re a bit small,” Loo said.

“The science isn’t really there yet in terms of why young infants have Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and why at times women give birth too early, but there are two very key factors that are modifiable, that we can change,” Loo stated.

“One is if we put the baby to sleep on their back, we know that lowers their risk of SIDS.”

“The other thing is to avoid exposure to tobacco smoke. We know that exposure to smoking increases a baby’s risk of SIDS, so if we make sure the baby is not exposed to tobacco smoke, we can reduce those rates,” Loo said.

The APH profile shows one in four mothers in Algoma have smoked during pregnancy.

“Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a concern as many teenage mothers in Algoma do not do well when it comes to having a healthy pregnancy,” the profile states, APH urging mothers to take folic acid before and during pregnancy, not to smoke during pregnancy and addressing mental health concerns of mothers during and after pregnancy.

Loo added a healthy start for children, with proper diet and exercise, will definitely contribute to better health in adulthood.      

Another area of concern is rates of hospitalization in Algoma due to mental health or addictions issues, on the increase elsewhere in the northeast and across Ontario.

In 2017, Algoma rates of hospitalization due to mental health or addictions were at 553 per 100,000 people, higher than the rest of the northeast (520 per 100,000) and across Ontario (184 per 1,000).

“On the one hand, we know that our services have been increasing and improving and that’s good because it means that people who need help are getting it, but a lot of times we still have to battle things like stigma, people feeling completely uncomfortable or shamed and not able to access the care services they need,” Loo said.

To achieve mental fitness, APH urges people to be physically active, volunteer, practice stress management, set personal goals, enjoy hobbies and ‘enjoy the moment.’

The 39-page, easy to read APH profile, available online, includes brief chapters on Algoma’s demographics, life expectancy, maternal health, child and youth health, infectious disease, injuries, chronic disease and substance use and mental health.

“We built this report so that it’s understandable to the average lay person. We hope that individuals will use it, there are many health tips embedded within the report,” Loo said, APH having invited many stakeholders, with advance copies of the report, to Thursday’s presentation.

“We’ve identified, as much as we could, that basket of key health priorities…some are relevant for kids, some are relevant for women, and all of those groups deserve to have the opportunity for better health,” Loo said.

Article source: https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/tips-to-avoid-sudden-infant-deaths-achieve-better-mental-health-1055443

Six "Health Tips" That Are Actually TERRIBLE Advice

As with all fields of scientific research, biomedical science is an emergent truth built out of a tapestry of studies, not just one. Often, however, each health-based study is presented by the media as if it’s an indelible fact. Rarely are faults or limits of the study, along with vital additional context, included. Claims are frequently exaggerated or oversimplified.

As Ben Goldacre, a highly respected annihilator of bad medical science once put it in a BMJ editorial: “It is common to find correlational findings misrepresented as denoting causation, for example, or findings in animal studies confidently exaggerated to make claims about treatment for humans.”

Through this pick-and-choose, misrepresentative attitude, health tips given out by TV doctors, outlets, talking heads, and your friends and family can often be closer to horoscopes than scientific facts. These erroneous modicums of advice can either be completely ineffective, specific only to a small demographic, or potentially bad for you. Here’s a look at a handful of them.

“Avoid Dietary Fat”

We need fat to build cell membranes, sheaths surrounding nerves, and it plays a vital role in muscle motion, vitamin absorption, and blood clotting.

For decades, however, fat was made out to be the archenemy of the food groups, the harbinger of all kinds of health-based doom, and the deliverer of weight gain. As time’s ticked on, we’ve learned that it’s far more nuanced than that, and it largely depends on the types of fats you’re ingesting.

As pointed out by Harvard Medical School, you have unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which you can get from various oils and oily foodstuffs, like fish and avocados. Their omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Then you’ve got trans fats, which are byproducts of hydrogenated oils, found in a wide range of processed foods. “Trans fats have no known health benefits and that there is no safe level of consumption,” the post notes, linking even small consumption levels to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

You also have saturated fats, found in butter and red meat. Research in the 1950s and 60s suggested saturated fat made you unhealthy, which metastasized into anti-fat dietary advice in general. The meat industry wasn’t keen on saying that saturated fats in their foods were bad for you, so they lobbied the US government just to advise people to eat less fat in general.

Additionally, for decades, the sugar industry – whose own research clearly linked sugar to heart disease – withheld their knowledge from the public. Instead, dietary fats were promoted as the cause of coronary heart disease, something that plenty of the public still readily believe today.  

It’s in fact not clear what effect saturated fats have on your health, so right now, the general advice is to moderate your saturated fat intake, as you do with anything else, and stick to the healthier ones. Simply saying eating fat is bad is daft, and cutting it out completely can be unhealthy.

Article source: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/-six-health-tips-that-are-actually-terrible-advice/

Ameren Illinois issues tips for National Farm Safety and Health Week

COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois is offering possibly life-saving tips to Illinois farmers in light of National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018, which kicked off Sunday, Sept. 16.

The power company is using the week’s message to remind Illinois farmers to take safety precautions around electric and natural gas lines during this season’s harvest. A representative from Ameren Illinois said farmers come into contact with lines dangling above and buried deep below the ground, and being aware of their surroundings as well as knowing what to do if an accident does occur are crucial. It is especially critical to get this message out to farmers during this time of year, as harvesting is about to take place across the area.

“Illinois farmers are working from dawn until dusk this fall,” said Richard J. Mark, President and Chairman of Ameren Illinois, in a release. “With increasingly larger machinery in use, it is important that farmers look up, down and continually scan their surroundings for potential hazards. Tactics such as using a spotter and lowering equipment when crossing a road can truly make a difference when it comes to safety on the farm.”

According to the release, making contact or even getting too close to power lines can energize farm equipment as well as other items in the nearby area. Because of this, Ameren Illinois strongly advises farmers and those working on farms with farm implements and equipment, stay at least 10 feet away from active wires. It stated the auto-guidance GPS features in most modern farm machinery cannot usually detect overhead threats and hazards like power lines.

If electrical contact does occur, the release states farmers should remain calm and within the cabin of their vehicle and contact Ameren Illinois at 800-755-5000. Exiting a cab while a vehicle is energized may result in electrocution – both in farm implements as well as in cars, trucks and other passenger vehicles. In fact, drivers are asked to do the same if a power line ever falls near or lands on their vehicle.

Ameren Illinois also advises Illinois farmers call 811 before digging anywhere to ensure they do not strike potentially hazardous natural gas lines, which can not only be dangerous, but can also cause a lot of inconvenience and damage if struck.

Here is a list of more safety tips Ameren Illinois wants the public to know in honor of National Farm Safety and Health Week 2018:

  • Awareness is key to avoiding dangerous situations. Always look up, down, side-to-side and continually scan your surroundings for potential hazards.
  • When operating large machinery, maintain a 10-foot clearance radius from all overhead power lines. Even getting too close to a power line can cause electricity to jump across several feet of air (arcing) to the equipment.
  • Utilize a spotter whenever moving or operating equipment. Spotters may be able to identify hazards outside your immediate line of sight.
  • Remember to always lower equipment before leaving the field, as power poles often line the roads near farms.
  • If farmers notice drooping or sagging power lines, proactively call Ameren Illinois at 800.755.5000. Do not under any circumstance attempt to remedy the situation on your own.
  • The electric transmission and distribution power lines near farmland often carry thousands of volts, and should only be handled by qualified utility personnel.
  • If an auger or other piece of equipment becomes tangled in power lines, realize that both the equipment and surrounding area may be energized. Call Ameren Illinois immediately at 800.755.5000 and although first inclination may be to exit the vehicle, wait INSIDE the cab until the utility arrives to de-energize the line. One step out could cause the body to become the path to ground for the electricity, resulting in electrocution.
  • The sole scenario in which occupants should exit the cab before Ameren Illinois arrives is in the rare event the equipment begins to smoke or catch fire.
  • If this happens, jump clear of the vehicle without touching it and the ground at the same time. Land with both feet together on the ground. Then hop with both feet still together so there will not be a voltage difference between your feet, which would give the electricity the chance to follow through the body. Hop as far away as you can.
  • Farm hazards are not always visible to the naked eye. Pipelines buried underground help Ameren Illinois deliver safe and reliable natural gas to customers, but inadvertent strikes to these facilities may result in gas leaks.
  • To mitigate the potential for natural gas incidents on the farm, always call 811 (J.U.L.I.E.) before tile plowing, setting fence posts or any other deep digging projects outside of routine farm tillage. Additionally, keep an eye out for above-ground piping.
  • In the event of an inadvertent pipeline strike accompanied by the smell of natural gas (rotten egg scent), blowing dirt or bubbling water, clear the area immediately and call 911, followed by Ameren Illinois and then 811.
  • Technology is playing an increasing role in farming operations, but auto guidance GPS systems do not always have the ability to detect the presence of hazards. Therefore, always keep your head on a swivel and stay aware of your immediate surrounding, even if the equipment is operating itself.

Reporter Cory Davenport can be reached via call or text at (618) 419-3046 or via email at cory@riverbender.com. 

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Health fair offers fitness tips and fun in Hermiston

Nolan the Colon provides information about colorectal cancer. It’s one of the featured displays during Saturday’s Family Health  Fitness Day at Hermiston High School. #

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Nolan the Colon provides information about colorectal cancer. It’s one of the featured displays during Saturday’s Family Health Fitness Day at Hermiston High School.
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Bob Green, executive director of the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, hands out stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Clinic during the 2016 Family Health  Fitness Day. This year’s free event is Saturday at Hermiston High School. #

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Bob Green, executive director of the Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation, hands out stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Clinic during the 2016 Family Health Fitness Day. This year’s free event is Saturday at Hermiston High School.
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The Teddy Bear Clinic will again be taking patients during the upcoming Family Health Fitness Day.

The free health and wellness fair is appropriate for all ages. Jamie Crowell, a community health educator at Good Shepherd Health Care System, said the event offers people an opportunity to receive free health care screenings and gain information to address health concerns.

The event is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hermiston High School, 600 S. First St. A number of community partners come together to offer the free event as a way to encourage people to focus on activities and prevention that assist with their overall health and fitness.

The educational event, Crowell said, arms people with information to assist them in making healthy lifestyle choices that benefit their health. Also, the public can receive a variety of free health screenings.

“In addition to having a health focus, it’s a lot of fun,” Crowell said.

The Teddy Bear Clinic is designed to help alleviate a child’s fear in regards to a visit to the emergency room, Crowell said. Each participant receives a teddy bear and the child takes it through the admitting process, describes symptoms and give a health history of the stuffed animal. Medical testing and a diagnosis is provided on the bear. The child is given discharge instructions to carry out when taking the bear home.

“The kids love it,” Crowell said. “It’s a really great activity because the children are able to see the process if they have an accident or have to come to the emergency room.”

Also, back for a second year is Nolan the Colon. The attention-getting giant inflatable colon replica provides an inside look at health concerns relating to colon cancer. It provides visitors with a better understanding of how colorectal cancer is identified, how it advances and ways to lower their risk for the disease.

Also, Crowell said personnel from the hospital’s emergency department will be conducting bicycle helmet fittings. Children will receive a free helmet and encouraged to wear it while riding their bike.

Crowell said health screenings offered will provide immediate preliminary results. No fasting is required for such testing as lipids, which helps identify risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and strokes, as well as A1c screening, which checks blood sugar to determine pre-diabetes or diabetes. In addition, diagnostic imaging staff from Good Shepherd will be on hand to perform mammograms. People are encouraged to register in advance for limited appointment times. While people’s insurance will be processed for the testing, those without medical insurance are encouraged to inquire about grants and financial aid programs available if they can’t afford a mammogram.

The event also features dental and vision screenings, door prizes, healthy snacks and information about community health resources. Also, representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program will be on hand to discuss available resources.

“I want everyone in the community to know that the health stuff may bring a certain level of seriousness to the event, but it’s also a fun and family-friendly event,” Crowell said.

For more information, contact Crowell at 541-667-3509 or Angie Treadwell at 541-567-8321 or angie.treadwell@oregonstate.edu.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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