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Flu Vaccine Clinic

The Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic is hosing a Flu Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, September 15 from 7:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment is necessary. You will not be seeing a doctor. Please bring your insurance card. For more information, please call 641-464-4470.

Coaches Corner: Protecting Your Children

VaccinationYou want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates, and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations? Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before.

Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent.

Immunization also protects future generations. Vaccines have reduced, and in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, your children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists!

For information about vaccinating your children, see your family practice practitioner at the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic 641-464-4470.

Children are Sweet Enough Already

RCH Newsletter July 2016 WaterWe know it’s important to get kids to eat healthy foods, but what about getting them on board with healthy drinks? What kids drink can greatly affect how many calories they consume and the amount of calcium (needed to build strong bones) their bodies get.

Serve Water and Milk
For kids of all ages, water and milk are the best choices. Besides having zero calories, water is a no-sugar thirst-quencher. Plus 1 cup of milk has 300 milligrams of calcium, so it’s a big contributor to a child’s daily
calcium needs. Choose fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) milk products most of the time. Children ages 1-2 need whole milk.

Here’s how much calcium kids need each day:
• Toddlers (ages 1 to 3 years): 700 milligrams of calcium daily
• Kids (ages 4 to 8 years): 1000 milligrams
• Older kids (ages 9 to 18 years): 1,300 milligrams

The current dietary guidelines for milk or equivalent dairy products or fortified soy beverages are:
• Kids ages 2 to 3 should drink 2 cups every day.
• Kids 4 through 8 should have 2½ cups per day.
• Kids 9 and older should have 3 cups per day.
Juice should not be given to infants younger than 6 months old. After that, serve only 100% fruit juice and limit it to 4 to 6 ounces per day. Try to choose juice without added sugar such as corn syrup. When kids
drink too much juice, juice drinks, sports drinks, and soda, these beverages can crowd out other nutrient sources they need. Sugary drinks can also pile on the calories.

Brad Wilson, D.O.

Brad Wilson, D.O.

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes
5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 in the Hospital Cafeteria

Join Dr. Brad Wilson for a free educational seminar to learn more about the causes of obesity and diabetes in children. The program is free, and a light dinner will be served. Call 641-464-4401 by September 23 to reserve your place.

Meeting Goals with Coaching

health-coaching-barberLinda Barber is no stranger to Ringgold County Hospital. She’s now retired, but for 23 years she was the front desk receptionist and the first person many patients met when they came to the hospital. There have been a lot of changes at RCH since she retired, including the addition of a Health Coach in the Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic. Linda has been working with coach Leslie Dredge-Murphy, RN for almost a year.
“As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been overweight,” said Linda. “I’ve tried just about everything over the years, and I just couldn’t get a handle on it.”

Leslie suggested she keep a journal of everything she eats each day as well as tracking her daily exercise. “I’d never done that before. I bring in my journals every week when we meet so she can see what I’m doing. She keeps me accountable.” It’s working. Slowly and steadily Linda is losing weight and meeting her goals. She currently weighs less than she has in many years. When asked what the real secrets to her success are, she said simply, “Journaling, accountability, and exercise.” She exercises twice a day and averages 6,000 steps each day. “I’m on a low-carb diet, but I eat what I want,” she explained. “I just keep track of it now in my journal. Dieting alone just didn’t work for me. It’s the exercise that’s making the big difference.”

Because she’s retired, she has the time to exercise in the morning and again in the afternoon. Instead of the 4:30 wake-up call she was accustomed to when she was working, she now takes it easy and stays in bed until 5:30. “I have so much more energy now. I don’t get winded when I’m walking anymore,” she said. Linda is a real advocate for the health coaching program and Leslie Dredge-Murphy in particular. “I would definitely recommend her – in fact I already have! She’s been very good for me. I don’t want to quit!” She added that she really appreciates what the hospital is doing by providing this service. “We have a weight loss group that meets once a month and more people are becoming involved. With more encouragement, it makes it even better for everyone!”With two sons and their families nearby, a new house under construction, and plenty of friends and activities, Linda’s new-found energy is helping her stay active.

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If you, or someone you know, is interested in health coaching services through RCH’s Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic, call 641-464-4534 for an appointment. The service is free to Mt. Ayr Medical Clinic patients.

Back to School Safety Reminders

RCH Newsletter August 2016

Summertime offers a nice reprieve from the constant shuffling of papers, carpools and heavy backpacks of the school year. But once fall rolls around again, parents and kids have a lot to juggle.  As your children march out the door on that first day of school – and every day – there is really only one priority: Nothing is more important than making sure they get home safely.

Lighten the Load

When you move your child’s backpack after he or she drops it at the door, does it feel like it contains 40 pounds of rocks? Backpacks that are too heavy can cause a lot of problems for kids, like back and shoulder pain, and poor posture. The American Chiropractic Association recommends a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child’s weight.

Remember: A roomy backpack may seem like a good idea, but the more space there is to fill, the more likely your child will fill it. Make sure your child uses both straps when carrying the backpack. Using one strap shifts the weight to one side and causes muscle pain and posture problems.

Help your child determine what is absolutely necessary to carry. If it’s not essential, leave it at home.

Travel safely

Some 25 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on a school bus. Designed for safety, school buses are the safest way to get to and from school. Riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in the family vehicle and 10 times safer than walking.

While school buses are, by far, the safest way for students to travel, children need to do their part to stay alert and aware of their surroundings to prevent injury. The National Safety Council urges parents to teach their children safety rules for getting on and off the bus, and for exercising good behavior while riding. When waiting for the bus, children need to stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing. While on the bus, they need to stay in their seats and keep the aisle clear of books and bags. After a long day at school, it’s important that they pay attention when getting off the bus at home– especially if they need to cross the street in front of the bus.

Watch your head

Every three minutes a child in the U.S. is treated for a sports-related concussion. Don’t think it’s just football players – or boys – who bang their heads. An estimated 3.8 million athletes a year suffer concussion, though the majority are underreported and underdiagnosed, according to the Brain Trauma Foundation. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows the number of sports-related concussions is highest in high school athletes, but they are significant and on the rise in younger athletes.

If your child gets hit on the head, do not assume he just had his bell rung, or she was just dinged. Concussions are very serious and always require medical attention. Signs and symptoms of concussion include:

• Confusion

• Forgetfulness

• Glassy eyes

• Disorientation

• Clumsiness or poor balance

• Slowed speech

• Changes in mood, behavior or personality

Research indicates most children and teens who have a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks. However, for some, symptoms may last for months or longer and can lead to short- and long-term problems affecting how they think, act, learn and feel.

Following a concussion, athletes of all ages are advised to undergo a series of steps before returning to play: rest, then light exercise and sport-specific training. Only then should they be cleared to resume contact drills.

Heads Up

The National Safety Council is focused on efforts to eliminate distracted walking – specifically walking while texting. According to a study by The Nielsen Company, kids age 13 to 17 send more than 3,400 texts a month. That’s seven messages every hour they are awake.

Before your children head out, remind them of these year-round safety tips:• Never walk while texting or talking on the phone.

• If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk.

• Never cross the street while using an electronic device

• Do not walk with headphones on.

• Be aware of the surroundings.

• Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic.

• Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.

• Cross only at crosswalks.

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