Providing a lifetime of care to you and your family.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease or stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.
The American Heart Association has designed a program called “My Life Check-Life’s Simple 7” with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: anyone can make these changes, the steps are not expensive, and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have – to live a long, healthy and productive life.
Life’s Simple 7:
- Manage blood pressure – high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys, which keeps you healthier longer.
- Control cholesterol – high cholesterol contributes to plaque which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. When you control your cholesterol you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages.
- Reduce blood sugar – most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
- Get active – living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
- Eat better – a healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy – for life!
- Lose weight – when you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your blood pressure and you help yourself feel better too.
- Stop smoking – smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, including the heart, blood vessels, lungs, eyes, mouth, reproductive organs, bones, bladder and digestive organs. It is also the main preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. Secondhand smoke can also harm the heart and blood vessels, especially for premature babies, infants, children and teens.
- The Health Department has many resources (some free of charge) to help you monitor your
health. They include
- blood pressure screening
- Blood sugar screening
- Cholesterol/Lipid profile
- Hemoglobin A1C
- Heartsaver CPR classes
- Diabetic support group
- Health education programs
If you are interested in any of these resources call us at 573-324-2111 for more information.
To learn more about “Life’s Simple 7” and to get your heart score visit the American Heart Association’s
website at www.heart.org. Also, the Department of Health & Senior Services offers a Tobacco Quitline at
Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County announces Nursing Scholarship
The Home Care & Hospice Foundation of Pike County’s Nursing Scholarship Application is now available. The Foundation will award one $1,500 nursing scholarship this year to a student or adult pursuing a nursing career.
Applications are also available at our office located at 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO; or check with your school counselor.
Applications are due April 14, 2017. For more information regarding the nursing scholarship contact the Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice at (573) 324-2111.
Please take a moment to participate in this brief community mental health survey!
Pike County Health Department, Home Health & Hospice, in coordination with Pike County Behavioral Health Services and the Healthy Minds, Healthy Lives Coalition of Pike County, values your input as we work to improve health outcomes in our county.
Your opinion will help us build awareness of mental health and substance abuse issues and increase access to services so that you and your family, co-workers, neighbors, congregants and friends live healthy and fulfilling lives. Your input counts and is 100% anonymous. Please take a few moments and follow the link to complete a community survey on mental health and substance use in our county.
Thank you for your participation! Your contribution and insights are invaluable to the understanding and knowledge of the mental health needs within our community
Join us in the Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Work-site Program
December 29, 2016....The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is offering a grant to businesses that want to make their building breastfeeding friendly. Breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed a baby. There are numerous health benefits for both the child and the mother. Most mothers begin breastfeeding their baby, but the returning to work is often a challenge and may cause breastfeeding to end. It is important that the businesses in our community support these mothers.
Women who wish to continue to breastfeed after returning to work have few and simple needs. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a state-wide initiative to increase the number of businesses that provide their employees with breastfeeding support services. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to Missouri employers interested in creating or improving lactation support policies and programs at their worksite. This program is part of a nation-wide campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage women to breastfeed their infants for a longer duration after they return to work.
To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the business must create and provide a written breastfeeding support policy before funding is reimbursed. Leah Diffey at The Pike County Health Department can help with this simple process.
Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding Through The Night"
By Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
“How is your baby sleeping?”
“Does he sleep through the night yet?”
“Have you thought about giving him cereal so he will sleep through the night?”
“Aren’t you going to train her to sleep so you can get your rest?”
Many new mothers hear questions like these in the first year of their baby’s life. These questions imply that an infant should sleep through the night as soon as possible which may cause a mom to second guess her baby’s frequent waking, but the research shows that it is normal and healthy for babies to wake throughout the night. This helps with development, bonding, and milk supply. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that they get better sleep than those who supplement. Responding to a baby’s natural night waking with breastfeeding produces a happy and healthy mom and baby!
Read past issues of the Breastfeeding Newsletter