Serving the communities of Buchanan County and surrounding areas for over 10 years, the Wellness Center at BCHC is pleased to announce the addition of new services and the commitment to established offerings as they move into 2018. The Wellness Center is open to the public, providing a wide range of opportunities for physical activity […]Read More
FOOD SAFETY FOR BABIES
As adults, most of us are aware that “double dipping” can spread bacteria when bacteria from saliva on a piece of partially eaten food is dipped a second time. But did you know feeding baby food straight from the jar is another form of “double dipping”? Bacteria from the baby’s mouth can be transferred to […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Snack Attack
Snacks are foods eaten outside of a scheduled, structured meal setting. Snacking can be part of a healthy meal plan. However, many snack foods and beverages that give us the most calories are low in important nutrients.
According to a United States Department of Agriculture study, after-school snacks provide about one-third of children’s calories. Because […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Be Proactive About Your Bone Health
Osteoporosis is an age-related disorder of progressive bone loss. Often called a silent disease, the condition usually develops slowly over time with no symptoms or discomfort. Bones gradually become more porous and less able to support the body. Most people are not diagnosed with osteoporosis until they have already lost a significant amount of bone […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Grow a Garden
Growing a garden has more benefits than just reaping the produce. Gardening can be great for your physical health, mental health, and the environment!
FRESH PRODUCE: The obvious reason one would plant a garden would be for the fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s hard to beat food that is fresh, tastes great, and is great […]Read More
Living Well With BCHC; Baseball Season is Here!
It’s that time of the year again! Time to dust off the mitt and cleats and head to the ball diamond. America’s past-time, baseball, is back. Many people have fond memories of their own playing days at the ball park, whether it be professional or even the local high school team, to watch the athletes […]Read More
New Telehealth Service Begins for Patients
On April 10th, the emergency department at Buchanan County Health Center launched a new telehealth service for patients using Integrated Telehealth Partners (ITP).
ITP provides timely mental health consults for emergency department patients in need, via tele psychiatry services. Patients will receive a medical screening by the emergency department provider and if determined appropriate, will […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Cool-Weather Crops
Ready for summer? Dreaming of gardening? Get your green thumb out a little early this year and plant some cool-weather loving crops. The following five crops can be planted almost as soon as the ground is tillable.
Potatoes – Best when planted mid-April. Any root vegetable could be planted at this time such as radishes, […]Read More
Living Well With BCHC; Pregnancy and Exercise
Pregnancy is a great time to be active. There are numerous perks to getting off the couch during these nine months. Exercise can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure during pregnancy, increase your muscle strength to prepare you for labor, ease back pain and other discomforts, and even boost your energy!
Like the […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Community Supported Agriculture
Ever wondered how to get a constant supply of farm fresh veggies and products without having to do all the work? Well CSAs are for you! CSA or Community Support Agriculture is a great way to create a direct economic and social link between farmers and community members. In short, CSA farmers produce fresh vegetables, […]Read More
Living Well with BCHC; Training Your Core
Most people have heard of the term “core,” but what exactly is it? When it comes to training, I like to break down the core into inner and outer. “Inner” referring to deep muscles that function as stabilizers, and “outer” referring to larger, superficial muscles that function to create ROM, generate movement and gross stability.
Prediabetes Educational Class to be held at BCHC on April 3rd
On Monday, April 3rd, Buchanan County Health Center will offer a Prediabetes education class, beginning at 4 p.m. in Meeting Room A at BCHC. Prediabetes education classes are held to help reduce the risk for the development of type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes is when an individual’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not […]Read More
Safe Sitter® Babysitting Course to be offered over Winter Break
Calling all future babysitters! Buchanan County Health Center will be holding a Safe Sitter® class for 11 to 14 year olds on Thursday, December 29th. The class will be held from 8am to 3pm in the Community Room of the Independence Public Library. The cost to attend is $40, which includes one day of training, […]Read More
October is National Physical Therapy Month
Balance is the ability to maintain your posture and control your body while you move. Balance problems or falls can occur from muscle weakness, visual problems, medications, inner ear disorders, strokes, joint injuries/damage, head injuries, neurological problems.
Facts about balance problems:
– Falls are the leading cause of injury in the elderly.
– Falls are the reason […]Read More
Give your Metabolism a Tune-up
What is metabolism?
Metabolism is the process of combining nutrients with oxygen to release the energy our body needs to function. Metabolism is typically measured in kilocalories, or calories. Total metabolic rate represents the calories needed for maintaining body functions, plus the energy cost of daily activity and added exercise.
What is resting metabolic rate […]Read More
Savor the Flavor
March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme for 2016 is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.”
Adopting a healthy lifestyle and eating right can promote your overall health and reduce your risk of certain chronic diseases. Plus, by staying active and choosing the right types of foods, you are investing in a higher quality […]Read More
Spring into Shape
Springtime has finally arrived and it’s time to start enjoying it. Get outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and burn some calories doing it! Outdoor activities can be fun and beneficial to your fitness. They are also a great reprieve for those who suffered from cabin fever all winter.
The following lists calories burned per […]Read More
Why Do I Feel Dizzy?
Have you ever been awoken by the sensation that the room is spinning? Does lying down in bed, turning over in bed or leaning forward to pick an item off the floor cause a sensation like you have had too many to drink?
If you answer “yes” to these situations, it is possible that you […]Read More
Ready. Set. Stretch.
You feel you have the perfect workout routine: You head to the gym. You spend half your time on the treadmill and the other half lifting weights. You go home. Perfect?
Most of us are aware of the importance of incorporating both cardiovascular and strength activities into our workouts. However, flexibility training is often neglected, […]Read More
Is Your Home Working for You?
The home we have lived in for years may be the same; however, the person is not. Being able to remain at home with greater safety and independence is a key priority for aging individuals and their families. Simple home modifications and use of adapted equipment can assist in fall prevention.
Millions of older people […]Read More
It’s Where I Carry My Stress
“It’s where I carry my stress.” This is a very common phrase you have likely heard or have even said yourself. Many people deal with upper neck, shoulder discomfort and headaches on a daily basis. They often feel that nothing can be done about the tightness and discomfort in the upper shoulder area, back of […]Read More
Sit & Get Fit
You don’t have to be an elite runner or a body builder to start on the road to better health. Basic moves can help tone your body and get you on track to a leaner, firmer body. You can even get a workout seated in a chair! Here are a few stretches and simple exercises […]Read More