97.5 Y- Country Medical Minute – Drink Smart, Drink Water

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Drink Smart, Drink Water

Water may seem boring, but it is the healthiest option when choosing a beverage.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute discusses the importance of limiting sugar added beverages in your daily diet.

Sugar-sweetened beverages such as sodas, juice, chocolate milk, and even sports drinks contain added sugar.  These beverages are not only bad for your teeth, they also increase the chance of becoming overweight, and increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Did you know? Four grams of sugar is equal to one teaspoon.

Drink Smart, Drink Water

Check your labels to see how much sugar is in the beverages you consume.

Water – 0 tsp., 0g., 0 Calories

6 oz. Juice Pouch – 5 tsp., 20 g., 80 Calories

6.75 oz. Apple Juice – 6 tsp., 24g., 101 Calories

8.3 oz. Energy Drink – 7 tsp., 27g., 110 Calories

12 oz. Cola – 10 tsp., 39g., 140 Calories

20 oz. Sports Drink – 8 tsp., 34g., 130 Calories

20 oz., Citrus Soda – 19 tsp., 77g., 290 Calories

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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Eat This Not That – Fair Food Edition

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Eat This Not That – Fair Food Edition

Why do most people head to their local county fair? Fair Food! While fair food can be quite delicious, the nutrition facts will surprise most.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute presents ‘Eat This Not That, Fair Food Edition’.

Fair Favorites

Funnel Cakes  – 760 Calories, 44g Fat

Corn Dogs – 375 Calories, 21g Fat, 1,170mg Sodium, 36g Carbs

Deep Fried Oreos (5 pc.) – 890 Calories, 48g Fat, 100g Carbs

Deep Fried Snickers – 444 Calories, 29g Fat

Nachos – 861 Calories, 59g Fat, 1,810mg Sodium

Eat This, Not That

Carmel Apple, No Nuts or Sprinkles – 215 Calories, 5.7g Fat

Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana – 240 Calories, 4g Fat

Grilled Corn on the Cob – 75 Calories, 1g Fat

Other healthy options – Grilled Chicken Kabobs, Taco Salad with no shell.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Avoid Tick Bites

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Avoid Tick Bites

Warmer weather is right around the corner and most of us will head outdoors to work in the yard, enjoy a relaxing hike, or sit around a bonfire with friends.  While you are outdoors, beware of ticks.  Ticks are known to carry diseases such as Lyme disease.   The week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to avoid tick bites.

How to prevent tick bites.  

  • Ticks live in wooded areas, tall grass and leaf piles. Avoid these areas when able.
  • When at a park or wooded trail, be sure to stay on the path.
  • Wear proper attire when outdoors.
    • Long pants with pant cuffs tucked into boots or high socks.
    • Long sleeve shirt and tuck into pants.
    • Light colors allow you to easily spot ticks on clothing.
  • Protect your skin.
    • Use repellent that contains 20% or more DEET such as ‘Off! Deep Woods’.
  • Protect your gear.
    • Spray clothing and gear with a product that contains permethrin such as ‘Sawyer Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent’.

Check for ticks

  • Be sure to check gear and clothing for ticks.
  • Immediately shower when returning from outdoors.
  • Check your entire body for ticks.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Eat Your Veggies!

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Eat Your Veggies!

In honor of National Ag Week 2018, this week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of eating vegetables and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Why is it important to eat your vegetables?

  • Vegetables contain important nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, and vitamins a and c.
  • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories.
  • A few of the health benefits:
    • Diets rich in some vegetables and fruits can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
    • Great for a low-calorie diet.
    • May reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Am I eating enough veggies?

  • The amount varies based on your age, sex, and level of physical activity.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture has suggested serving amounts listed at ChooseMyPlate.gov.

How do I add more veggies to my diet?

  • Fire up the grill!   With warmer weather right around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about vegetables on the grill.  Some suggestions of veggies to grill are mushrooms, carrots, peppers, or potatoes.
  • Think ahead:  Try to cut up fresh vegetables as soon as you get home from the store.  By prepping as soon as possible, you are able to quickly throw a healthy meal or snack together without the stress. You can even freeze bell peppers, onions, and broccoli for easy meals such as a stir-fry.
  • Eating Out?  Instead of the side of french fries that are always tempting, ask for a side of fresh vegetables.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Give Yourself A Break!

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Give Yourself A Break!

From the moment we clock in at work, our minds are focused on the many tasks we have been assigned to complete that day. Often we feel overwhelmed by our workload we frequently forget to stop, take a breath, and most importantly…. take a break! This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly shares the importance of taking breaks during your workday.

Why should employees take breaks during their workday?
• Some employers require employees to take at least a 30-minute lunch (unpaid) during their workday along with 2, 15-minute breaks (paid) per day.
• Taking breaks throughout the day can increase productivity.
• For those who have a desk job, getting up from your chair, taking a walk, or stretching for two minutes helps to get your blood flowing and allows for more oxygen to reach the brain. Movement and relief from a sedentary position can decrease fatigue and increase productivity.
• Breaks keep employees from getting bored, unfocused, and help decrease the opportunity for job burnout.
• Sitting at a computer desk for a long period of time without frequent breaks can cause lower back pain, wrist, forearm, and hand discomfort.

I just don’t have time for a 15-minute break!
• Don’t have 15 minutes? It has been proven that several 30-second microbreaks throughout the day can increase productivity and 15-second visual breaks every 10 minutes from computer screens can reduce fatigue.
• Take 2 minutes every hour to stand up and stretch or take a quick walk around the office.
• Take 1 minute every hour, if able, to rest your eyes by looking away from your computer or electronic device.

I just never remember to take a break, what can I do?
• Set reminders on your work calendar to remind you to stand up and move every hour.
• If your employer allows the use of cell phones in the workplace, set alarms/reminders to remind you to take a quick break.
• No phones allowed? No problem. If you have a smartwatch or Fitbit, take a second to add break reminders. Don’t have a smartwatch or Fitbit? Post-it notes work great as well. Write yourself a note and remember…..it’s OK to take a break.

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A Word From The CEO

Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO

Inaction By Congress To Secure Community Health Center Funding

Cassopolis, MI, October 19, 2017– By Mary Geegan Middleton, CEO – Because Congress did not extend the Community Health Centers Fund by October 1st, every Community Health Center across America and its territories, including the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, faces drastic reductions in federal funding at the beginning of their next project period. Without this fix, Community Health Centers face a 70% cut in funding. Because the direct cuts to federal grants do not take place immediately, some policymakers are under the inaccurate impression that the cuts will not impact health centers until January.

In fact, the funding cliff is already causing disruption, and funding uncertainty is already forcing cutbacks and operational instability now. For example, even before October 1st, 26% of health centers report that the potential for the funding cliff had already made it harder to recruit and retain staff.*

Funding uncertainty is having an immediate impact and forcing hard decisions today. Because the Health Centers Funding Cliff is not yet fixed, health centers are considering or are already taking a number of actions that will have an immediate impact on their capacity to provide high-quality care to their patients.*

• 72% will implement a hiring freeze
• 52% will cancel or delay facility renovation or expansion
• 53% will cancel or delay performance improvement investments
• 41% will lay off staff
• 47% will reduce staff hours and/or hours of operation
• 42% will begin tapping into and spending down financial reserves

Services for patients will be cut, including dental, medical, behavioral health/substance abuse (including opioid dependence), and enabling services (non-clinical services that improve access to care and health outcomes, such as case management, education, translation and transportation).

Failure to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff will ultimately lead to critical cuts in access to care.
• An estimated 9 Million people will lose access to care
• 2,800 Health Center delivery sites will be closed
• 51,000 providers and support staff will be laid off

The inaction by Congress to appropriate federal funds for fiscal year 2018 is causing needless worry for volunteer governing boards of directors and concern for the safety net delivery system across our United States. Over the past two decades there has been a significant, steady increase in federal investment in the Community Health Center Program to gear up to serve millions more people. Why now would Congress intentionally withhold funding to see such an investment crumble? Congress must act immediately to secure funding for the safety net providers across America. Without Community Health Centers to rely on, people will be forced back into hospital emergency departments for primary care.

*Based on a national survey fielded to all federally funded health centers on September 26, 2017. N-518