97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Why Do I Need a Primary Care Provider

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Who Do I Need a Primary Care Provider?

 Aired: 10/21/2019

When most individuals think of going to the doctor, it is usually correlated to an illness.  Even though scheduling a doctor’s visit when you are sick is important, establishing a primary care provider before you get sick is crucial.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses why you need a primary care provider.

Taking Care of Your Whole Self

Whether you are ill, having concerns about your family history, have questions regarding a vaccine, feeling anxious, or need assistance managing your medications, a primary care provider focuses on holistic healthcare and has the resources available to help you maintain a healthy life physically and mentally.  

 Someone You Get to Know and Trust

When you need the attention of a provider, it is beneficial if the provider already has a relationship with you and understands your concerns and medical history.   By scheduling annual visits with your primary care provider, together you are able to build your medical history and manage concerns and conditions before they become an issue.

 Lower Overall Healthcare Costs

By keeping regular appointments with your primary care provider, scheduling regular screenings, and keeping open communication with your provider, patients can not only catch health issues early, it can also contribute to a reduction in overall healthcare costs.    

 Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

 

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Suicide Prevention Month

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Suicide Prevention Month

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 9.9.2019

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide. The word alone can make someone uncomfortable. Talking about suicide is never easy, however, it can save you or someone you know just by having a conversation. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to identify the signs someone may be considering suicide along with resources available to help someone in need.

Suicide Warning Signs

Listed below are some behavioral indicators that may mean someone is at risk for suicide.

  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Acting anxious/agitated and showing reckless behavior.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves.

The Conversation

You don’t have to be an expert to ask someone if they are having thoughts of harming themselves. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough question. Just one simple question can help save a life. When someone you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” If their response is yes, provide/guide them to the resources available in your community.

Suicide Prevention Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network – Established Patients

Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network – Cass County

Riverwood Center – Berrien County

Your Local Emergency Room

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – ReThink Your Drink, Fair Edition

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Rethink Your Drink, Fair Edition

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 8/12/2019

Fair season is upon us in southwest Michigan and this week is the Berrien County Youth Fair. County fairs are known and loved for their deep-fried, sugar-filled unhealthy treats. Before you head out to the fair, be sure to check out this week’s Y-County Medical Minute and Rethink Your Drink.

ReThink Your Drink

Did you know, there are 16.25 teaspoons of sugar in 18 chocolate chip cookies, 6 donuts and (1) 20 oz Soda? The average person would not eat 18 cookies or 6 donuts in one sitting, however, will drink the same amount of sugar from those items in (1) 20 oz soda.

The famous Lemon Shake-Up that can be found at most state and county fairs contains 14 teaspoons of sugar (56g) for a 12 oz. cup or 28 teaspoons of sugar (112g) for a 24 oz. cup.

ReThink Your Drink by packing a cooler of water so you can stay hydrated and avoid those sugary beverages.

Be sure to stop by the Niles Community Health Center booth to see our ReThink Your Drink display and to find out more about Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Fair Week Healthy 7.29.2019

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Fair Week Healthy 7.29.2019

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 7.29.19

Fair season is upon us in southwest Michigan starting this week at the Cass County Fair. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to stay healthy during fair week.

Make a Plan

  • Everyone has a favorite food at the fair whether it be deep-fried Oreos, corn dogs, elephant ears, or a burrito from the El Amigo Pepe food truck. Fair food is known for being deep-fried and served in giant portions. Here’s the best part – just because there is a large amount of food in your order doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. Sharing your order with a friend or family member is a great option.
  • Skip the fried food. If you are trying to avoid fried food at the Cass County fair, check out the Firemen’s Grill and the El Amigo Pepe food truck for some great options.
  • Before you head out to the fair, it is helpful to eat a healthy meal/snack. This will help to curve the cravings and help you to make better food choices.
  • Pack healthy snacks for you and your family. Granola bars, pretzels, fruit, and crackers are some great options to take to the fair.
  • Always pack a cooler of water for your car and carry a water bottle with you. Fair week always seems to be one of the warmest weeks of the year making it extremely important to stay hydrated.

Stay Healthy

  • From petting farm animals to ridding rides, kids seem to touch everything at the fair. Be sure to pack hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!
  • Bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Protect your hearing by bringing earplugs if attending the tractor pulls or demolition derby. If you forget yours, we have some available at the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network booth.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Back to School Homework for Parents

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Back to School Homework for Parents

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

It’s almost that time of year where a parents’ favorite three-word phrase is displayed everywhere they go – Back To School. While we have our checklists ready for back to school clothes and supply shopping, there is another ‘To-Do’ list that is equally, if not more important. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute gives parents their back to school homework to ensure their child is healthy, happy and ready for another school year.

Schedule Appointments

School and Sports Physicals – Be sure to schedule your child’s annual and sports physicals.
Dentist –Schedule a dental appointment for your child so they can return to school with a healthy smile.
Vision – 1 in 4 children have an undetected vision problem. Be sure to schedule a back to school eye exam and vision test.

Stay Healthy at School

Organize your child’s medical history forms and emergency medical contact information. The form should include medical history, allergies, prescription medicine, and emergency contacts.
Coordinate with the school nurse and your child’s physician to develop action plans for any health issues, such as asthma or food allergies. Communicate these plans to all caregivers.
Complete a consent-to-treat form and give copies to the school nurse and any daycare providers to keep in your child’s record and to take with them if your child needs to go to the emergency department. The form will allow caregivers to authorize medical treatment.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Life Jacket 101

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Life Jacket 101

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 7.15.2019

Last week we discussed tips on how to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy while enjoying summer days around the pool. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses life jacket safety tips when in, on or around water.

Who and When

  • For children and weak swimmers, be sure they have a life jacket on anytime they are near water including pools and waterparks.
  • Everyone should wear a life jacket when on lakes, rivers, or oceans when swimming, boating, or water-based sports in cold and warm weather.

Life Jacket 101

  • There are several types of life jackets for different activities. Be sure to choose the right type for the activity of choice.
  • Only use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. There will be a stamp with all of the life jacket information on the inside of the jacket.
  • Choose the proper life jacket for your age, height, and weight.
  • Check buckles and straps for proper function. Do not use the life jacket if the straps are loose or the fabric is torn.
  • Practice swimming with the life jacket on.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).