97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Fall Allergy Season is Here 9.20.2018

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Fall Allergy Season is Here

Aired 9.20.2018

Fall is a beautiful time of the year here in southwest Michigan.  The leaves are changing, the apples are delicious, and the pumpkins are ready for picking.   One downfall, allergies.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute briefly discusses the symptoms of fall allergies and what you can do at home to eliminate some of the symptoms.

Fall Allergy Symptoms

  • Watery, itchy, or irritated eyes
  • A runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion
  • A headache
  • Dry or itchy throat

Things You Can Do

  • Put your glasses on rather than wearing contacts.  If you must wear your contacts, be sure to clean them more often.
  • Use a cold compress on your eyes to settle itchy or irritated eyes.
  • Close the windows on windy or high pollen level days.
  • Wipe down your pets when they come inside to remove allergens from their coat or fur.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Athletes Healthy 9.10.18

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Athletes Healthy

Aired 9-10-2018

High School sports are underway and it is a great time to remind your athletes to stay healthy during their fall sports season.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute briefly discusses ways to keep your athlete hydrated and healthy.

Stay Hydrated

Whether your child is on the football field, cross country trails, or even cheering on the sidelines, it is extremely important that they stay hydrated during physical activity.   It is recommended that each athlete drinks 15 to 20 oz of water 2 to 3 hours before the game or practice along with 7 to 10 oz every 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity.

Go Bananas

One banana has an average of 30g of carbohydrates making it a great source of energy for athletes.  They are also packed with potassium.  The average banana has more than 450mg of potassium, about 13% of the recommended daily value.  Potassium is important to support proper muscle growth and development and has also been proven to help prevent muscle cramps.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back To School Tips – Week 3 – Packing Healthy Lunches

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back to School Tips – Week 3 – Packing Healthy Lunches

New school clothes and backpack. Check. Back to School haircut. Check. Back to school physicals. Check.  New lunchbox. Check.  Ideas on what to pack for your child’s lunches…….  We’ve all been there.  It is important that children have a well-balanced meal to keep them energized throughout their school day.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses a few ideas on what to include for a healthy lunch for your child.

 Remember All of the Food Groups

Fruits – Include whole fruits such as fresh, canned, frozen, or dried.   When able, choose whole fruits over 100% fruit juice.

Vegetables – There are five vegetable subgroups: dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other.

Grains – Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeals, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product,

Protein – The protein food group includes both animal (seafood, meat, poultry, and eggs) and plant sources (nuts, beans, peas, seeds, and soy products).

Dairy – This group includes mikes, yogurt, and cheese.  Choose fat-free (skim) or low fat (1%) dairy foods.

Keep it Simple – Lunch Ideas

Pick one from each category

Fruits –  grapes (cut or whole), apples (sliced, whole, applesauce), oranges (halos, mandarine, etc.), strawberries (whole or sliced), banana, pineapple, blueberries, kiwi (sliced), etc.

Vegetables – baby carrots, celery, peppers (green, red, or yellow), broccoli, cucumbers, etc.

Grains –   whole grain bread, whole grain wrap, whole grain crackers or pretzels etc.

Protein – turkey, chicken, or ham (carved or sliced); hard-boiled eggs; peanut butter, etc

Dairy – Milk, yogurt, sliced cheese, etc

Keep it Fun!

Ants on a log – Take a few pieces of celery, fill the middle with peanut butter and sprinkle a few raisins on the top.

Butterfly – Take a sandwich bag and fill on a side with grapes and the other with whole grain crackers or pretzels.  Seal the bags and twist the middle and clip with a clothespin to make it look like a butterfly.

Pinwheels – Make your child’s favorite sandwich into a wrap then slice and lay in a container to look like little wheels.

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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back to School Tips – Week 2 – Backpack 101

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back to School Tips – Week 2 – Backpack 101

Remember when your parents took you back to school shopping and you just had to have the coolest new style of backpack there was regardless of whether it fit right or not?   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses backpack safety for your child.

 Choosing the Right Backpack

  • Choose a backpack with wide padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain their muscles.
  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child’s waist.
  • Pack light – Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weight more than 10% to 20% of your child’s body weight.
  • Consider a rolling backpack is your child must tote a heavy load. Just a note:  These type of backpacks can still be carried upstairs but can be difficult to roll in the snow and may not fit in some lockers.

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In The News: Niles Community Health Center to Relocate to Old East Gate Shopping Plaza

A rendering of Niles Community Health Center is pictured here. The building is expected to open next fall.

Niles Community Health Center to Relocate to Old East Gate Shopping Plaza

By Kelsey Hammon of Leader Publications

Published in Niles Daily Star on Thursday, August 30, 2018

NILES TOWNSHIP —  On Sept. 12, officials with the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network will break ground on an approximately $8.5 million medical facility at the former site of the Eastgate Shopping Plaza, at 1951 Oak St. in Niles Township.

Marketing Coordinator Rose Middleton-Willson, of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, said officials look forward to opening the Niles Community Health Center, serving more patients and restoring a once bustling area.

“Eastgate has been vacant for many years,” Middleton-Willson said. “We feel that it’s a great area to put in a health center. It’s very accessible to everyone, and it’s only a mile and half from the hospital.”

The Niles Community Health Center currently operates out of a rented building at 24 N. St. Joseph St. in Niles, but  Middleton-Willson, of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network, said the company has outgrown the space.

“We currently serve just over 3,200 patients at our Niles Community Health Center location,” Middleton-Willson said. “We have three providers and six exam rooms, so you can imagine that it is pretty tight at the moment.”

Because of this, Middleton-Willson said wait times for new patients can be up to three months.

Services at the Niles Community Health Center and Obstetrics & Gynecology office, at 60 N. St. Joseph Ave., will relocate to the new building once construction is completed, which officials are targeting for the fall of 2019.

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network also owns the Niles Community Health Center Dental, located at 122 Grant St. in Niles. The dental services will not change locations.

The brand-new building will be about 31,500-square-feet, with 26 exam rooms. Middleton-Willson said they expect to be able to serve double the number of patients. Services that will be offered include behavioral health, OB and physician services. An onsite pharmacy with a drive-up window will also be accessible to patients.   

Middleton-Willson said this will allow for the opportunity to serve more patients and provide more services, including expanded behavioral health services.

“Right now, we only have one behavioral room at the [current] Niles Community Health Center,” Middleton-Willson said. “That is not nearly enough to meet the need of the behavioral health in Niles.”

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network will also hire 20 more employees to work with current staff who will transition to the new building.  Middleton-Willson said all patients will be notified of the relocation.

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network serves patients across Cass and southeast Berrien counties. The clinic is an independent and Federally Qualified Health Center and provides services for the uninsured that underinsured who are covered by Medicare, Michigan Medicaid and most commercial insurances. 

The Cassopolis Family Clinic Network also owns and operates two facilities in Cassopolis, The Cassopolis Family Clinic and Ranger Wellness Center.

In Niles, Middleton-Willson said she looks forward to seeing more patients have access to care.

“I am really excited that our organization has the opportunity to build a new health center in Niles and allow for more individuals to access the care they need affordable,” she said.

The community is invited to take part in the ground-breaking ceremony which will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. Those interested should RSVP by contacting Middleton-Willson at the Cassopolis Family Clinic Network at (269) 445-3874.

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back to School Tips

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Back to School Tips

Back to School Shopping – Check. Back to School Physical – Check. Back to School Haircuts – Check.  Ensuring your child will have an anxiety-free first day of school………. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of ensuring your child is ready and worry-free about their first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year.

Tour the school

Whether it is a new school or the same as last year, take your child on a tour to familiarize them with their new daily routine. Allowing them to find their locker, play on the playground, and locate the restrooms will ease their mind for the first day.

Positivity is key

Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day of class. They will get to see their friends, make new friends and learn some really cool things they didn’t know before.

Sleep!

Consider starting your child on their school sleep/wake schedule a week or so before school starts so that the new schedule is not a factor on their first couple of days at school.

Find a Buddy

Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your child can walk to school or ride on the bus.

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