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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Getting In Shape Mentally

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Getting In Shape Mentally

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Getting In Shape Mentally

Aired: 9/16/2019

Last week we discussed how to identify the signs of someone who may be considering suicide along with resources available to help someone in need in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month.  Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave each day and also affects your ability to cope with stress and overcome life’s many challenges.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly covers the importance of good mental health along with tips on how to improve your mental and emotional health.  

Importance of Good Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being affecting how we think, feel and act.  Our level of good mental health determines how well communicate with others and build relationships, deal with stress, and even how we recover from life’s challenges and setbacks.   Mental and physical health are equally important to our overall health.   

Getting Your Mental Health In Shape

Exercise – You do not have to be a gym-goer to physically improve your mental health.   Take a walk on your lunch break, take your dogs for a walk, or even put some music on and dance around your house.

Healthy Diet – Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary snacks and even fried food.  Eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins.   

Sleep – Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed and allow yourself the time to achieve at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Learn how to manage your stress – Whether it is having lunch and going to a movie with a friend, talking with a counselor, or baking with your children, find something that allows you to destress.  

Find your purpose outside of work – Whether you volunteer your time in the community or spend your time helping a loved one, find something that gives you purpose and allows you to find balance.  

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 – Safely Dispose of Prescription Medications

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Safely Dispose of Prescription Medications

Spring is a great time to not only do some spring cleaning but also to go through your cupboards including the medicine cabinet. The week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses how to safely dispose of prescription medications.

Is your medicine cabinet full of expired medications or ones you no longer use? When your doctor writes a prescription, it is specifically for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful to someone else. Did you know you can dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medications safely through a drug take-back program?

Sponsored by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, April 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are several locations right here in southwest Michigan that are participating in the take-back day. Click here for a list of take-back sites in southwest Michigan or for a full list of locations go to the DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back website.

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CFCN Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month 2018

Members of United Way of Southwest Michigan, Cass County Youth Council, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, and Cassopolis Family Clinic Network assemble dental packs for students of Cassopolis Public Schools.

CFCN Celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month 2018

Cassopolis, MI, March 5, 2018 – February was National Children’s Dental Health Month and Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN), a Federally Qualified Health Center, celebrated the month by increasing awareness of the importance of good oral health in the communities of Cass southeast Berrien Counties.

CFCN started the National Children’s Dental Health Month Dental Pack Project eight years ago by distributing oral health kits to students of Cassopolis Public Schools.  Expanding the project four years ago to include Brandywine and Niles Community Schools, CFCN is providing free oral health kits to nearly 6,350 students each year.

Each oral health kit includes an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, and information on CFCN dental services.  This year, CFCN enlisted the help of the community to assist in assembly of the dental packs.  “We are so grateful to our friends from the United Way of Southwest Michigan, Van Buren/Cass District Health Department, Cass County Youth Council, Brandywine High School and our own CFCN staff, for assisting in the assembly and distribution of the dental packs to each student of Brandywine, Cassopolis and Niles School Districts,” said Rose Middleton, Marketing Coordinator and coordinator of the project.  “This project is something we at CFCN are proud to do because we believe that good oral healthcare has a direct correlation to good overall health.”

With two dental locations, Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental and Niles Community Health Center Dental, CFCN provides dental services for people that do not have dental insurance or are covered by Michigan Medicaid.  For more information or to schedule a dental appointment call Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental (269) 228-8500 or Niles Community Health Center Dental (269) 262-4364.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, this week’s Y-Country Medical Minute topic covers a few tips to help your child keep their smile healthy.

Know The Limits

Avoid sugary treats, juices, and soda.   According to the American Dental Association, when mixed with your child’s saliva, the sugar creates an acid that can cause tooth decay.

Try to stay away from fruit juice even if there is no sugar added if possible.  Fruits contain natural sugar that can cause tooth decay.   If your child is already accustomed to drinking juice, it is suggested to only allow the child to drink a small amount of fruit juice at meal time followed by a drink of water to help reduce the remaining sugar and acid on the teeth.

 Water Rules

Water is the best beverage choice for your teeth, especially fluoridated water.  Fluoride helps to strengthen your child’s teeth to help prevent tooth decay and cavities.

Speaking of Protein

Adding healthy proteins such as lean meats, fish, and eggs help strengthen your teeth and are good for your child’s overall health.

 Sugary snacks are bad, but what about fruit?

Fruits and Veggies are not only good for your child’s overall health, they are also good for their teeth.  High in fiber and water, fruits and veggies make a great snack and are part of a balanced diet.

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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.

Behavioral Therapist Joins CFCN

Vicky Merrills, LMSW

Behavioral Therapist Joins CFCN

Cassopolis, MI, February 20, 2018– Vicky Merrills, Licensed Masters Social Worker, has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN).

Merrills, a Michigan native, received her Master of Social Work Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.   Prior to her employment at CFCN, Merrills was the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team Coordinator/Leader at Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. Joseph County.   “I am excited to work for CFCN as it embraces the concept of treating the whole person; i.e., to include medical, dental, pharmacological, and behavioral health.  I am excited to work with the organization in expanding behavioral health services to include more substance use disorder services.  As a resident of Cass County, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with the rest of the team to promote compassionate healthcare,” said Merrills.

Merrills will provide behavioral health services at the Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC) location.  CFC is located at 261 M-62, Cassopolis, MI and offers primary care, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and Medicaid/healthcare enrollment services.  CFC is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information or to schedule an appointment please call (269) 445-3874.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Michigan Medicaid and Medicare, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Dental Sealants

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Dental Sealants

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, this week’s Y-Country Medical Minute topic covers the importance of dental sealants for your child.

What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a layer of thin plastic that is painted on the chewing surface of a child’s teeth and acts as a barrier to help prevent plaque and acids from forming a cavity.

How is it done?
This only takes just a few minutes at your dental office. Your dentist will clean and dry the teeth, place a gel on each tooth’s chewing surface preparing the teeth for the sealant. The gel will be rinsed and dried. The dentist will then paint on the sealant and will use a special light to dry the sealant.

Who can get a dental sealant?
Everyone is able to receive a dental sealant however children are encouraged to receive a sealant to help prevent cavities from forming.

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.