FREE Community Health & Wellness Fair July 28

COR LogoThe United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood will be hosting a free Community Health & Wellness Fair, partnering with the Health Partnership Clinic as well as other health & safety organizations in the community on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

You deserve to feel good!

Everyone has competing priorities in life, and it’s easy to put your own health and wellness on the back burner as you move through the responsibilities and obligations of everyday life.

Take this Saturday morning to put your focus on your own health, and the health of your family with fun and educational resources for people of all ages.

VBC_DAY3_4 Please join us in a day of workshops, conversations, and activities surrounding key health resources available right here in our community, free of charge!

Here are some of the things you can participate in at this event:

  • Health resources, door prizes, a Kids Zone and giveaways
  • On-Site Mammograms
  • Conversations about Mental Health, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction
  • Free Yoga and Family Zumba classes
  • On-site pet adoptions & READ Pals service dogs
  • Hands-Only CPR training with Johnson County MedACT
  • Cooking for Disease Prevention
  • Dementia Care & Senior Living resources and workshops
  • ….and more!

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How do I get there?

Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood campus is located between Roe and Nall at 137th Street.

This event will be held in the B Building, check parking lot signage for the B Building and Foundry. Full address if you’d like to use a GPS is 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224.

For a full list of activities, classes and workshops available and to register online visit www.cor.org/events.

If you don’t have a chance to register, that’s OK. There will be plenty of activities that don’t require you to pre-register.

To make sure you get a seat in a specific workshop or class, we do recommend you register online. Individuals who pre-register and attend a class or workshop will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive a door prize!

Questions? Contact Jennifer.Bryan@cor.org or call the church at 913=897-0120.

6 Keys to Staying Healthy and Well for Life

Jade Meylor

Jade Meylor, DC

Post written by Jade Meylor, DC
Meylor Chiropractic & Acupuncture 
Greater Kansas City Accident & Injury Clinics
Academy of Chiropractic- Trauma Team Member
7922 Quivira Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215 
913-227-0909
www.meylorchiro.com  

6 Keys to Staying Healthy and Well for Life

  1. Nutrition: You are what you eat. Food and drink should be pure/organic and well balanced. What you put into your body is what you will get out!
  2. Exercise: You don’t use it, you lose it. Your body is made to be active, to move you and to be pushed at times. Ninety percent of stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by movement of the spine. So, get moving!
  3. Mood: Laughter is the best medicine. Negative thoughts can create imbalances in the body that are harmful to your health. Don’t put yourself in negative situations. These situations can release chemicals in your body that are bad for your health. Think positive, be kind to others and smile. You are in control of your mood, so be happier!
  4. Dr. Meylor and staffSleep: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. On average, seven to nine hours defines “normal” deep sleep every night. Calm your mind, get your body into a routine and sleep in the proper positions. Sleeping on your back is the best and side sleeping is fine (if done correctly). Stomach sleeping, however, is never correct!
  5. Correct ergonomics: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree. Sitting properly (men, without a wallet in your back pocket), and sitting with your legs uncrossed and with proper lumbar support, helps promote better pelvic and spinal alignment.  Standing in one place for long periods of time is best done with one foot slightly elevated, like on a stool, approximately six to 12 inches from the floor.
  6. Spinal and joint motion: To stop a SYMPTOM, correct the CAUSE!  From the trauma of being born to sports injuries or auto accidents, your body goes through a lot of stressors. Repetitive stress, bad posture, incorrect ergonomics and sleeping wrong can also send your body down the wrong path. Think of a car that hits a curb with the tire. If that tire gets out of alignment, although you can still drive on it, it will wear out much faster than the tires that are aligned. That is what happens to your spine, or any joints, with injuries and stressors.

One of the best ways to improve proper biomechanics is through Chiropractic adjustments. Once degeneration/arthritis occurs in the spine it can’t be reversed. With Chiropractic, however, it can be slowed down or stopped. Aging and degenerative changes are not synonymous.  Nerves control every cell, tissue and organ of your body.

If your spine is misaligned it can pinch nerves and create dysfunction of your body, as well as pain and general unhealthiness. Pain in your back or neck, numbness and tingling in your arms or legs, digestive issues or headaches are SYMPTOMS.

Chiropractic treats the CAUSE not the SYMPTOM. Chiropractic is a key part of true health!

Clinic Provides Lifeline for Mother, Daughter

Stephanie Rojas (3)Author: Stephanie Rojas Dental Assistant and Patient

I was ten years old when I first heard about Health Partnership Clinic. It was 2006.

As a kid, I knew something was wrong with my mom. She wasn’t like other moms. She was always tired, had no appetite and walked with a limp.

When she’d come home from work, she’d go to sleep, and I wouldn’t see her again until the morning.

It was lonely for me. I was always on my own—doing my homework, making dinner, cleaning the house…she just didn’t have the energy.

It got especially bad when my step-dad divorced my mom. He couldn’t cope with her inability to simply function. Her depression deepened, and it was a dark time for us.

But that all changed!

A friend told my mom about Health Partnership Clinic. As a single mom with a low-wage job and no health insurance, finances were always a worry.

When she learned that the clinic accepted donations for care (today the clinic provides a sliding discount program for those who qualify), she took the most important step in her life…she made an appointment.

Before long, the provider figured out what was causing her illness—it was Lupus. My mom was quickly referred to a specialist and started taking medications. Luckily, she was in the early stages.

It was a long treatment process but today, thanks to Health Partnership Clinic, my mom enjoys an active and full life. She credits HPC for literally saving her life. HPC gave me back my mom!

But my story doesn’t end there.

About this same time, we moved to Texas. At 15 years old, I gave birth to my son, Abel. A couple of years later I returned home to the Kansas City area and graduated from high school.

I always wanted to help people. But as a single, teen mom, I had to choose a career that would allow me to be there for my son and earn a living. I ended up enrolling in a dental assistant program at Concorde Career College. That was one of the best decisions of my life.

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Shortly after graduation, I heard about a dental assistant position at the clinic. The name rang a bell. My mom reminded me of her experience at HPC. I knew I wanted to work there.

When I was hired I was so excited to have the chance to give back. I’ve been a dental assistant since 2015.

Along the way, I had another child, Eli. Although my significant other and I live together, it’s tough to make ends meet.

I was able to qualify for the clinic’s sliding fee program—which made health care more affordable.

Today, both of my children have KanCare—thanks to the clinic’s enrollment coordinator who helped me with the paperwork.

My kids receive dental services regularly and so do I. As a patient and staff member, I have a unique perspective. Our dentist, Dr. Nader, treats patients like they are his own family members. His concern and focus on quality motivate me and my coworkers. I’m proud to be part of this team.

We see a lot of diverse patients—kids, adults, those who have physical and mental disabilities and many who have difficulty speaking English. No matter who I’m serving, my mission is to make patients feel comfortable, relaxed and accommodate their needs.

Sometimes we even do procedures standing up because the patient is afraid to sit in the dental chair. It puts a little stress on our backs, but patients leave smiling.

Our team also provides school-based dental outreach services including screenings and restorative care to hundreds of area children, and I occasionally help out.

I also bring my kids to the Pediatric Walk-In Clinic. It’s for those non-emergency problems—like earaches and fevers— when you need quick care. As a busy mom of two, working full time and on a tight budget, the Walk-In Clinic has been a lifesaver—more than once. Plus, I avoid a costly trip to the ER or urgent care center.

I’m so thankful for Health Partnership Clinic. They’ve given my mom a future, hope to me, and an active and energic grandma for my children.

I also have the privilege to work with a great staff who make a difference every day. Thank you, HPC!

Guest Post:  Are You a Brain Builder? 

Read KC 1Post written by Sallie Page-Goertz, APRN | Medical Director Reach Out and Read KC

Are you a brain builder? Do you have a young baby/child at your house?

If so, you have the opportunity to help build that baby’s brain so that they are ready to learn when they get to kindergarten!

Research shows us that the first 1,000 days of life (birth to age 3) is the most rapid period of brain growth. Every SECOND there are more than one MILLION nerve connections being made within the brain.

For healthy brain development, those connections need to be great ones – Ones that help a child see, hear, learn to talk, learn to be sociable and learn to control their emotions.

The adults and older children in the child’s life help make those healthy connections happen!  This is why health care providers give families a book and a prescription to read during every well baby visit from the first week of life through age 5!

How does this work?

Read KC 2Every time we talk, sing, read and cuddle our babies and young children, healthy connections are being made in their brains.

The more people talk, read, sing to their children, the more words those children are learning, even before they can speak.

A fascinating research project had six-month-old babies look at pictures, and researchers watched the babies respond to hearing the word that went with the picture – such as bird, ball, and apple.

Amazingly, babies who live with talkative families were more likely to look at the picture that went with the word, compared to babies who live with quiet families.

As babies approach age 3 to 4, their vocabularies grow and grow if they are in talkative families who read to them frequently. When children know more words, it’s easier for them to learn new words.

When children know more words, they are more prepared for learning new things in kindergarten.

Children living in homes where people don’t talk/read/sing a lot to their babies have about 400 fewer words in their vocabulary at age 4.

This gap in the number of words that they know makes kindergarten much harder for them, and it may be very difficult for them to ever catch up to the other children, or to be good readers by third grade. In third grade, kids are expected to be reading well, and learning new things depends on their ability to be good readers!

Using TV or phone apps or tablet programs that claim to be educational is NOT a substitute for the one-to-one interaction between a baby or young child and another person during reading/talking/singing. Research shows that babies and children although fascinated by what they see on a screen, do NOT learn from programs on screens.

So, be a brain builder!  Talk constantly to your little one – while you’re dressing, feeding, diapering them. Read to them every day – this builds their vocabulary. Sing and cuddle them. All of this nurturing builds healthy brain connections, millions per second in the first 1,000 days of life!

Health Partnership is a clinic partner of Reach Out and Read Kansas City. On behalf of our young patients and their families, thank you for donating culturally and developmentally appropriate books. It’s making a difference in so many lives!

Guest Post: What to Expect at Your Eye Exam After You’ve Been Diagnosed with Diabetes

By Alaina Webster
Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel
Optometrists
www.hbreyecare.com

Diabetes Guest Blog by Alaina Webster - Bonnie Steer Drs HBR 3-2018A diabetes diagnosis can affect many aspects of your life–your hands, your feet, and yes, your eyes.

As a peripheral vascular disorder that causes the blood vessels to become fragile over time, it can result in neuropathies (pain and loss of feeling in your extremities), kidney disease and retinopathies (leakage of the blood vessels in the eye that may lead to changes in vision).

Because diabetes affects the eyes, it’s important to not only share your diagnosis with your optometrist but also schedule more frequent exams.

“If the retina, or the back of the eye, is clear, then we monitor patients on a yearly basis,” says Jon Stoppel, an optometrist with Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel.

“Depending on the severity of diabetic retinopathy, we will have more frequent evaluations to make sure the bleeding and edema don’t cause permanent vision changes.”

Optometric exams for patients with diabetes are slightly different than for those without. For one thing, you can always expect to be dilated, and photos of the back of the eye will be taken every time. In certain cases, a scanning laser called an OCT will be used to determine a level of edema that can be caused by diabetes.

“We dilate on almost every visit to determine the severity or degree of any diabetic retinopathy present. We take fundus photos, which are pictures of the back of the eyes, to help with current diagnoses but also to provide a baseline for future visits,” Stoppel says.

If the disease progresses too far, your optometrist will likely consult with retinal specialists who will manage the disease with surgical procedures such as lasers or ocular injections.

To combat additional progression of diabetes in the eye (and throughout the body) it’s important to manage your blood sugars.

Diabetes Guest Blog Pic 2 by Alaina Webster“If you can keep or reduce your hemoglobin A1C under 6.5 percent, in conjunction with lowering or maintaining your blood pressure in a normal range [under 120/80] you can limit the stress on your peripheral vascular system,” Stoppel adds. “By eating healthy and with regular exercise, you can greatly reduce the effects of vision changes due to diabetes.”

Stoppel recommends healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Low-fat dairy options are also encouraged.

Fiber-rich foods are generally lower in calories and aid in digestion. Heart-healthy fish, such as salmon or tuna, that are high in omega-3s and promote lower blood triglycerides.

“Avoid high saturated fats, trans fats and high sodium,” he suggests.

The American Diabetes Association recommends aiming for 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic exercise, five days a week.

“Currently one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States is diabetic retinopathy,” Stoppel notes. “If we can learn to manage the disease with adequate blood sugar control, proper diet and exercise, we can limit the permanent effects with vision as well as the systemic effects caused by diabetes.”

We thank the doctors and staff at Hawks, Besler, Rogers & Stoppel, Optometrists, for partnering with Health Partnership Clinic to provide eye care for our patients!