Seniors do leg-strengthening exercises as part of MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program (Photo by Jon Lamb)
Falls don’t “just happen.” Often, there’s more than one risk factor that can cause a fall. Things like muscle weakness, especially in the legs, a drop in blood pressure or wearing unsafe shoes.
Even though the risk of falling increases as you age, falls aren’t preordained just because you turn 65. University of Missouri Extension has tips to help you reduce the risk of falling so you can maintain your independence throughout your life.
Today’s guests are Sarah March, state coordinator for MU Extension’s A Matter of Balance program and Laurie Troup, rehab director for The Neighborhoods by TigerPlace in Columbia.
What dangers are hidden under your kitchen sink? (Photo by Jon Lamb)
If you do a quick inventory of the chemicals in your home, I bet the list is long. Toilet bowl cleaners, medicine, cosmetics, tile cleaners, bathroom deodorizers, mouthwash, mothballs, nail polish remover, bleach and ammonia are found in the kitchen and bathroom of most homes. More than 90 percent of poisonings occur in the home and most are preventable if you can keep poison away from tiny fingers.
Today’s guest is Kandace Fisher-McLean, housing and environmental design specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to writer William C. Hazlitt
Now that healthcare reform is the law of the land, you might wonder how it will affect your taxes.Whether your income is high, low or in-between, when you file your income taxes this year you will asked about your health insurance in 2014.
Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension.
Food preparation in the MUNCH metabolic kitchen (Photo by Kent Faddis)
The MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH) and the MU Physical Activity and Wellness Center (PAW) opened on the University of Missouri, Columbia campus, this year. These state-of-the-art labs are joint projects of Mizzou’s Collage of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) MU’s College of Human Environmental Science (HES) and the MU School of Medicine. Built and organized with collaboration in mind, this research hub can tackle complex health problems, like obesity, with a holistic approach.
Today’s guests are Christopher Hardin, director of the MUNCH and PAW labs, Ingolf Gruen, food scientist with CAFNR and Heather Leidy, a nutrition and exercise physiology research for the University of Missouri.
Preparation for an exercise stress test at the PAW center (Photo by Kent Faddis)
“A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier’s office” ~ author Francis O’Walsh
Choosing the right health care plan can have a huge impact on our physical and financial health. That’s why it’s important to understand terms, fees and out-of-pocket expenses when choosing group medical insurance.
Today’s guests are Brenda Procter, associate professor of personal finance for University of Missouri Extension and Graham McCaulley, an MU Extension personal financial planning specialist. The term for today is copayment.
Marcy Weber, left, bought a home, has a full-time job and is alcohol and drug free after participating in the Cass County Drug Court program that uses a community demonstration garden coordinated by the University of Missouri Extension. Master Gardener Darra Simpson is one of the volunteers who has helped participants learn teamwork and responsibility through the ‘magic of gardening.’ Photo by Linda Geist
There are so many difficulties to overcome when trying to escape drug abuse. You tend to keep company with other users, making it difficult to escape the vicious circle of substance abuse. Drugs become so all-consuming that you stop caring for yourself.
One community in Missouri is trying to give people who are lost in drugs a way back. Cass County Missouri’s Drug Court and University of Missouri Extension teamed up to teach gardening and along the way they teach confidence, independence and a way home.
Mel George (right) tells Sally Foster (left) that she has severe breast cancer as part of the interactive theater, done by the MU Breast Cancer Project. (Photo by Emily Kaiser)
Whether you’re giving or getting bad news, knowing how to communicate is vital. This is most important when a doctor must tell a woman that she has breast cancer. The shocked patient must ask questions about what’s ahead. The doctor has to provide important information while still addressing the patient’s fears and confusion. There is no more important communication, but learning how to have this kind of dialogue isn’t easy. That’s where the University of Missouri’s Breast Cancer Dialogues, an interactive theater program, steps up.
This collaboration between University of Missouri Extension’s Community Arts Program, MU’s Family and Community Medicine department and MU’s Theater department gives both health providers and patients the opportunity to discuss what works, what doesn’t work and how to improve this very important communication.
Episode 80 - Eat Smart Program Teaches Healty Habits to Young Children[ 7 min 06 s ]Play Now | Download
“The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat can influence your life by 30 to 50 years” ~ Deepak Chopra (Photo in the Public Domain from the National Institutes of Health)
Just like bathing and teeth brushing, healthy eating habits are the foundation for a healthy life. When toddlers and preschoolers are served nourishing, wholesome foods, they are more likely to eat these foods as they get older. That’s the goal of the Missouri Eat Smart Child Care initiative. This partnership between University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services provides early childhood educators with the tools and information they need to introduce healthy habits to young children.
Today’s guests are Robin Gammon, University of Missouri Extension’s registered dietitian, Susan Mills-Gray…nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension and Shelley Gifford… director of the Little Einstein’s Learning Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.