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Thanksgiving Tidbits

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, so make it memorable for the right reasons. Follow these food safety tips. Plan Ahead and Make Space in the Refrigerator. If buying a fresh turkey purchase it 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it and place it in the refrigerator, on a tray that can catch any juices that may leak until you are ready to cook.  Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator.  Allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds Don’t wash the turkey Washing the turkey can splash bacteria up to 3 feet contaminating countertops, towels and other food!  Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods and use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils. Wash hands, surfaces, and utensils between each food prep. Use a Food Thermometer The only way to determine if your turkey is cooked to the ... Continue Reading

PowerUp November Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in November PowerUp Action team meeting We will be helping pack bags for the Backpack program from 2-3pm on November 18th at Common Cup Ministries Parkview Dental Candy Buyback Bring your leftover candy to Parkview Dental Nov 1-5 and receive $1 for every pound. Candy will be sent to service members overseas. Wheel and Cog $2 Tuesdays 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month Rec center indoor playground 9:30-11:30am Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-noon November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Pros of Peanut Butter It is a great source of protein It contains lots of healthy fats It is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes It is very nutrient-dense It does not need to be refrigerated so is easy to pack for on the go It ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Leah Willson

“In my 33 years of practice, including time in medical missions, I have seen cases of nearly all of the vaccine-preventable illnesses and their complications. These are serious and often life-threatening diseases. They still occur with high frequency in many countries that are only a plane trip away. I have a really hard time understanding why some parents are willing to put their children at risk by not vaccinating--but I guess vaccines have been so effective that many US parents have never watched a child suffering from one of these illnesses. Any medicine, and any vaccine can cause side effects. Complications from vaccines are reported and carefully tracked. However, in my 33 years of pediatric practice, giving 100,000+ vaccine doses, I have not had a single serious, life-threatening, or disabling vaccine reaction occur. Most ... Continue Reading

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month! This month the holidays go into full swing and what better way to celebrate than with loads of hearty, delicious, and… wait for it… HEALTHY food! That’s right, sweet potatoes fall into all of those categories.  Although people often think of sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving side dish, these root vegetables are available year-round. They're becoming more popular too: sweet potato consumption rose by nearly 42% between 2000 and 2016, according to the USDA. (https://tinyurl.com/yyx2v8sf) The many varieties of sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. The skins range in hue from almost white to dark red, with a few types sporting purple skin. Those unusual varieties may also have lavender or purple flesh. But the most common flesh colors range from white to deep ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important

"By adulthood at least 90% of people have been infected by Human papilloma virus [HPV].  HPV is the leading cause of cervical, vulvar, penile, anal, and throat cancers.  Anyone who gets infected has a risk of developing cancer.  Often this infection has no symptoms.  Women can be screened for cervical HPV infection with Pap Smears but there is no screening for men.  We have seen at least a 50% decrease in HPV infections since starting this vaccine.  This is the ONLY vaccine that prevents cancer.  I have never seen a serious adverse event following this vaccine but I have seen people die from the cancers it causes."~Dr. Tiffany Trenda, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #3

"I had chickenpox (varicella) when I was eight years old, before the first vaccine was available. I vividly recall lying in bed, scratching, and feeling miserable. Many people have had chickenpox, and most of them are “lucky,” as I was. When it is mild, varicella causes fever, achiness, cough, and an itchy rash. However, when most severe, varicella can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and sepsis. These are conditions that can lead to hospitalization, and unfortunately, death. Additionally, those who are unvaccinated and acquire chickenpox naturally are at higher risk for shingles later on in life. I see chickenpox in unvaccinated children every year in my practice. It is still a real, and completely unnecessary threat. I am very grateful that there is vaccine available to protect my patients and my own children.“~ Dr. Erin Knudtson, ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Pam Fisher

"My Grandmother was blind in 1 eye, and almost completely deaf from a very young age. These things were caused by one of the “normal” childhood illnesses in the early 1900”s. I suspect it was mumps or measles. Even though she recovered from the illness, she struggled with her disabilities for her entire life. She always laughed when she couldn’t understand what I was saying by lip reading, and often came up with silly words. But after that illness she never heard simple sounds like birds singing, and she never heard the sound of my voice. I often wonder what her life would have been like if she could have gotten the vaccines that we have today."~Dr. Pam Fisher, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s important #2

"As a mom, I would do anything to keep my kids safe and healthy. As a doctor, I understand the importance of disease prevention. That’s why it was easy for me to choose to vaccinate my children – vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep us healthy."~ Nikki VandenBerg, family physician   ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #1

“I trained in pediatrics in the mid 1980’s. I spent many days and nights caring for children critically ill with Hib (Hemophilus influenzae type b) disease. Some did not make it, and survivors often had major permanent disabilities. The first Hib vaccine came out in 1986 and it was excitedly welcomed. The last case of Hib meningitis I saw in the US was an unimmunized child in 1994. I hope I never see Hib again—but a resurgence is likely if our vaccination rates continue to fall.”~ Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

International Infection Prevention Week

This week is International Infection Prevention Week. The theme this year is "Vaccines are Everybody's Business". With the rise in measles cases it is important to remember that the spread of infection is everybody's business. Know the basics of infection prevention...wash your hands. Clean hands stop the spread of infection. Do your part.... hand hygiene is key. Vaccines also play a crucial role in eliminating diseases. Awareness of what you can do to prevent the spreading of illnesses is everyone's responsibility. ... Continue Reading