From now through New Year’s Day, schedules will likely be filled with family obligations like traveling and festive outings.  Most likely those outings will involve tempting treats.  Even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness routines.


  • Map out upcoming events, then plan and prepare yourself so you can stay on track.
  • Choose low-fat options when preparing foods.
  • Sign up for a holiday race with family and friends.
  • Balance eating well with indulging.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Make sleep a priority.
  • Don’t skip your regular workouts.
  • Visit the Joplin Family Y for “Fitness Before the Feast” on Thanksgiving morning from 7:00 am until noon.

Establish Healthy Habits with the Y Family:

It is our mission to provide our members and communities with the resources and support they need to be healthy in spirit, mind, and body.

Submitted by:
Joplin Family YMCA

Learn about what’s new in local health care with Freeman Health System’s online newsletter, Freeman in a Flash. Read about new doctors at Freeman, the VigiLanz Awards, the Joplin Christmas Parade, and much more below. 

Freeman Pharmacy Recognized By VigiLanz as “Pharmacy of the Year”

Freeman Health System has been awarded the VigiLanz® Pharmacy Team of the Year award. This award honors our Freeman pharmacists for their significant contributions and improvements to patient care and safety at Freeman Health System.

Since implementing VigiLanz in 2018, Freeman Pharmacy has created over 650 VigiLanz rules that aid in keeping our patients healthier and safe, reducing readmission rates and saving $98,000 since January 2022.

Freeman Health System was recognized for using VigiLanz to:

  •  Build rules to quickly identify patients discharged with a new cardiology medication so that residents could provide appropriate medication education.
  • Create data mining searches to capture MRSA screens and culture results to validate discontinuation of vancomycin.
  • Identify patients with positive MRSA nasal screens that would benefit from mupirocin.

Learn more about the VigiLanz Awards here.

Dr. Tinney-Edge Joins Freeman Neosho Physician Group

Freeman Neosho Physician Group is pleased to welcome Dr. Shelby Tinney-Edge, an internal medicine physician, to its staff. A native of the Joplin area, Dr. Tinney-Edge considers Freeman home.

“I always knew I was going to come back home and help the people in my community,” Dr. Tinney-Edge said. “I felt like the physicians at Freeman Neosho Physician Group were very close knit. I liked the small town feel of Neosho, and there is a great need for primary care.”

Outside of work, Dr. Tinney-Edge enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Jacob Edge, and their son.

Dr. Tinney-Edge is accepting new patients at Freeman Neosho Physician Group, 336 S. Jefferson St., Neosho. To schedule an appointment, call 417.455.4200.

Read more about Dr. Tinney-Edge here.

Save My Spot

Save your spot — because feeling better shouldn’t be a waiting game.

Patients can use the Save My Spot feature on the Freeman Health System website to select a convenient time to come in.

Note: Using Save My Spot is not required to be seen in our facilities. Walk-ins are always welcome! Please check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage before your arrival. If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.

Visit the Save My Spot website here.

National Health Observances in November

As you plan your Employee Wellness programs and communication, you can find resources at the Department of Health and Human Services Monthly Observances Calendar. Each month focuses on approximately three to six topics of interest. Here are just a few resources for November:

  • U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 18 to November 24) is an annual observance spearheaded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Use CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware Partner Toolkit to spread the word about the importance of appropriate antibiotic use.
  • See more National Health Observances for this month here.

2022 Joplin Christmas Parade “Christmas in Candy Land”

Freeman Health Systemis proud to continue our ongoing support and sponsorship of the Annual Joplin Christmas Parade. We consider this a gift to the community we are so blessed to have served for the past 97 years, and we are honored play a key role in bringing the parade to Joplin again this year.

If you would like to enter your organization or business in the Joplin Christmas Parade, be sure you get your entry form filled out as soon as possible to ensure your participation in this great community event.

Details are as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Main Street in Joplin from 15th to 2nd Street

Learn more here.

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The Joplin City Health Department/Women, Infants and Children (WIC) announces a contract continuance to provide WIC services for the federal fiscal year 2023 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their fifth birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are healthy, supplemental food, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, health screening and referrals to health care. To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level and be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.

WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products, hot or cold cereals, 100% fruit juices, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding support, baby foods, and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental, iron-fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their food by using their eWIC cards for specific items at participating local grocery stores and pharmacies.

Studies confirm that pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy, and eat healthier.

WIC is administered in Jasper County by the Joplin City Health Department/WIC program. Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the Joplin City WIC office at 417.623.1928, option three and leave a message. WIC clinics are offered at 321 E. 4th Street, Joplin Missouri 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online here, from any USDA office, by calling 866.632.9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by mail.


Joplin Health Department
417.623.6122, ext. 1256