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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. Alzheimer’s disease, named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer who first described the disease in 1906, is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. It is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S., and the average Alzheimer’s patient lives four to eight years after diagnosis.

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Recognizing Signs Of A Stroke

Stroke Awareness Month is about to come to a close, but that is no reason to forget the lessons it teaches us. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, almost 800,000 people in America have a stroke each year.

Walk for Health

Walking helps control blood sugar. decrease risk for heart disease. help prevent osteoporosis, boost your immune system, help control weight, improve circulation, help breathing, combat depression, give you more energy, help manage arthritis.

Move More By Walking

Walking is one of the most common types of exercise in America. Just about anyone can do it, regardless of their age or fitness level, and there’s no special equipment or gear needed other than a comfortable pair of shoes. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, yet only one in five Americans achieve this goal.

Making a Healthier Joplin

Our community is facing a health crisis.  Joplin has the dubious distinction of being the “least healthy community” in Missouri.  Compared to both state and national averages, Joplin has higher rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health issues.