Freeman Health System is a proud recipient of the Missouri Platinum Level Workplace Wellness Award for its worksite wellness program designed to improve quality of life for employees.

It has been well-known for some time now that women enjoy longer life spans than men all around the world. Many studies have examined why and whether men can do anything about it. The statistics are related in part to physical and biochemical differences, but controllable factors also play into life expectancy. Men tend to have more unhealthy behaviors than women, smoking and drinking more heavily and overeating more often. Men also tend to avoid doctors more than women, and are, on average, less socially connected.

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.

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.

The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest MO was awarded a $4,000 stipend from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) for improving employee health through worksite wellness programs.

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.

This May, the Wildcat Glades Friends Group, along with other partners, will be hosting a hands-on preschool connections program, kids and adult yoga classes, a nature explorers event, and a virtual class for adults.

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.

This April, the Wildcat Glades Friends Group along with other partners, will be hosting a hands-on preschool connections program, kids and adult yoga, and a nature explorers’ event. Register for one today!

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.