A lot of people are very concerned with their health. It's not just about how you look, it's the way you feel. After all, we only have the one body. You gotta try to take care of it!

I noticed a pattern to a lot of a the Community Calendar stuff being submitted and thought I'd point out how many opportunities there are to do to improve the health of you and your family.

Pettis County Health Center will have free TDAP vaccine available to the public.

The schedule for the availability is September 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On September 4, they’ll have vaccine from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. September 9 they’ll be working on vaccinations from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On September 17 the shots are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a walk in basis. Even though adults get a tetanus booster every 10 years, current recommendations state one TDAP after the age of 11 years of age is needed to boost protection against whooping cough. This is especially important for adults that spend any time with young children. They’ll have the vaccine for adults and children, age 11 and over, at the Pettis County Health Center. The vaccine is available regardless of insurance status. For more information, call 660-827-1130 or visit the PCHC at 911 East 16th street.

The La Leche league of Sedalia will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m.

It’ll be held at the Celebration Center at 1701 West 32nd street. La Leche League is dedicated to providing education, support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. The topic for this session will be “The Baby Arrives”. Babies are always welcome at meetings. Those attending will be eligible to win a door prize. For more information, contact Pat Sturges at 660-221-5602

In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, Bothwell Regional Health Center offers Look Good…Feel Better.

This free program teaches beauty techniques to women in active cancer treatment to help cope with treatment-related side effects that may affect one’s appearance. The program addresses hair, skin, nails, and make-up. Women will learn ways to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves, and other accessories. A complimentary cosmetic kit is provided. The next meeting is 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center, Bothwell Regional Health Center, 601 E. 14th Street, Sedalia. An RSVP is required to ensure seating and to reserve a cosmetic kit. Please call the American Cancer Society at (573) 635-4839 to reserve your makeup kit and request a wig, if needed. All services are provided free of charge.

The First Aid and CPR/AED for adult, child, and infant courses teaches people to perform CPR and how to use an AED.

The class will tell you what to do when someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants will also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and sudden illnesses. The course will be held on September 12. For more information, call 827-0618.

Dr. Sigi Joseph, a surgeon with Bothwell Surgical Services, will discuss digestive health at the next installment of Bothwell Regional Health Center’s The Doctor Is In.

The program, titled “Trust Your Gut,” will cover everything from the stomach and gall bladder to colonoscopies. Dr. Joseph will discuss the signs and symptoms of digestive problems and share information about common surgeries. The “Trust Your Gut” sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11, in the Bothwell Education Center on the southeast corner of 14th and Ingram in Sedalia, and at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 12, at Bothwell Health Center-Truman Lake, 1765 Commercial Street in Warsaw. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about common concerns and treatment options for digestive conditions. For more information, call (660) 829-7785 or cpatterson@brhc.org.

Healthily yours,


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