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Cooking Class for Adults & Kids

Jefferson Community Health & Life is excited to offer a Cooking Class for Kids (and their adult partners) this summer. By cooking together, school-age children and adults can learn about healthy eating and the im-portance of working together to plan and prepare healthy meals. The program is open to kids ages 8 to 12. Each must have a parent, grandparent or other adult participate with them. During the two-week program, participants will learn to prepare simple healthy meals and snacks. Each session begins by tasting and de-scribing a variety of fruits and vegetables. Participants then work together to use those fruits and vegeta-bles to prepare a nutritious recipe. Sign up early-class size will be limited!
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
July 31, Aug. 2, Aug. 7 & Aug. 9
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Who: A child 8-12 and an adult partner
Where: JCH&L Large Conference Room
Registration fee: s10 per team
Pre-registration with payment required by July 20.
(Registration on back)
For more information call Lisa Edeal, RDN, LMNT, at 402-729-6846

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group to Meet May 21

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group will meet on Monday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Small Conference Room.

The program will be a video on Teepa’s GEMS, a different way to look at the stages of Alzheimer’s and how our loved ones remain precious.

Easiest access will be by parking in the H Street parking and entering through the JCH&L Main Entrance. Follow the lobby signage to “Hospital.” The meeting rooms will be to the left. The Small Conference Room is the second door.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group typically meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Community Health & Life. It is designed for those who are caregivers and family members of those who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias.

The group is designed to provide an opportunity anyone interested to share their experiences with Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cost, and no pre-registration.

For more information, contact Lana Likens at Jefferson Community Health & Life at 402-729-6855.

May Health Today Features Memory

 The May Health Today Program will feature the presentation “If I Could Only Remember Better” by Amy Nash, M.S., CCC-SLP. The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, in the Conference Rooms at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Speech Therapist Amy Nash, M.S., CCC-SLP, provides speech therapy services at Jefferson Community Health & Life Sports Medicine and Rehab Services. Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Amy’s program will feature something we are all interested in – and may benefit from: cognitive-communication disorders. These disorders can include problems with planning, problem solving and remembering. Problems may happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or dementia, but may also be congenital. Techniques used by speech language pathologists may help all of us as we work on our memory skills.

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who bring educational programs on health-related topics each month.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch. Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.

JCH&L Named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the Nation

Jefferson Community Health & Life has been named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals for overall performance in the nation.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA.) An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo.

 The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability. This group was selected from The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s 2018 Top 100 CAH list, which was released earlier this year. This year’s Top 20 includes 4 Nebraska hospitals.

“Jefferson Community Health & Life is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Chad Jurgens, JCH&L CEO.  “Our results as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future.”

TOP 20 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS:

Androscoggin Valley Hospital Berlin, N.H. ; Aspirus Ironwood Hospital & Clinics, Inc. Ironwood, Mich.; Aspirus Langlade Hospital Antigo, Wis.; Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital Miller, S.D.; Avera Holy Family Hospital Estherville, Iowa; Barrett Memorial Hospital Dillon, Mont.; Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Montpelier, Idaho; Box Butte General Hospital Alliance, Neb.; Central Montana Medical Center Lewistown, Mont.; CHI St. Alexius Health Carrington Carrington, N.D.; Community Hospital McCook, Neb.; Community Medical Center Falls City, Neb.; Floyd Valley Healthcare Le Mars, Iowa ; Grande Ronde Hospital La Grande, Ore.; Jefferson Community Health & Life Fairbury, Neb. ; Livingston Healthcare Livingston, Mont.; Riverwood Healthcare Center Aitkin, Minn.; Transylvania Regional Hospital Brevard, N.C. Wallowa Memorial Hospital Enterprise, Ore.; and  West River Regional Medical Center Hettinger, N.D.

For more information on Jefferson Community Health & Life, see our website at JCHealthandLife.org.

Senior Health and Fitness Day

– Jefferson Community Health & Life Sterling Connection will offer those who are 50 and older a chance to learn about health and fitness at National Senior Health & Fitness Day at JCH&L on Wednesday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The program will be held in the Large Conference Room at JCH&L. The day will include presentations by:

n Tyler Maguire, PA-C — Healthy Aging. Learn some of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and fit as you age. Tyler is a  physician assistant who joined JCH&L Fairbury Clinic in February.

n Charlie Partin—Tai Chi & Yoga. Charlie will talk about what Tai Chi and Yoga are, how they are different, and how they might benefit you. In addition, he will give you a chance to try these exercises! Charlie is a new instructor at JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center.
Wear comfortable clothing!

n Craig Bontrager—Body and Mind: How Healthy
Active Lifestyles Benefit Both! —Craig is the director of JCH&L Burkley Fitness Center.

n Plus healthy snacks and door prizes!

Those interested in participating are asked to pre-register by calling Lana Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Sterling Connection, JCH&L’s membership group for those age 50 and older, is also having a membership contest which ends May 30. Those who join JCH&L Sterling Connection through May 30 will be eligible for prizes. One new member will win a free trip with JCH&L Sterling Connection/Travels with Doris. Current members are also encouraged to refer a new member (by marking REFERRED BY their name on a membership form). One member who makes a referral will also win a free trip.

Joining Sterling Connection is free, and Members receive a free quarterly newsletter, free educational opportunities and free social gatherings. They also receive specially-priced travel
opportunities and special membership rate at the Burkley Fitness Center (ages 50-59). social gatherings. When hospitalized at JCH&L they receive JCH&L Cafeteria discount cards and complimentary Meals on Wheels or Senior Diner’s meals after returning home.

For more information on Sterling Connection or the membership contest, please contact Lana or Pauline at (402) 729-3351.

PHS Working with Families and Health Care Providers to Lower Blood Lead Levels in Children with Lead Poisoning

In recent months, PHS has received funding from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to educate the public about the harmful effects of lead and to work with families and health care providers to lower blood lead levels in children with lead poisoning. According to public health nurse, Kate Lange, RN, BSN, “Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to life-long good health. There is no known identified safe blood lead level. Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health and increase their risk for damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.

Health care providers routinely test children for lead poisoning at 12 and 24 months of age. When a child’s blood lead level is 5 ug/dL or higher, actions to both help prevent further exposure to lead and to lower the amount of lead in the blood are started. The new grant funding allows for a community health worker (CHW) to contact parents and provide education on:

possible sources of lead in the child’s environment,
the importance of a healthy diet high in calcium, iron, and vitamin c,
cleaning methods to decrease lead in the home,
the importance of good hand washing, especially before meals, and
guidelines for repeat testing
In addition, a public health nurse collaborates with:
the child’s primary care provider to assure follow-up testing is done on time, and
the DHHS Lead Poisoning Program to schedule a home inspection for children with blood lead levels of 10 ug/dL or higher.
“We are excited to work with families and to teach the public about the harmful effects of lead”, says Jennifer Banos, CHW with the PHS Lead Program.

To learn more about lead poisoning prevention, contact Jennifer Banos, or Kate Lange, at 402-826-3880 or go to www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/

Having Trouble Being Heard? LSVT Loud Therapy Can Help

Those who live with Parkinson’s Disease may find their voice getting softer making it more difficult to communicate and have quality conversations.
LSVT LOUD therapy, proven to help those with Parkinson’s and may help with other conditions
Contact Amy at JCH&L, 402-729-6840

April Health Today Features OT and Dry Needling

The April Health Today Program will feature presentations on OT and Dry Needling. The session will be held at 12:20 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in the Large Conference Room at Jefferson Community Health & Life.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. Do you know what OT can do for you? Find out how occupational therapy helps people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do. Megan Vales, OTR/L, CLT, will teach you some of the many ways OT can help you.

We have added a new service at JCH&L Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services – Dry Needling. Callie Engler, PT, DPT, will explain what dry needling is, and how it could help you manage pain.

 

Health Today is a free monthly health education session offered by Jefferson Community Health & Life in a lunch-time session. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, or are welcome to purchase lunch in the JCH&L cafeteria, which is located near the Conference Rooms.

JCH&L works with a wide variety of professionals who bring educational programs on health-related topics each month.

Reservations are not required. The program is FREE. The only cost for participants would be lunch, if they choose to purchase it. Participants are also welcome to carry in their lunch. Anyone who would like to be on a mailing list to directly receive notices about the monthly sessions or anyone with questions about the program should contact Likens at (402) 729-6855.

Learn to Shop Healthy at Grocery Store Tour

Learn to make the healthiest choices at a grocery store tour set for Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at Ray’s Applemarket, Fairbury. The tour is offered thanks to a partnership between Jefferson Community Health & Life, Public Health Solutions, and Ray’s Applemarket. Following the grocery store tour, a free taste testing will be open to the public from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The grocery store tour is free, and registration is limited to 15. One participant will win a $25 gift certificate to Ray’s Applemarket. Please call Lana Likens at 402-729-6855 to register or for more information.

Nutrition is a major factor in living healthy lives. Jefferson Community Health & Life has a commitment to our community’s lifelong health.

JCH&L Supports Local Wrestling Programs

Jefferson Community Health & Life donated a total of $541 to area wrestling programs in March. Donations were made to Tri County, Meridian and Fairbury wrestling programs based on their number of varsity pins their wrestlers achieved during the 2017-2018 season. Jefferson Community Health & Life will be donated $1 per pin to each of these schools which serve Jefferson County students and have a wrestling program.

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