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Delta Dental’s ‘Land of Smiles’ to visit several area schools

Delta Dental’s “Land of Smiles” program will visit area schools in a effort to teach students the importance of oral health and overall health care.

The educational program start this week at elementary schools in Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lee’s Summit, Kansas City.

The highly entertaining program targets school aged children, kindergarden to third grade.

Entertaining theatrical performance captivates its audience and gets children excited about brushing and flossing properly, paying attention to what foods are good and bad for their teeth and good health, visiting the characters’ best friend, “the dentist,” and learning how a healthy smile and healthy body go hand in hand.  Interactive elements afford several students the chance to join the characters on stage during the live show, and all leave with a free goodie-bag and a Healthy Smiles “Certoothicate.” Each school is also given a curriculum kit, featuring an educational DVD, lesson plans and other resources designed to expand upon the information taught in the live program.

Blue Springs church group looks for cancer patients, survivors

Cancer survivors and current cancer patients are invited to meet for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 100 at the First United Methodist Church at 301 SW Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs.

The goal is to explore ways to cope with changes the illness brings. Caregivers and family members will be invited to join.

If interested in attending, call (816) 229-8108 or just come to the first session.

Lee’s Summit Medical Center earns achievement award

Lee’s Summit Medical Center recently received the American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stoke Bronze Achievement Award for stroke care and the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Silver Performance Achievement award for cardiac care in 2008.

The awards recognizes the medical center commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke and heart care by ensuring that stroke and heart care patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“With stroke or heart attack, time lost is brain or muscle lost,and these awards address the important element of time,” said Gina Mitchell, nurse clinician and stroke center coordinator.

Health program director pushes quick action on statewide issue

New Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared “a new day for Missouri” as he was sworn in as the state’s 55th governor.

And professors at the University of Missouri’s Master of Public Health program recommended that state leaders act quickly to improve the health of its citizens.

Members of the program said that the previous leadership left room for improvement and recent vacancies created by the new administration provide opportunities to hire qualified public health professionals.

 In the “America’s Health Rankings 2008” from the United Health Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health, Missouri was ranked 38th out of 50 states. In a 2008 report, Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to health, estimated that Missouri’s state public health funding was $10.20 per capita, the third lowest of 50 states.

Health association encourages radon checks in homes

The Health and Press Association is encourgaing Americans to test their homes for the invisible killer, radon gas.

Radon causes more than 20,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States. All areas of the country are at risk, so all homes should be tested. It is easy and inexpensive to test for this deadly gas. Since you cannot see it, smell it, or taste it, the only way to know if a home is affected by radon is to test.

The Kansas City area is in the moderate/variable level of radon levels.