Category Archives: Health

Frontier Extension District still providing education

Due to the KSRE COVID-19 Response Protocol, all Frontier Extension District offices are temporarily closed, and all face-to-face events have been cancelled or postponed until May 16, 2020. However, all district employees are still working via telecommunication and are available to respond to requests.

Phone calls to the district offices are being forwarded to another number or are monitored remotely. To reach the Lyndon office call 785-828-4438; Ottawa, call 785-229-3520; and Garnett, call 785-448-6826.

Many services such as sending soil tests, or purchasing a radon kit, are still available to the public.  However, district employees are currently practicing social distancing as they respond to requests. Just phone your local office in advance to make arrangements. Other programs may be offered online, or through video-conferencing.

First case of COVID-19 identified in Osage County

Ed. note: The Osage County Health Department issued this press release today.

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County Health Department announced the first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Osage County on Friday, March 27, 2020. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory identified the positive case.

The case involves a 48-year-old female Osage County resident. Privacy laws prohibit the release of further information about the patient.

Osage County Health Department will identify close contacts of the individual. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. Officials will contact those who were exposed as soon as possible and monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. The health department will be actively monitoring the close contacts for 14 days for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Osage County issued a stay-at-home order on March 26, 2020, to go into effect 12:01 a.m. March 28, using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Official statement from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Public visitation

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and remains vigilant in implementing appropriate safety protocols to ensure public use areas remain safe and open to the public.

In counties with local stay at home mandates, KDWPT will work with local officials regarding any other restrictions. State parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas remain open.

License fees

KDWPT is not currently considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place.

“During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent,” said KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless. “We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

KDHE and KDA recommend voluntary reduction in range burning

TOPEKA, Kan. – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture strongly encourage all land owners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres that they intend to burn this spring.

“With the potential for this pandemic overwhelming the state’s medical facilities, any additional respiratory concerns that could be produced from breathing smoke from prescribed fire need to be mitigated,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary.

Common health problems related to smoke can include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, including COVID-19, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and the elderly may experience worse symptoms.

With resources of the county emergency response staff already being taxed with COVID-19 response, it is important to minimize responses that would come with prescribed fire activity.

Osage County: Stay at home!

County health officer issues stay at home order

All of Osage County will be under a stay at home order effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Osage County public health officer Jackie Patterson, RN, issued the public notice Thursday, noting, “Despite recent enactment of Public Health Orders (schools, bars and restaurants), lack of available metrics to monitor the effect of these measures and the potential dire consequences of delay led the Public Health Officer to conclude that further delay could lead to excess mortality.

“Early implementation of this strategy is even more important in the context of limited testing capacity. With full community cooperation, this proactive public health order can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our Osage County community.”

The notice directs individuals to stay at home to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 through intensified social distancing.

“It is estimated that each COVID-19 positive patient could infect between 2.6 to 4 other people. Social distancing strategies are effective when implemented early enough – ideally within two weeks of the first case and are key to flattening the epidemic curve to prevent overwhelming our local health care system’s ability to care for the proportion of residents who develop severe symptoms,” the notice says.

The order urges everyone to stay at home except to perform essential services or to engage in essential activities, defined as tasks or activities that are essential to health and safety, and to practice social distancing when out.

“People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care,” the order warns.

The order outlines which businesses are considered essential and the proactive measures they must take to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, where possible.

The order also prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people, and empowers local law enforcement officers to enforce the order.

Osage County had previously declared a public health emergency and had closed all restaurants and bars except for carryout service, effective March 23.

SOS still available to assist

The mission at SOS is to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. While COVID-19 is drastically affecting people’s daily lives, SOS offers assurance it is still able to provide help. Businesses and schools are closing, we have more questions than answers, and many of us don’t know what the next day, week, or month will bring. Our communities are struggling with stress, fear, anxiety, and finances.

For SOS clients, going to work or school allowed them a place of safety. For this reason, SOS’s services may be more important than ever. All SOS services remain available to our community: Domestic violence/sexual assault services, domestic violence shelter, child advocacy center interviews and advocacy, CASA volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children, and the Child Visitation and Exchange Center’s monitored exchanges and supervised visits. Because of COVID-19, our services may look a little different, but SOS is committed to the safety of our clients and will work around COVID-19 limitations to bring our community the quality advocacy we’re known for.

At SOS, we are doing our best to continue our services while focusing on the health and safety of everyone involved. We are continuing to staff our 24/7 Helpline, 800-825-1295, to connect victims with advocates and resources, and we will still house clients in our shelter as needed. Our CASA staff is available as always and our CASA volunteers continue their advocacy while practicing physical distancing. Our Child Visitation and Exchange Center is continuing to provide supervised visits, and our CAC is still conducting child disclosure interviews (both with a few additional health precautions in place).

To our clients and anyone in an abusive situation, we want you to know that you are not alone and, if it is safe to do so, call SOS at 800-825-1295.

Osage County declares public health emergency

Osage County Sheriff’s deputies wait inside the entrance of the county courthouse to check the medical conditions of all visitors and employees.

LYNDON, Kan. – With conditions seemingly changing by the minute, Osage County has joined other counties across Kansas in declaring a public health emergency in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. At a special meeting called March 17, 2020, Osage County commissioners also took action to limit access to the courthouse and conduct a health screening of all who enter, including employees.

Also Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the state’s efforts against the virus will include the closure of the state’s school buildings for the remainder of the school year and ordered that group gatherings across the state be limited to no more than 50 people in a single area.

Osage County’s emergency declaration followed the state’s declaration of March 12, and once enacted it authorizes the activation of the county’s local emergency response plan.

At Tuesday’s special commission meeting, with most of the county department heads in attendance, Osage County Health Department Director Jackie Patterson, who is also the county’s health officer, outlined then current statistics on coronavirus cases in the U.S. By March 18 the total had risen to 7,038 total cases in the U.S. with 97 deaths; and in Kansas, 21 positive test results and one death.

Patterson reported Tuesday there was one person under investigation from Osage County.

“This is a person who has been identified as someone who qualifies to be tested,” Patterson told the commissioners. “As of this morning, we still don’t have the results back.”

She explained that although testing for the virus was now underway in the U.S., it could take several days to get results back.

Patterson said the Osage County resident and her family are under a 14-day quarantine. She said the reason the person was tested was because they had traveled.

“We don’t have any local spread yet,” Patterson said, noting no known positive cases in Osage County at that time.

USACE announces coronavirus precautions, closes visitor centers at area lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that due to health precautions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Kansas City District visitor centers are now closed. In Osage County, visitor centers at Pomona and Melvern lakes will be closed.

A press release said the Corps will continue to monitor the situation and will provide  timely updates regarding other potential facility closures at its lakes.

Kansas City District Visitor Center locations include Blue Springs, Clinton, Harlan County, Harry S. Truman, Hillsdale, Kanopolis, Long Branch, Longview, Melvern, Milford, Perry, Pomme de Terre, Pomona, Rathbun, Smithville, Stockton, Tuttle Creek, Wilson.

Help House implements temporary procedures as COVID-19 precautions

Help House, at Lyndon, Kan., has notified the public that it will be changing operational policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic and per recommendations from Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Department of Aging and Family Services. The Help House executive board of directors has initiated the following procedures for the next 60 days:

Help House will only be open to distribute food and emergency assistance.

Donations of food and monetary gifts will continue to be accepted. Receiving all other items is suspended until after this designated time period. Beginning March 16, 2020, each family will need an appointment for food pantry shopping or emergency assistance. To schedule an appointment, call 785-828-4888 during open hours.

During this designated time period, Help House hours will be extended as follows: 4-8 p.m. Monday, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Help House volunteers will take food pantry orders at curbside (no need to leave the vehicle). Volunteers will fill the food orders and deliver to vehicles to be loaded. Assistance is available as needed.

Insurance carriers in Kansas to cover COVID-19 Testing

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Insurance Department has been in communication with all major medical insurance carriers offering fully insured health plans in Kansas regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, the department confirmed that all major medical insurance carriers for fully insured plans are committed to waiving the cost sharing for Novel Coronavirus testing.

“I would like to commend the carriers in Kansas for taking this critical step,” Commissioner Vicki Schmidt said. “While there are number of moving parts in response to the coronavirus, I am pleased the carriers in Kansas took this approach to alleviate at least one of the many concerns on the minds of Kansans.”

Other states mandated the waiving of the cost sharing action, but major medical health insurance carriers in Kansas voluntarily took a proactive step to protect Kansans by ensuring the cost of the test was covered.

Governor announces Capitol Complex access limitations in response to COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced today that, after consultation with legislative leadership and officials with the Kansas Department of Administration, access to the Kansas Statehouse will be limited to individuals conducting official business effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

“The health and safety of Kansans across the state is always our number one priority,” Kelly said. “This limitation of access is merely a precautionary measure as we work to mitigate the spread of the virus. Please continue to use common sense: wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home when you are ill.”

Staff, legislative members and individuals conducting legislative business will have access to the statehouse, and official business will continue to be conducted. Kansans may listen and view legislative proceedings by visiting kslegislature.org and clicking on the “Audio/Video” link located at the top of the page.

All public events at the statehouse have been postponed until further notice. All groups who have reserved space in the statehouse will be refunded their deposit. Public tours of the building will be suspended, and the statehouse will be closed to the public on Saturdays until further notice.

At this time, officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control also recommend that large public gatherings should be avoided to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and recommend social distancing.

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

Visitation cancelled at all KDOC facilities

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Secretary of Corrections announced today that visitation will be suspended at all Kansas Department of Corrections facilities, effective immediately, as a measure of precaution to reduce exposure of COVID-19 to our residents and staff.

KDOC will reevaluate on an on-going basis and will communicate any changes as soon as possible.

Beat back COVID-19 with foods that boost immune health

As Coronovirus (COVID-19) continues to crisscross the globe, each of us should do our part to help stop the spread of this potentially deadly virus. Aside from vigilant hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, and staying home when sick, a strong immune system is an important ally in keeping you healthy and well.

Strong immune functioning begins by eating a healthy diet. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-dense foods to choose from such as crunchy vegetables, succulent fruit, hearty whole grains, and energy-rich beans, nuts, and seeds. However, there are certain top-notch foods ready and willing to duke it out with the germs, viruses or microbes wanting to cause you harm. Thanks to their antioxidant-rich powers, these foods kick it into high gear helping your immune system work as efficiently and diligently as always.  Not only are they health-promoting but are also available any time of year, providing peak performance for protecting your body from microbial harm.

Consuming these foods several times a week increases your odds of enjoying more healthy and disease-free days than someone who rarely consumes them.  Of course, other factors that help strengthen immune functioning are regular exercise, adequate sleep, minimizing stress, and avoiding smoking. Basically, practicing good health habits is more likely to enhance immune health, increasing your chances of fighting off COVID-19 along with other illnesses.

Best foods for boosting immune health

Citrus fruits

No matter what time of year, citrus fruits are always a winner for promoting immune function. Whether you choose to eat oranges and grapefruit, or lemons and limes, these citrus fruits grown in warmer climates will bring that ray of sunshine into your home on the bleakest of day.

Citrus fruits will also bring to your immune system a healthy dose of the water-soluble vitamin, vitamin C.  Oranges and grapefruit are particularly abundant in vitamin C as they can contain as much as 70 milligrams in one piece of fruit.

Grant provides upgrades to RCIL’s Braille services

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – The Resource Center for Independent Living, Inc. (RCIL) recently received a grant from the Topeka Community Foundation’s Greater Topeka Fund for the purchase of a new Braille embosser and updated software.  The embosser translates text into Braille and embosses graphics for individuals who read using Braille.

Mike Goupil, RCIL, demonstrates the new Braille translation embosser. Courtesy photo.

RCIL has provided Braille translation services for local individuals, churches, organizations and businesses for several years.  The new embosser replaces an aged machine that was no longer working properly and was too expensive to repair.

Mike Goupil, RCIL staff person charged with providing the Braille translation service, has set up the new embosser and said, “Wow! The new embosser is fast and produces a high quality translation.”

RCIL translates items such as church bulletins, bus routes, restaurant menus, meeting materials and other items.

People interested in the Braille translation service may contact Goupil directly by calling 785-267-1717 or by email to [email protected].

RCIL provides the service from its office in Topeka, which is located at 1507 SW 21st St., Suite 203.

“Making communities accessible to all is a critical component of our work,” said Deone Wilson, RCIL executive director. “Providing documents in Braille is just one of the ways we do that.”

RCIL performs other accessibility work such as medical office surveys, voter registration site access studies, ADA compliance checks for public buildings and areas and private businesses, plus individual and systems advocacy services. 

EPA releases list of disinfectants to use against COVID-19

LENEXA, Kan., March 5, 2020 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“Using the correct disinfectant is an important part of preventing and reducing the spread of illnesses along with other critical aspects such as hand washing,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Eat Well to Be Well: Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down. In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4 percent had obesity, and more than 9 percent had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England Journal of Medicine projects that nearly one of every two adults or roughly half of the U.S. will be obese. This continued increase of obesity rates is concerning as excess weight gain is associated with increasing many chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, gout, sleep apnea, and complications in pregnancy and surgery, to name a few. At some point, change needs to happen if we are ever to reverse the current direction we continue to follow.

Meaningful changes take time. This statement is especially true when it comes to reaching a healthy body weight. It doesn’t happen overnight. But here is a bit of good news for those seeking weight loss – shedding just five percent of your body weight does a lot of good. That small tip of the scale can result in significant improvement in many health parameters. According to a small 2016 study in the journal Cell Metabolism, findings showed that a five percent weight loss can give you a large “bang for your buck” and an additional 10 to 15 percent weight loss continues to cause even more improvements in measures like blood pressure and blood lipids.

Whether obese or overweight, the thought of having to radically transform your body by losing lots of pounds can be extremely formidable. For many, knowing that they are expected to lose all of their excess weight to get healthier can lead to feelings of hopelessness that they will never be able to see major improvements in their health.

This thinking is actually wrong and for good reason. Research has shown that even if a person does not reach a weight or body mass index (BMI) that the charts consider to be optimal, one can still be successful at improving their health, reducing their risk of chronic diseases and their overall quality of life with a weight loss of just 5 percent.

This means for someone, for example, who weighs 250 pounds, a 5 percent body weight loss is around 12 pounds. This sounds like a much more doable, manageable, and achievable weight loss goal than to expect one to lose 50 pounds or more. By aiming for and achieving smaller target weight loss goals, this results in significant improvements to metabolic health and more importantly, opens up the door to continued weight loss.

KDHE issues boil advisories for water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 11 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties that purchase water from the city of Emporia. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of high turbidity in the city of Emporia’s finished drinking water. High turbidity may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory self-issued by the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 1; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; Lyon County Rural Water District 5; city of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisory took effect Feb. 26, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

Eat Well to Be Well: Choose first-rate foods to protect liver health

One of the most fascinating organs in your body is your liver. But do you know how healthy it is? That’s a tough question to answer, yet all of us would be wise to protect and preserve this vital organ.

Next to your skin, the liver is the second largest organ in your body. Weighing about three pounds, roughly the size of a football, it’s one of the hardest working, multitasking organs of the digestive system, performing hundreds of jobs. For instance, everything you eat or drink passes through the liver, helping to manufacture substances your body needs. Other duties your liver does includes filtering blood, monitoring blood sugar, removing alcohol to be eliminated, detoxifying chemicals, producing proteins essential for blood clotting, getting rid of old, damaged cells, and metabolizing medications, all to keep your body safe from harm. It’s apparent that to achieve optimal health, protecting your liver is critical for your overall well-being.

The concern of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

There’s a growing public health issue due to the large increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Referred to as “silent liver disease,” NAFLD is when fat deposits accumulate in your liver. These deposits keep your liver from doing a good job of removing toxins from your blood. You may have heard of liver disease in people who drink too much alcohol, such as cirrhosis brought on by chronic alcoholism, and sometimes necessitating a liver transplant. But that is not the same as NAFLD.

NAFLD is more likely to develop in overweight to obese individuals or those who have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss or anyone with poor eating habits are also candidates to develop NAFLD.

NAFLD is the most common chronic liver disease in adults with approximately one in three adults in the United States who have it. There has been a steady rise in NAFLD over the years, likely due to the progression of obesity, as it is directly associated with and proportional to the degree of obesity, particularly abdominal fat.

A concern with NAFLD is that in some cases, it could progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, an aggressive form of fatty liver disease and liver inflammation that increases the risk of advanced scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure.

Blood drive at senior center benefits local patients

OSAGE CITY, KS – Community Blood Center will conduct a blood drive 1:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

The blood drive is being held at a time of year when blood donations are especially difficult to come by.

Kim Peck, Community Blood Center senior executive director, said the number of donations dip during the winter months due to the holidays and cold and flu seasons in full force.

“It is an especially critical time to donate and ensure that we are able to maintain adequate levels of inventory for patients in our local hospitals,” Peck said.

Osage City individuals can help by donating blood at the blood drive. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting savealifenow.org/group and using Group Code: TPI2.

For more information, contact Tammy Fager, Osage County Senior Center director, at 785-219-2440.

Message from KDHE Secretary Lee Norman regarding coronavirus, Jan. 28, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with our community health partners, is investigating a Person Under Investigation for potential exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Douglas County, Kan., resident. Specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing today and KDHE expects to receive results later this week.

The patient is not severely ill and is currently in isolation at a hospital as a precaution. The patient returned to the U.S. within the last two weeks after traveling from Wuhan City, China, where an outbreak of 2019-nCoV has been underway since December 2019. The patient became symptomatic in recent days and sought healthcare Monday.

While we have not confirmed this as a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, we believe it is important to keep the public informed and educated on this new virus. Please know that there are a number of details we are unable to share to keep this individual’s privacy.

KDHE is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LMH Health, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to identify and contact all of those who may have come into contact with the individual so that we can begin monitoring them for fever and respiratory symptoms, should this be a confirmed case.

The 2019 novel coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, or individuals in close contact with a person infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.

We are also advising residents that flu and other respiratory diseases are circulating in our state and are recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when sick.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and have developed fever with respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 Novel Coronavirus, stay home and call your healthcare provider. You may also call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 if you believe you may have been affected.

Stay well,
Lee
KDHE Secretary Lee Norman

Eat Well to Be Well: Take a look inside a health-promoting refrigerator

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside.

What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray of takeout containers and old produce rotting in a drawer, while soda, juice, creamy dressings, and packages of hot dogs grab your attention first?

If it’s the latter, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there and it only goes to show, there’s always room for improvement. When trying to be healthy by losing excess weight or managing a health condition, it begins by placing healthy eating within reach whenever you open the refrigerator door. Besides, your chances of eating a nutrient-rich diet are only as good as your food supply.

Here’s a look at smart tips to makeover the inside of your refrigerator for successful healthy eating:

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