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Public Health News for the Quarter Starting March 2012

Contents ...    
  National Public Health Week - April 2 - 8, 2012   Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Progress   WIC Income Guidelines & new food Package Changes  
  Back to School Immunizations          

National Public Health Week—April 2 - 8, 2012

Public Heath Week

Since 1995, Communities across the country have celebrated National Public Health Week (NPHW) every April, to help protect and improve our nation’s health. Each year, we select a different issue on which to focus our efforts, and this year’s theme is “A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement.” Together, we can work to encourage more Americans and their communities to take preventive measures and help improve their lives. If we take small actions, our communities, homes and families will see the large benefits of preventive care and grow the movement. Lifelong health starts not when a health problem arises, but rather, through prevention.

Did you know:

Please join our National Public Health Week Partners, Cooper County Public Health Center, Cooper County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, and Members of our Achieve Chart Team in working together to help prevent diseases and health problems before they begin.

*Please visit for the full Talking Points article with sources for data and statistics.

Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (CHeLi) Progress

While the level of health services and treatment available has improved significantly over the past few decades, our health system continues to operate as one based on treating the sick instead of one focused on wellness and prevention. But preventive measures can im-prove the health of individuals, families and communities. Doing so will help increase the United States’ rank in life expectancy, infant mortality and many other indicators of healthy life. We can start by taking simple steps to live longer lives. Even small preventive meas-ures can make a big difference, and each of us has a role to play. By taking small actions, we can help our communities, homes and families see the large benefits of preventive care and grow the movement.

Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (CHeLi) Progress
Cooper County Public Health Center in collaboration with Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative Mission is to sup-port the availability of locally-produced food and safe, accessible areas for physical activity.

Cooper County Public Health Center would like to take this opportunity to share some of the steps that we have taken in partnership with members of the Cooper County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative over the past two-years to improve the health of Cooper County resi-dents.

In the first part of 2010, Cooper County received a $4,000 University of Missouri Grant to support the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative. Initial leadership for the initiative came from the University Extension, Art Schneider and Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Theresa Hendrix.

The Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative mission is:

To create healthy communities that support the availability of healthy, affordable, locally-produced food and safe, accessible areas for physical activity. To achieve this, we will work with families, youth, community members, agricultural produc-ers, business leaders, healthcare providers and others.

We believe that through collaboration we create sustainable approaches to address preventable health issues like obesity, sedentary lifestyles and related diseases, create positive behavior change and impact lifelong health within the community.

To start the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, Art Schneider with University Extension, Theresa Hendrix with the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Casey Johnson and Kim Wiemholt with Cooper County Public Health Center attended the One Community Network Planning Workshop in Columbia. The four initial Pilot Communities presented the activities that their communities had planned and initiated with their own Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives. The University of Missouri also explained some of their programs such as the Farm to School Program and Complete Streets Programs.

The first year Art Schneider invited all of Cooper County health care providers, Cooper County Memorial Hospital, city leaders, school nurses, community employers, etc., to at-tend the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative meetings, held at Cooper County Public Health Center. The goal of the initial meetings was to educate community leaders on the projects that other communities were implementing to improve the health of their own communities and to spark interest in starting our own coalition.

Speakers from University Extension came to educate us on various programs including:

Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (CHeLi) Progress
Livable Streets provide opportunity for physical activity

Our initiative developed a Livable Streets Committee including: Theresa Hendrix with Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Chairman; Art Schneider with University Extension, Kim Wiemholt, Casey Johnson, and Melanie Hein with Cooper County Public Health Cen-ter, and Logan Comegys with Howard County Home Health and Hospice. Community Partners include: M.L. Cauthon, Boonville City Services Manager and Gary Nauman, Parks Department – City of Boonville, and Trevor Harris with the University of Missouri.

This committee performed community sidewalk assessments in Boonville, Bunceton, Otterville and Blackwater. They also created a survey for Boonville residents and Cooper County residents to have their input on the importance of good sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, etc…. Surveys were made available online at and They were also mailed out to Boonville residents in the water bills. These surveys are currently being tabulated by Art Schneider with Univer-sity Extension. Information gathered from these surveys can be used to apply for grant funding and for setting community perceived priorities for additions or improvements. Survey results can be used by city planning and zoning when examining current policies and in strategic planning of community design and development efforts.

Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (CHeLi) Progress
2011 Community gardening with STOMP Youth Group at CCBC (Concerned citizens for a Better Community). There will be a 2012 Urban Farm Project Garden located at CCBC. Please volunteer your time. Contact Casey Johnson at 660-882-2626 for more information.

Children do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. Only 22% of youth in grades 9-12 and 24% of adults eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Schools support the local economy, farmers and the community. Increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables among children and adults helps children and adults have healthier diets.

Art Schneider, with University Extension and Cooper County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, has worked with the schools to try to initiate community gardens in the schools. Boonville Farmers Market and the Boonville Public Schools are looking at ways in which they could partner to benefit all parties. The Healthy Lifestyle Initiative is also working with Nell McKay, the Ameri-Corps/Vista volunteer who is planning the Boonville Urban Farm Project with the Missouri River Urban Farm Project.

Early in 2011, Missouri Foundation for Health issued a request for proposal for a Community Transformation Grant. Cooper County was awarded $2000 in the form of grant writing assis-tance from MoCap (Missouri Capture Program), which assisted nonprofit groups to apply for federal grant money.

Theresa Hendrix with Boonslick Heartland YMCA applied for an ACHIEVE (Action Communi-ties for Health Innovation, & Environmental Change) Grant. The Y is partnering with University Extension, Cooper County Public Health Center, Cooper County Memorial Hospital, Cooper County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative and other local partners. The primary objectives are to:

The Cooper County Healthy Lifestyle Initiative will partner with the members of the Community Health Action and Resource Team (CHART) (Partners working with the ACHIEVE Grant) in this important work. The CHART team members whom will be going to Atlanta for training include:

CCPHCCooper County Public Health Center and Cooper Healthy Lifestyle Initiative partnered with Cooper County Schools to intro-duce the Smokebuster's program. Participating Schools include: Boonville High School; Prairie Home High School; Bunceton High School; and Pilot Grove High School. Smokebuster's is a Youth advocacy program that teaches students to advocate for policy changes in their schools and communities. The program educates Smokebuster's team members, who then go out into the community and other classrooms to educate on the dangers of smoking. The Smokebuster's’ teams commit to making presentations to either the school board or a city council on the importance of smoking policy change. They also agreed to per-form at least one community and one classroom presentation. All teams have com-pleted their community and classroom presentations. This is a two-year program. The goal for the second year is to advocate for policy change.

During Public Health Week and beyond, we are committed to improving the health of Cooper County. If you are interested in being involved with the Healthy Lifestyle Initiative, we meet on the second Wednes-day of every month in the basement of the Cooper County Public Health Center. If you have any questions, please call Kim Wiemholt at 660-882-2626.

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WIC Income Guidelines April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

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Pregnant women are counted as two family members. Income guidelines are based on 185% of poverty level. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The following food package changes will be implemented on Monday, April 16, 2012: Not allowed -cheese (only for fully breastfeed-ing women. Max allowed for fully breastfeeding women is 1 pound. 45 oz. Can fruit juices, canned salmon, Quaker Oats Grits, Tofu, Goats Milk, Lactaid Brand Lactose Free Milk, and Evaporated Milk.

Allowed: Lactose Free Milk Store Brand Only; 46-oz. Can Tomato and Vegetable Juices; No changes to the children’s juices in 64 oz. Bottle; any brand of cow’s milk-however, store brands are recommended.

Participants can purchase WIC foods as printed on the WIC checks until the “Last Date To Use” listed on the food instrument.

If you have any questions, please contact your local WIC provider, Dorothy Draffen, at 660-882-2626 if you need additional income information or on the new food packages. You may also call the State WIC office at 800-392-8209.

Back To School Immunizations

At the end of every school year, the schools start planning for next year. Kindergarten Round up has already taken place at many area schools. If your child was up-to-date on their immunizations, they will be required to receive the fol-lowing vaccinations prior to enter-ing Kindergarten:

For children entering the eighth grade the Tdap is the only re-quired vaccine. However, there are two other vaccines that can be given at the same time, that are strongly recommended.

Meningitis (Menveo or Menactra) and Human Papilloma Virus (Gardasil) are two other vaccine preventable conditions. Health Of-ficials recommend that teens 11 through 18 years of age and college freshmen living in dormitories re-ceive the meningococcal vaccine. Pre-teens and teens are at greatest risk for contracting the disease.

Meningococcal disease can present like other viral illnesses in the early stages of the disease. Although rare, meningococcal meningitis is very serious and can cause death or dis-ability in just a single day.

Cooper County Public Health Cen-ter provides vaccines through the VFC (Vaccines for Children Pro-gram). Children eligible to receive VFC vaccines include:

To schedule an appointment or to check for eligibility, please call Diane at 660-882-2626.

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