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This morning, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Cara Erwin, community wellness coordinator with Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Today’s discussion explores the ongoing risks and continued popularity of vaping for today’s youth.  Erwin shares the health risks and ongoing challenges related to reducing this phenomenon.

 

Greene County Seniors Helping Seniors

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This morning, host Hue-Ping Chin speaks with Cara Erwin, community wellness coordinator with Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Today’s discussion explores the Senior Peer Support program.  The volunteer program combines senior volunteers and many local agencies to address depression, mental health and isolation experienced by many as they grow older.

 

“If people have seen the movie Thelma and Louise, and at the end of the movie, they drive their car right off the cliff.  That’s what it’s like for me at times”, says Carolyn Crawford.  “When I know I’m going into a manic state, I have to stop and say ‘Wait a Minute’, and pull back from the cliff.  That’s how it affects me.  But I really didn’t know what it was”, Crawford said.   

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“I hear the comments,” said KGBX Morning Host Liz Delany. “You know, 'She’s a little crazy.  Oop, don’t make her mad, she’s on medication.' Or, 'Sometimes she’s a little imbalanced, she might be having one of those days.'   I guess if I was a 'normal' person, if you will, I might say something like that,” Delany said.  

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The Springfield Greene County Health Department, with funding support from the Missouri Foundation for Health, is leading a major mental health needs assessment in partnership with Burrell Behavorial Health, Cox Health, Mercy Springfield, and Jordan Valley Community Health Center. 

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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has confirmed 12 flu cases in the first two weeks of the 2018-2019 flu season.

The health department says it’s seeing flu cases a bit earlier than expected.

According to experts, getting the flu vaccine by the end of October will give you the best possible protection from the flu virus.

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Amid the holiday season comes another one: flu season. In Greene County, there were 88 cases of the illness as of Dec. 2, according to Kathryn Wall, public information administrator for the Springfield Greene County Health Department.

Wall said reports of the flu tend to increase around the holiday season when people do a lot traveling and tend to be within close quarters of others. 

“That’s why we really push for flu vaccine in October to really get ahead of it,” Wall added. 

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Officer Rob Rem with Springfield Animal Control is loading up to begin his rounds for the day.  He breaks the mold of the old fashioned “dog catcher” stereotype with his warm smile and outgoing personality.  But Rem says it is difficult to shake the negative perception the public often still holds.

“We don’t just drive around catching dogs—we’re trying to make a difference.”