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June 7, 2011

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Preserve summer fruits | Page 4 The Relay for Life for Northeast Jackson County is Friday in Grain Valley – Page 6

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Tornado season is here With the recent devastation in Joplin and numerous tornado warnings in the Kansas City area, many of us have increased our awareness of inclement weather conditions where we live. We watch the news or use our cell phones to determine the severity of developing weather conditions. How many of us use weather radios to get up-to-date weather information? NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) all-hazards radios save lives by alerting people who are indoors when severe weather approaches. NOAA all-hazards radios provide constant, useful weather information. They are equipped with a special alarm tone that will sound an alert and give immediate information in a life threatening situation. During an emergency, the National Weather Service will interrupt routine weather radio programming and broadcast a special tone that activates weather radios, by county, in the listening areas. While these radios are primarily used for severe weather alerts, authorities can also use these radios to issue warnings about other types of hazards, such as chemical spills

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Larry Jones Larry Jones is director of the Independence Health Department. or biological hazards. These radios are inexpensive and can be purchased locally. When listening to weather alerts concerning tornadoes, it is common to confuse a tornado watch and tornado warning. A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. Find out what counties are in the watch area by listening to your NOAA weather radio or local radio and television stations. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

Here are a few tornado safety tips to remember when a tornado warning is in effect. n Have a pre-designated safety spot. n Go to the lowest level possible in a structure. n Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. n Avoid windows and glass. n In a basement, stay under the center support beam, a stairwell or heavy piece of furniture for protection from falling debris. Stay out of corners; debris often collects in corners. n If you have no area below ground level, use a hallway closing doors off to outside rooms. A small interior room away from outside walls and windows would be preferable to large rooms or rooms with outside walls. n If outside or in homes of modular construction, go to a safe shelter if possible. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car. If you do not have a family emergency plan, now is the time to create one. Communication with family becomes very important after a catastrophe such as Joplin.

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Preserve the taste of summer Summertime is the best time to find the freshest fruit around as it is the natural harvesting season for many fruits and vegetables. Purchasing and freezing fresh fruits and in bulk during peak season is not only a moneysaving tradition, but a fun way to preserve the nutritional content of your favorite fruits while letting you enjoy the taste of summer year-round. Consider the following tips as you begin your freezing adventure with our recipe that follows. n Fresh is best: Use produce from home gardens, buy locally or select fruits in season from supermarkets for the best quality. n Keep it clean: Prevent bacterial contamination by cleaning all equipment, surfaces, hands and fruit thoroughly before starting. n Keep the color: Prevent browning by treating light-colored fruits (apples, pears, peaches, apricots) using ascorbic acid mixtures before freezing. (Located in canning sections of supermarkets). n Leave room to grow: Freezing causes expansion. Follow the recipe and leave proper head space (space between food mixture to lid) to allow growth. n Substitute sugar: When freezing or canning, do not stray far from recipes for safety purposes. However, reduced-sugar options are available as shown in the following recipe. n Learn to label: Always label frozen or canned foods with the date processed and content of container. Properly frozen and stored products should be used within one year. Enjoy the following strawberry jam recipe as a spread on warm bread, garnish on morning pancakes or as a topping for your ice cream. Add a ribbon around the finished prod-

Tracey Shaffer Food for Thought Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. E-mail her at uct and pair it with a loaf of homemade bread for the perfect gift for any occasion.

Fresh strawberry jam Makes 6 to 8 cups (Serving size: 1 tablespoon) To make ahead: Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, in the freezer for up to 1 year or at room temperature for up to 1 year if processed in a water bath. All you need 12 cups hulled fresh strawberries 1 to 2 cups granulated sugar or brown sugar* 1/2 cup water 1 (1.75 ounce) packet “no-sugar-needed”

pectin** 6 to 8 (8 oz) canning jars All you do 1. Combine strawberries, sugar to taste and water in a Dutch oven. Bring to a vigorous boil and crush the berries with a potato masher until desired consistency. Add pectin in a steady stream, stirring constantly. Stir until the pectin is dissolved. Bring to a full rolling boil (a boil that cannot be “stirred down”), stirring constantly. Boil, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. 2. If freezing or refrigerating, ladle the jam into clean canning jars to within 1⁄2 inch of the rim. Wipe rims clean. Cover with lids. Let the jars stand at room temperature until set, about 24 hours, before refrigerating or freezing. (Or process in a boiling water bath to store, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 1 year.) * 3/4 cup maple syrup or honey or 1/2 to 1 cup Splenda Granular can be used in place of 1 cup sugar. ** Eating Well prefers “no-sugar-needed” pectin from Ball™ or Sure-Jell™ to regular pectin because you can adjust the amount of added sugar. Regular pectin cannot be used in its place because it requires more sugar to ensure a proper set. Although Sure-Jell's instructions indicate that you cannot use less sugar than called for in their recipes, Eating Well had successful results using less. Nutrition facts per serving: 12 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat, 0g monounsaturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 32mg potassium, 3g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 0g protein. Source: Adapated from Eating Well, Inc. For more information on freezing or canning, go to: publications/PM1045.pdf

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Walk to Remember is Saturday The fourth annual Walk to Remember, a fundraising event to benefit Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City. Participants can walk in memory of someone or honor a loved one in the memory garden, where doves will be released at 9 a.m. Walkers for the 1/2-mile and the 1-mile course can register as individuals or as a team and can choose to raise additional funds for Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care. Activities include Buck-E, the Ararat Shrine clown, music, food, drink and games for kids of all ages, balloons, face-painting, a raffle and the Rockin’ Kona Ice Truck. Registration is $25 a person, and includes lunch and a T-shirt, kids 11 and younger are free. Register online or make a donation to support

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Council aiding blind storm victims The Missouri Chapter of the American Council of the Blind is reaching out to the blind and visually challenged throughout Missouri in the wake of the spring tornadoes. The Missouri Council of the Blind is asking that if you are blind or legally blind, or if you know of someone who is blind, who has been affected by the devastating weather and has a need, to contact the St. Louis office. The organization is establishing a fund to financially assist those in need, as well as acting as a resource for those needing white canes and other assistive products and devices to help replace those that have been lost. You do not have to be a member. Allied Workers for the Blind, a Kansas City affiliate, has posted tornado safety tips for the

visually challenged on For more information, visit www.moblind. org/contact or call 314-832-7172 or 800-342-5632.

Give blood; help save a life World Blood Donor Day is June 14 and you are encouraged to donate blood through GIVE, a partnership between Nexcare Bandages with America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross. Local blood donation centers will be joining in this celebration and distributing limited edition Nexcare GIVE bandages to those who donate blood from June 14 to 19. One person’s donation can save up to three lives. Visit the “GIVE” cause online at where you can find a Blood Center location nearby. – Jillayne Ritchie

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Gestational diabetes can lead to later health concerns Having a baby is an exciting time for most women. They pick out new baby clothes, paint and decorate a nursery, and pick out the perfect name. With the excitement, though, there are also potential complications to be aware of. One of these is gestational diabetes. There is no known cause of gestational diabetes, but some risk factors have been identified. These include having a BMI of 30 or higher, sugar in the urine, high blood sugar levels, a family history of diabetes and gestational diabetes in a previous pregnancy. Even if none of these risk factors are present pre-pregnancy, one can still develop gestational diabetes. While most women’s blood sugar level increases slightly during pregnancy, it doesn’t always become high enough to be considered gestational diabetes. Whenever you eat food that produces glucose, your pancreas produces insulin in response to keep blood sugar levels steady. But during pregnancy the placenta produces hormones that slow down insulin production. This may results in high blood sugar, which, can develop into gestational diabetes if it gets too high. Women with gestational diabetes are sometimes very thirsty or may urinate more frequently than usual; although usually there are no signs. That is why it’s a good idea to be checked for it during pregnancy. It is typically a part of routine tests the doctor performs. Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can cause some complications for both mother and baby. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes could grow to be nine pounds or more, which could lead to preterm birth, injury to the baby at delivery and an increased risk of cesarean birth. Babies born preterm often have problems breathing and may need help breathing until their lungs fully develop. Some babies may have problems with low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia, which can cause seizures and other problems in the newborn period. Frequent feedings can help the baby reach a normal blood sugar level. The baby may also be at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. A pregnant woman with gestational diabetes is also at increased risk for preeclampsia and eclampsia, which cause high blood pressure. Development of gestational diabetes in future pregnancies and development of type 2 diabetes are also risks. However, if one maintains a healthy weight after pregnancy, there is less

Terry Morris, MD GUEST COLUMN Terry Morris, M.D., practices obstetrics and gynecology at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs. than a 25 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If gestational diabetes occurs some lifestyle changes during the pregnancy may decrease these risks. Dietary changes are not the same for everyone, but there are some general guidelines to follow. High-calorie snacks and sweets, red meat and solid fats should be avoided. Switching wheat bread for white bread, and whole grain pasta for white pasta is beneficial. Choosing low-fat dairy products, liquid oils, skinless white meats, and fruits and vegetables low in starch may also help keep sugars in control. With gestational diabetes it is recommended to monitor blood sugar closely. This is done by drawing blood from a finger and placing it on a strip that is measured using a glucose meter. Healthy plasma levels are below 95 before breakfast and below 120 two hours after meals. If blood sugar levels remain abnormal, the doctor will make changes to your treatment plan. Moderate exercise is also recommended. It increases glucose transportation and allows the body to transport glucose with a decreased level of insulin. Diabetes in pregnancy can often be managed by diet and exercise alone. If blood sugar levels remain too high, however, a medication that helps one’s own insulin do a better job may be prescribed. Extra insulin is needed for about 15 percent of women with gestational diabetes. It may be given by injection or by an insulin pump and is adjusted to keep sugar levels in a safe range. Education, diet, and lifestyle changes and working together as a team with your health care provider will reduce the risks associated with this common disease. For more information log onto

Food service inspections l Jackson County The Jackson County Public Works/Environmental Health Division conducts inspections anywhere food is handled, prepared and served to the public for cities other than Independence.

Blue Springs ■ Original Pizza, 110 S.W. Missouri 7 – On April 25, an ash tray was found on the back room food prep table; corrected. ■ Sonic, 801 N.W. Woods Chapel Road – On April 25, no sanitizer was detected in the wiping cloth buckets (0 ppm quat); corrected. ■ King Dragon, 1924 N.W. Woods Chapel Road – On April 26, inspectors found raw eggs stored above ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in cooler; corrected. ■ Winstead’s, 905 S. Missouri 7 – On April 26, a chemical spray bottle found in kitchen was not labeled; corrected. ■ Sonic, 515 N.E. Coronado Drive – On April 27, a cook was observed touching a ready-to-eat food without gloves; corrected. ■ Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 2406 S. Missouri 7 – On April 28, an open drink can was found in walk-in cooler next to pizza dough, and a partial cigarette and lighter were found on the box holding disposable pizza trays; both were corrected. A chemical spray bottle was not labeled; corrected. ■ Blue Springs South High School Softball concession, 1200 S.E. Adams Dairy Parkway – On May 2, inspectors found no sanitizer available for use at the establishment; corrected. ■ Rancho Grande Cantina, 501 N.W. Jefferson – On May 10, a drink container with no lid or straw was found on the cook’s line; corrected. Two reach-in coolers on the cook’s line were 53 and 50 degrees, taquitoes were 53 degrees, sour cream 49 degrees and tamales 50 degrees, they were discarded. ■ Chipotle, 1115 Coronado Drive – On May 16, beef in drawer cooler under grill had an internal temperature 67 degrees; discarded. ■ Big Biscuit, 530 N. Missouri 7 – On May 18, a chemical bottle found in server station was not labeled; corrected. ■ Casey’s, 2900 N.W. Missouri 7 – On May 18, inspectors observed an employee beverage in the kitchen area

with a lid, but no straw, and motor oil was stored beside food on the shelf beside the ice machine in the storage room; both were corrected. ■ Custards Last Stand, 1950 N.W. Missouri 7 – On May 18, person in charge reported washing and rinsing food contact utensils without a sanitization step; corrected. ■ Sake, 1245 S.W. Missouri 7 – On May 19, rice found in the warmer was 80 degrees. Rice was out of temperature for less than two hours, so it was allowed to be reheated to 165 degrees. ■ Subway, 2910 S.W. Missouri 7 – On May 19, an employee was observed washing hands without using soap or towels; corrected through discussion. An open beverage container was found in food prep area; corrected. ■ Metro East Tennis Center, 3109 N.W. Vesper St. – On May 20, inspectors found a chemical spray bottle not labeled; corrected. ■ Jordan Liquors, 8601 E. Truman Road – On May 27, inspectors observed various chemicals stored beside single use items and food in storage area behind walk-in; corrected.

Grain Valley ■ Comfort Inn, 210 Jefferson – On April 28, inspectors found gravy in a crock pot in the kitchen at 120 degrees, discarded. Mouse droppings were observed in the cabinets under the food service area.

Independence ■ Sales Oil Ltd., 4500 N. Cobbler – On April 29, cleaning chemicals were found stored on top of the reach-in freezer and on a shelf beside single service food containers; corrected.

Lee’s Summit ■ China Dragon, 436 S.W. Ward Road –On April 25, employee beverages without a lid and a straw were observed on counters and shelves next to food in the kitchen; corrected. Fried chicken in a plastic container sitting on a counter under no form of temperature control was 61 degrees. It had been there less than 2 hours so the establishment was allowed to move it to the walk-in cooler. ■ Lu’s Kitchen, 280 S.W. Blue Parkway – On April 25,

mouse droppings were observed next to the mop sink in the kitchen, in the cabinet under the soda fountain, and in the storage room across from the restrooms. ■ Henry’s Tea Room, 401 S.E. Douglas St. – On April 27, inspectors found no detectable sanitizer in the final rinse of the dishwashing machine; corrected. ■ Pizza Shoppe, 3504 S.W. Market St. – On April 28, mouse droppings were observed around the water heater and dough mixer in back area. Have pest control company come in and make recommendations to abate the situation. Clean up all harborage conditions, fix back door to be tight fitting before the re-inspection, and have a copy of the pest control invoice and recommendations for the inspector. ■ Subway, 3532 S.W. Market St. – On April 28, there was no sanitizer in the compartment sink or the wiping cloth buckets; corrected to 300 ppm of quat. ■ 7-Eleven, 909 S.W. Oldham Parkway – On April 29, inspectors noted when asked how to properly clean food contact surfaces, the person in charge did not indicate a sanitization step; corrected. Hot dogs and sausages on the roller warmer were 118-124 degrees, discarded. Hot dogs, sausages, and taquitoes in the stainless steel reach-in cooler were 50-52 degrees, discarded. There was no detectable sanitizer in the three-compartment sink sanitizer dispenser solution; corrected. ■ McDonald’s, 901 N.W. Chipman Road – On April 29, inspectors found milk in the front reach-in cooler next to the softserve machine was 48 degrees; discarded. ■ Meiner’s Market Arborwalk, 1229 S.W. Arborwalk Blvd. – On April 29, taquitoes on the warmer were found to be 118-120 degrees; discarded. ■ Fireside Dining, 400 N.W. Murray Road – On May 2, inspectors observed the sanitizer dispenser on the three-compartment sink, which was used for wiping cloth buckets, was not producing any detectable sanitizer. A repair man was on site and repaired the dispenser. ■ Lee’s Summit West High School Soccer/Football concession, 2600 S.W. Ward Road – On May 2, inspectors found no person in charge at the

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Questions for Nicole Montgomery

Grain Valley hosts this weekend’s Relay for Life

Nicole Montgomery, from Blue Springs, has been a cancer research advocate for years and started participating in the Relay for Life two years ago. She is the sponsorship and public relations chair for the event Relay for Life, which will be held at Grain Valley High School on Friday, with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Many people who have given their time to make this event a success, she said. The Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s biggest nationwide fundraiser. The family event goes through the night. The teams of approximately 10 people take turns walking throughout the night. “Cancer does not sleep so neither do we,” Relay organizers say.

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How many people will be involved in the relay and what is your goal? Approximately 500 participants will attend the NE Jackson County Relay for Life Event.

There are so many fundraisers for cancer research. What, to you, makes a Relay for Life stand out? Relay for Life is based on grassroots volunteerism where each vommunity comes together to raise money to find a cure for cancer.


What do cancer survivors take away from attending a Relay? The durvivors take away hope that a cure for cancer will be found by having the Relay for Life Events. They are also inspired by all who attend the event in support of their journey with cancer.


Are there any special moments or people’s stories from this telay you’d like to share? The Survivor/Caregiver Dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons area at the Grain Valley High School. George Pirch, cancer survivor, retired teacher and coach from Oak Grove will be the guest speaker. The opening ceremony will open with Savannah Purkey singing the national anthem. Savannah is the granddaughter of Mr. Pirch. The opening lap will begin with all survivors to celebrate their successful fight against cancer. The luminaria ceremony will begin at 10 p.m., which is a moving ceremony when each name is read of those we honor that have survived cancer and those that have lost their battle. The high school track is lined with the luminaria bags and as the names are read they are lit up. Throughout the night there will be live entertainment such as guest singers, impersonators, Samoan dancers, Extreme Cheer, frozen T-shirt contest and Zumba to name a few, along with fun laps such as the Chicken Dance with guest accordion and tuba players. There are many cancer survivors in Jackson County and the Kansas City area and each has

a unique story. Almost anyone you ask can give examples how their life has been changed by cancer, whether a cancer survivor, caretaker, family member, or friend. Our Relay team has four cancer survivors and each of them has inspired us with their courage and determination. The six other team members have either taken on the role of caretaker or have have lost a loved one to this terrible disease. My grandmother, Lu Montgomery, from Independence, took care of her husband Jim for several years as he fought an aggressive form of stomach cancer. Six months after Jim succumbed to stomach cancer Lu was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been fighting the disease for over a year and her courage and positive attitude has been an inspiration to us all. Bonnie Gorman of Blue Springs is another survivor on our team and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Throughout her radiation treatment Bonnie attended all of her kids’ school functions and baseball games. Unfortunately earlier this year Bonnie’s mother, Zelia Vanhoose, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because of their amazing support system, Bonnie and Zelia have remained positive as they continue their brave fight. Roger Manning is one of the most kind and generous people you would ever have the honor of meeting. You would never know by the smile on his face he is currently battling prostate cancer. As he undergoes treatment he has remained strong for his children and grandchildren.


If someone wants to take part in the Relay, what do they need to do? Anyone that would like to join in the fight against cancer and attend the NE Jackson Co. Relay for Life please contact Jayne Phillips at 816-679-6671 or Jayne.x.phillips@sprint. com<> or visit our website at – Sheila Davis

Food service inspections l Jackson County continued FROM PAGE 5 establishment. A person in charge arrived at the establishment before the inspection was over; corrected. No establishment workers had food handler cards. Hot dogs on the warmer were 95-120 degrees; discarded. There was more than 400 ppm quaternary ammonium in the three-compartment sink sanitizer compartment; corrected. Numerous mouse droppings were observed in all of the cabinets and along the walls behind the reachin coolers in the establishment. ■ Arby’s Roast Beef, 1027 N.E. Rice Road – On May 4, inspectors found various potentially hazardous foods in the large prep cooler on the cook’s line were 50-61 degrees. The foods that had been in the cooler longer than 2 hours were discarded and the foods that were in the cooler for less than 2 hours were moved to another prep cooler. ■ Bob Evans, 1680 N.W. Chipman Road – On May 6, no detectable sanitizer was found in the wiping cloth bucket sanitizer solution dispenser; corrected. ■ Jason’s Deli, 1690 N.W. Chipman Road – On May 10, inspectors found sliced Swiss and provolone cheeses were 52 degrees in the ice bath. They had been there for less than 2 hours, so were moved to a reachin cooler. Various potentially hazardous foods in the middle prep cooler were 49-53 degrees. Food that had been in the cooler for longer than 2 hours was discarded, and others were moved to the walk-in cooler. Au jus on the warmer in the back room was 72 degrees, discarded. An employee was observed picking a dropped knife off of the floor, washing it in a hand sink, then putting it back into service without sanitizing; corrected. There was no detectable sanitizer in the final rinse of the dishwashing machine. There was no detectable sanitizer in the front line wiping cloth buckets; corrected. ■ Lakewood Oaks Golf Club, 651 N.E. St. Andrews Circle – On May 10, inspectors found various potentially hazardous foods, including hot dogs and sausages, in the downstairs kitchen prep cooler were 51-53 degrees, discarded. ■ Hy-Vee, 310 S.W. Ward Road – On May 11, inspectors found various potentially hazardous foods in the olive bar were 50-54 degrees, discarded. ■ Olive Garden, 650 N.W. Blue Parkway – On May 12,

inspectors found alfredo sauce at 119 degrees and beef stock 100 degrees in the steam table next to the bread oven, discarded. Various potentially hazardous foods were 57-64 degrees in the drawer cooler under the grill. The product was above 41 degrees for less than two hours, so they were allowed to place the product in the walk-in cooler. ■ Dollar General, 172 N.W. Oldham Parkway – On May 13, several cans with dents on the top and bottom seals were observed on the display shelves, discarded. ■ Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 614 N.E. Missouri 291 – On May 13, the sanitizing dispenser at the three compartment sink was not producing 150-400 PPM; corrected. ■ Master Wok, 3757 S.W. Raintree Drive – On May 16, inspectors found no detectable sanitizer in the wiping cloth bucket; corrected. ■ Places, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road – On May 16, inspectors observed a number of drink containers without lids and/ or straws in the kitchen; corrected. A container of pea sauce in walk-in cooler was marked with a prepared on date of 5/3, 2011, and gravy was marked with a prepared on date of 4/28, 2011, both were discarded. No sanitizer was detected in the wiping cloth buckets; corrected. ■ Planet Sub, 1740 N.W. Chipman Road – On May 16, a number of drink containers were observed without lids and straws in the kitchen. A pan of tuna salad in the reach-in cooler was not date marked, and a number of packages of cheese slices were not date marked. A number of chemical spray bottles were not labeled. Every violation was corrected. ■ Summit Hickory Pit BBQ, 1012 S.E. Blue Parkway – On May 16, numerous rodent droppings were found on the shelf in the liquor room, on the floors under the shelves in the dish washing area, on a unused meat slicer in the storage room and around the water heater. ■ IHOP, 628 N.E. Missouri 291 – on May 17, cream gravy and mashed potatoes in steam table were 111-125 degrees. Food was determined to be less than 135 degrees for under two hours, and was allowed to reheat to 165 degrees. Sliced sausage links were 101 degrees in a metal pan in between the flat-top grills under no form of temperature control, discarded. Soup in server

line warmer was 109 degrees, discarded. Sanitizer in wiping cloth buckets was greater than 400 ppm quaternary ammonium; corrected. ■ Little Caesar’s 303 N.E. Todd George Road – On May 17, inspectors found hot water at all faucets was 78-80 degrees. ■ Peanuts L.S., 219 S.E. Main St. – On May 17, an open drink container was found in the kitchen; corrected. A pan of roast beef in the walk-in cooler had a prepared on date of 5/3/2011, discarded. ■ Temp Stop, 100 S.E. Todd George Parkway – On May 18, the person in charge did not demonstrate the correct frequency of washing, rinsing, and sanitizing food contact surfaces, specifically the hot dog tongs. Food contact surfaces that are in use must be washed, rinsed, and sanitized at least every 4 hours; corrected. ■ Jumpin’ Catfish, 834 S.W. Blue Parkway – On May 19, containers of raw animal foods were observed above ready-toeat food in the walk-in cooler; corrected. Cottage cheese was 48 degrees and eggs were 51 degrees in the salad bar, discarded. ■ Culver’s, 1701 N.E. Douglas St. – On May 20, various potentially hazardous foods were 48-65 degrees in the middle cooks line prep cooler, discarded. ■ Deals, 634 N.E. Missouri 291 – On May 23, cans with dents on top and bottom seals were observed on display shelves; corrected. ■ 54th Street Bar & Grill, 815 S.E. Third St. – On May 24, inspectors found gravy, mashed potatoes, and au jus in the end steam table at 119-126 degrees, and were allowed to be reheated to 165 degrees and serves. Various potentially hazardous foods in the reach-in cooler next to the fryers were 50-54 degrees, and were allowed to be placed in ice. ■ Fortuna Wok, 1333 N.E. Douglas St. – On May 25, inspectors found no detectable sanitizer in the final rinse of dishwashing machine, and chemical containers were observed on shelves next to and above food and cleaned equipment. Both were corrected. ■ Bullfrogs Bar and Grill, 320 S.W. Blue Parkway – On May 26, inspectors observed debris (possibly mold) in tea dispenser, tea was discarded. Various readyto-eat potentially hazardous food was found in reach-in cooler in kitchen without date labels; corrected. – Jillayne Ritchie

healthCALENDAR Items for the Health Calendar may be e-mailed to or mailed to: The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, attention Jill Ritchie. The following items are for June 8 through 14, unless otherwise stated.

Spotlights Blue Springs HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAM FOR KIDS, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 11 to 17; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 10, Rotary Park at Railroad Lake. Cost for either class, $120. Call 228-0137 to register. FREE HYPNOSIS SEMINARS – Stop Smoking from 6:30 to 8 p.m. tonight; Weight Loss Management from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, A Healthy Change Hypnotherapy, 1133 W. Main St., Suite 203. To register, call Mike at 816-560-6903. Independence DIABETES STORE TOUR, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 23rd Street Hy-Vee. Tour the store aisles with Dietitian Amanda and learn about healthy eating, carbohydrates, label reading and portion sizes. No registration required, meet at customer service desk. KIDS’ COOKING CLUB, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Noland Road Hy-Vee. Kids will prepare Snowboard Swooshin Squash, dessert nachos and avocado smoothies. Cost, $3. Registration deadline: Wednesday. Stop by the pay station in the dining area to register. CENTERPOINT AUXILIARY FUNDRAISER, noon to 7 p.m. June 13; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14 and 15, outside the hospital’s cafeteria, 39th Street and Jackson Drive. Dillard’s will feature a boutique, with items especially for Father’s Day. Proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to students pursuing a medical career, charities in Eastern Jackson County and supplies for patients (especially children). Lee’s Summit BABY-SITTER BOOT CAMP, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 10, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation in City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. Youth aspiring to baby-sit will learn how to care for and play effectively with children of all ages. Class includes first aid and CPR. Fee, $25. To register, call 969-1500.

Addiction groups Independence Straight Talk, Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, First Baptist Church. Narcotics Anonymous Help Line: 531-2250. Living Free – Al Anon meeting, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1723 Appleton Ave. 461-0039. Community Substance Abuse Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Independence Police Building. Blue Springs ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, meetings available daily, most sessions are closed, and there are beginner meetings also, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). There is a total of 29 meetings per week. For times, call 228-7921. CHAPEL HILL AL-ANON, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 9 a.m. Saturday, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). BLUE SPRINGS ALATEEN, 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, 1428-B W. U.S. 40 (behind Betty’s Diner). Raytown NEW DAY AL-ANON, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church. 353-5446.

Bereavement groups Blue Springs Widowed Persons support group, 7 to 8:30

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p.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Annex A. 2240677 or 229-8093. Independents Singles Ministry grief support group, 7 p.m. Tuesday, First United Methodist Church. 228-3788. Adult Bereavement support group, sponsored by St. Mary’s Medical Center, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. several times throughout the year, Vesper Hall. To register, 655-5490. Lee’s Summit Grief discussion group, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Lee’s Summit Christian Church. Other Infant loss group, sponsored by Carondelet Health. 655-5582.

Miscellaneous Independence MATERNITY UNIT TOURS, Centerpoint Medical Center. Call 751-3000 for dates and to register. Food handler/manager permit training classes, food handler classes, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Truman Memorial Building, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Independence Health Department; manager class, 9 a.m. Monday. There is a fee. To register, 325-7803. Salvation Army Seeing Help (SASH), 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Salvation Army building. There will be games, speakers or descriptive video movies, plus a meal. 461-4869 or 373-3363. Blue Springs Break Time Club, sponsored by Shepherd

Center of Blue Springs, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Timothy Lutheran Church. For older adults with some physical and/or mental limitations. A donation of $10 to the cost of the program is suggested. 228-5300.

Yourtake What are the health benefits of eating strawberries? (Respondents attended the Strawberry Festival Saturday at the Vaile Mansion in Independence.)

Prenatal/Infant/Child programs Independence WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 404-6460 or 257-2335. Blue Springs WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 220-1007. Blue Springs/Lee’s Summit Tough Love support group, for families dealing with unacceptable adolescent behavior, 7:30 to 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, First Christian Church. 913-492-1200. Moms & Moms-to-be prenatal and postnatal class, 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Family YMCA. 2249620. Natural family planning session, 7 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Medical Center. Fee. For reservations, 913-384-1000. Kansas City WIC NUTRITION PROGRAM, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago, 404-9740 or 923-5800.

Megan Farber Blue Springs “You get natural sugar from them. I also feel like there is some kind of antioxidants or something in them since they are berries.”


Kandy Murphy Richland, Mo. “They provide vitamin A, which is an antioxidant. To me, nature provides you what you need to eat certain times of the year. Strawberries come out this time of year, so they must be good for you.”

Jacob Kriz Sugar Creek “They’re good, and they make you feel happy – and they’re best with ice cream.” – Adrianne DeWeese

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Helping Joplin is a massive effort Joplin, hub of a four state region, is considered a second hometown for thousands of people who live in small towns dotting the area. The tornado not only displaced Joplinites but disrupted the lives of residents who routinely visit Joplin for business, shopping, dining and medical care. There has been tremendous support from individuals and faith-based and non-governmental organizations. The people of Joplin have relied heavily on this support. Many Kansas Citians have traveled down U.S. 71 to offer aid and comfort. Public health and governmental agencies recommend that volunteers affiliate with an aid organization to allow for a more coordinated relief effort. To that end, representatives from many NGOs attend twice daily meetings at the Emergency Operations center in Joplin for updates and strategic collaboration of volunteers and resources. Although it may be tempting to hop in the car and head south, consider contacting your faith home, or an NGO (Heart to Heart International already set up in Joplin, to optimize your efforts.

Lori Boyajian O'Neill Sports and wellness Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill can be contacted at Many organizations are offering food and water to those who are displaced and those who are assisting in the clean up. Bottled water is readily available but often warm. There are areas of Joplin where restaurants are open, but they are crowded. Take your own water and leave extra for others. There are plenty of drop off sites. Air quality in Joplin is deteriorating. Dust

from the rubble, high humidity and seasonally high pollen and mold counts have conspired to cause allergy and breathing problems even in those with no prior history. Allergy medicine is helpful to control symptoms. Those with more serious diseases such as asthma or COPD should consider the wisdom of traveling to Joplin right now. Most organizations are declining donations of clothes. It is not that they are ungrateful, but clothes have to be sorted and stored requiring the work of many volunteers and space. There are piles of clothes on Joplin sidewalks and parking lots. Joplin is a disaster area, not a Saturday morning clean-up-the-park project. Dangerous debris is everywhere. Avoid becoming another casualty of the tornado by considering the following when you pack. 1. Medicines. Take ALL of your medicines. It is a hassle to find a pharmacy in Joplin. Pack over-the-counter medicines for pain, upset stomach, diarrhea, skin rash, allergies and sunburn. 2. Hard-soled footwear. Nails, glass and other debris easily penetrate tennis shoes. There is

an epidemic of workers and volunteers with puncture wounds to their feet. 3. Heavy-duty work gloves. Cloth gloves are simply not adequate. 4. Tetanus vaccine. The CDC recommends tetanus vaccine every 10 years. Free tetanus boosters are available in some Joplin neighborhoods by Heart to Heart International and other organizations. However, it is best to arrive already up-to-date. 5. Sunscreen and hat. Enough said. 6. Fluids. Heat illness in Joplin is becoming very common and can be deadly. Many participating in the cleanup are not physically ready for this extremely strenuous work. Take fluids and drink them. Plan to be self-sufficient. The horror of the tornado's aftermath is fading into the crushing reality of the scope of the disaster and the Herculean work ahead to rebuild lives and structures. Recovery has started. Restoration will take years. How long, we do not know. What we do know is that our southern neighbors need assistance as they head into what promises to be the most miserable summer in Joplin history.

healthCALENDAR FROM PAGE 7 Screenings/Immunizations Independence Blood pressure checks for those 50 and older, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Palmer Center. Free. 325-6200. Grain Valley IMMUNIZATION AND BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC, sponsored by the Jackson County Health Department, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Grain Valley Community Center. Blood pressure checks and childhood immunizations are free. TB tests and payable vaccines by appointment only. 404-6443.

Support groups Independence Domestic violence group for men, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Family Conservancy of Eastern Jackson County. 373-7577. Caring Communities Kinship, 7 p.m. Monday, Cler-Mont Community School. LiLi Moe, 7966041. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Villages of Jackson Creek-Memory Care. Free and open to the public. Call Monica Benson, 478-5689. Multiple Sclerosis, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Red Lobster. 833-4151. Caregivers SUPPORT GROUP, 2 p.m. Thursday, Centerpoint Medical Center Cafeteria, private dining room. Call 698-7584 to register. VOID (Victims Of Impaired Drivers), 6 to 7 p.m. business meeting; 7 to 9 p.m. support meeting, second Friday, Walnut Gardens Community of Christ, 19201

R.D. Mize Road. Call 816-536-2853. Caring Communities Divorce and Step Family, 6:30 p.m. once a month, days vary, Blue Hills Elementary School. 796-6290. Blue Springs Overcomer’s Outreach 12-step, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Blue Springs Assembly. 229-3298. Diabetes, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Medical Center Birthing Center Conference Room. 655-5244. CHADD (Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Care Net Clinic. Call Jessie Roggenbach, 228-6222. CANCER support group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, First United Methodist Church, Room 100. Call 2298108. Caregivers, sponsored by Shepherd Center of Blue Springs, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Timothy Lutheran Church. 228-5300. PARENTS OF NICU BABIES, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Birthing Center. Moms delivering at other facilities are welcome. 655-5574, option 5. Breastfeeding, offered by St. Mary’s Medical Center, 10 a.m. Thursday, 206 Mock Ave., Suite 101. 655-5574. Holding on to Hope, for parents who have had a child die, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, every other month, Timothy Lutheran Church. Call Nancy Nowiszewski, 228-5300, Ext. 320. CHRISTIAN 12-STEP RECOVERY PROGRAM, 7 p.m. Friday, Blue Springs Christian Church. Call Steve, 229-7311, Ext. 243. Lee’s Summit Dealing with loss, 1 p.m. Monday, John Knox Village, Ambassador meeting room. Call Darlene Gutshall, 347-2310.


Health is a health and wellness magazine distributed in Eastern Jackson County.


Health is a health and wellness magazine distributed in Eastern Jackson County.