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October 12, 2010

Health The Examiner

• Tracey Shaffer

Healthy pizza – Page 7

Distracted driving New driver awareness program focuses on unconsidered distraction – Page 4


Compost is green option – Page 2

Wellness 2-3 • Calendar 6 • NUTRITION 7

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Go green with compost Why buy compost in a bag when you can use your old plants and make your own? It is almost time to clear the garden, but don’t throw away those old plants. Compost them. Composting is a natural process. It is totally organic and green. Best of all, making your own compost is cheap. Leaves, grass, and vegetable scraps break down to form rich soil-like substances called humus. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. In our area where clay is the norm, compost will help your garden grow. Most gardeners know the value of composting. If everyone would compost their flowers and vegetables, it would solve part of the problem in our landfills. About one-third of the landfills contain yard waste. Don’t throw away materials when you can use them to improve your lawn and garden. With a small time investment you can help alleviate a community problem and at the same time enrich your yard. There are several steps for making compost. The first step you need to take is to choose a place in your yard that gets plenty of sun. You can make your own container from wood or

Larry Jones Larry Jones is director of the Independence Health Department. build a raised garden bed that will contain your compost. You may want to use wood posts and rabbit wire for your sides. The next step is to collect your compostable materials. Not everything can be composted. Choose garden waste, dried seedless weeds, grass clippings, leaves and small amounts of wood. Kitchen scraps such as vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea bags, tea leaves and coffee grounds can be used. Your flowers will also make good compost.

Avoid meat or bones since this will attract wild animals. Also avoid pet waste. Now you can fill your compost area. Chop your bigger plants into smaller lengths and put on the bottom. Then you can add your grass clippings and other garden plants. Keep a small container in your kitchen for scraps. Your will need to turn your compost every six months. That is only once during the nongrowing season. Step four requires one thing. Wait. Making compost doesn’t happen overnight. If you have a lot of dry materials it will take longer. Dampen your compost pile to speed up the decomposition process. Step five is checking the compost for readiness. It is just touch and smell. The smell should be earthy without the odor of rotten vegetables. The texture should be soft and crumbly. Now you can spread your new compost on your garden. This process takes time, but once your compost pile is established it will become a constant supply of nutrients for lawn and garden. Go green with compost!

Food inspections l 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.

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■Sake, 1245 S.W. Missouri 7 – On Sept. 28, inspectors found meats in the sushi display cooler were 48-50 degrees. Since these meats had been in this location for less than 1 hour, they were moved to a reach-in refrigerator with an ambient temperature of 34 degrees.

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■Side Pockets, 224 N.W. Oldham Road – On Sept. 28, containers of various ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food were found in the reach-in and the walk-in coolers were not properly date labeled. ■ Mirchies Indian Eatery, 601 N.W. Murray Road – On Sept. 29, inspectors found personal beverage containers in the food prep area without lids or straws, corrected. ■ China Dragon, 436 S.W. Ward Road – On Oct. 1, a drink container was found without a lid or straw on the cook’s line, corrected. Chicken on a stick on buffet was 100 degrees, and seafood salad on buffet was 58 degrees, discarded. ■ Rivalries, 700 N.E. Woods Chapel Road – On Oct. 1, inspectors observed various potentially hazardous foods in the steam table were not reheated to 165 degrees before being placed in the steam table, and they were 78-82 degrees after sitting in the steam table for 1 hour. There was no detectable sanitizer in the final rinse of the dishwashing machine.

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Pumpkins! Big, bright globes of goodness. There are few fruits more nutritious. Celebrated by the Peanuts gang and hordes of kids in search of their own Great Pumpkin, they welcome us to Fall. Pumpkins, what do you know?

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True or false 1. Iowa is the leading pumpkin producer. 2. Pumpkins are fat free. 3. Pumpkins are 90 percent water. “Pumpkin” comes from the Greek word “pepon,” which literally translated means “large melon.” The fruit is native to America and became widely popular among English colonists through their interaction with Native Americans. Illinois produces 90 to 95 percent of pumpkins grown in the U.S. Pumpkin pie originated when colonists removed the seeds and filled the inside with milk, honey and spices. The pumpkin was baked in hot ashes and, voila! Pumpkin pie was born. About 95 percent of the 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkin grown annually are used for food. The rest are used for decoration and to frighten evil spirits. Historians report that the original “Jack of the Lantern” comes from the Irish myth about a man named, “Stingy Jack.” Jack, a rather unsavory character, had tricked the Devil on a few occasions when their paths crossed. Each time Stingy Jack vexed the Devil by placing a cross nearby. At the time of Jack’s death he had succeeded in angering both the Devil and God – presumably for different reasons. Consequently, neither would permit entry into their respective domains. Jack was left to roam the earth with nothing but a piece of burning coal to light his way, which he placed in a turnip. Thus, the Irish myth of “Jack of the Lantern” was born. The carving of scary visages into potatoes, gourds and pumpkins was intended to ward off evil spirits. When Irish colonists arrived they

Sports and wellness Dr. Lori Boyajian-O’Neill can be contacted at brought this tradition with them and found pumpkins to be the perfect lantern. The rich orange color of pumpkins means they are packed with beta-carotenes. Eat enough beta-carotenes and you, too, will be orange! Many parents of infants have discovered this after too many feedings of pureed carrots. Beta-carotenes are converted to vitamin A, which is believed to prevent heart disease and decrease risk of certain cancers. Some researchers believe that aging is slowed with a diet rich in beta-carotenes. Pumpkins are also rich in vitamin C and potassium. Pumpkin seeds contain essential amino acids, zinc, protein and fiber. Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater may have had marital problems, but with all of that betacarotene he probably lived a long life. Linus van Pelt said, “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin!” I found my Great Pumpkin in the form of a Tippin’s pie the other day. I’ll take my betacarotenes with a dollop of whipped cream, thank you.

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Not Even a Stroke Could Stop Terri Gardner From Dancing at Her Daughter’s Wedding J ust two weeks remained before Terri Gardner’s oldest daughter, Amber, was to be married. It was a joyful time, but also stressful as Terri worked to ensure that the wedding would be perfect. Terri’s youngest daughter, Carrody, stepped in to help. But as mother and daughter chatted one Sunday morning, it quickly became apparent that something was terribly wrong: Terri could not finish her sentences. Although she could see the words in her head, her efforts at speech were futile. Without missing a beat, Carrody, an emergency department nurse at Saint Luke’s East-Lee’s Summit, called the hospital and told them that she was bringing her mother in with a possible stroke. Upon arrival, a CAT scan was done. But the results were inconclusive. With effort, Terri managed to convey to the attending physician that she’d been experiencing some tingling in her hand for a few days but hadn’t thought much of it. A quick decision was made to transport Terri to Saint Luke’s Hospital near the Country Club Plaza. A stroke team was waiting, and a higher-resolution CAT scan soon confirmed that she had, indeed, suffered a stroke. Unfortunately, the blood clots were too far back in the brain to address through mechanical intervention. Instead, Terri was given

powerful medications to improve the blood flow to her brain. The medications worked, and by the following evening, Terri was talking normally. Within four days, she was heading home. And not too long after that, she was dancing at her daughter’s wedding. “The care I received was just wonderful,” Terri said. “I really don’t know how it could have been any better. They kept me informed and explained to me what they were doing and why. And they were always very kind and courteous and professional. Nobody wants to go through something like that, but all things considered, it was a pretty awesome experience.” Hundreds of people across western Missouri and eastern Kansas have been given a second chance in life, thanks to the advanced stroke intervention capabilities of Saint Luke’s Health System. A national leader in acute stroke reversal, Saint Luke’s and its 11 regional partner hospitals bring the latest technology, medications and techniques to bear in the fight against strokes. So wherever you are in the area, remember that you’re never far from the region’s quality leader. And if you need proof, just talk to Terri Gardner. Because she’s speaking just fine these days.

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Remove the distractions Obama, Oprah, AAA all say, ‘Pay attention while driving’ By CAROL SPONAGLE Gatehouse News Service


veryone, from law enforcement officers to Oprah Winfrey to President Barack Obama, is urging people to avoid distractions like cell phones and GPS devices while driving. Now, AAA is targeting auto passengers that have very little to do with the operation of a car: Fido and Fluffy. According to AAA, 31 percent of respondents to a recent survey admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving, and 21 percent have allowed their dog to sit in their lap while driving. The survey follows on the heels of Winfrey’s “No Texting” campaign (to remind people to stop texting while driving). In addition, there was an official 2010 Distracted Driving Summit hosted on Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C., and there are ongoing efforts by law enforcement officials to encourage safe driving habits. The U.S. Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as “any non-driving activity a person engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.” In 2008, nearly 5,900 people died and almost half a million people were injured because of automobile accidents involving a distracted driver, according to the National Automotive Sampling System General Estimates System. Driving while distracted occurs with people of all ages, but it has the deadliest consequences for younger, inexperienced drivers. Statistics show that drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of fatal auto accidents because of distractions — and the number of young people who

text while driving is increasing. There are three main types of driving distractions: n Visual taking your eyes off of the road n Manual taking your hands off of the wheels n Cognitive taking your mind off what you’re doing The government calls texting “the most alarming” because it involves all three types of distractions. Distracting activities listed by the Department of Transportation include talking on a cell phone, using a personal digital assistant or a navigation system, watching a video, changing the radio station or CD, eating, drinking, talking to passengers and grooming. Other distracting activities are daydreaming, having strong emotions and searching or reaching for loose items while driving. Sometimes, those loose items are pets traveling unrestrained in vehicles, according to AAA. A lot of animals travel by car. According to a survey by Nationwide Mutual Insurance, nearly 90 percent of pet owners travel with their pets — and many of those pets roam free in the vehicle, often standing on hind legs while catching the breeze blowing through an open window. And when a collision occurs, an unrestrained dog or cat can become a dangerous projectile. Sangamon, Ill., County Chief Deputy Jack Campbell said he uses this example when speaking to driver’s education students: “If you’re going 60 mph and you hit a brick wall, everything inside the car that’s not strapped down continues to go 60 mph until something stops it. If anything hits you or your passenger at 60 mph, you’re going to get injured.”

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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 Oct. 13 through 19, unless otherwise stated.


Independence DIABETES STORE TOUR, 10 a.m. Thursday at Noland Road Hy-Vee; 4 p.m. Friday at 23rd Street HyVee. Tours are free, meet at the customer service desk. KID’S COOKING CLUB – for ages 2 to 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Noland Road Hy-Vee. Register at the pay station in the dining area by Oct. 19. Blue Springs CLUB FITNESS CLASSES, sponsored by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation, held at Club 7 Fitness, 1241 S. Missouri 7. All classes are $40. Call 228-0137 to register for any of the following classes. BODYPUMP, 5:35-6:35 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 19-Dec. 7; 6:35-7:35 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 21-Dec. 16. BODYVIVE, 8-9 a.m. Wednesdays Oct. 20-Dec. 8; 9:05-10 a.m. Saturdays Oct. 23-Dec. 11. YOGA FLOW, 6:35-7:50 p.m. Mondays Oct. 18-Dec. 6; 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 20-Dec. 9; 6:30-7:40 p.m. Sundays Oct. 24-Dec. 12. ZUMBA DANCE, 5:35-6:30 p.m. Mondays Oct. 18Dec. 6; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays Oct. 19-Dec. 7. Lee’s Summit BASIC FIRST AID, 6 to 9 a.m. Monday, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. The Heartsaver First Aid two-year certification course covers bleeding management, shock, burns, fractures and more. Fee, $24. To register, call 969-1500. HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR, 6 to 9 a.m. Oct. 21, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 S.E. Green St. This American Heart Association credential course is for R.T.’s, P.T.’s, nursing students and others with health care backgrounds. Fee, $35. To register, call 969-1500. Raytown MIZZOU HOMECOMING BLOOD DRIVE, 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Raytown YMCA, 10301 E. Missouri 350. Make an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood. org and enter the sponsor code, MUYMCARaytown.

Addiction groups

Independence Straight Talk, Narcotics Anonymous, 8 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. 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 471-7229. 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

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. Kansas City Heartland Widowed Persons Service, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Waid’s Restaurant, 103rd and State Line. Call Bonnie Apple, 913-888-7848. Other Infant loss group, sponsored by Carondelet Health. 655-5582.


Independence MATERNITY UNIT TOURS, Centerpoint Medical Center. Call 751-3000 for dates and to register. 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

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I don’t believe any of it, and I don’t trust any program like that.

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I definitely don’t believe in the Adkins Diet, and what’s scary is that a lot of parents put their kids on it. I personally do Weight Watchers. That’s the way I learn to eat right.

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I don’t. I do Weight Watchers. That teachers you how to eat right and stay healthy. – Jeff Martin

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physical and/or mental limitations. A donation of $10 to the cost of the program is suggested. 228-5300.

Prenatal/Infant/Child programs

Blue Springs 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. 224-9620. Natural family planning session, 7 p.m. Thursday, St. Mary’s Medical Center. Fee. For reservations, 913-384-1000. Kansas City Truman Medical Center-Lakewood WIC Nutrition Program, for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or gave birth less than six months ago. 404-4WIC.


Independence Blood pressure for those 50 and older, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Palmer Center. Free. 325-6200. Blood pressure checks for those 50 and older, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Palmer Center. Free. 325-6200.

Support groups

Independence Domestic violence group for men, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Family Conservancy of Eastern Jackson County. 373-7577. ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Fairmount Community Center. Lead by Monica Benson. 254-8334. Parkinson’s, 3 p.m. Tuesday, The Fountains at Greenbriar. Call Desiree Rogers at 257-5100. CHADD – Parents of Children with Attention Deficit Disorder, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Trails West Library. Call Teresa, 796-3659. Parkinson’s disease, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sermon Center. 252-4987. 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. 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. Alzheimer’s, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, St. Mary’s Manor. 228-5655. 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. –Jillayne Ritchie


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Enjoy a favorite, but cut back on calories October is National Pizza Month Everyone likes pizza. Americans eat an average of 46 slices of pizza every year – not surprising since there seems to be a pizza for every occasion, meal and ethnic flavor. Most people think of pizza as a junk food, but it doesn’t have to be. By selecting the right toppings you can make your pizza healthy and Food for Thought include all of the food groups. n Start with a healthy crust. By choosTracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian ing a whole-wheat crust instead of a white at the Blue Springs location The crust you add more fiber to your pie. If you information provided should not be conchoose a thin crust over a thick crust, you save strued as professional medical yourself calories and too many unwanted caradvice. E-mail her at bohydrates. n Think about your sauce. A traditional red sauce has cancer-fighting lycopene and is much lower in fat and calories than a creamy alfredo sauce. ging saturated fat. Instead, choose Canadian n Easy on the cheese. The cheese most bacon or chicken. often used on pizza is mozzarella, a low-fat, Celebrate Pizza Month in October with this healthier cheese that contains bone-building alternative snacking pizza: calcium. Just beware of the amount you use. A fine sprinkling is All you need: all you need. n Choose 2 whole grain tortillas healthy toppings. 1 tsp olive oil, divided Load your pizza 1 (17 oz) container plain Greek yogurt with the healthy 1 pkg reduced-sodium taco seasoning stuff and cut back 1 tomato, chopped, divided on the unhealthier 1 cup chopped broccoli, divided options. Onions, 1 cup shredded lettuce, divided black olives, red ¼ cup shredded taco cheese, divided or green peppers, ¼ cup taco sauce or salsa, optional spinach, pineapple, All you do: mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. all give your pizza 2. Place two tortillas on baking sheet. Drizzle oil on both tortillas. a nutritional boost. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until crisp. n Lean away 3. Mix together yogurt and taco seasoning. Spread yogurt mixture from high-fat onto tortillas. meats. Sausage 4. Top with vegetables, cheese and taco sauce. and pepperoni are Nutrition facts per serving: 280 calories, 5g fat, 660mg sodium, 33g carhigh in calories bohydrate, 5g fiber, 8g protein. and artery-clog-

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