Category: Health Center Chatter

Jason Olnes, PA-C As June unfolds, it’s crucial for men to pause and reflect on their well-being during Men’s Health Month. As a healthcare practitioner deeply committed to men’s health, I urge my fellow men to prioritize their health by addressing pertinent issues that often lurk beneath the surface. Cardiovascular More…

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. As a mental health provider and alcohol and drug counselor, I ask but one thing: we do just this: gain awareness. And NO, I am not necessarily talking about facts and statistics about how many youths are drinking alcohol or how many deaths are alcohol-related. More…

Amy Olnes, APRN, FNP-C March marks the onset of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a time to shine a spotlight on one of the most prevalent yet preventable cancers affecting millions worldwide. Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains a significant public health concern, with staggering prevalence rates and associated mortality. However, with increased More…

by Lynette Kramer, MD September is Healthy Aging(R) Month. A time to focus on your health and take precautions to help face the challenges that come with aging. You may be asking yourself what exactly is “healthy aging”? Simply stated, it is making lifestyle improvements to keep yourself physically and More…

We’ve all heard of a heart attack. The easiest way to understand a stroke is to think of it as a “brain attack.” A stroke happens when vital blood flow and oxygen are cut off in the brain. The signs of a stroke come on fast and can include numbness More…

More than 15,000 Nebraskans are living with Parkinson’s disease, which is caused by a lack of chemical produced in the brain. Parkinson’s can make movements shaky, slow and tight and can also cause trouble with balance and walking. We do not know what causes Parkinson’s disease, and there is no More…

Around Valentine’s Day, images of hearts are everywhere, so it only seems appropriate to consider heart health.  February is American Heart Month and a great time to start thinking about an exercise program to keep your heart healthy. At the Boone County Health Center (BCHC) we offer the Healthy Strides More…

Healthy people don’t often think about going to the doctor, but the truth is yearly health exam aren’t just for kids anymore. Research shows that a visit to your Primary Care Provider (PCP) each year can keep you healthier in the long term and even save you money. When you More…

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) was once a health problem faced by older adults and people in the hospital, but now it has become a concern for the young as well. C. diff is a bacterial infection that causes swelling of the large bowel. It can lead to watery diarrhea, fever, More…

Experts are still learning about the impact stress can have on the body. The holidays can be wonderful, but they can also add extra duties and worry to our already busy schedules. Here are five ideas to help you simplify for the holidays: Plan down time. Your calendar will fill More…