Oxford HealthCare Named Best of the Ozarks by Springfield News-Leader

Oxford HealthCare was recently honored with the Springfield News-Leader’s Best of the Ozarks awards.

For the 13th consecutive year, Oxford HealthCare was recognized as the Best Home Health Care Agency in the Springfield News-Leader’s Best of the Ozarks survey.

Committed to being the leading home care provider in southwest Missouri, Oxford is the only home health care agency to receive the award since the beginning of the survey.

Oxford HealthCare also won Best Hospice Agency for the fifth year in a row. Oxford provides the only full service hospice and palliative care program in the area.

Finding the right care to remain independent at home is an important choice. Thank you to everyone who voted us as Best of the Ozarks, and thank you to the physicians, patients and families that trust Oxford every day for the care they need.

Focus on Heart Health in February

By Pam Gennings, Executive Director Special Projects

heartCardiovascular disease (CVD) – including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. CVD is a leading cause of disability, and heart disease is a major threat to senior health. Everyday Health reports that 84 percent of people age 65 years and older die from heart disease.

Help prevent cardiovascular disease by adopting healthy habits and managing risk factors like:

  • Diet
  • Physical Activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes

To help you succeed, remember:

  • Don’t get discouraged – every healthy choice makes a difference.
  • Ask family and friends to join you – partner up!
  • Reward yourself. Try healthy dessert recipes, take a walk with friends, find fun things to do.

Ben Franklin left us with great advice, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Steps to Heart Disease Prevention

  • Get a regular check up from a health care professional. Know your numbers!
    High Blood Pressure often has no symptoms – check it on a regular basis.
  • Take your medicine.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein. Limit saturated fats and foods containing cholesterol like fatty meats.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Minimize stress in your life.