WVUA: Health Matters – Anxiety (May 3, 2017)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this week dean of the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Dr. Rick Streiffer is highlighting anxiety.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five people in the U.S. will develop some kind of temporary or permanent mental health condition in their lifetime.

Social work and mental health specialist Bob McKinney said even though it feels harmful, not all anxiety is bad.

“Anxiety is a perfectly normal part of life,” McKinney said. “It’s the way our bodies react to stress and stressful situations. Anxiety can kind of hone your focus into the task at hand.”

WVUA: Health Matters – Sugar-Sweetened Drinks (April 26, 2017)

In the South, we love our sweet tea. But as a whole, Americans are consuming too much sugar, and a good portion of that comes from beverages.

A long-term sugar surplus leads to issues like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

University Medical Center Registered Dietician Suzanne Henson said down here, sugar is an epidemic.

“It is not unusual to find even infants with sweet tea, sports beverages or regular sodas in their bottles,” she said. “So we have developed a group of young people who are accustomed to intensely sweetened beverages.”

Drinking so many sugar-filled beverages at a young age often means kids crave those kind of drinks over, say, water.

WVUA: Health Matters – Lower Back Pain (April 19, 2017)

Dr. Rick Streiffer with the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences said most people experience lower back pain at some point in their lives.

Most times, it’s treatable without a doctor’s intervention — heat, over-the-counter medications and rest go a long way to helping a hurting back.

“It is one of the most common reasons that people come in to see their family physician,” said Dr. Jimmy Robinson, also with UA’s community health sciences college.

A big contributor to lower back pain? Being overweight and physically inactive.

WVUA: Health Matters – Adult Immunizations (April 12, 2017)

Immunizations are often considered something just for children before they head to day care or school for the first time, but immunizations are important for adults, too.

Dr. Jane Weida at University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa says skipping your shots can result in some nasty consequences.

Adults should be getting a tetanus and diphtheria shot every 10 years, Weida says, and it’s a good idea to get a whooping cough booster, too.

UA CCHS holds rural health fair in Pickens County

News clips from WBRC, WVUA, and WVTM covering the 2017 Pickens County Health Fair.

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WVUA: Health Matters – Sinusitus (April 5, 2017)

Most people develop some sinus issue or other at least once in their life.

When it strikes, it’s tempting to ask your doctor for some antibiotics, but that’s not always the correct course of action.

Dr. Ricky Friend with the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences says even the worst sinus infections are rarely bacterial, and even those association with fever, facial pain or thick green drainage usually don’t require antibiotics.

WBRC: 18th annual Rural Health Conference sheds light on health care challenges in rural areas

Women in rural communities can face more challenges than most when it comes to getting quality healthcare.

Visit WBRC to read the full article.

UA partnering with Pickens County to host health fair

The University of Alabama-Pickens County Partnership is partnering with Pickens County Medical Center to host a health fair Thursday, April 6, from 10 am to 2 pm.

The health fair will be held at the Pickens County Medical Center HealthPlex, located at 241 Robert K. Wilson Drive in Carrollton, Ala.

The fair will include free health screenings for blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. Participants can also have their screening results individually reviewed and explained by a health coach, who can also provide advice about how to better manage various health issues. The screenings will be provided by The University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing faculty and nursing students.

The UA-Pickens County Partnership, which is led by UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, works to place UA students in medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, psychology and health education – and potentially others – in Pickens County for internships and experiences. Through the partnership, the rural, underserved county is provided with additional health resources, and UA students receive real world training in their respective areas of study.

The health fair will also include speakers, hospital tours, gardening tips, food, giveaways and more. For information, contact Wilamena Daily, project coordinator for the UA-Pickens County Partnership, at wshopkins@ua.edu.

WVUA: CCHS to hold Brussel Sprout Challenge

Dr. Richard Streiffer, Dean at the College of Community Health Sciences discusses the history of the Brussel Sprout Challenge.

WVUA Report: Dealing with Allergy Season

Segment on 2017 allergy season with commentary from Dr. Richard Streiffer, Dean at the College of Community Health Sciences.