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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Collection

Reminder, this Saturday, October 16, is the the Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics collection event from 9am-3pm, at the MacArthur Drive parking lot (Remington Nature Center). During this event, residents are asked to remain in their vehicles while staff unloads all materials. If you have any questions, please contact the landfill at 253-1120.

Bonds for Bridges

The King Hill bridge is the first of many bridges to be replaced under the Bonds for Bridges program. The King Hill bridge, located on King Hill Drive crossing over south 2nd Street, provides access to the scenic overlook of the industrial side of town. King Hill bridge is around 100 years old and is one of many being replaced over the next year. The bridge currently has a unique design with arched concrete girder supports and concrete sides to protect pedestrians walking across the bridge. The new bridge will be a modern design using flat concrete girders and a metal pedestrian railing to help streamline construction and keep costs down.

The Bonds for Bridges program was passed by voters in June 2020, dedicating nearly $20 million to repair and replace almost 20 city bridges, most of which are around 100 years old or older. Phase 1 of the project consists of four bridges being demolished and replaced over the next few months. Phase 2 will begin at the start of 2022 with six bridges followed by Phase 3 around June 2022 with the final bridges.
Active Aging

The month of October is full of special recognition days, weeks, and even the entire month which bring awareness, attention and education about a variety of health and wellness topics. One of the many recognition events is Active Aging Week, which took place this year during the week of October 4-10. This week celebrates adults over 50, spotlighting their leadership abilities and celebrating them as role models. It also showcases older adults’ capabilities as fully participating members of society with the objective of promoting the benefits of healthy living, wellness activities, exercise and being active through a person's lifespan.

Initiated by the International Council on Active Aging in 2003, this weeklong campaign focuses on society’s diminished expectations of persons abilities as they age and educates people about how an active lifestyle can be lived by everyone as they age, regardless of health conditions. Though the official recognition week has passed, that doesn't mean residents can't continue to focus on staying active. For instance, take on this year's campaign challenge by enjoying a 30-minute daily walking to begin focusing on a more active lifestyle.
WIC Foods for the Immune System

Fall is the time of year when people seek out immunity-boosting food to fight illness or to help prevent ailments such as the flu. Unfortunately, concern for health and immunity has been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the Missouri WIC Program helps foster immunity-boosting health habits by providing supplemental foods, health care referrals, breastfeeding support and individualized nutrition education. WIC food packages help provide the essential nutrients needed to close nutritional gaps and improve health outcomes.

Key nutrients for the immune system include vitamin C, D, zinc, and selenium. These are needed by the body in small amounts. Vitamin C acts as an antiviral agent and antioxidant in the body, protecting it from free radical damage, while also promoting tissue growth and supporting the immune system. It is found in WIC-approved fruits and vegetables, such as citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruit), kiwi, red and green peppers and broccoli. It can also be found in frozen juice concentrates which are fortified with vitamin C. 

Vitamin D is made by the body through exposure to sunlight, or it can be derived from food. When the days become shorter in the fall, the body receives less sunlight to make vitamin D. At this point, it is important to include vitamin D rich foods in the diet. Vitamin D is known for its role in reducing risks of viral infections and supporting respiratory health. Milk, dairy foods, tuna, sardines, and fatty fish such as salmon, mushrooms, breakfast cereals, fortified orange juice and margarine are all food sources of vitamin D. 

Zinc and selenium are minerals with antioxidant and immunity-boosting properties. Studies show getting adequate zinc and selenium in the diet help increase immune function. These minerals can be found in highly varied diets that include fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, brown rice, pasta, beans, yogurt, and other dairy products, oatmeal, vegetables, tofu, red meat, pork and chicken. 

The WICShopper app is another beneficial tool available to WIC participants. Aside from checking the food package benefit balance, next appointment date, and developmental milestones, participants can try new recipes using the recipe feature inside the app. Resources such as the app, paired with individualized nutrition education, help ensure WIC participants learn how to maximize the use of their food package to boost their immune system while providing their family with the best health outcomes possible.
Don't Make It Easy

As the cooler temperatures move into the area, it's not always fun hopping into a cold vehicle. However, it's important to think before starting up your car then walking away. Also, don't leave valuables like electronic devices and purses in plain sight. Vehicle theft can happen almost anywhere, so don't make it easy.
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