National Wear Red Day

Wear red. Know your numbers. Reduce your risk.

PHS staff members observe national Wear Day to bring attention to women’s heart health.

Five numbers, that all women should know to take control of their heart health are:

  • Total Cholesterol
  • HDL (good) Cholesterol,
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

Knowing these numbers can help women and their healthcare provider determine their risk for developing cardiovascular disease.


Falafel King Issues Allergy Alert for “Tzatziki Sauce”




The following recall alert was received from Nebraska Department of Agriculture, after the FDA initiated a recall of Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce.

Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is distributed to retail stores in certain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska.

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is sold in a 10 ounce plastic container with a black rimmed lid with the UPC #822986-70015-2 and a “Sell By” date printed on the top label. The old label on this product will have a “Sell By” date prior to 03/04/17.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with our product.

This Allergy Alert was initiated to protect the consumers after it was discovered that the Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk.

Anyone with questions may contact the Falafel King Corporate office at 303-443-1346 and ask for Amnon Gilady, Owner, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m. MST or email at

Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website for more information regarding recall alerts.

Good Question – Do you have a cold or the flu?

The flu is different from a cold. A cold will come on gradually with various symptoms, and the flu will come on suddenly. People who have the flu may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever – chills/feeling feverish
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea may occur; this is more common in children than adults.

*Not everyone will experience a fever with the flu.

Flu vs. Cold

Signs & Symptoms Influenza (Flu) Cold
Symptom onset  Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare


For more information go to Center of Disease Control Flu & Symptom Severity

Click here for more information about the PHS Immunization Clinic. You can ask your health provider about immunizations or call PHS at 402-826-3880

Dental Day Is Coming! -Feb 3rd

Annually, the first Friday in February UNMC College of Dentistry hosts a Dental Day for children across Nebraska. Public Health Solutions has partnered with UNMC to make sure that the uninsured and underinsured children of our district are able to get free dental work. The next Dental Day will be held on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The deadline to apply is January 20th, 2017. To enroll your children, you can contact Public Health Solutions for more information, or you can fill out the application form  and return it to our offices.

Once the form is filled out, signed, and received by Public Health Solutions, we will contact a local dental professional to set up a free pre-screening exam that is needed before the February 3rd clinic. The exam is very quick and simple, and will let the Dental College know your child’s dental needs.

The clinic will be held at the University’s East Campus  (40th & Holdredge) in Lincoln  and families need to check in at 8:00am. Parents will be able to wait in the clinic’s waiting room while the children are in the clinic or are doing fun and educational activities between treatments. Please be prepared to be there a full day, as some procedures may take a long time. Your child will be given lunch and there are vending machines in the building. Free coffee will be available, and there are also a few restaurants in the area.

If you need transportation, Public Health Solutions can try to help you, so please let us know!

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Is Your Vehicle Winter Ready?

In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car including:

  • Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
  • Flashlights: with extra batteries or  hand crank flashlight
  • First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
  • Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
  • Manual can opener
  • Water
  • Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
  • Pet supplies: food and water
  • Radio: battery or hand cranked
  • Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
  • Small shovel
  • Ice scraper
  • Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Charged cell phone: and car charger

Some other tips are:

  • Keep your gas tank full or nearly full. Never travel with a low gas tank
  • Check windshield wipers and replace if needed
  • Keep windshield washer fluid full with a winter solution
  • Check or have a mechanic give your a car a “winter check-up” to make sure it is in good working condition and tires do not need replaced


For more tips on preparing your home and vehicles for winter go to


Sabra Issues Voluntary Recall of Hummus Products

Sabra Dipping  Company Issues Voluntary Recall Of  Hummus Products

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product. The recall includes Sabra hummus and spreads.  These products were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.

Consumers with any product that indicates a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.

Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogen of the GI tract. Infants, adolescents, elderly, and those with immune disorders are more likely to develop serious complications.  Listeria can cause stillbirths and miscarriage if the mother contracts it when pregnant. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Listeria is capable of growing even in refrigerated control.  It can take up to 21 days to develop symptoms after contracting Listeria.

Sabra is voluntarily issuing this recall out of precaution. To date, there have been no reports of illness as a result of consuming the recalled products.

For more information visit: or call Public Health Solutions for more information: 402-826-3880

Colon Cancer Campaign Winner

CC Winner 3Of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it does not have to be. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.
Public Health Solutions promoted a campaign for colon cancer screening during colon cancer awareness month in  March. During this campaign PHS distributed free, in-home colon cancer test kits called FOBT kits to residents of Saline, Thayer, Gage, Jefferson, and Fillmore Nebraska Counties. FOBT kits are recommended to be completed annually by everyone. In an effort to increase access to the kits around our district, PHS partnered with local pharmacies to distribute the kits. By completing an FOBT kit, residents of these counties were entered for a chance to win $250. After the campaign, Public Health Solutions drew for the winner. Eleanora Rempel of Jansen, Nebraska completed a FOBT kit and was this years winner! We congratulate CC Winner 2Eleanora in her efforts to complete recommended cancer screenings! PHS also thanks Deb Wendelin for managing this year’s Colon Cancer Campaign.


LB 1013: Increasing Tobacco Tax

smoking1Public Health Solutions’ Board of Health supports LB 1013. As Board of Health members committed to ensuring the public’s health, we support the increase in tobacco tax for Nebraska. This is a proven strategy that results in reduce smoking rates, saves lives, and reduces health care costs. Nebraska’s currently ranks 40th nationally and is lower than our neighboring states of Colorado, Iowa, and South Dakota. Our department has been actively engaged with community partners to reduce the smoking rate and subsequent health issues in our district. The tobacco tax increase will make a positive impact on these efforts.

Almost everyone’s lives have been touched by the effects of smoking. On a daily basis we see the consequences of smoking in our districts as evidenced by lung cancer rates, pulmonary, and cardiovascular disease. These tobacco related illnesses are estimated to cost $795 million dollars in Nebraska*. In addition it is estimated that the tobacco industry spends an estimated $66 million to hook our kids on tobacco in Nebraska*

To improve the health of the communities we use strategies based on evidence based practices. Raising cigarette taxes is a proven practice that reduces the number of our youth who smoke. Preventing tobacco use in teens is critical to ending tobacco use in Nebraska. The best way to reduce the impact of smoking is not to start.

smoking2The goal of public health seeks to prevent and control disease, prolong life through organized efforts and informed choices of society, public and private organizations, communities, and individuals. While primary care addresses an individual’s needs, public health efforts are targeted toward population health improvements and health system changes, including education and self-management and creating communities and environments that support healthy lifestyles.

LB 1013 is a giant step in the right direction to save lives and reduce health care costs.


*Toll of Tobacco in Nebraska. Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (9-25-15)

Smart Moves Class to Help Pre-Diabetics

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One out of three American adults has pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes). Most of them do not know it. Having pre-diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. This raises your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Many people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within three years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can lead to health problems such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure or loss of toes, feet and legs.

Studies show that diabetes can be prevented. Diabetes risk can be lowered by losing weight, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and taking part in a lifestyle change program, such as Smart Moves.

If you have pre-diabetes (borderline diabetes) or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The Smart Moves lifestyle intervention can help you make lasting changes. Smart Moves is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Smart Moves program is a year long class in which at risk individuals will meet weekly for 16 sessions in the first 6 months, followed by monthly meetings for the next 6 months.

With the Smart Moves program, you will receive:Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 2.50.57 PM

  • A CDC approved curriculum
  • The skills you need to lose weight, be more physically active, and manage stress
  • A trained lifestyle coach to guide and encourage you
  • Support from other participants with the same goals
  • 16 weekly sessions
  • 6 monthly follow-up sessions to help you maintain healthy lifestyle changes

The cost of the Smart Moves program is $150 for the full year. Financial assistance is available if you meet certain criteria. Please contact one of the lifestyle coaches listed below for more information.

Classes will begin in both Beatrice and Fairbury starting in February. The YMCA in Beatrice will offer classes on Mondays at 6:15 pm starting February 15. Beatrice Community Hospital & Health Center Diabetes Program staff will offer classes at Parkview Center on Thursdays at 4:30 pm starting February 18. All Smart Moves participants (at either location) will receive a FREE 3-month membership to the YMCA in Beatrice. Contact Kathi or Sue at 402-223-6758 (leave a message) or email or Kerry at 402-821-7483 or email

Jefferson Community Health Center will be offering their 2nd session of classes starting Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 4:00 pm. In addition to the Smart Moves program, all participants will receive a FREE 6-month membership to the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 16. Contact Lisa Edeal at 402-729-6846 for more information.

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