Boone Co. Confirms West Nile

1 decade 11 months 3 days ago Friday, August 17 2007 Aug 17, 2007 Friday, August 17, 2007 4:30:58 PM CDT August 17, 2007 in News

West Nile Hits Boone County

The Boone County Health Department is reporting the first human case of West Nile Virus. The patient is a 50-year-old man from eastern Boone County. Columbia and the Boone County Health Department will be spraying the area around where the person was infected. They're reminding residents to take steps to prevent West Nile.

Tips include getting rid of cans and containers holding water, clean vegetation from ponds, and clean and chlorinate pools and hot tubs. Make sure your gutters are clean and drained properly, and use bug spray that contains 35 percent DEET.

Back to School and Back in Shape

As youngsters head back to school this month, some may be a bit pudgier. Research shows children put on a lot of weight over the summer months."We've just gotten some definitive research that shows that children's increase in weight levels is happening more in the summer than in the school year," fitness expert Georgi Roberts said.

"Parents are still working, the kids are at home with a babysitter or with grandparents and they have free access to all the snacks that the parents buy to keep them occupied during the summer. And typically, it's going to be something they can grab or put in the microwave, something very quick and that's not always the healthiest things," fitness coordinator Yolanda Pitts said.

Also, because of the heat, many kids stay inside watching TV or playing video games. Experts say there are ways to get around the heat and get children going. Good habits start at an early age, but those habits need to be reinforced as kids grow older. And parents can do that by setting a good example, by making the right choices when it comes to nutrition and exercise.

"If you don't have the money or the means to have a gym membership, you can just step outside your door with your neighbor and go take a walk with around your neighborhood and that is exercise," Pitts said.

Experts say it pays off in the classroom. The brain grows, kids are more attentive and the endorphins from exercise can boost self-esteem.

Problems From Chronic Stress

A new study from Texas A&M researchers finds chronic stress can worsen symptoms for diseases like multiple sclerosis. Researchers looked at the effects of stress on mice with conditions like MS. When the mice were stressed, proteins causing inflammation went up and MS symptoms worsened.

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