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  • Back to school:How to pack a lunch to help your child grow!

    Top 9 Nutrients a child needs to grow:

    1. Protein
    • - Meat, Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Nuts, Beans, Dairy products
    1. Carbohydrates
    • - Breads, Cereals, Rice, Crackers, Pasta, Potatoes
    1. Fats
    • - Whole-milk dairy products, Cooking oils, Meat, Fish, Nuts
    1. Calcium
    • - Milk, Cheeses, Yogurt, Ice cream, Egg yolks, Broccoli, Spinach, Tofu
    1. Iron
    • - Red meats, Liver, Poultry, Shellfish, Whole grains, Beans, Nuts, Iron-fortified cereals
    1. Folate
    • - Whole-grain cereals, Lentils, Chickpeas, Asparagus, Spinach, Black or kidney, beans, Brussels sprouts
    1. Fiber
    • - Whole-grain cereals, Chickpeas, Lentils, Kidney beans, Seeds, Nuts
    1. Vitamin A
    • - Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Squash, Apricots, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage, Fish oils, Egg yolks
    1. Vitamin C
    • - Citrus fruits (such as oranges), Strawberries, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Melons, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach, Papayas, Mangos

    Nutrient Pairing:

                Between band practice, football, softball, etc. making sure your child is getting their needed nutrients is sometimes difficult with a school child’s ever-growing schedules. So, making sure the nutrients you do intake is fully absorbed is important, and when you pair your nutrients it can help optimize your absorption.


    • Protein and Vitamin B6
    • - Vitamin B6:
    • - pork.
    • - poultry – such as chicken or turkey.
    • - fish.
    • - bread.
    • - wholegrain cereals – such as oatmeal, and brown rice.
    • - eggs.
    • - vegetables.
    • Carbohydrates and B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folate, B12
    • -Nuts
    • - Mushrooms
    • - Tuna
    • - Chicken
    • - Lean Pork
    • - Liver
    • - Salt water Fish
    • Fats and Fat-soluble Vitamins (Vitamins A, D, E, K)
    • - Vitamin D: tuna, salmon
    • - Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds
    • - Vitamin K: Green vegetables
    • Iron and Vitamin A & C
    • Folate and B12
    • Vitamin C and avoiding caffeine


  • August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    National Breastfeeding Month

    August is recognized as National Breastfeeding month since 2011. It was put in place to “Improve the nation’s health by working in collaboratively to “Protect, promote, and support breastfeeding”.

    Why Should you breastfeed your baby?

    • The BENEFITS:
      • Health
        • Unlike formula which contains more protein then a child can absorb breast-fed babies absorb virtually 100% of the protein in human milk.
        • Lowered chance of breast cancer for both mothers and babies.
        • Breast milk contains immunities to diseases and aids in the development of baby's immune system.
        • Helps a baby’s brain develop.
        • Lowered chance of intestinal diseases in breast feed baby’s.
        • Lowered chance of allergies.
        • Breastfed children have lowest obesity rate.
        • Babies receive vitamins A, D, E, K from breast milk.
        • Breast milk has the highest concentration of antibodies.
      • Cost
        • Breast milk is the only food a baby needs for the first 6 months of life.
        • In the baby’s first year of life they take a little over 9,000 ounces of milk/formula.
          • Average formula cost 19 cents an ounce
          • Estimated total formula cost for the year is $1,710
            • This total does not include the water, or if you baby must be on a specialty formula.
      • Time
        • Breast feeding works around your schedule and can be done anywhere.

    Know your rights as a breastfeeding mom!

  • STD Testing

    Effective immediately, the Clark County Public Health Department (CCHD) will provide testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea via urine specimen for any consenting youth or adult in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health Guidelines.

    CCHD nursing staff will administer treatment following the CDC STD treatment guidelines and Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT guidelines.  For individuals testing positive for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.  Testing and treatment will be provided free of charge and is intended for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.

    For further information please contact our office at 217-382-4207.

  • Flu Season

    It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot
    Flu continues to circulate
    SPRINGFIELD – The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread. Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports the number of influenza-related ICU admissions, influenza-related pediatric deaths, and influenza outbreaks. The most recent report shows 830 influenza-related ICU admissions, one influenza-related pediatric death, and 244 influenza outbreaks. Weekly reports can be found at
    “The most common influenza strain circulating in Illinois and across the country has been an influenza A strainH3N2, which tends to cause more severe illness,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “However, other strainsinfluenza B, often show up later in the season. If you still have not gotten a flu shot, it’s not too late. The vaccine will help protect you and those around you from the flu strains circulating this season.”
    Getting a flu shot can also reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, especially those who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as babies under six months. Anyone can get the flu, even healthy people. Getting a flu shot is the first and most important step in protecting you and those around you against flu viruses.
    Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
    Flu is typically spread by droplets when someone with the flu talks, coughs, or sneezes. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.
    On average, it’s about two days after being exposed to the flu before symptoms begin. However, you can pass the flu to someone roughly a day before you start experiencing those symptoms, and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.
    In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C’s: clean, cover, and contain.
     Clean – frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water.
     Cover – cover your cough and sneeze.
     Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.
    Influenza antiviral drugs can be a second line of defense for treatment of some who get sick with the flu. Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications. Because it is important to start antiviral medication quickly, high-risk patients should contact a health care professional at the first signs of influenza symptoms, which include sudden onset of fever, aches, chills, and tiredness.
    To find a location to get a flu shot in your community, check with your health care provider or local health department. You can also use the online Vaccine Finder.

  • Norovirus Clean-up and Disinfection

    All Clark County Food Establishments are required to have posted guidance and procedures on cleaning up diarrheal and vomiting accidents that could possibly be attributed to Norovirus. Per the CDC, Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Most of these outbreaks occur in the food service settings like restaurants. Infected food workers are frequently the source of the outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, with their bare hands before serving them. However, any food served raw or handled after being cooked can get contaminated with Norovirus. Norovirus outbreaks can also occur from foods, such as oysters, fruits, and vegetables, that are contaminated at their source.

  • Back to school:How to pack a lunch to help your child grow!

    • 08/08/2018 - 11:48
  • August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    • 08/06/2018 - 11:36
  • STD Testing

    • 08/02/2018 - 10:41
  • Flu Season

    • 02/06/2018 - 10:03
  • Norovirus Clean-up and Disinfection

    • 01/31/2018 - 13:30

Emergency Contact Information

In the case of an emergency after business hours, please call the Clark County Sheriff's Department at 217-826-6393 or 9-1-1.