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Springfield firefighters are reminding folks that if you’re going to use a kerosene heater or other form of alternative heating, you need to keep a few safety tips in mind. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and various events will be offered around town to educate people about preventing colon cancer.  Michele Skalicky talks with a local colorectal surgeon to find out how you can reduce your risk…

IV Bags

The Missouri Foundation for Health will hold a free forum in Springfield Monday evening to discuss the idea of expanding Medicaid in Missouri. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

causemomentum.org is used by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide its partners with new tools, the internet and social media, to reach new audiences and attract new donors.  

The Healthy Living Alliance

First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear in Springfield Thursday as part of her effort to fix the problem of childhood obesity in the US.  Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens designated Springfield as a "Let’s Move" city back in 2010; this week’s visit illustrates a renewed commitment to the first lady's health program. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

Hospital Cox Trauma Room

There’s a fierce battle raging behind the walls of the Capitol building in Jefferson City; it’s over whether to expand Medicaid in Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon supports the expansion, and is pushing it as, quote, “fundamentally a business decision.” And he’s gaining ground in some traditionally conservative areas. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more on that process, and also the specifics of what the expansion would mean for Missouri.

Blood drive

 Most mobile blood drives across the Ozarks will not take place Thursday due to winter weather. As KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reports, this will affect the local blood supply; CBCO donation centers remain open.


UPDATE 2/21/13:  Although the Missouri Foundation for Health was scheduled to host this presentation on Friday, Feb. 22, the event has been postponed due to severe winter weather.  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says a future time and date has yet to be determined. 

A new coalition will support mothers in their efforts to breastfeed

Raising an infant can be challenging for new parents; apart from sleep deprivation and diaper duty, breastfeeding can cause stress and frustration. Here in the Ozarks, there's a new coalition to help educate and give support to those parents along the journey of breastfeeding. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.