Archives of Health

Meet Along the Way: Nancy Johnson

This story was first published in the March 2024 issue of The Best Years as “Faces of Southeast Missouri: Nancy Johnson.” While sitting in the Emergency Room (ER) waiting room one evening in 1990, Nancy Johnson decided to become a nurse. Her friend’s husband had been in a fatal automobile accident, and two women in […]

Let’s Talk: Autumn Grim and Georganne Syler, public health

Autumn Grim, MPH, CPHA, began working at the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center in 2019. Prior to that, she had been with the Missouri Health Department for more than 20 years, where she worked as the epidemiologist program coordinator for the state. In 2023, she became the director of the Cape Girardeau County Public […]

Becoming a Caregiver: Transitioning into caring for aging parents

By Amanda Flinn When Tina Moore of Sikeston, Mo., was attending nursing school, she had no idea how useful her skills would be in caring for her aging mother, Alice Smith, and her mother-in-law, Alma Moore. While the women entered her home at different times — Smith for the last two and a half years […]

Reduce the Symptoms of Menopause by eating, drinking and moving well 

By Cheryl A. Mothes, PhD, Natural health nutrition counselor Sometime in our 40s, women begin to experience hormone changes that lead to menopause, the ceasing of menstruation. Though not an illness, its effects can be difficult to deal with. Much can be done, though, to help alleviate and even prevent these effects. The mean age […]

meet along the way: Mildred Wilson

By Kristin Thomas This story was first published in the March 2021 issue of “The Best Years (TBY).” Mildred Wilson of Sikeston, Mo., has always enjoyed physical challenges and competitions. Throughout the past three years, she has competed in a Tough Mudder and a Conquer the Gauntlet race. She knows what it takes to train, […]

More Girls on Bikes: Making space for the women

“More girls on bikes.” That’s the motto and goal of Girls Riding Together (GRiT), a program created by the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) specifically for female mountain bike student-athletes. The national organization has chapters all across the U.S., teaching mountain biking skills and the joys of being part of a cycling community to young […]

Chics Dig Bikes: Get riding.

When Dawn LaRue started cycling five years ago, she couldn’t find a group of people to ride with on the road. Then, in May 2019, she decided to do something about that, and founded Chics Dig Bikes, a cycling group for women who want to ride bikes and learn how to ride on the road […]

Taking Up Space: Claim your place in the world.

By Maggie Salem The word “yoga” means “union:” the union of the physical and the mental, the gross and the subtle, the external and the internal. For me, yoga has become a union of my body to my self. When I began my yoga practice, my excuse was purely physical. I had the normal aches […]

meet along the way: Mitzie Seger

Women do incredible things. This section features the stories of women who are a part of the Southeast Missouri community by way of living here, being from here or passing through. We hope these stories inspire you to connect with others and that they encourage you to be who you are in the world. We […]

Health + Beauty: Feel Good on Your Wedding Day

By Madeline Grimm So, it happened. You’re engaged! And you are starting to plan your dream wedding. The flowers, the venue, the cake — it all has to be perfect. And suddenly, you find yourself seeking out ways to make yourself as perfect as the day will be.  Well, I have some news for you: […]
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