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Safety Never Takes a Holiday: Top Winter Hazards To Watch For

Poisonings never take a break, even during the holidays. The Missouri Poison Center is ready to help every day of the year. We recommend saving the Poison Help Line 1-800-222-1222 into your phone before your holiday activities begin. The service is always free and confidential. Holiday Safety for Small Children Holiday parties are an adventure for a toddler, and…

How Community Water Fluoridation Prevents Tooth Decay

Kids Dental Health Month

February is National Childrens Dental Health Month

The Missouri Office of Dental Health along with the American Dental Association would like to invite you to celebrate with us and promote the maintenance of good oral health through your organization. For posters and activity sheets that you can share with your participants and community, please visit You can also go to for…

New Missouri Health Website

Oropharyngeal Cancer

The Office of Dental Health is proud to announce the creation of a webpage dedicated to Oropharyngeal (Head & Neck) Cancer.  Head & Neck Cancer rates are going up dramatically and the American Cancer Society has estimated there could be more than 85,000 cases of Head & Neck Cancers in 2021 and there are steps…

Dental Health

Free Dental Screenings

June 28, 2017 – 10 am – 4 pm Adair County Health Department – Kirksville, MO For more information call 660-665-8491

Eye Health Week

Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute encourages Americans to make their eye health a priority and take steps to protect their vision for a lifetime. The Adair County Health Department will focus on Glaucoma detection during this year’s Healthy Vision Month. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye’s optic nerve and…

Heart Health

Straight To Your Heart

Many foods can help keep your heart at its best. Some help lower your blood pressure. Others keep your cholesterol in line. So, for your heart’s sake, add these items to your shopping cart! Salmon This ocean-going fish is a top choice because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have an anti-clotting effect, so they…

Heart Health Chart

American Heart Month

Each year, heart disease accounts for more than 15,000 deaths in Missouri making it the leading cause of death in the state. The term heart disease includes several more specific heart conditions (see chart below). You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also…

Free Glaucoma Screening Clinic

Free Glaucoma Screening presented by Adair County Health Department and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm The Adair County Health Department 1001 South Jamison, Kirksville, MO It’s simple. It’s free. It only takes a minute. Take the time to prevent blindness. The free glaucoma screening clinic…