Health Beat - Fall 2017 - 15

Fueling Kids for
Healthier Summers


By Meghan Klaassen


Lincoln County Hospital again sponsored free lunches for children
and teens from age 1 to 18 to promote nutrition and healthy living
during the summer months. Free lunches were served weekdays
from June 5 to August 4 at the USD 298 District Office in Lincoln,
Beverly Township Hall and the Sylvan Grove Senior Center. Free
snacks also were provided midafternoon on weekdays at the Lincoln
Municipal Pool.
The hospital identified a need for this program after finding
that 55 percent of children in the area qualified for either free or
subsidized school meal plans. The program was started in 2016 and
was expanded this year to include youth in the towns of Beverly and
Sylvan Grove.
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation provided a generous grant to help
finance the program, making it possible to purchase an ice machine
and coolers to transport meals to off-site
locations. The faith-based community is
relied upon for all volunteers to help
coordinate and serve meals.
Each year, the United States
Department of Agriculture
partners with local organizations
to provide free meals to
children when school is out
for the summer. There
are no registration or
income requirements for
participation. 1

Smith County
New Physician
By Meghan Klaassen
This fall, Smith County
Memorial Hospital
welcomed the addition of Leah Wiehl,
M.D., a native of
Kensington. She
practices family
medicine for all ages
with a special interest
in women's health and
obstetrics. Wiehl joined
the medical staff at Smith
Leah Wiehl, M.D.
County Family Practice
and Smith County
Memorial Hospital and
began seeing patients at the end
of August.
"I'm very excited to be able to return
to Smith County to practice," Wiehl says.
"This has been a goal of mine since I was
in high school. Dr. Conant has been my
mentor since I first became interested
in medicine, so I'm happy to be able to
practice with him and other providers at
Smith County Family Practice."
Wiehl earned her medical degree
from the University of Kansas School of
Medicine, completed residency training
in family medicine at the Mountain Area
Health Education Center in Asheville,
North Carolina, and completed an
advanced obstetrics fellowship at the
University of Missouri, Kansas City, with
her practice site at Truman Medical
Center Lakewood in Kansas City.
Wiehl's hobbies include yoga, traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and spending
time with family and friends. She lives
with her husband, Joe, in Smith Center. 1


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