Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs

Host, To Your Health

Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs is an instructor and the director of health communication for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Communication Studies. She writes for special publications of The Southeast Missourian and is the founder of Jimmy’s Friends, a student volunteer organization that provides social support to hospitalized children and their families. 

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Have you had a blood workup lately and been told you are deficient in Vitamin D? Does it seem like you have other friends or family who have been told the same thing lately? Don’t worry, it isn’t a conspiracy between your doctors and the vitamin manufacturers.

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When I began weaning my first child, she let me know that she wasn’t happy about this turn of events. Eva was barely a year old, but she told me “more milk please, help!” She didn’t say it out loud...she signed it.

Dr. Joseph Garcia was working as an American Sign Language interpreter when he noticed that hearing children of deaf parents started communicating with sign language at an earlier age than hearing children did with spoken language. This discovery led him to the research that culminated in his book, Sign with Your Baby.

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Contact lenses are known to provide people with more freedom to participate in everyday activities without feeling held back by glasses. But what happens when people misuse or over wear their contacts? Could that freedom cost them their sight?

Contact lens wearers need to be mindful of the thousands of ways they can contract a virus or infection in their eyes. It is important to practice good contact lens hygiene to prevent hazardous injuries or possible blindness.

At week 9, only two months into pregnancy, a baby’s hands and fingers are developed. At this point the baby is only around 1.2 inches in size, and has its own faint heartbeat. Now, picture that developing baby with a cigarette between its tiny fingers. When mothers choose to smoke during their pregnancies, they might as well put cigarettes right into the hands of their unborn infants.

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People with diabetes do not get to pick and choose when they want to deal with it. Diabetes is an ongoing disease that requires 24/7 work. But does having diabetes stop people from living their life to the fullest?

There are probably many different answers to that question. According to Ginger Vieira, the author of, “Dealing with Diabetes Burnout,” on a daily basis, she tries to balance three things: diabetes, life, and happiness.