Libby Hastert

About Libby Hastert

Libby Hastert is a content marketing coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. With a focus in media communications, Libby helps secure external coverage that promotes NKCH and Meritas Health service offerings. Libby spends her spare time “playing” outdoors, enjoying the taste of the town and volunteering for Reach Out and Read – Kansas City.

SAD? It Could Be the Winter Blues

Are you feeling sad? Don’t get the tissues just yet. You may have a case of the winter blues, which is clinically known as seasonal affective disorder. Although it affects 15 million people each year, there’s good news. The condition is treatable. What’s SAD? SAD is a seasonally driven type of depression. Technically, it’s considered [...]

By |2020-02-11T11:06:56-06:00February 7th, 2020|

Gestational Diabetes: What Expectant Mothers Need to Know

Each year, 6-9% of pregnant women in the U.S. develop gestational diabetes. Nationally, there has been an increase in gestational diabetes, but annual diagnoses only equate to about 200,000 cases a year. What is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes occurs when the body either can’t make enough insulin or use it sufficiently during pregnancy. An important [...]

By |2020-01-21T12:25:43-06:00January 21st, 2020|

Rethinking Positivity in the New Year

Vicki Landers, PT, DPT, jumps feet first into whatever goal she’s pursuing. So when friend and colleague Jamie Scheer, MPT, CSMT, suggested she would be a good life coach, Vicki took her words to heart. For those who know Vicki, this pursuit was no surprise. Highly motivated, Vicki devotes herself to helping others, something that’s [...]

By |2019-12-23T17:07:10-06:00December 23rd, 2019|

Men’s Health: Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection

Your ears, lips and nose are the biggest problem areas when it comes to skin cancer, especially in men over the age of 50. The reasons? Damaging sun exposure and lack of preventive screenings. The Problem By age 70, one in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer. And while men and women [...]

By |2019-07-30T11:12:55-05:00July 29th, 2019|

Ticks: Avoid Misery in Missouri

Ticks are most active mid-spring through summer, making it important to take extra precautions this time of year. Following prevention tips can help you steer clear of these tiny terrors, yet, your best defense is knowing your native tick population: who they are, how they act and what makes them “tick.” Missouri Ticks According to [...]

By |2019-06-06T16:10:52-05:00June 6th, 2019|

Get Smarter | Distracted Driving

In the era of “smart” devices, we’re getting less smart about our driving. Doesn’t seem plausible? Consider the nearly 3,200 lives claimed from distracted driving in 2017 alone. You’ve probably heard public service announcements warning against distracted driving, but do you know what causes it and how to prevent it? A few minutes and a [...]

By |2019-04-30T09:59:46-05:00April 29th, 2019|

Distinguishing Seasonal Allergies from the Common Cold

Randall S. Cramer, D.O. with Meritas Health Landmark at Tiffany Springs The sun is out, and the flowers are blooming – spring is here. But with 45 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies (sometimes called hay fever) annually, the transition from winter to spring can be brutal. Sometimes it’s hard to identify what’s [...]

By |2019-04-25T15:46:11-05:00April 24th, 2019|