KEEP UPDATED ON RECALLS
Check local sources for updated recalls on food items in relation to communicable diseases. Some to watch out for include animal related diseases such as salmonella and e. coli. Always practice safe food handling and wash your hands as well as kitchen surfaces after handling raw meat or poultry products. Beware of cross contamination, and be sure to cook foods thoroughly to safe temperatures.
AIR QUALITY INDEX
Getting out and exercising regularly is great for your health! However, you should be aware of the air quality before you go for your regular run / walk / bike ride / etc. Check your local Air Quality Index (AQI) to see what the daily predictions of air pollution levels are. This will help you stay safe and healthy while being active!
DRUG AND ALCOHOL7/20/2020
BEWARE OF DEHYDRATION
Summer heat puts us at risk of increased fluid loss through perspiration. Drinking alcohol results in frequent urination, which only increases the fluid loss even more. On hot summer days, be aware that alcohol consumption can add to the risk of dehydration and water is the best choice of beverage to stay hydrated.
PREPARING FOR HURRICANE SEASON
Always have an emergency kit with food, water, medical supplies and other essentials. This year, include face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant if possible to stay prepared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Have an evacuation plan for your family and pets. Remember to check on your neighbors and always listen to the radio or local news for updates on local guidance.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH7/6/2020
BEAT THE HEAT
Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Some tips to keep children cool are: Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours. Stay cool with cool showers or baths.
UV radiation from the sun isn’t just dangerous, it’s also sneaky. Not only can it cause premature aging and skin cancer, it reaches you even when you’re trying to avoid it. Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM. Avoid tanning, and never use UV tanning beds. Cover up with clothing, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
Food poisoning peaks during summer months due to warmer temperatures, which can let foodborne germs thrive. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. For more information check out the CDC for food safety tips when grilling.
MAKE YOUR BBQ GREEN
Use reusable or biodegradable plates and utensils, and reusable napkins instead of paper napkins to reduce waste. When grilling, use gas, propane or electric grills, which burn more efficiently and cleaner than charcoal or wood.
SUMMER EMERGENCY KIT
Summer is just about here and that often means a lot of time on the road. Making sure that you have a stocked emergency kit in your car can make all the difference. Here are a few items to include: clear plastic bin, water, phone charger, snacks, sunscreen, wide-brim hat, reflective emergency blanket, and a first aid kit.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL6/15/2020
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Controlling diabetes during the outbreak is critical. Experts say, it is key to keep your diabetes under control. If it is well managed, a diabetic's risk for serious illness from a coronavirus infection is similar to that of the general population, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH6/1/2020
BE AWARE OF MIS-C
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, we know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.
HOW TO HELP
The global shutdown caused by the virus has inadvertently become the biggest experiment ever in the reduction of greenhouse gases. This is an opportunity to make significant strides in preventing serious outcomes from climate change. If we continue consolidating trips, limiting food waste, and those of us who are able, keep teleworking, we could see measurable, positive results.
HOW IT SPREADS
COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions. The virus is most likely to be spread from person to person by droplets when coughing and from contact with surfaces where those droplets have landed.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL4/27/2020
There are no drugs or other therapeutics presently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat COVID-19. Current clinical management includes infection prevention and control measures and supportive care, including supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilatory support when indicated.
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH4/13/2020
KEEP A SCHEDULE
Now that schools have switched to virtual learning create a flexible schedule and routine for learning at home. Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday. Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity. Allow flexibility in the schedule, it’s okay to adapt based on your day.
ARE YOU AT HIGHER RISK?
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe illness which is why it is important to take precautions. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. The CDC recommends for people over the age of 60 and anyone with heart, lung, or kidney disease to stay home as mush as possible, ensure you have access to medication and supplies, practice social distancing, and avoid crowds.
HELP STOP THE LITTER
Remember “no wipes down the pipes” . Sewerage problems are increasing because of sanitizing wipes being flushed down toilets during the coronavirus outbreak. We are beginning to see disposable gloves and masks littered in store parking lots. Please be aware this is a risk to others this creates and throw all personal protective equipment away in a trash can near by.
GET READY FOR COVID-19 NOW
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should: Stock up on supplies (food and medications), take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others, when you go out in public keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact, wash your hands often (for at least 20 seconds), and avoid crowds as much as possible.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL3/23/2020
HAVE YOUR MEDICATIONS ON HAND
The Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), the Division of Aging Services (DoAS) and the Division of HIV/AIDS, TB &STD Services, AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP) shall ensure access to prescribed medications by making accommodations. Please know the dispensing of a ninety (90) day supply of maintenance, medications, and prescription refills shall be permitted.
DON'T IGNORE CHANGES IN HOW YOU FEEL
Signs of a heart attack often come on suddenly. But sometimes, they develop slowly – hours, days, or even weeks before a heart attack happens. Talk to your doctor if you feel unusually tired for several days, or if you develop any new health problems (like pain or trouble breathing). it is also important to know that symptoms of a new heart attack might be different from your last one.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The 2020 Census is closer than you think! The census counts every person living in the United States once, only once, and in the right place.Completing the census is mandatory: it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”
WHAT IS CENSUS FOR?
Filling out Census data is important! It is used to determine how much tax dollars comes back to the community to fund things like schools, health care, housing, and roads.
PREVENT RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES (SUCH AS THE CORONAVIRUS)
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to avoid close contact with people who are sick.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL2/3/2020
DO NOT ABUSE COUGH AND COLD MEDICINE
When cough and cold medicines are taken as directed, they safely treat symptoms caused by colds and flu. But when taken in higher quantities or when you don't have any symptoms, they may affect the brain in ways very similar to illegal drugs, and can even lead to addiction and even death.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH1/27/2020
DO NOT LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN THE CAR
About every 10 days one child passes away from heatstroke in a vehicle. Cars heat up fast regardless of cooler months when the temperatures outside are lower. Even if the window is left cracked, temperatures increase 20 degrees Fahrenheit during just the first 10 minutes inside a vehicle.
Less plastics than you think are recycled, the majority are actually incinerated or dumped in landfills. To help phase out single-use items such as plastic grocery and garbage bags, cutlery, and, yes, those wonderful bendy straws. Use reusable Ziploc bags, canvas bags for the grocery store, and reusable or bamboo straws and cutlery.
DISABILITIES EMERGENCY TIP
People with cognitive impairments may want to consider keeping a list of key phrases on a card for emergency personnel on them in case of an emergency. Think about what someone who is helping you might need to know about you. For example: "I communicate using an assistive communication device" or "Please write down information for me".
GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP!
It is very important to make sure that you are getting enough sleep every night (7 to 9 hours). Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of a number of chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
COLD AND FLU SEASON
This cold and flu season wash your hands often. Make sure to use soap and water, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. Finally, stand back! Studies have found that flu virus particles exhaled by a sick person travel at least six feet.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL12/23/2019
DON'T WRECK THE HOLIDAYS
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Let's be aware that every day, 29 people in the United States pass away from motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This means one death every 50 minutes! Ways to prevent these accidents are to plan ahead, pay for a ride, or be the designated driver.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH12/16/2019
BE PATIENT WITH YOUR MILK SUPPLY
Your baby only needs small amounts of milk at first. For example, on day 1 your baby needs 1-3 teaspoons at each feeding, on day 3 your baby needs 1 ounce at each feeding, and on day 7 your baby will need 1-2 ounces at each feeding. As your baby grows, so does your milk supply. The more milk your baby takes from your breasts, the more milk you will make.
WATCH OUT FOR ICY SURFACES
Now that the cold weather is here, be very careful when walking on wet or icy surfaces. They can be very slippery! Try to have sand or salt spread on icy areas by your front or back door.
USE ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
With concerns about the environment on the rise, many people want to make more informed decisions about their use of plastic. For some, switching to a bamboo rather than continuing to use plastic products is a simple way to reduce the use of plastic at home.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL11/25/2019
SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MAY BE VAPING
It is important to talk to your child about vaping. Express your understanding of the risks along with why you don’t want your child vaping. Some signs of vaping are presence of vaping equipment or related product packaging, unusual online purchases or packages, increased thirst, nosebleeds, appearance and/or behavior changes.
TURN OFF THE FAUCET TO SAVE WATER!
You can save more than 200 gallons of water each month if you turn off your faucet in between washing dishes, brushing teeth and taking a shower! Turn it on only when you need the running water!
NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH
Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, which is the most common complication, by about four times in women but only about two times in men. Here are some simple tips to stay on top of your diabetes:
• Check blood sugar regularly
• Eat healthy food in the right amounts
• Be active on most days
VACCINATE AGAINST HEPATITIS B
Risk for chronic infection of Hepatitis B is related to the age of the individual when they become infected. Approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected. In comparison only 2%–6% of adults endure the same. The best way to prevent hepatitis B is by getting vaccinated.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH10/28/2019
CHECK YOUR BABY'S STOOLS
You will know if your baby is getting enough to eat by the color and number of his poops. On day 1 and 2 your baby's stool should be black, thick and sticky. On day 3, it should be green and pasty. By day 5 it should be yellow, seedy, and runny. After day 2, you should see three or more stools a day.
WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of thunderstorms. A sturdy building is the safest place to be during a thunderstorm. If indoors, avoid running water or using landline phones. Electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL10/14/2019
BE AWARE OF BINGE DRINKING
Binge drinking is preventable, but can occur when men consume 5 drinks and women consume 4 within a two hour time span. Binge drinking is associated with many health risks, such as, memory and learning problems, unintentional injuries, chronic diseases, and alcohol dependence.
USE REUSABLE BAGS
Use reusable bags whenever you go shopping for food, clothes, or books! Plastic grocery bags that get thrown out end up in landfills or in other parts of the environment. They can also suffocate animals who get stuck in them! Using reusable bags not only help the environment, but also your budget!
JOIN A SUPPORT GROUP FOR YOUR ILLNESS
Support groups can allow you to have a safe space to join with others who are having the same thoughts and feelings. When you’re around others who understand what you’re enduring, you do not have to put in any excess energy and their support can go a long way.
DON'T SHARE PERSONAL ITEMS
To protect yourself from getting sick- avoid sharing personal items that can’t be disinfected. These items may include: toothbrushes, nail clippers, towels, razors, drinks, and/or cosmetics.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH9/16/2019
PERFORM SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH YOUR NEWBORN
There are many benefits to having your child placed belly down on your skin directly after birth. Some benefits include: bonding, less crying, temperature control, easy transition into breastfeeding, and minimizes the risk of postpartum depression.
NEVER WASH RAW CHICKEN
You may think that washing your raw chicken before cooking will eliminate food-borne illnesses, however the opposite is true. Washing raw chicken increases the risk of food poisoning; water may splash bacteria off the chicken and contaminate surrounding food or surfaces.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL9/3/19
DON'T USE AN E-CIGARETTE TO QUIT SMOKING
E-cigarettes, also known as e-cigs, vapes, JUULs, e-hookahs, vape pens, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) have become an alternative to cigarette smoking. E-cigarettes may do more harm than good, as there is not much scientific research on the long term effects of these products.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH8/26/19
KNOW WHAT FOODS ARE PREGNANCY-SAFE
It is important to eat balanced at all times, however during pregnancy there are some foods that should be avoided. Some foods to avoid include raw meats, deli meat, fish with high mercury levels, soft cheeses, and unpasteurized dairy.
UNDERSTAND YOUR SURROUNDINGS & PLAN ACCORDINGLY
It is important to know what disasters you may be more susceptible to and plan accordingly. For example, if you live near a large body of water, it is important to know the evacuation route.
KNOW YOUR RISK FOR DIABETES
There are many lifestyle factors linked to diabetes. Some risk factors for diabetes include: being diagnosed with prediabetes, being overweight, and/or smoking. If you think you may be at risk for diabetes, speak with your doctor.
KEEP SICK CHILDREN OUT OF PUBLIC POOLS
If your child has diarrhea keep them out of the water. It only takes one person to contaminate a pool with diarrhea-causing germs.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH7/29/2019
GIVE BREASTFEEDING TIME
Breastfeeding may be tougher than you expected, and that is okay; In time, you can overcome any obstacle you may face. If you are struggling on your breastfeeding journey, seek out the help of a lactation consultant or a qualified health professional.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL7/22/2019
KEEP TRACK OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Regularly take inventory of all prescription drugs and be sure to store medications in a safe, secrete, and secure location in your home.
CHECK FOR TICKS
Lyme-disease-carrying ticks are a big concern during the summer months. Be on the defense and check your entire body, clothing, and pets daily.
Wild fires pose the biggest threat during the hot summer months. Prevent wildfires by following these tips: never leave bon-fires unattended, dispose of cigarette butts in cold water or a closed container, and keep your yard free of brush.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE
The signs of heat stroke include: high body temperature (above 103 degrees); red, hot, and dry skin; lack of sweating; strong, rapid pulse; dizziness, confusion, or unconsciousness. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately.
KNOW YOUR RISK FOR HIV
HIV infection is spread through sexual contact, and by sharing syringes or other injection drug equipment with someone who is infected with HIV. If you think you may be at risk for HIV, get tested to know your status.
SEEK HIGHER GROUND DURING A FLASH FLOOD
If there is a flash flood warning in your area, immediately seek higher ground and avoid driving or walking outside. Flash floods are the number one weather-related cause of death in the United States.
AVOID TOUCHING WILD ANIMALS
Wild animals may be cute, but they can also spread infectious diseases to you and your pets. Be cautious and keep your distance from wild animals.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH6/3/2019
BE OPEN ABOUT HOW YOU ARE FEELING
1 in 5 new mothers experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMADs). Be sure to express your feelings to others and don't be afraid to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL5/28/2019
FIND A HEALTHY COPING STRATEGY
Keep your body and mind healthy by turning to positive coping strategies in tough situations. Some healthy coping strategies include: writing, taking a walk, talking to a friend, or exercising.
SEEK THE SHADE ON SUNNY DAYS
The sun is strongest between the hours of 10AM and 4PM. Prevent sunburn and over exhaustion by seeking the shade during these hours.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF STROKE
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. Identifying signs of stroke early may save a life: face drooping, arm weakness, and slurred speech are all signs that you should call 911 immediately.
PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER
Ensure that you have an evacuation plan and emergency supplies (food, water, battery powered radio, extra cash, flashlights, solar power USB charger for cellphones).
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH4/29/2019
ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET
Wearing a helmet will protect your child from brain injuries. Properly fitting helmets should always be worn when biking, riding a scooter, skateboarding, or playing certain impact sports.
STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK
When you are sick, stay home and rest. This will help you recover quicker and avoid spreading germs..
APPLY REPELLENT TO PREVENT TICKBORNE DISEASES
Before going outdoors, apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent to your body and treat clothing with permethrin. This may deter ticks and other insects and keep you safe from bites.
WALK WITH A PARTNER
Adults are recommended to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly. Try walking five days of the week for 30 minutes with a partner. Walking with a partner will help keep you motivated and accountable.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL3/25/2019
DISCARD UNUSED AND EXPIRED MEDICATIONS
Check the dates on all of your medications and safely discard all unused or expired bottles. Find out when the next local medicine take-back day is scheduled or locate a nearby drop box for safe disposal.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH3/18/2019
GROW YOUR OWN PRODUCE
Growing your own fruits and vegetables teach children the value of hard work and encourages them to eat a more balanced diet. Spend family time together building an at home garden this spring.
SAVE A LIFE BY DONATING BLOOD
Every eight minutes, someone is in need of a blood donation. Help save a life by choosing to donate blood today.
DISINFECT COMMONLY USED SURFACES
Surfaces in your home and work-space are common breading grounds for germs and bacteria. Don't let them stand a chance; be sure to disinfect regularly, especially the places you eat or drink.
DRINK FROM REUSABLE PRODUCTS
Plastic water bottles may contain dangerous chemical contaminants, contribute to overflowing landfills, and waste money. Save money, your health, and the environment by using environmentally-friendly reusable water bottles; aim for products that are labeled BPA-Free.
EAT MORE HEALTHY FATS
Improve your heart health by incorporating more healthy fats into your diet. Some examples of healthy fats include avocados, nuts/seeds, fatty fish, coconut and olive oil.
LISTEN AND ACT WHEN YOUR CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR SOUNDS
Carbon monoxide poisoning is immediate and deadly. If your carbon monoxide detector alarm sounds it may not be malfunctioning; always take this warning serious, get outside and call for help immediately.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH2/04/19
SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD'S FIRST DENTAL EXAM
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you bring your child for their first dental visit when their first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday.
MAKE A CANCER SCREENING APPOINTMENT
Early detection saves lives. Make an appointment today for a breast, cervical, prostate, or colorectal screening.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL1/21/2019
DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE INFLUENCES
It may be hard to let go of friends or even family members who encourage you to make bad decisions around drugs or alcohol, however it is necessary for personal well being to surround yourself with people who encourage sober living.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH1/14/19
MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES TO HELP PREVENT BIRTH DEFECTS
Meet with your healthcare professional, take 400 mcg Folic Acid daily, avoid alcohol and drugs, and choose nutritious food options to help prevent birth defects.
MAKE A RESOLUTION TO VISIT YOUR DOCTOR ANNUALLY
Regular health exams, screenings, and tests can help find health problems early and prevent future illnesses. This year, make a New Year resolution to visit your doctor annually.
RECYCLE HOLIDAY GIFT PACKAGING PROPERLY
Some holiday wrapping paper should not be recycled. Prevent overfilling our landfills by checking the label to discard wrapping paper and packaging properly.
PREPARE A WINTER EMERGENCY KIT
Store a flashlight, batteries, hand warmers, gloves, water, snacks, ice-scraper, snow brush, and jumper cables in your car for winter travels.
MANAGE HOLIDAY STRESS
You can be productive during the busy holiday season without sacrificing your personal health. Slow down and take time for yourself; incorporate deep breathing, journaling, or listen to a meditation app.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL12/03/18
DON'T WRECK THE HOLIDAY SEASON
December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Avoid tragedy this season by driving sober.
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH11/26/18
STAY CURRENT ON YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS
Frequently view your child's immunization schedule to stay current on recommended immunizations.