PHU2 Actions of the Week

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

8/19/2019

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

8/12/2019

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

8/5/2019

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 HEALTH

7/29/2019

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 ALCOHOL

7/22/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

7/15/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

7/12/2019

PREVENT WILDFIRES

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

7/1/2019

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

6/24/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

6/17/2019

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

6/10/2019

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 HEALTH

6/3/2019

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 ALCOHOL

5/28/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

5/20/2019

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

5/13/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

5/6/2019

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 HEALTH

4/29/2019

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

4/22/2019

STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK

When you are sick, stay home and rest. This will help you recover quicker and avoid spreading germs..

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

4/15/2019

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

4/8/2019

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 ALCOHOL

3/25/2019

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 HEALTH

3/18/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

3/11/2019

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

3/4/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

2/25/2019

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

2/18/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

2/11/19

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 HEALTH

2/04/19

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

1/28/2019

MAKE A CANCER SCREENING APPOINTMENT

Early detection saves lives. Make an appointment today for a breast, cervical, prostate, or colorectal screening.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

1/21/2019

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 HEALTH

1/14/19

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

12/31/18

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

12/25/18

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

12/17/18

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

12/10/18

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 ALCOHOL

12/03/18

DON'T WRECK THE HOLIDAY SEASON

December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Avoid tragedy this season by driving sober.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

11/26/18

STAY CURRENT ON YOUR CHILD'S IMMUNIZATIONS

Frequently view your child's immunization schedule to stay current on recommended immunizations.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

11/19/18

HAVE YOUR HEATING SOURCE INSPECTED

Wood stoves and fireplaces could present a fire hazard during the winter; Have your heating systems inspected before use.

CHRONIC DISEASE

11/12/18

MAKE A PLAN TO QUIT SMOKING

Participate in this year's Great American Smoke Out by planning to quit smoking by 11/15/2018.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

11/5/18

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE MEASLES

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be prevented with the MMR vaccine. If you are unsure of your vaccine history, consult with your primary care provider.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

10/29/18

PREVENT LEAD POISONING BY TESTING YOUR HOME

Homes built before 1978 are likely to contain lead-based paint. Lead paints and contaminated dust are the leading cause of childhood lead poisoning. Have your home and child tested to ensure there are no lead hazards.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

10/22/18

CHECK YOUR MEDICATION EXPIRATION DATES

Check the expiration dates or review your medications with a local pharmacist to ensure your medications are not expired.

CHRONIC DISEASE

10/15/18

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A BREAST EXAMINATION

Breast cancer screenings are important for early breast cancer detection. It is recommended that women get an annual breast examination and women 50-74 years of age should get a mammogram every two years.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

10/08/18

GET A TDAP VACCINATION TO PROTECT NEWBORNS

Whooping cough (Pertussis) is a very severe condition that causes infants to stop breathing. Pregnant women and adults can protect newborns by getting a Tdap vaccination.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

10/1/18

GET YOUR FLU SHOT

Prevent getting sick with the flu this season by getting your flu shot.

CHRONIC DISEASE

9/24/18

DECREASE THE RISK OF OSTEOPOROSIS WITH EXERCISE

Incorporate strengthening exercises into your routine to increase bone density.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

9/17/18

REMOVE TRIPPING HAZARDS IN YOUR HOME

De-clutter your home to prevent injury from an accidental fall.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

9/10/18

SEEK RECOVERY

Recovery is possible. If you are struggling with an Alcohol or Drug addiction seek out professional help today.

CHRONIC DISEASE

9/3/18

PACK HEALTHY SNACKS

17% of Children in the U.S. are considered obese. Lower your child’s risk by packing lunchboxes with tons of fruit and veggie options.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

8/27/18

WASH YOUR HANDS

The flu season is coming. Wash your hands frequently to prevent the flu.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

8/20/18

STAY INFORMED

Register to receive wireless emergency alerts and watch the weather channel regularly to stay informed of expected natural disasters.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

8/13/18

WEAR BUG SPRAY

Apply EPA-registered insect repellent when spending time outdoors to prevent tick and mosquito bites.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

8/06/18

STAY CURRENT WITH IMMUNIZATIONS

Be sure your immunizations are up to date. Visit cdc.gov/vaccines for an immunization schedule.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

7/30/18

CHOOSE BREASTFEEDING

Talk to your health care provider about the benefits of breastfeeding.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

7/23/18

GET SCREENED FOR HEPATITIS C

Call the Ocean County Health Department today to schedule a free hepatitis C screening (732) 341- 9700 Ext. 7604.

CHRONIC DISEASE

7/16/18

SCREEN YOUR SKIN

Skin cancer may be prevented through early detection. Routinely check your skin for new spots.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

7/9/18

ARRIVE ALIVE, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE
Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

7/2/18

CARRY IN, CARRY OUT

Keep our beaches clean by throwing your garbage in designated trash bins.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

6/25/18

KNOW YOUR STATUS

Get tested this week to know your HIV status. Call 732.341.9700 ext.7604 for information on free testing.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

6/18/18

VACCINATE YOUR PETS

Please call the Northern Ocean Animal Facility at (732) 657-8086 or the Southern Facility at (609) 978-0127 for a free rabies vaccine today.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

6/11/18

INTRODUCE HEALTHY FOODS.

Good nutrition in the first two years of life are vital for healthy child development.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

6/04/18

KEEP CALM AND TREAD ON.

If you're caught in a rip current, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore line.

CHRONIC DISEASE

5/28/18

BE A QUITTER!

Participate in "World No Tobacco Day" on May 31, 2018.

CHRONIC DISEASE

5/21/18

BEAT THE HEAT!

Lower your risk of a heat-related illness by staying hydrated on hot days.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

5/14/18

AVOID DRUGS AND ALCOHOL WHILE PREGNANT

Protect your child and prevent drug and alcohol related birth defects by avoiding drugs and alcohol.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

5/7/18

WATCH YOUR BACK

Maintaining good posture helps prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

CHRONIC DISEASE

4/30/18

APPLY SUNSCREEN IN THE MORNING AND REAPPLY EVERY FEW HOURS WHILE YOU ARE EXPOSED TO THE SUN

Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States.