PHU2 Actions of the Week

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

09/27/2021

SHELTER SAFELY FROM STORMS

If possible, go indoors and avoid water, electronics, windows/doors, porches, and concrete. If outside with no shelter, get off of elevated areas (hills/mountains). Never lie under an isolated tree. Stay away from objects that conduct electricity.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

10/04/2021

COVID-19 VACCINES

Visit the CDC website to stay updated on COVID-19 vaccine recommendations, including those for additional doses. Click here to find COVID-19 vaccine information.

CHRONIC DISEASE

09/13/2021

REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION

Excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and some cancers. Avoid excessive and/or binge drinking – if consuming alcohol, do so in moderation.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

09/20/2021

IF CONSUMING ALCOHOL – BE RESPONSIBLE

It is best to not consume alcohol at all, but if you are planning to you should do so responsibly. Know your limit and plan ahead – appoint a designated driver. Eat food before and while you drink. Never accept a drink from a stranger.

ENVIRONMENTAL

08/23/2021

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Reusable water bottles, tote bags, etc. make it easy to be environmentally friendly! Reduce waste - turn off water and electric when not in use. Always recycle when possible.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

08/30/2021

PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME

Prepare before your baby arrives: tour birth facilities, pack a delivery day bag, take a pregnancy class, and maybe even babysit a friend’s baby for some real world experience!

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

08/09/2021

HEED TORNADO WARNINGS

When severe weather hits, tune in and pay attention to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alert systems for current emergency information and instructions. If tornado warnings are issued, be prepared to move to a safe location with family and pets.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

08/16/2021

BE AWARE OF INSECT BITES

Some blood-sucking insects such as ticks and mosquitos can infect humans with diseases. Know the risk of vector-borne disease in your area, and report new onset of symptoms following an insect bite to your doctor.

CHRONIC DISEASE

07/26/2021

KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

If your family has a history of a chronic disease, you could be at risk of developing that disease yourself. Know and share your family health history with your doctor to take preventative steps to reduce your risk of chronic disease or catch it early if it develops.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

08/02/2021

DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE

If you are expecting to drink alcohol when going out, plan ahead and have a designated driver or arrange for safe transportation. Do not let what may start as a fun night out end with disaster – DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

ENVIRONMENTAL

07/12/2021

TEST HOMES FOR RADON

Did you know that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers? Testing your home for radon is easy and inexpensive. Don’t wait – get your home tested.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

07/19/2021

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN & B12

Vegan or vegetarian women may have limited vitamin B12, risking B12 deficiency in their infants. This can result in neurological damage in infants. Talk to your doctor about Vitamin B12 supplementation during pregnancy/while breastfeeding.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

06/08/2021

STAY HYDRATED

Summer heat is here. It is important to properly hydrate by drinking plenty of fluids. Help children to stay hydrated. Ensure pets have access to water. Be on the lookout for heat related medical emergencies.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

06/21/2021

BBQ Safely

Summer is the season for barbeques, but be cautious to cook meat properly; utilizing a meat thermometer is the best way to ensure meat is cooked thoroughly. If meat is undercooked, bacteria may be present and cause illness. Click here for a list of safe food temperatures!

CHRONIC DISEASE

05/24/2021

SEEK COUNSELING

It can be stressful to manage chronic illness. Taking medications, coping with symptoms, and keeping a sense of normalcy in your daily routine can be difficult. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious, seek support or counseling.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

06/01/2021

GET NALOXONE TRAINING

Be prepared in the case of an emergency. Find Naloxone (Narcan) training opportunities near you to help save a life. Training is available for individuals at risk of an overdose as well as their family, friends, and loved ones.

ENVIRONMENTAL

05/11/2021

WALK OR RIDE A BIKE

Walking or riding a bike as a form of transportation is an easy way to get exercise and help the environment! Consider using these methods of transportation to reduce your carbon footprint.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

05/17/2021

AVOID CERTAIN FOODS

Foods like soft cheeses, deli meat, and others have the potential to be contaminated with bacteria that are especially dangerous during pregnancy. Speak with your OBGYN or primary doctor about foods to avoid while pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

04/26/2021

BE PREPARED

Prepare for disaster before it strikes. Check out our Disaster Tips Pamphlet to get started!

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

05/03/2021

AVOID TOUCHING WILD ANIMALS

Wild animals can carry germs that cause infectious diseases. Keep pets’ vaccinations up to date and if a wild animal bites you, reach out to your doctor for guidance.

CHRONIC DISEASE

04/12/2021

PREVENTATIVE CARE

Regular visits to your physician are imperative to prevent chronic diseases or detect them in their early stages. Ask your doctor about regular checkups and screening services that are appropriate for you.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

04/19/2021

ASK FOR HELP

SAMHSA is a free information service for individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Find resources or call for helpful information while keeping your personal information confidential. 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

ENVIRONMENTAL

03/29/2021

PLANT A GARDEN

Gardening is a great way to be healthy and help the environment while being fun for the family! Tending to a garden helps us exercise, and growing your own produce may help reduce your carbon footprint.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

04/05/2021

PREPARE FOR PREGNANCY

Folic acid is a B vitamin which can help prevent major birth defects of a baby’s brain and spine if taken in proper amounts at least 1 month before and during pregnancy. If you are trying to become pregnant, ask your doctor about vitamins for before/during pregnancy.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

03/08/2021

TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the country. Find safe shelter immediately if under a flood warning. Do not walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

03/15/2021

STAY VIGILANT

With warmer weather on the horizon, some habits formed to fend off colds, flu, and COVID-19 may falter. Continue to wear a mask, wash hands, cover coughs/sneezes, and disinfect surfaces to protect yourself and others from getting sick.

CHRONIC DISEASE

02/08/2021

EATING RIGHT IS KEY

Eating a heathy diet is key to a healthy lifestyle. It helps to prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes among others. Check out the MyPlate site to learn about eating a balanced diet.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

02/22/2021

BE AWARE OF TEEN DRINKING

It is important for parents to be good role models as well as provide support and be involved in their children’s lives. Be aware of factors that may increase the risk of alcohol use such as emotional problems, social issues, or significant transitions in a child’s life.

ENVIRONMENTAL

01/25/2021

SMART, SAFE BONFIRES

A bonfire is great family fun during the winter. However, burning certain materials could cause air pollution or potential health issues. Never burn cardboard, treated wood, construction or demolition debris, plastics, or metal among other materials to protect yourself and neighbors.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

02/01/2021

KEEPING KIDS HEALTHY

Keeping children healthy during cold and flu season is not always easy. Teach children to wash their hands often, cough/sneeze into their elbow, and not share food/drinks with friends. A healthy diet and regular sleep schedule also help boost immune systems.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

01/04/2021

WINTER EMERGENCY KIT

Keep seasonal emergency supplies in your vehicle to be prepared in all situations. Some items to include: flashlight (and extra batteries), first-aid kit, non-perishable food, water, blankets, extra clothing, a shovel, tool kit, and booster cables among others.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

01/11/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE

The COVID-19 Vaccine is currently being distributed according to the state’s eligibility phases. For eligibility and general information, please visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine. If you qualify to be vaccinated, schedule an appointment at https://www.ochd.org/.

CHRONIC DISEASE

12/21/2020

BE ACTIVE

Take time to be active each day. Not being active enough can contribute to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Take small steps to be more active, such as walking with a friend or pet, riding a bike, doing yoga, etc.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

12/28/2020

ABSTAIN FROM DRUGS AND ALCOHOL DURING PREGNANCY

The risk of still birth is potentially doubled or even tripled in women who use drugs during pregnancy. This includes smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription pain relievers, or using illegal drugs. For help quitting call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY 1-800-487-4889

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

12/07/2020

WINTERIZE YOUR HOME

As colder weather sets in, prepare your home to withstand the winter. Winterize your home (insulate, clean gutters, install storm windows), have your heating system serviced by a knowledgeable professional, and ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are properly installed and working.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

12/14/2020

PRETERM BIRTH

There are many causes of preterm birth, and they are not always preventable. Some steps to take to reduce the risk of preterm birth and to improve a mother’s general health are as follows: quit smoking, avoid alcohol and drugs, and get prenatal care at the beginning and throughout the pregnancy.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

11/23/2020

THANKSGIVING TIPS

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires – when cooking, never leave the stove/oven unattended. Keep children away from hot surfaces and hot foods and liquids. Turn handles of pots/pans toward the back of the stove so nobody can bump them or tip them over. Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order by pushing the test button.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

11/30/2020

STAY UPDATED ON COVID-19

The situation with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has continuously changed as more information is known about this disease. Stay updated with reliable information by visiting the OCHD website at https://www.ochd.org/ or https://covid19.nj.gov/.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

11/09/2020

GESTATIONAL DIABETES

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy in women who did not have diabetes before they became pregnant. This form of diabetes usually shows up mid-pregnancy, and can be controlled with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

CHRONIC DISEASE

11/16/2020

EPILEPSY

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that results in seizures/periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and possibly loss of awareness. This disorder effects people of all ages, races, and ethnicities. It is typically diagnosed if a person has had two or more seizures, and can be caused by many different conditions.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

10/26/2020

FLU ENDS WITH U

Get your flu shot! They are widely available, and even offered through OCHD clinics. Visit our website or call 732-341-9700 Ext. 7411 for more information!

ENVIRONMENTAL

11/02/2020

MOLD

Mold can have harmful health effects. If you see or smell mold in your home, you should remove it. To remove mold from hard surfaces, use household products, soap and water, or a solution of household laundry bleach (no more than 1 cup) in 1 gallon of water.

CHRONIC DISEASE

10/13/2020

OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle, and symptoms usually appear in the later stages of bone loss. Prevention includes keeping your bones healthy through proper nutrition (getting enough protein, calcium, and vitamin D), regular exercise, and keeping an appropriate body weight.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

10/19/2020

PLANNING WITH PETS

Have any furry friends? In case you and your pet are separated in an emergency, be sure to they have an ID tag with your name and up-to-date contact information on it. Keep their microchip registration updated too!

MATERNAL AND CHID HEALTH

9/28/2020

NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY 10/18

Don’t wait until it’s too late – get regular mammograms to detect early signs of breast cancer, up to three years before it can be felt! Worried about the cost? Visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/screenings.htm to see if you qualify for free or low cost screenings.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

10/06/2020

MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK 10/4-10/10

About 1 in 4 U.S. adults has a behavioral health condition, and this population consumes close to 40% of all cigarettes smoked by adults. If you or someone you love needs help with mental and/or substance use disorders, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline (English/Spanish): 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

9/14/2020

HAND FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

This virus typically causes mild illness, and outbreaks can occur frequently among groups of children (childcare/preschool settings). Symptoms include small blisters in the mouth, on the hands (palm and fingers), on the buttocks, and soles of the feet. Adults may also be infected.

ENVIRONMENTAL

9/21/2020

WEAR REUSABLE MASKS

Instead of using disposable masks for work and sending the kids to school, invest in reusable masks that can be washed after each use. Or, instead of buying them, make your own at home for a fun craft project!

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

8/31/2020

DO NOT SELF MEDICATE

The pandemic has affected all of us in some way, and can lead to a feeling of overwhelming stress. Coping can be difficult, but it is important to not turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as self-medicating with alcohol and/or drugs. Try healthy coping skills like exercising, writing, or talking to a friend/family member instead.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

8/31/2020

BE PREPARED FOR A WILDFIRE

Prepare before an emergency such as a wildfire occurs – Safeguard important documents in a fire safe. Have emergency provisions on hand. Be ready to evacuate if there is a wildfire near your area, and know your evacuation routes. Sign up for your community’s warning system and listen to local officials.

MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH

8/17/2020

BE STRESS FREE

It can be difficult to be stress free, but this is especially important for expecting mothers. Being too stressed can cause premature birth or having an underweight newborn. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, seek help. Staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest can help reduce stress and keep you healthy too.

CHRONIC DISEASE

8/24/2020

ALZHEIMER'S - KNOW THE SIGNS

Alzheimer's is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Treatment options are available, but there is currently no cure for this disease. Consult a healthcare provider if you or someone you know exhibits signs of Alzheimer's:
- Memory loss
- Trouble with bills/money
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood, personality, or behavior

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

8/3/2020

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

8/10/2020

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 ALCOHOL

7/20/2020

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

7/27/2020

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 HEALTH

7/6/2020

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

7/13/2020

SUMMER SAFETY

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

6/22/2020

CROSS CONTAMINATION

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

6/29/2020

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

6/5/2020

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 ALCOHOL

6/15/2020

HELP LINE

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

5/25/2020

CONTROLLING DIABETES

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 HEALTH

6/1/2020

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

5/11/2020

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

5/18/2020

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 ALCOHOL

4/27/2020

COVID-19 TREATMENT

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.

EMERGENCY PREPARDNESS

5/4/2020

COVID-19 RECOVERY

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 HEALTH

4/13/2020

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

4/20/2020

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

3/30/2020

TAKE PRECAUTIONS

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

4/6/2020

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

3/9/2020

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 ALCOHOL

3/23/2020

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.

CHRONIC DISEASE

3/2/2020

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.

2020 CENSUS

2/24/2020

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!”

2020 CENSUS

2/17/2020

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

2/10/2020

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 ALCOHOL

2/3/2020

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 HEALTH

1/27/2020

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

1/13/2020

GO REUSABLE

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

1/20/2020

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".

CHRONIC DISEASE

1/6/2020

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.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

12/30/2019

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 ALCOHOL

12/23/2019

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 HEALTH

12/16/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

12/9/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

12/2/2019

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 ALCOHOL

11/25/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

11/18/2019

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!

CHRONIC DISEASE

11/11/2019

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

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

11/4/2019

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 HEALTH

10/28/2019

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

10/21/2019

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 ALCOHOL

10/14/2019

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.

ENVIRONMENTAL

10/8/2019

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!

CHRONIC DISEASE

9/30/2019

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.