Stay hydrated to beat the summer heat! Flavor water with fruits, vegetables, mint, and other herbs for something different. What you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and offer little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. For tips to help you make better beverage choices, click here.
Nearly 5 million are treated for skin cancer each year in the United States. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes even deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented. Choose sun-safety strategies that work. Broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher is important, but it shouldn’t be your only defense against the sun. For the best protection, use shade, clothing, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen. For additional information, click here.
Summer is the season for working and playing outdoors. It’s also the time to emphasize the importance of preventing and treating heat-related illness. The common denominator of heat illness prevention is: Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed. For tips on preventing heat-related illness, click here.
The Health Department is pleased to announce that we have extended our hours. We will now be open from 8:00am until 6:00pm. We believe that this will help better accommodate your needs by providing more hours in which you can schedule an appointment. For more information please call our office at 910-893-7550 or click on the title.
Foodborne illnesses tend to increase during the summer months because bacteria multiply faster when it’s warm. Now is a great time to remind friends and neighbors about these basics for summer food safety: Stay healthy and safe by following these food safety guideline. Wash your hands. Unwashed hands are a prime cause of food borne illness. When you wash your hands the right way, it takes only 20 seconds and requires only three ingredients: running water, soap, and something to dry your hands (a clean towel or air). Keep cold food cold, at or below 40 °F. Place food in coolers or in shallow containers nestled in ice. Keep hot food hot, at or above 140 °F Don't leave food out for more than one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees. For more information click on the link.
Join us for the Breastfeeding Health Fair on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 11am - 1pm at the Government Complex Commons Area at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. in Lillington (between the Health Department and DSS). This fun-filled health fair will celebrate National Breastfeeding Week and include a juice bar, car seat safety, face painting, family planning, give aways, tips for breastfeeding moms, and much more! For more information, call the Health Department-WIC Office at 910-893-7570.
Harnett County Department of Public Health will offer the Living Healthy Chronic Disease Self-Management Program beginning on Wednesday, August 14th from 9:30am-12:00pm at the Erwin Nutrition Site located at 110 West F Street Erwin, NC. Living Healthy is a free program designed for older adults with chronic disease and their caregivers to gain self-confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and learn how their health problems affect their lives. For more information click here.
Registration for the Boyz Lace Up 4 Health event is now open! Boyz bring your “A” game and take part in interactive, age-appropriate workshops & huddles related to issues that affect tween and teen boys. Our program is for boys ages 9-15 and their parent or guardian. Boys will be able to compete in sports challenges, health huddles, and interactive activities! The cost is $5 per person and includes program materials, snacks, and dinner. For more information, click on the title to download a registration form, or call the Health Education Division at 910-814-6195. Boyz Lace Up 4 Health will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Government Complex Commons Area located at 309 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. in Lillington.
As this school year comes to a close, summer vacations and other fun activities are gearing up. It’s a busy time of year, but also an important time to make sure your child is ready to return back to school in August. The Harnett County Health Department, is reminding parents of children who will be entering Kindergarten this school year, to schedule an appointment for their child’s required kindergarten physical before the start of school. The Health Department provides physicals for all grades including Kindergarten, Head start/Pre-K, and Daycare. For more information or to make an appointment for your child please call the Health Department at 910-893-7550.
When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14. Parents are encouraged to be on the lookout and supervise. All children need to be supervised in the water, no matter what their swimming skill levels. Adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol. Provide continuous, attentive supervision close to swimmers. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. Remember that swimming aids such as water wings or noodles are fun toys for kids, but they should never be used in place of a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD). For more information click on the title to view Safe Kids web site.
Did you know that buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can significantly reduce the risk of serious and fatal injuries by up to 80%? Although motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of unintentional death among children in the United States, these fatalities can be prevented. Have your car seat checked free of charge by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at one of Harnett County’s Permanent Checking Stations. The technician will educate you on the proper child restraint, help you install your car seat, and give you useful resources to take home and learn more. Call to schedule your appointment today!
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Help protect your family, community and environment! Click on the title to view a listing of prescription drug disposal sites in Harnett County. Medication safety tips: Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Be smart about storage; keep medicines in their original bottles or containers. Review all your medicines with your doctor or pharmacist, do this at least once a year, or when you start using a new medicine. Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children and away from pets. For more information 910-893-7550.To view a list of drug disposal sites located in Harnett County click on the title.
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