Adults 65 and older are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illness. This increased risk of foodborne illness is because our organs and body systems go through changes as we age. Cold temperatures inhibit the growth of pathogens that can make you sick. Simple solutions like making sure a home refrigerator is set at the right temperature can make a big difference. A refrigerator set at 40 °F or below will protect most foods. For safety, it is important to verify the temperature of the refrigerator. The only way to be sure the home refrigerator is at or below the recommended temperature of 40 °F is to measure the temperature with a refrigerator thermometer. For more information about Home Food Safety Tips for Seniors click on the title.
While laundry pods are not marketed for children, there is an attraction to the small, brightly colored objects. The Harnett County Child Fatality Prevention Team is working to raise awareness about unintentional poisonings during National Poison Prevention Week which is recognized March 19-25, 2017. While laundry pods are not marketed for children, there is an attraction to the small, brightly colored objects. These products aren’t toys so don’t let children handle them. Parents and caregivers should keep laundry detergent pods, as well as other household cleaning products, out of reach and out of sight of children. When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert. Poison Help number at 1-800-222-1222. For more information click on the title to view Springtime Laundry Safety Checklist.
Public health agencies in North Carolina are required to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) once every three to four years. This CHA is intended to describe the current health status of the community, what has changed since the past assessment, and what still needs to change to improve the health of the community. The 2016 Community Health Assessment (CHA) team included the Harnett County Department of Public Health, Harnett Health System, Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Department of Public Health, Healthy Harnett, the Healthy Carolinians partnership for Harnett County. Click on the title to view the first section and to view the Appendix to this document see the Downloads box below. For more information contact our office at 910-893-7550.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. To help stop the spread of germs:
The Harnett County Health Department is continually evaluating our public health programs and as part of that process, we invite you to complete the survey. Click on the title to access the survey.
March is recognized as National Nutrition Month. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward", which acts as a reminder that each bite counts. Eating healthier doesn't mean changing your entire eating pattern overnight. Small changes, made over time, can add up. So whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, “Put Your Best Fork Forward” to help find your healthy eating style. For more information, click on the title.
March is recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. This disease is highly preventable, by getting screened beginning at age 50. For more information, click on the title.
The 2017 Girls Are Great & Teen Girl Conference will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Harnett Health Sciences Center in Lillington (51 Red Mulberry Way Lillington). Bring your mom or guardian to a session that will provide information on the physical and emotional changes that take place with girls during puberty. Teens will get answers and information about topics including teen health, healthy dating/relationships, and more! The event is $7 per person and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is April 13, 2017. To register online click here or click on the title to download a form.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held April 27, 2017. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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