During the holidays, people are busy and can sometimes forget that unsafe handling and cooking can lead to food borne illness. Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common problems that lead to poultry-associated foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States. As Thanksgiving approaches a few simple steps will not only ease your holiday fears, but will ensure a safe meal for you, your family, and your friends. Preventing food borne illness remains a major public health challenge. Remember to take a few basic precautions which can reduce the risk of food borne disease, for more information click here or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Stay safe on the roads by taking action to protect yourself and your loved ones. In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1‒54, and more than 37,000 people were killed in crashes in 2016. However, many of these deaths can be prevented. Here are some tips to help keep you and others safe on the road over the holidays: Use a seat belt in every seat, on every trip, no matter how short. Make sure children are always properly buckled in the back seat in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height, and weight. Choose not to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and help others do the same. Obey speed limits. Drive without distractions (such as using a cell phone or texting).Stay safe on the roads this holiday season. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a seasonal flu vaccine. The Health Department is providing Children's flu shots-only, each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. through walk-in clinics. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicaid cards. For more information call 910-893-7550 or click here to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is changing to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) instead of paper food instruments. EBT in North Carolina will be called eWIC. This change will start on February 21, 2018 in Harnett County. A parent, legal guardian, or caretaker must be present at the first WIC appointment on or after February 21, 2018 for the family to be issued a eWIC EBT card. eWIC is simple, safe, and convenient. We ask that you would please be understanding, flexible and patient as we work to better serve you. Comments about this program change can be made through this web site, by clicking here or onto the Patient Satisfaction survey. For more information call (910) 893-7570.
The Holiday Challenge is a free 6 week program that includes weekly nutrition sessions, weight checks, and a weekly newsletter full of tips to manage holiday stress, ideas for fitting in physical activity, and resources for cooking quick and easy meals when time is in short supply. Participants that maintain their weight through the holidays, within 1-2 pounds, will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The program will be offered at 2 locations beginning Tuesday, November 21st: Erwin Public Library located at 110 West F Street from 12:00pm-1:00pm and at the Boone Trail Community Center located at 8500 Old US 421 Lillington from 5:30pm-6:30pm. To register call 910-814-6196. The registration deadline is Friday, November 17th. For more information, click on the title.
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 on November 21, 2017 and December 20, 2017. For additional screening dates click on the title. Pre-registration is required. *For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria. For an application see the Downloads Box or call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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