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Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

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. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or call our office at 910-893-7550.


Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs. Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Game Day Food Safety Tips

Foodborne germs can crash your buffet and make people sick with food poisoning. Foodborne illness (sometimes called food poisoning, foodborne disease, or foodborne infection) is common, costly – and preventable. When cooking, preparing, or serving food for large groups, it's important to keep food safe. Make sure your game day gathering is memorable for all the right reasons! Follow these six tips to avoid food poisoning click on the title to view the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) web site.


Commit to Healthy Choices to Help Prevent Birth Defects

We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, we also know that women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. Make a PACT, a commitment to yourself, to get healthy before and during pregnancy by actively trying to plan ahead, avoid harmful substances, choose a healthy lifestyle, and talk with your healthcare provider. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.


It’s Never Too Early to Quit Smoking

No matter how long you’ve smoked, there are health benefits to quitting.Quitting smoking can be challenging, but you can find support for your quit journey where and when you need it, to raise your chances of quitting for good. For more information click on the link to view the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) web site.


January is recognized as Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but it occurs most often in women over the age of 30. Each year, about 12,000 wmen in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cervical cancer is highly preventable due to regular screening exams (Pap tests) and a vaccine to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. For more information about cervical cancer, click on the title.


Go Red Lunch & Learn-Friday, February 22nd

Harnett County Health Department and Harnett Health are partnering to offer the 11th annual Go Red Lunch and Learn on Friday, February 22nd from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Governmental Complex Commons Area located at 309 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd Lillington. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Amol Bahekar with Harnett Cardiology. He will provide an informative presentation on heart disease and the latest heart health information. The event is free, however registration is required. To register call 910-814-6298. Lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Monday, February 18th.


Mobile Mammography: Early Detection Saves Lives

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 January 29 and February 15, 2019. 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.


Boyz Lace Up 4 Health

Join us for "Boyz Lace Up 4 Health" on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Harnett Central Middle School. An interactive, age-appropriate event that provides information about the many changes and challenges of 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 activies! Topics will include Understanding Your Body, Playing it safe on social media, puberty and more! The cost is $5 per person and includes program materials, breakfast and lunch. For more information click on the title to download a registration form or call the Health Education Divison at 910-814-6195.


Patient/Consumer and Community Survey

Please consider completing our patient/consumer satisfaction survey or community survey. This feedback helps us continually monitor or change our services to serve you better. For the patient/consumer survey click here. For the community survey, click here.


Harnett County Health Department is on Facebook:

Become a fan of the Health Department by visiting our Facebook Page! We update our page with upcoming events and programs, photos, health news and more. This is also a great way to interact with us. Click on the title to visit our page.


 
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