Gardening can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity, and grow nutritious fruits and vegetables. If you are a beginner or expert gardener, health and safety should always be a priority. It is important to protect yourself and take precautions as you work and play in the sun and around insects, chemicals, and lawn and garden equipment. Enjoy the benefits of gardening and stay safe and healthy. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Gardening, camping, hiking, and playing outdoors – when enjoying these activities, don't forget to take steps to prevent bites from ticks that share the outdoors. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness. Reduce your chances of getting a tick-borne disease by using repellents, checking for ticks, and showering after being outdoors. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month—a perfect time to have your blood pressure checked. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. The condition usually has no signs or symptoms. You can have it for years without knowing it. During this time, high blood pressure can damage your heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other parts of your body. The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked. For more information, click on the title.
Did you know that two million broken bones occur every year in the U.S. due to osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones. It happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both. The month of May is recognized as National Osteoporosis Month. For more information click on the title to view “Break Free from Osteoporosis” National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF).
Besides being a nuisance, ticks can transmit several diseases. In North Carolina, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease are the three most common diseases carried by ticks. All three are caused by bacteria and are treatable with antibiotics. Avoiding tick bites and proper removal of ticks are the keys to preventing tick-transmitted diseases. For more informaiton click on the title to view Tick-Transmitted Disease in North Carolina.
It's almost summer, and home gardeners will soon start to harvest the delicious produce they've been growing this year. Home canning is a popular tradition among many Harnett County families. Canning is an excellent method of preserving garden produce, if it is done correctly and safely. Improper canning methods can cause serious illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click on the title to view the CDC web site, to learn tips to keep your canned vegetables safe to protect yourself, your family, and others when you share your home-canned goodies.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography screenings will be held on June 17, and June 26, 2015. Pre-registration is required. See the Downloads Box below for an application or call 910-814-6197 for more information.
The ECU clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Services: Comprehensive General Dentistry, Children’s Dentistry, Oral Surgery – Extractions, Root Canals, Sealants and Tooth Colored Fillings, Crowns and Bridges, Dentures and Partial Dentures, Implant Services, Periodontal Services and Cleanings, Cosmetic Tooth Whitening. Digital Radiography, and 3-D/Cone Beam Imaging. For more information click on the title to view the web site or call 910-814-4191, the facility is located at 80 Autumn Fern Trail in Lillington.
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