The week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, will take place May 23-29, 2016. Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. To help protect yourself and other swimmers from germs or injury, here are a few easy and effective steps all swimmers can take each time they swim in a public pool or hot tub. Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea. Stay out of the water if you have an open wound (for example, from surgery or a piercing) that is not covered with a waterproof bandage. Shower before you get in the water. Rinsing off in the shower for just 1 minute removes most of the dirt or anything else on your body. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site. If you are traveling outside of the United States with plans to swim in public pools, oceans, lakes, or rivers, please visit CDC’s Traveler’s Health page for health recommendations and advice.
Swimmers and parents of young swimmers can help protect their health and the health of their families and friends by checking the latest inspection results for public pools, water playgrounds, and hot tubs/spas. For more information click here, to look up sites by the pool name or address or if you are not sure about the name, contact the Environmental Health Division at the Health Department at 910-893-7547.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma successfully to reduce and prevent asthma attacks, also called episodes. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. The important thing to remember is that you can control your asthma. To learn more about how you can control your asthma, click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
About half of all adults and one-third of all young people in the United States don't get enough physical activity. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention estimated that nearly 53 million dogs in the United States were overweight or obese in 2014 and faced many of the same weight-related health problems as humans who were overweight or obese. The Surgeon General recognized the benefits of pet ownership and how regular walks help both people and animals. Walking is a popular, easy form of exercise for most, offering proven health benefits and a low risk of injury. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Spring weather can be unpredictable, reduce injury risk and plan ahead. Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather, so planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
May is recognized as Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. You can take steps to control your risk by making simple changes in your lifestyleStroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States For more information, click on the title.
You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home, before gardening, camping, hiking, or just playing outdoors. Make tick bite prevention part of your outdoor plans. You and your family can prevent tick bites and reduce your risk of Lyme disease, there are several methods you can use to prevent tick bites and reduce your risk of tick-borne disease. Use repellents with DEET, Check your clothing for ticks, Shower after being outdoors, and call your doctor if you develop a fever or rash. For more information click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. For more information on Zika, click on the title.
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 22, 2016 and again on July 20, 2016. Pre-registration is required. For an application see the Downloads Box or call 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550.
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