The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.
America's PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.
The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
This October, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. *You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
To learn more please visit:
The American Cancer Society
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, [your organization] is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis (TB). It's important to know which shots you need and when to get them.
Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.
• If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs.
• Find out which shots adults and teenagers need. (http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultImmSched/)
• Use this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots. (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf)
• If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule. (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/downloads/f_preg_chart.pdf)
Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need. For more information, contact one of our offices to speak with a immunization nurse.
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages – and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries. During National Safety Month, the Rutherford Polk McDowell Health District is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription drug abuse; distracted driving; and slips,
trips, and falls.
- Prescription drug abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose – more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
- Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
- Distracted driving: Doing other activities while driving – like texting or eating – increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (18%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
The Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is supporting the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet in our area most individuals don't get the recommended amount of physical activity.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:
- Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
- Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights and using exercises bands – at least 2 days a week.