Now that March has arrived we are inching closer to Spring. While we still have many cold days ahead, warmer times will be here soon. It’s a great time for your and your family to Get Out, Get Active. According to the Harvard School of Public Health “Getting regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers, and it can also help control stress, improve sleep, boost mood, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of falling and improve cognitive function in older adults.”
Some of the resources we are featuring this month are:
Tips for Reducing Screen Time from the Institute of Health
5-2-1 Almost None
Healthy habits start at home, and 5-2-1 Almost None is a great place to start to help your family live
Kids In Parks
Do you or someone you know smoke?
One of the key items noted during the Health Assessments of our District has been the need to reduce the number of people who smoke. With the start of a new year, we wanted to provide the community resources and tips to stop smoking.
Did you know that almost one-half million Americans dies prematurely from tobacco use each year? Start living tobacco free today!
Tobacco harms nearly every organ in your body. However, within minutes of quitting your heart rate and blood pressure will drop and within hours the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
Don't try to stop smoking on your own – have a Game Plan and find someone who can support you through your journey.
Sign up for a smoking cessation class / support group. The McDowell Hospital, Rutherford Regional Hospital and St. Lukes Hospital all offer Smoking Cessation Programs.
McDowell Hospital – Kim Freeman 659-5157
Rutherford Regional Hospital – 245-4596
St. Lukes Hospital – Kathy Woodham – 894-2408
Give them a call and sign up today! If you would prefer to take a online class "Freedom From Smoking Online" is also there from there American Lung Association at www.ffsonline.org
For additional resources to quit smoking please visit:
On Monday October 27, we will see our first patients on our Mobile Dental Unit. We are excited to be stationed at Glenwood Elementary!
This is truly a great collaboration between many groups including the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department, the Collins Dental Center, the McDowell County Schools, the McDowell County Department of Social Services and the McDowell County Board of Commissioners. Each has brought important tools to the table to get this project going. This will be a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the dental health of the children of our community.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of Ebola transmission in the United States. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Rutherford, Polk or McDowell
Counties. There are many concerns and questions that you may have. The North Carolina Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control have great information and tools availabe to educate our communties about Ebola. The State of North Carolina has also established a Ebola Public Information Line - you can call 1-844-836-8714 should you need additional information.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Ebola Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention