Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
Adults – Physical activity can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).
Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for everyone to get more physical activity.
Make a difference: Spread the word about fun ways to get moving!
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.
The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.
Make a difference: Spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Stay healthy this summer: Protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito and tick bites that cause disease
As people begin to spend more time in the outdoors, the Southeast District Health Department wants to remind you to take precautions to prevent diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks.
Mosquito bites can be more than just itchy and annoying. They can cause you to get sick. The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.
Tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from mosquito bites that cause West Nile virus:
Use insect repellent with DEET. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. Do not use insect repellents with DEET on children younger than 2 months. Do not use repellents containing more than 10% DEET on children younger than 2 years.
Eliminate all standing water in yards and around your home and property where mosquitoes can breed, including: plastic containers, pool covers, wading pools, ceramic pots, clogged drainpipes, and wheelbarrows. Also change water in bird baths twice a week.
Cover your skin as completely as possible when outside when mosquitoes are present and active. Wear long sleeves, pants and socks.
Make sure there are screens in your home's windows and doors. Make sure the screens are free of rips, tears and holes.
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. These can affect people of any age.
Tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from ticks:
Use repellents that contain 20- 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth. Do not use insect repellents with DEET on children younger than 2 months. Do not use repellents containing more than 10% DEET on children younger than 2 years.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
Be sure to check for ticks after coming indoors or coming from tick infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States, however not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain.
Flash floods can occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Overland flooding, the most common type of flooding event typically occurs when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach and cause flooding in surrounding areas. It can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt exceeds the capacity of underground pipes, or the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry flood water away from urban areas.
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.
Southeast District Health Department is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment in Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, and Richardson counties. The attached survey will capture how residents feel about the current health of their community and what they find to be of the most importance. The results of the survey will be used to write up a Community Health Assessment. Please take a moment to answer a few short questions about your community. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
Pertusssis (Whooping cough) is verycontagious and can cause serious illness - especially in infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. Make sure your infants and young children get their recommended five shots on time. Adolescent and adult vaccination is also important, especailly for families with new infants.