We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
New & improved prevention website
Did you know that about 1 in 4 women (24%) and 1 in 7 men (13%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime? The Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) have a new “Veto Violence” website that addresses the risks and protective factors, and consequences of violence related to partners and youth, as well as sexual violence, suicide and child maltreatment. The site offers tools, trainings, resources and research, with a focus on prevention. There’s also a library of success stories.
Great American Smokeout
Set for Thursday, Nov. 20, the Great American Smokeout spotlights the opportunity for smokers to come up with a plan to quit and increase the chances of living a healthier life and with less risk of cancer. Quitting even for short periods makes a difference. According to the American Cancer Society if you quit for even 20 minutes your heart rate and blood pressure drop. Quit for 2-3 weeks and your circulation improves. Quit for a year and you can cut your risk of coronary heart disease in half. Get started!