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Water, Water, Everywhere!

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  By Julia Boland & Terri Mendoza Summer’s finally here, and the temperatures steadily rising, it is important to stay hydrated while soaking up the sun’s rays.  Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, so whether you’re riding a bike, playing sports, or   …Continue Reading Water, Water, Everywhere!


The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!

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Summertime… It’s time for fun in the sun, especially after such a brutal winter! But in addition to fun, summer often brings intense heat waves. According to the CDC, on average, extreme heat causes more U.S. deaths than other natural disasters.  Heat safety is clearly   …Continue Reading The Heat is On – But Heat Illness is Preventable!


Melon Mania

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Now that we’ve all finally recovered from the historic last winter, we can fully embrace the summer season and all that it has to offer – think farmers’ markets! We now have the option of enjoying time outdoors and checking out all the local produce   …Continue Reading Melon Mania


Grilling Goodness

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By Kirsten Archer Fourth of July is here!  And so is the season of outdoor eating — barbecues, grilling and picnics. Make the most of your summer celebrations with friends and family by having a safe meal wherever you are, whether in the backyard or   …Continue Reading Grilling Goodness


Tips for Handling Transitions

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean Summer is a time of transitions. The weather warms and the earth turns lush and in full bloom. Summer also brings life transitions   …Continue Reading Tips for Handling Transitions


Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?

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Summer is finally here – which means teens are out of school and looking for summer jobs.  In the spirit of promoting healthy, safe jobs for our future workforce, here’s the question of the season: Can teens drive for work? Many employers, educators, parents, and   …Continue Reading Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?


Remember these Sun Safety Tips!

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After a year of waiting, summer is finally here! That means cookouts, picnics, beach days, and barbecues! Although time in the sun lets our bodies absorb vitamin D, necessary for strong, healthy bones, too much unprotected sun exposure can be very harmful and may lead   …Continue Reading Remember these Sun Safety Tips!


Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health

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Wait a minute!  That sounds like a teenager’s excuse for a messy room.  But a closer look reveals that cleaning may create new hazards while it eliminates dust, deodorizes diaper pails, and makes food preparation safer. This is a time of year when we think   …Continue Reading Cleaning Can Be Bad for Your Health


More Peas Please!

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We are finally approaching the season of summer fruits and vegetables. Summer produce is wonderful in so many ways and offers tons of delicious options for meals and snacks.  It’s also a benefit that many summer vegetables can be eaten both raw and cooked, giving   …Continue Reading More Peas Please!


Highlights of the June 10th Public Health Council Meeting

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This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council included votes on two Determination of Need (DoN) requests followed by an informational update for the Council from the DPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. First, the Council took up consideration of a Determination of   …Continue Reading Highlights of the June 10th Public Health Council Meeting