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2014 Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people's risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

To spread the word and prevent alcohol abuse in our community, the RPM Health District is joining other organizations across the country to honor Alcohol Awareness Month.

If you are drinking too much, you can improve your health by cutting back or quitting. Here are some strategies to help you cut back or stop drinking:

  • Limit your drinking to no more than 1 drink a day for women or 2 drinks a day for men.
  • Keep track of how much you drink.
  • Don't drink when you are upset.
  • Avoid places where people drink a lot.
  • Make a list of reasons not to drink.

2014 American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that's more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proudly participating in American Diabetes Month. 

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes: 

  • Watch your weight.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Get more active.

New McDowell County Environmental Health Hours

Beginning October 1, 2017 the McDowell County Environmental Health Office hours will change to Monday - Friday, 8:30am until 5:00pm.


2017 SOTCH Reports Have Been Released

The State of the County Health Reports for 2017 are posted here. Please contact Yanet Cisneros with any questions, comments or related updates.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . (828) 287-6042 Office.


      Rutherford County SOTCH
      Polk County SOTCH
      McDowell County SOTCH

For previous versions of the SOTCH report please visit http://www.rpmhd.org/sotch


Recreational water recommendation for Youngs Fork Creek

Recreational water recommendation issued for Youngs Fork Creek area

MARION –McDowell County officials urge people to avoid recreational activities along Youngs Fork Creek near Rutherford Road due to an unknown petroleum-like substance that appears to be seeping into Youngs Fork near the intersection of Rutherford Road and Georgia Ave. The advisory applies to all areas along Youngs Fork Creek beginning at the intersection of Rutherford Rd @ Georgia Ave. to its confluence with North Muddy Creek.

Officials are investigating now to determine if any hazards exist to humans or livestock, determine the source, and contain the substance.

"We are working in a coordinated response to this concern between McDowell County EM, RPM District Health Department, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services," said Rutherford Polk McDowell Health Director Karen Powell.

Environmental and health officials recommend the following:

· Avoid swimming, wading or fishing in this section of the area until further notice.

· Avoid skin contact with water, soil and sediment in or near the river.

· If skin comes into contact with contaminated sediment or water, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water.

Officials with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will be conducting water quality sampling and planning for control and remediation of the problem.

At this time, we have no recommendations related to private drinking water wells near the site. Additional guidance will be provided, as warranted, as recommendations and guidance are received. Questions or concerns should be directed to the Health Department at 828-652-2921. Please leave name and phone number for a return call.


Last Update: 25 February 2018 8:13 pm

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