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2015 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.

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.
  • Choose a day each week when you will not drink.
  • 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.

March 2015 - Get Out, Get Active

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


February 2015 - American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proudly participating in American Heart Month. 

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.  Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have
heart disease. To lower your risk:
• Watch your weight.
• Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
• Get active and eat healthy.

January 2015 - No Smoking Resolution for 2015

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:



Mobile Dental Unit

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.

  RPM Health District Mobile Dental Unit - Photo 1         .         RPM Health District Mobile Dental Unit - Photo 2  


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