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:
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.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of Ebola transmission in the United States. There are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Rutherford, Polk or McDowell
Counties. There are many concerns and questions that you may have. The North Carolina Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control have great information and tools availabe to educate our communties about Ebola. The State of North Carolina has also established a Ebola Public Information Line - you can call 1-844-836-8714 should you need additional information.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Ebola Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.
America's PrepareAthon! is a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community, school and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.
The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
This October, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women.
About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.
- If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. *You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
To learn more please visit:
The American Cancer Society
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)