In observance of National Diabetes Month 2013, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners want you to know that Diabetes is a Family Affair.
Diabetes is a challenging disease that affects the entire family in many ways. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, family support is very important when it comes to managing diabetes and preventing serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and nerve damage that can lead to amputation. It's also important to know that if you have a family history of diabetes – such as a mother, father, brother, or sister – you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
NDEP and its partners are working with individuals, families and communities to take action and encourage simple, but important lifestyle changes to improve their health – particularly if they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease.
To help you get started, the NDEP offers many resources to help you make healthy lifestyle changes as a family. The NDEP also has resources that can be used in community settings that are part of the extended family, such as schools, businesses, and the health care community, among others. Some resources include:
• 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life shares four steps to help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy.
• Help a Loved One with Diabetes provides practical tips for helping a loved one cope with diabetes and things you can do to help.
• Family Health History Quiz. Knowing your family health history is important. Take this quiz to learn more about your family history of diabetes.
• Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families is a bilingual recipe booklet that can help families make healthy food choices without giving up the foods they love.
• Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel is a comprehensive guide to help students with diabetes, their health care team, school staff, and parents work together to help students manage their diabetes safely and effectively in the school setting.
Do you know the risk factors for Diabets? If not, please visit the American Diabetes Association at this address:
This November, use these resources and more to make healthy lifestyle changes as a family. Learn more at www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/DiabetesMonth2013.
Our WIC Offices are Open!
The North Carolina WIC Program will resume normal operations as of Friday, October 11, 2013. We are grateful to all of our community partners and residents to steeped in to address the need. We live in the best community ever!!!
If you have or need a WIC appointment please give us a call:
Rutherford County: (828) 287-6238
Polk County: (828) 894-3888 *Open Monday & Thursdays Only*
McDowell County: (828) 652-2922
For additional information:
National WIC Association
"Despite Government Shutdown WIC Programs Remain Open"
We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, the Rutherford Polk McDowell Distrct Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. Shots can prevent serious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. It's important to know which shots you need and when to get them.
Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.
• If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs
• Find out which shots you or your teenager needs
Talk to our immunization nurses or your doctor to make sure that everyone in the family gets the shots they need. Our staff is available 8:30am until 5:00pm to help answer your questions.
Is your family ready for an emergency? Planning ahead can help keep you safe if a flood, fire, flu pandemic, terrorist attack, or other emergency strikes. During National Safety Month, the Rutherford Polk McDowell District Health Department is working with community members to make sure families are safe.
Get prepared. Start by gathering an emergency kit and making a family emergency plan. Find out about the emergency resources that are available in your community.
Plan ahead. Here are a few simple items you can gather today to prepare for an emergency:
• At least 3 gallons of water for each member of your family
• Food for at least 3 days – choose foods that don't need a refrigerator, like canned fruit, energy bars, peanut butter, and crackers
• Prescription medicines that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine
• A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other injuries
State Public Health Officials to Hold Information Session
Contamination in Old Fort Finishing Company Wells May Have Posed Health Risk to Community
RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will be holding an information session at the Old Fort First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 203 E. Main Street on Thursday, April 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. to present the results of a public health investigation into contamination of the town's water system during the mid-1980s. New information is available that indicates a small number of people who lived in the town of Old Fort between 1984 and 1988 may have been exposed to levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the water that might increase their chances of developing non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, kidney or liver cancer.
Individuals over the age of 25 who lived in Old Fort and drank municipal water during the four year period in the mid-1980s are encouraged to talk with their physicians about potential risks of exposure.
"Our goal is to inform the public of a risk that may have occurred in the 1980s so that individuals can talk with their health care providers," said State Health Director Laura Gerald. "Any knowledge about potential exposure can help health care providers make more informed recommendations regarding lifestyle changes, health screenings and treatment."
The contamination was in a well that the Old Fort Finishing Company donated to the town of Old Fort when the plant closed in 1984. The well was disconnected from the town's water supply in January 1988 after the contamination was discovered. Three private drinking water wells nearby also were found to be contaminated and residents were connected to the municipal water system the same year.
The current investigation was precipitated by a citizen concern about potential airborne chemical exposures at Old Fort Elementary School. The citizen also raised questions about a nearby former dry cleaning operation that closed more than 10 years ago. Public health investigators determined there is no current risk at the school. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources' (DENR) Dry Cleaning Solvent Cleanup Act program conducts periodic monitoring of conditions at the dry cleaning site to detect any potential change that could pose a risk to public health.
Public health and DENR officials will be available to answer questions at the public information session.
"We encourage citizens to come to the public meeting to ask any questions they may have," said Old Fort Mayor Garland Norton. "We will stay as long as necessary to make sure our residents are well-informed."
You may view the report and additional documents on the investigation on the N.C. DHHS' Division of Public Health website at http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/hace/by_site.html#oldfort