Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. § 131E-13(d), notice if hereby given that the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Board of Health (the "Board"), the governing body of the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department (the "District Health Department"), shall hold a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 in the Administrative Conference Room at the District Health Department's offices at 221 Callahan-Koon Road in Spindale, NC 28160.
At this regular meeting, the Board will consider a resolution to approve the terms of the Asset Purchase Agreement by and between the District Health Department and CareSouth Health System, Inc. and its affiliates ("CareSouth"). If consummated, the Asset Purchase Agreement will effectively sell substantially all of the assets used in the operation of the District Health Department's home health agency to CareSouth. Copies of the Asset Purchase Agreement will be available for the public to review at the law office of Dameron, Burgin, Parker, Jackson, Wilde & Walker, P.A., at 26 West Court Street, Marion, North Carolina 287526. The Asset Purchase Agreement will be available for viewing on weekdays starting on Monday, December 5, 2011 through Thursday, December 15, 2011 between the hours of 9:00a.m. through 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.
With the holiday season approaching, your thoughts may be turning to shopping for toys and gifts. You’ll want to get the children in your life their favorite toys, and there are thousands of toys to choose from in stores and online. Before you make those purchases remember to consider the safety and age-range of the toys.
To prevent injuries, choose toys that are safe for the age of the child. Look for labels to help you judge which toys might not be safe, especially for infants and children under age three. For children of all ages, consider if the toys are suited to their skills and abilities.
Even within the child’s age range, toys suitable for one child might not be suitable for another child. It’s good to keep in mind that younger children, if they’re not being watched closely, may play with toys purchased for older children. Here are some guidelines for choosing safe toys for all ages:
- Look for toys that have a solid design and a sturdy construction—toys that won’t break, crush, or be pulled apart easily.
- Check to see if the instructions are clear.
- Read the labels to see if there are any fire hazards.
- Look for labels that assure you the toys have passed a safety inspection—ASTM means the toy has met the American Society for Testing and Materials standards.
Along with knowing what kinds of toys to choose, it’s important to know what kinds of toys to avoid in order to prevent possible injuries. For example, do not choose:
- Toys with small parts and sharp edges and points.
- Guns and other toys that shoot flying objects and make loud noises.
- Crayons and markers that are not labeled nontoxic.
- Toys that could shatter into fragments if broken.
- Toys with ropes and cords.
- Electric toys with heating elements.
To learn more about toy safety, visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/toy_sfy.html.
For toy safety shopping tips, visit www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/grand/toy/toysafe.html.
December 4 marks the beginning of National Handwashing Awareness Week in the United States. Did you know that the very simple activity of frequent handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention? It is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which cause more than 3.5 million deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 every year. Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands. (CDC)
The four principles for washing your hands are:
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
- Do not cough into your hands
- Do not sneeze into your hands
- Above all, do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
This episode from UNC-TV's North Carolina Now has Jeff Smith's Healthy Kids, Healthy Lives series which covers issues related to Western North Carolina where various groups are coming together to combat obesity in WNC Schools.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays
The federal government has taken a tougher stance against tobacco over the past couple of years, banning certain products and marketing tactics, and increasing regulation. It’s an important step toward helping people break a habit with devastating health effects.
These recent developments – and the wide range of tools available to help people stop smoking – mean there has never been a better time to quit. Fewer people smoking can mean a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet an estimated 46.6 million Americans still smoke. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year. If you or someone you know needs help quitting, join thousands of people across the country in making November 17 the day you make a plan to quit for good, during the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout®.
Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide the resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find free tips and tools online at cancer.org/smokeout. The Society also offers applications on online social networks like Facebook to help you quit or join the fight against tobacco.
Every day, the American Cancer Society is working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays – and by quitting smoking, you can take one of the most important steps toward helping make this world a reality. Depending on the age at which they quit, ex-smokers can add up to 9 or 10 more birthdays to their lives. Younger quitters can add more years of life, but nearly everyone who quits adds to their lifespan – and improves quality of life. Overall, one-third of cancer deaths could be prevented if people avoided tobacco products.
While we have made great progress to fight tobacco, there is still much work to do. Everyone can fight back to save lives, and the Great American Smokeout is a great time to start. If you want to quit smoking or help a loved one quit, the American Cancer Society is in your corner. Together, we can save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Join us for the Great American Smokeout, and make November 17 the day you plan to quit for good. For tips on the steps you can take to quit smoking or get involved in the fight against tobacco, visit cancer.org/smokeout or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.