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THIS WEEK: September 8, 2014:
 
 
 

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  Howard Health Dashboard

 

Howard County Health Dashboard  

 

 

 

 

Our Health Dashboard which will give you an idea of the health of the County based on five ares: Access to Health Care, Healthy Weight, Behavioral Health, Healthy Living and Communicable Disease Surveillance. While our Dashboard is not "real-time" or "up to the minute", it provides recent health statistics and will be updated quarterly.   Click on the Dashboard graphic above or CLICK HERE to see an introduction and breakdown of the many indicators used to evaluate our health!


Vaccines Needed for Students Entering Kindergarten and 7th Grade in 2014 - 2015

In addition to the regular immunizations needed for school, there are new requirements for certain age groups entering the 2014-2015 school year.
Students entering Kindergarten
     *  2nd dose of Varicella vaccine (Chickenpox)
Students entering 7th Grade MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccine (Meningitis)
     *  Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis {whooping cough})
     *  HPV vaccine (Gardasil – for girls and boys) and Hepatitis A vaccine will also be available (please bring your child’s immunization record)

For more information about these immunization clinics and the regular school immunization clinic dates CLICK HERE!  


  ***NEW TRAINING DATES*** A Class Using a Simple Spray to Save Lives Begins in Howard County

The Howard County Health Department is offering FREE Opioid Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone for Howard County residents 18 years of age and older.  Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose, perform rescue breathing, give intra-nasal naloxone (a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose by restoring a person's ability to breathe) and learn to care for the individual until help arrives.  Click HERE to read more.
New Classes:   

September 15 - Howard Community College
September 22 - Roger Carter Community Center - Elicott City 


Call our Bureau of Behavioral Health at 410-313-6202 for more information and to register.   
 

Opiod Overdose Response Program Video Class/Written Exam Now Available Online

Howard County Health Department offers an Opiod Overdose Response Program trainings to become certified to administer naloxone, the prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose.  In order to become certified you may either come to our class  OR you may watch the video course and take the test, THEN schedule your class to come into the Health Department and complete the Hands-On portion of the training to receive your certificate and Naloxone kit.  To view the online training click on the following: OORP Video Training Link 

WIC Announced First in State Initiative: Dads Supporting Breastfeeeding

The Howard County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants and Ch


 ildren) Program announced an initiative aimed at encouraging fathers to support a mother’s decision to breastfeed and to sustain breastfeeding. The Dads Supporting Breastfeeding initiative is the first of its kind in the State. The program will further cement the bond between newborns and fathers, it will increase the numbers of mothers choosing to sustain breastfeeding and will result in a healthier family. WIC will conduct outreach in physician’s offices, in minority communities and in WIC .Read more... 


Healthy Beverages, Snacks and Foods - A Few Guidelines

With the recent interest in healthy beverages, snack foods and menu items, below are a few recommendations to help with healthy choices in a number of areas.

Beverages

Choose beverages better for your health : 

  • Water
  • Unsweetened coffee or tea
  • Nonfat or 1% milk (including soy or cow’s milk, and chocolate or other flavored milk)
  • 100% fruit/vegetable juice
  • Fruit-based drinks containing 100% fruit juice and no added caloric sweeteners
  • If the above options are not available, non-caloric beverages (including diet sodas and teas) are possible options—though not the best.

Take a look at the Better Beverage Finder for more healthy beverage choices or to check what you and your family are drinking really is healthy.   

Snack Foods

Choose snack foods that: 

  • Have no more than 35% percent of calories are from fat shall be from fat (except products composed entirely or primarily of nuts and seeds)
  • Have no more than 10% of calories from saturated fat
  • Do not contain trans fats that are added during processing (hydrogenated oils and partially hydrogenated oils)
  • Do not have more than 360 milligrams of sodium per serving
  • Do not have more than 250 calories in the package

Healthy Menu Items

Healthy Howard's Healthy Restaurant program recommends the following for its healthy menu items: 

    • No more than 750 calories
    • Less than 30% of calories from fat
    • Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    • No more than 1050 mg of sodium
    • Includes a lean protein (e.g., eggs, white meat poultry, lean beef, tofu, beans and/or lentils)
    • Includes a serving of vegetables and/or fruit
    • Does not have any deep-fried items  

To Request the Health Department at Your Next Health Event 

 CLICK HERE.  

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Contact Numbers:

Administration:    410-313-6300 

Toll Free: 1-866-313-6300 

Columbia Health Center:    410-313-7500 

North Laurel Health Center:    410-313-0630 

Behavioral Health Services/Substance Abuse Services:    410-313-6202 

Environmental Health:    410-313-2640