April 24, 2014

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Addiction Awareness Night

Drug  use is a growing problem in Ohio, and we are feeling the effects here in Lorain County. The Midview, Keystone, Columbia, and North Ridgeville School Districts invite their communities to a discussion on this important issue so we can raise … Read More…

It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot!

It’s not too late to get your flu shot! The Lorain County General Health District will be holding a special flu clinic on Friday, January 31st, 2014 here at the Lorain County General Health District (9880 S. Murray Ridge Road, Elyria) from 9:00 a.m. t… Read More…

Health and Enrollment Fair

The coalition for the uninsured of Lorain County invites you to attend a health and enrollment fair! Receive affordable care act and enrollment education, free flu shots and blood pressure screenings!

Receive information on: Premium & deductib… Read More…

Extreme Cold

Extreme cold temperatures not only are annoying, but can be dangerous to your health and safety. Take steps now to keep safe when during extreme winter weather. 

Prevent Frostbite and Hypothermia

Frostbite is the freezing of a body part, and is most common in fingers, toes, the nose or earlobes. Hypothermia can happen when the body becomes so cold that the body’s warming system stops working. Both of these cold-related health problems can be prevented. Check out ways to keep warm and safe in extreme cold:

  • Know the wind chill. Check out the image, to the right, to know your risk of frostbite when cold temperatures and the wind are factored. 
  • Dress for the weather. Wear a hat, gloves, scarf for the face, and layer clothing for the best protection.  
  • Keep active to maintain body heat. Walk in place, jumping jacks, dance– anything to keep warm!
  • Take frequent breaks from the cold, if you must be outdoors. 

Signs of Frostbite and What to Do

  • The early signs of frostbite are pain, coldness, and red skin. 
  • Unable to “feel” or numbness
  • Skin that looks waxy, is cold, or is not a normal color (white or grey, yellow or blue)
  • ** If you have these signs, check out what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say to do.**

Signs of Hypothermia and What to Do 

  • Adults:

    • Shivering, exhaustion
    • Confusion
    • Memory loss, slurred speech
    • Tiredness
  • Infants:
    • Bright red, cold skin
    • Low energy
  • ** If someone you know has these signs, get them into a warm room and call 911 or go to a hospital.**

 

Sources: 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: frostbite 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: hypothermia 

American Red Cross

 

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Canceled: 1/6 Lorain County Fitness Walks

The Lorain County Fitness Walks are canceled tonight, January 6, 2014, due to the weather and will resume next Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Avoid the indoor winter blues! Try these indoor activities that are available, regardless of the weather.

Rope skip… Read More…

Stay Safe, Stay Inside: Health Department Office Closed 1/7

The Lorain County General Health District will be closed 1/7, and will reopen on 1/8 at 8:00 a.m. 
Do you or someone you know need a warm, safe shelter? The following shelter locations are open through Wednesday, January 8 at 4:00pm.

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Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Winter storms and extreme cold can be dangerous, but there are ways you can get ready!

Update or create an emergency supplies kit that includes food or water for all members of your family for at least 3 days. Add winter-specific items, such as r… Read More…

Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Winter storms and extreme cold can be dangerous, but there are ways you can get ready!

Update or create an emergency supplies kit that includes food or water for all members of your family for at least 3 days. Add winter-specific items, such as r… Read More…

Why Fad Diets Flop

Low carb diet, caveman diet, grapefruit diet, cabbage diet… do any of these fad diets sound familiar? A diet that promises an effortless quick fix, a smaller jean size and a happier life is often called a fad diet. With all of the hype, fad die… Read More…

January Fitness Walks

Start 2014 off on the right foot! Walk your way to wellness this year by joining us for Fitness Walks. A free weekly walking group that meets every Monday in January at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorain County Metro Parks Splash Zone (95 West Hamilton Road, Obe… Read More…