May 24, 2015

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January Immunization Clinics

Immunizations for adults and children are available in many Lorain County locations each month.
 
Child Immunization Clinics:
Immunizations will be available for anyone under 18 years of age at the following Lorain County locations in January 201… Read More…

Winter Weather

Extreme cold temperatures not only are annoying, but can be dangerous to your health and safety. Take steps now to keep safe during 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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Project DAWN Clinic

Project DAWN presents a Narcan Clinic on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Elyria City Health District (202 Chestnut Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035). Nasal Naloxone is available for parents, partners, and all other persons inte… Read More…

Step Into 2015 at Indoor Fitness Walks

Get started on your New Year’s resolutions by heading to an indoor Lorain County Fitness Walk. Walking groups meet twice a week – on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at the Lorain County Metro Parks, Splash Zone (95 West Hamilton Rd., Oberlin, OH 44074) and… Read More…

Ways to Ring in the New Year in 3…2…1…!

As 2014 comes to a close, many people think about what they would like to change in the New Year. Why not make your resolution a lifesaving one? Make the decision to travel the roads safely and help others to do so as well. The Lorain County Safe Comm… Read More…

Maintain Don’t Gain this Holiday Season with United We Sweat

The holiday season is here and now is the time to maintain your health. United We Sweat partners are making this easier for Lorain County residents with six low and no-cost fitness classes this December. 
Check out the December schedule and use t… Read More…

2014 Mix-Off Winners Announced!

On December 4, over 700 people toasted to the holidays with non-alcoholic beverages at the 13th Annual Zero-Proof Mix-Off. The Lorain County Safe Community Coalition and Lorain County Community College hosted the event to empower Lorain County residen… Read More…

December Immunizations

Immunizations for adults and children are available in many Lorain County locations each month. 
Immunizations will be available for anyone under 18 years of age at the following Lorain County locations in December. All children must be accompani… Read More…

Project Dawn Narcan Clinic

Project Dawn presents a Narcan Clinic on Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elyria City Health District (202 Chestnut Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035). Nasal Naloxone is available for parents, partners, and all other persons int… Read More…

Holiday Food Done Safely

Festive family meals are a highlight of the holiday season. Don’t spoil yours by eating spoiled food! Safely preparing a meal is important to keep your guests healthy this holiday season. For starters, did you know that leaving your bird thawing out on the counter for more than two hours is unsafe and a commonly made mistake? There are three safe ways to thaw a turkey that include in a refrigerator, cold water, or a microwave. Find out how to thaw a turkey with each method.

A delicious holiday dinner is more than just the entrée. By following the steps below, you can be certain that every dish is served safely and with a lot of love.

  1. Wash: Wash hands, counter tops and cutting boards to prevent the spread of bacteria present from raw meat. The juices can contaminate your hands, utensils, and work surfaces as you prepare. Clean hands and surfaces can prevent food poisoning.
  2. Separate: Have specific work spaces; separate raw meats and unclean objects from touching cooked or ready-to-eat foods. That means the cutting board you used for raw meat shouldn’t double as cutting board for a chopped salad!
  3. Cook: Your sight, smell and taste won’t cut it when it comes to making sure that foods are cooked through. Invest is a food thermometer so that you can check the internal temperatures of your meats and foods
  4. Refrigerate: Keep foods out of that dreaded “danger zone” by keeping cold foods cold. When you’re finished eating, refrigerate leftovers promptly, preferably within two hours.

Check out this Turkey infographic for more details. 

                                           

 

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