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Heart-Healthy Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day celebrate love and life with your heart in mind.

  1. Instead of tempting your sweetie with sweets show off your creative side. Buy a variety of naturally sweet fresh fruits of your choice that are in season. Cut the fruit into pieces and dip them into melted dark chocolate. Dark-chocolate covered fruit are a great alternative to a traditional box of chocolates and are full of vitamins & antioxidants.
  2. Quality time is one of the most meaningful gifts. Plan to do something together that keeps you both moving. Go for a walk, bicycle ride or plan something more adventurous.
  3. Cooking at home is an excellent way to control what and how much you eat. Heart-healthy and recipe ideas.
  4. Have little Valentine’s? Take a few minutes to make fruit & cheese kabobs. All you need is cut fruit, low-fat cheese, toothpicks, and sweet little love quotes to assemble a deliciously colorful fruit and cheese kabob for your sweetheart. Stick a little paper love note at the top of each kabob to make each one special.
  5. Give to one another by giving back. Ask your love to volunteer with you at a local organization. Giving back is a healthy habit that can boost your mood and help beat stress.
  6. Use this day as an opportunity to tell your loved one how important they are to you, and share ways that you can support each other’s health and wellness. Get started by learning your numbers and why they are important.
  7. Sharing is caring – if you go out for a romantic dinner date, order one entrée to share or ask for a to-go box up front. Many restaurant servings are enough for two – splitting will keep you from overdoing it.
  8. Take it slow – if you receive an indulgent box of chocolates from your sweetie, stick it in the freezer and enjoy in moderation over the next several weeks.
  9. Technology for your heart – There are so many wearable fitness monitors on the market right now.
  10. Instead of buying a traditional bouquet of grocery store flowers, visit the produce section and create a colorful bouquet of edible flowers and plants that promote good health and may be given as a gift option.

FREE HIV Testing

Free HIV testing will be offered 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm on February 14, 2019 at the Henry County Health Department. Free gift cards will be provided to the first 30 people to get tested!

The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy. Here’s where you can get more information about testing.

Henry County Health Department
135 Henry Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253


Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Although west Georgia has some of the most beautiful weather in the country year-round, it is also susceptible to a wide variety of natural disasters. During Severe Weather Preparedness Week, Feb. 4-8, 2019 Georgians are encouraged to learn about possible severe weather threats and how to prepare for them. Each day has a different focus.

Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day – Monday, Feb. 4
• If a disaster struck, would your family know what to do? What if you were separated? Sit down with your family to decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency.
• Also on Feb. 4, take a few minutes to program your NOAA Weather Radio. If you don’t have a weather radio, consider purchasing one. They are the most reliable way to learn about storms before they hit.

Thunderstorm Safety – Tuesday, Feb. 5
• Thunderstorms are common, and they shouldn’t be underestimated. They can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding.
• Remember to tie down loose outdoor items before severe thunderstorms. Postpone outdoor activities and stay inside.
• Severe thunderstorms are defined as thunderstorms that produce 1 inch hail or larger and/or strong wind gusts of 58mph or greater. Severe hail that is 1 inch in diameter is roughly the size of a quarter.

Tornado Safety drill to occur at 9 a.m. – Wednesday, Feb. 6
• Tornadoes are some of nature’s most violent storms, generating wind speeds that can exceed 250 miles per hour.
• A tornado watch means a tornado is possible in your area. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted, and you should take shelter immediately.
• It’s important for everyone in the family to know the safest place to go during a tornado. Storm cellars and basements provide the best protection. If underground shelter is not available, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.

Lightning Safety – Thursday, Feb. 7
• Lightning can strike from several miles away. If you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning. Stay indoors until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.
• Avoid showering or bathing during thunderstorms, as plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity from lightning.

Flood Safety – Friday, Feb. 8
• Nearly half of all flood-related deaths occur when people drive into floodwaters and their vehicle is swept away. It only takes two feet of water to sweep away a vehicle. Remember: turn around, don’t drown.
• Protect your important documents from flooding by making copies and placing them in a waterproof container, like a plastic bag.

Be Informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get Involved. Learn more.

Georgia WIC is operating as usual.

At this time, Georgia WIC is operating as usual. Vouchers are being issued and redeemable at WIC authorized stores. Participants should keep their appointments at WIC clinics. The Georgia Department of Public Health is monitoring developments daily in the federal government shutdown. If you have questions, please call your local WIC office or (800) 228-9173.

To make an appointment call our appointment line: 706-298-6080 or 770-722-0633. You can also make an appointment here.

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for:

*Infants and Children age 1 to 5 years (including foster children)
*Pregnant Women
*Breastfeeding Mothers (up to 1 year)
*Postpartum Women (up to 6 months)

Click here for WIC Income Guidelines.


Enhanced Infectious Disease Surveillance during Super Bowl

On Feb. 3, 2019, the City of Atlanta will host the NFL Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz
Stadium. There will be multiple Super Bowl events at venues across the city and an influx of an
estimated 1 million people to the area from Jan. 26, 2019 through Feb. 4, 2019. General
information and schedules of events can be found at https://atlsuperbowl53.com/.

Action Steps for Healthcare Providers

Know Your Status

Free HIV testing will be offered 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm on December 18, 2018 on the corner of Main Street and E. Depot Street in LaGrange. Free gift cards will be provided to the first 13 people to get tested!

The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy. Here’s where you can get more information about testing.

Flu activity

The flu season in Georgia begins in early October and can run as late in the year as May. The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends these practical steps to stay influenza-free during the fall and winter.

  • Get the flu vaccine. Everyone six months-old and over should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Find everything you need from flu symptoms to vaccine options and safety.

Protect Against West Nile Virus

The most effective way to protect against West Nile Virus infection and all mosquito-borne diseases, is to prevent mosquito bites. Observe the “Five D’s of Prevention” during your outdoor activities:

  • Dusk/Dawn – Mosquitoes carrying WNV usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.
  • Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  • DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
  • Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash – that usually develop three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.

Anyone with questions about West Nile Virus should speak to their healthcare provider or call their local county health department, environmental health office.
More information about mosquito-borne illnesses and mosquito repellents can be found here.

Finalized CHIP

The CHIP has been finalized! Please take a look and see what you, as a community, have accomplished!

We would like to encourage you to take a look at the objectives. We will soon begin work on these tasks, and we will keep you updated on the progress.

If you feel that you would like to contribute in some way, please contact Alexus Mack – alexus.mack@dph.ga.gov

Scanned Signed CHIP

Final CHIP Community Coalition Meeting!!

Please RSVP using the Survey Monkey link located on this flyer OR you can email Susie Hammock at the email address on the flyer. Even if you have never attended a CHIP meeting before, we still welcome you to attend this meeting.

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