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The Oswego County Health Department works to protect and preserve the health of all our residents by tailoring our efforts in a cost-effective manner to strengthen and preserve a healthy community. Local communities have been identified by the New York State Public Health Council as having the greatest impact on health by their unique ability to intervene in the causes of poor health. We are committed to the basic principle that a healthy population is a necessary foundation of a vigorous community.
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Letter to the Editor from Jiancheng Huang:
Important Information about 'Designer Drugs'
From the CDC:
- We Can Make the Next Generation Tobacco-Free: 2012 Surgeon General's report details important new information about tobacco use among youth and young adults...
- Remember to Safeguard Your Health - CDC Features: Protect your health. Take time now to get your annual flu shot...
- Need Childhood Vaccine Info? Get Answers Here: Giving your child all the recommended immunizations is the best way to protect them from 16 serious diseases...
- Easy-to-Read Schedules for Children Birth Through 6 Years: The recommended immunization schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life...
- Gaining Freedom From Tobacco Use - CDC Features: Take action today to declare your independence from tobacco use. Resources are available to help you quit tobacco use and enjoy a fuller, healthier life...
- Smoking Cessation: Cessation and Interventions Fact Sheets...
- Healthy Living Tips for You and Your Child: It's never too early or too late to address the health of your family. These tips will help you get your children on track to living a healthy life...
- 6 in 10 Adults Now Get Physical Activity by Walking: More people are walking but most do not get enough physical activity. Find out how we can make it easier for people to walk...
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The Oswego County Health Department includes many different programs. These programs include The Certified Home Health Care Agency and Long Term Care, Hospice, Preventive Care, Early Intervention, and Environmental Services. You will be able to go to each program´s page to access information about their services.
OCHD Tip of the Month
America is facing an epidemic of diabetes, a serious disease that damages the body and shortens lives. In the next four decades, the number of U.S. adults with diabetes is estimated to double or triple, according to CDC scientists. That means anywhere from 20 to 33 percent of adults could have the disease. About 1 in 10 American adults have diabetes now.
Risk Factors for Diabetes Include People Who:
- Are overweight
- Are age 45 or older
- Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
- Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Are not physically active
Ways to Control Diabetes if You Already Have it:
- Talk to your health care provider about how to manage your blood glucose (A1C), blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Get a flu vaccine. For those with diabetes, it is important to ask for the "shot" version. Talk to your health care provider about a pneumonia (pneumococcal) shot. People with diabetes are more likely to die from pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.
- Reach or stay at a healthy weight.
- Make sure you're physically active.
Ways You Can Help Avoid Diabetes:
People at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay it by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, or about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. You can do that by eating healthier and being physically active for 30 minutes, five days a week.