Monday, February 6, 2017

American Heart Month

Heart disease is still a leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. February is dedicated to American Heart Month as a way to increase the prevention, detection, and treatment of heart disease.

A few ways to help protect yourself from heart disease:
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain an optimal blood pressure and healthy weight
  • Refrain from tobacco use
It's important to know your risk factors for heart disease and know the signs and symptoms for heart attack and stroke

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease discusses myths and truths specifically for women.

Want more info? Check out American Heart Association's website.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happenings at CCHD: Public Health Nurse

Today's Happenings features two of our Public Health Nurses. "The Karens" (as they are referred to around here) are both Public Health Nurses who work in our epidemiology program.

Their job is to follow-up on communicable disease reports sent to Clinton County Health Department to determine if the physician and the patient are aware of the illness or disease. They make sure regulated treatment (as necessary) has been prescribed.  Educational information is also provided by these public health defenders. 

In addition to their daily patient work, they also do “surveillance” regarding illness in the community,  and follow-up on reported and suspected information.  They work to educate the public in the prevention of illnesses which might develop into an "outbreak" of disease.

They say their favorite and most interesting part of their job is learning about the risks, onset, and symptoms of various diseases.

Both Public Health Nurses want to be sure people practice good hand hygiene to prevent getting, or passing on, illness.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

Better Choices, Better Health

The choices you make can lead to better health. That’s the message behind a new series of videos created for the Clinton County Health Department by Carlin Media through a grant from the New York State Health Foundation.

What we eat and how active we are is as important to our health as getting regular physical check-ups. Maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough healthy physical activity are primary prevention strategies that can protect us from developing heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. 
The videos provide snapshots of the expanding array of healthy food choices in our communities. They highlight local opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to be active. One video takes viewers on a virtual tour of several easy to use and easy to find trails in Clinton County.

Check out this series of BetterChoices, Better Health videos on the CCHD YouTube channel. Let them inspire you to do something good for your health today.

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween

 Last year for Halloween we featured the top 5 websites to make your Halloween safe and fun. To continue to help our communities keep an eye on safety, we're featuring a YouTube video from our Channel. We have links to a number of helpful and reliable videos, like this SafeKids Halloween video:

Monday, October 3, 2016

National Walk and Bike to School Day

October 5th is National Walk and Bike to School Day.

National Walk to School Day began in 1997 to promote awareness of walkable communities. It is now a national movement that is celebrated throughout the month of October. Walk to school month promotes safe routes to school, physical activity, cleaner air, and much more.

Do you live too far away from school to walk or bike? You can designate a starting point where families can meet and walk or bike to school together, this is called a ‘walking school bus’. Another way to participate in national walk and bike to school day is to walk at school before or after classes, during lunch or recess, as part of a classroom activity or any other time set aside by the school.

For more information and ideas of how to join in on the fun visit:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Walk, Bike, and Roll

Complete Street with multi-use lane
What do sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and paved shoulders have in common?  They all help to make our streets complete! If you have never heard of Complete Streets before, you are not alone. Complete Streets is a fancy term used to describe streets and roadways that are safe for all users – walkers, bikers, the elderly, the handicap, and even children.
If you have driven, walked, or biked down Margaret Street in Plattsburgh you may have noticed that there are now sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks with flashing signs. All of these elements make it safer to walk, bike, roll and drive. Complete Streets also encourage us to be more physically active as a community – something we can all use more of!

Not complete - no shoulder or sidewalk
Complete Streets are becoming an increasingly common practice. Today, there are over 85 villages, towns and/or cities, and 9 counties in New York State that have Complete Streets policies or resolutions. For more information about Complete Streets and to find out if your Town or County has a Complete Streets Policy visit:


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What in the World is Blue-Green Algae?

We’ve all seen the news. Beaches closed during the nicest days because of blue-green algae.

So WHAT is it?
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation says that blue-green algae is found in freshwater lakes and ponds and can be harmful under certain conditions. A water sample is usually necessary to determine if there is a level of harmful toxins in the blooms. It can be toxic to humans, pets, fish, and other organisms. These nerve, liver, and skin toxins can sicken people, pets, or livestock if consumed or ingested in large quantities. They can also cause rashes or other allergic reactions. 
What causes Harmful Blooms?
Blooms may be triggered by a combination of water and environmental conditions, including:
·        excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen)
·        sunlight
·        low-water or low-flow conditions
·        calm water
·        warmer temperatures
·        upwellings

You and your pets should stay away if you ever see an announcement about Blue-Green Algae in a lake or pond that you visit often, until you hear that it’s safe.

(For more information, visit: