Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shop Smart, Eat Healthy, Be Well

It's easy to get lost in the aisles of temptations at the grocery store. With limited time and money, many families opt for the easiest meals they think they can afford. Have you thought about how to pick out the healthiest foods for you and your family?

The Clinton County Health Department offers grocery store tours with a registered dietitian. Check out more on the CCHD website.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Swimming Safely

Injury isn't at the top of our list when we're at the beach or pool. Yet, drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.
How can we help prevent drowning?
Learn life-saving skills.  Everyone should know the basics of swimming (floating, moving through the water) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Fence it off. Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when they aren’t supposed to be swimming. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool.
Make life jackets a "must." Make sure kids wear life jackets in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes or the ocean, even if they know how to swim. Life jackets can be used in and around pools for weaker swimmers too.
Be on the look out. When kids are in or near water (including bathtubs), closely supervise them at all times. Adults watching kids in or near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, talking on the phone, and using alcohol or drugs.
For more information on drowning injury, and water-related injury.