National Public Health Week: April 6-12, 2015

In celebration of National Public Health Week 2015, Cascade City-County Health Department will offer tips on where to start when considering the role of public health in your community, neighborhood, and family.

Be Healthy From the Start

Good health starts in early childhood and even with prenatal development and care. Public health resources can ensure that children get the start they need to grow up healthy and strong!

Did You Know?

  • Breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first year of a child’s life, and exclusively for the first six months. Breastfeeding benefits both mother and child. Longer durations of breastfeeding are associated with decreased risks of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in mothers, while breastfed children have decreased risk of many common childhood infections and sudden infant death syndrome, as well as chronic conditions such as obesity, Type 1 diabetes, and leukemia.

CCHD has certified lactation counselors to provide breastfeeding support and information for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. This includes one-on-one support and a “latch-in breastfeeding support group.” Click here to learn more!

Don’t Panic

Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural or man-made disaster by planning ahead, acting as a source of information during the crisis, and helping to mitigate the long and short term effects.

Did You Know?

  • Emergency preparedness is for everyone! Most communities may be affected by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before to areas with different hazard risks than at home.

Be informed about the risks in your area or anywhere you plan on traveling. Take some time to learn about the appropriate responses and educate your family and friends. Visit http://www.ready.gov/ or CCHD’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness program to learn about different types of emergencies and what you can do to prepare.

Get Out Ahead

Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventative health measures.

Did You Know?

  • Today, seven in 10 deaths in the U.S. are related to preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Another striking fact is that 75 percent of our health care dollars are spent towards treating such diseases. Prevention measures can lower both of these statistics. Good nutrition and an active lifestyle can help. CCHD has a number of health promotion and wellness resources that can help you get started living a healthier life.

Eat Well

 The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. There is a lot of information to analyze in order to understand food labels and to learn the best practices during a food borne illness outbreak.

Did You Know?

  • In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were 40 years ago, including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American mow eats 15 more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970. Sites like chosemyplate.gov, www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com, and eatrightmontana.org can help you make wise and nutritious food choices.