National Public Health Week
Public Health Helps Create a Healthy Community
Did You Know?
- CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention program supports the Clean Indoor Air Act and responds to violations. In addition, the program is involved in supporting Young Lungs at Play, which helps communities create tobacco-free parks and playgrounds.
- Tooth decay is five times more common in children than asthma. CCHD’s Oral Health program helps to provide dental health care through preventative education, screening, and treatment.
- About 42,000 adults and 300 children die every year from vaccine preventable disease. The Immunization program at CCHD offers immunizations on a walk-in basis for children and adults. No child is denied immunizations due to inability to pay!
- The WIC program provides eligible women, infants, and children under age 5 with nutrition education and healthy food benefits.
- CCHD’s Wellness program promotes healthy eating and physical activity. Click here for information on eating healthy on a budget, preparing delicious healthy meals, and losing and keeping off weight.
Public Health is on the Move
Public health promotes movement and helps keep you safe while you’re on the move!
Did You Know?
- CCHD has staff certified in correct car seat installation and safety. To set up a car seat safety check, call Mary Kay at 452-0881 x304 or click here to learn more.
- CCHD works with groups like Get Fit Great Falls on events like Winter Trails Day and National Trails Day, which are great opportunities to get out, explore, and get moving!
- Great Falls offers a number of opportunities for physical activity: the River’s Edge Trail and Ice Breaker Road Race are just a couple!
- Walking just 30 minutes a day can have a tremendous positive impact on your health, and it doesn’t have to be all at once! Two 15-minute sessions or even three 10-minute walks a day can make a difference!
Public Health Creates Healthy Workplaces
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 50% of individual health status and associated health care costs are directly related to lifestyle choices. By incorporating wellness into the worksite, employers have discovered ways to decrease soaring health care costs and lost productivity.
Did You Know?
- CCHD and other County worksites offer Worksite Wellness programs for their employees. Learn about worksite wellness programs by visiting the Wellness Council of America.
- Get Fit Great Falls and the Community Health Action Response Team has created a worksite wellness toolkit to make starting a program easy for employers. Call Penny Paul at CCHD for more information – 452-0881 x308.
- CCHD’s Worksite Wellness program partners with worksites across the city and region to promote awareness and prevention of cancer.
- Flu vaccination can prevent influenza and the lost efficiency and productivity that the illness can bring to workplaces. CCHD works with Cascade County, the City of Great Falls, and other local employers to ensure that employees receive flu shots and other immunizations.
- Most of CCHD’s off-site work is done within two miles of the building. CCHD employees will soon to able to bike to those sites in the ELF velomobile. The ELF offers battery-assist power, but gives employees the option to pedal and get in some exercise! Plus, it saves on gas!
Public Health Ensures a Safe and Healthy Home for Your Family
Did You Know?
- CCHD’s Environmental Health Division offers free home radon testing kits. Call 454-6950 for more information.
- Nine out of 10 childhood poison exposures happen at home. Download our printable fact sheets to learn more about poison prevention and cleaning product safety.
- Prescription drugs are one of the biggest causes of accidental poisonings. Keep medications locked up and accounted for or dispose of them properly.
- Most families are not adequately prepared for emergencies. CCHD’s Emergency Preparedness program can help. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more about getting a kit, making a plan, and staying informed.
Public Health Saves Lives and Money!