You Can Become a Non-Smoker

 Snow Hill, Md. – November 15 is National Great American Smokeout Day.  For individuals thinking about quitting smoking, this may be the best day to do it.  The Great American Smokeout may offer just the support you need by knowing that other smokers are also giving up cigarettes for the day.  

 

To aid county residents in their attempt to be smoke free on November 15, the Worcester County Health Department will distribute Quit Smoking Kits to several locations including the Berlin Health Center, Center 4 Clean Start, Pocomoke Health Center, Snow Hill Health Center, WACS Center, and the Worcester County Dental Center.  Please stop by one of those locations to pick up your free Quit Smoking Kit.

 

To further assist you in your attempt to quit, check out the quit tips listed below.

 

·         Make a firm commitment to quit and set a date.

·         Join a smoking cessation class- for more information about classes, please call the Worcester County Health Department Tobacco Program at 410-632-0056.

·         Enlist some support.

·         Drink lots of water.

·         Munch on low-cal snacks.

·         Chew on a toothpick or cinnamon stick.

·         Throw out the ash tray and cigarettes.

·         Vacuum the car.

·         Wash your clothes.

·         Air out the house.

·         Become physically active- join one of the several physical activity and nutrition programs sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department such as the Just Walk and Lifestyle Balance programs.

·         Participate in Just Walk Berlin, a free 1- mile walk to be held on Saturday November 17, 2012 at Stephen Decatur Park.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 a.m. 

 

For more information about quitting smoking or to register for a smoking cessation class, please call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056 or go to http://worcesterhealth.org.  YOU can become a non-smoker!

 

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Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, eliminating standing water is critical for the control of mosquito populations. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

The Worcester and Wicomico County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection with EEE or other mosquito borne illnesses:

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Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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