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Missouri Senior Report Now Available
Missouri’s senior population, defined as those age 65 and older, is expected to increase dramatically over the next several years, from less than 15% of the state population in 2000 to over 20% by 2030. This means that approximately one in five neighbors, friends, family members will be senior citizens. The needs of seniors vary greatly. The youngest of the baby boomers, just turning 65, are concerned about quality of life, encore careers, physical activity. The oldest of seniors’ concerns are often related to healthcare, social isolation, assistance with daily living tasks. Everyone shares a concern about economic stability. The...
Ticks, Ticks, Ticks!
Many of you who enjoy the outdoors have probably had an encounter with a tick or two.   Ticks are prevalent from spring through fall and can be found in grassy or wooded areas.  They are parasitic creatures who rely off the blood of a host to survive and can sometimes carry disease, passing it on to their hosts through the bite. Two types of illness in particular can be passed on by ticks. The black-legged deer tick is responsible for causing Lyme Disease. The infected deer tick has to be attached for 36 hours to transmit the disease. Lyme Disease can cause...
Time to Prepare for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is upon us, and even though our community may not lie along a coastal area, we may still have to deal with remnants of hurricanes after they are downgraded to a tropical storm.  Those travelling to the coast lines for family vacations need to pay close attention to the weather in those areas. Hurricanes can also affect your airline travel time as most major airlines have hubs in major cities along the eastern seaboard. Thanks to global warming, hurricanes are occurring more often and with greater intensity in areas that were never affected before. Hurricane Sandy proved this...
Cooling Centers Available
As the summer season draws closer, high temperatures will cause individuals to look for relief. Department of Health and Senior Services is managing a  Cooling Center Sites of Missouri link on their website. Here you can enter your county or your zip code to see the name and address of the nearest designated cooling center in your community.  Cooling centers can prevent individuals from suffering from heat-induced illnesses. Heat-induced illnesses are common among the elderly and the very young.  Several factors besides high temperatures can make a hot day dangerous:  high humidity,  direct exposure to the sun,  lack of air...
Too Much Sun Hurts
Sunburns can happen year round, no matter the temperature or the cloud conditions are. Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage our skin in as little as 15 minutes. However, it takes sometimes up to 12 hours for your skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. This month we need to pay attention to examining our skin during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Half of all adults report having had at least one sunburn in the past year alone. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach or on vacation to get too much sun. Did you know that just...
Take Caution When Bats Are Near
Bats play an important role in our ecosystem. However, they are also associated with diseases deadly to humans. Diseases Spread by Bats Several highly fatal diseases have been linked to bats. Rabies is perhaps the most well-known disease associated with bats. Along with animals such as dogs, foxes, raccoons, and skunks, bats are one of the primary animals that transmit rabies. An exposure to rabies most commonly occurs when a person is bitten by a rabid animal. It can also be transmitted when the saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with a person’s mouth, eyes, nose, or a fresh...
National Public Health Week (April 1-7) Focuses on Promoting Safe Environments
April 1st: Ensuring a safe, healthy home for your family Public health is in every corner of our homes. It’s in the safe food in the fridge, the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors affixed to the ceiling, and the child-proof latches that keep dangerous chemicals out of little hands. Home is also where we learn healthy behaviors, such as eating right and exercising. Good prevention starts at home.  April 2nd: Providing a safe environment for children at school Healthy children learn better — that’s a fact. Research has found that students’ health affects their grades, attendance, behavior and whether they...
Time Again for Testing Your Water Well! National Groundwater Awareness Week:March 10-16
Just as you check your furnace or smoke detector batteries seasonally, spring is a good season for well owners to have an annual water well checkup before the peak water use season begins, according to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). Why is it a good idea to have my water well checked annually? An annual checkup by a qualified water well contractor is the best way to ensure problem-free service and quality water. Also, preventative maintenance usually is less costly than emergency maintenance, and good well maintenance — like good car maintenance — can prolong the life of your well...
BCHD Annual Program Reports
The role of the Butler County Health Department has been and continues to be one of delivering value, connecting people to information and resources, and developing and implementing programs to encourage healthier lifestyles. The following reports summarize activities in various departments and the number of individuals served. 2012 Public Health Totals 2011 Public Health year end report 2012 Environmental Public Health  Report  HIV-STI 2012 Report Vital Records Daily 2012 Vital Records Daily 2013 Child Care Health Consultant Final Report FFY 2012 Child Care Health Consultant 2013 Final Report...
2013 Butler County Community Health Assessment
The latest edition of the Butler County Community Health Assessment is now available for viewing on our website.  The Assessment looks at the different issues that affect the quality of life in our county, and how this ultimately affects our health. These issues range from employment opportunities to how well organizations work together in Butler County.  The Assessment shows the results of a poll county residents took recently to discover which health issues they felt were most prominent here in Butler County.   Current statistical data is also given regarding how our county compares with the rest of the state...
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