Hepatitis A Updates
May Environmental Health Hepatitis A Update May 9th May 11th May 4th Don’t Be a Dealer Synthetic Substances April 20th April 18th April 13th Say What April 10th April 6th Environmental Food Update DHSS release...
Possible Measles Exposures
  March 21, 2018 Possible measles exposures in the St. Louis area JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is working with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to notify individuals who may have been exposed to measles on March 13 or March 14, 2018. Known locations where exposures may have occurred on March 13 are The Magic House in Kirkwood, Missouri, Racanelli’s New York Pizzeria in Kirkwood, Missouri, and Homewood Suites in Chesterfield, Missouri. The only known location where exposure may have occurred on March 14 is Homewood Suites in Chesterfield,...
Friday’s Hepatitis A Update
Butler County’s Hepatitis A cases have consistently increased over the past week. As of March 15, 2018, 58 confirmed cases have been identified; 58% of cases reported hospitalization, with cases ranging from 19-64 years of age. The majority of cases have been in people who use drugs and/or their close personal contacts. If you know someone who uses drugs or is a close personal contact of someone who uses drugs, please let them know he or she can get vaccinated at BCHD. Just tell the receptionists #Franksentme!  ...
Hepatitis A Outbreak Update
Hepatitis A case identified in Poplar Bluff, MO JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A case of hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler that worked while potentially contagious at Huddle House in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The restaurant, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and Butler County Health Department, is investigating and is taking necessary control measures to decrease the spread of the illness. Members of the public who ate at the Poplar Bluff, Missouri Huddle House between January 3, 2018 and January 17, 2018 should consider speaking with their health care provider about steps...
National Public Health Week April 4th-10th
Join us in celebrating National Public Health Week 2016 and become a part of the movement for change: BUILD A NATION OF SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES Health must be a priority in designing our communities, from healthy housing to parks and playgrounds. Walking and biking must coexist with cars and public transportation. We need lower levels of violence and crime so everyone can safely live, work, learn and play. Support farmers markets and local businesses that value health, such as retailers that don’t sell tobacco. HELP ALL YOUNG PEOPLE GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL Education is the leading indicator of good health,...
Missouri State Parks Teach Outdoor Skills
Learn2 Camp Have you ever wanted to explore the great outdoors but didn’t know where to begin? Does your family want to make s’mores over a campfire and sleep under the stars? You’re in luck!  Missouri State Parks is teaching families to learn to camp. This May and October, families will have a helping hand as they learn the joys of camping in a Missouri state park. In 500 words or less, tell why your family wants to learn to camp and you could be selected to attend one of three Learn2 Camp programs in state parks around Missouri. Camping...
New Dietary Guidelines Encourage Small Changes
 A lifetime of healthy eating helps to prevent chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. The Dietary Guidelines provides a clear path for the general public, as well as policy makers and health professionals and others who reach the public, to help Americans make healthy choices. Obesity and other chronic diseases come not only with increased health risks, but also at a high cost. Healthy eating is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce the onset of disease. The 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines focuses on three main takeaways to help Americans...
What is Food Insecurity?
From Missouri Foundation for Health’s “Health Equity Series-Food Insecurity” There are four basic necessities in life: air, shelter, water and food. Food is not only necessary to function both physically and socially, but also plays an important economic role in society. Living with little or no food is a form of deprivation that impacts one’s health and well-being. Currently, there are two widely accepted definitions of food security that come from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The USDA defines food security as “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” Whereas, the FAO...
Fun and Healthy Valentines Treats!
Need to make your Valentines party treats healthy but yet still make them fun to eat? Try these creative names and appealing dishes for a start! Art for the Heart Apples: Carve a little picture into the skin of an apple and douse with lemon juice to keep from browning. Berry Good Yogurt parfaits: Mix up some yummy berries, and layer with granola and plain yogurt for a yummy treat. You Got Heart High-fiber cereal: Make this a treat by serving it in a creative way, like out of a cone or small box. Mix with dried cranberries or raisins...
Reducing Fat in Diet Necessary for Healthy Heart
Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. The American Heart Association offers these guidelines for how much fat and cholesterol to include in a heart-healthy diet: Type of fat Recommendation Saturated fat Less than 7% of your total daily calories, or less than 14 g of saturated fat if you follow a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet...
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