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What does a program planner, a GIS map expert and a Pharmacist have to do with breastfeeding?
The 2017 Fall Breastfeeding Gathering was a huge success with over 50 people in attendance. We learned how to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain programs with very little funding. We learned that GIS mapping breastfeeding data can help us target our interventions. Finally, we had a wonderful discussion about supporting mothers addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Thank you to our speakers Emilie Sisson, Sherri Norton, and Norma Barton.
(Updated October 27, 2017)
Buckle Every Child, Every Time!
Child Passenger Restraints Save Lives
September 17-23, 2017 is Child Passenger Safety Week. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster and seat belts. Buckling children into age appropriate restraints reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.
Every child, every ride - Every child needs to be in an age appropriate restraint system every time he/she rides. New York State law requires:
- Child safety seats (car seats) until the age of four years
- Child restraint systems until the age of eight years
- Safety belts after the age of eight years
Safety seats and child restraint systems (including booster seats) must be certified according to Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard 213. Additionally, safety seats expire. They should not be used past their expiration date or if they were in a car during an accident.
Installation matters - An estimated 59% of car seats are used in ways that could reduce their effectiveness. It is important to follow the car seat manufacturer’s directions, as well as, those found in the automobile owner’s manual when installing a child safety seat/restraint system. Child safety seats should never be used in a seat equipped with an air bag.
Child passenger restraints are the law - The penalty for a seat belt or car seat violation is a fine of up to $50. If the violation is for a person under the age of 16, the driver receives a maximum fine of $100 and three driver violation points upon conviction.
For more information (available in English and Spanish) on safety restrains in New York State: Click here
To locate a list of Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations listed by county: Click here
School Bus Safety
It is back to school time!
If you are approaching a school bus and the yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop. When the red lights are flashing on the bus, YOU MUST STOP. It's the law!
This includes school buses that are:
- on the opposite sides of divided highways
- on multiple lane roadways
- in parking lots
- on school grounds
Parents, take a moment to remind kids of school bus safety and behavior rules. Remind them of the danger areas around school buses where the driver can't see them. Teach kids to:
- wait for the school bus, at the bus stop, and stand well back from the curb
- have eye contact with the driver, and wait for the driver to signal them before they cross in front of the bus
- NEVER go back for anything you have left on the bus
- NEVER bend down near or under the bus
A child's bad behavior can distract the school driver. Please remind your children to:
- listen to the bus driver
- pay attention during safety demonstrations
- sit quietly in their seat on the bus
- do not jump up and down, fight or tease other passengers on the bus
Parent's please note that according to New York State law, any child under 4 years of age, must be in a federally approved child safety seat, even if the child is riding in a school bus. See section 1229-c. (11) of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law.
Looking for more information: Click here
Visit the School Bus & School Zone Kids Safety page: Click here
(Updated August 15, 2017)
Learn To Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
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Ticks bugging you?
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Talk Saves Lives!
Talk Saves Lives was a success! Talk Saves Lives is a community event provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It was held on June 20th at the Canandaigua Inn on the Lake. Featured speakers included Donna Besler (mother who lost a son to suicide) and Karen Heisig (a volunteer from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). The presentation included local and national suicide statistics, why people take their lives, risk factors, prevention, warning signs and how we can help as a community. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and local resources for mental health were available.
The Sex Drive Wraps up Year Two
Water and Lead
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering assistance with lead testing of water, for as long as funds are available. Click here for more information about free lead testing for water
How does lead get into the water we drink?
Inmost cases, lead in drinking water does not come from the source itself but from a plumbing system such as water fixtures, pipes and solder. Water in the plumbing system can dissolve lead from fixtures, pipes and solder. This is called leaching. Soft, corrosive or acidic (low pH) water is more likely to cause leaching. Water left standing in plumbing systems over a long period of time also increases leaching. The longer the water stands in the pipes, the greater the possibility of lead being dissolved into the water.
What can I do to reduce the lead level in my drinking water?
- Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for at least 30 seconds or until water is cold to the touch or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the fixture.
- Use only cold tap water for cooking, drinking or making a baby's formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. DO NOT USE WATER FROM THE HOT WATER TAP TO MAKE BABY FORMULA.
- Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- Replace your plumbing fixtures if they are found to contain lead. Plumbing materials, including pipes, new brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows plumbing products (such as pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures) with a weighted average of the lead content of wet surfaces of up to 0.25% lead to be considered “lead free.”
If the lead level is higher than 0.015 mg/l in both first-draw and flush samples, your home may be served by a lead service line and/or plumbing materials in your home may contain lead. Refer to the step 4 above.
Also, consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality. Any measure you take to reduce your exposure to lead should be continued until the lead source(s) has been minimized or eliminated.
Where can I get more information?
New York State Department of Health
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Certified Product Listings for Lead Reduction
It's All about Control
In Ontario County, 3 out of 10 people with high blood pressure do not have it under control.
Check out this quick video for ideas to decrease your blood pressure. It just might save your life!
2016-2018 Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)
In 2016, Ontario County Public Health (OCPH) worked with area hospitals, S2AY Rural Health Network and other community leaders to complete a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Through this effort, three priorities areas were identified.
- Priority 1: Prevent chronic diseases (including hypertension) by reducing the rates of obesity and tobacco use.
- Priority 2: Increase access to preventative healthcare.
- Priority 3: Promote mental health and prevent substance abuse.
Zika is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito in countries where the virus is prevalent in the mosquito population. It can also be shared during sex by men who are infected with the virus. Unborn babies are at risk for birth defects if their moms get Zika during pregnancy. Read more.
Resources for Providers
- NYDOH, ZikaAdvisories and Information
- U. S. Zika Pregnancy Registry
- Advice for People Living in or Traveling to Florida
- Zika Page-posters, updates and guidance.
Stay Informed About the Former Geneva Foundry Site
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