The CDC has confirmed that Zika virus causes microcephaly (small head) in babies whose mother was infected during pregnancy. Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, from mother to child, through sexual contact, and through blood transfusion. The best primary prevention is protect yourself against mosquito bites. Detailed information on Zika virus is provided on the CDC website.
Zika virus infections have now been found in U.S. travelers returning from endemic countries. If you have recently traveled or are planning travel to any of the countries where Zika virus is spreading—primarily by mosquito bites—and you have a flu-like illness, you should seek medical care AND avoid contact with any woman who is or may be pregnant.
You can safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications during regular business hours at either location. Click here for the Tri City Herald link.
Diabetes is a disease that leads to high levels of blood sugar. It happens when the body does not make any or enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. There are many contributing factors to developing diabetes, including race, age, and weight. Nearly 10% of Americans have diabetes, with over a quarter of those undiagnosed. Learn more about diabetes care and prevention at www.ndep.nih.gov.
LAST WEEK OF FLU CLINICS – Worksite Flu Clinics conclude this week with stops at MO720, Fermi, MO511, MO985, S Labs, and Smurf. Click here for details!
The afternoon clinic on November 4 will be held at MO985 in the 300 Area.
Identifying reliable health information on the internet can be very difficult. If researching on your own, start with www.healthfinder.gov, US National Library of Medicine or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the heart of the agricultural Northwest, our region has much to offer when looking for fresh, healthy, local foods to enrich both your diet and your community. Farmers markets, fresh produce stands, locally raised meats and a bevy of co-operative markets and new food trucks offer many opportunities to sample healthy and delicious foods from our area. Check out this website for more information: http://tri-citiesguide.org/farm-markets.htm#farmers-markets.
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Join hundreds of Tri-Citians for the Good Health is Good Business challenge. Sponsored by the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, this simple and affordable challenge provides the opportunity to improve health while engaging in a fun, friendly competition. Register a team or individual now!
In every season, it’s important to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables – especially those that are dark green, red, and orange. Packed with nutrients, artichokes, asparagus, peas and salad greens are at their best during the springtime. This handy guide offers information on picking the best spring vegetables and the health benefits of each.