Worcester Health hosts 4th Annual Public Health Conference

 Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2013 by hosting its 4th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 3 at the Clarion Resort in Ocean City. 

Community leaders from public health, local hospitals, nursing homes, government, business, law enforcement, education, nonprofits and other sectors will attend the conference to discuss and hear the latest news about a number of exciting public health topics. The agenda includes sessions about local health initiatives, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, prescription drug abuse, and emergency preparedness.

In addition to the conference, Worcester County Health Department will offer two programs to get families out and moving during Public Health Week and the week after. The Ocean City Family Fun Walk – 1 mile will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 6 at Northside Park in Ocean City. The 16th Annual Tortoise and Hare Dare 5k Walk/Run will be Saturday, April 13 at Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.

Since 1995, communities throughout the country have celebrated National Public Health Week the first week of April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.nphw.org.


 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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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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Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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Men's Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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Summer Wellness Camp

The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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