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March 2016

National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign practiced annually in March and created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The theme for this year is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. It is important to develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, so that it truly allows us to savor the flavor of eating right! For more information about National Nutrition Month visit

The City of York - Bureau of Health provides support and promotes activities and programs that aim to increase access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and a healthier overall diet.  Through our community partnerships, including Eat Play Breathe York and the York County Food Alliance, the Bureau of Health is involved with a variety of initiatives including community and school garden projects and leading the development of a Healthy Corner Store Initiative in the City of York.  For more information about our services visit our website.

Clearing the Air on Vaping

Eat Play Breathe York’s Tobacco Free Task Force, Representative Kevin Schreiber’s office and City of York are hosting a community discussion “Clearing the Air on Vaping” on March 17th at 6:30 pm.  The panel will focus on the harmful effects of vaping.  Panelists include: Katie Palisoc, D.O., Memorial Hospital; Janise Bankard, PACT - American Lung Association; Marie Drawbaugh, WellSpan Health; and Representative Kevin Schreiber. Dr. Matthew Howie, Medical Director, City of York –Bureau of Health will be moderating the discussion.
The event is open to the public and is being held at William Penn High School auditorium.  Please see the flyer for more information and spread the word.


Flood Safety Awareness

People often underestimate the force and power of water. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. Here are some tips to follow:
  • Be prepared. Create a communications plan so that you can communicate with your family and friends in the event of a disaster. Also, assemble an emergency kit that contains enough food, water and medicine on hand at all times to last you and any dependents for at least 3 days in the case of an emergency.
  • Flood warning vs. flood watch. A flood warning means take action, a flash flood is imminent or occurring. A flood watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a flood to occur, and means be prepared and aware.
  • Turn Around Don't Drown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
  • Stay informed. During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Don't wait until it's too late!
  • Avoid flood waters and disaster areas. Return home only when authorities say it is safe. Floodwaters often become contaminated with sewage or chemicals. Gas leaks and live power lines can be deadly, but are not obvious at first glance. 
For more information and resources on how to be prepared, visit our website.

National Women's and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. Each year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 11th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States is female. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV- and AIDS-free generation.

The 2016 theme is “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense.” Whether you’re actively dating or are in a committed relationship, you can take these simple, effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:

To learn more about each step, visit What every woman needs to know about HIV, What every girl needs to know about HIV, or the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day fact sheet.

At the City of York - Bureau of Health, we work with patients and the community to reduce the spread of HIV infection. Activities include:

  • Conducting field visits and interview HIV/AIDS patients to determine the source of infection, verify treatment, and provide follow-up, prevention information and education.
  • Providing HIV-antibody testing and counseling, CD4 and viral load tests.
  • Providing counseling, partner notification, Mantoux testing, immunizations, and community service networking to those individuals testing HIV positive.
  • Providing education/outreach to high-risk individuals, general public, and health care providers.
  • Tracking HIV/AIDS morbidity in the City of York in conjunction with the PA Department of Health

For more information about our services visit our website, or call the Health Center at 717-849-2299.

World TB Day

World TB Day is held each year on March 24th and aims to build public awareness for tuberculosis, a disease which, despite being curable, remains a destructive epidemic in much of the world.  On this day, we commemorate Dr. Robert Koch’s announcement in 1882 of his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus, the cause of TB. His groundbreaking research opened the way toward diagnosing and curing this disease. World TB Day is an opportunity for people everywhere to join this fight by helping to educate others about TB and by urging governments to take action. We believe that together we can End TB for once and for all: Unite to End TB!

Fast Facts about TB!
  • TB is preventable and curable but still kills 3 people every minute.
  • TB is the world's leading infectious disease killer, with more deaths every year than AIDS or Malaria.
  • TB does not discriminate, it is transmitted by air and can affect anyone.   However, low income countries are disproportionally affected by TB.
  • More women die of TB each year than of all causes of maternal mortality combined.  Pregnant women living with TB are twice as likely to have premature babies , and their babies are 6 times likely to die within a few weeks of birth.
  • In 2014, there were almost 500,000 new multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases registered and 190,000 died from MDR-TB, a form of the disease which doesn’t not respond to the usual treatment course.   Less than ¼ PEOPLE who developed MDR-TB in 2014 were started on appropriate treatment and only 50% of those started on MDR-TB treatment were CURED.
  • Between 2000 and 2014, 43 million lives have been saved through diagnosis and treatement, yet at the current rate of decline of 1.5% per year, we will not end TB by 2030.
The City of York – Bureau of Health has a TB program that works with local, state and national partners to screen for tuberculosis, treat tuberculosis before it causes disease, and cure active infections. World TB Day is an opportunity to bring attention to an important infection that is spread worldwide, impacts the health of Americans, and can be effectively cured when identified and treated correctly. For more information visit our website, or call our office at 717-849-2299.

City of York - Bureau of Health In the Community

February was American Heart Month. We all wore red to show our support!
Some members from the Health Bureau line danced with Mayor Bracey and the community at Healthy Movin' Mondays with the Mayor.
Dr. Matthew Howie, MD, Medical Director

Barbara Kovacs, MPA, Director
Clinician's Corner

February 2016: Communicable Disease Report
Follow the link to check out how you can play your part in preventing heart disease.
C. Kim Bracey, Mayor
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