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May 2016



National Bike Month is a chance to bring awareness to the many benefits of biking and why it is such a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, learn more about safe and enjoyable places to ride in York, and to boast about the many biking amenities that York has to offer.  Biking is a great way to make your daily commute, get exercise, or to simply have fun!  York City is such a great place to ride that it was named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.
 
Here are some of the great things happening during Bike Month:
 

Other tips and resources:


  

Lead and Healthy Homes Program Update



Effective June 30, 2017, the City of York – Bureau of Health, will no longer partner with PinnacleHealth System to provide a “Lead and Healthy Homes Program”.  The  Pennsylvania Department of Health has stopped funding this program.  As a result you will no longer be able to make referrals to the Lead and Healthy Homes Program will end after April 30, 2016.
We want to assure you that the City of York – Bureau of Health will continue to provide services to children in York City with elevated blood lead levels.  We are currently developing protocols and a referral system and will provide you with guidance and available options when completed.

As in the past three years, we are limited in what we can provide to children and families impacted by lead-based paint.  We will continue to provide education, lead paint hazards risks assessments (inspections), code enforcement, and care coordination.

During this time if you should have any questions, please contact Marilou Yingling, Coordinator, at 717-849-2336 or myinglin@yorkcity.org.
 

National Stroke Awareness Month



Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of adult disability. Many factors may affect a person’s risk for stroke, including high blood pressure. The good news? Many strokes are preventable and treatable. Million Hearts® is dedicating May to educating about high blood pressure and taking action against stroke. 
 
Take this quiz to see if you are a stroke hero! Check out Million Hearts® and the American Heart Association for additional resources.
 

Hepatitis Testing Day



May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. Hepatitis Testing Day is an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for viral hepatitis. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected.

Four Things You Should Know About Hepatitis:
  1. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are all different diseases. Each type of hepatitis is caused by a different virus and spread in different ways. Hepatitis A does not cause a long-term infection, although it can make people very sick. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can become chronic, life-long infections and lead to serious health problems.
  2. Chronic hepatitis is a leading cause of liver cancer. Chronic hepatitis B and C can cause serious damage to the liver, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer.  In fact, more than 60 percent of liver cancer cases are related to Hepatitis B or C.
  3. Most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected.  More than five million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis in the United States, but most do not know they are infected. Many people live with chronic hepatitis for decades without symptoms or feeling sick.
  4. Getting tested could save your life.  Lifesaving treatments are available for chronic hepatitis B and new treatments are available that can cure Hepatitis C  Still, getting tested is the only way to know if you are infected. Take CDC’s Hepatitis Risk Assessment to see if you should be tested for viral hepatitis.

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National Teen Pregnancy Month



May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.  Nearly all teen pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.  Teenage pregnancy is an important public health issue: it is common, largely preventable and associated with negative outcomes, both for the teenagers who become pregnant and for their children. However, it is very important to highlight the significant drop in teen pregnancies within the last 20 years. Teen pregnancy has declined in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups.  According to the U.S. Department of health and human services, in 1991 the U.S. teen birth rate was 61.8 births for every 1,000 adolescent females, compared with 24.2 births for every 1,000 adolescent females in 2014. Still, the U.S. teen birth rate is higher than that of many other developed countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.  It is very important to be aware of the programs and education tailored to teen pregnancy and prevention as well as different contraceptive ideas and practices.
 

City of York - Bureau of Health In the Community


Our new smoke-free event signs worked great at the Go Green in the City event.
A huge thank you to all those involved and our partners, WIC of York County, and Family First Health Nurse-Family Partnership for helping make the Baby Shower event a success!

Notes from the Doc:
Dr. Matthew Howie



Spring is upon us and, as is noted in my house, pollen is making us aware of its presence in the form of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses. Despite the challenges posed by the change of season, many are pushing out into our neighborhoods and parks to get a little exercise and enjoy the company of friends and family. While it does wonders for our mood and sense of well-being, exercise also yields benefits to our bodies in the form of reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Match this with a healthy diet, and the health benefits continue to add up.

Talk to 3 people about exercise, and you will likely get 3 different answers about what they view as the best exercise. Some are runners, logging many miles per week. Look around as you travel around our area and you will see bikers getting in their seat time, or just getting to work. Others hit the gym and take Zumba classes. Still others try and combine multiple ways of exercising to achieve their personal health goals. Most of us have more modest goals, but even just regular walking has great benefits for body and soul.   

So whatever your way of being physically active is, get out there this spring and keep it going throughout the year.

(Also, since May is Bike Month, please be sure to wear your helmet and remember the rules of the road if your exercise comes on two wheels with pedals!)
 
All the best from the Bureau of Health,
Dr. Matt
 
Dr. Matthew Howie, MD, Medical Director

Barbara Kovacs, MPA, Director
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