Public Health News Briefs Jan-Feb '08
Community presentations on radon are being offered several times in Durango as well as in Pagosa and Bayfield. The presentation titled, What is it? Is it in my Home? What can be done? is also available for group presentations such as neighborhood meetings, HOAs, civic clubs, social clubs, etc. Contact Marian at 247-5702, ext. 223. Free test kits will be available. The workshop is sponsored by La Plata County CSU Cooperative Extension and San Juan Basin Health Department.
January 7 6.30 p.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds
January 17 4:00 p.m. Bayfield Public Library
January 23 2:00 p.m. Pagosa Springs TBD
January 30 5:30 p.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds
February 5 10:00 a.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds
February 28 3:00 a.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family's health. This community workshop is a great opportunity to take action toward reducing individuals’ and families’ risk of lung cancer from radon. For more information about radon, see www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/rad/radon/index.htm
For great information on food safety during and after power outages, see the Center for Disease Control (CDC) site: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp and this Red Cross user friendly document: http://www.redcross.org/static/file_cont3461_lang0_1352.pdf
Food Service Trainings on January 9th and 15th
Classes designed for food service employees:Spanish only Food Protection Class ~ January 9, 2008 8:30 am to noon $25
Food Protection Class ~ January 15, 2008 8 a.m. to noon $40
ServSafe Course - 16 hrs. National Certification Course ~ January 21-22
The ServSafe program is recommended for managers and owners. Considered the “Gold Standard” in food safety training, this national certification program is a comprehensive, integrated program of practices related to food safety and provides science-based information on how to run a safe establishment and to establish sound food safety policies. For information or to RSVP, contact Marian at 247-5702, ext. 223. Advance registration required. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation certifies the exam.
The course costs $150. All textbooks and materials included.
Class: January 21 and 22 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days
Renewal class for recertification: February 5th 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All courses will be held at San Juan Basin Health Department’s Conference Training Center, 281 Sawyer Drive in Bodo Park. Call Marian for to RSVP or for more information 247-5702, x 223 or email her at: email@example.com
Another eight-week session of Girls Circle (open ages 12-16) will be starting soon. Sponsored by the DRAGON Youth Project, this free group provides a safe place for girls to talk about issues that are unique to them. The next session will take place on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 at Durango Joe’s community room. Participants are encouraged to commit to the full eight-week session. Contact Kendra firstname.lastname@example.org or 247-5702, ext. 225. The DRAGON Youth Project is a program of San Juan Basin Health.
Green Building - America's latest Luxury, an article written by Chad Engelhardt in San Juan Basin Health’s Environmental Division, takes a practical look at the advantages of building a green home. Log on to our website www.sjbhd.org to read his article and to participate in a community poll on green power: "Do you currently buy green power for your home or business...yes/no/plan to?" For more information on buying green power locally www.lpea.coop/green_power/greenpower.htm
If you are planning to travel into a Yellow Fever endemic area (Africa and part of South America) you may want to contact the health department as soon as possible at 247-5702, ext. 272. Due to a change in the way the vaccine provider now packages the yellow fever vaccine, it is necessary to schedule individuals ahead of time into groups. It is a good idea to always allow 6-8 weeks before a trip to consult with our travel health nurse regarding recommended vaccines and other travel health precautions.
Promoviendo La Salud: New Staff person in Pagosa
Promoviendo La Salud, a health promotion program of San Juan Basin Health Department, is pleased to announce the addition of Sandra Gnos to our team of promotoras (health promoters). Sandra will work out of the Pagosa Springs office, serving residents of Archuleta County. Sandra has a strong personal interest in health, nutrition and fitness, and looks forward to sharing her experience and training with her clients. For information about health screenings and other opportunities available through Promoviendo la Salud in Archuleta County, please contact Sandra at 759-9913.
This month, thousands of tobacco users across Colorado have chosen to quit smoking or chewing as their New Year’s resolution. To help make that quit attempt successful, here are five tips:
1. Set a quit date and call the Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. You’ll receive a free supply of nicotine patches and receive a customized plan from an experienced quit coach. Services are available in English and Spanish.
2. Enlist your family, friends and co-workers in your quit plan. Tell them you are trying to quit, you need their encouragement and ask them not to smoke or chew around you.
3. Write your goals down on paper to remind you why you are quitting and help keep you motivated. This also could include what you will buy with the money you are saving from not purchasing tobacco. For a pack-a-day smoker, this amounts to nearly $1,500 a year.
4. Throw away all your tobacco products including your packs, ashtrays, items with tobacco logos, and lighters, so they don’t remind you of smoking or chewing.
5. Go for a walk outside every day. Exercise will help lower your stress, increase your endurance and help you prevent weight gain during the quitting process.
The Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or www.coquitline.org is a free, telephone coaching service that offers a free supply of the patch and connects smokers with trained coaches who help them create a customized quit plan. The service also is available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at TTY: 800-659-2656.
Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA) and Personal Care Providers (PCP) positions available. Full time and part-time positions are available. Flexible schedules. Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle required. Call 247-5702 ext 239. Please check our website for up to date opportunities.
Jane Looney, Communications; email@example.com
San Juan Basin Health Department; 247-5702 x1605