Licking County wants to highlight the community and how its residents are choosing to be tobacco, alcohol, and drug free.
The health department cites that each day about 3,000 kids pick up and smoke their first cigarette. It will ultimately lead to 1/3 of those kids dying from tobacco-related illnesses, and Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death.
The county is also hoping to promote a more healthy lifestyle onto residents. That'...
Lead Awareness Week lets people know that lead poisoning is a serious issue. That's why the EPA has taken steps to ensure that proper guidelines are in place for those handling lead-based-paint.
The EPA made new guidelines for those working around potentially hazardous lead-based-paint. The guidelines went into effect on April 22, and requires that any paid contractor who is working on a space of six-square-feet on a pre-1978 home, must be certified.
A combination of summer-like temperatures and recent heavy rainfall is perfect for attracting mosquitoes.
In fact, the Licking County Health Department is reporting a high number of these insects in certain sectors of the county. Health Commissioner Joe Ebel says this statistic has prompted his staff to spray in areas with standing water to keep the mosquitoes from breeding in large numbers.
During this time of the year, there are some steps you can take to make sure you and your...
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department won't have to rely on the Ohio Department of Health anymore when it comes to inspecting local homes for lead-based paint.
Sanitarian Anne Boyd added that job to her list back in January.
"It's a contract available to any county health department. It helps alleviate the state employees traveling as far. It also allows us to do the primary prevention piece. So, we have all the equipment, " says Boyd.
Thousands of children become sick every year from diseases that could have been prevented by getting recommended vaccinations.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to spread the word during National Infant Immunization Week.
"They are especially vulnerable to diseases and viruses at a young age because once the maternal antibodies are not there, then they're even at more risk if they're exposed to the diseases, to actually come down with those, " says...
Parents who have children entering kindergarten or the 7th grade need to be aware of some new vaccination requirements.
Kindergartners need a second chicken pox vaccine while students going into 7th grade need a second DTAP shot.
"By the time they reach junior high age, their immunity becomes weaker for pertussis. So, this is the time that they're vulnerable, and it's an important time to produce their immunity, " says Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department...
Getting a quick jolt of energy from an energy drink is a growing trend.
Now retailers are selling energy drinks with alcohol in them and one local health expert says that's a dangerous combination.
"If you load your body with a large amount of stimulates that are in energy drinks and a large amount of alcohol which is a depressant that could cause heart failure or lung failure or even death," Gloria Kieffer the Director of Nursing at the Health Department...
The line was out the door most of the day at the Rambo Memorial Health Center for people wanting to get the H1N1 vaccine.
As of today anyone can get the the swine flu vaccine and the Rambo Memorial was packed with people trying to stay protected from the virus.
"I'm filling syringes, we're just so inundated with people that I've been vaccinating this morning and we're running out as far as what's drawn up so I'm drawing up vaccines so we can keep the line going,...