Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

March 26, 2015 - 5:49pm
3 days 22 hours ago

Gone are the times for WIC recipients having to dig through a pile of vouchers at the grocery store.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is rolling out it's new WIC debit cards this week. The cards take the many coupons and compiles them into a single, reloadable card. It isn't happening instantly, but WIC project coordinator, Jody Shriver, said people will transition to the card over the next few months.

"It's been what we call a soft roll out, so there will...

March 10, 2015 - 2:55pm
2 weeks 5 days ago

Get ready to get healthy. The annual Community Health Fair is returning to Colony Square Mall this weekend.

Starting Friday morning with informative sessions and interactive demonstrations, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department offers something for everyone all day at the fair.

Public Information Officer, Jennifer Hiestand, said there are many news things this year that align with the goal of the health fair.

"This year, we wanted to be educational but more...

March 9, 2015 - 4:45pm
2 weeks 6 days ago

With warmer weather on the horizon, your workout routine may be getting a reboot as well.

Registered Dietitian, Julie Nash, said that fits perfectly with March being National Nutrition Month. The theme this year attempts to show the message of combining healthy eating and the right amount of exercise to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

"This year's theme is bite into a healthy lifestyle and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants us to focus on eating less calories overall...

January 6, 2015 - 4:57pm
11 weeks 5 days ago

Cold weather can affect more than just road conditions.

Zanesvlle-Muskingum County Health Department's Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said the cold makes it more difficult for both older and younger people to regulate their body temperatures.

Whitacre said elderly people's body temperatures are around 97 degrees. As that is a full degree lower than average they can feel the affects of the cold faster.

"If they get down to below 95, which is not very much, they...

December 10, 2014 - 3:48pm
15 weeks 4 days ago

The most predominant strain of the flu this year is hitting Ohio hard compared to last year, but so far so good in our area.

According to the Health Department, in Muskingum County only two people have been hospitalized for the flu. Compare that to the four last year and Muskingum County is staying away from the flu. At least for now.

"That virus might not be in our area yet," Epidemiologist, Kristen baker said. "That's why we might not be seeing increased...

October 9, 2014 - 3:20pm
24 weeks 3 days ago

 The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and other area partners held a flu shot clinic Thursday.

The event began at 8:30AM and was held at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. 2,200 flu shots were available to the public. Director of Nursing, Carol Howdyshell says the vaccine helps you prepare for the flu season.

"The flu shot is incredibly important to prevent that spread of disease from getting that disease. If somebody does happen to get the flu, it shouldn't...

October 6, 2014 - 4:01pm
25 weeks 29 min ago

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department will be sponsoring a flu shot clinic.

The clinic will take place at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds this Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. The flu vaccination will immunize you against four strands of the flu. Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said that the flu can lead to many complications.

"It can cause a lot of respiratory complications, it can lead to pneumonia, it can also cause...

August 20, 2014 - 5:18pm
31 weeks 4 days ago

The Ohio Department of Health has identified the state's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this year -- one of them right here in Muskingum County.

A 24-year-old Muskingum County woman was hospitalized with Encephalitis.  The other case involves a 78-year-old Cuyahoga County woman.  If you've been outdoors in an area where mosquitoes could be prevalent, Epidemiologist Kristen Baker said there are certain symptoms to look out for.

"West Nile Virus typically...

August 20, 2014 - 4:56pm
31 weeks 4 days ago

With students heading back to school, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is issuing a warning to parents to take precautions and be on the lookout for head lice.

While lice do not cause disease, they can be quite a nuisance.  Sharing is typically viewed as a kind gesture, but Public Health Nurse Betty Fisher said when it comes to lice, there are certain items students should never share.

"We want to remind the kids, don't share their combs and brushes and...

July 11, 2014 - 10:44am
37 weeks 2 days ago

This week Columbus health officials announced two pools of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus.

Last year in Ohio only four cases of West Nile were reported. In fact 80 percent of those with West Nile never develop symptoms.

"The Health Department uses treatment methods the same whether we are in an outbreak or not," said Public Health Sanitarian Matt Hemmer. "We are able to ramp up our treatments if need be, but usually we attempt to cover the county in...

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