Stories tagged with: Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department

June 11, 2015 - 5:09pm
6 weeks 4 days ago

Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County. 

In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.

D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects...

May 11, 2015 - 5:11pm
11 weeks 1 day ago

Maysville Elementary and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department are taking students beyond the classroom to celebrate Right to Read Week. 

All week, students at Maysville Elementary are learning about leading a healthy life. To start the week, students got to pot a tomato plant to grow over the summer.

Workers with the Health Department assisted the students in learning about caring for the plants. One of the workers, Health Educator Kris Bell explained how the...

April 28, 2015 - 5:12pm
13 weeks 3 hours ago

Four years ago, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department started the breastfeeding cafe and now, that cafe is expanding. 

A small group of moms meet in the morning on the third Wednesday of each month to share experiences of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding coordinator, Lisa Davidson, said many moms wanted to come, but it didn't fit their schedule, so beginning on May 6, the health department is starting a monthly, evening cafe. 

"It started about four years...

March 26, 2015 - 5:49pm
17 weeks 5 days 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
20 weeks 2 hours 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
20 weeks 1 day 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
29 weeks 1 hour 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
32 weeks 6 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
41 weeks 5 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
42 weeks 1 day 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...

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