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Please take a moment to check out the opportunities that are available in your area and make your plans to stay healthy!
In the month of August:
Free HIV Testing in Greene, Clinton, Fayette and Warren Counties. Call the Greene County Combined Health District at 1-866-858-3588 for more information or visit www.gcchd.org, select Health Education, then HIV/AIDS
*Testing is always free regardless of county, state or national residence
National Breastfeeding Month
August is National Breastfeeding Month. While breastfeeding is as old as the human race, the month was only officially declared on August 6, 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), although the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been advocating breastfeeding awareness for decades by driving an annual campaign to empower women to commit to breastfeeding.
Learn more on the 10 facts on breastfeeding by clicking on the following link http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/breastfeeding/en/
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). NPHIC, in collaboration with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you educate people of all ages about vaccines recommended for them. For more information on the observance and to download the communication toolkits, visit https://www.nphic.org/niam-toolkit
Getting immunized is important for at least two reasons: to protect yourself and to protect those around you. Vaccines are the best way we have to prevent infectious disease. A successful immunization program depends on the co-operation of every person.
Child Eye Health and Safety Month
August is designated as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month! A good rule of thumb is to have your children’s eyes examined during well-child visits, beginning around age three. If you or your doctor suspects that your child may have a vision problem, you can make an appointment with your local ophthalmologist for further testing. Keeping your children’s eyes safe is another part of maintaining healthy vision. Eye injuries are the leading cause of vision loss in children. There are about 42,000 sports-related eye injuries every year in America, and children suffer most of these injuries. Help prevent your child from being one of the more than 12 million children who suffer from vision impairment by remembering a few basic rules of safety:
- All children should wear protective eyewear while participating in sports or recreational activities
- Purchase age-appropriate toys for your children and avoid toys with sharp or protruding parts