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The Oswego County Health Department works to protect and preserve the health of all our residents by tailoring our efforts in a cost-effective manner to strengthen and preserve a healthy community. Local communities have been identified by the New York State Public Health Council as having the greatest impact on health by their unique ability to intervene in the causes of poor health. We are committed to the basic principle that a healthy population is a necessary foundation of a vigorous community.
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- For many people, autumn events like Halloween and Harvest Day are fun times to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties, and eat yummy treats. These events are also opportunities to provide nutritious snacks...
- If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices...
- While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active...
- Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tickborne diseases that dogs can get...
- Lyme disease is diagnosed based on: Signs and symptoms...
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The Oswego County Health Department includes many different programs. These programs include The Certified Home Health Care Agency and Long Term Care, Hospice, Preventive Care, Early Intervention, and Environmental Services. You will be able to go to each program´s page to access information about their services.
OCHD Tip of the Month
America is facing an epidemic of diabetes, a serious disease that damages the body and shortens lives. In the next four decades, the number of U.S. adults with diabetes is estimated to double or triple, according to CDC scientists. That means anywhere from 20 to 33 percent of adults could have the disease. About 1 in 10 American adults have diabetes now.
Risk Factors for Diabetes Include People Who:
- Are overweight
- Are age 45 or older
- Developed diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes)
- Have a parent, brother or sister with type 2 diabetes
- Are not physically active
Ways to Control Diabetes if You Already Have it:
- Talk to your health care provider about how to manage your blood glucose (A1C), blood pressure, and cholesterol.
- Get a flu vaccine. For those with diabetes, it is important to ask for the "shot" version. Talk to your health care provider about a pneumonia (pneumococcal) shot. People with diabetes are more likely to die from pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.
- Reach or stay at a healthy weight.
- Make sure you're physically active.
Ways You Can Help Avoid Diabetes:
People at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay it by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, or about 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. You can do that by eating healthier and being physically active for 30 minutes, five days a week.