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Healthy Okaloosa Worksites celebrated National Breastfeeding Awareness Month by launching Breastfeeding-in-a-Box kits! Kits include educational materials for Human Resources staff, new parent packets, posters and rack cards about breastfeeding for display in breakrooms, breastfeeding room signage, a small cooler for breastmilk storage in staff refrigerators and a list of ways worksites can support breastfeeding. Okaloosa CHD staff delivered them to local worksites during August. They hope the kits will encourage the implementation of breastfeeding policies and creation of private breastfeeding rooms, increasing the number of mothers who initiate breastfeeding.
Before a disaster is the best time to get prepared. DOH Calhoun/Liberty staff participated in the Liberty County Emergency Management Build-A-Bucket event. Over 200 community members of all ages came out to learn how to build a family disaster preparedness bucket. As participants stopped by the DOH table, many enjoyed playing the ‘Preparedness Plinko’ game - all while learning up-to-date information about being prepared.
The DOH-Seminole WIC Program launched its first grocery store outreach to provide services to current and potential clients. Angela Osorio and Yvette Piguave had a successful interaction with many clients, assisting them to reschedule their appointments, make appointments for new clients, determine income eligibility, set up the WIC app on their phones, issue WIC benefits and provide information on how WIC works. WIC will continue providing these services at the grocery stores three times a month.
During August, DOH Columbia/Hamilton staff attended backpack giveaways in Ft. White, White Springs and Lake City. At the backpack giveaways, “Miles of Smiles” dental team members distributed 769 toothbrush packets and Healthiest Weight FL health educators distributed over 450 children’s activity books on healthy eating and physical activity. Nursing staff administered a total of 12 back to school vaccines. Vital Statistics staff passed out information on services offered, while Healthy Start Coordinators gave out information and promoted the Columbia/Hamilton World’s Greatest Baby Shower coming up in October.
Mary Garcia, Carol Kazounis and Catherine Crinnion participated in Palatka’s 2019 National Night Out. This year’s event, hosted by the Palatka Police Department and the Palatka Police Athletic League, continues to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. Palatka truly is united and dedicated to building a safer and more caring place to live. Booker Park was packed with fun, food and fellowship and the Back-2-School Backpack & Supply Giveaway. DOH-Putnam team members shared information on programs, completed 23 type 2 diabetes screenings and recruited for SWAT.
At the Hamilton County School District Health Fair on August 5th, Hamilton County DOH health educators distributed over 200 educational flyers on healthy eating, hypertension, physical activity and eating on a budget to the Hamilton County school district administrators, teachers and staff. Hamilton County DOH nursing staff administered over 30 Hep A vaccinations to Hamilton County school district teachers.
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