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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RECOGNIZES 125 YEARS OF FLORIDA PUBLIC HEALTH
Governor Rick Scott said, “For 125 years, Floridians have been serving their communities and working to keep our state healthy. Today’s celebration is a great reminder of the important work that the Department of Health does on behalf of Florida families every day. I am proud to thank Florida’s nearly 17,000 public health professionals today as we continue toward ensuring that all Floridians can lead healthy and safe lives.”
“Florida’s dramatic growth was made possible through public health efforts that controlled disease and improved environmental health,” said Dr. John Armstrong, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health. “Just as Dr. Porter and colleagues saved Floridians from yellow fever over a century ago, we are committed to solving the top public health threat to Florida families now: weight challenge.”
The year-long celebration of 125 years of Florida Public Health was launched in Key West on February 3, where Dr. Armstrong joined Dr. Porter’s great-great granddaughter in a ceremonial wreath laying at Dr. Porter’s grave site. Throughout 2014, the Department will offer educational and health information opportunities. A resource featuring “Public Health Heroes” from all 67 counties will be released later this spring. During the week of April 7-11, the Department will further highlight the 125th Anniversary as part of National Public Health Week. In September 2014, the Department will unveil a full historical exhibit of Florida Public Health heritage at Florida’s Historic Capitol Museum in Tallahassee.
The Department invites Florida’s residents and visitors to join in recognizing 125 years of protecting, promoting and improving the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. More information is available at www.FLHealth125.gov.
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~ Stay inside as much as possible to keep warm ~
~ Heat your home safely to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning ~
~ Layer clothing; eat and drink wisely ~
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health urges Floridians, especially those residents and visitors in the Panhandle, to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during extreme cold weather. With wind chills forecasted anywhere from 20 – 25 degrees this week in north Florida, it is important to take extra precautions.
“Extreme cold weather can cause serious health issues,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Taking simple precautions like limiting outdoor activity, heating your home safely and providing warm shelter for pets will ensure you and your family remain healthy and safe.”
Stay indoors as much as possible to keep healthy, safe and warm. Make sure to check on elderly family members and neighbors.
For outside activities, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. Don’t forget to wear a hat, scarf and mittens, or other winter gear.
Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Make sure each appliance is properly adjusted and you have followed the manufacturer's instructions and local building codes for use.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by never using generators, charcoal grills or gas grills indoors.
As temperatures dip below freezing, leave your home’s water taps slightly open so they drip continuously.
Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Do not drink alcoholic beverages—they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Instead, drink warm beverages such as hot chocolate or tea to help maintain your body temperature. If you have any dietary restrictions, consult your doctor.
Bring animals and pets out of the cold weather and provide them warm shelter.
For more information, get your copy of the Florida Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Guide at http://www.floridahealth.gov/preparedness-and-response/prepare-yourself/current-hazards/hurricane-info.html. And, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Winter Weather Preparedness page at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/duringstorm/indoorsafety.asp.
The Florida Department of Health protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook and visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.