Preventing Mosquito Bites

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using insect repellent. Apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered insect repellent that contains one of the active ingredients below:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin
  • IR3535
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Para-menthane-diol
  • 2-Undecanone

Visit the EPA website to search which EPA registered insect repellent product is right for you.

Make sure to always follow product label instructions and reapply insect repellent as directed. Do not apply repellent on the skin under clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.

Tips for Babies and Children

  • Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover strollers and baby carriers with mosquito netting.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol on children under 3 years old.
  • Adults should spray insect repellent onto their hands and then apply to a child’s face.

Control Mosquitoes at Home

  • Remove standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
  • Use an outdoor insect spray made to kill mosquitoes in areas where they rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid areas like under patio furniture or in the garage.
  • Install or repair window and door screens.
  • Do not leave doors propped open.
  • Use air conditioning when possible.
  • Use an indoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.

Pool and Swimming Safety Tips

Pool Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 – 4 years old. In 2016, Ohio reported 13 drowning deaths of children 0 – 14 years old. Below are some helpful tips to keep children safe while in the pool.

 

Swimming Safety Tips

  • Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
    Designate an adult to supervise children while in water. This adult should not be texting, reading, or playing games on their phone. Make sure to keep a phone close by in case you need to call for help. If a child is missing, check the pool first.
  • Teach children how to swim.
    Swimming is fun and a lifesaving skill.
  • Teach children to stay away from drains.
    Do not allow children to play near drains or suction outlets. Never enter a pool/spa that has a loose, broken, or missing drain cover. Children’s hair, limbs, or bathing suit can get stuck in a drain or suction opening.
  • Install proper barriers, covers, and alarms on and around your pool or spa.
    A fence of at least four feet in height should surround the pool or spa on all sides and should not be climbable for children. The water should only be accessible through a self-closing, self-latching gate.
  • Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
    CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, or American Red Cross.

Dealing with Stress

Dealing with Stress

Stress is a reaction to a situation where a person feels anxious or threatened. Stress can be positive or negative depending on the situation. For example, a wedding can be a source of positive stress. Learning healthy ways to cope and getting the right support can help reduce stressful feelings and symptoms.

After a traumatic event, people may have strong and lasting reactions. The symptoms may be physical or emotional. Common reactions to a stressful event can include:

  • Disbelief, shock, and numbness
  • Feeling sad, frustrated, and helpless
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • Smoking or use of alcohol or drugs

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Take care of yourself
    • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
    • Exercise
    • Sleep/rest
    • Take a break
  • Talk to others
    • Share your feelings with someone you trust
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
    • These can make additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling
  • Recognize when you need more help
    • If problems continue talk to your healthcare provider

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The Importance of Physical Activity

The Importance of Physical Activity

Physical activity or exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Physical activity can help reduce your risk of developing certain diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.

Strive to exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.

Doing some physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some and gradually build up to the recommended amount.

Benefits of Regular Physical Exercise

  • Reduced risk of heart attack
  • Weight management
  • Lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stronger bones, muscles, and joints
  • Lower your risk of falls
  • Better recovery after hospitalizations
  • More energy, better mood, better sleep

Types of Exercise that are Beneficial

  • Walking
  • Riding a bike
  • Swimming
  • Walking in a pool
  • Aerobics classes
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Cardio machines (stepper, elliptical, stair climbers, treadmill)
  • Playing tennis
  • Jumping rope

Ways to Increase Physical Activity

  • Walking or riding a bike instead of driving in a car
  • Getting off of a bus stop earlier and walking the rest of the way
  • Walking children to school