The annual Margaretville Hospital Spring Health Fair will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will take place in the lobby, adjacent hallways on the main level and in the classroom. The fair will help provide information on the hospital's growing number of healthcare services and on wellness opportunities in local communities.
Many free screening services will be offered at the Spring Health Fair, including:
- Body Mass Index
- Oxygen screening - pulse oximeter testing
- Finger-stick/blood glucose screening and diabetes education
- Bone density screening
- Caloric testing
- Blood pressure screening
A children's Tent area with many activities will be located just outside the side entrance. Children are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the Teddy Bear Clinic in the hospital's mobile van, where nursing staff will "take care of" the bears and help children become more comfortable with emergency medical care and equipment. They will also be planting a vegetable garden, and will have arts and crafts activities and a popcorn machine to enjoy. The Margaretville Central School Art Club will also be providing face painting.
There will be a number of booths at The Spring Health Fair where visitors may obtain information on a variety of health and wellness topics. Displays/booths will be set up by: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Roxbury Central School CROP Garden Program, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce, Fairview Library Knitting Program, Catskill Forest Association, Catskill Mountain Cycling Club, The Open Eye Theater, Alzheimer's Association, Llobet Medical Group, Fidelis Care, Take Shape for Life, and Catskill-area Hospice. A National Alliance on Mental Illness presentation with Jason Paden will be held at 10 a.m. in the Physicians Lounge.
Other booths include: Margaretville Health Foundation, the Auxiliary of Margaretville Hospital/Mountainside Residential Care Center, the Auxiliary Wellness Committee, and the HealthAlliance Marketing Department.
The event will be broadcast live on WROX.
Source: Delaware County Times. April 26, 2013. Issue No. 1643.
Volunteer Caregiver Training
8 Hours - Free of Charge
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Northern Broome Senior Center
12 Strongs Place, Whitney Point, NY
April 18 and April 25
O.C.P.A.D. is a grant funded program through Faith in Action in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association to provide trained respite volunteers for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's or dementia.
Please see attached flyer for more information.
The community is invited to a Community Resource Open House at their local Family Resource Center! The Waverly Family Resource Center open house is planned for Wednesday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, and at the Owego Family Resource Center on Thursday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Raising children is hard work. Building relationships with others and learning how to find services and resources in your community can make the job easier. Learn about community resources for families, and receive blue bracelets for child abuse prevention awareness during Child Abuse Awareness Month.
To learn more, call (607) 687-4020, (607) 687-6571, or (607) 565-2374.
There will be a nutritionist from "Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables" at Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM) on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. The nutritionist will be hosting a free nutrition class and recipe demonstration. Anyone who comes for the demonstration will be able to taste samples of the recipe and receive a free gift.
Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables strives to teach people how to plan and prepare healthy meals, enjoy more fruits and vegetables, use low cost foods to eat well, and keep foods fresh and safe. They welcome everyone to come to TCRM to take part in the nutrition class and demonstration.
Visit jsyfruitveggies.org for great recipe ideas.
Source: Owego Pennysaver, February 10, 2013.
Take some time this January to observe Cervical Health Awareness Month and learn what you can do to detect and prevent cervical cancer. "Cervical Health Awareness month is an excellent time for women to talk to their health care provider about cervical cancer screening and prevention," said Carrie Abbott, Supervising Public Health Educator and Coordinator of the Cancer Services Program of Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties. "Regular health visits and follow-up care can help women avoid cervical cancer."
There usually aren't any symptoms of cervical cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. So it is important for women to get a Pap test (or Pap smear) regularly. The Pap test can prevent cervical cancer or find it early. In the United States, the Pap test has reduced cervical cancer rates by more than 70%.
Cervical cancer is almost always causet by persistent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is a common virus that can be spread from one person to another during sex. Women who are sexually active can reduce their risk for HPV infection by using latex condoms during sex and by reducing the number of sexual partners. Females between the ages of 9 and 26 or their parents can also talk to their doctor about the HPV vaccine which protects against the types of HPV thqat most often cause cervical cancer. "It is still important for women to have regular Pap testing even if they've received the HPV vaccine," said Abbott.
In addition to HPV infection, there are other factors that increase a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer, including:
- Not having regular Pap tests
- Not following up with your health care provider if you had a Pap test result that is not normal
- Having HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems
"All women are at risk for cervical cancer and should visit their health care provider for regular Pap testing," said Abbott. "It is especially important for women who have not had a Pap test within the past five years to get screened because six out of ten cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not had one in the past five years." It is also important to continue getting a Pap test even if you think you are too old to have a child, or are not having sexual intercourse anymore."
There are many ways that women can live a healthy lifestyle and help improve outcomes related to cancer. These include not smoking and avoiding second-hand smoke, making healthy food choices, getting regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting recommended cancer screenings.
New York State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fund Cancer Services Program Partnerships in each county to provide access to cervical cancer screening to uninsured women, ages 40 and older. The Cancer Services Program of Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties is located at the Broome County Health Department. This program utilizes program funds to reimburse for cancer screening services provided by local health care providers for uninsured and under-insured patients. The program offers breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings and limited diagnostic testing. Case management services and reminder calls are addition services offered by staff.
o learn more about the program or to find out if you are eligible to receive these free screenings, call 607.778.3900. Eligible individuals can be qualified right over the phone. Program clients must be pre-approved by program staff prior to making appointments or receiving screening services. "We encourage people who are uninsured and under-insured, age 40-64, to call us to learn about the Cancer Services Program. Locally, there are thousands of individuals who have benefitted from the services and, in some cases, the program may have saved their lives," says Abbott.
For more information about the HPV Vaccine, click here.
For more information about cervical cancer, click here.
ource: Broome County Health Department, January 22, 2013.
Flu activity continues to be widespread in Broome County and throughout New York State. The best protection against the flu is to get immunized. If you haven't received your flu shot yet, it is not too late.
The Broome County Health Department is offering a walk in flu clinic on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at their offices located at 225 Front Street, Binghamton. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is open to anyone ages three and up. The fee for the flu vaccine is $25 (cash or check only). If you are 65 years of age or older and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today's Options or CDPHP Medicare the health department will bill your insurance plan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine, especially people at high-risk for severe complications from the flu, including:
- children aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months)
- pregnant women
- adults aged 50 years and older
- people with chronic health problems like diabetes, heart, liver, lung, kidney, and certain neurological diseases and extreme obesity.
For more information regarding influenza visit the Broome County Health Department's website at www.gobroomecounty.com/hd/flu
UHS' TeamACT Cessation Center is holding free tobacco cessation classes every Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with new classes starting every four
weeks at the Stay Healthy Center in the Oakdale Mall. Call 763-5091 or
763-5092 for information and to register.
Source: pressconnects.com, January 4,2013
On Tuesday, January 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Whitney Point United
Methodist Church, 7311 Collins St., Dr. James Fleming from the W.P.
Lourdes Primary Care office will speak on the subject of gluten and its
associated treatment. This issue potentially affects many people and is
one that is important for overall health.
The Northern Broome
Community Center Project will host this event, its first program. It is
open to all, and while there isn't a fee, they will ask for a free-will
donation (any amount, or none at all). This is to help cover the heating
and utilities that the church is providing. No one will be turned away.
A question and answer period will follow.
For more information, contact Rich Kellman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Whitney Point Reporter, December 27, 2012
For more information, please call Ben Pate or Carly Ambrose at the Rural Health Network at (607) 792-7669. Help us spread the word about this important project!
To download the above flyer, click here.
MLK Day of Service 2013 Informational Flyer
To download a flyer for your collection site, click here.
To download collection box labels, click here.
The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, working with the King Center of Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses from around the country. For more information on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, please visit MLKDay.gov.
Broome County Health Department Flu Clinics to Begin October 10, 2012
The Broome County Health Department will begin to hold its community flu vaccine clinics for the public starting Wednesday, October 10, 2012. The vaccine to protect against seasonal influenza (flu) will be available in flu shot form at the clinics. No nasal flu mist will be available.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Although there are steps one can take to prevent themselves from the flu, your best defense is to receive an annual flu vaccination.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual seasonal flu vaccinations for everyone who is at least six months of age and older. It is especially important for some groups to get vaccinated. Those include:
- Young children
- Older adults
- Pregnant women
- People with weakened immune systems
- People who have chronic illnesses
The clinics are open to anyone ages three and up. The fee for the flu vaccine is $25 (cash or check only). If you are 65 years of age or older and subscribe to traditional Medicare Part B, Excellus Medicare Blue PPO, Today's Options, or CDPHP Medicare, the health department will bill your insurance plan. Pneumonia shots will also be offered at the flu clinics for Medicare Part B recipients aged 65 and older.
If your child's immunization records are covered by medical insurance, parents are advised to seek flu shots for them at their regular medical provider. This can help cut down on out-of-pocket costs, especially for children who require a second dose of the vaccine because of their age.
If your child's immunizations are not covered by insurance, call the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.2839 to schedule and appointment for the flu vaccine. The health department offers immunizations for uninsured children at low or no cost.
Residents can call the Broome County Health Department Influenza Line at 778-3911, Option 2, to hear a recording of the current clinic schedule or log onto the Broome County Health Department website at www.gobroome.com/hd/flu
2012 Flu Clinic Schedule
Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905
- Wednesday, October 10 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13 - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Monday, October 15 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, October 22 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 5 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 19 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 3 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fenton Town Hall, 44 Park Street, Port Crane, NY 13833
- Tuesday, November 6 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.