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Aug 2, 2011 August is Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Supports World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2011

Champaign, IL - Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, has declared August 2011 as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois. The proclamation aims to increase public awareness of breastfeeding as the normal and expected way to feed all babies in Illinois. It works in conjunction with breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide who will celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2011. The 2011 theme is "Talk to Me! Breastfeeding - a 3D Experience!"

The benefits of breastfeeding are numerous, well known, and research based. Babies who are breastfed are protected against respiratory and ear infections, asthma, allergies, childhood cancer, and obesity. Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian... more...
Jul 28, 2011 July 28th is Recognized as World Hepatitis Day
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Honors Today as
World Hepatitis Day

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) honors July 28th as World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C. World Hepatitis Day was launched by the World Hepatitis Alliance in 2008.
The alliance is a non-governmental coalition of advocacy groups that serves as a global voice for the 500 million people worldwide living with chronic viral hepatitis B or C. According to the World Hepatitis Alliance, one in 12 people are living with either chronic hepatitis B or C which surpasses the number of individuals living with HIV or any cancer. The goals of the alliance are not only to raise awareness, but to extend existing support for the disease with long-term goals of preventing new infections and delivering improvements in health outcomes for people living with... more...
Jul 27, 2011 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Honored for Excellence in Public Health
Local Health Department Program is One of 41 Nationwide to Receive "Model Practice Award" in 2011

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) was honored at the 2011 annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), a body of peers, for developing and implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need. "Real time advanced digital mapping to plan, identify, and respond to vaccination penetration rates" was one of 41 public health programs developed by a local health department selected from across the nation to receive NACCHO's Model Practice... more...
Jul 22, 2011 Local Officials Urge Citizens to Check on Others during Heat Wave
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Urge the Public to Check on Individuals That May Be in Need


Champaign, IL -Officials from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) urge religious organizations, apartment and mobile home park managers, clubs and fraternal organizations to reach out and check-up on their vulnerable members or tenants who might need assistance during extreme heat. "These organizations are in a much better position than anyone to reach out during a heat wave or other emergency," says Julie Pryde, Administrator of CUPHD. "Religious and fraternal organizations are an immense resource. They often have directories, phone trees, prayer lines, and other resources that make it easy for them to reach out and conduct a welfare... more...
Jul 18, 2011 High Temperatures and Humidity Can Be Extremely Dangerous
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Urge the Public to Take Extra Precautions to Stay Safe in the Heat

Champaign, IL -The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) urge everyone to watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities safe.

Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not... more...
Jun 8, 2011 Summer Food Service Program Starts Next Week
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Hosts Food Program Providing Free Meals to Children

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) again this year beginning on Thursday, June 16, 2011. The program provides free meals and snacks throughout the summer months when children are not in school.

SFSP is sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education and will run until August 19, 2011 in the lobby of CUPHD located at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. Breakfast is served from 9:00 am - 11:00 am, a morning snack from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, and lunch from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. All meals are free to children ages one to 18 regardless of income or... more...
Jun 7, 2011 Champaign County Public Health Summit to be held July 13-14
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting the 3rd Champaign County Public Health Summit July 13-14, 2011. This year's theme is "Next Steps: Mobilizing Communities through Innovation, Outreach, and Planning".

Featured keynote speaker is Dr. Nathan Wolfe, Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative (Rolling Stone's Top 100 Agents of Change, 2009). The 2-day conference will satisfy diverse professional interests by offering over 15 different presentations and workshops related to this year's proactive theme. There will be many expert speakers with local, national, and international credentials.

On July 13, the Summit will take place at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine located at 2001 S. Lincoln Avenue in Urbana from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and will include topics covering GIS Mapping and Epidemiology. Seating is limited. On July 14, the Summit will conclude at the I Hotel in Champaign and will host... more...
May 5, 2011 Upcoming Workshop to Benefit Women
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Hosts a FREE Women's Wellness Workshop to Provide Healthy Habit Ideas

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be hosting a FREE Women's Wellness Workshop on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM (speakers begin at 5:30 PM) at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. This educational and fun workshop will be geared towards increasing positive healthy habits of women.

"The women of today are busier than ever before and too often women do not realize the strain that they inadvertently place on their health, which may lead to unfortunate consequences in the future," said Nikki Hillier, Program Coordinator for CUPHD. "CUPHD hopes that this Women's Wellness Workshop will give participants the tools necessary to meet these challenges in a healthy... more...
Apr 26, 2011 Kids are Encouraged to Participate in Parents' Daily Work Activities
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Participates in the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Program

Champaign, IL - On April 28, 2011, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will participate in a national public education program, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work®. This year's theme is "Invent the Future". According to the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Foundation, more than 35 million youth and adults participate at over 3 million workplaces each year.

This will be the seventh year for CUPHD to participate in this interactive program. Over 20 children, ranging in age from 4-16, will join their CUPHD parents at work to participate in this annual event. The day will begin with a healthy breakfast and an agency tour with the Administrator, Julie Pryde. In addition to a "business lunch", the group will participate in activities including hand washing, Petri dish experiments, dental health, physical activity, and... more...
Feb 28, 2011 Water Fluoridation is a Cost-Effective Strategy Behind Good Oral Healthcare
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Supports Water Fluoridation

Champaign, IL - Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reduced the optimal levels of recommended fluoride in drinking water to 0.7 parts per million, fluoride remains the most cost-effective way to combat tooth decay. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) Children's Dental Clinic continues to support water fluoridation and encourages both children and adults to drink tap water to help prevent decay. Fluoride is a mineral that exists naturally in most water supplies. It helps improve the quality of life through less tooth decay; reduced time lost from school and work; and less money spent to restore, remove, or replace decayed... more...