Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

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...

Feb 23, 2011 Area Teachers Get on Board with the CATCH Program
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Helps Teachers to Model Healthy Behaviors for Students

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is helping schools in Champaign County implement CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health). The CATCH program is a multi-component program that promotes positive healthy behaviors in students and emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improve both living and learning. A coordinated approach to promoting wellness involves modeling healthy behaviors. In order to model those behaviors, area CATCH schools have challenged each other to change their behavior for the better. Fisher Grade School, Thomasboro Grade School, Unity West Elementary School, and Carrie Busey Elementary School are competing in the first-ever CATCH Staff Challenge: A New Year A New... more...

Feb 17, 2011 Learn to Make Better Health-Related Choices
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Kicks Off a New Wellness Program

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is getting ready to kick off a new wellness program focused on activity and healthy food choices for families. "Let's Get It Started" is a new four-week program that educates families on how to plan, purchase, prepare, and enjoy healthier meals as well as develop active living plans together and set and monitor goals as a family.

During the program, participants will learn about Go, Slow and Whoa foods, label reading, portion control, and different types of physical fitness. One of the four classes will include a grocery store tour. In addition, CUPHD will be working with the U of I Extension who will be performing cooking demonstrations during each class and the families will be able to prepare and eat the food during... more...

Feb 3, 2011 Cold Weather Health Tips
From the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The dangers of cold weather and how to stay warm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As Illinois recover from this week's snowstorm, the state now faces bitterly cold temperatures. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds people of the health dangers of extreme low temperatures and tips on how to stay warm.

Without heat, exposure to cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and/or hypothermia. Parts of the body most commonly affected by frostbite include the face, ears, hands and feet. Frostbitten skin is whitish and stiff, and the area will feel numb rather than painful. To treat frostbite, warm the affected part of the body gradually. Wrap the frostbitten area in blankets, sweaters, coats, etc. and seek medical attention immediately. Do not rub frostbitten areas because the friction can damage the tissue.

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Jan 27, 2011 Ian's Recalls Products Due To Risk Of Contamination By Listeria Bacteria
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 24, 2011 - Ian's is voluntarily recalling specific lot numbers of two products due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short- term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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