Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Sep 15, 2008 Safe Kids Champaign County Partners with National Seat Check Saturday
Over 90 child safety seat checkpoints will be held in Illinois

Champaign, IL - The Illinois Department of Transportation/Division of Traffic Safety (IDOT/DTS), AAA and Safe Kids Champaign County urges parents and caregivers to make sure their child safety seats are properly installed in their vehicles at the second annual "National Seat Check Saturday," on Saturday, September 20, 2008. As part of National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 21-27) certified technicians will be available to provide free on-site child safety seat inspections from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Rogers in Rantoul. Checkpoints across the state are sponsored by IDOT/DTS, AAA, Evenflo and Illinois Safe... more...

Aug 19, 2008 Local Students Needing School and Sports Physicals Have Many Options
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's School Physical Clinic is full, but there are many other options for area students to receive their required school physicals.

Champaign, IL - Local school students that are planning on entering Kindergarten, 6th Grade, 9th Grade or playing on school sports teams are required to have a school physical. The only exception to this mandate is those students that previously received a 5th Grade physical. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has been offering school physical and immunization clinics this summer. There are currently two more clinics scheduled on August 21 and October 2, 2008. These clinics are currently full, but people can call to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a... more...

Aug 4, 2008 WIC Voucher Challenges Prevent Many Clients From Redeeming Coupons for Fresh Food
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in Collaboration with the City of Urbana's "Market at the Square" Provides WIC Clients Convenient On-Site Access to Farm Fresh Fruit & Produce

Champaign, IL - Each year the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) issues approximately $40,000 worth of Farmer's Market Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers to women and children participating in the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In the past few years, close to $15,000 - $20,000 of these vouchers have not been redeemed by local WIC clients, mainly due to access and transportation issues for the clients served by this... more...

Jul 31, 2008 Equation for Disaster: High Temperatures Plus High Humidity Equals Risk for Heat Related Illness
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges the Public to Watch for Symptoms of Heat Related Illness in High Risk Populations Such as Children and the Elderly.

Champaign, IL - Summer is reportedly the time for "fun in the sun", however when high temperatures combine with high humidity the "fun" may be short lived. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urges the public to watch for the symptoms of heat related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities... more...

Jul 9, 2008 Outdoor Injury Prevention Starts in Your Own Back Yard
Safe Kids Champaign County Offers Yard Safety Tips

Each of five major child injury hazards - motor vehicles, drowning, burns, falls and poison - can be found in the back yard during the summer. Riding mowers, inflatable pools, home playground equipment and even natural vegetation and sunlight require a few simple precautions.

"All of the safety guidelines you apply to sports, playgrounds and swimming apply to those activities in your own back yard," says Susan Butler, Safe Kids Champaign County coordinator. "An inflatable pool needs to be surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool. A home playground needs to be anchored on an appropriate surface just like equipment on a public... more...

Jun 27, 2008 Case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Verified in Local Champaign County Dog
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to be Knowledgeable of Tick Precautions and Tick-borne Diseases

Champaign, IL - A case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) has been positively identified in a local dog in Champaign County. To date, no human cases of RMSF have been reported. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages citizens of Champaign County to be vigilant in checking both themselves and their pets for ticks, take basic precautions to prevent exposure to ticks and to recognize the potential symptoms of tick-borne... more...

May 27, 2008 CUPHD Gives Illinois Communities Top Honors for Maintaining Fluoride Levels
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District applaud local measures to improve overall community health.

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) recognized five community water systems for maintaining state mandated fluoride levels every month in 2007. State recommended fluoride levels are 0.9 to 1.2 parts per million, in standard drinking... more...

May 26, 2008 CUPHD Polls Focus Group of Champaign County Residents About Smoke-free Illinois
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and partners focus on the successes of Smoke-free Illinois in celebration of World No Tobacco Day 2008

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has partnered with the American Cancer Society, C-U Smoke-free Alliance, Champaign County Tobacco Prevention Coalition, Parkland College, and the Prairie Center Health Systems to promote World No Tobacco Day, May 31, 2008. The campaign, which focuses on the question "Why do you like Smoke-free Illinois?," will be featured on MTD buses and movie screens at Savoy 16 starting May 30,... more...

May 26, 2008 Local Grade School Children Take a Stand Against Tobacco Use and Win Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District REALITY Illinois Program to Present Prizes to Local Grade School Children at Special School Assemblies

Champaign, IL - Local grade school children will receive prizes for the winning entries in the 2008 REALITY Illinois poster contest at special school assemblies. Awards for students grades Kindergarten - Second will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Unity West at 8:30am. Awards for students grades Third - Fifth will take place on Friday May 30, 2008 at Gifford Grade School at... more...

May 19, 2008 May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages the Public to Review Immunization Records and Learn About Risk Factors for Hepatitis

Champaign, IL - May is National Hepatitis Awareness Month. The 2008 World Hepatitis Day (May 19, 2008) campaign theme is "Am I Number 12," a concept designed to communicate the shocking statistic that one in 12 people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. While this is far higher than the prevalence of HIV or any cancer, awareness is inexplicably low and the majority of those infected are unaware. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages everyone to review their immunization records, and learn more about the risk factors, treatment and prevention of viral... more...