MDCH launches School Wellness Award program

From the Michigan Department of Community Health: Michigan Department of Community Health Launches School Wellness Award  LANSING - The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) has launched a program encouraging Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and a tobacco-free lifestyle to students and staff. As part of the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Initiative, the Michigan School Wellness Award program aims to recognize schools working to create healthier … [Read more...]

MDCH: Talk about medical history with family over the holidays

From the Michigan Department of Community Health: This Thanksgiving, Have a Family Health History Discussion Michigan Residents Encouraged to Discuss Cancer Risks Within Families LANSING – Each year, Thanksgiving marks Family Health History Day when families are encouraged to discuss their health history with one another. Learning about your families’ health history is important for certain cancer screenings, such as colorectal cancer. Screening helps detect issues before there are symptoms … [Read more...]

Oakland County Health Division Issues Safe Sleep Guidelines to Prevent Infant Death

Oakland County Health Division (OCHD), under the leadership of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, issues guidelines to protect infants from unsafe sleep arrangements during National Safe Sleep Month this September. “OCHD is bringing a train-the-trainer program with safe sleep display to 30 community locations this September, including community service agencies, hospitals and physician offices,” said Kathy Forzley, Manager/Health Officer. “We hope these trainings encourage … [Read more...]

Health Division advises residents to maintain cooling systems to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease

Oakland County Health Division, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is taking proactive steps to advise residents that routine cleaning and maintenance of devices that produce water mist help to prevent Legionnaires' disease, a respiratory infection caused by bacteria called Legionella. Devices that produce water mist include air conditioners, cooling condensers, cooling tower units, whirlpools, spas, room humidifiers, and outdoor misting systems. The Michigan … [Read more...]

The MDCH reminds swimmers to keep the water clean

LANSING – The week before Memorial Day is Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week. Every year, thousands of Americans get sick with recreational water illnesses (RWIs) such as diarrhea. With the warmer weather and holiday weekend, the Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Environmental Quality (DEQ) are reminding residents of some simple tips they can take to stay safe when swimming in private and public pools. “We all share the water we swim in. During the holiday … [Read more...]

Planning to voyage abroad this season? A note from the Michigan Department of Community Health reminds travelers to get the measles vaccine

LANSING – Following a recent measles case in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is advising all residents to make certain they are protected against the disease. In early May, an unvaccinated 8-month-old Michigan infant who traveled with family members to Pakistan was diagnosed with the illness upon returning home. Infants as young as 6 months of age who will be traveling abroad should receive a dose of measles vaccine at least two weeks before departure because of … [Read more...]

Michigan Department of Community Health urges you to lower your risk for skin cancers, protect yourself this summer

LANSING – In 2010, there were 1,926 cases and 282 deaths in Michigan associated with melanoma, the most dangerous and deadliest form of skin cancer. In order to reduce these numbers, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is encouraging residents to take some simple steps to lower their risk of skin cancer, especially during the summer months. “Here in Michigan, I frequently see patients with skin cancer, and that’s a shame because it is a largely preventable condition,” says Dr. … [Read more...]

State aging plan wants your input, public comment accepted through May 20

LANSING – The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) is accepting public comment for the fiscal year 2014-2016 State Plan on Aging through May 20, 2013. The State Plan on Aging - required for federal funding - proposes a policy and program framework for services and supports for Michigan's older adult population. “I encourage anyone who is interested in the future of Michigan’s aging services to read the draft plan and tell us what you think,” said OSA Director Kari Sederburg. “We … [Read more...]

Michigan health plans encouraged to adopt breast cancer genomics policies

LANSING – Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, both in Michigan and nationally. Breast and ovarian cancer can run in families and be caused by an underlying genetic change passed from parent to child. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is aiming to increase public awareness of hereditary cancers and encourages Michigan health plans to have written policies consistent with national guidelines. For … [Read more...]

CDC campaign returns with powerful stories, Michigan resident to help others quit smoking

LANSING – Continuing with the success of last year’s landmark national tobacco education campaign, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is airing a second series of ads featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases. The newest ads in the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign tell the story of how real people’s lives were changed forever due to their smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and this year feature a Michigan resident.  The new … [Read more...]