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Eye Screening ClinicPCHD and Prevention of Blindness Program to Hold Eye Screening Clinic

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Closed from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon)
WHERE: Pike County Health Department
1 Health Care Place Bowling Green 63334
OPEN TO EVERYONE AT NO COST

The purpose of this clinic is to screen for vision problems, malfunctions and malformations of the eyes. The clinic is free and open to everyone, regardless of age or income. Examinations will be conducted by resident ophthalmologists from Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri at Columbia. Those who require further treatment or examination will be referred to a local eye care specialist. Persons who meet Prevention of Blindness eligibility requirements may receive assistance in paying for the cost of any recommended services. Note: The doctors cannot write prescriptions for glasses.

Call for an appointment: (573 324-2111 Pike County Health Department

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Drive Thru Flu ClinicPike County Health Department Now Offering Flu Shots During Walk-in Hours

September 9, 2016...The Pike County Health Department is urging residents to protect themselves, co-workers, family and friends by being proactive and getting vaccinated this flu season. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine every year. CDC now recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an annual influenza “flu” vaccination.

The Pike County Health Department is now offering the vaccinations during Walk-in hours Mondays – Fridays from 8 am-12 pm & 1-4 pm.

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Healthy MindsTime 2 Talk! Poster Contest

Too many young people in our community are impacted by drugs and mental health issues, yet most are afraid to talk about these common problems, which intensifies the problem and builds the stigma. Together, we can develop a media campaign to spark conversation and make our county a healthier and happier place to grow up!

WHAT: Design a poster saying why it is okay to talk about mental health/ substance abuse issues
WHO: 6th through 12th graders in Pike County

GUIDELINES- BE CREATIVE

PRIZES:
Grand Prize: Your art on billboards in Pike County and a gift basket worth over $100
Silver and Bronze: Your art on posters and flyers and a gift basket worth over $50

SUBMISSIONS: Deadline is September 30th at 4:30 p.m.
Must include your name, age/grade, and contact information. Submit to cwells@pikecountyhealth.org Or, mail to/drop off at: Pike County Health Department. 1 Healthcare Place, Bowling Green, MO 63334

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Glow Run 2016Save the Date! PCHD Glow Run 5K

PCHD has made the switch, from the annual Zombie Run 5K, to the GLOW RUN! Planned for Saturday, October 29th at the Pike County Fairgrounds with more details to be announced in the upcoming months.

Grab your friends and family, put on your brightest glow sticks, and run or walk the 5K course!

PCHD is excited to help the community in their commitments to a fit and healthy life style in a fun and bright new way.

Keep up to date on details by following PCHD on Facebook or our 5K Run/Walk page. All proceeds will go to help fund PCHD Public Health Initiatives.

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Breastfeeding Newsletter - "Breastfeeding Through The Night"

By Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

“How is your baby sleeping?”
“Does he sleep through the night yet?”
“Have you thought about giving him cereal so he will sleep through the night?”
“Aren’t you going to train her to sleep so you can get your rest?”

Many new mothers hear questions like these in the first year of their baby’s life.  These questions imply that an infant should sleep through the night as soon as possible which may cause a mom to second guess her baby’s frequent waking, but the research shows that it is normal and healthy for babies to wake throughout the night. This helps with development, bonding, and milk supply. The good news for breastfeeding moms is that they get better sleep than those who supplement. Responding to a baby’s natural night waking with breastfeeding produces a happy and healthy mom and baby!

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