Friday, April 29, 2011



The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with local law enforcement partners, is hosting the second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted

prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to

2:00 p.m. local time.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Additional information and collection sites are posted at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


In 2008, more than 40,000 children under 16 years of age were treated in emergency rooms due to fall-related injuries. Falls account for 80% of playground injuries and about 45% of injuries are severe, which include fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations. Safe Kids reminds parents and caregivers to:

Make sure playground equipment is inspected frequently and kept in good repair. Remove hood and neck drawstrings from children‘s clothing and outerwear and don‘t let kids wear necklaces, purses, or scarves on the playground. Don‘t allow your kids to engage in any pushing, shoving, or crowding around playground equipment. Keep toddlers under age five in a separate play area, away from equipment designed for bigger kids.

Parents and caregivers need to keep kids in sight and in reach on the playground. Kids on a playground need undivided attention. For more information on Playground Safety, visit

Friday, April 15, 2011

Why Parents Should Think Twice before Giving Baby Birds for Easter

Easter traditions are of particular concern for children, placing them at risk for serious illness. Baby animals, including baby chicks and ducks, are sometimes given as gifts or put on display at this time. Because they are so soft and cute, many people do not realize the potential danger baby chicks and ducklings can be to small children. Young birds often carry harmful bacteria called Salmonella. And, each spring some children become infected with Salmonella after receiving a baby chick or duckling for Easter.   To read more:

Friday, April 8, 2011

FREE Chronic Disease Self-Managment class starting soon!!!

Do you or someone you know have heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma...? The PCHD is offering a FREE Chronic Disease Self-Management 6 week workshop starting April 25th. Classes are highly participative, where support and success builds confidence in participants' to manage their disease. Click the link for more info!