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Denton County Reports Two Additional Influenza-Associated Deaths

380news | February 7, 2018 | Healthy Lifestyles

DENTON COUNTY, TX – On January 26, 2018, Denton County Public Health (DCPH) reported the fourth and fifth influenza-associated deaths in Denton County for the 2017-2018 flu season. “We believe the current flu vaccine is critically important for preventing both Flu A and the now-growing number of Flu B cases,” stated Dr. Matt Richardson, Director of Public Health at DCPH. “We are hopeful the number of positive flu cases will begin falling soon, but want to reiterate that simple everyday preventive actions help stop the transmission of the flu.” DCPH recommends a three-pronged appr...[read more]

Women’s Health: It’s Time

Courtney Davis | February 6, 2018 | Healthy Lifestyles

Women are the key to maintaining healthy families and as the main caregivers; women often tend to overlook their health. Whether citing lack of time, lack of access to facilities, lack of child care, monetary costs, or simply not being aware of community or health services, women are at a higher risk of preventable diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some of the leading causes of death for women are Heart Disease, Cancer, Chronic lower respiratory diseases, Stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Diabetes, Influenza and Pneumonia, and Kidney disease. These diseases and conditi...[read more]

Texas Awards Millions for Mental Health

380news | January 31, 2018 | Healthy Lifestyles

AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is awarding up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas. Up to $12.5 million will be awarded through the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals, and up to $15 million is being awarded for the Community Mental Health Grant Program. Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals As part of the first phase of the state’s Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals, up to $12.5 million in grant...[read more]

Wellness at Work in 2018

380news | January 22, 2018 | Healthy Lifestyles

Designed to help improve the health and wellness of people across the state through awareness, education and action, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a host of health-based programs that can be tailored to any number of audiences. In 2018, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Denton County will be hosting a number of wellness programs specifically targeting worksites. According to the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism, studies show that worksite wellness programs can create a 28% reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, a 28% reduction in health costs and a 30% reduc...[read more]

Do I Really Need Life Insurance?

380news | January 22, 2018 | Healthy Lifestyles

Personal finance experts agree you should do one thing when looking for life insurance Clark Howard, Dave Ramsey, and Suze Orman are three of the most popular personal finance experts. Between them, they have dozens of books, radio programs, and TV shows. They’ve helped millions of people find their financial footing. One piece of advice they always have? Buy life insurance. Howard, Ramsey, and Orman have spent their lives helping people manage their money and make smart financial decisions. They don’t want home purchases, retirement accounts, and college savings to be put at risk because ...[read more]

Become a Nose Breather Instead of a Mouth Breather

380news | December 14, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

My best advice for the New Year is to become a nose breather instead of a mouth breather. The health risks and other areas of life can be improved if we work with the muscles in simple ways. Let’s all start the new year with the best possible function that we can. The following reasons tell the story of why we need to breath only with the nose if you take the two minute challenge today and fail give me a call and let’s find a way to access the muscles to start your postural breathing today. The 2 minute breathing test is simple just close your mouth and breath in and out through your nose ...[read more]

Community Health Assessment Released and Health Summit Announced

380news | October 12, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

DENTON COUNTY, TX – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) announced today the release of the 2017 Community Health Assessment. The summary document of existing health trends was developed through in-depth data collection by several Denton County agencies. DCPH, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton and United Way of Denton County partnered to produce broad, high-quality data and identify areas of health concerns. This assessment included many participants and aims to promote a healthier Denton County. The 2017 Community Health Assessment serves as a foundation of quality health data to par...[read more]

Fall Drug Take Back Day Scheduled for Oct. 28

380news | October 12, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

Program designed to accept unwanted medications from residents PROSPER, TX- In a partnership between the Prosper Police and Fire Departments, residents are invited to drop off their outdated, unwanted or excess prescription or over-the-counter drugs, medications and medicines during the fall version of Drug Take Back Day. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Fire Station, 1500 East First Street. Secured boxes will be available for the drop-off with personnel on-hand to accept the medications. “Prescription drug abuse is still a problem, altho...[read more]

Packing a Healthy Lunch for a Healthy Student

380news | October 9, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

Packing a healthy lunch can help your kids succeed in school by making sure they get the nutrition they need to get throughout the day. Including the five food groups from MyPlate; proteins, vegetables, fruit, grains, and dairy, will help children get the nutrition they need in order for their brains and bodies to grow. Protein, which is generally considered meat, is important to help your children grow and develop strong muscles. Protein also helps a child feel full, so they won’t be distracted by hunger in the middle of class. Include meats that are low in fat, such as lean turkey or extra...[read more]

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Denton County to Provide Free Flu Clinics as Emergency Response Exercise  

380news | September 26, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

September 26, 2017 – The Denton County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is hosting free flu clinics Saturday, September 30 from 8am to 12pm at Pilot Point High School and Chisolm Trail Elementary. The two locations will be operational simultaneously until 12pm or until vaccine stock is utilized. The vaccination will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Residents can help test emergency response and prepare for flu season by attending this event. What: Flu Vaccination Clinics Who: Denton County residents When: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8am to 12pm Where: Pilot Point High Scho...[read more]

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Denton County Reports West Nile Virus Case in Little Elm

380news | September 19, 2017 | Healthy Lifestyles

September 19, 2017 – Denton County Public Health (DCPH) is reporting its eighth human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2017 in Denton County. The resident lives in Little Elm and was diagnosed with West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. To protect patient confidentiality, no further personal information will be released. Juan Rodriguez, Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist with DCPH, recommends that residents take an active role in protecting themselves against mosquitoes. “While not every mosquito carries the virus, West Nile illness is present in Denton County,” he states. “We enco...[read more]

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