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The H Factor 2014 Newsletter

your vital s urce to wellness volume 1 - issue 3

South texas hurricane conference The 2014 South Texas Hurricane Conference will center its focus on hurricane mitigation, response, recovery and mass fatality preparedness. Other focus processes will include providing a smoother collaboration within the emergency Health & human Services first responders, the local Department public works, and the business community for “Our mission is to a more robust, compreincrease public awareness hensive and resilient of health programs for community when it the residents of comes to hurricanes and Hidalgo County. We flooding. The conference encourage you to stay connected with your welcomes individuals vital source to wellness.” whose roles are integral in ensuring that protocols and plans are supported for the safety of the entire community. Save the Date : JUNE 4TH-5TH 2014 register at http://southtexashurricaneconference2014.eventbrite.com WHAT’S INSIDE south texas hurricane conference........................1

making wellness a habit................................1 Typhus bacterial disease....................................2 Animal control..................2 HEALTH MATTERS food establishment requirements...................3

affordable care act.................................3 UPCOMING EVENTS......4 CONTACT INFORMATION...............4

MAKING WELLNESS A HABIT

H I DA L G O K D S

GO BIKING GO HIKING GO JOGGING GO RUNNING

Of the leading causes of death in the United States, many can be prevented and treated successfully if found early enough. The likelihood of contracting heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues can be directly impacted by the choices we make every day. We encourage you to adapt to healthy lifestyle habits that can positively affect your health and wellness for years to come. A good place to start: Try reducing your stress levels, adopting stress-management techniques, and focusing on your emotional wellness. Learn more by reading our HIDALGO FIT Newsletter where healthy planning tips are encouraged. PAGE 1


TYPHUS-BACTERIAL DISEASE

Typhus is caused by one of two types of bacteria: Rickettsia typhi or Rickettsia prowazekii. Rickettsia typhi causes murine or endemic typhus. Endemic typhus is uncommon in the United States. It is usually seen in areas where hygiene is poor and the temperature is cold. Endemic typhus is sometimes called "jail fever." The bacteria that causes this type is usually spread by rats to fleas to humans. Murine typhus occurs in the southern United States, particularly California and Texas. It is often seen during the summer and fall. It is rarely deadly. You are more likely to get this type of typhus if you are around rats feces or fleas, and other animals such as cats, opossums, raccoons, and skunks. Rickettsia prowazekii causes epidemic typhus. It is spread by lice. Brill-Zinsser disease is a mild form of epidemic typhus. It occurs when the bacteria re-activates in a person who was previously infected. It is more common in the elderly. Symptoms of epidemic typhus may include: • Chills • Confusion • Cough • Delirium

• High fever (104 degrees Fahrenheit) • Joint pain (arthralgia) • Severe muscle pain (myalgia) • Low blood pressure

• Rash that begins on the chest and spreads to the rest of the body (except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet) • Lights that appear very bright; light may hurt the eyes • Stupor

animal control

The mission of the Hidalgo County Animal Control is to protect animal homelessness and promote humane, compassionate treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership. By enforcing animal regulations and assisting the public with animals.

Benefits of spaying & neuturing your pets : •

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You save money by caring for one pet versus its entire offspring No more stray males hanging around your property to breed with your female Siblings won’t breed with each other and/or their parents No need to find homes for unwanted litters Reduces aggression in male dogs and reduces tendency to roam Males are less likely to mark and/or spray inside your home No more mess to clean from females in heat Females will not try to escape to go breed outside your home or property


Health matters-food establishment requirements To ensure the safety of food in Hidalgo County we work in partnership with the operators and employees of food service establishments. Food establishments are inspected twice a year, employees who handle food are trained and registered as food handlers; and permits are issued to food service providers, including temporary food establishments and mobile vendors. REMEMBER: Food safety is a key element to protecting public health and preventing the spread of food-borne illnesses. Any questions and concerns, please contact us at our office phone number (956) 383-0111 and 0112 and we may be reached between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday. Affordable care act In March 2010, President Obama signed a comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventative care-including family planning and related services-more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years. ACA enrollment began on October 1, 2013 for coverage beginning January 1, 2014. Up-to-date information about enrollment and implementation can be found at http://www.healthcare.gov/ For information about health care law for special populations such as women, clinicals, small businesses, etc. Please visit www.hhs.gov/healthcare for review. PAGE 3


upcoming events

World and national cancer awareness

Colorectal awareness

FEBRUARY 2014

MARCH 2014

testicular cancer awareness

APRIL 2014

2nd-Groundhog Day

1st-RGV CAP 5K Run McAllen, TX

5th-RWLFC 5K Edinburg,TX

14th-Valentines Day

1st-Knights of Columbus 5K Mission,TX

12th-RFD 5K McAllen,TX

17th-President’s Day

8th-STC Spring Break Stampede 10K Mission,TX

12th-Walk-N-Rolla Edinburg,TX

15th-St. Patrick’s Day 5K Pharr,TX

19th-DDD Mission,TX

16th-Stanley’s Sprint Tri

20th-TMC Time Trial Mission,TX

22nd-Walterz Against Diabetes 5K Edinburg,TX

HAPPY EASTER

22nd-17th Annual Fiesta Edinburg 24th-National Flag Day

23rd-TMC Time Trial 6.35 Mission,TX 29th-Oblate Trail Ride 62mi Bike

for more rio grande valley event information visit : www.business.valleychamber.com/events

www.bikwritr.net/running/Calendar.htm

hidalgo county clinics EDINBURG CLINIC 3105 E. RICHARDSON EDINBURG, TEXAS 78539 956-318-2040

ELSA CLINIC 708 EDINBURG ST. ELSA, TEXAS 78543 956-262-1141

HIDALGO CLINIC 702 E. TEXANO HIDALGO, TEXAS 78557 956-843-7463

MCALLEN CLINIC 300 E. HACKBERRY MCALLEN, TEXAS 78501 956-682-6155

MISSION CLINIC 211 N. SCHUERBACH RD. MISSION, TEXAS 78572 956-585-2461

PHARR CLINIC 300 W. HALL ACRES PHARR, TEXAS 78577 956-787-1531

WESLACO CLINIC 1901 N. BRIDGE WESLACO, TEXAS 78596 956-969-8332

PULMONARY CLINIC 1304 S. 25TH EDINBURG, TEXAS 78539 956-387-0118

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS VISIT US: 1304 s. 25th edinburg, texas 78542 ph : 956-383-6221 fax: 956-383-3229 WWW.HCHD.ORG PAGE 4


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