- Protect yourself from injury or disease by wearing a helmet, using sunscreen, or using insect repellent when necessary. Information on Injury Prevention is also available on the Jefferson County Public Health webpage.
- Make an appointment for a check-up or screening at Jefferson County Public Health’s Clinic Services! Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness.
- Make Healthy Food Choices: A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts and is low in saturated fats, transfats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. JCPH offers county residents information and education to improve your nutrition knowledge and increase your ability to make better food choices.
- Be Active: Try simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Check out Jeffco Open Space’s parks and trails web page to find the perfect walk or hike for you and your family. Learn more about Healthy Jeffco’s Active Living Coalition and get involved in the work that is being done to increase active living opportunities in Jefferson County. Consider mall walking if the weather is cold or icy. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week.
- Be Smokefree: JCPH is encouraging people who use tobacco to consider kicking the habit in 2017. Setting a quit date and making a plan are important first steps towards regaining freedom from tobacco. People who have a plan for quitting in advance of their quit day can increase the odds of staying tobacco-free for life. It is NEVER too late to quit tobacco. In fact, your body begins to heal after only 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette. Quitting is hard, but with the right tools, resources and support, you can do it! Visit www.tobaccofreejeffco.com/thinking-of-quitting to find resources that can help you quit for good.
- Get Enough Sleep: Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
- Learn how to be healthy before, during, and after pregnancy. The JCPH Prenatal Plus program offers nurse home visitations to women during pregnancy and for up to 2 months after the baby is born.
- Lower the risk of foodborne illness as you prepare meals for your family. Visit the JCPH webpage to learn more about local foodborne illness prevention in Jefferson County
Jefferson County Public Health is wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! For more information, visit http://jeffco.us/public-health