Area prepares for flooding, wind

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on Florida, the state is bracing itself for impact. Gov. Ron DeSantis also declared a State of Emergency in the state’s 67 counties, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline. Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties have declared a state of emergency. In an advisory issued at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 from the National … [Read more...]

Expert: Vaccination prevents measles

Measles is back in the news again — in a big way. From Jan. 1 to May 3, there were 764 individual cases reported in 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, as of May 9, Florida had two reported cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. It’s important to stay aware, said Suzanne Chandler, system director of Infection Prevention and Control for Baycare … [Read more...]

Youth vaping a growing concern in Pasco

Health officials in Pasco County are concerned about rising numbers of local teens who are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Last year, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of electronic vaping, according to the Florida Department of Health. That marked a staggering 58 percent increase compared to 2017. The figures might be even higher in Pasco … [Read more...]

Know the dangers of secondhand smoke

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and Tobacco Free Florida are working together to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a news release. Most people are aware of the dangers associated with using tobacco products like cigarettes, but may not be as familiar with the dangers posed by secondhand smoke. Here are some facts about secondhand … [Read more...]

Seminars aim to empower Pasco women

The first of a three-part series aimed to advance the interests of Pasco County women took place on March 4 at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, on Collier Parkway. All of the meetings, being presented by the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women and the Pasco County Commission, are being held at the library, and are free and open to the public. The theme of the first part of the … [Read more...]

Pasco Fair designates smoking areas

This year’s Pasco County Fair figures to largely be a smoke-free environment. The Pasco County Fair Association recently announced it has teamed up with Tobacco Free Florida, to establish three designated smoking areas on the outskirts of the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The policy will apply to the use of pipes, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and vapes. The three smoking areas are as … [Read more...]

Local agency helps people to stop smoking

While some people wait until New Year’s Eve to make a resolution to quit smoking, experts say there’s no time like the present to get started on the effort. Those who have tried to quit smoking understand the uphill battle in attempting to kick the habit to the curb. But, help is available. Through its tobacco cessation program, the National Area Health Education Center has been training … [Read more...]

Keeping cool, as temperatures soar

Florida, with its subtropical conditions, can reach temperatures that pose hazards to human health, according to the Florida Department of Health. Because of that, it’s important to take precautions to protect ourselves when doing outdoor tasks, such as gardening, during warm weather. Here are some preventative measures to keep in mind: Protect your skin with sunscreen. Be sure it has a … [Read more...]

Health initiative encourages more movement

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and the “Get Healthy Pasco!” coalition, are encouraging residents to “Move More!” at Pasco County parks through April 30. A Community Needs Assessment was completed by Pasco’s health department in 2017, determining four areas of priority in the county, one of which was overall health and well-being. This prompted the launch of the coalition, “Get … [Read more...]

Flu can be deadly; use precautions to avoid it

Sick people are showing up in doctor’s offices and emergency rooms seeking treatment for the flu. Both in Florida and across the United States, flu activity is on the rise, according to Mara Gambineri, communications director for the Florida Department of Health. “We’re seeing more activity across all age groups this year than we’ve seen in previous seasons at this time, which may be an … [Read more...]