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Richland Public Health Offers Winter Walking Advice

11 Jan , 2019  

Walking in the winter offers you a refreshing change of pace. The invigorating cold air can clear your mind and reduce stress, which can be helpful for weight loss.

Getting outside during daylight hours also increases levels of serotonin, a hormone that helps calm cravings. Even if you have to walk slower because of the weather, you may be burning more calories. And trudging through snow or walking into the wind takes more energy.

Richland Public Health encourages healthy exercise but remember that winter weather requires some special preparation. More…

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Health Information Kiosks Installed At County Libraries

5 Jan , 2019  

Richland Public Health, through a grant provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, is providing internet-connected Health Information Kiosks at all Mansfield/Richland County Public Library locations.

The kiosks have internet-enabled Apple iPads in them that are pre-loaded to connect to National Institute of Health (NIH) websites. Each app on the screen contains information that has been verified to contain evidence-based information to help improve access to important information. More…

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Flu Season Is Here

4 Jan , 2019  

According to data compiled by Public Health Nursing at Richland Public Health, flu season has arrived in Richland County.

“We have started to see positive test results and hospitalizations due to influenza in the past three weeks,” says Emily Leedy, Epidemiologist at Richland Public Health. Numbers from December show 70 cases of influenza, and eight (8) hospitalizations. More…

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Richland Public Health Announces Free Crib Program

13 Dec , 2018  

Richland Public Health and partner agencies will begin distributing free cribs (called Cribettes) to Medicaid-eligible new mothers and mothers-to-be through funds provided by the Richland County Youth and Family Council. More…

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Flu Vaccine Clinic This Thursday

23 Oct , 2018  

Richland Public Health  recommends everyone age 6 months and older get an influenza (“flu”) vaccine. This recommendation follows Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

The Health Department will hold a flu vaccine clinic for Richland County residents on October 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The clinic will be walk-in (no appointment needed) and will take place at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, in the Corley Room (lower level, rear parking lot). More…

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Trick Or Treat Safety Tips From Richland Public Health

21 Oct , 2018  

Nationally, more than 44 million children will be out trick-or-treating over Halloween dates stretching from October 21 through October 31, with many Richland County communities holding the event on October 25.

Richland Public Health is sharing the following information about Halloween safety to help adults keep kids out of the emergency room. These tips will help make everyone more aware of Halloween hazards and help keep all trick-or-treaters safe. More…

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Richland Public Health Checking Car Seats During Child Passenger Safety Week

14 Sep , 2018  

Every day in America, millions of parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are buckled-in properly in the correct car seats for their ages and sizes, most are not. If they are buckled up at all. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 46 percent of car seats are misused. To help combat this issue, Richland Public Health has announced its participation in Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible – every trip, every time. More…

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Richland Public Health Encourages Emergency Preparedness

1 Sep , 2018  

Richland Public Health is reminding county residents to be prepared.

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This year’s NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. More…

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Richland Public Health Encourages Immunization Awareness

29 Jul , 2018  

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for people of all ages – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need as they go back to school – Richland Public Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. More…

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Birth Certificates Again Available Online

16 Jul , 2018  

As we reported back in April (our story can be found here), Richland Public Health recently launched a new website. As we shared then, “The new Richland Public Health website has easy access to a menu of agency services, an events calendar, the latest news, information on departments, and details about the agency and its operations.” More…

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West Nile Virus Detected In Richland County

28 Jun , 2018  

Richland Public Health officials have been notified by the Ohio Department of Health, that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes in Mifflin Township.

“To be very clear, this is not a human infection case, but our first positive WNV mosquito sample this year,” Joe Harrod, Director of Environmental Health at Richland Public Health, stated. Health Department officials have already sprayed the WNV positive area to discourage transmittal of the mosquito-borne illness to residents. More…

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Richland Public Health Shares Tips For Coping With Summer Heat

16 Jun , 2018  

With temperatures near 90° with high humidity this weekend, Richland Public Health urges residents to use extra care to avoid heat-related illness (known as hyperthermia).

People suffer heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion when the body’s temperature-control system is overloaded. Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling itself. In some situations, especially in periods of high humidity, sweating alone will not provide an adequate release of body heat. More…

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Driver Safety Program Being Offered For Those 50 And Older

16 May , 2018  

The AARP Driver Safety Program, sponsored by Richland Public Health, will have a class on Tuesday, May 22. The class will be in the Corley Room (lower level, rear parking lot, back entrance) at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Ave., Mansfield. More…

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Rabies Warning Issued; Free Rabies Clinic Next Week

4 May , 2018  

With warmer weather more people will begin outdoor activities and the risk of contact with an animal infected with the rabies virus increases. Incidences of rabies exposure usually start in April and continue rising through the summer months. More…

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