North Shore Health Department Highlights for 5/24/16
Did You Know?
The week before Memorial Day, May 23–29, 2016, marks the 12th annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Swim safety is very important to prevent injuries or even drowning. Along with injury prevention it is important to be aware of recreational water illnesses (RWIs). RWIs are caused by germs spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, interactive fountains, lakes, rivers, or oceans. Diarrhea is the most common RWI, and it is often caused by germs like Cryptosporidium, Giardia, norovirus, Shigella, and E. coli.
Protect yourself from swim related injuries and water illnesses by following these steps:
· Check yourself! Keep the pee, poop, sweat, blood, and dirt out of the water. Make sure you shower even for just one minute prior to swimming
· Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea or an open wound
· Make sure a lifeguard is on duty
· Protect yourself by using sunscreen with at least SPF 15
The North Shore Health Department assures safe water conditions for wading or swimming at Atwater, Klode and Doctor’s Park beaches by routinely testing water for harmful levels of bacteria and posting signs to communicate water safety to the public during summer swimming season.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family at
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The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Click the link below to see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019
The North Shore Health Department Annual Report for 2015 is now available. Click the link below for viewing.
North Shore Health Department Annual Report 2015
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.