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North Shore Health Department Highlights 8/15/2017

Did You Know?

The term “obesity” is used to describe the health condition of anyone significantly above his or her ideal healthy weight. Obesity is common, serious and costly, nearly 70% of American adults are either overweight or obese. Being obese can raise blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lower "good" HDL cholesterol, increase blood pressure, and induce diabetes. In some people, diabetes makes other risk factors much worse. The danger of heart attack is especially high for these people.

Whether you're at risk of becoming obese, currently overweight or at a healthy weight, you can take steps to prevent unhealthy weight gain and related health problems. Even losing a few pounds can provide you with cardiovascular benefits, so every step in the right direction is a step toward healthier living. It is important to set goals and stick to them. Consider these health tips:

  • Exercise regularly. You need to get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to prevent weight gain.
  • Follow a healthy eating plan. Visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ to help develop a healthy eating plan.
  • Identify triggers. Identify situation that cause out of control eating and develop strategies to control these behaviors.
  • Be consistent. Sticking to your healthy-weight plan during the week, on the weekends, and amidst vacation and holidays as much as possible increases your chances of long-term success.

To learn more visit: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/, http://www.heart.org, http://www.mayoclinic.org

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North Shore Health News

Food Safety Alert: Raw Oysters

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is investigating cases of Vibriosis from raw oysters. Eating raw shellfish, like oysters, that are infected with bacteria can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pains. If you have recently eaten raw oysters and are experiencing symptoms, contact your health care provider. 

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vibrio/faq.html

Download the fact sheet at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/foodborne/vibriosis.htm

AARP welcomes The Village of Shorewood as Wisconsin’s 1st Age-Friendly Community

Read the full report here.

Peppermint Oil Not Recommended to remove ticks!

The Health Department has received questions about the social media post circulating and advocating using peppermint essential oil to remove ticks. This is NOT recommended!

As stated in an article in American Family Physician: “Many methods of tick removal that have been reported in the literature have proved to be unsatisfactory in controlled studies. Some methods may even cause harm by inducing the tick to salivate and regurgitate into the host.” The spirochete which causes Lyme Disease, as well as several other tick-borne disease-causing substances, are found in the gut and/or saliva of ticks.

For correct tick removal, see the CDC’s tick removal website.

It is also a good idea to save any ticks that you have removed for a few weeks in case signs of tick-borne diseases appear. One of the easiest ways to do this is to put the tick in a zipper-type bag in the freezer. A saved tick can then be identified, which helps medical providers narrow down potential tick-borne diseases. Learn more at: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/index.html

Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Resource Guide Released

The North Shore Health Department has worked with local partners to put together a comprehensive Heroin, Opioid and Prescription Drug Information and Resource Guide for family and friends.  Access the guide online at: www.nshealthdept.org/heroin

Meningococcal B vaccine

If you are or have an undergraduate student returning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for semester break, students are advised to get your second dose of the meningococcal disease serogroup B vaccine. Contact your health care provider to schedule this vaccine. More information on the Meningococcal disease outbreak at the University of Wisconsin Madison can be found at https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/front/meningitis-and-prevention

Our Mission

In partnership with the communities we serve, the North Shore Health Department assures, promotes, and protects the health and safety of the people in the North Shore.

Contact NSHD

The North Shore Health Department offices are staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Please contact us at (414)371-2980 during our regular business hours 

If you have an urgent public heath need during non-office hours, please call the Bayside Communications Center's non-emergency number at (414) 351-9900 and the appropriate public health authorities will be notified.