September 18, 2017
The Florida Department of Health advises private well owners affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.
September 18, 2017
A Q&A regarding what to do in the event of backed up sewage.
September 18, 2017
Tropical storms and hurricanes can cause flooding. Although skin contact with flood waters does not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Flood waters may contain fecal material with associated bacteria and viruses.
Alachua County, FL – Significant rainfall and standing water have increased mosquito populations that will bite day and night, so it is important to protect yourself.
April 24-28 is Every Kid HealthyTM Week and the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County hosted an event at Lawton M Chiles Elementary School to promote and celebrate their school’s wellness achievements. This week, local health offices statewide are partnering with schools to host events related to nutrition, physical activity and learning. “Schools are valuable to health and have the unique opportunity to help children establish healthy habits for life”, stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Alachua County Health Department. Launched nationally by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance held in the last week of April that shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. The observance also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved by supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools. On April 26th, a celebration event took place during the final class of a 4-week cooking class series offered by the SBAC Food and Nutrition Services(FNS) for elementary students in the after-school program at Lawton Chiles Elementary. Students had the opportunity to learn sanitation skills, nutrition education and cooking preparation of healthy recipes, many which are offered on the school lunch menu. On April 28th, Healthiest Weight Florida and FNS celebrated the success of the Talbot Elementary morning mile program by providing children with healthy habits education on fruits and vegetables, screen time, physical activity and limiting sugary drinks. The Talbot Elementary morning mile program is offered each morning, Monday thru Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:30 AM at Talbot Elementary for all students and their parents. The program is designed to let students begin each day in an active, healthy and fun way and promote a healthy lifestyle at a young age. Unhealthy weight puts children at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases. Evidence shows students who eat right and are physically active in school learn healthy lifelong habits and are better equipped to succeed academically. Teachers, parents, and individuals who want to learn and get involved can visit http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/activities/every-kid.html and Every Kid Healthy Week. About Action for Healthy Kids® Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places where kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and better prepared to learn and succeed academically. Action for Healthy Kids reaches nearly 12.9 million students in 29,000 schools with the help of 80,000 volunteers and champions. Learn more at www.ActionforHealthyKids.org, on Facebook and on Twitter. About Healthiest Weight Florida Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. To learn more about how to be active and make nutritious food choices, visit http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/. About the Florida Department of Health The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
The Department of Health is currently investigating a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County. We must remain vigilant and increase our level of questioning when considering Zika virus disease. At this time, it is important to review what we know about this disease and act accordingly to prevent transmission and mitigate negative health outcomes. Remember to identify, test and inform. Please contact your county health department immediately if you suspect a patient has Zika fever (per rule 64D-3.029, Florida Administrative Code), to ensure prompt mosquito control efforts.
This August, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is celebrating National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Expanding the Baby Steps to Baby Friendly initiative that increases breastfeeding initiation and duration, Alachua County is working to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity and encourage breastfeeding-friendly hospitals.
Florida Department of Health, Alachua County Health Department 2014 Annual Report to the Community.
Alachua County – On Wednesday April 22, 2015, the School Board of Alachua County, SBAC Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) and the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County will be celebrating Every Kid Healthy Week.
October 14, 2014
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County's mosquito surveillance report and data for October 2014.
The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) is offering influenza vaccine starting Tuesday, October 14.
October 01, 2014
The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) today confirmed a locally acquired case of West Nile virus illness. Alachua County health officials urge residents and visitors to take basic precautions to limit exposure to mosquitoes. “Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases,” said Anthony Dennis, Environmental Health Director with the DOH-Alachua. DOH-Alachua and local mosquito control continues surveillance and prevention efforts throughout the county. DOH-Alachua reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by taking precautions to prevent mosquitoes from living and multiplying around your home or business by remembering to drain and cover.