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    Hepatitis Awareness Month

    Hepatitis word cloud

    Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. It is often caused by a virus. The most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

    Here’s more about hepatitis.

     

    National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate everyone regarding these chronic diseases.

    TCPH’s Chronic Disease Prevention division offers regular classes regarding asthma management, as well as other chronic diseases.

    Further information about National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month can be found on the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.

     

    May 5 is Hand Hygiene Day

    Hand Hygiene Saves Lives

    One of the greatest prevention measures anyone can do to ensure their health is to know how to properly wash their hands. Germs, bacteria and viruses cling to lots of surfaces that our hands touch, which carries them to our eyes, nose and mouth; which accounts for one of the reasons why we get sick.

    TCPH has a web page and a brochure regarding the importance of hand washing.

    Here’s more about Hand Hygiene Day.

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    May 8 - 14 is National Women's Health Week

    National Women's Health Week

    National Women's Health Week is the time for women everywhere to take control of their health, no matter at what age. The goal of the week is to empower women to make their health a priority and to help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health.

    Check out womenshealth.gov for more information.

     

    National Asian, Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    National Asian, Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    Being silent about HIV can contribute to HIV infections, and it’s stigma hurts individuals and the community as a whole when people are discriminated against, disowned from families, and fired from jobs. But by understanding its cause and listening to others’ experiences, we can help end HIV stigma through knowledge and action. It all starts with talking about HIV. The more knowledge you have about HIV stigma, the easier you can prevent it and help those who are living with HIV.

    Adult Health Services, one of Tarrant County Public Health’s divisions, regularly tests and counsels individuals who suspect they may have an HIV infection.

    For more information regarding HIV stigma among the Asian and Pacific Islander community, visit the Banyan Tree Project website.

     

    May 23 - 29 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

    Girl swimming in clear water

    With warmer weather and summer activities coming up, it is important to be aware of ways to prevent recreational water illnesses, sunburn and drowning.

    Besides inspections of local public swimming pools, TCPH works with our partner organizations to help educate residents regarding healthy and safe swimming.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also promotes safe swimming and offers a great deal of information related to water safety.

     

    May 27 is Heat Safety Awareness Day

    Heat Awareness Day

    More often than not, warm summer weather starts in North Texas before summer officially arrives.

    TCPH regularly provides the public news and information regarding local heat conditions and conducts syndromic surveillance for heat-related illnesses during the summer.

    The National Weather Service provides a lot of information regarding heat danger and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.

     

    May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

    Make Every Day World No Tobacco Day

    Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Despite this, it is common throughout the world. A number of countries have legislation restricting tobacco advertising regulating who can buy and use tobacco products as well as where people can smoke.

    In Tarrant County, our Live Tobacco Free Tarrant County program helps participants understand their tobacco habit and helps them break free using education and positive reinforcement.

    Visit the World Health Organization’s website to learn more about efforts going on worldwide to curb tobacco use.