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Your Playbook for Safety and Wellness Success. Former Husker, Aaron Davis, will be kicking off the Panhandle Safety & Wellness Conference, September 22 at the Gering Civic Center.  The day is sure to bring your organization the latest in strategies for keeping employees healthy and safe with experts from around the nation! Click here for more information. Click here to register.

St. Louis Encephalitis Virus found in Mosquito Pool. A mosquito pool in Sheridan County has recently tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis, the first positive pool detected in the state this season. While this virus is endemic to Nebraska, outbreaks are rare and occur only periodically. St. Louis is similar to West Nile in symptoms and transmission. The virus is found in birds which can then be contracted by mosquitos and passed on to humans. Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Most people will not display symptoms, such as with West Nile. Severe symptoms such as encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, are rare and are most likely to occur in older adults. Click here for more information.

Getting Ready for the New School Year? Talk to Your Kids about Tobacco Use. Over the next couple of weeks young people in the Panhandle are heading back to school. In the flurry to get ready for the school year, parents may not be thinking about keeping their kids from using tobacco products, but the start of the school year is an excellent time to talk to kids about tobacco use. Click here for more information.

Fresh Vegetables available at Local Farmers Markets throughout the Panhandle. Visiting your local Farmers Market is a great way to eat more vegetables.  As a nation, we eat less than half of the recommended servings of vegetables daily.  Adults should eat 2 ½ - 3 cups of vegetables every day. Click here for more information. Click here for a list of Panhandle Farmer's Markets. 

Panhandle Public Health District Honored for Excellence in Public Health Local Health Panhandle Public Health District was honored with the Model Practice Award at the 2015 Annual Conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). The award celebrates local health departments for developing programs that demonstrate exemplary and replicable best practices in response to a critical local public health need. The National Diabetes Prevention Program in the Panhandle was one of 19 local health department programs to receive NACCHO’s prestigious Model Practice Award. Click here for more information. (Below Image - Tabi Prochazka, National Diabetes Prevention Program Regional Coordinator, receiving the Model Practice Award at the NACCO Annual Conference in Kansas City) 

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 Updated August 24, 2015

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