February is American Heart Month

Take Action for your Heart:
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but it can often be prevented. Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you reduce the risk of heart disease and its risk factors. Take Action to protect your heart by following these tips.
*Get Enough Quality Sleep:
Lack of sleep or getting poor quality sleep increases the risk of having high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions.
-Try to aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night
-Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
-Exercise regularly, but not within 2-3 hours before bedtime
-Avoid caffeine and nicotine
*Eat Better
A flexible and balanced eating plan can help lower your high blood pressure and improve your cholesterol.
-Follow the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which can help you create a heart-healthy eating lifestyle for life.
-Read nutrition labels to pick the food lowest in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
-Try a mix of lean cuts of meat, eat fish once or twice a week, and eat two or more meatless meals each week
-Consider whole fruits, dried fruits, unsalted rice cakes, fat-free and low-fat yogurt, or raw vegetables as a snack
*Stop Smoking
Any amount of smoking, even light or occasional smoking, damages your heart and blood vessels.
-Select a quit date and write yourself a contract that outlines your plan for quitting
-Talk with your healthcare provider about programs and products that can help you quit
-Join a support group. Many hospitals, workplaces, and community groups offer classes to help people quit smoking
-Call 1-800 QUIT-NOW and visit smokefree.gov to get additional support
*Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions.
-Choose healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, yogurt, or nuts, instead of sugary or high-calorie snacks
-Stay hydrated with water as your primary beverage
-Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity (like running) exercise per week
-Consider keeping a log of what you eat throughout the day
*Be more Active
Getting enough physical activity helps to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
-Adults should spend at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) each week doing physical activity
-Sit less! Take the stairs. Park farther away. March in place or take a walk around the block
-Try muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights, working with resistance bands, doing sit-ups and push-ups, or some forms of yoga
-If you don’t have a lot of time in your day, try being active for 10 mins at a time. Anything that gets your heart beating faster counts!
*Control Cholesterol
Unhealthy levels of cholesterol can lead to high cholesterol, which increases the risk of developing heart disease
-Try the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Program which combines diet, physical activity, and weight management to help lower high blood cholesterol and improve heart health
-Eat a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats, as these can raise LDL cholesterol levels
-Limit alcohol consumption. Drinking too much alcohol-more than two drinks a day for men or one drink a day for women-can raise your total cholesterol level.
*Manage Stress
Learning how to manage stress with healthy coping strategies helps improve your emotional and physical health.
-Use relaxation techniques that combine breathing and focused attention on pleasing thoughts and images to calm the mind and body
-Consider mediation, as it can help lower stress
-Take a yoga class to help lower stress and improve mindfulness. It may also offer you a supportive community
*Manage Blood Sugar
Maintaining stable blood sugar levels is crucial for heart health, especially for people with diabetes or those at risk for developing diabetes.
-Eat a diet rich in whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats
-Monitor your carbohydrate intake and choose complex carbohydrates, like whole grains and legumes, to help control blood sugar levels
-Talk to your healthcare provider about how often you should check your blood sugar levels, especially if you have diabetes
*Control Blood Pressure
Keep your blood pressure in a healthy range and keep track of your numbers. Blood pressure that’s consistently higher than 130/80 mm Hg can cause serious health problems.
-Have your blood pressure checked each time you visit the doctor
-Use a blood pressure monitor to measure your blood pressure at home and learn how to measure it correctly
-Use a blood pressure tracker to keep a record of your numbers each reading
-If you’re pregnant or planning to be, it’s especially important to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range
For more information about how you can take action to keep your heart healthy, visit hearttruth.gov.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Number of Salad Kits Due to Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Number of Salad Kits Due to Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –Monterey, CA–February 8, 2024–Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling from the market a limited number of Dole-branded and private label salad kits described below, which were processed on the same line as a cheese that has been recalled by the manufacturer, Rizo-Lopez Foods, for the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. (https://www.fda.gov/…/rizo-lopez-foods-inc-voluntarily…)
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
This recall notification is being issued due to the potential for cross-contamination of cheese contained in certain masterpacks by cheese potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes from our packaged cheese supplier. At this time, we are unaware of any specific illnesses associated with our products. or by other purchasers of their recalled cheese.
A listing of products subject to this recall is set forth below and includes Dole, President’s Choice, and Marketside brands. The product lot codes are located in the upper-right-hand corner of the package. Consumers who still have any of these products in their refrigerators or freezers are urged not to consume the product and to discard it immediately.
Recalled salad items were distributed in the states of AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT, VA, WA and WI. Additionally, these salads were distributed in the following Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.
No other Dole products are part of these voluntary recalls.
Dole retailers have been advised to check store shelves and warehouse inventories to confirm that no recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.
Retailer and consumer questions about the voluntary recalls should be directed to the Dole Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm Pacific Time.
Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.
Recalled:
Dole Chopped Kit Avocado Ranch UPC: 71430000915 Lot Codes: W019-W036 2/3/2024-2/20/2024 and N019-N036 2/3/2024-2/20/2024
Dole Chop Kit Avocado Ranch Chop Kit Ranch A L’Avocat UPC: 71430000922 Lot Codes: W022-W036 2024 FE 06-2024 FE 20
Dole Premium Kit Southwest Salad UPC: 71430017012 Lot Codes: W022-W036 2/4/2024-2/18/2024 N022-N036 2/04/2024-2/18/2024
Dole Cajun Ranch Chopped Kit UPC: 71430002063 Lot Codes: W029-W036 2/11/2024-2/18/2024 N022-N036 2/4/2024-2/18/2024
Dole Premium Kit Endless Summer UPC 71430010730 Lot Codes: W022-W036 2/4/2024-2/18/2024 N023-N036 2/5/2024-2/19/2024
Dole Supreme Kit Southwest Salad Supreme Kit Salade Du Sud-Ouest UPC: 71430017111 Lot Codes: W020-W036 2024 FE 03-2024 FE 18
President’s Choice Southwest Salad Kit Sud-Ouest Kit de Salade UPC: 60383023195 Lot Codes: W034-W036 2024 FE 17-2024 FE 18 B018-B024 2024 FE 03-2024 FE 09
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Bacon Ranch Crunch UPC: 681131305440 Lot Codes: B020-B036 2/5/2024-2/21/2024
Company Contact Information
Consumers: Dole Consumer Response Center
Phone: 800-356-3111
Media: Bil Goldfield – Director, Corporate Communications, Dole Food Company, Inc.
Phone: 818-874-4647
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Public Health Day at the Legislature 2024

On February 1, 2024, Doddridge County Health Department (Heather Amos, Administrator) traveled to Charleston to participate in Public Health Day at the Legislature. During her visit, she was able to meet and speak with Delegate Phil Mallow, Senator Tom Takubo, Senator Charles Clements, and Senator Mike Maroney about upcoming bills concerning public health as well as successes of the health department.
Doddridge County is a great community, and the future of our county looks bright. Coming together to talk about issues and successes at the State Capitol today is an example of the collaborative efforts in place to continue to see greatness in our community. A special thank you to Delegate Phil Mallow, Senator Tom Takubo, Senator Charles Clements, and Senator Mike Maroney for taking the time to meet with us and setting up the day to meet and talk with other Senators.

Bonnie’s Bus is coming to Doddridge County Health Department August 1, 2024

Bonnie’s Bus is coming to Doddridge County Health Department on August 1, 2024, 8am to 4pm. Contact Doddridge County Health Department to schedule an appointment or for more information at 304-873-1531.

 

Reaching At-Risk Population in an Emergency

Doddridge County Emergency Responders and Managers need to know how to identify, locate, and reach all affected groups in an emergency. It can be challenging to reach some of the groups of people most at risk. By completing the form below and returning to Doddridge County Health Department, this will help us put a plan together, to help those in need during disasters such as fires, tornados, disease outbreaks, radiation spill, acts of terrorism, and much more.
Please fill out the following form and mail, email, fax, or deliver to the Doddridge County Health Department.

Brightfarms Recalls Spinach and Salad Kits Because of Possible Health Risk as a Result of Supplier Element Farms Recall

Brightfarms Recalls Spinach and Salad Kits Because of Possible Health Risk as a Result of Supplier Element Farms Recall
BrightFarms has issued a voluntary recall of spinach grown by its supplier Element Farms in their Pompton Plains, New Jersey farm and distributed under the BrightFarms brand because the spinach has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Due to potential cross-contamination, BrightFarms is also issuing a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of four salad kit products (shown below) from its Selinsgrove, PA facility.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled products were distributed to retailers in seven states including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The products come in 4-oz, clear, plastic containers. Information about the “best by” date, UPC, and facility code can be found at the bottom of the package. Pictures to assist customers in identifying the recalled products are found at the end of this announcement.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall of spinach was initiated after routine sampling conducted by Element Farms yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes. Due to potential cross-contamination at BrightFarms’s Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania facility, BrightFarms is also recalling a limited quantity of four select salad kit products. No positive test results or reported illness have been received on those products, to date.
As a result of today’s recall, the company has temporarily suspended distribution of Element Farms grown spinach.
Retailers have been instructed to remove all recalled products from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased the affected products should not consume the products and discard them or present a photo of the product or receipt to their place of purchase for a full refund and then discard.
Consumers with questions are encouraged to call 1-866-857-8745 between 8:00am-6:00pm EDT or email [email protected] with the subject line: Recall.
Product:
BrightFarms Baby Spinach 3.5oz. UPC Code: 8-57062-00492-3
BrightFarms Mediterranean Crunch Kit 6.35oz. UPC Code: 8-0051-82501-1
BrightFarms Chickpea Caesar Crunch Kit 6.50oz. UPC Code: 8-57062-00415-2
BrightFarms Bacon Ranch Crunch Kit 6.70oz. UPC Code: 8-57062-00416-9
BrightFarms Southwest Chipotle 5.85oz. UPC Code: 8-50051-82500-4

Free Radon Test Kits Now Available at Doddridge County Health Department

28% of West Virginia Homes Have High Levels of Cancer-Causing Radon Gas

An American Lung Association report says that high levels of radon have been detected in 28.5% of West Virginia homes. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the “State of Lung Cancer” report reveals that it is detected at high levels in 28.5% of home in West Virginia. During January for National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association in West Virginia urges everyone to help save lives by testing their home for radon and mitigating if high levels are detected.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground. Radon is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and can enter a home through cracks in floors, basement walls, foundations and other openings. Radon can be present at high levels inside homes, schools and other buildings. Nationally, it is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year and is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.

In West Virginia, in 28.5% of radon test results equal or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air), according to the Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” report.

After high levels are detected, a radon professional should install a radon mitigation system, which is easy and relatively affordable. A typical mitigation system consists of a vent pipe, fan and properly sealing cracks and other openings. This system collets radon gas from underneath the foundation and vents it to the outside.

Testing for radon is the only way to know if the air in your home is safe. The good news is that it is easy to test. Do-it-yourself kits are simple to use and free in West Virginia.

Please call 304-873-1531 for more information.

Voluntary Recall: Select Batches of Nutramigen Powder (Baby Formula)

Voluntary Recall:
Select Batches of Nutramigen Powder (Baby Formula)
Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN), a producer of nutrition products, announced today that it has voluntarily chosen to recall from the U.S. market select batches of Nutramigen Powder, a specialty infant formula for the dietary management of Cows Milk Allergy (CMA) in 12.6 and 19.8 oz cans, due to a possibility of contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii in product sampled outside the U.S. All product in question went through extensive testing by MJN and tested negative for the bacteria.
Cronobacter bacteria can cause severe, life-threatening infections (sepsis) or meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spine). Symptoms of sepsis and meningitis may include poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes), grunting breaths and abnormal movements. Cronobacter infection may also cause bowel damage and may spread through the blood to other parts of the body.
Nutramigen in 12.6 and 19.8 oz containers was manufactured in June 2023 and distributed primarily in June, July, and August 2023. Based on the limited availability of the remaining stock of this special infant formula, it is believed that much, if not all, of the products recalled in the United States have been consumed. There are no reports of illnesses or adverse events to date. The products were distributed through retail stores nationwide. The batches in question can be identified by the batch code on the bottom of the can.
The following recalled product batch codes and can size associated with each batch were distributed in the U.S.:
ZL3FHG (12.6 oz cans);
ZL3FMH (12.6 oz cans);
ZL3FPE (12.6 oz cans);
ZL3FQD (12.6 oz cans);
ZL3FRW (19.8 oz cans); and
ZL3FXJ (12.6 oz cans).
The products have a UPC Code of 300871239418 or 300871239456 and “Use By Date” of “1 Jan 2025”.
No other U.S. distributed Nutramigen batches or other Reckitt products are impacted.
Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition manufactured additional products during this finished product campaign and distributed them outside of the U.S. Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition will be contacting the regulatory authorities in each of those countries to determine the proper disposition of those products.
If parents have any questions, they should consult with their pediatrician or contact us at 866-534-9986 24/7 or by email at [email protected].
We are committed to the highest level of quality and safety and it is for this reason that we have taken this measure. Other testing of the batches in question tested negative for Cronobacter and other bacteria.
The health and safety of infants is our highest priority. All of our products undergo rigorous and industry-leading quality tests and checks to ensure that they meet or exceed all standards set by regulatory bodies, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is for this reason that we have confidence in the safety and quality of every infant formula we make.
What Consumers Should Do if They Purchased This Product
Consumers who purchased Nutramigen should check the bottom of the can to identify whether the batch number is affected. Product with the batch codes listed above should be disposed of, or contact us for a total refund. Please contact us at 866-534-9986 or by email at [email protected] and we will help verify if this product was impacted. If you have any concerns, contact your health care provider. For more information, please visit us at www.enfamil.comExternal Link Disclaimer.
Company Contact Information
Consumers:
866-534-9986
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28% of West Virginia Homes Have High Levels of Cancer-Causing Radon Gas

28% of West Virginia Homes Have High Levels of Cancer-Causing Radon Gas
An American Lung Association report says that high levels of radon have been detected in 28.5% of West Virginia homes. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and the “State of Lung Cancer” report reveals that it is detected at high levels in 28.5% of home in West Virginia. During January for National Radon Action Month, the American Lung Association in West Virginia urges everyone to help save lives by testing their home for radon and mitigating if high levels are detected.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas emitted from the ground. Radon is odorless, tasteless and colorless, and can enter a home through cracks in floors, basement walls, foundations and other openings. Radon can be present at high levels inside homes, schools and other buildings. Nationally, it is responsible for an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year and is the leading cause of lung cancer in people who have never smoked.
In West Virginia, in 28.5% of radon test results equal or exceed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level 4 pCi/L (picoCuries per liter of air), according to the Lung Association’s “State of Lung Cancer” report.
After high levels are detected, a radon professional should install a radon mitigation system, which is easy and relatively affordable. A typical mitigation system consists of a vent pipe, fan and properly sealing cracks and other openings. This system collets radon gas from underneath the foundation and vents it to the outside.
Testing for radon is the only way to know if the air in your home is safe. The good news is that it is easy to test. Do-it-yourself kits are simple to use and free in West Virginia.