Ticks thrive in Maine’s wooded and unmaintained areas, such as high grass and leaf debris. They are particularly established in southern and coastal parts of the state. This year is an especially high-risk season but there’s no need to be afraid as long as you’re being tick smart.
Prevent ticks from reaching your backyard:
Maintain your yard by mowing grass regularly and attending to leaves, shrubs, etc.
Wear long-sleeved and light-colored clothing
Use insect repellant with at least 20% Deet
Have your pets vaccinated or medicated against ticks
Have a professional spray a perimeter pesticide
MYTH: Ticks die every winter.
Check yourself every day for ticks that may have hitched a ride:
Have a partner/parent help to check areas you can’t easily see
Check between toes, hands, underarms, behind the knees, around and in ears and hair
Shower after being outside—this helps wash off any ticks
Don’t re-wear outdoor clothes; tumble dry on high to kill ticks trapped in clothing
MYTH: Every type of tick carries disease.
If you see a tick attached to your skin, remove it immediately. It takes 36 hours for bacteria to leave the tick and be injected into your body.
With tweezers: pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t jerk or twist—this may cause tick material to stay in your skin.
With a tick spoon: apply slight downward pressure to skin and push forward under the tick’s body.
Do not crush the tick with your fingers! Put in alcohol or flush it down the toilet.
Wash your hands immediately and soak tweezers in alcohol, if needed.
MYTH: You’ll know if you get a tick bite.
If you were recently bitten by a tick and removal was successful, it’s still important to check your skin. If you have a rash, headaches, fever and flu-like symptoms after a tick bite, call your primary care provider right away.
Flossing, brushing, and rinsing are done every day to keep mouths clean and breath fresh. But did you know the importance of wearing a mouthguard?
More than five million teeth are damaged every year, many during sports activities. Wearing a mouthguard prevents injury, reduces chances of concussion and protects teeth from cracking or breaking. They also protect the jaw muscles from injury or teeth clenching and grinding.
Typically, mouthguards are worn during contact sports, but it’s crucial to wear one during other recreational activities, too. These include: biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, martial arts, skiing and weight lifting—or if you feel any activity could lead to an injury to the mouth and teeth.
Your mouthguard needs to be cleaned just like any other piece of sports equipment or safety gear. Keeping your mouthguard clean will prevent bacteria, mold and yeast from entering your body and causing more complex health problems.
Rinse in water and brush with a toothbrush daily or after each use
Deep clean using antimicrobial tablets or homemade solutions every week
Store the mouthguard in a case that has air vents, and clean case weekly
Replace mouthguard when there are signs of aging/wear
Keeping your mouthguard clean and accessible will help reinforce the habit of wearing it and keep you free of injury.
For more information on the importance of oral health and regular check-ups, visit: https://dfdrussell.org/healthcare-services/oral-health-care/
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses which may be spread through open-mouth kissing, intimate skin-to-skin contact, and direct sexual contact. In fact, it’s the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. One way to ensure staying HPV-free is vaccination. It’s recommended and highly-effective to be administered to kids ages 11-13 before they’ve been exposed to the virus.
Did you know?
80% of Americans have had an HPV infection in their lifetime
79 million Americans currently infected
31,200 cases of cancer could be prevented by the HPV vaccine
While some high-risk types of the HPV virus can lead to certain cancers, including throat and cervical cancers, and low-risk types can cause genital warts, 90% of cases will clear on their own. This is largely in part to a healthy, functioning immune system!
Keep your immune system healthy:
Eat vegetables + fruit
*It is still suggested to be vaccinated since the vaccine doesn’t protect from all types of HPV.
If you have any questions about HPV or the vaccine, please call DFD today at 207-524-3501 to schedule an appointment.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting “Cooking Matters for Parents,” a nutrition education class funded by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. In this class, parents will learn how to cook new recipes, choose healthy foods, save money when grocery shopping, keep food safe to eat, and how to help their families to become more active. Children are welcome to attend with participating adults.
This program is federally-funded and intended to assist low-income families to meet nutritional requirements. It is free for income eligible adults and for those who are eligible for SNAP, WIC, or Head Start.
Interested in attending the Cooking Matters for Parents class? Check out the details below:
DATES: Mondays and Wednesdays
March 18, 20, 25, 27
April 1, 3, 8 & 10
TIME: 5:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Winthrop Middle School
COST: Free for income eligible adults
This class is a wonderful way to learn new skills with your family and adopt a healthier lifestyle together. To register for a spot in the class, email Debbie Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join DFD all month long in celebrating National Nutrition Month! A foundation of good nutrition habits is key in preventing disease, staying healthy, and living a longer life.
Did you know?
65% of Mainers are obese or overweight
By 2030, half of all Americans will be obese
80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes
Take your health into your own hands! A great place to start is to begin to introduce new foods, rather than restricting foods as “off limits.” Add in more berries at breakfast, nuts and seeds for snacking, and more vegetables on your dinner plate. Nutritious eating leads to more energy, which leads to more physical activity – both leading to a higher quality of life.
The Influenza virus infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can keep you in bed for weeks or even develop into a severe respiratory illness that requires hospitalization. Make sure you and your family stay flu-free this season.
Avoid the flu:
Get the flu shot.
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.
Avoid friends who are sick or have been sick in the last 5-7 days.
Wash your hands frequently.
Already have a cold or the flu? Take these steps to recover quickly:
Stay home, and get plenty of rest.
Drink plenty of fluids to keep your respiratory system hydrated.
Sit in a steamy bathroom or run a humidifier.
Treat aches and fever with medication like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Ask your doctor which one is right for you.
DFD is excited to support our communities and encourage others to walk, run or bike in support of The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in this year’s Dempsey Challenge.
When and Where does this happen?
The 2017 Dempsey Challenge takes place in Lewsiton-Auburn, Maine, September 29-30.
What does it benefit?
Proceeds from the challenge go to the Dempsey Center. The Dempsey Center offers a vibrant and compassionate environment where an interdisciplinary team of oncology professionals improves the healing experience for those impacted by cancer. Through customized programs The Dempsey Center provides support services that complement treatments, support caregivers, patients and their families equally Source: Demspeycenter.org
How to get involved:
Anyone can get involved and there is an event for everyone.
Bike – 10, 25, 70, or 100 miles
Two-day 140+ mile bike ride presented by L.L. Bean
Run or walk 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles)
Festival in the Park – Saturday 8 am – 1 pm, Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Music Festival at Festival in the Park
Kid’s Fun Run and Family Ride
You can show your love for team DFD by donating your loose change at one of our coin jars at the front desk at each DFD Health Center location or to one of our team members using this link: http://support.dempseychallenge.org/site/TR?company_id=3823&fr_id=1150&pg=company
To learn more about The Dempsey Challenge please visit:
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and DFD wants to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Vaccines help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases.
How does a vaccine work?
Vaccines are made from the same germs that cause disease, but the germs in the vaccines are either killed or weakened so they won’t make you sick. Once the vaccine is injected into your body, your immune system reacts to the vaccine by making antibodies. The antibodies destroy the vaccine germs, and then stay in your body, giving you immunity if you are ever exposed to the real disease. The antibodies are there to protect you!
Why are vaccines important?
Diseases like polio are becoming very rare in the U.S. because we have been vaccinating against them. However, vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles are still a threat and continue to infect U.S. children—resulting in hospitalizations and deaths each year. The spread of dangerous diseases happen when children who aren’t vaccinated spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems.
Check out these new videos from the National Vaccine Program Office and learn how vaccines can keep you and the people you love stay healthy.
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