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May 15:

Broomfield Partners on New Public Health Campaign That Takes on Mental Health Stigma


The "Let's Talk Colorado" Campaign Works to Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Health so that People Who Need Care Are More Likely to Access It

Broomfield, CO - Broomfield's Public Health and Environment Division is working with a coalition of partner organizations on a new public health campaign called "Let's Talk Colorado." The campaign spotlights the stigma around mental health so that the people who need this type of help are more likely to seek it.

"Mental health challenges are very common and are similar to physical health challenges," said Jason Vahling, Public Health Director. "When someone breaks their leg we don't expect them to 'just snap out of it' or think they somehow brought it on themselves. Like physical health conditions, mental health conditions need treatment and the people who confront them need our support."

Let's Talk Colorado launched earlier this month, Mental Health Month, and urges everyone to talk openly about mental health issues and to talk with people who are impacted by mental health. One in five people struggle with a mental health condition. In fact, people with mental health challenges like anxiety, depression or eating disorders are as common as silver cars.

Let's Talk Colorado includes a web site, LetsTalkCO.org, that consists of ideas on how to talk about mental health, a toolkit of resources including a video, mental health stigma presentation, fliers and a newsletter article. The materials, created after a series of focus groups, draw from an award-winning campaign from Minnesota called MakeItOK.org.

People who need immediate support due to a mental health crisis should contact, or have a family member or friend contact, Colorado Crisis Services at 1.844.493.TALK(8255). This agency has trained counselors who are available 24/7/365 to work with persons in crisis and the people supporting them.

Start having a conversation today by visiting LetsTalkCO.org and follow us on our B Healthy Broomfield Facebook page to learn more.

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Let's Talk Colorado Campaign Partners
9Health Fair, Aurora Mental Health Center, Boulder County Public Health, City and County of Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Centura/Denver South Group, Children's Hospital Colorado, Clinica Family Health, ClinicNet, Community Reach Center, Denver Public Health, Doctors Care, Douglas County Government, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Jefferson County Public Health, Mental Health Center of Denver, Metro Community Provider Network, SCL Health, Sheridan Health Services, Tri-County Health Department and West Pines Behavioral Health.

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May 10, 2017:  

Rabid skunk and bat found in Broomfield prompts warning

Broomfield, CO - On Tuesday, May 9, Broomfield Public Health and Environment confirmed two additional rabies cases in Broomfield. One case involved a rabid skunk, the other, a rabid bat. Broomfield residents called Animal Services when they noticed the wildlife appearing disoriented and active during the daytime. Normally, nocturnal wildlife such as skunks, foxes and bats are active at night.

"We are seeing a significant increase in skunk rabies throughout Colorado this year, and it is important for residents to stay away from wildlife," said Jason Vahling, Public Health Director. "If you see wildlife, including skunks, bats, raccoons, or coyotes, that look sick or are acting unusual, you should call Animal Services immediately."  

Broomfield's first case of rabies occurred in a skunk back in February. This year, there have been 37 animal rabies cases in Colorado, including 34 skunks along the Front Range. Broomfield Public Health and Environment suspects there will be additional cases in the area throughout the summer and want residents to take precautions.

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, and is nearly always fatal without treatment. Animals with rabies can show several symptoms, including: disorientation, staggering, excessive drooling, aggressive behavior, and losing their fear of humans. All humans, pets and wildlife are susceptible to rabies from a bite, scratch, or through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. If you believe that you or your pet has come in contact with a rabid animal, contact your doctor or veterinarian for prompt medical treatment.

To prevent exposure to rabies, please take the following precautions to protect you and your family:
  • Avoid contact with any wild animals, especially any that appear to be acting unusual. A healthy wild animal will generally avoid human contact.
  • Report any wild animal acting strangely to Broomfield Animal Services at 303.438.6400.
  • Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all pets and livestock.
  • Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision and on a leash during outside activities.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet or livestock is bitten or scratched by a wild animal.
  • Avoid leaving food or garbage outside as it often attracts stray animals and wildlife to your yard.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten or scratched by an animal, or had any contact with a wild animal, then contact Broomfield Public Health at 720.887.2220. Rabies post-exposure vaccinations may be needed immediately to prevent the development of rabies.
For more information about rabies, please visit broomfield.org/rabies or call COHELP, the statewide public health information line at 1.877.462.2911.

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May 4, 2017: 

Broomfield partners with Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) to launch Colorado’s inaugural FitKids360 program


Good Samaritan Medical Center (GSMC) and the City and County of Broomfield jointly announced today the launch of Colorado’s inaugural FitKids360 program, a community health collaboration promoting healthy lifestyles among children.

Kicking off Thursday, May 4, the free seven-week FitKids360 program provides youth, ages 7 to 15, and their parent(s) or guardian education about nutrition, behavior and exercise to help participants eat better, develop healthy habits and become more active.

GSMC and the City and County of Broomfield partnered with local physician practices, which provided referrals to children with a BMI (Body Mass Index) at or above the 85th percentile. A total of 18 youths will be participating alongside their parent(s) or guardian in the program.

Volunteer mentors will be paired with a child and their family to offer goal setting, healthy lifestyle ideas and encouragement throughout the program. A total of 12 mentors from GSMC, the SCL Health system office and Broomfield Health and Human Services have undergone training specific to goal-setting techniques, diet, nutrition and exercise.
 
“GSMC regularly conducts community health needs assessments, and ‘Exercise, Nutrition & Weight’ consistently falls among the top five greatest health needs of our surrounding communities,” said Sandy Douglass, Vice President of Mission and Community Relations, GSMC. “FitKids360 is a comprehensive and engaging program to help children and their families make long-term health goals and decisions that can last a lifetime.”

The City and County of Broomfield’s Public Health Director Jason Vahling said, “This is an exciting opportunity for our community to work together to promote healthy and active living for families in need at no cost to them. The focus of Broomfield’s Public Health Improvement Plan is to increase opportunities for healthier lifestyles for all of our residents.” 

FitKids360 was created in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has expanded to include the SCL Health FitKids360 program, which is made possible with the generous support of: Broomfield Health and Human Services, Broomfield Parks and Recreation, Dr. Thomas Peterson, Good Samaritan Medical Group, and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Physicians (SCLP).  

Contact the SCL Health FitKids360 site coordinator at 303-689-5437 or email FitKids@sclhs.net for more information. For more information about FitKids360, visit: healthnetwm.org/programs/fitkids360.

About SCL Health
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our $2.4 billion health network aspires to provide comprehensive, coordinated care through our 10 hospitals, more than 160 physician clinics, home health care, hospice, and other healthcare services in Colorado, Kansas and Montana. We proudly partner with other organizations to improve quality and the patient experience. SCL Health provides more than $208 million a year in community benefit. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealth.org.

About The City and County of Broomfield’s BHealthy Initiative. 

The City and County of Broomfield is committed to promoting and strengthening a healthy community through the Public Health Improvement Plan. Plan goals include: increasing community outreach and public awareness related to obesity prevention and improving nutrition and physical activity among Broomfield residents, among others.  Visit Broomfield.org/BHealthy for more information. 

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March 17, 2017: Plague activity found in Great Western Reservoir Open Space

On Friday, March 17, Broomfield Public Health and Environment reported plague activity near the Great Western Reservoir Open Space related to a prairie dog die off. This is the first incident of plague activity seen in Broomfield this season. The open space and nearby residential homes have been posted with signs listing precautionary measures to avoid exposure to fleas potentially infected with plague.

Plague occurs naturally in Colorado and is an infectious bacterial disease spread by fleas when they bite wild rodents and other small mammals such as squirrels, rats, prairie dogs and rabbits. Plague can also spread to humans when an infected flea bites a human. As this is the first plague activity found this season in Broomfield County, public health officials want to remind residents to protect themselves and their pets against plague.

"Plague is commonly transmitted from infected fleas and the public should take precautions to reduce the risk of exposure," says Jason Vahling, public health director. "It is important to avoid touching any sick or dead animals and taking safety measures to protect your family and pets."

Plague is easily treated in humans with antibiotics when recognized early. Typically one to six days after being infected with plague, people will become ill with the following symptoms: sudden onset of high fever, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, and painful swollen lymph nodes. If you observe these symptoms in a person or pet, it is important to contact your health care provider or veterinarian immediately.

Public health officials recommend the following precautions to reduce the likelihood of being exposed to plague:
  • Avoid contact with any sick or dead wild animals.
  • Use insect repellant that contains DEET to prevent flea bites.
  • Tuck pant cuffs into socks to prevent flea bites.
  • Protect your pets by using preventive flea treatments.
  • Keep your dogs under direct supervision and on a leash when outside.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet becomes ill.
  • Prevent rodent infestations around your house by clearing away debris and trash.
  • Seek medical attention if you become ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Report any unusual wild animal activity to Broomfield Animal Services at 303.438.6400.
For more information about plague, please visit broomfield.org/plague or call COHELP, the statewide public health information line at 1.877.462.2911.
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February 28, 2017:

Skunk found in Broomfield tests positive for rabies


On Monday, February 27, a skunk tested positive for rabies at the Lac Amora Park area in Broomfield. A resident alerted Broomfield Animal Control after noticing a skunk roaming around during the day. This is first skunk ever to test positive for rabies in Broomfield. In 2016, 25 skunks tested positive throughout Colorado.

"Rabies, particularly in skunks, foxes, raccoons, and coyotes increases the risk of rabies exposure to pets and humans," said Jason Vahling, public health director. "If you see wildlife that looks sick or is acting unusual, you should call animal control immediately."

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, and is nearly always fatal without treatment. Animals with rabies can show several symptoms, including: disorientation, staggering, excessive drooling, aggressive behavior, and losing their fear of humans. The classic sign that they demonstrate is to show unusual behavior; for example, skunks that are usually only seen at night may be seen in the daytime. All humans, pets and wildlife are susceptible to rabies from a bite, scratch, or through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. If you believe that you or your pet comes in contact with a rabid animal, contact your doctor or veterinarian for prompt medical treatment.

In addition to ensuring pets are vaccinated against rabies, here are additional steps you can take to protect you and your family:
  • Visit your veterinarian on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, dogs, horses, and livestock.
  • Avoid contact with any wild animals, especially any that appear to be acting unusual. A healthy wild animal will generally avoid human contact.
  • Report immediately any wild animal acting strangely to Broomfield Animal Control at 303.438.6400.
  • Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision and on a leash when engaging in outside activities.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your dog, cat, or ferret is bitten or scratched by a wild animal.
  • Observe wild animals from a distance. Never feed or handle stray, wild, or unfamiliar animals even if they appear friendly.
  • Avoid leaving food or garbage outside as it often attracts stray dogs, cats, and wildlife to your yard.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten or scratched by an animal, or had any contact with a wild animal, then contact Broomfield Public Health at 720.887.2220. Rabies post-exposure vaccinations may be needed immediately to prevent the development of rabies.
For more information about rabies, please visit broomfield.org/rabies or call COHELP, the statewide public health information line at 1.877.462.2911. 
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January 12, 2017:

1 Juice Drink Has the Same Amount of Sugar as 8-10 Cookies 


Learn more at Hidden-Sugar.org

Many parents and caregivers are not aware of the hidden sugar in the beverages that they give to their children. That's why the Healthy Beverage Partnership is promoting a new campaign aimed at educating parents and caregivers about the harmful effects of sugar and informing them of the high sugar content in many of the beverages they may be giving to their kids. 

Just one 20-ounce juice drink or one fruit punch beverage, or one soda can contain as much sugar as 8-10 chocolate chip cookies or three large donuts. By drinking just one sugary drink a day, a child has 25% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, 55% greater risk of being overweight or obese, and 150% greater risk of developing fat deposits in their liver, contributing to diabetes and heart disease. This is particularly alarming considering that one in five Colorado children has at least one sugary drink per day.

"We are coming together as a community to let people know how much sugar is in some of the beverages we drink, and offer suggestions to parents on how to choose healthier drinks for their kids," said Jason Vahling, public health director. 

Through simple graphics, the Hidden Sugar campaign compares the sugar levels of sugary drinks like juice drinks, sports drinks, and soda to the sugar levels found in sugary foods and desserts, such as cookies, donuts, popsicles, and more. The campaign also promotes healthier options including tap or fruit infused water. 

Details about the Hidden Sugar campaign can be found at Hidden-Sugar.org. Everyone, but especially those who make beverage decisions for children, is encouraged to visit the site, learn more about the alarming amounts of sugar hidden in juices, sports drinks, sodas and punches, and take a pledge to do without sugar-laden beverages.


About the Healthy Beverage Partnership
The Healthy Beverage Partnership is made up of six lead agencies, Boulder County Public Health, City and County of Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Health, Jefferson County Public Health and Tri-County Health Department. Each county is facilitating local coalitions to engage everyone in this effort to improve dietary habits, shift norms and build healthier communities together. 

In July 2015, a grant received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided funds to local health departments to work on decreasing sugary beverage consumption. The grant has three components that are supported by regional and local coalitions: 1) conducting baseline assessments of food and beverage environments and policies in community institutions and settings, 2) providing technical assistance to community institutions to adopt healthy food and beverage policies, and 3) implementing an educational and public information campaign.


December 9, 2016:

Broomfield WIC program introduces a new electronic benefit card


Across Colorado, Women, Infants, and Children Programs (WIC) are rolling out new debit-style cards called eWIC.

The WIC Program is a federally supported supplemental food program for pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum moms and for kids from birth to age 5. The WIC program provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other resources in the community.

About 500 families are served each month by Broomfield's WIC Program and will be transitioning from paper-based benefit "checks" to eWIC. The eWIC card allows WIC participants to purchase as many or as few WIC foods as they need each time they shop, making WIC purchases easier. This convenience was not possible when WIC provided vouchers or "checks" which required all food benefits on a voucher to be purchased at one time. Other benefits include:
  • Faster and easier grocery store trips
  • Less time at checkout - store cashiers no longer need to identify whether or not specific foods are WIC eligible
  • Fewer appointments at the WIC clinic
  • More ways to track WIC food balances, including checking the most recent cash register receipt
"Broomfield Public Health is excited to offer this new and streamlined way for WIC families to buy healthy and nutritious foods," said Jason Vahling, director of Broomfield Public Health and Environment. "eWIC is a breakthrough in shopping convenience for our WIC families.

WIC is the nation's premier public health program, improving the health, growth and development of children by providing important nutrition and food benefits. One in two babies nationwide are eligible for WIC.

To sign up or learn more about WIC, call 720.8872225 or visit broomfield.org/wic
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  November 21, 2016:

Share Your Thoughts! Take Broomfield's Walk and Bike Survey


Girl riding her bike in Broomfield
The City and County of Broomfield is working to identify a bicycle and pedestrian network that integrates Broomfield's excellent trail system with on-street bike facilities and sidewalks to create a seamless walking and biking environment.

Tell us what you think by providing comments on the online survey and on the study area map. broomfield.org/walkbikebroomfield

Share the survey with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Thank you for your help and input!


November 17, 2016:

Today is the Great American Smokeout event


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You'd like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but, well, you just need to pick a day.

How about today, Thursday, November 17, 2016?

That's the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout®. You can join millions of Americans and start living tobacco free. Research shows that if you pick a quit day that's within the next 30 days and stick to it, you'll be more likely to succeed in quitting.

Here are some ways to prepare for your quit day:
  1. Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  2. Tell friends and family about your quit day.
  3. Visit cancer.org/smokeout and download the Craving Stopper desktop helper.
  4. The Craving Stopper will give you encouragement and tips for 30 days to help you succeed in quitting. You can even play a quick game (like Zombie Smokeout) to distract yourself!
  5. Check out the This Is Quitting app.
  6. Think back to your other attempts to quit. What worked for you and what didn't?
  7. Call the Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) for free telephone coaching and free patches or gum when you enroll.
There is no one right way to quit and it takes a strong commitment over a long period of time. People may wish there was a "magic bullet", but, unfortunately, there's nothing like that on the market. Quit smoking medications can help reduce withdrawal symptoms, but they are most effective when used as part of a plan that addresses the multiple aspects of quitting tobacco.

Quitting isn't easy, but you can do it!
For more information, please visit Broomfield.org/Quit.

November 7, 2016:

Hepatitis A associated with recalled frozen strawberries


Information from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other states are investigating a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A. Evidence indicates frozen strawberries imported from Egypt are the likely source of this outbreak. The recall affects all frozen strawberries and frozen strawberry products imported into the United States by the International Company for Agricultural Production & Processing (ICAPP) since Jan. 1, 2016. The products were NOT offered for sale in retail stores such as groceries or warehouses.

Patrons of some Colorado establishments who recently consumed the recalled frozen strawberry products may have been exposed to hepatitis A. People should contact their health care provider to discuss preventive medication if they ate these products within the past 14 days. A list of establishments known to have served the product during the past 14 days is available on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment web page. The list may expand and will be updated if new establishments are identified.

There currently are no known Colorado cases associated with this outbreak; however, some people in Colorado may have been served food and drinks containing these products and may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection that results from exposure to the hepatitis A virus. Illness from hepatitis A generally begins around 28 days after exposure (a range of 15-50 days) and symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine and clay-colored stool. Hepatitis A can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. In rare cases, the infection can lead to liver failure, particularly in individuals who have a pre-existing liver disease or weakened immune systems.

The best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated. Vaccination for hepatitis A can prevent infection if given before exposure or within 14 days after exposure. If you have consumed products from an establishment known to have served the affected strawberry products, contact your health care provider to discuss your options. Certain pharmacies also may offer hepatitis A vaccine. Visit vaccinefinder.org for locations near you. If you have been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you do not need to be vaccinated again, even if you ate the affected strawberries.

Prevention strategies are not effective after 14 days. People who think they ate the frozen strawberry products more than 14 days ago do not need to seek preventive treatment but should be aware of hepatitis A symptoms and contact their health care provider if they are sick.

For more information, Coloradans may contact COHelp at 877-462-2911 or 303-389-1687. COHelp is available 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

For more information about this outbreak, please see the CDC website.


August 17, 2016:

First human case of West Nile virus in Broomfield County


Broomfield County, Colorado - The City and County of Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division has received notice of its first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2016. After showing symptoms, the Broomfield resident was tested for the virus but was not hospitalized.

West Nile virus is primarily a disease of birds, spread by infected mosquitoes to people; it is not transferred from person to person. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. However, those that do develop symptoms will typically have fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and/or muscle and joint pain. Symptoms begin between 2 to 14 days after being bitten. People with milder symptoms typically recover on their own, although some symptoms may last for several weeks. A small number of people (less than 1%) may develop serious neurologic illnesses. People over 60 years of age and with certain medical conditions are at greater risk for serious illness. For more information on symptoms and those at higher risk, visit broomfield.org/westnile.

As of August 12, 2016, there are 17 reported human cases of WNV in Colorado, which include the surrounding counties of Adams, Boulder, and Weld counties. Last year, Broomfield had one human case of WNV and there were a total of 108 cases in Colorado. West Nile virus infections typically occur from June through September. "Residents are encouraged to take appropriate precautions from mosquito bites, especially those who are at higher risk" said Broomfield Public Health Director, Jason Vahling.

Public Health officials recommend following the Four D's to prevent mosquito bites:
  1. Drain standing water around the house since that's where mosquitoes breed. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, and toys where puddles can occur.
  2. Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  4. Dress in long sleeves and pants to keep mosquitos from biting.

For more information about WNV, visit broomfield.org/westnile or call Broomfield Public Health and Environment at 720-887-2220.

June 27, 2016:

Broomfield resident tests positive for tularemia


A Broomfield resident has tested positive for tularemia. Tularemia is a disease of animals and humans caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Although tularemia is a potentially serious disease, it is treatable with common antibiotics. The Broomfield resident has been treated after being evaluated by a health care provider and is recovering.

Tularemia is not known to be spread from person to person. People become infected with tularemia by: breathing in the bacteria; contact with contaminated soil; handling infected animal carcasses; being bitten by an infected tick, deerfly or other insect; or by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

"In recent years, there has been a significant increase in cases believed to be the result of exposure to bacteria contaminated soil," said Jason Vahling, Broomfield County public health director. "People should take precautions when gardening or landscaping because when a person mows, blows leaves, or turns up the soil, the bacteria can be aerosolized and inhaled," said Vahling.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this is the third reported human case of tularemia in Colorado this year, and a fourth is under investigation. In 2015, 52 cases of human tularemia were reported in Colorado, more than 10 times the typical number of 0-4 cases reported annually from 1954-2013.

Depending on the exposure, symptoms may include: abrupt onset of fever, skin ulcers, swollen and painful lymph glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat, mouth sores, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Patients can also have chills, headache, muscle aches, cough, or difficulty breathing. Symptoms usually appear 3 to 5 days after exposure to the bacteria, but can take as long as 14 days.

Public health officials recommend the following precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to tularemia:
  • Wear shoes and gloves when gardening or working outside. Always wash hands after outdoor activities.
  • Avoid mowing over animal carcasses, and consider using a dust mask when mowing or doing landscape work if you have seen rabbits or rodents in your yard.
  • Never touch sick or dead animals with your bare hands. If the animal must be moved, place it in a garbage bag using a long-handled shovel, and place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Avoid all contact with wild animals such as squirrels and rabbits; do not feed or handle them. Prevent your pets from eating wildlife.
  • Wear an insect repellent effective against ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes. Please visit Broomfield Public Health's tularemia web page for more information.
  • See a health care provider if you become ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Contact a veterinarian if your pet becomes ill.

For more information about tularemia, visit www.cdc.gov/tularemia. To report an animal die-off (e.g. three or more animals found in one area) in the City and County of Broomfield, call 720-887-2220.

May 16, 2016:

Precautions to prevent rabies


SkunkRabies has been found in skunks in neighboring counties, including Arvada and Aurora. In Broomfield, there have been no cases of rabies in animals; however, nine animals (eight skunks and one raccoon) have been confirmed to have rabies in Colorado. Of the animals tested in 2015, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported more than 90% were in wild animals, mostly bats, skunks, and raccoons.

"With rabies in the area, this is an excellent time to take steps that can help prevent and control exposure and review precautions on how to avoid wildlife that typically transmit rabies: skunks, bats, raccoons, coyotes, and foxes," said Jason Vahling, public health director.

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, and is nearly always fatal. Wildlife suffering from rabies will often be out during the day, act aggressively, and violently approach people or pets. Rabid wildlife might also stumble or have trouble walking. People or animals can get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal or from a rabid animal's saliva if it comes in contact with their eyes, nose, mouth or open wounds. Immediate medical treatment is required after exposure to an infected animal.

"Residents are encouraged to vaccinate domestic pets, horses, and livestock against rabies and to be sure all vaccinations are kept up-to-date," said Vahling.

Whether you are a pet-owner, a parent, an outdoor adventurer or a backyard explorer, there are steps you can take to keep yourself and your family free from rabies throughout the year.

  • Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, dogs, horses, and livestock.
  • Avoid contact with any wild animals, especially any that act unusually. A healthy wild animal will generally avoid human contact.
  • Maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision.
  • Observe wild animals from a distance. Never feed or handle unfamiliar animals or wildlife even if they appear friendly.
  • Avoid leaving food or garbage outside as it often attracts stray dogs, cats, and wildlife to your yard.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your dog or cat is bitten or scratched by a wild animal.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you are bitten by an animal. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Report any wild animal acting strangely to animal control at 303-438-6400.

Call Broomfield Animal Control, 303-438-6400, to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may be unvaccinated or ill. For more information about rabies, please visit http://goo.gl/lKaq45.

May 2, 2016:

Take precautions to avoid hantavirus


State health officials warned Coloradans to avoid hantavirus exposure. There have been two confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state this year, one of which resulted in death.

Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice. People become infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has documented more than 90 cases of hantavirus across the state since it began tracking the disease in 1993. Approximately 40 percent of people who were infected died.

Coloradans are most likely to get hantavirus when they are exposed to deer mouse urine and feces in and around their homes. Unlike house mice, deer mice have large ears and eyes and white undersides. More people contract hantavirus in the early spring and summer, often when they are cleaning up yards and outbuildings.

"Be particularly careful where there is evidence mice have been in and around buildings or wood or junk piles," said Dr. Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. "If you have deer mice around your home,weset assume there is some risk of exposure to this virus. The more mice there are, the greater the risk." House advises:
  • Remove wood, junk and brush piles near your home. Store firewood at least 100 feet from your house. Keep vegetation around the house well-trimmed.
  • Open windows and doors for at least 30 minutes before cleaning sheds and outbuildings.
  • Spray accumulated dust, dirt and rodent droppings with a mixture of bleach and water (1½ cups of household bleach to one gallon of water).
  • Wear rubber, latex or vinyl gloves when cleaning.
  • Never vacuum or sweep areas where there is evidence of rodent infestation.
  • Initial hantavirus symptoms include fever, body aches, headache and vomiting. The symptoms begin from one to six weeks after exposure and can progress quickly to respiratory distress within one to five days. Infected people may have a dry cough and difficulty breathing.

"If you become ill with these symptoms, tell your physician about possible exposures to rodent-infested environments," House said. "If hantavirus is suspected, early admission to a hospital for careful monitoring is critical."

Because there is no effective treatment for the disease, House emphasized prevention as the key. She advised year-round rodent control, both in and outside the home.

Learn more at www.colorado.gov/cdphe/cdphenews.

April 21, 2016:

B Healthy Broomfield Wellness Walk



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April 4, 2016: Like us on B Healthy Broomfield Facebook!

Today is the start of
National Public Health Week, April 4-10!
The goal is to create the healthiest generation by 2030.

As part of National Public Health Week,
we encourage Broomfield to make one small change
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March 17, 2016: Broomfield Named 2nd Healthiest County in Colorado
Broomfield, CO - The 2016 County Health Rankings released this week, show that Broomfield ranks second among the counties in Colorado when it comes to overall health outcomes. According to the report, Broomfield also ranks third for health behaviors, such as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. The data comes from the seventh annual County Health Rankings, published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The report ranks both health outcomes and 30 health factors to highlight the wide array of issues that influence health in local communities.

One Small Change Every Day"This is great news for Broomfield," said Jason Vahling, Public Health Director, "as each year we continue to be one of the healthiest counties in Colorado. We have extraordinary community wide efforts aimed at improving health in Broomfield."
Broomfield continues to be a leader in bringing together all sectors of the community, including government, business, community and faith-based groups, and schools, to improve the health of Broomfield residents.

"We are excited to continue our progress to reach our goal in becoming the state's healthiest county," said Vahling. Broomfield has already taken strides to reach this goal by focusing efforts on promoting healthy eating and active living through the B Healthy Broomfield initiative. This initiative supports the public health improvement plan that addresses obesity prevention.

Visit Broomfield.org/BHealthy for a variety of community events and programs for everyone to
B Healthy.



May 2, 2016 - Take precautions to avoid hantavirus

State health officials warned Coloradans to avoid hantavirus exposure. There have been two confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state this year, one of which resulted in death.

Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice. People become infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has documented more than 90 cases of hantavirus across the state since it began tracking the disease in 1993. Approximately 40 percent of people who were infected died.

Coloradans are most likely to get hantavirus when they are exposed to deer mouse urine and feces in and around their homes. Unlike house mice, deer mice have large ears and eyes and white undersides. More people contract hantavirus in the early spring and summer, often when they are cleaning up yards and outbuildings.

"Be particularly careful where there is evidence mice have been in and around buildings or wood or junk piles," said Dr. Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian. "If you have deer mice around your home, assume there is some risk of exposure to this virus. The more mice there are, the greater the risk." House advises:
  • Remove wood, junk and brush piles near your home. Store firewood at least 100 feet from your house. Keep vegetation around the house well-trimmed.
  • Open windows and doors for at least 30 minutes before cleaning sheds and outbuildings.
  • Spray accumulated dust, dirt and rodent droppings with a mixture of bleach and water (1½ cups of household bleach to one gallon of water).
  • Wear rubber, latex or vinyl gloves when cleaning.
  • Never vacuum or sweep areas where there is evidence of rodent infestation.
  • Initial hantavirus symptoms include fever, body aches, headache, and vomiting. The symptoms begin from one to six weeks after exposure and can progress quickly to respiratory distress within one to five days. Infected people may have a dry cough and difficulty breathing.

"If you become ill with these symptoms, tell your physician about possible exposures to rodent-infested environments," House said. "If hantavirus is suspected, early admission to a hospital for careful monitoring is critical."

Because there is no effective treatment for the disease, House emphasized prevention as the key. She advised year-round rodent control, both in and outside the home.

Read more by visiting the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at colorado.gov/cdphe/cdphenews.





February 12, 2016 - Cancer Support Group
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January 11, 2016: Make 2016 your year to quit smoking.
Every January, people all over the world make New Year's resolutions. If you're one of the nearly 7 in 10 smokers who want to quit, why not make a resolution to set a quit date?

Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier. You can start 2016 as a healthier you by making a quit plan, using free resources, and finding a quit smoking medication that's right for you.

Call 800-784-8669 or visit broomfield.org/quit to get FREE help with quitting.
The Day I Quit, I'll Do More


December 30, 2015: Food Safety Forum
Networking Meeting for Broomfield's Retail Food Program

Join us to discuss our food program, resources for operators,
updates, and to meet our food program staff.

This event will help create a collaborative forum,
which is open to food service operators, consumers,
and food program staff.

Health and Human Services
6 Garden Center
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Snacks will be provided.

RSVP: Dan Collins at 720-887-2212 or dcollins@broomfield.org
Meeting


November 25, 2015: 10 Ways to B Healthy in Broomfield


It's the start of the winter holiday season and a great time to start some healthy holiday traditions! There are plenty of fun ways to keep yourself and the kids active during the holidays. Simply going for a brisk walk after the holiday meal, playing in the snow, or joining the free workout on Thanksgiving morning will get you up and moving enough to burn calories. Any activity counts as long as it gets your heart beating fast for at least 10 minutes every day.

Watch the top 10 ways to B Healthy in Broomfield video for some fun ideas to be active in Broomfield.


As important as being active is, so is spending time with your family and friends. Try to squeeze in some fun physical activities, but make sure you enjoy every moment of the holiday season, too.

What fun holiday activities do you plan on doing? Show us your one small change to play every day by using #BHealthyBroomfield or share it via email.





November 18, 2015: Great American Smokeout
Great American Smokeout, November 19
Are you planning to quit tobacco? Research shows that if you pick a quit day that's within the next 30 days and stick to it, you'll be more likely to succeed in quitting. Why not pick the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® event on Thursday, November 19?

Here are some ways to prepare for your quit day:
  • Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell friends and family about your quit day.
  • Visit cancer.org/smokeout and download the Quit Clock desktop helper. The Quit Clock lets you plug your quit day into your computer, and then counts down to the selected day. Each morning, a new tip comes up to help you prepare to stop using tobacco.
  • Call the Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) for free telephone coaching and free patches or gum when you enroll.
  • Visit Become an EX and use the free online quit smoking program from the Truth Initiative.

Think back to your other attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what didn't work for you. There is no one right way to quit. Quitting tobacco is a lot like losing weight - it takes a strong commitment over a long period of time.

Tobacco users may wish there was a magic bullet - a pill or method that would make quitting painless and easy, but, unfortunately, there's nothing like that on the market.

Quit smoking medications can help reduce withdrawal symptoms, but they are most effective when used as part of a plan that addresses both the physical and psychological components of quitting tobacco.
Quitting isn't easy, but you can do it!

Quit like a champion™.





September 4, 2015: B Healthy Broomfield launched new "One Small Change" video
A new video was released today that supports the B Healthy Broomfield One Small Change campaign promoting a healthy and active community. Regular physical activity can lead to better health. One Small Change focuses on simple ways to add physical activity into normal daily routines. Some small changes include taking the stairs instead of the elevator or taking a walk with family instead of watching TV. To meet the guidelines for physical activity, any activity counts as long as it gets your heart beating fast for at least 10 minutes every day.

Watch the B Healthy Broomfield - One Small Change to a Healthier You - video for tips and ideas!


"B Healthy Broomfield encourages residents to do what they want to do - to make physical activity a part of their lives," says Jason Vahling, Broomfield public health director. Physical activity that you enjoy will help you get fit and B Healthy! Show us your one small change by using #BHealthyBroomfield or emailing YourBroomfield@broomfield.org.


September 2, 2015: First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Broomfield County
Broomfield County, Colorado - The City and County of Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division has received notice of its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2015. A Broomfield resident sought medical treatment for meningitis at a local hospital after becoming infected with the virus.

West Nile virus is primarily a disease of birds, spread by infected mosquitoes to people, but it is not transferred from person to person. The symptoms of the illness typically develop between 2 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. When WNV symptoms are present, they include fever and flu-like illness. Those with the mild symptoms typically recover completely. However, most people who are infected with WNV will have no symptoms. A small number of people (less than one percent) will develop serious neurologic illnesses, such as meningitis or encephalitis, as a result of being infected with WNV.

As of August 28, 2015, Colorado has reported 33 human cases of WNV. Last year, Broomfield reported one human case of WNV and there were a total of 118 cases in Colorado. West Nile virus typically occurs in June through September when the days are longer and warmer. "Heading into this holiday weekend, there are simple precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito-related diseases," said Jason Vahling, Broomfield's public health director.

The best protection against mosquito bites is to follow the Four D's:
  1. Drain standing water around the house weekly since that's where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur.
  2. Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  4. Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

For more information about WNV or steps people can take to protect themselves, visit www.cdc.gov/westnile and Fight the Bite or call Broomfield Public Health and Environment at 720-887-2217.


August 7, 2015: School Starts Soon - Is Your Child Fully Vaccinated?


Kids walking to schoolBack-to-school season is here. It's time for parents to gather school supplies and backpacks. It's also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up-to-date on their vaccines.

Specific immunizations are required for children entering child care, preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade and for children in other grades enrolling in a Colorado school for the first time. Full-time college students in Colorado also are required to have immunizations. It's especially important for this age group to be immunized for protection from meningitis. Use this list of required immunizations to check if your child is up-to-date.

Broomfield Public Health wants to remind parents being up-to-date with vaccinations is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children's health - and that of classmates and the community.

For families with children 18 or younger and without insurance, on Medicaid or those whose insurance does not cover vaccines, Broomfield's Immunization Clinic is offering a Back to School event on:
  • Friday, August 14
  • Tuesday, August 18
  • Wednesday, August 19

The event will be held on these days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Health and Human Services office located at 6 Garden Center. Pre-registration is required.

Call Broomfield Public Health to make an appointment at 720-887-2220.


June 19, 2015: Tips to Avoid Tularemia
RabbitsTularemia is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. Tularemia is usually a disease that occurs in wildlife such as rabbits and rodents, and it can be present in the environment in soil and water for weeks to months. Since 2014, Colorado has had 21 human tularemia cases. Most people with tularemia got it from soil and vegetation exposures, such as during gardening and landscaping activities. The disease can also be transmitted by contact with an infected animal or from an insect that fed on an infected animal. The bacteria may cause pneumonia when it is inhaled, for example from mowing over an infected carcass. Ticks, biting flies, and mosquitoes have been shown to transmit tularemia between animals and humans. Tularemia is not known to be spread from person to person.

According to Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division, there have been no cases of tularemia in Broomfield and five reported human cases in Colorado so far this year. All five of these cases were exposed to the bacterium through landscaping and gardening activities. Last year, Broomfield had one human tularemia case who was exposed to the bacterium in soil and vegetation in a back yard. Tularemia is a rare disease and can be difficult to diagnose. For this reason, it is important to share with your health care provider any likely exposures, such as gardening and landscaping activities, contact with sick or dead wildlife such as rodents and rabbits, or tick and deer fly bites.

Symptoms of tularemia usually appear 3 to 5 days after exposure to the bacteria, but can take as long as 14 days. Symptoms include fever, skin ulcers, swollen and painful lymph glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat, mouth sores, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Symptoms can also include chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, and respiratory failure. Tularemia is treatable with antibiotics such as doxycycline. See your healthcare provider if you are ill with these symptoms and have any of the exposures listed above.

Steps to prevent tularemia include:


  • Consider wearing gloves and/or a dust mask during gardening and landscaping activities.
  • Never touch sick or dead animals with your bare hands.
  • If the animal must be moved, wear gloves, place it in a garbage bag using a longhandled shovel, and place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Avoid areas where wild rodents live.
  • Avoid mowing over dead animals.
  • See a health care provider if you become ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Use insect repellents containing 20% to 30% DEET, picaridin or IR3535.
  • Contact a veterinarian if you see any change in the behavior of your pets (especially rodents, rabbits, and hares) or livestock.

To report an animal die-off (e.g. three or more animals found in one area) in Broomfield County, call 720-887-2237.


June 11, 2015: With Warmer Weather, Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

Map spraying insect repellent West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted to people and animals by bites from infected mosquitoes. Only certain mosquitoes carry WNV and very few mosquitoes actually are infected. In Colorado, WNV is transmitted to people by a species called Culextarsalis. This is a medium-sized mosquito that feeds in the few hours around dawn and dusk. During the day they rest in shady, secluded areas, such as under porches, roof overhangs, tall grass, shrubs, and storm sewers. They breed in almost any source of standing water.

As of today, there are no reports of WNV in Broomfield, according to Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division. Last year, Broomfield reported one human case of WNV and there were 118 cases in Colorado.

WNV concern typically occurs in June and July when it's the days are longer and warmer. Broomfield Public Health and Environment says that when dealing with WNV, prevention is your best bet and to follow the Four D's:

  1. Drain standing water around the house weekly since that's where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur.
  2. Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  4. Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Most people who are infected with WNV do not become ill and have no symptoms. For persons who do become ill, the time between the mosquito bite and the onset of symptoms ranges from 5-15 days.

Broomfield's Environmental Services Division contracts their mosquito control program to Colorado Mosquito Control, Inc (CMC). CMC regularly monitors mosquito populations and WNV activity to determine if, when, and where interventions are needed. The treatment provided by CMC lowers the mosquito population numbers, which reduces the risk of human disease. CMC provides a mosquito hotline at 303-428-5908 for residents to report nuisance mosquitoes.

For more information about WNV, visit www.cdc.gov/westnile and Fight the Bite or call Broomfield Public Health and Environment at 720-887-2237.

June 4, 2015:

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ne small change! Keep healthy with 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

The warmer weather is here and kids are on summer break! Take advantage of this great opportunity to get outdoors and be active. Make one small change by adding activity to your everyday life, like walking or cycling instead of using the car. Find more fun activities and ways to be active this summer by:

How long should I be active every day?


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  • Adults need 150 minutes of heart-pumping activity per week. Even short, 10-minutes bouts of physical activity will keep you fit.

  • Children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to hard physical activity every day. Moderate physical activity is when your heart beats faster than normal and you are breathing harder.
Whatever your age, being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. The more you do the better! For tips on building physical activity into your day, read Get Active.


June 3, 2015: E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year


Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Tobacco Products.

For the first time since the National Youth Tobacco Survey started collecting e-cigarette data, e-cigarette use has surpassed the current use of every other tobacco product overall, including conventional cigarettes.

E-cigarette
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery- operated products designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals to the user in an aerosol. E-cigarette aerosol is not harmless water vapor, it can contain nicotine and other toxins. Most e-cigarettes look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like everyday items such as pens and USB memory sticks. In Colorado, it is illegal to sell an e-cigarette or any other tobacco product to anyone under the age of 18.

Products come in over 7,000 flavors, including food and candy flavors, like chocolate, strawberry, mint, and piña colada. To learn more about the data and e-cigarettes, go to the CDC.

To get a head start on prevention, visit BeTobaccoFree.gov or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's new site, TobaccoIsNasty.com.


April 21, 2015: Blue Bell Creameries Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include All of its Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal nfections 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 headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For detailed information pertaining to this Recalls, please visit the FDA Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts message.


April 10, 2015: Take precautions to avoid hantavirus
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State health officials today warned Coloradans to avoid hantavirus exposure while cleaning cabins or other buildings that were closed up for winter. Hantavirus is a serious and potentially fatal respiratory disease carried by deer mice. When cleaning out rodent-infested structures, people can breathe in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces and become infected. There have been two confirmed cases of hantavirus in the state this year, both were fatalities.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has documented more than 90 cases of hantavirus since it began tracking the disease in 1993. Approximately 40 percent of individuals with the disease have died from it. Most Colorado hantavirus cases happen when people are exposed to deer mouse urine and feces in and around their residences. Unlike house mice, deer mice have large ears and eyes and white undersides of their body and tail.

“Be particularly careful where there is evidence that mice have been in and around buildings or wood or junk piles,” said Dr. Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian at the department. “An increase in the number of mice around a home often precedes a person getting the disease.

Ample vegetation for rodents to eat can attract deer mice and other rodent populations. An increase in rodents can result in increased exposure to diseases rodents carry. Early spring and summer are when most human cases occur but some people have been infected at other times of the year. People need to take precautions to prevent exposure to hantavirus before they begin cleaning structures that have evidence of rodent activity.

Dr. House advised Coloradans to ventilate structures before cleaning and spray any accumulation of dust, dirt and mouse droppings with a mixture of bleach and water.

“Never vacuum or sweep an area where a rodent infestation has been,” she emphasized. “If you have deer mice around your home, assume there is some risk of exposure to this virus. The more mice, the greater the risk. Some people have been infected by handling a single mouse.”

Precautions
  • Rodent-proof buildings by plugging holes or other mouse entryways. Conduct year-round rodent control, or hire a professional exterminator.
  • Keep indoor areas clean, especially kitchens. Dispose of garbage in sealed containers.
  • Store food in rodent-proof containers, including food for pets, livestock and birds.
  • Remove rodent hiding places near your home, such as wood, junk and brush piles. Store firewood at least 100 feet from your house. Keep vegetation around the house well-trimmed.

Hantavirus symptoms
Hantavirus normally begins with fever, body aches, headache and vomiting. The symptoms begin from one to six weeks after exposure.

At first there are no respiratory symptoms. However, the illness can progress quickly to respiratory distress within one to five days. People may have a dry cough and difficulty breathing caused by their lungs filling with fluid.

Because no effective treatment exists for the disease, Dr. House emphasized prevention as the key.

“When hantavirus infection is suspected, early admission to a hospital for careful monitoring is critical. Treatment of symptoms and supportive therapy can be provided in the hospital,” Dr. House said. “If you become ill with these symptoms, it is important to tell your physician about possible exposures to deer mice or rodent-infested environments.”

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April 8, 2015: National Public Health Week


April 6-12 is National Public Health Week. National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our community.

To celebrate National Public Health Week and kick off the B-Healthy Broomfield summer of events, the Public Health and Environment Division is hosting the B-Healthy Broomfield Wellness Walk. This walk promotes the Broomfield Public Health Improvement Plan priority of obesity prevention and encourages all residents to engage in physical activity.


Join City Council
for the B-Healthy Broomfield Wellness Walk

Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m.

"Find Your Fit" and enter to win a FREE Fitbit

Starting Location:
Community Pond, north of the library

Show your support for public health and join the movement to
make Broomfield the healthiest county in Colorado!
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March 2, 2015: Kids Across America Will 'Kick Butts' Today

Kick Butts Day logo Kids across America will take center stage to stand up against tobacco today to celebrate the 20th Kick Butts Day! This is an annual celebration of youth leadership and activism in standing up against tobacco use. In support of Kick Butts Day, youth will encourage their peers to stay tobacco-free and educate their communities about the dangers of tobacco and the tobacco industry's harmful marketing practices.

Check out a new site - TobaccoIsNasty.com - that launched today for middle school students and young teens to get the real story about the dangers of tobacco.

Watch this short video to learn more!



See what other activities are happening on Kick Butts Day, in Colorado and across the nation, on the Kick Butts Day site.


March 13, 2015: March is National Nutrition Month

® - Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle
Creating healthy habits can be hard but choosing a small goal to start with can help you stay motivated.

Try one of these:
  • Focus on eating fewer calories by choosing smaller portions
  • Plan ahead and stick to your list when grocery shopping
  • Choose fruits and vegetables for a mid-afternoon snack
  • Make smart food choices by reading nutrition labels

Any of these goals can help you maintain good health and quality of life! Strive for healthy eating habits and "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle" during National Nutrition Month® 2015!
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What's on your plate?
During National Nutrition Month®, use MyPlate as a reminder to make smart food choices by building a healthier plate at meal times. Before you eat, think about what is going on your plate or in your bowl:
  • Use a smaller plate or bowl to help with portion control
  • Fill half of your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables
  • Add lean protein like chicken, beans, or lean beef and pork
  • Include a whole grain for more fiber, vitamins, and minerals
  • Eat without distractions and savor your food
These tips are a starting point and can help you ease into healthy habits. For more ideas and information, visit the MyPlate website.
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Your Recipe for Success


A registered dietitian nutritionist can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences, and health-related needs. Find your nutrition expert!

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.


March 2, 2015: Commit to be Fit

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Fitting regular exercise into your schedule may seem difficult at first, but it's much easier than you think! There are numerous ways to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week.

Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day and adults should be active for a total of 2 hours and 30 minutes each week. You don't have to do it all at once, 10 minutes at a time is fine.

Does this sound like a lot? Don't worry! Active play counts too!


Try setting a positive example by leading an active lifestyle as a parent or by playing active games together as a family. Children are naturally active. During recess and free play, children do basic aerobic and bone-strengthening activities, such as running, hopping, skipping, and jumping. Remember, help your children be active and play, 60 minutes, everyday!

There are many ways to stay active within the community. Check out the FREE Eggstravaganza Easter party April 4 at 11:15 a.m. or explore your parks. We hope to see you there!


Family building a snowman in the park


Balsamic and Grape Quinoa
Kid Friendly and Quick. Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Quinoa
  • 1 2/3 cups water
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 20 seedless red grapes, halved
Bring 1 2/3 cups water and quinoa to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 12 minutes or until quinoa is tender; drain. Place quinoa in a bowl. Add parsley, vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and grapes, stirring to combine.

Nutritional Information - Amount per serving:
Calories: 201, Fat: 4.8g, Saturated fat: 0.3g, Sodium: 133mg

Note: MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a collection of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.





February 4, 2015: 5 Ideas for Maintaining New Year's Resolutions


The New Year can be a great time to refocus and set healthy resolutions. Two of the most popular New Year's resolutions include losing weight and staying fit and healthy.

Child giving parent a high-five at the park

Here are 5 ideas to help you fulfill your resolution:
  • Pick a week out of the month to try a new vegetable or fruit. Try a new food in new recipes for dinner or take it as a side item for lunch.
  • Set specific activity goals. Take a walk in your neighborhood each Wednesday afternoon (or whichever evening is best for your schedule).
  • Eat dinner as a family as often as possible, but at least 3-4 times a week.Eating together allows you to talk about your day, creates good eating habits, and makes for quality family time.
  • Schedule monthly game days. Spend 30-60 minutes playing games outside like "Red light, green light", basketball, or football on Saturday morning.
  • Make it a goal to hydrate. Purchase a reusable bottle and keep it filled in the fridge for easy access.
Creating healthier routines for life will improve the way you eat and increase your physical activity. Whichever healthy routine you want to choose, keep it simple; make it realistic and obvious; and keep believing you can do it. Be a happier, healthier you in 2015!

Grilled Figs with Thyme and Honey

Fig

  • 2 cups figs, stems removed and halved
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Preheat the grill to medium-low heat. When the grill is heated, place the figs on a grill pan in 1 single layer. Grill for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly soft. Flip and grill another 1-2 minutes more on the other side.

Transfer the grilled figs to a serving platter. Carefully place a few fresh thyme leaves on each fig, drizzle with honey, and enjoy!

Source: Meatless Monday from Domestic Divas.



January 6, 2015:

Success in 2015 - Quit smoking to start the year off right
Quitting tobacco is the most important resolution you will make. More than half of smokers have already quit, and you can, too!

Each year 40-45 percent of U.S. adults make one or more resolutions, and quitting smoking is one of the most popular. We all have good thoughts when making resolutions. Keeping your resolution is the hard part. Take these steps to help you quit for good:
  • Make a Plan: pick a day to quit and find a way that works for you.
  • Review the Benefits: what you can gain once you quit.
  • Quit with a Buddy: use the buddy system to improve your chances for success.
  • Know your Resources: look for free ways to help you quit, like the Colorado QuitLine and COQuitMobile.
  • Commit to Stay Quit: this is a life change and you can get through the cravings by switching up your routine.

Tiffany, a former smoker, found many benefits of quitting, such as better tasting food and more energy. Watch her short video on "Surprising Things About Quitting."



Start 2015 as a better you by making the choice to quit smoking today!


December 22, 2014: Holiday Fitness Traditions


Broomfield holiday singers
Tis the season to be merry and start new traditions! This year, start a holiday fitness tradition. Take a brisk walk after a meal, play tag football with the family, or walk the dog. All these activities count as physical activity and burn calories. Try to fit in 30 minutes of physical activity most days. Remember that you do not have to do this all at once, so break up your activities and have fun!

Here are some other ideas that will help make the holidays active, fun, and enjoyable:
  • Sign up for a race.
  • Visit the Paul Derda Recreation Center and its climbing wall, play areas, and indoor aquatic park with slides and a "Lazy River."
  • Stand and chat at parties rather than sit.
  • Find a new workout video.
  • Sing along with the carols, tap your foot, snap your fingers, and sway with the music.
  • Choose the farthest parking space from the store when shopping for gifts and groceries.

There are many more ideas, so brainstorm a few with your family. The bottom line is enjoy and make this holiday season one that is merry and light(er)! Happy Holidays, Broomfield!


November 25, 2014: Maintain, Don't Gain During the Holidays
On average, Americans gain about one to two pounds during the holiday season. One to two pounds doesn't seem like much but the total weight gain is usually not the problem. The problem is the weight tends to stay with us and continues to add up each year.

You don't need to skip the dessert to keep the pounds off. Instead, follow these dietitian-approved tips so you won't feel as guilty about that delicious slice of pie:
  • Do not skip meals throughout the day - we tend to overeat later if we "save up" for the one big meal.
  • Eat breakfast - those who eat in the morning tend to consume fewer calories during the day.
  • Use a smaller plate - this encourages appropriate portion sizes.
  • Fill your plate with vegetables and salad first - eating a salad before your meal can help you eat fewer calories overall.
  • Eat slowly and savor every bite - wait 10 minutes to see if you really are still hungry.
  • Try some new holiday recipes this year like the Slow Cooked Cranberry Sauce below - homemade usually means less sugar and salt.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
  • 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries - rinsed
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low heat for 3 hours. Gently mash the cranberries until desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Facts: 1/4 cup = 35 calories, 0.1 g fat, 6 g sugar, 1 mg sodium, 1.6 g fiber.
Source: The Lemon Bowl



November 20, 2014: Great American Smokeout

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Today, as we celebrate the Great American Smokeout, Broomfield Public Health and Environment encourages all Broomfield residents to quit tobacco use altogether, or for the day.

Quitting smoking is one of the most impactful things you can do to improve your health. If you smoke, chances are you have thought about quitting. In fact, roughly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit.

You've probably thought about why you want to quit: for your health, your finances, or your family and friends. Getting started is easy. Just visit TobaccoFreeCO.org. You will find free resources that you can use such as, the Quit and $ave app, Colorado QuitLine, and Colorado Quit Mobile.


Celebrate the Great American Smokeout by setting your quit date, or try to quit for the day. The benefits begin the day you quit and continue for the rest of your life.

Make this year's Great American Smokeout be the day YOU quit.

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October 23, 2014: Broomfield Public Health Announces Ebola Readiness


Media reports over the last month have raised concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S. The Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division (PHE), within the Health and Human Services Department, would like to reassure all residents in Broomfield that there are no confirmed cases of Ebola here in Broomfield County or in the state. Although the risk of Ebola virus spreading in the U.S and in Broomfield remains low, the division can swiftly respond should a case of Ebola occur here.

"We do not anticipate a case of Ebola to occur here, however if a suspected case of Ebola should occur, our division is prepared to swiftly respond," said Jason Vahling, MPH, City and County of Broomfield Public Health Director. "Public Health has expertise in planning for, training on, and responding to emergencies, especially communicable disease outbreaks. Every day, in partnership with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and health care partners, our disease control program monitors diseases in Broomfield and uses well-established techniques to prevent, find, and stop disease outbreaks."

As part of PHE's readiness, the division has taken the proactive steps of providing information about Ebola, its diagnosis, and the management of suspected cases to health partners throughout the county. CDPHE has also been actively preparing for a possible case of Ebola by advising healthcare professionals to "Ask, Isolate, Call" which identifies, isolates, and cares for anyone who may have been exposed to Ebola. This situation is constantly evolving and therefore national, state, and local agencies are in on-going conversations. PHE will continue to work closely with authorities to assure that the many health partners throughout our region are current and coordinated in their efforts to protect the public from all types of infectious diseases.

There are many questions about Ebola and numerous resources are available to answers Ebola questions. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has various resources that are updated daily at www.cdc.gov/ebola. PHE's webpage, www.broomfieldhealth.org, has national and state factsheets and CDPHE's Ebola webpage, www.colorado.gov/ebola, has additional information. CDPHE also has the CO HELP hotline at 303-389-1687 or 877-462-2911.


October 10, 2014: Enterovirus D68


The Denver metropolitan area and other cities across the country are experiencing an increase in patients with severe respiratory illness and increased asthma symptoms. Some patients have required hospitalization, with a few requiring admission to the pediatric intensive care unit. Initial testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratories have indicated that the cause of these infections is Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).

EV-D68 is an uncommon respiratory virus that is most severe in children and adults with underlying health conditions such as asthma. Investigation into this outbreak is ongoing and there are currently no vaccines available to prevent EV-D68. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is working with Colorado hospitals, local public health agencies, including Broomfield Public Health and Environment, and the CDC to better understand this virus and its impact on the community's health.

As of last week, the CDC has confirmed that 19 of 25 specimens in Colorado tested positive for EV-D68. While there have been no confirmed cases in Broomfield, residents can still watch for symptoms of the virus and take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of respiratory infections.

Signs and Symptoms of EV-D68:


EV-D68 is an illness characterized by difficulty breathing, difficulty getting oxygen, and wheezing in some patients. A minority of patients have a fever. Parents of children with asthma are asked to be vigilant in ensuring their children take prescribed asthma control medication and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms do not improve or worsen. Prompt medical care can greatly reduce the seriousness of this infection.

Everyone can help protect themselves from EV-D68 and other respiratory infections by following these guidelines:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who are ill.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the environment, such as toys, phones and doorknobs.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not with your hands.
  • Ensure all vaccinations, including the influenza vaccination, are up to date.

For more information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or contact Broomfield Public Health and Environment at 720-887-2220.


October 2, 2014: Colorado students invited to enter 2015 National Radon Poster Contests


DENVER - Colorado students have until Oct. 31 to put their creativity to work promoting awareness of indoor radon risks by participating in the 2015 National Radon Poster Contest.

The contest, designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes, is coordinated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Radon Program in partnership with Kansas State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Children ages 9-14 enrolled in a public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense or home school are eligible to submit entries. Members of a sponsoring club, such as a scouting organization or an art, computer, science or 4-H club, also are eligible. There is no entry fee. Only one entry per student is allowed. The entry deadline is Oct. 31, 2014. Poster contest submission forms, topics, rules and prizes are at www.coloradoradon.info.

The department's Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division will judge entries from Colorado students on content accuracy, visual communication of the topic, reproducibility and originality. Winners will be awarded $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. Teachers of those students will each receive $100. The top three Colorado posters will be entered in the national contest, where national winners may receive up to $1,000. The winning posters will be reproduced and distributed nationally to promote radon awareness.

More information about radon, discount test kits and radon contractors is available at www.coloradoradon.info or by calling Colorado's Radon Hotline at 800-846-3986. For additional contest information, please visit the website or contact Chrystine Kelley at chrys.kelley@state.co.us.


July 31, 2014: Broomfield Launches Public Health Improvement Plan to Address Obesity


This past May, the Public Health and Environment Division, within Broomfield's Health and Human Services Department, officially launched its five-year strategic plan to reduce obesity and provide every Broomfield resident opportunities to eat healthy and be physical active where they live, work, and play.


"Reducing obesity and improving the health of Broomfield residents is a good public investment because it strengthens our economy and promotes student achievement," Broomfield's Public Health and Environment Director Jason Vahling said. "We look forward to working with our partners and the community members to make Broomfield the healthiest county in Colorado."
While Broomfield's percentage of adults who are obese is lower than the United States average (18% vs. 36%), the overweight percentage is higher than the national average (46% vs. 33%).

The plan - Broomfield Public Health Improvement Plan - promotes and increases opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating to prevent and to reduce overweight and obesity across the age span. This plan was created in partnership with the community and provides concrete actionable steps to create sustainable change and to foster a healthier Broomfield.


Broomfield resident's walking The plan's action steps to reverse the trend of obesity and improve the overall health of residents are:
  • Increasing community outreach and public awareness related to obesity prevention;
  • Improving nutrition and physical activity among Broomfield residents; Enhancing the City and County of Broomfield's Employee Wellness Program; and
  • Enhancing Health and Human Services clients' knowledge and awareness of wellness.

Public Health and Environment focuses on creating good health and improving the well-being of the whole community. Together, public health programs and services will help accelerate efforts to improve Broomfield's health. To learn more, follow public health online at www.broomfieldhealth.org.





July 28, 2014: Back to School Immunization Event


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Get ready for school! FREE immunizations August 8 and 19. Broomfield Public Health and Environment is hosting their annual Back to School Immunization event to help keep kids healthy. Free vaccines will be given on Friday, Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. Everyone 18 and younger is welcome to attend the clinic at Health and Human Services, 6 Garden Center. Pre-registration is required.

Call 720-887-2220 to pre-register.

A parent/guardian must be present to give consent for vaccinations. Please bring each child's immunization records which will be reviewed by a Registered Nurse. If you are unable to attend this event, immunizations are provided in our clinic by appointment. For more information, visit www.broomfieldhealth.org or call 720-887-2220.


July 16, 2014: Broomfield Resident Tests Positive for Tularemia


Boulder and Broomfield Counties, CO – A resident of the Pony Estates neighborhood, bordering the cities of Boulder and Broomfield, has tested positive for tularemia. Tularemia is a disease of animals and humans caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. The resident likely came into contact with the bacteria while in the yard of their home where multiple dead rabbits had previously been found. Although tularemia is a potentially serious disease, it is treatable if detected early. The Broomfield resident has been treated with antibiotics after being evaluated by a healthcare provider.

Broomfield and Boulder County Public Health Officials are working together to notify the community. Officials will be posting warning signs in the Pony Estates neighborhood to alert residents of the risks of tularemia.

“People should never touch sick, dead, or wild animals because they may carry diseases,” said Jason Vahling, Broomfield County Public Health Director. “Although tularemia is rare, it is still a risk, especially considering the number of wild rabbits in our communities,” said Vahling.

Symptoms include skin ulcers, swollen and painful lymph glands, inflamed eyes, sore throat, mouth sores, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Symptoms can also include abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, joint pain, dry cough, difficulty breathing, bloody sputum, and respiratory failure.

Tularemia is not known to be spread from person to person. People become infected with tularemia through the bite of infected insects, most commonly ticks and deer flies, or through skin contact with infected animal tissue. The bacteria can also be inhaled when infected animal tissue is broken up into small particles and spread in the air, such as when an infected carcass is mowed over.

Public health officials recommend the following precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to tularemia:


  • Avoid ticks. The best protection for pets, especially cats, is to keep them indoors. If outdoors with pets, keep them out of heavily wooded areas, which are ideal habitats for ticks.
  • Stay out of areas inhabited by wild rodents. If you must enter areas frequented by wild rodents, always wear insect repellent containing DEET.
  • Prevent your pets from hunting or eating wild rodents, especially rabbits.
  • Avoid all contact with wild rodents, including squirrels and rabbits; do not feed or handle them.
  • Never touch sick or dead animals with your bare hands. If the animal must be moved, place it in a garbage bag using a long-handled shovel, and place the bag in an outdoor garbage can.
  • Avoid drinking unpurified water from streams or lakes; keep your pets from doing the same.
  • Don’t mow over animals carcasses, and consider using a dust mask when doing landscape work.
  • See a health care provider if you become ill with a high fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Contact a veterinarian if you see any change in the behavior of your pets (especially rodents, rabbits, and hares) or livestock.

In the United States, human cases of tularemia have been reported from every state except Hawaii, with the majority occurring in south-central and western states.

According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this is the second reported human case of tularemia in Colorado this year; no human cases were reported in 2013. Only one animal in the state has tested positive for the disease this year; four animals tested positive in 2013.

For more information about tularemia, visit www.cdc.gov/tularemia. To report an animal die-off (e.g. three or more animals found in one area) in Broomfield County, call 720-887-2237 or in Boulder County, call 303-441-1564.


June 25, 2014: Protect yourself from West Nile virus with the Four D's


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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in Adams, Boulder, Delta, Mesa and Weld counties. As of today, there are no reports of West Nile virus in Broomfield, according to Broomfield Public Health and Environment Division and the Environmental Services Division. Last year, Broomfield reported six human cases of West Nile virus. Broomfield's Environmental Services Division contracts the mosquito control program to Colorado Mosquito Control, Inc. (CMC). CMC regularly monitors vector mosquito populations and West Nile virus activity to determine if, when, and where interventions are needed. The treatment provided by CMC lowers the mosquito population numbers, which reduces the risk of human disease. CMC provides a mosquito hotline at 303-428-5908 for residents to report nuisance mosquitoes.

Broomfield Public Health and Environment advises residents to take precautions by wearing insect repellent and using other methods to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors. To help prevent West Nile virus infection, follow the Four D's and Fight the Bite:
  1. Drain

    standing water around the house weekly since that's where mosquitoes lay eggs. Be sure to empty old tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels and toys where puddles can occur.
  2. Dusk

    and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. DEET

    is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  4. Dress

    in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.


April 24, 2014: Colorado Get Movin' Challenge, May 1-30



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April 8, 2014:

4th Annual Public Health Wellness Walk


National Public Health Week 2014 Logo Public Health and Environment invites you to celebrate National Public Health Week. National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our community. Use this week to raise awareness about public health and prevention!


Join us for the 4th Annual Public Health Wellness Walk
at the Community Pond, north of the library, on Wednesday, April 9 at 1 p.m.

This scenic 2-mile walk is open to employees, spouses, residents, everyone!

Public Health Nurses will also be at various City and County buildings throughout the week checking blood pressures. Stop by for a free blood pressure check and learn more about your numbers.
Broomfield Community Center
Wednesday, April 9
10 a.m. - noon
George Di Ciero City and County Building
Wednesday, April 9
2 - 4 p.m.
Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library
Thursday, April 10
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Health and Human Services Thursday, April 10 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Paul Derda Recreation Center Friday, April 11 10 a.m. - noon



January 9, 2014:

Flu Season Is Here - Vaccinate Today!


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Center for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all those who have still not gotten their flu vaccine to get vaccinated! A flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu each year. The flu vaccine
  • Is safe
  • Does not cause the flu
  • Protects the ones you love

Broomfield Public Health Nurses are taking appointments to protect the health of residents and visitors by getting their flu shot. Call 720-887-2220 to make a flu shot appointment.


September 19, 2013: Blue-green algae bloom warning at Brunner Reservoir


The Brunner Reservoir has been experiencing a blue-green algae bloom over the past several weeks. Blue-green algae under the right conditions can produce a chemical toxin called Microcystin. It is recommended that all contact with the water in the reservoir be avoided until warning signs have been removed.

April 2, 2013: Colorado teen birth rate and repeat birth rates decline


The Colorado Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy, a consortium of public and private health partners, has addressed this issue by providing free or low-cost IUDs and implants to low-income women throughout Colorado.


March 18, 2013: Broomfield Ranks 8th in Overall Health Outcomes


The fourth annual County Health Rankings were released March 20 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, and Broomfield County ranks eighth in Colorado for overall health outcomes. The County Health Rankings ranks the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using a standard method to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. The County Health Rankings are based on two sets of measures: health outcomes (length and quality of life); and health factors (health behaviors, access to and quality of clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment). According to the County Health Rankings, areas to explore for Broomfield County includes 61 percent of our restaurants are fast food restaurants, 22 percent of Broomfield adults are obese, and 14 percent of Broomfield adults smoke. This information helps our community leaders identify where we are doing well and where improvement is needed to ensure that Broomfield is a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.




September 19: Blue-green algae bloom warning at Brunner Reservoir
The Brunner Reservoir has been experiencing a blue-green algae bloom over the past several weeks. Blue-green algae under the right conditions can produce a chemical toxin called Microcystin. It is recommended that all contact with the water in the reservoir be avoided until warning signs have been removed.

July 16, 2014: Broomfield Resident Tests Positive for Tularemia