Healthy Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Summer Fun.

Summer has officially arrived and it’s time to have fun outdoors taking in everything the season has to offer. It’s important for you and your family to stay safe in the hot summer heat. Here are a few tips to keep you and the kids happy, safe, and healthy during the summer months.

Stay Hydrated.

Drinking enough water throughout the day can sometimes be difficult, but it’s an important habit for us to form.

A good way to get extra hydration is to eat foods with a high water content. Water hides in a lot of the foods we eat accounting for almost 20% of our daily water intake. Foods with high water content include:

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Strawberries

Another good way to make sure we stay hydrated is to drink a glass of water with every meal and snack. This will also help with digesting foods.

We should also be aware of the types of liquids we put in our body. Try to avoid drinks high in sugars like fruit drinks and sodas as they can actually dehydrate us.

Water is a first choice for hydration, but sometimes water can be too plain. For some added flavor, try infusing water with fruits, herbs, or cucumber! Yum!!

Stay Safe in the Sun.

It’s important to always practice sun safety, but especially in the summer months when the sun is at its hottest. One of the best ways to practice sun safety is to avoid it altogether. Only joking…sort of! Between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm we should try to remain in shaded areas and wear protective clothing as much as possible.

But for a day out at the pool or running around the park, shade is not always possible – that’s why it’s a good idea to lather up in some sunscreen. It’s important to know what to look for when choosing a sunscreen. Experts recommend the following:

  • Sunscreen should have an SPF of 15 or higher
  • Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen which helps block UVA and UVB rays

Other tips to remember:

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE going out into the sun
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours
  • Waterproof sunscreens are not always reliable, so you should still reapply every two hours and after swimming or playing in the water

We hope you and your families have a safe, healthy, and F-U-N summer!

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Does the Census Really Matter?

Do our schools matter? Our hospitals? Do roads, bridges, transportation, and community programs matter? Yes, all of these things matter. They are the foundation and building blocks of communities around the nation and without them – without proper funding for them – it can be difficult for communities to thrive and grow.

Just like schools, hospitals, and roads are important, so is the census. But first, what is the census exactly?

The U.S. census is kind of like a survey. It asks about 9 questions designed to help the government get an accurate count of how many people are living in the United States. That count includes citizens, legal residents, long-term visitors, and undocumented immigrants. The census also helps the government determine individual’s age, sex, marital status, race, income, education, and languages spoken in the home.

Why does the government need to know this about me and my family?

The data gathered from the census helps to distribute funds to communities across America. Cities and towns have programs that are funded by the federal government (think Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, food pantries, etc.) and the government has about $900,000,000,000 (that’s $900 billion) to spread out across the states – that’s a lot of zeros. The funds distributed are determined by a community’s size, income, age, and some other factors.

So, do I really need to fill out the census?

Yes! Why? Because you matter. The people living in your home matter. Back in March and the beginning of April, you should have received some mail from the 2020 Census. This is your census form. You can fill it out and pop it back in the mail. If you want to fill out the census online you can go to http://www.2020census.gov or, you can call 1-844-330-2020 and fill out the census over the phone.

If you prefer to speak to someone local or have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at Central Counties Health Centers: 217-788-2300. We will be more than happy to speak you .

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2020 Census

What is the census? Why is it important? Does it really affect me? What does my community get out of it? Is my information safe?

You may find yourself asking these questions, and more, wondering why the big deal surrounding the census and what’s the point if I do it anyways? Well, hopefully we can help answer some of these questions for you! In the below video, you will find some answers and other great information to boot.

Still have questions? Leave a comment below and someone from our census team will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Central Counties Health Center, Healthy Lifestyle, Hydration, Men's Health, Springfield Illinois, Summer Health, Uncategorized

5 ways to stay hydrated in summer

It’s summer and that means temperatures are set to soar. If you’re working outside or spending more time outdoors with the kids during vacation, it’s important to stay hydrated or you could develop dehydration. Here are signs of dehydration to look out for and ways to help you stay hydrated during the warmer months.

Signs of dehydration include:

•    Feeling thirsty 

•    Dry mouth 

•    Feeling tired or sleepy 

•    Needing to go to the bathroom less often 

•    Headache 

•    Dizziness 

Here are ways to combat dehydration while at home, work, or on the go. 

1 Always carry a water bottle with you. If you have a bottle of water within arm’s reach, you’re more likely to stay hydrated and not get thirsty, which is an indication you are dehydrated. It is probably a good idea to drink half your body weight in ounces daily. 

Central Counties Health Center's 5 Tips for Staying Hydrated this Summer

2 Your food choices account for your intake of daily fluid. Luckily, many of the foods that are naturally rich in water are in season during the summer months, which makes them not only more accessible but affordable. Melon, cucumber, tomatoes, and strawberries are all rich in water. 

3 Keep an eye on the color of your urine. If you’re urinating every hour to two hours and your urine is a light color, you’re probably taking on sufficient water. However, if the color is darker and you’re urinating less frequently you could probably do with taking on more fluid. 

4 Coffee and alcohol are diuretics, which means they will not hydrate you. If you do choose to drink coffee or alcohol, make sure you are taking on plenty of water to counteract the effects of these drinks.

Springfield Illinois, Uncategorized

FREE activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville

Each month there are free activities available to the public in Springfield and Jacksonville that many may not know about.  Here are some highlights for this month and next month – be sure to check some of them out!

 

Saturday, February 9 from 2pm to close

The Barnes & Noble Kids’ Book Hangout in Springfield

Grades 1 to 6 discover your favorite book with 20% off all young reader titles

Enjoy fun games and activities and more surprises, FREE book swag and confetti cupcakes for a $1.

 

Lincoln Library, The Public Library of Springfield, IL

Spring story time with reading, writing, talking, singing, and play!

Toddler story time Mondays at 10.15am

Infant story time Mondays at 11am

Preschool Storytime Thursday at 10.30am

No registration required.

 

Tuesday, February 12

FREE admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum to celebrate Lincoln’s Birthday

10am to 2pm Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln will be on site

10am to 3pm games, crafts and history detective for kids

1pm to 2pm Navy Band Great Lakes Woodwind Quintet & Brass Quintet performance

 

Tuesday, February 12 7pm to 7.30pm at Jacksonville Public Library 201 W College Ave, Jacksonville, IL

Kids’ Corner: Stir It Up

This is a monthly cooking group for kids and their adults. In February the group is making snack mix squares and decorating recipe boxes.

 

Thursday, February 14

Senior Services of Central Illinois in Springfield

1950s and 1960s Valentine Fun Day from 11am to 1pm in the dining room.

There will be a twist contest, mashed potato contest, swim dance contest, green rivers, and cherry cokes.

 

Prom it Forward

The downtown YMCA in Springfield wants each girl to find the perfect prom dress, shoes, and accessories for their big night.

There are three different days where dresses and accessories will be available in exchange for a minimum donation to Strong Kids. Girls are welcome to shop on more than one occasion. Shop dates are:

February 24 from 1 to 3pm

March 24 from 1 to 3pm

April 28 from 1 to 3pm

For more information contact Allison Buzick at abuzick@springfieldymca.org

 

Saturday, March 30th from 1pm to 3pm at the downtown YMCA 701 S. 4th St

Junior Leagues Kids in the Kitchen

The Junior League of Springfield is inviting Springfield and surrounding area children and their families to participate in its 2019 Kids in the Kitchen event. Kids will learn about making healthy choices. The four activity stations will include healthy habits for eating, hand washing, exercising, and more. Ages five to 12. FREE admission.

Register online and obtain more details at Facebook.com/JLSIL

 

St Patrick’s Day craft class at Jacksonville Public Library Meeting Room

Wednesday, February 20

Contact Bridget on 217-243-5435 for more information