Guard against a potentially deadly amoeba in bodies of fresh water

By | November 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

As the swim season comes to a close, there is a tragic reminder about the dangers of a potentially deadly amoeba found in lakes, rivers, hot springs, and other bodies with warm water. A boy believed to have been exposed to Naegleria fowleri recently passed after swimming and diving in Kingman Wash on the Arizona [...]

Comments Off on Guard against a potentially deadly amoeba in bodies of fresh water

It’s hot out there. Drink plenty of water to stay healthy

By | July 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

It should go without saying that during the hottest time of the year, in one of the hottest states in the country, it’s important to stay hydrated. But how much water and other fluids do you need when temperatures are extreme? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined an adequate daily fluid [...]

Comments Off on It’s hot out there. Drink plenty of water to stay healthy

Water Safety: Take steps to prevent child drownings

By | June 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona experienced the tragic deaths of 22 children due to drowning in 2020, according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program. Nearly all of them were children ages 1 to 4.  Every one of those drowning deaths was preventable.  To promote water safety, ADHS joins organizations around the country urging adults to help reduce drownings [...]

Comments Off on Water Safety: Take steps to prevent child drownings

2016 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winner Announced

By | July 27th, 2016|Preparedness|

Amal, age 17, Maricopa County The Office of Infectious Disease just concluded its fifth annual Healthy Swimming Contest . This year, 50 healthy swimming posters were submitted from Arizona kids ranging in ages from two to 17 years old. All posters submitted suggested ways to swim healthy and avoid getting a recreational water [...]

Comments Off on 2016 Healthy Swimming Poster Contest Winner Announced

It’s Getting Hot in Here!

By | June 3rd, 2016|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

The scorching heat is right around the corner this weekend with heat warnings for nearly all of Arizona (Coconino, Yavapai, Graham, Pima, Cochise, Greenlee, Santa Cruz, Pinal, La Paz, Maricopa, Yuma, and Mohave Counties). Temperatures may reach 108 to 115 °F. High outdoor temperatures aren’t just an inconvenience; they’re dangerous. Year after year, nearly 2,000 [...]

Comments Off on It’s Getting Hot in Here!

Surviving the Desert Summer

By | May 20th, 2013|General|

Heat is the number one killer among all weather related causes of death across the country and in Arizona… more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires combined. It doesn’t get much attention because it’s hard to take a picture of heat- but it’s easy to take a picture of hurricanes and tropical storms.  The AZ [...]

Comments Off on Surviving the Desert Summer

Swim Safe AZ!

By | May 17th, 2013|Prevention|

National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week is coming up next week.  Healthy swimming depends on paying attention to basic health, hygiene, sun-safety, and what swimmers bring into the pool (and what they don’t).  For starters, remind your kids to take a sunscreen, hydration, and bathroom break every hour when swimming.  You might also want to start [...]

Comments Off on Swim Safe AZ!

2013 ADHS Water Drive

By | May 16th, 2013|General|

We already broke the 100 degree mark in the Valley this week.  It won’t be long before the heat’s here to stay.  Heat is one of the most dangerous weather situations in public health – actually it’s the #1 weather-related killer.  Last year 152 Arizonans died from heat exposure....  with 80% happening in June, July and August.  The largest [...]

Comments Off on 2013 ADHS Water Drive

Snack Time

By | February 12th, 2013|Prevention|

We’re one step closer to winning the battle of childhood obesity.  The USDA just released the new “Smart Snacks in School” proposal to provide national standards geared towards increasing healthy food options in vending machines and snack bars. As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA is striving to help improve [...]

Comments Off on Snack Time

Think Before You Ink

By | August 31st, 2012|General|

Many of you have probably seen the signs around town about the Tattoo Expo that is happening this weekend in Phoenix.  Tattoos have been growing in popularity over the past decade, but that doesn't mean they’re completely safe. Recently there was a recall of tattoo ink because the ink was contaminated with an unusual (and stubborn)  bacteria [...]