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Allergies

This site provides information on food allergies, as well as educational materials and food allergy alerts.

Behavioral & Emotional Health

Information, additional resources, and research on child development broken down by age groups.
Organization that supports our youth as they face the many challenges ahead of them. Provides parents and other community leaders opportunities for networking, prevention, education and advocacy. This site also links to the Lorain County Youth Pages- a directory of local resources for youth, including: Who can I talk to?, Drugs and Addiction, Social & Recreational Activities, Health, Violence, etc.
The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and health care barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs.
Resource for Parents, Children and Teens on Child/Teen Health, Behavior and Development.
The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County.
The Youth Pages is a directory created specifically for young people in the Lorain County Area. (PDF format)
NEDA is committed to providing help and hope to those affected by eating disorders. Visit their website for additional information and resources on eating disorders.
An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. Visit this NIMH website to obtain additional information and resources on eating disorders.
The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation is a prevention, education and resource organization.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. This section of NCTSN.org provides information about the Network itself.

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a quality assurance agency in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) that promotes the early identification of children with special health care needs and the referral of those children to quality medical providers for diagnosis and treatment. Read this factsheet to learn more about services provided through BCMH and how to qualify.

Child Care

The Child Care Resource Center provides a tip sheet for when a summer child care provider is needed.
The Child Care Resource Center offers a parental checklist for finding a child care facility. The checklist provides parents with suggestions and options to consider when choosing help.
Want to know what safe sleep looks like for babies? Click to find out.
Keeping baby safe is as easy as A, B, C. Read this fact sheet to learn how to keep your baby safe while sleeping.

Child Passenger Safety

Ohio's Child Passenger Safety Law regarding Booster Seats has changed and will go into effect on October 7, 2009. Please see this flyer for complete details on the law and how you can keep your child as safe as possible on our roadways.
Website that features car seat recommendations for children, with images and additional resources.

Communicable Diseases

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Read this factsheet to learn more.
Read this factsheet for ways to protect yourself from a cold or the flu and what to do if you do become sick.
View this factsheet to learn general information about conjunctivitis, its different types, and the ways to prevent and treat them. Conjunctivitis is also known as "pink eye."
EV-D68 spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or touches contaminated surfaces.
A highly contagious, yet mild rash occurring commonly in children that resolves in 7-10 days. Fifth Disease is caused by human parvovirus B19, which leads to a rash on the cheeks, arms, and legs. The following factsheet will provide additional information.
Group A streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A strepto-cocci in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness. Read this factsheet to learn more.
Impetigo is a bacterial disease causing tiny fluid filled blisters usually around the mouth and on the face. Read this factsheet to learn more.
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus) is a type of staph infection that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics, making it harder to treat. Read this factsheet for more general information about MRSA.
The Ohio Coalition for Antibiotic Resistance Education (Ohio CAREs), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) School Nursing Program and the ODH BUreau of Infectious Disease Control have developed this PowerPoint presentation to assist in the education of students, staff and parents on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA).

Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation regarding MRSA. This document is to be used with the PDF Facilitator Notes "MRSA - Some things you shouldn't share!"

The Ohio Coalition for Antibiotic Resistance Education (Ohio CAREs), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) School Nursing Program and the ODH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control have developed this PowerPoint presentation to assist in the education of students, staff and parents on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Attached is the PowerPoint Presentation in PDF format with facilitator notes regarding MRSA. This document is to be used with the PowerPoint "MRSA - Some things you shouldn't share!"

Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. Learn more about Measles by reading this fact sheet
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. Read this fact sheet to learn more about Mumps.
This resource contains brochures from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)for schools, parents, coaches and athletes and a poster regarding the prevention and treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus often called Staph or MRSA. These brochures and poster may be used in the school setting to reinforce prevention/treatment messages.
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial disease that affects the respiratory system. It causes coughing and gagging with little or no fever. Learn more by reading this factsheet.
A skin infection caused by a fungus that can affect skin on body, scalp, groin area, or feet.
A common skin disease caused by an almost invisible organism called a mite. Read this factsheet to learn more about scabies.
Shigella is a bacteria that infects the digestive tract. It produces toxins that can attack the lining of the large intestine. Anyone can get Shigella, but is most common for kids 2 to 4 years old.
Shigella is a bacteria that infects the digestive tract. It produces toxins that can attack the lining of the large intestine. Anyone can get Shigella, but is most common for kids 2 to 4 years old.
Viral meningitis is a serious disease but rarely fatal in persons with normal immune systems. It is the most common type of meningitis (inflammation of the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord). Read this factsheet to learn more.

Coordinated School Health

Please see the attached presentation from Jill Jackson, M.Ed., ODE Office for Family and Community Support. Jill provided great insight on school climate to help improve the health and academic success of Lorain County students at the Blueprint for Excellence Professional Development Workshop held on November 7, 2012.
View three presentations from the second Coordinated School Health Workshop of the 2012-13 School Year. Heather Distin, PCC-S, provided information on how stress affects our bodies and students in the classroom. She discussed ways to minimize its effects and tips to manage stress. Next, Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., provided methods on how to track physical activity in any classroom. During the afternoon, Kevin Lorson, Ph.D., discussed Ohio's new physical education standards.
Be sure to get this list of healthy fund raising ideas to your booster clubs, food service, principals and any other groups that do fund raising in your district! You can make money and not compromise the health of your students.
The candy drawer is no more in schools! Be sure to motivate your students with rewards that are not food. This list of ideas gives you practical and cheap options that keep kids motivated and doesn't compromise their health.
This resource is a handout provided at the June 13, 2011 Back to Basics Coordinated School Health Conference by Keith King, PhD, MCHES Professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Cincinnati. Topics covered in this handout include a definition of school connectedness as well as strategies to enhance connections within the school environment through students, teachers and school-wide.

Diabetes

Resources include the Everyday Wisdom Kit for families of newly diagnosed children, school safety information and much more. For information about summer camps for children with diabetes, visit DiabetesCamps.org.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco

During spring 2008, the Ohio Department of Health conducted the fifth Ohio Youth Tobacco Survey (OYTS). Read this document to see the results of this survey taken among children grades six through twelve.
Visit this website to view information from "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" to see the recent trends in adult smoking.
AlcoholScreening.org is a free service of Join Together, a project of The Partnership at DrugFree.org and Boston University School of Public Health.
The Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County is a special purpose governmental agency charged with planning, evaluating, coordinating, funding and contracting for the delivery of publicly-financed alcohol and other drug addiction education,prevention and treatment services for the benefit of Lorain County residents.
This tobacco cessation factsheet has information regarding Over the Counter and Perscription Medications, Quitlines and Counseling and Group Support options that can assist you in choosing a method or multiple methods to best support you in quitting.
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
Welcome to the consolidation website for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Mental Health. Here you will find the latest information pertaining to the agency merger as well as links to ask questions and give feedback. It is our goal to be as transparent and inclusive as possible in this process. Thank you for your interest as we work to move Ohio forward.
SOLACE Lorain County is a newly-formed chapter of a statewide group, seeking to the substance abuse crisis-specifically, prescription drug/opiate abuse.
Read this resource to learn what second hand smoke is and general information about it.
This tobacco prevention factsheet has information for parents and children about the health consequences of tobacco use.
This tobacco prevention factsheet has information and talking points for parents to guide a conversation with children about the reasons not to start using tobacco products.

Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The 2011 Zero-Proof Mix-Off Recipe Book offers a variety of zero-proof beverage options that are sure to please your taste buds and make our roadways safer!
Non-alcoholic drink recipes from the 11th Annual Zero-Proof Mix-Off.

Serve them at your parties throughout the to have a non-alcoholic option for kids, designated drivers & other guests.

Emergency Preparedness

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. View this website for information on emergency management and planning.
After you've weathered a storm, there is often times clean up to be done following power outage, flooding or wind. This fact sheet includes tips on:
- Flooding Clean-up
- Food Safety
- Generator Use
- Driving with water present
- Down Power Lines

Environmental Health

This factsheet will give you information on how to care for your aerobic (aeration) septic system.
The mission of the American Mosquito Control Association is to provide leadership, information and education leading to the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquito and other vector-transmitted diseases and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes and other vectors and pests of public health importance.
This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Environmental Health, Residential Water and Sewage Program factsheet addresses Arsenic Treatment and Removal.
This factsheet provides instruction on cleaning a flooded basement.
This CDC website provides information on vector borne infectious disease like Lyme Disease, Plague, Tick-borne Relapsing Fever,
Tularemia, West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Dengue and much more.
If mosquitoes are still flying there is still a danger from West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus that can cause serious, life-altering, and even fatal disease. View this CDC website for more information on preventing West Nile Virus.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the regulations for Food Service Operation Rules in Ohio.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the regulations for camps.
View the Ohio Administrative Code for Expanded Campgrounds to learn more about recreational vehicle park, recreation camp, combined park-camp or temporary park-camps.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about Mobile Home Parks in Ohio.
Read the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the rules and regulations of Private Water Systems in Ohio.
View this website to learn more about the Ohio Administrative Code for Household Sewage Disposal Systems.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the regulations for Public Swimming Pools and Spas.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the regulations for Marinas in Ohio.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the regulations for Tattoo and Body Piercing Services.
View the Ohio Administrative Code to learn more about the Food Safety Program in Ohio.
This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Environmental Health, Residential Water and Sewage Program factsheet addresses the contractor protocol for disinfecting drinking water wells and includes precautionary statements about the use of chemicals and chlorine to disinfect.
The healthy school environments web site is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.
Food Service/Retail Food Establishment Plan Review Application. Submittal of plan review fee and completed application required at time of filing. All new or extensively remodeled facilities are required to submit plans/specifications for approval before a license can be issued and food can be prepared and served.
Please click below link to view the Get the Lead Out Fact Card describing available funds to get children tested for lead and remove lead dangers from the home. For more information please call Lorain County General Health District (440) 322.6367, Lorain City Health District (440) 204.2300 or Elyria City Health District (440) 323-7595.
Are you buying or selling and existing home? This program provides an inspection of an existing sewage treatment system prior to or during the sale of the home. Homes served by municipal sewers are not included in this program.
If sanitary sewers are being installed on your street you will want to have your old system pumped out and collapsed to eliminate future problems. Please use this form during the process so that there is an official record of it being properly abandoned.
Having problems with your household sewage system in Lorain County? The first step is to contact a Registered Sanitarian the Lorain County General Health District. He/she can advise you what the problem may be and what is needed to correct it. It may be necessary to submit this application.
Planning on building a new home? Before buying a vacant lot in a non-sewered area of the Health District be certain that it qualifies for a sewage system (Health) Permit.
This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Environmental Health, Residential Water and Sewage Program factsheet addresses the protocol for disinfecting drinking water wells and includes precautionary statements about the use of chemicals and chlorine to disinfect.
This fact sheet explains the Lorain County General Health District's Household Sewage Operation and Maintenance Program.
This factsheet will provide you with general information about Lead Poisoning. This resource defines lead posioning, how children can become poisioned, how to prevent it and how it can be treated
This factsheet from Ohio Department of Health gives answers to frequently asked health questions regarding mercury spills and disposal.
This fact sheet from Ohio Department of Health (ODH), gives answers to frequently asked health questions regarding Mercury.
This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Environmental Health, Residential Water and Sewage Program fact sheets addresses microbiological standards for private water systems.
The factsheet discusses the various types of mold, their dangers and when to be concerned with mold.
If your basement has flooded recently or you believe you have mold to clean up, refer to this fact sheet for clean-up procedures. If you have any questions, call the Environmental Health Division at 440-322-6367.
Read this factsheet for some simple tips on how to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home.
This factsheet provides you with information on mosquito-borne disease prevention and general information on mosquito-borne diseases.
This factsheet will give you general information on for the Mound Septic System used in Lorain County, along with proper care procedures.
This form shall be submitted when clean, hard, fill (consisting of reinforced or nonreinforced concrete, asphalt concrete, brick, block, tile, or stone) is being used for construction purposes or when a site is being brought up to grade.

If you believe there is a public health nuisance condition in your neighborhood, please send a letter or complete and mail in this complaint form. We will schedule an inspection to see of there are any rules or regulations being violated.
This webiste will provide you information on the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Environmental Health Division.
Mosquitoes transmit many diseases. All mosquito-borne diseases in Ohio are zoonoses; that is, they are diseases of animals that can be transmitted to people. View this website to read the most up-to-date information on Mosquito-Borne Diseases.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH)program works to improve the environmental health of Ohio's schools through both regulatory and non-regulatory means. Staff provide technical assistance and training to local health departments, school personnel and the general public.
This resource covers key facts, health risks, and ways to protect community health in regards to failing sewage systems.
West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile virus is important because it affects not only people, but also wildlife (including many game animals), and some domestic animals, especially horses.
New businesses or commercial buildings that do not have access to sanitary sewers require EPA approved systems for wastewater treatment in Lorain County. This document will provide information and the application to begin the process for possible approval.
IPM is a systematic, science-based approach to managing pests which focuses on long-term prevention or suppression with minimal impact on human health, the environment and non-target organisms.
This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Bureau of Environmental Health, Residential Water and Sewage Program factsheet addresses the impact of drought on private water systems.
This factsheet provides general information on the proper way to abandon a home sewage system whenever an existing system is being replaced with a new one or when connecting to a sanitary sewage system.
This application will be used to Notify Ohio Department of Health and Lorain County General Health District that you are planning to replace Public Swimming Pool Equipment.
Read this factsheet to learn more about how you can reduce the amount of water used in your household.
This factsheet will give you information on how to care for and maintain a working septic system. It provides a list of what you should and should not flush down your toilet.
Interested in developing a subdivision? The first step is to contact a Registered Sanitarian at this agency if municipal sewers are not accessible. It may be necessary to submit this Application after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been contacted and conducted their review of the property.
This factsheet will give you general information about, along with proper care of, a septic/aeration tank pump chamber and pump that may be a part of your Household Sewage Treatment System.
Read this factsheet to learn simple
steps to protect yourself and your family from Ticks and the diseases that they can spread.
This factsheet also provides information on tick removal.
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.
A factsheet put together by the West Nile Virus Group answering the frequently asked questions about mosquitoes and birds as they relate to the West Nile Virus.
A factsheet put together by the West Nile Virus Group answering the frequently asked questions about mosquitoes and people as they relate to the West Nile Virus.

Food Safety

The Lorain County General Health District's 2014 temporary food operation instructions, requirements, and application. If you have any questions regarding temporary food operations, contact the health department at 440-322-6367.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website on food safety.
A FDA website that provides complete information on food safety and nutrition for consumers.
The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) is a not-for-profit organization that unites industry associations, professional societies in food science, nutrition and health, consumer groups, and the U.S. government to educate the public about safe food handling. Visit this website to learn more about proper food handling and food borne illness.
Powerful storms can result in power outages and potential flooding, making an unsafe environment for Lorain County residents. It is important to take the proper precautions to stay healthy and safe during a power outage or flood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the advice below to keep you safe during these times.
Foodborne illness, also known as "food poisoning", is more prevalent in warm weather months because more people are cooking outside at picnics, barbecues, and on camping trips. The safety controls that a kitchen provides such as thermostat-controlled cooking, refrigeration, and washing facilities are usually not available. Read this factsheet to learn more about proper food preparation and storage to prevent foodborne illnesses.
Posters on hand washing, and handling, cooling, hot and cold holding, and refrigeration of foods.
Posters on hand washing, and handling, cooling, hot and cold holding, and refrigeration of foods.
Posters on hand washing, and handling, cooling, hot and cold holding, and refrigeration of foods.
FoodSafety.gov is the gateway to food safety information. This website was developed to better communicate information to the public and include an improved individual alert system allowing consumers to receive food safety information, such as notification of recalls.
Guidelines for Food Service Operators during a Boil Advisory.
The purpose of this website is to raise consumer awareness about the seriousness of foodborne illness and to provide solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens, the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods public awareness campaign, Home Food Safety, ™ is dedicated to providing home food safety statistics, information about foodborne illness (also known as food poisoning), and safe food handling information and tips.
A website that is updated frequently with food recalls.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture's webpage on Food Safety.
The Ohio Department of Health's webpage on Food Safety.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has practical answers to many of your poultry preparation questions, including:
- How can I safely thaw my frozen turkey?
- What color should raw turkey and cooked turkey be?
- What is the difference between "free range" and "free roaming" turkeys?
- Are all turkeys inspected?
The United States Food and Drug Administration's website on food safety.
This link provides information gathered from press releases and other public notices about certain recalls of Food and Drug Administration(FDA) regulated products.

Handwashing

Hang this poster at your school, work site, restaurant or office as a reminder to cover your cough and keep hands clean.
Good Health is in Your Hands! Please open this document for classroom ideas to teach healthy handwashing skills. Contact the document's author childcarediva@aol.com with questions.
This handwashing poster is great for any work place. Four out of five people don't wash their hands after using the restroom...let's talk to the fifth guy.
Use this poster anywhere to promote handwashing.
The CDC has ready-to-use buttons available for you to add to your school, business or organizations web site to promote handwashing and get up to date information on H1N1 (swine flu). Click here to choose your button!

Wash your hands with soap and clean running water. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1 for more information.

The best way to prevent disease and infection is free! This factsheet will teach you how to properly wash your hands.
Add these quick messages to your morning announcements - or before lunch - to remind students and staff to wash their hands! This is a great way to reinforce healthy habits.
Keep your baby healthy by washing your hands often. This poster can be placed in waiting areas or near changing stations.
Hang this poster in restrooms and above sinks as a reminder of how to properly wash hands.
Use this poster to encourage proper hand washing in the farming community.
Wash hands often to prevent disease. It's your best defense against illness. Share this image via your website, social media accounts, or print and post the reminder where you live, work, or play.
Washing your hands is like Antivirus Software for your body. This poster can be used to promote hand washing in the workplace.

Head Lice/Bed Bugs

This Ohio Department of Health (ODH) site offers information regarding frequently asked questions and general information regarding bed bugs. This website links to the Central Ohio Bed Bugs Task Force which contains guidance for professionals, including Fire/EMS, schools, landlords, hospitality and retail.
This Ohio State University Factsheet provides information regarding the identification, lifestyle, prevention, and removal of bedbugs.
This Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site highlights Environmental Health Services (EHS) regarding Bed Bugs.
Read this factsheet to learn more about head lice, also known as Pediculus humanus capitis.
This website, provided by the National Pediculosis Association, gives information on head lice and provides current news, FAQs, reports and educational resources.

Healthy Lifestyles

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

Visit this link through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate BMI's for Adults, Teens and Children.

Did you know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? This factsheet contains information regarding breast cancer including who is at risk, signs and symptoms, best defense methods and mammograms.
There is no need to be pressured into making changes, let’s first create an environment that supports a desired change. Take the Don't Get Worse Challenge to discover your first step to health.
An apple a day isn't the only way to prevent chronic disease. This factsheet contains both reasons and ideas for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and screening for abnormal conditions.
This infographic gives viewers a sneak peek into the state of health in Lorain County.

Visually appealing with local data to support.

How to use:
- As a supplement to support a health campaign or initiative
- Individual topics/sections or total infographic
- Community groups, worksites, or schools

If you're interested in learning more about eating better and living a healthier lifestyle, go this website, coordinated through the US Department of Health and Human Services, for daily tips and motivation along with up to date resources for the whole family.
Every small step towards health adds up! Here is a step by step guide to getting started.
Before heading outdoors be sure to protect yourself and those in your family by following a few easy sun smart precautions contained in this factsheet.

Immunizations

There are millions of people between the ages of 11 and 19 who need vaccinations. Make sure you and your healthcare provider keep your immunizations up to date. Check to be sure you've had all the vaccinations you need.
A quick table guide to inform parents on when to get their child vaccinated from birth to 18 years of age.
Babies receive 6 vaccines to protect from 8 major diseases between birth and 6 months of age.

Influenza

Read this resource to learn information about the avian flu including key facts, the current status and the contraction of the avian flu.
Read this factsheet to learn more about the flu, including what is the flu and who should get vaccinated.
Read this factsheet to learn more about the H1N1 Flu.
Read this resource for healthy habits that will help you prevent the flu and other illnesses.
Hang this poster at your work site to encourage employees to get the flu vaccine.
This Fact Sheet Highlights:
- Symptoms of cold & flu
- How flu spreads
- How long flu is contagious
- When to keep students home from school
- Flu Resources
This online storybook contains narratives from survivors, families, and friends who lived through the 1918 and 1957 pandemics. Additionally, stories from the 1968 pandemic will be added to this resource as they become available. The Pandemic Influenza Storybook is not a closed book; CDC will continue to accept stories and add them to the book at quarterly intervals.
This poster encourages pregnant women to ask their doctor about the flu shot. Hang it at your work site or office.
How Does Seasonal Flu Differ from Pandemic Flu? Read this factsheet to learn more.
Planning for pandemic influenza is critical. To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist.
Experts believe a worldwide outbreak, or pandemic, of influenza will happen someday. The exact timing is not known, but it is certain our everyday lives will drastically change during a pandemic. These changes may include temporary closing of schools or cancellation of events, disruption of normal services such as utilities and some shortages. There are things you can do now to prepare.
Hang this poster at your work site to encourage employees to get the flu vaccine.

Maternal and Infant Health

A mother's alcohol use during pregnancy is one of the top preventable causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant. There is no time during pregnancy when it is safe to drink. Read this factsheet to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to comfort a fussy and crying baby. This factsheet contains some suggestions to help calm both you and your baby.
The Lorain County Breastfeeding Coalition strives to educate the community on the importance of promoting, preserving, and protecting breastfeeding.

The Coalition can assist with:
- Breastfeeding help line
- Outpatient consultation visits
- Occupational therapy help for difficult latches
- Support groups
- Prepare for your return to work
- Pumping needs and pump rentals
- WIC breastfeeding support and pump distribution
- Re-lactation needs
- Adoption and breastfeeding
- Medication concerns

Birth defects are abnormal conditions that happen before or at the time of birth. This factsheet provides ways to help prevent birth defects before and during pregnancy.
This factsheet provides ways to help support parents with crying babies in order prevent the life threating consequences babies can develop after being shaken.
This fact sheet contains information about Newborn and Infant Sleep Habits in order to help parents calm and care for their baby.

Nutrition

Information and resources on nutrition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ChooseMyPlate.gov offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you in making choices for a healthy lifestyle.
Foodchamps.org has many activities for kids, including games, recipes, coloring sheets and activity pages. This is a fun and interactive way for kids to learn about food and nutrition!
Check out the new Fruit & Veggies Matter Web site for tips, recipes, and more! You can find easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns.
Kids need good nutrition to help them stay alert and learn at school. Check out these tips and recipes for smart packing & snacking!
Stay healthy with these on-the-go snack tips that will keep your energy high and your family moving when they need it most!
Try these simple ways to add more fruits & veggies to your family dinners!
Try these 10 quick and healthy tips to get kids in the kitchen!
Let's move provides helpful tips and step-by-step strategies for families, schools and communities to help kids be more active, eat better and grow up healthy.
This pocket guide provides quick tips on building a healthy plate, portion control, reading food labels, physical activity and much more.
Favorite recipes can be easily changed to become healthier versions, without sacrificing taste. The Ohio State Extension has created this fact sheet to help you in the kitchen!
Favorite recipes can be easily changed to become healthier versions, without sacrificing taste. The Ohio State Extension has created this fact sheet to help you in the kitchen!
Breakfast ideas and tips to get children motivated to eat a healthy breakfast before school!
A directory of Second Harvest food banks, pantries, and free hot-meals. Search by category, city, zip code, and county.
When your kids are feeling the need to nibble, take a junk food detour and give them a snack that will fuel them up the healthy way.
Display a Smart Snacking Poster to promote healthy options where snacks are available to eat. This poster is based on the Nutrient Density of snack foods and illustrates the Snackwise rating system. To show each category, snack examples are depicted on the poster. Remember to choose red snacks rarely, yellow choices occasionally and green is always the best option!
Developed by the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Snackwise is a research-based snack rating system that calculates Nutrient Density in snack foods. Snackwise is designed for use by any organization or individual interested in making healthier snack choices.

Physical Activity

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem difficult at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It's easier than you think!
See what programs and resources the Elyria City Parks and Recreation program has to offer.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. This is a great way to get out for a walk with purpose.
You don’t need a gym membership to be
physically active. There are many everyday
activities that can add up to big health results!

Get Moving to Get Results with Everyday Activities!

The way we design and build our communities can affect our mental and physical health. This website gives tips on designing and building healthy communities that can improve the quality of life for all people who live, work, worship, learn and play within their borders.
There are five total parts to this display; choose as many or all as you like (just one section shown here).

The electronic versions can be used as stand-alone posters/fliers, or included in online messages (newsletters, emails, social media, or websites).

Ideas for use:
- Near vending machines
- At health fairs
- Community group meetings (PTA, Boards, Community development, etc)
- Locations: worksites, schools, community centers, worship sites

Check out the resources available at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio for physical education facilities available to the community.
Lorain County Walks is an ongoing lifestyle fitness program designed to help individuals be active and healthy. Increasing physical activity is one of the recommendations from the Surgeon General's report on physical fitness.
A variety of images are available for use in your school, workplace, or community for physical activity and nutrition promotion.
A variety of images are available for use in your school, workplace, or community for physical activity and nutrition promotion.
Poster available for use in your school, workplace, or community to promote walking and nutrition!
Print double sided and get three cards to promote walking in your school, workplace or community.
Logo can be used in your school, workplace or community to promote walking and nutrition through the Lorain County Walks program or livehealthyloraincounty.com website.
MapMyWalk.com is a community web site for runners, joggers and walkers who want to stay healthy, lose weight or train more effectively.
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program.* The organization also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.
Are you feeling like your family has been lounging around a lot lately? Print and complete this log to determine how much time you are spending in front of a screen!

Prescription Assistance Program

Prescription Assistance Program Forms and Resources
Find the following prescription assistance program forms here:

- Fax cover sheet
- Prescription assistance screening tool
- Prescription assistance program overview on Lorain County General Health District letterhead

Public Health Links

This factsheet will help you make connections to get you the medical coverage you need. If you or anyone in your family has a problem with getting medical care due to lack of insurance or money please use this factsheet to guide you.
The website provides general diabetes information, food and fitness tips and tips for living with diabetes. You may visit this site to find the Quick Reference Emergency Plan and the Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed Guide for School Personnel.
AOHC is working to strengthen the State's public health system to protect our citizens against the disease threats of today, and promote a vision for the future of healthy people in healthy Ohio communities.
CDC.gov provides health and safety information to individuals interested in health issues, public health professionals, health care providers, researchers and scientists, partners, policy makers, media, business, students and educators.
Homepage for the city of Cleveland's Department of Public Health
Find out about programs offered through Community Health Partners for physical activity, nutrition, tobacco prevention/cessation and more by clicking on the "Our Health Services" tab on the left side tool bar.
Homepage for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
EMH's homepage has links to a variety of services offered by the healthcare system.
Home page for Elyria City Health District.
LorainCounty.com is a community-specific website that provides users with unmatched resources to learn about or get involved in the issues, organizations and events that make-up our community.
No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans.
The mission of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is to protect and improve the health of all Ohioans. View their homepage here for more information.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a state agency whose goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws.
This site provides information on many topics pertaining to the State of Ohio.

Student Health Information

Rx for Understanding is a set of standards-based teaching materials (lesson plans and accompanying resources) for use with students in grades 5-8 that are aligned to the National Health Education Standards and the Common Core Standards.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse developed this site as a one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students, with online tools for parents, students, administrators and more.

Teen Driver Safety

To help promote safety at Lorain County Schools, the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition has created traffic safety messages that can be incorporated into morning announcements, athletic events, or during the school day.

Traffic Safety

Be the 'hostess with the mostess' all year long by having a non-alcoholic treat for designated drivers! Check out these 20 new drink recipes to bring life to your next Holiday party!
Seat belts often come with questions. Check out this info guide.
Know someone who doesn't buckle up? Share this graphic on Facebook, Twitter, your website or email to encourage others to buckle up.
In 2009, Ohio experienced 298,657 crashes. And of these crashes 74,191 resulted in either injury or death. Often times in a crash it is important that an emergency contact or next of kin can be located due to death or injury that may have occurred. In 2008, Ohio became on of the first states to make a next of kin registration process available.

Any holder of a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or state of Ohio Identification card has the option of providing the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified in the event the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person.

For additional information on Next of Kin Registration, click here.

To add Next of Kin information to you license or identification card, click here.

This is one easy step you and your loved ones will be glad you took.

Volunteer Opportunities and Trainings

This site provides information on the Lorain County Medical Reserve Corp volunteer program as well as a secure portion with announcements, training opportunities, newsletters and conversation forums for registered volunteers.
This matrix lists the core competencies that all MRC volunteers should follow, as well as links to online trainings to fulfill those competencies.
This site enables you to find training opportunities and track your learning online with personal transcripts. All volunteers should create an MRC-TRAIN account.
Sponsored by the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, this site serves as the national MRC information link.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Health Alert web site was developed to enhance the Northeast Ohio partners' ability to solicit volunteers to assist in emergency events, maintain a directory of individuals willing to be trained and keep active, including the above mentioned professionals, and to provide another means of notification of important information through the on-line registration and maintenance of personal vital data.
The Ohio MRC site provides information on training, upcoming events, and resources available to MRC members. There is also a link to register as a new volunteer.
ServeOhio provides information about national and community service programs, updates on legislation of interest to the field of volunteerism, education, best practices on screening volunteers, homeland security updates, and more.

Walking Maps

The Amherst Schools walking route maps provide the perfect opportunity for school employees to incorporate walking into their lives during lunch breaks and before or after the work day.

Amherst Schools have five available walking routes: Nord, Shupe, Harris, the Board of Education and Steele-Powers.

Amherst Exempted Village School District: A Good Place to Live....A Great Place to Learn!

Constellation Schools creates and provides diverse superior educational opportunities for a community of learners, built on a foundation of character education in a safe environment, ensuring the success and wellness of all children in our advancing technological society. Constellation Schools, LLC offers parents an educational choice in their neighborhood by providing a caring, nurturing educational environment for their child. Our schools provide a high-quality education that integrates the teaching of character education/values and self-discipline, incorporates technology, stresses the importance of school attendance, and addresses the individual educational needs of each student. Through academic excellence, good attendance, and the learning of desirable character traits and proper behavior, our schools graduate students who are academically, successful, life-long learners, and responsible citizens in their school community, neighborhoods and city.
The mission of Horizon Education Centers is to provide affordable quality care including educational and enrichment opportunities to the children in our communities. Horizon Education Centers is a non-profit organization providing quality child care and educational programs for the families in Western Cuyahoga County and Lorain County since 1978. Through partnerships with local partner school districts and community action agencies or collaborations, Horizon Education Centers perform Early Childhood and Supplemental Education. Make the walk from the partner school of North Ridgeville Middle, along the City’s Government Agencies and through South Central Park.

Nordson Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of precision dispensing equipment that applies adhesives, sealants and coatings to a broad range of consumer and industrial products during manufacturing operations. The company also manufactures equipment used in the testing and inspection of electronic components as well as technology-based systems for curing and surface treatment processes. Headquartered in Westlake, and established in Amherst, Ohio, Nordson has direct operations and sales support offices in more than 30 countries.
The Chronicle is YOUR news source for Lorain County, both in print and online at Chroniclet.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram. Because you want to know!
The mission of Wellington Exempted Village Schools is to create excellence in education for all. This map includes three easy routes that are under a mile. Take a nice walk to Fire Department and other Village Offices, Wellington Community Park or Wellington High School to view the updated Hoop House.

Westwood Elementary School, “We are here to learn!”

Wellness Campaigns

Review this catalog to discover what displays and materials are currently available through the Lorain County General Health District to borrow for your wellness campaign! Return via email to healthed@loraincountyhealth.com or FAX to 440.322.0911.
This website is a step-by-step guide to begin a blood pressure wellness campaign. The focus is to provide participants with education and skills to help improve blood pressure measurements and maintenance over time.

This package includes:
- Campaign Photo
- E-Mail Blast
- Newsletter Samples
- Sample Promotional Flyer
- Sign Up Sheet
- Tracking and Participation
- Blood Pressure Measuring Tips
- Blood Pressure Quiz Questions

All images and documents can be personalized for your work site or organization by adding a logo or a campaign name.

This website is a step-by-step guide to begin a wellness nutrition campaign. The focus of this healthy eating campaign is to provide education and skills to help improve fruit and vegetable consumption.

This package includes:
- Step-by-step campaign guide
- Promotional flier
- Fruit & veggie log for participants
- Campaign image

All images and documents can be personalized for your work site or organization by adding a logo or a campaign name.

This document is a step-by-step guide to begin a walking campaign. The focus is to provide participants with education and skills to help maintain or increase fitness levels.

This package includes:
- Step-by-step campaign guide
- Promotional flier
- Campaign image

All images and documents can be personalized for your work site or organization by adding a logo or a campaign name.

Worksite Wellness

Bendix Success Story:
Highlights the Ohio Healthy Business Award application process using Bendix as an example of a successful award recipient.

YMCA - Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program:
Based on effective efforts researched by the National Institutes of Health, the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, helps individuals learn about and adopt the healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Participants receive support and encouragement from both a trained lifestyle coach and fellow classmates, developing a plan for improving and maintaining overall well-being.

We Thrive!:
Success stories, resources, tools and best practices of the Hamilton County Public Health Department's We THRIVE! Movement show how they work to protect families where they live, work, learn, worship and play; creating neighborhoods where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Family Garden Initiative:
The Family Garden Initiative uses Garden Soxx throughout Lorain County communities as a means of increasing fruit/vegetable intake, physical activity and community connectedness.

Tri-State Workplace Wellness
Tri-state Workplace Wellness Collaborative fosters workplace cultures that promote healthy lifestyles by increasing networking and sharing of ideas and experiences among members of their regional network, and providing information about ‘best in class’ workplace wellness programming.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) offers LEAN Works! to help employers calculate the cost of obesity for their organization and develop a tailored approach to help control these costs through nutrition and physical activity interventions.
Local groups highlight wellness success - Kick-off wellness at your organization by sharing this local wellness video!