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Florida Department of Health Encourages Kids To Be a Hero and ‘Spill The Water!’ To Fight Mosquitoes

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Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health is educating Florida’s youth on mosquito bite prevention and enlisting their help in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses in a new campaign that encourages kids to “Spill the Water!”

Join the Florida Department of Health in recognizing April as National Minority Health Month. The 2018 Minority Health Month theme is “Partnering for Health Equity,” which provides an opportunity to highlight the partnerships that help reduce disparities in health and health care.

The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families and their communities. To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the department has chosen health equity as one of the priority health areas in the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), which will guide strategic health interventions for the next five years.

To find out how the department is working with state and local agencies to promote opportunities for vulnerable individuals and their communities, visit the Florida SHIP website.

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The Florida Department of Health in DeSoto County urges everyone to be safe during this recent cold weather. Some safety tips are: - Stay indoors as much as possible. If you go outside, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. - Be sure to check on family and friends who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults, and those who are chronically ill. - Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. - Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by NEVER using a generator, charcoal or gas grills indoors, even in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO detector. - Leave your home's water taps slightly open so they drip continuously and pipes won't freeze. - Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Drink warm beverages instead. - Provide pets a warm shelter. - Wild animals can be displaced by cold weather. Stay clear of wild or feral animals, especially if they look sick or appear injured. For more information on cold weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Winter Weather Preparedness page

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