Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium found in soils, rock, and water. Because radon is odorless and invisible, the only way to know if your home has a radon problem is to test.
Radon seeps through the soil, and moves into the air and into homes through cracks and small openings in foundations. Homes trap radon in living spaces, where it may build up to dangerous levels.
Many children with developmental delays and disorders are not identified until kindergarten entry or later. As a result, these children may miss opportunities for early intervention. Early developmental screening with appropriate referrals for follow up can help improve outcomes for these children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at:
What are PFCs?
PFCs are a family of human-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment. These compounds are found in firefighting foams, coating additives and surface protection products for carpets and clothing, and other common commercial products. In Colorado, only the Security/Widefield/Fountain area detected PFCs.
The word is spreading - eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables, 2 hours or less recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary beverages.
Make it your goal to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle!
El Paso County Public Health's Community Health Educators focus on healthy eating and active living education, collaboration, and outreach throughout El Paso County. We utilize the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! evidence-based materials created by Let’s Go!, a program within The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, based in Maine.
El Paso County Public Health and Kaiser Permanente are hosting a free community event to explore the problem of youth tobacco use and how the tobacco industry targets youth, minorities and low-income communities. La Tanisha Wright, a former tobacco industry insider, will expose tobacco industry retail marketing tactics employed by Big Tobacco, and discuss how people can take action to protect their communities against tobacco addiction.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.
CO Help is available to answer questions:
303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
Important things to know about Ebola:
Apply for FEMA assistance: www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
Fires in El Paso County have significantly changed the landscape, presenting risk of debris flow and flooding. Hillsides once protected by vegetation have been compromised and precipitation could have significant impacts on the landscape. Residents both in the burned area and those downstream of those areas should be prepared for potential flooding and are strongly urged to purchase flood insurance.