Prevent West Nile virus and stay safe from mosquitos this summer

July 12, 2024

In the summer and fall months, mosquitos bite day and night, leading to itchy sores and possibly spreading disease. West Nile virus is most commonly spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile virus can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Rarely, some…

Prioritizing your health during National Men’s Health Week

June 10, 2024

What is Men’s Health Week? Men’s Health Week is celebrated the week leading up to Father’s Day from June 10 through 16 and aims to bring awareness to preventable health problems. Men’s Health Week encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys to promote healthier, longer and…

Food allergies highlighted during Food Allergy Awareness Month

May 28, 2024

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month, a time dedicated to learning more about food allergies and how to keep those with food allergies safe. Millions of Americans live with food allergies and may experience adverse reactions—most reactions cause mild symptoms, but some are severe and may even be life-threating. About…

Center your health during National Women’s Health Week

May 13, 2024

It’s National Women’s Health Week (May 12-18) and it’s a great time for women to make changes that lead to a healthier life. Don’t know where to start? Here are some steps to consider to protect and improve your health and well–being: Make that doctor’s appointment. Schedule regular checkups and…

Celebrating El Paso County Public Health’s nurses during National Nurses Week

May 6, 2024

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually between May 6, National Nurses Day, and May 12, the birthday of celebrated nurse Florence Nightingale. The 2024 theme of National Nurses Week is “Nurses Make the Difference”, highlighting the dedication of nurses, their contributions, sacrifices, and dedication to their profession and to their…

Happy National Pet Day! & Tips for getting your pets ready for spring and summer

April 11, 2024

National Pet Day is observed on April 11 each year and celebrates the relationship we have with our beloved pet(s). This holiday also helps to highlight and bring awareness to the many pets who are eagerly awaiting their forever home. According to HelpGuide.org, pets not only provide a great sense…

Groundwater Awareness Week (GWAW) is taking place March 10-16 in 2024!

March 13, 2024

El Paso County Public Health can help you find out if your well water is safe to drink In 1999, Groundwater Awareness Week was established as a platform to encourage annual water well testing and well maintenance and to highlight the responsible development, management and use of groundwater....

Get big results by starting with tiny habits

February 15, 2024

Many people like to start a new year by setting new goals to reach throughout the next 365 days. Goals can range from exercising more, losing weight, learning a new language to behavior changes like being more accepting or lessening time spent on social media. The list could go on…

Super Bowl Food Safety Tips

January 30, 2024

Whether you’re looking forward to rooting for your favorite football team, or are eagerly anticipating this year’s commercials, one thing is paramount to a Super Bowl party – the delicious spread of food. Unlike other food holidays where meals are often consumed within an hour, Super Bowl parties often include…

Let’s keep those kiddos safe during Safe Toy and Gifts Month

December 1, 2023

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of gift giving during the holidays, but it’s also important to be aware of potential dangers, especially when giving toys as gifts to children. ...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Safely Cooking and Serving Your Thanksgiving Turkey

November 12, 2023

Look into the best way to thaw your turkey safely. Depending on the size of the bird, some ways of thawing may be preferred over others. ...

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November 9, 2023

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 37 million Americans live with diabetes and 86 million with prediabetes, a health condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes....