NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 21 through 27, the Westchester County Department of Health encourages parents and caregivers to learn how to eliminate hazards at home that can cause lead poisoning in children and to assure their young children are tested for lead exposure.
“We know how lead poisoning is caused and we know how to prevent it, so no child should have to suffer the ill effects of lead poisoning,” said Sherlita Amler, MD, commissioner of health. “If you live in an older home, it is important to keep painted surfaces from cracking and peeling and to consult with the health department if you plan to renovate your home so you can do it safely and protect young children.”
Parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead in many ways. To protect your family, get your home tested. Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection. Make sure your child’s healthcare provider has tested your child for lead exposure.
Here’s what you can do to minimize a child’s exposure to lead:
· Clean up peeling paint and paint chips often, using a wet mop or sponge and an all purpose degreasing cleaner.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle recently hosted a reception for Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi of Ghana who visited the campus to thank President Judith A. Huntington and CNR’s School of Nursing for helping to improve the curriculum of a nursing college in his diocese in Ghana.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Seniors who want to change their Medicare health plan and Part D coverage for prescription drugs for 2013 can enroll through Dec. 7.
Until that time, they are eligible to move in or out of any type of Medicare coverage they choose. They can also switch to a new health or drug plan or drop their health plan and return to original Medicare. All changes take effect Jan. 1, 2013.
Because Blue Cross/Blue Shield is discontinuing its health plans next year, the county’s Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) has scheduled a special session to help seniors select a new one.
The program, “Medicare: Selecting a Health Plan (Advantage, HMO or PPO),” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the eighth floor of the County Office Building, 9 S. First Ave., Mount Vernon.
Information on how to select a new health plan will also be discussed at already announced Medicare Basics workshops on Oct. 24, Nov. 15 and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the same location. All sessions are free.
Seniors who want help to select the plan that best suits their needs, should call (914) 813-6100 – DSPS’ year-round Medicare Information Line.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- A group of motivated residents from the Westchester area are joining forces with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) to partake in a walk on Saturday, October 13, 2012, aimed at building public awareness and raising money to help protect children with life-threatening food allergies.
The 3rd Annual FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester will take place on Saturday, October 13 in Glen Island Park on Pelham Road in New Rochelle, NY. Registration, activities and giveaways will start at 9 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in Westchester County is one of 45 walks scheduled this year. Last year, the Westchester walk raised over $200,000 and became the #1 walk in the country.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Free rabies vaccinations will be available by appointment for dogs, cats and ferrets owned by Westchester County residents on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Rochelle Humane Society, 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle. For more information, call the New Rochelle Humane Society at 914-632-2925. Cats and ferrets must be in carriers and dogs must be on a leash. Aggressive dogs must be muzzled. No examinations will be given. See attached press release for more information.Read more
Medication management and ways to improve your memory will be the topics at the 18th annual “Healthy Living” – or “Viviendo Saludablemente” – conference for Spanish-speaking seniors on Saturday, Sept. 15 at White Plains Hospital, located at 41 E. Post Road, White Plains.
The program for people age 60 and older will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Marion W. Fried Auditorium and will include a continental breakfast.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Neldy Martinez, R.N., from ElderServe Health Inc., who will discuss how to manage your medications. ElderServe Health, an affiliate of the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, is a New York State managed long-term care program that helps seniors remain in their homes as they age with as much independence as possible.
Licet Valois, a social worker at the Center of Excellence on Brain Aging at the Pearl Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, will focus on improving your memory.Read more
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- Concerned over numerous mosquito batches in Westchester having tested positive for the West Nile virus, Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) will introduce new legislation next week requiring all Westchester County storm water basins around the county receive mosquito larvicide treatments based on a formula derived from the previous winter’s weather pattern.
The legislation will be introduced at a meeting of the BOL Environment & Energy Committee, chaired by Legislator Mike Kaplowitz (D-Somers), on Tuesday, September 4 at 3 PM.
Presently, storm water basin inspections and larvicide treatments are undertaken without any specific guidelines regarding seasonal temperatures. Many health officials across the U. S. are worried that warmer winters are allowing the mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus to flourish.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Westchester County has learned of its first human case of West Nile Virus this year, which was recently diagnosed in a 28-year-old New Rochelle resident who is recovering at home after being hospitalized.
The Westchester County Department of Health conducted a local environmental assessment of the area around the individual’s home for signs of mosquito breeding activity nearby. Residents were advised to remove any standing water from their properties and several catch basins in the area were retreated with larvacide.
As in prior years, the Health Department prepared for the summer mosquito season by applying larvicide briquettes to street catch basins that held standing water on county and local roads in an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus. Residents should continue to do their part by taking personal protection measures and removing standing water where mosquitoes can breed.Read more