BCHD celebrates Public Health Month

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In April, the Barry County Health Department will celebrate Public Health Month by offering a variety of testing services.

"Basically, the purpose of Public Health Month is to get people thinking about public health and all the things that go along with public health," said Roger Brock, health department administrator. "The health department makes immunizations available to local children, handles concerns related to the water quality in the community and provides a variety of other public health services in the county."

The Barry County Health Department will offer free testing of private well water Monday, April 1 through Thursday, April 4. Community members must obtain a water testing kit from the local health department.

During April, the health department's nursing staff will also conduct heart disease and stroke risk assessments using blood pressure testing.

Nutritional classes on food safety will be offered by the University of Missouri Extension at the Monett office each Tuesday and the Cassville office each Wednesday throughout the month.

Breastfeeding education will also be available in April. A breastfeeding support group will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April. 4. All interested community members are invited to attend.

"We want community members to take advantage of all of these services because they all provide a benefit for area residents and the community," said Brock. "From water sample testing to the services provided by our nursing staff. All help improve the public health in our county."

For more information, call the Cassville office at 847-2114 or the Monett office at 417-354-8686.

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