Mosquitoes and ticks spread many diseases. The good news is there are things you can do to reduce mosquito and tick exposure: wear light-colored clothing, long pants and long sleeves, and keep lawns cut short. Protect yourself and your family by using insect repellant, removing standing water, and checking yourself and pets daily. If you live in Muskingum County and would like to request mosquito spraying for your neighborhood,
Keep Your Vacation Bed Bug Free
Like mosquitoes, bed bugs bite people and drink a blood meal. Unlike mosquitoes, they are not known to transmit any human diseases. They can, however, cause itching, skin rashes, and distress. Bed bugs spread as people carry them into their homes, often in infested luggage, clothing, or bedding. Tips for avoiding bed bugs while traveling (see page 11) More on bed bugs
June is Cataract Awareness Month
Did you know cataracts affect millions of Americans and are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Although getting a cataract is common, it does not have to mean permanent vision loss. More on cataracts Brochure
Beat the August Rush & Get Your Child Vaccinated This Summer
Attention Parents: Students entering 7th grade must have their state-required immunizations before they can start school. Vaccines can prevent serious diseases. Do not wait. Make their back to school appointments for vaccinations now. More on teen vaccines Back to School flyer
Farm to School Activities
Farm to School is a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Community partners we are working with include the following: Muskingum Valley Park District, Foxfire High School, Zanesville High School Technology Center, West Muskingum Schools, Huston Farms and the Healthier Muskingum County Network. Ohio Farm to School
Farmers Markets Kick Off Season
Muskingum County Farmers Markets
Zanesville Farmers Market: 9am to noon Saturdays, May to October, Muskingum County Fairgrounds, 1300 Pershing Road
Downtown Farmers Market: 3:30 to 6:30pm Wednesdays starting June 5, ZMCo Welcome Center parking lot, 205 N. Fifth Street
Dresden Farmers Market: 4 to 7pm Mondays, June 24 through October, Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets
Picture of Health for Muskingum County Residents
During the Community Health Assessment completed by the Healthier Muskingum County Network, data was collected following a process called Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnerships. This process called for the completion of four assessments to define our community for health status, our themes and strengths, the forces of change at work in our community, and an assessment of our capacity as a local public health system. This report, the Picture of Health for Muskingum County Residents, highlights the priority data that will be tracked over the next five years to evaluate our progress for strategies outlined in the Muskingum County Community Health Improvement Plan. Questions? Call 454-9741 extension 261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Schedule a Car Seat Inspection
Did you know about 73% of car seats are not installed correctly? We can show you how to make sure your childs ride is safe. Did you know car seats have expiration dates? It is true because technology changes & materials wear out. Are used car seats safe? Yes, IF you can: (1) use the model number to verify the seat is not under recall and (2) make sure the car seat is not expired. Never use a car seat that has been involved in a crash. Call to schedule a car seat inspection by appointment only: call 450-3275 or 454-5040.
Breastfeeding Café is June 12th
Join us for our monthly Breastfeeding Cafe (Breastfeeding Support Group)! Its held every month, from 10am-12pm, at the Muskingum County WIC office on 333 Putnam Avenue. The group is open to all current and past breastfeeding moms and pregnant women. For more information: 454-5040 or
Find us on Facebook: Muskingum County Breastfeeding Moms.
Infant Feeding Classes
Join us for new Infant Feeding Classes at the Muskingum County WIC office on 333 Putnam Avenue.
Infant Feeding Options Class is held the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 10-11am and 2-3pm. Learn what every infant needs to start healthy eating habits for the rest of their lives. We will cover what to expect with breastfeeding, pumping and formula feeding your infant.
Infant Feeding for the First Year Class is offered on the second Tuesday of the month, from 10-1030am and 2-230pm. It also takes place on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10-1030am only. Learn how and when to introduce baby foods and cereal to your infant. We will guide you with the research-based information. The class will also cover how to properly use a bottle/cup, safety concerns like choking, and common infant food allergies. For more information: 454-5040.
June Board of Health Meeting
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Board of Health will start its monthly meeting at 6pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Regular meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at the health department, 205 N. 7th Street, Zanesville. For information: 454-9741 X 282.
Turn in Unused/Expired Medications Anytime by Using the Drop Box
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal 24/7.
What is Hoarding?
Why do people become hoarders? Think you know a hoarder? Learn some tips on communicating with a hoarder. Hoarding brochure
Free Eye Exam & Glasses if You Qualify
Do you need help paying for an eye exam and/or glasses? The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department may be able to help, if you do not have Medicaid or other vision insurance. News Release Children Adults
Pregnant and Need Help to Quit Smoking?
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line is offering gift card incentives to help ANY pregnant woman quit smoking. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW. More
Prevent Birth Defects
There are steps a woman can take to get ready for a healthy pregnancy. More
County Health Rankings
Nearly every county in the country is ranked on health outcomes (how healthy we are) and health factors (how healthy we can be). The County Health Rankings are sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. More
What Does the New Healthcare Bill Mean to You?
Guidelines during Boil Advisory or Water Outage
Water service can be interrupted or contaminated for any number of reasons. If a boil advisory is issued, or you experience a loss of water service, any operation that prepares, cooks or cleans foods should follow these guidelines to ensure the health and safety of its customers. Water Outages & Boil Advisories
Power Outage: Information for Food Service Operators
Power Outage: Information for Homeowners
Walk on One of Muskingum County's Trails
This booklet provides a map with parks and trails listed, as well as tips to stay safe and healthy.
ZMCHD Hours: Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This site was updated on May 31, 2013.
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