National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Take Back Day flyer April 2018

Annual Suicide Awareness Banquet


Presenter: James McDonald, CEO, Allwell Behavioral Health Services

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Coburn United Methodist Church, 3618 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, OH

Registration: 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Program: 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

RSVP Deadline: Thursday, April 19, 2018

Click on the link below and see page 2 to make a reservation.


Test Your Soil For Free

April is Healthy Homes Awareness Month

People in the United States spend about half of every day inside their homes. The quality of our homes greatly impacts our health. A healthy home can support wellness, while preventing disease and injury.
For more information about how to make your home healthy click here to read more from the Ohio Department of Health.  Healthy Homes

For the 2018 Health Homes Awareness Month, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department (ZMCHD) is focusing on safe gardening.

More and more people are choosing to grow their own vegetables. Due to the large number of older homes in Muskingum County, there are several zip codes that are considered high risk for lead.

What is the problem? Lead in Muskingum County

If you live in one of these areas or in a home built prior to 1978 you should consider testing your soil for lead prior to gardening. Protect Your Children and Food From Lead in Your Garden

ZMCHD will be providing free soil tests for residents who are gardening in a high risk area, while supplies last.

Soil test kits can be obtained at the health department. Test Your Soil For Free

Additional soil testing can also be conducted through the OSU Extension Office.

For more information about soil testing you may contact: Clifton Martin, Extension Educator at OSU Extension

225 Underwood StreetZanesville, OH 43701 Office Phone: 740-454-0144 Email:

Restoration Park Garden Kick-Off

Join us as we team up with Urban Greens for the Restoration Park Garden Kick-Off on Saturday, April 21st from 1-3pm. Restoration Park is located at 254 Muskingum Avenue.

This event includes garden clean-up and planting, a family art project, read a book with Mr. Andy, and healthy snacks.

Take home a potted plant! Admission is free!

Sponsored by: Muskingum Soil & Water Conservation District, Muskingum County Library System, Mission Oaks, Zanesville Museum of Art, and the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

Parents: Say Yes to Dental Sealants

 Sign Up for Dental Sealants at Their School for Free!If your child attends school at Maysville Local, Foxfire, Franklin Local, West Muskingum, or Zanesville City Schools, they have access to a free dental program designed to protect their permanent molars from decay.

Every year the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dental Sealant Team visits each of these school districts to place dental sealants on children’s teeth.  A permission form is sent home in 2nd and 6th grades and needs to be returned to their teacher to receive this service.

Dental health is very important for children!  Tooth decay may cause pain and infection, resulting in missed school days and learning opportunities. In Ohio and across the country tooth decay is the single most common childhood disease.  It is more common than asthma and hay fever.

The process for dental sealants is simple and painless. The teeth are screened and sealants are painted on the grooves of healthy permanent molars.  This procedure will seal out the food and germs that could get trapped in the grooves of your child’s teeth and help prevent decay.   This sealant process takes as little as 10 minutes and can last up to 20+ years.

If you have any questions about this program please feel free to call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dental Sealant Team at 740-454-9741.


Clean Hands Save Lives

Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except the germs.

Learn more about when and how to wash your hands, the importance of using soap and water, and what you can do if soap and clean, running water are not available. Whether you are at home, at work, traveling, or already sick, find out how good hand hygiene can protect you, your family, and others.

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

New Sewage Rules

New Sewage Rules In Muskingum County, only homeowners (with aeration systems) who have been notified by ZMCHD are affected at this time. The Ohio Department of Health has adopted new sewage treatment system rules (Ohio Administrative Code: Chapter 3701-29). These new rules require every sewage treatment system have an Operation Permit to encourage proper maintenance and extend the life of the system. Operational Permits Frequently Asked Questions Aerobic Sewage Treatment Systems ZMCHD Sewage Treatment System Webpage