Wishing everyone a Happy New Year is not enough for Rogers County Health Department. It is more important they add “Healthy” to the New Year. The health department’s vision is to create a state of health and that is what their employees aim to do each day. In fact, they are on a mission to cultivate conditions by which all Oklahomans can be healthy.
In order to create a healthy community, the health department strives to be the leading authority on prevention, preparedness, and health policy. They rely on their integrity to fulfill this obligation and respect the contribution of all community partners. Rogers County has many committed organizations and individuals working diligently together to make a positive difference which is evidenced in their health outcomes and behaviors.
According to the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings, Rogers County is ranked:
7th out of 77 counties for overall health outcomes
8th for length of life
13th for quality of life
8th for health factors
5th for health behaviors
10th for clinical care and
11th for social and economic factors.
This all points to great collaboration and effort among public health and community partners. It also means the community is getting on board for better health.
It is the hope of the Rogers County Health Department that these numbers will continue to improve along with all aspects of healthy living to make the community the best for all who live, work, play, and/or visit.
The health department staff want to offer a few tips from the World Health Organization to help people find ways to be healthier in Rogers County.
- Eat a combination of different foods, including fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. You can improve your intake by always including these in your meals and snacks. Be aware to also consume less salt and It’s easier to do this by limiting salt, soy sauce, fish sauce, and other high-sodium condiments along with sugary snacks and beverages when preparing and eating meals including removing them from your table.
- Reduce your saturated fat and trans-fat intake and replace both with unsaturated fats. The unsaturated fats are found in fish, avocado and nuts, and in sunflower, soybean, canola and olive oils. Reduce your servings of fatty meat, butter, palm and coconut oil, cream, cheese, ghee and lard, fried and pre-packaged foods.
- Avoid harmful use of alcohol and do not use any tobacco (or vaping) products. Avoid using any prescription medications that are not specifically prescribed for you at this time. If you need help quitting, contact alcohol or narcotics anonymous and/or 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
- Be more physically active including exercise and activities undertaken while working, playing, and daily living.
- Have regular medical checkups and check your blood pressure regularly to know your numbers.
- Get tested for diabetes, HIV, sexually-transmitted infections, and tuberculosis. Know your status.
- Get yourself and loved ones vaccinated to prevent diseases, Practice safe sex
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Stay home when ill
- Wash your hands often and
- Prevent mosquito bites.
- Also, take antibiotics only as prescribed, and complete the treatment days as instructed. Never share any medications.
- Follow traffic laws while driving, bicycling, walking, skating, or using any mode of transportation. This includes knowing the laws, using seat belts and helmets, and not drinking or using mobile phones while driving.
- Talk to someone you trust such as a family member, friend, or mental health professional if you’re feeling down, depressed, and/or in danger of harming yourself.
- Prepare your food correctly and safely. Check labels or actual produce to ensure it is safe to eat. Follow the five keys to safer food:
1) Keep clean;
2) Separate raw and cooked;
3) Cook thoroughly;
4) Keep food at safe temperatures; and
5) Use safe water and raw materials.
- Drink safe water by watching and listening for any water safety announcements in your area and follow their recommendations.
We hope these tips will help you be healthier and help us create and keep Rogers County in a great state of health.
Happy “Healthy” New Year from the Rogers County Health Department.
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Rogers County Health Department is located at 2664 N. Hwy 88, Claremore, OK. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and we are open during the noon hour.