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If you didn’t know, September is National Preparedness Month. This year, we at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department are theme “A healthy community is a prepared community”, which is also at the center of our Community Health Division of the Department of Health. We believe the best thing you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and even your community is to be healthy.

We learned this with COVID-19 and especially when the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control said that those with underlying risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart problems had higher hospitalization rates than those without. The NIH said in March 2021 that up to two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations were due to these four risk factors.

Recently, studies have been published which show that physical inactivity was also associated with a higher risk of serious consequences from COVID-19, which as many know also leads to the four risk factors mentioned above. A study has shown that regular physical activity (or exercise) appears to reduce the likelihood of adverse outcomes related to COVID-19.

Again, we believe that being healthy is the best way for a community to prepare for what may come. Whether it’s another pandemic, a man-made or natural disaster, a family emergency or otherwise – the best way for us to be a resilient community in the face of the unknown of what can happen is to be healthy, and that includes our physical and mental health. health. Most of the population has been physically and/or mentally affected by COVID.

This is one more reason why we launched the “Make the Move to a Healthy Life” community program. It’s a free initiative that focuses on nutrition, sleep, movement (exercise), community, and lifestyle choices to help you take small steps toward a healthy life. We are offering our introductory course from 9 am to noon on September 24.

We’ll introduce you to the program and how you can start using it immediately to have positive effects on your physical and mental health, making you more resilient and prepared for the future. We also offer a free community exercise group at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays here at the health department. This is the MOV Ruck group.

What is Rucking? Rucking is simply walking with a weight. You just need to bring a backpack and put some kind of weight on it – your weight can be books, canned food, water bottles or anything that will add weight. We have people who just start walking and build strength to gain weight and we have people who carry a lot of weight. Everything is scalable according to your needs and abilities. Start low and come join us. Again, this will help prepare you physically and mentally for what’s to come.

One of the courses we are offering this month is a Stop the Bleed course. In today’s crazy world, you never know when you’ll need to be able to respond to an incident when someone is bleeding profusely. This could be due to an incident at your home, a traffic accident, a hunting incident, an active shooter situation, or another reason. With minimal training, we can equip you to save someone’s life in the event of a haemorrhage. Literally someone can bleed out in minutes and with the right training you can keep them from dying. For those who attend our classes, you will receive hands-on training in the use of a tourniquet and how to dress a wound.

Our calendar of free special events that our Community Health Team has planned for National Preparedness Month includes:

* September 17: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Stop Bleeding Class

* September 17: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Meteorological observation course

* September 24: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Upgrade to an introductory healthy living class

* September 24: 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Stop Bleeding Class

If you’re interested and want to sign up, call the health department at 304-485-7374 and talk to Amanda Lyons or Amy Phelps, and they can sign you up. The classes mentioned above are all offered at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department offices at 211 Sixth St, Parkersburg.


If you would like you to speak with Malcolm Lanham Jr. about any of the above please feel free to call him on the health department and if he is not available leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

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