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Naugatuck Valley

Health District
Proudly Serving: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Seymour
February 2019 and Shelton

Newsletter
February is American 2. Healthy Weight
Heart Month! Being overweight or obese increases your
risk for heart disease. To determine if your
The term "heart disease" refers to several weight is in a healthy range, doctors often
types of heart conditions. The most com- calculate your body mass index (BMI). If
SPOTLIGHT
mon type of heart disease in the United you know your weight and height, you can
States is coronary artery disease, which calculate your BMI at CDC’s Assessing Your
Heart Month (1)
affects the blood flow to the heart. Weight website, https://www.cdc.gov/
NVHD Suggestion
Decreased blood flow can cause a heart healthyweight/assessing/index.html
Box (2)
attack. You can help prevent heart disease
Blood Pressure
by making healthy choices and managing 3. Physical Activity
awareness. (2)
any health conditions you may have. What Physical activity can help you maintain a
NauVel EPA “RRP”
better time than now to start healthy weight and lower your blood
Training (3)
your journey on becoming pressure, cholesterol, and sugar
NauVel Grant Money (3)
healthier and taking care of levels. For adults, the Surgeon
your heart health! General recommends 2 hours and
30 minutes of moderate-intensity
Practice healthy living habits exercise, like brisk walking or
By living a healthy lifestyle, bicycling, every week. Children and
you can help keep your blood pressure, adolescents should get 1 hour of
Contact Us At cholesterol, and sugar normal and lower physical activity every day.
NVHD your risk for heart disease and heart attack.
98 Bank Street A healthy lifestyle includes the following: 4. Not Smoking
Seymour, CT 06483 Cigarette smoking greatly increases your
Phone: (203) 881-3255 1. Healthy Diet risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke,
www.nvhd.org Choosing healthy meal and snack options don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will
Are you following us on can help you avoid heart disease and its lower your risk for heart disease. Your
complications. Be sure to eat plenty of doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.
SOCIAL MEDIA?
fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer
@naugvalleyHD 5. Limited Alcohol
processed foods. Eating foods low in
#naugvalleyHD Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can
saturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol and
high in fiber can help prevent high raise your blood pressure. Men should have
cholesterol. Limiting salt (sodium) in your no more than 2 drinks per day, and women
diet also can lower your blood pressure. only 1.
source: www.cdc.gov
“Limiting sugar in your diet can lower your
blood sugar level to prevent or help control
diabetes”.

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Flu Clinic:
How can we continue to improve the services we Flu shots are given at
provide to our customers? NVHD on Tuesdays by
appointment only call
As part of our overall efforts to respond to the public health needs of our 6
203-881-3255, ask for
communities, NVHD has just instituted a “Customer Suggestion Box” program. A
Kristin.
light blue or red Suggestion Box has been placed on both the lower and upper level
reception desks. As a small incentive, our “Pot of Gold” contest will end on
March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, with a drawing for two $25 Stop & Shop gift cards, Insurance accepted:
to be awarded to two suggestion submitters. Aetna, Cigna,
Thank you for helping us help the community! Anthem,
Connecticare,
Medicare Part B

High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”


Immunization Clinic:
Most of the time, high blood pressure (HBP, or hypertension) has no obvious Vaccines for adults and
symptoms to indicate that something is wrong. The best ways to protect yourself children every Tuesday
are being aware of the risks and making changes that matter. 2:00-3:30 pm by
appointment, call
A few facts to be aware of: 203-881-3255, ask for
Many people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it. Often Kristin.
the signs and symptoms are misunderstood.
 High blood pressure develops slowly over time and can be related to
many causes.
 High blood pressure cannot be cured. But it can be managed effectively Lead Program for
through lifestyle changes and, when needed, medication. Children: Children up
to age 6 are screened for
Source: www.heart.org
lead by their doctor.
Education, case manage-
ment, physician referral,
environmental investiga-
tions are provided for
130 is too high. Do you know your numbers? children with high lead
levels. Call Jamie for
more information,
203-881-3255.

NauVEL: Grants availa-


ble to remove lead
hazards from your home.
For eligibility and
applications call Carol at
203-881-3255.

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EPA RRP TRAINING
The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule The 8 hour Certified Renovator class includes
(“RRP Rule”) requires that anyone who works lecture, hands-on activities and a certification
in housing, and child-occupied facilities built exam. Note: You must attend the entire class to
prior to 1978, for compensation, and who may be eligible for the exam.
disrupt lead paint, become an The Naugatuck Valley Health District’s (NVHD)
EPA Certified Renovator! NauVEL Program, in collaboration with the
This includes: Connecticut Children’s Healthy Homes Program is
 General, demolition, and remodeling hosting an EPA Certified Renovator class:
contractors
 Maintenance workers in multi-family Location: EMGC Training
housing 412 Roosevelt Drive # 3,
 Landlords of multi-family housing Derby, CT
Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
To register or for questions:
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Please contact Carol or Dena at NVHD:
(203) 881-3255 cslajda@nvhd.org

Free parking on site in visitor lot $25.00 Registration Fee (Pre-Payment Required)
Breakfast and lunch will be provided and Registration Form Required

Seating is limited! Register soon!