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Health eTips is produced by the staff of the St. Charles County Department of Public Health. The department consists of three divisions - Environmental Health and Protection, Health Services and Humane Services - that provide a wide range of services focused on enhancing the well-being of this community.

If you have questions about the Department of Public Health or have suggestions on public health topics you'd like to see explored in this blog, please email us.

Apr 19

Fad Diets

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 1:57 PM by Doug Bolnick

Those seeking weight loss sometimes consider the latest fad as an effective diet for fast results. In today’s Health eTips blog, we reveal why “Nutritious Diets Are Not a Fad.”


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Apr 09

Investigating and Reporting Illness

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 12:13 PM by Doug Bolnick

While illness to an individual is the concern of physicians and other medical professionals, the focus for local public health agencies like the St. Charles County Department of Public Health is the spread of disease in large groups of people.

In the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, a region-wide partnership monitors these threats to the community. Hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical professionals report incidences of specific diseases, and local health departments communicate with those affected to minimize the spread of that illness to others. To prevent further illness, tried and true hygiene and prevention techniques will help individuals stay out of harm’s way.

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Apr 09

Safe Backyard Gardening

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 11:57 AM by Doug Bolnick

Backyard gardens are a labor of love. A few precautionary steps will keep that labor from being a painful one. Carelessness contributed to injury, so follow recommended instructions, dress for the occasion with safety gear and sunscreen, and stay within your physical limits. Another way to stay safe in your garden and help the environment is through organic gardening. And, a rain garden can make a beautiful addition to your landscaping and prevent long-term damage through erosion and polluted waterways.


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