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Healthy habits that can become part of your daily routine

For example, the Harvard School of Public Health notes that women who walk 30 minutes per day can reduce their risk of stroke by 20 percent and potentially by 40 percent if they walk briskly. In addition, researchers at the University of Virginia Health System found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter mile per

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7 surprising health benefits of walking Lifestyles

(7 days ago) 4. Improves cardiovascular health: The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Walking can fit that bill. Walking five days a week can reduce risk for coronary heart disease by roughly 19 percent, according to a …

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Rural Health Association receives boost in implementation

(9 days ago) Good health encompasses more than simply visiting a doctor’s office. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly 80% of what influences a person’s health relates to nonmedical issues, such as food, housing, transportation and the financial means to pay for basic daily needs. And for so many, the global pandemic has

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Health department will start offering vaccines to those 65

(3 days ago) The following information was released by the Daviess County Health Department Monday morning: The Daviess County Health Department, per the guidance of the Indiana Department of Health, announces the following changes to eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine for distribution to Phase 1A and 1B individuals effective immediately.

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The various health benefits of yoga News

(2 days ago) Health-conscious individuals can do many things to improve their overall health. As medical researchers continue to uncover new things about how to achieve optimal health, one practice dating back to ancient times remains a highly effective way to take care of the human body.

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Update from the Daviess County Health Department

(9 days ago) 2. The Health Officer has learned of a condition and scenario which may transmit, generate or promote the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) among the most vulnerable and highest risk of our population, i.e. people over 65 years of age or with compromised health issues that require that they reside permanently in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or other similar type living

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County health department alerted by state on rising number

(Just Now) The Daviess County Health Department in conjunction with local county and school officials want to make notice to all residents of Daviess County that we have been alerted by the Indiana State Department of Health of high COVID-19 positivity rate and community spread.

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Health officials battle COVID-19 at Ketcham

(3 days ago) The Daviess County Health Department is reaching out and trying to play a role in the action of trying to contain the virus. “We are working closely with Ketcham,” said Daviess County Public Health Nurse Kathy Sullender. “We are helping to supply personal protective equipment.

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Summer Seminar focuses on fall prevention Local News

(9 days ago) Following up the bathtub skit was Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy home safety improvement specialist Wayne Neace, who spoke about the importance of the grip bars and other modifications that can be made to help make homes safer. Neace said Williams Bros. installs between 20 and 30 shower bars each week.

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Dean Allison News washtimesherald.com

(9 days ago) Dean Allison, 87, formerly of Daviess County, died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday at Home Wood Health Care Center. Born Sept. 15, 1923, in Washington, he was the son of Frederick L. and Margaret T. (Dayton) Allison. He attended Washington High School and was a farmer.

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Daviess County declares health emergency

(Just Now) The County Commissioners and the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency declared the Local Health Emergency at the ddirection of the Daviess County Health Department, which is the lead local agency in the fight against the coronavirus in the county.

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DCH not taking as big a COVID hit as larger hospitals

(Just Now) State health officials say there is a growing number of COVID cases in the southwestern part of Indiana and it is putting a strain on hospital facilities and staffing. Governor Eric Holcomb resumed his weekly media updates and announced a rise in coronavirus cases has happened statewide.

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Task force offers sweeping recommendations to protect

(3 days ago) The task force has worked towards this goal for the last several months with help from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the Interagency State Council on Black and Minority Health and the Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Minority Health. The task force followed two goals in building the report.

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Local health department adjusts to new COVID orders News

(8 days ago) The Daviess County Health Department has been on the front lines of the COVID fight for the past year, often left to try and enforce the orders that came from Indianapolis. One of the biggest things for the health department since the first of the year has been administering vaccine. “I was really happy to hear the governor say that he was

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Health department announces potential COVID-19 exposure at

(2 days ago) The Daviess County Health Department is sending out a message to the general public that a confirmed positive COVID-19 individual was present at Chuckles Convenience Store #7, 601 West Elnora Street, Odon, on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, sometime between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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3 strategies to protect mental health Lifestyles

(5 days ago) Various techniques and strategies can be utilized to promote mental health, and these three are simple and highly effective. 1. Get enough sleep. According to the Primary Care Collaborative, a not-for-profit member organization dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system, sleep and mental health are intimately related.

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Nursing home hospital deals are common in Indiana

(9 days ago) Don Kelso, executive director for the Indiana Rural Health Association, says the agreements sound odd, but they are really about financing. “If they have a partnership between the public hospital and the nursing home then they can get a higher Medicare reimbursement,” he said. “This is a financial arrangement.

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Health Department limits nursing home visits News

(1 days ago) The Daviess County Health Department says it has noticed a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in the last week with at least 80 new cases being reported. “We are coming off of fall break,” said Sullender. “There were a lot of weddings, a lot of people traveling, a lot of events. People get together and the result is COVID spreads.”

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COVID vaccinations start in Daviess County News

(9 days ago) History was made in Daviess County Monday when 51 residents, either age 80 or older or front line workers, received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Offered at the Daviess County Health Department’s location in the newly opened Government Center, Phil Baker was the first to receive the vaccine.

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The vital role of psychiatric mental health nurses

(8 days ago) Psychiatric mental health nursing is a subcategory of nursing, and professionals working within that category may serve in various capacities. For example, the APNA notes that psychiatric mental health advanced practice registered nurses (PMH-APRNs) employ a full scope of therapeutic skills to assess, diagnose and treat individuals and families

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Pandemic has taken its toll on Americans' mental health

(2 days ago) Mental health diagnoses, of course, are nothing new, but “if something has come out of the pandemic, it’s that a light has been shown on mental illness,” says David Berman, vice president for harm reduction and crisis stabilization at Mental Health America of Indiana, an advocacy and policy group.

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SICHC expands obstetrics services into Crawford, Martin

(Just Now) SICHC offers medical care in medically underserved areas of Crawford, Martin, Orange, and Washington counties. SICHC is a member of the National Health Services Corps and receives program funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health

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Federal funds headed to small clinics to test for COVID-19

(5 days ago) Indiana has received $3.9 million to fund COVID-19 testing at 79 rural health clinics around the state. The money is part of a much larger $225 million provision to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources administration for COVID-19 testing across the nation. The funding will help 4,500 Rural Health Clinics

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The risks of an overly sedentary lifestyle Lifestyles

(Just Now) Increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat all can be attributed to inactivity. Mental health can be adversely affected by a sedentary lifestyle as well. Australian researchers surveyed more than 3,300 government employees and found men who sat for more than six hours a day at work were 90

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Health Department seeks more COVID grants News

(8 days ago) The health department is also working on a grant of $97,404 to upgrade its technology. “This is a new grant opportunity,” said Sullender. “Each county is going to receive additional CARES Act money that can only be used for IT (information technology). Our health department really does lack in IT.

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IRHA responds to rural healthcare crisis with cost

(1 days ago) The Indiana Rural Health Association was organized in 1997 and is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education, advocacy, collaboration, and resource development. The strength of the organization is through the present diverse membership and the founding

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COVID-19 vaccine could be distributed to at-risk

(8 days ago) This is the ninth renewal of the public health emergency by Holcomb since the initial declaration on March 6. There has been pushback against the governor’s emergency orders. On Nov. 18, Organization Day, Rep. John Jacob, R-Indianapolis, and Curt Nisly, R-Milford, filed a resolution to end the public health

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Health officials warn about case of flu from pigs Local

(7 days ago) Health officials say the case of H3N2 variant influenza is the first reported in Indiana since 2013 and the first human case in the U.S. H3N2 variant influenza is most commonly associated with contact with pigs. The Indiana resident became ill after being exposed to pigs during a county fair that has since ended. The resident is recovering.

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Pandemic turns telehealth into the new normal News

(2 days ago) Pandemic turns telehealth into the new normal. What was once considered as an experimental way to deliver health care, telehealth, has now become a mainstream delivery system. While many people are just now getting a taste of telehealth because of the coronavirus pandemic, the idea behind it and the act to develop it has been around for quite

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Health department orders restrictions for nursing homes

(2 days ago) The Daviess County Health Department has reported an outbreak of COVID in an unnamed assisted living facility in the county. “We have had 35 new cases in the last week,” said Daviess County Public Health Nurse Kathy Sullender. “We are trying to protect people who are at the highest risk. We also have reports of outbreaks from churches.

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Health officials loosen reigns on schools News

(8 days ago) Health officials loosen reigns on schools. Students will be returning to school in Washington on Monday while those attending Barr-Reeve and North Daviess will head back to class Friday after an extended Thanksgiving break due to COVID-19. Area health officials have loosened the grip on schools clearing the way for some of them to reopen Friday.

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Health Department loosens COVID restrictions News

(1 days ago) Daviess County Health officials are seeing some improvement in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and are loosening some restrictions. Daviess County Health Officer Dr. Merle Holsapple has announced that the restrictions on indoor visitation at nursing homes and assisted living centers in …

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A ‘travesty’ in a pandemic: Hoosiers Action seeks

(4 days ago) “Hoosiers and all Americans deserve sound policies that safeguard their health care needs, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. But these policies must accomplish these ends while also staying true to the Constitution,” Hill said in a statement Wednesday about why Indiana is …

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Mental health can deteriorate during pandemic News

(2 days ago) Mental health can deteriorate during pandemic. Over the last several months as the COVID-19 virus has spread, many people have experienced fear, stress and worry. There have been significant changes to people’s lives, including isolation and the lack of physical contact, unemployment, and …

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Health providers applaud new telehealth law News

(Just Now) Indiana University Health reports that since the beginning of the pandemic their doctors have conducted 80,000 telehealth visits. That is a 10,000% increase from the previous year. Not only did telehealth come during the pandemic, it also arrived at a time when people found it necessary to become more tech-savvy.

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Exercising safely after recovering from COVID-19

(6 days ago) Health experts recommend a slow, phased approach to resuming exercise after recovering from COVID-19. MetroCreative Connection But as of April 2021, the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University reported that more than 31 million people in the United States have had confirmed coronavirus infections, and Canada

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Mental health support for kids – going for the gold News

(6 days ago) Mental health support for kids – going for the gold. Special to TH. Aug 7, 2021. Aug 7, 2021. The start of the school year is quickly approaching. Children, teachers and other school staff are not the only ones going back to school this month. Youth First Social Workers are also back on the job and ready to assist students, families and

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New COVID wave hits Daviess County News

(1 days ago) Aug 12, 2021. Daviess County is getting caught in a wave of new COVID-19 cases sweeping across Indiana. Daviess County Health officials say the numbers are going up locally and it is not surprising. “Our positivity rate has been creeping up,” said Daviess County Health Department Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Kelli Streeter.

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Guidance for Amish communities Indiana washtimesherald.com

(Just Now) The Indiana State Department of Health has released guidelines for Amish communities. Please share this information with your Amish friends and neighbors. COVID-19 Guidance for Amish CommunitiesLast Updated 3/22/2020 . WHAT IS COVID-19?Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.

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COVID showing signs of new wave in Indiana News

(9 days ago) The health department is still offering the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The Pfizer is approved for those age 12 and up, while the others are only for people 18 and over. “We are still doing vaccinations by appointment at the health department,” said Sullender.

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Idaho patients in hospital halls amid COVID rationed care

(8 days ago) That allowed Kootenai Health, where an entire floor has been turned into a makeshift COVID-19 unit, and other hospitals in the region to ration health care during the surge. Public health officials are warning the health care rationing could soon spread statewide, forcing already traumatized doctors and nurses to make gut-wrenching decisions

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New dashboard will track COVID-19 cases in schools News

(7 days ago) The health department reported 955 new cases Thursday, for a total of 83,277. There were 11 more deaths, bringing the total to 2,979 Hoosiers who have died from the virus. “This is an incredibly challenging time for our educational system, and I know it’s chaotic for parents trying to plan whether the child who goes to school in person

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Loogootee names new police officer News

(1 days ago) 1 day ago · During the August meeting, McNeece presented a health insurance renewal for 2022 through Anthem, which called for a premium increase of 12.9%. He said it was the best option he could find. Monday night, Kerns agreed with McNeece, presenting the same proposal to the council. The annual cost to the city would be $237,225, up from $210,072 this year.

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Telehealth programs at schools almost ready for students

(6 days ago) Daviess Community Hospital, the Indiana Rural Health Association, Barr-Reeve, North Daviess and Loogootee schools cut the ribbon for the new telehealth clinics that will soon be open to students. Pictured are North Daviess Elementary Principal Renee Judy, Indiana Rural School Clinic Network’s Kathleen Chelminiak, Barr-Reeve Nurse Mandy Ash, Loogootee Nurse Tiffany Lingenfelter, North Daviess

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IRHA secures $4.5 million grant to combat high rate of

(4 days ago) The HSCC program is funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration grant made available to the Indiana Rural Health Association. HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Senators call for more support for mental health and

(Just Now) The bill would also advise the Department of Health and Human Services to gather data to better understand the effects of the pandemic on mental health and addiction, then use that data to make recommendations on how to improve future response efforts. Several telecommunication and online services offer free and confidential counseling.

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Idaho hospitals begin rationing health care amid COVID

(1 days ago) The state health agency cited “a severe shortage of staffing and available beds in the northern area of the state caused by a massive increase in patients with COVID-19 who require hospitalization.” The designation includes 10 hospitals and healthcare systems in the Idaho panhandle and in north-central Idaho.

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