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Sexual Health Awareness Month

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual… Read More

Do Your Part, Get Septic Smart

  On Monday, September 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – in conjunction with federal, state and local government and private sector partners – will kick off its fifth annual SepticSmart Week (September 18th-22nd) to encourage American homeowners and communities to properly maintain their septic systems. More than 26 million homes in the United States… Read More

Safe Sleep for Babies

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observance,  DHD#10 is reminding parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to substantially reduce the infant death rate in Michigan. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, or SUID, is Michigan’s leading cause of preventable infant death. Michigan currently ranks 37th among states for overall… Read More

Back to School… Already?

The back to school checklist may start to feel overwhelming this time of year; school supplies, immunizations, physicals, and more! DHD#10 is here to ease your mind on a few things regarding your family’s wellness. Preventing Head Lice Head lice (pediculosis) are parasitic insects found on people’s heads. They do not pose a significant health… Read More

The Importance of Immunizations

One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is getting their child vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule. Whether parents have a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or… Read More

Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life

When we think about World Breastfeeding Week, it’s easy to think big- thinking about moms in Europe or Africa. Breastfeeding: it’s one of the most natural and intimate of ALL human interactions. But the reality is (here and everywhere), just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s easy. Breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health… Read More

It’s Summertime… Which Means Local Produce

In Michigan, we are lucky to be surrounded by lots of local produce during summer months. Here are a few tips to help make sure you have plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.   Visit a local farmers market. Find out what is in season Find the date and time of a farmers… Read More

HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention

What is HPV? HPV stands for human papilloma virus. HPVs are a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in the group is given a number, and is called an HPV type (for instance, HPV-16). HPVs are called papillomaviruses because some of the HPV types cause warts or papillomas, which are non-cancerous… Read More

Bugs, Bats, and Bacteria

Michigan summers are full of sun and fun, but also a few extra critters and crawlers. Ticks According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, sometimes referred to as deer ticks. Typical… Read More

Get Tested. Know Your Status.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day! Around 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and one in eight people don’t know they have it. Nearly 45,000 people find out they have HIV every year. HIV testing can be the answer to prevention and care. • People who test negative have… Read More