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Public Health Division

 

Tulelake Police Department:                     470 C St, Tulelake, CA 96134

Happy Camp Sheriff’s Substation:            30 4th Ave., Happy Camp, CA 96039

Dunsmuir Sheriff’s Substation                   5902 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir, CA 96025

Mount Shasta Police Department             303 N Mt Shasta Blvd., Mt Shasta, CA 96067

Weed Police Department                          550 Main St., Weed, CA 96094

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office                305 Butte St., Yreka, CA 96097

Yreka Police Department                           412 W. Miner West St., Yreka, CA 96097

 

 

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Public Health Division Mission Statement

To promote and improve the health and wellness of the people of Siskiyou County through community empowerment and meaningful partnerships.

Public Health Division Vision Statement

The goal of Siskiyou County Public Health Division is to promote individual and community wellness, effectively monitor and evaluate health status, and develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.  It is our goal to accomplish this through confidential and respectful services, health education, prevention and outreach.

Public Health every day

What is Public Health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

The 10 Essential Public Health Services

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The 10 Essential Public Health Services describe the public health activities that all communities should undertake and serve as the framework for the NPHPS instruments. Public health systems should:

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.

  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.

  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

September is National Childhood Obesity Month

Fight obesity

Learn about ways to promote healthy growth in children and prevent obesity.

About 1 of every 3 (17%) children in the United States has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others. While there is no single or simple solution, National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern.

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Childhood obesity is a major public health problem.

Child looking at food options

  • Children who have obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems, including diabetes and increased risk of certain cancers.
  • Children who have obesity face more bullying and stigma.
  • Childhood obesity is influenced by many factors. For some children and families factors include too much time spent in sedentary activities such as television viewing; a lack of bedtime routine leading to too little sleep; a lack of community places to get adequate physical activity; easy access to inexpensive, high calorie snacks and beverages; and/or a lack of access to affordable, healthier foods.

There are ways parents can help prevent obesity and support healthy growth in children.

Healthy child habits

  • To help ensure that children have a healthy weight, energy balance is important. To achieve this balance, parents can make sure children get adequate sleep, follow recommendations on daily screen time, take part in regular physical activity, and eat the right amount of calories.
  • Parents can substitute higher nutrient, lower calorie foods such as fruit and vegetables in place of foods with higher-calorie ingredients, such as added sugars and solid fats.
  • Parents can serve children fruit and vegetables at meals and as snacks.
  • Parents can ensure access to water as a no-calorie alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Parents can help children get the recommended amount of physical activity each day by encouraging them to participate in activities that are age-appropriate and enjoyable. There are a variety of age appropriate aerobic, muscle and bone-strengthening activities that kids can do. 

    Addressing obesity can start in the home, but also requires the support of communities.

Children eating healthy

  • We can all take part in the effort to encourage more children to be physically active and eat a healthy diet.
  • The federal government is currently helping low-income families get affordable, nutritious foods through programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
  • State and local stakeholders including health departments, businesses, and community groups can help make it easier for families with children to find low-cost physical activity opportunities and buy healthy, affordable foods in their neighborhoods and community settings.
  • Schools can help students' be healthy by putting into action policies and practices that support healthy eating, regular physical activity, and by providing opportunities for students to learn about and practice these behaviors.
  • With more than 60% of US children younger than age 6 participating in some form of child care on a weekly basis, parents can engage with child care providers to support healthy habits at home and in child care settings.

 

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Healthy baby