Preventative Health Education


Know the Risks of Radon and How You Can Protect Your Family


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Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, and joints. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can get into any type of building--homes, offices, and schools--but you and your family are likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time. Among nonsmokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 US lives annually. In many cases lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer. To learn more, including prevention measures, click here..

Environmental Protection Agency's Citizen's Guide to Radon



The 6 Pillars of Wellness - Mark Devine/Unbeatable Mind

1. Reduce Stress and Mindful Breathing Practice

2. Fitness and Movement (walking, exercise, yoga, martial arts, dance, others that you enjoy and that work for you)

3. Good Nutrition (low saturated fat and sugar intake, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy low-fat proteins, and substitute water for sugar sweetened beverages) 

4. Sleep and Recovery (make time for downtime and get sufficient sleep every night. It's essential)

5. Time in Nature and Silence (turn off the devises and get outside. Spending time in nature greatly enhances physical, emotional and spiritual well-being)

6.Social Connections (Make time for your family, friends and to make new aquaintances. Human beings are "hard wired" to be social animals. Research shows that social connectivity is absolutely essential to good health, wellness and longevity)


How to Read a Food Label - NY Times (11.04.21)

How to Consume Less Sugar - NY Times (11.04.21)

How to Get a Better Night's Sleep - NY Times (09.07.21)

The Benefits of Moderate Exercise - NY Times (09.07.21) 

Healthy Minds: Your Path to Well-Being, Powered by Science

How Walking Can Build Up the here - NY Times 07.14.21


Is Your Sedentary Lifestyle Harming You? THE ANSWER IS "YES"




The sedentary lifestyle is easy to fall victim to.


Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle—sitting for long periods of time on a daily basis—leads to obesity, cancer, and risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Just sitting in front of your TV for more than 4 hours a day increases your mortality risk by any cause by nearly 50 percent! And it’s not just channel surfing. Any extended sitting, such as behind a desk or driving all day—can be harmful to your health. And spending a few hours at the gym each week doesn’t seem to significantly offset the risk of a sedentary lifestyle.


So, what to do? Sit less, move more—all day long. If you’re reading this, stand up! If you’re listening to music, stand up and move! The muscular effort you use will help burn calories and trigger the important breakdown of fats and sugars in the body. Every time you stand or actively move, you kick those fat-burning processes into gear. When you sit, they stall!


Here are some simple ways to combat your sedentary lifestyle and help you stand up for a longer, healthier life:


– Set your smart phone alarm, computer or clock to ring on the hour to remind you to stand up, refill your cup of water, and take a short walk.


– Do this quick yoga routine several times a day.


– Stand up and do some leg raises.


– Take all phone calls on your feet.


– Schedule a “walking date” or learn to take meetings walking.  


– Park your car further away and walk to your destination!


– Always take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Even one floor will do your body good.




Frequent Handwashing, especially before eating, is one of the best ways to protect yourself from viruses and other communicable diseases. Here's how to do it right:





 Cyber-Bullying is not only harmful, but it's also against the law in Ulster County.

The NYS Dignity for All Students Act also helps ensure that all students can feel safe in every classroom

When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time. 

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy.

Cyberbullying is something most families hope they never have to deal with. But if your kids are texting, sharing photos, and posting comments, it’s important to talk to them about how to deal with online harassment. Learn 5 ways to stop cyberbullies.

 5 Ways to Deal With Haters and Trolls

 4 Ways to Help Teens Avoid Digital Harassment

Digital harassment happens when teens use texts, instant messages, emails, and social media posts to keep tabs on or threaten someone else. It usually involves two people in a close relationship. Here are four ways to help teens avoid digital harassment.



The department maintains a listing of preventative services and resources available locally, statewide & nationally.




More Prevention Topics (in alphabetical order)

Bed Bug Prevention and Remediation

Bicycle Safety (and other wheeled recreation safety) 

Burns Prevention (1)

Burns Prevention (2)

Choking Prevention (1)

Choking Prevention (1)

Coaches Fact Sheet on Preventing Concussions 

Dog Bite Prevention (1)

Dog Bite Prevention (2)

Drowning Prevention (1)

Drowning Prevention (2)

Fall Prevention

Fire Prevention 

Fire Safety Education 

Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety (1)

Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety (2)

Pedestrian Safety (Safe Routes to School) 

Pedestrian Safety 

Playground Safety

Playground Safety and Home Injury Prevention

Poisoning Prevention 

Poison Prevention Teaching to Grades K-3

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (1)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (2)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention (3)

Suicide Prevention

Suicide and Violence Prevention 

Suicide and Violence Prevention/NYSDOH Prevention Agenda 

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention

Traumatic Brain Injury Prevention Related to Sports Concussions 

Unintentional Injury Prevention/NYSDOH Prevention Agenda 

Violence Prevention  

Violence Prevention and Injury Prevention 


Prevention Resources for the Healthcare Community

Colorectal Cancer Prevention - Increasing Screening Rates:  A Manual for Community Health Centers

Adoption of National Clinical Guidelines: Prevention and Treatment of High Blood Pressure/Elevated Cholesterol 

American Diabetes Association’s Clinical Practice Recommendations 

NYSDOH Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit 

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP): putting asthma guidelines into practice in a variety of settings  


New York State Health Department’s Prevention Agenda

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