by DR. JOY JACKSON A crucial responsibility in caregiving for infants is ensuring their safety and well-being. In 2022, the rate of unintentional suffocation and strangulation deaths among infants, occurring in bed, was three times higher in Polk County compared with Florida. In light of those concerning statistics, DOH-Polk wants to emphasize the importance of […]
by DR. JOY JACKSON The predominantly held belief that heart disease mostly affects men is a misconception. Contrary to this notion, statistics reveal that heart disease stands as the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Women comprise 40% of heart disease-related deaths in Polk County as of 2022.
by DR. JOY JACKSON During the start of a new year, people typically make promises to themselves to improve and better their lives. The Department of Health in Polk County would like to encourage Polk residents to make a substantial change in their thinking toward health, and that is practicing preventive health. Why Is Preventive
by DR. JOY JACKSON The holiday season is a joyful time for celebration with family and friends, but it can also bring heightened stress and challenges to one’s mental health. A national study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that more than 38 percent of those surveyed felt their stress, depression, and anxiety increased
by DR. JOY JACKSON The holidays are upon us. In addition to the camaraderie of the upcoming holiday season, a common denominator people look forward to is the food. Amidst the temptation of sweet treats and hearty meals, living with type 2 diabetes can make the holidays difficult. According to a survey done by the
by DR. JOY JACKSON In the United States, breast cancer remains the second-most-common cancer amongst women. Breast cancer rates in Polk County align with this trend; it is the second-most-common cancer among women at rates of 119.6. There are certain risk factors for breast cancer that one cannot change. Being a woman and aging are
by DR. JOY JACKSON September is Hunger Action Month — a time to end hunger and food insecurity. Food insecurity is the lack of regular access to food that would allow an individual to lead a healthy life. According to the USDA, 33.8 million people, about 9 million of which are children, experience food insecurity.
by DR. JOY JACKSON Breastfeeding continues to be the optimal source of nutrition for infants with rewards that stretch into adulthood. And, while there is much focus on the physical health benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers, it is essential to acknowledge the mental health benefits gained during breastfeeding as well as the emotional
by DR. JOY JACKSON Summer has arrived, bringing school breaks, hot weather, and the sun’s rays beating down on us. UV rays from the sun cause skin damage and it can lead to skin cancer. The Department of Health in Polk County would like to encourage you to practice sun-safe behaviors for yourself and for
In Polk County, rates of new HIV diagnoses among men have been on the rise. As of 2021, men are nearly four times as likely as women to be diagnosed with HIV. During Men’s Health Month, we can work toward reducing new HIV infections and promoting men’s overall well-being by reiterating fundamental knowledge about HIV.