Free Quitsmart Classes to be offered to Chatham residents

Are you ready to quit smoking or using tobacco?

For the first time, the Chatham County Public Health Department is offering free tobacco cessation classes beginning in January to both county residents andqsmart_red2sm county employees. If your new year’s resolution is to quit using tobacco, don’t miss this opportunity to receive personal instruction from experienced staff to help you. Last year’s classes were a big success, helping several county employees kick the habit for good.

Participants will receive a free QuitSmart Stop Smoking Kit and support from fellow program attendees who are in the same boat during the three sessions.

Want to learn more? Join us on Wednesday, January 21st at 5:30 pm at the Central Carolina Community College Campus, in the main administrative building, conference room #1. Contact Anna Stormzand by email at to sign up.


10th Annual 5K Reindeer Run Draws Record Crowd

For the 10th year, the Active Chatham 5K Reindeer Run/Walk brought runners from across the region to Pittsboro for a chance to get in the holiday spirit andIMG_6148 burn some calories in advance of the feasts to come later this month. The race, which took place on Saturday, drew runners of all ages and speeds. In total, 395 participants finished the 5K, the highest turnout in the race’s history. Over 50 volunteers worked hard to make the event a success.

Dylan Mathews took first place

Dylan Mathews took first place

Finishing in 19 minutes and 3 seconds, Dylan Mathews of Pittsboro took first place overall. Rounding out the top three were Clint Bryan and Kevin Doyle. In the female bracket, Bri Gaal of Morrisville was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 20:35. Paula Anstrom and Jennifer Parks, both of Pittsboro, finished second and third, respectively. The team “Nice Antlers,”made up of Paula Anstrom and teammates Carl Anstrom and Jason Figge, took first place among teams.

Following the race, over 35 children and their parents participated in Rudolph’s Family Fun Run.  Working their way through the CCCC THANKS trail, participants completed three challenges along the way, including acting like various animals. Each child who participated received a medal.

Thank you to all of those who made the event a success, including race organizers, volunteers, and, of course, the runnIMG_6542ers and walkers. Active Chatham, a health department sponsored coalition of community volunteers that works to highlight the importance of physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, organized the event in collaboration with the Chatham County Partnership for Children. All proceeds from the race are used to enhance or increase access to parks, trails, playgrounds, or sidewalks and programs that promote physically active lifestyles.

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It’s a Great Time to Adopt a Pet!

From December 8th-12th, Chatham County Animal Services is hosting a “Hope for the Holidays” adoption event to place our needy shelter pets into loving cat collage 2homes.  During this period, the fee for adopting a dog or cat will be only $20. In addition to this event, on Friday, December 12th, the Chatham County Animal Shelter will host an open house from 5PM to 7PM.

We are extending our hours for this open house event for three reasons.  The first is to allow the public a few extra hours outside of our normal hours to squeeze in those last few adoptions for the holidays.  The second reason is to kick off our annual “Wishmas Tree” toy drive.  Our pets spend many hours in their kennels and we really enjoy giving them enrichment toys that help to balance their behavior in the shelter setting.  Please consider donating a Kong or other durable enrichment toys and chews all the way through to the new year.  hope for the holidaysEvery toy brings a little excitement to our pets!!  The third reason for the event is to allow the public the chance to get to know their local shelter, as well as give our staff the chance to get to know you!  We are all too often pulled in many different directions during our regular business hours and this allows the staff a chance to take time out and connect with our community.  We are often times made to make difficult choices in our shelter and we appreciate all the connections and support from our visitors.

Please take time on Friday, December 12th from 5-7 pm to stop by and see our pets (and maybe give one a forever home), just say hello and show support, or bring a toy that can make all the difference for the shelter animals of Chatham County.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is widely considered the best holiday of the year for eating. Whether you’re into turkey, potatoes, stuffing, dessert, or all of the above, there is something for everyone. And while we tend to overeat a bit, Thanksgiving meals are often fairly well-balanced.

Let’s look at MyPlate, the national nutrition standard, for some perspective.myplate_blue As most know, MyPlate encourages us to add variety to our plates and load them up with a good amount of vegetables and fruits. Looking at the MyPlate icon on the right, it’s fairly simple to make a Thanksgiving meal look like a MyPlate. Start the day with some fruit and yogurt. For the main meal, fill the purple with lean protein in turkey, add some whole wheat stuffing for the grains, and pile on some green beans and sweet potatoes for the veggies. Maybe even go with a smaller plate so you can fill it up multiple times without busting a seam. Mission accomplished! You’ve earned your pie.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! As we show appreciation for the blessings in our lives, let’s spend an extra second thinking about the food we enjoy.


Ebola: Quarantine vs Isolation

You may have seen recent news of a patient at Duke Hospital being kept in isolation  after he returned from Liberia and developed a fever, sparking fears he may have had Ebola. His family in Person County was quarantined in their home as a precaution. Thankfully, tests for Ebola have come back negative, though he will continue to be monitored until 21 days after his potential exposure has passed.

We created the infographic below to explain the difference between isolation and quarantine in the context of Ebola. These terms can be confusing and, while there are similarities in what they mean, there are also important differences.

Ebola Quarantine vs Isolation 10.30.14