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Open House Coming Sunday!

Too much fun to fit on one board

Too much fun to fit on one board

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Sign up for the 5K Reindeer Run/Walk!

Get ready folks, the ninth annual Active Chatham 5k Reindeer Run/Walk and Rudolph’s Family Fun Run are just around the corner! On Saturday, December IMG_135914, 2013, people from far and wide will come to Pittsboro for some holiday-themed physical activity fun. The race will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Carolina Community College campus, where runners and walkers will begin the USATF certified 5K (3.1 mile) course on the T.H.A.N.K.S. Trail, run through scenic downtown Pittsboro and finish back at the community college. The 1-mile Rudolph’s Family Fun Run, which will start at 9:00am, is free for all and children age 12 and under who participate will receive a medal. Learn more!

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It’s time to get your flu vaccine!

As flu season gets underway, it is important to protect yourself with the flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is the most important step you can take to prevent the flu. Since it takes about two weeks for protection to develop after being vaccinated, be sure to get the vaccine as soon as possible. To get the vaccine, please schedule an appointment with the clinic near you. Appointments for Pittsboro can be made by calling 919-542-8220 and for Siler City by calling 919-742-5641.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and provides protection for one full flu season. Each year, a new vaccine is developed to prevent the most common types of the virus.

For people who are at high risk, it is especially important to get vaccinated, as the flu can lead to severe medical issues like pneumonia. High risk groups include: people with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes, asthma, and chronic lung disease), pregnant women, and people age 65 years and older. It is also important for caregivers or family members of people in these high risk groups to be vaccinated.

Flu shots are $30 and the flu nasal spray (mist) is $37. If you have health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare, please be sure to bring in your insurance card as it may cover some or all of this cost.

For more information about the flu, vaccination, and scheduling an appointment with the Chatham County Public Health Department, please visit www.chathamnc.org/flu or call 919-542-8220 (Pittsboro) or 919-742-5641 (Siler City).

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Community Garden Turning Thumbs Green

Given the ever-growing concerns of obesity and diabetes in our county and across the country, the Chatham County Public Health Department has prioritized programs that target nutrition. Whether through educational outreach, health screenings, support groups for those with diabetes, or promoting and marketing healthy local food options, we are determined to tackle these issues head on.

Thanks to the Healthy Communities grant, we have added another healthy food initiative to the list: a community garden. Click here to read on and see pics of the garden!

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This blog post will discuss domestic violence, as well as sexual and emotional violence and abuse. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse, please call the Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center’s 24-hour help line at 919-545-0224, walk-in to the Pittsboro or Siler City office, or tell an adult you can trust to find you help and keep you safe. Also, support victims and survivors of domestic violence at the FVRC’s Domestic Violence Vigil on October 30, 2012 at 5:30 PM beside the Courtyard Café in Siler City.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a great time to discuss a topic that many people find hard to address. Domestic violence is violence or abuse that occurs in a home, usually between family members. Abuse can be physical or verbal, and oftentimes verbal and emotional abuse is much more difficult to identify. Examples of physical and sexual abuse are punching, hitting, shoving, sexual assault, and rape. Examples of verbal or emotional abuse include: shouting, name-calling, harassment, talking down to someone, or trying to control what another person does or who they can talk to. Although domestic and sexual violence is most commonly perpetrated by men, anyone can be abused and anyone can be an abuser. It is not acceptable to ignore a concern about domestic or sexual violence because of who a person is or what they look like.

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