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Winter can be a challenging time to stay active, with colder temperatures, and fewer daylight hours. But staying active and maintaining a healthy diet can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and
colon cancer, and depression. Respiratory illnesses are also common in winter months. Because we are indoors more often, viruses may pass more easily from one person to another. Get your flu shot and updated COVID-19 vaccine. Wash your hands frequently. Consider wearing a mask while indoors around a lot of people, even if you are fully vaccinated. Masks remain very effective in preventing illness. And stay home if you feel sick. Read our Winter Newsletter for more information.
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In September 2017, New Jersey's reference level for high childhood lead exposure dropped from 10 ug/dL to 5 ug/dL. This means that more children will likely be identified as having an elevated blood lead level—allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child's future lead exposure. Children can be exposed to lead through lead-based paint, toys, certain parental occupations or hobbies, soil, dust, drinking water, air and food. Children put their hands in their mouths more often than adults. It's especially important for them to wash their hands before eating and after playing outside. If a child has lead in his or her blood, it can affect IQ, ability to pay attention, hearing and speech, behavior, growth and development, and academic achievement. All children should be screened at age 1 and 2, or by age 6 if they were never previously tested. Speak with your child's pediatrician to get a lead screening. If your child is uninsured or underinsured, call 609-645-7700 ext. 4500 to check for eligibility and make an appointment for a grant-funded lead screening. For more information visit: http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/ or https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/