According to the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, South Carolinians generate approximately 4.2 million tons of household trash and garbage annually. The South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act outlines the regulatory framework for insuring proper location, design, construction, operation and closure of solid waste facilities and requires maintenance of a state solid waste management plan. The act also sets waste reduction and recycling goals for the state.
Did you know that six in ten adults in the United States have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more? Chronic diseases are defined as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities, daily living or both. They include but are not limited to:
Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:
Chronic Disease Day was created to raise awareness and increase adoption of self-care best practices to encourage prevention and reduce risk. Use today to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. Here are some tips for better self-care:
Reduce stress and anxiety.
Eat a balanced diet.
Get moving. Start slow and go at your own pace.
Schedule your routine checkups.
Drink plenty of water.
Build a positive support system.
Priority 2 of the South Carolina State Health Improvement Plan is detailed with ways community partners plan to promote healthy lifestyles and environments that prevent chronic conditions. A glance at our state’s current chronic disease statistics can be found in the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, where the assessment analyzes obesity, prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, nutrition, physical activity, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, cancer and smoking from 2011 to 2016. South Carolina adults have higher rates than the national average in nearly every category of chronic disease.
Recently, a series of hepatitis A exposures in South Carolina have brought attention to the dangers of hepatitis A. As of May 13, 2019, DHEC declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. Many are now wondering what exactly is hepatitis A, how is the disease spread and if it is curable.
While chances of becoming infected are low, here are five fast facts about hepatitis A you should know:
Hepatitis A is a short-term viral infection causing inflammation of the liver. In 2016, there were an estimated 4,000 Hepatitis A cases in the United States. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.
Hepatitis A is preventable by receiving a vaccine. The vaccine consists of two shots administered six months apart. If exposed to the hepatitis A virus, a vaccine can be given up to two weeks after exposure in order to prevent infection. DHEC’s local health departments provide hepatitis A vaccines and are currently providing no-cost vaccinations to individuals in at-risk groups.
Symptoms may not appear until the infection has advanced. Symptoms start to develop two to six weeks after exposure, and include fever, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, and yellow skin (Jaundice).
Hepatitis A is spread from person-to-person contact with someone who has the infection or through eating or drinking food or water contaminated by an infected person. It is also contracted through sex or close contact with an infected person, such as a household member. Hepatitis A can be found in the blood and stool of a person infected with the virus and is “usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Food contamination can happen at any point, from growing and harvesting to transporting and cooking. Proper hand washing is vital to preventing the spread of the virus.
If you had hepatitis A once, you cannot get it again. Most people who contract hepatitis A usually recover without having long-lasting liver damage. Once you recover, you develop antibodies that protect you from the virus for life.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) Overdose deaths are on the rise in Horry County. Coroner Robert Edge said there have been around five so far in June. “It’s not slowing up at all,” he said. Despite an increase in the use of the drug Narcan, overdose deaths continue to spike along the Grand Strand.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) A Lowcountry advocacy group says current safety standards allow five-times more bacteria in Shem Creek than other waterways in the area. Now they’re calling on the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to establish higher water quality standards.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) Fireworks have a become staple part of Fourth of July celebrations for many families, but first responders and emergency officials want you to remember to play it safe. Assistant State Fire Marshall Nathan Ellis says, “Consumer fireworks are intended for the consumer to use but they are explosive devices. So, we have to keep safety in mind when we use fireworks.”
For many men, nutrition is not a focus until much later in life. Because it’s best to start healthy habits as soon as possible, Lisa Money, registered dietitian nutritionist with Apex Athletic Performance, explains the importance of good nutrition throughout every stage of a man’s life.– From Flourish, Prisma Health’s blog
Does your child’s summer camp itinerary include outdoorsy trips that require them to bring snacks? How will you fulfill their taste buds while keeping perishable snacks safe? How will you make sure kids will clean their hands before eating? These trips will probably be in hot, sunny weather, and that can come with food safety risks. Let’s keep calm and be food safe this summer! – From U.S. Department of Agriculture’s blog
“Medical science deserves hearty congratulations for extending the lifespan of Americans to 80 years and beyond. This is truly an impressive feat, considering that most babies born in 1900 did not live past the age of 50. I rejoice in my own longevity, as I’m sure you do. But I also wonder whether the same health care system that gave me these extra years is doing its best to help me make sure those years are healthy ones. Frankly, I have my doubts.” Robyn Stone, DrPH