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HealthyJoCo

Our #HealthyJoCo initiative focuses on services that Johnson County Government offers you, our residents, to be as healthy as possible. We have many services that focus on physical, mental, and environmental health. We'll focus on a different one each day between August 1 and September 6!

August 1: Keep yourself and the animals healthy at the Johnson County Fair!

  1. Wash your hands with soap and running water often: after going on a ride, before eating and drinking, after petting an animal or touching any part of an animal's pen, and after removing soiled clothes.
  2. Don’t touch your face after touching an animal or it’s pen.
  3. Don't take food or drinks into animal areas.
  4. Don't take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles or strollers into livestock barns. Bacteria and viruses can be transferred from animals to people on these objects.
  5. If you have been sick, have a high risk of complications from the flu, are pregnant or have chronic health issues, avoid contact with animals.

August 2: Look for us in the Fair parade in Gardner at 10:30 this morning! We'll be at the end, cleaning up.

August 3: The mercury is supposed to rise again this week. All Johnson County Library locations are cooling centers! Visit jocolibrary.org to find the branch nearest you.

August 4: Make sure your kids' immunizations are up to date before school starts! Johnson County Department of Health and Environment can take care of immunizations for the entire family. Click here for more information.

August 5: Communities are healthy when residents are involved. Go vote in the primaries today! Find your voting location and sample ballot here.

August 6: Keep our environment healthy. Make an appointment to recycle your electronics (things with a battery or a cord) on Saturday! Click here for more information.

August 7: Do you know how to talk to your doctor? Become health literate. Ask these three questions!

August 8: Many teachers have learned Mental Health First Aid this summer. You can take the class too! Click here for more information.

August 9: It's West Nile season. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has some tips for protecting your family!

August 10: Did the recent rain make your garden grow? Donate produce to a food pantry near you! Click here to find a location.

August 11: Need ideas for healthy after-school snacks? Check out our Pinterest page for inspiration!

August 12: Letting the car run when dropping the kids off at school may not seem like a big deal, until you read this.

August 13: Stay active this fall with JCPRD's September-December class offerings.

August 14: You don't have to go back to the classroom to learn new things. Just go to Johnson County Library!

August 15: Johnson County Wastewater tests water quality for environmental organizations, municipalities, government agencies, even private citizens! Learn more about the Water Quality Lab here

August 16: Has your bike route become mundane? Find a new path!

August 17: The way you maintain your lawn has an impact on the environment. Here are 10 steps for clean air lawn care.

August 18: Hand sanitizer is handy but does it get the job done? K-State Research and Extension have the answer.

August 19: The WIC Community Garden provides fresh veggies for Johnson County residents in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. You can be a volunteer!

August 20: Save the air. Ride The JO.

August 21: Taking care of an aging loved one is a tough job. Caregivers can get support from the Area Agency on Aging.

August 22: It's okay to ask for help. Mental Health offers help for any age at any time.

August 23: NotifyJoCo is used to share information regarding health and safety when our community is affected by a perceived, emerging, or imminent emergency. Sign up now!

August 24: Kids benefit in the classroom when they eat a healthy breakfast. (And it's good for grownups, too!)

August 25: Everyone experience stress at times but when it becomes severe, it can affect your health. Here are some ways to cope with stress.

August 26: Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers many walk-in services including physicals, immunizations, and family planning. Learn more here.

August 27: You've probably heard about Meals on Wheels but do you know about CHAMPSS?

August 28: Financial security is being able to meet future needs while keeping current with day-to-day obligations. K-State Research and Extention has financial health tips for the whole family.

August 29: The Department of Health and Environment's Outreach Nurse Home Visit Program brings a Registered Nurse to older adults' homes to meet one-on-one. 

August 30: Back-to-school often means busier family schedules - and more meals out. Here are some tips for making healthier choices when dining out.

August 31: Its time to start thinking about the flu vaccine again. Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers the vaccine at both walk-in clinics.

September 1: Go take a hike! We mean that nicely. In fact, here's a handy trail guide.

September 2: What's in your family's preparedness kit? These suggested items can go a long way in keeping your family healthy and safe in the event of an emergency.

September 3: Does your workplace recycle? Start a program or give your existing one a boost with a recycling evaluation.

September 4: Johnson County Heart Safe wants YOU to learn Hands-Only CPR. They are partnering with the Olathe Fire Department at Old Settlers Day to teach you how to save a life.

September 5: Did you know that the Department of Health and Environment offers blood pressure clinics all over the county? They'll even be checking blood pressure at our Old Settlers booth!

September 6: Look for us in the Old Settlers Day parade in Olathe at 10 a.m. We'll be at the end, cleaning up after the largest parade in Kansas!