Be Active Day, first held in 2008, includes demonstrations, activites, door prizes, and information to inspire kids and adults to move more and be active. The event is free and is usually held the fourth Saturday in January each year. The focus is to emphasize the state’s Eat Smart Move More campaign and increase awareness about the need to move more every day, reduce TV time, prepare more meals at home, consider portion sizes and beverage choices, and eat more fruits and vegetable. For tips on physical activity and healthy eating, visit MyEatSmartMoveMoreNC.com. For more information, call Terri Arrington at (828) 694-6038.
The Department of Public Health currently offers child passenger safety classes on Wednesdays from 12:00 -1:00 pm. Our child passenger safety technician provides education for parents on car seat usage and proper installation. A free car seat is given to parents in need of assistance who attend the class. To register, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE, Health Educator, at (828) 694-6066.We are also a resource for assisting parents in locating free or reduced price infant and booster seats.
For additional information on child passenger safety, visit The Car Seat Lady.
Never leave your child alone in a car. Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s? It only takes a few short minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated. For more information visit the Safe Kids USA Parent Center. Another resource for safety information is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Health promotion is dedicated to prevention and the belief in educating and encouraging residents to learn more about their own health to maintain healthy and productive lifestyles. Examples include serving on local committees and coalitions that address smoke-free environments, promoting development of walkways and trails, and advocating for healthier food options in schools and the community. For more information, contact call (828) 694-6063.
- Cardiovascular Health
- Smoking Cessation
- Freedom From Smoking (American Lung Association)
Childhood Obesity Prevention Demonstration Project (October 2008 - May 2009) brought together the Henderson County Department of Public Health, the Henderson County Partnership for Health, the Henderson County School System, Park Ridge and Pardee Hospitals, and 14 other community partners and volunteers for a healthier Henderson County. Visit MyEat Smart Move More for more ideas about ways to increase physical activity and choose healthy foods.
The Department of Public Health offers the Small Wonders Childbirth Class Series. These Lamaze-based classes will teach you how to have a healthy birth and cope with the stages of labor. You will learn about common interventions during labor and birth, as well as breastfeeding and bonding. You will also tour your hospital's labor and delivery rooms.
The classes are held for five weeks on a weeknight from 5:30–7:30 p.m. and are offered in both English and Spanish. For registration and fee information, contact Kaye Brownlee, BSSW, LCCE at (828) 694-6066.
We encourage you to make healthy lifestyle choices while you are pregnant. For more information, visit:
Health Educators are available to provide instruction to students on subjects such as:
- personal hygiene
- teen pregnancy prevention and abstinence
- responsibilities of teenage parenting including the "Empathy Belly" pregnancy simulator
We can provide schools and community organizations of Henderson County with educational resources available through the Department of Public Health.
DVDs can be reserved free of charge, and brochures can be requested by contacting the Health Education section.
Individual speakers may be contacted to schedule specific programs. Contact Stacy Taylor, Health Education Director at (828) 694-6063.
1200 Spartanburg Highway, Suite 100 • Hendersonville, NC 28792 • (828) 692-4223