Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in Iowa have hit the second highest number since 2003. There have been three deaths in Iowa in 2018 associated with WNV. West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitos. Mosquitos will remain active until the first hard frost of the season.

Most people infected with WNV do not develop symptoms. About one in five infected people develop a fever and symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and a rash.
The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Remember “COVER and DRAIN:”

COVER yourself and your home
• wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when outdoors
• apply mosquito repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, to bare skin and clothing; read label directions
• cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house; repair holes in screens

DRAIN standing water around your home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs
• empty standing water from flowerpots, garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, plastic swimming pools, birdbaths, pet water dishes, or any other container where water has collected

Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.

For more information about West Nile virus, visit: idph.iowa.gov/cade/disease-information/west-nile-virus.

Let’s Go Sioux County! Find out more.

Are you someone who is interested in healthy living? Do you want to make your community a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play? Then you’ve found the right community of people in Sioux County!

Where can I find out about meetings?

Basic details about meeting times are found on the community pages. If you have specific questions, contact letsgo@siouxcountychp.org. You can also attend a county Coalition for a Healthy Sioux County meeting which is held at Community Health Partners quarterly on the 1st Wednesday of the quarter at noon.

What if I don’t want to come to a meeting but want to be involved somehow?

Our latest activities are shared on www.facebook.com/letsgosiouxcounty or you can ask to be added to the mailing list to get agendas and meeting minutes for your community. We are looking for volunteers who want to participate in MANY different ways and welcome your interest in what we are doing!

Who is a part of this group?

There are some of us who are professionals working in health fields, some who are parents of kids, some who are interested community members. In other words, anyone and everyone. If you are interested in improving the health of your community, you belong here!

I have an idea for my community. What can I do?

We love new ideas! Feel free to attend a meeting or e-mail your idea. We can’t do everything, of course, but we know that people working together can do a lot more than anyone working alone!

Let’s Go Sioux County! PLAY!

Participate in Let’s Go summer programs. Follow our Facebook page for the latest info on summer programs in your area.

And check out this:

Wags and Whiskers! POSTPONED!

Bring your dog, cat, parakeet or hedgehog to the Orange City Bark Park! And bring your family! It’s Wags and Whiskers, sponsored by Community Health Partners, Healthy Orange City, Orange City Area Health System and Fareway. Wags & Whiskers was originally scheduled for April 14 — it has been postponed to Saturday April 21 at 2:00 pm.

Join community members for a short presentation by the Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, and meet one of the dogs that assists local law enforcement officers. The trained canines help in drug investigations, traffic stops, search warrants, criminal tracking, missing person investigations and officer protection.

The Saturday afternoon event, according to Angela Kroeze-Visser of Community Health Partners, includes taking a short walk around Veteran’s Park, having fun with your family and pet, and possibly winning a door prize. “It’s a great opportunity to get outside and meet one of the amazing sheriff’s department dogs,” she said.

Meet at the Bark Park on Iowa Avenue SW in Orange City at 2:00pm Saturday, April 21. In case of inclement weather, check for updates on the Let’s Go Sioux County Facebook page. And help promote the event by posting a photo of you and your pet on that Facebook page… and compete for a door prize. No pet? No problem. Come anyway! Or bring a picture of one of your favorite animals.

Organizers of the event include Cheryl Buntsma, Amanda Keller, Dee Meerdink, Joy Poppema and Visser. Keller is pictured above with Eliza and Beckett, and their friends Sam and Bailey Van Ginkel’s dog Ollie. For more information, contact Visser at 737-2971.

 

Let’s Go Sioux County! WORK!

Join in the Healthiest State Walk.

Participate in Live Healthy Iowa.

Participate in other workplace wellness opportunities.

 

Let’s Go Sioux County! LIVE!

Bring a Storywalk® to town. Books that are ready to go include: 

 

Do a walkability assessment.  Walk with a group. Record your results. Share with community leaders and the folks at Let’s Go Sioux County!

 

 

 

Let’s Go Sioux County!

 

 

Improve your health and your family and friends’ health… where you live, learn, work and play! Click on photos for ideas.

LIVE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEARN!

 

 

 

WORK!
PLAY!
Community members in Hawarden, Hull, Orange City, Sioux Center and Rock Valley have created coalitions that meet monthly. The goal? To make healthy eating and active living easier in Sioux County, for kids and adults. Email Let’s Go Sioux County at letsgo@siouxcountychp.org or follow us on Facebook to keep up with current events! Find out more here.