Grundy County Health Department Announces Events in May and June

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The Grundy County Health Department of Trenton plans to hold several events in May and June.

One of the events is a barbecue for Public Health Month in the health department’s back parking lot Friday, April 26th from 11:30 to 1:30. Health Educator Abby Oberman says Hy-Vee will grill meat during the event. The barbecue will be moved into the health department’s community room if there is inclement weather.

A free baby shower will be held at the health department on Monday, April 29th at 2 o’clock. Oberman notes it is targeted toward new and expecting mothers in Grundy County with due dates in May, June, and July. The event will include education on safe sleep, car seats, and breastfeeding. Attendees will receive a prize bag.

The health department will also hold Hepatitis C screenings for the first time on May 17th by appointment only. The screenings are for Hepatitis Awareness Month. Oberman reports that many individuals who are infected with Hepatitis C do not know it for a long time. The virus can cause “serious health problems”, including liver disease, failure, or cancer, which could lead to death.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C with the screening to include a finger stick blood sample, and results will be back in the office in 20 to 40 minutes.

The health department will partner with Cleaver Dermatology to provide skin cancer screenings May 22nd by appointment only. Health Educator Abby Oberman says the screenings will not be full-body exams. The dermatologists will mainly look at spots of concern.

The health department’s first Safe Sitter class of the year will be June 5th from 9 o’clock to 3:30. Oberman explains Doctor Patricia Keener started Safe Sitter classes in 1980 because she wanted to make sure young teens knew safety and rescue skills. The class is designed for students who have completed the fifth grade and best suited for sixth through eighth graders, especially those watch younger siblings, babysit other children, or stay home alone.

The students will learn how to keep themselves safe and how to care for younger children as well as lifesaving skills, such as choking rescue, first aid, and injury management. They will also learn business skills, such as how to manage babysitting or other jobs they do for friends and neighbors.

Oberman says the health department will sponsor the 10th Annual Gooseberry Festival 5K/10K June 15th for all ages. Registration will begin at Eastside Park of Trenton that morning at 7 o’clock and is free. The race will start at 7:30 with the route to proceed over to Oklahoma Avenue towards Casey’s and then down on Princeton Road back to Eastside Park.

Oberman notes participants can register at the health department website with the first 150 registrants receiving a free t-shirt.

Contact the Grundy County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the skin cancer screenings or more information on the Safe Sitter class and Gooseberry Festival 5K/10K at 660-359-4196.