Summit County News Releases

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 9 am to noonHHW_Flier_May2015

Recycle Utah is accepting  household hazardous waste, free of charge, at Canyons lot, off SR-224.

For more information and a list of accepted items click here.

Dog Variance Permits

Now Accepting Applications for Dog Variance PermitsSCHD_Variance_Permit_Sign

The Summit County Health Department is now accepting applications for the Restaurant Dog Variance Permits. This permit, if approved by the Health Department, will permit restaurants to allow dogs on their outdoor patios. The permit fee is $300 per year.

Establishments are encouraged to look over the permit requirements before submitting their application. The application is available by clicking here.

Please email your application to rhullinger@summitcounty.org. For questions please contact Rebecka Hullinger at 435-333-1541.

Importance of Handwashing

Putting Health in Your Own Handshandwashing

With many diseases circulating around the community, handwashing gives people the opportunity to take an active role in their own health. Handwashing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings—from home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals.

Studies show that handwashing education in a community can reduce the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31percent and the number of respiratory illnesses, like the common cold, by 21 percent.

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New Environmental Health Fees

Fee Increases for Health Department Services

After nearly four years without an increase to the costs of services and licensing, the Summit County Health Department will be increasing fees for some programs and services starting February 2, 2015.

The fee increases are in the Environmental Health Department. This program oversees restaurants, waste water quality, air quality and other environmental components of the Summit County Health Department.

For a complete listing of Environmental Health Services and new Fees click here.

Air Quality Monitoring

PM2.5 monitors temporarily out of service.

The Summit County Health Department strives to keep residents informed of current air quality and is concerned about the reliability of PM2.5 data and, therefore, is working to calibrate or repair the PM2.5 monitors. Importantly, in the four years that PM2.5 has been monitored, Summit County has only exceeded the federal standard on two days, and both of those days were major dust storm events with strong winds from the west desert. While the Health Department is confident our air quality remains high, they understand the importance of measurement and are working hard to get the monitors back online.

Strategic Plan

The Health Department’s Strategic PrioritiesPlan logo for web

1.  Reduce Health Disparities
2. Advance Healthy Lifestyles
3. Protect Our Environments
4. Safeguard Families and Communities

Click here to visit the Strategic Plan page.

Proposed Health Department Fee Increases

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The Summit County Health Department is issuing a 30-day formal notice and comment period during which the public can review the proposed 2015-2016 Requested Fee Changes for Health Department programs and services and submit comments to the Health Department in writing either by mail or email. Comments must be postmarked or received at the Summit County Health Department by 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on January 2, 2015.

The proposed fee changes are available online by clicking here.

Comments may be emailed to kmullaly@summitcounty.org

Or by mail to:
Katie Mullaly
Summit County Health Department
650 Round Valley Drive, Suite 100
Park City, Utah 84060

 

Tips for Healthy Holiday Parties

Healthy ways to keep your commitment to eating healthy during the holidays.12-2014 pumpkin_soup

As the holidays approach, parties become numerous along with the challenge of keeping your commitment to healthful eating.

If you are hosting a gathering this holiday season you can reduce fat and calories without sacrificing taste by swapping out a few ingredients in your favorite recipes.
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Protect Your Family from Radon

Radon test kits are now available at the Summit County Health Department.radiation_warning

Did you know that radon is the #1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the US? One in four Utah homes have unsafe radon levels and high levels of radon in American households kill approximately 20,000 people each year.

Protect your family by testing for radon in your home and help the Health Department track high areas of radon in our community. The Health Department is offering radon test kits for you to sample the air where you live. The cost for each kit is $10.00 and this includes lab analysis.

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Everyday Eating for a Healthier You

Practical ways to help you make changes in your eating plan to improve your health.11-2014 Everyday_Eating_for_a_Healthier_You

Balancing Calories to Manage Weight

The first step is to focus on balancing calories with physical activity and consuming an overall healthy eating pattern. This will put you on the road to achieving or maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of developing diet-related chronic diseases.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend shifting eating patterns to eat more of some foods and nutrients and less of others. A healthy eating pattern will allow you to meet the recommendations while staying within your calorie needs.

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