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DECEMBER 4 VISION CLINIC - Free for anyone under the age of 21.  Please call 740-532-3962 or 740-532-2172 for more information or to make an appointment

Please call the health department at 740-532-3962 for more information about these and other programs and services we offer.



Healthy Weight Program
Open to all Lawrence County Health Department Family Planning patients with a BMI of 25 or more.  Program includes nutrition education and a monthly gym membership.  Not a patient here?  We can help with that, too! 
Baby & Me Tobacco Free
If you are pregnant and a smoker, we can help you quit with this program.  The end result is a healthier you, a healthier pregnancy and baby, and a voucher for free diapers each month for 6 months if you are able to remain tobacco free.  This is open to any pregnant smoker, whether you come to our prenatal clinic or not.
Tobacco Education
If you are a smoker and want help to quit, please call the health department.  A Tobacco Treatment Specialist will work with you to create a plan to help you be successful.


1st Tuesday of every month:  Lawrence County Health Dept.   9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m.

1st Thursday of every month:  Early Childhood Center from 1-3 p.m.

3rd Thursday of every month:  Chesapeake WIC Office 1-3 p.m.


December 21, 2014
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Get a kit
       Make a plan
      Be informed
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There are many emergencies, natural or man-made, that can occur.  The following links, from the Ohio Department of Health and CDC, give tips on preparing for and recovering from these emergencies.  Please check again as we will soon be adding others.

Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency

 The American Red Cross has an emergency hurricane app for smart phones (available for free on iTunes or Google Play). It will list emergency shelters, real-time weather reports, and even has a button to update status on FB and Twitter so family/friends know you're safe.  You can get the app via your phone's app store, or by calling call "**REDCROSS" (**73327677) from your smart phone.

What you need to know when the power goes out unexpectedly
Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency

Are YOU prepared for an emergency?

Get a kit

       Make a plan

      Be informed

     Get involved

   There are many emergencies, natural or man-made, that can occur. 

The following links, from the Ohio Department of Health and CDC, give tips

on preparing for and recovering from these emergencies. 

Please check again as we will soon be adding others.

 Emergency Preparedness

Flood Safety

Heat Safety

Winter Weather

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared. emergency.cdc.gov



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Lawrence County Health Department
2122 So. 8th Street Ironton, OH 45638
Phone 740-532-3962 ● Fax 740-532-1014
Email: lawrcohd@odh.ohio.gov
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lunch is 12-1 p.m. 

 Mission Statement


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The Emergency Response Coordinator has worked in cooperation with the Regional Coordinator and Emergency Response Coordinators from nine other counties to form our Emergency Response Plan. 

Please click here to access the plan.  After reviewing it, please email any comments or feedback to lawrcohd@odh.ohio.gov.  We value your opinion, and any questions will be answered in a timely manner.  Thank you for any suggestions you may have.



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The Lawrence County MRC is currently recruiting volunteers, with or without medical backgrounds, to assist in a variety of activities.  For more information, please call Debbie at 740-532-3962, or click the star. 



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Leap Into Fall!

Autumn is a great time to engage in physical activities outdoors.

As the days become shorter and the weather starts to cool, people of all ages will get a chance to Leap into Fall and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Fall is a great time to breathe fresh air, stretch your limbs, and engage in physical activities outdoors.

Children running


Lack of physical activity contributes to obesity, heart disease, stroke, and other chronic health conditions. While many factors contribute to this, one common hurdle preventing people from enjoying outdoor activities in their neighborhood is access to safe places and spaces for active living. Getting the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week can improve overall health and fitness, and reduce risk for many chronic diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) community health programs are helping communities increase physical activity opportunities and prevent or reduce chronic diseases. Many CDC community health programs promote opportunities for outdoor activity through initiatives that improve community design and increase physical activity in schools, afterschool programs, early child care settings, workplaces, and other community settings. Efforts to create and increase places for physical activity are supported by local businesses, school districts, community-based organizations, and other partners across the country.

Walking and exploring outdoors can help you meet the recommend 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

Access to More Places

There are a number of proven ways to add safe places and spaces for physical activity. Community members have found simple solutions to make healthy living easier. While some people may not live within walking distance of a park or are unable to afford exercise equipment or a gym membership, local recreational buildings are often convenient. If recreational facilities are available, especially in areas where physical activity is a challenge, many children and families may use this option to include fun activities into their daily routines.

Shared Spaces

Shared spaces or joint use agreements can reduce barriers to physical activity. Communities are creating joint use agreements with schools, faith-based organizations, YMCAs, and other community centers to make athletic facilities available for public use. As a result, millions of Americans have access to recreational environments for physical activity. In Florida, Broward County expanded many of its open spaces to help residents be active. These spaces, such as school fields or playgrounds, were closed to the community after hours. The Broward County Health Department's joint use agreements now make physical activity accessible by providing residents with safe, convenient, and inviting places to exercise and play.

In Independence County, Arkansas, school districts agreed to open recreational facilities during non-school hours to the county's 36,000 residents. Through joint-use agreements, residents can now participate in physical activity and obtain exercise, nutrition, and weight management classes.

Transportation and Land-use

Many communities are built in ways that make it difficult or unsafe to be physically active. Access to parks and recreation centers may be difficult and safe routes for walking or biking to school, work, or playgrounds may not exist. In many neighborhoods across the country, walking, running, and biking can be dangerous due to heavy traffic. If communities lack crosswalks, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities, it is harder for people to walk, run, bike, or play, especially in underserved areas such as rural frontiers or inner-cities.

Communities can examine how streets, public spaces, and neighborhoods are designed. Communities can also increase safety with improved access to public transportation and better street lighting, street crossings, and sidewalks. Studies show higher physical activity rates in areas where residents are able to walk and bicycle to common places. More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. For example, more than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation, fun, relaxation, exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. Research suggests that two out of three adults support street design improvements that make walking and biking easier in their neighborhoods.

There is no single solution to combating chronic diseases. We need broad and ongoing efforts to get people outside and moving. State governments, businesses, and communities can work together to rebuild neighborhoods into places that make physical activity safe and easy for everyone.

Visit the following web sites for great resources on how to reduce or prevent chronic diseases and chronic conditions by increasing healthy eating and physical activity, and reducing exposure to tobacco.

For more information about how to make healthier community planning, transportation, and land-use decisions visit Designing and Building Healthy Places.

The Division of Community Health is dedicated to making healthy living easier where Americans live, learn, work, and play. To learn more, please visit the DCH's Making Healthy Living Easier web site.

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