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State provides vaccine amid whooping cough outbreak

Health officials are urging North Carolinians to make sure they’re immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) after new outbreaks across the state. Between December and the first week of June, state public health officials had tracked 179 cases of whooping cough in 23 counties, including 122 cases in the Winston-Salem area. That compared to just 126 cases of pertussis statewide in 2011. Read the full story

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Water-quality report out: Our water meets the grade

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Click image to download the 2011 Water Quality Report. (Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities photo)

The latest water-quality report is out from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities, and it gives our area’s drinking water good grades, based on more than 150,000 tests in 2011. Those of us who live in north Mecklenburg and Charlotte, get our water from Mountain Island Lake and Lake Norman.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities said it is now delivering the 2011 Water Quality Report to all county residents – a move required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. And its available now for download on the CMU website.

The report notes that CMU’s drinking water “meets and exceeds all state and federal standards.” Read the full story

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Health experts come to Davidson for training

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On Thursday, June 28th and Friday, June 29th, the Town of Davidson hosted planning and public health experts from Wilmington and New Hanover County, North Carolina. Seven representatives from the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO), University of North Carolina Wilmington, and the New Hanover County Health Department attended a one-on-one health impact assessment (HIA) training given by Katherine Hebert, Davidson Design for Life (DD4L) Project Coordinator. Read the full story

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Davidson survey asks: What makes a healthy street?

Katherine Hebert

Katherine Hebert

The Town of Davidson is in the midst of a study looking at how street design affects public health. The coordinator of the Davidson Design for Life program will be at Davidson Farmer’s Market on July 7 and 21 to talk with residents about the health study, and to hand out information on street safety and healthy street design.

Katherine Hebert, the town’s DD4L Project Coordinator, wants ot talk with residents and answer questions about the “health impact assessment” being conducted on Davidson’s street design standards. Read the full story

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In the news: Activists want Duke to clean up coal ash

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Duke Energy's Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake. Click to see WCNC-TV's report. (WCNC-TV photo)

Clean-water advocates around the region lately have been pushing Duke Energy to do more to clean up coal ash around its coal-fired power plants, such as the one on Mountain Island Lake, WCNC-TV reports. Reporter Stuart Watson recently produced an extended report on how Duke stores coal residue round the plant, and what environmentalists such as the Catawba Riverkeeper have to say about it.

LINK: May 26, 2012, “Environmentalists say Duke Energy should do more to clean up coal ash”

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EPA proposes new regulations for soot

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed updated rules that would limit the allowable levels of fine particles, or soot, as part of a campaign to reduce dangerous air pollution nationwide. The new rules come in response to a federal court order requiring the EPA to update its standards. Read the full story

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Weight-loss challenge raises money for Habitat

CORNELIUS – Pat Berch, owner of Lake Norman Nutrition, and Marianne Hendrix, 15-year Our Towns Habitat for Humanity volunteer, will team up in May to host a Weight Loss Challenge to raise money for the housing organization and help area residents start a health and wellness campaign.

The challenge is scheduled to run May 1-22. You can register online at www.ourtownshabitat.org. Entry fee is a $20 donation to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. Read the full story

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Agency offers advice on carseats through new site

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A new website will help you use carseats properly. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 through 12 years old. Based on NHTSA crash data in 2010, on average, almost 2 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and 325 children were injured each day. This fatality rate could be reduced by half if the correct child safety seats were always used.

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