Tuesday, October 7, 2014

                                    Cyanobacteria Bloom Warning for Utah Lake
                                Blue-green algal toxins can cause serious health risk
 
PROVO, UTAH (October 7, 2014) - - Utah County Health Department officials were notified of a dog that has died after suspected exposure to blue-green algal toxin in Utah Lake near the Lindon Marina area. The toxin is a byproduct of blue-green algae -- sometimes referred to as "pond scum" -- which has collected in the area. As a result, health officials are issuing a warning to anyone swimming or boating to avoid the areas of bright green algae growth.
 
"The dog owner reported that after playing in the water, and probably drinking some, it started to exhibit strange behavior within forty-five minutes including lethargy and vomiting. The dog passed away shortly after that," said Dr. Joseph Miner, Utah County Health Department (UCHD) Director.  "Blue-green algae can grow quickly in what are called 'blooms' and can collect in slow moving or stagnant water areas." 
 
Although this bloom has been reported in the Lindon Marina area, other blooms have and do take place in any area of the lake.  "Individuals should not swim or boat in areas of bright green water," said Carl Adams, Utah Department of Water Quality program manager.  "The water is the color of car radiator antifreeze -- it has a very distinctive color and should be avoided." 
 
"Algae develops and dies off as a natural part of the lake biology," said Adams. "The bright green coloring of the water is actually a photosynthetic bacteria that grows quickly when given sunlight and nutrients such as phosphorus. Blue-green algal toxins are naturally produced chemical compounds that sometimes are produced inside the cells of certain species of blue-green algae." 
 
"Algae blooms can last for days or weeks depending on weather conditions," said Adams. "Calm, warm, and sunny conditions promote blue-green algae growth, so it is possible the bloom will persist at least through the weekend given the high pressure system currently over northern Utah."
 
Adams explained that the toxic chemicals are not produced all of the time and there is no easy way to tell when blue-green algae are producing them and when they are not. When the cells are broken open, the toxins may be released. Sometimes this occurs when the cells die off naturally and they break open as they sink and decay in a lake. Cells may also be broken open when the water is treated with chemicals meant to kill algae, and when cells are swallowed and mixed with digestive acids in the stomachs of people or animals. The only way to be sure if the toxins are present is to have water samples analyzed in a laboratory using sophisticated equipment. Further testing is being done to confirm the presence of algae toxin in Utah Lake.
 
Symptoms of toxin exposure include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, fever, muscle weakness, and/or difficulty breathing.  If you think you might have been exposed, you should contact your doctor.  For more information, please see http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/hsb/hab.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Genola Utah Community Tutoring Plan


Our community based organization will provide free tutoring for the students of Genola for the current school year.  Our mission is to help students love learning by making it easier for them to understand their homework  and encouraging them to face their challenges and learn in the process.

We have a wonderful group of retired educators in all fields, that have volunteered to help.  Linda Christensen has been previously certified in all sciences and Elsie Mosher is certified in Math.  They are the first 2 volunteers and have many years of experience and will be overseeing the program.

We hope to be meeting every Tuesday and Thursday evening from
6-7:30 p.m. Starting September 30th.  This will follow the school year, except for any conflicting holidays.
**We will meet in the Old Town Hall building, (soon to be New Library).

Parents can bring their students from first through twelfth grade for help. (Just be sure and bring the assignments and books.)
We have a blackboard and tables and chairs in place.  Depending on demand, we might have to borrow more chairs etc.
*We have some textbooks, but are trying to get more donated.

During the tutoring sessions, we will help with homework assignments, but we also hope to help the younger students learn to ask, explore, and answer questions about their assignments, helping them become better listeners, thinkers, speakers, and writers so they will have academic success.  The older students sometimes fall behind with increased workload, many classes and social life issues that result in problems.  The students will also receive help and support with these issues in addition to academic support.
WE(senior  citizens) are looking forward to this opportunity to help the students in Genola "LOVE TO LEARN'.


For more information, contact Linda Christensen  801-754-5341             or ninanee@gmail.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

 Free Diabetes Management Class

DESCRIPTION:   Learn to be a skillful self-manager of your Diabetes.  The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) will be offering a free six week Diabetes Management Class in Provo, starting September 17 at 5:30 p.m. (held each Wednesday through October 22).  The class is free, but registration is required. Participants will learn: 1) Techniques to deal with symptoms and emotions; 2) Appropriate exercise to maintain & improve strength; 3) Healthy Eating; 4) Appropriate use of medications; and 5) Working more effectively with health professionals.  For details on these and other upcoming classes, seewww.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7528.
 
The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.pinterest.com/uchd or www.FaceBook.com/uchealth.  Classes brought to you in partnership with Utah's public health departments.