Monthly Archives: February 2015

NNTC Open Fishing Forum 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015

Parish Hall (Lytton)

10am – 3pm

Presentations:
Post Season review and preseason review by DFO Chinook, Sockeye, Pink Salmon, Coho

Come see our displays

Participating Displays:

• Coho in the Classroom
• Department of Fisheries and Oceans
• Restorative Justice
• Ghost net Removal

Snacks and Refreshments available…. Lunch will be provided….

For more information you can contact NNTC at (250) 455-2711

Come out and your name will be entered for a Door Prize
(Must be there to claim prize)

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Ticks and Lyme Disease-Preventing disease by taking precautions

What are ticks?

Ticks are tiny bugs that feed on blood. In BC’s Southern Interior, the most common species is the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (Dermacentor andersoni). It is about the size of a small pea and is not known to be a carrier of Lyme Disease.
While not considered common to the area, the Deer Tick (Ixodes pacificus or I. angustus) has been linked to a handful of Southern Interior Lyme Disease cases. The adult deer tick is the size of a sesame seed (2.5-millimeter diameter),
oval, and has a flattened body before enjoying a blood meal. When engorged with blood, the eight-legged arthropod is about the size of a small pea and blue-black in color.
Most tick bites do not result in disease because most ticks are not infected with disease-causing germs. If a tick is carrying disease, the germs that cause the disease are injected with the tick’s bite. Tick bites like any insect bite
should be treated seriously since infection can occur due to the break in the skin.

Avoiding ticks
Walk on cleared trails wherever possible.

Wear light colored clothing, tuck your shirt into your pants and tuck your pants into your boots or socks.

Put insect repellent containing DEET on all uncovered skin. Re-apply as frequently as directed on the containers. See BCCDC’s Insect Repellant Poster.

Check clothing and scalp (covered or not) when leaving an area where ticks may live.

Regularly check household pets for ticks.

How to safely remove ticks
Do not do anything that can stress or crush the tick’s body. This may cause it to inject its stomach contents into your blood. Follow the steps below:
Using needle nose tweezers, gently grasp the tick close to the skin. If you find it difficult to remove the tick do not use grease, alcohol or heat to remove the tick. Visit your doctor.

Without squeezing, pull the tick straight out.

After removal, clean the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic cream.

If you find one tick, check very carefully for others.

Notify your doctor if you notice any rash or unusual health problems later.

Other resources
BC Health Files information on Tick Bites & Disease

BC Center for Disease Control information on Lyme Disease

Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

Relieve seasonal allergies with these tried-and-true techniques.

By Mayo Clinic Staff  (Link to Article here)

Spring means flower buds and blooming trees — and if you’re one of the millions of people who have seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, runny nose and other bothersome symptoms. Seasonal allergies — also called hay
fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you miserable. But before you settle for plastic flowers and artificial turf, try these simple strategies to keep seasonal allergies under control.
Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers
To reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergy signs and symptoms (allergens):
Stay indoors on dry, windy days — the best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.
Remove clothes you’ve worn outside; you may also want to shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
Don’t hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.

Wear a dust mask if you do outside chores.
Take extra steps when pollen counts are high

Seasonal allergy signs and symptoms can flare up when there’s a lot of pollen in the air. These steps can help you reduce your exposure:
Check your local TV or radio station, your local newspaper, or the Internet for pollen forecasts and current pollen levels.
If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high.

Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

Keep indoor air clean

There’s no miracle product that can eliminate all allergens from the air in your home, but these suggestions may help:
Use the air conditioning in your house and car.
If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

What does Healthy Aging mean to you?

Most of us don’t like to admit it but, we are all getting older!

What does being healthy as we get older look like? How do we know if we are really on track with our health as we enter a new phase in our lives?

Fraser Health- Healthy Living/Healthy Communities and FVRD partnered to host four community conversations in early August to engage seniors and the organizations and groups that work with seniors.

The goal of these conversations is to gather feedback from community members and leaders on healthy aging and what that means to YOU!

If you missed these sessions you can still participate by email, please write us and tell us what you think the top priorities for Healthy Aging are, and what healthy aging means to you by answering these questions:

1.What does Healthy Aging mean to you?

2. What do you believe are the top issues and priorities for Healthy Aging?

Email your answers to ron.plowright@fraserhealth.ca

If you can please sit down with as many of your clients, colleagues, and/or community members as you can to answer these questions, summarize the responses, and send them back to us.

Your voice can help shape how we plan for the needs of seniors in the future.

If you would like to provide more input on the future of the region, the FVRD invites you to complete the broader Regional Growth Strategy survey.

Let your voice be heard!