Tips for a FUN & SAFE 4th of July!

July 2, 2018 | Kids & Families, Recreation, Safety

Happy Independence Day! Here in Montana, the 4th of July always seems to represent the start of summer. After a rainy June in Gallatin County, it’s time for fun in the sun and celebrations with friends and family. Along with the celebration—and with fireworks—there are some safety issues to consider in order to make sure […]

Continue Reading

Get Rolling (or Strolling)

We all suffer from it, the lure of sunshine coaxing us outside. Unfortunately, this generally isn’t an option on weekdays, but there is a solution…bike or walk to work! This may not be the kind of “fun in the sun” you had in mind, but it can certainly make your morning and evening commute much […]

Continue Reading

Enjoy Fun in the Water, BUT BE SAFE

June 1, 2017 | Kids & Families, Recreation, Safety

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is sending an important message to water enthusiasts this month: play it safe while out enjoying fun in the water this summer. “We know that Montanans are excited for summer, but water-related illness and injury can sure put a damper on that fun,” said DPHHS Director […]

Continue Reading

Stay Safe This New Year’s Eve

New Year’s can mean a lot of different things for people in Gallatin County: a fresh new start, a chance for new adventures or to meet new people, a beginning of a New Year’s resolution…all great reasons to celebrate! We’ve compiled a list of great safety tips to follow on New Year’s Eve, no matter your […]

Continue Reading

West Nile Virus: Tips for Prevention

Ahhh the Sun. Summertime is here again in Montana: the season of long days, swimming, BBQs, and outdoor fun of all kinds. But before charging off into the great outdoors, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with West Nile Virus and what the CDC says you can do to prevent it. A few minutes […]

Continue Reading

Recreational Water Safety

Harmful algae blooms can occur in any standing body of water that is exposed to the sun. Some years, under certain conditions, the algal blooms may produce toxins which pose a health threat to animals and people. The algae responsible for algal blooms occur naturally and during spells of warm weather can multiply sufficiently to color […]

Continue Reading

Every Kid Healthy™

Every Kid Healthy™ is an annual observance created to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. It highlights the important link between physical activity and learning; because healthy kids learn better. Our community is full of programs and activities that give kids the resources and education to make healthy choices in the food they eat and […]

Continue Reading

Spring Break Savvy

March 9, 2016 | Health, Healthy Living, Recreation, Safety

It’s coming– a week of freedom and fun from school. But because our job is to promote healthy living, we wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t offer a few “reminders” before the festivities begin. Keep in mind; this isn’t a lecture, it’s common sense. Get vaccinated.  If you’re traveling out of the U.S., vaccinations are […]

Continue Reading

Boredom Busters: Keeping Children Entertained and Active During Winter

January 13, 2016 | Kids & Families, Recreation, WIC

As temperatures continue to drop, spending time outdoors can become less appealing to families – especially those with young children. At WIC, we know it can be a challenge to keep children occupied while everyone is cooped up; finding new and exciting activities will help bust up boredom. The following activities are fun and interactive […]

Continue Reading

Tick-borne Illnesses

Ticks are non-insect arthropod arachnids closely related to spiders, scorpions, and mites. They are important to humans because they feed on animals and can pass diseases to people, pets, wildlife, and livestock. In Montana, ticks are capable of transmitting several tick-borne illnesses to people: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) Colorado Tick Fever Tularemia (commonly known […]

Continue Reading