Maintaining & Achieving Your Healthy Weight

With the arrival of the holiday season comes delicious meals, sweets, excess calories, and the potential for unwanted weight gain. Maintaining your healthy weight is vital to feeling and operating at your best. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the calories you consume with the calories your body uses. Click here to check out this month’s Health and Safety Infographic for tips about managing and achieving your healthy weight!

Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to learn more about maintaining and achieving a healthy weight.

COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control

The Virginia Department of Health’s Office of EMS is proud to present Dr. Brooke Rossheim, MD, MPH, a Public Health Physician Specialist on the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 Testing Team guidance for COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control for licensed Virginia EMS agencies.  This asynchronous training program is not eligible for continuing education credit.

View the training here: COVID-19 Transmission Risks, Infection Prevention & Control 

Earthquake Preparedness

Are you ready when things start to shake? International ShakeOut Day is always the third Thursday of October (this year: October 15, 2020). While COVID-19 has brought uncertainties and challenges, one thing is for sure: emergencies and disasters are still happening. Planning for emergencies such as earthquakes allows us to understand the steps necessary to prepare for the potential impacts. The more prepared you are before an earthquake, the more resilient you will be after an earthquake.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On”. They also encourage you, your community, your school or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

For more information and to register to participate in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 15, 2020, visit:

National Preparedness Month 2020

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), a time to remind ourselves that we need to make sure our households are prepared for natural or man-made disasters. NPM promotes family and community disaster planning throughout the year.

As we have seen, 2020 has been hectic and shown the world that preparedness and planning is vital for everyone. This year has definitely lived up to this NPM theme: Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today”.

As we prepare for future disasters and emergencies, it is important to also include COVID-19 considerations. The four key components to having a well prepared family and community are:

Step 1: Make A Plan
  • Make sure to update your plan as your life changes and recommendations based on anticipated events.
Step 2: Build A Kit
  • Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. 
  • Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.
  • Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations for anticipated events.
  • Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family through preparation.  Know the risk of disasters in your area.
  • Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
  • Talk to your household about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated.
  • Provide information about how they can prepare and get involved. 

Violence is Never Okay

Violence is never okay. This month’s Health and Safety Bulletin focuses on preventing and responding to workplace violence. The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety defines workplace violence as any violent act (including physical assaults and threats of assaults) directed toward persons on duty. Unfortunately, workplace violence is very common among EMS providers. A recent national survey of EMS providers conducted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians found that 2 in 3 providers (67%) reported being physically assaulted and almost all (91%) providers reported being verbally assaulted at some point while practicing EMS. Violence should never be accepted as “part of the job.” Virginia Law dictates that any person who commits an assault or an assault and battery against an EMS provider may be charged with a Class 6 Felony.

Click here to check out this month’s Health and Safety Bulletin.

Click here to learn more how to report workplace violence.