Featured Articles and Videos
Read interesting articles and watch informative videos related to important public health issues. We strive to present current topics of interest to promote "Healthy People in a Healthy Community!"
How - When - Why -- Handwashing!
Know the right way to wash your hands?
Know when to wash? (especially if you're a food handler)
Know why? It's important to prevent the spread of disease!
Learn more in this National Restaurant Association video.
Know your property as well as you think?
Ever wondered if you have an old well in your own backyard? It could be a hazard for kids, for water quality, for health - in rural and even urban areas! Check out around your house and call us if you find an old well. Our sanitarians attended this demonstration to seal old wells and they have the background to help you to plug those wells safely.
Teach Me How To Breastfeed
Check out this great quirky rap video. We support breastfeeding to reduce your child's risk of allergies, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers. It's a link to better health and bonding for baby and for mom!
Climate change, public health, and preparing for more extreme weather
Watch this local Peoria area video to learn how we can prepare for extreme weather changes. Illinois will see more frequent and severe weather events because of climate change. This will have effects on our health and the health of our community.
Test your Health IQ by downloading this fun CDC app to your cell phone or tablet. Hours of play. Check it out!
The Importance of Vaccines
Peoria Public Library's Information Please TV series features a frank discussion with Peoria City/County Health Department's Epidemiologist. The topic of vaccines is explored, including the importance in preventing disease, current recommendations, vaccines for specific age groups, and protection for individuals traveling outside the U.S.
The 2015 County Health Rankings are here!
Explore your county's rankings and see how we can all move toward building healthier communities! The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.
truth presents: LEFT SWIPE DAT
New music video feat. Becky G, Fifth Harmony, King Bach, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Anna Akana, Jimmy Tatro, Alphacat, Terrence J and Timothy DeLaGhetto.
Lip Sync your favorite part of the #LeftSwipeDat song and help spread the word that smoking pics get half the matches.
Health Insurance Explained - The YouToons Have It Covered
Join the YouToons in a short video that explains health insurance using fun, easy-to-understand cartoons. It's a light-hearted treatment of a difficult topic such as insurance premiums, deductibles, and provider networks. The video explains paying for coverage, and obtaining medical care when enrolled in various types of health insurance.
WTVP Peoria Ebola Panel Discussion
Discussion with Dr. Steven Hippler from OSF, Tony Howard from UnityPoint Health, and Monica Hendrickson from Peoria City/County Health Dept. Facilitator H. Wayne Wilson for WTVP.
When The Earth Starts To Shake
Know what to do! Watch this video before you Shakeout and practice your earthquake drill.
Treating High Blood Pressure
There are many ways to treat hypertension, from reducing the amount of sodium (salt) in your diet to taking medication. Learn how each of these treatments works in your body and how they protect you from a heart attack or stroke.
High Blood Pressure Basics
Is your heart working overtime? Watch this video to find out what hypertension is, what causes it, and why you should care.
How to Survive a Heat Wave
Learn how to keep cool to avoid heat-related illness. Funny but real video with a few tips you may know and a few you can learn. Check it out!
April is National Donate Life Month
The green ribbon is the universal symbol for organ/tissue donation. April 2014 is National Donate Life Month, register your donation through the Illinois Secretary of State’s Organ/Tissue Donor Program.
- More than 5,000 men, women, and children in Illinois are waiting for a lifesaving organ.
- One donor can save or enhance the lives of more than 25 people.
Learn About Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
There are many types of heart and stroke disease. Many of these diseases can be prevented. Check out the facts with these easy to read fact sheets on heart disease and stroke prevention!
The Health Insurance Marketplace for Individuals and Families
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013 and coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/ to learn more and get ready for the Marketplace.
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare? Join the YouToons as they walk through the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, when major parts of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” go into effect.
Get Your Business Ready for Disasters
A great 60 second video on how to make your business better prepared for emergencies. For more resources, guides, and tips, visit the business section of Ready.gov
Entertaining and True
A must see video! A finalist in the CDC Flu Prevention video contest.
Remember: Wash your hands! Get your flu vaccination!
Don't Shoot Peoria
In Peoria, guns have killed nearly 50 people over the past 5 years. That includes 7 people fatally shot in the past 8 months. It's time to put the guns down. "Don't Shoot" is an aggressive anti-gang and anti-gun violence program designed to save lives. For more info, visit the DontShootPeoria website.
Have fun with this puzzle while preparing your family during Emergency Preparedness Month
Search for just some of the words that will help you to make an emergency kit.
Visit our Emergency Preparedness webpage for a budget friendly plan to build a family disaster supply kit in just 24 weeks.
Foggers Safety: Keep foggers away from ignition sources
Eliminate pest problems and risks posed by pesticides. Be safe.
Tobacco use is targeted at young adults.
Watch this video and see what happens during a lifetime of smoking.
Talk to your friends and family about tobacco use.
If you smoke, call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline for help at 1-866-QUIT-YES, that's 1-866-784-8937.
Who said learning isn’t fun? Check out CDC’s graphic novel “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.” Follow Todd, Julie, and Max as they try to avoid a strange new disease turning everyone into zombies. A surprise ending reminds everyone why it’s important to be prepared for all emergencies. Use the checklist included in the novel to get your family ready before disaster strikes.