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More mosquito control efforts to take place

More mosquito control efforts to take place

Polk County, Florida-- The Mosquito Control Section of the Parks and Natural Resources Division has intensified inspections and treatment of known mosquito breeding areas, and is conducting ground and aerial spraying as needed to control adult mosquito populations.

Mosquito Control announced a similar spryaing back on August 1 after heavy rainfalls resulted in a "significant increase" in mosquito populations. 

Lunchrooms dish out healthier options to combat childhood obesity

Lunchrooms dish out healthier options to combat childhood obesity

Polk County, Florida-- School started yesterday, but Polk County School Nutrition staff members have been hard at work for much of the summer. 

They’ve spent time working to ensure new national health guidelines set forth by the Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act of 2010 will be met, explains a Polk County Public Schools release.

The legislation aimed at combating childhood obesity trends and improving child nutrition goes into effect this academic school year. 

 

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Extended immunization hours ahead of school start

Extended immunization hours ahead of school start

Bartow- Polk County Health Department (PCHD) immunization clinics in Lakeland, Lake Wales, and Auburndale will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, until August 21 to provide back-to-school vaccinations for students in Polk County.

"We hope that these extended hours will help those parents who may need this service," said Dr. Daniel O. Haight, PCHD Director.

Documentation for required immunizations is mandatory for all students entering, attending, or transferring into a Polk County school in grades pre-Kindergarten through 12. 

Boil water notice issued for 21st Street NW area

Boil water notice issued for 21st Street NW area

Winter Haven, Florida -- The City of Winter Haven has issued a boil water notice for homes in the area of 21st Street NW, north of Havendale Boulevard.

This area includes homes in the Casa Del Sol and Hartridge Pointe condominium developments. Homes on Greenway, Sunset and Ravenswood drives, Hartridge Terrace West, Lake Idylwild Drive North, as well as homes along 21st Street NW, north of Hartridge-Idylwild canal are also in the area noticed.

Signs have been posted in the area affected by the notice.

Mosquito control intensifies control efforts

Mosquito control intensifies control efforts

Polk County, Florida-- With the recent heavy rains, Polk County is experiencing a significant increase in biting mosquito populations, the polk County board of County Commissioners said today in a recent release.

In addition to heavy rainfall, they say we can attribute the increase in the mosquito population to floods, soil depressions and low-lying areas, which serve as ideal breeding grounds for the insect.

Stay summer safe!

Stay summer safe!

Bartow, Florida-- The Polk County Health Department (PCHD) sent out a reminder to all residents and visitors to take reasonable precautions during summer activities. 

As people enjoy outdoor activities in the sunshine state's warm weather, PCHD says it is important to take simple steps to prevent avoidable illness and injury.

They encourage you to follow these summer saftey tips:

Health officials recommend getting immunizations early

Health officials recommend getting immunizations early

Bartow, Florida -- The Polk County Health Department is reminding parents and guardians that back-to-school is just around the corner. 

It's time, according to health officials, to check the immunization status of children to be sure they meet school requirements.

"We encourage everyone to get your child up-to-date with their immunizations and not wait for the school rush," said Dr. Daniel O. Haight, PCHD Director.