Healthy & Safe, Even When Away at College

Going to college is an exciting time in a young person’s life. It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. College is a great time for new experiences, both inside and outside the classroom. Here are a few pointers from the CDC for college students on staying safe and healthy.

  1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle starting with diet and exercise. In 2007-2010, 23% of young adults ages 18-24 were obese. The amount of food you need to eat from each food group depends on your age, sex, and level of physical activity. Follow an eating plan with correct portions of the basic food groups. Also be aware that beverages may be adding extra calories. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week.
  2. Sexual assault is a particular problem on college campuses. One in five women have been sexually assaulted while in college and 80 % of female victims experience their first rape before the age of 25. Students should know their rights, and seek help immediately if they or someone they know is the victim of violence.
  3. Sexually transmitted infections can be prevented. They are also treatable, and many are curable. Half of all new sexually transmitted diseases occur among young people aged 15 to 24 years. College students and others who are sexually active should get tested to know their status and protect themselves and their sexual partners. Abstinence, not having sex, is the most reliable way to avoid infection.
  1. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men over a short period of time. About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks. Binge drinking is a factor that increases your chances for risky sexual behavior, unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, car crashes, violence, and alcohol poisoning.  Get the facts about alcohol use and health and learn what you can do to prevent binge drinking.
  2. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases like cancer, and heart and respiratory diseases. In 2012, 17.3% of adults ages 18-24 were cigarette smokers. Encourage college students to quit smoking, and avoid starting during these important years. Hear tips from former smokers.
  3. Managing stress and maintaining good balance is important for college students. A few ways to manage stress are to get enough sleep, avoid drugs and alcohol, connect socially, and seek help from a medical or mental health professional, including if depressed or experiencing distress. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 24 years. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you or a friend is struggling with a health or safety problem, you can:

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Mayor Presents Beautification Award for Outstanding Landscaping to the Dowes

Connie McCahill (Cameron COO), Chuck Dowe, Kathy Dowe, Mayor Richard Hickman

Connie McCahill (Cameron COO), Chuck Dowe, Kathy Dowe, Mayor Richard Hickman

Angola Mayor Richard Hickman along with Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is pleased to announce the latest Angola Mayor’s Beautification Award was presented to Chuck and Kathy Dowe. Mr. and Mrs. Dowe were awarded this honor for their outstanding landscaping at 315 W. Pleasant Street. “The Dowes have done a beautiful job,” said Mayor Hickman. “They really take pride in their home.”

The Dowes have lived in Angola for the past thirty-four years and in their home on Pleasant Street for the last twenty. For the first ten years they lived there, the home was surrounded by very large evergreens that their kids enjoyed having covered with lights each Christmas. Ten years ago, the Dowes removed the old shrubbery and re-landscaped creating the beautiful oasis they now enjoy. The home features a variety of perennials and annuals of all different types and colors.

“We do this because we enjoy it,” said Chuck Dowe. The oak tree standing in their front yard was an Arbor Day project their daughter brought home many years ago. The back yard features a very large white oak, that according to an arborist from the Purdue Extension Office, is at least 275 years old.

The purpose of the Mayor’s Beautification Award is to promote and recognize the efforts of city residents who beautify their residential landscapes and the exterior of their residential properties. The award is sponsored by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital as part of its commitment to promote wellness and a high quality of community life.

The public is invited to nominate themselves or another residence that is deserving of some positive recognition. Nominations must be located within the Angola city limits and the area nominated must be visible from the public right of way. Nomination forms are available on the City of Angola’s website at or on Cameron Memorial Community Hospital’s website at Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Neatness and maintenance of property and other structures
  • Maintenance of planting areas, landscape and all visible yard
  • Absence of debris
  • Eligible residential properties include: single, duplex or multi-family; the residence need not be owner-occupied

Similar awards are also offered to residents of Fremont. For more information on the award, contact Angola City Planner, Vivian Likes at (260) 665-7465.

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Cameron Hospital Hosts Cancer Survivor Support Group in July

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital will be offering a support group meeting for cancer survivors and their family and friends on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Cameron Counseling Center at 617 N. Washington St., Angola.

The group will be facilitated by Rita Lechleidner, Director of the Cameron Counseling Center and will continue on the third Monday of each month. Attendees are encouraged to bring a family member or friend.

For more information, please contact (260) 668-7060.

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Balloons Aloft 2014

Each year, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital sponsors a balloon at the Balloons Aloft event in Angola, IN. Here are a few photos from this year’s event. Cameron Hospital sponsored the scarecrow balloon, and we were a t-shirt sponsor.  Cameron employees and their family members helped at each launch get the balloon ready and lifted.  We are honored to be part of this great community event that is really taking off! (See what we did there?)

Cameron workers 1Cameron workers 2scarecrow being blown upscarecrow


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Be Smart About UV Safety

uv-chartJuly is UV Safety Month, and it’s an excellent time to refresh your knowledge of ultraviolet light: what it is, what the index numbers mean, and how to protect your skin from damage.

What is UV?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is classified into three groups: UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVA and UVB rays are the ones that reach the earth’s surface and can cause damage to the skin, including skin cancer–the most common type of cancer in the United States. That’s why it’s important to protect your body when you’re exposed to sunlight, especially in times of high UV indexes.

What is the UV index, and where can I find it?

When planning outdoor activities, you can decide how much sun protection you need by checking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) UV index. This index measures the daily intensity of UV rays from the sun on a scale of 1 to 11. A low UV index requires minimal protection (think sunscreen and sunglasses), whereas a high UV index requires maximum protection (like avoiding direct sun exposure during peak hours). Traditionally, news outlets will warn the area of abnormally high UV indexes, but don’t rely on the news alone. Be your own UV safety advocate!

The best protection is…

Remember the five S’s: slip (on some clothing), slop (on some SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours), slap (on a hat), seek (shade), and slide (some cool sunglasses on). The chart at the top of this posts provides some guidelines of the level of protection in correspondence with UV index numbers. However, children, those with sensitive skin, and those with pale skin or who burn easily may require more protection than average.

Remember: everyone is at risk when it comes to UV rays–even pets. Be sun smart!

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A Clearer Understanding of Water Quality Warnings

sign_WQGoodAre you headed to the lake this summer for some fun in the sun? You may notice signs addressing water quality posted near the beach, and your health may depend on them.

“There can be hidden dangers lurking in many of our waterways in the form of bacteria and viruses that can cause a great inventory of illnesses like dysentery, hepatitis, stomach flu, infections and rashes,” Steve Fleischli, water program director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said at a recent press conference.

A report issued late last month indicated that 1 in every 10 beaches in the United States fails bacteria safety standards. Of the almost 3,500 samples taken annually at beaches around the country, the Great Lakes beaches were found to have the highest failure rate. Illnesses associated with polluted beach water include stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis and hepatitis. Children are especially vulnerable, as they tend to submerge their heads more often than adults and are more likely to swallow water when swimming, the report said.

The National Park Service says that the Great Lakes can become contaminated by overflows of sewage and industrial waste, residential storm drain runoff, boat discharge, and domestic animal waste. Bacteria levels are often higher 24-48 hours after heavy rainfall and during times of water temperature increases.

beach_signUnder the federal Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act, states are required to test beach water for bacteria. When bacteria levels are too high, beaches may be closed or people might be advised not to swim. Warning signs noting high bacteria count are posted at affected beaches. Ultimately, though, you are responsible for your safety and well-being. Look for indicators of poor water quality, such as dark plumes, floating debris (like branches and garbage), and heavy sediment. Avoid swimming in lakes after a downpour of an inch or more. And if you think you have an illness related to water pollution, see your health care provider immediately.

Check before you visit! See the Indiana BeachGuard website for a listing of regional beaches tested for water quality. (A red flag beside the beach means to take warning.)

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Safe Sitter® Course Offered By Cameron Hospital

Color logo with mottoCameron Memorial Community Hospital will offer their Safe Sitter® course for young teens 11 and older at the hospital on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Over 500,000 adolescent babysitters have graduated from the medically-accurate program which instills students with confidence as they learn how, why, and where injuries can happen so that the injuries can be prevented. The cost of the course is $15. Call 260-667-5303 to register your son or daughter or your child’s babysitter. You can also register online at

The up-to-date curriculum provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques designed to prepare babysitters to act in an emergency. Babysitters also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects caring for them, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business. They also learn basic first aid as well as how to perform infant and child choking rescue. To graduate from the Safe Sitter® course and receive a completion card, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test that indicates their mastery of key concepts and life and safety skills.

For more information about the Safe Sitter® organization, contact Andrea Walchle at 260-667-5303.

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