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Commissioner's Corner Articles (Poughkeepsie Journal's Healthy Living Section)

March 10, 2013 - Take Care of The Skin You're In

Do you know what the body’s largest organ is?  Surprisingly, it’s the skin!  Our skin takes a lot of abuse. We do many things to our skin, from simple unprotected exposure, to inking it and putting holes in it.  It is indeed an organ we need to protect for life!

Protect your skin today by:

  • Drinking lots of water, eating a healthy diet, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink.

  • Avoid second-hand smoke, and quit if you do smoke

  • Manage your stressors

  • Treating your skin gently by limiting bath times, avoid strong soaps, and use skin moisturizers often.

Skin covers and protects the body.  Care is needed to protect the skin from harm including ultra violet (UV) rays, exposure, and damage due to tattooing and body piercing. Here are some resources to find out more:

American Cancer Society –

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law banning the use of artificial tanning beds by those under the age of seventeen:
     NYS Law regarding Tanning Facilities:

UC Davis Cancer Center News:
     Be Smart with Body Art - and
          - Video - Be Smart with Body Art (.wmv) 
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The Mayo Clinic -  
     Skin Care:  
     Sunless Tanning:

“Health Risks of Tattooing & Body Piercing” - Medical News Today,


February 10, 2013 - Staying Healthy at the Workplace is Everyone’s Responsibility

For many of us, the time we spend in the workplace rivals the time we spend at home with our families.  Each one of us has a part to play in promoting and improving our environment at work.  Choose to make one positive change today.  Business managers and owners can lead the way by setting standards and policies but it is up to all of us to want to make a difference in our lives and the lives of our colleagues.  When eating, choose smaller portions and healthier selections; make moving your body part of your daily routine; support coworkers who are struggling to quit smoking; show your employer this article and ask them to call me so our Department of Health can assist in helping your business to develop a stronger commitment to good health during the workday.  Start planning today.  For additional resources, please visit the below recommended websites:

HEARTSafe Dutchess -

Harvard Medical School’s Healthy Plate -

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Workplace Safety and Health -

American Cancer Society Workplace Solutions -

National Institutes of Health Wellness podcasts -

Healthfinder - (search “workplace”)

The Cancer Gold Standard -

American Heart Association -



January 13, 2013 - Brrrr! What to do when it is cold out.

As the season changes and the temperature drops, we are concerned with staying warm and safe.  Extreme weather conditions, snow and ice on the roads, and the threat of power failures, can be particularly challenging.  Prevention and preparedness are hallmarks of public health and they apply to cold weather. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause serious and even life-threatening health problems especially for infants and the elderly.  This month's article provides some useful tips for making this season a little more manageable.  Below are a few helpful resources:

Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and the Office for the Aging offer the “Are You OKAY?” safety program free of charge to those who are disabled, homebound and infirm.  The computer calls the subscriber every day at the same time. If the person fails to answer the call after 15 minutes, the computer retrieves the emergency data released by the client. The Sheriff's Office then dispatches the friend or a relative designated to check on the person's condition.

For more information, please visit or call (845) 486-2555.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -
    Winter/Cold Weather Safety -
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Guidance -

Consumer Reports Checklist:  What to have in your vehicle -



~ 2012 Commissioner's Corner Archives ~

  • December 9, 2012 - Dealing with the Holidays
  • November 11, 2012 - Prepare Now for Power Outages and Future Storms
  • October 14, 2012 - Cancer CAN be Prevented!
  • September 9, 2012 - Creepy, Crawly, Itchy Lice!
  • August 12, 2012 - Help Us FIGHT Pertussis!
  • July 8, 2012 - Dutchess County Maternal Child Health Programs
  • June 10, 2012 - Food and Waterborne Illnesses
  • May 13, 2012 - Rabies
  • April 8, 2012 - Two Little Windows: Eye Injury and Prevention
  • March 11, 2012 - Bullying Does Not Have to be a Rite of Passage
  • February 12, 2012 - Get heart-healthy this Valentine's day
  • January 8, 2012 - Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


~ 2011 Commisioner's Corner Archives ~

  • December 11, 2011 - We must all work together to stop domestic violence
  • November 13, 2011 - Eating Healthy During the Holidays
  • October 9, 2011 - Affordable-Care Act transforms system from "sick care" to "health care"
  • September 11, 2011 - How we've prepared better since Sept. 11
  • August 14, 2011 - Dutchess Rail Trail Delights AND Promotes Fitness
  • July 10, 2011 - Our water supply has variety of elements
  • June 12, 2011 - Safety Tips Could Prevent Drowning Deaths



A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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