Health Services

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Amy Juchatz, MPH

Environmental Toxicologist

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Suffolk County Department of Health Services

3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite 124

P.O. Box 9006

Great River, New York 11739-9006

Telephone 631-854-0087

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Our Mission

The mission of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to provide actionable information to residents regarding healthy lifestyles and environmental risk factors in order to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases.  The Coalition also seeks to increase access to care for all county residents by providing education and outreach.

Our Vision

The vision of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition is to improve the lives of county residents by creating a healthier community in which cancer and other chronic diseases are minimized.

MONTHLY HIGHLIGHT

Spring-Start Your Healthy Lifestyle

Warmer weather makes it easy to take some simple steps that will help you reduce your risk of cancer.

Spring is a great time to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, such as going for a walk during your lunch break. An active lifestyle helps to reduce your risk of both colon and breast cancer. CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, the equivalent of 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Remember that you can divide your activity up into multiple shorter sessions throughout the day.

Eating healthy foods also reduces your risk of cancer. Farmer’s markets are a great way to buy fresh local produce and may offer you the chance to experiment with new healthy and tasty foods. It is best to eat more fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans and lean protein and to avoid processed meat and foods.

Because you may find yourself spending more time outside, it is important to protect your skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. While exposure to sunlight can increase vitamin D levels, too much sun can increase your risk of skin cancers, including melanoma. Follow these steps to protect yourself:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection. Apply every two hours, even on cloudy or cooler days.
  • Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, and seek shade while outside.
  • Avoid indoor tanning devices- there are many lotion and spray tan alternatives.
  • Watch for any changes on your skin- new growths, sores, or changes in a mole. Talk to your doctor about any concerns.
  • Signs of melanoma include asymmetrical moles or spots, jagged borders, uneven color, spots larger than the size of a pea, or any recent changes to an existing mole or spot.

To see the Suffolk County Fitness Nutrition Resource Guide, visit:

suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/HealthServices/HealthyLiving/FitnessNutritionResourceGuide.aspx


To see a schedule of farmers markets on Long Island, visit

http://www.longislandgrowersmarket.com/


For more information about preventing skin cancer, visit:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/index.htm


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