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!"
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.