Health Department Serves as Walking Billboards to Promote Healthy Behaviors

billboardsThe City of Racine Health Department is promoting healthy habits by asking staff to wear shirts which contain positive messages and program information. The shirts will be worn while staff?are in clinic, on home visits and on restaurant inspections. The shirts, which were purchased with grant funding, will inform the public about the importance of annual breast cancer?screening, eliminating tobacco use and volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Health Department employees wearing the shirts will serve as walking billboards in Racine,
said Dottie-Kay Bowersox, Public Health Administrator. This is an opportunity to engage the community and promote life-saving services to people who may not otherwise know about our programs.

Annual Breast Cancer Screening:
According to the 2011 Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate Community Profile, early detection and effective treatment remain the best tools for surviving breast cancer. Racine has the highest Caucasian breast cancer rate in southeast Wisconsin, the highest percentage of?women who have not received an annual mammogram and the third highest overall breast?cancer mortality rate. The City of Racine Health Department administers the Wisconsin Well?Woman Program of Racine and Suburban Milwaukee Counties that can assist women with
obtaining their annual mammogram. Those who may qualify for a free mammogram include?women who are ages 45 to 64, who have little or no health insurance and who meet the?income guidelines.

Eliminating Tobacco Use:
According to the 2010 Burden of Tobacco Report, 23.8% of the Racine County adult?population uses tobacco compared to 19.5% of Wisconsinites. The same report states 16% of?all deaths in Racine County are attributed to tobacco use. Wisconsin has a Tobacco Quit Line,?1-800-QUIT-NOW which can be an easy way to begin a quit attempt or help someone?overcome tobacco addiction.

Volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corp:
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of local volunteer groups committed?to improving the health, safety, and resilience of their communities. MRC volunteers include?medical and public health professionals, as well as non-medical volunteers who are interested?in strengthening the public health infrastructure and improving the preparedness and response?capabilities of their community. Racine community members interested in volunteering for the?MRC can visit the website at or call 262-636-9201.