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Dr. Moffses Named Health Officer for DOH-Columbia and Hamilton Counties

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Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Moffses Jr. as the Administrator for the Department of Health in Columbia and Hamilton Counties, effective March 21. Dr. Moffses will be responsible for overseeing all operations including planning, directing, developing and coordinating public health programs and activities. Previously, he served as an Emergency Management Planner for DOH-Columbia and DOH-Hamilton, a role he had held since 2017.

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health (DOH) celebrates March as National Nutrition Month, which is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is: "Go Further with Food." The campaign highlights the far-reaching benefits of making informed eating choices. Informed eating goes further than choosing the most nutritious options—eating choices can also conserve money, save time, and reduce food waste.

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The Florida Department of Health in Highlands County urges everyone to be safe during this recent cold weather. Some safety tips are: Stay indoors as much as possible. If you go outside, dress in multiple layers of loose-fitting clothing. - Be sure to check on family and friends who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards, such as young children, older adults, and those who are chronically ill. - Heat your home safely. If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. - Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by NEVER using a generator, charcoal or gas grills indoors, even in a garage. Carbon monoxide is a very deadly odorless, colorless gas that cannot be detected without a CO detector. - Leave your home's water taps slightly open so they drip continuously and pipes won't freeze. - Eat well-balanced meals to stay warmer. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly. Drink warm beverages instead. - Provide pets a warm shelter. - Wild animals can be displaced by cold weather. Stay clear of wild or feral animals, especially if they look sick or appear injured. For more information on cold weather safety, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Winter Weather Preparedness page

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