Entries by David Heaton

Are plague-infected fleas a concern in southern Utah?

(KCSG.com / Melissa Anderson) It’s known as the “Black Death” or bubonic plague. Recent reports of fleas infected with the bubonic plague in parts of Northern Arizona has caused questions about the potential of the fleas traveling to southern Utah. “Fortunately in Utah, fleas are uncommon in our state because they thrive with humidity, which […]

Study: healthy fats won’t boost weight

Healthy Fats in Mediterranean Diet Won’t Boost Weight Vegetable oils, nuts can be a part of a healthful diet, experts say By Robert Preidt Monday, June 6, 2016 An eating plan that includes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts isn’t likely to cause weight gain, a new study finds. That’s good news for […]

St. George Marathon Charity Entries

The Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation is an official charity for the St. George Marathon and has been allocated a certain number of marathon entries. Runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to the Foundation and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2019 St. George Marathon. We […]

The Zika Virus: What You Should Know

Updated 8-11-16 What is Zika? Zika is a virus related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. How is it spread? Zika is spread to humans primarily by the Aedes species of mosquito. This species is rarely, if ever, found in Utah. Sexual transmission is possible, but rare. What are the symptoms and how dangerous […]

New Year’s Resolutions

By Kylaas Flanagan, SWUPHD Health Educator Here are some familiar examples of New Year’s resolutions you’ll hear every year: – I’m going to lose weight! – I’m going to the gym every day! – I’m not going to eat junk food! – I’m going to quit smoking! – I’m going to spend time with my […]