Choosing Your Body Art

We love body art here at the Health Department. Many of us sport elaborate tattoos and body piercings. Some of us have small, hidden personal tattoos and just ear piercings. With so many great shops in Philly to get tattooed or pierced, it makes it easy to sport beautiful art.

One thing we insist on, though, is that body art is done safely. And safe body art can only be done in a licensed, inspected shop. Remember, it’s not just about the art, it’s about your life. Here are the top six things you should look for every time you enter a shop.

https://beta.phila.gov/2018-02-09-what-should-you-be-looking-for-when-you-choose-a-body-art-studio/

Safe Injection Sites

When would a SIF open in Philadelphia?

That’s still unclear. While city officials have given the green light for a facility to open in Philadelphia, they still need to find a private operator to run it. James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told TIME that some parties have expressed interest, but declined to name them.

http://time.com/5128626/safe-injection-facilities-us-philadelphia/

By Jaime Ducharme

The Healthiest Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl. Ready or not, the biggest football game in Philly is coming up quickly.

Planning snacks for your Super Bowl party is part of the fun, but you don’t have to destroy your New Year’s resolutions to enjoy it. You’ll want something to crunch down on while gripping the couch cushions nervously, and something to celebrate with (of course) at the moment of victory (because we’re not even considering other possibilities). Here’s some ideas to round out your menu for the big game.

https://beta.phila.gov/2018-01-29-how-to-have-the-healthiest-super-bowl-party-ever/

2017 Health of the City report

Today, Philadelphia Department of Public Health released a new report, Health of the City, which describes the landscape of health for people who live in Philadelphia. The Health Department developed this report to help health care providers, City officials, people who make decisions for non-governmental organizations, and individual residents make more informed decisions on health and factors influencing health.

https://mailchi.mp/phila/new-health-of-the-city-report-finds-good-news-and-troubling-news-on-the-health-of-philadelphians

Philadelphia has High Immunization Rates

PHILADELPHIA- New data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that Philadelphia’s healthcare providers immunize children at very high rates, often meeting or even exceeding national goals. With immunization rates that frequently surpass statewide and nationwide rates, Philadelphia has done an outstanding job protecting its infants and children from dangerous diseases.

https://mailchi.mp/phila/new-cdc-data-on-childhood-immunization-rates-says-philadelphias-rates-are-among-the-highest-in-the-nation