• wash your hands poster from 2014

    Deadline Extended

    Making Health Choices Poster Contest

    Monterey County kids in grades Kindergarten to 8th are invited to use their artistic talents to create posters to draw attention to the need to make healthy choices not only during this flu season but all year.
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  • Adopt your new best friend

    If you are looking for new furever friend to fill an empty spot in your life, come down to the Monterey County Animal Shelter at 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas to meet the dogs & cats.    Shelter hours Noon to 5:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.  See the animals available for adoption now   

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Central Coast Regional Tobacco Meeting

The Central Coast Regional Tobacco Collaborative is hosting Looking Back at Successes and Ahead to New Challenges on Thursday, December 10th from 1:30 to 4 :30 pm at the Watsonville Public Library.The special guest speaker is Dr. Michael Ong, chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight... Read more →

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Thanksgiving Safety for your four legged family members

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink. Read more →

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Let’s Talk Turkey

As Thanksgiving approaches, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to anxieties and questions. What kind of turkey should I buy? Should I buy a frozen turkey or a fresh one? How do I store my turkey? A few simple steps will not only ease your holiday fears, but will... Read more →

Monterey County Health Department Poised for National Accreditation

Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) today announced that it has submitted all required documentation to the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) to begin the six-month review process. The event was recognized with a Resolution of Acknowledgement by the county Board of Supervisors.  MCHD, as well as other public health... Read more →

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Family and Food Safety First this Thanksgiving

 Eating healthy this Thanksgiving begins with basic home food safety practices that are known to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Monterey County Health Department is reminding all cooks entering the kitchen this season to follow the Fight BAC!® basics of home food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Read more →