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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

How to Get a Free Pedometer

Colleges and Universities

Walking groups supported by colleges and universities often give free pedometers with membership to the walking group. Some programs are for students or faculty, but others are open to the public. Call your local schools to see if they have a public walking program.

Health Insurance

Some health insurance companies offer free pedometers to promote healthy living. Call the number on the back of your insurance card to find out if your insurance company is giving away pedometers.

California Health Department

Sometime the state has promotes for participating in healthier lifestyles through community programs such as WIC, or EPIC. Call the California Department of Health at 916-558-1784 to see if they are giving away pedometers.

Internet Search

Stores and private businesses often have giveaway deals offering free pedometers while suppies last. Search for "free pedometer" through an internet search engine (such as google, bing, yahoo...)

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