A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief
The holidays are here and they are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important.
They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.
Wash Your Hands Often
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers.
The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook.
- Keep your commitments and spending in check.
- Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends.
- Keep a relaxed and positive outlook and make sure to get proper sleep.
I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at Bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief
or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39
ZIKA: THE BASICS OF THE VIRUS AND HOW TO PROTECT AGAINST IT
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to their sex partners and it can be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby.
Many people infected with Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.
Residents and visitors with questions regarding Zika are reminded to call the Zika Virus Information Hotline at 855-622-6735 or go to www.cdc.gov/zika
Help #ZapZikaBroward. Visit Broward.org/ZapZika
for information about Broward’s efforts to take a “bite” out of mosquito season.
Affordable Care Act
Now is the time to enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance.
Important dates to note:
- November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
- December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
- January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
- January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
If you have any questions or need help signing up, please call1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also go to www.healthcare.gov
City of Miramar Named Most Outstanding Green Government by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Region!
For more than a decade and a half, the City of Miramar has been persistent in redesigning its policies to reduce its ecological footprint by pursuing sustainable opportunities and, most importantly, seeking to understand the magnitude to which a municipality can affect its surrounding environment and the immediate community.
As a result, the City is well aware of the importance of the built environment. For this reason, City representatives have been advocates of the US Green Building Council and the USGBC South Florida Region for almost a decade.
Sustainable Initiatives Include:
- Implementing green infrastructure such as the extensive reclaimed water system for water conservation with a capacity of 6 million gallons per day.
- Supporting green technologies and reducing energy consumption.
- Conserving the natural environment by revising its Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan.
- Organizing community outreach programs to promote environmental stewardship.
- Promoting green jobs.
- Scanning existing policies to support a vibrant local food system.
- Adding green construction to the future land use by encouraging developers and builders to implement the LEED and the Florida Green Building Coalition's ratings systems. A commitment to conduct a community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Serving on County Boards
We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of our District. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to include your permanent address, phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. For a description of Boards, visit Broward.org/Intergovernmental
and select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.