The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on May 1, 1934 · Page 31
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 31

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 1, 1934
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MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE SEVENTEEN EPIDEMIOLOGIST LAUDS HEALTH DAY Discovery of Defects by Roundup Appraisal of-Health Is Good Move Says Commissioner. It is fitting- that this year with the reappearance of spring. May 1 should be designated as Child Health day and the week beginning- April SO, as health appraisal week. In communities throughout the state, parent-teacher units and health-minded citizens are appraising the health of that vast group of children who arc about to enter school. Anticipating and fulfilling health needs of these little tots, dependent as .they are upon their elders, represents a high degree of foresight In 1933, Iowa children entering school for the first time, numbered 4,646. Of this number, 2,823, or better than 60 per. cent, were reported by the various parent-teacher groups, as havi-ig" received a health examination. Twenty-seven per cent of the physical defects which were discovered, were reported as having been- corrected. Largely as the result of special efforts put forth during and following the "Summer Round- Up" about 20 per cent of the children examined, received immunizing treatments against diphtheria and vaccination for smallpox, in 1933. Good progress has been made in meeting the health needs of preschool children. In 1925, but nine parent-teacher units expressed interest in a project of this kind. It is encouraging to note that in 1933, groups carrying through in this preschool health project, numbered 137. Is it too much to hope that 1934 may set a new record ? Report of communicable diseases in Iowa received for the week ending April 19, includes diphtheria, 11 cases; scarlet fever, 55; smallpox, 4; measles, 2-10; whooping cough, 56; chiclt- enpox, 68; .mumps, 80; German measles, 867; influenza, 4; undulant fever, 1; gonorrhoea, 53; syphilis, 21. There are no J.y- phoid cases this week. would probably never see or bear of the sick child. The generation after our grandfathers and before ours (our parents) had learned that much, and as . result extended themselves even though it cost money) to provide good drinking-water, idequate sewers, and inspected milk for all the people of their owns--all things which their parents would have thought mere notional "frills." We begin to see that just as -ood drinking-water is not a 7 friU" but a necessity for everybody's safety, so it is ignorant and backward to call "frills" such health measures as free milk for school children, preventive health inspections, and above all, safe and spacious playgrounds for the free outdoor play that is as necessary ;o the vitality of children as food itself. Universal Health Is Indicated Dorothy Canfield Fisher Points to Progress of Public. By Dorothy CanlieW Fisher Science is accused of not caring anything about human welfare. The men in white jackets in laboratories are said to devote themselves to searching out "mere facts," without any selection of those that -will help men and women. But any enlargement of our knowledge of what facts are, improves enormously our handling of life. A large part of our mismanagement comes from our not knowing any better. Take for instance the facts unearthed by science during the last half-century about where diseases come from. Just to know as we do now that disease germs come from water, milk and food not protected from them; just to know that disease germs get a much more dangeruos hold on human bodies not fortified by vitality to resist them; these few facts, have revolutionized our ways of thought and of action about public health. It has been borne in upon us that health for those we specially cherish depends upon the health of all. Led by the "mere facts" of scientific research, w« go forward about one step to a generation in the battle to keep our children well. We know now, as our grandfathers die not. know, that a child sick with typhoid in a tenement house across the railroad tracks in "flytown" is a real danger to prettily dressed little boys and girls in fine houses across town, although those children Raw Milk Should Be Avoided When Not Certified The children's bureau of the United States department of labor has this to say about raw milk and pasteurized: In cities and towns pasteurized grade A milk should be sought--never raw milk unless it is certified. In rural districts where pasteurized milk cannot yet be had only bottled milk Erom tuberculin-tested cows, oroduccd and handled under good conditions by healthy workers should be used. As a rule it is better to buy milk from a herd rather than from a single cow since that from a herd is more uniform in quality. Milk averaging 3,i to 4 per cent fat is best for infants. If good frfesh milk cannot be bought, either dried or evaporated milk may be used very satisfactorily in feeding infants. Dried milk is whole, skim or half-skim milk with the water removed and with nothing added. After 'a can has been opened it should be kept tightly covered and should be put in a cool place away from dust. Scrupulously clean utensils should be used to dip it out and prepare it for use. The powder should be made liquid by adding enough water (see directions on package) to have the value of the liquid from which it was made--whole milk, skim milk or half-skim milk. It may be used then as if it were fresh milk--water and sugar added according to the doctor's formula and boiled. If the above precautions are observed, there is little chance of a child suffering from any vitamin deficiency, and it is unnecessary to resort to the commercial products. Old fashioned begonias and geraniums thrive nicely in winter window boxes, and their lovely positive colors delight the eye of childhood. "" Your Baby's Health Is Insurred With Us ( I C A. BABY FOODS ARE HEALTH BUILDERS We Carry a Full Line of Strained Vegetables Also Fresh Vegetables STOP AND SHOP FOOD MARKET 123 North Federal 'Phone 2~2~ The Healthy Smile Is Always Sweetest 1 irs-THmrry - TO BUV ALL-BUTTER B REA p MASON CITY BAKING COMPANY

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