5 Reasons to Attend PANIC

5 Reasons to Attend PANIC

During the past eleven years, the PANIC (Physical Activity and Nutrition in the Community) program has been a fun opportunity for the entire family to learn exercise and nutrition tips to lead healthier and happier lives. Here are the top 5 reasons to participate in PANIC this year:

  1. Learn How To Have Fun Exercising – We have a variety of fun exercises, from yoga, square dancing, Zumba and more. Get motivated in a group workout session and learn new ways to exercise from home or the gym.
  2. Learn A Lot – Guests speakers will present on various health and wellness topics, filling you in on relevant health news. Take home informational packets on the topics presented to share with your family and friends.
  3. Get Prizes – You can win BIG just for participating! From Wellness Center memberships to blender bottles and gift certificates you could take home a prize. 
  4. It’s Free – Did we mention it’s FREE? Don’t miss out on the fun, prizes and healthy tips you’ll gain from this year’s PANIC sessions.
  5. Get Six Free Gym Coupons – A coupon for six free admissions to the Belington Wellness Center will be given to each registered participant to use during the six-week program if you do not have a current membership. These coupons are only valid for those that are registered for the program and are non-transferable. Use excludes any scheduled weekly classes.

Don’t miss out on the fun at Belington Middle School. Remember that sessions are held on Monday evenings March 4th through April 8th from 6PM to 8PM. You’ll need to bring along your water bottle and clean shoes. Free healthy snacks will be provided. Register NOW >> http://bit.ly/2MZaCNO 

Fight “The Flu”

Fight “The Flu”

No doubt about it, flu season is upon us! The flu typically occurs from October through March and peaks during the months of December, January and February. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that is spread through respiratory secretions from person to person or by coming into contact with the virus on unclean surfaces such as clothing, doorknobs and shopping carts. Most people become contagious the day before symptoms appear and remain infectious for up to 5-7 days after symptoms begin. The flu can occasionally cause severe symptoms, particularly in high-risk populations such as children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, nursing home residents and certain people with chronic health conditions.

Influenza Treatment

Your first instinct may be to reach out to your doctor, make an appointment and hope for relief in antibiotic form – however, research and studies have shown that antibiotics are ineffective against the flu and other viral illnesses. Antibiotics should only be prescribed for bacterial infections, such as bacterial pneumonia, urinary infections and strep throat. The majority of the time, respiratory illnesses, even sinus infections and bronchitis, are caused by viruses rather than bacteria and will not be helped by antibiotics.

Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics and are prescribed for the treatment of the flu in high-risk populations to prevent complications. If you are in a high-risk group and develop influenza symptoms, contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible. Antiviral medications to treat the flu are most beneficial if taken within the first 48 hours. Antiviral drugs can also be prescribed to decrease the chances of developing the flu in a high-risk patient that has been exposed. If you are in a high-risk group and have been in contact with someone who has the flu, call your healthcare professional as soon as possible to inquire about prophylactic (preventive) antiviral medications.

Most healthy patients with mild-moderate symptoms, don’t require medical care or antiviral drugs. Rest, hydration, use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers or fever reducers and staying at home are the best measures to take. However, if you develop any of the following symptoms you should seek emergency medical care:

  • Adults: Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest or abdominal pain, confusion, not drinking enough fluids which can lead to dehydration, sudden dizziness or severe vomiting.
  • Children: Rapid or difficult breathing, bluish discoloration of the skin (especially the hands and face), not drinking enough fluids which can lead to dehydration, difficult or unable to wake up or interact with others, severe irritability (child does not want to be held), severe headache or stiff neck.
  • Infant: An infant with the flu and any of the following symptoms should be taken to the emergency room immediately: Fever above 100.3 (if under 3 months old), unable to eat, no tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.


We Are Here

Barbour Community Health Association is always here to address questions and concerns regarding your health. We have walk-in hours available at Belington Medical Clinic from 7:30am-8:30am Monday through Saturday and at Myers Clinic from 7:30 am-11:30 am Monday through Saturday & from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Our school-based clinics, Brandon Wellness Center and ABU Wellness Center offer walk-in hours from 8:00 am-12:00 pm Monday through Friday for students and staff at those locations.  In addition to our walk-in hours, Barbour Community Health Association makes every effort to arrange same day appointments and see patients as soon as possible. You may contact us by clicking HERE.

Licensed Mental Health Professional – Full-Time, Barbour County

Licensed Mental Health Professional – Full-Time, Barbour County

LICSW, Licensed Psychologist (preferably doctoral-level) or LPC for FQHC Behavioral Health and Primary Medical Care Organization

Job Description

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychologist (preferably doctoral-level) or Licensed Professional Counselor: Barbour Community Health Association in Barbour County, WV is an organization with a history of commitment to meeting the health needs of the community. We are looking for a highly motivated, dynamic licensed psychologist, LICSW or LPC to provide high-quality services primarily to adolescents in a school-based clinic. This clinician would also see adults in our other clinic settings.

As we continue to grow, we look forward to hearing from applicants that have an interest in helping to grow our integrated behavioral health and primary care program. The ideal candidate would have experience working with people across the lifespan, an interest in neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback), a desire to assist with student training, and a willingness to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Experience and training with adolescents and trauma is a plus.

If you are that person, we offer; a competitive salary and benefits package; paid medical insurance; potential loan repayment options (NHSC site), a successful 403B retirement plan; a team of similarly motivated professionals, professional development, and a supportive community.

How To Apply

Please reply with your resume, cover letter and three references to awilliams@barbourhealth.org or by mail to:

Aaron Williams, Psy.D., Director of Behavioral Health, 70 N Sturmer Street, Belington, WV 26250