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Did you know that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month?  Each year nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. Of those 13,000 women more than 4,000 of them will die as a result. The main cause of cervical cancer is the virus known as Human Papilloma Virus. As a part of our commitment to reproductive health we’d like to highlight the importance of HPV awareness, cervical cancer prevention, and overall cervical health.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most commonly transmitted STI. It can cause genital warts, cancer, and can change cells in the cervix. The most common forms of HPV are preventable with a series of three shots, known as Gardasil. It is recommended that both men and women become vaccinated sometime between the ages of 11 and 26. In addition to cervical cancer, HPV can also cause cancer of the mouth, throat, anus, penis, vagina, as well as cause genital warts.  The CDC states that nearly all sexually active women and men will come into contact with at least one strand of HPV in their lifetimes which makes vaccination crucial.

Starting at the age of 21, it is recommended that women receive their first Pap smear, and every three years after that. This is because pap smears can help detect changes in cell structure. Some women may need a PAP smear more often if they have a history of cervical cancer or abnormal results. Getting regular PAP smears can help detect the changes in cervical cells before they turn into cancer, as well as the early stages of cancer. The earlier a provider can detect these changes, the higher the likelihood of survival.

PAP smears are typically free and covered by insurance, even if it’s a high deductible plan. Call Family Planning at 607-687-5333 to schedule an appointment. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale and most insurances are accepted. 

Are you a female between the ages of 14 and 20 living in Tioga County? Are you interested in learning more about birth control, STI's, and healthy behaviors? If so Family Planning Education has a program for you! This program involves earning money and other incentives for participation.

For more information call the Family Planning Clinic office at (607)687-5333 and ask about our Seventeen Days Program. 

In Collaboration with Owego's Boys and Girls Club, Tioga Family Health Services will begin running the SMART GIRLS program on January 18th. For girls of all ages SMART GIRLS is a prevention and enrichment program designed to engage girls in activities that develop their social-emotional skills. Giving girls the chance to think about and discuss the challenges they encounter and to formulate and practice appropriate and productive responses. Through this process, SMART GIRLS nurtures girls social-emotional intelligence and critical thinking skills- qualities proven to lead to success in life. 

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Low-impact exercise programs can help reduce pain and stiffness, while simultaneously increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. The Department of Aging at Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is currently offering a physical activity classes that is suitable for every fitness level.

Join us on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the Countryside Community Center (9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego).

If you would like more information, please call 607-687-4120, ext. 315.


Tioga Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for 2017.

Numerous programs offered through Tioga Opportunities, Inc. will benefit tremendously from this gift, including Home Delivered Meals, Group Workcamp, and various food pantries throughout the county. Many older adults in our county depend on these services to help them remain safe and independent in their own homes and to assist them in accessing nutritious meals. The generous support of local foundations, such as the Senior Citizens Foundation, is critical in helping Tioga Opportunities, Inc. meet the needs of the county’s seniors.

Tioga Opportunities, Inc. would like to thank the Senior Citizens Foundation for the generous grant which will aide in continuing vital services to older adults in Tioga County. Local support such as this grant assists in the provision of services that make an important difference in the lives of many people in the community.
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