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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day

Each November is designated National Diabetes Month. It’s a time to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Here in Kentucky, 1 in 8 adults has diabetes, but many more have it and don’t know it. To learn if you or someone you know may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, take a simple 60-second, 7-question risk test here at the American Diabetes Association website http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/.

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November 14 is international World Diabetes Day. It’s the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over one billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. Blue is the official color to bring awareness around the world on this day.

Here are LFCHD staff members wearing blue in support of World Diabetes Day:

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employee of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Alison Banford

Alison Banford
Disease Intervention Outreach Specialist I

You have one week left to get your walk on!

You can either let the drizzle discourage you or you can get out there and enjoy it!

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Stepping to Wellness Fall Walking Program
October 8 -November 9
  • Earn points by enjoying a walk on one of the worksite trails on your breaks during business hours. Click for trails->(http://mis04/html/walking%20trail.aspx).
  • Log your time on wellness sheets (located near sign-in sheets).
  • The more you walk, the better chance to win prizes between $50-$100 gift card or a Fitbit Charge HR.
  • An opportunity to earn a maximum of 50 wellness incentive points.
Questions?  Contact us at Wellness.LFCHD@ky.gov.

 

Congratulations to our Soup & Chili Cook-Off winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Soup & Chili Cook-Off on Tuesday! A special thank you to all the employees that brought a soup, chili, or decorated a pumpkin.

Congratulations to our winners!

Soup & Chili Cook-Off Champion: Pumpkin Sausage Soup
Matt Yarnall

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2nd Place: Whoop Whoop Hominy
Angelica Silva

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Pumpkin Decorating Winner
Candice Johnson

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Check out some other pictures from the event:

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More photos from 2018 Free Flu Shot Clinic!

Here’s a sample of photos from Matt Goins Photography from the Oct. 11 Free Flu Shot Clinic. You can find the full folder on Facebook!

2018 Free Flu Shot Clinic provides almost 1,200 vaccines

We provided 1,165 free flu shots at yesterday’s annual one-day clinic to test our emergency preparedness. Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!

We also provided 28 free flu shots and 30 hepatitis A shots at Stand Down, an annual event helping homeless veterans.

Oct. 11 Stand Down event

 

World Mental Health Day 2018

2018 mental health day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) wants you to learn more about mental health conditions in adolescents. The WHO reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services reports suicide as the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians ages 15-24. To learn more, visit the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact a mental health professional, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employee of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Candice Johnson

Candice Johnson 
Facilities Services Assistant

City nets $2 million grant for naloxone distribution

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh joined Mayor Jim Gray, Commissioner of Social Services Chris Ford, and Sheriff Kathy Witt this morning as the City of Lexington received a $2 million federal grant to be used over four years to primarily fund naloxone kits to be distributed by the health department. Naloxone is used to reverse overdoses from opioids, including heroin. The city will also hire an overdose prevention coordinator to get people who have overdosed into treatment, Gray announced.

Learn more about the grant here!

You can also watch the entire press conference: Mayor Gray’s Facebook Live stream.

 

 

 

Get your flu shot … or walk the plank!

Sept. 19 was National Talk Like a Pirate Day (and yes, there really is a day for everything!), and we used the trending social media topic to promote our upcoming free flu shot clinic! You can watch the video below, and it’s also on our Facebook page for anyone who wants to share it.

A very special thanks to Laura Foley and Cristina Hiten, who eagerly agreed to take part in the video! Remember, if you’re interested in being used in future LFCHD promotional videos, please contact Bailey Preston or Kevin Hall to let them know!

 

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