Healthy Times

LFCHD Employee Newsletter

LFCHD attends House of God Health Fair

Catherine Lowe, Sarah McMahan, Tara Mason and John Moses attended the House of God Health Fair on held July 20 in the church’s gymnasium at 866 Georgetown Street. About 200 people attended and were happy to receive health information, including tobacco use/cessation, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition for all ages and safe sex!

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Need help understanding your Kentucky Retirement Benefits?

This comparison chart will show you the main differences between the three tiers of coverage:

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To find the answers to all of your retirement questions visit the new more user-friendly KRS Self Service website at MyRetirement.ky.gov. To register, all you need is your Social Security number, date of birth, and PIN number. If you don’t have a PIN, please contact the membership support division at 800-928–4646 or 502-696-8578. The PIN will be mailed to your address on file with KRS the following business day.

These are just a few of the many benefits of logging on to Self Service:

  • Keep Contact Information Current
  • Review Beneficiary
  • View Account History and Balance
  • Download Forms

Diabetes team participates in Diabetes Fun Camp

On Saturday, July 15, our diabetes team, Nancy Hiner, Tara Mason, and Tami Ross participated in the annual Diabetes Fun Camp. We were excited to partner with WEDCO District Health Department, Jessamine County Health Department, and other great community partners! Check out some of the great pictures from the day:

Know Your Co-Worker: Kelli Gould

Kelli Gould

Name: Kelli Gould

Job Title: WIC Nutrition Specialist

Department/Program Name: WIC

Years worked at LFCHD: 6 years

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? Helping the community and working with great co-workers.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Catering Manager

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? Home Alone

What is your favorite color? Pink

What is your favorite food/place to eat? Pizza/Pazzos

What do you like to do for fun? All things outdoors

What is your greatest accomplishment? My two children

Want your fellow employees to get to know you better? Visit the Know Your Co-Worker post, fill out the form, choose “submit” and your feature will appear in a future edition of Healthy Times.

Welcome new employees!

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

Donna Lassanske

Donna J. Lassanske
Nurse Specialist

LFCHD is helping you stay hydrated!

The third floor has a new hydration station with filtered water! Stay healthy by drinking more water while helping to minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment.

Are you drinking enough water?

Why is it important to drink enough water?

  • Water keeps every part of your body working properly. It helps your body flush wastes and stay at the right temperature. It can help prevent kidney stones and constipation.
  • You lose water throughout the day—through your breath, sweat, urine, and bowel movements. If you live in a hot climate, you lose even more fluid.
  • You need to replace this lost fluid to stay healthy. If you don’t get enough water, you could become dehydrated. If you get very dehydrated, your body no longer has enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This is dangerous.

How much water do you need to drink every day?

  • A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day. But some adults may need more or less, depending on how healthy they are, how much they exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is.
  • You may sometimes need to drink more water than usual if you:
    • Exercise intensely, especially in a hot climate.
    • Are sick, such as with the flu, or have a health problem like a urinary tract infection.
    • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are some easy ways to get more water during the day?

  • Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning, before you have coffee or tea.
  • Keep a cup or water bottle by your desk at work. Take several sips of water each hour. If you don’t have a desk job, carry a container of water with you, and take sips throughout the day.
  • Take a sip whenever you pass a drinking fountain.
  • If you get tired of drinking plain water, add a packet of sugarless flavoring to your water. Or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain or sparkling water.

Is bottled water better than tap water?

  • No. A lot of plain bottled water is just tap water that has been purified.

Know Your Co-Worker: Katrina Howard

Name: Katrina Howard

Job Title: Compliance & Projects Officer

Department/Program Name: Administration / Compliance & Projects

Years worked at LFCHD: 2

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? My favorite thing about working at LFCHD is knowing that my work in some way impacts all residents and visitors of Lexington-Fayette County.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Prior to my career shift into Compliance, I was the laboratory manager for an embryology/in-vitro fertilization lab. I am a lab geek at heart.

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? To be honest, I really do not have a favorite of anything. My interests vary and jump around too much to have a favorite.

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite food/place to eat? I love all types of food. This is why I cannot ever decide where or what to eat. But, I do give preference to somewhere with a nice patio.

What do you like to do for fun? Probably the things that I enjoy the most are cooking and tailgating. Before a home UK football game, I will spend way too much time designing the menu and cooking for all our friends.

What word(s) describe you best? I would say the word inspired. My friends, family, and co-workers inspire me daily to do the best I can and treat people with the compassion and care I would want in return.

What is your greatest accomplishment? That one is easy–my kids. As a young mom, my son made me want to work hard and be the kind of mom he would be proud of. And, my daughter, who is so much like me it is scary, makes me want to protect her, yet encourage her to do all the things I was too scared to do.

Want your fellow employees to get to know you better? Visit the Know Your Co-Worker post, fill out the form, choose “submit” and your feature will appear in a future edition of Healthy Times.

Admin teams Breakout of daily schedule

As part of each section’s annual team-building exercises, administrative employees participated in the Breakout games. Split into three teams, each group had 60 minutes to use various clues to work together to unravel the mysteries hidden inside each room.

The Derby Heist team successfully broke out in just under 53 minutes! Nicely done, Jason Foley, Bailey Preston, Christy Nentwick, Teresa McCarty, Gigi McCann, Misty Rasche, Jill Keys and Estephany Romero.

Know Your Co-Worker: Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall

Name: Kevin Hall

Job Title: Communications Officer

Department/Program Name: Admin

Years worked at LFCHD: 10 years

What is your favorite thing about working at LFCHD? Telling the public about all the great services our employees provide to the community; hosting our radio show on 93.9 FM.

What was your previous job (if different from current position)? Newspaper editor

What is your favorite movie, type of music/musician or book? Movies: original Star Wars trilogy; The Godfather (I and II); anything by Scorsese or P.T. Anderson; Music: Bruce Springsteen; Book: All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg

What is your favorite color? Blue

What is your favorite food/place to eat?  La Antigua in Georgetown (or pretty much any Mexican restaurant).

What do you like to do for fun? I read, write (though not as much as I should) and buy/sell comic books.

What word(s) describe you best? “New Yorker ideas with Weekly World News talent”

What is your greatest accomplishment? Delivering a commencement speech to nephew’s graduating class; making Springsteen laugh; TBD.

Want your fellow employees to get to know you better? Visit the Know Your Co-Worker post, fill out the form, choose “submit” and your feature will appear in a future edition of Healthy Times.

Jones retires after 27 years

On Wednesday, the Employee Association hosted a retirement party for Betty Jones. Congratulations to Betty on her 27 years of service with the health department! After retirement, she will be spending time with her family and continuing her ministry. We wish her the best of luck in her next adventure!

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