Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
The 2017 Employee Association Thanksgiving luncheon was a huge success. We collected donations from over 60 employees for the HANDS program!
Congratulations to Elayne Bailey and Haiping Kou, our door prize winners. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is thankful for each and every one of you!
Do specific foods cause or cure inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? What is the FODMAP diet? How can I live with Crohn’s, Colitis, or Celiac and feel better? If you’ve asked yourself these questions and are searching for the answers, join Nancy Hiner, Registered Dietitian, for this healthy eating with IBD overview on November 16. She will also be discussing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Did you know that IBS is the second leading cause of work absences in the US, only behind the common cold as number one? Those with IBS also consume 50% more health care resources than those without it.
Be sure to check out the new digital bookshelf in the front lobby, courtesy of our friends at the Lexington Public Library! Complete instructions for checking out a book are on the display, but it’s as simple as scanning the poster with your phone/tablet and having an account with the library.
The sign will be updated every few months to allow for new titles.
Every 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 7-question risk test at www.diabetes.org, the website of the American Diabetes Association.
November 14 is international World Diabetes Day. It’s the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 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:
Congratulations to the winners of the Soup and Chili Cook-Off! First place went to Katrina Howard’s Potato Soup and second place went to Tara Mason’s Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili.
Jaime Lundblad won the pumpkin decorating contest.
Check out some of the great Halloween costumes and photos from the event:
Nancy Hiner and Catherine Lowe attended the Paul Miller Ford Safety Day on Saturday, October 21. Over 100 participants stopped by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s booth. Staff distributed information on safe sleep, car seat safety, Halloween safety, nutrition, smoking cessation, hand washing, flu, and diabetes. Hiner and Lowe answered questions from the participants about healthy ways to lose weight, diabetes, and how to stop smoking.
About 150 parents, caregivers and kids took part Thursday in our Trunk or Treat event hosted by the HANDS and WIC programs. Designed for young children, the event gave our staff the opportunity to pass out healthy treats while showcasing the benefits of HANDS and WIC!
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 1,026 free flu shots Oct. 5 at Consolidated Baptist Church as part of an annual emergency preparedness exercise. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event another success as we help Lexington be well! Enjoy these pictures from the day: Read more…