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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “August, 2013”

The Wellness Corner: Part Three

Check out what employees are saying about year one of the Employee Wellness Committee’s comprehensive Worksite Wellness Incentive Plan, and how it has made a difference in their day-to-day lives.

Have a wellness story you’d like to share on Healthy Times? Here’s examples of things you may want to share: a favorite healthy recipe (take pictures of the recipe at various stages and include with your directions/ingredients); a favorite music playlist you use when exercising (take a picture using your music device and include with names of songs and/or artists on your playlist); health milestones you achieve as a result of wellness activities; and invitations to community wellness events. Get creative and have fun with the stories you share! Send your stories to Greg Hiles.

Missed the stories we’ve shared so far? Click here and here.

Retirement reception honors Mark Johnson

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Lexington-Fayette County Health Department staff, friends and community members got together July 31 to celebrate the retirement of Mark Johnson. Johnson retired as the team leader of Community Health Equity and Education (CHEE) after nearly 23 years with the health department.

Members of the Public Health Employee Association and CHEE team members hosted a retirement reception for Mark Johnson July 31 at 805B Newtown Circle, allowing attendees the opportunity to enjoy refreshments and a potluck, all while honoring the work and achievements of Mark Johnson.

Commissioner of Health Dr. Rice Leach opened a series of presentations by recognizing Johnson with a retirement clock. The clock was engraved with a message that noted him as one of the health department’s “grooviest” employees ever.

Following the clock presentation, Johnson’s team members and close friends took turns to speak about his various achievements and sharing personal stories and memories. Employees spoke about Johnson’s ability to serve as more than just a supervisor by providing advice, direction and helping build their own personal and professional skills. Community members noted his ability to build relationships and take public health back to the community.

Congratulations, Mark. Happy retirement and best wishes!

August is National Breastfeeding Month

Although nearly 80 percent of Fayette County mothers start out breastfeeding, it takes the help and loving support of family, friends and the larger community to keep them going, and to be successful. That’s why the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFHCD) is celebrating breastfeeding mothers and their supporters during August, as part of National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM13).

Click thru to learn more about events happening in Lexington and Central Kentucky during August, including two events LFCHD will be participating in this Saturday, Aug. 3.
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Rounding the track: Accreditation documents submitted

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Last Wednesday, July 24, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department submitted its documents for accreditation to the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). This process took a tremendous amount of work, but has ultimately contributed to increased teamwork and sense of purpose among LFCHD’s Public Health staff. A PHAB accreditation specialist will now begin the Completeness Review of the documentation. Keep an eye out for updates! Thanks to everyone for contributing to this project.

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