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LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Archive for the month “January, 2014”

Public health goes to school


Elayne Hollinger, senior health educator, recently spent months training University of Kentucky students in Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI) and Managing Pressures Before Marriage (MPBM) curriculum so they could educate students at Beaumont, Bryan Station, Edith J. Hayes, Winburn and Morton public schools.

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Welcome new employees

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and HealthFirst Bluegrass.
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January is National Thank You Month

Did you know that being thankful can actually make you feel better?

In fact, sometimes a simple “thank you” can turn someone’s day around.

No matter how you say thank you, say it this month. January is National Thank You Month. We want to take a moment to thank you for the hard work and dedication you put in year-round in order to make a the lives of those that live in our community better!

Sometimes we get so tied up in our own routines that we forget to be kind and take a moment to acknowledge those around us for the kind tasks they help us with on a daily basis. In January, please take a moment to thank your co-workers personally for the support they give you. Another option is to fill out the form in this post thanking a co-worker(s) to be featured in Healthy Times during January.

If you’d like to send a co-worker a thank you note to be featured here, fill out this form:

Here’s some other ways to say ‘thank you’:

  • Start a gratitude journal and write one thing, or more, a day that you are thankful for.
  • At home, take turns at the dinner table in sharing who or what you are thankful for.
  • Write someone a thank you note, an email or even a sticky note telling them you are thankful for them or something that they did for you.
  • Do something nice for someone else.

Click here to view and download the full 2014 Appreciation Calendar, shared by Lynn Routh of Human Resources.

Cooper-Clayton participant will soon be the leader

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) recently teamed with the Kentucky Center for Smoke Free Policy, the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and WUKY to produce a series,StoryCorps, to mark the tenth anniversary of Lexington’s no-smoking ordinance – the first to be passed in any Kentucky city.

Last week’s installment featured Community Health Equity and Education Team Leader and Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Angela Brumley-Shelton interviewing Lexingtonian Karen McClain, who managed to quit smoking more than five years ago through one of the health department’s Cooper-Clayton to Stop Smoking classes.

McClain has now been trained as a Cooper-Clayton facilitator and will soon be leading a class in partnership with the LFCHD this summer.

Listen to McClain’s story in greater detail by clicking here.

In case you missed it, three new Cooper-Clayton classes start soon at three different locations in Lexington. Find out more details about those classes here.

Brrrave the cold temperatures with these health and safety tips


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With temperatures dropping into single digits, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department asks residents to use caution when dealing with the cold weather.
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National Folic Acid Awareness Week

Members of the Child Care Health Consultation (CCHC) Program would like to share a message from the Kentucky Folic Acid and Perinatal Partnership recognizing January 5–11 as National Folic Acid Awareness Week. CCHC works to educate consumers and health care providers about the benefits and uses of folic acid by collaborating with other health department programs like HANDS and WIC, attending quarterly state meetings, distributing and presenting information to the community (at health fairs, child care centers and consultations) and working with local students.
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