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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Sullivan takes you behind the scenes

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In case you missed it last week, Environmental Health Specialist Amy Sullivan allowed LEX 18 News to go behind the scenes with her as she performed a routine food establishment inspection at a local restaurant. The clip received more than 60,000 hits, and generated more than 170 comments, on the LEX 18 website only a couple of days after air date, and garnered huge attention on social media and the web.

Did you know? We update food establishment (restaurant) inspection scores each month on our website at Want to know when scores are updated? Know before you go! Find/follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll post alerts each time scores are updated.

View a slideshow of pictures from the inspection above, and if you missed the news clip, you can view it here.

CHEE checks wellness throughout the city

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Humana is contracting with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to provide bio-metrics as part of the their Humana Vitality Program. Over the last few months, Community Health Equity and Education (CHEE) staff have been trained to assist in a variety of workplace health risk assessments. They are currently making the rounds throughout Lexington to help businesses assess their employees’ fasting lipids area, weight and waist circumference and blood pressure and complete paper work and a review of results.

Davis shares thank you note

Public Health Nursing Manager Lois Davis asked to share the following note with her fellow health department friends:

Rounding closer to the finish line

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department staff can see the Accreditation finish line in site as they make another stride to prepare for the next leg of the race, the site visit on Feb. 25-26. The Accreditation team recently took a moment to reflect on the process and what has been learned thus far. Above, you’ll see a word cloud (the larger the word, the more often it was used) that highlights some of the common words that came to mind while reflecting on the process. Below, take a moment to read the quotes from staff to get a clearer picture of what the process has meant to them. Note: you can view larger versions of either of these images by zooming in on your browser’s view, or by simply clicking on the images.

A look back

When preparing to compile this year’s annual report, we asked programs to think of, and share, any memorable stories that stuck out from their public health work, leaving them feeling like their work had benefited someone. Take a moment to read the stories below and you’ll quickly see how the hard work and dedication of our staff can truly make a difference to the community we serve. Note: if you would like to view a larger image of the stories, zoom in on your browser’s view, or simply click on the image.

Remember, we encourage you to send in any stories like this year-round so that we can share them with your colleagues and thank you for your work. Just send the stories to Greg Hiles or Kevin Hall via email. You can also take a look back at stories like this at anytime by browsing through our Thank yous section here.

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Schoeck promotes radon awareness

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Environmental Health’s Barrett Schoeck recently sat down with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers to help raise awareness about radon as part of a GTV3 segment that will air soon.

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Employees #GoRed for #WearRedDay

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Employees dressed in red on Friday, Feb. 7, for National Wear Red Day, a day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. The health department also held a social media campaign on this day by posting a series of messages on the health department’s Facebook and Twitter pages using the #GoRed and #WearRedDay tags.

Did we miss your picture? Remember, on special recognition days like this (or any day really), we encourage you to take pictures with your co-workers and send them to Greg Hiles via email, and we’ll be glad to share them in some form!

Want to continue to #GoRed this February? Here’s a few other ways you can do so:

  • Know your heart score
  • Live healthy
  • Know the signs of a heart attack
  • Start walking

To find out how these things can lessen your risk of developing heart disease, and to learn more information about heart disease in general, click here.

Pfeffer recognized for service

pfeffer 5 year award

School Health Coordinator Elizabeth Pfeffer, left, was recently presented with her five-year service award at a School Health all-staff meeting.

Employees surprise Mock

Employees at 805 Newtown Circle recently hosted a surprise birthday celebration for Sam Mock and took a moment to let him know how much they appreciate his work. Happy belated birthday, Sam!

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