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Archive for the month “March, 2014”

LFCHD pets to compete for #socialmedia bragging rights

We need the help of you AND your pets. That’s right, your pets! The 2014 Low-cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic date, location and details will be announced soon, and we would like you to help the Communications Office build a social media campaign to promote this year’s event.

How can you help?
Just submit a picture of you with your pet(s) by Friday, April 4, and you’ll be entered in a random drawing to win one of four $25 Kroger gift cards (in order to be eligible to win one of the gift cards, you must submit a picture with yourself in it…feel free to include your family and/or friends, too). Send entries to Greg Hiles. Only Public Health employees eligible.

Then, we’ll feature all of your pets on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages to help countdown to the event. When you see you and your pet(s) posted on our pages, remember to share our messages with all of your friends and followers, and use #ProtectLexPets to help get our event trending!

Diabetes Alert! Day encourages healthy lifestyles

American Diabetes Association Alert! Day, which is held every fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day, “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The theme for the 26th annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day is “Take it. Share it. Step Out.” The campaign encourages the public to not only take the risk test and share it, but also asks them to start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department works to help people prevent, control and manage diabetes and pre-diabetes year-round. The Community Health Equity and Education Program hosts a variety of classes, which you can learn about at health department’s website here. You can also learn about our Diabetes Health Chats series, five classes held monthly at five different locations throughout Lexington, here.

Why is Alert! Day Important?
Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them — seven million — do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

Who Should Participate in Alert! Day?
Everyone should be aware of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight, under active (living a sedentary lifestyle) and over the age of 45 should consider themselves at risk for the disease. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and people who have a family history of the disease also are at an increa sed risk for type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

Alert! Day Raffle
Prior to Alert! Day, risk tests were distributed at employee events and site locations. If you completed a Risk Test and also shared tests with your loved ones for completion, remember to turn the tests into Janey Wendschlag by COB today, March 25, in order to be eligible for the Alert! Day raffle, a chance to win one of two $25 Visa gift cards – and don’t forget to turn in yours, too! Most importantly, if you have yet to take the Risk Test, click here.

World TB Day is March 24

World TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program protects the community’s health by preventing the occurrence and spread of TB, an illness caused by a bacterial infection most commonly found in the lungs but can be found in other parts of the body.

Once a case is diagnosed, TB medications must be taken for a six-to-nine-month period to complete treatment and eliminate the bacteria. Since this a long period of time and patients often stop taking their medications when they feel better, the LFCHD TB Control Program provides Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) to ensure that the patients complete the entire course of treatment. With DOT, the TB staff members personally take the medication to the patient wherever they designate (home, school, or work) to ensure every dose is taken. The TB Control Program also provides screening for TB exposure, PPD skin testing, an initial, effective method in diagnosing TB.

For more information about the difference between TB disease and infection, symptoms and testing, visit the health department’s website here.

The TB Partnership’s World TB Day Reach the 3 Million campaign
TB is curable, but our current efforts to find, treat and cure everyone who gets ill with the disease are not sufficient. Of the nine million people a year who get sick with TB, a third of them are “missed” by public health systems. Many of these three million people live in the world’s poorest, most vulnerable communities and include groups such as migrants, miners, drug users and sex workers.

The Stop TB Partnership believes that no one should be left behind in the fight against TB. This World TB Day, the organization calls for a global effort to find, treat and cure the three million and accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

For more information about the Stop TB Partnership, click here.

Heading into the final stretch

The Accreditation Team gathers after the two-day Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) site visit and now awaits a report from the PHAB Accreditation Committee that will determine if the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) has reached the final stretch on the track toward accreditation (click the image above to view a larger version).

The LFCHD Accreditation Site Visit Team, pictured above, includes: Skip Castleman, Dr. Rice Leach, Luke Mathis, Darin Swartz, Kevin Hall, Lindsay Earlywine, Greg Hiles, Cristina Hiten, Jessica Cobb, Carla Basanta, Mindy Sekhon, Lois Davis, Jennifer Wyatt, Sandy Breeding, Sara Gabbard, Roanya Rice, Katie Myatt, Janey Wendschlag, Connie Boyd, Allison Hiles and Michelle Donaghy. Not pictured: Yvonne Beatty, Angela Brumley-Shelton, Russ Cantrell, Laura Collins, Jack Cornett, Pam Hopkins, Julie Hunter, Jill Keys, Becky Lynn, Blanca Marsh, Julie Moon, John Moses, Moni Shields and Nancy Turner.

In case you missed it, click here and take a moment to check out what members of the team shared in regards to what they have learned from the process.

Keep an eye on Healthy Times, and your email, for updates about accreditation in the coming months.

March 12 is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives.

The first Registered Dietitian Day was celebrated in 2008. Wednesday, March 12 has been designated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in 2014.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. They typically have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health or a related field from well-respected, accredited colleges and universities, completed an internship and passed an examination. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists use their nutrition expertise to help individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. They work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, food management, food industry, universities, research and private practice.

Today, we thank the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s registered dietitian nutritionists for advancing the nutritional status of Lexingtonians.

LFCHD’s Registered Dietitians: Stephanie Anklan, Nancy Hiner, Alyson Layne, Terri Phelps, Melissa Smith, Jennifer Wyatt

Certified Nutritionists: Cristina Hiten, Rebekah Shoopman

Nutritionists: Nkeshia Coleman, Allison Douglas, Kelli Gould, Laura Oliver, Jenny Preston

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Month is also part of National Nutrition Month (March), an annual campaign designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. For more information, click here.

Environmental Health Professionals Week

Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed March 10-14, 2014, Environmental Health Professionals Week, in honor of the numerous registered sanitarians working across the state to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their fellow Kentuckians (click here to view the Governor’s Proclamation).

Environmental health professionals help ensure the safety of restaurants, grocery stores, supermarkets, food production facilities, schools, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, public swimming pools and tattoo businesses through routine health inspections. They also provide support for other health programs that target issues such as lead-based paint, septic systems, radon, milk, water, quality assurance, animal rabies and many more.

We are very excited to recognize the contributions made by our environmental health professionals to public health and to the citizens of Lexington.

The Public Health Environmental Health Team: Russell Cantrell, Skip Castleman, Jessica Cobb, Kevin Gabhart, Pam Hopkins, Jaime Lundblad, Ralph McCracken, Luke Mathis, Nathan Powell, Laura Sandusky, Barrett Schoeck, Joy Spencer, Kara Stanfield, Amy Sullivan, Christopher Washington, Danielle Wells, Ben White and Matthew Yarnall.

March Madness Healthy Heart event is Thursday, March 13

Want a chance to win a gift card? Know your diabetes risk and you could have a chance.
After you get your blood pressure checked at this year’s March Madness event, where you’ll receive 25 wellness points (and 25 BONUS points if you bring back your BP card), make sure to stop by the Diabetes Education table. There, you can fill out a Diabetes Risk Test for the chance to be entered in a raffle to win one of two $25 Visa gift cards. Plus, make sure to ask the table attendants how you can be entered in an upcoming raffle for a chance to win additional gift cards, serving as a tie-in leading up to this year’s national Diabetes Alert! Day (March 25) campaign, encouraging you to share and discuss risk tests with your loved ones.

Learn more about diabetes prevention, and the upcoming Alert! Day by clicking visiting the American Diabetes Association’s website.

March 5 is IBCLC Day

During this year’s International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Day, March 5, we join the international campaign that focuses on deepening the connections IBCLCs have with families, health care providers and the community by taking a moment to thank the IBCLCs making a difference in the lives of families throughout Lexington and Central Kentucky.

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) has two IBCLCs, Doraine Bailey and Terri Phelps, offering families breastfeeding support in person and over the phone. Free prenatal classes on breastfeeding are held twice a month, including a new class offered in Spanish. Breastfeeding support staff also coordinate a brand new Breastfeeding Moms Club on the third Friday of each month. Details on classes can be found on the health department’s website. You can also click the following links to download posters to help promote the classes:

Furthermore, our lactation consultants collaborate with Lexington’s birthing hospitals. In 2011 and 2012, they hosted trainings on birth skin-to-skin for hospital staff. When a mother holds her baby on her chest as soon as possible after birth, the baby stays warmer and is more likely to start successfully breastfeeding. Staff continue to provide hospitals with information and resources to share with their employees and patients, including contact information for our Breastfeeding Warm Line (staffed during office hours by and IBCLC) and our Breastfeeding Moms Club.

We are grateful for the work of all the IBCLCs, mother-to-mother support leaders, and others helping breastfeeding families. Because of their hard work, Lexington continues to lead the state in the number of babies starting out breastfeeding.

If you or someone you know would like more information about breastfeeding support, just call the health department’s Breastfeeding Warm Line at (859) 288-2348.

Turn our offices blue this Friday, March 7

Help us turn public health offices blue this Friday, March 7, in an effort to raise awareness about colon cancer. We encourage you to take pictures with co-workers dressed in blue, and send them to Greg Hiles via email so that we can launch a social media campaign on the health department’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Learn more information about colon cancer by viewing the information below, or by visiting the Kentucky Cancer Program’s website.

Upcoming public health classes and events

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department staff are staying busy helping Lexington be well in the upcoming months. Click on the links below to view upcoming health education classes in Lexington and Central Kentucky. Don’t forget: we also post all of this information, and more, on our website at

Are we missing any classes or events? Send them to Greg Hiles via email and we’ll be glad to post them right here on Healthy Times!

Help us spread the word about these classes! Just follow the health department on Facebook and Twitter and share/re-tweet our messages.

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