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Archive for the month “June, 2014”

Rabid bat signals interest in rabies; mosquito prevention information casts wide net

Following the discovery of a rabid bat in a Lexington home last week, Environmental Health Supervisor Luke Mathis did a series of rabies awareness interviews with WLEX, WTVQ and WKYT on Thursday, June 12.

You can read the full press release about the rabid bat by clicking here. You can also view coverage from various media by clicking on the links below:

Meanwhile, interest in a virus called chikungunya (chik-v), which is spread from mosquito bites and typically found in people who have recently traveled outside of the country, drew interest from local media. Although there have been no confirmed cases in Kentucky as of now, confirmed cases have been popping up in surrounding states. In response, Communications Officer Kevin Hall and Communicable Disease Manager Jessica Cobb completed a series of interviews with WLEX, WTVQ, WKYT, WEKU and WUKY Radio, WVLK Radio Live with Lee Cruse and KyForward on June 18. View some of the coverage about mosquito prevention by clicking on the links below:

Remember: During summer months, Environmental Health staff conduct mosquito-spraying activities throughout Lexington. Spray schedules by zip code and spray route maps can be found on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s website by clicking here.

As this information was shared on Facebook and Twitter, it quickly drove up our interactions. If you haven’t already, take a moment to visit and follow our pages so you can help share our public health messages in the future.

National Men’s Health Week is June 9-15

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. This national recognition encourages men to make their health a priority by taking daily steps to be healthier and stronger.

There are many easy things men can do every day to improve health and stay healthy:

Get Good Sleep: Insufficient sleep is associated with diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, and can be responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents. In general, adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep.

Toss out the Tobacco: It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

Move More: Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week.

Eat Healthy: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. They are sources of many vitamins, minerals, and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol. Choose healthy snacks.

Tame Stress: Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.

Stay on Top of Your Game: See your doctor or nurse for regular checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help diagnose issues early or before they can become a problem.

For more information about men’s health, visit CDC Men’s Health or the Men’s Health Network.

Picnic springs up

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This year’s Public Health Employee Picnic was on the move, in more ways than one.

The event is typically held in the fall, but was moved to the spring this year (held on May 22) in order to spread out the number of events that usually happen back-to-back at the end of the year. The picnic also moved indoors to 650 Newtown Pike due to the possibility of inclement weather. But that didn’t stop employees from enjoying a food spread lined with hamburgers, chicken, black bean burgers, orzo salad, fruits, veggies, cookies and chips. As employees socialized, they were also asked to form a team and participate in a series of non-verbal, team-building wellness exercises.

The Public Health Employee Association would like to send out a special thank you to all the employees who helped plan, set up, work and take down the event. Your time and help is greatly appreciated!

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