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Archive for the month “March, 2015”

Agencies host Colon Cancer Prevention Fair

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Jailyn Stevenson , Lindsay Adamson, Melissa Smith, Tara Mason, Carol Hisle and Jessica Jackson stand in front of the inflatable colon at Thursday night’s Colon Cancer Prevention Fair held at the Lyric Theater. The event was held with Kentucky CancerLink and Kentucky Cancer Program. The evening featured health information about colon cancer designed to raise awareness and encourage screening for early detection. A total of 12 free, at-home test kits were given out to at-risk visitors to the event.

March 24 is Diabetes Alert Day

The LFCHD diabetes team: Tara Mason, Carol Hisle, Nancy Hiner and Melissa Smith

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will be taking part in Diabetes Alert Day with special risk tests and health information.

From 4-7 p.m. March 24, the health department will have a table at Whole Foods, 161 Lexington Green Circle, with diabetes risk tests that let a person know if they have ricks for developing diabetes.Healthy snacks will also be provided. The health department will also have risk tests available at the Lexington Public Library Northside Library Branch, 1733 Russell Cave Road.

“Diabetes Alert Day is just one day we can set aside to raise awareness and promote action in our own community,” said Carol Hisle, diabetes nurse educator. “Studies have shown Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented or delayed by losing just 5-10 percent of your body weight. This can be done by eating healthy and exercising at least five days a week. When we understand our risk, we can then take steps to help prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.”

The health department will also offer a series of four two-hour classes for those who already have diabetes. Classes will be held 6-8 p.m. every Thursday starting May 7 at the library’s Tates Creek Branch, 3628 Walden Drive. A mini-version of the classes will be held 1-3 p.m. April 1 and April 8 at the health department, 650 Newtown Pike. For more information or to register for the classes, please call (859) 288-2446.

There are 29 million Americans with diabetes and 79 million with pre-diabetes or insulin resistance. Both diabetes and pre-diabetes increase your risk for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of the complications of diabetes, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation or death.

World TB Day: LFCHD TB staff keeps community safe

The LFCHD TB team, from left to right: Dr. Malkanthie McCormick, Yvonne Beatty, Katie Myatt, Jessica Cobb, Sandy Breeding, Trenna Vandergrift, Dr. Rice Leach, Brittany Dominick, Cristina Hiten, Sara Zagaruyka and Laura Collins.

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.

LFCHD tours God’s Pantry Food Bank

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God’s Pantry Food Bank invited members of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to tour the main facility Monday afternoon as part of an effort to find ways to cross-promote each agency’s services.

CEO Marian Guinn and External Relations Director Rebecca Price met with Dr. Rice Leach, Jeanette Hart, Melissa Smith, Lois Davis, Kevin Hall and Liz Pfeffer. God’s Pantry serves 50 counties in central and eastern Kentucky and distributes more than 2 million pounds of food each month. Of their clients, 43 percent of the households report at least one member with diabetes and 70 percent with high blood pressure.

For more information on God’s Pantry, click here.

Breakfast event highlights colon cancer awareness

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LFCHD staff joined community organizations throughout Lexington and the region Thursday morning for a special breakfast spotlighting colon cancer awareness.

Hosted by Colon Cancer Prevention Project at the Lyric Theater, the event was a call to action for groups to unite in spreading information about colon cancer. Mayor Jim Gray kicked things off with a proclamation declaring March Colon Cancer Awareness Month in Lexington. Cancer survivors spoke to the crowd, and agencies had the chance to exchange information for future collaborations.

The health department and Kentucky CancerLink will return to the Lyric 4-7 p.m. March 26 for a special colon cancer awareness event. The two agencies have been partnering on a project to provide at-risk patients with free, at-home test kits. Almost 500 have been given out to date.
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Staff goes blue for colon cancer awareness

National Dress in Blue Day was held Friday, March 6, but because of LFCHD’s closing due to snow, our staff wore blue March 13 to raise awareness for colon cancer. Thanks to all who took part!
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March 16-20 is Environmental Health Professionals Week

March 16-20 is 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.

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 people of Lexington.

The Public Health Environmental Health Team: Ben White, Laura Sandusky, Skip Castleman, Joy Spencer, Jaime Lundblad, Luke Mathis, Danielle Wells, Pam Hopkins, Amy Sullivan, Jessica Cobb, Matthew Yarnall, Barrett Schoeck, Russell Cantrell, Nathan Powell, Kara Stanfield and Ralph McCracken. Not pictured: Christopher Washington and Kevin Gabhart.

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Mayra Shields
Mayra Shields
WIC/Health Services Clerk

Nicole McVey
Nicole Hoback-McVey
WIC/Health Services Clerk

March 11 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 11 has been designated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in 2015.

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.
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