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Archive for the month “August, 2015”

New opportunity for Wellness Points to support breastfeeding employees

LFCHD employees who are expressing breastmilk during their shift can now count one session per day for a wellness point, up to 20 points per month and up to 6 months of time. The update began Aug. 1.
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This opportunity coincides with National Breastfeeding Month 2015, which recognizes the extra work that many new mothers take on to continue breastfeeding and expressing milk after they return to their jobs. It also aligns with the national Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires employers of hourly workers to accommodate their needs for expressing milk. Finally, it supports our own employees who often use their break and lunch time to express milk, instead of participating in walking programs or other Wellness projects.

Employees who qualify should note their time using the standard Personal Exercise Plan Calendar for the Wellness Program. This new program is not retroactive; points may only be collected from Aug. 1 forward.

If you have any questions, please contact Doraine Bailey at ext. 2348 or Ruben Perez at ext. 2410.

HANDS expands to meet demands

Our HANDS program has undergone some exciting changes! In the past, the program was only for first-time parents, but it has now expanded to include families who have more than one child.

The expansion was made possible by Gov. Steve Beshear, who included funding for HANDS in the state general fund.

HANDS is a free, voluntary program that pairs up parents with skilled mentors who make in-home visits to provide support in building healthy and safe environments for children. HANDS is now available for any pregnant woman or for parents whose baby is up to 12 weeks old. The program can continue up until the child is 2 years old.

The following flyer has been created for HANDS to use to explain services. If you’d like a copy, please see Moni Shields or Bailey Preston.

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Welcome new employees!

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

Susan Honican
Susan L. Honican
School Health/PH Nurse Specialist

Lesley Moore
Lesley A. Moore
School Health/PH Nurse Specialist

Angela Oei
Angela Oei
School Health/PH Nurse Specialist

Tobacco program featured in NACCHO newsletter

The most recent edition of the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ quarterly publication, NACCHO Exchange, features an article about Lexington’s efforts to help child care centers become 100 percent smoke-free/scent-free.

The article was written by Angela Brumley-Shelton, our Community Health Equity & Education coordinator and a long-time educator about the health risks of tobacco. The newsletter also featured English and Spanish flyers created by Bailey Preston, the LFCHD graphic designer.

If you know of someone who would like more information about our tobacco program, including details on the smoke-free/scent-free policy for child cares, call Brumley-Shelton at (859) 288-2457.

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Breastfeeding gets national attention

WBW WICThe USDA declared Aug. 1-7 National WIC Breastfeeding Week. We salute our WIC team: Stephanie Anklan, Doraine Bailey, Guadalupe Blankenship, Nkeshia Coleman, Trina Diuguid, Kelli Gould, Zinder Morris, Hannah Newsome, Laura Oliver, Glendy Ordonez, Veronica Perrin, Jenny Preston, Jenna Schwartz, Mayra Shields, Rebekah Shoopman and Kelli Zik!

August is also National Breastfeeding Month. Our Doraine Bailey helped with The Big Latch On, an international simultaneous breastfeeding event held Aug. 1. Lexington’s event featured 36 breastfeeding moms, plus dads and kids, for a total of about 100 participants!

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Doraine Bailey talks with Lee Cruse on WVLK’s “Live with Lee.”

Welcome new employees!

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

May Moustafa
May A. Moustafa
School Health/PH Nurse Specialist

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