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LFCHD attends House of God Health Fair

Catherine Lowe, Sarah McMahan, Tara Mason and John Moses attended the House of God Health Fair on held July 20 in the church’s gymnasium at 866 Georgetown Street. About 200 people attended and were happy to receive health information, including tobacco use/cessation, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutrition for all ages and safe sex!

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Diabetes team participates in Diabetes Fun Camp

On Saturday, July 15, our diabetes team, Nancy Hiner, Tara Mason, and Tami Ross participated in the annual Diabetes Fun Camp. We were excited to partner with WEDCO District Health Department, Jessamine County Health Department, and other great community partners! Check out some of the great pictures from the day:

A farm-fresh idea: LFCHD hosts Community Farmers’ Market

Vendors from Lexington Farmers’ Market and Bluegrass Farmers’ Market sold a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables Wednesday at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s first Community Farmers’ Market.

“Public Health is about the prevention of diseases and the promotion of good health,” Communications Officer Kevin Hall said. “By bringing both farmers’ markets together for our staff, clients and neighborhoods, we are able to give better access to fresh fruits and vegetables and help educate customers on how to use them to improve their diet. Our Community Farmers’ Market will let us continue to help Lexington be well.”

Staff also could receive Wellness points by signing in after making a purchase and by getting their blood pressure checked by CHEE employees.

The event gave WIC a chance to let participants use their farmers’ markets vouchers on site. WIC participants can receive up to $20 in farmers’ market vouchers, and could increase the amount to more than $40 through various farmers’ market programs. WIC staff assisted clients on site, guiding them to the vendors’ tents and helping with any information they needed.

Additional Community Farmers’ Markets will be held:

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 5, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 12, 650 Newtown Pike
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 19, 2433 Regency Road
  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 26, 650 Newtown Pike.

Be sure to watch our Facebook Live video to learn more: Community Farmers’ Market!

Make lifestyle changes with new diabetes class

Our diabetes program is expanding a class for the public, so please share with any clients/patients who might be interested. This is also open to LFCHD employees and family members who want have or are at risk for diabetes. LFCHD staff can earn Wellness points for participating!

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LFCHD staying active during Diabetes Awareness Month

The Lexington-Health Department’s diabetes team is staying busy during November’s Diabetes Awareness Month!

People with diabetes are being asked to share their story so others can learn how to cope with the disease, with the hashtag #ThisIsDiabetes being used on social media. This is part of a national campaign from the American Diabetes Association.

Below are two flyers being used, with one highlighting the #ThisIsDiabetes promotion, while the other showcases an upcoming diabetes program our staff will be participating in at William Wells Brown Community Center.

LFCHD taking part in diabetes and nutrition expo

We’ll be taking part in this FREE diabetes event hosted by Kentucky One Health. Please share this information with any patients, clients, family or friends you think could benefit! If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hisle, Tara Mason or Nancy Hiner.

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PBS documentary looks at vaccines

The following is a link to a PBS documentary shared by a staff member about vaccines: The Vaccine War.

If you’re interested in watching it, please talk to your supervisors about how it can be used as a Public Health Core Competency Goal!

Targeted Prevention, CHEE work annual Pride Festival


The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department had a successful day last Saturday at Lexington’s annual Pride Festival.

The Targeted Prevention team, in partnership with AIDS Volunteers of Lexington (AVOL) tested 36 people for HIV, passed out 2,220 condoms and provided 17 bleach kits. John Moses, Aaron Mosley, Theresa Lakin, Julie Moon and Sierra Dantzler worked the event for Targeted Prevention.

Our CHEE team also held about 40 diabetes risk tests, which identified 22 people as being at risk for diabetes. From there, they identified two people with pre-diabetes and two who were in the diabetes range. The team will follow up with those people in the next few weeks to see if they contacted a health care provider. If not, our employees will try to direct them to one. Carol Hisle, Tara Mason, Ruben Perez, Nancy Hiner, Melissa Smith, Drew Ritzel (student) and Melissa Dickey (Passport) worked the event for CHEE.

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

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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.

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