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WIC team participates in the Urban Mountain Challenge

The WIC team participated in the Urban Mountain Challenge at the “Big Blue Building” in downtown Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 27. Jill Keys, Rebekah Shoopman, Jenna Schwartz, Mary Beth Gilles, and Heather Watson attended. The team climbed 30 double flights of stairs and everyone made it to the top!

LFCHD is helping you stay hydrated!

The third floor has a new hydration station with filtered water! Stay healthy by drinking more water while helping to minimize plastic bottle waste in the environment.

Are you drinking enough water?

Why is it important to drink enough water?

  • Water keeps every part of your body working properly. It helps your body flush wastes and stay at the right temperature. It can help prevent kidney stones and constipation.
  • You lose water throughout the day—through your breath, sweat, urine, and bowel movements. If you live in a hot climate, you lose even more fluid.
  • You need to replace this lost fluid to stay healthy. If you don’t get enough water, you could become dehydrated. If you get very dehydrated, your body no longer has enough fluid to get blood to your organs. This is dangerous.

How much water do you need to drink every day?

  • A common recommendation is to drink six or eight 8-ounce glasses of water or other fluid every day. But some adults may need more or less, depending on how healthy they are, how much they exercise, and how hot and dry the climate is.
  • You may sometimes need to drink more water than usual if you:
    • Exercise intensely, especially in a hot climate.
    • Are sick, such as with the flu, or have a health problem like a urinary tract infection.
    • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are some easy ways to get more water during the day?

  • Drink a glass of water when you get up in the morning, before you have coffee or tea.
  • Keep a cup or water bottle by your desk at work. Take several sips of water each hour. If you don’t have a desk job, carry a container of water with you, and take sips throughout the day.
  • Take a sip whenever you pass a drinking fountain.
  • If you get tired of drinking plain water, add a packet of sugarless flavoring to your water. Or put a slice of lemon or lime in plain or sparkling water.

Is bottled water better than tap water?

  • No. A lot of plain bottled water is just tap water that has been purified.

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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Wellness hosts health fair

The Wellness Committee recently hosted a health fair for employees, giving them a chance to check out healthy products from a variety of vendors, including a free 5-minute massage!

2nd Sunday to host Town Branch Water Walk

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The latest program as part of Lexington’s 2nd Sunday program will be the Town Branch Water Walk 2-5 p.m. Sept. 20!

If you participate, remember to contact Ruben Perez (ext. 2410) to find out how you can get Wellness points!

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.

LFCHD currently topping worksite wellness challenge

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is currently in first place in the Bluegrass Wellness at Work activity challenge!

There’s still time for us to get even more points as we try to secure the top prize, so take some time to log in and record your activity: Bluegrass Wellness at Work. Remember: this isn’t only for exercise. If you do housework, it counts. If you are out inspecting restaurants all day, it counts. There are several ways to take part, so check it out and get involved!

Here is information Ruben Perez sent earlier about the program. Be sure to contact him at ext. 2410 if you have any questions:
ANY EMPLOYEE THAT PARTICPATES IN THE AGENCY CHALLENGE COULD WIN A FITBIT CHARGE HR.

The employee with the most points entered by AUGUST 7 will win the Fitbit Charge HR.
HOW? Simply print your total points page. Print and sign your name and submit by August 7 COB.

You do not need to be part of the wellness program to participate. Read below to enter the challenge.

Last year, you helped us be recognized as one of the healthiest places to work in the Bluegrass, and to take home the Diamond Award for Innovations in Worksite Wellness from its second Bluegrass Wellness at Work (BWW) program. Help us again this year!

We’re ready and set to compete again in this year’s Agency Fitness Challenge where we will compete against other agencies in the bluegrass. Here is how it works.

Agency Fitness Challenge
A six-week fitness challenge to encourage employees to get moving. Earn a point each time you complete fifteen (15) minutes of exercise of any type; challenge starts on June 20 and ends August 8, with recognitions to be given August 16 at TBA. Awards will be given to winners of the Fitness Challenge in the small (>25 employees), medium (25-99 employees) and large (100+ employees) business categories.

How can I help win the big award?
Keep track of your ACTIVITY over the next seven weeks; give yourself 1 point for every 15 minutes you activity during or outside of work.
You can count exercise/points accumulated June 20-August 8

How do I log my points?
To streamline the participation in the challenge, Bluegrass Wellness at Work has created a basic app so all participants can track their own activity. The app is available for iOS via the iTunes store, Android via Google Play and also accessible directly from a desktop, laptop or mobile browser at https://bluegrasswellnessatwork.org/app

Log into the app and add your points at your convenience: your USER NAME will be your work email address, and your PASSWORD will be Summer2015.

You will not be able to enter the app or the website to log in points until June 20th.
Once inside your app. On the left hand side click the add activity icon. Click on the date you completed your activity on the calendar. Type your activity starting time and select the duration and activity from the drop down menu. Then click save and you are done

PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE TO BE ENROLLED IN LFCHD’S WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAM IN ORDER TO LOG POINTS IN THE BWW CHALLENGE.

Upcoming community events and programs

Thank you for taking the time to review and share information about these wonderful opportunities happening in our community over the upcoming weeks. Remember, it’s easy to share this information! If you would like copies of any of these promotions to share at upcoming events, or with your local neighborhood association, apartment complex, church or stores, request copies from Greg Hiles via email (in your request, please indicate how many copies you would like). You can also keep an eye on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share our messages as they appear.

Click thru to learn more about the William Wells Brown Family Wellness Expo/Walkathon/Weight Loss Challenge Kickoff; upcoming dates for the Living Well with Diabetes series and a Cooper-Clayton smoking cessation class; information about the Partners for Youth School Year I DO Program List; and events supporting a school wellness policy, International Overdose Awareness Day, colon cancer awareness and more.
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Community resources and upcoming events

Thank you for taking the time to review and share information about these wonderful opportunities happening in our community over the upcoming weeks. Remember, it’s easy to share this information! If you would like copies of any of these promotions to share at upcoming events, or with your local neighborhood association, apartment complex, church or stores, request copies from Greg Hiles (in your request, please indicate how many copies you would like). You can also keep an eye on the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share our messages as they appear.

Click thru to learn about events that support International Overdose Awareness Day, National Breastfeeding Month, breast and colon cancer awareness and more.
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