Healthy Times

LFCHD Employee Newsletter

Take steps to an IBD-friendly diet

Do specific foods cause or cure inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? What is the FODMAP diet? How can I live with Crohn’s, Colitis, or Celiac and feel better? If you’ve asked yourself these questions and are searching for the answers, join Nancy Hiner, Registered Dietitian, for this healthy eating with IBD overview on November 16. She will also be discussing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Did you know that IBS is the second leading cause of work absences in the US, only behind the common cold as number one? Those with IBS also consume 50% more health care resources than those without it.

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Lexington Public Library provides digital bookshelf

Nov. 15 digital library

Be sure to check out the new digital bookshelf in the front lobby, courtesy of our friends at the Lexington Public Library! Complete instructions for checking out a book are on the display, but it’s as simple as scanning the poster with your phone/tablet and having an account with the library.

The sign will be updated every few months to allow for new titles.

National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day

Every November is designated National Diabetes Month. It’s a time to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Here in Kentucky, 1 in 8 adults has diabetes, but many more have it and don’t know it. To learn if you or someone you know may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, take a simple 7-question risk test at www.diabetes.org, the website of the American Diabetes Association.

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November 14 is international World Diabetes Day. It’s the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight. Blue is the official color to bring awareness around the world on this day.

Here are LFCHD staff members wearing blue in support of World Diabetes Day:

Congratulations to the winners of the Soup and Chili Cook-Off!

Congratulations to the winners of the Soup and Chili Cook-Off! First place went to Katrina Howard’s Potato Soup and second place went to Tara Mason’s Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili.

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Jaime Lundblad won the pumpkin decorating contest.

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Check out some of the great Halloween costumes and photos from the event:

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Hiner and Lowe attend Paul Miller Ford Safety Day

Nancy Hiner and Catherine Lowe attended the Paul Miller Ford Safety Day on Saturday, October 21. Over 100 participants stopped by the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s booth. Staff distributed information on safe sleep, car seat safety, Halloween safety, nutrition, smoking cessation, hand washing, flu, and diabetes. Hiner and Lowe answered questions from the participants about healthy ways to lose weight, diabetes, and how to stop smoking.

 

Oct. 21 health fair

HANDS & WIC host 1st Trunk or Treat

About 150 parents, caregivers and kids took part Thursday in our Trunk or Treat event hosted by the HANDS and WIC programs. Designed for young children, the event gave our staff the opportunity to pass out healthy treats while showcasing the benefits of HANDS and WIC!

Free Flu Shots: The Clinic in Pictures

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 1,026 free flu shots Oct. 5 at Consolidated Baptist Church as part of an annual emergency preparedness exercise. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event another success as we help Lexington be well! Enjoy these pictures from the day: Read more…

Wearing purple for domestic violence awareness

Employees wore purple Thursday to raise awareness and show support for women, men and children impacted by domestic violence. We were invited to participate in Wear Purple Day by Lexington’s Domestic Violence Prevention Board.

LFCHD holds media event to announce free Narcan

In preparation for Friday’s official launch of free Narcan in the needle-exchange program, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department held a media event to announce the news to the community.

The kits are available through a partnership between the health department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. The kits will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays in the Dr. Rice C. Leach Community Room.

Dr. HumbaughLFCHD’s Kevin Hall and Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spoke at the event, as did Dr. Svetla Slavova, principal investigator for the grant and associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Biostatistics. She is also a faculty member with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. The purchase of Narcan® was supported by a grant 2014-PM-BX-0010 (Data-Driven Multidisciplinary Approaches to Reducing Prescription Abuse in Kentucky) awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

Media coverage for the event included the following (Lexington Community Radio also had three show hosts cover the event, including an interview in Spanish, but posts are not yet available):

The entire event can also be found on the LFCHD Facebook page: Narcan announcment (Facebook).

Welcome new employees!

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

Mark Carter

Mark Carter
Environmental Health Specialist

Joni F. Green

Joni Green
Nurse Specialist

Jena Watkins

Jena Watkins
Clinical Services Representative

Stacey Zamora

Stacey Zamora
Clinical Services Representative

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