52 Weeks to Health: Week 15, Alcohol

Alcohol And Your Health Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 95,000 deaths and 2.8 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 29 years. Of all alcohol-attributable deaths, more than 70% involved men and more than 80% involved adults aged 35 or older. Death rates due to excessive alcohol use varied across states, ranging from 21 per 100,000 population in New York and New Jersey to 53 per 100,000 population in New Mexico. The economic costs of […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 14, Public Health Week

WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH? Your local health department’s mission, generally speaking, is to promote the public’s health. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, promoting healthy lifestyles, assuring a safe environment and through the detection and control of infectious diseases. In contrast, clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is important to note that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 13, National Nutrition Month

NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH: America, Take the Test! During National Nutrition Month®, celebrated each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” by making small, healthy shifts in food choices when cooking at home. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend making small changes to eating patterns to include healthier ingredients while cooking at home. Choosing a variety of healthful foods across and within all food groups helps reduce the risk of preventable, lifestyle-related chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. “Evidence shows that making dietary and lifestyle changes can prevent […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 12, Diabetes Alert Day

DIABETES ALERT DAY: America, Take the Test! One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, so on March 23 the Lake Cumberland District Health Department encourages you to take a quick (and anonymous) one-minute test to find out if you’re one of them. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Why is American Diabetes Association Alert Day so important? An estimated 88 million American adults have prediabetes, which means they have blood glucose (sugar) that’s higher than normal. People with prediabetes are at risk […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 11, Tuberculosis

World TB Day is March 24th March 24th has been designated World TB Day in order to raise awareness and support for worldwide TB elimination efforts.  This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB.  TB has not disappeared – worldwide it still kills approximately a million people a year. Fortunately, the rates in the United States have declined steadily since the 1990s, after a brief resurgence.  In 2019, 8,916 individuals were diagnosed with active TB in the US, of those 66 were in Kentucky and […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 10, Poison Prevention

Poison Prevention Across the United States, around 67,500 kids each year are seen because of accidental poisoning.  Of these, around 17 children will die according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Around 85% of poisonings occurred at home. Overall, around 24 million people call poison control centers every year. Although most of these accidental poisonings do not turn out to be serious, it illustrates just how common accidental poisonings in kids actually are. Keep Your Home Poison Safe by Following These Simple Tips  General Install safety latches on cupboards for harmful products. Keep all products in original containers. Keep ashtrays […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 8, Children’s Dental Health

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month After weeks of watching your baby drool and fuss, you finally spot that first little tooth bud popping up through the gums. Over the next couple of years, your baby’s gummy smile will gradually be replaced by two rows of baby teeth. Baby teeth may be small, but they’re important. They act as placeholders for adult teeth. Without a healthy set of baby teeth, your child will have trouble chewing and speaking clearly. That’s why caring for baby teeth and keeping them decay-free is so important. Caring for Baby’s Gums You can start caring for baby’s gums right […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 7, Heart Disease

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month Are you at risk for Heart Disease?  February has been designated as the month to show that special someone how much you love them.   One of the best ways you can do that is to know if you are at risk for Heart Disease.  Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled by you while other cannot.   A few of the uncontrollable risk factors are things you should be aware of such as: family history, age, and race.  Some risk factors that you do have control of are: being tobacco free, being physically […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 6, World Cancer Day

CANCER The 4th of February has been designated as World Cancer Day. Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade other tissues. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. Cancer is not just one disease, but many diseases, which require different treatments. However prevention strategies are often common to many, if not all cancers. A person’s cancer risk can be reduced with healthy choices like avoiding tobacco, limiting alcohol use, protecting your skin from the sun and avoiding indoor tanning, eating a […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 5, Heart Disease and Stroke

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health and encourage families, friends and communities to become involved. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, accounting for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States. Nearly half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, or an unhealthy diet. Risk also increases with age. The good news […]