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 27 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 86 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 10, Poison Prevention

Poison Prevention Across the United States, around 800,000 kids each year are seen because of accidental poisoning.  Of these, around 30 children will die according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Around 70% of non-fatal poisonings involve children ages 1 to 2. 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 […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 9, Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer Screenings Save Lives Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. Sometimes abnormal growths, called polyps, form in the colon or rectum. Over time, some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. Your risk of getting colorectal cancer increases as you get older. More than 90% of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. […]

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 […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 4, Birth Defects

Birth Defects Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of birth defects are not known, there are things that you can do to help ensure optimal health for your baby. Awareness and education are the first steps to preventing birth defects.  The immediate step following awareness and education is taking action. There are a number of things you can do to increase the probability of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Some are more challenging than other because they may require that […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 3, Cervical Health

Cervical Cancer Cervical cancer is highly preventable with regular screening tests and appropriate follow-up care. It also can be cured when found early and treated. Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus infection (HPV). Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical cancer. HPV is very common in the United States and is passed from one person to another during sex. It is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer. Talk to […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 2, January is National Radon Action Month

Test Your Home to Determine Risk of Radon Gas Exposure You can’t see it, smell it or touch it. The #1 cause of lung cancer outside of smoking is a radioactive gas that everyone breathes in every day, usually at low levels, according to the National Cancer Institute. Radon gas is produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. This radioactive gas can be detected in homes, offices and schools; it enters buildings through cracks in floors and walls, construction joints or gaps around service pipes, electrical wires and sump pits. When radon gas exceeds acceptable levels, the […]