LCDHD Receives Adolescent Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Grant

LAKE CUMBERLAND DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FROM ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR SEXUAL RISK AVOIDANCE EDUCATION PROGRAM  Somerset, KY. (October 13, 2016)  – Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) is pleased to announce it has received a $433,996 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for their 10-county service area. ACF awards grants through a competitive application and review process. The awarded funding will support the delivery of sexual risk avoidance education (SRAE) to adolescents in seventh grade over the next three years. Although Kentucky and the nation’s teen birth rates are declining, the targeted area, which is made […]

National Health Education Week

From all of us at the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, we wish all of our Health Policy and Promotion Staff a happy National Health Education Week. Our Health Policy and Promotion Staff provide leadership in the areas of health promotion and policy development in our communities, spearhead community health assessments, facility community health improvement plans, work with area child cares and conduct comprehensive health education programs utilizing best practices. Learn more at: Health Policy and Promotion.

Handwashing is Vital


October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. Proper handwashing is the single most important way to control the spread of disease! How should you wash your hands? Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. Dry your […]

Protect Yourself And Your Family From Mosquitoes Around Your Home

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department advises homeowners to begin preparing now for summer mosquito season by ridding their environments of potential mosquito breeding areas. Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry diseases. You should take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential exposures by reducing possible breeding locations in and around your home. “We should be mindful of areas and objects around our homes that can hold water and also support mosquito breeding,” said Stuart Spillman, Environmental Health Director. Birdbaths, clogged […]

Eating Right When Money’s Tight for People with Diabetes

For people with diabetes, making healthy food choices is an important part of managing the disease. With the right tips and a little planning, you can eat healthy and stretch your food budget. Plan ahead. Before you head out to the grocery store, plan your meals for the week and make a list of the foods you need. Include meals such as stews and casseroles that stretch your food dollars, and double the recipe for a second meal. Review grocery store ads and clip coupons from the local newspaper or online. Read the food label and compare brands and sizes […]

Diabetes Alert Day

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Diabetes Alert Day 2016 is on Tuesday, March 22. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans or about 9 percent of the United States population. It’s also estimated that one in every four persons with diabetes is unaware that they have the disease. Did you know that if you have a family history of diabetes, you have a greater chance of getting the type […]

Diabetes and Heart Disease: How to Beat the Odds

Two out of three people with diabetes die of a heart attack or stroke. This is serious business. But you can work to beat the odds. You can take action to help prevent heart attack and stroke. For people with diabetes, a key to preventing heart attack and stroke is to control the ABCs of diabetes: blood glucose (“sugar”), blood pressure, cholesterol and stop smoking. A is for the A1C, a test measuring average blood glucose control over three months. B is for blood pressure. C is for cholesterol and “s” for stop smoking. Take control. Ask your health care […]

A Step in the Right Direction: Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

With so many weight loss programs available, it is easy to become confused about what works and what does not when it comes to losing weight to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) wants you to know that you don’t have to knock yourself out to lower your risk – in fact, the findings of a major study show that modest weight loss can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half. Here are some proven small steps developed by NDEP to help you make gradual lifestyle changes to lose […]

2016 Wellness Promotion

Would you like a chance to win a $1,000.00* (see terms below) cash incentive just for taking a few minutes to learn more about your health status and how to improve your general fitness and overall well-being? Fill out your wellness profile today! At the end of the profile, you will be given a chance to enter your name into the contest. Even if you entered our 2015 contest, you are welcome and encouraged to enter this contest. After completing a health questionnaire, developed by a team of experts at the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD), you can review and print: […]

Winter Weather Pointers

Hopefully you are staying warm in the current deep freeze and snow, but how about your neighbors? Don’t forget to check on your vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbors, reminds Lake Cumberland District Health Department officials. Some homes have been without power now for multiple days. It is important to check on each other and assist others when you can. People who are unable to leave their homes for multiple days may run out of food and medication. Let’s look out for each other! Here are tips the Lake Cumberland District Health Department offers to combat the cold: Stay inside when […]