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52 Weeks to Health: Week 47, Toy Safety

Think Toy Safety…By Knowing Toy Dangers When Buying Toys Choose toys with care. Keep in mind the child’s age, interests and skill level. Look for quality design and construction in all toys for all ages. Make sure that all directions or instructions are clear—to you and, when appropriate, to the child. Plastic wrappings on toys should be discarded at once before they become deadly playthings. Be a label reader. Look for and heed age recommendations, such as “Not recommended for children under three.” Look for other safety labels including: “Flame retardant/Flame resistant” on fabric products and “Washable/hygienic materials” on stuffed […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 46, Diabetes

Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It If you have diabetes, you know the day-to-day steps needed to manage diabetes can be hard. Managing diabetes can be easier if you set goals and make a plan. This is important because research has shown that managing diabetes as early as possible can help prevent diabetes-related health problems such as kidney disease, vision loss, heart disease and stroke. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department want you to know that many people struggle with diabetes and you are not alone. Managing diabetes is […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 45, Smoking

Smoking…The Deadly Truth Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.  Astonishingly, 119,000 of Kentucky kids under the age of 18 will ultimately die a prematurely death from smoking this year, according to Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.   3,200 kids in Kentucky start smoking each year. Tobacco smoke is a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, almost 70 of which cause cancer. The evidence is clear, smoking can be deadly.  Don’t start and be a statistic. If you smoke and want to stop call your local health department or visit our website […]

WIC

WIC (Women-Infants-Children) is a supplemental food program, which supplies nutritious foods to pregnant/postpartum/breast-feeding women, and infants/children less than five (5) years of age. Do you qualify?  Learn more: WIC Food Program.  

Opioid Crisis Response

From the Rural Health Opioid Program Grant, to HIV and Hepatitis C testing, to our Syringe Exchange Programs and Naloxone Clinics, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department is taking an active role in facing the Opioid crisis that has befallen our district.  Learn more by watching the informative video below.

52 Weeks to Health: Week 44, Food Safety

How to Properly Thaw Food Uh, oh! You’re home and forgot to thaw something for dinner. You grab a package of meat or chicken and use hot water to thaw it fast. But is this safe? What if you remembered to take food out of the freezer, but forgot and left the package on the counter all day while you were at work? Neither of these situations is considered safe, and these methods of thawing may lead to foodborne illness. Raw or cooked meat, poultry or egg products, as any perishable foods, must be kept at a safe temperature during […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 43, Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. . It occurs almost entirely in women, but men can also have breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. (Only lung cancer kills more women each year.) Death rates from breast cancer dropped from 1989 to 2007 and since then have remained steady in women younger than 50, but have continued to decrease in older women. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important […]