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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 […]

Wash Your HANDS

HAND WASHING Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections such as Influenza (flu) and Pink Eye. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of viruses like the flu and other germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. Watch video below. INFLUENZA Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and people will have […]

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 28 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 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 2015, 9,563 individuals were diagnosed with active TB in the US, of those 67 were in Kentucky and 3 were in […]

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities

Arthritis Limits Daily Activities of 24 million US Adults: Symptoms can be reduced with physical activity and educational programs More than 24 million adults with arthritis have activity limitations from their disease. The percentage of adults with arthritis who have activity limitations grew from 35.9% in 2002 to 42.8% in 2014, a significant increase of 20% overall and independent of the aging of the population. The everyday activities of these adults are limited by arthritis, such as holding a cup, lifting a grocery bag, or walking to their car, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report released today. More […]

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 […]