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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 […]

Spotlight on Health: 2019 Health Promotion Winner: Christy Carter

During 2019, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and Monticello Banking Company partnered to offer a wellness promotion.  An opportunity to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) developed by the health department and located on their website at www.lcdhd.org was offered.  At the end of the survey, participants were provided the chance to enter a prize drawing with a $1,000 first place and a $ 500.00 second-place award.  The prize was sponsored by the Monticello Banking Company.  Local McCreary resident Christy Carter filled out her profile, entered the contest and won $500. The HRA is a free health informational tool that provides a […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Health: 2019 Health Promotion Winner: Tammy Crawford

During 2019, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and Monticello Banking Company partnered to offer a wellness promotion.  An opportunity to complete a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) developed by the health department and located on their website at www.lcdhd.org was offered.  At the end of the survey, participants were provided the chance to enter a prize drawing with a $1,000 first place and a $500.00 second-place award.  The prize was sponsored by the Monticello Banking Company.  Local Pulaski resident Tammy Crawford filled out her profile, entered the contest and won $1,000. The HRA is a free health information tool that […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 1, Folic Acid

Take Folic Acid to Improve Your Odds of Having a Healthy Baby The CDC urges women to take 400 mcg of folic acid every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant, to help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. About Folic Acid Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. Why Folic Acid is so Important Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent some major defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. How Much Folic Acid a Woman Needs 400 micrograms […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 52, Health Tips for the New Year

Health Tips for the New Year Dedicate yourself to a healthier lifestyle for the New Year by using these tips to get started. Eat Breakfast. Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 51, Winter Preparedness

Winter Preparedness Prepare for extremely cold weather every winter—it’s always a possibility. There are steps you can take in advance for greater wintertime safety in your home. Listen to weather forecasts regularly and check your emergency supplies whenever a period of extreme cold is predicted. Although periods of extreme cold cannot always be predicted far in advance, weather forecasts can sometimes provide you with several days notice. If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year. Ask your local fire department to recommend an inspector or find one […]