52 Weeks to Health: Week 17, World Immunization Week

Health Tips for the New Year World Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, polio, measles and whooping cough were mostly wiped out in the US through excellent immunization programs.  Unfortunately some of these are coming back as more parents choose to withhold vaccines. Whooping cough and measles outbreaks in recent years exemplify this problem. Whooping cough (pertussis) is a very contagious disease that can be deadly for babies. It is spread […]

Syringe Exchange/Harm Reduction Program

The estimated lifetime cost of treating Hepatitis C can be near $85,000.00. Kentucky has the highest rates of Hepatitis C in the nation by far. The most common way of contracting Hepatitis C is by the sharing of dirty needles. A syringe exchange/harm reduction program can help prevent the spread of Hepatitis C and save millions in medical treatment costs.

52 Weeks to Health: Week 16, Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Infections

STIs/STDs A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection caused by bacteria or a virus. It is also known as a sexually transmitted infection. STDs are spread by oral, genital, or anal sex. Some examples of STDs are chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea. HIV and viral hepatitis are the most common sexually transmitted infections. If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Make sure you have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STD testing with your doctor and ask whether you should […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 15, Alcohol

Alcohol And Your Health Drinking too much can harm your health. Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths and 2.5 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) each year in the United States from 2006 – 2010, shortening the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. Further, excessive drinking was responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years. The economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption in 2010 were estimated at $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink.  What is a “drink”?  In the United States, a standard drink contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams […]

Naloxone Dispensing Clinic provided by Kentucky Department for Public Health a Success

On March 31st, 2017 the Pulaski County Health Department hosted a free naloxone dispensing clinic provided by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Naloxone reverses opiate (heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone etc.) effects and can prevent death from heroin overdose. Kentucky has seen a dramatic increase in overdose deaths in the last several years. Preventing these deaths allows the individual a second chance at life and seeking help. Concerned citizens were educated on naloxone use and provided with 2 doses of 4mg naloxone nasal spray for administration to individuals in respiratory failure due to opiate use. Education and dispensing were provided by […]

Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Russell County

Attention Russell County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Russell County Board of Health, the Jamestown City Council, and the Russell County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Russell County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple or three months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set. Please watch the video below to learn about, “Why in the World Would You Give a Needle to a Drug Addict?”

52 Weeks to Health: Week 14, Public Health Week

WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH? Your local health department’s mission, generally speaking, is to promote the public’s health. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, promoting healthy lifestyles, assuring a safe environment and through the detection and control of infectious diseases. In contrast, clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is important to note that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally proportioned helpings of […]

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 […]