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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 […]

Cumberland News Release: Flu and Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

As you may be aware, flu season is here and we are experiencing widespread flu activity across the Lake Cumberland area, including Cumberland County.  Cumberland County residents are also seeing an increase in Pertussis (“Whooping Cough”) cases at this time.  The Lake Cumberland District Health Department and the Cumberland County and Burkesville City Governments want you to know how to protect yourself from illness. Both Pertussis and Influenza are vaccine preventable diseases.  It is strongly encouraged for all residents to make sure they are current and up-to-date on their vaccines.  If you are not sure or need to schedule an […]

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a potentially deadly bacterial infection that can strike at any age, but is particularly dangerous for babies. The sounds of pertussis are like no other, marked by a “whoop” made when gasping for breath after a severe coughing attack. Listen below (or follow this link: the sound of whooping cough). More than 50% of babies with reported cases of pertussis must be hospitalized. Coughing can be so severe that it is hard for babies to eat, drink or breathe. Pertussis is vaccine preventable. Please check with your local healthcare provider to make sure […]

Spotlight on Health: 2017 Health Promotion Winner: Michele Coomer

During 2017, 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 resident Michele Coomer filled out her profile, entered the contest and won $1,000. The HRA is a free health informational tool that provides a snapshot of […]

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and January 7-13 is Folic Acid Awareness Week

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is joining the  Kentucky Department for Public Health, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the March of Dimes to raise awareness of birth defects and to promote strategies that reduce the risk of birth defects and their complications. We hope that you will join us in promoting National Birth Defects Prevention Month!  This year’s theme is “Prevent to Protect: Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection”. We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. However, we encourage all women to make healthy choices and adopt healthy habits to help lower their risk of […]

Spotlight on Health: 2017 Health Promotion Winner: Jack Hobbs

During 2017, 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 resident Jack Hobbs filled out his profile, entered the contest and won $500. The HRA is a free health informational tool that provides a snapshot of […]

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 […]