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52 Weeks to Health: Week 42, Drugs

Your Future is Key to Stay Drug Free Red Ribbon Week is celebrated October 23 – 31, 2019 and the theme is “Send a Message. Stay DRUG FREE”.  Red Ribbon Week is the oldest, largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people each year.  During this week communities, agencies and organizations are asked to wear red ribbons to take a stand again drugs. On a separate note, it is important to point out that Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in our nation; but, a few healthy lifestyle choices could change this. First, eating normally […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 41, Bullying

BULLYING: Talking to Children Source: National Bullying Prevention Center (Pacer: Bullying.) Bullying affects everyone who’s involved. Children who are involved experience mental health issues, physical symptoms, and poor school performance. You can help your child recognize the signs of bullying. Children often don’t understand when someone is being bullied. They may feel someone is joking or may not understand social norms. Children should be informed of the differences between friendly behaviors and bullying behaviors. When talking to children about bullying parents should listen, react in ways to encourage trust from the child, be supportive, be patient, provide information that the […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 40, Mental Illness

Understanding Mental Illness The purpose of the following information is to provide a general understanding of what mental illnesses are, and to address some facts associated with these disorders.  What is mental illness? Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder […]

Pulaski, McCreary, and Wayne County Resilience Event October 14th 1pm EST

Lake Cumberland District Health Department will be hosting a screening of “Resilience” on October 14th at 1:00 pm EST. It is a documentary that explores how adverse events during childhood can impact an individual throughout their life. Monday, October 14, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST Lake Cumberland District Health Department 500 Bourne Ave. Somerset, KY 42501 To register for this free event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACEs_1

Casey, Clinton, and Russell County Resilience Event October 15th at Russell County Health Department

Russell County Health Department will be hosting a screening of “Resilience” on October 15th at 1:00 pm CST. It is a documentary that explores how adverse events during childhood can impact an individual throughout their life.   Tuesday, October 15, 2019 1:00pm – 3:00pm CDT Russell County Health Department 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY 42629 To register for this free event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACEs_1

Effective Communication and Consistency in Increasing Rural Vaccination Rates

A story in the Rural Health Monitor highlights Lake Cumberland District Health Department’s efforts to address cervical cancer by promoting the HPV vaccine. Please follow the included link to read the story from the Rural Health Monitor, Effective Communication and Consistency in Increasing Rural Vaccination Rates. .

Adair, Cumberland, Green, and Taylor County Resilience Event October 15th at 9:00 a.m. CST

Adair County Health Department will be hosting a screening of “Resilience” on October 15th at 9:00 am CST. It is a documentary that explores how adverse events during childhood can impact an individual throughout their life. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 9:00am – 11:00am CST Adair County Health Department, Basement Conference Room 801 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY 42728 To register for this free event please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACEs_1

52 Weeks to Health: Week 39, National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month Throughout September, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department and numerous partner agencies will support emergency preparedness efforts and encourage citizens to take action to become better prepared for disasters and emergency situations. Prepare Globally. Diseases know no borders, which is why we need to work together to stop epidemics quickly and close to the source. Partners around the world are combining efforts to prevent, detect, and quickly respond to public health emergencies of international concern. Prepare Locally. In the U.S., state and local health departments play a critical role in keeping people safe from public health threats. […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 38, Rabies

How Can You Prevent Rabies in Animals? There are several things you can do to protect your pet from rabies. First, visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats, ferrets, and dogs. Second, maintain control of your pets by keeping cats and ferrets indoors and keeping dogs under direct supervision. Third, spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted pets that may not be properly cared for or vaccinated regularly. Finally, call animal control to remove all stray animals from your neighborhood since these animals may […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 37, Childhood Obesity

Our Children – Keep Them at a Healthy Weight One in 3 children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Lake Cumberland District Health Department encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Limit screen time: […]