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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 5 children in the United States has obesity.. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes.  They also have more risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers. Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers. They are also more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem. Children with obesity are also […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 36, Food Safety

Foodborne Illness Peaks in Summer – What can you do to prevent it? Year after year we hear and read the same advice: “Handle food carefully in the summer because foodborne illness, also known as “food poisoning,” is more prevalent in warmer weather.” But does foodborne illness really increase during the summer months? If so, how can it be prevented? Foodborne bacteria grow fastest at temperatures between 90 to 110 °F (32 to 43 oC) and during the summer months, the warmer temperatures and higher humidity are ideal for bacterial growth. Consumers can play a role in protecting themselves at […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 35, Suicide Prevention

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, almost 1 in 5 Americans experience mental health concerns each year, while more than 100 die by suicide every day. Suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death in the US.  Suicide ranks as the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-34-year-olds.  Visit the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide for youth-specific warning signs and risk factors. 988 is the new three-digit dialing code connecting people to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), where compassionate, accessible care and support are available for anyone experiencing […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 34, Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Breastfeeding Breastfeeding, also known as nursing, is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman’s breast. Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much as the baby wants. During the first few weeks of life babies may nurse roughly every two to three hours. The duration of a feeding is usually ten to fifteen minutes on each breast. Older children feed less often. Mothers may pump milk so that it can be used later when breastfeeding is not possible. The […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 33, National Immunization Month

National Immunization Month August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including your ability to attend important appointments and receive routine vaccinations. During NIAM, we encourage you to talk to your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are protected against serious diseases by getting caught up on routine vaccinations.  Immunizations are public health’s great success story with the disappearance of many infectious diseases. As your children head back to school this fall, […]

Sue Taylor Employee of the Month June 2022

Sue Taylor was named the June 2022 Employee of the Month for Lake Cumberland District Health Department. Sue is the Clerk Supervisor/Office Manager in Green County. Her nomination was for going above and beyond to help a patient with a cancer diagnosis get the medication she needed. This required many extra phone calls and effort on Sue’s part to accomplish the task. We are very thankful for Sue and the LCDHD staff who put in the extra effort and provide the very best care possible in all circumstances on a daily basis. Pictured L to R:  Angie Simpson, Administrative Services Manager; Sue […]

Freda Doss Employee of the Month May 2022

Freda Doss was named the May 2022 Employee of the Month. Freda works in the HANDS program in Clinton and Cumberland Counties. Her nomination was for going above and beyond to help a HANDS child get appropriate referrals for intervention for developmental delays that were noticed during screenings. HANDS visits have been done virtually during the pandemic and this presents many challenges for the HANDS staff. We are very thankful for Freda and the other HANDS ladies who have prioritized their families and made sure they provide the very best care possible in all circumstances. Pictured (L-R):  Jessica Arterburn, Team Leader for HANDS program; Freda Doss, LHN 2 […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 32, Eat Healthy

Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips You probably eat out a lot—most Americans do. People are looking for fast, easy and good-tasting foods to fit a busy lifestyle. Whether it’s carry-out, food court, office cafeteria or sit-down restaurant, there are smart choices everywhere. Here are 30 tips to help you eat healthy when eating out. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items. Take time to look over the menu and make careful selections. Some restaurant menus may have […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 31, Health Screenings

Getting preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. That’s because when a condition is diagnosed early, it is usually easier to treat. And regular checkups can help you and your doctor identify lifestyle changes you can make to avoid certain conditions. Use the following link to see what preventive screenings are recommended for your age and gender: Preventive Screenings and Immunizations. While this is not a comprehensive list, these screenings are among the most important. Also listed are needed immunizations. The primary benefit of immunizations are to prevent disease. Immunization is […]