52 Weeks to Health: Week 26, Tips for Firework Safety

Firework Safety Tips Below are fireworks safety tips: Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away. Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles. Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 25, Scoliosis Awareness

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or back.  People of all ages can have scoliosis, but adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. Because scoliosis can run in families, a child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should be checked regularly for scoliosis by the family doctor.   An x ray of the spine can confirm the diagnosis of […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 24, Lightning Safety

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Sources: National Weather Service ( and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( Lightning kills over 50 people in the U.S. each year. But deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about 10% of those struck are killed; 90% survive. However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life-long injuries. These injuries are primarily neurological, with a wide range of symptoms, and are very difficult to diagnose. Lightning also causes over $5 billion of economic loss each year in the U.S. from fires and other property destruction. Lightning strike frequencies are highest in the Southeast, […]

Farmer’s Markets

Health Departments in Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Russell, Taylor and Wayne Counties are participating in the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.  The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to qualified WIC participants.  Qualified WIC participants will be given $20.00 of vouchers to spend at authorized Farmers’ Markets in their county. Each health department has a limited number of vouchers to give out on a first come first service basis.  Below is a listing of authorized Farmers’ Markets in your area.  (All the LCDHD Health Departments are equal opportunity providers) Adair County Market on the Square […]

Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program Has Begun 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 program started on June 1st, 2017. Hours and Locations of Syringe/Needle Exchange Russell County Health Department Monday – Friday During Regular Business Hours 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY 42629 (270) 343-2181 or (800) 928-4416 Learn more at: Syringe/Needle Exchange Program. Please watch the videos below to learn about: 1) the costs treating of Hepatitis C […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 23, Men’s Health Month

Celebrate National Men’s Health Month Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Get Good Sleep Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents. Toss out the Tobacco It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related […]

Taylor Boil Water Advisory

Taylor County is under a boil water advisory. Learn how to respond below. Click here for: Public Procedures. Click here for: Restaurant Procedures. Watch the Public Service Video below by Stuart Spillman, Environmental Director with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. City of Campbellsville Press Release May 30, 2017 The Boil Water Advisory HAS BEEN LIFTED for customers of Campbellsville Water. We appreciate each person’s patience during this difficult time and we deeply regret this inconvenience for everyone.  We want to thank all those who helped in every aspect of dealing with this emergency caused by the flooding and severe weather. City […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 22, Teen Pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. About eighty-five percent of these pregnancies are unplanned, which in any population can increase the risk for problems. The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care or worse, about seven percent received no care at all. The Rates of Teen Pregnancy There were just under a quarter million pregnancies in women ages fifteen to nineteen in 2014, the most recent year for which we have data. This is a […]