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. Breastfeeding […]

Total Solar Eclipse Path to Cross Kentucky on August 21, 2017

On August the 21st, 2017, the path of a rare total solar eclipse will cross Western Kentucky. Though the entire process will last around a couple hours, beginning at about 1:20 CST, the New Moon will be directly in front of the Sun, blocking out the sun for almost 3 minutes. Hope for clear skies on this “magic” day. Below is a graphic illustrating the “path of totality”. Also, download this Solar Eclipse Safety.pdf file. Looking directly at the sun, even during a total eclipse, can cause permanent and severe eye damage. Below are two safety videos to assist with […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 33, National Immunization Month

National Immunization Month Immunizations are public health’s great success story with the disappearance of many infectious diseases. Shots may hurt a little, but the diseases they can prevent are a lot worse – some are even life-threatening. Immunization shots, or vaccinations, are essential. They protect against infections like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations are also important for adults, especially those against pneumonia, influenza and shingles. Your immune system helps your body fight germs by producing antibodies to combat them. Once it does, the immune system “remembers” the germ and can fight it again. Vaccines […]

Spotlight on Health, School Safety, Taylor County Health Board/Campbellsville Independent Schools AED Project

Campbellsville Independent Schools (CIS) recently received a grant to purchase three Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machines to be used at Campbellsville elementary, middle and high schools. In January, CIS submitted a grant request to Taylor County Board of Health members, asking for funds to purchase three new AED machines.  Board of Health members recently awarded $3,120 to the school district to purchase the machines.  The machines will be installed in cabinets at the gymnasiums at the three schools. CIS partnered with Taylor County Health Department and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel to submit the grant proposal and make the purchase. Pictured from […]

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 […]

Spotlight on Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Adam Capps

Spotlight on Health: Adam Capps. Adam used the LCDHD Health Risk Assessment to gain insights into health and nutrition to assist with his health improvement goals. As a junior at Lindsey Wilson College in 2011, Adam’s doctor told him he would develop diabetes if he didn’t make major changes. As he started this path to health, he weighed in at 364 pounds. Using the buddy system, Adam partnered with a friend and they began going to the gym everyday. Adam said, “When your heavier than 350 pounds, not only is it hard just to walk, but to do any type […]

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 […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 30, Personal Wellness Profile

Taking Steps Toward Personal Wellness Often the hardest part of getting started on the journey toward a healthier lifestyle is taking that first step.  A good “first step” can be by simply completing a Health Risk Assessment (HRA).  A HRA is a questionnaire with questions that help determine your current health and your health risks.  There are questions regarding your and your family history of illnesses and medical conditions which can identify health risks for you.  There are questions about your health habits and lifestyle, which can identify areas that you may need to work on to improve. The Lake […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 29, World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day World Hepatitis Day is recognized annually on July 28th, the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011), who discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and two years later developed the first hepatitis B vaccine. Worldwide, viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers with more than one million people dying each year. These deaths are primarily from cirrhosis or liver cancer caused by hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In fact, chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C cause approximately 80% of the world’s liver cancer. Many of those who are chronically infected are unaware of their […]