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52 Weeks to Health: Week 52, Health Tips for the New Year

Health Tips for the New Year Dedicate yourself to a healthier lifestyle for the New Year by using these tips to get started. Eat Breakfast. Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 46, Diabetes

Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It If you have diabetes, you know the day-to-day steps needed to manage diabetes can be hard. Managing diabetes can be easier if you set goals and make a plan. This is important because research has shown that managing diabetes as early as possible can help prevent diabetes-related health problems such as kidney disease, vision loss, heart disease and stroke. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and the Lake Cumberland District Health Department want you to know that many people struggle with diabetes and you are not alone. Managing diabetes is […]

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 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 […]

Spotlight on Health, WIC: Tina Thomas

My name is Tina Thomas, and I am the mother of three children, all of which are or were on the WIC program. This benefit has helped my family out in many ways. I have breastfed or am doing so now, all 3 of my children. The WIC program has a very healthy package for breast feeding mothers. It gives the mom an idea of the healthy foods to eat and how to take care of one’s self while feeding your little one. This program offers you professional guidance with dietary questions and issues. The variety of food individuals can […]

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: […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 35, Suicide Prevention

SUICIDE PREVENTION: Know the Warning Signs of Suicide According to the American Association of Suicidology website, how do you remember the Warning Signs of Suicide? Here’s an easy way to remember: IS PATH WARM? I Ideation, S Substance Abuse P Purposelessness, A Anxiety, T Trapped, H Hopelessness W Withdrawal, A Anger, R Recklessness, M Mood Changes A person in acute risk for suicidal behavior most often will show warning signs of acute risk such as: threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and or, looking for ways to kill him/herself […]

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: Lori Turner, Mammogram Recipient through the Pink County/Susan G. Komen Grant

“When you are busy with work and your family, it’s easy to neglect your own health and put off needed tests. I knew my mammogram was due and the extended hours mammogram clinic and $25 gift card were great motivation to get it done. Now that I know my results are normal, I don’t have to worry about getting another mammogram for 1 year. I encourage all women 40 and older to get their yearly mammogram. Early detection of a problem could save your life.” Lori Turner –Wayne County