Breastfeeding provides mothers and their babies with a healthy start.
The CDC reports that close to 80% of all women in the United States start
out breastfeeding, regardless of race, income, or status. Among African
American women, the breastfeeding rate is close to 55%. While breastfeeding
improving across all groups, they still remain lower among African
American women. This is particularly true of among those living in the
The gap shows that African American mothers may face
barriers to breastfeeding and need additional
support to start and continue breastfeeding. "It's Only Natural" was
designed with this in mind. It provides materials that reflect the
experience of African American moms.
"It's Only Natural"
was developed to give new moms practical information about the importance
and health benefits of breastfeeding - not just for babies, but for moms
too! It offers emotional support, as well as tips and information on how
women can make breastfeeding
work in their own lives while getting the support they need. All of the
material is uniquely crafted for African American women.
Every woman's journey to motherhood is different. But usually, the first
decision you'll make as a mom is how to feed your child. "It's Only Natural
helps African American women and their families to make the right decision
May is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers! It is also the
perfect time for people with asthma and their friends, family, and coworkers
to learn more about these chronic conditions.
With 26 million people in the US of different ages and backgrounds suffering
from asthma, it ranks among the most common lifelong chronic diseases.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes episodes of wheezing,
breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Having your health care
provider check your lungs, talk with you about your family medical history,
and ask about your allergies can help you to figure out if you have asthma.
If you do have asthma, ask your provider to help you create an asthma
While there is no cure for asthma, it is possible to manage
successfully. Common asthma "triggers" include:
second- and third-hand) tobacco smoke
burning wood or grass
By limiting or
avoiding exposures to your triggers, you can control your asthma and
prevent attacks. To learn more about these and other asthma triggers, visit
the CDC's "FAQs" page.
Asthma can also be controlled by taking any medications prescribed by your
doctor. These can include both quick-relief and long-term medications.
Finally, protecting yourself against the flu can help you to avoid some of
the complications that asthma
sufferers are at greater risk for developing.
Child Safety: Tips for Preventing Heatstroke in Cars:
Since 1998, over 550 U.S. children have died as a result of heatstroke (also
known as "hyperthermia"). Many of these deaths happen when a busy caregiver
forgets their child is in the car or truck. Other deaths take place when a
child is playing in an unattended vehicle and becomes trapped. Deaths can
also occur when a child is left unattended in a car or truck.
Heatstroke develops when the body cannot cool itself fast enough, and the
body's temperature rises to dangerous levels. This can happen to a child
even when it is 70 degrees outside and a window is down. That's because
children's bodies aren't the same as adults. A child's body can heat up five
times faster than an adult's.
Together, we can reduce the number of heatstroke deaths and "near-misses" by
remembering these tips:
heatstroke-related injury and death. Never leave your child alone in a
car, even for a minute. Always lock unattended vehicle doors and trunks.
reminders and habits (that give you and your child's caregiver a safety
net). For example, place a purse, briefcase, or bag that you will need
in the back seat.
action if you see an unattended child in a vehicle. Dial 911 and follow
the instructions that emergency personnel provide. They are trained on
how to figure out if a child is in danger.
information on how you can ACT to prevent heatstroke, click
Barren River District Health Department Recognized for Excellence:
The Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) received two prestigious
honors at Kentucky Public Health Association's 65th Annual Conference on
March 28th, 2013.
The BRDHD's own
Susan Brown won the Helen
B. Fraser Award. This award honors an individual who has "made a unique
and outstanding contribution to the growth and development" of maternal and
child health in Kentucky.
The BRDHD also won the Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Performance for
Leadership in Community Partner Development for its implementation of
Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP).
MAPP is a
community-driven, strategic planning process for improving health. Over 70
key partners representing ten counties in south central Kentucky met
faithfully for 15 months to conduct a MAPP assessment. The Executive Summary
of this work can be viewed
"Exercise with Kelsey!"
"Exercise with Kelsey!" is an exercise class for women involving cardio,
strength training, and flexibility beginning April 22nd, 2013. Classes will
take place on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:00 to 10:00 am at
The Foundry Christian
Community Development Center. The Foundry is located at 531 W. 11th
Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101. The cost is $5 for the 6-week program. If you
are interested in participating, or to register for the class, contact
Kelsey Carter by email or phone at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-781-8029 ext. 160.
KET Special Video "Well Fed: Nourishing Our Children for a Lifetime:"
In a society filled with super-sized fast food meals and prepackaged foods,
it can be difficult for families to eat healthfully. Restaurant food that
was once reserved for special occasions is now routine. Some Kentucky
children have never eaten a fresh blueberry, strawberry, or banana. KET's
Well Fed: Nourishing Our Children for a Lifetime explores the subjects of
childhood nutrition, its impacts on health outcomes and obesity rates, and
state efforts to make it easy for families to eat well. Learn more about the
Show Your Love Campaign:
Show Your Love is a national campaign designed to improve the health
of women and babies by promoting preconception health and healthcare. The
campaign's main goal is to increase the number of women who plan their
pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. For
those women who don't want to start a family in the near future or at all,
the campaign encourages them to choose healthy behaviors so that they can be
their best and achieve the goals and dreams they have set for themselves.
** Effective immediately all BRDHD staff's email addresses are FirstName.LastName
Tickborne Illness in Kentucky:
Ticks prefer to
live in woods, tall grass, weeds, and brush. Ticks are seldom a problem in
well-maintained lawns, although the edges of a property can be a source of
infestation. While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks
year-round, the warmer months (April through September) are when ticks are most
active. Here are a few good ways to
prevent tick bites:
wooded and bushy areas, uncut fields, brush, and other areas likely to have
the center of trails.
insect repellants that contain 20% or more DEET on exposed skin.
or shower as soon as possible after coming inside (preferably within 2
for ticks upon returning from areas where they might be present. Parents
should check children for ticks. Check pets and gear for ticks too. This
includes clothing, coats, and day packs.
clothes in a dryer on high heat for 1 hour to kill any remaining ticks.
grass and shrubs in your yard trimmed and clear of overgrown vegetation.
This includes the edges of your property.
any ticks that you find, use the method described
Kentucky, the most common diseases that are spread by ticks are
Spotted Fever (RMSF) and ehrlichiosis. Lyme disease is uncommon in Kentucky.
Although the University of Kentucky states that 51 cases of Lyme disease were
reported from 1985-09, they say that many of these cases involved previous
travel or residence in other states where Lyme disease occurs.
of ticks that can be found in Kentucky, the two most common are the American
dog tick and the Lone star tick. Neither of these ticks has been shown to
transmit Lyme disease, but they do carry RMSF. The most common
symptoms of tick-related
illnesses, including RMSF and ehrlichiosis, are:
seen with RMSF varies greatly from person to person. Most often, the rash begins
2-5 days after the onset of fever. It typically appears as small, flat, pink,
non-itchy spots on the wrists, forearms, and ankles. It then spreads to the
trunk of the body. The red to purple rash seem with RMSF usually does not appear
until 6 days after symptoms begin.
Ehrlichiosis also causes a rash in some people. The appearance of this rash
varies, and may appear after the onset of fever.
tickborne diseases are easily treated with antibiotics, they can be difficult
for doctors to diagnose. Early recognition and treatment are therefore important
to reducing the risk of serious complications. See your doctor immediately if
you have been bitten by a tick and experience any of the symptoms described
Barren River District Health Department Releases Strategic Plan for
The Barren River District Health Department (BRDHD) has released its Strategic
Plan for 2013-15. The primary goal of the plan is to ensure that - whatever the
nation, state, or local community asks of the BRDHD over time - the agency has
the communication skills, concern for accuracy, organizational awareness,
service orientation, leadership, and teamwork needed for effective performance.
To view the agency's Strategic Plan, click
What's a Watch?
What is a tornado watch, and how is it different from a
tornado warning? What should I do when a tornado watch is issued?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) answers your
questions in this video:
May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month:
The goal of
National Preeclampsia Awareness Month is to educate women, their families,
and their health care providers about the dangers of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs during
pregnancy or the period following childbirth.
Approximately 300,000 US women are diagnosed with preeclampsia every year. An
estimated 25% suffer from serious consequences as a result - including the death
of the mother or her baby. Worldwide, preeclampsia and other related disorders
are a leading cause of death for moms and babies.
Many of the symptoms of preeclampsia aren't very noticeable. Some women might
not experience any symptoms at all. This is why receiving good prenatal care and
knowing the signs of preeclampsia are so important to early diagnosis and
The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently announced the launch of a
new video that answers the question, "Is public health a return on investment?"
The video shows how public health surrounds us, and has an impact on all aspects
of our lives. It also demonstrates why we need to prioritize public health
funding. Watch the video
learn how public health saves both money and lives, and share it with others to
help spread the message.
Help Improve Bicycling in the Bowling Green Area:
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, together with the Bowling Green-Warren
County Planning Commission and researchers from Western Kentucky University's
Department of Geography & Geology, are working to better understand how to plan
for the needs of cyclists in the community.
You can help! Download the CycleTracks application for iPhone- or
Android-capable smart phones, and use it to record your bicycle trips. The
CycleTracks application uses your phone's internal GPS to record trip routes and
times. At the end of each trip, data (including the trip purpose, route, date,
and time) are collected for analysis. All personal data is optional and
CycleTracks would love for you to record each and every bicycle trip you take.
The more you record, the more they will be able to accommodate you in the
future. Feel free to record as many or as few trips as you want, however.
For more information, visit the CycleTracks
New Reports Available from the Barren River Community Health Planning Council:
River Community Health Planning Council's (BRCHPC's) "Community Health
Assessment Report," "Executive Summary," and "Community Health Plan
for 2013-15" are all available here. The BRCHPC is a group of business, educational, community, and healthcare leaders that was organized in August of 2011 to facilitate an evidence-based community health assessment process called MAPP, which stands for "Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships."
Barren River Community Health Planning Council Releases Community Health Improvement Plan:
The Barren River Community Health Planning Council (BRCHPC) have released their Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan outlines strategies and encourages partnerships to improve the quality of life in all ten counties of the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD).
The BRCHPC consists of school administrators, business leaders, health care professionals, elected public officials, and community resource groups, representing each of our ten counties. These members have worked to identify health issues that adversely impact our communities, and to develop strategies to overcome these obstacles. The BRCHPC has also looked at community programs that have been successful with the hope that these successes will be replicated in other communities.
Read the press release here. Learn more about the Barren River Community Health Planning Council and its Community Health Improvement Plan here.
Late Night Appointments for Edmonson, Logan, and Warren Counties:
Effective January 7th, 2013, we will begin offering late night appointments in Edmonson, Logan, and Warren Counties. Ask a health department staff member to learn more!
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