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Department for Public Health advises on how older adults can be prepared for disasters, emergencies

The Department for Public Health (DPH) has launched First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September – National Preparedness Month (NPM), to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. This week’s spotlight is on preparing older adults for disasters and emergencies. Older adults may be more vulnerable than younger adults during a disaster because...

Healthy Headlines: High cholesterol increases health risks, can often be managed with diet and exercise

You’ve got high cholesterol. Now what? What’s the best option to lower it? According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 102 million American adults have total cholesterol above healthy levels. This statistic should be concerning, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease including obesity, type 2 diabetes, family history of heart disease or you use tobacco. Your healthcare...

Dr. Victor Romano has tips on how to keep exercising despite chronic pain; it can help that pain go away

Pain is a great excuse if you don’t like to exercise, and it’s certainly something many people with chronic pain would just as soon avoid. Yet at the same time exercise is one of the things that can help make that pain go away. “It can become a Catch-22 situation,” says Dr. Victor M. Romano, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and author of Finding The Source: Maximizing Your Results –...

New head of Department of Public Health, Jeffrey Howard, faces huge health, financial issues statewide

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky’s recently installed health commissioner is a 30-year-old doctor, two years short of being a surgeon, a goal he still plans to achieve. But right now he’s in charge of public health in a state with huge health issues, and local health departments with big financial issues. Dr. Jeffrey Howard is still learning. He will graduate from Harvard...

Three cases of West Nile Virus reported in NKY, residents asked to practice mosquito bite prevention

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has been notified of three human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) since July. WNV is an illness that can be transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito; it is not spread from person to person. NKY Health encourages residents to practice mosquito bite prevention behaviors that can reduce their risk of getting WNV. Key prevention tips include using...

Mark your calendar: Adult Health Clinic returns to the Boone County Public Library, main branch

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. No, not preventing the leaves changing colors or the inevitable onslaught of pumpkin spiced everything, but bringing awareness to the impact falls can have on older adults. In partnership with the Safe Aging Coalition of Northern Kentucky, the third annual Adult Health Clinic will occur at Boone County Public Library. Adult Health Clinic Boone County Public...

St. Elizabeth receives AHA Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Accreditation, first in Greater Cincinnati

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation, a comprehensive level of designation for cardiovascular care. It recognizes hospitals committed to following proven treatment guidelines incorporated into a comprehensive system of care to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions. Provided photo St....

National report on state of obesity has bad news for KY; we’re in unhealthy top 10 for adults, children

Staff report The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released their annual report on the state of obesity in America — and the news isn’t good for Kentucky. Nationwide, the rates are the highest they’ve ever been. Kentucky is, unfortunately, in the top ten. Kentucky has the 8th highest rate of obesity among the 50 states and the District of Columbia...

Child Well-Being Survey: There is growing need for mental and emotional health services in region

More than 28,000 youth in Greater Cincinnati have poor or fair mental and emotional health, according to analysis of survey data from the 2017 Child Well-Being Survey, conducted by Interact for Health and Cincinnati Children’s, with support from United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The survey asked parents and caregivers to describe their child’s mental health. Respondents selected excellent (54%),...

Health Innovation Collaboration to receive Unity Award at NKY Chamber Annual dinner Sept. 20

The Northern Kentucky Chamber’s Unity Award is presented to an individual or individuals who have shown leadership in bringing Northern Kentuckians together to address and solve common challenges and issues and has shown leadership in seeking regional solutions to Northern Kentucky challenges. The award is sponsored by PNC Bank. 
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Healthy Headlines: Don’t just sit in front of the TV for those fall shows — eat healthy and keep moving

St. Elizabeth Healthcare When you think of the fall season, you may think of the beautiful changing leaves or the cool, crisp air. But if you are like thousands of other people, you are thinking “This is Us,”, “Big Bang Theory,” and “Empire.” As you begin to plan your time sitting in front of the tube watching your favorite TV series and the fall premiere, don’t let your diet suffer. Rachel...

Farm Safety and Health Week coming: Ag Com. Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

Public health officials launch information campaign to increase disaster preparedness efforts

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is launching the First 72 On You information campaign during the month of September, which is National Preparedness Month. The goal of First 72 On You is to increase emergency preparedness efforts for Kentuckians and their families. When disasters such as flooding, record snowfalls, deadly tornadoes and wildfires...

State moves ahead on Kentucky HEALTH plan that federal judge has vacated; hoping for waiver

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Though Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid plan was vacated by a federal judge just days before it was set to go into effect on July 1, regulations for the changes have been proposed, and public comments were taken at a hearing Aug. 27. The new plan, called Kentucky HEALTH for “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health,” would require able-bodied...

Healthy Aging Month: Time to think about eye exams and maintaining healthy eyes and vision

According to a national survey released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly two out of three American adults report having eye or vision problems. A significant percentage of them, however, fail to seek medical attention in the form of regular, sight-saving eye exams. In observance of Healthy Aging Month in September, the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons joins the American...