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Colorectal Cancer FARMER’S MARKET BE PREPARED FOR SPRING WEATHER Heart Safe Community
Colorectal Cancer Free Colorectal Screenings will soon be offered to those who qualify. If you’re 50+ talk to your physician about screening!
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FARMER’S MARKET Farmer’s Market Vouchers will be available in the MCHD clinic beginning June 9th, 2014.  No appointment is needed.
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BE PREPARED FOR SPRING WEATHER With warmer temperatures approaching, Spring always brings the threat of Tornado activity in the Commonwealth.  Being prepared to deal with violent weather will keep your  family safe when threatening storms approach.  The rule of thumb is “72 Hours”.
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Heart Safe Community The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Department for Public Health (DPH) announced today that Montgomery County is the next Kentucky county to earn the designation HeartSafe Community, an honor set aside for communities that have met criteria to better respond to cardiac arrests.
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NATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH WEEK

It is National Women’s Health week and the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky is working to educate communities throughout Kentucky about the importance of Folic Acid.  It is important that EVERY woman of childbearing age have 400mcg of Folic Acid daily.  Be healthy and make sure you are taking your folic acid!

Folic Acid is…

  • A type of “water soluble” B-Vitamin required by the body for several functions including the growth, production, and repair of cells in your body.
  • The natural form of Folic Acid is Folate and it can be found in fruits and vegetables.
  • Folic Acid can be found in vitamins, minerals, and fortified grains and cereals.

Folic Acid is good for me because…

  • Your body needs folic acid daily at least three months prior to and during the first three months of pregnancy to help prevent neural tube birth defects like Spina Bifida.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have done studies that show that taking the recommended amount (400 micrograms or 0.4 milligrams) of Folic Acid daily can reduce the risk of having a Spina Bifida affected pregnancy by 75%.
  • Women who have had a previous Spina Bifida affected pregnancy have a 3-5% risk of having a second affected pregnancy and are recommended to take a mega dose of 4000 micrograms or 4 milligrams of folic acid daily.

Spina Bifida occurs within the first 28 days of pregnancy, which is before most women even know they are pregnant. Since 50% of pregnancies are unplanned, it is important to get into the habit of taking a multivitamin or folic acid supplement daily, even if you do not plan to get pregnant. Some ways to help incorporate this into your daily life are to take the folic acid vitamin or supplement when…

  • You brush your teeth (morning or evening) or wash your face
  • With your coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • When you feed your dog or cat
  • You can place the bottle next to your car keys, purse, on your dresser or bathroom sink to help remind you to take it as your getting ready

Folic Acid Intake in Perspective…

Unlike most vitamins, the synthetic form of folic acid is easier for your body to process than natural folate found in foods. In order to get the daily recommended amount of 400 micrograms daily you would have to eat…

  • 200 medium red apples
  • 44 ½ medium ripe tomatoes
  • 17 ½ cups of orange juice
  • 19 ½ cups of raw green beans
  • Or 14 ½ cups of raw broccoli

Even if you eat right, it is nearly impossible to get the recommended amount of folic acid from your diet! Taking a vitamin is easy and a good way to make sure you’re getting all of your nutrients, including folic acid.

The Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky’s mission is to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected. In addition to creating awareness of Spina Bifida and folic acid, SBAK is a resource center for children, their families and adults affected by Spina Bifida. SBAK educates parents how to be the best advocate for their child, and helps children and adults overcome physical, learning, and social challenges to become successful and independent. Learn more at www.sbak.org.

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Kynect: Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection

Kynect makes it easy to find health insurance for you, your family or your business.  Kynect is an unbiased online service, similar to the kind you use to buy airline tickets or book a hotel.  Kynect allows you to compare and select insurance plans.  Click here to visit kynect.

Americans who’ve started applying for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act but can’t complete the process by the March 31 enrollment deadline will be given an extension.

The Obama administration announced the extension Tuesday evening, March 25th, partly out of concern that the federal registration website, Healthcare.gov, could become overwhelmed as last-minute registrants scrambled to meet the original March 31 deadline or face a penalty in the form of a tax, the Washington Post reported.

To qualify for the extension, people simply check a blue box on the HealthCare.gov website indicating that they’d tried to sign up for insurance before the deadline. This method will be based on the honor system, the Post reported.

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Bat Proof Your House

State Environmentalist have reported that Bats in public schools have been a significant challenge in Kentucky this year.  It is always important to remember the following rules if you encounter a bat.

  • Never touch a bat.  Bats can have rabies.

You can’t tell by looking!

  • Bats are shy animals that avoid human contact.
  • Any bat can have rabies, a deadly disease.
  • You could get rabies from a bat bite.
  • If you get bitten by a bat, wash the wound with soap and see a doctor.

Keep bats out of your home:

  • Ask your parents to bat proof your home
  • If you find a bat in your home, call the Health Department

If you can touch a bat, don’t!

  • We need bats so don’t hurt them.
  • A bat that lets you touch it may be sick.
  • If you see a bat, do not touch it.
  • Call an adult for help.
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Reading Begins at Birth

You can help your children arrive at kindergarten ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed by doing ​simple, every-day tasks and activities. The KYGOEC sends out a newsletter for families each month that includes information and ideas on how to help children develop in their earliest years. This month, we talk about the importance of reading to your children beginning at birth. You can view these newsletters online or you can print and share with family and friends.

Click on this link for the interactive June newsletter.   For more information go to http://kidsnow.ky.gov

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