Welcome to Healthy Baker

Healthy Baker Inc., is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in partnership with various community representatives. The Goal of this website is to stay connected with the community and encouraging them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
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We need to hear from you!
Please take this opportunity to complete this Community Health Survey so that we can accurately determine the health needs of our residents. This survey will help us provide improvement opportunities needed for Baker County.
Your voice is important.
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SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Basic Training
Date: February 3-5, 2015
Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: ElderSource
10688 Old St Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32257
Register by January 26, 2015 at:
www.floridashine.org – click join our team and complete application

  • Heart Month

    During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is American Heart Month, a time to show yourself the love. Learn about your risks for heart disease and stroke and stay "heart healthy" for yourself and your loved ones.

    February 6th National Wear Red Day

    Women are strong. Women are smart. Women solve problems. Women can do anything men can do. And, there are some things we’re even better at – dying of heart disease and stroke. Like breaking barriers? Go Red! And help break the one against heart disease.
  • National Cancer Prevention Month

    If your New Year’s fervor to get healthy is already losing steam, February -- National Cancer Prevention Month – is a great time to give yourself a second chance.

    National Children’s Dental Health Month

    Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.
  • National Senior Independence Month

    As we grow older, some of the simplest tasks can become challenges. Life Care Centers of Elizabethton, Gray and Greeneville understand the fears and doubts that can come with aging. And, we want to give you the support and confidence to overcome those fears and live life independently

    Wise Health Consumer Month

    With the rising costs of health care and the complexities of health care treatment, we are put in a position of having to be extremely mindful of our options
    and advocate on our own behalf for the best outcome.
  • Low Vision Awareness Month

    Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging. But, many people with low vision are taking charge.
Parents helping parents: A support group for care givers of children 3 and younger is available at the Baker County Health Department, please call for more information. 904-259-6291 ext. 2255.
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Baker County Health Department Abstinence Program

The Abstinence program at the Health Department, “Cool: Changing Our Own Lives”, is available to teach abstinence to 11-17 year olds. If your organization is interested in receiving these rewarding, interactive and informational sessions, contact the Health Education Department at 259-6291 ext. 2248.

Tobacco Cessation class:

Tobacco Cessation classes will be held at the Baker County Health Department starting on Tuesday January 13, 2015 - February 2, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The Class is free to anyone that is trying to quit using any form of tobacco products. To register for the class please call 877-784-8486.

Parenting Class

Classes are available for the parents of teens to learn how to talk to their teens about sex, drugs and dating, teen anger, positive life choices, empowering teens to build assets, transitions in adolescence and more. If you would like information about setting up a class with your organization, contact the Health Education Department at 259-6291 ext. 2248

CPR/First Aid

The Baker CHD offers CPR/First Aid classes through the American Safety and Health Institute. Classes are $45.00 for both and are offered each month for individual or businesses. Please call 259-6291 ext. 2353 to register.

Florida Department of Health Promotes Better Health for Babies

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TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about the important steps families can take to improve the health of babies and decrease the impact of birth defects. January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and the department is encouraging women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy to make a PACT with their health care provider to have a healthy pregnancy.
"Florida's most precious resource is our children, and we are committed to improving the health of babies,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for Health and deputy state health officer for Children's Medical Services. "The department works hand in hand with families, health care professionals and researchers to improve early disease detection and ensure quality care.”
1 in 33 babies born in the United States will be diagnosed with a major birth defect before his or her first birthday.
Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman's chance of having a healthy baby. The department encourages all pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant, to make a
PACT:
  • Plan ahead
    • Before becoming pregnant, discuss your family medical history with your health care provider and seek advice from a genetic counselor if there is a history of birth defects.
    • Work to achieve a healthy weight and control medical conditions like diabetes to be as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
    • Consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day to help prevent certain defects.
  • Avoid harmful substances
    • Avoid drinking alcohol and using tobacco products.
    • Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
  • Choose a healthy lifestyle
    • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins.
    • Be physically active daily, if possible.
  • Talk to your doctor
    • Seek prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
    • Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
The Florida Birth Defects Registry is a statewide population-based surveillance system that identifies children born with birth defects with the goal of determining risk factors, investigating possible clusters and promoting collaboration to prevent birth defects and reduce associated morbidity and mortality. For more information about the prevention of birth defects in Florida, please visit www.fbdr.org. The department also partners with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), and the 2015 NBDPN Birth Defects Prevention information packet is available online at http://www.nbdpn.org/bdpm2015.php.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. The Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visit
www.FLHealth125.gov for more information.
Follow us on Twitter at
@HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.