Healthy Baker
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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.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Here are just a few of the ways you can help us help women in need:
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Children’s Health Month

Children are often more vulnerable to pollutants than adults due to differences in behavior and biology, that can lead to greater exposure and/or unique windows of susceptibility during development. Learn more about children's health, the environment, and what you can do.

National Liver Awareness Month

The normal liver has many important complex functions. These functions include manufacture of plasma proteins, storage of carbohydrates, detoxifying drugs and toxins, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, bile formation, and others.
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Healthy Babies Month

Your baby will give you the most important information—how he or she likes to be treated, talked to, held, and comforted. This section address the most common questions and concerns that arise during the first months of life.

Healthy Lung Month

October is set aside for lung health awareness. It’s National Healthy Lung Month 2016, and Lung Health Day is October 28. National Respiratory Care Week is October 25-30.
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National Chiropractic Month

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016 this October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and doctors of chiropractic nationwide will raise public awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Abusive partners are frequently described as being like “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Abusive behaviors are chosen to maintain power and control. Abusers will tell you that you caused the abuse or that you are “crazy." This is not true. Nobody likes being abused or is responsible for someone else’s behavior. It is normal to feel crazy because abuse is a crazy situation.
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Vegetarian Awareness Month

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month so I thought it would be an ideal time to explore the different types of vegetarian diets, their benefits and how meatless meals can be incorporated into your regular meal schedule.

National Dental Hygiene Month

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
by talking with your dental hygienist about the 4 simple steps you can take each day to enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. #NDHM2016
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2016 Hurricane Season 
Tallahassee, Fla.—With the 2016 Hurricane Season just around the corner, the Florida Department of Health urges Floridians to take action now to protect their family and property as part of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, celebrated May 15-21. Florida has not had a hurricane in 10 years, and National Hurricane Preparedness Week serves as a reminder to prepare now for a potential hurricane or tropical storm.
“Florida has gone a decade without a hurricane and many Floridians, whether new or lifelong residents, may have become relaxed in their preparation efforts,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “Hurricane season should be treated as a serious threat every year and I encourage all Floridians to have an updated emergency plan and disaster supply kit in place.”

As part of its preparation efforts, last week the department participated in the Governor’s Hurricane Conference, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. The Governor’s Hurricane Conference is the largest hurricane conference in the country and offers nearly 50 emergency preparedness and response trainings and workshops for 1,500 emergency managers and personnel, volunteer agencies, business and industry representatives. This week, the department is participating in Florida’s Statewide Hurricane Exercise in partnership with state agencies and local governments. These exercises help enhance and strengthen the state’s ability to support mission essential functions during all types of emergencies year round.

Here’s how you can prepare for the 2016 Hurricane Season:

  • Determine the risks to your home, property or business;
  • Develop or update an emergency evacuation plan and review the plan carefully with your family;
  • Make sure you have adequate insurance by contacting your insurance company or agent;
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit;
  • Strengthen your home and complete any needed repairs;
  • Identify your trusted sources of information for any severe weather event or hurricane. Credible and timely information is very important to taking the appropriate actions in the event of an emergency; and
  • Complete a written hurricane plan and keep it in a safe, easily accessible location.
  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center are great resources for weather information and will issue frequent watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of severe tropical weather.

For more information on how you can prepare yourself and your family before, during and after a disaster, please visit the department’s Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage.

Help spread the word on social media about preparing for hurricanes using hashtag #FLGetAPlan, #HurricanePrep and #HurricaneStrong.
Sun Safety 
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Tallahassee, Fla.—As Spring Break winds down and Florida sees more accommodating outdoor weather, the Department of Health is encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions against potentially harmful sun exposure. Make the most of Florida’s beaches, lakes and parks this spring and summer and outshine the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

“Florida is a remarkable place to enjoy outdoor activities,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “As the weather gets warmer and we’re outside more often, I encourage you to take the necessary steps to ensure protection from sun exposure.”

According to the CDC, a majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect against UV rays that can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer, accounting for more than 90 percent of all cases.

Skin cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the skin, the most harmful being melanoma. Despite that nearly 90 percent of skin cancers are preventable, they are the most common of all cancers in Florida and the United States.

Remember these tips for safe and sunny outdoor ventures:

Minimize sun exposure and seek shade during peak, midday hours;
Wear SPF 15 or higher and apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun;
Reapply sunscreen every two hours;
Use protective barriers such as hats, sunglasses and clothing to block full exposure; and
Take extra precautions if you have pale skin; blond, red or light brown hair; or if you or a family member has had skin cancer.

Use hashtag #SunsUpCoverUp to show how you’re protecting yourself!
2016 Health Rankings 
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the release of the 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country. Data used to determine the rankings include information about physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. The rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources, much of which is available from the department on Florida CHARTS.

“Understanding health data is the first step towards making measurable improvements in the health of communities,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “The department with our 67 county health departments collaborates with broad and diverse partners to identify priorities and evidence-based solutions that will help all Floridians live healthier lives.”

Much of the health data used by the rankings to compile its snapshots are also used by the department to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement is achieved, which are outlined in the form of a population-based community health improvement plan (CHIP).

Florida’s counties continue to be national leaders in health improvement planning, and in 2013, Florida became one of the first states to have a CHIP in each of our 67 counties. Each CHIP is developed through a community-led process and defines a vision for the health of the community. CHIPs provide guidance for public health system partners and stakeholders to improve the health of each community across Florida. As new health data becomes available, CHIPs are updated accordingly.

In Florida we recognize that unhealthy weight is a significant threat to public health. Florida is one of a few states in the country with a methodology in place to collect and report county-level data on healthy weight. The Healthiest Weight Profile includes the latest environmental and behavioral measures that contribute to achieving healthy weight, such as respondents' proximity to food sources and their choice of commute to work.

Last week, the Florida Department of Health became the first integrated department of health in the nation to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. The seal of accreditation signifies that the Florida Department of Health has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health.
After The Storm 
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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. 5255.

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. 5248

Tobacco Cessation Classes

Class will be held on September 20th at 5:00pm. The class is free and is for anyone who is trying to quit using any form of tobacco products. Participants will be eligible to receive free Nicotine Replacement Therapy-patches, lozenges or gum. Please feel free to pass along the flyer to anyone interested in participating. Participants can register for the class by calling 904-482-0189.

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. 5248

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. 5269 to register.