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.
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

National Blood Donor Month

This January, the American Red Cross celebrates National Blood Donor Month and recognizes the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make to modern healthcare. As 2015 gets underway, the Red Cross thanks donors for their support and encourages individuals to roll up a sleeve this month and throughout the year.

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Over 2.7 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is preventable. Early detection of abnormal cell changes is important. Almost all women and men will have HPV at some point, but very few women will develop cervical cancer. The immune system of most women will usually suppress or eliminate HPV. Only HPV infection that does not go away over many years can lead to cervical cancer, for example.

National Birth Defects Awareness Month

About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.
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
  • 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.