Healthy Baker

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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When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.

Between having fun and checking out the lifeguards, most people don't think much about water safety — but they should. For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. Most water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe and following a few simple guidelines. Learning how to swim is essential if you plan on being on or near water. Many organizations provide swim instruction to people of all ages, check to see what classes are available in your area.

Fruit and Veggie Month

Helpful resources to bring farm and garden-fresh fruits and vegetables to your school. Provides implementation ideas, books, activities, and more to make healthy foods fun and interesting to kids.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Although some progress has been seen lately, childhood obesity is still a major public health problem. Approximately 17% of US children are obese, and certain groups of children are more greatly affected.

National Cholesterol Education Awareness Month

Too much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is a disease in which malignant or cancerous cells are found in the ovaries. An ovary is one of two small, almond-shaped organs located on each side of the uterus that store eggs or germ cells and produce female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

National Menopause Awareness Month

At Menopause Awareness Month (MAM), we have a vision that women all over the world will one day be able to embrace menopause rather than suffer from its symptoms.

National Preparedness Month

Emergency preparedness is not only for Californians, Midwesterners and Gulf Coast residents. Most communities may be impacted by several types of hazards during a lifetime. Americans also travel more than ever before to areas with different hazard risks than at home.

Prostate Health Month

Bringing together current educational efforts on Prostate Cancer and BPH education, including Prostate Cancer Awareness Week (September 20 – 24) and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Week, (September 13-17) "Prostate Health Month"

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

In addition to Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, September also helps promote awareness for leukemia and lymphoma, two diseases that are not well understood by the public.
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.

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 providing these rewarding, interactive and informational sessions, contact the Health Education Department at 259-6291 ext. 2248.

Diabetes Self-Management Classes

Diabetes Self-Management classes begin September 9th. Call 259-6291 ext. 2353 for more information.

Farmer Market

September 6th, Farmers Market – at Heritage Park from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Special Show at 10:30 with a balloon artist for kids.

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.

FLORIDIANS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON

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"Now is the time to prepare your family for Hurricane Season,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Prior to a disaster, create an emergency plan for your family and pets, identify locations of special needs shelters and prepare an emergency supply kit with first aid, healthy meals, and water.”

Recently Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that creates a nine-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies, beginning May 31. Floridians will be able to purchase items such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other essential items as they prepare for hurricane season.

Before a disaster happens, build an emergency supply kit that includes healthy, nonperishable foods and supplies that meet your family's and pet's health and medical needs. Talk with your health care provider and pharmacist about receiving emergency medication supplies. Under a federally-declared emergency, you can get an extra 30-day supply with no price increase, even for recently filled prescriptions. Other items to include in your emergency supply kit are:

  • Water- at least one gallon per person, per day for a minimum of three days.
  • Healthy foods like canned vegetables, fruits and nuts. Store at least a three day supply of foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking, and little or no water.
  • Prescription medications and required equipment/supplies like syringes, coolants, alcohol wipes, etc.
  • First aid kit.
  • Glasses, hearing aids and medical devices with extra batteries.
If you or someone in your family requires daily medical assistance like routine nursing care, help with medication, oxygen therapy, or electricity for life-supporting medical equipment, be sure to pre-register for a special needs shelter. Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about special needs shelters and to pre-register- http://www.floridadisaster.org/disability/snshelterlist.html

For more suggestions on medical-related items to include in your emergency supply kit, and for tips on how to prepare for an emergency, get a copy of the Florida Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Guide at http://www.floridahealth.gov/preparedness-and-response/_documents/prepareguide-eng.pdf.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.