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Welcome

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.

American Heart Month

This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control their goal.
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Wear Red Day (February 5th)

Help us raise awareness to end this killer of women.

Make a change on National Wear Red Day and all year long!

  • Wear Red to show your support for saving women’s lives
  • Show us how you Go Red on your social media profiles using #GoRed
  • Donate to help raise funds for awareness and research

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.
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AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

February is National AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month. What is this event about? This special awareness campaign revolves around raising awareness about AMD and low vision, simply because these disorders have a huge impact on people of all ages, and yet not many people are aware what AMD or low vision is, their symptom, risk factors, and how to manage it if they are living with any of these disorders.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

  • Brush two minutes, two times a day.
  • Clean between your teeth daily.
  • Limit snacks, eat healthy meals.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.
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National Senior Independence Month

February is National Senior Independence Month! It’s time to celebrate the seniors that continue to thrive despite their old age. Growing older does not mean an automatic loss of independence, safety, and enjoyment in life. In fact, it can be a time of discovery and excitement if seniors are committed to taking care of themselves.

Wise Health Consumer Month

February was Wise Consumer Health Month - but being wise about your health is a daily exercise. This national health observance, created by the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, encourages people to take an active role in their health. The Institute's goal is to see people become wise about their health and take steps to prevent disease for themselves and their families.
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“5 to Drive” 

Protecting Your Teens: Talk About Safe Driving
  • Remember the “5 to Drive

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about National Teen Driver Safety Week during the week of Oct. 18-24. This annual designation by Congress emphasizes the importance of safe teen driver and passenger behavior. This year’s theme, “5 to Drive,” highlights key safety messages for drivers. In 2014, Florida teens were involved in 38,795 driver crashes.
"Parents should talk with their teens reaching driving age about driver and passenger safety,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “We can prevent tragedies by reinforcing safe driving habits that keep all Florida residents and visitors safe on our roadways.”

“Teens represent eight percent of all drivers in crashes, and in Florida last year, 71 teen drivers were killed,” said Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Teens are impressionable drivers, and parents can play a large role in decreasing preventable crashes by setting a positive example for safe driving.”

“National Teen Driver Safety Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about safe driving behavior among our young drivers,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold. “Florida is the third largest state in the nation and safety is a priority on our roadways as more people move to our state. FDOT is proud to support this national event and encourages our teenagers to develop good habits when they drive.”

Remember the “5 to Drive” before getting behind the wheel:

  1. No drinking and driving;
  2. Buckle up. Every trip. Every time. Front seat and back;
  3. Put it down. One text or call can wreck it all;
  4. Stop speeding before it stops you; and
  5. No more than one passenger at any time.

It is important for parents and guardians to remember that they are the biggest influence on your teens’ habits behind the wheel. All residents should take the time to model good driving practices when on the road with friends and family. Surveys show teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes.

For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week, check out this public service announcement. Parents can also visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/index.htm to learn more about how to talk to their children about car safety.
Cervical Cancer Prevention 
Tallahassee, Fla.—January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and Florida Health encourages women to visit their health care provider to get screened for cervical cancer and learn more about preventing cervical cancer through lifestyle change and vaccination.
“This month, I encourage Florida's women to be mindful of the steps they can take to prevent and screen for cervical cancer,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Vaccinations and regular screening remain essential choices to save lives through prevention and early detection.”

Cervical cancer, or cancer starting in the cervix, is the 10th leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Florida. Nearly all cervical cancers are caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sexual activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cervical cancer is the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening tests and follow-up.

According to the CDC, to reduce risk or prevent cervical cancer women should:

Get the HPV vaccine if you are between ages 9 and 26;
Women between 21 and 65 years old should see their doctor regularly for a Pap test;
Do not smoke; and
Limit the number of sexual partners.
Completing the three dose HPV vaccination series can help prevent multiple cancers, including cervical cancer and cancer of the mouth and throat. The department’s Immunization Section provides vaccinations for HPV through several programs.

Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:

The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
The HPV test looks for the virus that can cause these cell changes.
Talk to your medical provider about when a Pap test is most appropriate for you. Tests for specific HPV strains can support earlier diagnosis of cervical cancer. Women ages 50-64, who are uninsured and are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level can receive Pap tests through the department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Learn more about the HPV Vaccine at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/vaccines/hpv.html

Learn more about the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/cancer/breast-cancer/bccedp.html.

Learn more about the department’s Immunization Section at http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/immunization/ or contact your local health office.
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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. 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 receiving these rewarding, interactive and informational sessions, contact the Health Education Department at 259-6291 ext. 2248.

Tobacco Cessation Classes

Classes will be held once a week beginning on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 through February 16, 2016 from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm. 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. 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.