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.
The Baker County Health Department Community Health Assessment (CHA) is officially closed. We would like to thank all of the residents who took the time to respond to the survey as well as Healthy Baker and all of its partners who provided promotional support to help get the word out. A special recognition to Fraiser Hospital and ERCEGI who played an extensive role in planning and administering paper and electronic versions of the survey. We are pleased to announce that we exceeded our goal of 1,000 participants and very much look forward to analyzing and sharing the results. Together we will improve the quality of life and health of Baker County and nurture the physical, social, mental and environmental wellbeing of our residents.
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  • Cord Blood Awareness Month

    The term "cord blood" is used to describe the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the birth of a baby. Up until recently this afterbirth was discarded as medical waste. Cord blood contains stem cells that may be cryopreserved for later use in medical therapies, such as stem cell transplants or clinical trials of new stem cell therapies.

    International Group B Strep Awareness Month

    Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.
  • Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

    That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

    National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

    Cleft and craniofacial conditions affect thousands of infants, children, teens and adults in the United States each year. Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions. Some are burned; others are injured in accidents and animal attacks, or diagnosed with various oral/head/neck and skin diseases.

    World Hepatitis Day (July 28, 2014)

    Worldwide 400 million people are living with hepatitis B or C. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented. With better awareness and understanding of how we can prevent hepatitis we can eliminate this disease and save 4,000 lives a day.
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

Quit Smoking Now: Classes will be held on Tuesday’s 5-19-2015 through 6-23-2015 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Baker County Department of Health
480 West Lowder St.
Macclenny, FL.
Call to Register: 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.

DEPARTMENT EMPHASIZES HEALTH AND SAFETY THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

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TALLAHASSEE—Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and honor those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our country. For many, it also marks the unofficial start of summer, and the Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to make healthy and safe choices during the summer season.

"This Memorial Day, we remember the sacrifices of the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "In honor of their memories, I urge residents and visitors to enjoy their freedom to make healthy choices this weekend and throughout the summer season. Together, we can make Florida the healthiest state in the nation."

The department offers a few tips for enjoying Memorial Day weekend and for enjoying a happy and healthy summer:

  • Enjoy Florida's natural beauty by going for a walk, swim or bicycle ride;
  • Use high SPF sunscreen to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays that cause sunburn and skin cancer;
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water when soaking up the sun or exercising outside;
  • Practice water safety and never leave a child unsupervised near a pool or body of water;
  • Enjoy Fresh from Florida fruits and vegetables when preparing meals for your friends and family;
  • When grilling, choose leaner meats and marinate them to enjoy the flavor without the fat; and
  • Practice food safety by storing food properly to prevent the growth of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.