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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  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    In February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.

    National Nutrition Month

    Join MyPlate in celebrating our favorite topic – Nutrition! National Nutrition Month® offers an opportunity to spotlight healthy eating and physical activity messages at home, school, work, and in your community.
  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

    We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

    Save Your Vision Month

    For many people, good vision means good eye health, but that may not always be the case. Regular eye exams can catch problems before it's too late. If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent eye disease screening, The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends making an appointment for an eye exam. It is an essential step toward preserving vision and keeping eyes healthy and there is no better time than February — Save Your Vision Month.
  • National Kidney Month

    The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

    Poison Prevention Month

    More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
  • Hemophilia Month

    Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), along with its member organizations across the country, commemorates March as National Hemophilia Awareness Month. HFA encourages member organizations and patients affected by a bleeding disorder to spread the word about Hemophilia Awareness Month by posting messages on Facebook, Twitter, giving presentations in schools, and sharing information with their family and friends.
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    Diabetes Alert Day – March 24

    Take the important steps to stop an epidemic. On American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, March 24th, take our one-minute Diabetes Risk Test and find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Share the test to help others who also may be at risk. Then, participate in a Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event in your community. Begin the path toward a healthier you.
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.