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.
  • National Immunization Awareness Month

    In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month. the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is highlighting a new series of articles, ​Medicine Before Vaccines, written by senior pediatricians. These articles will remind parents what pediatric medicine was like before immunizations were available to protect against diseases like chickenpox​, measles, meningitis, and human papilloma virus (HPV)​. The vaccines we now have give parents the safe, proven power to protec​t their children when they need it​.

    National Breastfeeding Month

    The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) officially declared August as National Breastfeeding Month on August 6, 2011. While recognizing that not all parents are able to breast feed, all major medical authorities recommend that when possible, infants should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months and receive complimentary breastfeeding for at least their first year of life.
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

    It's almost back-to-school time and you're prepared with your child's enrollment forms, orientation schedules, and immunizations--but what about their eyes?

    August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month—a great signal for you to get your child's eyes checked before school starts.

    Join us as we observe Children's Eye Health and Safety Month in partnership with Prevent Blindness America and the American Academy of Ophthalmologists.

    Psoriasis Awareness

    Fed up with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis? Then do something about it! Join the thousands of people working for a cure for psoriatic disease. We are defined by our actions, not our challenges. Come make a difference with us.
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.

PROMOTING BREASTFEEDING ACCESS FOR WORKING MOMS FOCUS OF MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN

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TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1–7, 2015. This year's theme—Breastfeeding and Work: Let's Make it Work!—highlights the benefits for mothers and babies reaching consistent breastfeeding goals. Women who breastfeed in any work setting should be provided with time, space and support to succeed.
"Breastfeeding is an essential step for the health of both mother and baby, and the benefits last well beyond the infancy,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "The more that communities support breastfeeding, the more mothers and babies will benefit from breastfeeding.”
The department is working to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity, and encourages breastfeeding-friendly hospitals, child care facilities, work places and communities. 
How to feed the newborn is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and most women who choose to breastfeed have a specific goal in mind. 
Research shows:
  • Breastfed infants have a reduced risk of infections, asthma, obesity and SIDS compared with formula-fed infants;
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression compared to mothers who don't breastfeed; and
  • It's estimated that $13 billion would be saved per year if 90 percent of U.S. infants were breastfed exclusively for six months.
To reach the goal of exclusive breastfeeding for at least six months mothers need supportive maternity leave policies, flexible work hours, infant and child-care at or near the workplace, and private facilities for expressing and storing breastmilk. It takes time and practice to learn how to breastfeed, both for mother and baby, and to establish a good milk supply. 
Healthiest Weight Florida, in partnership with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program, and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention has a variety of tools available for mothers and families, as well as employers, childcare facilities, and hospitals and health care professionals. Visit
http://www.healthiestweightflorida.com/activities/breastfeeding.html for more information.
Local WIC agencies offer resources and staff to help breastfeeding mothers. WIC agencies may have International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have a high level of specialized knowledge in breastfeeding to assist clients. WIC agencies also have Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Programs. The trained peer counselors are chosen from the same socio/economic/ethnic groups as WIC clients and have successfully breastfed their own babies.  Breastfeeding peer counselors provide mother-to-mother basic breastfeeding education and support to pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
For more information about the Florida WIC program call
1-800-342-4556 or visit www.FloridaWIC.org. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding visit www.llli.org; or www.flbreastfeeding.org.