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 Physical Fitness and Sports Month

    Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.

    Women’s Health Month

    It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health.

    Take the first step! Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.
  • National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Month

    May 1, 2012 – Skin cancer is a lifestyle disease, affecting young women, older men and everyone in between. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are living with a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer, and nearly 800,000 Americans are living with a history of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

    Healthy Vision Month/UV Safety

    Healthy Vision Month - Join the National Ey Institute in celebrating by encouraging your friends, family, and others to make their eye health a priority.
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month

    The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, CDC and its public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested.

    Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

    Asthma is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty. This chronic disease affects 25.9 million Americans. Asthma is commonly divided into two types: allergic (extrinsic) asthma and non-allergic (intrinsic) asthma. There is still much research that needs to be done to fully understand how to prevent, treat and cure asthma. But, with proper management, people can live healthy and active lives.
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 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.

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 18–24, 2015

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We are pleased to remind our immunization partners about the upcoming observance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW).
 
Since 1994, NIIW has been an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is scheduled for April 18-24, 2015.
 
During the NIIW week in April, hundreds of communities across the United States will join in to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.
 
It's easy to think of these as diseases of the past. But the truth is they still exist today. Unvaccinated children in the United States can—and do—still get some of these diseases. One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the most recent measles outbreaks resulting in an increase in the number of measles cases. In 2014, 644 people in the U.S. were reported as having measles. This is the largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. In the past three months, January 1 to March 13, 2015, 176 people from 17 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.
 
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·        [endif]Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
 
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·        [endif]Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
 
Children rely on adults to keep them safe and healthy. Those adults may be parents/guardians who keep a record of their child’s vaccinations and ask at each doctor appointment whether their child is up-to-date on immunizations. The adults may also be doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who share scientifically-accurate, up-to-date information about vaccines with parents.
 
Additional Information, NIIW promotional and educational materials, as well as activities and event ideas can be found on the CDC resource site: cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html. You can continue to show your support for infant immunizations and NIIW by encouraging your community to join in.
 
Please distribute this important information to colleagues, members, coalitions, and community partners who provide or have an interest in immunizations. Please place this information prominently on your website. You can contact Dearline Thomas-Brown, RN, regarding vaccine recommendations, or Janet Compton regarding this event, respectively at (850) 245-4342.