Healthy Baker
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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.

National Public Health Week – April 3-9

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities. We strengthen the profession of public health; foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues; and directly influence public policy to improve global health.
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National Alcohol Awareness Month

NCADD is the leading advocacy organization in the world addressing alcoholism and drug dependence. Since its founding in 1944, NCADD has raised public awareness about addiction throughout the United States and increasingly across the global community.

Stress Awareness Month

Stress management is a strategy, with unique emotional, psychological, behavioral, biological and physical components; captaining its fluctuations unequivocally benefits long-term health and long-term goals.
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National Cancer Control Month

Cancer is the leading disease of today, right after heart diseases, it has a very high percentage of mortality. National Cancer Control Month is April, during this month many Cancer prevention organizations and governments have a goal to raise awareness about this disease all over the world.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Building Community, Building Hope

Strong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.
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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. Approximately 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate a perpetrator in their lifetime.

National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
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Sun Safety 
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Tallahassee, Fla.—As Spring Break winds down and Florida sees more accommodating outdoor weather, the Department of Health is encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions against potentially harmful sun exposure. Make the most of Florida’s beaches, lakes and parks this spring and summer and outshine the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

“Florida is a remarkable place to enjoy outdoor activities,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “As the weather gets warmer and we’re outside more often, I encourage you to take the necessary steps to ensure protection from sun exposure.”

According to the CDC, a majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect against UV rays that can damage skin in as little as 15 minutes. UV exposure is the most common cause of skin cancer, accounting for more than 90 percent of all cases.

Skin cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the skin, the most harmful being melanoma. Despite that nearly 90 percent of skin cancers are preventable, they are the most common of all cancers in Florida and the United States.

Remember these tips for safe and sunny outdoor ventures:

Minimize sun exposure and seek shade during peak, midday hours;
Wear SPF 15 or higher and apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before exposure to the sun;
Reapply sunscreen every two hours;
Use protective barriers such as hats, sunglasses and clothing to block full exposure; and
Take extra precautions if you have pale skin; blond, red or light brown hair; or if you or a family member has had skin cancer.

Use hashtag #SunsUpCoverUp to show how you’re protecting yourself!
2016 Health Rankings 
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today, the Florida Department of Health announced the release of the 2016 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country. Data used to determine the rankings include information about physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. The rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources, much of which is available from the department on Florida CHARTS.

“Understanding health data is the first step towards making measurable improvements in the health of communities,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “The department with our 67 county health departments collaborates with broad and diverse partners to identify priorities and evidence-based solutions that will help all Floridians live healthier lives.”

Much of the health data used by the rankings to compile its snapshots are also used by the department to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement is achieved, which are outlined in the form of a population-based community health improvement plan (CHIP).

Florida’s counties continue to be national leaders in health improvement planning, and in 2013, Florida became one of the first states to have a CHIP in each of our 67 counties. Each CHIP is developed through a community-led process and defines a vision for the health of the community. CHIPs provide guidance for public health system partners and stakeholders to improve the health of each community across Florida. As new health data becomes available, CHIPs are updated accordingly.

In Florida we recognize that unhealthy weight is a significant threat to public health. Florida is one of a few states in the country with a methodology in place to collect and report county-level data on healthy weight. The Healthiest Weight Profile includes the latest environmental and behavioral measures that contribute to achieving healthy weight, such as respondents' proximity to food sources and their choice of commute to work.

Last week, the Florida Department of Health became the first integrated department of health in the nation to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board. Public health departments play a critical role in protecting and improving the health of people and communities. The seal of accreditation signifies that the Florida Department of Health has been rigorously examined and meets or exceeds national standards that promote continuous quality improvement for public health.
Diabetes Prevention 
Tallahassee, Fla.—Today is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to learn about their risk for type 2 diabetes and take steps to reduce this risk. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type and can affect people of any age. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be significantly reduced by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

“It is important for Floridians to know their risk for diabetes,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “By eating well, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight, residents can take positive steps to prevent or reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.”

It is important to know that there are four types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, is a condition where the body does not produce insulin to control glucose levels. Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and can put both mother and child at risk for type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to indicate a diagnosis of diabetes. With healthy habits, diet and exercise, your risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes can be reduced and the disease can be prevented.

You are at higher risk of having prediabetes or type 2 diabetes if you:

Are 45 years of age or older;
Are at an unhealthy weight;
Have a family member with diabetes;
Have family background that is African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander; and
Are physically active less than three times a week.

The department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative works to decrease chronic diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes by encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. For more about Healthiest Weight Florida, visit To take a simple quiz about your risk, visit

For additional information about all types of diabetes, be sure to visit the department’s diabetes page.
Poison Prevention 
Tallahassee, Fla.—March 20-26, 2016 is the 55th observance of National Poison Prevention Week as established by the United States Congress. Poison prevention is everyone’s responsibility and it only takes a few minutes to safely store potentially hazardous products. In 2015, nearly 40,000 poison exposure calls reported in our state were regarding children age 5 and younger.

“Poisonings are completely preventable; it is up to all adults to keep children, Florida’s future, from harmful exposure to medications and chemicals around the home,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “Always keep the Poison Help Line visibly posted in your home or classroom in case of emergency, 1-800-222-1222.”

Florida’s Poison Control Centers handled 141,680 incoming calls during 2015. While many exposures are treatable, they can also be fatal. It is important to know how to prevent poisoning and what to do in case you or your children consume a potentially dangerous product.

The Florida Poison Information Center Network recommends the following tips for poison prevention:

Install safety latches on cabinets and drawers;
Keep all medicines, cleaning supplies and chemicals out of site and reach of children;
Try to purchase products with child-proof packaging when available;
Keep products in their original packaging, do not store them in food containers;
Always read product labels and follow directions exactly; and
Do not call medicine “candy” when giving it to children.

The Poison Help Line is free, confidential, multilingual, and automatically directs the caller to the poison control center covering their geographic area.

Click here for a helpful infographic on poison prevention.

Download the poison patrol checklist to help identify and safely store household poisons to keep your family safe and healthy.
Aids Awareness Day 
Tallahassee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health supports the 4th annual observance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day on April 10. This observance aims to educate the public about the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and highlights the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four new HIV infections in the U.S. is among youth ages 13 to 24.

“Our young people have not seen the impact that HIV had on this country in the 1980s so it is important that we educate our youth on prevention. These are the future leaders of our state and they are the key to eliminating new HIV/AIDS diagnoses,” said Interim State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip. “Working locally in our communities, we share the message of prevention, testing and treatment to all Floridians. It is important for all members in a community to be active in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”

Most people diagnosed with AIDS before the age of 30 were infected with HIV in their teens or early twenties. This illustrates the importance of educating young people on prevention so that they have the resources needed to protect themselves.

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to collaborate with schools, faith-based organizations and community organizations to share the message of prevention and testing. Youth leaders play a great role in educating their peers and helping to stop the spread of new infections. Through the efforts of our 67 local county health departments, we are committed to surveillance, education, prevention, testing, counseling, care and treatment for HIV/AIDS.

Testing can be completed at county health departments or you can locate HIV counseling, testing and referral sites using this interactive map.
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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, May 17, 2016 through June 21, 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.