The health department has received grant funds for a new community project beginning in the spring. The Project is Step By Step to a Healthier Woodford County Thru Square Foot Gardening. The goal is to build square foot gardens in the community, teach square foot gardening (a different way to grow vegetables and herbs) that is easy, inexpensive, efficient, takes less space and is fun. The grant provides supplies to assemble gardens. Gardens can be raised to accomodate individuals that may have limited mobility. The application for having a square foot garden is posted above. If you are a church, agency or business that is interested please call the heath department at 859-873-4541 for additional information or complete the application that is posted above and return it to the Woodford County Health Department. The project is funded by NACCHO. Join us as we work: Step By Step to a Healthier Woodford County Thru Square Foot Gardening.
MARCH is Severe Weather Awareness Month:
Plan for severe weather before it happens. See information at the bottom of this page.
Quit Now Kentucky is a FREE telephone or online service that can help you quit smoking and using tobacco products. Many people who use tobacco want to quit. By using Quit Now Kentucky, you are one-step closer to becoming tobacco free. Individuals who want to stop using tobacco within the next 30 days or are concerned about a family member or friend's tobacco use can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from 8 am to 1 am EST Monday through Sunday.
If contemplating quitting now log on to resources to help you quit. Log on here.
All cessation services are bilingual.
Take the Challenge: Be A Loser
10 week weight loss program. Each week you will learn new tools to help you with your goals including reading nutrition labels, healthy recipes, new ways to be physically active, etc. Join us for an informational meeting to learn about the program (this is mandatory, but does not obligate you to continue with the program) on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm at the Agriculture Resource Building, 184 Beasley Road, Versailles. Please call 873-4541 to reserve a seat or for more information.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program
Woodford County Health Department has teamed up with Baptist Health to provide a Diabetes Self-Management Education class on Wednesday, April 16th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The program will be held at the Woodford County Health Department, 229 North Main St., Versailles.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education class is taught by certified diabetes educators. The class is open to persons with diabetes, their family members, and their friends. The class offers information on healthy eating, active living, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks for complications. The team works together to help the person with diabetes to identify changes that can be made to improve overall health.
Pre-registration is required. Please call the health department at 873-4541 to register by Friday, April 11th, Registration fee is $5 and lunch will be provided.
NEW MRC/CERT TRAINING
Medical Reserve Corps/Community Emergency Response Team Training: Meets once a week for 10 weeks from 6-9pm on Thursday evenings. Please register with Woodford County Emergency Management. Call 859-873-3170. Pre-registration required.
The health department coordinates the MRC/CERT for the County. Call Sarah at the health department for information (859-873-4541). If you would like to register as a potential volunteer please click on the area below. Sarah will contact you. Volunteers with medical and non-medical backgrounds are needed. The KHELPS database below is managed by the KY Department for Public Health. KHELPS provides the health department with a quick way to reach volunteers when they are needed.
The health department is is looking for individuals interested in assisting at a shelter the next time one is needed. A shelter may be opened in response to a severe weather event. Shelters have been opened after snow and ice storms in the past and remained open for up to seven (7) days. Volunteers will receive training. When a shelter is opened you will be contacted to see if you are available to help. Resgistering as a volunteer does not mean you have be be available. It adds to the list of individuals that can be contacted in time of need.
Plan for Severe Weather Before it Happens
- Be Prepared
- Have a Plan
- Make a Kit