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.
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Healthiest Weight Florida Celebrates Food Day

October 24th is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable food. Healthiest Weight Florida is supporting healthy food choices by participating in Food Day. Today, our counties throughout the state and the central office in Tallahassee will be celebrating events to bring awareness to the initiative. To see the events in your area click the "More Information" link.

Healthy Babies Month

It doesn’t take long to develop the confidence and calm of an experienced parent. Your baby will give you the most important information—how she likes to be treated, talked to, held, and comforted. This section address the most common questions and concerns that arise during the first months of life.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. We have made a lot of progress but still have a long way to go and need your help!

Healthy Lung Month

The average adult takes 15 to 20 breaths a minute – over 20,000 breaths a day. Your respiratory system, which includes the nose, throat, windpipe (trachea) and lungs, brings air into the body when you breathe. In the lungs, the oxygen from each breath is transferred to the bloodstream and sent to all the body’s cells as life-sustaining fuel. Keeping your lungs healthy is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

National Chiropractic Month

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has declared this October to be National Chiropractic Health Month. This year’s theme is "Get Vertical."

National Dental Hygiene Month

In honor of this dental-centric October occasion, we’d like to take this opportunity to showcase some seemingly obvious, but far too often overlooked, dental hygiene facts, courtesy of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene.

Liver Awareness Month

Keeping your attention fixed on what harms your liver can feel very restrictive. Aside from the mandate of abstaining from alcohol with liver disease, it can be nearly impossible for many to keep away from all stress, sugary and fatty foods. However, there are several things you can do to help minimize potential damage to your liver:
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 providing 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 October 7, 2014. Classes will be held every Tuesday for six weeks from 5:30 pm to 7:00 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 904-482-0189 or 904-653-5250.

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 SAFETY DURING NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK

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TALLAHASSEE – National School Bus Safety Week is October 20-24 and the Florida Department of Health urges Florida's residents and visitors to be alert and put safety first in school zones and near school bus stops. Florida law states all drivers moving in either direction on a two-way street or highway must stop for a stopped school bus which is picking up or dropping off children. Every day thousands of drivers illegally pass school buses, and each illegal pass-by could result in the tragic injury or death of a student.
"Whether taking your children to school or driving through a school zone, I encourage Florida's residents and visitors to keep safety in mind,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Slow down, always stop for school buses and avoid distractions in your car so that you protect Florida's children as they travel to and from school.”
The Department is the lead agency for Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries in children 19 years of age and younger, and currently has 12 coalitions located in 22 counties. Safe Kids encourages parents to walk with their kids to the bus stop and wait with them until the bus arrives. Buses are the safest mode of motorized transportation for getting children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful and aware when getting on and off the bus.
Here are some reminders for drivers:
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
Reminders for your kids:
  • Cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing the street
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the street or cross in between parked cars
  • Always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them
  • Use handrails when boarding and exiting the bus
  • Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door
As a school bus prepares to stop to load or unload children the yellow lights will flash, indicating motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles. Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.
Want more tips about how to keep your kids safe on or around school buses?  Read more on school bus safety from Safe Kids at
http://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field_risks/school-bus-safety and from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at http://www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. During 2014, 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.