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.
When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.

Between having fun and checking out the lifeguards, most people don't think much about water safety — but they should. For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. Most water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe and following a few simple guidelines. Learning how to swim is essential if you plan on being on or near water. Many organizations provide swim instruction to people of all ages, check to see what classes are available in your area.
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REMINDS RESIDENTS OF THE

IMPORTANCE OF BACK TO SCHOOL VACCINATIONS


TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and encourages parents to have their children immunized now to avoid the back-to-school immunization rush. Department of Health offices statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year. Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children's immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

"Back to school vaccinations help protect Florida's children and families from the spread of infectious diseases,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children's Medical Services. "I encourage Florida's parents to review their child's immunization records and requirements and make plans to obtain needed immunizations soon.”

Vaccines help develop immunity to countless infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. The following vaccines are required for children entering pre-school and grades K-12: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis B. Students entering college should check with the health services at their college regarding immunization requirements.

If your child is due for a vaccine, please visit your child's health care provider or one of our health department clinics. Visit http://goo.gl/zyJ6Hp to learn which immunizations your child may need. Call your local county health department to find out locations and times for immunization services available near you. Contact information for the Department of Health offices in each of Florida's 67 counties can be found online at http://goo.gl/MwCDhm.

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

Follow the Department on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

August Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime.

National Immunization Awareness Month

The Florida Department of Health recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and encourages parents to have their children immunized now to avoid the back-to- school immunization rush. Department of Health offices statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

Develop a family hurricane preparedness plan before an actual storm threatens your area.

Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance over which you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location. Be sure your shelter destination can accommodate any disability related concerns.

Tips for a Healthy and Fun Day at the Beach

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches. We are proud to be the home of so many vacation destinations and encourage all residents and visitors to exercise healthy and safe practices when enjoying our state’s wonderful beaches. Beachgoers should remember to use sunscreen, stay hydrated, practice water safety, prevent injury, and be respectful and aware of the animals and organisms that call our coast home.

Heathy Recipes

Download some great Healthy Recipes to try.

Keeping Children Safe From Drowning in Flooded Areas

This is an important message from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the cleanup process begins after a natural disaster, there may be areas of flooding. Constantly watch your children to prevent playing in or around water.
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 providing these rewarding, interactive and informational sessions, contact the Health Education Department at 259-6291 ext. 2248.

Tobacco Class

Tobacco Cessation class: We have a brand new 6-week Quit Smoking Now class starting at the Baker County Health Department this summer – on July 15th 2014! This class is FREE to ALL tobacco users and will include a workbook, quit kit, and 4 weeks of NRT (patches or gum). Together we can help people live healthier, happier lives – tobacco FREE! Please call to register at 904-482-0189 or 904-653-5250.

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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.

FLORIDIANS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE SEASON

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"Now is the time to prepare your family for Hurricane Season,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. "Prior to a disaster, create an emergency plan for your family and pets, identify locations of special needs shelters and prepare an emergency supply kit with first aid, healthy meals, and water.”

Recently Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 5601 that creates a nine-day sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies, beginning May 31. Floridians will be able to purchase items such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other essential items as they prepare for hurricane season.

Before a disaster happens, build an emergency supply kit that includes healthy, nonperishable foods and supplies that meet your family's and pet's health and medical needs. Talk with your health care provider and pharmacist about receiving emergency medication supplies. Under a federally-declared emergency, you can get an extra 30-day supply with no price increase, even for recently filled prescriptions. Other items to include in your emergency supply kit are:

  • Water- at least one gallon per person, per day for a minimum of three days.
  • Healthy foods like canned vegetables, fruits and nuts. Store at least a three day supply of foods that require no refrigeration, preparation, or cooking, and little or no water.
  • Prescription medications and required equipment/supplies like syringes, coolants, alcohol wipes, etc.
  • First aid kit.
  • Glasses, hearing aids and medical devices with extra batteries.
If you or someone in your family requires daily medical assistance like routine nursing care, help with medication, oxygen therapy, or electricity for life-supporting medical equipment, be sure to pre-register for a special needs shelter. Contact your local emergency management office to learn more about special needs shelters and to pre-register- http://www.floridadisaster.org/disability/snshelterlist.html

For more suggestions on medical-related items to include in your emergency supply kit, and for tips on how to prepare for an emergency, get a copy of the Florida Department of Health Emergency Preparedness Guide at http://www.floridahealth.gov/preparedness-and-response/_documents/prepareguide-eng.pdf.

Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.floridahealth.gov.

DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.