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.

Baker County Health Department Exposes the Dangers of Second Hand Smoke
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Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Asthma affects almost 26 million Americans. It is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medications to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes if they occur.
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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Everyone can benefit from being active - from improving sleep to preventing chronic disease, like heart disease or cancer. Getting kids active at a young age sets kids off on a path to a healthy life, but it’s never too late to be physically active.

Women’s Health Month

National Women's Health Week starts each year on Mother's Day and encourages women across the country to make their health a priority. Take these steps to live a safer and healthier life!
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National High Blood Pressure Education Month

High blood pressure is a dangerous condition. You usually don't have any symptoms, so you may not even know you have it. And it can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, the first, third, and ninth leading causes of death in the U.S.

Older Americans Month

The following information and tools to help you blaze trails as you age. In addition to these resources, check out the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the Administration on Aging. It connects older adults, their families, and caregivers to information on local services and support. Topics range from volunteerism and healthy aging to legal assistance and transportation.
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National Melanoma /Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Even if you have carefully practiced sun safety all summer, it's important to continue being vigilant about your skin in fall, winter, and beyond. Throughout the year, you should examine your skin head-to-toe once a month, looking for any suspicious lesions. Self-exams can help you identify potential skin cancers early, when they can almost always be completely cured.

National Mental Health Month

Just as you brush your teeth or get a flu shot, you can take steps to promote your mental health. A great way to start is by learning to deal with stress.
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Healthy Vision Month/UV Safety

Your eyes are your windows to the world. Learn how to keep them healthy and safe.

Hepatitis Awareness Month

Take this 5 minute Hepatitis Risk Assessment developed by the CDC and get a personalized report.
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National Arthritis Month

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand. The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side.

National Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month

For over 30 years, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has been committed to preventing osteoporosis and promoting awareness about bone health. Learn more about our organization.
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National Stroke Awareness Month

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month and National Stroke Association took to the streets of Denver to ask passersby what they know about stroke. The findings can be seen in the video, StreetSmart, on our National Stroke Awareness Month website.
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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.
Kid Healthy Week 
Tallahassee, Fla.—April 25-29 is Every Kid HealthyTM Week and the Florida Department of Health invites local governments, schools and communities across the state to promote and celebrate their school’s wellness achievements. This week, the department’s local health offices statewide are partnering with schools to host events related to nutrition, physical activity and learning.
“Looking toward the future, it is so important for us to do everything we can to ensure Florida’s children live healthy and productive lives,” said Interim State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. Celeste Philip. “This week gives us the opportunity to plug into the efforts taking place in schools across the state to help children get the best possible start at health.”

Launched nationally by Action for Healthy Kids in 2013, Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance held in the last week of April that shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health and wellness of their students. The observance also provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved by supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.

Healthiest Weight Florida is partnering with local schools to host events including second grade nutrition education in Liberty County, a field day in Clay County and special physical education activities for students in Gadsden County.

Unhealthy weight puts children at risk for a variety of health complications and chronic diseases. Evidence shows students who eat right and are physically active in school learn healthy lifelong habits and are better equipped to succeed academically. In 2015, more than 1,500 schools, 760,000 students, and 37,000 parents, teachers, and volunteers participated in Every Kid Healthy Week celebrations.

In 2016, more than 1,000 schools nationwide have committed to host an Every Kid Healthy Week event, with additional schools signing on every day. To find out more about what is going on in your county, contact your local health office.

Teachers, parents, and individuals who want to learn and get involved can visit and Every Kid Healthy Week.

About Action for Healthy Kids®

Action for Healthy Kids is the nation’s leading nonprofit and volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places where kids learn to eat right, be active every day, and better prepared to learn and succeed academically. Action for Healthy Kids reaches nearly 12.9 million students in 29,000 schools with the help of 80,000 volunteers and champions. Learn more at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

About Healthiest Weight Florida

Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not-for-profit organizations, businesses and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living. To learn more about how to be active and make nutritious food choices, visit
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.