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Health and Wellness Newsroom - 2006 Archive


12/28/2006
Free Diabetes Classes Available
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Health Department beginning Thursday, January 11, at the Southwest Regional Library, 10375 Dixie Highway.

12/26/2006
Center combats health gap between whites, minorities
"Even at age 14, Jamillya Martin believes it's not right that minorities suffer more health problems than white residents. So she's glad to be part of a program run through Louisville's new Center for Health Equity, which is designed to attack such health disparities."

12/11/2006
Flu Cases Reported in Kentucky
The Kentucky Department for Public Health has reported 3 laboratory confirmed cases of flu in the state. The cases involve two Fayette County residents and one Woodford County resident. While no flu cases have been confirmed so far this year in Louisville Metro, the presence of influenza in the state marks the beginning of flu season.

12/6/2006
Health Department Receives Grant for SIDS Education
The Louisville Metro Health Department has received a $4,500 grant from the CJ Foundation for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), the largest leading SIDS organization in the country

12/1/2006
Health Department to Hold Flu Shot Clinic at Slugger Field
Health Department to Hold Flu Shot Clinic at Slugger Field Clinic is Sunday and is open to the General Public. No appointments are necessary.

11/22/2006
Nov. 27 Marks National Influenza Immunization Week
The Louisville Metro Health Department will offer flu shots without appointment to anyone 6 months of age or older who wants to avoid getting the flu this winter.

11/16/2006
Great American Smokeout A Great Time to Decide to Quit
Every year, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout by quitting smoking or smoking less or quitting for the day. The event, which is today, challenges people to stop using tobacco products and raises awareness of the many effective ways to stop smoking for good. The event is held each year on the third Thursday of November.

11/15/2006
Health Department Now Offering Flu Shots to the General Public
The Louisville Metro Health Department is now offering flu shots to anyone 6 months of age or older who wants to avoid getting the flu this winter. Shots are given by appointment at the Health Department main office at 400 E. Gray Street. Phone 574-5643 to make an appointment.

11/10/2006
Louisville’s Health Director Elected to National Board
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Health Department has been elected to the board of directors for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

11/6/2006
Healthy Start to Hold Workshop on Wednesday Evening
The Health Department’s Healthy Start initiative will hold a workshop entitled Why Prenatal Care is Too Late on Wednesday evening.

10/26/2006
Health Department to Give 1,000 Free Flu Shots
The Louisville Metro Health Department will give 1,000 free flu shots at a special drive-through event beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 30th at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

10/24/2006
Additional Free Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Health Department
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of two free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Health Department beginning Saturday, November 4, at the Louisville Metro Health Department, 400 East Gray Street. Classes are free and attendance at both classes is encouraged

10/19/2006
Free Weight Control Series Being Offered by Health Department
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, grocery shopping tips, cooking light, eating on the go & dealing with the common pitfalls of weight loss can take advantage of a free weight control series being offered by the Louisville Metro Health Department.

10/18/2006
First Annual Faith Walk Scheduled
The Louisville Metro Health Department’s Office of Faith and Health is encouraging people of all faiths to walk their way to a healthier mind, body and spirit by participating in the first annual Faith Walk.

10/16/2006
Health Department Offers Flu Shots by Appointment to Those at High Risk
Beginning Tuesday, October 17, the Louisville Metro Health Department will begin making appointments for flu shots to be administered at its 400 E. Gray Street location. Appointments will be limited to those at high risk for complications from the flu. For an appointment, phone 574-5643.

9/29/2006
Health Department to Offer Flu Shots by Appointment to Those at High Risk

9/26/2006
Free Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Health Department
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Health Department beginning Monday, October 9, at the Park DuValle Community Health Center, 3015 Wilson Avenue.

9/22/2006
Human Case of West Nile in Louisville Metro
Laboratory testing has confirmed Louisville Metro’s first human case of West Nile virus this year. Privacy rules prohibit the disclosure of any information on the identity or health status of the patient

9/13/2006
The Pervasiveness of Suicide in Kentucky and in Louisville Metro
Health officials and the father of a young man who succumbed to suicide spoke today at the Louisville Metro Health Department to warn the community about the pervasiveness of the problem and to educate the public about what can be done to prevent this tragedy in families throughout Louisville.

7/19/2006
First Case of Mumps in Louisville
There has been a confirmed case of mumps in an adult in Louisville Metro. Federal privacy law prohibits giving any information on the patient. This is the first case of mumps in the Louisville area since 2002 when the area saw one case. There was also a case of mumps in Kentucky earlier this year in McCracken County. The Midwestern United States is experiencing a mumps outbreak that began in Iowa in December 2005 that has seen more than 1,000 cases spread across 8 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also been investigating cases in at least 7 other states. The number of cases associated with the Midwestern outbreak has declined precipitously over the last several weeks. The current mumps case in Louisville does not appear to be linked to this outbreak. Nor was any link was found to the outbreak in the McCracken County case. Kentucky averages between 0 and 5 cases of mumps per year. Mumps is an acute viral illness whose symptoms includes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite; followed by swelling of salivary glands. The parotid salivary glands (which are located within the cheek, near the jaw line and below the ears) are most frequently affected. Fortunately, mumps is usually not a serious disease. People are usually ill for a week or so. But, in some people, it can have serious complications. Although severe complications are rare, mumps can cause inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis); inflammation of the testicles (orchitis); inflammation of the ovaries and/or breasts (oophoritis and mastitis); spontaneous abortion; and deafness. Mumps is spread from person to person through contact with respiratory secretions or saliva. “The best protection against mumps is vaccination,” said Dr. Matt Zahn, Medical Director of the Louisville Metro Health Department. “All children as well as adults who were born after 1957 and without a history of having mumps should have two doses on MMR vaccine to guard against mumps,” said Zahn. For more information on immunizations, phone the Louisville Metro Health Department at 574-5380.

7/17/2006
Registration Open for Tommie Smith Track Meet
Louisville Metro Health Department is seeking registrants for the Tommie Smith Track & Field Meet to be held Friday August 11th and Saturday August 12th at the University of Louisville’s Owsley Frazier Cardinal Park at 2200 S. Floyd Street.

6/29/2006
Mayor Opens Center for Health Equity
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Health Department Director Dr. Adewale Troutman today officially opened the Center for Health Equity

6/16/2006
Health Department to Hold Free Diabetes Foot Care Class
The Louisville Metro Health Department will hold a free foot care class for people with diabetes and for those who provide care for those with diabetes.

6/2/2006
Healthy Hometown Grants Total $73,000
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Health Director Dr. Adewale Troutman today awarded more than $73,000 in grants to 22 community-service organizations to promote health and fitness to targeted groups. Each organization received a dollar amount commensurate with its request to support a range of healthy activities in neighborhoods across Louisville.

5/31/2006
Health Department to Begin Mosquito Spraying
The Louisville Metro Health Department will begin spraying for mosquitoes Monday night, June 5th. The area to be sprayed is located in Louisville's east end along the Ohio River.

5/19/2006
Extended hours for Lifeguard and Qualified Attendant permit testing
Health Department extends hours for Lifeguard and Qualified Pool Attendant permit testing.

5/19/2006
Free Hepatitis A and B Vaccine available at Pride Festival
Hepatitis A and B Vaccines available at Pride Festival

5/15/2006
Mayor Announces Mercury Collection Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of a mercury collection and disposal program to help residents, schools, etc minimize exposure to this toxic chemical. The free drop-off day for Louisville Metro is Saturday, May 20.

5/9/2006
Pandemic Flu Summit Held in Louisville
Helping prepare Louisville for a possible outbreak of the Avian Flu, a Pandemic Flu Summit was convened by the Louisville Metro Health Department.

4/15/2006
Louisville's Smoke-Free Law Going Smoothly
Implementation and enforcement of Louisville’s new Smoke Free Law is progressing in an orderly and low-key manner. With a few exceptions, the law that went into effect on November 15th has gained widespread acceptance throughout the community.

4/3/2006
Health Department Completes Behavioral Risk Survey
The Health Department surveyed 2000 adults throughout Louisville to get a snapshot of the community on a host of health measures ranging from access to health care, to smoking rates, to physical activity.

4/3/2006
Toward a healthier Louisville
News article from April 3, 2006 edition of the Courier Journal, featuring Dr. Troutman.

3/23/2006
World TB Day

3/6/2006
Tuberculosis Testing Offered by Health Department
Tuberculosis skin testing is available by appointment Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

3/2/2006
Shigellosis Cases Have Increased
There has been a significant rise in the number of shigellosis cases in Louisville. In the seven-month period from August 2005 through February 2006, there have been 107 shigellosis cases compared to an average of 8 cases for the same seven-month period in 2004 and 2005.