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Health and Wellness Newsroom - 2008 Archive


12/23/2008
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches to Seniors
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free nicotine replacement patches to people age 60 older who enroll in Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes throughout the area.

12/2/2008
Louisville Wins $400,000 Grant to Fight Childhood Obesity
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a $400,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reduce childhood obesity. The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will use the money from the foundation to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable foods for children and families.

11/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Flu Nasal Spray at Preparedness Exercise
The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free nasal spray flu vaccine at an exercise to test its ability to administer such vaccine to the public in an emergency. There will be plenty of free parking

11/6/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Yoga at the Center for Health Equity
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free yoga classes every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. November 13 to December 18 at the Center for Health Equity located at 2422 W. Chestnut Street. Classes are open to the general public and to those of all ability levels.

10/30/2008
Ryan Irvine Promoted to Deputy Director for Public Health and Wellness
Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently promoted Ryan Irvine to the position of Deputy Director.

10/29/2008
Matt Rhodes Promoted to Deputy Director for Public Health and Wellnes
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently promoted Matt Rhodes to the position of Deputy Director.

10/20/2008
Public Health and Wellness Continues to Offer Flu Shots
Public Health and Wellness Continues to Offer Flu Shots LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 20, 2008) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will continue to offer flu shots by appointment through the remainder of October and through November as long as vaccine supplies last. . Two walk-in clinics are also scheduled for tomorrow October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Metro Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street and at the Newburg Health Center at 4810 Exeter Avenue.

10/20/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Diabetes Classes
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Diabetes Classes LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (October 20, 2008) Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend two free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Saturday, November 1 at the Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray Street. There is free parking for the classes.

10/15/2008
Slugger Field Flu Shot Clinic Set for Sunday
The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold its annual Louisville Slugger Flu Shot Clinic at 401 E. Main Street on Sunday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shots will be available for everyone 6 months of age and older. There will be plenty of free parking and no appointments are necessary.

10/14/2008
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Massage Therapy at Its Dixie Site
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free massage therapy to the general public. Massage therapy is offered at the Dixie Health Center located in the Southwest Government Center at 7219 Dixie Highway every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign-ups for 30 minute massage slots are taken at the Dixie Center each Wednesday morning.

10/7/2008
Lisa Tobe Named Director of Center for Health Equity
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently announced Lisa Tobe, MPH as the new director of the Center for Health Equity.

10/7/2008
Public Health & Wellness Names New Senior Business Manager
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently announced David Hillebrand as the agency’s new Senior Business Manager.

9/18/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness-October
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Monday, October 6 at the Neighborhood Place South Central, 4255 Hazelwood Avenue.

9/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Begin Flu Shots October 1
Beginning October 1, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer flu shots to anyone age six months or older. Adequate vaccine supplies are expected.

9/16/2008
Center for Health Equity to Kick Off Second Annual Speakers Series
The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department’s Center for Health Equity will kick off its 2008-2009 speakers series CLOSING THE WIDENING GAP: SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH with a talk by Dr. Thomas LaVeist PhD., Why African Americans Live Sicker and Die Younger. The lecture will be held Tuesday September 23 at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street. A reception with light refreshments will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Interactive discussion and audience participation will follow the lecture.

9/15/2008
Food Safety Information from the USDA
Severe weather events can mean power outages, floods, and other problems that can affect the safety of food.

8/19/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, September 3 at the Shively Municipal Building, 3920 Dixie Highway.

7/29/2008
Department of Public Health and Wellness Announces Nurse of the Year Winners
The Metro Department of Public Health and has honored two of its staff members as “Nurses of the Year.” Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

7/28/2008
Center for Health Equity Announces Grant Winners
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity has awarded eight local organizations a total of $40,000 under the Building Civic Capacity for Policymaking Grant Program. The program provides grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 for local initiatives that reduce health inequities among minority and lower socio-economic populations

7/9/2008
Third Annual Louisville Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet to Be Held Friday and Saturday
Louisville’s third annual Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Meet will be held Friday July 11(throwing events only) from 3 to 6 p.m. at the University of Louisville Parkway Field, 350 Warnock St., and on Saturday July 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Male High School located at 4409 Preston. Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith will be on hand both days and will be available for interviews on Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

6/26/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, how to do smart grocery shopping, how to cook healthier foods, and how to overcome the common pitfalls of losing weight can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

6/24/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department Offers Diabetes Classes
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Tuesday, July 8 at the Highlands – Shelby Park Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, located in the Mid-City Mall at 1250 Bardstown Road.

6/19/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department Issues Health Screenings Report
Today the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness issued a report on the Community Health Screenings Project that took place among residents of west and southwest Louisville Metro last September 10 – November 9

6/13/2008
Salmonella Case in Louisville Linked to National Outbreak in Tomatoes
Laboratory tests have confirmed that a case of Salmonella in a Louisville woman is Salmonella Saintpaul and that its genetic fingerprint links it to the national outbreak in tomatoes. The woman was ill in May and has since recovered. Privacy regulations prohibit the disclosure of any other information on the identity or health status of the patient.

6/5/2008
Registration Open for Third Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeking youth ages 5 to 18 to register for the third annual Tommie Smith Track & Field Meet. The meet is an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) sanctioned event and will be held Friday, July 11 (throwing events) at University of Louisville, Parkway Field, 350 Warnock St., and Saturday, July 12 (running and jumping events) at Male High School, 4409 Preston.

6/3/2008
Dr. Troutman a Founding Member of the Academy for Health Equity
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman is one of eleven founding members of the Academy for Health Equity, a new non-profit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the elimination of health disparities.

5/23/2008
Public Health & Wellness Department to Offer Free Wellness Seminar
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer a free seminar on how to start a weight-control support group and how to offer low-calorie (lite bite) tasting opportunities. The seminar is aimed not only at professionals wishing to set up worksite classes, but also at those who wish to set up groups among their friends.

5/20/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellnes
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Thursday, June 5 at the Fairdale Community Library, 10616 W. Manslick Road.

5/12/2008
Lifeguards and Pool Attendants Must be Certified Before Memorial Day
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street will be open on Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for lifeguard and pool attendant candidates to take the written test and to obtain the necessary permit to work at pools in Louisville. All public pools in Louisville are required to have a lifeguard or certified pool attendant. Pools more than five feet deep must have a lifeguard. Pools five feet and under must have a lifeguard or certified pool attendant.

5/8/2008
Walk on the Waterfront 2008
Approximately 3,000 school children will join several hundred Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department staff members on Tuesday, May 13 for Walk on the Waterfront 2008.

4/29/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of three classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, May 14 at the Center for Health Equity, 2422 W. Chestnut Street.

3/26/2008
Faith Walk Slated for Saturday
People from churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of faith throughout Louisville will participate in the Second Annual Faith Walk on Saturday, March 29th in Shawnee Park at Broadway and Southwestern Parkway.

3/17/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, smart grocery shopping, light cooking, healthy eating on the go and how to deal with the common pitfalls of losing weight, can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

2/20/2008
Diabetes Classes, Support Group Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Thursday, March 6 at the Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop.

1/31/2008
Dr. Troutman Appointed to National HHS Committee to Set Health Goals
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Michael Leavitt has appointed Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. Dr. Troutman is one of only 13 Committee members recruited by HHS.

1/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, how to do smart grocery shopping, how to cook healthier foods as well as overcome the common pitfalls of losing weight, can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

1/17/2008
Mayor Appoints Two to Board of Health
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson recently appointed two new members to the Louisville Metro Board of Health.

1/17/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, February 6 at the Southwest Regional Public Library, 10375 Dixie Highway.

1/11/2008
Mayor signs new Smoke Free Law

1/7/2008
First Flu Case Reported in Jefferson County
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has reported the first confirmed case of the flu for Jefferson County.