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Health and Wellness Newsroom - 2010 Archive

Mayor Creates Food Policy Advisory Council
Today Mayor Abramson and Public Health and Wellness Acting Director, Dr. Matt Zahn, announced the creation of a Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). The FPAC will work to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system by making it more equitable and sustainable and spurring local economic development.

“Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store” Concept Catches On
New "Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store" opens in Park Hill neighborhood.

AMEN Project to Hold Its First Graduation
The African American Male Empowerment Network (AMEN), a project of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, will hold its first graduation on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chestnut Street YMCA located at 930 W. Chestnut St.

Slugger Field Flu Clinic Sunday
The Slugger Field Flu Shot Clinic will be held Sunday October 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 401 E. Main St. There will be plenty of free parking. No appointments are necessary.

Public Health & Wellness Announces School Immunization Schedule
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will provide free immunizations at Jefferson County Public schools where 80% or more of the students are on free or reduced-price lunch beginning Tuesday, September 28.

New “Healthy in a Hurry” Store Opens in Shawnee
According to a 2009 survey of more than 6,000 homes, people living in the Shawnee Neighborhood said they would eat more fruits and vegetables if stores in the neighborhood offered them. Thanks to funding from a Community Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant awarded to the Healthy Hometown Movement, fruits and vegetables will now be readily available.

Town Hall to Address Mental Health Issues Among African Americans
A town hall meeting designed to overcome the stigma of seeking treatment for mental health issues, particularly among African Americans, will be held Tuesday September 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Bates Memorial Baptist Church located at 620 E. Lampton St. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Public Health and Wellness Launches Texting Campaign to Curb Teen Smoking
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness today unveiled a new program that helps teens stop smoking by means of a device that most of them use each day – their cell phone

Public Health & Wellness Announces Flu Immunization Plans
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold walk-in flu immunization clinics at fire houses and other sites throughout the community beginning September 9.

Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet Set for July 17
Louisville’s fifth annual Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Meet will be held Saturday July 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central High School Stadium located at Muhammad Ali Blvd. and 15th St. The Tommie Smith Track and Field Meet is an Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) sanctioned event. The event is open to children ages 4 to 18. Register by July 14 at More than 400 children ages four to eighteen are expected to participate. Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith will be on hand.

Help for Diabetics: Free Classes from Public Health and 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 and Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, July 7 at the Shively Municipal Building, 3920 Dixie Hwy.

Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free anonymous HIV testing in conjunction with the observance of National HIV Testing Day. Dates, times and sites are as follows: Thursday, June 24, Salvation Army, 831 S. Brook St., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 25, 850 S. Barrett St. Suite 302, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Jo-Mitra’s Hair Salon, 5040 Poplar Level Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Testing will be done using the Oraquick oral swab method, which does not require a blood stick. Test results will be available within 20 minutes. No appointments are necessary.

$400,000 W.K. Kellogg Racial Healing Grant
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a $400,000.00 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will be administered by the Center for Health Equity and is in the process of being accepted by the Metro Council.

Walk on the Waterfront to be Held Thursday May 20
The Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Jefferson County Health Promotion Schools of Excellence will hold the thirteenth annual Walk on the Waterfront on Thursday May 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. More than 4,200 school children will join with Public Health and Wellness staff members on the two-mile hike from in front of Public Health and Wellness Headquarters at 400 E. Gray St., through Louisville Streets and along the Ohio River in scenic Waterfront Park

Nurses of the Year 2010
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named two staff members as “Nurses of the Year” for 2010. Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories. The 2009 winner in the Clinical Nurse category is Patty Ashley, RN. The winner in the Outreach Nurse category is Beverly Hoover, RN.

Men’s Health Summit May 8, 2010
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Center for Health Equity will hold a Men’s Health Summit on Saturday May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. Sixth St. The event is free and men of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Environmental Health Professional Week
Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed the week of March 22-26, 2010 Environmental Public Health Professionals week in Kentucky.

Louisville Awarded $7.9 Million Grant
Louisville Awarded $7.9 Million Grant To Help Improve City’s Collective Health

Food Summit Scheduled for Saturday
The Healthy Hometown Movement and Community Farm Alliance will hold Louisville’s second annual food summit on Saturday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meyzeek Middle School located at 828 South Jackson Street.

H1N1 Immunizations Available at Four Sites
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will administer H1N1 immunizations by appointment at four clinic sites for the rest of the flu season. There is still plenty of vaccine available. People wanting to make an H1N1 appointment may contact one of the following sites.

No More Low-Cost Shingles Shots for Now
No More Low-Cost Shingles Shots for Now

Low-Cost Shingles Vaccine Offered
For a limited time while supplies last, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will again offer the Zostavax vaccine to people age 60 and older to guard against shingles at a greatly-reduced price of $10.

Public Health and Wellness Extends H1N1 Vaccine Clinics
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness today announced new clinic sites and hours for those interested in obtaining the H1N1 vaccine.

Barbershop Health Sessions for Men
The Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Heath Equity will sponsor two barbershop health sessions for men, primarily African American men. The sessions will be held tomorrow, Friday January 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday January 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Skips Shears Plus III at 801 W. Broadway. Activities will include blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by Norton Healthcare, discussion and information on men’s health issues, door prizes and chances to win free hair cuts. For more information call the Center for Health Equity at 574-6616.

Grants Given to Five Organizations
Center for Health Equity Awards Grants to Five Organizations