Map It

Map City Services

Enter an address:
(e.g., 410 S Fifth Street)
Click...
 

  Features

Subscribe to Health and Wellness News

Health and Wellness Newsroom - 2011 Archive


12/30/2011
Board of Health Issues Statement on Governor’s Merger Decision
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has issued the following statement on Governor Steve Beshear's decision to deny the merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives.

12/20/2011
Board of Health Posts Hospital Merger Partner Responses
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has posted the responses by the partners in the proposed merger of University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives to questions posed by the community. The questions were submitted to the Board of Health on-line both before and after its hospital merger community forum on October 19 as well as during the forum. The responses and the community questions are available at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/health.

12/12/2011
Louisville Opens Two New Healthy in a Hurry Stores
Louisville opens two new "Healthy in a Hurry stores.

12/9/2011
Public Health and Wellness Completes JCPS Flu Immunization Campaign
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has completed its 2011 flu immunization campaign in all 155 Jefferson County Public Elementary, Middle and High Schools and other learning centers. The campaign, which ran from October 13 through December 8, gave more than 20,000 free flu immunizations to students and more than 2,700 immunizations to JCPS staff. Private insurance paid for JCPS staff immunizations.

11/23/2011
Board of Health Issues Findings and Recommendations on Hospital Merger
The Louisville Metro Board of Health today issued findings and recommendations on the proposed merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives.

11/9/2011
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
Free half-day workshop to show local restaurant owners and chefs that a few small changes can help them create the healthier menu options customers are demanding.

11/8/2011
Public Health and Wellness Awarded $572,000 Grant from Norton Healthcare for Healthy Start Program
The Healthy Start initiative of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a two-year $572,000 grant from Norton Healthcare. The grant will allow the department to expand Healthy Start services to an additional 400 families in west Louisville over the next two years.

10/20/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two series of classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes.

10/19/2011
Board of Health to Hold Forum on Hospital Merger This Evening
The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold a community forum on the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The forum will be held this evening Wednesday, October 19, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 South Fourth St.

10/11/2011
School Flu Immunizations Now Underway
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free immunizations at all Jefferson County Public schools beginning Thursday, October 13.

10/10/2011
Board of Health to Hold Forum on Hospital Merger
The Louisville Metro Board of Health will hold a community forum on the pending merger between University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish & St. Mary’s Health System and Catholic Health Initiatives. The forum will be held Wednesday, October 19, from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 South Fourth St.

10/3/2011
Public Health and Wellness Updates to Electronic Cards for WIC Purchases
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin using a new upgraded web-based system to issue benefits for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program beginning Monday, October 3.

9/28/2011
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 Latino AIDS Awareness Day. Testing will be held Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Public Health and Wellness mobile unit which will be parked in the Valu Market parking lot at 5301 Mitscher Avenue.

9/20/2011
Community Invited to Discuss Ways to Prevent Infant Mortality
The Healthy Start initiative of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a town hall meeting on infant mortality on Thursday September 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the NIA Center located at 2900 W. Broadway. The event is free and open to the public.

9/7/2011
Healthy Hometown Menu Labeling Initiative Attracts Restaurants Across Louisville
Restaurants across Louisville are becoming Healthy Hometown restaurants by posting calorie counts on their menus. To date 29 restaurants at 46 locations throughout the city have signed up to take advantage of the voluntary menu labeling initiative.

9/6/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two series of classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes.

8/29/2011
Public Health and Wellness Announces Flu Immunization Plans
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will be taking appointments for flu immunizations at four community sites beginning Thursday, September 1. There will also be five walk-in clinics beginning September 15. The Department will also offer flu immunizations to students at all Jefferson County Public Schools beginning in October.

8/25/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Revise Food Placard System
Beginning September 1, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will revise its ABC Restaurant Placard Program to more closely align it to the Kentucky Retail Food Code that went into effect on May 1, 2010. The new state food code enacts measures that more effectively prevent food borne illness.

8/24/2011
Louisville Opens Fifth “Healthy in a Hurry Corner Store”
Louisville has opened its fifth “Healthy in a Hurry” Corner Store in the California neighborhood where fresh fruits and vegetables have not readily been available. The “Healthy in a Hurry” initiative is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement which received a $7.9 million federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) in March 2010.

8/15/2011
M. Gabriela Alcalde Elected Board of Health Vice-Chair
The Louisville Board of Health has elected M. Gabriela Alcalde as its vice-chair.

8/9/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two classes for those with diabetes and for those who care for family members with diabetes.

8/4/2011
Take TARC to the Park and to the Louisville Loop!
More people living in west Louisville and in the Smoketown and Phoenix Hill neighborhoods will now be able to enjoy walking and biking along the Louisville Loop thanks to a new weekend bus route TARC, Loop the Loop.

7/11/2011
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Partners with Homebuilders’ Health and Wellness Oriented Homearama
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will participate as a sponsor for Homearama 2011 at Norton Commons which opens July 16 and runs through the end of the month.

6/30/2011
Youth Advocate for Policy Change to Create Healthier Neighborhoods
A new group of youth advocates is working for policy change that they hope will increase access to healthy food, boost exercise opportunities and improve safety in west Louisville neighborhoods

6/14/2011
Public Health and Wellness Names Nurses of the Year
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has named its “Nurses of the Year” for 2011.

6/13/2011
Fischer Hires New City Health and Wellness Director
The deputy director at one of the nation’s largest urban health departments has been tabbed by Mayor Greg Fischer to head the Louisville Metro Department for Public Health and Wellness. Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt is deputy director of community health administration for the District of Columbia Department of Health. Fischer said she was selected from among many strong applicants in a nationwide search.

6/1/2011
Director Selected for National Leadership Program to Eliminate Disparities
Ryan Irvine, deputy director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been selected to participate in a year-long executive leadership program designed to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

6/1/2011
Public Health and Wellness Begins Mosquito Fogging Tonight
Weather permitting, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging for mosquitoes tonight. The Juniper Beach, Transylvania Beach, and Beachland Beach areas area will be fogged first.

5/20/2011
Free Nicotine Replacement Products at Stop Smoking Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are now offering free nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum at stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method.

5/18/2011
Walk on the Waterfront to be Held Tuesday May 24
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Jefferson County Health Promotion Schools of Excellence will hold the fourteenth annual Walk on the Waterfront on Tuesday May 24, beginning at 10:30 a.m. More than 4,000 school children will join with Public Health and Wellness staff members on the two-mile hike.

5/11/2011
Louisville to Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday May 20
People throughout Louisville are encouraged to ride their bikes to work on Friday May 20, Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day is sponsored by the Mayors Healthy Hometown Movement and Bike Louisville, both programs of Louisville Metro Government. The goal is to encourage people to use bikes to commute to work for exercise and to improve the environment.

5/5/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes will be held Saturday, May 14 and Saturday May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

4/29/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Special Stop Smoking Class for New Moms
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering a special stop smoking class for new mothers using the Cooper/Clayton Method, a 13 week smoking cessation program. The first class will meet at the Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy on Wednesday May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the same time on successive Wednesdays for the next twelve weeks.

3/24/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of four free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Monday, April 4 at the Douglas Community Center, 2305 Douglas Blvd.

3/22/2011
Louisville to Celebrate Kick Butts Day
Louisville will celebrate National Kick Butts Day tomorrow Wednesday, March 23, with activities at Johnsontown Road Elementary School and at Iroquois High School. Kick Butts Day encourages children to refrain from tobacco use.

3/22/2011
Mayor Appoints Food Policy Council
Mayor Greg Fischer today named his appointments to the recently created Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). The FPAC will work to identify and propose innovative solutions and policies that create a healthy, vibrant food system and spur economic development.

3/8/2011
Louisville Citizens Urged to Attend Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Louisville citizens are urged to participate in a free emergency preparedness workshop sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Public Health in conjunction with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and the Louisville Metro Medical Reserve Corps. The workshop will be held on Saturday March 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center at 221 S. Fourth St. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

2/21/2011
Public Health and Wellness Announces Three Staff Appointments
Dr. Matt Zahn, acting director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness recently announced three new staff appointments.

2/14/2011
MORE Center Earns Highest Accreditation
The MORE (Methadone Opiate Rehabilitation & Education) Center of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been accredited for a three year period by CARF International, the International Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities. This latest accreditation is the third consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to the MORE Center. This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has successfully completed a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs are of the highest quality, are measurable, and are accountable.

2/10/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Hold Workshop on Bedbugs
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Public Health and Okolona Pest Control, will offer a workshop on preventing and treating bedbugs. The workshop is geared toward those serving the general public in healthcare, housing, childcare, social services and education sectors. The event will be held Tuesday February 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium located at 970 S. Fourth St.

2/8/2011
City and Hospitals Sign Policies to Encourage Breastfeeding
Mayor Greg Fischer and representatives from Louisville’s birthing hospitals - Baptist Hospital East, Norton Hospital, Norton Suburban Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital- today signed policies to encourage and to make it easier for women to breastfeed their babies. Funds to support the new breastfeeding initiatives are being provided by the federal $7.9 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant that Louisville received last March to further the work of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

2/4/2011
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free HIV Testing at Community Sites
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free HIV testing at four community sites in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7 Testing is done using the OraQuick method, which uses a swab of the mouth and does not require a blood draw. Preliminary results are available in 20 minutes. Testing is free and no appointments are necessary.

1/28/2011
Students to Advocate for Healthier Neighborhoods
Students living in west Louisville neighborhoods will present Metro Council members, business leaders and community residents their ideas on what can be done to make their neighborhoods healthier and safer places. My Normal, an audiovisual presentation, will be held Monday January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center at 607 S. 37th St. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

1/20/2011
HANDS Graduation Cancelled
The HANDS graduation scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St. has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

1/18/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free 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, February 1 at the East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive. Classes are free and attendance at the entire series of four classes is encouraged. All classes begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Phone 574-6663 for reservations or for more information. Class size is limited so please call to make a reservation

1/6/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Numerous Opportunities to Exercise
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has teamed up with Metro Parks and the YMCA to offer many exercise classes at various locations throughout the community. All classes are free and no prior registration is required. Simply come and have fun!

1/5/2011
Public Health and Wellness Offers Stop Smoking Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Kentucky Cancer Program and other community partners are offering free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. The Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking is a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. The classes are free, but they require participants younger than age 60 to purchase at least some of their own nicotine replacement products. Free nicotine replacement products are available to people age 60 and older through a grant by the Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA). Below is a list of Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes.