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Health and Wellness Newsroom - 2012 Archive


12/31/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is offering two series of free classes in January for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. All classes are free but prior registration is required. Phone 574-6663 for reservations or for more information.

12/27/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Low-Cost Fun Fitness Classes
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness offers free and low-cost exercise classes at various locations throughout the community. No prior registration is required. Simply come and have fun!

12/26/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Stop Smoking Classes
Start the New Year right – become a nonsmoker! The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and its community partners offer free stop smoking classes using the Cooper/Clayton method. All classes, educational materials and nicotine replacement products provided are free. Advance registration for the program is required. To register phone 574 – STOP (574-7867) or email StopSmoking@louisvilleky.gov

12/12/2012
New Mobile WIC Website Makes Services More Accessible to Families
Families enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program are now able to use their mobile phones to find the nearest WIC-approved grocer and to check their WIC monthly balances thanks to a new mobile website, http://www.kywic.com.

11/28/2012
Local Events to Commemorate World AIDS Day
The AIDS Services Center Coalition, Inc., an umbrella organization of HIV/AIDS service providers in Louisville and Southern Indiana, is collaborating with community partners to organize a week of local programs to commemorate World AIDS Day, December 1. The events are free and the public is urged to participate. For more information on these and other activities honoring World AIDS Day, visit: www.asccinc.org/worldaidsday

11/19/2012
Mayor Awards 8th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
Mayor Awards 8th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants. Thirteen organizations receive a total of $35,000

11/16/2012
Board of Health Responds to Hospital Partnership Announcement
The Louisville Metro Board of Health has issued the following statement regarding the partnership between U of L Hospital and KentuckyOne Health that was announced yesterday.

10/25/2012
Violence Prevention Work Group Releases Report
Reducing violence in Louisville will take a comprehensive and sustained approach that involves all segments of society — city government, police, schools, non-profits, businesses, the court system and houses of worship, according to a report released today by the Violence Prevention Work Group.

10/22/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes begin Saturday, November 3 at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

10/8/2012
Louisville AIDS Walk Set for Sunday October 14
The 2012 Louisville AIDS Walk and Pet Walk will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 14th. More than 6,000 people --including Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore are expected to participate. The event will begin and end on The Great Lawn in Waterfront Park.

9/27/2012
Free Stop Smoking Classes in October
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. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products.

9/25/2012
Now Taking Appointments for Flu Shots
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now taking appointments for flu immunizations. Immunizations are available to everyone six months and older.

9/24/2012
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, October 1 at the South Louisville Community Center at 2911 Taylor Blvd.

9/20/2012
Mayor Fischer Names Four to the Board of Health
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer recently appointed four new members to the Louisville Metro Board of Health.

8/29/2012
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 Tuesday, September 4 at the Kenwood Baptist Church at 8900 W. Hwy 22, Crestwood, KY.

8/29/2012
West Nile Confirmed in a Second Louisville Resident
The Kentucky Department for Public Health has confirmed Louisville’s second case of West Nile virus.

8/24/2012
West Nile Virus Confirmed in a Louisville Resident
Louisville has its first laboratory confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year. The individual is recovering. The city has had one human West Nile case each year for the past three years

8/13/2012
Mayor Calls for Crisis Response Team Volunteers
Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro Violence Prevention Work Group are asking people to volunteer for a response team that will be deployed in crisis situations to lessen trauma and reduce the long term impacts of violence in Louisville.

7/31/2012
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 Thursday, August 23 at the Portland Promise Center at 1831 Baird St.

7/18/2012
Public Health and Wellness Begins Residential Mosquito Fogging Tonight
Weather permitting, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will begin fogging residential areas for mosquitoes tonight. The Sylvania Park and Lake Dreamland areas will be fogged tonight.

7/10/2012
Shine On Louisville Music Fest Celebrates Mental Health and Wellness
Promoting the importance of mental wellness as an essential element of our community’s overall health, Seven Counties Services, and the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and other community partners, will present the first Shine On Louisville Music Fest on Friday, July 20, 2012. This event, open to all at no charge, will feature some of our region’s top musical acts in an evening of melody and relaxation.

6/29/2012
Violence Prevention Work Group Recruiting Members for Crisis Response Team
Louisville Metro Government is partnering with the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board to recruit and train interested members of the Violence Prevention Work Group, local clergy, and behavioral health professionals to serve as members of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team.

6/28/2012
Dr. Nesbitt Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling Upholding the Affordable Care Act
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has issued the following statement regarding this morning’s Supreme Court ruling largely upholding the Affordable Care Act.

6/26/2012
City Resources Available During Extreme Summer Heat
With summer temperatures predicted to reach dangerous levels over the next few days, Louisville residents are encouraged to take advantage of city facilities and other resources available to help cope with the heat. Mayor Greg Fischer is also urging people to check in on their neighbors and those at high risk of having heat-related problems including the elderly.

6/15/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free HIV Testing
Of the nearly 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV, almost one in five don't know they are infected. In observance of National HIV Testing Day, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free anonymous HIV testing at the following dates and sites.

6/13/2012
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, July 9 at the Fairdale Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 10616 Manslick Rd.

6/12/2012
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 2012. Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

6/4/2012
Public Health and Wellness Announces Summer “Change Leaders” Program
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity is launching the Healing Futures Fellowship summer initiative for youth ages 15 to 18.

6/1/2012
Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Conference Slated for June 7
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will hold its annual worksite wellness conference on Thursday June 7 from 7:15 a.m. to noon at the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville at 9001 Shelbyville Rd. The cost to attend is $50. Online registration and additional information is available at www.ymcalouisville.org or at 574-5282.

5/29/2012
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 Wednesdays, June 6 at the Jeffersontown Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 10635 Watterson Trail.

5/25/2012
Public Urged to Complete Community Health Survey by June 1
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is urging people who have not yet completed an on-line survey of community healthcare needs to do so by Friday June1. The survey is posted on the Metro Public Health and Wellness website at www.louisvilleky.gov/health and is available in both English and Spanish.

5/23/2012
Public Health and Wellness Launches Spanish Language WIC Website
The Louisville Metro Department Public Health and Wellness has launched a Spanish language version of its WIC website - www.louisvillewic.org- to make the WIC program more accessible to Spanish speaking families throughout Louisville.

5/23/2012
Salud y Bienestar Público Lanza El Sitio Web de WIC en Español
El Departamento de Salud y Bienestar Público de Louisville Metro ha lanzado la versión en Español del sitio Web de WIC - www.louisvillewic.org - para hacer que el acceso al Programa de WIC sea más fácil para las familias de habla hispana en todo Louisville.

5/10/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Worksite Wellness Conference to be Held June 7
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will honor local employers who have established worksite wellness programs at its annual conference on Thursday June 7 from 7:15 a.m. to noon at the Shelby Campus of the University of Louisville at 9001 Shelbyville Rd.

5/8/2012
Public Encouraged to Complete Community Health Survey
More than one thousand people have taken the on-line survey to assess what the community perceptions and needs of healthcare are in Louisville. But Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville’s Director of Public Health and Wellness, is encouraging more people to participate.

5/2/2012
Family Health Centers, Inc. Receives $5.38 Million in Federal Grants for Facilities Expansion
Today the Family Health Centers, Inc. (FHC) announced it will receive $5.38 million in federal grant funding for construction and renovation of two health center facilities in Louisville.

4/24/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Diabetes Classes
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold a series of two free classes for individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes. Classes will be held Saturday May 12 and Saturday May 19 at the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street.

4/18/2012
Public Urged to Complete Community Health Survey
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is urging people who weren’t able to attend any of five meetings held last month to survey community perceptions of healthcare needs in Louisville to complete an on-line survey on the subject. The survey is posted on the Metro Public Health and Wellness website at www.louisvilleky.gov/health. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

4/5/2012
Health Equity Summit II to be Held April 16
The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Center for Health Equity and the Norton Healthcare Centers for Prevention & Wellness are co-sponsoring a health equity summit. The event, “Health Equity Summit II: Setting a Vision for Tangible Change: Moving from Awareness to Action,” will be held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., April 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit is free and open to the public.

3/26/2012
Public Health and Wellness Launches New WIC Website
Metro Public Health and Wellness has launched a new website - www.louisvillewic.org/ - to make the WIC program more accessible to eligible families throughout the area. The first one hundred people to visit the website and register will be eligible to win a baby gift basket or a one-month membership to the YMCA.

3/23/2012
Three Community Health Assessment Meetings Slated for Next Week
Three community meetings conducted by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will take place next week. The meetings are designed to survey Louisville residents, the leaders of community based organizations, physicians and business leaders on their experiences in accessing health services as well as their perceptions of quality of healthcare.

3/21/2012
City and Postal Service Team Up to Protect Louisville Citizens
Mayor Greg Fischer, along with officials from the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the metro and state public health departments today announced an agreement whereby postal letter carriers would deliver life-saving medications to Louisville citizens in the event of a bioterrorist attack.

3/12/2012
Health Director to Meet with West Louisville Residents Tomorrow
The first of five community meetings conducted by Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will take place tomorrow evening. The meetings are designed to survey Louisville residents, the leaders of community based organizations, physicians and business leaders on their experiences in accessing health services as well as their perceptions of quality of care. The meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday March 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the NIA Center at 2900 W. Broadway.

3/8/2012
Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Offering Mini-grants
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement is now accepting applications for 2012 mini-grants. The grants will range from $2,000 to $3,000 each and will fund activities that support physical activity, healthy nutrition, tobacco use prevention and cessation and chronic disease prevention and management.

3/6/2012
Dr. Nesbitt Reports on Louisville’s Health
“The transformation of Louisville into the healthiest city in America will begin with improvements in three key areas - tobacco prevention and control; healthy eating and active living; and the increased use of quality clinical preventive services,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, today in her first major address since coming to Louisville.

3/5/2012
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies are partnering to provide a 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. The workshop will be held on Friday, March 9, from 8:45 a.m. to noon at Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Rd.

3/5/2012
U of L Degree in Public Health/ Urban Planning to Support Community Health Effort
The University of Louisville is admitting students to a new master’s degree program that combines public health and urban planning. It was developed as a project of Louisville’s Putting Prevention to Work grant awarded to the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.

3/1/2012
Health Director to Outline the State of Louisville’s Health
In her first address to the community since coming to Louisville, Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will share current data on the health of the city. Louisville’s Health address will take place on Tuesday, March 6 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray St.

2/22/2012
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 Thursday, March 8 at the YMCA Services Office, 545 S. 2nd Street, 40202.

1/30/2012
Shigellosis Cases Continue to Rise
Shigellosis cases continue to rise in Louisville. Last week, January 23 – 29, there were 18 laboratory confirmed cases, the highest number in any week so far during the current outbreak. There have been 84 laboratory confirmed cases in the last thirteen weeks. This compares to an average of 62 confirmed cases per year in Louisville for the past five years.

1/25/2012
Public Health and Wellness and Lyndon Fire Add a New Stop Smoking Class
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is teaming up with the Lyndon Fire Department to help more people successfully kick the tobacco habit. Lyndon Fire is the first local fire department to facilitate the Cooper Clayton smoking cessation class series. The class begins on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyndon Firehouse located at 8126 New Lagrange Rd. The series uses the Cooper/Clayton method to stop smoking, a 13 week program that includes weekly support group meetings combined with the use of nicotine replacement products such as patches and gum. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products. To register phone 574 – STOP (574-7867) or email StopSmoking@louisvilleky.gov

1/23/2012
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 Thursday, February 2 at the Catholic Enrichment Center at 3146 W. Broadway.

1/18/2012
Free Workshop to Help Restaurants Offer Healthy, Tasty Menu Selections
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement and Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies are partnering to provide a 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. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Rd.

1/13/2012
Shigellosis Cases on the Rise in Louisville
There is an outbreak of shigellosis in the Louisville area. There have been 60 laboratory confirmed cases in the last three months. This compares to an average of 62 confirmed cases per year in Louisville for the past five years.

1/6/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Several Free and Fun Fitness Classes
Start the New Year right – become more active! 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!

1/5/2012
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 Tuesday, January 10 at the Bon Air branch of the Louisville Free Public Library at 2816 Del Rio Place.

1/3/2012
Public Health and Wellness Offers Stop Smoking Classes
Start the New Year right – become a nonsmoker! 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. Participants receive free weekly supplies of nicotine replacement products.