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Summer's here, time to clear the air!

On July 11, 2013, the Lawrence County Health Department will begin a new series of the Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking, a 12-week comprehensive program.  These workshops have been conducted all over Kentucky for many years, and have been very successful.

The Cooper/Clayton Method to Stop Smoking is an effective cessation program which addresses all aspects of smoking.  The Method uses nicotine replacement, provides 12 intensive education sessions and weekly support group meetings.

This method is successful because there is a long-term support group; the training is designed to achieve and maintain abstinence; and it uses proven nicotine replacement products.

The facilitators are trained in evaluating individual smoking patterns, understanding behavior modification techniques, how to lead group discussions and how to minimize chances for relapse.

Anyone interested in becoming a non-smoker is encouraged to attend the Cooper//Clayton Method to Stop Smoking workshop.  There is no pre-registration necessary and no charge for the class.  The only cost to the participant is for nicotine patches.  Classes will meet for one hour, once a week for 12 weeks.

The classes will take place at the Lawrence County Health Department conference room, 1080 Meadowbrook Lane, Louisa.  This session of classes will be held in the evenings, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. weekly, beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Pat Machir or Carolyn McGinn at 606-638-4389.

Preventing Diabetes Problems - What You Need to Know


From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

Did you know that diabetes can lead to heart attack and stroke, blindness, or kidney failure?
Too much glucose, a type of sugar, in your blood can cause diabetes problems over time. High blood glucose can cause heart and blood vessel disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Damage to the eyes can lead to loss of sight or blindness. Nerve damage and poor blood flow can cause foot problems, sometimes leading to amputation.

You can prevent or delay diabetes problems by keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control.

How can I tell if I have diabetes problems?

You may have diabetes problems if

    your blood pressure is 130-140 over 80, or higher
    you have pain in your chest
    you have blurry or double vision, or feel pain or pressure in your eyes
    you have foot problems—such as blisters, ingrown toenails, cracked skin, or signs of infection
    your arms, hands, legs, or feet feel numb, or you feel shooting pains

Some diabetes problems don’t have symptoms at first. For example, you cannot tell if your kidneys are damaged until they stop working altogether. Your doctor should test your urine every year to see how well your kidneys are working.

What can I do to stay healthy with diabetes?

Controlling your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol can make a big difference in staying healthy. Talk with your doctor about what your ABC goals should be and how to reach them. A stands for the A1C test—a measure of what your blood glucose has been for the last three months. B is for blood pressure, and C is for cholesterol.

You can take these steps each day to reach your ABC goals:

    Follow the healthy eating plan that you and your doctor or dietitian have discussed.
    Be physically active for 30 to 60 minutes most days.
    Take your medicines as directed and keep taking them, even after you’ve reached your goals.
    If you smoke, get help to quit.  (1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669)
    Ask your doctor if you should take aspirin to prevent a heart attack or stroke.
    Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, sores swelling, redness, or sore toenails.

Learn more about diabetes at .  You can also call the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse at 1–800–860–8747. 

All about Well-Child Check-ups;


LOUISA, Ky. -- The Lawrence County School system requires that each child entering school for the first time, as well as those entering 6th grade have a physical examination along with the state mandated immunizations. The good news for parents is that all these services are available at the Lawrence County Health Department. They are provided at no cost to children with Medicaid or KCHIP coverage. Children of all ages need to complete health check-ups on a regular basis to protect their health. 

These check-ups are not only for certain grades in school, but should be done at regular intervals for all children and more frequently for infants. With scheduled check-ups minor health problems can be caught before they become serious. Diseases like Chickenpox, Mumps and Measles can be prevented by immunizations. Many physical, developmental, hearing or vision problems can be detected and treated during these routine screenings.

Children should have a check-up at the ages listed below:

1 month               2 months      4 months        6 months       9 months   12 months  15 months           18 months          24 months       3 years       4 years     5 years  6 years   8 years

Once yearly for ages 10 through 20

The areas of health care that are checked include:

  • Medical history and physical exam
  • Growth and Development
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Teeth    (Dental referral at 12-36 months)
  • Nutrition            
  • Lab tests including blood lead level
  • Mental Health and substance abuse
  • Immunizations
  • Health education for parents

If your doctor finds a problem, it is treated and monitored. If a local health department does your check-up, they will refer you to your doctor for treatment if any problems are found.
To schedule an appointment, contact your physician, local health department or the Lawrence County Health Department call 638-4389.

By Faith Frazier
Lawrence County Health Department

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