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52 Weeks of Public Health

Week 1 - National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Week 1 picEach year there are approximately 4,900 babies born with birth defects in Kentucky. As part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, DPH is raising awareness on how Kentucky women can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by preventing infections before and during pregnancy.  Prevent to Protect


Week 38 - Eating Healthy Around the Holiday

Week 38 picIn this edition of the 52 Weeks of Health, learn some healthy eating tips to help you to Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain and Don’t Gain this holiday season.  Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, Don't Gain


Week 37 - Toy Safety

Week 37 picMake toy safety a priority this holiday season. Before you purchase toys from a child’s holiday wish list, check out this edition of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign to learn information about safe toys for Kentucky children.  Toy Safety


Week 36 - Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program

Week 36 picPrescription costs can be a heavy financial burden especially around the holidays. In this week’s edition of the 52 Weeks of Public Health, learn about Kentucky’s Prescription Assistance Program and how it helps Kentucky families elevate the financial burden of medical prescriptions for qualifying families.  Prescription Assistance


Week 35 - National Influenza Vaccination Week

Week 35 pic"Getting a flu vaccine is an early holiday gift you can give to yourself and your family,” said Jeffrey Howard, M.D., acting commissioner of DPH. “During the holidays families and friends will gather, which increases the potential for exposure to the flu virus. We urge everyone who hasn’t received the flu vaccine, particularly those at high risk for complications related to the flu, to check with their regular health care professional, local health departments or other vaccine providers.”  Get the Flu Shot not the flu


Week 34 - No Shave November

Week 33 picNo-Shave November is a cancer awareness campaign designed to encourage individuals to grow their hair wild and free in honor of cancer patients during the month of November. As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is joining organizations nationwide to raise awareness about colon cancer, the No. 2 cause of cancer deaths in America. 

Colon Cancer Awareness


Week 33 - Frying a Turkey

Frying a turkey can be a fun and tasty alternative to the traditional baked dishes of the holidays. As many start to plan menus, the Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), wants to remind Kentuckians that fryers – multi-use kettles used for deep frying foods - also can be dangerous when not handled with care. The safety promotion is part of DPH’s ongoing 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign.  Frying a Turkey?


Week 32 - The Great American Smokeout

Week 32 picThe American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Nov. 16. As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health Campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is raising awareness about lung cancer in Kentucky. 

The Great American Smokeout


Week 31 - National Diabetes Month

Week 31 picThis November, the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program theme is You are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team. As the most important member of your diabetes care team, you can learn about resources available to help you understand and manage your diabetes.

Diabetes Awareness


Week 30 - Prematurity Awareness Month

Week 30 picEvery day a baby is in its mother’s womb is critical to proper growth and overall development of the child. Learn how you can prevent preterm birth in this edition of the 52 Weeks of Public Health.  Prematurity Awareness


Week 29 - Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Week 29 picOctober is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Every year in Kentucky approximately 66 babies are born with Down syndrome, a rate of about 11.6 cases per 10,000 live births. 

Resources for Kentucky Children


Week 28 - Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Awareness Month

Week 28 picOctober is Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Awareness Month. Learn about ABCs of safe sleep for Kentucky babies in this week’s 52 Weeks of Public Health. 

The ABCs of Safe Sleep


Week 27 - National Dental Hygiene Month

Week 27 picA toothache is more than just a toothache. In this week’s edition, learn about the preventive services public health professionals provide to keep more than 25,000 Kentucky children dental health strong.

Oral Health: A Key Component for Kentuckian's Overall Health


Week 26 - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Week 26 picOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn about the signs of breast cancer and the importance of early detection through mammograms in this week’s edition of 52 Weeks of Public Health.

Breast Cancer Screening


Week 25 - Fruits and Veggies - More Matters

Week 25 picBy adding more fruits and veggies to your meal, you can reap all the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet. In this week’s 52 Weeks of Public Health, we encourage you to fill your plate with fruits and veggies as we celebrate Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month.


Eat More. Fill Your Plate with Fruits and Veggies


Week 24 - Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Week 24 picRole modeling is one of the most effective ways to nurture healthy behaviors and build a foundation for a strong, healthy future. In this week’s 52 Weeks of Public Health, learn about how the 5-2-0-1 Healthy Numbers for Kentucky Families campaign can help parents, healthcare professionals and educators promote healthy eating and physical exercise for Kentucky children.

5-2-1-0 Healthy Numbers for Kentucky Families


Week 23 - Newborn Screening Awareness

Week 23 picThe Newborn Screening Program helps detect for 53 metabolism and genetic disorders in Kentucky newborns. Many of these disorders if left untreated could lead to slow growth, blindness, brain damage or possibly death of Kentucky’s newborn babies. In this week’s 52 Weeks of Public Health, learn about the benefits of newborn screening for Kentucky newborns. 

Newborn Screening Awareness

Next Week: Our children deserve to a life full of opportunity. Next week, learn how we can help them establish healthy behaviors to prevent childhood obesity.


Week 22 - National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare and plan for emergencies in their homes, business and schools.

National Preparedness Month


Week 21 - Food Safety

Week 21 picGo behind the scenes with our Food Safety team to see how they make sure that your favorite Fair food is safe to eat. Food Safety.

Keeping Your Fair Food Safe

Next week: We look at how the environment can impact children’s health differently than adults.


Week 20 - Eclipse

Week 20 picDon’t go blind watching history. The Kentucky Department for Public Health in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques. Here are tips to keep your eyes and your family safe.

Safe Eclipse Viewing

Video footage related to the eclipse: eye safety, eye safety for children, eclipse safety kit, portable medical shelters.

Next Week: Go behind the scenes with our Food Safety team to make sure your corn dogs are safe to eat at the state fair.


Week 19 - Prediabetes Awareness

Week 19 picA third of those with PREDIABETES will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years unless, they, and their health care team, address this issue. The good news is there is something we can do once we know a person has PREDIABETES.” In this week’s 52 Weeks of Public Health , a prediabetes test, and links to resources for those impacted.

Prediabetes Awareness

Next Week: The Eclipse. How we’re working to keep you and your eyes safe


Week 18 - Cleft and Craniofacial Defects

Week 18 picThe KDPH encourages the general public, as well as healthcare professionals, educators, and social service professionals to join in raising awareness about craniofacial birth defects by learning about the most common types of craniofacial birth defects, what causes them, how to prevent them, and resources for more information.

Cleft and Craniofacial Defects


Week 17 - World Hepatitis Day

Week 17 picFree Hepatitis  testing is available on World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2017.

Find out where you can go to see if you have this silent killer.

The dangers of Hepatitis C are explained in Understanding Hepatitis C

World Hepatitis Day

Next week: Preventing birth defects of the head and face as part of the National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and prevention month.


Week 16 - Milk Safety

Week 16 picA new cheese factory at Western Kentucky University is designed and regulated by the milk safety team at the Kentucky Department for Public Health. It began operating this past spring and now makes up to several batches a month. We take you inside as we say, "Cheese.” New cheese factory video

Milk Safety


Week 15 - Summer Heat Safety

Week 15 picWith the summer heat predicted to peak this week, issues like overexertion, heat stroke and dehydration have become important public health concerns.

Summer Heat Safety


Week 14 - Avoid Exposure to Rabies

Week 14 picWildlife rabies cases, primarily in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes, have been identified in the US, and these result in human and animal exposures requiring thousands of human rabies post-exposure treatments and animal euthanasia or quarantines.

Rabies Awareness


Week 13 - Leave Fireworks to the Pros

week 13 picJune is Fireworks Safety Month. We all enjoy a great fireworks display, but there precautions we must take to remain safe.  In the United States there are thousands of fireworks-related injuries a year, but you can learn how to protect yourself and your family.

Fireworks Safety

Next Week: When temperatures are in the 90s, real risks of heat-related illnesses increase. How to beat the heat.


Week 12 - Scoliosis

week 12 picAs part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health in the Cabinet of Health and Family Services spotlights scoliosis.

Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine or back. People of all ages can have scoliosis, but adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. See the news release and article.

Scoliosis Awareness

Next week: We take a look at fireworks safety, just in time for  the summer holiday.


Week 11 - COPD National Action Plan

week 11 picAs part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health in the Cabinet of Health and Family Services highlights the first ever COPD National Action Plan.

COPD National Action Plan


Week 10 - Men's Health

week 10 picAs we celebrate Father’s Day, encourage the dad or man in your life to take action to be healthy and safe. In this  Week’s 52 weeks of Public Health campaign, we share recommended tools to get you started.

Men's Health

Next Week: Look for the first National Action Plan for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. If you have emphysema or chronic bronchitis, a new action plan can help.


Week 9 - Arthritis

Week 9 picRural Communities are hard hit by arthritis. One-third of adults living in rural areas have arthritis. More than half the adults with arthritis in rural arears are limited by it.

One in Three Adults in Rural Areas Have Arthritis


Last Updated 12/15/2017