Archive for March, 2011

Myth: I use bleach and water to sanitize my countertops and the more bleach I use the more bacteria I kill.

March 31st, 2011

Myth:  I use bleach and water to sanitize my countertops and the more bleach I use the more bacteria I kill.

 Fact:  There is no advantage to using more bleach.  In fact, overuse of bleach can be harmful because it is not safe to consume.  To create a sanitizing solution it is recommended that you use 1 tablespoon of unscented liquid bleach per gallon of water.  Flood the countertop with the solution, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then pat with clean, dry paper towels or allow to air dry.  Any leftover sanitizing solution can be stored, tightly covered, for up to one week.  After that, the bleach has lost its effectiveness.

Dr. Cooper on the Cooper-Clayton Smoking Cessation Method

March 30th, 2011

The next series of Cooper-Clayton Tobacco Cessation classes is scheduled to begin Wednesday April 6.

To register for the Cooper-Clayton classes, please call 298-7752 or stop by the Martin County Health Department, 136 Rockcastle Road, Inez, Kentucky.

Emergency Supply Kit

March 29th, 2011

The Kentucky Department for Public Health recommends that families have a disaster supply kit in place for any emergency – a tornado or flood or any other risk to health and safety. 

• A three-day supply of food and water (one gallon per day per person).  Include canned and dried foods that are easy to store and prepare
• Clothing, blankets and sleeping bags
• Battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries
• A First-Aid kit
• Candles and matches
• Sanitation supplies, including iodine tablets and bleach to disinfect water
• Potassium iodide to protect against radiation poisoning
• Toilet articles and special needs items for infants, older adults or disabled family members
• Extra sets of car keys and eyeglasses
• If you have a car, try to keep at least 1/2 tank of gas in it at all times.
• Cash and traveler’s checks – cash is most important in case ATMs are shut off
• Important family documents in a waterproof container
• Chemical and hazardous materials disasters can send tiny microscopic debris into the air so think about creating a barrier between yourself and any contamination. Consider having something for every family member that covers the mouth and nose. This could be several layers of a cotton T-shirt or an inexpensive filter mask from the hardware store – it is important that the material fit the face snugly so the air you breathe comes through the mask, not around it. 
• Duct tape and heavyweight garbage bags or plastic sheeting that can be used to seal windows and doors against potential contamination outside.
• Keep a smaller emergency supply kit in your car.

Body Recall

March 28th, 2011

Body Recall: A Lifetime Fitness Program

Sponsored by Martin County Health Department, Roy F. Collier Community Center and Morehead State University

A 10-week class

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

10am to 11am

Roy F. Collier Community Center, 3rd Floor

Beginning MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Body Recall is a safe tested program of gentle exercise (many done while sitting in a chair) and movement developed for anyone interested in life time fitness. Movements are simplistic & possible

Exercises address flexibility, strength, range of motion, balance, circulation & core conditioning as part of a total body workout

The class uses a textbook. Some of the topics we will discuss are foot care, body mechanics, back health and relaxation

Taught by a certified Body Recall teacher

Class participants receive a one month free membership to the RFCCC Fitness Center.

For more information, please call Alice Gillespie at the Martin County Health Department 298-7752

Classes and books are free through a grant from “Prevention on the Move” funded by a Health and Human Services grant in cooperation with Morehead State University

Is it done yet? You can’t tell by looking

March 28th, 2011

Catching A Killer: Colon Cancer Among Us

March 24th, 2011

Catching A Killer: Colon Cancer Among Us will air on KET2 on
   Thursday, March 24, 2011.  Tune in to KET2 at 10:30 PM!

Claim: Smoke-free laws harm business at restaurants and bars.

March 23rd, 2011

The Facts: Smoke-free laws do not harm restaurant and bar businesses. In fact, many studies show that the laws have no effect at all, and sometimes they even increase business. In Washington, sales at bars grew more in the two years after the smoke-free law was enacted than in the years before. Additionally, studies of smoke-free laws in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York City have found that smoke-free laws do not hurt restaurant profits.

As of October 2009, nearly 60 percent of the United States population lives in areas that have passed strong smoke-free laws covering restaurants and bars.

Smoke-free laws are important because there is overwhelming scientific evidence that secondhand tobacco smoke is a direct cause of lung cancer, heart disease and lung and bronchial infections. Smoke-free laws help protect restaurant and bar employees and customers from these harms.

Test Your Knowledge of Colon Cancer

March 23rd, 2011

For the past 20 day the Martin County Health Department has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about colon cancer. Now is the time to put your knowledge to the test. Take the Colon Cancer Quiz by clicking on the link below:

Your Colon Cancer Quiz

Assisting Patients in Understanding Their Risk for Diabetes Can Help Prevent Diabetes in their Future

March 22nd, 2011

Knowing about your risk for type 2 diabetes is the first step toward preventing or delaying the onset of the disease or promoting an early diagnosis. People at risk for type 2 diabetes can take action to lower their risk for the disease by making – and maintaining – healthy lifestyle changes. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes may prevent the development of diabetes-related health problems, such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and even death. Diabetes Alert Day, observed annually the fourth Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call to inform the public about the seriousness of diabetes, and to urge them to know their risk. Helping at-risk patients learn about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes is a critical step in counseling them to prevent diabetes and improve health outcomes. 

Reminders for Health Care Professionals:


  • Knowing their risk for type 2 diabetes helps patients take steps toward prevention. Urge patients to take charge of their health by taking the Diabetes Risk Test.
  • Family history plays a key role in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. When discussing medical history, ask patients if they have a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes. Encourage them to start the conversation with family members today.
  • Gestational diabetes increases the future risk for diabetes in mothers and their children. In addition to inquiring about a family history of type 1 or type 2 diabetes, ask patients if they have had a history of gestational diabetes during pregnancy, and if their mother had gestational diabetes. Women with a history of gestational diabetes can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by losing a small amount of weight and becoming more physically active. They can lower their child’s risk for type 2 diabetes by helping them not become overweight, serving healthy foods, and being active as a family. 
  • Progression to type 2 diabetes is not inevitable. Overweight, at-risk patients can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by losing a small amount of weight – as little as 5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) – and becoming more physically active.  
  • Type 2 diabetes prevention is a family affair. Encourage patients to make a plan that includes healthy lifestyle changes. For support, they can ask family members to join them. Specific recommendations include eating smaller portions by making half their plate veggies and/or fruit, one-fourth whole grains, and one-fourth protein. Recommend that they try to be active for at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week. To help them reach this goal, suggest that they split their physical activity into three, daily 10-minute sessions. 
  • An estimated one out of every four people with diabetes has the disease and does not know it. Recommend testing for pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes to your patients who are at high-risk.   

To help patients learn more about their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, contact the National Diabetes Education Program at 1-888-693-6337 or visit to order free resources such as Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, and Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes; all are available in English or Spanish.

Be Aware of Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

March 22nd, 2011

Anybody can develop diabetes, but some people are more at risk than others.  For example, if you have a family history of diabetes, you are at increased risk for developing the disease, especially if a close family member–mother, father, brother, or sister–has diabetes.

 Some women are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes because they were diagnosed with diabetes during a pregnancy.  This is called gestational diabetes or GDM.  If your mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with you, you may be at an increased risk for becoming obese and developing type 2 diabetes.

 Knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes is an important first step toward preventing or delaying the onset of the disease. Find out your risk by taking the Diabetes Risk Test.

 In addition to a family history and a history of GDM, some other risk factors for type 2 diabetes include being:

  • 45 years of age or older
  • Overweight or obese
  • An African American or person of African Ancestry, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander

 While there are some risk factors that you cannot change, such as family history and age, there are risk factors associated with your lifestyle that you can change, such as being more physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. Be sure to talk with your health care provider and find out what you can do to lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

 The good news is that people can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes, such as losing a modest amount of weight (if overweight) by being more physically active and making healthy food choices. If you are overweight, create a lifestyle plan that includes losing a small amount of weight–5 to 7 percent (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person)–and being more physically active.

 Here are some simple steps you can take:

  • Make healthy food choices such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, poultry without skin, dry beans and peas, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese.
  • Choose water to drink.
  • Eat smaller portions. Make half your plate vegetables and/or fruits; one-fourth a whole grain, such as brown rice; and one-fourth a protein food, such as lean meat, poultry or fish, or dried beans.
  • Be active at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week to help you burn calories and lose weight. You don’t have to get all your physical activity at one time. Try getting some physical activity during the day in 10 minute sessions, 3 times a day. Choose something you enjoy. Ask family members to be active with you.
  • To help you reach your goals, write down all the foods you eat and drink and the number of minutes you are active. Review it each day.

 NDEP has free resources to help you learn more about your risk for diabetes, as well as ways to help you lower your risk. Call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337) or visit for more information on how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Ask for Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, a tip sheet called It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, and a tip sheet for children at risk called Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, in English or Spanish.

 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Diabetes Education Program is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the support of more than 200 partner organizations.