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How to get extra hours with your kids

April 20th, 2011

@ScreenFreeWeek What would your kids do w/ an extra 20, 30 or even 50 hours a week?  Celebrate #ScreenFreeWeek April 18-24!

Commercial Free Childhood

April 19th, 2011

We’re going screen-free w/ Campaign for a CommercialFree Childhood April 18-24. You can too! Here’s how: @ScreenFreeWeek



Next week is Screen-Free Week

April 15th, 2011

The Martin County Health Department is proud to be an official endorser of Screen-Free Week (April 18-24), the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life.  Please visit to learn how you can get involved and join in the fun.

We all know that children spend far too much time with screens: an astonishing average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children.  Excessive screen time is harmful for children—it’s linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention problem, and the erosion of creative play.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is a wonderful way to help children lead healthier, happier lives by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media—including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices.  By encouraging children and families to unplug, Screen-Free Week provides time for them to play, connect with nature, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.

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.

Community Center is now Tobacco-Free

March 17th, 2011

Another Martin County organization has gone tobacco free.  Beginning March 1, the Roy F. Collier Community Center prohibits smoking and all tobacco products on their entire premises (both inside the building and outside).  You can see their announcement on their Facebook page.

The Martin County Health Department and Martin Countians for Clean Indoor Air commend the Community Center in taking this important step in protecting the health of visitors to the center.

Wash your hands!!

March 17th, 2011

Wash your hands!!

March 10th, 2011

Free Colon Cancer Screenings Available

March 9th, 2011

The Martin County Health Department is offering free colon cancer screenings for Martin County citizens with no insurance.  Any Martin County citizen who does not have insurance can apply to receive a free colonoscopy.  Applications for the free screening are available at the Martin County Health Department, as well as at each of our county’s primary care physicians:  Dr. Aranas, Dr. Chaffin,  Dr. Dotson,  Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Lafferty.

Colon Cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it does not have to be.  Few cancers are as easily preventable as colon cancer.  “If everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided,” said Stephen Ward, Director of the Martin County Health Department.

With no established state or federal program in place to help the uninsured with colorectal screenings, the Martin County Fiscal Court has awarded the Martin County Health Department a $50,000 grant to provide colon cancer screenings.  County Judge-Executive Kelly Callaham said, “Our goal is to save lives by offering free colonoscopies to our citizens who do not have any health insurance.”

For more information, you may contact the Martin County Health Department at 298-7752.

Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

March 4th, 2011
Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children

The mission of Camp Hendon is to give children with diabetes, ages 8-17, in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region a chance to have a fun, safe, camping experience— at a 24-hour medically supervised facility— allowing them to realize that they are not alone.

In 2011 Camp Hendon will be held at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY.

Camp Dates are Tuesday July 26 – Sunday July 31, 2011.


Click Here to request an application for Camp Hendon


For any questions, please contact:

Bryan Fallon, President
Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children, Inc.
dba Camp Hendon
502-817-6286; Fax:  502-459-4912

It is not too late to get your flu shot!!

February 17th, 2011

The Martin County Health Department still has flu vaccine.  Come in today to receive your vaccincation.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.  If you have any questions, you may call us at 606-298-7752