Memorial Day Food Safety

May 25th, 2011 by mike No comments »

How to have a safe picnic

May 24th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Eating Healthier – the Snack Attack

May 13th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Eating Healthier Part 4

May 12th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Reduce Standing Water After Spring Rains to Help Avoid Mosquito Bites

May 12th, 2011 by mike No comments »

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2011) –The recent rains and flooding in many areas of the state may lead to an increased numbers of mosquitoes, common insects that breed in and around areas of standing water. Kentuckians should take steps to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds to avoid mosquito bites, which can cause illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV).

“We tend to think of mosquitoes as a nuisance in the summer, but they can be a serious health threat and are known to carry disease,” said Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “Some mosquitoes carry diseases, which can be extremely debilitating and even deadly in some cases. Young children and the elderly are at higher risk for serious illness.”

DPH urges residents to maintain prevention efforts not only during times of flooding, but also throughout the summer until a hard freeze occurs:

— Survey property for areas of standing water, and eliminate mosquito breeding areas by removing it as it accumulates. Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the containers for more than two days.

— Be aware that mosquitoes are most active at dawn, dusk and early evening, and stay inside if possible.

— Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors.

— Spray exposed areas of skin and clothing with repellents containing permethrin, DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. (For more information on insect repellants visit

— Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.

— Report swimming pools that are neglected and in a state of disrepair.

Dogs and cats also are susceptible to diseases, such as WNV and other illnesses spread by mosquitoes, so pet owners should use a veterinarian-recommended mosquito and tick repellent. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.  

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) sprays for mosquitoes at the request of local governments and health departments. A KDA county spraying schedule and more information about the program are on the Department’s website

Eating Healthier Part 3

May 11th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Eating Healthier Part 2

May 10th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Eating Healthier Part 1

May 9th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Packing Safe School Lunches

April 29th, 2011 by mike No comments »

Martin County WIC now using EBT cards

April 27th, 2011 by mike No comments »


April 27, 2011, Martin County, KY – The Martin County Health Department will begin using a new upgraded web-based system to issue benefits for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program beginning on April 27, 2011. The web-based system uses information gathered at WIC participant visits to issue Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to be used for WIC purchases. Offering the “eWIC” cards gives families the needed access to benefits without the delay and stigma of paper food instruments (checks) which most counties in Kentucky still use.

Under the current system, WIC participants are issued multiple paper food instruments to purchase WIC approved items in authorized stores. All items listed on a food instrument must be purchased at one time or the benefits are lost. With the EBT card a WIC participant has the flexibility of purchasing WIC approved items at any time during the valid period of their benefits. This enhances the shopping experience of all WIC customers by ensuring confidentiality during transactions, allowing the participant to shop for a gallon of milk or loaf of bread without having to make other purchases, and results in a faster and smoother checkout at the retailer.

Many of the retailer’s systems will be integrated, meaning participants can swipe their eWIC cards through the same device that accepts credit and debit cards. The retailers will no longer have to manually complete paper food instruments. At checkout the eWIC card will ensure the participant purchases only WIC authorized foods in correct quantities, and removes the margin of cashier error during WIC transactions. There are a few retailers in the area who will accept the new eWIC cards using a separate device at checkout.

WIC is a short-term intervention program designed to influence lifetime nutrition and health behavior in low income women who are pregnant or gave birth and children 5 years old and younger who need nutritional help. Funded by the USDA, WIC offers nutrition education and services; breastfeeding promotion and education; monthly food prescription of nutritious foods; and access to other maternal, prenatal and pediatric health-care services.