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Diabetes Awareness Day Event

 

Area organizations sponsored a Diabetes Awareness Day event at Village Market in Grand Rivers on June 22, 2016.  Participants were encouraged to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk quiz. Also with summer here and people spending time outdoors, information on sun safety and skin cancer detection was included.

 

Kelly Dawes, RN, BSN, AAS, MLDE, CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) with the Pennyrile District Health Department had information on Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes. Morgan Rousseau, Livingston County UK Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent had Kentucky ‘Plate it up!” Big Blue Muffins to sample along with the recipe. Joan Lang with Kentucky Cancer Program had information on Sun Safety. 

 

The Pennyrile District Health Department will be offering the following free, accredited diabetes education classes at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, 1698 Canton Road, Cadiz, KY  42211 on September 20th at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Please call the Trigg County Health Center at 270-522-8121 Ext. 212 to register.  Classes will also be offered at the U.K. Cooperative Extension Office, 231 W. Main Street, Eddyville, KY  42038 on September 21st at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Please call the Lyon County Health Center at 270-388-9763 to register.

 

For more information regarding diabetes, upcoming diabetes classes and nutrition counseling with Pennyrile District Health Department contact any of the following clinics:  Caldwell County Health Center at 270-365-6571, Crittenden County Health Center at 270-965-5215, Livingston County Health Center at 270-928-2193, Lyon County Health Center at 270-388-9763, or Trigg County Health Center at 270-522-8121 Ext. 212.

 

 

Pennyrile District Health Department

208 Outlet Avenue, P.O. Box 770

Eddyville, KY  42038

Phone: (270) 388-9747 x 401

Fax:  (270) 388-7749

Contact:  Laura Croom

August 8, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

CHARLES HITER APPOINTED NEW PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR FOR PENNYRILE DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT

 

 

On August 1, 2016, Charles L. Hiter took the reins of the Pennyrile District Health Department, a five-county health department serving the counties of Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg. Hiter recently retired from the US Army and moved to his small farm in Trigg County. He graduated from Marshall County High School in 1992 and from Murray State University in 1996 with a BA in French. He was commissioned as a US Army Officer at that time, spending the majority of his career as an Intelligence officer, assigned to Army Combat Brigades, Intelligence Units, Special Forces Commands, Joint Military Headquarters, and international coalition partnerships. In August of 2006, Hiter completed a Masters of Public Administration, with a focus on International Policy Management, through Central Georgia College and State University In December of 2016, he is set to graduate with a Masters of Arts in Teaching Languages from the University of Southern Mississippi.

 

Hiter’s wife teaches at Trigg County High School, and their three children attend Trigg County Public Schools. His hobbies include running, training and teaching Tae Kwon Do, reading, and helping with Boy Scouts. Since retiring, he has tried to be as active as possible in his children’s school and extracurricular activities.

 

Hiter believes, “Success and continual improvement come through active interactions and discussions between those who are performing the day-to-day functions, the overseeing office, and the local, regional, state and federal agencies.” He encourages those who live, work, or visit the Pennyrile area to visit the local health centers and use the many services available – clinical, environmental, HANDS, and health education.

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Pennyrile District Health Department

208 Outlet Avenue, P. O. Box 770

Eddyville, KY  42038

Phone: (270) 388-9747 x 401

Fax:  (270) 388-7749

Contact:  Laura Croom

May 19, 2016

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

PENNYRILE DISTRICT HEALTH DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHES

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

 

 

     The Pennyrile District Health Department, which serves Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, Lyon, and Trigg counties, has established a breastfeeding support group for any prenatal or breastfeeding mother and her supporters. Although breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby, it isn’t always the easiest. The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, the HANDS program, and the breastfeeding support group are there to answer questions, provide information, and offer support to help mothers reach their breastfeeding goals. Dana Southard, RN, who oversees the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program, states, “This is an excellent opportunity for new mothers and moms-to-be to ask questions and share experiences.”

 

     Research has proven again and again that breast milk helps babies’ brains grow and is easier for babies to digest, causing fewer upset stomachs. Breastfed babies get sick less often. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, eczema, diabetes, obesity, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Breast milk is the perfect food for babies.

 

     The support group will meet at 5:00 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at the Caldwell County Health Center, located at 600 South Jefferson Street in Princeton. The first meeting will be Friday, June 3rd. For more information, families may contact Heather Cooper, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at (270) 350-7975 or Gala Young, HANDS Family Support Worker/Home Visitor at (270) 484-2803. Southard also says, “Gala and Heather are very passionate about breastfeeding and have a wealth of information to share.”

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