NEW! As winter weather approaches, take a moment to brush up on these safety tips
When winter weather arrives, it often brings with it the possibility of below freezing temperatures, power outages, flooding and more. Below, you will find links to tips that will help you protect yourself during cold weather; how to handle food safely following a power outage; how to safely clean your home after snow and ice begins to melt; and how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Lex Flu Crew gives 1,921 free flu shots at #FreeFluFriday
Almost 2,000 people will be fighting the flu this fall and winter thanks to free shots from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
The Lex Flu Crew gave 1,921 free flu shots Oct. 11 as part of its annual Free Flu Friday event, which provides the community with vaccinations while allowing the department to test its emergency preparedness. "Free Flu Friday is always a huge success, both in terms of helping Lexington stay safer from the flu and letting the community get a closer look at the role of public health," said Kevin Hall, health department spokesman.
Those who were unable to attend Free Flu Friday can still get a flu shot 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 805A Newtown Circle. No appointment is necessary, and the cost is $25. Medicaid/Medicare, cash, checks, credit cards and some insurances are accepted.
NEW! December classes announced to help you manage diabetes, provide breastfeeding support, eat healthy and exercise
Our Community Health Equity and Education Program has just announced a wide variety of special health education classes to be held throughout the holiday season. In addition to some of the events and classes highlighted below, we also conveniently compile a monthly listing of other health-related offerings happening around Central Kentucky. To view that full list of classes, click on the blue "Our latest classes & events" button along the right side of this page:
- Diabetes Meal Planning: FREE, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Public Health Clinic North, 805A Newtown Circle. Learn how to choose diabetes-friendly foods when dining out or creating a menu of your own. For more information and to register, call (859) 288-2352. Download the event poster here.
- Diabetes Health Chats: FREE monthly support groups held at four different locations in Lexington. Learn more here.
- Low-Impact Zumba & fitness classes: FREE, 6-8 p.m. every Thursday, William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth St. Weight room also open 5-9 p.m. For adults ages 18 and above. Hosted by LFCHD and the Lexington Division of Parks & Recreation. For more information, call Jill Chenault-Wilson at (859) 389-6678.
- Breastfeeding Basics: FREE, 5:30-7 p.m., Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Class for expecting parents that covers how to breastfeed, knowing baby gets enough and pumps and supplies. Registration required.
- Eat, Move, Lose Weight Loss Support Group: FREE, Noon-1 p.m., Public Health Clinic South, 2433 Regency Road. Free weight-loss support group appropriate for anyone wishing to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Share struggles and ideas with others. Call (859) 288-2352 to register.
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Lexington restaurant scores now online - scores updated Nov. 13, 2013
To help diners in Lexington stay better informed, we are now posting restaurant inspections scores on this website. We inspect about 1,500 establishments each year, twice per year. This includes restaurants, schools and universities cafeterias, supermarkets, convenience stores, farmers' markets, permanent and temporary concession stands and anywhere else food is routinely served. View online scores >