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Cigarette Tax Increase Will Improve the Health of Kentuckians

February marks American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to take charge of their health and enact a heart-healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. And while several factors can increase a person’s risk for developing heart disease, Kentuckians in particular are vulnerable because of our high smoking rates, which are among the highest in the nation. Continue reading Cigarette Tax Increase Will Improve the Health of Kentuckians

Debris Removal, Flood Safety Reminder Issued Due to Forecast of Locally Heavy Rains, Possible Flooding

With locally heavy rains forecasted for the Commonwealth over the next week, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and state Emergency Management officials are warning residents to watch for possible flash flooding.

With 89,431 miles of rivers and streams, Kentucky is especially susceptible to flood events during sustained, heavy precipitation, especially when the ground is saturated, as it is now.

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Beshear, AARP: Take Steps to Prevent Your Tax Return from Being Stolen

Scam Alert

With tax season in full swing, Attorney General Andy Beshear and AARP Kentucky issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families protect their tax returns from being stolen by scammers.

Beshear and AARP said tax identity fraud occurs when someone uses your Social Security number to file a tax return in your name, before you file in order to steal your refund. Continue reading Beshear, AARP: Take Steps to Prevent Your Tax Return from Being Stolen

Saint Joseph Berea Hosts Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Luncheon

As part of the national effort to increase awareness of cardiovascular disease in women, Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is partnering with the American Heart Association and Thrive!, Berea College’s health and wellness program, to host a Go Red for Women Lunch & Learn event. Continue reading Saint Joseph Berea Hosts Go Red for Women Heart Health Awareness Luncheon

State providing financial assistance to family foster caregivers

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS.

An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults who are licensed as foster parents and are paid a daily rate. The ruling also includes fictive kin — close family friends — who provide foster care for children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. Payment amounts vary depending on a child’s needs but will average about $750 a month per child.

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KYEM STATE EOC MONITORING HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) overnight, in support of flooding conditions in southeastern counties.  The SEOC is activated a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.

Harlan and Bell Counties, along with the City of Pineville have experienced flooding conditions. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Harlan Baptist Church, with 8 people in occupancy.  Three other shelters in Harlan County are available and on standby if needed. Continue reading KYEM STATE EOC MONITORING HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING

Learn More About Irregular Heartbeat During American Heart Month

American Heart Month is underway, a time during which community members are encouraged to learn about heart disease and how to make healthy lifestyle changes to lead to a lifetime of heart health. During the month of February, Saint Joseph Berea, part of KentuckyOne Health, is encouraging all to talk to your physician if you or a loved one experiences symptoms of irregular heartbeats, known as heart arrhythmias. Continue reading Learn More About Irregular Heartbeat During American Heart Month

Move with Heart to Better Your Heart

As part of American Heart Month, which is February, the Department for Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) encourages Kentuckians to increase their levels of physical activity to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

To get involved, use the hashtag #MoveWithHeart on social media to connect with others and search for posts about exercise, physical activity and improving cardiovascular health. Continue reading Move with Heart to Better Your Heart

KYEM State EOC Monitoring Winter Storm

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at 5:00 pm EST, at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.

Officials urge citizens to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings.  This storm has the potential of dropping heavy rain, sleet, ice and snow, depending on which area of Kentucky you reside. Continue reading KYEM State EOC Monitoring Winter Storm

Structuring Your Life with Alzheimer’s: a How-To Guide

Structuring Your Life with Alzheimer’s: a How-To Guide

When her husband Michael was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Cheryl Levin-Folio learned how to structure their lives in an effort to fight the disease every step of the way. Dial in to hear from Cheryl, author of The 24-Hour Rule: Living with Alzheimer’s and learn the specific strategies that have helped to maximize the quality of life for both Michael and for Cheryl. The phone program will be held on Tuesday, February 13th from 1-2pm EST. Registration is required by visiting Continue reading Structuring Your Life with Alzheimer’s: a How-To Guide

Beshear: ‘Catfishing’ Scammers Lure in Those Looking for Love, Friendship Online

Scam Alert

Those who turn to online dating sites and social media to find love and friendship need to be cautious of online ‘catfishing’ scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

 

In advance of Valentine’s Day, Beshear issued a Scam Alert to warn Kentuckians that if an online love interest or new friend asks for money it is most likely a scam.

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Beshear: As Our Brother’s, Sister’s Keeper, We Must Work Together on Opioid Epidemic Solutions

Andy Beshear

Every day, we lose an average of four Kentuckians to a fatal drug overdose. Sadly, everyone reading this column has lost someone they love or care about to drugs or knows somebody who has.

The drug epidemic isn’t hidden in the shadows of big cities like New York and Miami.

It is in our homes and on our streets.

In September, I saw this first hand when I helped pull an overdosing man from a car in downtown Lexington. Continue reading Beshear: As Our Brother’s, Sister’s Keeper, We Must Work Together on Opioid Epidemic Solutions

KY Flu Epidemic Influenza-related deaths reach 100

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reporting 100 flu-related deaths from the flu epidemic in Kentucky. At least four of those deaths have been pediatric cases. This season’s H3N2 strain of the flu virus can be extremely serious, even deadly, not just for those in higher risk categories but to generally healthy Kentuckians as well.

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HHS Acting Secretary Hargan and Gov. Bevin Host Roundtable on Kentucky HEALTH and Community Engagement

Gov. Matt Bevin today welcomed Acting U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan, along with officials and citizens of the Commonwealth, to the Governor’s Mansion for a roundtable discussion on Kentucky HEALTH and community engagement.

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