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December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Drive Impaired

The month of December is one of the busiest on the nation’s roadways, and also one of the most dangerous, due to a high incidence of alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes.

In an effort to increase community awareness, December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month. First started in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, this national holiday has experienced increased community support and Continue reading December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Too Tired to Drive??

Dept. Health Services

Working late, shopping late, staying up late to watch the holiday specials or whatever – it all adds up.

Well, actually it subtracts – and dangerously – from being able to drive safely. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Daniel Chapman says that what adds up from drowsy driving are hospital visits and deaths:

“Drowsy driving was implicated in about 16 percent of fatal crashes, and about 13 percent of crashes resulting in hospitalization.”

Chapman says one survey reported 28 percent of people said they had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past year.

Especially in the holiday season, with lots of people taking long road trips, getting the seven to nine hours of sleep that most adults need, may need to be a priority.

Get Vaccinated Against the Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week

KY Health & Family Services Cabinet

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2011) – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 4-10, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

“Getting a flu vaccine is a holiday gift you can give now to yourself and your family,” said Steve Davis, M.D., acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH). “Many people visit relatives with small children or those at high risk of complications from flu around this time of year. Getting a flu vaccine is an opportunity to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”

National Influenza Vaccination Week is a week-long observation that serves as a reminder to those people who have not yet received a flu vaccine that the time to get vaccinated continues into winter – through January or later, when flu season typically peaks. Throughout the week, the Centers for Continue reading Get Vaccinated Against the Flu During National Influenza Vaccination Week

Holiday Fire Safety

Fire Safety

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees, and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights, and other decorative lighting occur each year.
Together, these fires resulted in 20 deaths and 45 injuries. Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.
Learn how to prevent a fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a fire safe holiday season.

Prepare Your Home for Winter

EMA/CSEPP

The Madison County Emergency Management Agency reminds you to take the time now to get your home ready for the winter season by following these tips:

1. Have your heating system checked by a professional annually. This will ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently which, in turn, will save you money. If you heat by wood, clean your fireplace or stove. Have your chimney flue checked for any buildup of creosote and then cleaned to lessen the risk of fire.

2. Make sure your home is properly insulated. If necessary, insulate walls and attic. This will help you to conserve energy and reduce your home’s power demands for heat.

3. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.

4. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside. This will provide an extra layer of insulation, keeping more cold air out.

5. Inspect and flush your water heater.

6. Clean gutters. Leaves and Continue reading Prepare Your Home for Winter

Big Blue Crush – FINAL RESULTS

KY Blood Center

Kentucky Donors Repeat!

Lexington, KY – The Big Blue Crush trophy is staying in Kentucky. Wildcat fans held on to the lead and beat Tennessee, 3,219 to 2,969.

“We’re a big blue nation of life savers, and Kentucky patients are the big winners,” said Bill Reed, Kentucky Blood Center President & CEO.

This was the 24th annual Big Blue Crush. Kentucky has now won two years in a row. Tennessee still leads the rivalry 12 to 11 with 1 tie.

The trophy presentation will be during the Continue reading Big Blue Crush – FINAL RESULTS

MCDC 8th Annual Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Day

The Madison County Diabetes Coalition

The Madison County Diabetes Coalition & EKU Baccalaureate Nursing Students Invite you to the:
8th Annual Diabetes Prevention & Awareness Day

Saturday, November 19, 2011
9:00 to 1:00 P.M.
First Christian Church
Main Street & Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY

Free Health Screenings & Diabetes Testing
Glucose Screenings
Cholesterol Screenings
Diabetic Foot Screenings
Body Fat Analysis
Kidney Function Screenings
Many Educational Booths

Please feel free to phone 623-3462 for more information.

Big Blue Crush – Day Four

Kentucky Fans Bring It!

Lexington, KY – The Big Blue continued to bleed blue on the fourth day of Big Blue Crush. Kentucky leads the competition 2,410 to 2,277.

Kentucky fans really showed their stuff today. We had 702 donors come out to show Tennessee who has game,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment.

KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a$200 gas card and Continue reading Big Blue Crush – Day Four

Loving the Skin Youre In

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

As Old Man Winter ushers in the holidays he brings with him a blitz of overeating, socializing, shopping and decorating and a little self-neglect. Last week I hurried to winterize the car, lawn, and house making sure all were protected from the winter cold. As I readied myself for holiday decorating I realized I was neglecting myself—my skin. My hands were cold and chapped and as I applied hand cream it dawned on me—we often winterize everything but ourselves. Here are a few tips to help protect and winterize the skin youre in.

Moisturize: Our skin can become dry and brittle as the dry winter air depletes our skin of needed moisture. Daily moisturizing is important and different skin types may require different moisturizers. Cream-based moisturizers are usually better than lotions for normal to dry skin types. Choosing the right soap is also an important part of keeping your skin clean and moisture in balance. I recommend using fragrance-free, moisturizing formulas, and avoiding deodorant soaps which may irritate your skin. For best Continue reading Loving the Skin Youre In

Big Blue Crush – Day Three Kentucky Grabs the Lead!


Lexington, KY – The third day was the charm as Kentucky fans outnumbered the Vols and took the Big Blue Crush lead, 1,708 to 1,617.

“Game on,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment. “The great turnout today sends a strong message to Tennessee. Kentucky fans are in it to win it.”

KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a$200 gas card and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.

At KBC donor centers Thursday and Friday all donors will also receive a $10 Continue reading Big Blue Crush – Day Three Kentucky Grabs the Lead!

Microwaving A Turkey

Microwave Turkey

Many people know that it is safe to defrost a whole turkey in the microwave, if the turkey is immediately transferred to a hot grill or oven to finish cooking. On the defrost power level it takes about 10 to 12 minutes per pound to defrost. But you can also cook a turkey successfully in the microwave oven – whole or in parts. Timing can vary because of the wattage of microwaves, so always follow the recommendations of your user’s manual before beginning. Most microwaves will not accommodate more than a 12 to 14 pound turkey. A cooking bag is recommended to help in even cooking. Do not microwave a stuffed turkey; cook the stuffing in a separate casserole. At 50 percent power level, it will take about 9 to 10 minutes per pound for your turkey to cook. Rotate the turkey often. The turkey should be done and safe to consume when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and Continue reading Microwaving A Turkey

Big Blue Crush – Day Two Kentucky Closely Trails Tennessee

KY Blood Center

After Day Two, Kentucky fans are in scoring distance of the goal with Tennessee leading by only 46 units. The score is 1,118 to 1,072.

“A great turnout on Wednesday could easily put Kentucky in the lead. All donors, all types are needed at all KBC locations for us to beat the Vols again this year,” said Martha Osborne, Executive Director of Recruitment and Marketing.

KBC is providing special gifts for donors during the competition. Donors will receive a special edition T-shirt, a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage, a chance to win a $200 gas card and the grand prize NCAA Game Package.

KBC donor centers are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday. There will also be Continue reading Big Blue Crush – Day Two Kentucky Closely Trails Tennessee

Big Blue Crush Results Kentucky Trails Tennessee by 21 After Day 1

KY Blood Center

Lexington, KY – After Day One of the 24th annual Big Blue Crush, Kentucky trails Tennessee by only 21 points, 583 to 562.

The yearly blood battle, which assures a strong blood supply heading into the holidays, will continue through Friday.

All donors will receive a Big Blue Crush T-shirt and a coupon for a free McDonald’s McCafé Beverage. Everyone who registers will also be eligible to win prizes. Monday and Tuesday donors have a chance to score two tickets to the UK-TN football game on Nov. 26. All donors will also be eligible to win one of five $200 gas cards and Continue reading Big Blue Crush Results Kentucky Trails Tennessee by 21 After Day 1

Time to Bleed Blue

KY Blood Center-2011 Big Blue Crush

KentuckyTennessee Blood Battle Begins Monday

Lexington, KY – Kentucky fans can prove they bleed blue during the 24th annual Big Blue Crush, Nov. 14-18.

Big Blue Crush, the yearly blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee fans and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville, provides UK fans an opportunity to defeat Tennessee and save lives.

We will have a blood drive at the First Christian Church in Berea on Tuesday, November 15 from 11 – 5 p.m. as part of the competition.

“I’m encouraging all Kentucky fans to donate blood during Big Blue Crush. It’s a great way to show you support the Wildcats. You can save lives, bleed blue and beat Tennessee during Big Blue Crush,” said UK Continue reading Time to Bleed Blue

Do You Know How to Safely and Properly Process a Deer?

Venison

Thursday, December 15, 2011 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Madison County Cooperative Extension Service
230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, KY
(859) 623-4072

Henry Hawkins, retired journeyman meat cutter and hunter, will demonstrate how to safely and properly process a deer using food safety guidelines (depending on availability of deer carcass.) He will discuss the importance of food safety and sanitation, in obtaining a healthy, quality product to serve your family.
Please call 623-4072 to pre-register by Monday, December 12th.

Kentucky Drivers Entering Peak Season for Deer Collisions

Louisville, KY (October 7, 2011) – When asked to identify the most dangerous animal in the United States, most people, depending on where they live, would likely point first to a bear, mountain lion, alligator or even a shark. While those are all seemingly logical choices, statistics from the Insurance Information Institute reveal that the deadliest animal roaming the Continue reading Kentucky Drivers Entering Peak Season for Deer Collisions

FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 7, 2011

Food Service Inspector
REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH NO FOLLOW-UP DUE
Bennett House, 419 W. Main St., Richmond 100%
Better Burgers & More, 952 Red House Rd., Richmond 100%
Big Hill Food Mart, 10170 Battlefield Memorial Hwy, Berea 95%
Nams Bistro, 330 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond 100%

REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH FOLLOW-UP DUE
Fazolis, 441 Leighway Dr., Richmond 86%
*Potentially hazardous food not Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 7, 2011

FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Food Service Inspector

REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH NO FOLLOW-UP DUE
Applebees #104, 853 Eastern By-Pass, Richmond 98%
Bounce-a-Roos, 285 Prince Royal Dr, Berea 100%
Captain Ds, 1059 Berea Rd, Richmond 98%
Days Inn of Richmond, 2109 Belmont Dr., Richmond 99%
Home Brew Café, 400 Paint Lick Rd., Berea 100%
Kidzone, 101 Hi Ln., Richmond 100%
Qdoba Mexican Grill, 429 Leighway Dr., Richmond 98%
Redi-Mart #6, 2200 Lexington Rd., Richmond 94%

REGULAR INSPECTIONS WITH FOLLOW-UP DUE Continue reading FOOD SERVICE INSPECTIONS FOR WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

Renfro Valley Presents Tanner Dole Day

Renfro Valley Entertainment Center is extremely honored to present Tanner Dole Day, this Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. In Renfro Valley’s efforts to continue helping to support our community and fans around the world, this will be a cancer benefit show that can not be missed.
Tanner Dole, an eighth-grader at Harrison Junior School in Harrison Ohio, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in March, Acute myeloid leukemia. Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common types of leukemia among adults. This type of cancer is rare under age 40. Persons with this type of cancer have abnormal cells inside their bone marrow. The cells grow very fast, and replace healthy blood cells. The bone marrow, which helps the Continue reading Renfro Valley Presents Tanner Dole Day