Dear Jessamine County Citizen,
The Jessamine County Health Department is committed to protecting and improving your health. We accomplish our mission in a variety of ways including restaurant and public facility inspections, sewage inspections, surveillance, investigation and treatment of communicable diseases, nutritional counseling and supplemental food programs through WIC, child and adult immunizations, well child exams, women’s health screenings, dental varnishing and dental sealants, educational programs including chronic disease prevention, nutrition, teen pregnancy prevention programming to include both abstinence and comprehensive sex education, tobacco prevention which includes cessation programs , a home visitation program for first time parents, and much more. We also do preparedness planning to ensure we are ready to serve the community in the wake of disaster or an event that requires immediate public health services.
As a citizen, I encourage you to take responsibility for your health and make sure your personal behavior includes eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting preventive immunizations and checkups as well as not smoking. These practices can lead to an increased number of quality of life years to enjoy with your family and those you love.
Kentucky is one of the unhealthiest states in the nation. Two areas where Jessamine County ranks worse than Kentucky are adult smoking and obesity. 34% of our adults smoke compared to 29% in the state. 29% of our adults are obese compared to 27% in the state. These are two of the most likely areas of behavior which ultimately leads to high risk of chronic disease and cancer. I implore you to help change these statistics by making changes in your own lifestyle and/or encouraging your family and friends to do the same.
We are here to help you on your journey to good health and provide this website as an informational tool to assist you in making necessary changes through education and resources. Thanks for making good health a priority in your life and your encouragement to family and friends.
In Good Health,
Randy Gooch, Public Health Director