What We Do:

Every 4 years, the Christian County Health Department works with  community members across the county to evaluate the health status of our population. Key health issues are identified through the process and the Christian County Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan is established and published throughout the area. Health Educators from our Health Education Department review the current health issues and research evidence based programs to implement within the community to address these issues.  

What programs do we offer?

Go 365 Screenings

Go365 is a personalized wellness and rewards program that helps KEHP employees make healthier decisions. Learn how Go365 can benefit your KEHP workforce. Our team can also provide annual Go365 screenings. 

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Sex Education

FACT: Teen birth rates are 37% higher in Christian County compared to average state rates.

Draw the Line, Respect the Line - Grades 5-8
This program:

  • Stresses that postponing sexual activity is the best plan
  • Covers setting limits to prevent HIV, STD and pregnancy
  • Discusses social pressures, challenges to personal limits, and communication and refusal skills
  • Evaluated in a research study
  • Offers fun, interactive lessons

Be Proud! Be Responsible! - Grades 9-12

"Be Proud! Be Responsible!" is a curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, motivation and skills necessary to change their behaviors in ways that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and getting pregnant.

ABC’s of Sex Education - Grades 8-Adult

In school the social pressures are high and this 3-part series specifically outlines the effects of risky sexual behaviors including STD’s and pregnancy prevention as well as healthy relationships.

The Puberty Workshop - Grades 4 - 6

This program arms students with everything they need to know about the emotional and physical changes of puberty.

Parents Matter!

Parents Matter! is an evidence-based prevention program for parents of pre-teens. This community-level family prevention program is designed to teach effective parenting practices and promote parent-child discussions about sexuality and sexual risk reduction.

Hygiene

FACT: Hand washing and hygiene initiatives greatly reduce the number of absences, sick leaves, and lost productivity. 

Basic Hygiene - Grades 3-8

This straight-forward program teaches the basics of good hygiene. Throughout the lesson, students are reassured that body odor, bad breath, tooth decay, oily hair, skin break outs and acne can all be managed by developing good habits of personal care.

Smile Smarts– Grades Pre K-8

Smile Smarts! is dental health curriculum offering education on how to properly care for your teeth.

Germbusters - Grades PreK - Adult

This single session workshop educates participants on proper hand washing techniques emphasizing that proper hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of dis-

Nutrition/Physical Activity 

FACT: Research indicates that families and friends who make healthy lifestyle changes together have a better chance for success. 

Color Me Healthy - Grades Pre K-K

Color Me Healthy is a program developed to reach children ages four and five with fun, interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating.

Serving Up MyPlate - Grades K-6

Serving Up MyPlate is a curriculum that can be taught in a series or as a single session program integrating nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands–on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity to staying healthy.

Eat Healthy, Be Active - Adults

This collection of 6 workshops can be conducted in a series or as standalone presentations. Topics include Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great, Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks, Eating Healthy on a Budget, Tips for Losing Weight, Making Healthy Eating a Part of Your Lifestyle, and Physical Activity is the Key to Living Well.

Fit Together Project –Friends and Family

Participants work in small groups of their existing friends and family to learn easy and practical ways to eat healthier, become more active, and take control of their health conditions.

Eat Smart Live Strong - Senior Population

This program is designed for able-bodied, independent, older adults 60 to 74 years of age. They promote specific eating and physical activity behaviors shown to improve health and well-being. Topics include: Reach Your Goals, Step By Step, Challenges and Solutions, Colorful and Classic Favorites, and Eat Smart, Spend Less.

Physical Activity Workshops / Obstacle Courses

Health educators conduct single session workshops that include physical activity to get participants up and moving as well as provide participants with tips and tools to make healthy food and physical activity choices.

The Great Heart Adventure - All Ages

Think of the Heart Adventure Challenge Course as a larger-than-life science lesson that’ll amaze participants. Acts as a fantastic journey, moving participants through the heart’s four chambers in a fitness course that’s specifically designed to be more than mere physical activity. Participants receive a general understanding of the heart, and the vital role exercise plays in their lives.

Tobacco Education

FACT: 27% of the Christian County population are smokers, exceeding both state and national statistics.

Tobacco and Death: Perfect Together Grades 7-12 and Adult

This session program interviews real people whose lives have been ravaged by tobacco use. Information is intertwined with actual images of diseased lungs, damaged hearts, and various cancers to give viewers a true picture of the effects of tobacco.

QUIT NOW Kentucky

Kentucky's Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT NOW, offers one-on-one proactive counseling for tobacco users who are ready to quit using tobacco products. This Quit Now Kentucky Cessation Services Fact Sheet is an abbreviated explanation of the services offered by the quitline. Here is a Spanish version.

Freedom From Smoking

This 8 session program provides peer support as well as smoking patches to aid participants in success toward quitting smoking. Since it was first introduced almost 30 years ago, the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program has helped over a million Americans end

Substance Abuse Education

Tobacco and Death: Perfect Together Grades 7-12 and Adult

This session program interviews real people whose lives have been ravaged by tobacco use. Information is intertwined with actual images of diseased lungs, damaged hearts, and various cancers to give viewers a true picture of the effects of tobacco.

Everything You Need to Know About Substance Abuse Grades 7-8

Following this presentation, your students are sure to reevaluate their thoughts and behavior con-cerning substance abuse. Substances covered are tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, inhalants, stimu-lants, club drugs and performance-enhancing drugs.

The Truth About Drugs—Grades 9-12

This program is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred educational program that covers each of the most commonly abused substances.

Death By Alcohol-The Sam Spady Story - Grades 9-12

This program reinforces the legal ramifications of underage drinking, as well as the health risks. See the Sam Spady story, and learn how easy it is for a tragedy like this to happen. Learn how to protect yourself and your friends from this happening to you.

Additional Programs

Safe Sitter

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth (ages 11-14) life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. 50.00 fee-scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Educational Bingo Games

Participants explore health topics through fun-filled bingo games that encourage healthy habits. Games include Nutrition Bingo, Chair Activity Bingo, and much, much more!

Parenting Resources

 CPR Certification

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Community Health Initiatives

100 Mile Challenge—September

During this physical activity challenge, participants set a goal to walk 100 miles. This program is great for anyone, and is especailly beneficial for those who are currently physically inactive and looking for motivation to get moving! 

Great American Smoke Out—November

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be tak-ing an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Don’t Fry-Day—Summer

The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated “Don’t Fry Day” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors.

Mission to the Moon

We are looking for people like YOU to join us on our Mission to the Moon! Our mission is to travel 240,000 miles as a community through physical activity whether it be running, walking, swimming, cycling, or whatever activity you like to do! Signing up is easy! Visit www.missiontothemoon.net, create an account, and start logging your miles! 

Kick Butts Day

National Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. Coordinate with the Christian County Health Department to organize a Kick Butts Day event at your school or facility!

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