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Living with Diabetes
Self-Management Education Class

Learn the skills you need to live well with diabetes in our FREE Class

  • Self Monitoring Blood Sugar
  • Benefits of Being Active
  • Understanding your Medications
  • Healthy Eating and Meal Planning
  • Become a Self-Manager
To schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian for Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes Management call your local county health department center.

Know your ABC’s of Diabetes

A1C-Your average blood glucose over 3 months. The goal A1C is less than 7% for most people with diabetes.

Blood Pressure-For most people with diabetes, goal blood pressure is less than 130/80.

Cholesterol-LDL or the “bad” cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dl. Triglycerides “fat in the blood” should be less than 150 mg/dl. HDL “good” cholesterol should be greater than 50 mg/dl.

Kentucky River Smoke Free Guide

The Kentucky River District Health Department would like to recognize the following restaurants for being smoke free and protecting the health of the residents of the Ky. River Area. If you would like your restaurant recognized please contact Maxine Ritchie, Tobacco Coordinator at (606) 436-2196.


  • Napier’s



  • Kud Zu Corner
  • Dairy Queen
  • Giovanni’s
  • Subway

Letcher - All Restaurants are smoke free. Ordinance enacted on July 2006.



  • Dairy Queen
  • Subway (East Main, Hazard Village Shopping Center, and in the WalMart Super Center)
  • Wendy’s (Black Gold Plaza and Hazard Village Shopping Center)
  • Quizno’s
  • Arby’s
  • Taco Bell
  • Hardees


Ky.’s Tobacco Quit Line—Need Help to Stop Smoking?  Use this FREE Effective Resource

1-800-QUIT NOW is a free, statewide, telephone-based tobacco cessation resource. The quit line provides information to tobacco users and non-tobacco users on tobacco dependence and its treatment, the dangers of secondhand smoke, and other tobacco-related information. Information may include advice for a family and friends on helping a tobacco user quit, and support for a quit attempt. The quit line offers a one-on-one proactive counseling program for tobacco users who are ready to quit.

Anyone can call the quit line. The quit line provides support for people who want to stop smoking or using other tobacco products; offers information on tobacco dependence for health professionals, and families or friends of tobacco users; and provides information on community, regional or national cessation resources. Counselors also have specific training and call protocols for pregnant women and spit tobacco users. Callers under the age of 18 are required to have parental consent prior to counseling. Counselors will request brief demographic information from callers such as age, smoking history, zip code; however, all calls are confidential. For individuals who are hearing impaired, the TDY/TDD number is (800) 969-1393.

The hours to speak with a live counselor will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Eastern time zone. Callers to the quit line after regular hours will have the option to leave a voice message, and the call will be returned the next business day by a quit line counselor.

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Health Department Holiday Closing Dates

  • Mon. September 4 - Labor Day
  • Fri. November 10 - Veterans Day
  • Thurs.-Fri. Nov. 23 -24 - Thanksgiving
  • Mon.-Tues. December 25-26 - Christmas
  • Mon. January 1 - New Years

Reach out and Read Program

Research has shown the importance of reading to your child at an early age.  The staff at Kentucky River District Health Department encourages reading to your child daily beginning at birth.

Every child who participates in our Well Child Program will receive age appropriate books at each preventive visit.

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