Nesbitt: Many Louisvillians Face Health Problems From Smoking, Weight

The director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has delivered an assessment of the health of Louisville citizens and some strategies for improvement. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has been studying the city’s health statistics—the latest available are from 2009. Nesbitt says the smoking rate among Louisville adults was almost 24 percent, down slightly […]

Health Department Seeking New Medical Director

A national search has been launched for a new medical director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. The post was vacated late last month when Dr. Matt Zahn accepted a job in California. Zahn, a California native, is the new epidemiology medical director at the County of Orange Health Care Agency. […]

Flu Shots Begin This Week At Jefferson County Public Schools

Louisville’s heath department and Jefferson County Public Schools are embarking on a campaign to immunize thousands of students against the flu. The immunization campaign was launched two years ago in response to the H1N1 outbreak. This year’s free doses of combined H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine are funded by various federal programs. Health department spokesman […]

Town Hall On Infant Mortality To Be Held In West Louisville

The Healthy Start Initiative of Louisville’s health department will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow on infant mortality. Health department spokesman Dave Langdon says much of the discussion will focus on infant mortality rates in west Louisville neighborhoods. “Those are the neighborhoods that healthy start serves. We see infant mortality rates that are anywhere from […]

Restauranteurs Urged To Take Part In Menu Labeling Program

Twenty-nine Louisville restaurants at 46 locations have signed up so far for a voluntary program to list calorie and other nutritional information on their menus. Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says the program is aimed at smaller establishments, and as many as 1,300 of them are eligible. “We are funding […]

Health Department Revising Restaurant Ratings

The Louisville Metro Health Department is making some adjustments to the letter system it uses grade sanitary conditions at the city’s restaurants and other food facilities. The changes go into effect September 1st. Department environmental health administrator Connie Mendel says places that receive an inspection score of 85 or above with no critical violations will […]

Audio: Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville’s New Health Dept. Director

A deputy director of the Washington, D.C. Department of Health has been chosen to lead the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt will assume the post vacated late last year by Dr. Adewale Troutman, who took a job in Florida. Nesbitt is currently deputy […]