Fayette County Public Health
Washington Court House, Ohio
Planning, and School
Nursing are just a few of
the services provided by
our nursing staff.
The Environmental Health
division protects and
promotes public health
and safety through public
enforcement of state
rules and regulations.
If disaster strikes, are you
page offers helpful links
WIC, Help Me Grow, and
programs are all programs
designed to promote the
health and well-being of
Fayette County families.
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
General Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Fayette County Health District
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington C.H., OH 43160
General Phone: 740-335-5910
Environmental Health: 740-333-3590
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528
24/7 Phone Number: 740-505-1936
Contracted Insurance Companies
The Fayette County Health Department
accepts the following insurance:
Aetna, Aetna Medicare
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medicare (for Flu, Pneumonia and Hep B Only)
Ohio PPO Connect
United Healthcare, United Healthcare Community
Local Solid Waste and
Click on the links below for a list of septic
and solid waste haulers currently
approved by the Fayette County Health
District. List subject to change.
Updates will be provided on a timely
Solid Waste Haulers
February is American Heart Month
Infant massage classes begin
Massaging your baby is a beautiful and loving way to begin a lifelong relationship.
Infant massage is a preventive program that provides loving touch right from the start.
Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting
and family life and promote the well-being of the infant. Infant massage contains such
critical elements of bonding as eye-to-eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds,
loving touch, smell and mutual interaction. Studies show that bonding increases a
parent's feeling of attachment as well as the desire to nurture and care for their infant.
Help Me Grow and Cindy Hayes, certified infant massage instructor and licensed
occupational therapist, will offer infant massage classes at the Fayette County Health
Department. These will be most appropriate for parents with children between the
ages of 6 weeks through pre-crawling (usually about 9 months).
BENEFITS FOR BABY
- Emotionally nourishes the baby
- Enhances bonding and attachment
- Helps to strengthen and regulate the baby's primary systems (respiratory, circulatory,
nervous, musculature and gastrointestinal, enhances immune system)
- Reduces gas and colic and allows baby to sleep better - helps with constipation
- Decreases irritability and excessive crying
- Helps baby to relax and release the tensions of daily stimuli
BENEFITS FOR PARENTS
- Promotes better understanding of infant cues
- Enhances communication and emotional ties
- Increases confidence and handling skills
- Helps parents unwind and relax
- Increases vocalization and direct eye-contact
- Gives fathers a special time to connect and bond
- Thursday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m.
- Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
Classes last about an hour to an hour and a half. Parents will receive a bottle of
massage oil and a book that explains the strokes.
WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS
- Soft comfortable blanket
- Extra cloth diapers or small towel
- Normal baby gear and maybe special toy
- Stimulated babies get hungry, so be prepared to feed
- Dress baby in easy to remove clothing
- You will be sitting on the carpet so you may want to bring a pillow to sit on
AT NO COST TO THE PUBLIC
Why not try something that would help everyone to relax, and decrease crying time -
who would pass that up? So if you are interested, please call Laura in the Help Me
Grow office at 740-335-5111 to register. Class sizes are limited and registration is
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent
heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Fayette County Health
District is promoting Heart Health.
Ohioans have a higher prevalence of chronic disease compared with the rest of the
U.S. Ohio ranks 40th for overall health in the country. In 2012, six of the 10 leading
causes of death in Ohio were attributed to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes
and kidney disease, accounting for 62% (69,211) of Ohio deaths. Some of these
chronic diseases can be curtailed by healthier lifestyle habits such as healthier
diets and more exercise of some type.
The Fayette Fat Fighters is a free program that the health district offers on Monday
evenings. It is a class that promotes health, weight loss and exercise. Each week
one can weigh-in from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM and class is from 5:30 to 6:00 PM. The
class is led by Jeannie Bihl, RN, the Health Educator. It consists of educational
information, fun facts on how to eat healthy, tips on grocery shopping and ideas on
how to make healthy choices at restaurants. We are not really on diets, we are just
trying to eat real foods, drink more water and exercise more! Exercise does not
always mean joining the gym - but moving more in a variety of ways like taking a
walk every day . Overall it is a lifestyle change. The class is very relaxed, everyone
shares info and ideas, sometimes we play games, door prizes and taste tests.
Please feel free to join us on Mondays.
Yes you can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already
have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
•Watch your weight.
•Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
•Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
•If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
•Get active and eat healthy.
A year from now you will wish you had started today!