Rising healthcare costs are an issue for most of us, making it imperative that we be proactive in taking care of ourselves.

Some preventative actions we can take on our own, others might require coaching.

King's Daughters' Hospital, the Clearinghouse and the Jefferson County Health Department have joined forces to begin a new informational health program for residents.

The programs are free.

The initiative is called "House of Health," and will be held at Bicentennial Park on the second Friday of the month.

The series begins Friday with sun safety. The August program will address diabetes, and September's program will focus on hand hygiene. All programs are scheduled from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Registration is not required. All you need to do is show up and participate in the discussion.

More programs are likely, but a schedule has not been determined. If you attend one of the programs, let your thoughts be known about what issues you would like to see on a future agenda.

Health issues in Jefferson County mirror those across the state. Local residents commonly face issues of childhood and adult obesity, tobacco addiction, heart disease and diabetes, says Heather Foy of KDH.

"Our goal is to find the health needs in our community and have King's Daughters' take the lead or supportive role," she said.

We have one suggestion for the sponsors. How about varying the times of the sessions so that folks who work during the day might have a chance to attend.

Thanks to KDH, the county and the Clearinghouse for offering this program. We hope residents take advantage of the opportunity.