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October is Health Literacy Month

This is the 11th year of Health Literacy Month — an annual awareness-raising event started in 1999 by Helen Osborne along with a team of health literacy advocates.   The theme for Health Literacy Month 2009 is “Why Health Literacy Matters: Sharing Our Stories in Words, Pictures, and Sound.” See more about Health Literacy Month and read stories of people’s experiences online at http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/ A new story will be posted each day http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/hlmonth_stories.asp

On September 23rd, “Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri proclaimed October to be Health Literacy Month in Missouri to encourage Missouri residents and health professionals to learn more about the importance of health literacy. The proclamation recognizes the work of Health Literacy Missouri, a Missouri Foundation for Health project to enhance health literacy in Missouri, and the Health Communication Research Center (HCRC) at the University of Missouri.” http://tinyurl.com/nx4n76 You can watch their amazing “Health Literacy Missouri” video online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVzULPi3ydU

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