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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Resources

Monday, March 10th, 2014

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

To learn more about developmental disabilities, go to MedlinePlus:

For resources on creating a safe environment for youth with disabilities, go to


U.S. Expands Healthy Food Assistance to Women, Infants and Children

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

“Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government’s so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled on Friday [February 28, 2014.]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980.

The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited to such basics as milk, infant formula, cheese, eggs, cereals, bread and tuna fish.

But many of the changes finalized by the USDA on Friday were instituted on an interim basis in 2007, including the introduction of fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to the list of WIC-covered foods.

In its final form, the overhaul will boost by 30 percent, or $2 per month, the allowance for each child’s fruit and vegetable purchases, and permit fresh produce in lieu of jarred infant food for babies, if their parents prefer.

The update also expands whole grain options available to recipients and allows yogurt as a partial milk substitute, adding to the soy-based beverages and tofu that were previously included.”

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Food Insecurity is a Health Issue

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A Toledo-based hospital system is trying new approaches to address hunger. Treating it as a health issue, the non-profit ProMedica system is building a grocery store selling healthy food, reclaiming unserved food and packaging meals for the hungry. They also started a system to screen hospital patients for food insecurity and connect them to programs that can help and provide them with emergency groceries. Citing social determinants of health as fundamental, ProMedica is forming partnerships with local food banks and other organizations to address community needs. The cost is not a burden as they are able to locate and reallocate resources. Read more at:

HHS Strengthens Patients’ Right to Access Lab Test Reports

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Federal Register  Feb 6, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken action to give patients direct access to their completed lab test reports. These changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the laboratory while maintaining their privacy.

Read the final rule (FR DOC #: 2014-02280) at:

Get Ready for National Nutrition Month March 2014, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

While taste drives most food choices, eating nutrient-rich foods that provide the most nutrition per calorie is one of the best ways to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The focus of National Nutrition Month 2014 will be on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

As part of this public education campaign, the National Nutrition Month’s website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” theme.


Give the Gift of Life: Organ Donation Resources

Monday, February 17th, 2014

According to the Health and Human Services Administration:

  • 121,228 people are waiting for an organ
  • 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ
  • 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives


Check out the MedlinePlus Organ Donation page for resources on becoming a donor, types of donation, and research.  You can even watch a video of a living donor liver transplant surgery.

MedlinePlus-Organ Donation:

February News in Health

Monday, February 10th, 2014

The February NIH News in Health is now available.  Articles include:

  • Stop the Spread of Superbugs
  • Gripped by Gout
  • Distracted Driving Raises Crash Risk
  • Caring for a Seriously Ill Child
  • Featured Website: NIDA for Teens

Read these articles and access past issues:

CDC Announces 2014 Adult Immunization Schedule

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has announced its recommended adult immunization schedule for 2014. Among the key changes to the schedule for 2014 include revised notes on administering vaccines for flu; tetanus, diphtheria, and accellular pertussis; human papillomavirus (HPV); zoster virus; pneumococcal disease and meningococcal disease.

CDC’s easy-to-read immunization schedules are available for health care professionals and the public. Schedules are available for infants and children (birth through 6 years old), preteens and teens (7 through 18 years old), and adults (19 years and older).

CDC Immunization Schedules:

Healthy Moments Radio Broadcast

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Got a few moments? Check out episodes of “Healthy Moments,” a weekly radio broadcast from Dr. Griffin Rodgers, the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Each short episode provides a healthy living tip, and transcripts include links to additional resources.

Recent episodes include:

  • Diabetes’ Link to Heart Disease
  • Walking in the Right Direction
  • Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Time to Cook

Listen to these and other episodes:

February is American Heart Month

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has created a toolkit for raising awareness of heart disease and American Heart Month.

Resources include:

  • Sample newsletter articles, list serv announcements and tweets
  • E-cards
  • Personal health check tools
  • Heart Healthy recipes

Access these and other resources: