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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  http://bit.ly/1dDBH2M 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

Source: http://www.organdonor.gov/

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: http://1.usa.gov/1hpErob

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: http://1.usa.gov/1fab6a9

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: http://1.usa.gov/1gaBqTB

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: http://1.usa.gov/1fBeRJh

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: http://1.usa.gov/1dgR2Bx

New open online course on International Women’s Health & Human Rights

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.

From the course description:

“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”

Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog: http://bit.ly/1easrD4

Enhanced Availability of Data for Nationally Notifiable Diseases

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Provisional data for cases of selected diseases and conditions reported through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) by the 50 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories are collated and published weekly in MMWR. Beginning with the January 10, 2014, issue, these data are now available at https://data.cdc.gov in various sortable, machine-readable formats that will make them more usable for analyses. Each weekly issue of MMWR includes a link that takes users to that week’s dataset, from which they can link to the new formats.

For the complete notice and more information, visit the CDC website: http://1.usa.gov/1dYFtzN

American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets

Friday, January 17th, 2014

American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service; Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working-Age Adults, 2005-2010.

For the full USDA brief, visit the Press Release page: http://1.usa.gov/1eXrmws

Education and health: new video and policy brief

Monday, January 13th, 2014

From the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

“Americans with fewer years of education have poorer health and shorter lives, and that has never been more true than today. In fact, since the 1990s, life expectancy has decreased for people without a high school education, and especially white women.

Education is important not only for higher paying jobs and economic productivity, but also for saving lives and saving dollars.” [blog posting, 1/7/14: http://bit.ly/1dKqRUD]

Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before (video and policy brief): http://bit.ly/L30lPA