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Prevent prescription drug abuse

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

June is National Safety Month. Week 1’s theme is: Prevent prescription drug abuse.

The Prescription Drug Abuse page on MedlinePlus has a number of resources on recognizing, preventing and treating medication abuse.

Resources include:

Risks in Your Home (Drug Enforcement Administration) http://bit.ly/1pADYSU

Signs of Painkiller Abuse and Addiction (Easy-to-Read from the National Institute on Drug Abuse) http://1.usa.gov/1kBT4jc

More at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1h0Br1r

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has created a resource for eating healthy on a budget. The site has tips for finding healthy food bargains, including a sample two-week menu.

ChooseMyPlate.gov Healthy Eating on a Budget: http://1.usa.gov/1kyh23I

Think Cultural Health: The CLAS Clearinghouse

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services hosts a clearinghouse of materials related to the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards (CLAS) on their website: http://1.usa.gov/1oocLzi.

The CLAS Clearinghouse is a compilation of resources and publications on the Web related to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. You may search the CLAS Clearinghouse by keyword by using a search “cloud” (the size of the keyword represents the number of times it appears in the Clearinghouse) or by using a list provided on the site. Materials include resources such as tools, or that support research, policy, and education & training.

National Women’s Health Week and Checkup Day

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

National Women’s Health Week (May 11th – 17th) and National Women’s Checkup Day (May 12th) provide communities, stakeholders and health care providers with the opportunity to focus on women’s mental and physical health concerns.  To help women live longer, healthier lives and reduce the risk for certain diseases, providers and communities can promote:

  • Regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Improving mental health
  • Avoiding risky behaviors (i.e. smoking or not wearing a seat belt)

Factsheets, events and activity planning resources can be found on the National Women’s Health week web page of Womenshealth.gov – http://1.usa.gov/RpstPy.  Materials are also available on the Spread the word webpage – http://1.usa.gov/1mAjBk1 –  to make it easy for people to what information about National Women’s Health Week with friends, family and colleagues, including pre-developed Facebook posts and Tweets, newsletter next and web badges.

Get off your seat! New Healthy You handout

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This month’s Healthy You, from The Nation’s Health, focuses on the dangers of sitting for long periods of time and provides tips for “getting off your seat.” The one-page handout can be reprinted and is available in English and Spanish.

Download: http://bit.ly/UD9hur

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Get your outreach toolkit and be ready to promote this event with campaign materials and resources available courtesy of the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) Center for Health Communications. http://1.usa.gov/1fr3T6D

Reducing Asthma and Allergy Triggers

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Spring is here. The American Lung Association has some tips on how to control springtime allergy and asthma symptoms.

http://bit.yl/1hplb2j

 

 

 

 

 

Seasonal allergies: Resources

Monday, April 21st, 2014

For many, spring time brings seasonal allergies. MedlinePlus has resources on the diagnosis, prevention and control of seasonal allergy symptoms, including tips on how to determine if you have a cold or allergies.

MedlinePlus: Hay Fever http://1.usa.gov/1jqELhm

Take a Walk in a Park!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

April 19-27, 2014, is National Parks Week.  The National Park Service has partnered with doctors and healthcare organizations to promote outdoor recreation as part of a healthy lifestyle.

See examples of healthcare/National Park Service partnerships: http://1.usa.gov/QzIhyS

Find a national park near you: http://1.usa.gov/REW5t5

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

“The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. There are 26 LHIs organized into 12 topics. On April 8, 2014, Healthy People 2020 unveiled a report highlighting the progress made within each of these LHIs through the first third of the decade.

There are 14 health indicators that have either been met or are improving in this first third of the decade, including:

  • Fewer adults smoking cigarettes
  • Fewer children exposed to secondhand smoke
  • More adults meeting physical activity targets
  • Fewer adolescents using alcohol or drugs”

Read the report: http://1.usa.gov/1n8SlfQ