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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. Read about Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets to learn how you can reduce your child’s sodium intake. This page also provides a series of interesting infographics (larger versions and the text) about sodium and a section about what the federal government, schools, parents, and restaurants can do to help reduce sodium.

Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qNRaUz

For large text and info graphic: http://1.usa.gov/1tav27S

October is Health Literacy Month

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Health Literacy month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. The theme for Health Literacy Month, 2014 is “Be  A Health Literacy Hero.” It’s about taking action to improve health literacy. Heroes can be individuals, teams, or organizations who understand the importance of health information literacy. Here are some health literacy resources to get started: Health Literacy from MedlinePlus (also available in Spanish): http://1.usa.gov/Rxa1Ps; from the Centers for Disease Control, information and health literacy activities by state: http://1.usa.gov/1r1ZpuP; and from Health.gov, health communication guidelines: http://1.usa.gov/1mclyYP

Ebola Infographics: what you need to know about the Ebola virus

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Here are several  fact sheets with graphics and illustrations to help you understand and explain to others about the Ebola virus.

Infographics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1qxu6sq

Here is what you need to know if you are traveling to and from Ebola-affected countries. The World Health Organization’s infographic  for travelers: http://bit.ly/1tKsUlO

 

 

Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Institute on Aging has created a presentation toolkit based on the booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People. The toolkit includes slides, speaker notes and participant handouts.

Topics include:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

Access the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1sqa9Cr

Kids.gov September Calendar

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Start your school year off right by checking the Kids.gov September calendar for upcoming special events. The calendar features websites, lesson plans, and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month, National Cholesterol Education Month, National Preparedness Month, World Suicide Prevention Day and a lot more! Don’t forget to bookmark the main calendar page, so you can plan for the rest of the school year!

September calendar: http://1.usa.gov/YFlC8z

Main calendar page: http://1.usa.gov/1pW3LUH

 

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

FDA Gives Latinas Tools to Fight Diabetes reveals that nearly one million Latinas aren’t aware that they are at risk of developing diabetes, and many will likely not get the preventive care they need. Overall, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans (8.3 percent of the population). To help prevent the spread of diabetes, the FDA offers resources to help women of Latin American ancestry and all Americans reduce their risk or to find the most effective treatment.  Search catalog for tools by keyword: http://bit.ly/1tlIi91

Webinar: Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations

Monday, August 18th, 2014

On August 20, 2014, from 3-4 pm ET, Mental Health America is hosting a webinar entitled Social and New Media for Mental Health Organizations. The webinar is designed for those who work in the mental health field but who do not use social media regularly.

Presenters: Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits; Mike Thornsbury, Marketer and Mental Health Volunteer; Jessica Kennedy, Webmaster, Mental Health America

More information and instructions for logging into the webinar: http://bit.ly/1pEWNDS

Webinar: Social Media Impact for Health Communication

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Join the “Social Media Impact for Health Communication” webinar to learn about both the potential impact and limitations of social media as a tool for health communication. Two expertsfrom UMass Medical School, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Viswanath Lab will present their research findings on the use of social media for health organizations.

Social Media Impact for Health Communication
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am ET
http://bit.ly/1ljT7lE

New Diabetes Resource

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

National Diabetes Education Program: New resource. Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Toolkit for Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD). This enhanced toolkit was designed to help medical professionals work together to recognize the early danger signs of diabetes, decrease the risk of complications, and manage medication therapy. Get the toolkit here:  http://1.usa.gov/1oeo8XW

Kids.gov is on Pinterest!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

While there are plenty of useful resources out there on the internet, sometimes locating all the helpful ones can be a tedious task. With the Kids.gov Pinterest boards, you know you are always getting safe, fun and useful government information on a wide variety of topics. Parents can use our boards to find informaiton online safety for their kids, homework help, fun and safe online activities and more. Teachers, find a variety of free lesson plans and classroom activities divided by subject matter, such as history, science and more. Find it all at http://bit.ly/1n7s909