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Know the ABCs of Diabetes: National Diabetes Month

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Since November is National Diabetes Month, it is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management.

A is for: A1C test – a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.

B is for: Blood pressure – the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.

C is for: cholesterol – there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels.

It is important to monitor each of these at your regular visit with your doctor. Should you develop diabetes, it can be treated with medication, but you need to be aware of potential risks or side-effects. If you or a family member is diabetic, here are some tasty recipes to try that are also healthy.

To read the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1uCJyHX

For National Diabetes Month resources: http://1.usa.gov/1xdWXFl

Tasty recipes: http://1.usa.gov/1tig9LZ

The ABC’s of Antibiotics Infographic

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The 2014 International Infection Prevention Week theme was antibiotic resistance. http://bit.ly/ZUzbRv

This infographic was developed to illustrate when antibiotics work and when they don’t, explains what can happen if antibiotics are used improperly, and shows that you play a key role in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant organisms. The opposite side of the infographic highlights a fact sheet on antibiotic resistance, which includes the top 5 questions you should ask your healthcare professionals about antibiotic. Download the infographic here. http://bit.ly/1xwDUUH

Ebola and Health Literacy

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

“A lot of media outlets have made a good effort to clarify how a person can and cannot get Ebola. But confusion persists. Could it be a health literacy issue?” This entry from the We Love Health Literacy Blog http://bit.ly/12TxWnH will help you understand what terms may cause confusion when explaining Ebola transmission and offer other alternatives.

Managing Your Fear about Ebola

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The American Psychological Association’s Help Center  has some suggestions on how to manage your fears and anxieties concerning Ebola. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.

APA Help Center: http://bit.ly/1yFRqGA

Managing your fear about Ebola: http://bit.ly/10zr7XN

BagIQ uses customer loyalty programs to inform better food choices

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Bag IQ recently launched in beta form and aims to use the food purchase history from loyalty programs to help users make better choices about the foods they eat. It works by linking to the a user’s accounts at the stores they shop at; linked grocers and stores include Harris Teeter, Target, Santoni’s, and many more. In fact, they claim to link to over 500,000 individual locations at which people may by food nationwide and online. It can also capture food purchase history from paper receipts.

To read more: http://bit.ly/1wmVzil

BagIQ:  http://bit.ly/1rntW4l

Use Medicines Wisely: Educational Resources

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health has resources for consumers on using medicines safely. Resources include brochures in English, Spanish, large print and optimized for Braille printers, as well short videos.

Use Medicines Wisely (FDA): http://1.usa.gov/1x9w96O

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