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NIH Body Weight Planner Added to USDA SuperTracker Food and Activity Tool

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have partnered to add the NIH Body Weight Planner to the USDA’s SuperTracker online tool as a goal-setting resource to help people achieve and stay at a healthy weight. The SuperTracker tool empowers people to build a healthier diet, manage weight, and reduce risk of chronic disease.

http://1.usa.gov/1Iran95

Medicaid Reimbursement Toolkit for Health Education

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Education is an important part of preventing chronic disease and improving health outcomes. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has released a new toolkit, entitled Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans, which can be used to help prepare a state Medicaid plan amendment to request reimbursement for preventive services provided by health education specialists. The toolkit includes fact sheets, examples, and instructions for how health education specialists can work with local partners for a state plan to obtain reimbursement for prevention services. Access the toolkit here: http://bit.ly/1IhdgHu

How to Find Farmers Markets in Your Area

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Why shop at a farmers market? Watch this video to learn about the benefits of buying fresh, nutritious, delicious and locally grown foods. Hear a Nutrition.gov registered dietitian talk with shoppers and farmers. Then go visit your local farmers market for the freshest food in season!  http://1.usa.gov/1f3LBP0

To find a farmers market in your area search the Farmers Markets Directory Search from the USDA. Some markets are able to take SNAP & WIC benefits for payment. http://1.usa.gov/1gC7RR8

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news? Childhood obesity can be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for kids to eat healthier and move more. Make a difference for kids: Spread the word about strategies for preventing childhood obesity and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. To learn more and access the toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1LceDYM

National Immunization Awareness Month: Toolkit

Monday, July 13th, 2015

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. healthfinder.gov has a toolkit for spreading the word about immunizations in your community through social media, email, newsletters and other media.

Toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1CB7Kih

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, contains the information and tools needed to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices in primary care settings. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings as well. The toolkit includes sections on educating clinicians and office staff and developing mental health partnerships, as well as patient management tools and patient education tools.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care: http://bit.ly/1KUBKZp

FEMA Launches New Data Visualization Tool

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new data visualization tool that enables users to see when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country. The data visualization tool is accessible at FEMA: Data Visualization and allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data. Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis. On the site, you can see compelling visual representations of federal grant data as it relates to fire, preparedness, mitigation, individual assistance and public assistance.

FEMA: Data Visualization: http://1.usa.gov/1JZ2hBS

AHRQ Chartbook on Healthy Living 2014

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthy Living Chartbook is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). The QDR includes annual reports to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. This chartbook includes a summary of trends across measures of healthy living from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of healthy living. A PowerPoint version is also available that users can download for presentations.

AHRQ Chartbook on Healthy Living 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1Hid5I5

Aging Conference and Resources

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The White House Conference on Aging is having a national conversation about how to best address the changing aging landscape in the coming decade.

You can watch a live stream of the event, register to host a viewing party, participate in Q & A with experts, tweet using the has tag #WHCOA, how to get involved and more!

For more information: http://bit.ly/1Csn4O5

 

State and Area Agency on Aging Finder

Administration on Aging – Directory of state and area agencies on aging, which help ensure resources and support services are available to older adults.

http://1.usa.gov/1D3MRXS

Healthy Borders

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

The United States – Mexico Border Commission provides international leadership to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S. – Mexico border. A new report, “Healthy Border 2020″, addresses public health priorities of binational concern, and provides a framework for border region public health goals and actions to improve the health of U.S. and Mexico border residents. Learn more and access the report:  http://bit.ly/1JPGiQH