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September is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

From the CDC. The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. For every 1,000 babies born, 6 die during their first year.  The loss of a baby remains a sad reality for many parents and takes a serious toll on the health and well-being of families. Find out what you can do to help prevent this from happening and learn how to keep your infant safe.

New Resources in Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The CDC, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit , an online collection of educational materials related to sickle cell trait (SCT).  This toolkit has information for all audiences. There is helpful information for athletes who may be affected by SCT, as well as their trainers, team doctors, and coaches. New fact sheets have been added related to SCT and sports, diabetes testing and blood and organ donation.

Remember September is National Sickle Cell Month.


Tribal Road Safety: Toolkit and Video

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a toolkit to promote vehicle safety among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The toolkit includes fact sheets, posters and a video.

Roadway to Safer Tribal Communities Toolkit:

Home Food Safety Mythbusters

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has developed fact sheets debunking common food safety misconceptions.

Home Food Safety Mythbusters:

Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshop materials

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Six 1-hour workshops were developed, based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 and 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each workshop includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. Workshop titles include:

Enjoy Healthy Food that Tastes Great,

Quick, Healthy Meals and Snacks,

Eating Healthy on a Budget,

Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off,

Making Healthy Eating Part of Your Total Lifestyle,

Physical Activity is the Key to Living Well.

All workshops are available in Spanish and are free to order.  For more information:

CMS awards $67 million in Affordable Care Act funding to help consumers sign-up for affordable Health Insurance

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, the three year-long Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs.

In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. Consumers in federally-facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces can visit Find Local Help  to find assistance in their area.

For a list of HHS Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources, please visit:

Healthy Aging Action Kit to Take Charge of Your Health

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Our health concerns change as we age, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed or confused by all the changes. Take charge of your health no matter what your age.

Order the FREE Healthy Aging Action Kit to learn what you need to know about a variety of health issues older women face. You’ll be armed with questions to ask your doctor and a firm understanding of how to live your healthiest no matter what your age.

The Action Kit includes a copy of publications on using medicines wisely, dietary supplements, health scams, hospital hints and other topics! Order your free kit here:


CDC launches new Healthy Youth website

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health is excited to announce that the Healthy Youth website has a new look! The new Healthy Youth website is in a responsive web design, which means that the content can be easily accessed via multiple devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.
In addition, the website has been reorganized to make it easier to find information. Make sure to check out the site for the unveiling!”

Healthy Youth (CDC):

Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month: Toolkit

Monday, August 24th, 2015

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month. has a toolkit for encouraging healthy eating at home, school and work. The toolkit includes e-cards and social networking messages, as well as links to resources.


FDA Guide on Vaccines

Friday, August 21st, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a handy guide for parents and caregivers as we head into a new school year including the vaccine schedule and requirements. Download the guide and find a link to the FDA’s online resource: Vaccines for Children, A Guide for Parents and Caregivers.