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ALS: Beyond the Bucket

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Over the past couple of weeks, many of you may have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Want to know more about the disease, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease?

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis Fact Sheet (National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke): http://1.usa.gov/1zso51h

Amyotropic Laterial Sclerosis (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1qbP7I4

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

Safe Summer Driving

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Summer is the deadliest time of year to be on the road. In fact, nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than are killed during the rest of the year’s months combined, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This increase is linked directly to alcohol consumption.  

Visit the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s public health blog to get more information and see an infographic that illustrates the need for drivers to stay sober: http://bit.ly/1BhstUB

Public Health is for Everyone Toolkit

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Public Health is for Everyone is an online toolkit which serves as a one-stop resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. The PHEtoolkit provides public health professionals with resources to enhance their planning efforts in key issue areas.

Visit the Public Health is for Everyone website: http://bit.ly/1oy0jk9

 

SAMHSA’s “KnowBullying” app helps prevent bullying

Friday, August 15th, 2014

KnowBullying, a free smartphone app created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others with information and communication support to help prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

KnowBullying provides concerned parents, caregivers, educators, and others:
  • Conversation Starters: Start easy, meaningful conversations with your children.
  • Tips: Learn strategies to prevent bullying for ages 3 to 6, 7 to 13, and older teens.
  • Warning Signs: Recognize if your child is engaging in bullying, being bullied, or witnessing bullying.
  • Reminders: Talk with your child when the time feels right: a quiet moment on the way to school or a game, during dinner, or playing outside.
  • Social Media: Share successful strategies and useful advice via Facebook, Twitter, email, and text messages.

For the complete press release from SAMHSA, visit their news release page: http://1.usa.gov/1l7s5mX

CDC Online Course for Violence Prevention

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence. In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In 2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social services, and other expenses.

To help prevent violence, the CDC has released a free online training course, Principles of Prevention. The training teaches the key concepts of primary prevention, public health approach, and social-ecological model, and offers CDC approved continuing education credits. Participants complete interactive exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence: child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

Principles of Prevention: http://1.usa.gov/1xLqmni

August 1 is National Girlfriends Day

Friday, August 1st, 2014

August 1 is National Girlfriends Day. Friends can support your efforts, work out with you, and call your attention to matters you may be ignoring. Celebrate female friendship and support your girlfriends by helping them stay safe and live well.

The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) offers award-winning comprehensive websites, including Womenshealth.gov, that provide reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. They cover a wide variety of health topics, ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging.

OWH also offers free assistance by phone though an information referral center. Call 800-994-9662, toll-free, and trained information specialists can answer your calls in either English or Spanish. Operators are trained to handle relay calls for those who rely on relay services.

Office on Women’s Health: Womenshealth.gov

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

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