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Is the shingles vaccine right for you?

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a video and quiz about the shingles vaccine.

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?: http://bit.ly/1YCPw6d
MedlinePlus has additional information about shingles: http://1.usa.gov/1Wb15Cm

Greenness Around Homes Linked to Lower Mortality

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:

“Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes. The results were published Apr. 14 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.”

Read more about the study: http://1.usa.gov/1WaZSes

Full-text: http://1.usa.gov/22HsNH1

Interested in adding more vegetation to your area? Cooperative Extension can offer advice. Find your local office: http://1.usa.gov/1SUN06Y

Walking and Walkable Communities

The benefits of walking as exercise are numerous. But for people who live in areas where sidewalks are few or walking presents a danger, getting out and moving around can be more difficult. The Surgeon General published a Call to Action to promote walking and walkable cities. Even the Transportation Secretary touted the health benefits of walkable communities and safe streets. If you’re stuck in an unwalkable area (for the time being at least), consider some activity alternatives to walking outdoors, such as those listed on “How 10 Minutes Can Be Your Friend When You Want to Workout” http://1.usa.gov/1NqZrpB.

Infographic from SurgeonGeneral.gov

Infographic for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. For a text-version of the information displayed on the infographic, go to http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/walking-and-walkable-communities/sector-infographic.html.

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act, http://1.usa.gov/1qsto39

If you have a new health insurance plan or insurance policy beginning on or after September 23, 2010, the preventive services on this site must be covered without your having to pay a copayment or co-insurance or meet your deductible. This applies only when these services are delivered by a network provider.

There are sections on the site for Adults, Women, and Children.

Link seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide

A new pocket guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the various types of approved medications, screening and assessment tools, and best practices for patient care. Learn more and download Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Pocket Guide at: http://1.usa.gov/1qpPkMd

PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: hhttp://bit.ly/23vzKAI

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at: http://bit.ly/1oYGuEb

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health – A Self-Guided Learning Module for Rural Health Care Teams is designed with two goals in mind: To help people who work in rural health learn more about the concept of social determinants of health; and to enable rural health teams to improve outcomes in their communities by addressing factors that contribute to the social determinants of health. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/20CvwCk

EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning products

The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt 

The Brain Health Resource toolkit

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best. The PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health and the Educator’s Guide, presentation handout, and resource list provide additional information and support. To access this toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1Q3BAvQ