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Food Product Dating Information and Factsheet

Friday, March 24th, 2017

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?Food-related illness can be quite serious, even life threatening, particularly for an older person. Understanding product dates is one way to help you make safe food choices about perishable foods you buy at the grocery store, like meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Learn more about food product dating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

Chronic Care Management Resource

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs. Connected Care is a nationwide effort within fee-for-service Medicare that includes a focus on racial and ethnic minorities as well as rural populations, who tend to have higher rates of chronic disease. To access the resources, please see:

Two resources for National Nutrition Month

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

It’s almost spring and many of us have become discouraged about our diet New Year resolutions. March is National Nutrition Month and though the month is half over there still is time to incorporate better nutrition into our diets.  It’s important not to give up and here are two resources to help get back to eating healthier.

National Nutrition Month® Put Your Best Fork Forward
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is this year’s theme which reminds us to start with small changes in our eating habits – one forkful at a time. Making small changes during National Nutrition Month® and over time, helps improve health now and into the future. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides games, videos, tips as well as a Celebration Toolkit with resources and ideas for school, work and at home. Go to the website to learn more

MyPlate is Here for You During National Nutrition Month!®
Join MyPlate this spring in celebrating a favorite topic, nutrition! You’ll find videos, interactive tools, tip sheets, ideas for eating on a budget and even posters and lesson plans for schools. Whether you are a dietitian, educator, parent, or someone who is just trying to eat a bit better, has resources to help you achieve your healthy eating goals this month, and all year long. Learn more at

Chemicals in Cigarettes (in English and Spanish)

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a set of videos and interactive tools to lay the foundation for an important public health goal: to publish a list of the harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco in a way that is easy to understand. These videos provide the opportunity to explore the production of cigarettes from plant to product to production to puff. These education tools are also available in Spanish from the FDA website:

Keeping pets healthy

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Many people think of their pets as members of their families. Here are some resources for keeping your pets healthy.

Pet Health (MedlinePlus):

Healthy Pets Healthy People (Centers for Disease Control):

Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet (Food and Drug Administration):

Flu Expected to Continue Several More Weeks

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

According to the latest CDC Update, flu is expected to continue for several more weeks. Influenza activity in the United States began to increase in mid-December, remained elevated through February 4, 2017, and is expected to continue. To date, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated overall, but influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses have also been identified.

CDC collects, compiles, and analyzes data on influenza activity year round in the United States. Timing of influenza activity and predominant circulating influenza viruses vary by season. For more details, see the article itself.

Blanton L, Mustaquim D, Alabi N, et al. Update: Influenza Activity — United States, October 2, 2016–February 4, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:159–166.

HHS announces the Move Health Data Forward Challenge Winners

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Department of Health and Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge. Winning submissions will now move on to the challenge’s last phase to develop applications that will allow individuals to share their personal health information safely and securely with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers.

Phase 1 of the Move Health Data Forward Challenge required applicants to submit their plans describing how they would develop solutions to help with the flow of health information. The ten Phase 1 winners were awarded $5,000 each and moved on to Phase 2, which required participants to demonstrate a viable solution to achieve those goals by allowing for the safe and secure exchange of consumer or provider health records.

Each Phase 2 winner below will receive a $20,000 award: CedarBridge Group LLC, EMR Direct, Foxhall Wythe LLC, Live and Leave Well, LLC, and Lush Group, Inc. Some of the projects entail smart phone or web-based application for consumer mediated health data exchange.

The five Phase 2 winners now move to Phase 3 which will award $50,000 for up to two winners based on the participant’s ability to implement their solution through the development of a mobile or web-based application.

For more information and to read the descriptions of the projects, see

NNLM offers health information training for all

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers webinars on health information resources for health professionals and the public. Online training is available for free and is open to anyone.

Upcoming topics include: nutrition information, genetics resources, health information for older adults, and National Library of Medicine toxicology resources. Whether you work in health care, a community based organization, public health or a library, you will find topics of interest.

Professional Development (NNLM):

Pregnancy Social Media Toolkit

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health provides a new toolkit for agencies and organization to use to get out the word in social media about health concerns during pregnancy. Sample tweets, suggested Facebook posts, and suggested blog entries are included for healthcare consumers and for healthcare professionals. Download the Pregnancy Social Media Toolkit (PDF) here:

Staying Active this Winter: Tips

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Last week,  Punxsutawney Phil predicted six weeks more of winter. The following resources can help you stay active, even in the cold and snow.

Find a national park:

Find a state park:

Fighting the Winter Blues (