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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 (

Funding opportunity for community partners: All of Us

Monday, February 6th, 2017

From the National Institutes of Health:

“The National Institutes of Health has announced a new opportunity for organizations interested in helping engage volunteers in the All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. This funding opportunity, open to national and regional organizations, as well as local community groups, will support activities to promote enrollment and retention in the All of Us Research Program across diverse communities.

All of Us is an ambitious effort to gather data over time from 1 million or more people living in the United States, with the ultimate goal of accelerating research and improving health. Unlike research studies that are focused on a specific disease or population, All of Us will serve as a national research resource to inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions. Researchers will use data from the program to learn more about how individual differences in lifestyle, environment and biological make-up can influence health and disease. By taking part, people will be able to learn more about their own health and contribute to an effort that will advance the health of generations to come.”

More information about the All of Us Research Program and the funding opportunity:

Michael Phelps and Depression – NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Michael Phelps shares his struggles with depression in the Winter 2017 issue of the NIH MedlinePlus Magazine. Additional articles include:

  • Understanding Depression
  • Treating the Problem Prostate
  • Beating Breast Cancer
  • Putting a Pause in Pain
  • From Hot Flashes to Cool Insights: Menopause

If you would like to receive email updates about the magazine or a free print subscription, visit

Myth-Busting Popular Natural Products Marketed for Disease Prevention and Wellness

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has compiled myths and facts about the use of natural products for health issues, such as insomnia, cognitive decline and cold prevention.

Myth-Busting Popular Natural Products Marketed for Disease Prevention and Wellness (NCCIH Clinical Digest):

Healthy People 2020: New Infographics on Progress Towards Objectives

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The Healthy People 2020 team announced the release of interactive infographics showing data from the Midcourse Review. The Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review helps evaluate the progress we’re making as a Nation toward Healthy People goals and objectives. To support this process, Healthy People 2020 created interactive infographics that show the status of measurable Healthy People objectives—so you can see where targets have been met and where there is still work to do to meet targets by the end of the decade.

Use these infographics to see progress data for:

  • All topic areas
  • All Leading Health Indicators (LHIs)

To read more and see the infographics, please visit:

CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers™ ads will continue in 2017 encouraging smokers to quit through messages from real people whose lives were negatively affected by smoking.  Beginning on January 9 through the first half of 2017 these ads will run nationally on broadcast and cable TV, in magazines and online.  These ads focus on diseases and conditions such as throat and lung cancer, heart attack, stroke, periodontal disease, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. To learn more about the 2017 campaign and the impact and results of past ads visit


January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month.  To learn more about TBI go to the MedlinePlus topic page, Traumatic Brain Injury or the Kid’s Health topic page, Cold, Ice and Snow Safety


Tool for Shared Decision Making for Opioid Use Disorder

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released an online, interactive, shared decision-making tool for people with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder. The Decisions in Recovery and accompanying handbook are designed to help people learn about treatment options for opioid use disorder so they can work with their health care providers in deciding what might work best for them. Decisions in Recovery is primarily designed for individuals with, or seeking recovery from, opioid use disorder and their service providers. It can also be used by health officials, policymakers, and other members of the community involved in the problem of opioid use disorder. Learn more:

Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Providers

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Designed for a broad range of healthcare providers, including direct providers, administrators, and healthcare organizations, this toolkit from the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program at the University of Colorado provides an education on tobacco use, skills for engaging in tobacco cessation discussions, efficient methods for assessing an individual’s readiness to quit, and information and research on treatments. Also available in Spanish. Learn more and download the toolkit (PDF) here: