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Two resources for National Nutrition Month

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

Poison Prevention & Treatment Tips

Each year, more than 2 million people—about half of them under age 6—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. ​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. Information is available in English and Spanish in print and audio formats. Go to

Artists Help Heal Communities

In Louisville, Kentucky, artists collaborated to make a difference. The neighborhood of Smoketown has residents who live on the average 9 years less than other residents of Louisville, due to social determinants of health. Artists and community leaders have worked together to communicate this difference through art. Artists trained in developing a framework with with the community to identify health priorities and enable residents to work with policymakers and healthcare institutions to strive towards equity and measure the impact of their work. Read more about the project and its outcomes:

Rural J-1 Visa Waiver

The J-1 Visa Program is designed to help rural communities staff under-served areas with qualified physicians who are international medical graduates. The Rural Health Information Hub provides a topic guide to answer frequently asked questions, list resources, link to organizations and give updated news about this issue. Visit the guide for information on the J-1 Visa Waiver program’s impact on rural health and find news, funding, and resources related to the program:

Chemicals in Cigarettes (in English and Spanish)

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:

Information about Multiple Sclerosis for Kids

Having a parent, grandparent or other loved one with multiple sclerosis (MS) can be difficult or confusing for children. The National MS Society has activity guides and newsletters to help children and the adults in their lives learn about the disease together.

Keep S’myelin (National MS Society):


Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

The Centers for Disease Control’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign has fact sheets, brochures and posters to promote regular colorectal cancer screening tests among people over the age of 50. The materials are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded or ordered in bulk.

Screen for Life:

Keeping pets healthy

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

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.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Chronic Conditions from AHRQ Stats

Among adults with health care expenses in 2014, those treated for multiple chronic conditions had average out-of-pocket expenses that were more than three times as high as expenses for adults with one or no chronic condition ($13,031 versus $3,579). This is according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #498: Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Adults with Health Care Expenses for Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014.)

Some Highlights:

  • Among those using medical care, mean per person out-of-pocket expenditures for the U.S. civilian adult population who had multiple chronic conditions were more than double for those adults who had no or one chronic condition.
  • White, non-Hispanic adults with multiple chronic conditions had the highest per person out-of-pocket expenditures in comparison to black non-Hispanic, Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, and other non-Hispanic adults with two or more chronic conditions.
  • High income adults with multiple chronic conditions had higher out-of-pocket expenditures than those who had lower family income.
  • Among non-elderly adults who received medical care in 2014, those with multiple chronic conditions who were uninsured had higher mean out-of-pocket expenditures per person than those who had only public insurance.

Entire report is linked here: