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National Alcohol Awareness MonthEach April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. This April, NCADD highlights the important public health issue of underage drinking, a problem with devastating individual, family and community consequences.
Stress Awareness MonthStress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being.
National Cancer Control MonthMany cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. In this section you can learn how to help lower your chances of getting cancer, plus what screening tests the American Cancer Society recommends, and when.
National Child Abuse Prevention MonthNational Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.
Sexual Assault Awareness MonthSexual violence is a very serious public health problem that affects millions of women and men. In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. Approximately 1 in 15 men have been made to penetrate a perpetrator in their lifetime. Most victims first experienced sexual violence before age 25.
National Donate Life MonthPeople of all ages, from newborns to senior citizens have been organ donors. There's no age limit. In fact, people in their 90s have been donors. Learn more here about age, health, and donation.
National Occupational Therapy MonthThe person who needs occupational therapy could be your father or mother facing changes because of aging. It could be your child, frustrated with being unable to do the seemingly simple things the other children at school can do. It could be you or your spouse coping with illness or the results of an accident. It could be anyone who, for whatever reason, can't do the things in life they want or need to do.
National STD’s/Family Planning Awareness MonthWhen it comes to preventing and testing for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), people often make false assumptions about how to stop the spread of STDs, how STD tests are done, and who should be tested. But the truth is that preventing, testing for, and treating STDs is very straightforward. This STD Awareness Month CDC encourages you to Know the Facts and GYT: Get Yourself Tested.
National Minority Health and Health Disparities MonthDuring April, we mark National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. This year's theme, Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities.
SUPPORT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTEERS DURING EVERY KID HEALTHY WEEK
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Health invites you to join in the fight against childhood obesity by participating in Every Kid Healthy Week April 19–25, 2015.
Every Kid Healthy Week is an annual observance launched by Action for Healthy Kids® to celebrate school wellness achievements. Observed the last week of April each year, this week shines a spotlight on the great efforts schools are taking to improve the health and wellness of their students and provides an opportunity for everyone in the country to get involved in a celebration supporting sound nutrition, regular physical activity and health-promoting programs in schools.
The Florida Department of Health encourages you to use this week to focus on children's health messaging, residents to volunteer for local events and everyone to support activities at local schools. To learn more, visit www.ActionforHealthyKids.org.
Baker County Health Department Abstinence Program
Tobacco Cessation Classes
Baker County Department of Health
480 West Lowder St.
Call to Register: 877-784-8486
Since 1994, NIIW has been an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year, NIIW is scheduled for April 18-24, 2015.
During the NIIW week in April, hundreds of communities across the United States will join in to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health. Immunization is a shared responsibility. Families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials must work together to help protect the entire community.
It's easy to think of these as diseases of the past. But the truth is they still exist today. Unvaccinated children in the United States can—and do—still get some of these diseases. One example of the seriousness of vaccine-preventable diseases is the most recent measles outbreaks resulting in an increase in the number of measles cases. In 2014, 644 people in the U.S. were reported as having measles. This is the largest number of cases in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. In the past three months, January 1 to March 13, 2015, 176 people from 17 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
Children rely on adults to keep them safe and healthy. Those adults may be parents/guardians who keep a record of their child’s vaccinations and ask at each doctor appointment whether their child is up-to-date on immunizations. The adults may also be doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals who share scientifically-accurate, up-to-date information about vaccines with parents.
Additional Information, NIIW promotional and educational materials, as well as activities and event ideas can be found on the CDC resource site: cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/index.html. You can continue to show your support for infant immunizations and NIIW by encouraging your community to join in.
Please distribute this important information to colleagues, members, coalitions, and community partners who provide or have an interest in immunizations. Please place this information prominently on your website. You can contact Dearline Thomas-Brown, RN, regarding vaccine recommendations, or Janet Compton regarding this event, respectively at (850) 245-4342.