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SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Basic Training
Date: February 3-5, 2015
10688 Old St Augustine Rd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32257
Register by January 26, 2015 at: www.floridashine.org – click join our team and complete application
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthIn February 2000, President Clinton officially dedicated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Since then, it has grown to be a rallying point for the colon cancer community where thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screening and so much more.
National Nutrition MonthJoin MyPlate in celebrating our favorite topic – Nutrition! National Nutrition Month® offers an opportunity to spotlight healthy eating and physical activity messages at home, school, work, and in your community.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness MonthWe are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.
Save Your Vision MonthFor many people, good vision means good eye health, but that may not always be the case. Regular eye exams can catch problems before it's too late. If you are age 40 or older and have not had a recent eye disease screening, The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends making an appointment for an eye exam. It is an essential step toward preserving vision and keeping eyes healthy and there is no better time than February — Save Your Vision Month.
National Kidney MonthThe National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
Poison Prevention MonthMore than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.
Hemophilia MonthHemophilia Federation of America (HFA), along with its member organizations across the country, commemorates March as National Hemophilia Awareness Month. HFA encourages member organizations and patients affected by a bleeding disorder to spread the word about Hemophilia Awareness Month by posting messages on Facebook, Twitter, giving presentations in schools, and sharing information with their family and friends.
Diabetes Alert Day – March 24Take the important steps to stop an epidemic. On American Diabetes Association Alert Day®, March 24th, take our one-minute Diabetes Risk Test and find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Share the test to help others who also may be at risk. Then, participate in a Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes® event in your community. Begin the path toward a healthier you.
Baker County Health Department Abstinence Program
Tobacco Cessation class:
"Florida's most precious resource is our children, and we are committed to improving the health of babies,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for Health and deputy state health officer for Children's Medical Services. "The department works hand in hand with families, health care professionals and researchers to improve early disease detection and ensure quality care.”
1 in 33 babies born in the United States will be diagnosed with a major birth defect before his or her first birthday.
Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman's chance of having a healthy baby. The department encourages all pregnant women, and those who may become pregnant, to make a PACT:
- Plan ahead
- Before becoming pregnant, discuss your family medical history with your health care provider and seek advice from a genetic counselor if there is a history of birth defects.
- Work to achieve a healthy weight and control medical conditions like diabetes to be as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
- Consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day to help prevent certain defects.
- Avoid harmful substances
- Avoid drinking alcohol and using tobacco products.
- Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.
- Choose a healthy lifestyle
- Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean proteins.
- Be physically active daily, if possible.
- Talk to your doctor
- Seek prenatal care as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
- Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. The Department is recognizing 125 years of public health in Florida with educational opportunities and events. Please visit www.FLHealth125.gov for more information.
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