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CA Area Director's Messages

June 1, 2012
Ride Safe this Summer

Summer has finally arrived and many of you will increase the amount of outdoor activities, summer recreation, and driving time on the roads. If you will be using a motor vehicle as transportation, be sure to wear your seatbelt and secure children in proper child safety seats.

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May 1, 2012
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak and can break very easily. People with advanced cases of osteoporosis can break a bone by doing something as simple as sneezing. The disease occurs in women more often than men, and it is estimated that 50% of women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis and up to 25% of men over 50 will.

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April 1, 2012
Are Your Children Protected from Vaccine-Preventable Disease?

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape." Nutrition is the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. Food and drink regularly provided or consumed is the definition of diet. Poor nutrition and diet negatively impact or cause many of the chronic conditions faced by Native people. 

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March 1, 2012
March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape." Nutrition is the act or process of nourishing or being nourished. Food and drink regularly provided or consumed is the definition of diet. Poor nutrition and diet negatively impact or cause many of the chronic conditions faced by Native people.

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February 1, 2012
February is National Children's Dental Health Month

February is designated as National Children's Dental Health Month. The most pressing dental health issue facing our children is dental decay.

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January 1, 2012
New Year's Resolutions

January is the number one month to reflect on the past year and to make resolutions to change. However, New Year's resolutions are often made and dropped because of unrealistic or unattainable goals.

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December 1, 2011
December 5-12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination now, through the holiday season, and into January and beyond. 

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November 1, 2011
November 6-12, 2011 is Health Information and Technology Week

November 6-12, 2011 is Health Information and Technology Week. This year's theme is "Accurate Health Information for Care YOU Trust". 

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October 1, 2011
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant under age 1. Most infants who die of SIDS do so during sleep, and do not appear to suffer or struggle.

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September 1, 2011
Prevent Cancer through food, nutrition and physical activity

Being obese or putting on weight can increase your risk for cancers of the breast, endometrium (the lining of the uterus), colon, kidney, and esophagus. 

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