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CA Area Director's Messages

September 1, 2006
September is National "5 A Day" Month

September brings fall, the start of a new school year and the National "5 A Day" month, which celebrates the benefits of fruits and vegetable consumption. 

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August 1, 2006
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from the very young children to the elderly. 

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June 1, 2006
National Men's Health Week, June 12-18, 2006

The purpose of Men's Health Week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

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May 1, 2006
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

The theme of the 2006 Campaign from the National High Blood Pressure Education Month in May is Mission Possible: Prevent and Control High Blood Pressure

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April 1, 2006
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol-related illnesses and injuries are responsible for enormous suffering and financial burden to the national economy. 

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March 1, 2006
March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month and the theme from the American Dietetic Association is "Step Up to Nutrition and Health."

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February 1, 2006
Women's Heart Disease: February is National Heart Month

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, claiming the lives of one out of every three women.

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November 1, 2005
National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month and we who work in Indian health know that diabetes is a significant burden in the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population.

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October 1, 2005
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and October 21st is National Mammography Day. Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women, after skin cancer. 

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September 1, 2005
Behavioral Health is September Topic

Six of the top ten causes of death for American Indians are directly related to life style, behavior and mental health. In addition to effect on other health problems, mental health and substance abuse problems contribute to a whole host of social problems

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