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June 1, 2007
June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is sponsored by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV testing and counseling. 

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May 1, 2007
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. More than 65 million American adults, or 1 in 3, have high blood pressure (also called hypertension), and only about 30% of these have the condition under control. A blood pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg.

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April 2, 2007
National Public Health Week, April 2-6

Did you know that Strategic Goal # 1 of the IHS Strategic Plan is to build and sustain healthy communities?

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April 1, 2007
April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues.

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March 1, 2007
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer- cancer of the colon or rectum - affects both men and women. Colorectal cancers are the third most common type of cancer in the United States, and are the third leading cause of cancer death. 

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January 1, 2007
Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer is a disease caused by cancer cells growing in the cervix. The cervix is located in the lower part of the uterus or womb.

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November 1, 2006
Pneumococcal Awareness

 Pneumococcal disease kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. Pneumococcal infection causes an estimated 40,000 deaths annually in the US. 

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October 1, 2006
Cold & Flu Season

Cold and flu season is upon us once again. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. It can be mild or severe, and in some cases, lead to serious complications or even death.

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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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