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CA Area Director's Messages

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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August 1, 2011
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). 

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July 1, 2011
An Important Year for Water Safety!

Summer is here and many of you will be enjoying outdoor water activities. I encourage you to get out and "JUST MOVE IT". Stay safe and be aware that snowmelt this year is creating heavy river flows and lower water temperatures.

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June 1, 2011
Meaningful Use in Indian Country

In a letter written earlier this year, Dr. David Blumenthal, Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology stated that, "Put plainly, "meaningful use" is a shorthand for three things:

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May 1, 2011
May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is designated as National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain becomes blocked or bursts causing damage to brain cells. 

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April 1, 2011
National Infant Immunization Week - April 23 - 30, 2011

The week of April 23 - April 30, 2011 is National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), a week recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a National Health Observance. 

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March 1, 2011
National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month© and Eat Right With Color is the theme this year. This annual campaign focuses on the importance of making smart food choices, developing good eating habits and being physically active. 

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February 1, 2011
A healthy mouth and a healthy body

The mouth is a window into the health of the body. The mouth can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection

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January 1, 2011
What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is an eye disease that occurs when pressure inside the eye increases. The increase in eye pressure can cause damage to the optic nerve. 

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