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CA Area Director's Messages

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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December 1, 2010
Wash hands to avoid a cold or the flu

The cold and flu season is upon us. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single most important thing we can do to keep from sharing more than we want with others is to wash our hands.

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November 1, 2010
November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness month as sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. In observance of this time and important topic I would like to remind everyone of the outstanding work that is taking place across the nation in Indian Country.

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October 1, 2010
October is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition. It is triggered by eating foods containing gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, and many other foods containing wheat, barley, or rye. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease

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September 1, 2010
Myths & Facts About Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is a frightening diagnosis that often comes after the cancer has spread. As a result, it's the most deadly of the gynecological cancers.

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August 1, 2010
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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