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CA Area Director's Messages

February 1, 2009
Child Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of children. However, many of these deaths can be prevented with the proper use of child safety seats. 

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January 1, 2009
Cervical Cancer Screening

Cervical cancer screening is one of the success stories of cancer prevention. Although cervical cancer was once the leading cancer killer of women, it now ranks 13th in mortality among US women.

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November 1, 2008
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, is a chronic disease characterized by persistent high blood sugar levels.

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October 1, 2008
October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Good oral hygiene is essential for healthy gums and teeth and is important at all ages. Oral health needs change as we get older.

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September 1, 2008
September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

The goal of Suicide Prevention Week is to promote awareness and advocacy about suicide prevention. Suicide is a major concern across the United States, and a problem of tragic proportions in Indian communities

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June 1, 2008
National Men's Health Week

National Men's Health Week is sponsored by the Men's Health Network. It is intended to highlight awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

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May 1, 2008
Just Move it

Just Move It is a national campaign to promote physical activity among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Using group activities and peer support, it encourages lifestyle changes by helping people start and continue being active.

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March 1, 2008
March 16-22: National Poison Prevention Week

March 16th through the 22nd 2008 has been designated National Poison Prevention Week. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that in 2006 over four million calls were made to poison control centers nationwide.

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February 1, 2008
National Wear Red Day; Women and Heart Disease

On Friday, February 1, I encourage you to join millions of Americans in celebrating National Wear Red Day, a day to help raise awareness about women's heart disease.

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January 1, 2008
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, sponsored by the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.

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