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CA Area Director's Messages

July 1, 2007
Alzheimer's Awareness Week Is In July

July 1-7 marks world Alzheimer's Awareness Week, an annual health campaign organized by the Alzheimer's Society in the United Kingdom.

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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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