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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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December 1, 2007
Understanding Section 508

Section 508 requires Federal departments and agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology to ensure that Federal employees and members of the public with disabilities have access to and use of information and data,

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November 1, 2007
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Indian people have big hearts. I know this because we love our families, care about our communities, honor our past, and hold the highest hopes for our future. But we have a problem - our hearts are letting us down. Heart disease, also called cardiovascular disease or CVD, is the #1 killer of American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) people.

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