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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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October 1, 2007
October is Healthy Lung Month

October is dedicated by the American Lung Association as Healthy Lung Month. Nationally, commercial tobacco use is the chief preventable cause of illness and death in our society, responsible for more than 430,000 deaths in the United States each year.

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September 1, 2007
National Suicide Prevention Week

September 9-15 marks National Suicide Prevention Week, organized by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). The goal of Suicide Prevention Week is to promote awareness and advocacy about suicide prevention.

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August 1, 2007
World Breastfeeding Week

marks World Breastfeeding Week. This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: The 1st Hour - Welcome Baby Softly," to promote the initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of birth.

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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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