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November is National Diabetes Month!

Let us live long, healthy lives with our families by managing diabetes. You can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption. Keeping your diabetes in check will improve your health and safeguard your heart.

IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

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November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

November is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of tribal nations and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about Tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

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November is the Start of the Flu Season!

It's almost time for the holidays, which means it's time to share food and not the flu. The flu vaccine is one of the safest and most effective ways of preventing the flu. You need a flu vaccination each year because influenza viruses are always changing. Keep from getting sick with the flu and spreading it to your loved ones by getting vaccinated today!

Flu.gov: Know What to Do About the Flu Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

IHS Seasonal Influenza Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Information Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

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Congratulations to the Crownpoint Health Care Facility!

In October, the Crownpoint Health Care Facility in New Mexico was designated as a Baby-Friendly Hospital. Crownpoint is now the 10th Indian Health Service hospital to achieve this designation. Breastfeeding initiation rates at Crownpoint continue to exceed the recommended guidelines and are often at 100 percent. Breastfed children have reduced rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, and asthma. Mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.

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Learn more about the IHS Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

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ACA Monthly Special Enrollment Periods

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act ended on March 31. However, if you are a member of a federally recognized tribe, you're eligible for monthly special enrollment periods. This means you can still enroll in a health plan or make changes to your current health plan once per month. Please consider enrolling in the Marketplace and sharing this information with those you know who are eligible for enrollment. To enroll today, visit HealthCare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.

For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Indian Country, visit the IHS ACA website.

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