The 14th Annual SunWise Poster Contest is here

/The 14th Annual SunWise Poster Contest is here/

The 14th Annual SunWise Poster Contest is here

The winning poster from 2015 While the beautiful Arizona weather and landscape provides us with opportunities for outdoor fun year round, we sometimes overlook the importance of exercising sun safe practices.  To help raise awareness of the importance of sun safety, our SunWise Program is launching the 14th Annual Poster Contest for children from pre-K [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|General|0 Comments

Canned Food is a Way to Brighten the Family Table with Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

We know that eating fruits and vegetables is healthy, but did you know that eating canned fruits and vegetables may actually help you have a better diet? The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics featured a study analyzing national survey data that found adults and children who included canned fruits and vegetables in [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Ebola Enhanced Entry Screening to End in the U.S.

In December, the WHO declared the end of Ebola transmission in Guinea. As of February 19, all U.S. enhanced screening and monitoring requirements for travelers returning from Guinea have been removed. This follows a CDC assessment that the risk of Ebola in travelers from Guinea is low. Travelers leaving from Guinea will still be screened [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Disease Investigations: Electronic Tools at Work

When you get sick with an infectious disease like Salmonella or the flu, your healthcare provider or the laboratory that conducted the test on you is required to report your illness to the county or state public health department. In Arizona, almost 100 different diseases are reportable. Public health disease detectives investigate reports of diseases [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Health Impact Assessment Training

Our Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity, in collaboration with the Arizona Alliance For Livable Communities, is sponsoring a new, two-day Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training course designed and presented by Habitat Health Impact Consulting. The purpose of the training is to build the skills of local health departments, non-governmental organizations and other agencies to [...]

By | February 18th, 2016|Prevention|2 Comments

Tips for Enjoying this Beautiful Weather

While many parts of the country are still in the throes of extreme winter weather, here in Arizona, we're seeing warmer temperatures and beautiful weather. This is the time of year Arizonans are outside getting active. It's a great time to go for bike rides, take walks around the neighborhood, get the kids and dogs out [...]

By | February 17th, 2016|Prevention|2 Comments

Preparing for Foodborne Outbreaks in Arizona

Foodborne outbreaks are unpredictable and often require a rapid response that includes fieldwork and sample collection to identify the source of the outbreak. Our Food Safety Environmental Services Program recognizes the importance of being prepared for these unplanned emergencies, which is why we always have foodborne outbreak response kits at the ready. A few years ago, after [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

2016 SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions Featured in National Toolkit for States

Our Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity competed successfully to have their SNAP-Ed interventions included in the 2016 SNAP-Ed Strategies and Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States. The comprehensive criteria used in the process focused on policy, systems and environmental change and the scoring process was rigorous. This national publication also includes many new cutting edge approaches from [...]

By | February 12th, 2016|Prevention|0 Comments

Influenza Activity Reaches Widespread Status

This week's flu report shows our influenza activity in the state has reached a "widespread" classification. More than 3,700 cases of flu have been reported throughout Arizona, with 51 percent of those in Maricopa County. There have been 3,710 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported for the 2015-2016 influenza season in Arizona. Cases have been reported in all 15 counties, with [...]

By | February 11th, 2016|Preparedness|0 Comments

Sharing the State of Infectious Disease in Arizona with Healthcare Partners

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections Program, in collaboration with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Grand Canyon Chapter, hosted their state of the state meeting last month. This annual event is dedicated to program updates and education from many areas of the ADHS Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Control Services. The event took place [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Preparedness|1 Comment