Here you will find topics ranging from current events that affect public health in Arizona to overall information about the Arizona Department of Health Services

Cervical Cancer Screenings Vital for Women’s Health

By |January 26th, 2016|General, Prevention|

As we come to a close on the first month of 2016, it is important to revisit the resolutions we set at the beginning of the year. One important way to stay healthy this year and for years to come is to get screened for cancer. For women, getting screened for cervical cancer is one [...]

I Was Sick Today, So Will I be Infectious Tomorrow?

By |January 19th, 2016|General, Preparedness, Prevention|

It’s bad enough to be sick, but worse is the thought of passing your illness to someone else. Have you ever wondered when you’re contagious and when you’re not? Some diseases can keep people infectious for a while. For example, people with pertussis (whooping cough) can be contagious for two weeks. People with infectious tuberculosis [...]

New Federal Dietary Guidelines Released

By |January 18th, 2016|General|

The Eighth Edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has some great new changes based on the most current scientific evidence. For the first time, the guidelines set a specific recommendation to consume less than 10 percent of your calories from added sugars. They reaffirm that healthy eating includes choosing a variety of vegetables like [...]

Zika Hits the United States

By |January 15th, 2016|General|

A few weeks ago I blogged about Zika virus, a disease spread by mosquitoes that was newly detected in several Central and South American countries. This week, the CDC confirmed the first case virus of Zika in the United States. The virus was found in a person who lives in Texas, but who had traveled [...]

It’s Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

By |January 14th, 2016|General, Prevention|

Our employees wore green and jeans this week to raise awareness of folic acid and its benefits before and during pregnancy. January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, and January 10 through 16 is Folic Acid Awareness Week, which are great opportunities to highlight a simple way that women can help prevent birth defects. A daily multivitamin [...]

Capitol Farmers Market Kicks off Tomorrow

By |January 13th, 2016|General, Prevention|

This Thursday is a big day for all of us who work in the Capitol area. It is the start of the new Capitol Farmers Market. You’ll find the market from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along the southwest corner of 17th Avenue and Adams Street. You can shop at the new Farmers Market every Thursday from [...]

Do Your Part to Help Save Lives by Donating Blood

By |January 8th, 2016|General|

Did you know that one blood donation could save up to three lives? While most people will resolve to get into better shape or quit smoking, donating blood is another resolution you can make to help save a life, or three. January is National Blood Donor Month. ADHS employees support blood drive efforts by donating blood four [...]

Happy 2016!

By |January 1st, 2016|General|

Four Healthy Choices you can Make in 2016, Part 2 of 2

By |December 29th, 2015|General|

Part two of the blog series on healthy New Year’s resolutions focuses on quitting smoking and getting screened for cancer. Be sure to take a look at the blog that can help you eat healthier and be more active. Quit Smoking Quitting smoking can add years to your life, and life to your years! But [...]

Four Healthy Choices you can Make in 2016, Part 1 of 2

By |December 28th, 2015|General|

As the new year quickly approaches, many of us will be making resolutions to improve our lives. There are four simple things you can do to improve your health in 2016: eat healthier meals, be more physically active, quit smoking, and get screened for cancer. Today we will focus on simple things you can do [...]