Prevention

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Topics here will include issues that fall into the Prevention Division of the agency, which include – as the name implies – programs that help prevent disease in our state. You will find information about chronic diseases (cancer, heart health, breathing disorders) as well as tobacco use prevention. This area also includes education about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infant and Children programs; both USDA programs that help provide nutrition to lower income residents.

The Critical Role of Arizona Community Health Workers in Bringing Health & Wellness to Arizonans

By | December 13th, 2017|Prevention|

Arizona has a strong history supporting, implementing and sustaining Community Health Workers (CHW). The Arizona Department of Health Services Community Health Worker Program, which operates under the auspices of our Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease, is a core component in our commitment to reaching disparate and underserved populations, has been a critical partner supporting [...]

World AIDS Day Recognizes Progress Made to End the Epidemic

By | December 1st, 2017|Prevention|

Today the Arizona Department of Health Services join all Arizonans in the recognition of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day was established in 1988 as opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have passed. This year, we also have [...]

Join the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge

By | November 20th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Did you know that most of us gain between one and five pounds each holiday season? While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. I invite you to join the Maintain, Don't Gain! Holiday Challenge. This free seven-week challenge will give you tips, tricks, and ideas to [...]

ADHS Programs and Services Help to Increase Rates of Healthy Pregnancies

By | November 17th, 2017|Prevention|

Every year the March of Dimes releases grades based on the final National Center for Health Statistics data.  Arizona received a “B” grade for the 2017 Premature Birth Report Card. While the preterm birth rate worsened in 43 states in 2016, the rate remained the same in Arizona. A premature birth is defined as the [...]

Phoenix Undy Run/Walk Celebrates Tenth Year in Arizona

By | November 3rd, 2017|Prevention|

The Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy Run/Walk will host its tenth annual event this Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the State Capitol District in downtown Phoenix. The Undy Run/Walk is a 5k and one-mile fun run/walk that raises funds and awareness for colorectal cancer. The Undy is a family- and pet-friendly walk that honors survivors, caregivers, [...]

New National Campaign Encourages Healthy Eating

By | October 31st, 2017|Prevention|

The American Heart Association has launched Healthy For Good, a campaign built on four core ideas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well. It is free to join and will help you stay on track with shareable tips, videos and hacks. Here are a few on tips from the campaign how to “eat [...]

Take Action to Improve Health Communication

By | October 25th, 2017|Prevention|

October is Health Literacy Month. It is a great time for individuals and organizations to promote the importance of understandable health information. Health Literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. In the United States, only 12 [...]

Opioid Update: Latest Data and Emergency Rules Update

By | October 17th, 2017|Prevention|

The emergency declaration for opioid overdoses continues in Arizona, as does the hard work of people across the state doing their part to curb the opioid epidemic. Latest data from the opioid surveillance show that more than 3,200 opioid overdoses have been suspected, with over 400 of those being deaths since June 15. Here’s some of [...]

Infant at Work Program Wins National Award

By | October 5th, 2017|Prevention|

Our ADHS Infant at Work program has earned national recognition from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the de Beaumont Foundation. The Infant at Work program won an inaugural Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) Model Policies and Practices Challenge Best State award. The challenge highlights workforce innovations [...]

Adding Whole Grains to Your Diet Can Improve Your Overall Health

By | September 28th, 2017|Prevention|

Whole Grains Month is a great time for everyone to get on the whole grains bandwagon. Eating better is not an all-or-nothing choice; every little improvement makes for a healthier you all year long. Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases. While three or more [...]