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.

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 [...]

Arizonans Helping to Prevent Hunger

By | September 20th, 2017|Prevention|

Each year, the United States Department of Agriculture through the Census Bureau conducts a survey to assess the extent that households struggle to put enough food on the table. In 2016, 12.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure – meaning that they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for [...]

Prevent Childhood Obesity with Small Steps

By | September 12th, 2017|Prevention|

One in three children in the United States are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In recognition of National Childhood Obesity Awareness [...]

Take the Fruits and Veggies–More Matters Pledge

By | September 8th, 2017|Prevention|

September brings not only the hope for cooler weather but a chance to eat more fruits and vegetables as we celebrate Fruits and Veggies-More Matters Month. The latest Dietary Guidelines and the nutrition recommendations from ChooseMyPlate are specific in how many fruits and vegetables each of us should eat each day, but most of us [...]