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.

Teach Your Kids Safe Listening to Prevent Irreversible Hearing Loss

By | May 25th, 2017|Preparedness, Prevention|

Does your child like to turn up the volume on their earbuds or headphones when listening to their favorite music? Audiologists are seeing the impacts of personal technology devices misused by children and teenagers and rank it as their top tech-related concern. They urge parents to teach safe listening to prevent irreversible and lifelong hearing [...]

Celebrating the Contributions and Addressing the Needs of Older Arizonans

By | May 17th, 2017|General, Prevention|

The month of May is Older American’s Month, and as further proclaimed by Governor Ducey, we proudly celebrate our growing older adult population in Arizona. Arizona is home to more than 1.3 million older adults who embody a wide-range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds who contribute in many ways to the economy and quality of [...]

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month

By | May 16th, 2017|General, Prevention|

Governor Ducey has proclaimed the month of May as Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Awareness Month. It is a great time to help your family, friends, and coworkers learn more about food allergies. Did you know that children have food allergies more often than adults and that there are eight foods that cause most food allergic [...]

Healthy Meetings for a Healthy You

By | May 11th, 2017|Prevention|

Workplaces can either help or hurt our efforts to eat well, be active, and improve our health. Here at the Arizona Department of Health Services, we are taking a step forward to make it easier to include healthier options and physical activity in our meetings with a new department-wide Healthy Meeting Policy and a Healthy [...]

Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System Starts Data Collection

By | May 2nd, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) started its first data collection cycle last month. PRAMS is a joint research project between our agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and after pregnancy. Every month, Arizona PRAMS will mail a questionnaire packet to [...]

Groups Across Arizona Working to Connect People with Healthy Food

By | April 26th, 2017|Prevention|

Representatives from more than 100 organizations will gather in Phoenix to accelerate the improvement of the state’s food system this Thursday and Friday. The 2017 Arizona Food Summit is part of the ongoing work between the Department of Agriculture and the Arizona Department of Health Services to reduce food insecurity in the state. Connecting Arizonans [...]

Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs this Weekend

By | April 25th, 2017|Prevention|

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. You can find a drop off location in your area online.  If you are downtown this weekend, there will be a take back drug [...]

Several Statewide Programs Working to Reduce Sexual Assaults

By | April 19th, 2017|Prevention|

Although sexual assault can be an uncomfortable topic, not talking about it is worse. Without open discussion regarding this social and public health issue, some people cannot understand how often it happens. The impact of being a victim of sexual assault can have long term effects on the life of a victim psychologically and/or physically [...]

Goodyear Community Health Park Development

By | April 13th, 2017|Prevention|

I am delighted to share an amazing example of a successful public-private partnership in Goodyear that showcases how to develop a healthy community through design of the physical environment. The partnership is launching the Community Health Park and has created new web pages to provide updates on the park's progress. This project is consistent with [...]