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.

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day

By | April 10th, 2017|Prevention|

Today, our department joins organizations nationwide to observe National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. This event was established in 2013 to support young people living with HIV, promote HIV education and awareness, and encourage youth to get tested. Nationally, the CDC estimates that 51% of youth 13 to 24 who have HIV aren't aware they [...]

Healthy Decisions Make for a Healthier Life

By | April 5th, 2017|Prevention|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  We have several public awareness campaigns and resources that help Arizonans in making decisions that positively affect their health. [...]

A Healthy Community Starts with a Healthy You

By | April 4th, 2017|Prevention|

Note: This week is National Public Health Week. This week I have a five-part public health series that explores the vast network of programs and services that help improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans.  The Public Health Prevention Team is dedicated to improving the quality of life for an individual, which improves the [...]

Secondhand Aerosol Exposure of Youth

By | March 31st, 2017|Prevention|

The CDC's Office on Smoking Health published an article in the JAMA Pediatrics titled "Secondhand Exposure to Electronic Cigarette Aerosol Among US Youths." The report says the extent to which youth are exposed is unknown. Through self-reporting, about 40 percent of teens reported being exposed within the past 30 days. The article calls for education [...]

Partners Come Together to Raise Awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease in Arizona

By | March 28th, 2017|Prevention|

Our Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease has joined forces with community partners to educate the public about Alzheimer's disease and the growing challenge in our state. We're starting a public awareness program called All In for Alzheimer's with our partners KTAR, the Alzheimer's Association, the Arizona Center on Aging, Hospice of the Valley, the [...]

Statewide Partnerships Work to Reduce Traumatic Brain Injuries

By | March 23rd, 2017|Prevention|

More than 12 million people in the U.S. live with the effects of a traumatic brain injury, according the Brain Injury Association of America. A person with a severe brain injury may need to be hospitalized and have long term health issues that affect memory, learning, coordination and balance, speech, hearing, vision, and emotions. Most [...]

Take Steps to Improve Your Overall Health with Nutritious Meals and Active Living

By | March 21st, 2017|Prevention|

During National Nutrition Month 2017, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges all of us to start small—one forkful at a time. Rather than focusing on just one specific food or meal, remember to balance what you eat and drink with your individual energy needs. Overall well-being includes enjoyable eating, active living, and healthy lifestyle [...]

Third Annual HIV Symposium Focuses on Ending the HIV Epidemic in Arizona by 2030

By | March 14th, 2017|Prevention|

Last week our HIV Prevention Program, the Ryan White Part B Program, and the Ryan White Part A Program of Maricopa County presented the third annual HIV symposium. More than 260 people attended, representing state and local health departments, community-based organizations, clinical providers, community leaders, and people living with HIV. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton kicked [...]

Encourage Students to Participate in the Annual SunWise Poster Contest

By | March 10th, 2017|Prevention|

The Arizona SunWise Program is excited to kick off our 14th annual “Be SunWise and Play Sun Smart!” poster contest. The contest is open to Arizona residents age 17 or younger, and encourages youth to illustrate ways to keep safe in the Arizona sun. The winning artist and teacher will receive on-field awards and appear [...]

Resources Help Parents Teach Youth about Healthy Relationships

By | March 9th, 2017|Prevention|

Adolescence is a critical period of development where young people are exposed to new experiences, such as dating. Unfortunately, some teens find themselves involved in dating relationships that involve physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse. Teens are often unable to recognize the signs of teen dating violence, or may be reluctant to tell their parents [...]