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.

Keep Your Kids Safe from the Sun all Year to Reduce the Risk of Cancer

By | February 8th, 2017|Prevention|

Practicing good sun safety is important at any age, but it is especially important for children since much of a person's lifetime exposure to the sun occurs before age 18. Arizona residents are at risk for developing skin cancer because our sunny state has areas of high environmental exposure and limited protection. It's hard to [...]

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Our Kids

By | February 6th, 2017|Prevention|

For years, it has been recommended that everyone consume less sugar. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a clear picture of just how much sugar our kids are getting from sugar-sweetened beverages. Almost two-thirds of the young ones and teens (ages 2 through 19 years) are drinking at least one [...]

Take Steps to Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

By | February 3rd, 2017|Prevention|

A top priority for our department is to develop prevention programs, services and public education campaigns that help Arizona families make choices that will improve their health and wellness. A major focus of many of our initiatives is preventing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in [...]

Early Detection of Breast and Cervical Cancer is Critical to Helping Women Beat the Diseases

By | January 30th, 2017|Prevention|

Cancer is the leading cause of death in our state. According to the most recent data from the Arizona Cancer Registry, 11,642 Arizonans lost their lives to cancer in 2015. We offer several programs and public education campaigns to help raise awareness about cancer prevention, and to help people get screening and treatment for certain [...]

FDA Issues New Guideline for Eating Fish While Pregnant

By | January 23rd, 2017|Prevention|

Many women have questions about what is safe and healthy to eat when they’re pregnant. The information about eating fish can be confusing.  The good news is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued new advice regarding fish consumption. The information is meant for women who [...]

Follow These Tips to Avoid Unintentional Injuries from Toys

By | January 3rd, 2017|Prevention|

As parents we need to be vigilant to keep our kids safe with their new holiday toys. Always double check to make sure toys are age appropriate. Many toys have small, moving parts that can become a danger. Sometimes it’s not the toy itself but something hidden, like a battery, that can be a choking hazard. If [...]

Keep Your Smile Bright and Healthy Through the New Year

By | December 29th, 2016|Prevention|

The holidays bring family, friends and good times. It also brings a multitude of treats and sweets that are hard to refuse. With all that’s going on during this time of year, it’s easy to let things slide. Your oral health shouldn’t be one of them! Keeping your daily hygiene routine is important to your [...]