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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 [...]

National Public Health Week: Giving Everyone a Choice of Healthy Food Will Improve Overall Health

By | April 6th, 2016|General, Prevention|

The food we eat affects many aspects of our lives. There's a direct link between poor nutrition and many of the leading causes of death in America such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Healthy eating is important at every age. Most of us don't eat enough fruits, vegetables or whole grains, but we [...]

Canned Food is a Way to Brighten the Family Table with Colorful Fruits and Vegetables

By | February 23rd, 2016|Prevention|

We know that eating fruits and vegetables is healthy, but did you know that eating canned fruits and vegetables may actually help you have a better diet? The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics featured a study analyzing national survey data that found adults and children who included canned fruits and vegetables in [...]

New Federal Dietary Guidelines Released

By | January 18th, 2016|General|

The Eighth Edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has some great new changes based on the most current scientific evidence. For the first time, the guidelines set a specific recommendation to consume less than 10 percent of your calories from added sugars. They reaffirm that healthy eating includes choosing a variety of vegetables like [...]

Improving Arizona’s Birth Outcomes

By | March 13th, 2014|Prevention|

Arizona ranks in the middle of the pack in infant mortality.  We’re doing many things right to improve the health of our babies-  but we have a way to go. Last fall we participated in a learning collaborative sponsored by the National Governors Association.  About 160 folks met to begin the process developing a statewide [...]

USDA Announces New School Nutrition Guidelines

By | February 28th, 2014|General, Prevention|

The USDA announced proposed new guidelines for school wellness policies as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 this week.  The new policies set goals in nutrition, physical activity, and other school-based activities promoting student wellness. Additionally, the school wellness policies include a guideline on food marketing in schools, setting a standard that [...]

Food for the Olympians

By | February 7th, 2014|General|

As the Olympics begin, Chef and Registered Dietitian Allen Tran’s words come to mind, “nutrition can make a good athlete great or a great athlete good”. I think his view holds some truth for all of us. Allen knows because he is the High-Performance Chef for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He is in [...]

New Prevention Resources

By | February 6th, 2014|Prevention|

CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports have just been released publicly on CDC’s website.  You’ll find reports specific to Arizona on topics like nutrition, physical activity, teen pregnancy, tobacco use, HIV, heart disease, motor vehicle crashes, and prescription drug abuse.  Reports include a few data indicators of how we compare to the U.S., as well as [...]

Encouraging WIC Outcome Measures

By | February 4th, 2014|Prevention|

There’s increasing evidence that whether a person will have a healthy weight as an adult is influenced by nutrition and physical activity in the first 5 years of life.  In fact, a new study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that overweight 5-year-olds are 4 x more likely to become obese [...]