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.

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

By | December 11th, 2018|Prevention|

For the first time in 10 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has updated national physical activity guidelines with evidence-based recommendations for everyone ages three and up to get the physical activity they need to stay healthy. I am excited about these updated guidelines as they support actions outlined in the [...]

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Halloween 2018 Safety

By | October 30th, 2018|Prevention|

Halloween could be scary for different reasons than you think because on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween than any other day of year!  However, simple steps can be taken to ensure your children stay safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends making sure your children are seen. This can [...]

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International Infection Prevention Week

By | October 19th, 2018|Prevention|

  International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) occurs globally from October 14 - 20 and raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. The 2018 theme, “Protecting Patients Everywhere,” emphasizes how keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility. Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things you [...]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

By | October 18th, 2018|Prevention|

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, gender, or socioeconomic background. It happens among married or not married couples, those who are dating, living together, and partners in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence comes in many forms. The abuse may be physical, sexual, [...]

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We Must Stop Bullying

By | October 15th, 2018|Prevention|

Thousands of Arizona kids will get bullied this month, and only 20-30 percent of those kids will report what happened to an adult.  At the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), we are working to help kids stop bullying and share concerns with teachers and parents. This week, our Must Stop Bullying campaign is releasing [...]

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National Farm to School Month

By | October 12th, 2018|General, Prevention|

October is National Farm to School Month. Schools and early care and education programs throughout Arizona are participating in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education. Participating sites are working to serve more products that are Arizona grown and raised. School garden celebration and other events are taking place to [...]

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Walk to School Day

By | October 9th, 2018|Prevention|

October 10 is a big day here in Arizona and around the country. Kids and their parents will join together to celebrate the benefits of physical activity on International Walk to School Day. From Flagstaff to Sahuarita, Walk to School events across Arizona will highlight safe and walkable routes to school and encourage families to [...]

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Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep to Keep your Newborn Safe

By | October 4th, 2018|Prevention|

Did you know that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or playpen, in the same room as a parent or caregiver? Watch our video on the ABC’s of Safe Sleep: Alone on my Back in a Crib. According to the Child Fatality Review Program, 41 Arizona babies died in 2016 while co-sleeping, which [...]

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Arizona’s State of Obesity 2018

By | September 21st, 2018|Prevention|

When it comes to the battle of the obesity epidemic, Arizona is doing better than many states, but obesity rates here and across the country are still alarmingly high.  New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 29.5% of Arizona adults are obese, ranking our state 30th in the nation. This year’s Arizona obesity [...]

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

By | August 6th, 2018|Prevention|

Going to a farmers market with your family can be great fun! Join with me in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. Worried about the heat? Some markets have moved indoors for the summer and others have early hours. Use AZ Health Zone's fantastic map to find a market near your home. You can narrow your [...]

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