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.

For your baby’s health, stick to FDA-approved formula

By | March 3rd, 2022|Prevention|

With the recent recall of some formula many use to feed infants, finding the right food for your baby may be more difficult than expected. Some families may become frustrated and could be tempted to take matters into their own hands by trying to make their own. Even with the best of intentions or a [...]

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Start small, live big: Make heart health a priority

By | February 14th, 2022|Prevention|

Understandably, as most people made a concerted effort to stay safe from COVID-19, some other important health concerns may have received less attention during the past two years. As we mark American Heart Month, now is the perfect time to increase your focus on cardiovascular health.  The Start Small, Live Big campaign from the Alliance [...]

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ADHS program helps mothers, babies get off to a healthier start, comprehensive study finds

By | February 10th, 2022|Prevention|

An ADHS program to educate pregnant and postpartum women about the benefits of prenatal care and childhood immunizations is resulting in healthier babies across Arizona.  A comprehensive evaluation covering 2006-2016 found that participation in Arizona’s Health Start Program improved low birthweight and preterm birth outcomes, prenatal care attendance, and on-time child immunizations. The report, which [...]

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Make safety your goal with Super Bowl party food

By | February 9th, 2022|Prevention|

In just a few days, friends and families will gather for Super Bowl parties, and we want to be sure you and your guests are safe – including from foodborne illness. Here are some tips to keep everyone focused on football and smiling about the great food to be enjoyed during the game: Wash up: [...]

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Raising awareness about maternal health

By | January 28th, 2022|Prevention|

Every year in Arizona, about 70 women die within a year of a pregnancy, and another 900 women experience unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to their health. More than 80% of those complications are considered preventable with proper care, according to the Arizona Maternal Mortality Review [...]

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Monoclonal antibodies: What you should know about treatment options amid Omicron

By | January 26th, 2022|Prevention|

Monoclonal antibody treatments have helped thousands of Arizonans avoid severe illness after contracting COVID-19. So it’s natural to wonder what becomes of this option with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) withdrawing approval for two widely used treatments that aren’t effective against the now-dominant Omicron variant. Even without monoclonal antibody treatments made by Eli Lilly [...]

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Being physically active is a path to better health

By | January 24th, 2022|Prevention|

There are many reasons to be active, such as better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved blood sugar levels, prevention of chronic disease, lower risk of depression and anxiety, time for self-care, and increased energy.  According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three-quarters of Arizona adults participated in physical [...]

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ADHS continues to enhance statewide health improvement efforts

By | January 21st, 2022|Prevention|

With an eye toward improving health across the state of Arizona, ADHS uses a community assessment process and partner engagement to build health improvement plans. In 2015, ADHS and community organizations unveiled the first 2016-2020 Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP). The 2016-2020 AzHIP has made a great impact as more than 350 unique action items [...]

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CDC report looks at risk factors in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

By | January 11th, 2022|Prevention|

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has important findings about COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals: It’s extremely rare for a breakthrough case to lead to severe outcomes. When a severe outcome such as intensive care admission does occur from a breakthrough case, the individual is almost certain [...]

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ADHS launches ‘Count the Kicks’ to improve birth outcomes

By | January 6th, 2022|Prevention|

How excited did you feel the first time you felt your baby move? What begins like a small flutter in the early stages of pregnancy often progresses to full blown kicks (and punches!) by the third trimester. While it can be great fun for parents to feel or see their baby moving around, paying close [...]

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