Celebrating National Women’s Health Week: Prioritizing your health

By | May 11th, 2022|Prevention|

This week we celebrate National Women's Health Week. This annual celebration begins on Mother’s Day every year to encourage women to make their health a priority. Women are so often in the role of caring for others; it’s critical for us to focus on our own health, and National Women's Health Week nudges us to [...]

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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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Adding Physical Activity to Your Daily Routine Will Improve Your Overall Health

By | January 29th, 2016|Prevention|

Like many people, you may be making your health a priority in the new year. Did you know that being physically active can help you increase your chances to live longer, feel better about yourself, decrease your chances of becoming depressed, sleep well at night, and stay at or get to a healthy [...]

Our Newest Decision-making Tool

By | June 24th, 2013|Behavioral Health|

The core of our decision-making as an agency relies on evidence.  Evidence can be scientific like surveillance or research or it can be administrative or financial.  Whichever way you slice it- the key is to get good reliable information so that our teams can make effective decisions as we execute our mission.   One of the [...]

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Men’s Health Week Time to Think about Our Health

By | June 13th, 2013|Prevention|

This week is Men’s Health Week - the worldwide event happens every year before Father’s Day calling attention to the issues that affect men’s health. Many groups take the opportunity to talk about men’s health – we should be thinking about our health every week.  The top health issues that impact men’s health are also [...]

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Palo Verde Nuclear Exercise

By | March 6th, 2013|Preparedness|

Today our preparedness team will participate in a drill (graded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) to test our response to a simulated radiation release from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.  The exercise simulates an event where people, food or drinking water could become contaminated in the very unlikely event that there were to be a release of [...]

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Long-Term Weight Loss

By | September 7th, 2012|General|

Lots of people tell me it is easy to drop pounds quickly when starting a diet. Keeping that weight off long-term seems harder. Particularly for older women, natural declines in energy needs after menopause make long-term weight loss even more challenging. Traditional behavioral treatments for obesity have focused on calorie intake and have poor long-term [...]


By | June 14th, 2012|Prevention|

I'm excited to announce that we have 32 teams signed up for the ADHS Worksite Wellness Stair Climb Challenge.  Stair climbing and other physical activities have so many health benefits including decreasing your risk of developing a chronic disease, improving your mental health and mood, and it increases your chances of living longer.  So, Get Your Climb On!

AZ Data to Drive Public Health Interventions

By | October 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

Making good decisions about prioritizing which public health issues to tackle and how to target our interventions rests on our ability to collect and analyze public health data.  For infectious disease surveillance that means have a base of solid reporting and surveillance so we can analyze infectious disease trends.  For chronic diseases, we need to [...]

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Personal BP Story

By | October 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|

When we implemented our Salt Initiative  earlier this year we asked people to know their blood pressure and consider reducing their sodium intake by shopping more carefully and preparing recipes that are lower in sodium.  One of the main messages was to encourage people to know their own blood pressure.  Then it occurred to me- [...]

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