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By | June 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

We've been operating on several fronts all week for the Monument Fire. Licensing made sure that facilities in the area had executable evacuation plans and knew who to contact if they needed to evacuate.  They also made sure that the facilities that remained open had enough staff.  Fifteen facilities relocated patients and residents this week.  Most are ready to go back, and our licensing team has 8 reopening inspections [...]

Nourishing Arizona’s “Food Deserts”

By | September 8th, 2010|Prevention|

One of the ways ADHS can help eliminate Arizona’s food deserts is to try to get our vendors (the businesses that accept WIC coupons) to broaden their food inventories with healthier foods. The ADHS Program Integrity Team works to get this done.  The Team actively reaches out to the vendor communities (grocery stores and other [...]

World Breastfeeding Week

By | August 6th, 2010|General|

Arizona enjoys a relatively high breastfeeding rate compared to the rest of the country- with 78% of all newborns being breastfed.  But we can always do better, that’s why we’re joining the rest of the world in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which promotes the health and well-being of mothers, babies and families throughout the world. [...]

ADHS E-Communications Site

By | August 2nd, 2010|General|

Just a reminder that you can sign up for electronic notifications in your in-box of our media releases, and lots of other cool communications like our weekly, in-season, healthy recipe at: http://visitor.constantcontact.com/email.jsp?m=1101362445484.  Tell your friends too.

Farmers' Market Locator

By | August 2nd, 2010|General|

We’ve got a groovy new Farmers' Market Locator up on our WIC website.  It help anybody in Arizona find the closest farmers market.  Simply go to the application link and put in any address and city and push “Find Market”.  The program will list all the markets including links that give you the time of year, dates [...]

Farmers’ Market Locator

By | August 2nd, 2010|General|

We’ve got a groovy new Farmers' Market Locator up on our WIC website.  It help anybody in Arizona find the closest farmers market.  Simply go to the application link and put in any address and city and push “Find Market”.  The program will list all the markets including links that give you the time of year, dates [...]

ADHS Status

By | July 21st, 2010|General, Newborn Screening|

We’ve got a lot to be proud of over the last year and an half.  It’s been hard, I know because of all of the budget reductions and the lower staffing level.  On the other hand, we’ve got an incredible mission and we’re doing a good job.  I often tell people that we work in [...]

AZ Obesity Update

By | July 6th, 2010|General, Prevention|

The Trust for America’s Health released their annual obesity report.  Overall, the national trend toward increasing obesity rates continued it’s march forward.  Arizona ranked in the middle of the pack, but the pack itself in increasingly unhealthy.  More than two-thirds of states have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an [...]

Giving Babies a Boost

By | June 28th, 2010|Uncategorized|

We kicked off an initiative this month to increase the percentage of mom’s that choose to breastfeed their newborn.  The real key to success turns out to be the first couple of days after the baby is born (actually the first few hours are the most important). Our new program is called Baby Steps to Breastfeeding.  [...]

SNAP Reform

By | March 12th, 2010|General, Prevention|

I met with the staff of most of the members of Arizona’s congressional delegation Wednesday in Washington DC at an event called Hill Day sponsored by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.  I used the opportunity to talk to them about nutritional policy issues like boosting the nutritional strength of the foods that are served under the free and reduced lunch [...]