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NPS Action Provides Park Visitors Better Access To Safe, Healthy Water

on August 18, 2017 - 8:28am
NPS News:
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visitors to all of America’s national parks will have better access to the healthiest packaged beverage now that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has rescinded a policy that allowed individual national parks to ban the sale of bottled water in single-serve plastic containers.
 
“The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) applauds this action, which recognizes the importance of making safe, healthy, convenient bottled water available to the millions of people from around the world who want to stay well-hydrated while visiting national parks,” IBWA

Kids Want To Sleep In? They May Be On To Something

on August 18, 2017 - 7:41am
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. Courtesy image​
 
CDC News:
 
Starting school later can help adolescents get enough sleep and improve their health, academic performance, and quality of life.
 
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs, as well as poor academic performance.
 
One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.
 
The American Academy

August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
 
HEALTH News:
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.

Alzheimer’s ‘Basics’ Presentation In Espanola Sept. 7

on August 18, 2017 - 7:22am
ALZHEIMERS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free presentation in Espanola, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“The Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease” is 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Espanola Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Parkway, Espanola NM, 87532. All citizens from Espanola and surrounding areas are invited to attend. 
 
For more information, contact David L Davis, (505).473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org.
 
This presentation is primarily a general introduction for those seeking a basic knowledge of

CDC Offers Tips To Prevent Type 2 Diabetes In Children

on August 17, 2017 - 7:15am
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CDC  News:
 
There’s a growing type 2 diabetes problem in our young people. But parents can help turn the tide with healthy changes that are good for the whole family.
 
Until recently, young children and teens almost never got type 2 diabetes, which is why it used to be called adult-onset diabetes. Now, about one-third of American youth are overweight, a problem closely related to the increase in kids with type 2 diabetes, some as young as 10 years old.
 
Weight Matters
People who are overweight—especially if they have excess belly fat—are more likely to have insulin

Helping LANL Workers Access Free Medical Care

on August 16, 2017 - 6:44am
PCM News:
 
Working at a facility like Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories brings a lot of benefits and career satisfaction.
 
These facilities support our regional economy and provide fulfilling career opportunities that would not be available in our region without them. Tens of thousands of northern New Mexicans benefit from these facilities every day.
 
Yet, these jobs are not without risk.

Free Alzheimer’s Presentation In Santa Fe Sept. 1

on August 14, 2017 - 9:32am
AA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free class in Santa Fe, NM offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Communications and Behaviors” is a FREE presentation by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The event will be hosted by the Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe, NM, 87507. The class is free and open to all citizens of Santa Fe and surrounding communities.
 
To register, or for more information, contact David Davis at 505.473.1297 or dldavis@alz.org. The event is

Tips For A Healthy School Year

on August 11, 2017 - 7:42am

From American Academy of Pediatrics

Making the First Day Easier

If your child seems nervous, remind him or her that there are probably a lot of students who are uneasy about the first day of school. This may be at any age. Teachers know that students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.
Point out the positive aspects of starting school to create positive anticipation about the first day. Your child will see old friends and meet new ones.

Seven Things You May Not Know About Women’s Health

on August 10, 2017 - 4:43pm

CDC News:

You may be surprised to learn about some health issues that affect millions of women or girls each year.

Learn about some of them and what you can do:

1. Asthma occurs more often in women than men. Older adults, women, and African Americans are more likely to die due to asthma.[5.42 MB]

Women with asthma should always try to avoid asthma triggers. Known asthma triggers include but are not limited to outdoor air pollution, mold, and tobacco smoke.
Work with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan that will help you take your medications correctly and avoid your asthma

Mosquitoes Capable Of Transmitting Zika Virus Found In New Mexico

on August 10, 2017 - 4:38pm

NMDOH News:
  • Best Way to Prevent Zika Virus is to Prevent Mosquito Bites

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced this week that Aedes aegypti, has been identified in Otero and Hidalgo Counties. This is the first time a species of mosquito that can transmit Zika virus has been found in this part of the state. There have been no identified human cases of Zika virus in either county to date.

Zika virus can be transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

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