• Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Importance Info

    The week before Memorial Day (May 20–26, 2019) is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. The goal of this awareness week is to maximize the health benefits of swimming by minimizing the risk of illness and injury. Just 2.5 hours of physical activity every week, including water-based physical activity, can benefit everyone’s health. Each of us plays a role in preventing illnesses and injuries linked to the water we swim, play, relax in, and share. Swimming is a fun, healthy way to stay physically active and spend quality time with family and friends. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week highlights the roles that swimmers, parents of young swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials play in preventing disease outbreaks, drowning, and pool chemical injuries.

    Why Is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Important?

    Injuries caused by mishandling pool chemicals:
    Pool chemicals are added to maintain water quality (for example, to kill germs). Each year, however, mishandling pool chemicals when treating public or residential/backyard pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds leads to 3,000–5,000 visits to U.S. emergency departments.
    For more info, visit CDCs Pool Chemical Info.

    Illnesses caused by the germs in pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds:
    During 2000–2014, nearly 500 outbreaks were linked to pools, hot tubs/spas, and water playgrounds. Most of the outbreaks were caused by germs Cryptosporidium (or “Crypto”), Legionella, or Pseudomonas. Healthy swimming is not just about the steps pool operators and pool inspectors take—so let’s all do our part to help keep ourselves, our families, and our friends healthy.
    For more info, visit CDCs Healthy Swimming Info.

    Each day, two children younger than 14 years old die from drowning. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children 1–4 years old. we want to remind you about drowning prevention. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury or death in children under the age of 5. Drowning can be quick and silent. It's a fallacy that the act of drowning is accompanies by screams or splashing, making proactive prevention crucial. To help prevent drownings, please remember to have active adult supervision, never swim alone, make sure your pool is fenced with self-closing/latching gates, and most of all keep a Pool / Lifeguard First Aid Kit on hand.
    For more info, visit CDCs Water Injuries Info.

    Harmful algal blooms:
    Algae can grow in warm, nutrient-rich fresh- and marine water. An abundant growth of algae that harms people or animals is referred to as a harmful algal bloom (HAB). HABs in fresh- and marine water can produce toxins that cause a variety of symptoms including skin irritation, coughing, sneezing, diarrhea, stomach pain, numbness, and dizziness. Symptoms vary depending on the type of HAB toxin and the type of exposure, such as skin contact, ingestion by eating food or drinking water contaminated with HAB toxins, or breathing in tiny droplets or mist contaminated with HAB toxins.
    For more info, visit CDCs HAB Toxin Info

    Naegleria fowleri “the brain-eating ameba”:
    Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic ameba (a singlecelled living organism) that is commonly found in warm freshwater such as in lakes, rivers, and hot springs. If water containing the ameba goes up the nose forcefully, the ameba can invade and cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
    For more info, visit CDCs Naegleria Info

  • Health IQ: Free App!

    Challenge Your Health IQDo you know the minimum SPF needed to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays? Or how many seconds you should wash your hands to kill germs? Test your health IQ to see how your health skills stack up. Choose from three levels of difficulty or be surprised by selecting a Random mix. Each quiz delivers a mix of 10 questions. Correctly answer as many of the 10 questions as quickly as possible with the hopes of earning bonuses like A+ Student, Public Health Nerd, and Einstein or score poorly and earn the Hot Mess achievement! New questions will be added frequently. Play again and again and try to beat your highest score!

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  • Effort aimed at young children and their parents

    Through an innovative public-private partnership, the National Institutes of Health and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) have created a new health educational curriculum — EatPlayGrow: Creative Activities for a Healthy Start — for children ages 2-5 and their parents.

    The curriculum was launched today at a press conference in New York City attended by George Mensah, M.D., senior advisor from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); representatives from CMOM; Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move!, the First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity initiative; and representatives of other EatPlayGrow partners. CMOM is part of a group of museums involved in the Let’s Move! initiative.

    An image of children making body collages. The children will paste vegetables on the corresponding body part that benefits (such as placing two carrots on the eyes). Helps children learn the importance of eating a variety of vegetables every day for good health.

    Children make body collages from paper that show which parts of the body benefit from the consumption of different vegetables. The “I Love My Veggies!” activity, which helps children learn the importance of eating a variety of vegetables every day, is part of a new EatPlayGrow curriculum geared toward helping children ages 2-5 and their parents learn about making healthier life choices. Credit: Children’s Museum of Manhattan

    In the past 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2-5 and has almost tripled among children ages 6-11 and adolescents ages 12-19.

    "The rise of obesity in children is a serious public health concern," said Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health. "This unique partnership brings the latest NIH childhood obesity science to life through fun and familiar kids’ activities like art, storytelling, music, and dance."

    The EatPlayGrow curriculum combines the latest science and research from NIH with CMOM’s creative educational approach to teach kids and their parents how to make healthy living choices that are fun and easy to include in daily routines. The new program was adapted from NIH’s We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) Energize Our Families Parent Program curriculum, which is geared to children ages 8-13. The We Can! national education program provides parents, caregivers, and community organizations with the science-based tips, tools, and strategies they need to help children maintain a healthy weight.

    EatPlayGrow’s interactive and fun lessons use art-making, storytelling, music, and movement activities to teach children about the importance of making positive choices in areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity, and, based on the latest medical research, sleep. For example, in one lesson children learn how to use their five senses to understand how to listen to the body’s nutrition and physical activity needs.

    "To effectively address the obesity epidemic, research findings on the prevention of overweight and obesity must be moved into real-world settings and diverse populations. EatPlayGrow takes on the obesity epidemic by bringing healthy living strategies to young children and their families in their communities," said Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of NHLBI.

    The new curriculum will be offered to interested community organizations, including NIH’s We Can!community sites across the United States and to the national networks of the Association of Children’s Museums. The curriculum also will be available for download on the We Can!website at http://www.nih.gov/wecan.

    The curriculum has been tested and implemented in New York City and New Orleans in community centers, children’s museums, Head Start centers, and with childcare providers. Studies conducted in parent-child engagement programs with low-income families in New York City and New Orleans found that after experiencing the curriculum, participants made changes in their purchasing preferences and food habits, and showed positive changes in attitudes and behaviors around food and physical activity. The curriculum was also tested with home-based childcare providers and staff and families of eight Head Start centers in New York City, with positive results.

    We Can! provides adaptable tips, tools, and strategies that can be implemented in diverse settings to help families, schools, communities, organizations, and national partners and corporations in their efforts to help children maintain a healthy weight. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute collaborates with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Cancer Institute, to implement We Can!

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    EatPlayGrow is a registered trademark of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

    Part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) plans, conducts, and supports research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. The Institute also administers national health education campaigns on women and heart disease, healthy weight for children, and other topics. NHLBI press releases and other materials are available online at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

    About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

    NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health®


  • Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America

    David J. Sencer CDC Museum open on Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!

    New exhibit examines health equality over last 120 years in the United States


    The exhibit, Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America, looks back through history at how minority groups have experienced health problems differently, helps us understand why these differences persist, and examines our efforts to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The CDC Museum is open on Saturday in observance of Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live! The exhibit is free and opens from September 28, 2013 through January 17, 2014.


    Saturday, September 28, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Smithsonian magazine Museum Day Live!


    David J. Sencer CDC Museum
    1600 Clifton Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30333


    Health is a Human Right: Race and Place in America features historic photographs, documents and objects that illustrate the struggles of diverse groups to pursue their health as a basic human right.  Videos, including one of First Lady Michelle Obama talking about access to fresh fruits and vegetables, are integrated throughout, while interactive atlases illustrate the health of every community nationwide.

    The exhibitis organized and sponsored by the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, and the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, CDC; with additional support from The California Endowment through the CDC Foundation.

    Special Note

    Admission and parking are free. Visitors need a valid, government-issued photo ID. Vehicle inspection is required.  The David J. Sencer CDC Museum is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday. The museum is closed on all federal holidays.  For more information, visit the museum website at http://www.cdc.gov/museum/visitor.htm.

    For more information on Museum Day Live!, visit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
    For more information on minority health, visit http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/.


    Upcoming Exhibits

    Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases©

    February 5 - May 23, 2014

    The Prophet Fed by a Raven.Clive Hicks-Jenkins (b. 1951), The Prophet Fed by a Raven (2007) Acrylic on panel (62 cm × 82 cm), Courtesy of the artist, private collection, www.hicks-jenkins.com

    This popular exhibition highlighted the cover art of the journal, beginning with its inception in 1995. This second installment coincides with the Oxford University Press publication of Art in Science: Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    Drawing from all art history, the covers of Emerging Infectious Diseases are intended to attract but also to surprise, delight, inspire, and enlighten with the premise that art humanizes and enhances scientific content and educates readers outside their areas of expertise about important unnoticed connections.  Through the years, art has breathed life into technical content. Journal covers have provided a fast tour of infectious disease emergence through the lives and times of artists and their craft and through literary and science connections.

    Celebrating the accomplishments of this remarkable journal, Art in Science showcases a complete set of covers from 2006 through today and selected enlargements.  Blending science and the arts offers a multidisciplinary approach to disease emergence: poverty and war, increased global travel, ongoing natural disasters, and human-animal interactions.

    What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?

    The Government’s Effect on The American Diet

    What's Cooking, Uncle Sam? logoOpening Fall 2014

    Food. We love it, fear it, and obsess about it.We demand that our Government ensure that it is safe, cheap, and abundant. In response, Government has been a factor in the production, regulation, research, innovation, and economics of our food supply. It has also attempted, with varying success, to change the eating habits of Americans.

    From the farm to the dinner table, explore the records of the National Archives that trace the Government’s effect on what Americans eat.

  • Food & Drug Administration - Learn the basics

    FDAMany of today’s important medications are biological products, generally derived from living material from humans, animals, or microorganisms.  These products treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, low white blood cell counts, inflammatory bowel disease, and various forms of cancer.  Unlike other drugs known as small molecule drugs, biological products are generally highly complex in structure.  This webinar is designed to provide an overview of biological products and how they differ from small molecule drugs.  Information from this webinar provides helpful background for an enhanced understanding of a future FDA Basics webinar, scheduled for August 19, 2013, on “Biosimilar Biological Products.”  Biosimilar biological products or biosimilars are biological products that are similar to or interchangeable with another FDA-approved biological product.  In 2010, the Obama Administration passed the Biologics Price Competition Innovation Act, designed to encourage the development of biosimilar biological products which can enhance competition and may lead to better patient access and lower cost to consumers.

    ~  Webinar  - Overview of Biological Products

    Did you know that many of our medications for rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, cancer, and other diseases are biological products?

    Learn how these products—derived from living material from humans, animals or microorganisms—work.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) webinar, "Overview of Biological Products,”  Mantej (Nimi) Chhina, M.S., Ph.D., of FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation Research, explains how these products differ from small molecule drugs.


  • The Smithsonian Institution’s first state-of-the-art exhibition about genome science, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code

    New exhibition makes genome accessible to public

    Unique NIH-Smithsonian collaboration unlocks the present and future of genome science...

    Genome1The Smithsonian Institution’s first state-of-the-art exhibition about genome science, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, opens Friday, June 14, 2013, at the National Museum of Natural History in partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

    The exhibition examines the complexities of the genome — the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism — and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project a decade ago. With cutting-edge interactives, 3D models, custom animations and engaging videos of real-life stories, the exhibition examines both the benefits and the challenges that genomics presents to modern society.

    “This exhibition reflects a remarkably productive collaboration between components of two scientific icons of the U.S. government — the Smithsonian Institution and the National Institutes of Health,” said Eric D. Green, M.D., Ph.D., director of NHGRI, one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up NIH. “Our ability to showcase the science of genomics to the roughly 7 million annual visitors of the National Museum of Natural History is profoundly exciting for the broader genomics research community.”

    Genome2The exhibition’sopening celebrates the anniversaries of two landmark scientific discoveries: the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and the 60th anniversary of Drs. James Watson’s and Francis Crick’s discovery of DNA’s double-helical structure. It will be open at the National Museum of Natural History through September 2014, after which the exhibition will travel throughout North America for about five years.

    “Genomic research is a vital tool for exploring the mysteries of the natural world and it is an important part of Smithsonian science,” said Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History. “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code will help our visitors understand how genomics is transforming what we know about ourselves and how we make important life decisions.”

    Genome3From the moment visitors enter the approximately 2,900 square-foot exhibition, they will find themselves immersed in an interactive, futuristic environment that communicates the revolutionary nature of genomics. The exhibition gives visitors a window into genomes that provides new ways of looking at themselves as individuals, as members of a family and a species, and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

    Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is organized around three content areas offering visitors personalized and interactive experiences that explore what a genome is (The Genome Within Us), how it relates to medicine and health (Your Genome, Your Health), and how it connects humans to all of life on the planet (Connections: Natural World and Genomic Journey). Within each gallery, numerous topics are explored through the latest imagery on genomics, hands-on and media interactives, videos and other engaging content. Through examples of ways that genome science can affect their lives in ordinary and extraordinary ways, visitors will also come to learn how genomics can affect perspectives about health, identity, and the place of humans in the natural world.

    Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code will take visitors on a genomic journey from the present to the future:

    Genome4The Genome Within Us: Upon arrival, museum-goers will be oriented at the center of the exhibition where they will explore how the genome is a part of their own bodies. Visitors will discover what a genome is, where it is located in the human body (in the cell nucleus), and how it works to regulate life, through introductory videos produced by the History channel. Visitors will see three-dimensional models of a human genome and watch interviews with Human Genome Project researchers. Visitors can also participate in a social media interactive where they can explore the ethical, legal, and social implications of advancing DNA sequencing technologies, submit their responses on an interactive station and find out how their views compare with those of other visitors. An electronic news ticker display will provide an ongoing stream of recent developments in genomics.

    Your Genome, Your Health: Guests can explore the many ways in which genome sequencing benefits patients through improved health care. They can learn about genes, genomic solutions to mysterious medical diseases, and, through a futuristic DNA interactive, search for the right medicine for a given disease. An interactive puzzle allows visitors to learn how genetic, environmental, and random factors influence risk for a particular disease.

    Genome5Connections: Natural World and Genomic Journey: Visitors will learn about the ways that genomes reflect the connection of all life on the planet, human ancestry and evolution — and even human society. There will be an opportunity to learn more about how the Smithsonian is using new genomic technologies to preserve genetic diversity and study changes in our environment through the Global Genome Initiative and GGI’s growing biorepository.

    “Today, the Smithsonian is a leader in utilizing genomic research to understand the diversity of life on earth,” said Jonathan Coddington, Ph.D., associate director for science at the National Museum of Natural History. “This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to showcase the cutting edge biotechnological research going on behind-the-scenes at the museum, and features some of our scientists’ work on hot topics like bird strikes, butterflies, wine grapes, bio-coding, Tasmanian devils and the Global Genome Initiative. Thanks to genomics, we now have the tools to sequence every organism on the planet, allowing us to preserve genetic diversity, study changes in our environment and learn more about how these changes affect all life on earth.”

    In addition to the exhibition, a special educational website, Unlocking Life’s Code , was created to support the exhibition and provide additional educational materials beyond the walls of the museum. A program of ongoing educational events in Washington, D.C., is also being developed and will be announced on the website.

    “Collaborating with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the development of the genome exhibition created an opportunity to educate the public about advances in genomics research” said Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., chief of the education branch in NHGRI’s Division of Policy, Communications and Education. “NHGRI engages communities across the country to explore genomics and health, but this is the first collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, which will reach millions of visitors at the National Museum of Natural History.”

    The exhibition was made possible through the generous support of the Life Technologies Foundation, and other important sponsors, including Johnson & Johnson, Ancestry.com and The Brin Wojcicki Foundation.

    Additional information for media is available at www.genome.gov/27554010. For images of Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code and other related photos, please visit http://newsdesk.si.edu/photos .

    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., is the world’s most visited natural history museum and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended evening hours in the summer. It also houses the world’s largest collection of natural history specimens, which are managed by a research staff of more than 100 Ph.D.-level scientists. Learn more at http://www.nmh.si.edu  or on the museum’s social media platforms.

    NHGRI is one of the 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NHGRI conducts genomics research in its own labs in Maryland, as well supports genomics research at institutions across the country. Additional information about NHGRI can be found at http://www.genome.gov.

  • HIV / AIDS Awareness - National HIV Testing Day is June 27

    AidsGovNational HIV Testing Day (June 27) serves as a reminder of the importance of HIV testing.Use these resources to answer your questions about HIV testing:

    • HIV Testing Locations - Enter your ZIP code to find a testing location near you, including those that offer free HIV tests.
    • Types of HIV Tests - Different HIV tests are used in different situations, but the antibody test is the most common.
    • Privacy Issues - Learn about privacy aspects of HIV testing and the difference between "confidential testing" and "anonymous testing."
    • Test Result Accuracy - Read about the accuracy of test results and find out what steps to take after getting a positive or negative result.

    Visit AIDS.gov for more information about HIV/AIDS.

  • Work Your Way to a Healthier Life

    Sitting. Sure, it is relaxing to take a load off once in awhile... but have you ever considered how much sitting you actually do during an average day? If you’re like many Americans, the answer might surprise you. Your morning commute, time at the office, evening commute, and likely your time relaxing before bed are largely made up of... you guessed it, sitting. You may think to yourself, ‘so what?’ how much harm can sitting actually do?

    Stretch2The answer is a lot. For many people, their largely sedentary lifestyles can lead to a plethora of health problems. Obesity alone brings with it enough health problems to make anyone worried. Diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and other complications are all potentially life-threatening conditions. Luckily, there are ways of getting in exercise without finding a new career, or biking to work everyday. A handful of simple, regularly practiced exercises at the office are enough to ward off the most harmful side effects.

    If the word “exercise” makes you a little hesitant to give it a shot, don’t be put off so easy. Many of the best remedies for over-sitting are as simple as getting up and taking a short walk, regularly rotating your neck, or just stretching out your wrists. When it comes to keeping yourself healthy, there’s hardly more that your body can ask of you than to get up and take a stand!

  • Exercise is Good Medicine

    StretchWe’ve discussed the general health benefits of staying fit and healthy, but general good health isn’t the only thing that it’s good for. There are actually some specific health problems that you can get on top of without using medicines or other stimulants, just through exercise. Jessica Girdwain of ABC News has more on the specific problems you can treat.

    Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/fix-health-problems-exercise/story?id=19034022

  • Stay Fit, Stay Healthy

    It’s no secret that staying in fit physical shape improves your overall shape. A little less obvious is how to stay in shape, especially if you spend a good portion of your day sitting behind the wheel or at a desk. Katie Lambert of Discovery Health has five easy exercises that may be of help!

    Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise-at-work/5-easy-exercises-to-do-at-work.htm

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