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You are what you eat…and so is your baby

Asian baby drinking breastmilk

“As a mother of a baby born in 1973 when nobody was breastfeeding, I didn’t know why, but I instinctively knew breastfeeding was the best thing to do.” After my first son was born, I went back to school to become a nurse. During my interview I said, “I’m not interested in sick people, but Read More >

Posted on by Patti Carroll, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant9 CommentsTags , , , , , , , ,

Pediatrics and Public Health: Working Together to Prepare for Emergencies

Girl in bed cuddling a teddy with bandage

Did you know that one in four people in the United States are children? Children represent a considerable portion of our population and they are among our nation’s most vulnerable citizens. When a public health emergency or disaster strikes, children are often the most severely affected. Think back on recent public health emergencies, like the Read More >

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Step it up outdoors

Mother and father swinging daughter outdoors

Physical activity can improve your health. People who are physically active tend to live longer and have lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. Physical activity can also help with weight control, and may improve academic achievement in students. Walking is an easy way to start and maintain a Read More >

Posted on by Brittany Curtis, Health Communications Specialist, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity5 CommentsTags , , , , , , , ,

Avoid Food Poisoning During Summer Picnics

parents with daughters having picnic

When I think about summer picnics, I think about family. I think about my cousins, aunts, uncles, kids running around, a pavilion, and an enormous buffet table loaded with delicious food. The quantity of side dishes and desserts is exceeded only by the number of dad jokes we’re forced to endure. Since I’ve been working Read More >

Posted on by Brittany Behm, Public Affairs Specialist, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases4 CommentsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Prepare to be patriotic!

Young blonde boy carrying an American Flag over a wooden Bridge.

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate Uncle Sam, enjoy the summer weather, and spend time with family and friends. Keep these five things in mind as you plan your 4th of July celebration. Prevent fireworks injuries Fireworks can cause death and injury, including burns, cuts, bruises, and foreign objects in your eyes. Read More >

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Teaching skills that save lives

Instructor and student practicing CPR on mannequin.

We observed CPR and AED Awareness Week at the beginning of June. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Stacy Thorne, a health scientist in the Office of Smoking and Health, who is also a certified first aid, CPR and AED instructor. Stacy has a history of involvement in emergency response and preparedness Read More >

Posted on by Suzie Heitfeld, Health Communications Specialist, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response4 CommentsTags , , ,
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