Fort Campbell, KY – It’s that time of year again, the Federal Benefits Open Season is happening right now. Open season is an opportunity for federal employees to make changes to their benefits, encouraging employees to think about health, dental, vision and tax-saving needs.
Federal Benefits Open Season will be held as scheduled from November 11th to December 9th with changes effective the first full pay period in January (FEDVIP enrollment is effective January 1st, 2014). «Read the rest of this article»
Silver Spring, MD – More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding by reducing the amount of trans fat in their products.
This evolution began when FDA first proposed in 1999 that manufacturers be required to declare the amount of trans fat on Nutrition Facts labels because of public health concerns. That requirement became effective in 2006.
Fort Campbell, KY – Just in time for the holiday season! Join Mandy from 4:30pm to 5:30pm for “Tasty Tuesdays” at Estep Wellness Center in November.
Tasty Tuesdays consist of a delicious package of Nutritional Workshops covering such topics as: Basic Nutrition, Healthier Choices, and Flippin’ Recipes. There will be three workshops and the cost is $10.00 for all three. «Read the rest of this article»
What those health claims on food and beverage really mean; plus, those consumers can trust
Yonkers, NY – The package says “heart healthy,” “reduces cholesterol,” or “maintains digestive health.” But what do these food labels really mean? The full report on tricky food labels is available in the September 2013 issue of ShopSmart.
“Promises of better health, weight-loss and more can be enticing, but claims can be misleading and you may not be doing yourself any favors buying foods that make these types of promises,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health initiative resuces use of Antipsychotic Drugs for Nursing Home Residents
Nashville, TN – Tennessee nursing homes have exceeded the national goal of reducing antipsychotic drug use for residents living with dementia in nursing homes. As a result, Tennessee has moved from leading the nation in such use in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 48th for the first quarter of 2013.
“We can all be pleased with Tennessee’s clear evidence of improvement in the wise use of these powerful medications by our committed nursing homes and caregivers,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “While there is much work left to do, it is appropriate to celebrate the initial success of this initiative and thank the dedicated stakeholders who are collaborating with each other and our department toward healthier aging in Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville YMCA’s “Partners for Pink” event featuring performance by the “Cancer Queens” August 9th
“Cancer Queens” Teach Prevention Through Song and Dance
Clarksville, TN – If statistics, charts and graphs make your eyes glaze over – but you still want to learn ways to improve your health and reduce your risk of getting various types of cancer – plan to be entertained as well as educated by the Cancer Queens.
Even though they are all professional health educators, the Cancer Queens emphasize they are not professional actresses or dancers. They do, however, excel at “edutainment” – a phrase coined to describe education via an entertainment venue. They have been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and have brought laughter and health messages to audiences all across the state of Tennessee.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee is 39th in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranking of child well-being released today.
Rankings on 16 indicators are clustered in four domains — Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Tennessee improved slightly on two domains, held steady on one, and dropped on another.
“Child well-being is a barometer of the current and future well-being of the state,” said Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, state affiliate of the KIDS COUNT program, “and while we are disappointed Tennessee’s 2013 composite ranking dropped from 36th in 2012 after three years of ‘best ever’ state rankings, we are pleased to see progress in several indicators. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Thanks to a state grant awarded to Austin Peay State University, designated walking trails on campus and nutrition education sessions are in the plans to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
The Tennessee Department of Health recently awarded the Eat Well, Play More Grant, which provides $20,000 in funding, to APSU to develop a program that will help those in the area have immediate access to an environment that encourages fitness and health. «Read the rest of this article»
Austin Peay State University begins Three-Year Bachelor’s degrees, 3+1 Bachelor’s to Master’s programs in Spring 2013
Clarksville, TN – Beginning with the Spring 2013 semester, students at Austin Peay State University will be able to earn their degrees faster so they can seek employment sooner after graduation.
That’s because APSU has launched the new Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree, as well as the 3+1 Bachelor’s to Master’s program. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Thanks to modern antibiotics, many infections are treated with relative ease with an injection or other form of these medications. But some germs have become resistant to these remedies and are harder to fight. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one of these.
MRSA may cause skin infections that can appear as raised bumps or boils which are often red, swollen, painful or have pus or other drainage. These infections are often mistaken for spider bites. More advanced MRSA cases can include wounds that don’t heal, pneumonia and blood infections.
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