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Tennessee Leaders Kick Off 2017 “Quittin’ Time in Tennessee”

 

Highlight Importance of Community and Government Partners to Help Tennesseans Quit Smoking

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee State leaders and officials have reignited a call to reduce tobacco use in Tennessee, sharing a collective commitment to helping Tennesseans quit the habit.

Holding a press conference alongside several attending leaders from the state’s government, business and non-profit organizations, Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Richard Johnson and NashvilleHealth Founder Senator Bill Frist, MD discussed the many opportunities available to citizens who are ready to quit.

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Tennessee Department of Health reminds everyone to get a Flu Shot

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Flu season is here with seasonal flu activity reported across Tennessee. The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year.

Tennessee is currently among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘’The best thing we can do for our health and the health of our communities is to prevent illness,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

A flu vaccination (CDC)

A flu vaccination (CDC)

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First Meeting of Tennessee Legislative Task Force on Opioid Abuse Kicks Off

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, the first meeting of the legislative task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse kicked off in Nashville, with stakeholders from across the state coming to the Legislative Plaza to speak out about Tennessee’s growing drug epidemic.

The task force was created this month by House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) with the immediate goal of working on legislation and determining best strategies for tackling Tennessee’s opioid problems. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Department of Health says Heart Disease Still Tennessee’s Top Cause of Death

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – While matters of the heart are top of mind near Valentine’s Day, more Tennesseans should think about them all year long to ensure healthier, longer lives.

Tennessee Department of Health data show heart disease is still the leading cause of death in the state, while stroke rated fifth in claiming lives.

Lifestyle Changes Can Save Lives

Lifestyle Changes Can Save Lives

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Tennessee Department of Health celebrates Living Tobacco-Free in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health joins partners in the Statewide Tobacco-Free Coalition in celebrating Tennessee Quit Week February 13th-17th, 2017.

The theme for the week-long campaign is “It’s Quittin’ Time in Tennessee” to celebrate Tennesseans who have quit using tobacco products and inspire more people to join them.

Tennessee Quit Week is February 13th-17th, 2017.

Tennessee Quit Week is February 13th-17th, 2017.

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Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson Named Chair of the Legislative Task Force On Opioid Abuse

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) created a task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse and named Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson as Chair. 

The task force’s immediate goal will be to work on legislation, but its efforts will be ongoing to determine the best strategies for tackling the opioid epidemic. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.
 
In 2015, 1,451 Tennesseans died from drug overdoses, the highest annual number in the state’s history.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Department of Health says Avoid Party Penalties – Play it Safe for the Super Bowl

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Millions of people across Tennessee and the country will gather February 5 to watch and celebrate the Super Bowl, and food and drink are a big part of the festivities.

The Tennessee Department of Health is sharing reminders about the game plan to keep your party free of penalties when it comes to food-borne illness and safety.

Super Bowl party

Super Bowl party

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Tennessee’s Top Baby Names for 2016 are Emma, William

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Emma and William are the most popular names chosen by new Tennessee parents for their babies born in 2016.

Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the dedicated team in the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.

Tennessee Department of Health releases Top 10 Baby Names for 2016.

Tennessee Department of Health releases Top 10 Baby Names for 2016.

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Tennessee Department of Health updates Public Health Advisory on E-Cigarettes

 

Evolving Research & Recent Regulatory Actions Increase Concerns about Impacts to Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – In February of 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on electronic nicotine delivery systems.

After reviewing a growing body of unbiased, scientific research, TDH is issuing an updated advisory that provides more information and urges current and potential users to understand new evidence of risks associated with e-cigarettes and similar devices.

Liquid nicotine, a primary ingredient in many e-cigarettes and similar devices, can be fatal if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Users should protect themselves and not allow children access to the liquids. Parents who suspect their child may have swallowed chemicals or batteries intended for e-cigarettes should seek medical help immediately.

Liquid nicotine, a primary ingredient in many e-cigarettes and similar devices, can be fatal if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Users should protect themselves and not allow children access to the liquids. Parents who suspect their child may have swallowed chemicals or batteries intended for e-cigarettes should seek medical help immediately.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Holiday Activities May Increase Your Risk For Influenza

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – It’s that time of year. As many are mingling with large numbers of people while shopping, attending parties, participating in religious celebrations or traveling, the risk for encountering someone infected with influenza increases.

At the same time, the influenza virus is beginning to affect more people as the winter flu season approaches its peak weeks for infection in Tennessee.

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A flu vaccination (CDC)

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