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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 Corrects Accidental Gunshot Death Data

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed today that a data error resulted in inaccurate accidental gunshot death numbers for 2014 being reported.

After manually reviewing death certificates, TDH reports five people died from accidental gunshot wounds in the state in 2014.

Data Error Causes Misreporting; Five Accidental Gunshot Deaths Confirmed for 2014

Data Error Causes Misreporting; Five Accidental Gunshot Deaths Confirmed for 2014

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Teen Pregnancy in Tennessee Continues to Decline

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is observing National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in communities across the state this May to raise awareness about the impact of teen pregnancy as well as education and prevention efforts.

Special emphasis was given on May 4th, 2016 when TDH joined partners from across the country in celebrating the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

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Tenenssee Department of Health says remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep this Holiday Season

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Putting your baby to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep saves lives. The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents to remember it’s very important to make sure family and friends follow these simple steps while visiting during the holidays: Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

“Loved ones are always eager to see and hold the newest family members during holiday visits. It’s really important that everyone who will be involved in caring for a baby knows about the safest way to put the baby to sleep,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says give the Gift of not using Tobacco

 

The Perfect Present for Yourself and Others

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Stores and businesses have long used the familiar holiday slogan, “Give the gift that keeps on giving.” While stereos, watches and even baskets of fruit delivered monthly have been advertised to provide perpetual pleasure, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests a present that really does have lasting benefits:  Stopping the use of tobacco products.

The three top benefits to a person who quits are these:  A former user can live longer and be healthier; his or her family can live longer and be healthier; and there will be more money available to spend or invest. All are noticeable fairly quickly when a tobacco users ends his or her addiction to nicotine. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health celebrates World Breastfeeding Week; August 1st-7th, 2014

 

Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has been helping mothers give their babies the best start in life for more than 90 years, and education and support for breastfeeding are a big part of these important efforts.

TDH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1st-7th to help promote the importance of breastfeeding as a lifesaving goal. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health says it’s time for a Healthier Halloween

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – With record numbers of children now overweight or obese, does it make sense for adults to hand out the traditional handfuls of Halloween candy?

That’s the question posed by the Tennessee Department of Health, as it suggests some healthier alternatives when costumed characters come calling. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Launches “Welcome Baby” Initiative

 

Outreach Effort Screens for Risks for Tennessee Newborns

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – On average, more than 79,000 new Tennesseans are born in the Volunteer State every year. Now, First Lady Crissy Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health will begin greeting each new arrival with a “Welcome Baby” package as part of an innovative new outreach effort.

Welcome Baby is designed to help give Tennessee’s newest residents the best start in life by connecting children and families with appropriate services in their community, providing referrals to address family needs and screening babies and their families for potential risks. «Read the rest of this article»

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Breastfeeding Best for Baby, Best for Mom

 

World Breastfeeding Week is August 1st-7th, 2012

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – A new or expectant mother must make a lot of decisions that affect her health and the health of her baby. Among the most important: Should I breastfeed my baby? Governor Bill Haslam has declared August 1st-7th World Breastfeeding Week in Tennessee to demonstrate the state’s ongoing support of this vital practice. As part of the recognition of this health observance, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding all potential, expectant and new mothers of the importance of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies.

“Breastfeeding is the very foundation of optimal nutrition and health and is superior to formula for the vast majority of women,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “We fully support all efforts to encourage more mothers to nurse their babies.”

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Tennessee Department of Health Launches Safe Sleep Effort to Save Infant Lives

 

Remember the “ABCs of Safe Sleep”

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The sight of a baby sleeping peacefully is heartwarming to parents, grandparents and almost anyone else. Yet the lives of many babies are cut tragically short as the result of being put to sleep in an unsafe place or position.

For Tennessee in 2010, the most recent year for which data are available, 131 infants died because they were not put to sleep as safely as they might have been. «Read the rest of this article»

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