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Tennessee Governor Lee to Recognize Five Outstanding Veteran State Employees at Annual Veterans Day Event

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Courtney Rogers and Tennessee Adjutant General Major General Jeff Holmes will recognize five veteran state employees and more than 450,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras at the annual Veterans Day event on Friday, November 8th at 11:00am CST on Tennessee Tower Plaza in Nashville.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee Department of Health announces WIC program goes electronic with TNWIC card

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Women, Infants and Children (TNWIC) or WIC Program has transitioned from a paper-based method of issuing benefits to an electronic benefit transfer system.

Tennessee families participating in WIC now use their TNWIC cards instead of paper vouchers to purchase WIC-approved foods. TNWIC is now available in all 95 counties of Tennessee.

Tennessee WIC Program Launches Electronic Benefit Transfer Card System, TNWIC.

Tennessee WIC Program Launches Electronic Benefit Transfer Card System, TNWIC.

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Tennessee Department of Health takes part in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

 

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Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Love shouldn’t hurt. Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise. It’s important to help young people learn how to build and recognize healthy relationships to support their development and keep them safe. The Tennessee Department of Health is taking part in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to help prevent dating violence among Tennessee teens.

Tennessee Sexual Assault Victims by Year, 2013-2017

Tennessee Sexual Assault Victims by Year, 2013-2017

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Tennessee Department of Health reports Human Trafficking a Public Health Issue in Tennessee

 

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Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health  says that human trafficking is a public health concern that affects individuals, families and communities here in Tennessee.

It is the modern-day slavery, the sale of another person for sex. While this crime is largely hidden, Tennessee leads the nation in its approach to addressing human trafficking.

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won't Stand for It

It is Human Trafficking and Tennessee Won’t Stand for It

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Tennessee and U.S. Public Housing Smoking Ban Effective July 31st

 

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Smoking will be prohibited in public housing units across Tennessee and the U.S. effective July 31st, 2018.

The smoke-free rule is part of a larger plan to decrease building maintenance and smoke-related damage costs, reduce the risk of accidental fires and create healthier environments by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Tennessee Department of Health reminds Tennesseans who smoke that free help to quit smoking is available through the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine.

Public Housing Smoking Ban went into effect today, Wednesday, July 31st.

Public Housing Smoking Ban went into effect today, Wednesday, July 31st.

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Teen Pregnancy Continues Decline in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health reports that consistent with national trends, Tennessee’s teen pregnancy rates per 1,000 females declined from 49 in 2013 to 32.5 in 2016. The most recent national data available is from 2013, when the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. was 43 per 1,000 females.

“We are moving in the right direction in Tennessee,” said TDH Assistant Commissioner for Family Health and Wellness Morgan McDonald, MD. “Though many factors may contribute to teen pregnancies, the positive work being done illustrates education and public health interventions make a difference. We have seen that when teens have access to information about preventing pregnancy, our teen pregnancy rates decrease.”

Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Map. Districts shaded in blue had a county rate exceeding 19.5 in 2015.

Tennessee Adolescent Pregnancy Map. Districts shaded in blue had a county rate exceeding 19.5 in 2015.

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Tennessee Department of Health urges Parents, Coaches to Protect Youth Athletes from Heat

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Have your fun in the sun, but take steps to protect yourself and your family against heat-related illness.

The Tennessee Department of Health is encouraging parents and youth sports leagues to prevent heat-related injuries this summer as part of the observance of National Heat Awareness Day May 25th, 2018.

National Heat Awareness Day is May 25th, 2018.

National Heat Awareness Day is May 25th, 2018.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Get to the Heart of the Matter on Valentine’s Day

 

February is American Heart Month

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN –  On Valentine’s Day people may feel compelled to make public and sometimes pricey displays of love, such as sending flowers to a sweetheart’s workplace, giving chocolates or sweets or taking that special someone out to a lavish dinner.

The Tennessee Department of Health suggests giving yourself and your loved ones the gift of a healthier heart.

Heart disease is the Number 1 killer in the United States. (American Heart Association)

Heart disease is the Number 1 killer in the United States. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Health says Talk with your Health Care Provider about Breast Cancer Screening, Rick Factors

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women in the United States.

With nearly 4,700 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Tennessee every year, the Tennessee Department of Health encourages residents to talk with a health care provider on when to schedule their annual mammograms. Mammography screening should begin no later than age 50.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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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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