Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Diabetes prevention to be promoted at May 2 press conference

The American Diabetes Association will hold a press conference Friday, May 2, at 9 a.m.,at the Colorado State Capitol to highlight the increase in diabetes and strategies for reducing the risk for diabetes. Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will speak about the impact diabetes has on Colorado. Garcia has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years, has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association as the Honorary Chair of Tour de Cure Colorado. 

There are nearly 26 million Americans - 316,000 in Colorado - who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, 7 million are unaware that they have the disease.  As many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to stop diabetes. 

To find out more about the press conference, go to To learn more about Tour de Cure Colorado or to register, please call 1-888-DIABETES or visit Contact Jaclyn McDonald, American Diabetes Association, at or 720-855-1102 x 7041 for more information.

Did You Know, Colorado? April 23, 2014 Alcohol Awareness Month

  • 19% of adult Coloradans reported binge drinking (consuming 4 or more drinks per occasion for women or 5 or more drinks per occasion for men) — the prevalence was higher among age groups younger than 45 years and men but did not vary by race/ethnicity, income, or education level.1 Binge drinking, however, should be regarded as a health issue for all ages and for women.
  • 22% of Colorado’s high school students had 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours on at least 1 day during the past 30 days.2 High school binge drinkers are much more likely to have other health-related risk factors.

1 Data source: 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
2 Data source: 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
For more information about chronic disease data in Colorado, contact Renee Calanan

Million Hearts Colorado: Know Your Numbers Infographic Available

It's important to know your numbers and keep a healthy heart. Take action -- get your blood pressure checked as soon as possible. If you have high blood pressure, take steps to protect your health.

Check your blood pressure at least every 2 years starting at age 18. It’s important to check your blood pressure often, especially if you are over age 40.
Find additional information on high blood pressure and other chronic diseases at
High blood pressure and cholesterol management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last Call for Stop Bullying Now! Hard Copy Resources- FREE materials but Limited time!

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has historically made available free hard copy bullying prevention materials to youth-serving organizations, communities and families across the country. In the next couple of months HRSA will be winding down this operation, and will discontinue the distribution of these materials. Between now and then, they want to ensure that partner organizations have the opportunity to secure mass quantities of our resources for upcoming conferences, workshops and general use. Please take a moment to consider placing an order for your own needs and/or spreading this message to your networks.  We are encouraging orders in multiples of 1,000.

As a reminder, the materials available are:
·         DVD Toolkits - animated webisodes that teach children lessons about what bullying is and how to prevent it; public service announcements; video workshops for professionals in education, health and safety, mental health and other related fields; and an instructor’s guide adults or older youth can use to help teach children about bullying.
·         Activities Guides – a small booklet of creative ideas that youth and adults can use to implement bullying prevention and response efforts
·         TIME for Kids Comic Books – a series of three volumes, plus an instructor’s guide, that illustrate the scenarios presented in the animated webisodes

How to Order:
-Call 1-888-ASK-HRSA.
-Visit HRSA's website and connect with support via the Life Help chat function.

Please note that the Stop Bullying Now! webisodes will remain available on the Web via, and our Bullying Prevention Training and Community Action Toolkit remain accessible at

Cultural and Linguistic Standards Training for Oral Health Providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health has introduced a new, comprehensive e-learning continuing education program for oral health professionals. The Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals is a free, 3-course e-learning program that focuses on the development of fundamental knowledge and skills related to providing oral health care and services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. The program will offer oral health professionals, such as dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants an opportunity to earn up to six continuing education credits at no cost. Furthermore, this program can provide oral health professionals with the basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency, based on the Office of Minority Health's enhanced National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. 

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please visit A flagship initiative from the HHS Office of Minority Health, Think Cultural Health offers several free e-learning programs, resources and other tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care. If you have questions and/or feedback regarding the oral health training program, please email HHS staff.

Monday, April 21, 2014

National Prescription Take-Back Day is this Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its next  National Prescription Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. The seven previous take-back days have removed more than 1,733 tons of unwanted prescription medications from circulation. You can search for collection locations on the DEA website or view the Dropbox Location Map.

Please display the Got Drugs? or Tienes Medicamentos? flyer to promote the event and help make it another successful take-back day!