Health Topics of the Month
March Awareness Activities
National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year's theme is "Personalize Your Plate". There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health - we are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds, and tastes!
Check out these great resources for more information, tips, and tricks!
- National Nutrition Month Quiz
- 20 Health Tips for 2021
- 20 Ways to Enjoy more Fruits & Vegetables
- Eating Right on a Budget
- Shop Smart – Get the Facts on the New Food Labels
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, colorectal cancer screenings have decreased. This March, we encourage our community to make colorectal health a priority by taking the Colorectal Cancer Alliances’ "Get Checked" Screening Pledge and making an appointment to get screened for colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. It is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. In the United States, approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer each year. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at distant stages.
We know colorectal cancer often goes undiagnosed until it has spread, but awareness saves lives. By increasing awareness, people get checked earlier, and by finding it earlier fewer people will be taken by this awful disease. Through research and education about prevention, screening, and treatment, it is possible to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Whether you are a patient navigating your diagnosis or caregiver providing support, visit the National Colorectal Cancer Alliance website for resources!
Poison Prevention Week
National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide by highlighting the dangers of poisonings for people of all ages and promoting community involvement in poisoning prevention. Check out the following tips!
- Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222. Text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your smartphone.
- Practice safe storage habits. Always store medicines and hazardous substances up, away, and out of sight of children. Keep these substances in their original, child resistant containers.
- Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.
- Detect invisible threats. Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Every year, America’s 55 poison centers receive millions calls, the majority of which are about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances. The rest were calls for information. These prevention tips can help you or your loved ones avoid poisonings. For more tips and information, call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222.
For additional safety and prevention tips, check out the American Association of Poison Control Center.
Want to do your part? Turn in your unused prescriptions for Drug Take Back Day. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.
For more information visit the DEA Take Back Day Website.
World TB Day (March 24)
Each year, we recognize World TB Day on March 24th. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB). TB is an airborne disease that is transmitted from person to person. World TB Day is a time to recognize achievements in TB prevention and control, and renew our commitment to ending this devastating disease in the United States.
Too many people in the United States still suffer from TB disease. We must continue to find and treat cases of active TB disease and also test and treat latent TB infection to prevent progression to disease and turn TB elimination into a reality. TB elimination would have widespread health, economic, and social benefits for our country.
To end TB, we must continue to work together to fight this epidemic on multiple fronts, and stop the suffering associated with this disease, here at home, and around the world. For additional information and resources, check out the CDC's End TB Website.