Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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February 24, 2012
- Research shows that people with disabilities are more likely to be obese, smoke, and have more difficulty accessing preventive health services than people without disabilities.
- State-based data are needed to provide evidence for programs and services that can effectively improve the health of the 1 in 5 Americans with a disability.
- CDC's Disability and Health Data System is an interactive surveillance tool to help state health departments develop programs that include people with disabilities.
February 17, 2012
- Babesiosis, a disease caused by a microscopic parasite that infects red blood cells, is most commonly spread through tick bites.
- Blood transfusion-associated cases of babesiosis in the United States have also been documented over the past 3 decades.
- State health departments are encouraged to share information with CDC about cases of babesiosis, a nationally notifiable disease.
February 10, 2012
- 9 in 10 Americans eat too much sodium, but it’s not coming from the salt shaker at the table.
- Most of the sodium we eat comes from only 10 types of common foods.
- State and local health departments are increasing public awareness about the amount of sodium added to processed and packaged foods and the health outcomes of a high-sodium diet.
February 3, 2012
- Every 15 minutes a baby is born with a congenital heart defect.
- Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of infant death and can result in lifelong disability.
- Reducing obesity, controlling diabetes, and preventing tobacco exposure [PDF-189KB] before and during pregnancy are actions that may help prevent congenital heart defects.
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