Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week—May 20–26, 2013
The week before Memorial Day has been designated National Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week. Each year, RWII Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience. CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, has developed a toolkit to help public health professionals inform the public, media, community leaders, and others about RWII Prevention Week. These resources are meant to help public health professionals engage their target audiences and increase awareness of this yearly observance.
Recently, several human cases of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever occurred on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Tribal members worked in their community to share prevention messages about spraying to reduce tick populations, prevention and treatment, and spay-and-neuter programs for dogs. Community members and others speak about different aspects of the effort, concluding that Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is completely preventable. This 10-minute public information video was developed and produced by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation Native Diabetes Wellness Program and the Traditional Foods Program’s tribal partners are pleased to announce the availability of 30- and 60- second video public service announcements (PSA) and an 8-minute video entitled Our Cultures Are Our Source of Health. The PSAs highlight the wisdom of cultural knowledge, including harvesting local foods and playing traditional games, in promoting health and preventing diseases like type 2 diabetes in Native communities.