Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center 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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- With 12 new behavioral risk factors and health indicators added, the Sortable Stats 2.0 site enables you to compare multiple health outcomes over time and across states and regions.
- You can export the data for use in other materials, such as fact sheets, grant submissions, or PowerPoint presentations, and even add a Sortable Stats button to your website.
- Along with other resources on CDC’s Data to Action site, Sortable Stats can help you promote policy, systems, and environmental changes to improve health.
- One in 33 babies in the United States is born with a major birth defect.
- Adopting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy, such as consuming folic acid daily, can reduce the risk for birth defects.
- Educational materialsExternal can promote awareness of birth defects, especially during National Birth Defects Prevention Month in January.
- One in eight adult women and one in five high school girls in the United States binge drink. Women who binge drink do so about three times a month, averaging six drinks per binge.
- Drinking too much alcohol results in about 23,000 deaths among women and girls each year, and increases risks for cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and unintended pregnancy.
- The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends evidence-based strategiesExternal for preventing excessive alcohol use, including binge drinking.
- Taking folic acid before and during early pregnancy can help prevent many neural tube defects (major birth defects of a baby’s brain and spine).
- In the US, neural tube defects affect 3,000 pregnancies every year, with higher rates among Hispanic women.
- CDC has folic acid resources in English and Spanish for use during National Folic Acid Awareness Week in January and all through the year.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.