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March is National Nutrition Month®
Each March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month®. This year's theme to "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" emphasizes the advantages of developing a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences.
There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods. The "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs, and, of course, tastes.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy's National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition based on the "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day" theme.
New One-Stop Website for all U.S. Government Recalls
www.Recalls.gov is a new website for all U.S. government recalls, including food recalls. To sign up for free email alerts:
- Click on the Food tab at the top.
- Click on "Sign Up for Free Recall Updates by E-Mail" (in red toward top of page).
- Enter your email address and confirm same.
- Check the box titled FoodSafety.gov Recalls and Alerts under the FoodSafety.gov Updates section.
Welcome to the Florida Discount Drug Card Program
The Florida Discount Drug Card is designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Florida residents who are:
Age 60 and older and without prescription drug coverage or who fall into the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage gap; OR
Under age 60, without prescription drug coverage, and with an annual family income of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level. Qualifying incomes include those below the following:
$41,076 (for a family of two)
$61,956 (for a family of four)
For more information, visit www.floridadiscountdrugcard.com/.
Florida KidCare Outreach
Insurance Information for Floridians
Florida KidCare is a children's health insurance program for uninsured children under age 19. Eligibility is based on income and family size. Some families pay an affordable monthly premium; many families pay nothing at all.
For more information on how to give your child the gift of health care coverage apply on-line at www.floridakidcare.org/ or call to request an application at 1-888-540-5437.
Preventing or controlling the spread of staph infections
Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) is a type of Staphylococcus aureus, which is resistant to some of the antibiotics that typically have been used to treat skin and soft tissue infections. CA-MRSA is resistant to methicillin and other penicillin type antibiotics such as amoxicillin and the cephalosporins. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "Good hygiene is the best prevention! Children and youth should be encouraged to wash their hands frequently with warm water and soap. Parents should educate children about the importance of hand washing, particularly after nose-wiping. If soap is not available, alcohol-based sanitizers can be used." For more information visit www2.aap.org/new/mrsa.htm
Emergency Response Planning for Child Care Providers
This toolkit is designed to prepare child care providers for emergency events and to assist in the recovery effort by helping children cope with the traumatic event. A train-the-trainer guide is included along with a CD-ROM that contains Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. This publication was developed in collaboration by the Montgomery County, Maryland Employee SAFE Children Planning Group, Montgomery County Early Childhood Services, Montgomery County Resource and Referral Center, and the Montgomery County APC.
For complete information, please visit www.naccho.org/na132pdf.
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