World Breastfeeding Week 2013

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Show your support for breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to August 7th) this year! This year’s theme  “Close to Mothers” highlights Breastfeeding Peer Counseling. Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week 2013, and check out @MLibraryHealthy Twitter for breastfeeding updates from August 1st to August 7th!

 

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6th Annual World Hepatitis Day

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500 million people worldwide are living with either chronic hepatitis B or C. While this is far higher than the prevalence of HIV or any cancer, awareness is inexplicably low and the majority of those infected are unaware.

Here’s 5 things YOU can do to help celebrate World Hepatitis Day this Sunday, July 28th!

  1. Take 5 minutes to find out whether or not you are at risk for Hepatitis with CDC’s online assessment tool.
  2. Learn more about all types of hepatitis.
  3. Promote awareness of hepatitis with promotional materials from the World Hepatitis Alliance.
  4. Learn how to avoid infection.
  5. Talk to a friend, family member, or neighbor about what you have learned and spread the knowledge!

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Cancer Deaths and the Link to Lifestyle and Environment

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Join Dr. David Schottenfeld, M.D., M.S. this Wednesday, July 24th from 5:15-6:00 PM in 1690 SPH Crossroads for a lecture on A Current Perspective on the Proportion of Cancer Deaths in the United States Attributable to Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Factors.

Learn more about this exciting public health event!

 

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Sweltering Summer Safety

As temperatures are high across the nation, it is important to remember to stay cool and hydrated. Follow the tips below to make the best of your health and your summer!

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  1. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher on all skin likely to be exposed to the sun to start your day. And, go out in style with attire that will protect you from the sun (hats, sunglasses, long sleeves, and pants).
  2. Pack a water bottle before you head out and drink, drink, drink (but not caffiene or alcohol)! Hydration is key to staying safe in the sun. Click here to learn more about the importance of hydration and myths about heat stress. If you work outdoors, make sure to download this Heat Safety App from OSHA.
  3. Learn what you should do if you get sunburns, blisters, and bug bites.
  4. The water sure is lovely this time of year, but make sure you know how to keep yourself and your children safe when around it! Never swim alone, and never leave a child alone in the water. Learn more water safety tips.
  5. No air conditioning? Check out these suggestions on how to cool down. But, make sure to head to a place with air-conditioning if your home becomes too hot. And, keep an eye on senior friends and relatives as they are more susceptible to dehydration!
  6. This one’s for the kids. Check out KidsHealth.org Summer Safety Center for tips on everything from bike safety to riptides in a kid friendly format.

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Birthing Reproductive Justice Exhibit is Online!

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Did you happen to miss this Birthing Reproductive Justice exhibit that was housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library? Well, you’re in luck! The exhibit is available to view online here.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a visual narrative of the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, contraception, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

This exhibit showcases materials from the rich and extensive holdings at the Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library. Produced and curated by an inter-campus exhibit team, Birthing Reproductive Justice illustrates the stakes — of physical health, mental health, human dignity, and community empowerment — associated with reproductive justice and suggests that research and advocacy can work together.

Check out this fantastic exhibit online today and learn more about the history of reproductive justice!

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Military Family Support Forum

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Are you a family member or significant other of an OEF/OIF/OND service members or veteran?

Come to the University of Michigan Depression Center (map) this Saturday (Registration requested) from 12- 2 PM to join a free military family support forum that will include a presentation on a topic of interest followed by an opportunity to connect with other family members through a facilitated discussion. The Forum includes a separate program for children.

Lunch will be served at this program. Register by contacting Kate Bullard: 734-763-4904 or krharris@umich.edu.To learn more, visit here.

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ABCs of Medicare

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This Tuesday night from 7:00-8:30 PM, visit the Ann Arbor District Library as author Jae W. Oh, author of the bestselling book “Maximize Your Medicare” discusses such topics as: How Medicare Works; What To Do And When and How To Save Money.

Jae W. Oh, MBA, CLU, ChFC is a Chartered Life Underwriter, a Chartered Financial Consultant, and a licensed insurance agent with Bankers Life and Casualty Company, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group Inc. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan.

To learn more about this free event, visit here.

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