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World Breastfeeding Week 2013



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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National Women’s Check Up Day!

Monday, May 13th marks National Women’s Check Up Day!

2-women4This nationwide effort, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health encourages women to call and visit health care professionals to schedule and receive checkups; and promotes regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.

How can I participate in National Women’s Check Up Day?

  • Contacting your current doctor to schedule a checkup or screening
  • Discussing which screenings and tests are right for you and when and how often you should have them.
  • Check out the preventive health screenings available with the Affordable Care Act
  • Take the Check-up Day Pledge and pledge to schedule at least one preventive health screening during May 2013.

To learn more, visit here!

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World Autism Awareness Day 2013


Today marks the 6th annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). On December 18, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 62/139, tabled by the State of Qatar, which declares April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in perpetuity. WAAD is one of only three official health related United Nations Days and will bring the world’s attention to autism, a pervasive disorder that affects tens of millions.

The goal of this day is to raise awareness about autism throughout society and to encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. It further expresses deep concern at the prevalence and high rate of autism in children in all regions of the world and the consequent developmental challenges. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and looks towards a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

To help spread awareness about autism please visit the WAAD UN page or visit the Light It Up Blue page.


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5 W Wednesday: Sexpertise 2013


What: 3 days of free events on sexuality and relationships that are open to the public. Sexpertise events showcase leading researchers, inspiring community members and talented U-M peer educators from Sexperteam to bring you the latest in sexuality and relationship information.

When: Wednesday January 23rd – Friday January 25th

Where: Most events will take place in the Michigan League (map), but visit here for information on all events and locations.

Why: If you want to hear from leading experts on relationships and sexuality, understand more about sex addiction, same sex relationships or asexuality, learn about safe sex and BDSM, or have your sex questions answered anonymously Sexpertise 2013 is for you!

Who: Sexpertise is produced in partnership with many offices and organizations across the U-M campus, including:

To learn more about the awesome events that are making up this year’s Sexpertise visit here, email sexualhealth@umich.edu, or call 734-647-4659.

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