This Week's Facts:
ISDH, CDC Partner on Cancer Prevention Initiative
The Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are partnering for a national campaign, Screen for Life. This campaign informs men and women aged 50 and older about the importance of having regular colorectal cancer screening tests. These preventative screenings can help find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before turning into cancer. Unfortunately one-third of adults aged 50 or older do not get these potentially life-saving screenings. Screen for Life, along with the Indiana Cancer Consortium, is helping to inform the public and prevent the spread of cancer. Using the tools and resources provided will help of Hoosiers 50 and over live a long, healthy, cancer-free life.
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Poison Centers in the United States receive one call every 12.7 seconds. Nearly 83percent of poison exposures are accidental. Unintentional poisoning is something that can occur in nearly any situation: poisons can be ingested, inhaled or even absorbed through the skin. In order to shed light on the problem of accidental poisoning and to help people prevent it, March 20-26 has been proclaimed National Poison Prevention Week. The Department of Health and Human Services has a great website dedicated to poison prevention. Their FAQ section in particular is full of helpful hints, from dealing with pesticides to what to do with a toothpaste-eating child. While they of course recommend calling 911 if someone is unconscious or having trouble breathing, they have a toll free number you can call for any questions related to chemicals, medicine or other household items: 1-800-222-1222. According to the HHS, people usually get the help they need over the phone. This is a great resource! Calls are free and translation is available for 161 different languages. The HHS also has materials in order to plan your own Poison Prevention activities. You can visit their website to locate planners, tips, press releases and more.
Before the earthquakes that shook Japan, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium scheduled the Great Central US ShakeOut. The Shakeout is an earthquake drill that will be held at 10:15 AM EDT on April 19, 2011 in Indiana (April 28 for other states in the consortium). As we have seen, major earthquakes in heavily populated areas can bring horrible devastation. In order to have citizens be as prepared as possible, the Shakeout drill needs to have as much participation as possible. To do this, visit their website to register and pledge that your business, family, school or other organization will participate – participation can be as simple as practicing “drop, cover and hold on” at the appropriate time. Registered participants will receive updates and information on how to plan their drill and keep the lines of communication open. See the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website for more information. Natural disasters can bring devastating consequences, but if we are prepared we can at least survive and rebuild in the aftermath.
March 21-28 is World Salt Awareness Week. According to the CDC, most Americans consume too much salt. In addition to a love of salty foods, we also tend to eat food that contains preservatives. Salt is sneaky, because there are many foods that can be high in sodium but not taste salty. These include breads, cheese, meat and more. The recommended limit for daily sodium intake is 1,500 milligrams per day, or about a teaspoon. It’s important not to eat too much because increased amounts of sodium can cause high blood pressure and a host of other problems. There are ways to lower your sodium: fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables tend to be lower in salt than those that are canned. Many food products come in low or no sodium varieties and you can also be aware of how much salt from the salt shaker you are adding to your food. For more tips from the CDC, see their Salt-tistics flyer. You can also test your knowledge of salt consumption by taking this salt quiz. Finally, see the CDC page on salt for information geared towards those most at risk of salt-related issues.
Before you take that spring motorcycle ride or drive out of town, check out the locations of Indiana’s historical markers and visit one along the way. You can use the Indiana Historical Bureau’s new Google Maps of marker locations by region on the Indiana Historical Markers website. Once you choose a region of the state, marker pins appear on a map in the location of the actual markers. Click on a pin, and this takes you to an enlarged thumbnail of the marker. Then, click on the link to “Go to marker page,” and the page will show further detail about that particular marker.
Indiana regions include North, West, East, Central, South Central, and South. Some of the markers in the South Central Indiana region, for example, include Scott County’s Carnegie Library, the Illinoian Glacial Boundary, and the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad. For more information about the Indiana Marker Program, go to the About webpage. Volunteers make a huge difference to the Marker Program by helping supply labor and materials to maintain our time-honored state markers. Visit the Adopt-a-marker webpage to see the list of marker locations in need of repair (by county), repair instructions, and contact information. The Bureau will soon conduct a project inventorying the condition of state markers. Volunteers will be recruited in the coming months.
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