Posts Tagged ‘Surgeon General’

Join our Twitter Chat on smoking and women’s reproductive health

Monday, July 14th, 2014

chatAre you pregnant? Hoping to be pregnant? Do you smoke? Are you worried about the possible effects on your baby?

Join us on Wednesday, July 16th from 2-3pm ET, for a Twitter chat on smoking and women’s reproductive health.

We are joining the CDC, the Office of the Surgeon General and other guests to discuss the newest information on this topic. Learn how you can protect yourself and your  baby from the harmful effects of smoking. We will discuss the findings of the recent Surgeon General’s report on smoking, as well as the services and resources available in your community to help you or loved ones quit smoking.

We’d love for you to share your tips and experiences with us. Jump in the conversation at any time to ask questions or tell us your story.

Just follow #SGR50chat. We hope to see you then!

Surgeon General’s support for breastfeeding

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

sg_breastfeeding2On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. It outlines steps that can be taken to remove obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.

The Call to Action identifies ways that families, communities, employers and health care professionals can improve breastfeeding rates and increase support for breastfeeding.  These include:  community expansion and improvement of programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling; health care systems ensuring that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding; and employers working toward establishing paid maternity leave and high-quality lactation support programs.

Click on this link for more information on the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.

Call to action to promote healthy homes

Monday, June 29th, 2009

village-homes1Earlier this month, acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. issued a Call to Action to look at ways housing can affect health.  We can prevent many diseases and injuries by following simple guidelines outlined in his Call to Action.  It’s for familes of all ages, so I’m telling my mom and children about it.  Some of the points mentioned include:
•   Check gas appliances, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces yearly and change furnace and air conditioning filters regularly.
•   Keep children safe from drowning, lead poisoning, suffocation and strangulation, and other hazards.
•   Improve air quality in their homes by installing radon and carbon monoxide detectors, eliminating smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and controlling allergens that contribute to asthma and mold growth.
•   Improve water quality by learning to protect and maintain private water wells.

While I think we’re in pretty good shape, I’m going to review the whole article to see what I can do to help improve our situatioin.  To order a printed copy of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes, call 1-800-CDC-INFO or email  and reference the publication title.

Learn About Your Family Health History

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

historyHistory can teach us a lot, especially when it comes to our health! Understanding your family health history can make an important difference in your life and the lives of your children. Once you know what health issues run in your family, you can take steps today to help lower the chances of you getting the illness in the future.

Last week, the Surgeon General released an updated and improved version of its interactive family health history tool. My Family Health Portrait, a tool available on the Web, makes it easier for us to assemble and share family health history information.  It can also help your health provider make better use of health history information so they can provide you with improved care.

Click here to check out the family health history tool. Learn more about the importance of understanding your family health history.