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Working to promote and protect the health, safety, and quality of life of women at every stage of life

In the Spotlight

College Health and Safety Tips
As you get ready for college, learn these tips to staying safe and healthy. A college health and safety feature, podcast, and health-e-cards are also available.

Girlfriends' Health and Safety Tips
Follow these tips to help keep you and your girlfriends safe and healthy.

Science and Research

Smoking Prevalence among Women of Reproductive Age- United States, 2006 (9/5/08)
CDC analyzed state-specific prevalence of smoking and attempts to quit among women of reproductive age. Data indicated a six-fold difference between the state and territory with the highest and lowest prevalence. Among women of reproductive age, those aged 18-24 years were most likely to have attempted to quit, but least likely to have quit smoking.

National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2006 PDF (9/5/08)
This report presents information about inpatient hospital utilization during 2006 as well as trend data for selected variables. Over one-quarter of all procedures performed on females were obstetrical. Cesarean section and repair of current obstetric laceration were the most frequent obstetrical procedures performed.

Adoption Experiences of Women and Men and Demand for Children to Adopt by Women 18-44 Years of Age in the United States, 2002  (9/5/08)
This report presents national estimates of the prevalence of adoption for men and women 18-44 years of age, the demand for children to adopt by women, and women’s preferences for characteristics of the adopted child. U.S. men aged 18-44 years are more than twice as likely as women of the same age group to have adopted a child. Among all women aged 18-44 in 2002, only 1.1% had adopted a child and 1.6% were currently seeking to adopt.

Increasing Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy-Related Hypertension in Los Angeles County, California, 1991-2003 (9/5/08)
The rates of gestational diabetes and pregnancy-related hypertension are increasing in Los Angeles County. Further research is needed to determine the causes of the observed increases and the growing racial/ethnic disparities in those rates.

Health and Wellness

Get Smart with Fruits and Veggies
Learn cost-saving ideas for incorporating more fruits and veggies into your life with these 5 tip sheets.

Emergency Planning Tips if You're Pregnant or Have Young Children
If you are pregnant or have infants or young children, find out how to plan for an emergency or disaster.

Calcium and Bone Health
Bones play many roles in the body. They provide structure, protect organs, anchor muscles, and store calcium. Adequate calcium consumption and weight-bearing physical activity build strong bones, optimizes bone mass, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life.


graph Figure 7. Estimated Number of New HIV Infections, Extended Back-Calculation Model, Overall and by Gender, 1977-2006
graph QuickStats: Preterm-Related Infant Mortality Rates, by Race/Ethnicity of Mother- United States, 2000 and 2005
graph Figure 4. Number of All-Listed Inpatient Procedures by Sex- United States, 2006. National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2006. PDF

Programs and Partnerships

Electronic Media and Youth Violence: A CDC Issue Brief for Educators and Caregivers
Electronic aggression is defined as any kind of harassment or bullying that occurs through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, blogs, or text messaging. This brief summarizes what is known, provides strategies for addressing the issue with young people, and discusses the implications for school staff, education policy makers, and parents and caregivers.

Help Older Adults Live Better, Longer: Prevent Falls and Traumatic Brain Injury Webcast (Public Health Grand Rounds)
One goal of the September 25, 2008 webcast is to increase the awareness and understanding of the impact falls and fall injuries (especially Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)) have on older adults and on our health care system. Another goal is to promote a national dialogue on using evidence-based interventions in communities across the United States to prevent falls and fall injuries such as TBI among older adults.

Healthiest Nation Alliance (HNA)
Although the United States invests more than any other country in healthcare, our nation is not as healthy as most developed nations. The Healthiest Nation Alliance proposes that our Nation can and must invest more to protect health. Make health the “default choice” for all people and all communities. Join to help America become one of the world’s healthiest nations.

Conferences and Events

National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference, October 16-17, 2008, Hyattsville, Maryland

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, December 10-12, 2008, Atlanta, GA

Chronic Disease Prevention & Control, February 23-25, 2009, Washington, DC

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Content Source: CDC Office of Women's Health
Page last modified: September 15, 2008
Page last reviewed: September 8, 2008