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In the Spotlight

The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song

Learn how to stay safe and healthy with this festive song, sung to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Holiday tips, podcast, and health-e-cards are also available!

Express Your Health™ Activity Book for Kids
Encourage kids to stay safe and healthy with the healthy heroes, puzzles, coloring pages, and more! Also, send an Express Your Health™ Health-e-Card to your friends and family!

Healthy Families

New Physical Activity Guidelines
Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the new 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve their health- aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Children need three types of activity- aerobic, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening.

Prevent Home Fires
Learn how you can make your home a safer place for you and your family by preventing home fires.

Put Your Hands Together
Handwashing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy. Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands.

Thanksgiving is National Family History Day
Knowing your family’s health history can save your life and the lives of those you love. National Family History Day is observed on Thanksgiving Day. Over the holiday or at another family gathering, talk about and write down the health conditions that run in your family.

Healthy Communities

Healthy Housing Inspection Manual
The Healthy Housing Inspection Manual addresses the broad range of housing deficiencies and hazards that can affect resident health and safety. The manual is for environmental health professionals, public health professionals, housing managers, specialists, and inspectors, and serves as a useful resource for outreach workers and for others.

Eagle Books Exhibitions
CDC is launching an Eagle Books Community Outreach Campaign for the next four years. From 2008 through 2012, American Indian and Alaska Native communities throughout Indian Country will have an opportunity to host a week-long series of events celebrating the Eagle Books and their culturally-relevant messages about physical activity and healthy eating.

The Community Health Worker's Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Sourcebook
The sourcebook is meant to serve as an instruction manual for training community health workers (CHW) and as a reference and a resource for 1) CHWs working with community members in preventing heart disease and stroke and 2) CHWs working with those who already have heart disease or who have already had a heart attack or stroke.

Science and Research

Injuries Resulting from Car Surfing- United States, 1990-2008 (11/20/08)
"Car surfing" is a term introduced in the mid-1980s to describe a thrill-seeking activity that involves riding on the exterior of a moving motor vehicle while it is being driven by another person. CDC analysis identified 58 reports of car-surfing deaths and 41 reports of nonfatal injury from 1990 through August 2008.

Illnesses and Injuries Related to Total Release Foggers- Eight States, 2001-2006 (11/20/08)
Total release foggers (TRFs), sometimes called "bug bombs," are pesticide products designed to fill an area with insecticide and are used in homes and workplaces to kill cockroaches, fleas, and flying insects. During 2001-2006, a total of 466 TRF-related illnesses or injuries were identified.
Use of Mental Health Services in the Past 12 Months by Children Aged 4-17 Years- United States, 2005-2006 (11/20/08)
In 2005-2006, 15% of U. S. children aged 4-17 years had parents who talked to a health care provider or school staff about their child's emotional or behavioral difficulties. This included 18% of boys and 11% of girls.


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Content Source: CDC Office of Women’s Health
Page last modified: January 9, 2009
Page last reviewed: November 20, 2008