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Make 2015 a “Healthy You Year” December 31, 2014 - Public Relations - Healthy Living

So what are you doing New Year’s Day? We’ve all got plans for the holiday, and some of those plans include what we’re not going to do. A CBS News poll last year reported three in 10 Americans say they make New Year’s resolutions, but only about half keep them. So many of those New Year’s... « read more »

Health Department Motivates Spanish Speaking Smokers to Quit November 12, 2014 - Nicotine Cessation - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health reports about 16 percent of Spanish-speakers in New Mexico smoke. While the number of smokers has decreased nationwide, public health experts say it hasn’t gone down as far as it could or should. « read more »

New Spanish-Language Anti-Tobacco Campaign October 29, 2014 - Nicotine Cessation - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health is announcing the launch of its new Spanish-Language anti-tobacco campaign. Twenty-nine percent of New Mexican residents primarily or exclusively speak Spanish in their home. Research shows that a significant portion of this population is not aware that cessation... « read more »

Albuquerque Residents Support Smokefree Restaurant Patios October 16, 2014 - Nicotine Cessation - Healthy Living

New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Retta Ward, announced today that a survey of 3,000 New Mexico residents found that 75 percent of respondents favor restaurant outdoor patios going smokefree. « read more »

Half of New Mexico Adults Meeting Aerobic Exercise Guidelines August 14, 2014 - Public Relations - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health announces results of a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealing 52.2 percent of New Mexico adults and 26.3 percent of youth meet the aerobic physical activity guidelines. « read more »

Exercise Shouldn't Be a Chore July 17, 2014 - Public Relations - Healthy Living

I remember this particular Garfield comic strip from when I was kid in which everybody’s favorite cat said, “You know what diet is? It’s ‘die’ with a T at the end!” I thought it was funny then, not realizing I’d see it sometimes as some far out wisdom now that I’m grown up and middle... « read more »

Men Can Make Health a Priority June 18, 2014 - Public Relations - Healthy Living

This June, the New Mexico Department of Health celebrates National Men's Health Month, joining people, families, communities, and others to raise awareness of ways to promote healthy living and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. « read more »

Reminding New Mexicans to Protect Their Skin May 28, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health reminds New Mexicans to protect their skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning to lower their skin cancer risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma... « read more »

No Such Thing as a Safe Tan May 28, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Healthy Living

We’re winding up National Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May, but for us living in the desert southwest, there’s no doubt this is a message that needs to be taken to heart year-round. As much as we love the sun, the truth is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes not only sunburns and pr... « read more »

World Asthma Day May 6, 2014 - Asthma - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health calls on New Mexicans this World Asthma Day to know their risks of Asthma and to master the ways of controlling their illness. The theme of World Asthma Day 2014 is “You Can Control Your Asthma.” – a relevant topic statewide, particularly for the southeast... « read more »

Spring Allergies Nothing to Sneeze At April 23, 2014 - Environmental Public Health Tracking - Healthy Living

Ah, Spring! Flowers bloom. Trees grow new leaves. The weather warms up. What’s not to love about it? I’ll tell you what’s not to love: Massive wind gusts, pollen and dust blowing everywhere, runny noses and eyes getting all watery or puffy and sometimes both. When you have allergies, Spring... « read more »

High Demand Cooking Lessons for Diabetics March 19, 2014 - Diabetes Prevention and Control - Healthy Living

It’s one thing when we’re eating healthy to lose weight, quite another when we have to do it to stay healthy and alive. It’s something thousands of New Mexicans are confronted with when diagnosed with diabetes. The NMSU Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a series of cooking classes to h... « read more »

Local Students Get a Taste of Something New March 12, 2014 - Healthy Kids Healthy Communities - Healthy Living

As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal. This is something the New Mexico Department of Health’s Healt... « read more »

The Importance of Good Dental Health February 10, 2014 - Dental and Oral Health - Healthy Living

The Department of Health’s Office of Oral Health contracts with dental providers throughout the state to provide preventative dental treatment services to low income and uninsured New Mexicans. The services include dental sealants, fluoride varnish and treating dental diseases. « read more »

Love Your Health on Valentine’s Day February 5, 2014 - Public Relations - Healthy Living

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love. We all want love to last, right? Well, consider this: There may be no better way to make love last than loving our health. It makes sense. How many times have you heard the advice ‘you can’t love someone else until you love yourself’? Loving ou... « read more »