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Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help

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Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year. Pneumonia can often be prevented and can usually be treated. Lower your risk of pneumonia with vaccines and other healthy living practices.

Globally, pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children younger than 5 years of age each year. This is greater than the number of deaths from any infectious disease, such as HIV infection, malaria, or tuberculosis.

Here’s to Your Mental Wellness!

by Connie Brase, MA

As Agricultural people we are dependent on Mother Nature's good graces. When that doesn't come along, we have frustration that we can't control the weather, constant concern about our crops and livestock, and financial worries. It's a vicious cycle: no rain=no crops; no crop=no cash for family; no rain=no grass; no grass=no feed for livestock; no feed for livestock=no cash for family. It's been shown that agricultural dollars bounce around a community seven times--that's seven other businesses and

organizations that are also affected.

October 23-29 is Lead Pointing Prevention Week

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State health department offers resources to help prevent lead poisoning

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recommends all low-income children in Colorado be tested for lead at 12 months and 24 months of age. Colorado's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program identifies approximately 200 children per year with confirmed elevated blood lead levels.

Here’s to Your Mental Wellness!

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Here's to Your Mental Wellness!

by Connie Brase, MA

As a native of Southeast Colorado, I am very aware of the stigma regarding getting mental health help for any reason. I fully understand the term "I'll kill my own snakes". (I've done that, too, by the way.) In other words, I'll just pick myself up and go on. We seem to feel that only the weak ask for help; but, as is

Don't Delay; Get Your Yearly Flu Shot by The End Of October

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Now's the time for Coloradans to get a flu shot to protect themselves against the seasonal virus. The CDC recommends everyone six months of age and older should get a shot every year, ideally before the end of October.

Flu cases typically increase in the fall, and it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to take effect.

The Colorado Trust and Southeast Health Group Invites You to Attend the First Health Equity Learning Series 

Deliana Garcia, MA, director of International Projects, Research & Development for the Migrant Clinicians Network in Austin, TX. Ms. Garcia's presentation will focus on migrant workers and homelessness, health outcomes, affordable housing access and more as they relate to health equity.

More Than 1 in 4 US Adults Over 50 Do Not Engage in Regular Physical Activity

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Inactivity puts 31 million at risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer

Despite the many benefits of moderate physical activity, 31 million Americans (28 percent) age 50 years and older are inactive - that is, they are not physically active beyond the basic movements needed for daily life activities. This finding comes from a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Initiative Provides Transitional Housing for Rural Americans in Recovery from Substance Use

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced an initiative that will use USDA's rural development resources to help fill the need for transitional housing for people recovering from opioid and other substance use disorders. In January, President Obama tasked Vilsack, who is chair of the White House Rural Council, with leading a federal interagency effort focused on rural opioid use.