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See Public Health Differently: First Years Initiative

WIC in Montana

May 23, 2019: Stop the Bleed Day

Prevention Week 2019: Suicide Prevention

Prevention Week 2019: Prevention of Underage Drinking

  • Most Montana parents (91%) DISAPPROVE of high school students drinking alcohol.
  • In 2018, 14.7 percent of 8th graders, 32.4 percent of 10th graders, and 44.8 percent of 12th graders had used alcohol within the past 30 days.
  • Alcohol remains the number one drug of use for Montana youth.  Start the conversation today with your teen about NOT using alcohol.

Arthritis Awareness Month

  • About 10 million adults with arthritis have symptoms of anxiety or depression.
  • Chronic joint pain and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can influence each other, causing symptoms of either or both to worsen.
  • Healthcare providers can screen arthritis patients for anxiety and depression, as well as encourage patients to take part in physical activity and self-management education programs.

Prevention Week 2019: Focus on Binge Drinking

  • One in three high school students reported alcohol use in the last month; over 50% of students who reported alcohol use also engaged in binge drinking behavior (consuming 5 or more drinks for men, or 4 or more for women within 2 hours).
  • From 2012-2016, on average, 475 Montanans died each year due to excessive alcohol use. Over two-thirds (67%) of these deaths occurred among Montanans aged 20 to 64 years.
  • Binge drinking is a serious but preventable public health problem.

Prevention Week 2019: Focus on Naloxone