Falls Prevention Week
- Nearly 1 in 3 Montanans age 65+, reported falling at least once in the last 12 months.
- Over half (57%) of falls are from a slip, trip, or stumble on ground level.
- More than 75% of falls occur around the home—simple and quick steps help reduce the risk of falling at home.
Healthy Living in Montana
- Healthy living can be achieved by everyone, including the 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 8 high schoolers that have obesity in Montana.
- Healthy Lifestyle strategies are shown to help individuals decrease obesity and maintain a healthy weight.
- The new Joy in Healthy Living: Active Lives and Healthy Eating for All Montanans Story Map provides resources for finding fresh affordable food, exercise that’s right for you, and community-wide and Tribal/Urban health programs.
Montana is Bear Country. Preventing Conflict is Easier than Dealing with a Bear
- There are many things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during outdoor activities and around your home.
- Be prepared to handle bear encounters. Keep a clean camp and backyard. When travelling in bear country, carry bear spray, be aware of your surroundings, stay in groups, and make noise to let bears know you're there.
- Bears can be anywhere. Learn more on being ‘Bear Aware’ at Bears in Montana | Montana FWP (mt.gov).
International Overdose Awareness Day – August 31st
- There were 148 opioid overdose-related 911 responses in Montana between 1/1/2021-3/31/2021 and Naloxone was administered in 78 of the 148 cases.
- Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. It can be given as an injection into a muscle or as a nasal spray.
- Montana has a Naloxone standing order, which allows for pharmacists to prescribe Naloxone to anyone. Learn more on drug overdoses and Naloxone.
Protecting Indoor Air Quality
- Americans, on average, spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
- Smaller particles (PM2.5) are the greatest health concern – they can be inhaled deep into the lungs and can affect respiratory and heart health.
- To ensure good indoor air quality, pay attention to the outdoor ambient air quality conditions in your area and take simple steps to minimize the amount of indoor air pollutants in your home, especially during wildfire season.
WIC Summer of Veggies
- Montana WIC has increased fruit and veggie dollars for participants this summer, June – September 30th, each participant has $35 per month to purchase fruits and vegetables, fresh, canned, and frozen.
- On average, the increase to the fruit and vegetable benefits for WIC participants triples their produce budget for the month.
- Nearly 14,000 members of Montana families are served by WIC each month and there is room for more! If you know someone who could benefit from extra fruits and vegetables this summer direct them to signupwic.com.
Breastfeeding, a Shared Responsibility
- Over 60% of women stop breastfeeding earlier than they intended. Support from others plays a major role in how long a mother chooses to breastfeed.
- Employers with supportive workplaces are crucial for breastfeeding success. Parents of breastfed babies miss less work due to child illness.
- Family, Friends, and Partners can help around the house, give encouragement, and support mom’s choice to breastfeed.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, where the body mistakenly attacks its own lining of the joints.
- RA commonly affects joints in the hands, wrists, and knees and other areas in the body such as the lungs, heart, and eyes.
- Participating in an arthritis approved physical activity class or low-impact exercise program can help reduce or manage RA symptoms.
Take Action to Prepare Your Home from Wildfires
- Even though wildfires can occur naturally, about 85% are human caused.
- Practicing fire safety around campfires, BBQs, and fireworks can dramatically reduce the risk of wildfires.
- Take actions to prepare your home and surrounding area and have an evacuation kit and action plan for your family and your animals.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Remains the #1 Killer in Montana
- More than 14,000 Montanans died from cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, from 2015 to 2019. Prevention is possible, however, through lifestyle modifications.
- Did you know up to 80% of strokes could be prevented by healthy lifestyle changes and working with your healthcare team to manage any risk factors you might have?
- If you have CVD or have been told you are at risk, please take time to participate in this community survey. DPHHS is looking to strengthen heart disease and stroke prevention efforts across Montana.
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