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June 2020 -Safe Handling of Live Poultry

  • Raising backyard poultry is an increasingly popular spring activity in Montana.
  • Raising poultry has many benefits, but poultry can carry bacteria (or germs) that can make people ill and can cause severe complications.
  • Keep you and your family healthy by practicing safe handling of poultry.

April 2020 - Alcohol Awareness: Youth Emulate After Adults

April 2020 - Marijuana Use Increasing among High School Students

  • About 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. If they start before age 18, the rate of addiction rises to 1 in 6.
  • Although marijuana use has been increasing among Montana high school students, most students have never tried marijuana and approximately 4 in 5 students don’t use marijuana regularly.
  • No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is known to be safe.

April 2020 - Montana No Kid Hungry #WearOrangeWednesday

  • In the midst of school closures and limited food access across the state, local schools, organizations, individuals and entire communities are stepping up to make sure kids still get three nutritious meals each day.
  • Every April, Montana No Kid Hungry holds an event called Wear Orange Wednesday as a way for all Montanans to stand united in the cause to end child hunger in our state.
  • In response to the current food emergency caused by COVID-19, join wear Orange Wednesday and show your appreciation on April 15th by wearing orange in a social media photo and sharing with #ThankAHungerHero and #WearOrangeWednesday.

April 2020 - Week of the Young Child, April 11-17: Keeping Young Children Healthy for Life

February 2019 - National Children’s’ Dental Health Month

  • Dental sealants are thin coatings that prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, 62% of third grade children in Montana had experienced tooth decay, and almost 15% had decay that hadn’t been treated.  Only 48% of Montana’s third grade children had at least one dental sealant.
  • Parents can ask their child’s dentist to apply sealants.  If a child does not have a regular dentist, the Insure Kids Now Dentist Locator can help locate one.

September 2019 - Focus on Family Meals

  • Regular family meals are good for the body, brain and spirit of family members.
  • Eating dinner together can improve eating habits, increase resiliency in children, lower anxiety, and boost grades.
  • September is National Family Meals month; learn more about The Family Dinner project and find tips and budget friendly inspiration for your family dinners!

August 2019 - Focus on Breastfeeding

June 2019 - See Public Health Differently: First Years Initiative

May 2019 - WIC in Montana

May 2019 - Prevention Week

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

  • For the past two years in Montana, 343 opioid overdoses and 51 opioid overdose deaths occurred.
  • Naloxone is a prescription medication that can immediately treat opioid overdoses, and anyone can obtain it from their local pharmacy through the Montana Standing Order for Opioid Antagonists.
  • Free training is also available to learn how to administer Naloxone to someone who has overdosed.

Prevention Week 2019: Suicide Prevention

  • Preventing suicide starts with changing how we talk about it.
  • Knowing what to say can be challenging, especially when you don’t understand the struggle.  Use non-stigmatizing terminology when talking about suicide.
  • If you feel that you or someone you know is in danger of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, text MT to 741-741, or call 1-800-273-8255.

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.

April 2019 - End Childhood Hunger - #WearOrangeWednesday, April 10th

March 2019 - CONNECT

  • CONNECT is a bi-directional referral system that allows providers to send and receive referrals.
  • Those who use CONNECT have a 75% client connection rate, meaning 75 out of 100 referrals result in the client starting services.
  • To learn more about CONNECT, watch a CONNECT demonstration, or to use CONNECT in your organization, contact Alex Long, Statewide CONNECT Coordinator.

March 2019 - Celebrating National Nutrition Month

March 2019 - Big Benefits of School Breakfast

February 2019 - Children's Dental Health Month

February 2019 - ParentingMontana.org