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    March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

      

    National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Mo

    Research suggests that only five to 10 percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer — the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels — have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk. People of all ages are encouraged to take charge of their health by making smart lifestyle and nutrition choices, seeing their doctor regularly for checkups and health screenings, and monitoring their bodies for any changes that should be brought to the attention of medical professionals.

    For more information about colorectal cancer, visit the Prevent Cancer Foundation website.

     

    March is National Nutrition Month.

      

    National Nutrition Month

    Eating right is important to maintaining good health for anyone, no matter at what age. Tarrant County Public Health’s “Live a More Colorful Life!” initiative not only provides great information on the types of foods our bodies need for maximum health, but it also provides a monthly helping of healthy recipes anyone can use.

    Learn more about National Nutrition Month. Visit eatright.org.

     

    March 6-13 is National Sleep Awareness Week. 

      

    National Sleep Awareness Week

    Besides regular exercise and proper diet, getting adequate sleep is vital to one’s health. There are lots of things that contribute to a good night’s rest.

    Visit the National Sleep Foundation website to learn more.

     

    March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

      

    National WOmen and Girls HIV AIDS Awareness Day

    On this day, women and girls are encouraged to make the best choices when it comes to sex. Abstinence is the surest way to avoid HIV, but if you decide to have sex, there are simple, effective steps to protect yourself from HIV infection (as well as prevent the transmission of HIV to your partner).

    Tarrant County Public Health’s Adult Health Services offers low-cost HIV testing at several county locations.


    TCPH is also co-sponsoring the 3rd Annual Women and Girls' Health Expo, March 12.

    Regardless of the type of relationship you are in, HIV prevention is key. Love yourself and put your best defense into play.

    Find out more on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health website.

     

    March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

      

    March 20 National Native HIV AIDS Awareness Day

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV is a public health issue among the approximately 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). This day is a nationwide effort designed to promote HIV testing in Native communities.

    For more information, visit the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website.

     

    March 22 is Diabetes Alert Day

      

    Stop Diabetes

    Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in our society. Are you at risk? Take time this day to find out!

    TCPH’s Chronic Disease Prevention has a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test you can take and view online.

    For even more information regarding diabetes risk and management, visit the American Diabetes Association web page.

     

    March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day

      

    TB Reach the 3 million

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable disease that remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year. Though its incidence is rather low in Tarrant County, cases occasionally appear.

    Tarrant County Public Health’s TB Elimination Program works to eliminate TB in Tarrant County by identifing these cases and facilitating necessary treatment for the individuals involved.

    World TB Day is held to continually build public awareness for tuberculosis.  Visit the Stop TB Partnership website to learn more.