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  • Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
    Follow these easy steps to make sure you’re protected. Natural disasters, such as wildfires, floods, and blizzards, may force you to evacuate your home or shelter-in-place at short notice. It is important to know what to do in case of an emergency well before disaster strikes. If you are an older adult living in the […]
  • Smoke Ready Idaho
    Wildfire smoke will likely be with us through the summer and into the fall. Here’s what you need to know. Wildfire smoke can cause irritating symptoms for healthy people and more serious health issues for people with respiratory problems and heart and lung disease. It’s important to know how to protect yourself and your family […]
  • Be The Parents Book Club
    The Office of Drug Policy and the BSU RADAR Center is excited to present the Be The Parents Book Club, the first in a series of events focused on supporting parents navigating parenting challenges in our modern age. Our first book, “Crazy Stressed – Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of […]
  • Bounce Back from Difficult Times
    6 Ways to Nurture Your Resilience Everyone goes through tough times in life. But many things can help you survive—and even thrive—during stressful periods. Nurturing your body, brain, and social connections can help you bounce back from stress. Use the six strategies below to get you started! Develop healthy physical habits. Healthy eating, physical activity, and […]
  • Humor is Healthy
    Laughing is both a physical and mental stress reliever. A good laugh can soothe tension, aid in relaxation, and release feel-good hormones to your brain. Laughter has also been shown to strengthen a person’s immune system and help relieve pain by encouraging the body to release its own natural painkillers. Best of all, out of everything […]
  • APRIL FOOLS!
    APRIL FOOLS! We don’t have a recipe for a donut fried chicken sandwich, but we do have lots of other healthy recipes to check out.April is National Humor Month, so we hope you enjoyed the laugh!
  • March Madness Movement
    Get up and get moving while you cheer on your favorite teams during March Madness! Download the Health Matters March Madness Game Day Workout and follow along at home. Complete an exercise each time you see a player in the game do one of the actions listed. For example, when someone drains a 3-pointer you […]
  • National Kidney Month
    March is National Kidney Month! Did you know 100,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant?! With so few organs available for transplantation, living donation is the best way we have to continue to save lives. Living donation takes place when a living person donates an organ (or part of an organ) for transplantation to another […]
  • Crisis Coping Resources
    ComPsych’s Guidance Resources®, the State of Idaho’s Employee Assistance Program provider, has shared the following resources to help cope with the anxiety and stress associated with global crisis and conflict. Through the Employee Assistance Program, benefit eligible employees and their dependents may receive 1 to 5 visits per person, per issue, per plan year to […]
  • 4 Mood and Energy Boosters
    Your energy levels can be depleted by many factors. The external world is full of distractions, noise, sadness, and stress. It is valuable to remember that you, and only you, are responsible for your mood. Here are some helpful tips to keep your mood and energy levels in check so you can build them back up when they […]
  • Parent CRAFT Newsletter
    New FREE online video course for Idaho parents that teaches skills to prevent children’s substance misuse. Parent CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training) is a fast-paced interactive video-based course designed to help cope with tough topics such as youth substance abuse. The course is based on the proven CRAFT method, offers professional guidance throughout, and provides real-world […]
  • Radon: Fact or Fiction?
    Did you know radon is present in many Idaho homes? The Idaho Environmental Health Program within the Division of Public Health manages the Idaho Radon Program. Below is information to separate radon facts from fiction and help keep your family healthy. FACT: All homes should be tested for radon. Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas […]
  • The 12 Ways to Wellness
    The 12 Ways to Wellness Sung to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas The first way to wellness said Health Matters to me,Wash hands to be safe and healthy! The second way to wellness said Health Matters to me,Manage your stress, and wash hands to be safe and healthy! The third way to […]
  • Thanksgiving Veggie Sides
    Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds Roasted Acorn Squash with Rosemary Roasted Carrots Best-Ever Cauliflower Stuffing Sweet Potato Salad Maple-Glazed Green Beans
  • Small Steps, BIG Difference
    November is National Diabetes Month! Prediabetes is a serious health condition that puts you at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes affects more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults—that’s 88 million people—but most people don’t know they have it. The good news is that by making healthy lifestyle changes, it is possible […]
  • Resilience
    Resilience is the ability to adapt and bounce back from stress, change, and challenge. Like a muscle, the more you exercise your resilience, the stronger it becomes. Being resilient doesn’t protect you from experiencing negative emotions, but it does help you embrace the opportunity to learn about yourself and prepare you for future challenges. 4 […]
  • Prevent Burnout
    25 Ways to Improve Your Day Download printable pdf Simple self-care strategies to help you feel better Put things into perspective [What is truly important?]Take a quick walkLaugh at something sillyDo a random act of kindnessList three things that make you smileTake a power nap [less than 20 min]Drink waterCall or text a friendCheck your […]
  • Idaho Family Dinner Night 2021
    Celebrate Idaho Family Dinner Night on September 27! Eating together regularly as a family is one of the best ways to build and maintain strong relationships with your children. Frequent family dinners are linked to positive benefits for youth, including lower rates of substance use, decreased stress, higher self-esteem, and better academic performance in school. […]
  • Move More
    How to Move More at Work Download infographic Take 5 to 10! It is recommended to get 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Remember that some is always better than none, so try adding more movement whenever you can!Add a few 5- to 10-minute activity bursts throughout your workday to get […]
  • Be The 1 To
    This page is not intended to and does not provide crisis intervention. If you are currently in a crisis, or have immediate concerns about someone, call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357 (HELP) September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time to honor loved ones lost to suicide […]
  • Building Healthy Relationships
    Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. “We can’t underestimate the power of a relationship in helping to promote well-being,” says NIH psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Valerie Maholmes. Studies have found that having a […]
  • Connections Count
    Strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. From the time you’re born, your relationships help you learn to navigate the world. You learn how to interact with others, express yourself, conduct everyday health habits, and […]
  • Mindfulness Exercises
    The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” It means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings instead of going through life on autopilot. Mindfulness matters because it can help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. It […]
  • Maintain Your Muscle
    Strength Training at Any Age You’ve likely heard that exercise can help you live a longer, healthier life. When you hear the word ‘exercise,’ you might think of going for a run or hopping on a bicycle. Or maybe playing soccer with your kids or basketball with your friends after work. But these activities don’t […]
  • Women’s Health Check Program
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is Women’s Health Check Women’s Health Check provides FREE breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing for women who qualify. Service providers include public health districts, primary care offices, hospital systems, mobile mammography services, community health centers, and more. Local Coordinators […]
  • Mastering Mindfulness
    Four Simple Ways to Pay More Attention to the Current Moment The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” It means being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings instead of going through life on […]
  • Summer Safety
    National Safety Month in June is an opportunity to prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths at home, at work, on the roads, and in our communities. It’s almost summer which means it’s time for fun in the sun, water sports, road trips, campouts, and BBQs! Make safety a priority for a happy and healthy summer with […]
  • Elder Abuse
    An estimated 5 million older adults, or 1 in 10 older Americans experience physical, mental, and financial elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation each year.  Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. Each […]
  • Healthy BBQ Recipe Roundup
    BBQ season is just around the corner! Check out this roundup of healthy and easy recipes that you can take to your next backyard BBQ. Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken low carb / easy prep Grilled Vegetables Kabobs simple side / fun finger food Homemade Veggie Burgers meatless / healthy comfort food Epic Summer Salad veggie-packed […]
  • Don’t Fry Day
    2021 Don’t Fry Day Photo Contest Prizes: Thank you to the Idaho Potato Commission for generously donating the awesome Idaho potato prizes! 2021 Don’t Fry Day Photo Contest Winners: Best Overall: Judy B. Taylor, Idaho Commission on AgingBest Team Photo: Elizabeth Hoyt, Department of Health and WelfareBest Sun Safety Setup: Leahann Romero, Department of Juvenile […]
  • Melanoma Awareness Month
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is Skin Cancer? Skin cancer is caused when UV rays penetrate the skin and damage connective tissue and DNA. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.The two most common types are carcinomas. They are highly curable, but can be disfiguring and […]
  • You Are Not Alone
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month The goal of Mental Health Awareness Month is to fight stigma, provide support, and raise awareness about mental health within our communities. You Are Not Alone In the United States, one in five adults live with some form of mental illness and nearly half of all adults will experience […]
  • National Prescription Take Back Day on April 24
    On April 24th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its state and local partners will hold the 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The DEA began the initiative in 2010 to provide easy, anonymous opportunities to remove medicines in the home that are highly susceptible to misuse, abuse, and theft. The Idaho Office of […]
  • HPV and Related Cancers: Questions and Facts
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare What is HPV? HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. It is a common virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer, as well as vulvar and vaginal cancer in women, anal and penile cancer in […]
  • March Madness 2021
    Get up and get moving while you cheer on your favorite teams during March Madness! Download the Health Matters March Madness Game Day Workout and follow along at home. Complete an exercise each time you see a player in the game do one of the actions listed. For example, when someone drains a 3-pointer you […]
  • Colorectal Cancer: Fact or Fiction
    By: Brie Veltri, Health Program Specialist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness MonthColorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects people […]
  • Asking for Help is a Strength
    By: Roger Sherman, Executive Director of Idaho Children’s Trust Fund Phew.  This has been a year that we will not soon forget.  Our work lives have been stressful as we have adapted to working at home.  And then, for many of us, we have had to adapt our parenting to accommodate the new norm of […]
  • Valentine’s Day
    Non-Candy Valentines Click on the valentines below to download a printable PDF.
  • Radon: Fact or Fiction
    By: Hannah Day, Health Education Specialist, Environmental Health Program, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare January is National Radon Action MonthHave you ever heard of radon gas? Did you know radon is present in many Idaho homes? The Environmental Health Program within the Division of Public Health manages the Idaho Radon Program and can help […]
  • Season’s Greetings!
    These healthy seasoning blends make simple DIY holiday gifts for friends, neighbors, and co-workers. TIPS: These recipes make about 1 cup. Adjust quantities based on the size and number of jars you are using. Prevent waste and get the exact amount you need by purchasing the herbs and spices from the bulk bins.Repurpose containers you have […]
  • Diabetes Prevention During a Pandemic
    By: Nanci Jenkins, MS, RDN, LD, WIC Dietitian and D,HD, & S Grant Coordinator for Panhandle Health District 1 Have you checked your weight lately? Is your weight creeping up? Are your blood pressure and blood sugar levels rising? Or maybe you have no idea because it’s 2020 and the U.S. is still in the […]
  • Healthy and Safe Halloween
    Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for getting or spreading COVID-19. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween this year. Please consider some fun, lower-risk alternatives this year. If you do not feel well, have a respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should notparticipate […]
  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day October 24, 2020 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Across the country, an estimated 9.9 million Americans misuse prescription drugs, and studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet1. To help prevent misuse of prescription drugs, […]
  • 25 Ways to Use Zucchini
    It’s that time of year when the zucchini starts popping up in backyard gardens. Here are 25 delicious ways to prepare this summertime staple!   Add it to a saladAdd it to a smoothieBake itEat if for dessertEat it for breakfastEat it rawFreeze it for laterFritter itGrill itHasselback itLayer it in lasagnaMake a pieMake chipsMake […]
  • Idaho Beef Month
    July is Idaho Beef Month! This special designation recognizes the tremendous impact the Idaho Beef Industry has had on local communities and the economy of Idaho and is a legacy that has been carried forward by ranching families for generations. Idaho beef strengthens communities and contributes to strong bodies as well. Did you know that […]
  • Return to Work
    As we follow the Governor’s Stay Healthy Order, let’s review how we can stay healthy and safe during our return to a new normal in the workplace. It is important that we all do our part to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Hand HygieneWash your hands often with soap and water […]
  • 3 Ways to Manage Stress
    Stress is a normal part of life, but living in a state of constant, chronic stress is not healthy. Here are three simple things you can do today to help you relax and reduce the impact of stress on your body and mind. Deep Breathing Deep breathing can be used to quickly reduce stress and […]
  • Nutrition Myths
    By: Leslee Blanch, RD, LD, Family Consumer Science Associate Extension Educator, University of Idaho Bonneville County Extension Deciphering Facts From Fads Sifting through nutrition information can be challenging, to say the least. Keep in mind that diets which promote the following principles are not based on fact, but rather on “fad”: Myth 1: Rapid weight […]
  • Novel Coronavirus: Know the Facts
    PLEASE NOTE: This blog post was originally published on February 28, 2020. For up-to-date information about the coronavirus/COVID-19 please visit coronavirus.idaho.gov.
  • Matters of the Heart
    By: Mimi Fetzer RD, LD, with The Idaho Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention Program February is a time for love, relationships, and matters of the heart. That includes the relationship we have with our heart health. The heart pumps blood to all parts of the body. Blood carries oxygen, nutrition, hormones, and removes waste. […]
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