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Iowa Hospitals Increase Breastfeeding Support Practices

Iowa Hospitals Increase Breastfeeding Support Practices

Hospital support for breastfeeding has improved since 2007, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs report released this week. The percentage of U.S. hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the global standard for hospital care to support breastfeeding, increased from approximately 29 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2013, a nearly two-fold increase over six years. The percentage of Iowa hospitals using a majority of the Ten Steps has increased from about 12 percent in 2007 to 38 percent in 2013. Improved hospital care could increase rates of breastfeeding nationwide and contribute to healthier children.

 

Thursday, October 8, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1770)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
Iowa Water Systems Honored by CDC

Iowa Water Systems Honored by CDC

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that more than three dozen Iowa water systems have been awarded Water Fluoridation Quality Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Thursday, October 8, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1686)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
IDPH Joins National DPS Recognition Day

IDPH Joins National DPS Recognition Day

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins the National Coalition of STD Directors in recognizing October 2 as the fourth annual National Disease Prevention Specialists (DPS) Recognition Day. This day honors disease prevention specialists, the backbone of state and local sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV programs.

Monday, October 5, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1711)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
U.S. Surgeon General Gives Marching Orders to Walk

U.S. Surgeon General Gives Marching Orders to Walk

Earlier this month, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, announced a call to action to make American cities more ‘walkable.’ Dr. Murthy said walking is a simple, affordable way to get exercise, but only if people have a place to do it. This emphasis on creating safe and accessible walking routes in communities is central to the Iowa Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) Iowans Walking Assessment Logistics Kit (I-WALK) program.

Monday, October 5, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (1517)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
It’s Time for Your Annual Flu Vaccination

It’s Time for Your Annual Flu Vaccination

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans it’s time for their annual flu vaccination. “Influenza circulates year-round, but influenza spread typically picks up and remains active between October and May,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk. “The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Being vaccinated now will ensure protection before the flu season starts in October; it’s not too early to get your shot.”

Monday, October 5, 2015/Author: Polly Carver-Kimm/Number of views (2917)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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