Helpful Web Resources

Posted on February 10, 2010

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The Mayor’s Health Line would like to share these 2 new web resources we enjoyed:

1) SmallStep.Gov
FROM WEBSITE: There are many ways that you can take small steps toward better health, and you can to it – today! We provide over 100 tips below to take small steps to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. Steps that are simple and free! Choose from any one of these small steps, or create your own. Get your friends and family involved in coming up with fun ways to take small steps each and every day. Remember, for adults, getting physically active at least five times a week, for thirty minutes or more, will help lead you toward a happier and healthier lifestyle. For kids, being active an hour a day is a small step towards good health! Eat a healthy diet, avoid harmful substances, and integrate small steps into your life – and soon you will see the positive effects taking place – one day at a time.

2) Text4Baby
FROM WEBSITE: An educational program, text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life… using their cellphones!   Mobile phones can play a significant role in health care by delivering information directly to those who need it most. Text messaging can deliver the right health information at the right time to pregnant women and new moms, and can be particularly helpful in reaching underserved populations. While not everyone has access to the Internet, 90% of Americans have a mobile phone. Text messaging is disproportionately higher among women of childbearing age and minority populations who face higher infant mortality rates. In studies from around the world, mobile health services like text4baby have demonstrated the ability to help change improve health outcomes.

3) The Mayor’s Health Line would also like to bring your awareness to this recently published report. As you may be aware, the Mayor’s Health Line is participating in a campaign to offer connections to the H1N1 vaccination to all Boston residents.Flu season in Massachusetts is not over yet, so it is recommended that you get vaccinated for both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines as soon as possible. Vaccination Clinics are being held in numerous towns in Boston – call us at 617-534-5050, our visit our BPHC Flu Clinic Finder Website to find the nearest free clinic near you!

Also, check out our new ads about H1N1 clinics airing all over Massachusetts featuring Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics in “Don’t let H1N1 Keep You Out of the Game” and our very own BPHC Staff in “To-Do List” and “Wake up!

Millions of American Adults Not Up to Date on Needed Immunizations
Too many adults in the United States are not up to date on vaccinations for seasonal flu, pneumonia, and many other preventable diseases, according to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Adult Immunization:  Shots to Save Lives attributes surprisingly low adult immunization rates in this country to barriers such as a lack of knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, limited access to health care providers for many Americans, and limited research and development of new vaccines.

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