Health briefs for Feb. 1, 2014: February features many medical awareness periods

Numerous medical issues are in the spotlight during February, acknowledged by special days, weeks or even the entire month.

Age-related macular degeneration and low vision — Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than two million Americans age 50 and older. Low-vision aids can make the most of remaining vision.

For more information about eye disease warning signs and treatment, call 800-331-2020 or visit preventblindness.org.

Children’s dental health — The American Dental Association sponsors national Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.

For more information, call 800-621-8099 or visit ada.org/ncdhm.

Children’s ENT health — Kids’ ENT Health Month is designed to offer parents and caregivers the latest information about the care, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric ear, nose and throat disorders.

For more information, call 703-535-3762 or visit entnet.org.

Recreational therapy — The purpose of National Recreational Therapy/Therapeutic Recreation Month is to enhance public awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and recreational therapy services, promote inclusive recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and recognize the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification as the qualified provider of RT services.

For more information, call 601-450-2872 or visit atra-online.com.

Wise health care — The goal of National Wise Health Care Consumer Month is to help consumers receive the right care at the right time in the right place. It involves teaching consumers how to become more active in their own health care, which entails knowing which symptoms require professional assistance and which can be treated at home with self-care. The event also focuses on helping consumers understand how to interact most effectively with the health care system to receive proper care.

For more information, call 248-539-1800, ext. 238, or visit healthylife.com.

Condoms — If one of cupid’s arrows finds its way to you this month, or any other time, the American Social Health Association wants you to be safe.

Each year in the United States, there are about 19 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections. Condoms are inexpensive and reduce the risks for STIs.

For more information, visit ashastd.org.

Burns — Burn Awareness Week — Sunday through Feb. 8 — is Shriners Hospitals for Children’s annual kickoff of a year-long educational campaign to raise awareness of burn injuries and ways to prevent them. Free educational materials designed to be a resource for firefighters, teachers, parents and others concerned with the safety of children are provided at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or burnawareness.org.

Congenital heart defects — Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week — Friday through Feb. 14 — is an annual effort to help educate the public about CHDs. Participants include individuals, local support groups, national and local organizations, and congenital cardiology centers throughout the world.

For more information, call 609-823-4507 or visit tchin.org/aware.

Blood drive in Craig available Feb. 11

Bonfils will host a blood drive in Craig from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Those interested in participating can register online or by phone or come by the day of the event.

For more information about eligibility, call 303-341-4000 or visit bonfils.org.

Interested donors can also register at Moffat County High School, where Student Council will host a drive from 1 to 4 p.m. Students who register with teacher Evan Gaffney in Room 320 by Feb. 7 will receive discounted admission to the Feb. 8 Sadie Hawkins dance.

For more information, call 970-824-7036.

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