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National Nutrition Month

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The National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The attached calendar summarizes the activities organized by the Nutrition and Public Health Student Association at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus to celebrate this special month.

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03/13/2018

The community of Manuel A. Pérez received training in the use of family and community water filters.

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The community of Manuel A. Pérez received training in the use of  family and community water filters. Representatives of the community including the director of the Nursing Center, the recreational leader, social worker, administrator, maintenance workers, church members, and residents participated in the training. Mr. Héctor Torres, a student of health education and Professor Carmen M. Vélez of the Medical Sciences Campus demonstrated the use and proper handling of the filters. The activity was organized by  pilot project investigator, Dr. Deborah Juarbe.

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As part of the pilot project “Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategies to Enhance Behavior Change for Zika Virus Prevention and Control”, Dr. Deborah Juarbe organized an activity focused on how to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus at home. The activity was held at Villa  Calma Sector in Toa Baja, P.R., a community severely affected by hurricane Maria. Dr. Carmen Vélez and Mr. Héctor Torres, from the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) program, collaborated in the activity.  Mr.  Torres explained to the 40 participants how to protect their homes and neighborhood from mosquitoes. Mosquito nets and repellents were distributed at the end of the activity. Dr.  Juarbe  distributed printed material related to the Zika virus infection and gave special thanks to Ms. Millie Chévere for assisting in the organization and execution of the activity.

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02/20/2018

Zika staff initiate training on the use of mosquito trap

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Dr. Deborah Juarbe and Dr. Mildred Vera, investigators of the RCMI pilot Project “Risk Communication and Community Engagement Strategies to Enhance Behavior Change for Zika Virus Prevention and Control“, joined the Puerto Rico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in training communities on the use of the new autocidal gravid ovitrap (AGO) mosquito trap. Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading many viruses that can make people sick, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and more. This trap is inexpensive, simple-to-assemble, and easy-to-maintain and targets female mosquitoes looking for a place to lay eggs.

Hispanic Women's Health Outreach

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The FDC Office of Women's Health collaborates with other government agencies and private organizations to help increase Hispanic women's access to FDA health and safety information. FDA has fact sheets, videos, social media toolkits and other information that you can use for yourself or to spread the word to Hispanic women about medication safety, clinical trial, heart health, pregnancy and general wellness.

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