The Monthly Prevention Topic for April—Limit Alcohol is available for download.
Alcohol use is very common in the United States. Drinking alcohol has immediate effects that can increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. Excessive alcohol use, either in the form of heavy drinking (drinking more than two drinks per day on average for men or more than one drink per day on average for women and those over age 64), or binge drinking), can lead to increased risk of health problems such as liver disease or unintentional injuries.
This website provides healthcare resources for clinicians and others in healthcare. On the site, you will find information for use in your practice and corresponding information for Veterans and the public. Links to other VA program offices and programs are also provided.
Information specific to VHA is located on the NCP intranet website.
Monthly Prevention Topics
All Monthly Prevention Topics include patient handouts to download and useful websites. Many of the topics correlate with the National Health Observances. You can have the handouts available in waiting rooms, health fairs and other educational forums.
Healthy Living Message Patient Handouts
Each Healthy Living Message may be downloaded to share with patients. They contain information that is important for living a healthy life.
Partnership for Health
Your patients rely on you for accurate, up-to-date, preventive health information. This series of fact sheets developed by NCP and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) cover selected cardiovascular recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
Clinician Fact Sheets
Office of Public Health
This site includes information for Veterans and health care clinicians for Infection: Don't Pass it On (IDPIO) Campaign, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation.
Women Veterans Health Care
An office within the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, this site contains information about the health care and other needs of eligible women veterans.
VA National Center for PTSD
Information for Veterans, their families and health care clinicians including fact sheets, videos, and more about trauma to help answer your questions about PTSD and related issues. It also has the latest VA/DoD PTSD clinical practice guidelines.
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Find links for clinical information, comparative effectiveness, news and events, research findings, publications, and more.
US Preventive Services Task Force is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention that systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services.
Department of Health and Human Services Safety & Wellness Home Page
Find information and resources on eating right, physical activity, routine health screenings, and more.
Health.gov is a portal to the web sites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments and agencies.
The National Women's Health Information Center
The National Women's Health Information Center (OWH) is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. OWH works to improve the health and well-being of women and girls in the United States through: its innovative programs, educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the 13 major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
CDC's Healthy Living Home Page
A vast variety of topics on healthy living and staying healthy throughout your life.
2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)
The 7th edition of Dietary Guidelines for Americans offers an evidence-based roadmap to help people make changes in eating plans to improve health. The guidelines include 23 Key Recommendations for the general population and six additional Key Recommendations for specific population groups, such as pregnant women. Key Recommendations are the most important messages within the Guidelines in terms of their implications for improving public health. The recommendations promote shifts in food consumption patterns, encouraging people to eat more of some foods and nutrients and less of others and places stronger emphasis on increasing physical activity and reducing calorie consumption.
Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide
This manual was developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration but applies to any situation when patients need good information to make sound choices.