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MONTHLY HEALTH AWARENESS TOPIC
February: American Heart Month and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
American Heart Month
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.
The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
Watch your weight.
Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get active and eat healthy.
Resources for keeping your heart healthy.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. Parents, one of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.
Take steps to make a difference:
Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
Learn more about Love is Respect.
IN THE NEWS
HEALTH INSURANCE AND BENEFITS
Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
AARP Fact Sheets
- Facts about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") from the AARP's department of Education & Outreach.
Clinics (Available regardless of ability to pay)
maintained by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Clinics (Walk-in, Emergency Care)
General Healthcare Information
- Health information from the US National Library of Medicine.
Access Health CT
- This is the website for Connecticut's official health marketplace.
Includes a listing of enrollment fairs, events near you, and responses to
frequently asked questions.
Health Insurance Marketplace
- Official Marketplace information source for assisters and outreach partners. Hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Health Care Facility Evaluations
Health Care Providers
It is a good idea to visit the webpage for your insurance provider to find out if the health care provider is in your insurance network.
accepting HUSKY, Title IXX, Medicaid, and similar programs.
Health Insurance Companies
Below is a list of a few of the health insurance companies providing coverage in Connecticut. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list.
If you are interested in obtaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), visit AccessHealthCT
Hospitals in Hartford
Medications and Treatments
- Drug information provided by WebMD.