Quick Links and Important Resources
“Meaningful Use” Registration System for Health Care Providers
The VDH Meaningful Use Registration System for health care providers is now available. Health care providers intending to send electronic health records to VDH are required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to register and demonstrate “Meaningful Use” of their electronic health records in order to obtain CMS reimbursement. While registration is required only for Stage 2, we also encourage those involved in Stage 1 to register with VDH using this site
Introducing Health Bites
Health Bites is an interactive online nutrition education tool designed to help you and your family enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides fun, informative videos on nutrition and ideas on simple and healthy recipes. If you are a WIC participant, the site will allow you to complete modules, to receive nutrition education credit for WIC. Visit www.HealthBitesVA.org to have a world of nutrition and health information at your fingertips!
Are you ready for winter weather?
Winter Preparedness Week,
To encourage everyone to get ready for cold weather, Winter Preparedness Week runs December 1-7, 2013. Take this time to prepare before a winter emergency hits to reduce the risk of weather-related health problems and injuries.
Holiday Food Safety
Each year, the Center for Disease Control estimates that one out of six Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. In Virginia, the most frequently reported gastrointestinal diseases include bacterial infections such as salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis, and giardiasis, a parasitic disease. In addition, norovirus is one of the most frequently reported causes of gastrointestinal outbreaks. Typical symptoms of foodborne illness are vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms, which can start anywhere from hours to days after contaminated food or drinks are consumed.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately 5,380 Virginians will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013. Lung Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and the need to diagnose it early. Exposure to tobacco smoke is a risk factor in the development of lung cancer, accounting for 80-90% of all cases; other risk factors include:
The most important step to prevent lung and bronchus cancer is to avoid smoking. If you are a smoker, talk with an expert about quitting. Other resources available to help one quit smoking are listed below:
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