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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: December 16, 2016
DHSS-12-2016





STRUGGLING FOR GIFT IDEAS? GIVE GIFTS THAT SUPPORT HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE NEW YEAR


Dover, DE (Dec. 16, 2016) - Still trying to think of the perfect gift? As we prepare to welcome 2017, the Division of Public Health (DPH) suggests giving gifts that support health and wellness in the New Year.

"In wishing all Delawareans a happy and healthy New Year, I hope they begin 2017 knowing that they can take small steps toward healthier lifestyles," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "Ideal first steps are to select healthier foods and appropriate portion sizes, be more physically active, make a plan to quit smoking, and schedule recommended immunizations and screenings for cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, and HIV."

Gifts that increase physical activity can reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. People who lose weight can prevent or delay diabetes, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, and lessen pressure on their joints. Some examples of physical activity gifts are:

Help families be prepared for winter emergencies with these gift ideas:

Gifts of time and service are other options. Consider these opportunities:

A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit http://delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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