Health Promotion Archive (Past Promotions and Calendars)
Occupational Health Conferences/Meetings
2013 NASA Occupational Health Meeting
Kennedy Space Center, FL (April 16-18, 2013)
2012 NASA Occupational Health Meeting
Kennedy Space Center, FL (August 28-30, 2012)
Meeting cancelled due to weather.
2011 NASA Occupational Health Meeting
Albuquerque, NM (July 11-15, 2011)
2010 NASA Occupational Health Meeting
San Antonio, TX (June 07-11, 2010)
2009 NASA Occupational Health Meeting
Cleveland, OH (July 13-17, 2009)
2008 NASA Occupational Health Conference
Baltimore, MD (July 07-11, 2008)
2007 NASA Occupational Health Conference
Denver, CO (July 23-27, 2007)
2006 NASA Occupational Health Conference
Charleston, SC (July 17-21, 2006)
2005 NASA Occupational Health Conference
Lake Tahoe, NV (June 27 - July 01, 2005)
Health Physics Conferences/Meetings
Safety & Occupational Health Managers Conferences
Occupational Health Response to Hurricane Katrina
Cocoa Beach, FL (January 31, 2006)
Articles of Interest
- Avian Influenza Health Alert - "Positive test reactions to H5 Avian Influenza has been detected in wild migratory ducks in Manitoba and Quebec." They are attempting to do N-type testing. Canada is sampling birds along migratory flight paths in seven provinces. At present there is "no evidence of influenza-related illness among domestic or wild birds in the test areas." For more information, see the Canadian Avian Influenza website. Additional information on minimizing any potential risks from wild birds can be found here.
- PandemicFlu.gov - The official U.S. government web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza.
- CDC Health Advisory for Rabies - The CDC working together with the Mississippi Department of Health confirmed a diagnosis of rabies as the cause of death in a Mississippi child. This advisory provides information on the case, update, and criteria for conducting risk assessments to determine need for post exposure prophylaxis. More on rabies at the CDC...
- Avian Influenza Health Alert - Avian Influenza, a type of influenza virus, has been infecting birds in Asia and has infected some humans. To obtain the current status of the outbreak read more...
- CDC Flu Recommendations - To ensure that those who are at highest risk of complications from influenza have access to vaccine this season, CDC recommends that people in certain priority groups receive inactivated influenza vaccine (i.e., the "flu shot") until October 24, 2005.
- CDC Interim Immunization Recommendations for Individuals Displaced by Hurricane Katrina - Influenza vaccination is recommended for all people 6 months of age and older who have been displaced by hurricane Katrina and are living in crowded group settings. There are specific recommendations on how to vaccinate evacuees based on availability of their medical and immunization records or lack there of.
Hurricane Katrina Aftermath at Nasa Facilities - Hurricane Katrina brought severe disruptions to the greater New Orleans area. Our thoughts go out
to our co-workers and their families at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi and the
Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans who have suffered such devastating losses. The NASA
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers support for employees facing conflict and disruption in
their lives. Any employee or immediate family member of the Michoud Assembly Facility or Stennis
Space Center can access our after hours EAP number: 1-888-807-7997. Until further notice, these
employees and their immediate families can contact any NASA EAP listed in the
Directory of this website for EAP assistance.
When the FEMA disaster assessments are complete, we will be offering additional EAP support to the NASA family there. One aspect of the NASA EAP program is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) which is intended to assist employees after the disaster event. As soon as the initial evaluations of the physical situation at our affected facilities are completed, we will offer CISM support. Health Information related to hurricanes in general, as well as, Hurricane Katrina and its recovery efforts can be found here.
- A new educational tool, Tiny Bites Total Big Calories, has been created to assist you in understanding several measures for determining overweight and obesity. The tool is available as an online tutorial or a downloadable flyer.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SunWise Program - The SunWise Program is an environmental and health education program that aims to teach the public how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. A UV Index feature is now available.
Weight Management Plans as Compared to the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines
- NASA's OCHMO
has developed this pamphlet/flyer to help increase awareness
Tri-fold Pamphlet Version
and knowledge among NASA employees of important factors related to weight management.
Permanent weight management is about more than just the food we eat; rather, it includes what,
why, how and when we eat. Eight of the more popular plans have been presented here as a comparison
to the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines recommendations for daily nutritional intake.
This document is available as either a tri-fold pamphlet or a flyer.
- CDC MMWR - Prevention and Control of Influenza Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). This report updates the 2004 recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the use of influenza vaccine and antiviral agents. more...
- Prevent Extreme Heat Illnesses - The CDC reports that staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy. more ...
- CDC Adopts New Mosquito Repellent Guidelines - The CDC has released new guidelines about mosquito repellents available to protect workers and others from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus.
- NASA and IHS sign agreement to develop EHRS - The Indian Health Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has signed a memorandum of understanding to share the Resource and Patient Management System, a suite of applications which includes an electronic health record, with NASA. This transfer of technology will be specifically used to develop the NASA EHRS. The memorandum of understanding was signed April 21, 2005.
- 2005 - 06 Influenza Season - The CDC has met with influenza vaccine manufacturers to develop supply projections and distribution strategies, including advance ordering and partial shipment to those customers who prebook. As of March 25, 2005, the supply of inactivated influenza vaccine projected for the priority group appeared adequate. If more vaccine becomes available, additional groups can also be targeted for vaccination. more...
- Steps to a Healthier You - The USDA today unveiled MyPyramid, a new interactive Food Guidance System to replace the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992. "Steps to a Healthier You," MyPyramid's central message, is designed to help Americans live longer, better and healthier lives. more...
- Medtronics Notification: Does This Apply to You? - On January 14th Medtronics conducted a voluntary notification to all customers owning Lifepak12 defibrillators that have undergone an operating software reinstallation or upgrade. The manual default defibrillation energy setting must be checked for accuracy. more...
- The U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, Issues New National Health Advisory on Radon - Today the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Nation's Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing. Dr. Carmona also stressed the need to remedy the problem as soon as possible when the radon level is 4 pCi/L or more. Dr. Carmona noted that more than 20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung cancer each year. more...
- The Chief Health and Medical Officer reminds everyone that Friday, February 4, 2005 is National Wear Red Day to support women's heart disease awareness. more...
- Cardiorespiratory Fitness in early adulthood significantly decreases the chance of developing high blood pressure and diabetes -- both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke -- in middle age, according to a new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. more...
- 2004-2005 Influenza Season - CDC issues interim influenza vaccination recommendations for the 2004-2005 Influenza season. more...
- Balancing Work and Family during the Holiday Season - The Chief Health and Medical Officer reminds us to be aware of the stresses this time of the year can bring. The complete communication including a number of sources with recommendations for dealing with stress can be found here.
Healthier Feds - NASA Centers to particpate in the HealthierFeds Physical Activity Challenge initiative beginning October 15th. Read more from NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer (CHMO) and visit the Healther Feds website. more...
- Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Information - The CDC analyzed self-report data from the 1999-2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The findings in this report indicate that the age-adjusted prevalence of reported heart disease and stroke is approximately two to three times greater among persons with diabetes than among persons without diabetes. more....
- Skin Cancer Information - The Task Force on Community Preventive Services has published its findings and recommendations for skin cancer prevention programs. The report suggests workplace programs may be insufficient more....
- The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Adults - The Pocket Guide provides healthcare consumers with the information they need on preventative services. more...
- Put Prevention Into Practice Staying Healthy at 50+ - Then Booklet provides information on staying healthy for those people aged 50 and older. more...
- Online Continuing Medical Education Programs on Obesity - Two free online continuing medical education modules on the assessment and management of overweight and obesity in adults are available on the NHLBI Web site and the NAASO Website . The modules have been approved for a maximum of 2 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. more...
- High Blood Pressure Screening - Prevention Experts Urge High Blood Pressure Screening for All Adults Age 18 and Older.
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has released the new clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, detection, and treatment of high blood pressure
- Influenza 2003-2004 - The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) providing comprehensive updates and treatment guidelines.
- Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Outbreak (1/29/04) - An outbreak of avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, is affecting bird populations in countries throughout Asia. The outbreak is caused by the H5N1 subtype of influenza A. Human cases also have been reported. more...
- 2003-2004 Influenza Information can be found at the CDC National Immunization Program - 2003-2004 Flu Home Page. This page contains influenza information and updates for everyone. This web page includes links to pages discussing virtually all aspects of influenza vaccination of concern to clinicians. Additional influenza information can be found here.
- West Nile Virus - Statistics, Surveillance, and Control - This Web page provides a state-by-state count of incidence and mortality from human West Nile virus infections and links to a map that details the distribution of human and animal cases. As of October 17, there have been 7,021 cases and 152 deaths. more...
- The NIOSH West Nile Virus (WNV) topic page has been updated for the 2003 season. New to the WNV topic page this season are fact sheets that provide recommendations for outdoor workers and laboratory and field workers. more...
- The NASA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides services for employees experiencing emotional stress, family or relationship difficulties and other assistance
- Letter from the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer regarding Critical Incident Stress Management dated May 9, 2003. NASA Occupational Health Program Guidelines for Implementing Critical Incident Stress Management Services
Insufficient scientific evidence to recommend vitamin supplements as a way to prevent cancer or heart disease
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against the use of supplements of vitamins A, C, or E; multivitamins with folic acid; or antioxidant combinations for the prevention of cancer or cardiovascular disease. These findings are published in the July 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
- Reducing Nationwide Obesity Starts in Neighborhoods - (7/3/2003) Hearts N' Parks Program Brings Science, Skills to 50 Communities. Additional Fitness links can be found on the Fitness Page of the NASA Occupational Health website.
- New National Hotline Number for Poison Control Centers now available: 1 (800) 222-1222. For the first time a single toll-free telephone number can be used to reach the closest poison control center anywhere in the nation.