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DPH Supports Breastfeeding because Breastfeeding Supports Health

It is well documented that breastfeeding has numerous benefits to both mother and child. For this reason the Department is working to both increase the number of women that choose to or initiate breastfeeding as well as reducing the barriers in the environment that cause women to stop breastfeeding before they are ready. Through a… read full article

Could Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs Hurt a Flu Shot’s Effect?

A popular cholesterol-lowering drug, taken by about 28 percent of U.S. adults over 40 and 48 percent of those over 75, may interfere with the effectiveness of flu vaccines, researchers report. Two studies find that statin drugs may reduce the body’s immune response to the vaccine in older people, who already have a lowered immune… read full article

Stay healthy this flu season with free preventive health services from the Marketplace

Flu season is here, and getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this potentially serious disease. If you’re covered by a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you and your family can get free flu shots from a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network…. read full article

5 Years Later: How the Affordable Care Act is Working for Connecticut

The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care more affordable, accessible, and high quality for the people of Connecticut. Better Options Making health care more affordable and accessible through the Health Insurance Marketplaces: Through the Marketplace, Nutmeg Staters had the option of signing up for quality health coverage at a price they could… read full article

Making a Difference for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Just recently, Secretary Burwell met with the leadership of the United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice. There is so much we can learn from these leaders today, and from their predecessors. In 1970, fresh from successfully organizing grape farmworkers, the charismatic chair of the new United Farm Workers Organizing Committee drove hurriedly from San Jose,… read full article

Early Childhood Health Targeted As Path To Better Education

Experts are focusing more money and attention on the health of young children in Connecticut in an effort to prepare them to be successful in school later on. The efforts include developmental screenings at child care centers, home visits and information hotlines for parents, better collaboration with pediatricians and more support for preschool staff members… read full article

Flavored Tobacco Lures Kids, CDC Says

Kids who smoke, vape or chew tobacco are flocking to the flavored varieties, a new government report shows. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly a quarter of high school students and 7 percent of middle-schoolers have used some kind of tobacco product, and nearly 70 percent of middle and high school… read full article

Under 30 and busy? Get a fast, personalized health coverage decision guide

There are many options for health insurance for young adults. You can: Get covered by a parent’s health insurance plan. Buy your own Marketplace insurance, with savings based on your income. Buy a catastrophic health plan — a type of insurance that has a low monthly premium but mainly protects you from worst-case scenarios. Get… read full article

2015 NBC Connecticut Health & Wellness Festival

Join us for the 2015 Health & Wellness Festival Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the our brand new location, the XL Center in downtown Hartford. Take advantage of free health screenings, meet wellness experts, experience new ways to stay fit and the chance to sit in on our… read full article

Surgeon General Calls for Steps to Promote Healthy Walking

Take a walk: That’s the U.S. surgeon general’s prescription for sedentary Americans — but communities will have to step up, too, and make neighborhoods easier and safer for foot traffic. Only half of adults and just over a quarter of high school students get the amount of physical activity recommended for good health, Surgeon General… read full article