Exercise and Enjoy Outdoors Safely During Winter Weather

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 10:23 am

NASHVILLE. – Cold weather doesn’t have to send your exercise routine into hibernation. While outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards during winter months, you can still enjoy a walk, run or maybe a sled ride while taking steps to stay safe and healthy. These simple tips are also important for those working outdoors during winter weather.

Traumatic Brain Injury Conference Set for March 17

Monday, February 09, 2015 | 01:19 pm

NASHVILLE – Approximately 8,000 Tennesseans are hospitalized each year with brain injuries. For each patient, there are physical and economic impacts, sometimes causing lasting distress for individuals, families and communities.

Measles Outbreak Underscores Importance of Immunization

Thursday, February 05, 2015 | 01:06 pm

NASHVILLE  – Measles, a disease considered eradicated in the United States, is making headlines due to a growing outbreak linked to a California amusement park. Most of the people infected with measles in this outbreak were not vaccinated against the disease. While Tennessee does not yet have any reported measles cases in 2015 and no cases linked to this outbreak at this time, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding everyone of the importance of routine vaccination against measles and other illnesses.

Be Prepared for Health Concerns during Winter Weather

Monday, February 02, 2015 | 01:06 pm

NASHVILLE – Winters in Tennessee can be very unpredictable. That’s why the Tennessee Department of Health urges everyone to be prepared for dangerous weather, the risk of hypothermia and other winter health concerns.

“Hypothermia occurs when the body’s core temperature falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, just a few degrees less than the normal 98.6 degrees F,” said TDH Chief Medical Officer David Reagan, MD, PhD. “Symptoms of hypothermia include being confused, sleepy, apathetic and delirious. Hypothermia can also cause a person to slip into a coma, causing the heart and respiratory system to fail.”

Suicides Claim Too Many in Tennessee; Resources Available Statewide to Help Save Lives

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | 09:56 am

Suicide Tenth Leading Cause of Death in Tennessee, U.S. & Internationally

NASHVILLE – In 2013, intentional self-harm was the tenth leading cause of death in Tennessee, a ranking that mirrors U.S. and international cause of death rankings. According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Records office, a total of 1,017 people in Tennessee committed suicide that year. Statistics point out disparities in Tennessee’s diverse population and the need to understand suicide warning signs and the actions required to prevent loss of life.

"Emma" and "William" Maintain Top Spots as Tennessee's Most Popular Baby Names for 2014

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | 11:10 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s modern tradition for the top names for new babies continued in 2014, with Emma and William taking the number one spots for a fourth consecutive year as the most popular names given by new Tennessee parents. William has been the number one name chosen for baby boys born in Tennessee for eight straight years. Emma repeats as the most popular name for Tennessee baby girls after taking the top spot on the list in 2011.

TDH urges increased vigilance to prevent flu and flu complications

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 | 03:17 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans to increase their efforts to prevent flu and flu-related health threats by getting immunized and talking with their healthcare providers about flu-like symptoms.  Since 2007 there have been 29 pediatric flu-related deaths recorded in Tennessee, including three in December of this year.

TDH Warns of Severe Flu Season

Friday, December 19, 2014 | 03:58 pm

NASHVILLE  – Tennessee Department of Health surveillance notes a steady increase in influenza activity in Tennessee and warns the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. TDH urges everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot now.

Remember the ABCs of Safe Sleep this Holiday season

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

NASHVILLE  – Putting your baby to sleep using the ABCs of Safe Sleep saves lives. The Tennessee Department of Health urges parents to remember it’s very important to make sure family and friends follow these simple steps while visiting during the holidays:  Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Backs and in a Crib.

Give the Gift of Not Using Tobacco - The Perfect Present for Yourself and Others

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 01:56 pm

NASHVILLE – Stores and businesses have long used the familiar holiday slogan, “Give the gift that keeps on giving.” While stereos, watches and even baskets of fruit delivered monthly have been advertised to provide perpetual pleasure, the Tennessee Department of Health suggests a present that really does have lasting benefits:  Stopping the use of tobacco products.