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The Food Guide Pyramid 12/17/07

This booklet introduces consumers to the Food Guide Pyramid. The Pyramid is based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) research on what foods Americans eat, what nutrients are in these foods, and how to make the best food choices.

The Pyramid and this booklet will help consumers choose what and how much to eat from each food group to get the nutrients needed without too many calories, or too much fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium, or alcohol.

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Buying Prescription Medicine Online: A Consumer Safety Guide 12/17/07

This guide provides information about Web sites that sell medications, offers tips when purchasing medications online, and offers suggestions for consumers looking for a safe Web site. The guide is available as both a Web page and a brochure, in both English and Spanish.

Pay Attention: Symptoms of Serious Health Conditions 12/17/07

This tool presents some signs and symptoms of serious health conditions, which should be checked by a doctor or nurse including:

  • Signs of a heart attack
  • Signs of a stroke
  • Symptoms of reproductive health problems
  • Symptoms of breast problems
  • Symptoms of lung problems
  • Symptoms of stomach or digestive problems
  • Symptoms of bladder problems
  • Symptoms of skin problems
  • Symptoms of muscle or joint problems
  • Symptoms of...
Eating Defensively: Food Safety Advice for Persons With AIDS 12/17/07

This brochure offers people with AIDS tips on how to avoid foodborne illnesses.

This brochure addresses the following topics:

  • Bacteria and food poisoning
  • Shopping for food
  • At home
  • Eating out
  • Traveling abroad
Red-Yellow-Green Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Tool 12/17/07

This one-page tool, in Microsoft(r) Word format, uses the colors of a stoplight to guide patients in managing their congestive heart failure symptoms. The tool is divided into green (“all clear”), yellow (“caution”), and red (“medical alert”) zones. For each zone, the tool provides signs and symptoms and allows the health care provider to give specific instructions for managing the condition, including guidance on when to seek emergency medical assistance.

Check For Safety: A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults 12/17/07

This 15-page checklist will help consumers find and fix hazards in their homes that may result in falls. The checklist asks about hazards found in each room and tells how to fix the problem.

The checklist includes the following sections:

  • Floors in each room
  • Stairs and steps inside and outside of the home
  • Kitchen and eating areas
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Other things you can do to prevent falls
  • Other safety tips
Dealing With the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide 12/17/07

This guide contains information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms related to a traumatic experience. The information in this booklet can be used safely along with your other health care treatment.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Help from health care providers, counselors and groups
  • Things you can do every day to help yourself feel better
  • ...
What You Should Know About Stroke Prevention 12/17/07

This consumer fact sheet presents information on stroke prevention, including warning signs and risk factors.

Taking Care of Yourself with Arthritis 12/17/07

This questionnaire provides patients with information about managing their arthritis.

This tool addresses the following topics:

  • Getting the care you need
  • Talking to your doctor
  • Taking your medicine
  • Your body signs
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Dealing with stress
Speak Up™: Planning Your Follow-up Care 12/17/07

This brochure provides tips to encourage patients to become more involved in their care. It also gives patients guidance on how to find out about their medical condition, new medicines, and followup care.

The brochure includes the following information:

  • What should you do before leaving the hospital?
  • What if you have trouble understanding the language used in the instructions?
  • You feel overwhelmed by the followup care you need. What can you do?...

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