October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Each year 900 Montana women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer screening, like a mammogram, can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat.
- Breast cancer screening means checking a woman’s breasts for cancer before signs or symptoms of the disease occur. All women age 50-74 should get a mammogram every other year.
- Some women may choose to start screening at age 40 if they have a personal risk or family history of breast cancer. Free mammograms are available to Montana women. Call 1-888-803-9343 to get connected to screening services in your community.
'Prepare to Protect' Before Disaster Strikes
- Most Montanans have an out-of-date Disaster Plan; however, most already have what they need to Build or Update A Disaster Kit.
- Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness is easy and straightforward, and Teaching Youth About Preparedness can be fun for the whole family.
- Have a conversation with your family or loved ones, friends, and neighbors about what you would do in the event of a disaster.
Falls Prevention Week
- Nearly 1 in 3 Montanans age 65+, reported falling at least once in the last 12 months.
- Over half (57%) of falls are from a slip, trip, or stumble on ground level.
- More than 75% of falls occur around the home—simple and quick steps help reduce the risk of falling at home.
Healthy Living in Montana
- Healthy living can be achieved by everyone, including the 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 8 high schoolers that have obesity in Montana.
- Healthy Lifestyle strategies are shown to help individuals decrease obesity and maintain a healthy weight.
- The new Joy in Healthy Living: Active Lives and Healthy Eating for All Montanans Story Map provides resources for finding fresh affordable food, exercise that’s right for you, and community-wide and Tribal/Urban health programs.
Montana is Bear Country. Preventing Conflict is Easier than Dealing with a Bear
- There are many things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during outdoor activities and around your home.
- Be prepared to handle bear encounters. Keep a clean camp and backyard. When travelling in bear country, carry bear spray, be aware of your surroundings, stay in groups, and make noise to let bears know you're there.
- Bears can be anywhere. Learn more on being ‘Bear Aware’ at Bears in Montana | Montana FWP (mt.gov).
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