September is National Recovery Month , focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrating the people who recover.

Substance use disorders is the topic of NEBGH's Annual Membership Meeting on Nov. 14 - register here .
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Says Pain Often Interferes with Daily Life

According to the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll exercise, including stretching and yoga, is popular among younger people as a way to relieve pain.
National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-14)

Suicide ranks as the 10 th leading cause of death in the US, and the 2 nd leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds.
  • NEBGH webinar on suicide - PDF
National Preparedness Month

Encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, business, and communities.
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National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the US has obesity. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Working-Age Adults with Diabetes Skipping Meds Due to Cost

Nearly 18% of working-age adults with diabetes are rationing their own medication by taking smaller dosages, waiting to fill prescriptions or skipping the treatments altogether, according to a new CDC study.
Why Monday?
The Monday Campaigns is a non-profit public health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities that dedicates the first day of every week to encourage healthy behaviors.
Free Value-Based Insurance Design Technical Assistance Program
The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy is launching another cohort of the free Value-Based Insurance Design Technical Assistance Program. Value-based insurance design (VBID) is a benefits strategy that gives employees information and financial incentives to seek the right care , at the right time , from the right providers . Interested employers (or brokers on their behalf) can apply here . All self-insured employers with at least one Connecticut resident enrolled in their health plan are eligible to participate.

Applications are due September 13 th and the program will run from late September through December 2019. For more information, read more here .