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Miami-Dade County launched a new program to help residents deal with the high cost of prescription medications. Through a partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), the free Prescription Discount Card program provides area residents with a card that offers an average of 24 percent savings off the retail price of prescription medications.

The card can be used by those who do not have insurance or by those who have prescriptions not covered by insurance. The card can also be used on some pet medications and is accepted at 9 out of 10 pharmacies throughout the region.

South Florida enjoys a rich melting pot of people and culturesfrom all over the world, and Baptist Health South Florida is tapping into the power behind diversity. As the region's largest faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization, Baptist Health is committed to being the “Best Place for Diversity.
 
The organization joins others this month across the nation in celebrating Disability Mentoring Day. Set for Wednesday, October 19, 2011, the day allows mentees to gain experience and encourages increased hiring of people with disabilities. October 19 will also be Diversity Dining Day, when employees celebrate different cultures through an enticing ethnic cooking competition.

With the aim of becoming a local leader in the national fight against obesity, the Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) has launched a comprehensive initiative to inform communities and constituents of the grave health-related conditions caused by the lack of proper nutrition and physical activity.
 
Supported by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) nationwide program, Miami-Dade County will be taking on its own fight against this health hazard, inspiring the people of its community to help bring legislative changes affecting the wellbeing of their children and of the entire constituency.

The Federal Government Takes Action on Radon Gas to Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths in 2011. October 17th, 24th is Radon Awareness Week October 17-24 is Federal Radon Action Week according to The Surgeon General.

Health agencies throughout the United States have joined forces to promote awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. The American Lung Association, Centers for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute all agree that radon is a National health problem and encourage radon testing during the October awareness drive.

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