Health Issues Additional Information

For further information contact: Autism Society of America, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 650, Bethesda, MD 20814, 800/3AUTISM or 301/657-0881, Fax:301/657-0869.

Eye care:
Mail a self-addressed label, or fax an exact copy of your mailing label with your request to: Rosemary Rushka, OPTIC Foundation, P.O. Box 429098, San Francisco, CA 94142-9098, 415/561-8500, Fax 415/561-8567.

Birth defects:
For information to promote Birth Defects Prevention Month, contact: National Director, Program Services (BDPM), March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, 914/997-4493, or e-mail:

Materials available upon request. Contact: Thyroid Awareness Month c/o Fleoshman-Hillard, 1330 Avenue of the Americas, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Heart Disease:
Educational information about heart disease and strokes. Contact: Cathy Yarbrouigh, News Media Relations, American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 7523. Call local AHA offices at 800/AHA-USA1, Fax: 214/369-3685, website:

Dental care:
Promotional materials are available at a nominal charge, including posters, coloring books, bookmarks and videos. Contact: Catalog Sales Department, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Il 60611, 800/947-4746.

Wise consumer programs can address the general population or be targeted to meet the specific groups such as women, seniors, children and families. Contact: The American Institute for Preventive Medicine, 30445 Northwestern Highway, Suite 350, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, 810/539-1800,ext.247, Fax: 810/539-1808.

Contact: Orvalene Prewitt, president, National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia Association, P.O. Box 18426, Kansas City, MO 64133.

Contact: Steve Humes, manager of information services, National Hemophilia Foundation, 110 Greene Street, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012, 212/219-8180, ext.3008

Contact: Ellie Schlam, National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016, 800/622-9010.

Mental retardation:
Contact: Liz Moore, Department of Member, Chapter and Communication Services, The ARC, P.O. Box 1047, Arlington, TX 76004, 817/261-6003, ext.111.

Contact: Public Information Office, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., 12 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10010, 212/206-6770

Child abuse:
Contact: Communications Department, National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, 332 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, Il 60604, 312/663-3520.

Sexually transmitted diseases:
Contact: Sharon Broom, director, public relations, American Social Health Association, P.O. Box 13827, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, 919/361-8416.

Sports safety:
Contact: Rita Glassman, associate executive director, National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, 10 Meredith Circle, Needham, MA 02192, 617/449-2499, Fax:617/449-2499.

To raise awareness of lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis as well as its causes--tobacco use and pollution. Contact: local Lung Association, or 800/LUNGUSA (800/586-4872).

To recognize the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health benefits of laughter. Founder and motivational humorist Izzy Gesell offers entertaining, informative and practical programs such as Becoming Light Hearted: Managing Stress and Change Through Humor to healthcare professionals. For more information, contact: Izzy Gesell, Wide Angle Humor, P.O. Box 962, Northampton, Ma 01061, 413/586-2634.

High blood pressure:
Contact: The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105,301/251-1222, website: www.nhlbi.nihgov/nhlbi/nhlbi/ntm.

Physical fitness:
Contact: President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Humphrey Building, Room 738-H, Washington, DC 20201, 202/690-5179, Fax202/690-5211.

National safety:
To increase public's awareness of the critical role safety and health professionals play in preventing industrial accidents, eliminating hazards, reducing insurance costs and saving lives. Contact: Customer Services Department, American Society of Safety Engineers, 1800 East Oakton, Des Plaines, IL 60018-2187, 847/699-2929.

Contact: Suzanne Simons, executive director, National Headache Foundation, 428 West St. James Place, 2nd Floor, Chicago, Il 60614-2750, 800/843-2256,773/388-6395, Fax: 773/525-7357.

Contact: Elisa Luna, director, education and outreach, National Association of People with AIDS, 1413 K Street, N.W., 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005, 202/898-0414, Fax: 202/898-0435.

Contact: Kristin Peterson, conference coordinator, National Wellness Institute, 1300 College Court, P.O. Box 827, Stevens Point, WI 54481-0827, 715/342-2969, Fax: 715/342-2979, e-mail:

Contact: SmileLine at 800/SMILE-33 (800/764-5333) from 7a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. For further information, contact: Holly O,Connor, public information administrator, Academy of General Dentistry, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL 60611, 312/440-4308, Fax: 312/440-0559.

Medic Alert:
For press kit to promote awareness, contact: Medic Alert, 2323 Colorado Avenue, Turlock, CA 95382, 800/825-3785.

Contact: Linda Menditto, National Pediculosis Association, P.O. Box 610189 Newton, MA 02161, Attention: PPM 97, or cal 617/449-NITS, ext. 108.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy:
Contact: Sherri Kullander, Director, promotions, Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, P.O. Box 196, Libertyville, IL 60048-0196, 800/886-1762, e-mail:, website: www.abacus

Baby safety:
Receive a free copy of "Safe and Sound for Baby," a 20-page easy-to-read brochure, published in English or Spanish by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to : JPMA Safety Brochure,236 Route 38-West, Suite 100, Moorestown, NJ 08057.

Contact: The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center, P.O. Box 30105, Bethesda, MD 20824-0105, 301/251-1222, Fax:301/251-1223.

Sickle cell:
Contact: Ralph D. Sutton, deputy director, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, 200 Corporate Pointe, Suite 495, Culver City, CA 90230, 800/421-8453.

Breast cancer:
Contact: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, C/O Foresight Communications, P.O. Box 3156, Chicago, IL 60654-3156.

Child health:
Contact: Nancy Peterson, director, Division of Member Communications, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, P.O. Box 927, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, 847/981-7871, or leave your name and address on the Child Health Month message line, 847/981-7134.

Dental hygiene:
Contact: national Dental Hygiene Month, Public Relations Department, American Dental Hygienists' Association, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 3400, Chicago, IL 60611.

Contact: Local Lung Association or 800/LUNGUSA.

Contact: Patti Montague, American School Food Service Association, 1600 Duke Street, 7th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703/739-3900, ext.122.

Free brochure entitled "What to Know--Head to Toe," provides simple treatment strategies for people with diabetes. Contact: American Diabetes Association, National Center, 1660 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703/549-1500, ext. 2408.

Contact: Peter Van Haverbeke, director, public relations, Epilepsy Foundation of America, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785, 301/459-3700.

Contact: Local American Cancer Society office, or call the American Cancer Society, 800/ACS-2345.

Contact: Prevent Blindness America, 500 East Remington Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, 800/331-2020.

Contact: Christina Verni, American Association for World Health, 1825 K Street, N.W., Suite 1208, Washington, DC 20006, 202/466-5883, Fax: 202/466-5896, e-mail: AAWHstaff@aol.