The New Mexico Department of Health is encouraging families to take part in National Health History Day this Thanksgiving while families are spending time together. According to a news release from the NMDOH, “While families are together, now is a good time to discuss shared chronic health conditions and any family history they may know about. These are important conversations to have, but in many families, they do not happen at all. The national recognition emphasizes asking about the incidence of colorectal cancers.” Some ways to participate include drawing a genealogy tree encouraging elders to share as much knowledge as they have or create a family binder of family health history. The most common conditions that run-in families are heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. Life span can also be hereditary.

Dr. Jeff Spaletta, Cobre Schools Superintendent, reported that the Cobre Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success. Over 230 turkeys and boxes of food were delivered to members of the Mining District in need. Dr. Spaletta expressed thanks to Freeport McMoRan, Arise Community Church, PNM, Montoya Transportation, RIFI Bikers Club, Cobre staff and students, and many other community members for being so dedicated to helping others have a happy Thanksgiving.


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