“Leading with Science. United for Action.” is the U.S. Government theme for World AIDS Day 2011. This year, we are thankful for scientific advances in the response to HIV/AIDS, leading Secretary Clinton to call for an “AIDS-free generation.” Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority for the U.S. Government until now, because this goal would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Secretary Clinton’s call echoes the historic charge of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
On December 1st, people all around the world will commemorate World AIDS Day. We will think about how far we have come in the last 30 years and we at AIDS.gov want everyone to get involved.
What can you do?
- Watch and share Secretary Hillary Clinton’s historic speechon HIV/AIDS which calls for an “AIDS Free Generation.”
- Plan a community event and/or take a photo for Facing AIDS. Share your message of why we all need to step up and face AIDS together.
- Print posters and tools from our World AIDS Day resourcesand use them at your events. Many are customizable and in English and Spanish.
- Locate HIV testing and other HIV services: Use and share the HIV/AIDS Prevention & Service Providers Locator and add the widgetto your website or blog.
- Learn about and share the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Read about agencies who are putting the strategy in actionand talk about it with your colleagues — what would it take to make the goals of the Strategy real in your community?
- Follow our AIDS.gov blogs and tweets from guest blogs from the CDC and other Federal partners.
- Use the hashtag #WAD11 when sharing your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook.
We are all united together to take at least one small action to commemorate World AIDS Day. What are you doing in your community?
Holiday travel can be hectic, but there are many suggestions and tips available to help travelers enjoy their holidays. These range from recommendations for making travel smooth and hassle-free, to advice on remaining healthy and safe while vacationing domestically or internationally. A number of government agencies provide such advice, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
General information is available regarding airport security and passenger screening, as well as health-related subjects, including how to get medical assistance. Additionally, international travelers will find information on passports and the Trusted Traveler Program, as well as the inspection procedures which take place when returning to the United States.
More specific information, by topic, includes:
Giving a child a strong foundation — a home, a family to love, and a safe place to grow — is one of life’s greatest and most generous gifts. Through adoption, both domestic and international, Americans from across our country have provided secure environments for children who need them, and these families have benefited from the joy an adopted child can bring. Thanks to their nurturing and care, more young people have been able to realize their potential and lead full, happy lives. This year, we celebrate National Adoption Month to recognize adoption as a positive and powerful force in countless American lives, and to encourage the adoption of children from foster care.
Currently, thousands of children await adoption or are in foster care, looking forward to permanent homes. These children can thrive, reach their full potential, and spread their wings when given the loving and firm foundation of family. Adoptive families come in many forms, and choose to adopt for different reasons: a desire to grow their family when conceiving a child is not possible, an expression of compassion for a child who would otherwise not have a permanent family, or simply because adoption has personally touched their lives. For many Americans, adoption has brought boundless purpose and joy to their lives. We must do all we can to break down barriers to ensure that all qualified caregivers have the ability to serve as adoptive families.
Who is a Veteran?
Veterans are people who served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.
Who do you know who is a veteran?
Maybe it is your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, cousin, neighbor, or teacher. You can be very proud of them. Many have given much to keep us safe and free.
Have you thanked a veteran today?
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The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.
You may have some messages you want teens to know. In that case, feel free to insert your own shoutout. One idea is to share why you care about ending drug abuse and making healthy choices. Some examples are provided below.
Shoutout to Educate Teens About Drug Abuse
Today, I’m joining teens, parents, teachers, and scientists across America to kick off National Drug Facts Week by offering up my own shoutout for educating teens about drug abuse.
Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Drug Facts Week is an official health observance designed to shatter the myths and spread the facts about drug abuse and addiction.
Add your voice today and post your own drug abuse shoutout on your blog, Facebook profile, Twitter account—or wherever you see fit. When you choose to speak, you choose to act.
Smokefree.gov is intended to help you or someone you care about quit smoking.
Different people need different resources as they try to quit. The information and professional assistance available on this Web site can help to support both your immediate and long-term needs as you become, and remain, a nonsmoker.
Get information and professional assistance to support both immediate and long-term needs as you become a nonsmoker.
You can get assistance in the form of:
- A step-by-step quit smoking guide
- Information about a wide range of topics related to smoking and quitting
- Publications to download, print, or order