DEAR ABBY: This is the time of year we think not only about our mothers, but all the women who have helped to shape our lives. But as they focus on work, family and home, many of them tend to neglect themselves and their health.
That's why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health and the Federal Citizen Information Center would like to help women to take time to care for themselves by offering them our free Health Information Kit.
With topics like managing medicines, avoiding health scams, practicing food safety and, of course, taking care of the entire family, the advice and tips in this kit are a source of wisdom for women to use and share with one another.
Abby, thank you for letting your readers know about our free Health Information Kits and for reminding women that as they're caring for others, they need to take care of themselves. -- MARSHA HENDERSON, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH (ACTING), FDA
DEAR MARSHA: I'm pleased to spread the word. The fact sheet on food safety you're offering is particularly important, given that many people have gotten food poisoning and mistaken it for the flu. Your fact sheet on antibiotic resistance is also useful because overuse of antibiotics in this country has made it increasingly difficult to treat some serious medical problems.
And readers, did you know that we all can play an important public health role by reporting any adverse reactions and unexpected side effects after using a medical product? A guide to reporting problems to the FDA is included in this packet of information for women -- and more. So place your orders today. Quantities are limited, so do it now by going online to pueblo.gsa.gov or send your name and address to Health Information Kit, Pueblo, CO 81009. By phone, call (888) 8-PUEBLO (that's (888) 878-3256), weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time, and ask for the Health Information Kit. And remember, it will be sent at no cost to you.