Influenza sentinel provider surveillance was instituted by the New Mexico Department of Health during the 1990-1991 season. Data are collected on outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) to track the annual influenza season; ILI is defined as temperature of > 100° F and cough and/or sore throat in a patient with no other explainable cause for these signs and symptoms.
When wildfires strike, accompanying smoke can result in poor air quality that can impact the health of New Mexicans. The drought conditions spanning the past several summers have made New Mexico vulnerable to wildfire. Neighboring states have also experienced drought and wildfires, which can impact the air quality in New Mexico.
Eating a regular and healthy breakfast is associated with academic performance, increased school attendance rates, memory, cognitive and psychosocial function, and mood. For the first time in 2013, the NM YRRS included a question about the frequency of eating breakfast. Among New Mexico high school students, 33.4% ate breakfast on all of the past 7 days.