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American Adults are Choosing Healthier Foods, Consuming Healthier Diets

Friday, January 17th, 2014

American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service; Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working-Age Adults, 2005-2010.

For the full USDA brief, visit the Press Release page:

Education and health: new video and policy brief

Monday, January 13th, 2014

From the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

“Americans with fewer years of education have poorer health and shorter lives, and that has never been more true than today. In fact, since the 1990s, life expectancy has decreased for people without a high school education, and especially white women.

Education is important not only for higher paying jobs and economic productivity, but also for saving lives and saving dollars.” [blog posting, 1/7/14:]

Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before (video and policy brief):

Health Assessments in Primary Care

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a free webinar on Wednesday, January 15, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM Eastern Time, about their guide to implementing health assessments in primary care.  Register for the webinar here: If you cannot attend, the recording will be available afterwards.

The guide, intended to help clinicians, employers, policymakers, and others make informed decisions about the provision of health care services, is freely available to download, use, copy and distribute:

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, is a major cause of cervical cancer, but it can be prevented with the HPV vaccine. Regular screening and followup is a good way to prevent cervical cancer. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition, in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, offers this toolkit to promote cervical health:

Inspiration for a Healthy New Year: Tips from the CDC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Already broken your New Year’s resolutions? The CDC has a list of tips for a healthy 2014 and inspirational stories from people who changed their health habits.

Healthy New Year (CDC):

Holiday E-Cards

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 E-cards are a way to send personalized health messages to friends and family. The messages contain information on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can send these cards to a friend or loved one by entering up to ten (10) recipient names and email addresses. Preview the holiday cards.

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

This is a great resource  for improving antibiotic use in healthcare settings from the CDC’s Get Smart for Healthcare campaign. You will find brochures and handouts for educating the public about antibiotic use and also information for healthcare professionals.

Tips for a Healthy Holiday

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From healthy eating to festive drinking and from family gatherings to being on your own, the National Health Service (UK) has you covered with tips for living well over the holidays.

Healthy Christmas (UK):

America’s Health Rankings 2013

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From the United Health Foundation:

“Americans are making considerable progress in their overall health, according to United Health Foundation’s 2013 America’s Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities. Nationwide, Americans improved in the majority of the measures captured by the Rankings. The most notable gains came in key behavioral measures, including smoking, which dropped from 21.2 percent of the adult population to 19.6 percent….Physical inactivity dropped from 26.2 percent of the adult population to 22.9 percent, and America’s obesity rate remained approximately the same as reported in 2012 (27.6 percent of the adult population in 2013 compared with 27.8 percent in 2012). This marks the first time since 1998 that obesity rates have not worsened.”

Read the rest of the findings and find out where your state ranked:

Influenza Vaccine: Misconceptions

Monday, December 9th, 2013

December 8-14, 2013 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Worried about the vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control has published list of questions and answers related to the seasonal flu and the flu vaccine: