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Increasing Medicare's Impact as it Turns 50

Linda P. Fried | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

On July 30, 1965 -- 50 years ago -- Medicare became law. But a lot has changed in a half century. It's time to consider how Medicare must evolve to ensure that it maximizes healthy aging and disease prevention.

Platform for Presidential Candidates: Disease Prevention and Healthy Living

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.

Rethinking the Role of Older Workers in Small Business

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.22.2015 | Small Business
Linda P. Fried

In our digital age, intergenerational training teams utilize older workers teaching the nuances of their craft and younger people showing how to use new tools, including social media.

Understanding the Science Behind Childhood Obesity

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Linda P. Fried

Brand-new research reveals that whether a child is normal weight, overweight, or obese at age 5 is hugely indicative of weight at age 50. If a child is obese at age 9, the correlation is even greater; at age 15, it's still worse. This extraordinary finding means that trajectories of weight gain starting at age 5 can be linked through ages 9 and 15 all the way to middle age.

Maximizing the Potential of Older Workers

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.17.2015 | Small Business
Linda P. Fried

Life expectancy in the United States has increased in the last century by nearly 30 years and continues to grow each year. One of the consequences of this transformation is that older workers are available to remain in the workforce longer.

Healthy Food, Like Clean Water, Should Be a Staple

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Healthy food is primarily provided through private enterprise, not public systems. But public policies -- at the federal, state, or local levels -- should ensure its availability and accessibility, and our culture and business practices should reinforce that.

Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes.

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Linda P. Fried

As we steel ourselves to keep combatting this crisis, it's important to highlight the public health lessons learned over 2014. Such crucial lessons will be critical for nations, health systems, and donors to embrace as Ebola evolves and other challenges emerge in 2015.

Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

Stopping Ebola With Public Health Expertise, Not Casual Advice

Linda P. Fried | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The challenge of mobilizing aggressively on the current scale is a daunting one, even without second-guessing from people with no experience in fighting disease. Wasting resources by following casual advice -- even if adamantly spoken and mightily propelled -- would make the tragedy of this disease even greater.

Turning to Elders in a Politically Challenged America

Linda P. Fried | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need experienced leaders who can plot out a principled, unified direction for our future, articulate objectives that create good for all of us, and draw the nation together in a shared vision. Our elected officials have let us down in this department. We do have one remarkable, untapped resource for such leadership.

Measuring the Later Years in Life Differently - for the Benefit of All

Linda P. Fried | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty
Linda P. Fried

The cover story in the Summer issue of The American Scholar contains landmark analysis by Lincoln Caplan, visiting lecturer at Yale Law School and sen...

Tackling Challenges of Education and Health Together

Linda P. Fried | Posted 09.20.2014 | Education
Linda P. Fried

In the United States, we all too often tackle challenges in distinct fields separately, but America is experiencing challenges in education and health that could be tackled together in ways that are mutually beneficial and cost-effective.

Expanding the Business of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Linda P. Fried

America's public health challenges -- from the prevalence of diabetes to poor nutrition to air pollution to climate change to the health that cities foster -- require the active participation of business if they are to be overcome.

The Ruling on Soda Servings and Its Implications for Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.26.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

New York State's highest court ruled on June 26 against New York City's proposal to limit the size of servings of sugary sodas. It's a ruling that raises real concerns about limiting the ability of municipal health departments to tackle 21st-century public health challenges.

The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?

Putting a Public Health Lens on Incarceration

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

We need to address the conditions for its spread, prevent its adverse impacts on children and families, and identify more effective ways to stop our "school to prison pipeline" by creating the conditions for positive trajectories for every member of the most vulnerable communities.

Investing in the Science of Public Health

Linda P. Fried | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Linda P. Fried

When we think of science for health, we think first -- and invest mostly -- in curing diseases once they have occurred. This is vitally important. However, the greatest return on investment often comes from the science of preventing the disease in the first place.

CVS Shows That Responsibility for Health Sits on Many Shelves

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda P. Fried

CVS's decision, which will take effect nationwide in October, is an admirable one, precipitated by the changing role of drugstores: from convenience stores to health care providers that increasingly offer flu shots and treat minor health care needs in walk-in clinics.

The Challenge of Public Health for Mayor de Blasio

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.

New Study Finds That Gay Marriage Improves Men's Health

Posted 12.16.2011 | Gay Voices

Marriage equality advocates have another reason to feel dedicated to their cause today, as a revelatory new study has found that the health of gay men...