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Visionary Leaders Seeking New Solution to the Old Problem of Improving Health of All Americans

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

If leadership creates an environment where health is a priority, evidence shows other things are likely to fall in place -- important things, such as increases in job satisfaction, productivity and retention, as well as decreases in sick days and hopefully the anguish and expense of long-term medical care.

Rebel With a Cause: How to Break the Rules and Live a Limitless Low-Sodium Life

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
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Jessica Goldman Foung fought back. Her most powerful tools were the love and support of family and friends, medicines and a new diet. Within a few years, she went off that waiting list. Then she went off dialysis. Then she went off many of those medicines.

Truly Healthy Meals at School Only Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
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With 1 in 3 young Americans either overweight or obese, we need to marshal every resource we have to take on this epidemic. Schools are on the front lines of this struggle. They are the places where our kids spend most of their days and in many cases, eat half of their calories.

The Joys of Summer Include Savoring the Great Outdoors

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
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Ahh, summertime. Just hearing the word "summer" makes you relax a bit, especially for those who endured this harsh winter. As June turns to July, it...

5 Years Later, What a Difference -- for This Smoker, for Smoking Reform

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
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As we celebrate these twin five-year milestones -- Sternberg's turnaround and the FDA Tobacco Control Act -- let's appreciate the simple pleasure of putting one foot in front of the other, headed in the right direction. And let's keep our eye on the ultimate finish line of a tobacco-free nation.

SCAD: The Ultimate Heart Break

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.17.2014 | Healthy Living
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All the research done so far to understand spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) has turned up only a single confirmed risk factor. Having a heart. That's it. No one can explain why SCAD strikes certain hearts.

AHA at 90: How Far We've Come, How Much Work Remains

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
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Back then, heart disease was a death sentence. About the only treatment a doctor could offer was bed rest. The medical field couldn't stop, or even slow, the suffering, much less prevent it

Know Disco? If So, You Can Save a Life: Learn How During National CPR Week

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
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Our Hands-Only CPR campaign is increasing the survival of victims by making people aware of Hands-Only CPR as an effective choice, training them in the skill, and giving them the confidence to take action.

Where You Live Can Determine How Long You Live

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
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Seven years. That is the difference in the life expectancy of someone living near the Tenleytown-AU station, which is in the District of Columbia, and someone who lives near the Friendship Heights station, which is in Montgomery County, Maryland.

CVS Quits Tobacco for Good

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
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It's not just good for health, it's good for business. As the CEO of a non-profit health organization, this is what one would expect me to say. Yet fo...

'There's Just No Doubt' -- Limiting Saturated Fats Helps Your Heart

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
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Midway through the 20th century, heart disease caused one of every two deaths in the United States. While doctors traced the heart problems to clogged arteries, they didn't know what caused those clogs. It was exactly the kind of riddle Dr. Ancel Keys loved trying to solve.

Mom's Fight to Overcome Stroke Inspired NBA Star Paul George -- Now, They Aim to Inspire Others

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
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On Sunday, on Mother's Day, Paul and the Indiana Pacers will take on the Washington Wizards in a playoff game. Paulette will watch eagerly, perhaps even taking a moment to connect the dots on how far each of them have come in their own struggles.

The Enduring Legacy and Many Meanings of the 'Family CMO'

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
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In many organizations related to health care, the leading voice holds the position of Chief Medical Officer. And in families everywhere, this lofty role carries another label: Mom.

Now That First Step's Been Taken to Control E-Cigarettes, Many More Should Follow

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
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E-cigarettes, and the furtively named "vaping" industry it has spawned, are a mostly uncharted territory of the public health landscape that is finally -- finally -- getting some guidance from the Food and Drug Administration.

Hypertension Control Means Celebrating Something That Doesn't Happen

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, making this is a great time to discuss this condition -- what it is, why it matters and what can be done about it.

When a Youngster's Heart Stops, Their Life Doesn't Have To

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
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We hear it far too often: A young athlete collapses and dies, their youth and athleticism proving to be a cruel camouflage for a time bomb ticking within their seemingly-invincible body. Sadder still is the realization that thousands of more youngsters meet similar fates without warranting headlines.

Use the Four Rs to Spring a New You This Season

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
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Let's be honest. Most people know there are mental and physical benefits to increasing their activity level. The hard part is getting started, or remaining with a program. The four Rs can provide the structure needed for you or a loved one.

On World Health Day, Take Heart in Knowing the Global Fight Is Going Strong

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
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When the visionary leaders who created the United Nations got down to business, one of the first subjects they tackled was trying to improve the health of people all around the world.

Knowing Which Medical Products Are Best for Each Person -- It Just Makes Sense

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
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There are still many unanswered questions about how and why cardiovascular diseases affect Americans differently. Learning the answers to these questions is necessary if we are to someday fulfill the promise of personalized medicine.

'If The Right People Pay Attention, Anything Can Happen' -- Like Beating Heart Disease in Women

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
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Thanks to Wenzel, Variety and the American Heart Association partnered to hold a "Women in Entertainment" luncheon in Los Angeles on Thursday. It was a chance for powerful women in the entertainment industry to hear her story for the first time and to use it as a call to action.

On Kick Butts Day, Let's Commit to Making Tobacco History

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
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As part of my job, I'm frequently on the go, traveling all across the country. I love interacting with people from coast to coast and seeing which trends are taking over which areas. Sadly, no matter where I go, there's one constant: Kids who are smoking.

Food Label Makeover a Great Step Toward Healthier Eating

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
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Grocery shoppers, prepare to be a lot smarter about what goes into your basket. And since what goes into your basket eventually goes into you and your family, this is truly great news for the health of our country.

You Won't Believe the Must-Have Item Sold at This Convenience Store

Nancy Brown | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
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How did these-naturally grown items that have been around forever suddenly become "the thing" at Rozek's store? It began as a pilot program as part of the Pitt County Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, and it's still going strong nearly three years later.

This February, America Went Red in Fight Vs. Heart Disease in Women

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
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Our work against heart disease continues. While we appreciate and enjoy the added attention in February, I look forward to continuing our discussion on this vital area the rest of the year, too.

Now Is the Best Time to Take Care of the Hearts That Matter Most to You

Nancy Brown | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
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The medical community is on the front lines, of course, treating sick patients, helping others recover and -- equally importantly -- educating and encouraging others how to avoid the dangerous tentacles of the No. 1 killer of Americans.