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4 Ways to Stay Healthy on the Fourth of July

Sec. Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 09.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is important to remember that the health care law gives you independence to choose a plan that meets your needs in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Deaths Rise and Still No Diabetes Prevention

Chris Norwood | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Chris Norwood

One can only conclude that educating people to take control of their own health -- especially people long subject to public health messaging that brands them as unreachable and unteachable -- is something the United States refuses to do.

R.I.P. James Gandolfini: What Can We Learn?

Jordan Safirstein, MD | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Jordan Safirstein, MD

The death of any young person -- particularly from potentially-preventable causes -- is a tragedy. And events like this, because of their notoriety and widespread media coverage, have the opportunity to spur change.

James Gandolfini Did Not Die of Natural Causes

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Celebrity
Neal Barnard, M.D.

The idea that a heart attack is "natural" for a man of only 51 is a dangerous fallacy that medicine has tried very hard to dispel. A heart attack is a disease state caused by specific circumstances, and it needs to -- and can -- be prevented.

Would the Bloomberg Soda Ban Unfairly Target Poor People?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The interesting question a new study set out to answer focuses on the argument that the so-called soda ban isn't fair because it disproportionately affects low-income people.

The 1-Minute Method for Negotiating Like a Boss

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Whenever we think about our goals in terms of potential gains, we automatically (often without realizing it) become more comfortable with risk and less sensitive to concerns about what could go wrong.

Men, Don't Wait for a Wake-Up Call When It Comes to Your Health

Bill Corr | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Bill Corr

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health. National Men's Health Week, from June 10 through Father...

Should We Parent Like Jefferson, or Adams?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Parents, like Adams, who think of their child more in terms of who they believe the child ought to be -- in terms of the child's duties and obligations -- are more likely to influence their child through the providing of (and protecting from) negative experiences.

New Rules and Research Mark a Coming of Age for Workplace Health

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

For CEOs this presents an opportunity to re-examine and elevate the standards for workplace programs, choosing the ones based on science-based evidence of measurable impact.

Education: The First Step to Ending Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Modern forms of slavery are now commonly referred to as human trafficking. This rebranding of slavery happened in earnest about two decades ago perhaps as an attempt by experts to better represent the contemporary attributes of this illicit industry.

Dare to Be 100: Medicine Has Not Read Shakespeare

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

My profession needs to change focus to health and prevention, to system and process. Medicine has a lack of appreciation of the second law and its emphasis on the effect of energy flow on matter. its conceptual framework is shallow. It is dysfunctional. It is illiterate.

How To Spot A Good Opportunity

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

To be a successful entrepreneur -- or really, a successful anything -- you need to be able to recognize an opportunity when you see one. Specifically, you need to be able to identify a problem or gap, and come up with an innovative solution.

Devaluing Our Children

James S. Marks | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
James S. Marks

Economists tell us investments in our children pay off the most when made at the earliest ages. And isn't that what real investments are?

The Secret To Being More Creative

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

In his wildly popular 2006 TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson defined creativity as "the process of having original ideas that have value." Aside from being wonderfully succinct, this definition implies that any creative enterprise requires two key phases.

A Miracle Diet That Prevents Cancer?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 06.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Health experts are unanimous about the effect our diet as a whole has on health, and on cancer risk. The World Health Organization estimates that 25 percent of death burden in developed countries is due to lifestyle -- completely up to us -- risk factors.

What Should You Look For In Your Perfect Match?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Do opposites attract, as Paula Abdul once assured us in a pop song, or do you need to be similar on 19 dimensions of personality -- as eHarmony suggests -- to find the perfect match?

Help People Follow the Doctor's Orders: Insurers Must Expand Coverage of Prevention

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

For too long, our system has been set up to focus on "sick care," instead of helping us all stay healthier in the first place. This needs to change and, thankfully, it has begun to.

Rolling in the Deep: Tips for Treading Turbulent Classroom Waters

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Nancy Rappaport

Prevention is so much more important than predicting risk. In the wake of recent school tragedies and a resonating fear in schools, these key tips are invaluable for both teachers and administrators alike, as well as for parents.

24 Hours To Dreamland

Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living

By Dina Roth Port for Prevention Any bleary-eyed new mom or dad will tell you that the expression "sleep like a baby" is grossly misleading. Many b...

And Many Happy Returns: The Affordable Care Act Turns Three

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

As the Affordable Care Act continues to benefit the country, in another year, we'll have an abundance of stories to share of communities turning their health around by focusing on preventing illness and thereby creating happy, healthy and thriving neighborhoods.

On Vulnerability, and Opportunity: Is Forewarned Forearmed?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

With the help of a cameo appearance by a friend you are likely to know, a preventionist reflects on vulnerability -- and the opportunity to take arms against a sea of troubles imperiling our children, and by opposing -- end them!

Sarah Costa | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Sarah Costa

We need to be sure women and girls are safe whether they are caught in the first stages of a crisis or in a long-term refugee situation, whether they are living in a refugee camp or in an urban setting.

10 Of The Germiest Places At The Gym

Posted 03.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Most germs are not going to make you sick, but you'll still want to rethink your fitness routine.

Is Sugar Making the World Fat, Diabetic, and Hypertensive?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The new study in Public Health Nutrition reminds us that in developing countries, sugar intake continues to rise. Therefore, the developing world needs policies that limit added sugars, hopefully before the train leaves the station.

The Grandfather of Preventative Health: A Farewell to Dr. C. Everett Koop

Adam Bosworth | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Adam Bosworth

Although Dr. Koop was deeply conservative and religious, he was opposed by many on the left and the right because he had the integrity to go where the data took him, regardless of politics or his own personal opinions.