As long as where you live predicts how long and how well you live -- regardless of how hard you work to get ahead -- new approaches must focus on strategies that have proven to build healthier and stronger communities. This is how we can make every community extraordinary.
We've all been in public buildings and walked by the signs indicating where automated defibrillators are located. But did you know that they are simple to use and, perhaps more importantly, that they are specifically designed to be used by the general public?
Last week UNAIDS released two reports -- its annual World AIDS Day report "Results" and the bi-annual "Global Report on the AIDS Epidemic." Both reports have one message: The pace of progress is unprecedented.
The reason we don't always make healthy choices is simply because it is hard. Even people who are highly motivated and have strong willpower may fail to establish healthy habits in the long term if they don't adopt the right methods.
I have been involved in public health since my undergraduate days in the late 1970s, and it was no news to me that diet, exercise and familial patterns can all affect your health. The original study that verified that fact started in 1948 in Framingham, Mass.
While improvements have been made in the curriculum of American medical schools over the past few decades, cancer prevention is one essential area that is still neglected. The emphasis is on treatment, rather than prevention.
Lawmakers will hold the first hearings this week to investigate the deadly outbreak of meningitis in the United States. Those hearings represent a step in the right direction, but Congress must follow up with legislative action -- or run the risk that this outbreak will be followed by others.
The predominant efforts of health promotion might reasonably be catalogued in terms of carrots, sticks, and leading people to water -- whether or not we can make them drink it. Which leads, naturally, to horses.
While 21st century approaches to public health have increasingly focused on healthy living with diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and access to preventive health care, there is a growing evidence base to incorporate mental health into our nation's public health agenda.
Practicing zero waste means moving toward a world in which all materials are used to their utmost potential, in a system that simultaneously prioritizes the needs of workers, communities, and the environment. It is ambitious, but it is not impossible.
There is no single silver bullet in fighting obesity. Government legislation, corporate responsibility, education and personal responsibility, combined with web and mobile services, can all help people eat healthy and fight obesity.
Preventing obesity-associated chronic diseases and improving our nation's public health requires policy, systems and environmental change. Where we live, eat, sleep, work, learn, and play all impact our health.
Our cultural attitudes about the use of our feet and our forks are ill-advised, but not crazy; they always made sense before. For most of human history, calories were relatively scarce and physical activity was unavoidable. Our prevailing inclinations are well-suited to that scenario.
The debate rages as to why more children are diagnosed with chronic health conditions. Better diagnosing? More ill kids due to environmental factors? Both? While I do not agree we are "better" at diagnosing, I do think we are better at labeling. There's a subtle difference.
Here I Am Campaign Ambassadors are people from the grassroots who are directly affected or infected by AIDS, TB or malaria. Thoko Phiri leads Malawi Towards the three zeros: Zero new HIV infections, zero HIV related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination.