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A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Ellen Lawton | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Lawton

We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.

Where You Live Can Determine How Long You Live

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

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.

Obama Announces New Plan To Improve Odds For Minority Boys

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before he arrived at the White House, Barack Obama was the son of a single mother, challenged and tempted by the same societa...

The Power of the Private Sector to Save Lives

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Good news travels fast. This week's announcement by CVS Caremark that they will stop selling tobacco products by October 1 was front-page news and a topic of conversation everywhere. My first thought? What a great example of a company voluntarily doing the right thing.

Making Community Investment a New Year's Resolution

Brent A. Wilkes | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Brent A. Wilkes

Washington has the opportunity to make community investment a top priority in 2014.

Here's Some Good News For Calorie Counters

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of the nation's largest food companies have cut daily calorie counts by an average of 78 per person, a new study says, more t...

A Multi-Faceted Approach Is Needed to Fight Infectious Diseases

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

A study by the Washington-based Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has found that most U.S. states are underperf...

Here's One Way to Wreck a Child's Education: Take Away Recess

Hayley Krischer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Hayley Krischer

I understand that teachers are trying to control their classroom. I know many of the classrooms give rewards as well as take-away reward systems. But taking away a crucial part of a child's learning -- play -- is unproductive when getting a kid to sit still.

Adult Obesity Rates Remain High but Held Steady

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

After decades of bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. Recently, we found that obesity rates remained level in every state except for one in the past year.

Candy and Junk Food in the Classroom: the Other 'Competitive Food'

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Kids spend the vast majority of their waking life at school and the food they encounter there does matter. It matters on a purely nutritional level, of course, but it also matters on an educational level.

60-Plus Minutes of Physical Activity a Day Where Kids Live, Learn and Play

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

There are lots of ways to fit physical activity into the school day, through enhanced PE classes, recess, walking or biking to and from school, creating before- and after-school activities, and introducing classroom activity breaks.

White House Holds Call With Major Foundations About Gun Control

Posted 01.11.2013 | Impact

President Obama may be tapping the philanthropic sector for support in gun violence prevention measures. As part of President Barack Obama’s gun...

Do You Have a Healthy Attitude About Death?

Judith Johnson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Both culturally and individually, we have a great opportunity to rethink our most fundamental definitions of "birth" and "death." Our physical and spiritual understanding of these terms must be reconciled in the process.

Pass The Carrots, Pass On The Chips: America's Obsession With School Lunches

| Jackie Mader | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd Blog. With the passage of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free ...

Choosing Wellness: Transparency in Health Care

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

Today, consumers must take an active role in their own health care and choose providers and hospitals who consistently deliver high-quality and high-value care. It's critical if we want to rein in spiraling costs and enhance care.

Routinizing the Extraordinary

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D.

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.

Watch Your Step: There Might Be a Needle on the Sidewalk

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 09.26.2012 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Given the state's current political climate, it's unlikely Florida will change its drug paraphernalia laws any time soon, which means the residents of inner city Miami will need to continue to watch their step.

7 Must-Haves For Nonprofits Planning To Scale

Geri Stengel | Posted 08.24.2012 | Impact
Geri Stengel

In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address ...

How 1 State Is Scaling Back Both Hunger And Obesity

Tamara Sandberg | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Tamara Sandberg

Protecting our children from obesity requires more than increased physical activity and access to healthy food at school. It also compels us to do all we can to be sure they aren't coming home to poorly stocked kitchen cabinets. Childhood obesity and hunger are related and real problems -- and both are also really solvable.

10 States With Prohibitive Health Care Costs

Posted 05.29.2012 | Fifty

Health care continue to rise for post 50s. Retired couples will need an estimated $240,000 to cover their medical bills -- 4 percent more than people ...

And The Healthiest Place In California Is...

Aaron Sankin | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco

For the third consecutive year, Marin was named the healthiest county in all of California. In a national study conducted by the University of Wisc...

Getting Health Care Out of the Middle Ages and into the 21st Century

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

As we discovered with banking, you don't need to visit a polished institution with rigid hours to access your money -- yet we still generally schlepp to a hospital or other formal health care facility for every manner of health service.

1 in 6 U.S. Students Age 12 Are Victims Of Dating Violence

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education

By Cynthia Johnston March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. middle School students age 12 have experienced alarming rates of physical violence at th...

Can A Higher Soda Tax Prevent Obesity.. In Minorities?

Posted 01.12.2012 | Latino Voices

A nationwide tax could do wonders for your waistline and wallet. Increasing the tax on sugary drinks by just a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweete...

A New, 'Green' Housing Alternative For Mom And Dad

Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty

According to a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 82 percent of retirees and 78 percent o...