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States get a report card on healthful physical activity

Coloradans are moving, Mississipi residents are not
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With obesity rates continuing to rise in the U.S. (they’ve doubled since 1980), health experts are urging Americans to be more physically active, and urging policy makers to help them do that. A new report from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion rates the progress on both those fronts, state by state.


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Sunburns not the only summer burn danger

Grilling, campfires send people to emergency rooms
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Summertime activities can bring people into close proximity to burn hazards in the form of fire pits, campfires and outdoor grills. Dr. Richard Gamelli, director of the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. said burns due to fire can happen easily and quickly, especially when alcohol has been abused or children are present.


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Overcrowding in the E.R.

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This infographic takes a look at some of the major causes of congestion, its impact on care delivery and some proposed solutions to the problem of overcrowding.


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Top 10 sources of calories in the U.S. diet

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According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (a panel of 13 nutrition experts charged with helping develop federal nutrition standards), Americans are eating many more calories than they used to.


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NIOSH intros affiliate program for Total Worker Health iniative

NASA one of the first members
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office for Total Worker Health (TWH)™ recently launched an Affiliate Program in order to increase the number of work environments that support the overall safety, health and well-being of workers. Inaugural members of the NIOSH TWH Affiliate Program include the University of Colorado, School of Public Health and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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Is your desk a hazardous location?

Here are tips for making your workspace ergo-friendly
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While a desk or computer workstation might not seem like a risky place in which to spend one’s working hours, there are potential ergonomic hazards you should be aware of, along with ways to avoid them.


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How Americans can get a better return on their health care investments

"Americans deserve better health, particularly given the amount of money we spend on health care"
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Each year, the U.S. spends nearly $9,000 for the health of every American -- far more than what the governments of other countries spend on the health of their citizens – yet life expectancy and health outcomes are generally worse for Americans than for citizens of other developed nations in North America and Europe.


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Cheap food is a big reason for U.S. obesity

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Americans now have the most inexpensive food available in history – and that is at least one factor fueling the obesity epidemic. A new review summarizes what is known about economic factors tied to the obesity epidemic in the United States and concludes many common beliefs are wrong.


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TOP CEOS, AHA launch initiative to shift the culture of health in the workplace

U.S. workers think they're healthier than they really are
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A new survey showing that American workers grossly overestimate their health is at the heart of a groundbreaking initiative announced this week by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the CEOs of 22 U.S. companies representing more than two million employees.


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7 tips for a safe and successful strength-training program

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From the Harvard Medical School: Strength or resistance training challenges your muscles with a stronger-than-usual counterforce, such as pushing against a wall, lifting a dumbbell, or pulling on a resistance band. Using progressively heavier weights or increasing resistance makes muscles stronger. This kind of exercise increases muscle mass, tones muscles, and strengthens bones.


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