Trust for America's Health (TFAH) in a press statement commends the recent launch of the National Physical Activity Plan, a comprehensive set of strategies, including policies, practices and initiatives, aimed at increasing physical activity at the population level.
President Obama has dispatched the secretaries of Commerce, Interior and Homeland Security, as well as the NOAA Administrator, to return to the Gulf Coast this week. Specific details on their travel will come from their departments and agencies, but collectively they will be inspecting the ongoing, coordinated response efforts to mitigate the impact of the spill on public health, the environment and the economy. They will meet with business owners to discuss potential economic impacts of this spill across the Gulf Coast region.
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels visited Louisiana with a team of experienced hazardous materials professionals leading an effort to ensure that oil spill cleanup workers receive necessary protections from the hazards of this work.
The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill off the Atlantic Coast has not dissuaded a majority of likely voters from supporting the Obama Administration's plans to allow for expansion of off-shore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, however the same size majority also agrees with the Obama decision to suspend those plans pending an investigation of conditions that led to the current spill, according to the latest Zoby poll.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson concluded her tour today of areas that could be impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an EPA press release. The administrator joined President Obama at a briefing with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Jane Lubchenco and Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen and also held a conference call with New Orleans officials to discuss the importance of coordinating response efforts.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman was one of the featured guests for the first national "No Phone Zone Day," an initiative sponsored by Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Studios, according to an NTSB press release.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to an agency press release, encourages all states to implement coordinated, high-impact strategies to end the stall in the decline of U.S. smoking rates â€” a move that will prevent millions of smoking-related heart attacks, cancers, strokes, and deaths.
Heat waves, storms, sea levels, glaciers, and wildlife migrations are just a few of the environmental indicators that show measurable signs of climate change, according to an EPA press release. An EPA report, “Climate Change Indicators in the United States,” looks at 24 key indicators that show how climate change impacts the health and environment of the nation’s citizens.