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Q&A with first lady Michelle Obama: Let's Move

Q&A with first lady Michelle Obama: Let’s Move

In this issue of The Nation’s Health, first lady Michelle Obama talks about Let's Move and the role public health can play in the effort.

President’s climate change plan takes aim at carbon pollution

In the face of rising asthma rates and increasing numbers of floods, heat waves and droughts, President Barack Obama’s administration has been criticized for failing to act strongly enough on climate change.

Work to document violence against health workers growing: Health outreach continues, despite risks

The doctor traveled from village to village in Pakistan, part of a group of health workers providing vaccinations to prevent disease.

Budget would pose challenges for public health programs: Health agencies tightening their belts

President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for public health falls short in many areas — including reductions to prevention grants — but advances others.

Gun violence research back on federal public health agenda: Funding requested

The work of researchers who study gun violence has been much more difficult for the past 17 years, during which federal funding for gun violence research has been virtually nonexistent.

Health workers planning ahead for climate change effects on US: EPA indicators designed to track trends

Sea levels are rising. Glaciers are melting and heat waves are striking with increasing frequency. The global climate is changing, and with those changes come challenges for U.S. public health professionals, who will be faced with new and increasing health dangers in their states and communities.

Movement for health equity spurs action nationwide: Tackling disparities

Differences in the quality of jobs, access to health care, transportation, education and environment put many people at a disadvantage right from the start of their lives, and those disadvantages eventually lead to shorter, less healthful lives.

Q&A with author Gail Sheehy

The baby boomer generation is aging, and many men and women in that age group find themselves simultaneously taking care of their parents and their own children. Those responsibilities can have an effect on both the physical and mental health of caregivers, and by extension, all of society.

Health corps helps doctors serve areas with needs: Program growing

Jamie Bell, MD, has a job she loves, working with a poor population in a Birmingham, Ala., hospital. Most of her patients have serious, chronic medical conditions. Thanks to the National Health Service Corps, she receives financial assistance while working in an underserved area for at least two years.

Officials prepare for public health challenges of Olympics: London summer games begin July 27

Learn how public health officials in London are stepping up prevention and surveillance efforts to keep travelers and athletes safe from an infectious disease outbreak in advance of the Olympic Games. Read more from this story as reported in the July 2012 issue of The Nation's Health.

U.S. unprepared to respond to nuclear incidents, reports say

The March 2011 explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan left many Americans wondering how the U.S. response would fare in the event of a nuclear catastrophe. The answer, according to a recent story in The Nation's Health newspaper, is not well.

Moving the needle on health

There is no silver prevention pill, Kathleen Sebelius told a group of public health workers Tuesday, but there are concrete steps Americans can take to improve their health and their quality of life, and the Obama administration is committed to that effort.