Health Affairs — APHA and Aetna: Making the US the healthiest nation, community by community
Our health is affected by more than what happens in the doctor’s office. The factors that can make or break our health include the many societal conditions we face on a daily basis—determinants such as access to fresh foods, neighborhood walkability, and public safety. When our communities are built and governed with health in mind, we all inherit an opportunity to live longer, healthier lives. For us, healthy communities are economically competitive, inclusive, and equitable. Fortunately, most Americans want a healthier future, too: According to a recent survey fielded by the Aetna Foundation, 94 percent of Americans say that they are willing to take action to make their communities healthier.

The League of American Bicyclists — It’s Bike to Work Day
Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply to explore your community, National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.  As a national sponsor, the League provides resources to help you plan an event in your area, and each year the number and diversity of Bike Month celebrations continues to grow, accelerating the momentum around bicycling nationwide.

CNN — 80% of pools, water venues had inspection violation
Nothing feels quite like jumping into cool water on a hot summer day — but before you do your best belly flop, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you check the last time that public swimming pool was inspected. You may be diving into a pool of public health violations. According to a report published Thursday in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, thousands of public pools, hot tubs and the like across the United States are closed each year due to serious violations of health and safety standards.

Los Angeles Times — Americans could prevent roughly half of all cancer deaths by doing these four things
Roughly half of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented or forestalled if all Americans quit smoking, cut back on drinking, maintained a healthful weight and got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. These same measures would also reduce the number of new cancer diagnoses by 40% to 70%, according to a new report. For men, universal embrace of this lifestyle could avert or delay 67% of cancer deaths and prevent 63% of new malignancies each year, researchers calculated. If all of the nation’s women did the same, their yearly cancer mortality rates would fall by 59% and new cancers would drop 41%.