The Nation's Health February/March 20172017 was a huge year for news. At every turn, The Nation’s Health — APHA’s award-winning newspaper — covered the public health news that matters most. Here, we’ve listed the newspaper’s 10 most popular stories of the year:

  1. President’s 2018 budget devastating to public health
    Even though it is unlikely that President Donald Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal will be enacted as released, its massive cuts still represent a starting point for negotiations. And that is what worries public health advocates.
  2. New administration raises worries about public health
    As a new president and Congress settled into office, many advocates were doing what front-line public health workers do every day: hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.
  3. E-cigarette use among young people threatens public health
    Electronic cigarettes pose a significant risk to youth and young adults, according to a surgeon general’s report that recommends actions to protect their health.
  4. Healthy People 2030 to create objectives for health of nation
    Now entering its fourth decade, work on the latest iteration of the federally led Healthy People initiative is underway, continuing to outline evidence-based health goals for the nation.
  5. American life expectancy down; US still lags behind counterparts
    For the first time in decades, U.S. life expectancy dropped in 2015, with preventable chronic diseases remaining a leading cause of death.
  6. Stigma, bias against people with obesity can harm health
    People looking for research backing up almost any topic as it relates to obesity are likely to find it. But there is one topic related to obesity where time and time again, researchers agree: Shaming people with obesity does not help them lose weight.
  7. How hyper-local data make big impacts on public health
    Public health advocates are often encouraged to think big. Oktawia Wojcik wants them to think small. Really small.
  8. Public health making progress in eliminating infectious diseases
    In 2013, Cuba had just two cases of babies born with HIV. Two years later, global health agencies declared that the island nation had become the first country to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of the disease.
  9. Community needs assessments leading to better outcomes
    Since the Affordable Care Act first mandated them, nonprofit hospitals have been required to carry out community health needs assessments every three years, identifying and addressing areas of public health concern.
  10. Rollbacks to school meal nutrition threatening health
    When the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed, the legislation was applauded by public health and nutrition advocates across the board. But since the new presidential administration assumed power this year, USDA has changed its tune on school nutrition guidelines. Experts in public health and nutrition are concerned that the rollbacks could undermine children’s health.

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