August is National Immunization Awareness Month — Highlight the need for improving national immunization coverage levels! Activities focus on encouraging all people to protect their health by being immunized against infectious diseases. In 2013, the National Public Health Information Coalition is coordinating NIAM activities. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov.

The AtlanticMeaning is healthier than happiness
People who are happy but have little-to-no sense of meaning in their lives have the same gene expression patterns as people who are enduring chronic adversity. For at least the last decade, the happiness craze has been building. In the last three months alone, over 1,000 books on happiness were released on Amazon, including Happy Money, Happy-People-Pills For All, and, for those just starting out, Happiness for Beginners.

CBS NewsBreastfeeding rates rise to 77 percent of US moms
Breast-feeding rates are on the rise in the United States. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2013 Breast Feeding Report Card found that 77 percent of new mothers are breast-feeding their babies, up from 71 percent about a decade ago. And almost half of breast-feeding moms are continuing to do so for at least the recommended six months. The new report tracked trends in breast-feeding rates from 2000 through 2010 across the country. “This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press release.

Los Angeles TimesCamping may reset your body clock (but leave your flashlight at home)
Do you stay up late and wake up groggy? Then consider getting a tent and a sleeping bag. A week of camping may help reset your body’s internal clock, a new study suggests. Researchers from the University of Colorado-Boulder recently took eight people on a weeklong camping trip in the Rocky Mountains to see what would happen to their sleep cycle if they were exposed to nothing but natural light for seven days. Campers were told to leave flashlights, cellphones and other light emitting electronics at home. Nighttime campfires were permitted.