BrooklineA week to get well in Brookline
Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week April 5 to 12. Meditate for your health, brush up on your CPR skills, then join a run through Brookline Village. That’s a sampling of what’s being offered. All lectures and classes are free. Dentistry from the Heart — Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Longwood Dental Group, 1842 Beacon St. Longwood Dental Group will offer one free filling, extraction or cleaning for people 18 and older who can’t get dental care elsewhere. Registration starts at 7 a.m.; the first 60 patients are guaranteed to be seen. For information, call 617-566-5445 or go to www.longwood-dental.com. Rabies Clinic — Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Town Hall, 333 Washington St. Bring your dog or cat to be vaccinated against rabies. All pets must be brought on a leash or in a cage by a person at least 14 years old ($10 fee).

CDC1 in 68 US children has autism
One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This newest estimate is based on the CDC’s evaluation of health and educational records of all 8-year-old children in 11 states: Alabama, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Utah and New Jersey. The incidence of autism ranged from a low of 1 in 175 children in Alabama to a high of 1 in 45 in New Jersey, according to the CDC. Children with autism continue to be overwhelmingly male. According to the new report, the CDC estimates 1 in 42 boys has autism, 4.5 times as many as girls (1 in 189).

FITNESS MagazineHow to resist junk food cravings
Smart strategy: According to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, having a healthy role model can play a key part in helping you stick to your diet and exercise plan. So think of someone, whether it’s a celebrity or a friend, whose eating habits you aspire to. (Skip the pin-thin actress who subsists on diet soda alone and instead choose a woman who has professed her love for pizza but limits herself to two slices.) Then, rather than matching Ms. Sky-High Metabolism bite for bite, think, ‘What would my health hero do?’ and act accordingly.

Fox59Hamilton ranks 1st, Marion 78th in latest county health rankings
Hamilton, Hendricks and Boone ranked as the three healthiest counties in Indiana for the second consecutive year in the latest national study of health outcomes released Wednesday. Marion County, home to the state capital of Indianapolis, ranked 78 out of 92 Hoosier State counties in the report, which was organized for the fifth straight year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and evaluated nearly every county in the country. “We actually encourage all communities to look at the data because they are the ones who can make the biggest changes,” said Kristin Adams, director of the Indiana State Department of Health‘s Office of Public Health Performance Management.  ”It’s a tool in their toolbox to be able to say, ‘Where do we want to focus our efforts and our resources and to make improvements within our own ZIP code?’”

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