Posts tagged "chronic disease"

Diet, physical activity and clear communication key to reversing premature disease, death

Attendees of the National Public Health Information Coalition's symposium got a mouthful of healthy advice from nutrition and prevention expert David Katz about how diet, physical activity and how we communicate about them are critical to reversing rising rates of premature disease and death.

Federal agencies announce asthma plan to reduce incidence, promote equity

Asthma is not only one of the most widespread chronic diseases nationally, affecting nearly 26 million Americans, but it also disproportionately affects poor and minority children. To culminate Asthma Awareness Month, U.S. agencies on Thursday presented the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities” in Washington, D.C.
PTSD as a pathway to chronic health conditions

PTSD as a pathway to chronic health conditions

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that can occur after a stressful event like war, assault or disaster, and lead to other health problems. Learn about this growing concern and its impact on our military veterans in a Memorial Day Q&A with epidemiologist and author Steven Coughlin.

Digital games emerge as new tool to foster health, exercise: Playing for health

While using game-related challenges in public health endeavors is not new, video games and avatar-based simulations are emerging as an effective way of teaching healthy behaviors. Read more about this story in the March 2012 issue of The Nation’s Health newspaper.

National Public Health Week 2012 to address disease prevention

Through this year's theme, “A Healthier America Begins Today,” National Public Health Week will focus on a holistic approach to focus on disease prevention and wellness. Learn more about how you can be involved in this year’s activities from Kimberly Moore, director of Affiliate Affairs at APHA.

Bike commuting, a win-win for health and environment

Every time someone substitutes a short car trip, less than five miles, with a bike commute, that person plays an important role in improving the air quality of that city, according to a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Study: Home is where the health is

Chronically ill patients who have access to a medical home are less likely to report medical errors and more likely to have a better rapport with their doctor, according to an international survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund. The study also underscores the health care system’s financial squeeze on patients in the U.S.

Making ‘the healthy choice the easy choice’ underlies diabetes challenge

A scourge once only treated with eccentric diets, diabetes care and prevention have come a long way. Achieving further progress against the disease, however, depends not only on continued research, education and advancements in care, but on improving policies to help prevent or delay its onset, according to health experts.

APHA awarded Community Transformation Grant

The American Public Health Association was awarded funding as part of the Community Transformation Grants program to help reduce rates of chronic disease, address health disparities and strengthen prevention efforts.

Obama delays smog standards

President Obama today delayed standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would have reduced levels of ground-level ozone air pollution and provided stronger public health protections.