By Bradley University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing program. This story was originally posted on Bradly University’s website.
In the early 1970s, approximately 6.1 percent of children ages 12-19 in the United States were obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By 2011-2012, that figure had more than tripled to 20.5 percent.
This is problematic, considering that not only has the number of children with obesity risen in the country, but more kids are at risk of facing bullying, lower self-esteem and chronic health problems because of their condition. Additionally, children with obesity are more likely to continue to be obese as adults, the CDC reports, making them more susceptible to serious health conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer. Continue reading
By Kim Rodgers, Communications Manager, NACCHO
This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief
In response to the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use (e.g., devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with other federal, state, and local partners are involved in an on-going investigation. CDC has released a media advisory concerning the situation, and the Lung Injury Response Website has various available resources to educate the public, healthcare providers, and state and local health departments on key facts and recommendations. Continue reading
The CHOICES Project at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will be accepting applications beginning on August 1 for state and local health agencies to apply to participate in the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP).
Over the past four years, the CHOICES team has fostered Learning Collaborative Partnerships with 15 state and local health agencies throughout the United States, with Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, Salt Lake County, Allegheny County, Detroit, and Houston taking part. The CHOICES LCP presents an opportunity for health agencies representing populations of 500,000 or more to receive funding, training, technical assistance, and locally tailored data to help decision-makers understand and use data on health and cost impact to identify best value for money strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Continue reading
By Dr. Cavin Ward-Caviness, Principal Investigator (Computational Biologist), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD, NHEERL, EPHD, CRB
This post originally appeared on the EPA blog.
Air Quality Awareness Week, April 29–May 3, is a perfect time to think about how far we have come in understanding how air pollution affects the cardiovascular system. As a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist studying heart disease, I am very excited about current and future research in this area. Though the burden of heart disease on our society remains high (see the American Heart Association 2018 Statistics on Heart Disease and Stroke), we have only to look at the promising lines of current, cutting-edge research to find reasons to be optimistic about the progress we are making in our understanding and treatment of heart disease. Continue reading
Black churches are answering the call to action to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities associated with cardiovascular disease by establishing Policy, System and Environment (PSE) changes. Through an expanded partnership with the Omaha Million Hearts® 2022 in Municipalities Project, the Omaha faith-based community will be able to sustain efforts in reducing cardiovascular disease. Continue reading
By Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, NACCHO President and Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department (MA)
The burden of cardiovascular disease poses significant risk to the health and well-being of our communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, approximately 610,000 Americans die from heart disease—one in every four deaths. Someone dies from a heart disease-related event every minute in the United States.1 These statistics have dire consequences for the quality of life and vitality of our populations. Our nation also experiences these consequences economically: Heart disease costs the United States about $207 billion each year in healthcare services, medications, and lost productivity.1 Continue reading
World Heart Day is a worldwide observation to promote awareness and intervention in cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. This year, World Heart Day occurs on Sept. 29. NACCHO calls on local health departments to commemorate World Heart Day by raising awareness about cardiovascular health in their communities.
The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is partnering with NACCHO, the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Amgen to help organizations promote cardiovascular health. Using partner resources, the National Forum created a social media toolkit that encourages Americans to take one step toward healthier hearts: getting their cholesterol checked.
Having high levels of “bad” cholesterol, also known as LDL-C, is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease; however, there are no symptoms for high cholesterol. Therefore, adults must get their cholesterol checked to find out if their LDL-C puts them at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, many Americans do not know their LDL-C levels; among those that do, less than half (48%) get treatment to control it. Local health departments can help people recommit to their heart health on World Heart Day.
Visit the National Forum’s World Heart Day Member Resource page to access a cholesterol management social media toolkit and a list of cholesterol-specific resources. NACCHO offers the Million Hearts Local Engagement Guide to help local health departments engage partners to advance heart health, and a webpage featuring other webinars, stories from the field, and resources. Local health department leaders interested in implementing heart health initiatives in their jurisdictions can learn about how Indianapolis, Green Bay, and New Orleans are celebrating World Heart Day this year. Together, local health departments can help their communities take a step toward a healthier future this World Heart Day.