Monday, November 28, 2011
Breastfeeding has been shown to have a positive impact on lifelong obesity risks and numerous other positive health outcomes. Many health care experts and organizations, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the World Health Organization, recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months of life. So how many women are actually meeting this recommendation? You might be surprised, but recent data shows that only 14.1 percent of infants were breastfed exclusively through 6 months of age.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
October has long been associated with the color pink. October was officially designated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985, and the pink ribbon became its symbol in 1992. But what public health issue is recognized in November? Few know that November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, or that lung cancer’s ribbon is white.
Monday, November 21, 2011
One way that law can be used to impact public health is by regulating the information that is available to the community. For example, government can limit the advertising of unhealthy products such as tobacco and alcohol. Or support the dissemination of information by distributing health education materials about diabetes prevention.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
For people seeking a healthier lifestyle, organic foods are a popular choice. Raw, unpasteurized and unprocessed milk is associated with this movement by those who swear by the perceived nutritional benefits, taste and the hope that raw milk can prevent ailments such as lactose intolerance. However, until evidence-based research demonstrates that raw milk is a nutrient rich, disease-curing super food that uses its “good bacteria” to kill the “bad bacteria” within, public health professionals should seek and defend policy restricting raw milk sales.
On Monday, November 14th, the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Court is expected to hear oral argument on the case in late March, which would mean a decision could be expected in June.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
The ACA's community health needs assessment requirement for nonprofit hospitals may provide an opportunity for more in-depth collaboration between hospitals and public health departments where interaction already exists, and may provide an opportunity to develop partnerships where they are currently lacking.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, is under the microscope lately. People are debating about what foods and beverages should be eligible for SNAP benefits, and which businesses should be eligible to accept SNAP benefits. It’s not entirely surprising that SNAP is attracting more scrutiny.