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Urban Parks and Trails Are Cost-Effective Ways to Promote Exercise
HBNS STORY | December 8, 2014
A new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that providing public parks and walking and biking trails is the most cost-effective strategy to increase physical activity among large populations in urban areas.

Schools Often Fail to Follow Their Own Written Wellness Policies
HBNS STORY | November 18, 2014
A wide divide exists between public schools' written wellness policies and their actual day-to-day practices, finds a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Food Companies' Masterful Marketing at Odds With Consumers' Health
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 18, 2014 | CFAH Staff
New options from Domino's, McDonald's and Pepsi are putting consumers' food choices to the test. Do we really want nacho-chips-flavored Mountain Dew? Probably not. But health advocates will have to step up their game to compete against these marketing powerhouses...

Stress Is US
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | September 8, 2014 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn
"Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it," Lily Tomlin once quipped. So it's no surprise, then, that one-half of the people in the U.S. have had a major stressful event or experience in the last year. And health tops the list...

Poor Health Habits Linked to Financial Insecurity
HBNS STORY | September 4, 2014
Financial hardship, or feeling that one can’t make ends meet, may be more predictive of health risk behaviors than actual income levels for people with low-incomes, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

What Policy Makers Told CFAH About Patient Engagement
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 13, 2014 | CFAH Staff
"Since patients don't live in a vacuum, we must also involve the community in which patients live, work, and play. Community resources must be readily available to meet the needs of the population they serve. Also, as we begin to have patients and families engaged in their care and talk to peers and extended family members, they begin to model engagement to others. We are looking for 'engaged communities.'" - Jean Moody-Williams - Group Director, CMS Quality Improvement Group, Baltimore, MD

When It Comes to Health Disparities, Place Matters More Than Race
HBNS STORY | July 17, 2014
Blacks and Whites living in an integrated, low-income urban area had similar rates of treatment and management of hypertension, or high blood pressure, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Neighborhoods with Healthy Food Options Less Likely to Have Overweight Kids
HBNS STORY | July 8, 2014
Children with a greater number of healthy food outlets near their homes had a reduced likelihood of being overweight or obese, finds an Australian study published in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Growing Up Poor Impacts Physical and Mental Health in Young Adults
HBNS STORY | June 24, 2014
Socioeconomic adversity during childhood increases the likelihood of both depression and higher body mass index (BMI) in early adolescence, which can worsen and lead to illness for young adults, according to a new report in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Don't Forget the Hefty Price We Pay to Engage in Health
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 12, 2014 | Jessie Gruman
Media-fueled flip-flops and research breakthroughs on lifestyle and health behaviors are wearing down my usual patience with the provisional nature of science. Even simple dietary recommendations like lower fat/salt recommendations have become complicated as old truisms are overturned by new evidence. So I'm asking: To whom should I turn for meaningful guidance about modifying my risk for illness and boosting my health?

Life-Changing Events Can Lead to Less Physical Activity
HBNS STORY | June 5, 2014
Adults tend to engage in less leisure-time physical activity after changes in both lifestyle and physical status, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

People with Low Incomes Less Likely to Use Healthy Weight Loss Strategies
HBNS STORY | May 22, 2014
Poorer people of all ages are less likely than wealthier ones to follow recommended strategies for weight loss, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes
HBNS STORY | May 8, 2014
Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Low Self-Rating of Social Status Predicts Heart Disease Risk
HBNS STORY | May 6, 2014
How a person defines their own socioeconomic standing (SES) within their community can help predict their risk of cardiovascular disease, but only among Whites, not Blacks, finds a recent study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Calorie Disclosures Might Actually Improve Health
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | April 29, 2014 | Trudy Lieberman
I've long been a skeptic when it comes to disclosing information about how doctors practice medicine, how hospitals treat patients and what both doctors and hospitals charge for their services. But I'm dropping my skepticism about disclosing calories in food. We've been conditioned to think of some foods as healthier than others. Only labels will reveal the truth...

Community Demographics Linked to Hospital Readmissions
HBNS STORY | April 10, 2014
Nearly 60 percent of the variation in hospital readmission rates appears to be associated with a hospital’s geographic location, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Tobacco Promotions Still Reaching Youth
HBNS STORY | April 1, 2014
Teens and young adults who are exposed to marketing materials for tobacco products, such as coupons and websites, were far more likely to begin smoking or to be current smokers than those not exposed, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines
HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014
A new parent’s health literacy can affect their ability to follow recommendations to protect infants from injury, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The Person Responsible for Your Health Is...
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 27, 2014 | CFAH Staff
Is it our job alone to look after our health? Or do employers, insurers, for-profit companies and the government also share some responsibility to keep us healthy? One person's nanny state is another's public health salvation. There is no shortage of examples of opposing perspectives...

Contradictory Nutrition News Creates Consumer Confusion
HBNS STORY | January 28, 2014
Exposure to conflicting news about nutrition often results in confusion and backlash against nutrition recommendations, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

Sticking With Resolutions Is All About Preparation
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 27, 2014 | David L. Katz
Relevant research and conventional wisdom alike suggest that, despite their irresistible perennial tug on our collective conscience, New Year's resolutions generally have about the staying power of Champagne bubbles. In contrast, the science of sustainable behavior change tips convincingly toward "don't go until ready."

Gap in Life Expectancy Between Rural and Urban Residents Is Growing
HBNS STORY | January 23, 2014
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow.

Cuts to Local Health Departments Hurt Communities
HBNS STORY | November 14, 2013
A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that many local health departments aren’t able to meet goals to increase health care access.

Banning Workplace Smoking Not Enough
HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013
Failing to address the presence of other smokers at home limits the effectiveness of workplace smoking restrictions, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Lifestyle Behaviors Key to Post-Deployment Health of Veterans
HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013
A new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion finds that the lifestyle of veterans both pre- and post-deployment influences their post-deployment wellness.

Veterans Groups Miss Opportunities to Curb Tobacco Use
HBNS STORY | October 31, 2013
Websites targeting veterans fail to provide information about the risks of tobacco products despite high rates of smoking in the military, finds a new report in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Healthy Food Rarely Convenient for Urban Minorities
HBNS STORY | October 15, 2013
A survey of stores in a predominantly black, low income area of Philadelphia found that nearly 80 percent received low ratings for the availability of healthy food, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More Education, Not Income, Fights Obesity
HBNS STORY | September 12, 2013
Higher education, rather than income, protects women in disadvantaged neighborhoods from obesity, finds a new study in American Journal of Health Promotion.

Women in Appalachia Have Higher Rates of Late Stage Breast Cancer
HBNS STORY | September 26, 2013
Older women living in the most deprived areas of the U.S. Appalachia had higher rates of late stage breast cancer than women in more affluent areas, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Less than 10 Minutes of Brisk Activity Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
HBNS STORY | September 5, 2013
Short bursts of less than 10 minutes of higher-intensity physical activity reduce the risk of obesity, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Exercising with Others Helps College Students Reduce Stress
HBNS STORY | September 3, 2013
College students who exercise with friends are less likely to report feeling stressed, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Kids Get More Exercise in Smart Growth Neighborhoods
HBNS STORY | September 10, 2013
Children who live in smart growth neighborhoods, designed to improve walkability, get 46 percent more moderate or vigorous physical activity than those who live in conventional neighborhoods, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Employers Can Motivate Employees to Get Moving
HBNS STORY | July 30, 2013
Workplace efforts to encourage employees to increase physical activity are most effective when they incorporate tools such as pedometers and related electronic health information, finds a new review in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Wellness Programs Linked to Healthier Foods in Schools
HBNS STORY | July 11, 2013
A new study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that schools with more robust federal wellness programs offer healthier foods and beverages, including foods offered in vending machines, school stores and a la carte sales.

Electronic Health Record Adoption Uneven Across U.S.
HBNS STORY | June 27, 2013
A new study in Health Services Research finds wide geographic variation in the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by ambulatory health care sites.

Negative Public Health Campaigns May Undermine Weight Loss Goals
HBNS STORY | June 20, 2013
Public health campaigns that stigmatize obese people by using negative images or text do not motivate them to lose weight any more than more neutral campaigns, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Taxing Unhealthy Food Spurs People to Buy Less
HBNS STORY | June 18, 2013
Labeling foods and beverages as less healthy and taxing them motivates people to make healthier choices, finds a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Calorie Counts on Menus Have Small but Promising Effects
HBNS STORY | May 9, 2013
Menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has some people reducing their intake, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Smoke-Free Public Housing Would = Better Health and Savings
HBNS STORY | April 16, 2013
Establishing smoke-free policies for public housing would help protect residents, visitors and employees from the harmful effects of smoking and result in significant cost savings, reports a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Churches Minister Better Health in African American Communities
HBNS STORY | April 9, 2013
African Americans who believe their church is responsible for promoting health in their members and the community are also more willing to attend church-based health fairs, according to a new study in Health Promotion Practice.

Elderly Women in Rural Areas Less Likely to Recover from Depression
HBNS STORY | March 19, 2013
Being female and living in a rural area are among several factors that predicted whether an elderly person with depression recovered over the course of a year, finds a recent study in Depression Research and Treatment.

Housing Improvements Should Be Targeted at Those in Poorest Health
HBNS STORY | March 5, 2013
Improving housing can improve health, particularly when interventions are targeted at those in the poorest health, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Accidental Poisonings Leading Cause of Deaths at Home
HBNS STORY | February 5, 2013
An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

States that Support Access to Health Information Can Decrease Colon Cancer Deaths
HBNS STORY | September 25, 2012
Despite medical advances in colon cancer screening and treatment, people with a lower socioeconomic status remain at a higher risk of dying from colon cancer. A new study in The Milbank Quarterly finds that states and communities that focus on increasing the adoption of innovative health care practices along with providing greater access to public health information can reduce these deaths.

Fruit and Vegetable Advertising Linked to More Consumption
HBNS STORY | September 4, 2012
The key to getting people to eat more fruits and vegetables may be advertising, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

TV Watching Linked to Eating Unhealthy Food
HBNS STORY | July 10, 2012
Adults and children who watch more television have less healthy diets, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. For every age and gender studied, people who watched no more than an hour of TV a day reported healthier diets compared to those who watched four hours or more.

Park Improvements Lead to Increased Vigorous Exercise, Not Just Greater Use
HBNS STORY | May 8, 2012
Refurbishing neighborhood parks may lead to improvements in community health. Increased visitors and higher rates of exercise were observed for more than one year when one community park provided new and varied amenities.

Small Steps to Big Health Change
We often give a chilly reception to the idea of going "cold turkey" when it comes to anything that has to do with changing behaviors and habits, even those that may be important for our health.

Patient Engagement: Expert Judith Hibbard Talks about Challenges
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 24, 2011 | Judith Hibbard
This interview with Judy Hibbard is the seventh in a series of brief chats between CFAH president and founder, Jessie Gruman and experts - our CFAH William Ziff Fellows - who have devoted their careers to understanding and encouraging people's engagement in their health and health care.

Sidewalks, Crime Affect Women’s Physical Activity Throughout U.S.
HBNS STORY | October 11, 2011
Getting women to meet the U.S. federal government’s recommended level of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity remains a huge challenge. A large new study shows that where women live affects just how likely they are to exercise.

Second-Hand Smoke in China Puts Children at Risk
HBNS STORY | October 11, 2011
The prevalence of smoking in China may contribute to children’s second-hand smoke exposure and resulting respiratory symptoms.

Mold Removal in Homes, Offices Could Cut Respiratory Illness
HBNS STORY | September 8, 2011
A new Cochrane review finds that ridding homes and offices of mold and dampness can help reduce respiratory infections and troubling symptoms for asthma sufferers.

Natural Surroundings Might Lower Obesity
HBNS STORY | September 1, 2011
New research from North Carolina finds that people who live in counties with better weather and more natural features like hills and lakes are more active and thinner than their counterparts.

Children With Bedroom TVs Might Be at Greater Obesity Risk
HBNS STORY | April 29, 2011
A study of Hispanic children found that those with TVs in their bedrooms were more likely to be overweight. “Bedroom TVs lead to more screen time, sedentary behavior, less parental support of physical activity and increased fast food intake,” researchers found.

Community-Wide Programs to Encourage Exercise Might Fall Short
HBNS STORY | April 13, 2011
Programs that encourage communities to get more active are one strategy for stemming the global tide of obesity. Yet, a new review of studies says the evidence backing the effectiveness of these programs is poor.

Seniors in Public Housing Suffer Worse Health Than Others in Community
HBNS STORY | March 16, 2011
In a study of more than 16,000 older adults, fatigue, cardiac conditions, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and psychiatric problems were more prevalent among those living in public housing.

Want to Go for a Walk? Your Neighborhood Might Play a Part
HBNS STORY | February 28, 2011
Making a 30-minute walk part of your daily routine could come down to the positive features that exist in your neighborhood, says a new Australian study.

Are You Medically Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
HBNS STORY | January 11, 2011
How well are the millions of Americans with a disability or chronic disease prepared for a natural disaster like a hurricane or tropical storm?

Heat Injury Rates on the Rise
HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010
Outdoor exercise and physical activity increase the risk for heat-related injuries, including dangerous heat stroke. Heat injuries are on the rise for all age groups, and football-playing boys are among the most vulnerable.

Teens Get More Ear Infections When Someone Smokes at Home
HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010
In households with secondhand smoke, teens are 1.67 times more prone to have recurrent ear infections.

Unaffordable Housing Might Lead to Poor Health
HBNS STORY | November 9, 2010
People who cannot afford their housing are more likely to suffer from poor health, according to a new study, which also found that renters consider themselves less healthy than homeowners.

Mass. Smoking Ban Might Be Linked to Fewer Fatal Heart Attacks
HBNS STORY | October 7, 2010

Hooked on Headphones? Personal Listening Devices Can Harm Hearing
HBNS STORY | August 31, 2010

Consider Teen Activity Options When Choosing Where to Live
HBNS STORY | May 27, 2010

Corner Shops Could Bring Healthier Food to Inner Cities
HBNS STORY | April 27, 2010

Would Medical Images Spur You to Change Risky Health Behaviors?
HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010