American Heart Association

Unlocking school playgrounds and gyms encourages physical activity

The United States is facing an obesity epidemic. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight or obese and many are inactive, according to the American Heart Association. About 50 percent of U.S. adults and 65 percent of adolescents do not currently get the recommended amount of daily […]

Sleeping too little — or too much — associated with some chronic diseases

Too much or too little sleep is linked to chronic disease in adults age 45 and older, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published in the October issue of the journal Sleep, the study reported that people who sleep six hours or […]

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CDC shares health statistics from early 2013

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released this week shows more than a quarter of young adults didn’t have insurance when surveyed and about a third of middle-age adults are obese.

The report on health insurance status, obesity, physical activity, smoking and other health information comes from data collected […]

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CDC anti-smoking campaign produced 150,000 additional calls, report says

An anti-smoking campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this year generated more than 150,000 additional calls from people interested in quitting, according to a report in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign also generated almost 2.8 million additional visitors to […]

Schools serving up better options help reverse obesity

Schools across the country are taking several steps to fight obesity by providing healthier foods, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study surveyed more than 800 school districts in all 50 states and the District […]

Smoke-free laws don’t hurt restaurant and bar revenue, CDC says

Smoke-free laws have no significant economic impact on restaurants and bars, according to a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In West Virginia, smoke-free laws were associated with a significant increase of approximately 1 percent  in restaurant employment, the study reported. In the remaining eight states, […]