December 13, 2013

However, Avoid Mississippi

1 Hawaii Ranked As the Healthiest State

The “America's Health Rankings” report for 2013 is out, and it strikes an upbeat tone, applauding what it calls "a notable shift" in healthier living nationwide. The report cited the adult smoking rate, down from 21.2 percent in 2012 to 19.6 percent now, and a decrease in physically inactive adults from 26.2 percent to 22.9 percent in the past year. The report declared the five healthiest states to be Hawaii, Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, while the five unhealthiest are West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi dead last. The report considered 27 different health factors, including infectious disease rates, tobacco and alcohol abuse, exercise, premature births, cancer and heart disease, immunizations, obesity, and children living in poverty.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Fattest US State Bans All "Bloomberg" Laws

Tags: Healthiest US States, Hawaii Healthiest State, America's Health Rankings 2013, Americans Living Healthier

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Still Short of Expectations

2 Obamacare Signups Soar

In November, about 250,000 Americans chose a health plan through Obamacare, a major increase after a disastrous October rollout. Nationwide, 3.7 million people submitted applications for coverage through federal and state marketplaces, indicating that consumer interest is strong. Of those, about 803,000 were eligible for coverage through Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program. Still, opposition to the law remains strong as new enrollees outnumber people who are losing coverage due to cancellation of plans that don’t meet the law’s standards. The law created online marketplaces for those who are not covered at work to select among plans that offer various levels of healthcare benefits. In many states, the poorest Americans will qualify for free Medicaid coverage under the law.

More at Www.latimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: First Month Figures for Obamacare Released

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Children's Health Insurance Program, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Marketplaces, Medicaid, Obamacare, Enrollment Figures for Obamacare

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Prevention vs Intervention

3 Panel Proposes Plans to Reduce Gun Violence

A panel of experts commissioned by the American Psychological Assn. reviewed interventions intended to reduce gun violence and found that systematic preventive policies including background checks and school programs that teach nonviolent conflict resolution were more effective than secondary responses. “There’s been so much focus on crisis response, on getting to the scene on time and fortifying our schools, and that’s not going to take care of the problem,” said Dewey G. Cornell, clinical psychologist and professor of education, Univ. of VA. “We need to focus on prevention more broadly, before the violence ...” The panel called for changes to gun laws, such as prohibiting ownership for domestic violence offenders, those with mental disorders and those convicted of violent misdemeanors.

More at NYTimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Teen Violence Linked to Soda Consumption

Tags: American Psychological Association, University of Virginia, Gun Violence, Dewey G. Cornell, Curtailing Gun Violence, Reducing Gun Violence

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