Focus on Health

December 7-13th is National Influenza Vaccination Week

With flu season in full affect, it is important to dissolve any myths associated with the flu vaccination. Common discrepancies about the vaccine are centered on misguided information about what the shot actually does.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

The month of November is Diabetes Awareness Month hosted by the American Diabetes Association. The idea behind the awareness month is centered on the principle to call attention to diabetes issues as well as support patients that are suffering from the disease. South Carolina is currently ranked 44th in the Nation for Diabetes.

South Carolina Ranked 7th in the Nation for Obesity

Over the past decade obesity rates among adults have started to decline, though still remaining dangerously high overall. South Carolina is now ranked seventh in the nation for obesity.

U.S. Ranks Last in Health Care System International Survey

The United States (U.S.) health system ranks poorly compared to peer countries. According to a report released this week from the Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. health care system ranks last among 11 industrialized countries. The United Kingdom ranks first.

CDC releases new Vital Signs Report for adults with disabilities

The Centers for Disease Control released a new Vital Signs report titled Adults with Disabilities: Physical Activity Is for Everybody. This report brings light to the fact that only half of adults with disabilities are getting enough physical activity.

Promising Data Released in New Obesity Study

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates a significant decline in the prevalence of obese children ages two to five years old. From 2003-2004 the obesity prevalence was at 14 percent and decreased to eight percent in 2011-2012, signifying a 43 percent decline according to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

CDC Releases Prevention Status Reports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released Prevention Status Reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The reports cover ten different public health concerns and offer a three-level rating system to provide assessment policies and practices within the state. A simple framework was used to assemble the reports and includes defining the public health problem, identifying solutions and reporting the status of the solutions for each state.

New Resource Demonstrates the Importance of Education on Health Status

The Education and Health Initiative, a program of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health has published an issue brief titled “Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before.”

“F as in Fat 2013″ Report Released

The “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013″ report is now available and shows progress in the fight against obesity.

Considering Sodium Intake Reduction Strategies in South Carolina

Reducing sodium intake is an important component of creating healthier eating habits and can lower blood pressure which can lead to a decrease in the risk for hypertension. It is estimated that reducing daily sodium intake by 1,200 milligrams can prevent up to 92,000 deaths and save up to $24 billion in health care costs each year, nationally. A brief published by IMPH outlines sodium reduction strategies in SC. Following publication of the brief, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a resolution (H. 3879) to raise awareness of the danger of excessive salt intake to the health of South Carolinians.

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