Surviving the Desert Summer

By |May 20th, 2013|

Heat is the number one killer among all weather related causes of death across the country and in Arizona… more than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires combined. It doesn’t get much attention because it’s hard to take a picture of heat- but it’s easy to take a picture of hurricanes and tropical storms.  The AZ [...]

Swim Safe AZ!

By |May 17th, 2013|

National Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week is coming up next week.  Healthy swimming depends on paying attention to basic health, hygiene, sun-safety, and what swimmers bring into the pool (and what they don’t).  For starters, remind your kids to take a sunscreen, hydration, and bathroom break every hour when swimming.  You might also want to start [...]

2013 ADHS Water Drive

By |May 16th, 2013|

We already broke the 100 degree mark in the Valley this week.  It won’t be long before the heat’s here to stay.  Heat is one of the most dangerous weather situations in public health – actually it’s the #1 weather-related killer.  Last year 152 Arizonans died from heat exposure....  with 80% happening in June, July and August.  The largest [...]

Snack Time

By |February 12th, 2013|

We’re one step closer to winning the battle of childhood obesity.  The USDA just released the new “Smart Snacks in School” proposal to provide national standards geared towards increasing healthy food options in vending machines and snack bars. As required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the USDA is striving to help improve [...]

Think Before You Ink

By |August 31st, 2012|

Many of you have probably seen the signs around town about the Tattoo Expo that is happening this weekend in Phoenix.  Tattoos have been growing in popularity over the past decade, but that doesn't mean they’re completely safe. Recently there was a recall of tattoo ink because the ink was contaminated with an unusual (and stubborn)  bacteria [...]

The Olympic Diet

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Ok.. here's a quiz. One of the lists below represents the most commonly ordered foods at the Olympic Village by the athletes in London. The other list is the list of most commonly purchased foods in the US by normal consumers (by dollar value). Can you match the list to the right cohort?   List [...]

‘Tis the Season to Stay Hydrated…

By |June 18th, 2012|

An excessive heat warning has been issued this week, with temps climbing up to 113!!!! The AZ heat is a lot more than a nuisance – it's lethal. Our latest report on heat shows that about 1,400 Arizonans get a heat related illness so serious they end up in a hospital emergency room – hundreds [...]

Fl- – An Inexpensive Public Health Intervention

By |January 11th, 2012|

When I was a kid growing up in Tucson- it seemed like we lived at the dentist- and getting cavities filled was routine.  It’s way better these days because of a host of public health and dental product interventions…  but 75% of Arizona kids still have tooth decay by the time they’re in 3rd grade. Around 1900 [...]

Yet Another Obesity Call to Action

By |August 19th, 2010|

You probably think I sound like a broken record because I’m always writing about obesity…  but it really is the dominant public health issue of our time.  Last week, the CDC released its latest Vital Signs report called "State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009,"…  which finds that nine states had an obesity [...]

Into the Inferno

By |May 19th, 2010|

It’s not just the Phoenix Suns that are hot; your backyard will be one of the hottest places on the globe for the next 4 months.  The heat on the desert floor isn’t just a nuisance, it’s expensive & lethal.  Do you know what to do to protect yourself and your family?  Do you follow [...]