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The Push to Stop Preterm Births

By | July 2nd, 2012|Prevention|

On June 18, we held a news conference with the Arizona March of Dimes and the Arizona Perinatal Trust to officially launch a new campaign to reduce preventable preterm births.  We got great coverage this week, including a FOX News interview  that aired in several other cities across the country.  We’ve joined a national challenge issued by [...]

Tightening AZ’s Waistline

By | May 22nd, 2012|General|

The CDC, along with HBO, The Institutes of Medicine and several private partners created a series of documentaries, called Weight of the Nation which aired last week, but you can still watch them all online.  We wrote a feature about our own Matt Gainey-  who made tremendous strides to change his health.  Matt is just one [...]

Up to Us!

By | May 15th, 2012|General|

Arizona is way over the limit - almost 2/3rds of us are overweight or obese.  A report released last week shows that the cost to all of us is $190 billion every year.  There's a great opportunity happening right now with a national push to fight the obesity problem.  The CDC, along with HBO, The Institutes of [...]

Weight of the Nation – Free HBO

By | May 14th, 2012|Prevention|

Update: We were incorrect in the earlier posting about free access to HBO. In fact, if you are not an HBO subscriber, you can watch the documentary online for free here: http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/ We don’t shy away from tough battles in public health.  Through the last century, we’ve tackled all types of diseases, worked with public [...]

New Border Health Resources

By | May 7th, 2012|General|

Obesity, injury prevention, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse are all border health priorities.  Our prevention team put together an inventory identifying current programs addressing these priority areas in AZs border communities.  Our WIC program and Arizona Nutrition Network reach thousands of low-income women and kids along the border- improving nutrition and reducing obesity.  Programs like our Sexual Violence Prevention & Education and Safe Kids [...]

Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait

By | April 13th, 2012|Prevention|

Being born too soon is the number one killer of infants in Arizona and in the nation (birth defects is a close second).  Death rates from prematurity are declining but babies born too soon (before 37 weeks) often face medical, developmental and social challenges as they get older. More than 8,000 babies in Arizona were born too soon [...]

Obesity & Autism Walking Hand in Hand?

By | April 9th, 2012|General|

Another article came out this week in the journal Pediatrics that points toward the importance of preconception health including maintaining a healthy weight before and during pregnancy.  The authors explored the relationship between metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity and outcomes such as autism and other developmental delays.  They found an association between metabolic [...]

SNAP Up Healthier Food

By | January 30th, 2012|General|

Maybe you’ve heard the words “The Farm Bill” in the news over the years.  The Farm Bill is a very large bill that guides the mission of the USDA- including the “food stamps” program- now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.  The USDA law undergoes review and reauthorization about every 5 years- and [...]

The Health Care/Public Health Continuum

By | November 29th, 2011|General, Prevention|

In the world of health care- the clinician works with patients individually.  They examine various indicators of health for their patient including direct observations and laboratory or other diagnostic tests and implement interventions to help their patient improve their health.  Providers also encourage their patients to live healthy lifestyles and take safety precautions- and help [...]

Healthy Living = Improved Life Expectancy

By | June 23rd, 2011|General, Prevention|

Everybody knows that people in different parts of the country behave differently when it comes to smoking and physical activity, but does it impact how long they live?  The answer is yes.  According to fascinating study, Americans are living longer, but not in every part of the country.  In fact, in some areas, life expectancy [...]