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November 1, 2016 12:51 PMCategory: Health Equity

October Health News

Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease.

Please see below for select stories from October:


newspaperOctober 3, 2016More Research Cites Salt’s Potential Health Risks
Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And now a new 25-year study finds that salt — even just a bit — may increase your risk of premature death.

October 5, 2016A Better Diabetes  Test?Industry-funded researchers say they’ve developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test.

October 6, 2016U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
The United States lags behind other advanced nations when it comes to infant mortality and the life expectancy of its citizens, according to a comprehensive review of global health statistics.

October 7, 2016Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors
Seniors who eat healthy, exercise regularly, keep a trim waistline and stay away from smoking can look forward to more disability-free years, a new study finds.

October 7, 2016How ‘Mindful Eating’ Can Keep Kids Slim
Most childhood obesity-prevention programs stress calorie counting and exercise. But one pediatrician likes to emphasize an approach called “mindful eating” instead.

October 7, 2016Target Fast-Food Combo Meals to Cut Sugary Drinks for Kids
Children and teens are more likely to have sugary drinks if they get fast-food combo meals that come with a beverage, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that uncoupling sugary drinks from combo meals may help reduce kids’ calorie intake, the researchers said.

October 11, 2016You Need to Take an ‘Unsick’ Day
Wouldn’t it be great to go the doctor for a check-up or to the dentist for a cleaning without stressing about taking time off to do so?

October 12, 2016World Health Officials Want Super-Size Tax on Soda and Sugary Drinks, but are Countries Ready to Swallow that?
The World Health Organization is backing a controversial remedy to reverse the global rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes – a 20% to 50% soda tax.

October 16, 20161 in 4 College Students is Hungry: Survey
Hunger is a surprisingly common problem among U.S. college students, a new report suggests. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,800 students at eight community colleges and 26 four-year colleges in 12 states. The study revealed that nearly half the students were food insecure and almost one-quarter were hungry.

October 19, 2016Exercise May Help People Who Already Have Memory Loss
Older people who have memory and thinking problems may get a slight benefit from exercise, a new study suggests. People who exercised showed some improvement on a test of thinking and memory skills compared with those who didn’t exercise, the Canadian researchers found.

October 19, 2016National School Lunch Program Serving Up Healthier Fare
U.S. school lunch guidelines introduced a few years ago are improving students’ eating habits, a new study suggests.

October 19, 2016HHS Calls for More Funding and Data-Sharing to Improve Public Health Efforts
Public health leaders are lauding HHS’ call for money and data to drive stronger health initiatives that take into account social determinants.